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Monday, February 15, 1999

The latest Washington Post poll is based on random telephone interviews with 1,010 adults on February 12-14, 1999. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.0 percentage points.

Clinton Job Approval | Al Gore | Congress
Favorability Ratings | Electoral Repercussions | Impeachment Endgame

LV = Likely voter
RV = Registered voter
* = Less than 0.5 percent
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president? (Is that approve/disapprove strongly, or only somewhat?)
           ------Approve-----------    -------Disapprove--------   No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly  opin.
2/14/99     68     46         22         30       7        23       2
2/12/99     67     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       2
2/7/99      66     45         21         33       9        24       1
1/30/99     65     43         22         33       7        26       2
1/19/99     66     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       2
1/13/99     63     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       3
1/10/99     62     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       1
12/20/98    67     48         20         30       6        23       3
12/19/98    66     47         19         31       7        24       3
12/13/98    64     43         21         35      10        25       2
12/11/98    60     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
11/22/98    61     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       5
11/7/98     63     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       1
11/1/98     65     41         25         33      10        23       1
11/1/98  LV 58     40         18         41      10        31       1
1/10/98     67     48         19         30       8        23       3
10/10/98LV  61     47         14         38       8        30       1
10/25/98    62     40         22         32       8        23       6
10/25/98 LV 58     42         15         40       8        32       2
10/18/98    62     40         22         34       9        25       4
10/18/98 LV 57     39         18         41       7        34       2
9/28/98     63     42         21         35       8        26       2
9/28/98  LV 57     43         14         43       6        37       1
9/21/98     60     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       1
9/14/98     59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
9/13/98 eve 60     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       2
9/13/98 day 59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
9/12/98     59     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       3
9/11/98     56     NA         NA         42      NA        NA       3
9/9/98      57     NA         NA         40      NA        NA       3
8/23/98     64     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       3
8/21/98     66     41         25         31      10        21       3
8/20/98     65     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       3
8/19/98     60     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       2
8/17/98     61     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       3
8/16/98     62     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       4
7/29/98     63     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       4
7/12/98     63     34         29         31      11        20       6
6/18/98     59     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       7
6/2/98      61     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       5
5/12/98     64     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       4
4/4/98      65     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       4
4/1/98      66     NA         NA         29      NA        NA       4
3/17/98     66     NA         NA         30      NA        NA       4
3/16/98     63     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       3
2/18/98     67     NA         NA         30      NA        NA       3
1/31/98     67     42         24         29      10        19       4
1/30/98     69     NA         NA         27      NA        NA       4
1/29/98     68     NA         NA         27      NA        NA       5
1/26/98     60     NA         NA         35      NA        NA       4
1/25/98     59     31         28         37      13        25       4
1/24/98     57     30         26         40      13        27       3
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 LV  58     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       4
10/8/96 RV  59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
9/4/96  RV  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
3/7/96      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
1/4/9       45     13         31         51      22        29       5
12/20/94    44     NA         NA         50      NA        NA       6
11/6/94  RV 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
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. Do you think things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?
                Right      Wrong     No
              Direction    Track    opin.
