Investigating the President

 Bowles Testifies Before Grand Jury (04-02-98)

 White House Supports News Media's Request (04-01-98)

 Starr Investigation Costs Just Shy of $30 Million (04-01-98)

 Landow Not A Clinton Confidant (03-27-98)

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 Ken Starr Discusses His Investigation (04-02-98)

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 Lewinsky Father: Executive Privilege Will Prolong Daughter's Suffering (03-23-98)

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 Legal Documents Released In The Jones v. Clinton Case

 The Willey-Clinton Letters

 The Julie Steele Affidavit

Video On Demand

 CNN Special: What Do We Know? (03-13-98)


Voter's Voice

 Starr vb. Clinton (03-24-98)



 A Chronology: Key Moments In The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

 Cast of Characters In The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal


 Community: Debate the scandal on the AllPolitics messageboard.



Poll: Clinton Should Not Leave Office


President's ratings rebound;
Gore seen as qualified for presidency

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25) -- Although growing numbers of Americans believe that President Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky, and over half the public believes that Clinton lied under oath about that affair, only 23 percent think that it would be better for the country if Clinton left office, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

And the president's approval rating has rebounded to about where it was before news of the scandal broke last week.

A CNN/Time poll conducted on Thursday showed that Clinton's favorable rating had dropped to 52 percent, but today's figures, based on interviews conducted Friday and Saturday, show Clinton's approval rating at 58 percent.


Sixty percent of all Americans now believe that Clinton and Lewinsky had an affair, while an additional 4 percent believe they had sexual relations of some kind but not an full-blown "affair."

Fifty-five percent say that the charges that Clinton perjured himself are true, and 46 percent think that he tried to get Lewinsky to lie under oath; 45 percent do not believe that charge.

But few American believe that those charges are definitely true, and "reasonable doubt" in many minds is probably helping Clinton at this stage of the game. Americans may be suspending judgment on the matter until they get more facts.

Suppose that Monica Lewinsky does strike a deal with Kenneth Starr and testifies that she and Clinton did have sex? If it becomes a case of he-said/she-said, whom will the public believe? Right now, they are split: 44 percent say they would believe Clinton, 43 percent say they would believe Lewinsky.

Clinton Favorable Rating   Who Do You Tend To Believe More?
 December Now   Bill Clinton 44% 
Favorable 58% 57%  Monica Lewinsky 43 
Unfavorable 37 40       

The survey of 903 adult Americans was conducted January 23-24, 1998 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Allegations That Clinton Had An Affair With ...   Allegations That Clinton ...
  True Not true     True Not true