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ABC News Lewinsky/Starr Poll, September 1998 (ICPSR 2636)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, conducted September 9, 1998, sought respondents' views on the presidency and the ongoing investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr into President Bill Clinton's statements under oath regarding his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Respondents were asked for their opinions on Clinton's trustworthiness, his ability to handle the nation's business, and his personal lifestyle, and whether they believed that Clinton did anything illegal in connection with the Lewinsky matter. Respondents were also asked about what they thought would be an appropriate resolution to the matter if it were determined that Clinton had had an affair and lied about it under oath, or if he had had an affair and encouraged Lewinsky to lie about it under oath. Possible resolutions to the matter included Clinton's resignation, impeachment by Congress, and a censure or official reprimand by Congress. Respondents were asked whether they believed that this scandal had damaged Clinton's ability to serve effectively as president. In addition, a series of questions addressed the motivation, handling, and future of the Starr investigation. A final question asked respondents whether they believed that Clinton's personal behavior was separate from his political behavior. Demographic information includes sex and political party affiliation.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News Lewinsky/Starr Poll, September 1998. ICPSR02636-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02636.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02636.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Clinton, Bill, impeachment, Lewinsky scandal, Lewinsky, Monica, misconduct in office, presidency, presidential performance, public opinion, Starr, Kenneth

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1998-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1998-09-09

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:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

The data and documentation for this study were acquired from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

This data collection was produced by Chilton Research Services, Radnor, PA.


Sample:    Stratified random-digit dialing. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963).

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WGT) that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1999-02-25

Version History:

  • 2008-09-10 The weight variable was corrected and SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files and SAS and Stata supplemental files have been added to this data collection. The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis. Question text has been added to the codebook and the data collection instrument has been taken out of the codebook and made into its own file.



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