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CBS News Newt Gingrich Poll, January 1997 (ICPSR 4484)

Principal Investigator(s): CBS News


This special topic poll, fielded January 5, 1997, solicited public opinion on Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Respondents were asked whether they had heard about the United States House of Representatives Ethics Committee investigation into his use of tax-exempt contributions for political activities, and whether they would approve of his re-election as Speaker of the House before the investigation was complete. Views were also sought on how well President Bill Clinton was handling the presidency, which one of the charges against him was the most serious, whether congressional hearings should be held to investigate illegal campaign contributions taken by the Democratic Party from foreign businessmen, and whether respondents had learned anything since the 1996 presidential election that would make them want to change their vote. Additional questions regarding Newt Gingrich and President Clinton asked whether they were more or less honest than most people in public life, whether criticism against them was based on ethics or political gain, and whether the media coverage of them was fair. Demographic variables include sex, age, race, education level, household income, type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural), political party affiliation, political philosophy, for whom respondents voted in the 1996 presidential and United States House of Representatives elections, and whether they had a child entering ninth grade in September 1996.

Series: CBS News/New York Times Poll Series

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Study Description


CBS News. CBS NEWS NEWT GINGRICH POLL, JANUARY 1997. ICPSR04484-v1. New York, NY: CBS News [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-12-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04484.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04484.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, congressional hearings, congressional investigations, Democratic Party (USA), Gingrich, Newt, media coverage, political ethics, political partisanship, presidency, presidential elections, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), United States House of Representatives, voting behavior, Whitewater inquiry

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1997-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997-01-05

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:

(1) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (3) The variable AREACODE was recoded for confidentiality. The previously blanked variables EXCHANGE, LASTFOUR, and NAME were also recoded to appropriate-width 9 series. (4) The variables EXTRA1, EXTRA2, EXTRA3, EXTRA4, and EXTRA10 were removed from the dataset because no data or explanation for these variables were available. (5) The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case.


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.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-12-11



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