CBS News Clinton/Ethics Poll, June 1997 (ICPSR 4491)

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This poll, conducted June 10-11, 1997, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. Respondents of this poll were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton, and his handling of the presidency, and other issues such as foreign policy and the economy. A series of questions solicited respondents' opinions about race relations including how respondents felt race relations were in the United States, how respondents felt race relations were in their communities, how they felt race relations would change four years in the future, how important an issue respondents felt race relations were to the future of the United States, and whether they thought race relation issues were within the presidents' control. Other race-related questions addressed whether respondents thought Bill Clinton cared about Black people, respondents' opinion about the degree of progress that has been made with the elimination of racial discrimination, and whether respondents expected to see full equality for Black people in their lifetime. Views were sought on the Paula Jones lawsuit and included questions that addressed whether the lawsuit would interfere with the president's ability to effectively perform his job and the respondents' opinion about the validity of the claims of both President Clinton and Paula Jones. Views were also sought on the death penalty and on the recent conviction of Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. Demographic variables include sex, race, age, marital status, household income, education level, type of residential area (e.g. urban or rural), presence of children and teenagers in the household, political party affiliation, voter participation history and registration status, and political philosophy.

CBS News. CBS News Clinton/Ethics Poll, June 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-07-02.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1997-06-10 -- 1997-06-11

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The variables AREACODE and EXCHANGE were recoded for confidentiality.

The original data file contained three records per case and was reformatted into a data file with one record per case.

ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID.

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).

Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having a telephone at home.

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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:
  • CBS News. CBS News Clinton/Ethics Poll, June 1997. ICPSR04491-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-07-02.

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