There's no doubt that the House freshmen have shaken up Washington. But Americans are divided over whether the newcomers are brave reformers seeking fundamental change or inflexible extremists. A point of agreement: Americans are uniformly unimpressed with their take no-prisoners tactics.
Business Week/Harris Poll
Reformers or Extremists?
There's no doubt that the House freshmen have shaken up Washington. But Americans are divided over whether the newcomers are brave reformers seeking fundamental change or inflexible extremists. A point of agreement: Americans are uniformly unimpressed with their take-no-prisoners tactics.
Bested By Bill
As you may know, a struggle between President Clinton and congressional Republicans over the federal budget has shut down the government twice. What is your opinion of the way in which each of the following has/have handled the budget negotiations and government shutdown. Do you approve strongly, approve somewhat, disapprove somewhat, or disapprove strongly?
Approve Approve Disapprove Disapprove Not
Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Sure
President Clinton 16% 19% 26% 36% 3%
Leader Bob Dole 9% 21% 31% 30% 9%
House Republicans 12% 15% 28% 40% 5%
Newt Gingrich 10% 14% 23% 45% 8%
A Wave Of Disapproval
A group of 74 newly elected House Republicans is insisting that President Clinton agree to their version of a balanced budget, and has been willing to shut down the federal government to force an agreement. Do you approve or disapprove of what the House Republicans are doing?
Not sure 4%
Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion of the House Republicans and their role in the budget negotiations?
They are a new breed of politicians who are trying to keep the promises they made when they were elected instead of just wheeling and dealing and doing business as usual in Washington 49%
They are ideological extremists who are holding the federal government hostage because they are unwilling to compromise 45%
Not sure 6%
Survey of 755 adults conducted Jan. 5-8, 1996 for business week by Louis Harris & Associates. Results should be accurate to within 4 percentage points.