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Washington Post End of Trial Poll, February 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; Bush, George W.; Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; congressional elections; Dole, Elizabeth; foreign policy; Gore, Al; impeachment; national economy; political candidates; presidency; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; Starr, Kenneth; social issues; United States Congress
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll, fielded February 12-14, 1999, sought respondents' views on the February 12, 1999, acquittal of President Bill Clinton by the United States Senate, as well as the state of the country in the wake of the impeachment trial. Those queried were asked for their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, the situation in Iraq, and the economy, as well as their views of Vice President Al Gore, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Texas Governor George W. Bush, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, former president of the American Red Cross Elizabeth Dole, and congressional Democrats and Republicans. Looking ahead to the 2000 congressional and presidential elections, respondents were asked whether their congressional choices would be influenced by how the candidates voted during the impeachment hearings and trial of Clinton, and for whom they would vote in the presidential race, given a choice between Democrat Gore and Republican Bush. A series of questions addressed the Senate's acquittal of Clinton, including whether respondents approved of the acquittal, their views on the impeachment process, who was to blame for the entire situation, and whether Clinton should face criminal charges for his actions. Additional questions addressed respondents' faith in the government and who was best able to handle the problems of the country. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, education, and family income.
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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
  • 2722 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02722.v1

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

The Washington Post (1999): Washington Post End of Trial Poll, February 1999. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.