A majority of Americans like the newly inaugurated president as a person, but many are withholding judgment on George W. Bush's job performance, according to the latest FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll. 

61 percent have a favorable opinion of President Bush, and 64 percent have a favorable view of Vice President Dick Cheney. After only a few days on the job, 46 percent of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing, 14 percent disapprove, and fully 40 percent aren't sure.

The inaugural celebrations appear to have helped Americans form a positive opinion of First Lady Laura Bush. Her favorable rating moved from 49 percent in mid-January to 62 percent in the current poll.

Here are some other highlights from this week's poll, conducted January 24-25 with 902 registered voters nationwide.

  • 67 percent think former President Clinton admitted to lying under oath in his statement following the agreement reached with Independent Counsel Robert Ray.    
  • Americans are divided on whether Clinton's departure rally at Andrews Air Force Base was simply to say good-bye to staff and friends (42 percent) or if Clinton was trying to upstage Bush on his Inauguration Day (36 percent).    
  • Publishers may want to re-think their contracts when they see that 61 percent of the public says they aren't interested in reading a book by Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, or Al and Tipper
    Gore.    
  • Jesse Jackson's not alone in the cheating department. Thirteen percent admit to cheating in a relationship (including about equal percentages of men and women). Jackson's favorable rating dropped to 27 percent after news that he fathered a child out of wedlock. Almost half of Americans think he should continue his public career, while 36 percent think he should end
    it.    
  • A couple of events, such as Bush's Cabinet selection of former Senator John Ashcroft and the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, have brought Roe v. Wade to the forefront recently. A majority (62 percent) thinks the Supreme Court should let the Roe v. Wade decision stand, while 29 percent think it should be overturned. These results remain statistically unchanged from polls taken in 1998 and 1999.

"For a president who has claimed both a slender mandate and a need to unite, Bush's early abortion moves are a little risky," comments Opinion Dynamics President John Gorman.
"Abortion is a divisive issue with no clear winners and losers politically."

  • During Sunday's 35th Super Bowl, one-third of the country will be cheering for the New York Giants and 23 percent will root for the Baltimore Ravens.

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll Results

Polling was conducted by telephone January 24-25, 2001 in the evenings. The sample is 902 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. All trend is registered voters unless noted as likely voters (LV).

1. I'm going to read the names of some prominent people. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one. If you've never heard of someone, please just say so.
SCALE: 1. Favorable 2. Unfavorable 3. (Can't say) 4. (Never heard of)

George W. Bush:

  Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
26 Jan 01 61% 27 12 --
12 Jan 01 58% 31 11 --
1 Dec 00 60% 34 6 --
3 Nov 00 56% 36 8 --

2. Dick Cheney:

  Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
26 Jan 01 64% 16 17 3
12 Jan 01 57% 19 20 4
1 Dec 00 64% 17 15 4
3 Nov 00 55% 23 18 4

3. Laura Bush:

  Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
26 Jan 01 62% 6 28 4
12 Jan 01 49% 9 33 9
25 Aug 00 49% 10 34 7

4. Jesse Jackson:

  Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
26 Jan 01 27% 56 16 1
19 Nov 99 40% 47 11 2
21 May 99 53% 32 14 1
7 May 99 59% 28 13 --
17 Oct 97 48% 34 15 3

5. John Ashcroft:

  Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
26 Jan 01 34% 22 30 14

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the job George W. Bush is doing as president?

Approve 46%
Disapprove 14%
(Not sure) 40%

7. Do you think religion plays too large or too small a role in most people's lives today? SCALE: 1. Too large 2. Too small 3. (About right) 4. (Not sure)

  Too large Too small (About right) (Not sure)
26 Jan 01 10% 68 9 13
26 Mar 99 10% 73 6 11
14 Jun 96 14% 70 4 11

8. Do you think America is a more or less spiritual nation today than it was 25 years ago? SCALE: 1. More 2. Less 3. (Same) 4. (Don't know)

  More Less (Same) (Don't know)
26 Jan 01 16% 67 9 8
26 Mar 99 16% 72 5 7
31 Oct 97 33% 56 5 6

9. Last week, the independent counsel agreed not to prosecute Bill Clinton in exchange for Clinton's admission that he gave false testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. In a statement about the agreement, Clinton said, quote: "I tried to walk a fine line between acting lawfully and testifying falsely, but I now recognize that I did not fully accomplish this goal and that certain of my responses to questions about Ms. Lewinsky were false.'' In his statement, do you think Clintons admits to lying under oath?

