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Release: Immediate

Media Advisory: Heartland Poll

1998 results to be released at Oct. 22 news conference

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The results of the 1998 Heartland Poll will be presented at a news conference Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Room W401, Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the University of Iowa campus.

The Heartland Poll, created in 1988 by Arthur Miller, a UI political science professor, is a unique political opinion poll that gathers data from Iowans and residents of six surrounding states. The Poll is conducted in election years by the Iowa Social Science Institute, which Miller directs. In recent years the Poll has grown to include a national sample, allowing Miller to compare Iowans' opinions with those of the rest of the country.

This year's Poll will compare evaluations of current political sentiments in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and the region as a whole. It is the first Midwest regional survey extensively examining public reaction to the Clinton/Lewinsky affair and impeachment proceedings.

Topics addressed in this year's Poll include:

-- Who does the public perceive to be the victims and villains in the Clinton/Lewinsky affair and impeachment issue?

-- What are the current approval ratings of Clinton, Congress, and other principle actors in the scandal?

-- How do public evaluations of Clinton's character in 1998 compare with previous Heartland Poll surveys, particularly evaluations of perceived morality, leadership, and compassion for others?

-- How do Midwesterners evaluate Hillary Clinton's character given her response to the affair?

-- What impact will Midwestern reaction to the scandal and impeachment question have on election turnout and on the fortunes of Republican and Democratic candidates?

-- What resolution of the impeachment question do Midwesterners favor?

Copies of the report and poll data will be available at the news conference. If you are unable to attend but wish to receive information about the poll, contact Mary Geraghty, University News Service (319) 384-0011.

The Pappajohn Business Administration Building is located on Clinton Street, between Jefferson and Market Streets on the UI campus. Nearby parking is metered.