ABC News Clinton Videotaped Testimony Poll, September 1998

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Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
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Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; grand juries; hearings; Lewinsky scandal; public opinion; testimony
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded on September 21, 1998, sought respondents' views on the United States Congress's release, earlier that day, of the videotape of President Bill Clinton's August testimony to a grand jury. Their opinions were sought on whether it was right for Congress to have publicly released the videotape, the manner in which Clinton handled himself before the grand jury, and the treatment of Clinton by the prosecutors. A series of items addressed the questions posed to Clinton about the details of his sexual activity with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Covered were Clinton's refusal to discuss the details of that activity, whether the prosecutors were right to ask such questions, Clinton's "anger" about the repeated questions concerning the details, and the respondents' interpretation of the phrase "sexual relations." Those queried were asked for their opinion on Clinton's interpretation of the phrase "sexual relations" to mean only sexual intercourse and not any other kind of sex. Respondents were asked to assess the influence of the videotaped testimony on the American public, and to comment on whether they believed Clinton's responses before the grand jury. In addition, their opinions were sought on whether the president should resign, remain in office, be impeached, or be censured, if it were proven that he either lied under oath, encouraged Lewinsky to lie under oath, or asked his aides or other people to cover up his affair with Lewinsky. Background information on respondents includes sex and political party.
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  • United States
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2644 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02644.v1
  • Smith, Tom W.. The JAMA controversy and the meaning of sex. Public Opinion Quarterly.63, (3), 385 -1999.
    • ID: 10.1086/297726 (DOI)

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