Poll: Clinton’s approval rating up in wake of impeachment
December 20, 1998
That’s not only an all-time high for Clinton, it also beats the highest approval rating President Ronald Reagan ever had.
At the same time, the number of Americans with an unfavorable view of the Republican Party has jumped 10 points; less than a third of the country now has a favorable view of the GOP.
Despite concerns that public calls for Clinton’s resignation would rise after his impeachment, the number of Americans who want Clinton to resign has remained statistically unchanged. Only 30 percent want Clinton to resign; only 29 percent want the Senate to convict Clinton and remove him from office.
The poll, released Sunday, also shows that 35 percent approve of the House’s decision to impeach the president.
Interviews with 852 adult Americans were conducted December 19-20, after the House of Representatives voted to impeach Clinton.
Do you approve of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president?
Now Dec. 15-16 Approve 73% 63% Disapprove 25 33
What is your opinion of the Republican Party?
Now Dec. 15-16 Favorable 31% 43% Unfavorable 57 47
What is your opinion of both the Republican and Democratic parties?
Favorable Unfavorable Republican 31% 57% Democratic 57 30
Should your senators vote to remove Clinton from office?
Yes 29% No 68
Should Clinton resign now?
Now Dec. 15-16 Yes 30% 33% No 69 63
Do you approve of the decision to impeach Clinton?
Approve 35% Disapprove 63
Has the GOP in Congress abused its powers?
Yes 54% No 41
Who do you want to have more influence over the nation?
Clinton GOP Now 60% 31% October 53 39 September 44 43
As of now, can Clinton be an effective president during his remaining two years in office?
Yes No Now 72% 26% September 58 39
Clinton’s effectiveness has been harmed…
A great deal 24% A moderate amount 35 Not much 27 Not at all 12
What should the Senate do?
Proceed with trial 31% Censure/no trial 36 No trial or censure 32
Do you think the Senate will remove Clinton from office?
Now Dec. 12-13 Yes 41% 37% No 49 58
Does Speaker-elect Bob Livingston’s resignation make you more likely to support Clinton’s resignation?
Yes 14% No 84
Is Vice President Al Gore qualified to be president?
Yes 63% No 27
Do you approve of the military attacks on Iraq?
Approve 78% Disapprove 18
Do you believe Clinton ordered the attacks on Iraq to divert attention from impeachment?
Yes 25% No 66
All questions have a sampling error of plus or minus four points.