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A CNN / Time Poll - March 6-7, 1996


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Interviews were conducted with 826 registered voters on March 6-7, 1996. Back to the top
CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Registered Voters' Presidential Choice Now February Clinton 49% 52% Dole 40 39 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Registered Voters' Presidential Choice Clinton 46% Dole 33 Perot 14 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Who Would Do Better Job Helping the Middle Class? Clinton 51% Dole 35 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Who Would Do Better Job Looking Out for People Like You? Clinton 48% Dole 37 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Does Dole Have Vision For the Future? Yes 43% No 45 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts Back to the top
But Dole has his strengths as well. Pluralities of registered voters believe Dole would do a better job than Clinton on reducing the federal deficit and improving the country's moral climate. And despite Clinton's current nine-point lead over Dole, the two candidates are about evenly matched on a number of key issues, including the economy, foreign policy, and crime. CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Who Would Do Better Job On... Dole Clinton Federal deficit 45% 39% Moral issues 45 39 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Who Would Do Better Job On... Clinton Dole Economy 45% 42% Foreign policy 43 44 Crime 42 41 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts Back to the top
More than half of all registered Republicans choose Dole from among the remaining GOP candidates as their preference for the party's nominee. But 47% of registered Republicans say they would like to see someone else besides those candidates run for the nomination; 49% say they are satisfied with the choice of candidates. Only 36% of Republican voters nationwide say that Pat Buchanan should withdraw from the GOP race; 44% say that about Steve Forbes. CNN/TIME POLL Match 6-7 Registered Republicans' Choice for Nomination Dole 52% Buchanan 18 Forbes 14 Keyes 5 Dornan 3 Sampling error: +/-5.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 REGISTERED REPUBLICANS Satisfied with GOP Field? Yes 49% No 47 Sampling error: +/-5.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 REGISTERED REPUBLICANS Should Buchanan Drop Out? Yes 36% No 50 Sampling error: +/-5.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 REGISTERED REPUBLICANS Should Forbes Drop Out? Yes 44% No 45 Sampling error: +/-5.5% pts Back to the top
Registered Republicans are closely divided over whether the GOP's vice-presidential nomination should go to someone who supports or opposes restrictions on abortion. 40% want a vice-presidential candidate who supports abortion restrictions; 43% want someone on the ticket who opposes abortion restrictions. One candidate in the latter category -- Colin Powell -- would help the party at the polls. Although Clinton beats Dole by a nine point margin, a Dole/Powell ticket would beat Clinton and Al Gore in a two-way race by a 47%- 45% spread if the election were held today. CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 REGISTERED REPUBLICANS V.P. Nominee's Stand on Abortion Oppose restrictions 43% Support restrictions 40 Sampling error: +/-5.5% pts CNN/TIME POLL March 6-7 Registered Voters' Choice for President Dole/Powell 47% Clinton/Gore 45 Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts Back to the top


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