2/14/99          55         41        4
11/1/98          55         43        2
11/1/98LV        55         44        1
8/21/98          57         40        4
7/12/98          50         45        6
4/4/98           55         41        4
1/31/98          61         34        5
1/30/98          61         34        5
1/19/98          44         50        6
8/27/97          39         57        4
6/8/97           37         60        3
3/9/97           34         62        4
10/17/96RV       40         55        5
10/16/96RV       42         53        5
10/15/96RV       43         52        5
10/14/96RV       44         51        5
10/13/96RV       44         51        5
9/04/96RV        40         54        6
8/21/96          28         67        5
6/30/96          26         70        5
3/17/96          27         7         3
1/21/96          27         66        6
1/3/96           21         77        3
4/5/95           23         73        3
1/4/95           27         68        6
10/31/94         27         69        4
7/20/94          26         70        4
3/27/94          28         69        3
1/23/94          31         60       10
11/14/93         25         69        6
8/8/93           26         71        3
6/20/93          26         71        3
4/26/93          27         71        2
3/11/93          36         57        7
2/28/93          37         59        4
1/17/93          31         63        6
12/14/92         35         60        5
10/27/92RV       22         76        2
10/4/92RV        18         78        4
6/7/92           14         83        3
4/9/92           16         81        3
3/11/92          18         79        4
1/15/92          19         78        3
11/10/91         24         72        4
10/29/91         26         71        3
8/27/91          31         60        9
7/28/91          30         67        3
6/2/91           39         57        4
4/9/91           42         51        7
2/26/91          58         39        3
1/27/91          49         48        4
10/14/90         19         79        2
9/9/90           36         60        4
8/20/90          35         60        5
7/24/90          37         60        2
5/21/90          39         60        2
3/26/90          44         53        2
2/4/90           49         48        3
1/16/90          48         49        3
5/23/89          42         55        3
3/16/89          46         52        2
1/16/89LV        51         46        3
10/25/88RV       49         46        6
9/27/88          48         44        8
7/11/88          40         56        4
5/25/88          35         59        6
3/21/88          40         56        4
1/23/88          39         59        2
12/13/87         49         47        4
12/2/87          35         61        4
9/23/87          43         54        4
6/29/87          35         62        3
4/13/87          37         60        3
3/9/87           38         58        4
1/18/87          39         56        5
9/8/86           50         48        2
1/26/86          45         47        8
7/29/85          52         43        6
1/16/85          59         36        4
5/22/84          47         48        5
12/13/83         43         51        6
11/7/83          51         44        5
4/12/83          41         54        4
3/2/83           43         53        3
1/25/83          58         39        3
1/25/83          43         52        4
10/11/82         35         57        8
1/30/82          39         56        5
2/80             20         70       10
2/78             34         53       13
2/77             41         44       14
10/75            19         71        9
10/74            15         75       11
10/73            16         74       10
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling foreign affairs?
            Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
2/14/99        66             27              7
10/18/98       69             25              6
10/18/98LV     62             34              3
9/28/98        67             29              4
9/28/98LV      61             36              3
8/21/98        72             24              4
7/12/98        54             35             11
6/2/98         60             33              7
1/19/98        54             39              8
4/24/97        51             42              7
3/9/97         50             42              8
10/8/96LV      58             38              4
8/5/96         54             40              6
6/30/96        52             43              5
3/17/96        51             46              4
1/21/96        51             41              8
11/13/95       54             39              7
10/1/95        49             44              7
7/17/95        40             56              4
3/19/95        44             49              8
1/4/95         44             50              5
12/20/94       40             54              7
10/31/94       54             42              4
10/23/94       50             47              4
9/11/94        37             56              7
8/7/94         39             55              6
6/26/94        41             51              8
5/15/94        40             53              7
3/27/94        50             43              7
2/27/94        50             42              8
1/23/94        54             32             14
1/9/94         45             40             15
12/19/93       49             44              7
11/14/93       39             53              8
10/12/93       37             56              7
10/10/93       41             54              5
9/19/93        55             36              9
8/8/93         49             43              9
6/28/93        52             37             11
5/23/93        53             39              8
4/26/93        57             38              5
2/28/93        63             18             19
2/14/93        54             22             24
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling the situation in Iraq?
            Approve    Disapprove   No opinion
2/14/99        63          31           7
2/18/98        64          30           5
2/17/98        70          24           6
1/29/98        71          19          11
1/19/98        53          39           8
11/11/97       60          28          12
9/15/96        66          26           7
9/8/96         70          19          11
9/4/96         72          20           8
9/3/96         73          22           5
10/23/94       58          37           5
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling the nation's economy?
