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Poll: US Supports Clinton Acquittal

February 14, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A majority of Americans think the Senate was right to acquit President Clinton of impeachment charges and believe Republicans pursued the matter for political reasons, according to a Los Angeles Times poll released Sunday.

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed after Friday’s Senate vote supported the acquittal, while 30 percent thought Clinton should have been removed from office.

The results were similar to those of polls conducted Friday and Saturday by other news organizations.

Sixty-two percent of those surveyed thought Republicans in Congress pursued impeachment because they wanted to hurt Clinton politically; 34 percent said Republicans were motivated by concern for the nation’s legal and moral fabric.

Fifty-six percent disapproved of the way the Senate handled the impeachment trial, and 57 percent said the final debate should have been open.

As with other polls, this one found little support for censuring Clinton. Just 38 percent of respondents favored a Senate censure resolution, while 47 percent opposed it.

The telephone poll of 664 adults nationwide had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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