Interviews with 1,000 adult Americans conducted December 15-18, 1995.
Clinton's overall position during this current government shutdown is strong, but not as strong as it was during the first government shutdown in November. If the election were held today, Clinton would beat Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, 52 percent to 43 percent. That nine-point lead is a comfortable one, but has dropped significantly from the 16-point lead Clinton had over Dole midway through the previous government shutdown. Similarly, Clinton's approval rating, at 51 percent, is nearly identical to the 53 percent approval rating he had midway through the last shutdown. But the number of Americans who disapprove of how he is handling his job as president has risen from 38 percent during the first shutdown to 44 percent today.
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