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Gore's approval rating right up there with Clinton's

January 31, 1999
Web posted at: 5:50 p.m. EST (2250 GMT)

(AllPolitics, January 31) -- How does Vice President Al Gore compare to President Bill Clinton in the public's mind?

The latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 1,031 adults, conducted January 22-24, shows that Gore's approval rating is almost as high as that of his boss: 64 percent approve of how Gore is handling his job as vice president, compared with 69 percent who approve of how Clinton is handling his job.

But a majority of Americans say they have a positive view of Gore as a person, while most Americans have a negative view of Clinton personally. Americans believe that Gore is honest and trustworthy and that he provides good moral leadership -- two qualities on which the public gives Clinton low marks.

But when it comes to his close association with Clinton, the bottom line for Gore is mixed: 36 percent say they are more likely to vote for Gore because of his close association with Clinton, but 39 percent say they are less likely to vote for him for that same reason. One in five Americans say that Gore's association with Clinton will not affect their votes.


Job approval ratings
Al Gore 64%
Bill Clinton 69%
 
Thinking about him as a person, what is your view of ...
  Positive Negative
Gore 59% 25%
Clinton 40% 53%
 
Honest and trustworthy?
  Yes No
Gore 69% 23%
Clinton 24% 74%
 
Provides good moral leadership?
  Yes No
Gore 71% 22%
Clinton 20% 79%
 
Can get things done?
  Yes No
Gore 58% 30%
Clinton 82% 17%
 
Can Al Gore get things done?
  Yes No
Now 58% 30%
August 47% 35%
 
Effect on vote of Gore's close association with Clinton:
More likely to vote for Gore 36%
Less likely to vote for Gore 39%
No effect on vote 21%
 
The poll's sampling error was +/-3

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