AUTHOR'S NOTE: This paper builds on introductory remarks in Renshon (1998). I would like to thank the journal's three anonymous referees for this essay and especially Professor Jeff Cohen for his helpful comments.
The Polls: The Public's Response to the Clinton Scandals, Part 2: Diverse Explanations, Clearer Consequences
Article first published online: 21 APR 2004
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 412–427, June 2002
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Renshon, S. A. (2002), The Polls: The Public's Response to the Clinton Scandals, Part 2: Diverse Explanations, Clearer Consequences. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 32: 412–427. doi: 10.1111/j.0360-4918.2002.00228.x
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The public's response to the Clinton administration's many scandals and the president's impeachment is both puzzling and contradictory. They supported the president, but not his behavior; they wanted him severely reprimanded, but not punished; and they wanted him to remain in office, but were happy to see him leave. In this, the second article of a two-part series (the first of which was published in the March 2002 issue of this journal), the author addresses the explanations of why Mr. Clinton survived that are more directly causal than contextual and closes by noting some continuing consequences of the Clinton scandals and the public's reaction to them.