ABC News "20/20" Female Body Image Poll, March 1996 (ICPSR 6818)

Published: Jul 3, 2007

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This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the presidency and on the issue of female body image. Respondents were asked for their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, as well as their predictions for the 1996 presidential election. A series of questions addressed the physical features of women that are most important to men -- specifically, the importance given to the size and appearance of female breasts was considered. Other topics covered breast implants and surgical procedures to alter a woman's appearance. Demographic variables include age, education, sex, and political party.

ABC News. ABC News “20/20” Female Body Image Poll, March 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-03.

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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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