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A CNN / Time Poll - January 10-11, 1996



Interviews with 1,000 adult Americans, including 829 registered voters and 342 registered Republicans, conducted January 10-11, 1996. Back to the top
President Clinton's lead over Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in a hypothetical match-up has shrunk from 15 points among registered voters in December to six points now. If the election were held tomorrow, Clinton would beat Dole by a 47%-41% margin among the country's registered voters. Clinton's approval rating has dropped as well -- from 55% in December to 48% today. 45% of all Americans currently disapprove of the way Clinton is handling his job as President. (NOTE: Clinton-Dole horse race figure is reported for all registered voters; ALL other results will be reported for all respondents.) CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Registered Voters' Presidential Choice Now December Clinton 47% 52% Dole 41 37 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Clinton Approval Rating Now December Approve 48% 55% Disapprove 45 36 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to the top
A majority of all Americans believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton has lied about her role in the Whitewater real estate deal or the firing of White House travel office employees. 49% believe Bill Clinton lied about his role in these same matters. 52% of the country also thinks that the suspicions against the Clintons in the controversy over the Whitewater real estate deal are very serious. In 1994, only 38% thought those charges were very serious. 49% also believe that the firing of personnel in the White House travel office is also a very serious issue. CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Did Hillary Clinton Lie About Role in Whitewater? Yes 52% No 27 Unsure 21 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Did Bill Clinton Lie About Role in Whitewater? Yes 49% No 32 Unsure 19 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Suspicions Against Clintons In Whitewater Controversy Now 1994 Very serious 52% 38% Not very serious 37 52 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to the top
The number of Americans with a favorable impression of Hillary Rodham Clinton has dropped from 57% in December to 43% today. The public is evenly divided over whether the level of her involvement in policy is appropriate. 47% of the general public says that her involvement in national policy is appropriate; 46% say it is inappropriate. In 1994, 56% found her involvement in policy appropriate. 39% of the country says she is more ethical than most politicians; 37% say she is not. In 1994, 50% found her more ethical than most politicians. Nonetheless, by a 49%-43% margin, Americans approve of how she is handling her role as First Lady. CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Opinion of Hillary Clinton Now December Favorable 43% 57% Unfavorable 46 33 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Hillary Clinton's Invovlement in Policy Now 1994 Appropriate 47% 56% Inappropriate 46 38 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Is Hillary Clinton More Ethical Than Most Politicians? Now 1994 Yes 39% 50% No 37 21 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 How Hillary Clinton is Handling Her Role as First Lady Approve 49% Disapprove 43 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to the top
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole continues to lead all other Republican presidential candidates by a greater than four-to-one margin. If the election were held today, 42% of all registered voters who call themselves Republicans would vote for Dole. Bunched in a statistical tie for a distant second place are Steve Forbes at 9%, Phil Gramm at 8%, and Pat Buchanan at 7%. One reason for Dole's frontrunner status is that five out of six Americans are familiar with the Kansas Republican. Two-thirds of the country is not familiar with Forbes; half of all Americans are unfamiliar with Gramm, and over a third say they are unfamiliar with Buchanan. Dole's favorable rating, at 46%, lags behind Clinton's. (NOTE: Republican horse race numbers are for registered Republicans. ALL other results in this file are reported for all respondents.) CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Registered Republicans' Choice for Nomination Dole 42% Alexander 3% Forbes 9 Keyes 3% Gramm 8 Lugar 1% Buchanan 7 Dornan 1% Sampling error: +/-5% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Unfamiliar With GOP Candidates Forbes 67% Gramm 51 Buchanan 38 Dole 16 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Opinion of Dole Favorable 46% Unfavorable 34 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Opinion of Clinton Favorable 56% Unfavorable 40 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Only 43% of the general public thinks Dole should temporarily step down from his post as Senate Majority Leader while he is running for President; 48% don't think he should do so. A majority of the country approves of the way he is handling that job. CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Should Dole Temporarily Step Down As Majority Leader? Yes 43% No 48 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 How Dole is Handling Job as Majority Leader? Approve 52% Disapprove 33 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to the top
The public takes a dim view of recent suggestions by Clinton and some GOP leaders that the unresolved issues in the budget talks might be resolved in the election in November rather than settled now. Only 29% of the general public says that those issues should be debated during the coming presidential campaign and settled by the President and Congress elected in November. Nearly six in ten Americans want to see the two sides reach a budget agreement as quickly as possible. CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Budget Agreement Should Be Reached... As quickly as possible 59% After election 29 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to the top
President Clinton continues to lose the advantage in public opinion that he had gained in the first government shutdown. In early December, 51% thought that Clinton had acted more responsibly than the GOP leaders in Congress in the budget negotiations. Today, only 43% feel that way about him. But just 33% say that the GOP leadership has acted more responsibly than Clinton. Overall, 48% approve of how Clinton has handled the budget negotiations; 41% say that about Dole; and only a quarter approve of how Newt Gingrich has handled the budget negotiations. CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Who Has Acted More Responsibly In Budget Negotiations? Now December Clinton 43% 51% GOP 33 32 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Approval Ratings for Budget Negotiations Clinton 48% Dole 41 Gingrich 26 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to the top
Half the country continues to oppose the presence of U.S. troops in Bosnia, although that opposition is down slightly from December. But although only 41% of all Americans approve of U.S. troops in the Balkans, 54% think Clinton is doing a good job of handling the situation in Bosnia. CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Now December Approve 41% 36% Disapprove 50 57 Sampling error: +/-3% pts CNN/TIME POLL January 10-11 Clinton's Handling of Situation in Bosnia Now December Good job 54% 43% Poor job 29 43 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to the top


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