            Approve      Disapprove     No opinion
2/14/99        75             20              5
9/28/98        75             21              4
9/28/98LV      69             27              4
8/21/98        76             20              4
7/12/98        67             23             10
1/19/98        64             33              4
4/24/97        55             40              6
3/9/97         55             40              5
10/8/96*       58             39              3
8/5/96         56             41              4
6/30/96        51             45              4
3/17/96        47             49              4
1/21/96        45             48              7
11/13/95       47             48              5
10/1/95        48             48              4
7/17/95        49             48              3
3/19/95        49             47              4
1/29/95        52             46              2
1/4/95         42             54              4
12/20/94       42             53              6
10/31/94       43             52              5
10/23/94       45             51              4
9/11/94        43             53              4
8/7/94         46             50              4
6/26/94        46             48              6
5/15/94        50             45              5
3/27/94        53             42              5
2/27/94        51             43              7
1/23/94        50             38             11
1/9/94         48             44              8
12/19/93       53             44              3
11/14/93       43             50              7
10/10/93       45             50              5
9/19/93        42             51              7
8/8/93         40             55              5
6/28/93        38             57              6
5/23/93        39             55              6
4/26/93        51             46              3
2/28/93        58             35              7
2/14/93        49             28             23
*Among registered voters
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Al Gore is handling his job as vice president?
           Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
2/14/99      59           23             18
7/12/98      55           22             23
1/19/98      54           31             15
8. Do you think Gore has the honesty and integrity to serve effectively as president some day?
          Yes     No   No opin.
2/14/99    53     37      11
1/19/98    47     46       7
10/13/97   48     43       9
9/10/97    49     40      11
3/9/97     59     32      10
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?
               Approve        Disapprove        No opinion
2/14/99           46              50                 4
12/20/98          44              51                 5
12/19/98          45              50                 5
12/13/98          49              46                 5
11/7/98           41              55                 4
11/1/98           49              47                 5
11/1/98LV         47              51                 2
10/25/98          45              44                11
10/25/98LV        45              48                 7
10/18/98          46              45                 8
10/18/98LV        45              49                 5
9/28/98           52              44                 4
9/28/98LV         52              46                 2
8/21/98           55              39                 6
7/12/98           46              44                11
5/12/98           45              45                 9
4/4/98            47              45                 8
1/31/98           55              35                10
1/30/98           55              35                10
1/25/98           56              37                 8
1/24/98           55              38                 7
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
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
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives is handling his or her job?
               Approve        Disapprove          No opinion
2/14/99           70              21                    9
11/1/98           72              20                    8
11/1/98LV         73              23                    5
10/18/98          68              20                   11
10/18/98LV        67              25                    9
9/28/98           70              21                   10
9/28/98LV         71              23                    6
7/12/98           70              18                   12
1/19/98           74              19                    7
4/5/95            65              25                    9
10/31/94          51              38                   11
10/23/94          49              43                    8
9/11/94           53              35                   12
6/26/94           59              31                   10
3/27/94           62              26                   12
1/17/93           60              29                   11
4/9/92            47              39                   13
3/18/92           49              40                   11
2/2/92            56              32                   12
12/15/91          60              28                   12
10/21/91          64              27                    9
6/2/91            61              26                   14
10/14/90          64              29                    7
5/23/89           71              18                   11
11. I am going to mention four phrases and ask you which one best describes how you feel about the way the federal government works. Do you feel enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?
            ------Positive--------     ------Negative------
            Pos.  Enthusi-  Satis-     Neg.  Dissat-         None/  No
            NET   astic     fied       NET   isfied   Angry  Other opin.
2/14/99      52      3        48       47      35      12     NA    1
9/28/98      50      4        46       49      36      12     NA    1
9/28/98LV    48      4        44       50      37      14     NA    1
1/19/98      46      2        43       53      45       8     1     *
8/27/97      34      2        33       64      52      11     2     1
3/17/96      29      2        27       70      54      16     NA    *
1/4/95       29      2        27       69      53      16     *     1
11/6/94 Reg. 28      2        26       70      49      21     1     1
10/31/94     26      1        25       73      55      18     1     1
10/23/94     28      1        26       71      52      20     *     *
10/9/94      25      2        24       72      53      19     2     *
9/11/94      26      2        25       73      53      20     NA    *
3/27/94      30      1        29       68      48      20     1     1
2/28/93      33      4        29       66      50      16     *     *
7/8/92       23      1        22       76      53      23     *     1
6/7/92       21      1        20       79      58      21     *     1
4/9/92       21      1        20       79      55      24     1     *
3/18/92      22      1        21       77      54      23     1     *
3/11/92      18      1        17       80      60      20     1     1
12. How much of the time do you trust the government in Washington to do what is right? Would you say just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?
