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ABC News 'Nightline' State of the Union Address Poll, January 1999

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Clinton, Bill; congressional hearings; federal budget surplus; impeachment; public approval; public confidence; public opinion; State of the Union Address; trust
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded on January 19, 1999, sought respondents' views on the State of the Union Address delivered to the nation by President Bill Clinton earlier in the evening. Those queried were asked whether they watched the speech on television, whether they approved of Clinton's message, and whether they agreed with Clinton's decision not to mention the impeachment issue during the address. A series of questions focused on the ongoing Senate impeachment trial of Clinton. Topics covered whether witnesses should be called during the hearings, whether Clinton should be removed from office at the conclusion of the trial, and views on Clinton's lawyer's opening statement. Respondents were also asked whom they trusted to cope with the nation's problems and how the federal budget surplus should be spent. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline". Background information on respondents includes sex and political party affiliation.
  • 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
  • 2714 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02714.v1

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

ABC News (1999): ABC News 'Nightline' State of the Union Address Poll, January 1999. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.