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Poll: Americans remain opposed to Clinton impeachment


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, October 12) -- Most Americans remain opposed to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and would prefer that Clinton have more say over the country's direction in the next year than congressional Republicans, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.

Sixty-two percent of all Americans and 55 percent of likely voters say they are opposed to impeachment, while 55 percent of Americans disapprove of how congressional Republicans have been handling the Lewinsky scandal, the survey suggests. Clinton's job approval rating, at 65 percent, shows no sign of slippage.

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The numbers are based on interviews with 1,004 adults, including 461 likely voters, conducted October 9-12. The poll has a margin of sampling error ranging from +/- 3 percentage points for the entire sample to +/- 5 percentage points for smaller subsamples.

Here are the questions and the results:

Question: If the elections for Congress were being held today, which party's candidate would you vote for in your congressional district -- the Democratic party's candidate or the Republican party's candidate?

Likely Voters' Choice for Congress

Democratic 47%
Republican 46%

Sampling error: +/-4% pts

Question: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president?

Clinton Job Approval Rating

Now 65%
October 6-7 63%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Question: As you may know, removing a president from office involves two major steps. First, the House of Representatives must vote on whether there is enough evidence to bring a president to trial before the Senate. This step is called impeachment. Next, the Senate must vote on whether to remove a president from office or not. What would you want your member of the House of Representatives to do: vote in favor of impeaching Clinton and sending the case to the Senate for trial, or vote against impeachment of Clinton?

Your U.S. Representative Should Vote...

                      All      Likely   
                     Americans Voters   
For impeachment        34%       41%    
Against impeachment    62        55     

Sampling error: +/-4% pts

Question: If the House does vote to impeach Clinton and send the case to the Senate for trial, what would you want your Senators to do: vote in favor of convicting Clinton and removing him from office, or vote against convicting Clinton so he will remain in office?

Your U.S. Senators Should Vote...

                      All     Likely   
                    Americans Voters    
For removing Clinton
  from office           31%     35%
Against removing
  Clinton from office   63      58

Sampling error: +/-4% pts

Question: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Congress Job Approval Rating

Now 47%
October 6-7 44%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Question: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the (Republicans/Democrats) in Congress are handling the investigation into the charges against Bill Clinton?

Handling Clinton Investigation

                Approve   Disapprove   
Democrats         44%        46%
Republicans       38         55

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Question: As you may know, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to hold hearings into the charges against Bill Clinton in order to determine whether or not he should be impeached. Do you favor or oppose the decision to hold these hearings?

Decision To Hold Impeachment Hearings

Favor 48%
Oppose 49%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Question: Compared to previous elections, are you more enthusiastic about voting than usual, or less enthusiastic?

Less Enthusiastic About Voting Than Usual

Republicans 36% Democrats 45%

Sampling error: +/-5% pts

Question: How motivated do you feel to get out and vote this year -- extremely motivated, very motivated, somewhat motivated, not too motivated, or not at all?

Extremely or Very Motivated To Vote This Year

Republicans 59%
Democrats 53%

Sampling error: +/-5% pts

Question: Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year -- Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress?

Who Should Have More Influence Over Country?

                 All      Likely
               Americans  Voters
Clinton          53%        50%
GOP in Congress  39         43

Sampling error: +/-4% pts

Question: In terms of publicly stating whether they will vote for or against impeaching Bill Clinton, do you think the candidates for Congress should state their position now, prior to the election, or should they wait to state their position until Congress conducts its own investigation after the election?

Should Candidates State Their Position on Impeachment Now?

Yes 51%
No 45%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Public divided on Kosovo strikes

Question: As you may know, Serbian forces are attacking ethnic Albanian towns in a province of Yugoslavia called Kosovo. Overall, how closely have you followed the situation in Kosovo -- very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Following Situation in Kosovo

Closely 42%
Not closely 58%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Question: Based on what you have read or heard, do you think the United States and its Western European allies should or should not conduct military air strikes against the Serbian forces in Kosovo?

Should U.S. and NATO Conduct Air Strikes In Kosovo?

Yes 42%
No 41%
Unsure 17%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Investigating the President


Tuesday, October 13, 1998

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