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  Washington Post-ABC News Poll
Jan. 22-25, 1998

Monday, Jan. 26, 1998

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is based on random telephone interviews with 1,537 adults on January 23-25. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Presidential Job Approval | Favorability Rating
Clinton Believability | Media Coverage

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

           -------Approve-----------    -------Disapprove--------   No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly  opin.
1/25/98     59     31         28         37      13        25        4
1/19/98     60     24         36         35      15        19        5
1/13/98     62     NA         NA         31      NA        NA        7
11/12/97    59     NA         NA         35      NA        NA        6
10/13/97    59     NA         NA         36      NA        NA        6
8/27/97     58     NA         NA         37      NA        NA        5
7/8/97      64     NA         NA         31      NA        NA        5
6/8/97      59     NA         NA         36      NA        NA        5
4/24/97     56     NA         NA         39      NA        NA        5
3/25/97     56     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       11
3/9/97      55     NA         NA         41      NA        NA        4
10/8/96 #   58     NA         NA         38      NA        NA        4
10/8/96 ##  59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA        4
9/4/96 ##   57     NA         NA         38      NA        NA        4
8/5/96      59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA        4
6/30/96     56     NA         NA         39      NA        NA        5
5/22/96     58     20         37         39      17        22        3
3/31/96     52     21         30         40      16        25        8
3/17/96     53     19         34         45      19        26        2
3/10/96     55     23         32         40      17        24        4
4/21/96     51     NA         NA         43      NA        NA        6
1/7/96      53     22         31         43      16        28        4
11/19/95    54     NA         NA         41      NA        NA        5
11/13/95    54     20         34         41      20        21        5
10/1/95     52     17         35         43      19        24        5
7/17/95     51     14         37         45      20        25        4
6/8/95      47     NA         NA         45      NA        NA        8
5/14/95     56     20         36         41      23        18        3
3/19/95     52     17         35         45      19        26        3
3/5/95      46     NA         NA         49      NA        NA        4
1/29/95     54     20         34         43      21        22        3
1/4/95      45     13         31         51      22        29        5
12/20/94    44     NA         NA         50      NA        NA        6
11/6/94 ##  52     20         32         43      16        26        5
10/31/94    48     17         31         49      19        30        3
10/23/94    49     18         31         48      19        29        4
10/9/94     45     13         32         51      21        30        4
9/25/94     44     13         31         51      20        31        5
9/11/94     46     15         30         51      19        33        3
8/16/94     44     NA         NA         51      NA        NA        5
8/7/94      47     17         31         47      20        27        5
6/26/94     50     16         34         44      17        28        6
5/15/94     51     19         32         44      17        28        4
3/27/94     57     23         34         41      16        25        3
3/22/94     47     NA         NA         45      NA        NA        7
3/08/94     52     NA         NA         40      NA        NA        8
2/27/94     58     20         38         38      15        23        4
1/23/94     56     22         34         34      14        20       10
1/9/94      59     20         39         36      15        21        4
12/19/93    58     22         36         40      20        20        3
11/14/93    49     16         33         45      20        25        6
10/31/93    52     17         35         41      17        24        7
10/10/93    51     20         31         43      18        25        5
10/3/93     52     19         33         36      14        22       12
9/19/93     51     NA         NA         41      NA        NA        8
8/8/93      45     16         29         51      19        32        4
6/28/93     43     13         29         50      19        31        7
6/15/93     45     NA         NA         48      NA        NA        7
5/23/93     46     17         30         48      18        30        6
4/26/93     59     22         37         39      17        21        2
2/28/93     60     28         32         33      11        22        7
2/23/93     63     28         35         30      11        19        7
2/14/93     54     23         31         31      15        16       15

2. Are you satisfied that Clinton has the honesty and integrity to serve effectively as president?

                     Yes     No   No Opin. 
1/25/98               51     45      4
10/13/97              55     44      2
3/9/97                53     45      2
10/9/94               53     44      3
8/16/94               53     45      2
1/23/94               63     31      5
1/9/94                60     36      4
1/17/93               74     23      3
11/1/92  #            49     44      7
10/21/92 #            51     41      8
8/23/92  #            52     43      5
7/19/92  #            61     27     11
7/15/92  #            52     40      8
3/18/92  ##           42     45     12
3/11/92               49     41     10

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?

               Approve        Disapprove        No opinion
1/25/98           56              37                 8
1/19/98           47              49                 5
10/13/97          36              57                 7
8/27/97           39              54                 7
7/8/97            40              53                 6
4/24/97           40              53                 7
3/9/97            35              60                 5
8/5/96            42              52                 7
6/30/96           35              58                 7
5/22/96           35              60                 5
3/10/96           30              64                 6
1/7/96            31              65                 5
11/19/95          27              68                 5
10/1/95           32              65                 3
7/17/95           34              63                 3
3/19/95           39              56                 5
1/29/95           42              52                 6
10/31/94          21              72                 8
10/23/94          18              78                 4
9/11/94           24              70                 5
6/26/94           34              61                 5
3/27/94           35              62                 3
2/27/94           32              64                 4
1/23/94           29              60                11
11/14/93          28              66                 6
8/8/93            33              64                 3
4/26/93           30              69                 2
1/17/93           29              66                 6
4/9/92            17              78                 5
3/18/92           19              76                 5
3/8/92            22              73                 6
2/2/92            32              64                 4
12/15/91          35              59                 6
10/21/91          45              50                 5
6/2/91            49              46                 5
10/14/90          34              63                 3
2/4/90            41              55                 4
1/16/90           39              55                 6
8/21/89           42              53                 5
5/23/89           54              44                 2
2/14/89           53              44                 3
1/23/88*          43              53                 4
6/1/87*           56              40                 4
6/22/85*          54              37                 9
5/83*             33              43                24
6/81*             38              40                22
6/79*             19              61                20
9/78*             29              49                22
6/77*             34              42                24
6/75*             29              54                17
8/74*             48              35                17
* Gallup

4. I'm going to read you a few names. For each, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. How about (Read name)?

