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Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post
This special topic poll, fielded in April 1995, was undertaken to assess respondent approval ratings on job performance for President Clinton, Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, the respondent's representative in Congress, and the United States Congress in general. Respondents were asked to evaluate the ability of Congress to deal with the big issues facing the country, how much Congress had accomplished within the past three months, and whether that represented a real change in the way Congress worked. Those polled were asked whether the Democrats and/or Republicans were doing what the respondent wanted done, and they were also asked to evaluate whether the Republicans in Congress or President Clinton was doing a better job with the main problems and needs of the country. On the subject of the Republicans in Congress, respondents were asked to evaluate how many of the items of the "Contract with America" they would support, and whether any of the items, in their view, had been accomplished. Respondents were also asked to evaluate President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich on traits such as strength in leadership, honesty, and trustworthiness. In addition, respondent views were solicited on issues such as privatization of welfare, line-item vetoes, and who they believed was responsible for failure of particular congressional initiatives, such as term limits. Demographic information gathered included political party identification, voter registration status, voting record, political philosophy, level of education, age, sex, religious preference, ethnicity, yearly household income, and willingness for call-back.
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ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST 100 DAYS POLL, APRIL 1995. ICPSR version. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-26. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03840.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03840.v1
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individuals
Universe: Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Web site.
Sample: Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.
Original ICPSR Release: 2004-09-02
- 2007-01-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
- 2004-10-01 Corrections were made to the metadata.
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