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Poll: Bad, Good News For Gore

Survey shows support, approval ratings dropping, but most say he's honest

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sep. 12) -- There's good news and bad news for Al Gore in the latest CNN/TIME poll, but it's mostly bad news.

Although Gore is still the front-runner for the 2000 Democratic nomination, his support among Democrats nationwide has dropped by 8 points since March, and his approval rating has also fallen significantly.

Americans polled do not think Gore is a strong and decisive leader, nor do they think he is bringing needed change to government. And, by a 47-43 margin, poll respondents think he is dull.

If the next presidential election were held today, Gore would beat Jack Kemp or Dan Quayle, the poll suggests. But he would not beat Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who holds a miniscule one-point lead over the veep, 44 percent to 43 percent.

The poll of 827 adult Americans was conducted Sep. 10-11, 1997. Most questions have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Democrats' Choice for 2000

Gore
Jackson
Bradley
Gephardt
Kerrey
Kerry
Now
33%
16
14
7
4
4
March
41%
15
8
5
4
3
Asked only of Democrats
Sampling error: +/-5% pts
Presidential Choice in 2000
Bush
Gore
44%
43
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Presidential Choice in 2000
Gore
Quayle
54%
31
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Presidential Choice in 2000
Gore
Kemp
47%
37
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Gore Approval Rating

Approve
Disapprove
Now
51%
33
April
58%
25
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Opinion of Gore

Strong leader
Changing government
Can manage foreign policy
Yes
41%
40
39
No
47%
46
45
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Is Al Gore Dull?
Yes
No
47%
43
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Republicans' Choice in 2000
Bush
Kemp
Quayle
Forbes
Buchanan
Gingrich
Alexander
Ashcroft
Smith
Other
Whitman
19%
13
8
8
5
4
4
2
2
1
5
Asked only of Republicans
Sampling error: +/-5.5% pts

Now, The Good News

Now, the good news for Gore: Most Americans think he is honest and trustworthy enough to be president. The number of Americans who think Gore would make a good president has actually increased since March -- although the public is essentially split 45 percent to 42 percent on that question.

Large majorities believe that he cares about the average American and that he is experienced. And although a plurality thinks that Gore's fundraising activities were inappropriate, only 11 percent believe he did something illegal, and more than eight in ten believe that his fund-raising was not worse than what other politicians do.

Honest and Trustworthy Enough
To Be President?

Gore
Clinton
Yes
57%
48
No
32%
44
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Would Gore Make a Good President?

Yes
No
Now
45%
42
March
34%
49
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Opinion of Gore

Cares about average American
Experienced
Cares about the environment
Yes
63%
68
74
No
27%
23
15
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Gore Fund-raising Activities
Appropriate
Inappropriate
32%
44
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Gore Fund-raising Activities
Illegal
Unethical
Not wrong
11%
39
35
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts
Gore Fund-raising Activities
Worse Than Other Politicians?
Yes
No
9%
83
Sampling error: +/-3.5% pts

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Americans Want Independant Counsel (11/24/97)
Virginia Exit Poll: Governor's Race (11/6/97)
New Jersey Exit Poll: Governor's Race (11/4/97)
New York City Exit Poll: Mayor's Race (11/4/97)
Clinton, Gore Approval Ratings Rise (10/30/97)
America's Leaders Like America's Course (10/13/97)
Americans Want Campaign Reform (9/29/97)
Bad, Good News For Gore (9/12/97)
Congress Returns With High Approval Rating (8/28/97)
More Americans Want Jones vs. Clinton Settled Out Of Court (8/14/97)
Credit For Balanced Budget Deal Goes To GOP (8/1/97)
Clinton, GOP Deserve Credit For Budget (7/28/97)
GOP Congress Out Of Touch, Favors Wealthy (6/30/97)
People Still Care About Washington Scandals (6/3/97)
High Court Correct On Jones Case (6/2/97)
Public Supports Budget Deal By 2-1 Margin (5/8/97)
Few Americans Volunteer Regularly (4/25/97)
Most Say No To Wheelchair In F.D.R. Memorial (4/24/97)
Clinton's Approval Suffering Little (4/21/97)
Majority Says Gingrich Loan 'Inappropriate' (4/18/97)
Clinton's Approval Rating Remains High (3/27/97)
Gore's Poll Numbers Dip (3/14/97)
WSJ/NBC Poll On Fund-Raising (3/13/97)
Is Clinton's Honeymoon Ending? (2/27/97)
Americans Are Split On Clinton's Fund-Raising Tactics (2/27/97)
For 2000, Powell's No. 1 With GOP Voters (2/21/97)
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