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ABC News Clinton Poll #1, January 1992 (ICPSR 9885)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This survey focused on the candidacy of Bill Clinton in the early stages of the 1992 presidential race. Those surveyed were asked how closely they had been following the presidential election, for whom they would vote if their state held a Democratic primary or caucus for president, the candidate towards whom they were leaning at the time of the interview, whether they would vote for Bush or Clinton for president if the election were held the day of the interview, and whether they had a favorable impression of Clinton. Concerning Clinton's alleged extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers, respondents were asked whether they could vote for a presidential candidate who had been involved in an extramarital affair, whether they had heard about the allegations that Clinton had had such an affair, whether they had seen Clinton's response to this allegation on television, and whether they approved of Clinton's response. Additionally, respondents were asked whether they agreed with Clinton's assertion that the question of whether or not he had an extramarital affair was between him and his wife, whether the allegation of an affair made respondents more or less likely to vote for Clinton, and if the question of whether or not Clinton had an extramarital affair should be an issue in the presidential election. Along the same lines, respondents were asked whether the news media should continue to look into alleged extramarital affairs involving Clinton or any other political candidate, whether Clinton should withdraw from the race if it turned out that he did have an affair with Flowers, whether his withdrawal should be based on having had the affair or having denied it, and whether Clinton or Flowers had told the truth. Background information on respondents includes political alignment and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS CLINTON POLL #1, JANUARY 1992. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-05-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09885.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09885.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, Bush, George H.W., Clinton, Bill, Flowers, Gennifer, media coverage, presidential candidates, presidential elections, public opinion, voter preferences

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992-01-27

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-01-27

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used with 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:   1993-02-14

Version History:

  • 2007-05-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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