September 23, 1998

Backlash Softens Clinton Slide

But Negative Reaction to Testimony

About this Survey

Results for the survey are based on telephone interviews conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates among a nationwide sample of 1,206 adults, 18 years of age or older, during the period September 19 – 22, 1998. The interviewing was conducted in two waves: 500 interviews were conducted Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, the weekend preceding the release of Bill Clinton’s videotaped grand jury testimony; 706 interviews were conducted Monday, September 21 and Tuesday September 22, following the release of the videotape. For results based the pre-videotape wave, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus of minus 5%. For results based the post-videotape wave, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus of minus 4.5%.

In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.