ABC News HMO Poll, November 1995 (ICPSR 6683)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


This special topic poll sought respondents' views on Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and a range of other issues. Respondents were asked to rate their current health insurance coverage based on the quality of care received, cost, personal attention received from the doctor, ability to make an appointment, ability to see medical specialists when necessary, and ability to receive the most sophisticated medical treatments. Respondents were also asked for their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, the economy, and foreign policy. They were also queried about the 1996 presidential and congressional elections, the recent Republican budget proposal, and with whom they placed the blame for the looming federal government shutdown. The situation in Bosnia was addressed, with questions covering the sending of U.S. troops to Bosnia, Congressional approval of the troop deployment, and whether America's vital interests were at stake. In addition, respondents were asked to name their favorite traditional Thanksgiving dinner food and to specify if they preferred white or dark meat. Demographic variables include age, race, sex, education, political party, political orientation, family income, voter registration history, and health insurance coverage.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC News HMO Poll, November 1995. ICPSR06683-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-15.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Bill, congressional elections, economic policy, foreign policy, government shutdowns, health care services, health insurance, Health Maintenance Organizations, insurance coverage, military intervention, physician availability, physician choice, presidential elections, presidential performance, Thanksgiving

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-11

Universe:    Adults aged 18 years old and older in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-24

Version History:

  • 2006-11-15 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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