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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, August 1994

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
  • The Washington Post
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Clinton Administration (1993-2001); Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; foreign affairs; Haiti; health care; military intervention; national economy; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; Whitewater inquiry
  • Abstract

    This ABC News/Washington Post poll, fielded during August of 1994, 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 approval ratings for President Clinton in his handling of the presidency, the economy, foreign affairs, the situation in Haiti, and health care. Issues in health care included the changes Congress made to Clinton's health care plan and the priority of providing health care to all Americans and/or full-time workers. Respondents were asked to speculate on whether leading officials in Washington, DC, would make significant improvements to the country's health care system. On the subject of Haiti, respondents were asked how strongly the United States should act to restore democracy to Haiti. Opinion was also gathered on whether respondents thought that the United States would go to war with Haiti. On the subject of the Whitewater investigation, those surveyed were asked their opinion on how President Clinton was handling the situation, how worthwhile and/or important the Whitewater hearings were, and whether they thought that Clinton or any other high-level members of the Clinton administration did anything illegal. Queries concerning Hillary Clinton asked for respondents' perception of her influence over President Clinton, their favorable or unfavorable opinion of the First Lady, and their opinion of President Clinton's decision to appoint her head of the health care task force. Respondents were asked if the federal government had become more efficient in the past year, and how much progress the Clinton administration had made in making it so. Opinions were also gathered on United States marshals guarding abortion clinics and the potential baseball players strike. Demographics include political party identification, voter registration address, political philosophy, level of education, age, employment status, ethnicity, yearly household income, and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1994-08
  • Collection date: 1994-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.
Collection Mode
  • (1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (3) 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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to nonplatform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (4) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Web site.

2007-08-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3852 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03852.v1

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

ABC News; The Washington Post (2004): ABC News/Washington Post Poll, August 1994. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.