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ABC News Clinton Credibility Poll, August 1994 (ICPSR 3851)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll, conducted August 16, 1994, was undertaken to assess public opinion of President Bill Clinton, his presidency, and his administration. Respondents were queried on whether they approved of his performance as president, whether they felt that his administration had begun to alter the political atmosphere that hindered progress, whether they trusted Democrats or Republicans to better handle the problems the nation was facing, whether President Clinton's proposed changes were right for the country, whether they were satisfied with President Clinton's honesty and integrity, how much they felt President Clinton had accomplished during his presidency, and whether, based on his performance so far, he deserved a second term as president. Opinions were solicited on Bill Clinton's strength as a leader, his vision for the country, his effectiveness, and trustworthiness. Additional opinions were gathered on whether President Clinton or congressional Republicans were more responsible for the successes during his presidency, whether President Clinton made more or fewer mistakes than usual as president, whether he was able to deal with the nation's problems, and whether the media treated him fairly. Background information includes education, ethnicity, political orientation, sex, and year of birth.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS CLINTON CREDIBILITY POLL, AUGUST 1994. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-03-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03851.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03851.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), United States Congress, political parties, presidency, presidential administrations, presidential performance, public approval, public opinion, Republican Party (USA)

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1994-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 1994-08-16

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:   2004-05-05

Version History:

  • 2007-03-15 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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