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Poll: Gender Gap Shows Up In Controversy

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 27) -- Women are more likely than men to give President Bill Clinton the benefit of the doubt in the Monica Lewinsky controversy, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

Virtually all of the drop in Clinton's favorable rating is due to recent changes in how men view Clinton. In interviews conducted at last Friday and Saturday, 60 percent of men held a favorable view of Clinton.

In interviews conducted Sunday and Monday, however, only 48 percent of men held a favorable view, and 48 percent held an unfavorable view.

By contrast, women appear to be standing by Clinton during the most serious crisis to beset his presidency. A majority of women continue to have a favorable view of Clinton, and his favorable rating has actually gone up two points among them.

Clinton's job approval rating among men and women tells an even more compelling story. Clinton's approval rating, between the end of last week and the start of this week, has actually gone up among women. Among men, his approval rating has dropped in that same time. Currently, although a majority of both genders approve of how Clinton is handling his job, there is a 10-point difference between men and women.

The new survey was based on interviews with 864 adult Americans on Sunday and Monday. It has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.5 percentage points for the entire sample, and +/- 5 percentage points for sub-samples of men or women.

Here are the numbers:

Clinton Favorable Rating

Favorable
Unfavorable

Men
48%
57%
Women
48%
38%
Clinton Favorable Rating

Now
Jan. 23-24

Men
48%
60%
Women
57%
55%
Clinton Approval Rating

Now
Jan. 23-24

Men
54%
59%
Women
64%
57%
Clinton Approval Rating

Approve
Disapprove

Men
54%
59%
Women
64%
57%

Clinton's favorability rating

Since the end of last Friday and Saturday, Clinton's favorable rating has gone down slightly, from 57 percent to 53 percent. This modest 4-point drop is not statistically significant, but it may give an early indication that his forceful denial of an affair with Lewinsky on Monday might not have affected public opinion in his favor.

It is also important to note that Clinton's overall approval rating remains virtually unchanged, at 59 percent.

The approval rating is how many Americans approve of the way he is handling his job as president. The favorable rating is how many Americans have a favorable opinion of him personally.

Here are the numbers:

Clinton Favorable Rating
Now
Jan. 23-24
December

53%
57%
58%
Clinton Approval Rating
Now
Jan. 23-24
December

59%
58%
56%
Clinton Is Honest And Trustworthy
Now
Jan. 23-24
December

33%
37%
49%
Who Would You Tend To Believe More?

Monica Lewinsky
Bill Clinton

Now
47%
43%
Jan. 23-24
43%
44%
Approve of How Clinton Is Handling...
Economy
Foreign policy

69%
62%
Do You Believe That Clinton...

Is tough enough
Can get things done
Cares about people
Can bring change

Yes
70%
68%
59%
53%
No
28%
28%
39%
42%
Do You Believe That Clinton...

Shares your values
Shows good judgment
Is honest and trustworthy

Yes
40%
40%
33%
No
56%
56%
62%
Economic Conditions Today
Good
Poor

81%
28%
Allegations That Clinton Had An Affair With...

Monica Lewinsky
Other women (since president)

True
61%
63%
Not true
32%
27%
Allegations That Clinton...

Lied under oath
Tried to obstruct justice

True
56%
48%
Not true
36%
44%
Effect of Scandal On Clinton's Ability to Serve as President
No harm at all
Temporary harm
Permanent harm
Will not remain in office

11%
42%
29%
15%
In Other News

Tuesday Jan. 27, 1998

Clinton: Use Budget Surpluses To Fix Social Security
Lott Charts a Slightly Different Course
Grand Jury Convened Without Lewinsky Testimony
Details Of A Settlement Offer
Lewinsky Allegations Overshadow State Of The Union
White House Scandal At A Glance
Report: Lewinsky Allegedly Forged Document
Hillary Clinton: 'This Is A Battle'
Chelsea Deals With A Scandal

Analysis:
Speech Memorable For What Clinton Didn't Say

Poll:
Clinton Gets A Bounce
Gender Gap Shows Up In Controversy
Most Americans Still Have Confidence In Clinton

Profile:
Kenneth Starr

Transcripts:
President Bill Clinton's State Of The Union Addresss





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