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Clinton's Approval Rating Hits New High

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Meanwhile, Lewinksy and Starr's disapproval ratings soar

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 1) -- President Bill Clinton's approval ratings hit a new high this weekend -- even though most Americans believe he is hiding something about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll shows.

The poll of 1,013 adults, conducted Jan. 30-Feb. 1, gave Clinton a 69 percent approval rating. That's the highest of Clinton's presidency and better than Ronald Reagan's highest approval rating.

Is Clinton Hiding Something?
Yes 62%
No 33
Are You Satisfied With the Way Things Are Going Today?
Yes 63%
No 35

In a similar Time/CNN poll taken last week, Clinton's approval rating was 60 percent.

One reason for the high approval rating in the latest poll is that most Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country today.

Asked if they were satisfied, 63 percent responded yes -- a level of satisfaction not seen since the end of the Persian Gulf War.

Opinion of Monica Lewinsky
Favorable 11%
Unfavorable 66
Not familiar 23
Opinion of Ken Starr
  NowJan. 24-25
Favorable 25%26%
Unfavorable 4227
Not familiar 3347
Should Starr Stop His Investigation?
Yes 58%
No 39

Also, the polls shows the public is gaining a negative opinion of Lewinsky and independent counsel Ken Starr.

Although 62 percent said they believed Clinton is hiding something, a majority disapproved of the way Starr is conducting his investigation.

And 58 percent said Starr should stop his inquiry into allegations that Clinton had a sexual relationship with Lewinksy, a former White House intern, and then urged her to lie about it. Clinton has denied the allegations.

In the latest poll, 66 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of the 24-year-old Lewinsky, while only 11 percent said they had a favorable opinion of her.

Should Congress Start Impeachment Hearings?
Yes 13%
No 85
Starr's Investigation
Fair 39%
Unfair 55

The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, also showed a marked lack of support for brining impeachment proceedings against the president. Only 13 percent said Congress should start impeachment hearings, while 85 percent said it should not.

Do You Believe That Clinton...
  Now Jan. 22
Had affairs with other women? 62%54%
Had affair with Monica Lewinsky? 5552
Lied under oath? 5246
Clinton's Statements About Monica Lewinsky
True 48%
False 46
Is Clinton Honest And Trustworthy?
Yes 44%
No 53
Opinion of Hillary Clinton
Favorable 64%
Unfavorable 34

Nonetheless, the president has reason to worry whether his popularity will continue. A growing number believe Clinton has lied under oath about his relationship with Lewinsky, and nearly two-thirds think he has had extramarital affairs since becoming president. Asked if they consider Clinton to be honest and trustworthy, 53 percent said no.

CNN's Keating Holland contributed to this report.

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