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ABC News Powell "No Go" Poll, November 1995 (ICPSR 6682)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the 1996 presidential election, specifically on retired General Colin Powell's decision not to run for election. Given a ballot that offered President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, and Colin Powell as candidates for the presidency, respondents were asked to identify for whom they would vote. Those queried were asked for their opinions regarding Powell's decision not to run for election, the power and role of a Powell endorsement of another candidate, and whether Powell made the right decision. Additional topics covered the Republican primaries and the possibility of a third-party candidate. Demographic variables include sex, race, political party, political orientation, and voter registration history.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS POWELL "NO GO" POLL, NOVEMBER 1995. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06682.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06682.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, Dole, Bob, Gingrich, Newt, political parties, Powell, Colin, presidential candidates, presidential elections, primaries, Republican Party (USA), third parties, voter attitudes, voter preferences, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-11

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

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