Poll: Americans Think Differently About Clinton's Impeachment

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com)- A year after President Clinton faced impeachment by the House, a recent survey shows that fully half of all Americans surveyed now agree.

A new USA TODAY/ CNN/Gallup poll showed 50% of all Americans approve of the impeachment of President Clinton and 42% say the Senate should have removed him from office. The House approved articles of impeachment against the president just one year ago this weekend.

The same poll taken last December showed only 35% of Americans surveyed agreed with the House voting to impeach Clinton for lying under oath about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, while 63% said they opposed it.

The new survey, conducted last Thursday through Sunday, found that 50% of those interviewed now agree with the House decision to impeach Clinton, while 49% said they disapprove. The new poll also found that 42% of Americans think the Senate shouldn't have acquitted Clinton, allowing him to remain in office.

The poll also found those agreeing with the Senate acquittal of Clinton slipped 11 percentage points since last year to 57%, compared with 68% who favored acquitting Clinton last year. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart Friday declined to comment on the poll.