Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poll Gives Clinton 60 Pct. Approval Rate New Survey Reports Public Is Unmoved by Recent Negative News

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poll Gives Clinton 60 Pct. Approval Rate New Survey Reports Public Is Unmoved by Recent Negative News

Article excerpt

President Bill Clinton is drawing high marks for his job performance despite swirling questions over campaign financing, Whitewater and his personal life, a new poll says.

The Pew Research Center survey reported that people are hearing a drumbeat of negative news about the president but that it doesn't seem to matter.

"The American public has no nerve endings," said Andrew Kohut, survey director. "They overwhelmingly told us all they hear about Bill Clinton is scandal," then gave him a thumbs up. Overall, 60 percent approved of the way Clinton is handling his job, a record in Pew polls and up one point from one taken the week before his second-term inauguration. Thirty-two percent disapproved, also up one point. The new survey was taken from Thursday to Sunday, amid continuing revelations about Democratic fund raising but before the release of documents showing Clinton's direct involvement in offering big donors White House access. In a USA Today-CNN-Gallup poll done after that disclosure, 42 percent said Clinton was wrong to invite major contributors to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom. Even so, 53 percent said the issue was irrelevant to his character and job. Kohut said sensitivities over Clinton's personal issues might be aroused if problems developed in matters most important to the public, such as the economy, or if Republicans began speaking up credibly on campaign finance. But right now, "His zeroing in on education and his other policy initiatives are right on in terms of the public's agenda," he said. In addition, Kohut said, "It's a little bit of, we've re-elected him; let's make the best of him as long as we can." Message Not Clear Still, Clinton is having trouble getting his message out. When people were asked to recall what they have been hearing about him, ethical questions dominated, and education and the budget were the only two domestic issues mentioned. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.