Most Americans think Timothy McVeigh is guilty of the Oklahoma City bombing and a majority agree with the appeals court decision to go forward with his execution even after new FBI documents were discovered. According to a FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll, 82 percent think there is not even the slightest possibility that McVeigh is innocent.

By a two-to-one margin the public agrees with the federal prosecutor's position that there is no case in which the death penalty could be more appropriate than Timothy McVeigh's. This mirrors overall beliefs about the death penalty in general; 68 percent favor the death penalty for persons convicted of premeditated murder.

Taken for Granted

Less than a quarter of Americans think the country is currently in an energy crisis, with 38 percent characterizing the situation as "problems that may become a crisis," and 31 percent saying the energy problems are temporary.

Most Americans think their friends and neighbors take energy supplies for granted (75 percent); only 20 percent think folks are trying to conserve. There is widespread belief that gasoline prices will go higher this summer (70 percent to 24 percent saying prices have peaked).

Energy issues registered on the list of most important issues facing the country for the first time in over five years of FOX polling. "Clearly, the harsh reality of steadily higher prices at the pump is pushing energy issues onto the attitudinal front burner," commented Ernest Paicopolos, a partner of Opinion Dynamics. Coming in at eight percent, energy issues falls far below the top issues Americans would like to see the government address.

Most Important Issue to the Country:

Education 31%
Taxes 22
Economy/Jobs 20
Health care 16
Social Security 14
Medicare/Medicaid 10
Environment 10
Energy Issues 8

The Right Age to Drink

A solid majority thinks the country's legal drinking age should be 21 years old, while 20 percent think it should be 18 years. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have had a drinking age of 21 since 1988, when Wyoming became the last state to raise its limit after federal legislation was enacted requiring states to conform to the 21-year-old drinking age or lose federal highway funding.

Fully 63 percent admit to drinking alcohol before being legally old enough to do so which may explain why about half disapprove of the way the press has handled the underage-drinking incidents involving President Bush's daughters. A large majority (80 percent) of those 18-34-year-olds admits to underage drinking.

The Blue Dress

And for a quick flash back to the Clinton administration, about half of Americans think the independent counsel's office should return Monica Lewinsky's blue dress to her. If Monica gets the dress back, two-thirds think she'll sell it, and a few think she'll wear it (nine percent) or burn it (eight percent).

The public is divided over whether outgoing Clinton staffers vandalized the White House before they left; 38 percent think it happened (including 22 percent of Democrats) and 43 percent don't think any vandalism took place (including 24 percent of Republicans).

Polling was conducted by telephone June 6-7, 2001 in the evenings. The sample is 900 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of ± 3 percentage points. LV = likely voters

I'm going to read the names of some political figures. 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.

1. George W. Bush

  Favorable Unfavorable Can’t say Never heard
8 June 01 59% 31 9 1
11 May 01 59% 30 11 -
20 Apr 01 64% 27 9 -
30 Mar 01 59% 31 10 -
16 Mar 01 61% 28 11 -

2. Tom Daschle

  Favorable Unfavorable Can’t say Never heard
8 June 01 25% 16 21 38

3. John McCain

  Favorable Unfavorable Can’t say Never heard
8 June 01 57% 18 18 7
30 Mar 01 54% 17 22 7
10 Mar 00 50% 28 17 5
25 Feb 00 57% 19 19 5
11 Feb 00 54% 15 20 11

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

  Approve Disapprove Don't know
8 June 01 59% 28 13
11 May 01 59% 26 15
20 Apr 01 63% 22 15
30 Mar 01 57% 24 19
16 Mar 01 56% 23 21

5. Do you happen to know which political party John McCain belongs to?

Republican 64%
Democratic 6
Independent 4
Not sure 26

6. What do you think are the two most important issues for the federal government to address?

  8-Jun-01 30-Mar-01 12-Jan-01 11-Aug-00 12-May-00
Education 31% 29% 32% 33% 28%
Taxes 22 31 13 16 14
Economy 17 18 19 9 9
Health care 16 15 23 20 18
Social security 14 13 15 22 20
Medicare/Medicaid reform 10 9 10 10 8
Environment 10 6 4 3 3
Energy issue/Energy crisis 8 - - - -
Defense 8 5 7 8 4
Crime/drugs 6 5 7 7 8
Foreign policy 6 4 6 5 4
Balanced budget 4 4 4 4
Family values/morals(decline of) 3 4 5 5
Employment/jobs 3 3 4 3 3
Gun Control 3 3 2 3 10 
Welfare 3 2 3 4
Poverty/Homelessness 3 1 2 2
Abortion 2 2 4 5
Federal deficit 1 2 2 2
Campaign finance reform 1 1 1 1
Race relations 1 - - 1
Child care - 1 - 1
Immigration - - 1 -
IRS problems - - - - -
Other 1 5 3 4
(Don't know) 4 7 6 7 12 

Do you approve or disapprove of the job President Bush is doing on the following issues?

