ABC News "Good Morning America" Starr Report Poll #3, September 1998 (ICPSR 2640)

Published: Sep 11, 2008

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This special topic poll, fielded September 13, 1998, sought respondents' views on Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's ongoing investigation of President Bill Clinton and the resulting Starr Report, submitted to the United States Congress on September 10, 1998. Respondents were asked for their opinions on whether Congress should hold hearings about the possible impeachment of Clinton or whether Congress should drop the matter. Those queried were asked whether they believed that the details of sexual encounters between Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky were included in the Starr Report to show that Clinton lied or merely to embarrass him. Respondents were also asked whether they believed that Clinton had done anything illegal regarding the Lewinsky matter and whether the president should resign, be impeached, or be censured if it were proven that he either lied under oath or asked his aides to lie under oath. Those queried were asked for their opinions of the Starr Report and the Clinton response to that report, in which the White House argued against impeachment. Respondents were asked whether they believed Starr or Clinton, whether they believed that the Starr Report was fair or politically motivated, and whether this was more a personal matter for Clinton or a public concern. The results of the poll were announced on the ABC television program "Good Morning America." Demographic information on respondents includes sex and political party affiliation.

ABC News. ABC News “Good Morning America” Starr Report Poll #3, September 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-11.

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The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

This data collection was produced by Chilton Research Services, Radnor, PA.

Stratified random digit dialing. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963).

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.


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2008-09-11 The weight variable was corrected and telephone numbers were removed from the data file for confidentiality. SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files and SAS and Stata supplemental files have been added to this data collection. The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis. Question text has been added to the codebook and the data collection instrument has been taken out of the codebook and made into its own file.

1999-02-25 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data contain a weight variable (WGT) that should be used for analysis.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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