           Just about always    Most    Only some    None(vol.)    No opin.
2/14/99             3           29         63          4            1
8/27/98*            6           28         59          7            1
1/19/98             4           27         66         3             *
8/27/97             2           20         76        NA             1
5/6/96              5           29         62         4             *
11/19/95            3           22         67         6             1
3/19/95             3           19         69         8             1
10/31/94            2           18         75         4             *
1/23/94             3           21         68         8             1
1/17/93             5           23         67         5             1
1/27/91             7           39         52         2             *
10/21/91            8           28         58         5             1
3/4/91              7           38         52         3             *
1/27/91             7           39         52         2             *
9/9/90              7           35         55         2             1
1/16/90             8           31         58         3             *
1/23/88             6           34         59         2             *
6/1/87              9           39         51         1             *
1/18/87             7           37         55        NA             1
9/8/86              6           34         58         2             *
7/29/85             6           32         58         3             1
3/25/85             5           32         60         2             1
2/26/85             5           38         55         1             1
1982**              2           31         61         2             4
1980                2           23         69         4             2
1978                3           27         64         4             3
1976                3           30         62         1             3
1974                3           34         61         1             2
1972                5           48         44         1             2
1970                7           47         44         -             2
1968                7           54         36         -             2
1966               17           48         28         3             4
1964               14           62         22         -             2
1958               16           57         23         -             4

*How much of the time do you trust the government in Washington to do the right thing?
**1982 and previous: Michigan-American National Election Study

13. Who do you trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years - Clinton or the Republicans in Congress?

                                     Both equally   Neither     No
             Clinton    Republicans     (vol.)       (vol.)     opin.
2/14/99         52        35              2             7         3
2/12/99         53        30              3            11         4
1/19/99         50        32              3             8         7
11/7/98         47        38              4             9         2
9/28/98         51        38              2             6         3
9/28/98LV       47        45              1             4         2
8/21/98         48        38              2             9         3
7/12/98         48        38              1             6         6
5/12/98         47        39              3             8         3
1/31/98         52        35              3             4         6
1/19/98         48        40              2             8         2
3/9/97          49        38              4             8         2
1/15/97*        51        37              3             7         2
1/29/95         40        46              4             8         2
1/4/95          30        54              3             9         4
12/15/94        34        49              3             9         6
* "The Clinton administration"
14. 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 
               Net   Strgnly  Smewht   NET   Strgnly   Smewht    opin.
Bill Clinton    57     32      25       40      29       11        3
                            Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
Al Gore                       53           31            17
Hillary Clinton               63           31             6
George W. Bush, who is the    51           13            36
Governor of Texas
Republicans in Congress       39           46            15
Democrats in Congress         51           31            18
Kenneth Starr                 27           59            15
Elizabeth Dole                57           13            30
Trend: Bill Clinton
             ----Favorable ----       ---Unfavorable ---           No
            Net  Strngly    Smewht    Net  Strngly    Smewht    opinion
2/14/99      57    32        25       40      29        11         3
1/30/99      54    35         19      42      30        12         3
9/28/98      48    NA         NA      47      NA        NA         5
8/23/98      45    NA         NA      49      NA        NA         6
8/21/98      56    NA         NA      40      NA        NA         4
8/19/98      39    NA         NA      57      NA        NA         4
7/12/98      54    NA         NA      40      NA        NA         6
5/12/98      54    NA         NA      42      NA        NA         4
4/4/98       55    NA         NA      39      NA        NA         6
2/18/98      56    NA         NA      41      NA        NA         3
1/30/98      60    NA         NA      35      NA        NA         6
1/25/98      54    NA         NA      42      NA        NA         5
1/24/98      51    NA         NA      44      NA        NA         5
1/19/98      59    NA         NA      35      NA        NA         6
1/12/98      59    NA         NA      33      NA        NA         7
10/13/97     59    NA         NA      37      NA        NA         4
