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Polls: Clinton Holds Edge Over Dole

SATURDAY, JAN. 13, 1996

President Clinton held an advantage over Bob Dole in two national polls released Friday.

In a CNN-Time magazine poll of 829 voters Wednesday and Thursday pitting Clinton against Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, 47 percent said they would vote for Clinton and 41 percent favored Dole.

A U.S. News and World Report poll of 1,000 voters on Jan. 4-6 showed Clinton with a similar lead - 47 percent to 39 percent. But the magazine noted that 39 percent also said that if Clinton and Dole, the Republican front-runner, are the major party nominees, they would like a third-party candidate to run.

When respondents were asked to name the problem of most concern to them, the economy and other “pocketbook” issues dominated with 47 percent, U.S. News said.

The poll found Clinton has an advantage among voters who think the economy is the president’s top priority. Dole led among voters who think the next president’s priority should be moral leadership.

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