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ABC News Clinton Videotaped Testimony Poll, September 1998 (ICPSR 2644)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, fielded on September 21, 1998, sought respondents' views on the United States Congress's release, earlier that day, of the videotape of President Bill Clinton's August testimony to a grand jury. Their opinions were sought on whether it was right for Congress to have publicly released the videotape, the manner in which Clinton handled himself before the grand jury, and the treatment of Clinton by the prosecutors. A series of items addressed the questions posed to Clinton about the details of his sexual activity with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Covered were Clinton's refusal to discuss the details of that activity, whether the prosecutors were right to ask such questions, Clinton's "anger" about the repeated questions concerning the details, and the respondents' interpretation of the phrase "sexual relations." Those queried were asked for their opinion on Clinton's interpretation of the phrase "sexual relations" to mean only sexual intercourse and not any other kind of sex. Respondents were asked to assess the influence of the videotaped testimony on the American public, and to comment on whether they believed Clinton's responses before the grand jury. In addition, their opinions were sought on whether the president should resign, remain in office, be impeached, or be censured, if it were proven that he either lied under oath, encouraged Lewinsky to lie under oath, or asked his aides or other people to cover up his affair with Lewinsky. Background information on respondents includes sex and political party.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS CLINTON VIDEOTAPED TESTIMONY POLL, SEPTEMBER 1998. ICPSR version. Horsham, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02644.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02644.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Clinton, Bill, grand juries, hearings, Lewinsky scandal, public opinion, testimony

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) 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. (3) 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.



Original ICPSR Release:   1999-02-25

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