9/10/97      57    NA         NA      38      NA        NA         5
3/9/97       60    NA         NA      38      NA        NA         3
9/4/96 RV    58    NA         NA      38      NA        NA         4
6/30/96      56    NA         NA      38      NA        NA         5
10/30/95     54    NA         NA      41      NA        NA         6
7/17/95      59    NA         NA      38      NA        NA         3
6/8/95       53    NA         NA      43      NA        NA         4
3/19/95      55    NA         NA      42      NA        NA         3
10/31/94     51    NA         NA      44      NA        NA         5
5/15/94      57    NA         NA      40      NA        NA         3
3/27/94      59    NA         NA      37      NA        NA         4
1/23/94      60    NA         NA      32      NA        NA         8
11/14/93     58    NA         NA      37      NA        NA         5
11/11/93     52    NA         NA      43      NA        NA         6
8/8/93       56    NA         NA      39      NA        NA         5
4/26/93      59    NA         NA      29     NA         NA        12
2/23/93      59    NA         NA      30      NA        NA        11
1/17/93      68    NA         NA      20      NA        NA        11
10/18/92 LV  56    NA         NA      36      NA        NA         8
9/27/92  LV  55    NA         NA      36      NA        NA         9
8/23/92  RV  54    NA         NA      36      NA        NA         10
7/19/92  RV  58    NA         NA      23      NA        NA         18
7/8/92       52    NA         NA      33      NA        NA         15
6/7/92       41    NA         NA      38      NA        NA         21
3/18/92      37    NA         NA      37      NA        NA         26
3/11/92      39    NA         NA      31      NA        NA         30
2/2/92       37    NA         NA      24      NA        NA         39
1/27/92      23    NA         NA      11      NA        NA         66
10/21/91     13    NA         NA      9       NA        NA         78
Al Gore
                  Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
2/14/99                53          31          17
8/21/98                55          30          15
7/12/98                54          26          20
4/4/98                 54          27          19
1/31/98                52          29          19
1/30/98                51          30          19
1/25/98                55          29          16
1/24/98                54          30          15
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
10/3194                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
*Among registered voters
Hillary Clinton
2/14/99                63            31             6
11/1/98                64            31             5
11/1/98LV              60            36             3
8/21/98                64            28             8
8/19/98                64            32             4
4/4/98                 58            33            10
1/30/98                60            30            10
1/19/98                52            39             9
3/9/97                 47            44             9
9/4/96RV               47            42            12
6/30/96                44            47             9
1/21/96                28            36            36
1/19/96                32            34            34
10/31/94               47            44             8
5/15/94                54            41             5
3/27/94                53            39             8
1/23/94                55            34            11
11/14/93               58            33             9
8/8/93                 59            33             8
4/26/93                54            26            20
2/23/93                59            24            18
1/17/93                51            20            29
7/8/92                 30            26            43
3/28/92                28            22            51
George W. Bush, who is the Governor of Texas
2/14/99                51            13             36
1/19/98                34            13             53
Republicans in Congress
2/14/99                39            46              15
1/31/98+               41            33              26
6/30/96                41            42              17
+Half sample
COMPARE TO: (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE)Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the Republicans in Congress, or don't you know enough to say?
           Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
1/30/99       22            30             48
12/20/98      23            34             43
12/19/98      25            34             40
Democrats in Congress
2/14/99                51            31             18
1/31/98+               49            27             24
6/30/96                43            37             20
+Half sample
COMPARE TO: (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE)Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the Democrats in Congress, or don't you know enough to say?
           Favorable    Unfavorable      No opinion
1/30/99       26            23              50
12/20/98      29            21              49
12/19/98      32            22              46
Kenneth Starr
            Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
2/14/99        27            59              15
11/22/98       32            53              15
8/21/98        31            55              14
7/12/98        24            53              24
4/4/98         22            43              35
1/30/98        21            36              43
Elizabeth Dole
2/14/99        57            13            30
9/4/96(RV)     51            16            33
6/30/96        44            13            43
15. Overall, which party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years?
                              Both equally   Neither     No
               Dems    Reps     (vol.)       (vol.)     opin.
