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Washington Post-ABC News Poll

Post-Democratic Convention

The latest Washington Post - ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 896 registered voters nationwide, conducted between August 18-20, 2000. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. How closely are you following the 2000 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

            Very        Somewhat     Not too     Not closely     No
           closely      closely      closely       at all       opin.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00      28            46          16            10           1
8/10/00      29            43          18            11           *
General Population:
8/6/00       17            36          22            25           *
7/29/00      16            35          25            24           *
7/23/00      14            36          25            25           *
6/11/00      13            36          26            25           0
4/2/00       17            36          24            23           0
3/11/00      21            40          21            17           0
2/27/00      24            46          20            10           *
2/6/00       19            48          21            13           0
1/16/00      11            39          26            24           *
12/15/99     12            33          31            24           *
10/31/99     16            45          25            13           *

2. I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the 2000 presidential election in November: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that?

                                                      Don't think
           Certain   Probably   Chances   Less than    will vote     No
           to vote     vote      50/50      50/50       (vol.)      opin.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00      78         13         6          3           1           0
8/10/00      79         12         6          1           1           *
General Population:
8/6/00       64         12        11          8           5           *
7/29/00      61         15         9         11           3           *
7/23/00      59         17        10         11           4           *
6/11/00      60         13        11         10           4           *
5/10/00      63         15        10          8           4           1
4/2/00       62         14         9          9           5           *
3/11/00      63         14         9          9           4           *
2/27/00      69         12        10          4           5           *
2/6/00       67         12        10          8           3           *
1/16/00      65         14        10          6           4           *
12/15/99     64         13         8          9           6           1
10/31/99     72         11        10          5           3           *

3. If the election for president in November 2000 were being held today, and the candidates were (Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman, the Democrats), and (George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the Republicans), for whom would you vote?

Net Leaned Vote, Registered Voters:
                              Neither    Other      Wouldn't       No
               Gore    Bush    (vol.)    (vol.)    vote (vol.)    opin.
8/20/00         50      45       2         *          1             2
8/10/00*        43      52       2         1          1             1
8/6/00          40      54       3         *          1             2
7/29/00         42      53       2         1          1             2
7/23/00         45      48       3         *          1             2
6/11/00         45      49       3         *          1             2
5/10/00         44      49       3         *          1             3
4/2/00          47      46       2         *          2             2
3/11/00         48      45       2         1          2             3
2/27/00         44      50       2         1          1             2
2/6/00          45      50       2         *          2             1
1/16/00         42      52       1         1          2             2
12/15/99        41      55       1         *          2             1
10/31/99        39      55       2         *          1             2
*Added v.p. names
Net Leaned Vote, Likely Voters:
                              Neither    Other      Wouldn't       No
               Gore    Bush    (vol.)    (vol.)    vote (vol.)    opin.
8/20/00         53      45       2         *          *             *
8/10/00*        44      53       2         *          *             1
8/6/00          41      55       2         *          *             2
7/29/00         43      54       2         1          *             1
7/23/00         45      51       3         *          1             1
6/11/00         45      51       1         *          0             2
5/10/00         44      50       2         1          *             2
4/2/00          50      46       2         1          *             2
3/11/00         46      50       2         1          *             1
2/27/00         44      50       2         1          1             2
2/6/00          44      52       2         *          2             *
1/16/00         42      53       1         1          1             2
*Added v.p. names
Net Leaned Vote, General Population:
                              Neither    Other      Wouldn't       No
               Gore    Bush    (vol.)    (vol.)    vote (vol.)    opin.
8/6/00          39      53       4         *           2            2
7/29/00         40      52       3         1           2            2
7/23/00         44      47       4         *           2            2
6/11/00         44      49       3         *           2            2
5/10/00         43      49       3         *           2            3
4/2/00          45      47       3         *           2            2
3/11/00         48      45       2         1           3            2
2/27/00         44      50       2         1           2            2
2/6/00          45      49       3         *           2            1
1/16/00         41      51       2         *           3            2
12/15/99        39      55       2         *           3            1
10/31/99        39      55       2         *           2            2
9/2/99          37      56       3         *           3            2
8/22/99         37      49       5         2           3            3
6/6/99          40      53       3         1           1            3
3/14/99         41      54       1         *           2            2
Unleaned, General Population:
                              Neither    Wouldn't       No
               Gore    Bush    (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opin.
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

