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Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Tax Cuts, Clinton Pardons

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,050 randomly selected adults nationwide, and was conducted February 21-25. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

  Approve           55%
  Disapprove        23
  No Opinion        22

2. Which of these do you think should be the top priority for any surplus money in the federal budget - cut federal income taxes, put it toward reducing the national debt, strengthen the Social Security system, or increase spending on other domestic programs such as education or health care?

  Cut federal income taxes                            22%
  Reduce national debt                                17
  Strengthen Social Security                          25
  Increase spending on domestic programs              35
  No opinion                                           1

3. Which of these tax plans would you prefer: A large tax-cut plan that provides an across-the-board tax cut for everyone, or a smaller tax cut plan that provides targeted tax cuts mainly for lower and middle-income people?

  Large tax-cut plan    43%
  Smaller tax-cut plan  53
  No Opinion             4

4. As you may know, Bush has proposed cutting taxes by one-point-six trillion dollars over 10 years. Do you think this tax cut would or would not leave enough money to keep the federal budget balanced and provide enough money for programs such as Social Security, education and health care?

  Would leave enough money      40%
  Would not leave enough money  42
  No Opinion                    18

5. Do you think the tax cut Bush has proposed would mainly benefit lower income people, middle income people, upper income people, or all people about equally?

  Lower income people        4%
  Middle income people       8
  Upper income people       47
  All people about equally  33
  No Opinion                 8

6. On another subject, do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton handled his job as president?

  Approve           59%
  Disapprove        37
  No Opinion         4

7. Thinking about the pardons Clinton granted just before he left office, do you think this is a very important issue, somewhat important, not too important or not important at all?

  Very important        35%
  Somewhat important    30
  Not too important     15
  Not important at all  16
  No Opinion             4

8. Do you think Congress should or should not hold further hearings into how and why Clinton granted these pardons?

  Yes, should hold hearings     46%
  No, should not hold hearings  50
  No Opinion                     4

9. Do you think there should or should not be a criminal investigation into whether Clinton broke any laws in granting these pardons?

  Yes, should investigate     46%
  No, should not investigate  50 
  No Opinion                   4

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