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ABC News Government Shutdown Poll #2, January 1996 (ICPSR 6827)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, fielded on January 3, 1996, sought respondents' views on the federal government shutdown and the role that President Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans played in its development and its ongoing status. Those queried were asked whom they blamed for the shutdown and for the failure to end it. Additional topics covered whether the shutdown was a good or a bad thing, whether respondents had been personally inconvenienced, and whether they believed that the White House and Congress were honestly trying to end the shutdown. Background variables include sex and political party.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN POLL #2, JANUARY 1996. ICPSR06827-v1. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06827.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06827.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    balanced budget, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, Dole, Bob, federal budget, federal government, Gingrich, Newt, government agencies, government employees, government services, government shutdowns, government spending, national politics, political attitudes, political perceptions, public opinion, Republican Party (USA), United States Congress, voter attitudes, United States

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-01

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.


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:   1998-08-24

Version History:

  • 2006-11-14 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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