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Clinton's standing with the public

Since the release of Independent Counsel Ken Starr's report on his sex-and-perjury investigation, President Bill Clinton's job approval rating has remained steady in a series of CNN/USA Today/Gallup surveys.

While many Americans think Clinton should be censured, they do not want him to quit or be removed from office via impeachment, the polls suggest.

The CNN/USA Today/Gallup polls randomly surveyed from about 600 to 1,000 adult Americans, and the margin of sampling error generally ranges from +/- 3 to +/- 5 percentage points.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president?


Clinton job approval chart
CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll


Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?


Congress job approval chart
CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll


As you may now, the House has now impeached Clinton and the case has been sent to the Senate for trial. What do you want your senators to do -- vote in favor of convicting Clinton and removing him from office, or vote against convicting Clinton so he will remain in office?

Note: Clinton was impeached December 19, 1998. Before that point, the wording of the question was as follows:
If the House does vote to impeach Clinton and send the case to the Senate for trial, what would you want your senators to do -- vote in favor of convicting Clinton and removing him from office, or vote against convicting Clinton so he will remain in office?


Convict Clinton chart
CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll


Do you think Bill Clinton should or should not resign now and turn the presidency over to Al Gore?


Clinton resign chart
CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll


Rather than removing President Clinton from office, do you think the Senate should or should not resolve this matter by voting to censure Clinton -- that is, pass a formal resolution expressing disapproval of his actions?

Note: Clinton was impeached December 19, 1998. Before that point, the wording of the question was as follows:
Regardless of whether or not you think Clinton should be impeached, do you think Congress should or should not vote to censure Clinton -- that is, pass a formal resolution expressing disapproval of his actions?


Censure Clinton chart
CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll


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