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ABC News Whitewater Poll, December 1996 (ICPSR 2168)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, conducted December 9, 1996, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was on the Whitewater investigation. Respondents were asked whether they believed that the circumstances surrounding the Whitewater real estate deal necessitated a federal investigation, how much they knew about the special independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr, and whether they approved of the way he was handling the investigation. Other questions addressed the Democratic National Campaign Committee's receipt of contributions from foreign sources in Indonesia, whether it required a federal investigation, and whether it was more or less important than the Whitewater investigation. Demographic variables include sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS WHITEWATER POLL, DECEMBER 1996. ICPSR02168-v2. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-11-20. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02168.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02168.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, campaign contributions, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Democratic Party (USA), governmental investigations, public opinion, Starr, Kenneth, Whitewater inquiry

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-12-09

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data available for download are not weighted, and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (3) Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site. (4) The meaning of the variable SELECTB is unknown and may be associated with the sampling method of selecting a respondent based on the adult living in the household who last had a birthday. (5) The AGE variable contains an unknown code of 0. (6) The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.


Sample:    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.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. This poll consists of "standard" national representative samples of the adult population with sample balancing of sex.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

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 online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-05-20

Version History:

  • 2007-11-20 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, and SAS and Stata supplemental files have been added to this data collection. Respondent names were removed from the data file and a value label for an unknown code was added in the AGE variable. The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis. Question text has been added to the codebook, and the data collection instrument has been taken out of the codebook and made into its own file.



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