ABC News/Washington Post Pre-Election Poll, March 1996 (ICPSR 6817)

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This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the 1996 presidential election. Respondents were asked for their opinions on how well President Bill Clinton and the United States Congress were handling their respective jobs. Given a myriad of presidential election pairings, those queried were also asked to identify for whom they would vote. Choices included Democratic candidate Bill Clinton versus Republican hopefuls Bob Dole, Steve Forbes, Pat Buchanan, and Ross Perot. The 1996 congressional elections were also addressed. Background variables include age, race, sex, education, family income, religion, political party, political orientation, and voter registration status.

ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/Washington Post Pre-Election Poll, March 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-05-20.

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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.

Adults 18 years old and older in the United States.

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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/The Washington Post. ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST PRE-ELECTION POLL, MARCH 1996. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.