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  Post-ABC News Poll: Senate Trial

Tuesday, January 12, 1999

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is based on random telephone interviews with 923 adults on January 8-10, 1999. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Clinton Job Approval | Witnesses
Clinton Removal | Censure | Electoral Repercussions

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

Approve: 	62 percent
Disapprove: 	36 
Don't know:  	 1 

2. As you may know, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach Clinton. After each side presents its case in the trial, do you think the Senate should then call witnesses to testify, or should the Senate complete the trial without calling witnesses to testify?
Call witnesses:			41 percent
Without calling witnesses:	55
Don't know:		 	 4

3. Again, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach Clinton and next the Senate will hold a trial to decide whether or not he should be removed from office. Do you think the Senate should or should not remove Clinton from office?
Remove Clinton:		33 percent
Not remove Clinton:	65
Don't know:		 2

4. (ASKED OF 889 RESPONDENTS WHO HAD OPINION IN QUESTION 3) Is it possible you could change your mind about that [whether Clinton should be removed from office], or is your mind definitely made up?

Could change mind:		14 percent
Mind definitely made up:	85
Don't know:			 *
* less than 0.5 percent

5. Do you think the Senate should or should not censure or officially reprimand Clinton for his actions in the Monica Lewinsky matter?

Should censure:		57 percent
Should not censure:	38
Don't know:		 5

6. If your U.S. Senator voted in favor of removing Clinton from office, would that make you more likely to support your senator in the next election, more likely to oppose your Senator for re-election, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?

More likely to support:		19 percent
More likely to oppose:		31
Wouldn't make much difference:	48
Don't know:			 2


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