2/14/99         48      37         4            7        4
10/18/98        44      36         3           12        6
10/18/98LV      43      42         3           10        2
9/28/98         49      38         2            8        3
9/28/98LV       45      44         1            8        2
8/21/98         48      36         4            9        3
7/12/98         45       3         8            6
1/31/98         47      37         4            6        7
1/19/98         45      42         2            7        4
7/8/97          44      37         2           14        3
9/15/96RV       45      38         3           11        3
8/5/96          43      38         3           11        3
6/30/96         46      37         3           12        3
5/22/96         47      38         3           10        3
11/6/94RV*      41      39         2           12        6
10/31/94        43      43         2            8        4
10/23/94        39      40         3           15        3
9/11/94         43      40         4           11        3
6/26/94         41      36         3           14        5
2/27/94         46      32         4           16        3
11/14/93        42      39         3           11        4
1/17/93         49      28         5           13        5
7/8/92          48      38         1            8        4
6/7/92          43      37         3           11        6
3/11/92         45      37         1           11        5
3/8/92          51      36         1            7        5
2/2/92          49      39         2            7        3
12/15/91        39      37         3           15        6
10/21/91        39      40         3           13        5
18. (and 19) Thinking about the next U.S. House of Representatives election in the congressional district where you live, if that election were being held today, for whom would you vote: the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate?
Registered voters, net leaned:
                                     Neither   Wouldn't
                 Democrat Republican (vol.)   vote (vol.)  No opin.
2/14/99             48        41        3         1           7
1/30/99             49        39        8         1           3
11/1/98             51        43        4         *           2
10/25/98            48        43        3         1           4
10/18/98            49        44        3         1           4
10/10/98            50        40        4         2           5
9/28/98             49        44        2         *           4
9/13/98             49        43        3         1           4
8/21/98             48        45        3         1           3
7/12/98             47        45        2         #           6
/31/98              49        40        2         1           8
1/19/98             47        44        3         1           5
11/96 ACTUAL        50        50
10/8/96             51        41        2         1           5
9/29/96             48        41        3         1           7
9/22/96             50        43        2         1           4
9/15/96             49        45        1         1           4
9/4/96              48        44        3         *           5
8/29/96             53        39        3         1           5
8/28/96             51        40        3         1           5
8/27/96             51        41        3         0           5
8/26/96             51        41        3         0           5
8/25/96             48        43        3         1           6
8/24/96             47        43        2         1           6
8/19/96             49        42        3         0           6
8/18/96             45        46        3         0           6
8/15/96             46        43        4         1           5
8/14/96             48        42        3         1           6
8/13/96             49        43        3         0           5
8/12/96             49        42        3         1           5
8/11/96             49        40        4         1           6
8/10/96             49        41        4         1           5
8/4/96              48        45        2         1           4
6/30/96             49        44        3         *           3
5/22/96             52        41        3         1           3
3/10/96             51        43        2         *           4
1/21/96             52        43        3         1           1
10/1/95             49        44        3         *           3
11/94 ACTUAL        46.5      53.5
11/6/94             47        42        5         2           5
10/31/94            48        44        4         1           3
10/23/94            50        45        2         1           2
10/9/94             46        47        3         2           2
9/11/94             50        45        1         1           4
8/7/94              49        42        4         1           4
2/27/94             50        40        8         1           2
11/92 ACTUAL        51        46
10/21/91            51        41        4         *           4
7/28/91             49        41        6         *           3
6/2/91              48        42        4         1           5
11/90 ACTUAL        54        46
11/4/90             51        41        5         *           3
10/14/90            50        41        5         *           3
7/24/90             51        41        4         1           4
5/21/90             47        45        5         1           2
11/88 ACTUAL        54        46
9/21-10/10/88       52        41        2         1           4
9/19/88             51        39        3         1           6
11/86 ACTUAL        55        45
6/22/85             48        44        5         *           3
11/84 ACTUAL        53        47
10/16/84            52        44        2         NA          5
9/11/84             53        45        2         NA          1
7/8/84              58        40        2         NA          1
11/82 ACTUAL        57        43
10/27/82            58        39        NA        NA          3
10/11/82            55        36        NA        NA          9
9/13/82             58        36        NA        NA          6
11/22/81            53        41        NA        NA          7
11/80 ACTUAL        51        49
11/78 ACTUAL        54        46
11/76 ACTUAL        57        43
*ABC News
20. If the election for president in the year 2000 were being held today, and the candidates were Vice President Al Gore, the Democrat, and Texas Governor George W. Bush, the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                             Neither    Would not     No
            Gore    Bush     (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opin.