Summary table:
                Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
Bill Clinton       54           42             5
Al Gore            55           29            16
Full wording and Trend (where available):
Bill Clinton
                    Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
1/25/98                54            42               5
1/19/98                59            35               6
1/12/98                59            33               7
10/13/97               59            37               4
9/10/97                57            38               5
3/9/97                 60            38               3
9/4/96 ##              58            38               4 
6/30/96                56            38               5
10/30/95               54            41               6
7/17/95                59            38               3
6/8/95                 53            43               4
3/19/95                55            42               3
10/31/94               51            44               5
5/15/94                57            40               3
3/27/94                59            37               4
1/23/94                60            32               8
11/14/93               58            37               5 
11/11/93               52            43               6
8/8/93                 56            39               5
4/26/93                59            29              12
2/23/93                59            30              11
1/17/93                68            20              11
10/18/92 #             56            36               8
9/27/92  #             55            36               9
8/23/92  ##            54            36              10
7/19/92  ##            58            23              18
7/8/92                 52            33              15
6/7/92                 41            38              21
3/18/92                37            37              26
3/11/92                39            31              30
2/2/92                 37            24              39
1/27/92                23            11              66
10/21/91               13             9              78
Al Gore
                  Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
1/25/98                55          29          16
1/19/98                48          36          17
10/13/97               45          40          15
9/10/97                49          33          19
4/24/97                53          29          19
3/9/97                 56          29          15
3/19/95                57          27          16
10/31/94               41          37          22
5/15/94                58          27          15
3/27/94                57          25          18
11/14/93               56          28          15
8/23/92 ##             52          19          29 
7/19/92 ##             55          12          33

5. (and 6) As you may know, allegations are being reported that Clinton had an affair for a year and a half with a 21-year-old intern worker at the White House. Clinton has denied it. Are you inclined to think Clinton did or did not have an affair with an intern at the White House, or don't you know enough about it to say? (IF NO OPINION:) Well, if you had to guess, are you inclined to think Clinton did or did not have this affair?

         -----Think he did-----     -----Think he didn't---    No 
         NET  Think so  Lean yes    NET  Think not  Lean no   opin.
1/25/98  57     44       14         34     23        11        8

7. Do you think the question of whether Clinton had an affair with a 21-year-old intern at the White House is an important issue, or not important? (IF IMPORTANT, THEN ASK:) Do you think it's very important, or somewhat important?

            ----Important Issue----    
            NET    Very    Somewhat     Not important    No opinion
1/25/98     47     33        14             52               1

8. If this affair did happen, would you want Clinton to remain in office as president, or would you want him to resign the presidency?

           Remain in office    Resign presidency    No opinion
1/25/98          59                 36                   5

9. If this affair did happen and if Clinton did not resign, is this something for which Clinton should be impeached, or not?

           Should be     Should not be       No
           impeached      impeached       opinion
1/25/98       30             64               5

10. (and 11) There also are allegations that Clinton, through one of his advisers, told the woman to lie in a legal document about whether she had an affair with him. Are you inclined to think Clinton did or did not tell this woman to lie in a legal document, or don't you know enough about it to say?

         -----Think he did-----     -----Think he didn't---    No 
         NET  Think so  Lean yes    NET  Think not  Lean no   opin.
1/25/98  46     31        15        44      27       17        10

12. Do you think the question of whether Clinton told this woman to lie in a legal document is an important issue, or not important? (IF IMPORTANT, ASK:) Do you think it's very important, or somewhat important?

           ----Important Issue----    
           NET    Very    Somewhat     Not important    No opinion
1/25/98    76     60        15             22               2

13. If Clinton did tell this woman to lie in a legal document, would you want him to remain in office as president, or would you want him to resign the presidency?

           Remain in office    Resign presidency    No opinion
1/25/98          36                 59                   5

14. If Clinton did tell this woman to lie in a legal document, and if Clinton did not resign, is this something for which Clinton should be impeached, or not?

           Should be     Should not be       No
           impeached      impeached       opinion
1/25/98       50             43               7

15. There are also allegations that Clinton himself lied by testifying under oath that he did not have an affair with the woman. If Clinton lied in this way, would you want him to remain in office as president, or would you want him to resign the presidency?

           Remain in office    Resign presidency    No opinion
1/25/98          32                 63                   5

16. If Clinton lied by testifying under oath that he did not have an affair with the woman, and he did not resign, is this something for which Clinton should be impeached, or not?

           Should be     Should not be       No
           impeached      impeached       opinion
1/25/98       55             40               5

17. In its coverage of the intern story, do you think the news media has treated Clinton fairly or unfairly?

           Fairly    Unfairly    No opinion
1/25/98      49         42            8

18. You may have heard or read that a former Arkansas state employee named Paula Jones has charged Clinton sexually harassed her in 1991 while he was still governor. Clinton has denied the charge. Just your best guess -- do you think that Jones was or was not sexually harassed by Clinton, or don't you know enough about it to say?

              Was harassed    Was not harassed    No opinion
1/25/98            32               35                34
1/19/98            28               33                38
7/8/97             21               27                52
5/27/97            23               21                56
1/15/97            24               29                47
6/8/94             18               34                48
5/15/94            17               35                47
* indicates percentage of less than .5
# Likely voters
## Registered voters
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