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Poll: Most Americans do not think Clinton will be impeached

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, December 8) -- As the House Judiciary Committee hears President Bill Clinton's defense this week, most Americans remain opposed to the committee voting to impeach the president, a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll shows.

The survey, taken Tuesday evening as the Judiciary Committee hearing was underway, found that 59 percent of Americans want lawmakers on the committee to vote against impeachment, while 34 percent favor a committee vote to impeach Clinton.

The survey found, though, that 59 percent of Americans also believe that whatever happens in the committee, the full House will not vote to impeach Clinton and send the case to the Senate for trial.

The CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll's numbers are based on interviews with 544 adult Americans conducted between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET Tuesday. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 5 percentage points for all but one question. The interviews were conducted while the Judiciary Committee hearing was still in progress and only reflects any effects of the events of Tuesday afternoon on public opinion.

Here are the questions and results:

Question 1: How closely have you been following the congressional impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very closely
Somewhat closely
Not too closely
Not at all
19%
36%
28%
17%

Question 2: As you may know, the House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on whether to recommend impeachment of Bill Clinton to the full House of Representatives. In your view, should the House Judiciary Committee vote for or against impeachment?

To impeach Clinton?
Vote for impeachment
Vote against impeachment
34%
59%

Question 3: For those against impeachment, are you against impeachment because you think Clinton did nothing illegal, or because you think that even if Clinton did something illegal, it is not serious enough to justify impeachment?

Clinton's actions
Not illegal
Not impeachable
Impeachable
8%
48%
34%

(Editor's Note: "Impeachable" means all who said they favored impeachment in Question 2. "Not impeachable" means those who say that even if Clinton did something illegal, it is not serious enough for impeachment. For the question asked of those against impeachment, the margin of sampling error is +/- 6 percentage points.)

Question 4: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats/Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are handling the current investigation into the charges against Bill Clinton?

How Republicans on committee are handling investigation
Approve
Disapprove
34%
49%

How Democrats on committee are handling investigation
Approve
Disapprove
36%
42%

Question 5: Regardless of how you feel about impeachment, what is your best guess -- do you think that eventually the full House of Representatives will or will not vote to impeach Clinton and send the case to the Senate for trial?

Do you think Clinton will be impeached?
Yes
No
37%
59%

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