ABC News Clinton Statement #2 Poll, August 1998 (ICPSR 2633)

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This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the presidency and the August 17, 1998, statement made by President Bill Clinton in which he admitted to having an "inappropriate" relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Respondents were asked for their opinions of President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton and their respective positions. Those queried were also asked to assess Clinton's honesty and trustworthiness, his moral and ethical standards, and his leadership ability. A series of questions addressed the investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr into Clinton's behavior. Questions concerned whether respondents believed that Clinton obstructed justice, whether Clinton should resign, whether Congress should remove him from office, and whether the scandal had damaged Clinton's ability to serve effectively as president. Additional questions called for speculation regarding Starr's motivations, and when Hillary Clinton first knew of her husband's relationship with Lewinsky. Background information on respondents includes political party and sex.

ABC News. ABC News Clinton Statement #2 Poll, August 1998  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999-02-25.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • ABC News. ABC NEWS CLINTON STATEMENT #2 POLL, AUGUST 1998. ICPSR version. Horsham, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.


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