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ABC News/Washington Post Government Shutdown Poll, November 1995 (ICPSR 6684)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the 1995 federal government shutdown as well as their opinions of President Bill Clinton, the United States Congress, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, and the Senate majority leader Bob Dole. Respondents were asked to indicate their level of trust in the federal government, with whom they placed blame for the federal government shutdown, and whether they supported the latest Republican budget proposal. Respondents were also asked if they experienced any personal inconvenience as a result of the shutdown and if they considered the country to be in a state of crisis. Demographic variables include respondent's sex, race, level of education, political orientation, and family income.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Government Shutdown Poll, November 1995. ICPSR06684-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-12-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06684.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06684.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    balanced budget, Clinton Administration (1993-2001), Clinton, Bill, Dole, Bob, federal budget, Gingrich, Newt, government agencies, government employees, government services, government shutdowns, government spending, national politics, political attitudes, political perceptions, Republican Party (USA), trust in government, United States Congress, voter attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-11

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Adults 18 years of age and older in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    This poll was conducted on a nationally representative sample of the adult population, with sample balancing of sex, race, age, and education. Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    A weight variable with two decimal places ("WEIGHT") is included in the data and must be used in any analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-05-20

Version History:

  • 2013-12-18 The data were reformatted from CARD-image (three records per case) to LRECL (one record per case). SPSS, SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited file and an R data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.

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