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  •  60-67% disliked Clinton 'as a person' in '99-2000 (1+ / 0-)
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    Opinion of Clinton as a Person

    		   Fav	 Unfav
    
    Exit poll:	      36%   60% 
    
    10/22/00  LV	   33	 60
    10/21/00  LV	   33	 62
    10/20/00  LV	   32	 63
    10/1/00   RV	   37	 58
    9/6/00	  RV	   35	 62
    8/20/00   RV	   35	 61
    8/10/00   RV	   34	 62
    1/26/00 	   34	 61
    12/15/99  RV	   32	 65
    12/15/99	   36	 62
    9/2/99		   38	 59
    3/14/99	   30	 67
    3/4/99		   40	 54
    12/15/98	   41	 56
    11/1/98   LV	   37	 60
    11/1/98 	   42	 54
    

    Links:

    1. 2000 Exit Poll
    1. Wash. Post Poll Archive
    •  notice little difference between '98 and '00 n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Aug 03, 2008 at 05:07:41 PM PDT

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      •  Lewinsky scandal broke on 1/17/98 (0+ / 0-)

        Starr investigation was through the summer, Clinton was impeached in 12/98, and the senate trial concluded in 2/99. After that, the fatigue seems to have kicked for whatever set of reasons.

        People basically disapproved of Republicans' witch hunt, but they apparently also factored in the fact that Clinton's recklessness gave Republicans the ammunition to harass and impeach him with. The fact that Clinton lied, wagging his finger (yes, the 'that woman' bit) when the affair first surfaced (the Clinton camp later tried to demonize Monica as a "stalker" too), and the tapes of him parsing the meaining of "is" probably didn't help.

    •  That's interesting stuff... (0+ / 0-)

      for a couple of reasons.

      Most people (myself included) are not policy wonks and want to think well of the President as a person.

      The "like as a person" stuff is interesting because I think you can dislike somebody as a person and still believe them to be competent in their job.

      But... what does it take to win your vote?  Can it be either/or or do you need some minimum measure of both?

      Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

      by dinotrac on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 09:41:34 AM PDT

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