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More Americans Want Jones vs. Clinton Settled Out Of Court

Lawsuit still doesn't hurt the president's high approval rating

By Keating Holland/CNN

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Aug. 14) -- By a 48 percent to 42 percent margin, Americans would prefer Bill Clinton and Paula Jones to settle their dispute out of court than to let the case go to trial, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

About a third of the public thinks that Paula Jones has told the truth in her description of the incident which is the basis of her suit. That is lower than the 45 percent who said in May that her description was completely true or mostly true.

Two-thirds say that Paula Jones' suit is not relevant to how Clinton should be judged in office. Clinton's approval rating now stands at 61 percent -- just shy of his all-time high of 62 percent, set just before the inauguration earlier this year.

This survey of 819 adult Americans, conducted August 12-13, has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Clinton and Jones Should...
Settle out of court
Go to trial
48%
42%
Paula Jones' Description of Incident
True
Not true
35%
51%
Paula Jones' Description Is True
Now
May
35%
45%
Paula Jones' Case Relevant To Clinton Presidency?
Yes
No
31%
65%
Clinton Approval Rating
Approve
Disapprove
61%
32%

Religion in the workplace

President Bill Clinton's announcement today of federal guidelines on religion in the workplace, and his description of his own religious feelings, were addressed primarily to the six out of ten Americans who say that religion is very important in their own lives.

More than two-thirds of all adult Americans say they are a member of a church or synagogue. But only 35 percent say they actually attended church or synagogue in the last seven days. And while 41 percent say they usually attend church weekly or every other week, an equal number say they seldom or never attend church. Translation: Americans have deeply held religious beliefs, but don't always put them into practice.

How Important Is Religion In Your Life?
Very important
Fairly important
Not very important
62%
27%
11%
Are You a Member of a Church or Synagogue?
Yes
No
68%
32%
Attend Religious Services In Last Seven Days?
Yes
No
35%
65%
How Often Do You Usually Attend Services?
Weekly/almost every week
About once a month
Seldom/never
41%
17%
41%

Chances for Mideast Peace

A majority of the public is pessimistic about the chances of peace in th Middle East. Fifty-six percent say that Israelis and Arabs will never be able to settle their differences and live in peace.

Nearly five times as many Americans sympathize with the Israelis than with the Palestinians in the current situation in the Middle East, but the number who favor Israel is well under a majority -- and has slipped dramatically since 1991.

Will Israelis and Arabs Ever Live in Peace?
Yes
No
36%
56%
Who Do You Sympathize With More?

Israelis
Palestinians
Now
38%
8%
1991
64%
7%


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