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Washington Post Vote Poll, October 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; candidates; Clinton, Bill; congressional elections; impeachment; political issues; political parties; public opinion; United States Congress; voter attitudes; voters; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded October 8-10, 1998, sought respondents' views on the upcoming November 1998 congressional elections and other political issues. Those queried were asked for their opinions of President Bill Clinton, the United States Congress, and the Democratic and Republican parties' handling of the impeachment. Their views were sought on the United States House of Representatives' recent vote to begin a formal inquiry into whether Clinton should be impeached, and the open-ended format of those hearings, patterned on the Watergate hearings. Respondents were asked to assess the influence of candidates' stances on impeachment on their electoral decisions. They were also asked whether they intended to re-elect their congressional representative, whether their decision was driven by a desire to express support for Clinton or to express opposition to Clinton, and how likely it was that they would vote in the November elections. Additional questions addressed the future of Clinton's second term, and whether the ongoing investigations had been for the purpose of ascertaining the truth or to hurt Clinton politically. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, political party, voter registration and participation history, and family income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2646 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02646.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

The Washington Post (1999): Washington Post Vote Poll, October 1998. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.