But a majority feels her decision was based on the facts of the case
By Keating Holland/CNN
WASHINGTON (Dec. 3) -- Most Americans disagree with Attorney General Janet Reno's decision not to appoint independent counsels to investigate President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.
But a majority of people surveyed give the attorney general the benefit of the doubt that her decision was based on the facts of the case. Only 39 percent of the public thinks that the main reason for her decision was to protect Clinton.
The public feels the same way about her decision in Gore's case by almost identical numbers.
Nonetheless, most Americans say she should have appointed an independent counsel to investigate both men.
Reno's standing with the public has not been hurt by her decision; a majority of the public has confidence in her ability to investigate future allegations about Clinton administration officials in an impartial manner. And her favorable rating, at 48 percent, is identical to her favorable rating in October.
Clinton and Gore's favorable ratings are also nearly identical to their last measure in October.
Only about one in six Americans currently believe that Clinton or Gore's fund-raising activities last year were illegal. That represents a slight drop from the number who said so in October.
The survey of 599 adult Americans was taken Tuesday and has a margin of error of +/-5 percentage points. All interviews were conducted after Reno's press conference announcing her decision on the independent counsels.
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