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ABC News/Washington Post Volunteer Poll, April 1997 (ICPSR 2484)

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


This special topic poll sought respondents' opinions on the presidency and on volunteer activity in the United States. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the economy and foreign policy, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, the United States Congress, and retired general Colin Powell. Those queried were also asked to comment on their own volunteer involvement as well as that of their friends and neighbors. Topics covered the extent of involvement, the type of volunteer activities they participated in, where they got the idea to volunteer, their level of commitment to volunteering, the reasons why they volunteered, and the effects of volunteer work on the community and country, including whether social problems should be solved through volunteering or government programs. Respondents were asked which of the following types of volunteer work they supported: teaching Sunday school, fundraising, environmental programs, working with the elderly and/or poor, historical and cultural society programs, and international volunteer programs. The upcoming government-sponsored meeting on volunteerism and government-funded volunteer programs such as the Peace Corps, Americorps, and Learn and Serve America were also addressed. An additional subject was the potential for a stock market crash in the future. Background information on respondents includes age, race, ethnicity, sex, education, political party, political orientation, religion, employment status, family income, demographics of area of residence, and participation in volunteer activities.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST VOLUNTEER POLL, APRIL 1997. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-10-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02484.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02484.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, community involvement, community organizations, foreign policy, Gingrich, Newt, Gore, Al, government programs, national economy, Powell, Colin, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, volunteers

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. (3) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.



Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-18

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  • 2008-10-09 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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