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Interviews with 1,359 adult Americans, including 745 likely voters, conducted September 11-22, 1996


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Likely Voters' Presidential Choice
Clinton
Dole
Perot
55%
34%
4%
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

Suppose that the 1996 presidential election were being held today and it included Bill Clinton and Al Gore as the Democratic candidates, Bob Dole and Jack Kemp as the Republican candidates, and Ross Perot and Pat Choate as the Reform Party candidates. Would you vote for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, the Democrats -- Bob Dole and Jack Kemp, the Republicans -- or Ross Perot, the Reform Party candidate? (IF UNDECIDED:) As of today, do you lean toward Clinton and Gore, the Democrats, Dole and Kemp, the Republicans, or Perot, the Reform Party candidate?
Likely Voters


Clinton
Dole
Perot
9/11-13
51%
35%
7%
9/12-14
51%
34%
8%
9/13-15
51%
35%
7%
9/14-16
50%
36%
6%
9/15-17
52%
35%
5%
9/16-18
52%
36%
4%
9/17-19
55%
34%
4%
9/18-20
54%
34%
5%
9/19-21
53%
34%
6%
9/20-22
53%
36%
5%

Question to Perot voters: Who would be your second choice for President -- Dole or Clinton?
Likely Voters


Clinton
Dole
9/11-13
54%
37%
9/12-14
54%
38%
9/13-15
54%
37%
9/14-16
52%
39%
9/15-17
54%
37%
9/16-18
53%
38%
9/17-19
57%
35%
9/18-20
56%
36%
9/19-21
56%
36%
9/20-22
55%
37%

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? (IF UNDECIDED: Do you lean more toward the Democratic party's candidate or the Republican party's candidate?)

Likely Voters

Democratic
Republican
9/6-8
50%
40%
9/13-15
52%
42%
9/20-22
48%
45%
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal under all circumstances? (IF CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES) Do you think abortion should be legal under most circumstances or only under a few circumstances?

All Americans

Legal in any circumstances
Legal in most circumstances
Legal in few circumstances
Illegal in all circumstances
9/20-22
23%
12%
37%
18%
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

In general, do you feel that the law covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?

All Americans

More strict
Less strict
Kept as now
9/20-22
61%
9%
26%
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

Which of the following statements better represents your view about welfare -- * Government should limit the amount of money it spends on welfare programs, even if some poor people do not receive assistance, or * Government should provide a basic amount of assistance to all poor people, even if there is no limits on the amount of money the government spends?

All Americans

Limit govt. spending
Assist all poor
Neither*
9/20-22
55%
31%
7%
*=Volunteered response. Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling the situation in Iraq?

All Americans

Approve
Disapprove
9/9-11
57%
22%
9/13-15
56%
24%
9/14-16
53%
26%
9/15-17
56%
25%
9/16-18
55%
25%
9/17-19
55%
25%
Sampling error: +/-3 percentage points

Other Results:

(Editor's Note: These are results of questions asked as part of some of the daily surveys.)

Sept. 17-19

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling the situation in Iraq?

All Americans

Approve
Disapprove
9/9-11
57%
22%
9/13-15
56%
24%
9/14-16
53%
26%
9/15-17
56%
25%
9/16-18
55%
25%
9/17-19
55%
25%
Sampling error: +/-3 percentage points

Sept. 16-18

Regardless of how the economy is doing right now, in general how much responsibility do you think a president has for the state of the economy? Do you think a president is mostly responsible, a president is only partly responsible, or the state of the economy is mostly due to factors beyond a president's control?

All Americans

Mostly Responsible
Partly Responsible
Beyond His Control
9/16-18
17%
56%
22%
Sampling error: +/-3 percentage points

In general, who has the greatest influence over how the economy performs: the federal government, including the President, the Congress, and the Federal Reserve, or non-governmental factors, such as U.S. corporations, U.S. labor, consumers, and international trade? (IF RESPONDENT SAYS "FEDERAL GOVERNMENT") Who do you think has the greatest influence -- a president, the Congress, or the Federal Reserve? (IF RESPONDENT SAYS "NON-GOVERNMENTAL FACTORS") Who do you think has the greatest influence -- U.S. corporations, U.S. labor, international trade, or consumers?

All Americans
Government
(TOTAL)
President
Congress
Federal Reserve
Government/not sure
48%
9%
13%
28%
9%
2%
Non-gov. factors (TOTAL)
Corporations
Labor
Trade
Consumers
Non-government/not sure
38%
17%
3%
5%
10%
2%
Both gov. and non-gov.
No opinion
7%
7%
Sampling error: +/-3 percentage points

Sept. 13-15

Next, a list of seven candidates for president who will appear on the ballot in a significant number of states this November. Supposing that all of these candidates were on the ballot in your state. Which one would you be most likely to vote for -- Bill Clinton, the Democratic candidate, Bob Dole, the Republican candidate, Ross Perot, the Reform Party candidate, Harry Browne, the Libertarian Party candidate, Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate, John Hagelin, the Natural Law Party candidate, or Howard Phillips, the U.S. Taxpayers Party candidate?

Likely Voters
Clinton
Dole
Perot
Nader
Browne
Phillips
Hagelin
49%
33%
6%
2%
1
1
.5%
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

Which candidate do you think would do the better job dealing with this country's moral problems -- Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, or Ross Perot?

Likely Voters

Clinton
Dole
Perot
None*
All equal*
9/13-15
39%
38%
8%
5%
2%
* Volunteered response
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

Which of these statements do you think best describes the condition of morals in the country today:

  1. There is a moral crisis in this country
  2. There are major problems with morals in this country, but it does not represent a crisis
  3. There are no major problems with morals in this country.

Likely Voters

1) Crisis
3) Problems
2) No Problem
9/13-15
52%
38%
6%
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

In your view, should Ross Perot be included in the presidential debates this fall, or not?

Likely Voters

Yes
No
Depends*
9/13-15
60%
35%
1%
* Volunteered response
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

How about the other candidates who are on the ballot in a significant number of states -- such as Harry Browne, Ralph Nader, John Hagelin, and Howard Phillips. Should these candidates be included in the presidential debates this fall, or not?
Likely Voters

Yes
No
Depends*
Some*
9/13-15
41%
48%
2%
2%
* Volunteered response
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points

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? (IF UNDECIDED: Do you lean more toward the Democratic party's candidate or the Republican party's candidate?)

Likely Voters

Democratic
Republican
9/13-15
52%
42%
Sampling error: +/-4 percentage points



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