ABC News "Nightline" GOP Strategy Poll, May 1998 (ICPSR 2490)

Published: Oct 16, 2009

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This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the presidency and on the GOP (Republican Party), specifically in regard to the actions of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton, Gingrich, and the United States Congress, and to compare Clinton and Gingrich in the areas of honesty, personal moral and ethical standards, and the ability to understand the problems of the American people. Respondents were asked whether they believed Gingrich's charge of a White House cover-up of Clinton wrongdoing, including possible lawbreaking, and what motivated Gingrich to make such allegations. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Nightline." Background information on respondents includes sex, political party, political orientation, and impression of the conservative Christian political movement.

ABC News. ABC News “Nightline” GOP Strategy Poll, May 1998  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-10-16.

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