ABC News "20/20" Female Body Image Poll, March 1996 Archival Version


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.

Adults 18 years old and older in the United States.

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.

2007-07-03 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

(1) 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. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site. (3) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

Metadata Access
Creator ABC News
Publisher ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Publication Year 1998
Rights Delivery; This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
OpenAccess true
Contact ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Language English
Resource Type Dataset; survey data
Discipline Social Sciences