CBS News Monthly Poll #1, February 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
adultery; capital punishment; Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; extra-marital sex; impeachment; Iraq; Jones, Paula; Lewinsky scandal; Lewinsky, Monica; military strength; obstruction of justice; presidency; presidential performance; public opinion; resignation from office; sexual harassment; Starr, Kenneth; United Nations; United States Congress; women
  • Abstract

    This poll, conducted February 1, 1998, 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 their opinions of President Bill Clinton, his moral values, his handling of the situation with Iraq, and his handling of the recent allegations concerning a sexual affair and obstruction of justice involving former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Opinions were also sought regarding the United States Congress, First Lady Hillary Clinton, independent counsel Kenneth Starr, and Lewinsky. A series of questions addressed the sexual harassment charges brought by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones against then-Arkansas Governor Clinton. Respondents were asked whether these allegations would interfere with Clinton's ability to govern, who was to blame for the creation of these situations, media coverage of the Jones and Lewinsky stories, Starr's investigation, and whether Clinton should resign if he is not impeached. Other items probed for respondents' views on the death penalty, specifically women and the death penalty, Texas death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker, and whether sentences should be reduced in situations where the prisoner has been rehabilitated. Additional questions focused on the use of United States military force to make Iraq comply with United Nations guidelines. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education, political party affiliation, political philosophy, marital status, religious preference, voter registration and participation history, household income, and presence of children in the household.
  • Methods

    The data contain a weight variable, WEIGHT, that should be used in analyzing the data.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-02
  • Collection date: 1998-02-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 and over living in households with landline telephones in the 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
  • telephone interview

    The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

    To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes in variables AREACODE, EXCHANGE, and LASTFOUR have been replaced with blank codes.

    A value label for an unknown code was added in variable Q9.

    This data collection was produced by CBS News, New York, NY.

2011-01-04 Respondent names were removed from the data file. Question text was added to the codebook.2009-10-28 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2458 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02458.v2

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30