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Is Clinton's Honeymoon Ending?

By Keating Holland/CNN


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 27) -- President Bill Clinton's second honeymoon may be coming to an end, according to the latest CNN/USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. A majority of Americans disapprove of how he is handling taxes, the deficit, health care and Medicare.

The number of Americans who approve of how he is handling each of those issues has dropped significantly since 1996. In addition, a majority once approved of how Clinton was handling foreign affairs and crime, but those figures have dropped under 50 percent today. Clinton still gets high marks, however, on the economy, education, race relations and welfare policy.

The poll of 1,036 adults, including 379 parents of children under 18, was conducted Feb. 24-26, 1997. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

Here are the numbers:

Clinton Approval
Rating on Issues

Education        58 percent
Economy          56
Race relations   54
Welfare          51
Taxes            39
Health care      37
Medicare         35
Deficit          33
Clinton Approval
Rating on Issues

                    Now      August 1996

Foreign affairs   46 percent  53 percent
Crime             45          56

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New Jersey Exit Poll: Governor's Race (11/4/97)
New York City Exit Poll: Mayor's Race (11/4/97)
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More Americans Want Jones vs. Clinton Settled Out Of Court (8/14/97)
Credit For Balanced Budget Deal Goes To GOP (8/1/97)
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GOP Congress Out Of Touch, Favors Wealthy (6/30/97)
People Still Care About Washington Scandals (6/3/97)
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Most Say No To Wheelchair In F.D.R. Memorial (4/24/97)
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