November 11, 1998 - Newt Quit Just In Time, New Jersey Voters Tell Quinnipiac College Poll; Voters Are High On Clinton, Down On Imeachment
New Jersey voters give House Speaker Newt Gingrich a negative 28 - 61 percent approval rating and only 17 percent have a favorable opinion of him, while 56 percent have a negative opinion, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today.

By contrast, President Clinton gets a 66 - 32 percent approval rating and 48 - 32 percent favorability rating, the independent Quinnipiac College Poll finds.

A total of 68 percent of New Jersey voters are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in the country today, while 31 percent are somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied,

Only 23 percent approve of the way Congress is handling impeachment, while 71 percent disapprove. Only 17 percent say Congress should impeach the President, while 36 percent favor a censure and 44 percent say drop the whole thing.

"If New Jersey sentiment is a test, Speaker Gingrich got out while the getting was good," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"In this first post-election poll, New Jersey voters made it clear: They'd settle for a censure of President Clinton, but they'd prefer to drop the whole shebang. By almost 3 -1 margins, they disapprove of the way Congress is handling impeachment.

"By 2 - 1 margins, these voters approve of the job President Clinton is doing, and they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country. Why rock the boat? they ask."

By a 50 - 44 percent margin, New Jersey voters believe the President and Republicans in Congress will work together to solve the nation's problems. They have more confidence in
Clinton than Congressional Republicans to handle issues such as:
  • The economy and jobs, 58 - 34 percent;
  • Taxes, 46 - 42 percent, a tie;
  • Crime, 43 - 41 percent, a tie;
  • Education, 60 - 32 percent;
  • Health care, 58 - 31 percent;
  • Social Security, 54 - 34 percent;
  • Welfare and the poor, 58 - 31 percent.
Asked how they view the National Republican Party, 29 percent of New Jersey voters say it is moderate and 56 percent say it is conservative.

Looking at the National Democratic Party, 40 percent say it is moderate and 46 percent say it is liberal.

"It's a tossup whether Clinton or Congressional Republicans will do a better job on taxes and crime, but on the economy, education, health care, Social Security and welfare, New Jersey voters put their confidence in Clinton," Carroll said.

"Just half of all voters are hopeful that Clinton and Congress can work together to solve the nation's problems."

From November 5 - 9, Quinnipiac College surveyed 809 New Jersey residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

The Quinnipiac College Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data: www.quinnipiac.edu

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?

                                                                         Aug 6
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     1998


Approve 66% 39% 90% 63% 64% 67% 63%

Disapprove 32 59 8 35 34 31 35

DK/NA 2 2 2 2 2 2 2



6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Newt Gingrich is handling his job as Speaker of the House of Representatives?

                                                                         
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     


Approve 28% 48% 16% 26% 25% 31%

Disapprove 61 42 76 63 64 59

DK/NA 10 10 8 11 10 10



7. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the country today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                                         
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    


Very satisfied 18% 14% 27% 14% 21% 15%

Somewhat satisfied 50 52 50 52 49 51

Somewhat dissatisfied 20 22 16 22 18 22

Very dissatisfied 11 12 6 12 11 11

DK/NA 1 - 1 1 1 1



9. Do you have more confidence in Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress to handle.the economy and jobs?
                                                                         
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Bill Clinton 58% 21% 92% 57% 52% 64%

Republicans in Congress 34 72 5 31 40 28

NEITHER/SAME (VOL) 5 4 1 7 5 5

DK/NA 3 2 2 5 2 4



10. Do you have more confidence in Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress to handle taxes?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Bill Clinton 46% 12% 80% 44% 41% 51%

Republicans in Congress 42 81 11 42 49 35

NEITHER/SAME (VOL) 7 4 3 9 7 6

DK/NA 5 3 6 5 3 7



11. Do you have more confidence in Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress to handle crime?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Bill Clinton 43% 14% 73% 43% 41% 45%

Republicans in Congress 41 77 15 38 45 37

NEITHER/SAME (VOL) 8 4 5 9 8 7

DK/NA 8 4 8 10 6 10



12. Do you have more confidence in Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress to handle education?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Bill Clinton 60% 26% 90% 60% 58% 62%

Republicans in Congress 32 69 5 30 34 30

NEITHER/SAME (VOL) 5 2 3 6 5 4

DK/NA 3 2 2 4 3 4



13. Do you have more confidence in Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress to handle health care?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Bill Clinton 58% 25% 90% 55% 56% 60%

Republicans in Congress 31 66 4 30 35 27

NEITHER/SAME (VOL) 7 5 4 9 6 7

DK/NA 5 5 2 6 3 6



14. Do you have more confidence in Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress to handle Social Security?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Bill Clinton 54% 17% 88% 54% 50% 57%

Republicans in Congress 34 73 5 30 39 29

NEITHER/SAME (VOL) 7 6 4 8 8 6

DK/NA 5 3 3 7 3 7



15. Do you have more confidence in Bill Clinton or the Republicans in Congress to handle welfare and the poor?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Bill Clinton 58% 28% 88% 58% 57% 59%

Republicans in Congress 31 65 7 26 32 30

NEITHER/SAME (VOL) 6 4 3 7 6 6

DK/NA 5 3 2 8 5 5



16. Do you think President Clinton and the Republicans in Congress will or will not be able to work together to solve the nation's problems?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Will work together 50% 49% 53% 49% 47% 52%

Will not work together 44 46 39 46 49 40

DK/NA 6 5 8 5 4 7



17. Do you think of the national Republican party more as liberal, moderate, or conservative?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Liberal 9% 7% 10% 8% 9% 9%

Moderate 29 42 13 35 30 28

Conservative 56 48 69 51 56 56

DK/NA 6 3 7 6 5 7



19. Do you think of the national Democratic party more as liberal, moderate, or conservative?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Liberal 46% 62% 31% 50% 48% 45%

Moderate 40 26 54 37 41 40

Conservative 9 7 11 8 7 10

DK/NA 5 4 5 5 4 6



25. Is your opinion of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 17% 30% 8% 15% 17% 16%

Unfavorable 18 6 32 17 20 17

Mixed 11 14 8 13 13 9

Haven't heard enough 54 50 51 55 50 58

REFUSED 1 - - 1 1 -



26. Is your opinion of House Speaker Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 17% 33% 8% 13% 19% 15%

Unfavorable 56 31 72 61 57 55

Mixed 20 30 12 20 20 20

Haven't heard enough 5 3 8 4 3 8

REFUSED 1 1 1 2 1 2



27. Is your opinion of President Bill Clinton favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                         Oct 24
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     1996


Favorable 48% 21% 79% 41% 47% 49% 46%

Unfavorable 32 61 5 34 35 28 32

Mixed 20 17 15 25 17 22 21

Haven't heard enough - - - - - - 1

REFUSED 1 - 1 - - 1 1



28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling the impeachment matter?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 23% 42% 8% 24% 23% 24%

Disapprove 71 51 87 71 72 70

DK/NA 6 8 4 5 5 6



29. Given what you know right now, do you think Congress should (A) Impeach and remove President Clinton from office, (B) Censure President Clinton - that is formally criticize him, or (C) Drop the matter?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A) Impeach and remove President Clinton from office 17% 35% 1% 18% 20% 14%

B) Censure President Clinton - that is formally criticize him 36 39 30 39 36 36

C) Drop the matter 44 21 67 41 40 47

DK/NA 3 5 3 2 4 3