  All Dems GOP Ind
Yes, he admits lying 67% 60 71 70
No, he doesn't admit lying 23% 26 23 20
(Not sure) 10% 14 6 10

10. Which do you think was former President Clinton's greater achievement:

  All Dems GOP Ind
A strong economy, or 56% 83 32 55
Self-preservation? 34% 11 56 37
(Not sure) 10% 6 12 8

11. During Saturday's inaugural events for President Bush, former President Bill Clinton held a rally at Andrews Air Force Base. Do you think Clinton was simply saying goodbye to his staff and friends or was he trying to upstage Bush on his Inauguration Day?

  All Dems GOP Ind
Simply saying goodbye 42% 61 26 37
Trying to upstage Bush 36% 17 55 36
(Not sure) 22% 22 19 27

12. Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Al and Tipper Gore, together, are all writing books that will come out soon. Which of these books are you most interested in reading:

Hillary Clinton's book 17%
Bill Clinton's book 9%
Al and Tipper Gore's book? 8%
(Will read all) 3%
(Wouldn't/won't read any) 61%
(Not sure) 2%

13. Do you think Hillary Clinton will tell the truth in her book or not?

Yes 35%
No 47%
(Not sure) 18%

14. Have you ever cheated on a person you were in a relationship with?

      Yes No (Won't say)
26 Jan 01 13% 80 7
29 Jan 99 21% 76 3

Have Cheated in a Relationship:

All 13%
Men 14%
Women 13%
Democrats 17%
Republicans 11%
Independents 8%

15. Today, do you think relations between the races in the United States are getting better or getting worse? SCALE: 1. Better 2. Worse 3. (Same) 4. (Not sure)

  Better Worse (Same) (Not sure)
26 Jan 01 51% 28 12 9
21 May 99 48% 33 12 7
17 Oct 97 42% 36 13 9
14 Jun 96 25% 59 10 6

16. February is Black History Month. Who do you think is the most influential African American alive today?

  26 Jan 01 9 Jan 98
Colin Powell 33% 19%
Jesse Jackson 20% 13%
Oprah Winfrey 5% 7%
Bill Cosby 1% 4%
Michael Jordan 1% 4%
Nelson Mandela 2% 3%
Louis Farrakhan --% 3%
Muhammad Ali --% 1%
Maya Angelou 1% 1%
Tiger Woods 1% --%
Other - Specify 6% 8%
(Don't know/Refused) 30% 37%

17. It was recently disclosed that civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson fathered a child out of wedlock with a staff member from his Rainbow Coalition organization. Do you think Jackson should continue his public career or end his public career?

Continue his career 49%
End his career 36%
(Not sure) 15%

18. In 1973, a Supreme Court decision called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal. Do you think the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade or let it stand? SCALE: 1. Overturn Roe v. Wade 2. Let it stand 3. (Not sure)

  Overturn it Let it stand (Not sure)
26 Jan 01 29% 62 9
25 Jun 99 29% 63 8
9 Jan 98 30% 64 6

19. On the issue of abortion, would you say you are more pro-life or more pro-choice? SCALE: 1. Pro-choice 2. Pro-life 3. (Both, mix) 4. (Not sure)

  Pro-choice Pro-life (Both/mix) (Not sure)
26 Jan 01 47% 42 7 4
14 Jul 00 54% 38 5 3
28 Jan 00 43% 44 8 5
25 Jun 99 42% 44 9 5
9 Jan 98 49% 46 -- 5
22 Aug 97 50% 46 5 5

20. For you personally, is the core issue of the abortion debate:

A woman's right to choose 49%
A baby's right to life 40%
(Not sure) 11%

21. Which football team will you be cheering for during this Sunday's Super Bowl?

The New York Giants 34%
The Baltimore Ravens 23%
(Not sure) 13%
(Neither) 30%

22. Which team do you think will actually win?

The New York Giants 37%
The Baltimore Ravens 25%
(Not sure) 17%
(Don't care/Don't follow football) 21%