2/14/99      41      49        4           1           5
2/14/99RV    40      50        4           1           6
10/25/98     34      45        7           1          13
8/21/98      41      43        6           2           7
1/19/98      40      45        5           2           7
9/23/97      35      40       12           4           9
21. Now I'd like to ask you a few questions about things in the news. As you may know, the Senate has found Bill Clinton not guilty of the impeachment charges against him, meaning he can remain in office. Do you approve or disapprove of the Senate vote finding Clinton not guilty of the impeachment charges?
          Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
2/14/99       64          35            1
2/12/99       60          39            1
Compare To:
At the end of the trial the Senate will vote to decide whether or not Clinton should be removed from office. Do you think the Senate should or should not remove Clinton from office? (GET ANSWER, THEN ASK:) Do you feel that way strongly, or only somewhat?
             Remove   Don't Remove    No opin.
2/7/99         33         65             2
1/30/99        33         64             3
1/19/99        36         60             4
1/13/99*       33         64             3
1/10/99*       33         65             2
12/20/98*      33         66             2
12/19/98*      34         65             1
12/15/98**     39         59             1
12/13/98***    38         61             1
12/11/98       38         60             2
12/6/98        33         64             3
11/22/98       30         66             4
11/1/98        27         71             2
11/1/98  LV    33         65             3
10/25/98       29         66             5
10/25/98 LV    32         62             6
10/18/98       29         68             3
10/18/98 LV    34         62             3
9/28/98        31         66             3
9/28/98  LV    38         60             2
9/21/98        41         57             2
9/14/98        38         59             3
9/13/98****    30         64             6
8/3/98*****    24         70             6
8/19/98*****   30         65             5
8/17/98*****   25         69             6
8/16/98******  35         59             6
7/29/98******  39         57             4
7/12/98******* 39         55             7
1/31/98******  40         51             9
1/25/98******  55         40             5
1/24/98******  54         41             5
1/23/98******  55         38             7 
*"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.."
**"If the House does impeach Clinton.."
***"The full House will vote on impeachment next week, and if the House impeaches Clinton the Senate will decide whether he should be removed from office. Based on what you know, do you think Congress should or should not impeach Clinton and remove him from office?"
****Washington Post: "As you may know, the independent counsel Kenneth Starr has delivered a report to Congress summarizing his investigation of the Lewinsky matter. Based on what you know or have heard..."
***** "If he does not resign, do you think..."
****** "If Clinton lied by testifying under oath last January that he did not have an affair with Lewinsky, and he did not resign, is this something for which Clinton should be impeached, or not?"
*******"If Starr reports to Congress that he has evidence that Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky and lied about it under oath, do you think..."

22. How do you feel about the way the impeachment and trial process worked: would you say you are pleased, satisfied but not pleased, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?

          ------Pleased/Satisfied----   --Dissatisfied/Angry---
                         Satisfied,          Dissatified,         No
         NET  Pleased    not pleased    NET   not angry  Angry   opin.
2/14/99  38      13          26         59        38       22      2
23. Do you think the Senate should censure or officially reprimand Clinton for his actions in the Monica Lewinsky matter, or should it drop The case without censuring Clinton? GET ANSWER THAN ASK: Do you feel that way strongly or only somewhat?
         ------Censure----------      --------Drop case--------     No 
         NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET    Strongly   Somewhat   opin.
2/14/99  41      32           9       56       45          11        3 
2/12/99  44      NA          NA       54       NA          NA         2
Compare To:
Do you think the Senate should or should not censure or officially reprimand Clinton for his actions in the Monica Lewinsky matter? (GET ANSWER, THEN ASK:) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
              ----Censure Clinton------    ----Should not censure----    No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET    Strongly   Somewhat   opin.
