CBS News Polls

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The CBS News Polling Unit is keeping track of who's up and who's down in Washington - and around the country. Here are the latest CBS News political polls:





Jan 29: A poll taken immediately after the president's State of the Union address shows overwhelming approval of his goals but doubts about whether they can be achieved.

Jan. 26: Americans' perceptions of President Bush have changed since Sept. 11. Generally, the perceptions are good.

Jan. 17: President Bush's one-year approval rating is the highest for any president over the past 40 years.

Oct. 29: While President Bush continues to receive high approval ratings, a majority of Americans think the government has not done enough to prepare for a biological attack.

Oct. 12: More than nine in ten New Yorkers approve of the way Mayor Rudy Giuliani is handling the city's crisis after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Sept. 24: There is overwhelming public support for a U.S. war against terrorism – a war most Americans believe will be long, difficult and costly.

Sept. 4: Americans are increasingly pessimistic about where the nation's economy is heading. And disapproval of President Bush's handling of the economy is rising.

July 18: A majority of Rep. Gary Condit's constituents believe he has impeded the Chandra Levy investigation and say they would not vote for him again, but only a third say he should resign his seat now.

June 20: President Bush's first official visit to Europe may not have helped him much at home.

June 18: Americans are split over whether California's energy shortage is real or just manufactured by power companies as a way of charging higher prices.

May 14: Americans place solving the energy crisis at the top of President Bush's to-do list.

April 29: After 100 days, a majority of Americans approve of President Bush's performance, although his father did better.

April 27: Public confidence in the nation's economy continues t erode, and the country's mood is now decidedly negative.

April 26: President Bush continues to receive low marks for his environmental record.

April 6: President Bush's handling of the economy, the environment and foreign affairs - as well as his overall job approval - have all declined in the past month.

April 6: Although Americans generally approve of the way President Bush is handling relations with China, there are lingering doubts about his ability to manage U.S. foreign policy.

March 13: Bill Clinton's image has been seriously tarnished by the scandal involving his last-minute White House pardons. Opinions of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are growing more negative, too.

March 13: Americans favor President Bush's ambitious tax-cut plan over one proposed by congressional Democrats, but there's increasing skepticism whether the country can afford such heavy tax reductions.

March 13: A majority of Americans are not concerned about Dick Cheney's ability to serve as vice president, despite his health problems.

Bush Speech A Big Success
Feb. 27: President George W. Bush's first address to Congress and the nation was received positively by most of those who heard it.

Feb. 14: While many consider President Bush a strong leader, his approval ratings are low compared to other recent presidents.

Feb. 13: Most Americans approve of President Bush's proposed tax cut, but aren't sure it will put any more green in their own wallets.

Jan. 19: The American public is optimistic about the next four years but not necessarily enthusiastic about a Bush presidency.

Jan. 19: Hillary Clinton has improved the role of first lady, but she still does not enjoy the level of approval reached by past out-going first ladies.

Jan. 18: Bill Clinton departs the White House with some of his most favorable job ratings ever. But he receives much lower marks on his personal character.

Jan. 18: While John Ashcroft's Senate confirmation hearings have been contentious, most Americans have yet to form an opinin of President-elect Bush's nominee for attorney general.

Dec. 18: Expectations for George W. Bush are slightly lower than for most incoming presidents, according to the latest CBS News poll. But, the poll also finds Bush has enough public support to achieve his goals.

Dec. 17: A new CBS News Poll finds more Americans than not are satisfied with the outcome of the presidential election, but that margin on George W. Bush's victory is also a narrow one.

Dec. 11: A CBS News poll finds Americans favor a manual vote recount in Florida by a margin of 52-44 percent. The survey also shows diminishing public support for Al Gore. On most election issues, the public is sharply divided.

Nov. 29: More than three weeks after Election Day, a CBS News/New York Times poll finds many Americans are concerned about the accuracy of the vote count in Florida, and doubtful that either candidate will be able to unite the country as president.

Nov. 20: Nearly half the American public says they've lost patience with the delay in Florida's election results, and a majority describes the controversy as a big problem for the country, according to a CBS News poll.

Nov. 13: Most Americans are ready to wait out the electoral deadlock between Al Gore and George W. Bush - and most question both campaigns' motives, according to the latest CBS News-New York Times Poll.

Nov. 11: CBS News Deputy Director of Surveys Sarah Dutton analyzes the national exit polls to determine why the presidential race is so close, and why so many key groups split their votes between Al Gore and George W. Bush.

Nov. 7: In the final CBS News election poll, voters are just about evenly split on their choice for president. Forty-five percent of voters say they favor Al Gore, while 44 percent prefer George W. Bush.

Nov. 6: One day beore the election, George W. Bush holds a 46-42 percent lead over Al Gore, according to a CBS News poll. News of Bush's 1976 arrest for drunk driving has had virtually no impact on the race.

Nov. 5: With just two days to go in the presidential campaign, George W. Bush has increased his lead over Al Gore to five points, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Nov. 1: Less than a week before the election, the race for the White House is essentially a dead heat. George W. Bush has a one-point edge over Al Gore in the latest CBS News poll.

Oct. 29: In New York's U.S. Senate race, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton maintains the lead over Rep. Rick Lazio, 49 percent to 41 percent, in the latest CBS News / New York Times poll.

Oct. 25: Al Gore has a small lead in Florida, the biggest battleground left on the presidential election map, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Oct. 22: With two weeks left until Election Day, George W. Bush has a two-point lead over Al Gore in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.

Oct. 17: In a CBS News poll taken immediately after their final presidential debate, Al Gore bested George W. Bush among debate watchers by a margin of 45-40 percent.

Oct. 11: A CBS News poll taken immediately after their second debate showed George W. Bush to be the winner over Al Gore by the slender margin of 51-48 percent.

Oct. 10: With just one month left in the race for the White House, Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush are running nearly neck and neck, according to the latest CBS News poll.

Oct. 3: A CBS News poll taken immediately after the debate between Al Gore and George W. Bush showed Gore to be the winner by a 56-42 percent margin among debate watchers.

Oct. 2: The latest CBS News/New York Times poll shows Al Gore with a narrow lead over George W. Bush as the candidates head into the first presidential debate.

Sept. 26: Vice President Al Gore has a four-point lead over Republican George W. Bush in the battleground state of Michigan, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Sept. 20: Buoyed by a strong showing in the first New York Senate debate and increasing support from women voters, Hillary Clinton has surged to a 9-point lead over Rep. Rick Lazio, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.

Sept. 12: Al Gore holds a slight edge over George W. Bush in the race for the White House. The vice president leads the Texas governor by three points, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.

August 21: The Democratic convention gave Al Gore a huge bounce, according to the latest CBS News poll. Gore is now in a statistical dead-heat with Republican rival George W. Bush.

August 10: The Democratic ticket got a lift from Al Gore's selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, according to the latest CBS News poll.

August 7: George W. Bush picked up a boost from the GOP convention in Philadelphia and now leads Democrat Al Gore 50 percent to 35 percent, according to the latest CBS News poll.

July 28: While Dick Cheney is viewed as a strong running mate for George W. Bush, his selection has had little influence on voter preference, a CBS News poll finds.

July 25: Most voters really don't care about the vice presidential candidates. But, says CBS News polling chief Kathy Frankovic, the selection process gives voters a chance to look how the presidential candidates handle an important decision.

July 24: A week before his party's nominating convention, Republican George W. Bush has stretched his lead in the presidential race over Democrat Al Gore to six points, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.





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