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 Clinton Stays On His Message (01-27-98)

 Lott Charts a Slightly Different Course (01-27-98)

 Analysis: Speech Memorable For What Clinton Didn't Say (01-27-98)

 Lewinsky Allegations Overshadow State Of The Union (01-27-98)

 Full List Of President's Guests (01-27-98)

 Clinton Repeats Denial (01-26-98)

 Analysis: Delay The State Of The Union (01-26-98)

 Toon: Bill Mitchell's "State of the Union" (01-26-98)


Poll

 Clinton Gets A Bounce (01-27-98)


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 President Bill Clinton's State Of The Union Address (01-27-98)

 Sen. Trent Lott With The GOP Response To The President's State Of The Union Address (01-27-98)


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 President Clinton's State Of The Union Address (01-27-98)

 Sen. Trent Lott With The Republican Response (01-27-98)


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Poll: Clinton Gets A Bounce

Most people who watched give his State of Union speech high marks

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 27) -- President Bill Clinton, who sketched out a wide-ranging legislative agenda in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, got a positive reaction from people who tuned in, according to a poll taken immediately afterward.

In the CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey, 84 percent said they had a very positive or somewhat positive reaction to the speech, and people who watched came away with more confidence in Clinton's ability to carry out his presidential duties. Clinton made no mention of the allegations that broke last week that he had a sexual relationship with a White House intern, then encouraged her to lie about it under oath.

The new poll, conducted immediately after Clinton's speech, surveyed only people who watched. The survey polled 488 adults and has a margin of sampling error of +/- 5 percentage points.

Here are the questions and results:

Question 1: How confident are you in Bill Clinton's abilities to carry out his duties as president -- very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?

Confident in Clinton's Ability to Carry Out His Duties


Before speech
After speech

Those Who
Watched Speech
66%
78%

Question 2: Overall, what kind of a moral example do you think Bill Clinton sets as president -- very good, good, poor or very poor?

Clinton Sets Good Or Very Good Moral Example


Before speech
After speech

Those Who
Watched Speech
35%
49%

Question 3: What was your overall reaction to Clinton's speech tonight -- very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?

Reaction to Speech


Positive
Negative

Those Who
Watched Speech
84%
16%
Reaction to Speech


Very positive
Somewhat positive
Negative

Those Who
Watched Speech
52%
32%
16

Question 4: Next, thinking about the federal budget which Congress and President Clinton will work on during the coming year, do you expect that the budget will be balanced, meaning the government will spend the same amount of money as it takes in, or the budget will not be balanced, meaning the government will spend more money than it takes in?

Do You Think Budget Will Be Balanced?


Yes
No

Those Who
Watched Speech
52%
45%

Question 5: Which of the following statements comes closer to how you feel about the new programs that Clinton proposed tonight: they would cost too much money and give the government too much power, or they would help solve important problems without costing too much money or giving the government too much power?

Clinton Programs Will Cost Too Much


Agree
Disagree

Those Who
Watched Speech
38%
58%

Question 6: Thinking about the reasons why you watched President Clinton's speech this evening, would you say you only watched in order to hear what Clinton had to say about the state of the nation and his proposals for the coming year, or you watched in part to see what would happen and how Clinton handled the situation in light of the recent controversy?

Did You Watch Speech To See How Clinton Handled the Situation?


Yes
No
Both equally

Those Who
Watched Speech
67%
25%
7%
In Other News

Tuesday Jan. 27, 1998

Clinton: Use Budget Surpluses To Fix Social Security
Lott Charts a Slightly Different Course
Grand Jury Convened Without Lewinsky Testimony
Details Of A Settlement Offer
Lewinsky Allegations Overshadow State Of The Union
White House Scandal At A Glance
Report: Lewinsky Allegedly Forged Document
Hillary Clinton: 'This Is A Battle'
Chelsea Deals With A Scandal

Analysis:
Speech Memorable For What Clinton Didn't Say

Poll:
Clinton Gets A Bounce
Gender Gap Shows Up In Controversy
Most Americans Still Have Confidence In Clinton

Profile:
Kenneth Starr

Transcripts:
President Bill Clinton's State Of The Union Addresss