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Washington Post Calling Witnesses Poll, January 1999

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; Clinton, Bill; congressional elections; congressional hearings; impeachment; Lewinsky scandal; misconduct in office; public opinion; removal from office; social issues; testimony; witnesses
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded January 28-30, 1999, sought respondents' views on the calling of witnesses to testify during the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the Senate's decisions to continue with the trial and to take private testimony from former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, attorney and Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan, and White House aide Sidney Blumenthal. Those queried were asked whether they believed that the testimonies should be made available to the general public, and whether the Senate should remove Clinton from office or censure him. Looking ahead to the 2000 congressional elections, respondents were asked which party's candidate they intended to vote for, and whether an incumbent's stance on the impeachment of Clinton would influence their electoral decision. Additional topics covered the fairness of the congressional impeachment hearings and trial, whether Clinton would be able to work and serve the nation effectively, the potential effect on the country if Clinton were removed from office, and respondents' opinions of Democrats and Republicans. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, and education.
  • 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
  • 2715 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02715.v1

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

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