Polls

A CNN/ USA TODAY/ GALLUP POLL
July 18-21, 1996

RESULTS ARE BASED ON TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS WITH 1,010 ADULT AMERICANS, INCLUDING 866 REGISTERED VOTERS, CONDUCTED JULY 18-21, 1996. FOR RESULTS BASED ON THE TOTAL SAMPLE OF NATIONAL ADULTS, ONE CAN SAY WITH 95% CONFIDENCE THAT THE MARGIN OF SAMPLING ERROR IS 3 PERCENTAGE POINTS. Back to top
1. Suppose that the 1996 presidential election were held today and it included Bill Clinton as the Democratic candidate, Bob Dole as the Republican candidate, and Ross Perot as the Reform Party candidate. Would you vote for Bill Clinton, the Democrat, Bob Dole, the Republican, or Ross Perot, the Reform Party candidate? BASED ON -- 866 -- REGISTERED VOTERS; +/- 4 PCT PTS Undecided/ Clinton Dole Perot other 96 July 18-21 50 33 12 5 96 May 9-12 47 32 19 2 96 Apr 9-10 49 35 15 1 96 Mar 15-17 46 36 16 2 96 Jan 12-15 43 39 16 2 95 Aug 4-7 39 35 23 3 95 Apr 17-19 40 37 18 5 Back to top
2. Now suppose that Richard Lamm were the Reform Party candidate. If the election were held today, would you vote for Bill Clinton, the Democrat, Bob Dole, the Republican, or Richard Lamm, the Reform Party candidate? Undecided/ Clinton Dole Lamm other 96 July 18-21 54 34 6 6 Sampling error: +/-4% pts Back to top
3. If Bill Clinton and Bob Dole were the only candidates running for president in 1996, who would you vote for? BASED ON -- 866 -- REGISTERED VOTERS; +/- 4 PCT PTS DEPENDS/NEITHER/ Clinton Dole No opinion % % % 96 Jul 18-21 56 39 5 96 May 9-12 58 38 4 96 Apr 25-28 58 37 5 96 Apr 9-10 57 40 3 96 Mar 15-17 54 42 4 96 Mar 8-10 54 42 4 96 Feb 23-25 56 40 4 96 Jan 26-29 54 42 4 96 Jan 12-15 48 49 3 96 Jan 5-7 46 49 5 95 Dec 15-18 54 43 4 95 Nov 6-8 53 43 4 95 Sep 22-24 50 45 5 95 Aug 28-30 48 48 4 95 Aug 4-7 46 48 6 95 Jul 20-23 49 45 6 95 Jul 7-9 47 48 5 95 Jun 5-6 46 51 4 95 May 11-14 48 48 4 95 Apr 17-19 48 49 4 95 Feb 3-5 45 51 4 Back to top
4. In you view, is Bob Dole too old to be president? Yes 31% No 66 Sampling error: +/-5% pts 4A. Of those who think Dole is too old: Under 64 30% 65 and older 47 Sampling error: +/-7% pts 4B. How Old Is Dole? 70 or younger 42% Over 70 52 Sampling error: +/-5% pts Back to top
5. How would you rate economic conditions in this country today, excellent, good, only fair, or poor? Excel- Only No lent Good fair Poor opinion % % % % % 96 Jul 18-21 5 38 43 14 * 96 May 9-12 3 27 50 19 1 96 Apr 9-10 1 26 52 20 1 96 Mar 15-17 2 31 48 18 1 96 Jan 5-7 1 28 47 23 1 95 Nov 6-8 2 28 47 22 1 95 May 11-14 2 27 50 20 1 94 Dec 16-18 2 25 52 21 * 94 Nov 2-6 2 28 49 20 1 94 Oct 22-25 1 25 52 21 1 94 Jul 15-17 1 26 52 21 * 94 Apr 22-24 1 23 49 26 1 94 Jan 15-17 * 22 54 24 * 93 Dec 4-6 1 20 57 21 1 93 Nov 2-4 1 16 50 33 * 93 Aug 8-10 * 10 49 40 1 93 Jun 29-30 1 14 52 32 1 93 Feb 12-14 * 14 46 39 1 92 Dec 18-20 2 16 34 47 1 92 Dec 4-6 1 14 41 43 1 92 Oct 23-25 * 11 45 43 1 92 Sep 11-15 1 10 37 51 1 92 Aug 31-Sep 2 1 9 37 53 * 92 Jun 12-14 1 11 47 41 * 92 Apr 9-12 1 11 40 48 * 92 Jan 3-6 * 12 46 41 1 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to top
In your view, who can do the best job handling the economy? Clinton 41% Dole 30 Perot 22 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to top
