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ABC News "Nightline" Starr Report Poll #4, September 1998 (ICPSR 2641)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, fielded on September 13, 1998, sought respondents' views on Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's ongoing investigation of President Bill Clinton and the resulting "Starr Report," submitted to the United States Congress on September 10, 1998. Respondents were asked whether they trusted Clinton on a personal level, and their opinions were sought regarding Clinton's honesty, trustworthiness, moral and ethical standards, and leadership ability. They were also asked to comment on whether the president should remain in office, resign, be impeached, or be censured, if it were proven that he either lied under oath, encouraged former White House intern Monica Lewinsky to lie under oath, or asked aides to cover up his affair with Lewinsky. Those queried were asked for their opinions of the Starr Report and the Clinton response to that report, in which the White House argued against impeachment. Other items probed for whether respondents believed Starr or Clinton, whether they believed that the investigation had been fair or politically motivated, and whether the investigation was about sex or serious lawbreaking. In addition, respondents were asked whether they believed that Congress should hold hearings, and whether the inclusion of the sexual details of Clinton and Lewinsky's relationship were included in the report as evidence or to embarrass the president. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline." Background information on respondents includes sex, age, race, political party affiliation, and education level.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News "Nightline" Starr Report Poll #4, September 1998. ICPSR02641-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02641.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02641.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Clinton, Bill, congressional hearings, ethics, impeachment, leadership, Lewinsky scandal, misconduct in office, presidency, presidential performance, public confidence, public opinion, Starr, Kenneth

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1998-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1998-09-13

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:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

To protect respondent confidentiality, telephone numbers were blanked in variable TELE.

This data collection was produced by Chilton Research Services, Radnor, PA.


Sample:    Stratified random digit dialing. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963).

Weight:    The data contain weight variables that should be used for analysis.

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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1999-03-18

Version History:

  • 2008-09-26 The weight variable was corrected and SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files and SAS and Stata supplemental files have been added to this data collection. 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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