Poll: Most approve of Clinton verdict
February 14, 1999
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, February 14) -- Nearly two-thirds of those in a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll approve of the Senate's acquittal of Bill Clinton on both articles of impeachment -- but more than half of those polled do not consider him vindicated.
Clinton's job approval rating remains high at 68 percent, according to the poll, but those who said they had a positive opinion of him as a person were much fewer, or 35 percent.
Only 41 percent of the poll respondents said they approved of the job Congress is doing.
A fourth of those polled said they would like the Senate to debate a censure motion against Clinton, and 42 percent said they would be displeased or angry if the Senate failed to pass a censure resolution.
The pollsters questioned 1,034 adult Americans February 12-13. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
Following are the questions and results:
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling his job as president?"
Do you approve or disapprove of the Senate decision to acquit the president?
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?"
Do you have a positive or negative opinion of Clinton as a person?
Does the Senate acquittal of Clinton vindicate him over the charges for which he was impeached?
Should the Senate debate a censure motion against Clinton, or drop the matter?
If the Senate does not censure Clinton over the charges, how are you likely to feel?
If a formal censure resolution does not pass in the Senate, who do you think will be most responsible?
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