CBS News Monthly Poll #2, December 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; foreign policy; Hussein, Saddam; impeachment; Lewinsky scandal; military air strikes; military intervention; national economy; presidential performance; public opinion; weapons inspections
  • Abstract

    This poll, fielded December 16, 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 presidency, foreign policy, the economy, and the situation with Iraq. Those queried were also asked for their opinions on the Clinton impeachment inquiry, including how they would like their representative to vote, whether Clinton's actions were serious enough to warrant impeachment, and what the best outcome would be for the country. A series of questions focused on the United States' use of the Air Force to bomb targets in Iraq after Iraq failed to comply with the agreement to allow United Nations weapons inspections. Topics covered whether the United States would ultimately use military force against Iraq, whether getting Saddam Hussein to cooperate was worth the potential loss of American lives, and whether the strikes, if used, should continue until Hussein complied or was removed from office. Respondents were asked for their opinions on the House of Representatives' decision to delay the start of the impeachment debate because of the situation with Iraq, and the timing of Hussein's refusal to comply with the United Nations agreement. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, education, political party, political orientation, Hispanic descent, and family income.
  • Methods

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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-12
  • Collection date: 1998-12
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
  • 2673 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02673.v2

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