4. Do you support (Gore/Bush) strongly, or not strongly?

              -----------Gore----------     -----------Bush-----------
              Strngly    Not    No opin.    Strngly    Not    No opin.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00         74       24        2          72       26        2
8/10/00         72       26        2          72       27        1
7/23/00         56       41        3          65       33        2
General Population:
7/23/00         52       46        3          63       35        2
2/27/00         58       40        2          54       44        2
2/6/00          52       45        3          57       40        2
1/16/00         51       45        3          53       44        3
12/15/99        50       46        4          58       39        3
10/31/99*       35       65        *          37       62        1
9/2/99          38       61        1          43       56        1
3/14/99         38       62        *          40       58        2
*10/99 and previous: "strongly or only somewhat"

5. How about if the candidates were (Al Gore, the Democrat), (George W. Bush, the Republican), (Pat Buchanan, the Reform Party candidate) and (Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate), for whom would you vote?

Net Leaned Vote, Registered Voters:
                                          None    Other   Wouldn't    No
         Gore   Bush   Buchanan   Nader  (vol.)   (vol.)  vote (vol.) op.
8/20/00   46     44       3         4      1        *        1         2
8/10/00   40     48       2         5      1        1        1         2
8/6/00    37     51       4         5      1        *        1         2
7/29/00   37     49       4         7      1        1        1         1
7/23/00   39     44       6         7      1        *        1         1
6/11/00   41     47       4         4      2        *        1         2
5/10/00   39     45       5         5      2        0        1         3
Net Leaned Vote, Likely Voters:
                                          None    Other   Wouldn't    No
         Gore   Bush   Buchanan   Nader  (vol.)   (vol.)  vote (vol.) op.
8/20/00   48     44       2         3      1        *        *
8/10/00   42     50       2         5      *        *        *         1
8/6/00    37     52       3         5      *        0        *         2
7/29/00   37     52       2         7      1        1        *         1
7/23/00   38     46       6         8      1        *        1         1
6/11/00   43     48       3         3      1        *        *         2
5/10/00   38     48       5         5      2        0        *         2
Net Leaned Vote, General Population:
                                          None    Other   Wouldn't     No
         Gore   Bush   Buchanan   Nader  (vol.)   (vol.)  vote (vol.)  op.
8/6/00    36     49       4         5      2        *        3          2
7/29/00   35     48       4         7      1        1        2          2
7/23/00   38     43       6         7      2        *        1          2
6/11/00   42     44       4         3      2        *        2          2
5/10/00   38     44       5         5      2        *        3          3

6. Will you definitely vote for (Gore/Bush/Nader/Buchanan) in November, or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for someone else? Is there a good chance you'll change your mind or would you say it's pretty unlikely?

8/20/00
                            ------Change mind------
          Definitely vote   Good chance   Unlikely     No opinion
Gore           71                9           18            2
Bush           68               12           20            1
Nader          25               47           25            4
Buchanan       15               55           28            3
Trend:
Gore:
                            ------Change mind------
          Definitely vote   Good chance   Unlikely     No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00        71                9           18             2
8/6/00         65               14           18             3
General Population:
8/6/00         62               16           20             2
7/23/00        58               15           26             2
Bush:
                            ------Change mind------
          Definitely vote   Good chance   Unlikely     No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00        68               12          20             1
8/6/00         68               14          16             1
General Population
8/6/00         65               15          18             2
7/23/00        63               14          22             2
Nader:
                            ------Change mind------
          Definitely vote   Good chance   Unlikely     No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00        25               47           25            4
8/6/00         20               59           17            4
General Population:
8/6/00         24               57           15            3
7/23/00        36               48           14            2
Buchanan:
                            ------Change mind------
          Definitely vote   Good chance   Unlikely     No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00        15               55           28            3
8/6/00         29               52            9           10
General Population:
8/6/00         24               51           17            8
7/23/00        24               51           20            5

7. (asked of half sample) Which presidential candidate, (Gore) or (Bush), do you trust to do a better job on each of these issues? First is (INSERT ITEM)

8/20/00
                                             Both     Neither      No
                             Gore    Bush   (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
A. Protecting the Social
   Security system            48      37       2         6          7
B. Handling the
   national economy           49      40       3         4          5
C. Improving education
   and the schools            51      39       2         4          3
D. Helping the middle    
   Class                      52      40       1         4          2
E. Improving the health
   care system                53      38       1         5          3
F. Holding taxes down         42      47       3         5          3
Trend:

A. Protecting the Social Security system

                                       Both     Neither      No
                          Gore    Bush   (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
Registered Voters: 
8/20/00*                   48      37       2         6          7
7/23/00                    42      43       4         4          6
General Population:
7/23/00                    43      42       4         5          7
6/11/00                    43      40       1         8          8
5/10/00                    46      38       2         6          8
4/2/00                     43      43       4         4          6
3/11/00                    48      35       3         8          6
10/31/99                   42      45       3         3          6
*half sample

