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ABC News/Washington Post Poll, May 1996 (ICPSR 6822)

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


This poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy. They were also asked for their views regarding Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, the United States Congress, the 1996 presidential and congressional elections, the state of the nation's economy, and the qualities they look for in a president. Comparative questions elicited respondents' opinions on whether President Clinton was an old-style, tax-and-spend Democrat or a new-style Democrat who would be careful with the public's money, and whether Senator Dole was an old-style Republican who wanted to cut taxes for the rich and social programs for the poor, or a new-style Republican who would protect social programs while cutting the federal budget. Additional topics covered the impact of Dole's resignation from the Senate on the upcoming presidential election, the moral standing of the Democratic and Republican parties, and whether Clinton and Dole should be classified as Washington insiders. Background variables include age, race, sex, education, political party, and voter registration and participation history.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL, MAY 1996. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06822.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06822.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, congressional elections, Dole, Bob, foreign policy, national economy, national elections, political parties, politicians, presidential elections, presidency, public opinion, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-05

Universe:    Adults 18 years old and older in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) 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. (2) 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 on the ICPSR Web site. (3) 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:   1998-05-20

Version History:

  • 2008-05-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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