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Clinton’s Ratings Improve In Poll

For the first time in a year, more people approve than disapprove of both the way President Clinton is handling foreign policy and the economy, a CBS News-New York Times poll found.

However, an overwhelming 79 percent think the Republicans in Congress will have more influence over the direction of the country the next two years, compared with 15 percent who think Clinton will take the lead.

A 54 percent majority expects Congress to accomplish more than usual. But many apparently are not watching too closely - 54 percent say they have not heard or read anything about the Republican “Contract with America.”

The poll found the president’s overall approval rating holding steady at 45 percent, with 43 percent disapproval. That compares with 36 percent who approve of the way Congress is handling its job and 51 percent who disapprove. Clinton’s approval rating rises to 47 percent on questions about his handling of the economy and foreign policy.