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Poll: Releasing Clinton video wrong

But many will watch anyway

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Most Americans think Congress should not release President Clinton's videotaped testimony before Independent Counsel Ken Starr's grand jury. But that doesn't mean they won't watch it.

The split finding appears in a new poll from CNN and Time magazine. The are five questions in the survey. Results of the first two questions are based on interviews conducted with 1,020 adult Americans on Wednesday and Thursday.

Question:
"As you may know, Congress may release the video of President Clinton testifying before the grand jury. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea to release this video?"
Answer:
Good idea: 28%
Bad idea: 67%

Sampling error: +/-3% points

Question:
"If Congress does release the video of Clinton testifying, are you likely to watch it?"
Answer:
Yes: 48%
No: 50%

Sampling error: +/-3% points

The following results from the CNN/Time magazine poll are based on interviews with 499 adult Americans conducted on Thursday night.

Question:
"Do you think that investigators should have asked Bill Clinton about the explicit details of his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky when he testified before the grand jury in Ken Starr's investigation?"
Answer:
Yes: 39%
No: 57%

Sampling error: +/-4% points

Question:
"Do you think it is fair or unfair for the media to report that members of Congress involved in the investigation of Bill Clinton have had extramarital affairs?"
Answer:
Fair: 47%
Unfair: 48%

Sampling error: +/-4% points

Question:
"Do you think that a member of Congress who has had an extramarital affair should or should not be allowed to vote on whether to impeach Bill Clinton?"
Answer:
Should be allowed: 46%
Should not be allowed: 46%

Sampling error: +/-4% points



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