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Poll: Too Much Lewinsky Coverage

Most people think there is too much, consider media irresponsible

poll

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 29) -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans think there has been too much news media coverage of allegations that President Bill Clinton had an affair with a young White House intern, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

Seventy-two percent said there has been too much coverage since the scandal broke last week, 22 percent said there has been the right amount and 4 percent say too little.

The survey was based on interviews with 672 adults on Wednesday and has a margin of sampling error of +/- 4 percentage points to +/- 5 percentage points, depending on the question.

QUESTION: Do you think there has been too much coverage of the allegations about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the news media, about the right amount, or too little?

Media Coverage of Allegations of Affair
Too much
Right amount
Too little

72%
22%
4%

QUESTION: Overall, do you feel the news media have acted responsibly or irresponsibly in this matter?

Have Media Acted Responsibly?
Yes
No

37%
55%

QUESTION: In general, which do you think media are more concerned with in their coverage of the allegations made about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky...

(A) Being certain that a news story is accurate before they report it publicly,

OR

(B) Being the first media organization to report a news story

Media Have Been More Concerned With...
Getting it first
Getting it right

77%
19%

QUESTION: How do you think most journalists personally feel about President Clinton's recent troubles concerning these allegations? Do you think...

(A) They enjoy Clinton's difficulties
(B) They are unhappy about the situation
(C) They don't much care one way or the other

Most Journalists' Personal Feelings
Enjoyment
Unhappy
Don't care

33%
22%
40%

Clinton's job approval rating highest ever

In the wake of his State of the Union speech, Clinton's favorable rating has risen by 10 points, and his approval rating, now 67 percent, has never been higher. The effect of Tuesday night's speech, like that of most speeches, will probably only be temporary, but it also extends to the public's view of the allegations that Clinton had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

A majority of the public continues to believe that the two had an affair, but that figure has dropped nine points since the beginning of the week, and the number who believe that Clinton lied under oath about the affair or tried to get Lewinsky to do so have dropped even further. Nonetheless, despite his current high ratings, the public has still not passed final judgment on Clinton. Only 44 percent are satisfied with Clinton's denials in these matters; slightly more -- 47 percent -- feel Clinton needs to say more about these allegations.

Here are the numbers:

Clinton Favorable Rating
Now
Jan. 25-26

63%
53%
Clinton Approval Rating
Approve
Disapprove

67%
28%
Believe Allegations That Clinton...

Had an affair
Lied under oath
Tried to obstruct justice

Now
52%
46%
36%
Jan. 25-26
61%
56%
48%
Clinton's Public Statements
Satisfied with denials
Clinton needs to say more

44%
47%

Skepticism about Lewinsky, Starr

The events of the past few days, including Hillary Clinton's attack on independent counsel Kenneth Starr as well as the press conference by someone claiming to be a former lover of Monica Lewinsky, has also affected public attitudes in these matters.

More than two-thirds currently have an unfavorable view of Lewinsky, and unfavorable views of Starr have also risen. Most Americans believe -- as Mrs. Clinton charged on Tuesday -- that Starr is using the criminal justice system to achieve political ends.

Only 28 percent think that Starr is conducting a fair and impartial investigation. The public is split, however, over whether the current controversy is due more to a right-wing conspiracy or is mostly a result of Clinton's own behavior.

Opinion of Monica Lewinsky

Favorable
Unfavorable

Now
13%
69%
Jan. 24-25
29%
49%
More To Blame For Current Controversy?
Right-wing conspiracy
Clinton's own behavior

44%
46%

Public sets Clinton's personal life aside

While the State of the Union speech made Americans feel more confident about Clinton's ability to carry out his duties as president, a majority continue to say that he sets a bad moral example, and that opinion remains virtually unchanged since the start of the week. Then why is Clinton's approval rating so high? It's because 56 percent say that Clinton's personal life doesn't matter to them, as long as he does a good job of running the country.

Clinton's Ability To Carry Out His Duties

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not confident

Now
42%
34%
22%
Jan. 23-26
28%
35%
36%
Clinton's Moral Example

Good
Poor/TD>

Now
43%
51%
Jan. 23-26
40%
56%
Does Clinton's Personal Life Matter To You?
Yes
Nor

41%
56%
In Other News

Thursday Jan. 29, 1998

Judge Strips Lewinsky Material From Jones Case
Babbitt Forcefully Denies Wrongdoing In Casino Decision
Indictment Against Trie Outlines Fraud, Obstruction
Starr's Subpoena Carefully Crafted, For A Reason
White House Scandal At A Glance
Court Order Expanding Starr's Probe Released

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