7. Managing foreign affairs 

  Approve Disapprove Don’t know
8 June 01 55% 23 22
30 Mar 01 52% 22 26

8. Setting energy policy

  Approve Disapprove Don’t know
8 June 01 38% 43 19
30 Mar 01 39% 33 28

9. Setting tax policy

Approve Disapprove Don’t know
8 June 01 59% 29 12
30 Mar 01 54% 31 15

10. Setting education policy

  Approve Disapprove Don’t know
8 June 01 52% 26 22
30 Mar 01 57% 20 23

11. Setting environmental policy

  Approve Disapprove Don’t know
8 June 01 40% 41 19

12. Managing the economy

  Approve Disapprove Don’t know
8 June 01 52% 29 19
30 Mar 01 52% 27 21

13. Do you think President Bush's positions on the issues are:

  Too conservative Not conservative enough About right (DK)
8 June 01 29% 13 48 10
10 Mar 00 26% 12 45 17

14. Former Attorney General Janet Reno has said she may run for governor of the state of Florida. If Janet Reno were to run for governor of your state, would you consider voting for her or not?

1. Would consider voting for her 34%
2. Would not consider voting for her 53
3. (Depends) 7
4. (Not sure) 6

15. Thinking ahead to the 2004 presidential elections, for whom do you think you would vote if the candidates were:

1. Republican George W. Bush 50%
2. Democrat Al Gore 38
3. (Someone else) 7
4. (Undecided) 4
5. (Would not vote) 1

16. If the candidates were:

1. Republican George W. Bush 53%
2. Democrat Joe Lieberman 32
3. (Someone else) 8
4. (Undecided) 6
5. (Would not vote) 1

17. If the candidates were:

1. Republican George W. Bush 56%
2. Democrat Tom Daschle 23
3. (Someone else) 10
4. (Undecided) 9
5. (Would not vote) 2

18. If the candidates were:

1. Republican George W. Bush 44%
2. Democrat Al Gore 28
3. Independent John McCain 20
4. (Someone else) 3
5. (Undecided) 4
6. (Would not vote) 1

19. When you think about how the votes for president were counted in Florida this past year, would you say you are more:

   All GOP Dem Ind
1. Angry, or more 58% 36% 81% 58%
2. Satisfied? 28 49 11 20
3. (Neither) 11 11 7 20
4. (Not sure) 3 4 1 2

20. The Bush administration says outgoing Clinton administration staffers vandalized the White House by breaking computer keyboards, cutting phone lines, and defacing walls with obscene graffiti. Clinton administration officials deny any vandalism. Do you believe Clinton staffers vandalized the White House before they left, or not?

  All GOP Dem Ind
1. Vandalized 38% 57% 22% 31%
2. Did not vandalize 43 24 61 47
3. (Not sure) 19 19 17 22

21. The independent counsel's office has not returned Monica Lewinsky's famous blue dress to her since completing their investigation. Do you think they should give Monica her dress back or not?

1. Give her the dress 52%
2. Don’t give her the dress 24
3. (Not sure) 24

22. If Monica got the dress back, do you think she's most likely to:

1. Burn it, 8%
2. Try to sell it, or 66
3. Wear it? 9
4. (Not sure) 17

23. What do you think that the minimum legal drinking age in the United States should be?

1. Under 18 1%
2. 18 20
3. 19 3
4. 20 4
5. 21 66
6. Over 21 2
7. (Not sure) 4

24. Did you ever drink alcohol before you were legally old enough to do so?

1. Yes 63%
2. No 35
3. (Not sure) 2

Drank before Legal

Age % Yes
18-34 80
35-50 69
51-59 65
60-69 49
Over 70 37

25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the press has handled the underage-drinking incidents involving President Bush's daughters?

1. Approve 33%
2. Disapprove 48
3. (Not sure) 19

26. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of premeditated murder?

  Favor Oppose (Not sure)
8 June 01 68% 22 10
20 Apr 00 66% 23 11
30 June 00 68% 24 8
11 Feb 00 67% 22 11
9 Jan 98 74% 18 8
27 June 97 73% 18 9
2 May 97 76% 17 7

27. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for a person convicted of premeditated murder, if that person is shown to be mentally retarded?

1. Favor 19%
2. Oppose 67
3. (Not sure) 14

28. Do you think there is even the slightest possibility that Timothy McVeigh is not guilty of the Oklahoma City bombing?

1. Yes—there is a chance 11%
2. No—there is no chance 82
3. (Not sure) 7

29. Recently the FBI discovered thousands of pages of documents that had not been previously turned over to the attorneys for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Do you think McVeigh's scheduled execution should be delayed because of the discovery of these new documents?

1. Yes, the execution should be delayed 30%
2. No, the execution should not be delayed 62
3. (Not sure) 8

30. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "There is no case in which the death penalty could be more appropriate than Timothy McVeigh's."

1. Agree 69%
2. Disagree 23
3. (Not sure) 8

31. Do you think the country is:

1. Currently in an energy crisis, 23%
2. Experiencing energy problems that may become a crisis, or 38
3. Experiencing temporary energy problems that will not become a crisis? 31
4. (Not sure) 8

32. If you had to choose only one option, which do you think is the better way to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil:

1. Increase supply by drilling more in the United States, or 37%
2. Decrease demand by requiring conservation? 38
3. (Both) 18
4. (Not sure) 7

33. Do you think gasoline prices have peaked, or do you expect gasoline prices to go higher this summer?

1. Gasoline prices have peaked 24%
2. Gasoline prices will go higher 70
3. (Not sure) 6

34. Do you think most Americans:

1. Think about trying to conserve energy, or do they 20%
2. Pretty much take energy supplies for granted? 75
3. (Not sure) 5