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ABC News/Washington Post State of the Union Poll, February 1993 (ICPSR 6179)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This special topic poll assessed the public's reaction to President Bill Clinton's State of the Union Address delivered to Congress on February 17, 1993. Respondents indicated whether they approved of Clinton's economic plan, and whether the plan would be effective in strengthening the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit, and helping the respondent's personal financial situation. Respondents evaluated Clinton's economic plan further in terms of its combination of tax increases and spending cuts, its effect on the respondent's taxes, whether it placed an unfair burden on the respondent, whether the plan was fair to most people, whether the sacrifices required were necessary, and whether the plan was good for the long-term future of the country. Other questions focused on specific proposals in the plan, including raising the tax on Social Security benefits for retired couples with incomes over $32,000 a year, and raising the federal income tax from 31 percent to 36 percent for people making more than $140,000 a year. Background information on respondents includes political party, age, household income, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST STATE OF THE UNION POLL, FEBRUARY 1993. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-10-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06179.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06179.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, economic conditions, economic planning, federal budget deficit, government spending, personal finances, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Social Security, State of the Union Address, tax increases, taxes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1993-02-17

Date of Collection:   

  • 1993-02-17

Universe:    Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.


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 at home at the time of the interview.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1994-04-01

Version History:

  • 2008-10-10 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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