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ABC News/Washington Post Impeachment Poll, December 1998 (ICPSR 2709)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This special topic poll, fielded December 15, 1998, sought respondents' views on the upcoming vote by the United States House of Representatives to impeach President Bill Clinton. Those queried were asked whether they believed that the House should impeach or censure Clinton and, if Clinton were impeached, whether the Senate should vote to remove him from office. Respondents were asked for their impression of Clinton as a person, how they would feel if Clinton were removed from office, whether Clinton's actions were serious enough to warrant his removal from office, and whether this situation was Clinton's fault or merely a case of his critics taking advantage of his slip. Additional topics covered the correlation between a representative's vote on the impeachment of Clinton and his/her constituents' choice in the next Congressional election, and whether Clinton should resign or fight the charges if he were impeached. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, education, and political party.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST IMPEACHMENT POLL, DECEMBER 1998. ICPSR version. Horsham, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02709.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02709.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Clinton, Bill, congressional voting, impeachment, Lewinsky scandal, misconduct in office, political partisanship, presidency, public opinion, United States House of Representatives

Geographic Coverage:    United States

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(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.



Original ICPSR Release:   1999-06-23

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