CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #3, December 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
  • The New York Times
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; Democratic Party (USA); Hussein, Saddam; impeachment; military air strikes; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Republican Party (USA); social issues; United States Congress; weapons inspections
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded December 13-17, 1998, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton, the United States Congress, and the Democratic and Republican parties. Those queried were also asked for their opinions of the House Judiciary Committee's handling of the impeachment matter, including the partisan vote by the committee to hold impeachment hearings, and the motivations behind the party-line votes. Respondents were asked whether they believed that Clinton would complete his second term, resign from office, be impeached, or be censured by Congress. Additional issues covered the respondents' understanding of the impeachment process, the possible effects of a Senate impeachment trial on the country, whether respondents had communicated their views about the impeachment matter to their representatives or to the media, whether it was more important for the president to be a role model or an effective president, and whether Clinton could still be an effective leader. On another topic, respondents were asked for their opinions on the United States' use of the Air Force to bomb targets in Iraq after Iraq failed to comply with its agreement to allow United Nations weapons inspections. Topics covered whether forcing Saddam Hussein to comply with the weapons inspectors was worth the potential loss of American lives, whether the strikes should continue until Iraq cooperated or until Hussein was removed from office, the timing of the start of the air strikes, the House of Representatives' decision to delay the start of the impeachment debate as a result of the attacks, and the possible ramifications if an impeachment vote was held while the United States was involved in military action against Iraq. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, religion, political party, political orientation, marital status, voter registration and participation history, and family income.
  • Methods

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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-12
  • Collection date: 1998-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • 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.

2010-06-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2674 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02674.v1

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