A New CNN/TIME poll suggests that President Bill Clinton is maintaining his commanding lead over GOP nominee Bob Dole. Yankelovich Partners, Inc., surveyed 2,007 adult Americans, including 1,676 registered voters and 1,387 likely voters. The sampling error is +/- 2.2 percentage points for the entire sample, +/- 2.5 percentage points for registered voters, and +/- 2.7 percentage points for likely voters.
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QUESTION 1: Suppose the 1996 election for President were being held today, and you had to choose between Bill Clinton, the Democrat, and Robert Dole, the Republican. For whom would you vote -- Clinton or Dole?
QUESTION 2: Suppose the 1996 election for President were being held today, and you had to choose between Bill Clinton, the Democrat, Robert Dole, the Republican, and Ross Perot running as the Reform Party candidate. For whom would you vote -- Clinton, Dole, or Perot?
QUESTION 3: How much attention would you say you are paying to the 1996 presidential election right now? How often do you vote in presidential elections?
QUESTION 4: If the election for Congress were being held today, do you think you would vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress in your district or for the Republican candidate? Do you think you would vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress in your district or the Republican candidate?
QUESTION 5: In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way President Clinton is handling his job as President?
QUESTION 6: Do you think President Clinton is doing a good job or a poor job in handling the economy?
QUESTION 7: Do you think President Clinton is doing a good job or a poor job in handling foreign policy?
QUESTION 8: Do you think President Clinton is doing a good job or a poor job in providing strong leadership for the country?
QUESTION 9: Thinking about how you might vote for a candidate for Congress in your district, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for candidates who supported the policies of the Clinton Administration?
QUESTION 11: In commenting on how things are going in the country, some people tell us that the problems we face are no worse than at any other time in recent years. Others say the country is really in deep and serious trouble today. Which comes closest to your own feelings?
QUESTION 12: Compared to four years ago, are you and your family better off financially, worse off financially or about the same?
QUESTION 13: In your view, have the economic policies of the Clinton Administration been good for the country or bad for the country?
QUESTIONS 14-21: Next, I'm going to read you the names of some political organizations and leaders in the news today. Please tell me whether you have generally favorable or generally unfavorable impressions of that person or organization, or whether you are not familiar enough with that person or organization to say one way or the other.
QUESTION 22: Regardless of who you plan to vote for, who is more likely to win the presidential election in November - Bill Clinton or Bob Dole?
QUESTION 23: In your view, has Bill Clinton engaged in too much negative campaigning or made too many attacks on his opponents? In your view, has Bob Dole engaged in too much negative campaigning or made too many attacks on his opponents?
QUESTION 24: Do you think Bill Clinton is honest and trustworthy enough to be president, or don't you think so? Do you think Bob Dole is honest and trustworthy enough to be president, or don't you think so?
QUESTION 25: Do you think Bill Clinton or Robert Dole would do the best job in each of the following areas: reducing the federal deficit, providing leadership in foreign policy, looking out for people like yourself, insuring honesty in government, dealing with crime, handling the economy, improving the country's moral climate, helping the middle class, dealing with the drug problem, protecting the environment, handling the tax policy, responding effectively to international crises.
QUESTION 26: Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following: Bill Clinton changes his mind too often on important issues just to win votes, Bill Clinton's weak leadership on foreign policy has reduced the amount of respect other nations have for the United States, Bob Dole changes his mind too often on important issues just to win votes, Bob Dole is too closely associated with the policies of Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole's proposal to cut taxes 15% is too risky, Bill Clinton's word is no good.
QUESTION 27: Thinking now about the presidential debates held on Sunday, did the debate make you more likely to vote for Bob Dole, more likely to vote for Bill Clinton, or did the debate have no effect on your vote?
QUESTION 28: Regardless of how you plan to vote, who do you think did the best in the presidential debate - Bill Clinton or Bob Dole?
QUESTION 29: Thinking about the vice presidential debate - Regardless of how you plan to vote, who do you think did the best in the vice-presidential debate - Jack Kemp or Al Gore?
QUESTION 30: Thinking about the next presidential election in the year 2000, do you think Jack Kemp would make a good President or don't you feel that way? Do you think Al Gore would make a good President or don't you feel that way?
QUESTION 31: Suppose the year 2000 election for President were being held today, and you had to choose between Jack Kemp, the Republican, and Al Gore, the Democrat. For whom would you vote - Kemp or Gore?
QUESTION 32: On another topic, which of the following sources do you rely on to get most of the news?
QUESTION 33: Who do you think looks better in shorts - Bob Dole or Bill Clinton?
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