ABC News Pre-Election Poll #3, October 1998 (ICPSR 2649)

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This special topic poll, fielded October 29-November 1, 1998, sought respondents' views on the upcoming November 2, 1998, congressional elections. Respondents were asked for their opinions of President Bill Clinton, the United States Congress, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the nation's economy, and the direction of the country. Those queried were asked to rate the likelihood that they would vote in the election and to declare which party's candidates they intended to vote for. Respondents were also asked whether their decisions were driven by a desire to express support for or opposition to either Clinton or the Republican Congress. Their views were sought on the importance of the following issues in their electoral decisions: education, taxes, the Clinton/Lewinsky matter, Social Security, health care, moral and ethical standards, the economy, and jobs. Additional topics covered the future of Clinton's second term, the impeachment hearings and surrounding investigations, the Republicans' handling of the investigation, and whether Clinton's relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky had damaged his ability to serve effectively as president. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, political party, political orientation, education, race, religion, voter registration and participation history, family income, marital status, employment status, labor union membership, and age of children in household.

ABC News. ABC News Pre-Election Poll #3, October 1998  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999-03-18.

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  • ABC News. ABC NEWS PRE-ELECTION POLL #3, OCTOBER 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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