WASHINGTON (AP) _ Americans agree with senators who voted to acquit President Clinton of impeachment charges, but they give the Senate low marks for its handling of the trial, polls released Saturday indicate.

A CBS News poll conducted after the vote Friday indicated 64 percent of the public supported acquittal, while 34 percent thought Clinton should have been convicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The charges stemmed from his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern, and efforts to conceal their affair.

An ABC News poll taken Friday showed 60 percent of the public supported the Senate verdict, while an NBC poll on Saturday found 56 percent supported the Senate vote.

Of those polled for ABC, 71 percent said the Senate vote was based on partisan politics. When asked the same question about the House vote to impeach in December, 61 percent said that vote was purely partisan.

The idea of censuring the president did not draw much support, several polls found.

In the NBC survey, only 28 percent of those polled supported censure, while 56 percent said the Senate should just move on.

ABC's poll indicated 54 percent said the Senate should ``drop the case without censuring Clinton,'' and 44 percent favored censure.

In the CBS poll, 56 percent disapproved of the Senate's handling of the trial and 62 percent said the country would have been better off if the Lewinsky investigation never had started.

In a Newsweek poll, 74 percent of the respondents said the Republicans should not make an issue of the way Clinton and the Democrats conducted themselves during the scandal. Also, 76 percent of those polled said Democrats should not make an issue of the way Republicans pursued impeachment.

The NBC poll Saturday of 635 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The CBS poll Friday of 926 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The ABC poll Friday of 526 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The Newsweek poll of 752 adults was conducted Thursday and Friday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.