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CBS News Monthly Poll #1, October 1998

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Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
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  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
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  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded October 3-4, 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 and his handling of the presidency, as well as their views on the United States Congress, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and Pentagon employee Linda Tripp. Those queried were asked whether they intended to vote in the upcoming November 1998 congressional elections, and for which party's candidates they intended to vote. Respondents were asked how closely they had paid attention to the investigation into the relationship between Clinton and Lewinsky, the resulting "Starr Report," the contents of the transcripts of conversations between Lewinsky and Tripp, and the House Judiciary Committee's handling of the investigation. Faced with the possibility of impeachment hearings, respondents were asked if they believed that Democrats and Republicans would be able to work together in a nonpartisan manner during the inquiry. Respondents were asked to compare the Watergate impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon to the current investigation involving Clinton, and to comment on whether the allegations against Clinton were sufficiently serious to warrant impeachment, what their understanding was of the impeachment process, and whether they had discussed the Clinton/Lewinsky situation with their peers. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, religion, education, political party, political orientation, marital status, employment status, age of children in household, family income, and frequency of listening to political radio shows.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
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  • (1) 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. (2) 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
  • 2677 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02677.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News (1999): CBS News Monthly Poll #1, October 1998. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.