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ABC News Balanced Budget Amendment Poll, March 1995 (ICPSR 3838)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, conducted March 3, 1995, was undertaken to assess respondents' opinions of a proposed balanced budget amendment. Respondents were asked whether they supported or opposed a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, even if it meant cuts in federal spending on Social Security or an increase in federal income taxes. Respondents were polled on whether they approved or disapproved of the way President Bill Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, and House Speaker Newt Gingrich handled the balanced budget amendment issue, whether respondents supported or opposed most of the items in the Republican Party's "Contract with America," and whether the Senate's rejection of the balanced budget amendment was a setback for the Republicans. Views were also sought on whether the balanced budget amendment would have led to cuts in Social Security, whether passing a balanced budget amendment or protecting Social Security was more important, whether respondents would be more or less likely to vote for a state senator who voted against the balanced budget amendment, and the importance of this issue in their vote. Background variables include sex, age, and political party affiliation.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT POLL, MARCH 1995. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03838.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03838.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    balanced budget, Clinton, Bill, Dole, Bob, federal budget, Gingrich, Newt, Social Security, United States Senate

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-03-03

Unit of Observation:    individuals

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) Additional information about sampling, interviewing, weighting, and sampling error may be found in the codebook. (2) 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, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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.


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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-04-28

Version History:

  • 2007-07-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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