B. Handling the national economy

                                           Both     Neither      No
                          Gore    Bush    (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00*                   49      40       3         4          5   
8/10/00                    41      50       2         3          3
7/23/00                    39      48       3         4          6
General Population:
7/23/00                    38      48       3         5          7
6/11/00                    41      46       1         6          6
4/2/00                     41      47       3         4          5
3/11/00                    43      47       2         4          3
10/31/00                   37      50       3         3          7
*half sample

C. Improving education and the schools

                                          Both     Neither      No
                          Gore    Bush   (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
Registered Voters: 
8/20/00*                   51      39       2        4          3
7/23/00                    44      44       4        4          5
General Population:
7/23/00                    43      43       4        4          6
4/2/00                     48      39       4        4          6
3/11/00                    44      44       4        5          3
10/31/99                   41      45       6        3          4
*half sample

D. Helping the middle class

                                           Both     Neither      No
                          Gore    Bush    (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00*                   52      40        1         4          2 
10/31/99                   44      41        4         6          5
General Population:
10/31/99                   44      42        3         6          5
*half sample

E. Improving the health care system

                                          Both     Neither      No
                          Gore    Bush   (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
Registered Voters: 
8/20/00*                   53      38       1         5          3
7/23/00                    47      40       4         5          5
General Population:
7/23/00                    47      38       4         5          6
*half sample

Compare to: Protecting patients' rights in the health care system

General Population:
4/2/00                     47      39       3         4          6
3/11/00                    51      31       5         7          6
10/31/99                   46      42       2         4          7

F. Holding taxes down

                                          Both     Neither      No
                          Gore    Bush   (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
Registered Voters: 
8/20/00*                   42      47       3         5          3
7/23/00                    35      51       3         5          5
General Population:
7/23/00                    36      49       3         6          7
4/2/00                     35      51       3         5          6
3/11/00                    41      41       2        12          4
10/31/99                   34      53       2         6          4
*half sample

8. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to (Gore/Bush), or not?

8/20/00
                                  ------Gore------    ------Bush------
                                               No                  No
                                  Yes    No    op.    Yes    No    op.
A. He is a strong leader          56     39     5     65     29     5
B. He understands the problems
   of people like you*            62     33     4     50     46     5
C. He has an appealing
   personality*                   51     46     3     65     29     6
D. He has the right kind of
   experience to be president*    74     23     2     61     35     4
*half sample
Trend:

A. He is a strong leader

                ------Gore------     ------Bush------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00         56    39     5       65    29     5  
8/10/00         47    48     5       67    29     5
7/23/00         46    49     5       61    33     6
General Population:
7/23/00         48    47     5       62    32     5
6/11/00         48    45     6       65    30     6
4/2/00          54    39     7       68    27     5
3/11/00         55    40     5       63    31     6
2/27/00         45    50     5       62    32     6
2/6/00          46    48     5       65    30     7
1/16/00         41    53     6       65    28     7
12/15/99        43    51     7       67    26     7
10/31/99        47    47     6       77    18     5
9/2/99          38    52    10       70    18    12
6/13/99         39    51     9       NA    NA    NA
3/14/99         41    47    12       68    13    20

B. He understands the problems of people like you

                ------Gore------     ------Bush------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00*        62    33     4       50    46     5 
7/23/00         51    46     3       44    51     5
General Population:
7/23/00         49    46     4       44    51     5
6/11/00         53    42     6       48    47     5
4/2/00          54    40     6       48    46     6
3/11/00         55    39     5       47    47     6
2/27/00         49    47     5       43    51     6
2/6/00          50    47     4       43    52     5
1/16/00         46    47     7       46    49     6
12/15/99        46    49     6       47    46     7
10/31/99        57    38     4       54    39     7
9/2/99          47    45     8       50    39    11
6/13/99         44    44    12       NA    NA    NA
3/14/99         48    41    11       52    27    21
*half sample

C. He has an appealing personality

                ------Gore------     ------Bush------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00*        51    46     3       65    29     6
7/23/00         45    50     6       61    34     5
General Population:
7/23/00         45    49     6       60    34     7
*half sample

D. He has the right kind of experience to be president

                ------Gore------     ------Bush------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00*        74    23     2       61    35     4
7/23/00         69    25     6       62    33     4
General Population:
7/23/00         67    27     6       61    33     6
1/16/00         66    30     4       61    33     6
12/15/99        69    27     5       62    32     6
10/31/99        70    27     3       66    28     6
9/2/99          69    27     4       61    30     9
*half sample

9. Overall, would you say (Gore/Bush) cares more about serving poor and lower income people, middle income people, upper income people, or would you say he cares equally about serving all people?

