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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, March 1998 (ICPSR 2464)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This poll 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, as well as their views of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan. Those queried were also asked what they felt were the parameters of executive privilege, and to comment on the level of confidentiality that protects discussions between White House aides and the President and First Lady. A series of questions focused on the sexual misconduct allegations against President Clinton, involving former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Specific questions addressed the latest claims of sexual misconduct alleged by Kathleen Willey, the importance of these allegations to the American people, and what should happen to Clinton if the claims were proven to be true. Additional topics covered people who worked on Wall Street, trying juvenile criminals as adults, honesty in public office, national evening news broadcasts, and "60 Minutes" correspondent Andy Rooney. Opinions were also elicited on the installation of video surveillance cameras as a crime deterrent, whether a thief could obtain personal information on the respondent, and the accessibility of computers and electronic mail. Background information on respondents includes age, race, sex, ethnicity, religion, political party, political orientation, family income, voter registration and participation history, age of children in household, personal knowledge of someone with AIDS, and personal investment in the stock market.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS News Monthly Poll #2, March 1998 . ICPSR02464-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-04-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02464.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02464.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, crime control, electronic surveillance, executive privelege, Greenspan, Alan, Jones, Paula, Lewinsky, Monica, Lewinsky scandal, misconduct in office, news media, presidential performance, public opinion, Starr, Kenneth

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

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


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:

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Original ICPSR Release:   1999-04-26

Version History:

  • 2010-04-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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