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CBS News Call-Back Poll, September 1998 (ICPSR 2610)

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. This survey, fielded September 21, 1998, is a call-back of the September 19-20, 1998, cohort (CBS NEWS MONTHLY POLL #3, SEPTEMBER 1998 [ICPSR #2609]), and was conducted to assess respondent views following the public release of the videotape of President Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Clinton, the United States Congress, and the videotaped testimony that was released earlier in the day. Those queried were asked how much of the videotape they had seen, what stood out, whether Clinton was sufficiently cooperative, whether the questions asked by the lawyers were appropriate, and what the motivations were behind the posing of detailed questions about Clinton's sexual relationship with Lewinsky. A series of questions addressed the release of the videotaped testimony. Topics covered whether the release of the tape by the House Judiciary Committee was necessary, whether it was appropriate for major news organizations to broadcast the entire tape, and whether the video was more or less damaging than expected. Respondents were asked whether they believed that Clinton perjured himself before the grand jury and, if so, how he should be punished. Those queried were also asked whether the Judiciary Committee should hold hearings to determine if Clinton should be impeached. Background information on respondents includes age, race, ethnicity, sex, education, religion, political party, political orientation, voter registration and participation history, marital status, employment status, family income, and age of children in household.

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CBS News. CBS NEWS CALL-BACK POLL, SEPTEMBER 1998. ICPSR version. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02610.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02610.v1

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Original ICPSR Release:   1999-01-21


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