Gore:
           Poor   Middle   Upper   All   No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00     17      16       12    48        8
7/23/00     15      17       18    42        8
General Population:
7/23/00     14      17       19    42        8
9/2/99      14      10       15    48       12
Bush:
           Poor   Middle   Upper   All   No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00      2      10       42    40        6
7/23/00      3      13       40    38        5
General Population:
7/23/00      3      13       39    38        6
9/2/99       3       9       31    44       12
Compare to:
Clinton:
8/5/96      15      16       19    44       6
7/17/95     19      16       20    42       4
1/29/95     17      20       16    44       3
4/26/93     15      13       14    56       2
1/17/93     12      10       11    64       4
8/23/92 RV  16      25        6    44       9
Dole:
8/5/96       2      16       43    33       6
President Bush:
1/17/93*     2       6       61    28       3
8/23/92 RV   1       7       56    33       3
8/9/92       1       8       62    25       4
2/2/92       3      10       56    30       1
12/15/91     1       7       58    32       2
10/21/91     1       7       48    41       2
11/4/90 LV   3       5       55    36       2
2/4/90       3      11       35    51       *
*"has cared"
Reagan:          
1/16/85      2      10       52    35       1
7/8/84       1       6       56    34       3
12/13/83     2       7       52    35       2
6/19/83      1       7       58    32       2
8/17/82      2       8       56    29       5
6/1/82       1       5       55    33       6
1/30/82      1       7       52    39       2
11/22/81     1       7       54    35       3
10/5/81      1      10       53    33       3
9/26/81      2       6       43    45       4
9/20/81      1       8       52    35       3
4/22/81      1       6       29    58       5
3/29/81      2       5       34    54       4
2/20/81      3       6       23    64       4

10. Which is more important to you in choosing a candidate for president (his personal qualities such as experience and leadership ability); or (his positions on specific issues)?

                Personal     Positions    Both     No
                qualities    on issues   (vol.)   opin.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00            39           47         13       1
10/31/99           42           42         16       *
General Population:
10/31/99           43           43         14       1

11. Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job being tolerant of different points of view?

                                        Neither   Both equally     No
           Democrats    Republicans     (vol.)      (vol.)        opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00       54            30             7           5            4
8/6/00        47            36            11           3            3
General Population:
8/6/00        46            35            11           3            4
3/14/00       58            21            10           4            7

12. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: Al Gore is too close to Bill Clinton to provide the fresh start the country needs. (GET ANSWER THEN ASK: Do you feel that way strongly, or only somewhat?)

              --------Agree---------    -------Disagree-------    No
              NET   Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin.
Registered Voters:
8/20/00       39      28        11      58      37        21       2 
8/10/00       47      35        13      50      30        20       2
3/11/00       50      36        14      48      28        20       2
General Population:
3/11/00       50      34        15      48      26        23       2
2/27/00       49      34        15      49      29        20       1
9/2/99        48      31        18      49      27        21       3

13. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Clinton as a person?

               Favorable   Unfavorable     No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00            35           61             3
8/10/00            34           62             4
12/15/99           32           65             3
General Population:
1/26/00            34           61             5
12/15/99           36           62             2
9/2/99             38           59             3
3/14/99            30           67             4
3/4/99             40           54             6
12/15/98*          41           56             3
11/1/98            42           54             4
11/1/98 LV         37           60             3
*Strongly/somewhat follow up asked 12/15/98

14. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Bill Clinton's policies and programs?

               Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
Registered Voters:
8/20/00           64            33             3
8/10/00           61            36             3
12/15/99          60            38             2
General Population:
12/15/99          61            37             2

15. As you may know, a federal judge ruled last year that Clinton gave intentionally false testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Do you think Clinton should or should not be charged with a crime and put on trial for this, after he leaves office?

         Charged   Not Charged   No opinion
Registered Voters:			
8/20/00    46          51              3

16. As you may know, it was reported Thursday that a grand jury is considering whether Clinton should be charged with a crime after he leaves office. Do you think this is part of an impartial investigation, or do you think it's part of a political effort to hurt Al Gore's chances in the upcoming election?

             Impartial      Political     No
           investigation     effort     opinion
Registered Voters:				
8/20/00	   45             47          8

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