June 16, 1996 in Nation/World

Poll: Voters Care Less About Character

Associated Press

More than two-thirds of Americans believe a political leader can have major character flaws but still govern effectively and that issues and leadership are more important, a new poll indicates.

In the poll by U.S. News & World Report magazine, on newsstands Monday, 70 percent of respondents described Republican contender Bob Dole as moral while only 41 percent saw President Clinton that way. But most still said they intended to vote for Clinton in November (50 percent vs. 37 percent).

Sixty-seven percent said flaws in personal character didn’t hinder leaders from governing effectively.

When respondents were asked to name the best aspect of Clinton’s character, the most frequent response was that he did not have one. As for his worst aspects, responses included that he was deceptive, a cheater and indecisive.

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