CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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
-- 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.