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Clinton's Performance Rates Higher Than Congress

But neither are doing enough, say respondents; Education and crime are top priorities

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, April 24) -- Over half of all Americans think that Bill Clinton has done too little so far this year to address the nation's problems, but 74 percent feel the same way about Congress, according to the latest CNN poll.

In a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, 56 percent say that the policies being proposed by Clinton would move the country in the right direction while only 46 percent say the same of policies proposed by Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate.

Most Americans say that the problems that Congress and Clinton must deal with are more critical than in recent years. Only a third say they are about the same.

Crime and education rate highest on the 1997 agendas of those surveyed. Thirty-two percent say education is a top priority for Congress and the president, and 29 percent say the same about crime.

By contrast, only 11 percent say that campaign finance reform should be a top priority, while an equal number feel that way about a capital gains tax cut.

The survey of 1,003 adult Americans was conducted April 18-20, 1997, and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

Done too little to address nation's problems this year
Clinton 55%
Congress 74%

Whose policies move the country in the right direction?
Yes No
Clinton 55% 33%
Congress 46% 39%

Rate today's problems compared to recent years
More critical 59%
Less critical 8%
About the same 32%

Top Priorities For 1997
Education 32%
Crime 29%
Medicare 25%
Deficit 23%
Tax cuts for families 18%
Campaign finance reform 11%
Capital gains tax cut 10%

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