CBS News Monthly Poll #2, November 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
Clinton, Bill; Clinton, Hillary; congressional elections; Gingrich, Newt; Gore, Al; Hussein, Saddam; Hyde, Henry; impeachment; Iraq; Lewinsky scandal; military air strikes; political partisanship; public opinion; Starr, Kenneth; weapons inspections
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded November 16-17, 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 and his handling of the situation with Iraq, as well as their views on the United States Congress, Vice President Al Gore, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Their views were sought on the weekend decision by the United States to delay the launch of air strikes against Iraq after Saddam Hussein promised unconditional access to United Nations weapons inspections teams. Respondents were asked whether they believed Hussein's promise, whether air strikes would be an appropriate immediate reaction if Iraq failed to keep that promise, whether the goal of insuring that Iraq does not possess weapons of mass destruction was worth the possible loss of American lives, and whether air strikes, if launched, should continue until Hussein complied or was removed from office. A series of questions addressed the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry. Topics covered the scope of the inquiry, whether members of opposing political parties would work together, and who was to blame if they did not. A series of questions addressed the November 3, 1998, congressional elections, including whether respondents voted, the political party make-up of the incoming Congress, and whether the election could be described as a national referendum on the Clinton presidency. Respondents were asked whether they listened to any part of the 20 hours of audio tapes of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Pentagon employee Linda Tripp's telephone conversations, released November 17, 1998. A final topic addressed the November 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Respondents were asked whether they believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was solely responsible, whether an official cover-up occurred, and if the public will ever know the whole story. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, religion, political party, political orientation, voter participation history, marital status, age of children in household, family income, and computer access.
  • 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..
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-11
  • Collection date: 1998-11
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • 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.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2669 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02669.v2

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