2/7/99         56       42         14        39       29         10        5
1/30/99        60       NA         NA        35       NA         NA        5
1/13/99        56       NA         NA        40       NA         NA        4
1/10/99        57       NA         NA        38       NA         NA        5
12/13/98*      59       NA         NA        37       NA         NA        4
12/11/98       61       NA         NA        34       NA         NA        4
12/6/98        59       NA         NA        38       NA         NA        3
11/1/98        59       NA         NA        38       NA         NA        3
11/1/98  LV    62       NA         NA        34       NA         NA        4
10/18/98       60       NA         NA        34       NA         NA        5
10/18/98 LV    64       NA         NA        32       NA         NA        4
9/28/98        61       NA         NA        33       NA         NA        6
9/28/98  LV    64       NA         NA        33       NA         NA        3
9/21/98        64       NA         NA        31       NA         NA        4
9/14/98        68       NA         NA        26       NA         NA        6
9/11/98        67       NA         NA        26       NA         NA        8
9/9/98         66       NA         NA        29       NA         NA        4
8/23/98        55       NA         NA        40       NA         NA        5
* 12/13 and previous: should "Congress" censure
25. If your U.S. Senator voted to convict and remove Clinton from office, will that make you more likely to support your senator in the next election, more likely to oppose your senator for re-election, or won't it make much difference in your vote?
            Support    Oppose    No diff.    No opin.
2/14/99       26         30        43           1
2/7/99*       21         31        47           1
1/30/99       21         27        50           2
1/13/99       18         30        50           2
1/10/99       19         31        48           2
12/15/98**    20         28        50           2
*If your US senator voted in favor of removing Clinton from office, would that make you…
**"If your representative" voted to "impeach"

26. And what if your U.S. Senator voted NOT to convict and remove Clinton from office, will that make you more likely to support your senator in the next election, more likely to oppose your senator for re-election, or won't it make much difference in your vote?

            Support    Oppose    No diff.    No opin.
2/14/99       27         23        49           2
26a.(and 26b.) Now thinking back to the impeachment vote last December in the US House of Representatives, do you happen to know whether your Representative in the House voted in favor of impeaching Bill Clinton, voted against impeaching him, or don't you happen to recall how your representative voted? (IF IN FAVOR OR AGAINST:) Will that vote make you more likely to support your representative in the next election, more likely to oppose your representative, or won't it make much difference in your vote?
        In favor    Against    Do not recall    No opinion
2/14/99    26          21            53              0
         ------------In favor------------------
             Support  Oppose  No diff. No opin.
2/14/99        44        21      34       1 
         ------------Against ------------------
            Support  Oppose  No diff. No opin.
2/14/99      44        22      33        2
27. Clinton still could face criminal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. That could happen while he's still in office, or after he leaves office. Do you think Clinton should or should not face criminal charges at some point?
             Yes    No    No opin.
2/14/99      48     49      3
27a.(OF THOSE WHO SAID YES IN Q27) Should he face criminal charges while he's still in office, or after he leaves office?
         While in office    After leaves office    No opinion
2/14/99      39                 55                     6
COMPARE TO: Clinton still could face criminal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. That could happen while he's still in office, or after he leaves office. Do you think Clinton should or should not face criminal charges at some point? (IF YES) Should he face criminal charges while he's still in office, or after he leaves office?
          ---Clinton should face charges----    Clinton should not     No
          NET    In office   After he leaves       face charges      opinion
2/12/99    49       20             29                   46              5
2/7/99*    51       24             26                   46              3
12/13/98** 54       NA             NA                   42              4
*"Apart from the impeachment trial, Clinton could face criminal charges..."
**Regardless of what Congress does, do you think Clinton should or should not be charged with perjury and put on trial after he leaves office?

28. Do you think the Republicans had a fair chance to present their case against Clinton in the Senate, or not?

         Yes    No    No opin.
2/14/99  73     20       7
29. Considering everything, who do you think is more to blame for the impeachment trial -- Clinton himself, for his actions; or the Republicans in Congress, for pursuing the case against him?
                Clinton     Republicans      No
                himself     in Congress    opinion
2/14/99            54           42            5
COMPARE TO:
Who do you think is more to blame for Clinton's impeachment - Clinton himself, for his actions; or the Republicans in Congress, for bringing the case this far?
12/20/98           55           43            3
12/19/98           57           41            2  

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