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Fund-raising ethics doubted

Results of a nationwide USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken before disclosures that the Clinton administration had discovered videotapes of White House coffee klatches that had been under subpoena for months:

Which of the following statements best describes your view of President Clinton's fund-raising activities:

Clinton did something illegal

25%

He did something unethical but nothing illegal

36%

He did nothing seriously wrong

31%

No opinion

8%



Assessing President Clinton's activities

Do you believe President Clinton engaged in the following activities, and do you believe those activities should be investigated by an independent counsel:

Activities

Clinton did that

Should be investigated

Made phone calls from the White House to ask for campaign contributions

69%

46%

Gave Democratic Party contributors special access to meet him in exchange for campaign contributions

68%

58%

Allowed people to stay overnight in the White House Lincoln Bedroom in exchange for campaign contributions

67%

53%

Asked for campaign contributions from citizens of other countries, who are not legally allowed to contribute

56%

76%

Attempted to change government policy in exchange for campaign contributions

49%

69%

Knew about an illegal plan to influence the Teamsters union elections in 1995 in exchange for that union later making campaign contributions to the Democratic Party

46%

69%

 



Attitudes on current campaign financing

Percentage of respondents who said . . .

Elected officials in Washington are mostly influenced on issues by the pressure they receive from major campaign contributors

77%

Elections are generally for sale to the candidate who can raise the most money

59%

No matter what new laws are passed, special interests always will find a way to maintain their power in Washington

59%

The problems with campaign financing are no better or worse than in the past

50%

 



Source: USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup nationwide telephone poll of 872 adults conducted Friday-Sunday. Margin of error: +/- 4 percentage points.