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CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #5, January 1998 (ICPSR 2455)

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


This poll, fielded January 24-25, 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, moral values, and the economy, as well as their views of the United States Congress, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Those queried were asked whether President Clinton had followed through in the following goals of his administration: improving the economy, providing health insurance for everyone, reforming the welfare system, reducing crime, improving race relations, and improving education. Other questions probed for respondents' opinions on former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones's sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton, the pending trial from that claim, the alleged affair between Clinton and then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the national importance of that allegation, and the media coverage of these scandals. Additional topics covered whether Clinton had exhibited a pattern of sexual affairs while in public office, whether he was guilty of obstructing justice, how these allegations compared to Watergate, and whether Kenneth Starr was conducting an impartial investigation. Background information on respondents includes age, race, education, religion, ethnicity, family income, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, marital status, employment status, financial status, and age of children in household.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News/The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll #5, January 1998 . ICPSR02455-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-10-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02455.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02455.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, Clinton, Hillary, crime reduction, education reform, foreign policy, Gingrich, Newt, Gore, Al, health insurance, Jones, Paula, Lewinsky scandal, Lewinsky, Monica, Lott, Trent, morality, national economy, obstruction of justice, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, race relations, sexual harassment, Starr, Kenneth, United States Congress, values, Watergate affair, welfare reform

Geographic Coverage:    United States

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(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.


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Original ICPSR Release:   1999-04-26

Version History:

  • 2010-10-27 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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