ABC News/Washington Post Impeachment Hearings Vote Poll, December 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; Clinton, Bill; congressional voting; impeachment; Lewinsky scandal; misconduct in office; political partisanship; presidency; public opinion; United States House of Representatives
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded December 12-13, 1998, sought respondents' views on the December 12, 1998, United States House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee vote to recommend that the full House impeach President Bill Clinton, and the ramifications of that recommendation. Those queried were asked whether they believed that Clinton should be impeached, removed from office, or censured and fined. Their views were also sought on whether Clinton lied under oath about having an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, whether such a lie about an extramarital affair was a sufficient reason to impeach a president, and whether Clinton obstructed justice. Respondents were asked whether they believed that Clinton concealed his affair with Lewinsky to prevent embarrassment or to help his case in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones. Additional topics covered the handling of the impeachment by both political parties, whether Clinton had cooperated with the House Judiciary Committee, the potential effect on the country if Clinton were removed from office, and whether Clinton should be criminally tried for perjury. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, political party, political orientation, education, and voter registration and participation history.
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    • 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
  • 2710 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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