Next, I will read off the names of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say whether you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of this person -- or if you have never heard of him or her. First, Bill Clinton. Favor- Unfav- Never No able orable Heard of opinion % % % % Bill Clinton 96 Jul 18-21 62 35 0 3 96 May 9-12 60 39 * 1 96 Mar 15-17 58 38 * 4 96 Feb 23-25 60 37 * 3 96 Jan 12-15 54 44 0 2 95 Nov 6-8 59 38 * 3 95 Sep 22-24 55 41 * 4 95 Aug 4-7 51 44 0 5 95 Jul 7-9 57 40 0 3 95 Apr 17-19 56 42 1 1 95 Mar 17-19 51 45 * 4 95 Jan 16-18 56 42 * 2 94 Dec 28-30 48 49 0 3 94 Nov 28-29 50 47 0 3 94 Sep 6-7 47 50 0 3 94 Jul 15-17 49 48 * 3 94 Apr 22-24 56 41 0 3 94 Mar 25-27 56 40 0 4 94 Mar 7-8 59 38 * 3 94 Jan 15-17 60 37 0 3 94 Jan 6-8 62 35 -- 3 93 Nov 19-21 55 41 -- 4 93 Nov 15-16 56 38 -- 6 93 Nov 2-4 54 42 -- 4 93 Sep 24-26 63 32 -- 5 93 Aug 8-10 53 42 -- 5 93 Jul 19-21 51 45 -- 4 93 Jun 5-6 48 44 -- 8 93 Apr 22-24 63 32 -- 5 93 Jan 29-31 65 27 -- 8 93 Jan 18-19 66 26 -- 8 92 Nov 10-11 58 35 -- 7 Back to top
Favor- Unfav- Never No able orable heard of opinion % % % % Bob Dole 96 Jul 18-21 49 44 * 7 96 May 9-12 51 44 1 4 96 Mar 15-17 57 35 1 7 96 Feb 23-25 49 43 1 7 96 Jan 12-15 44 40 3 13 95 Nov 6-8 42 44 4 10 95 Sep 22-24 42 43 4 11 95 Aug 4-7 47 34 4 15 95 Jul 7-9 59 29 4 8 95 Apr 17-19 57 32 2 9 95 Mar 17-19 53 29 5 13 95 Jan 16-18 54 31 4 11 94 Dec 28-30 54 30 4 12 94 Nov 28-29 58 26 6 10 94 Jul 15-17 51 30 7 12 94 Jan 15-17 52 29 4 15 93 Aug 8-10 42 37 -- 21 93 Mar 22-24 54 26 -- 20 Back to top
Favor- Unfav- Never No able orable heard of opinion % % % % Ross Perot 96 Jul 18-21 40 48 1 11 96 May 9-12 38 54 1 7 96 Mar 15-17 44 46 * 10 96 Feb 23-25 38 52 * 10 96 Jan 12-15 37 50 1 12 95 Aug 4-7 40 46 2 12 95 Apr 17-19 41 52 1 6 94 Sep 6-7 40 50 1 9 94 Jul 15-17 39 50 1 10 94 Apr 22-24 37 54 * 9 94 Jan 15-17 36 56 1 7 93 Nov 2-4 44 44 -- 12 93 Aug 8-10 52 38 -- 10 93 Mar 22-24 66 28 -- 6 92 Nov 1-2 46 46 -- 8 92 Oct 22-23 56 32 -- 12 92 Sep 28-30 20 66 -- 14 92 Jul 17-18 38 47 -- 15 92 Jul 16 44 35 -- 21 92 Jul 6-8 44 37 -- 19 92 Jun 26-30 48 34 -- 18 92 Jun 12-14 52 30 -- 18 92 May 18-20 50 25 -- 25 92 May 7-10 48 16 -- 36 92 Apr 20-22 41 23 -- 36 92 Mar 31-Apr 1 32 10 -- 58 Back to top
Favor- Unfav- Never No able orable heard of opinion % % % % Dick Lamm 11 22 67 Sampling error: +/-3% pts Back to top
8. As I read a list of issues being discussed today, please tell me how important the canddiates' positions on each one are to your vote for president in Novemeber? Ext Very Smwhat Not No Imp Imp Imp Imp Opin % % % % % The federal budget deficit 32 47 17 2 2 Welfare policy 28 47 20 3 2 The environment 27 48 21 3 1 Education 42 49 7 1 1 Medicare 32 46 18 3 1 The economy 34 53 10 1 2 Crime 38 53 8 1 * Abortion 23 30 25 20 2 Campaign finance reform 12 29 34 19 6 The issue of gay marriages 16 17 19 45 3 Forign affairs 19 42 32 6 1 Taxes 32 51 14 2 1 Back to top
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling problem of terrorism? Approve 54% Disapprove 30 Sampling error: +/-5% pts Back to top
If the elections for Congress were being held today, which party's candidate would you vote for in your Congressional district -- the Democratic Party's candidate or the Republican Party's candidate? 16A. As of today, would you lean more to the Democratic Party's candidate or to the Republican Party's candidate? BASED ON -- 866 -- REGISTERED VOTERS; 4 PCT PTS Democratic Republican Undecided/ candidate candidate other % % % 96 Jul 18-21 48 44 8 96 Jun 18-19 50 43 7 96 May 9-12 51 44 5 96 Apr 9-10 51 45 4 96 Feb 23-25 48 46 6 96 Jan 12-15 46 47 7 96 Jan 5-7 44 48 8 95 Dec 15-18 49 43 8 95 Nov 6-8 47 46 7 95 Aug 28-30 43 47 10 95 Jul 7-9 46 47 7 94 Nov 2-6 46 46 8 Previous On-Year Elections 92 Sep 28-30 52 39 8 92 Apr 20-22 47 44 9 88 May 13-15 52 37 11 84 Apr 6-9 55 45 -- 80 Aug 15-18 57 34 9 80 Feb/Mar 53 37 10 76 Oct 28-30 (LV) 53 39 8 Back to top

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