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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, January 1999 (ICPSR 2717)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News; The New York Times


This poll, fielded January 3-4, 1999, 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, and the economy, as well as their opinions of the United States Congress, Vice President Al Gore, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, the Republican and Democratic parties, the federal government, and the news media. Views were also solicited on the condition of the national economy, public trust in government, whether political leaders shared the moral values of and cared about the needs and problems of the American people, priorities for national governmental action in the near future, and predictions regarding such action. Special emphasis was given to the presidential impeachment proceedings on Capitol Hill. Respondents were asked how much attention they paid to and how they viewed the House of Representatives impeachment vote, and what their desires and expectations were for the prospective Senate impeachment trial (including possible Senate censure or Clinton resignation) and for the ultimate resolution of the impeachment proceedings. Opinions were also solicited on the news media's handling of the impeachment process. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, education, religion, marital status, voting registration status, political party preferences and political orientation, computer, Internet, and e-mail accessibility and use, age of children in the household, and family income.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

Access Notes

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Study Description


CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #1, January 1999 . ICPSR02717-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02717.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02717.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, Clinton, Hillary, Democratic Party (USA), federal government, foreign policy, Gore, Al, impeachment, Lott, Trent, morality, national economy, news media, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), Starr, Kenneth, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, values

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) 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. (2) 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.

The ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has been added to the collection.


Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1999-06-02

Version History:

  • 2009-04-29 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR updated the frequency file for this collection to include the original question text.
  • 2009-04-22 As part of an automated retrofit of some studies in the holdings, ICPSR created the full data product suite for this collection. Note that the ASCII data file may have been replaced if the previous version was formatted with multiple records per case. A frequency file, which contains the authoritative column locations, has also been added.



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