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 Bowles Testifies Before Grand Jury (04-02-98)

 White House Supports News Media's Request (04-01-98)

 Starr Investigation Costs Just Shy of $30 Million (04-01-98)

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 Ken Starr Discusses His Investigation (04-02-98)

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Voter's Voice

 Starr vb. Clinton (03-24-98)



 A Chronology: Key Moments In The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

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Poll: Clinton Should Not Leave Office


President's ratings rebound;
Gore seen as qualified for presidency

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25) -- Although growing numbers of Americans believe that President Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky, and over half the public believes that Clinton lied under oath about that affair, only 23 percent think that it would be better for the country if Clinton left office, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

And the president's approval rating has rebounded to about where it was before news of the scandal broke last week.

A CNN/Time poll conducted on Thursday showed that Clinton's favorable rating had dropped to 52 percent, but today's figures, based on interviews conducted Friday and Saturday, show Clinton's approval rating at 58 percent.


Sixty percent of all Americans now believe that Clinton and Lewinsky had an affair, while an additional 4 percent believe they had sexual relations of some kind but not an full-blown "affair."

Fifty-five percent say that the charges that Clinton perjured himself are true, and 46 percent think that he tried to get Lewinsky to lie under oath; 45 percent do not believe that charge.

But few American believe that those charges are definitely true, and "reasonable doubt" in many minds is probably helping Clinton at this stage of the game. Americans may be suspending judgment on the matter until they get more facts.

Suppose that Monica Lewinsky does strike a deal with Kenneth Starr and testifies that she and Clinton did have sex? If it becomes a case of he-said/she-said, whom will the public believe? Right now, they are split: 44 percent say they would believe Clinton, 43 percent say they would believe Lewinsky.

Clinton Favorable Rating   Who Do You Tend To Believe More?
 December Now   Bill Clinton 44% 
Favorable 58% 57%  Monica Lewinsky 43 
Unfavorable 37 40       

The survey of 903 adult Americans was conducted January 23-24, 1998 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Allegations That Clinton Had An Affair With ...   Allegations That Clinton ...
  True Not true     True Not true
Monica Lewinsky 60% 33%  Lied under oath 55% 36%
Other women 61 30  Tried to obstruct justice 46 45

President Gore?

Does the public think Vice President Al Gore is qualified to be president? Yes, but only 30 percent would consider voting for him.

Fifty-six percent of the public says that Gore is qualified to be president, but nearly half of those who feel that way would not vote for him.

January 16-18
Is Al Gore Qualified To Be President?
Yes 56%
No 36
Yes, and I would vote for him 30%
Yes, but I would not vote for him 26
No, he is not qualified 36
Sampling error: +/-5% pts

Just 36% say that Gore is not qualified to be president. A December CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll appeared to indicate that a majority did not think Gore was qualified to be president.

But when respondents had an option of saying that they didn't like Gore but did consider him qualified for the Oval Office, the result was good news and bad news for Gore. The good news: Americans do think he is qualified to be president. The bad news: they just don't want him to be president.

Allegations That Clinton Had Affair With Monica Lewinsky   Allegation That Clinton Had Affairs With Other Women
  Wednesday Now   Definitely true 19% 
Definitely true 7% 12%  Probably true 42  
Probably true 47 48  Probably true 42  
Not true 37 33 Not true 30 

Allegations That Clinton Lied Under Oath About Affair   Allegations That Clinton Tried To Obstruct Justice
  Wednesday Now     Wednesday Now
Definitely true 8% 15%  Definitely true 6% 11%
Probably true 41 40  Probably true 33 35
Not true 43 36 Not true 51 45
In Other News

Saturday Jan. 24, 1998

Clinton Supporters Say Lewinsky May Have Fantasized A Relationship
Panetta Says Clinton Should 'Go To The People'
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