Most Americans either believe that President Clinton is guilty of the rape of Juanita Broaddrick in 1979, or say that more information is needed to make a true judgment, but few believe Clinton’s denial, according to a poll taken March 4-7 by Zogby International.
In the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent, Zogby questioned 908 likely voters and found that those who have made a decision about the alleged assault believe Broaddrick’s allegations by a margin of 2-1.
In terms of numbers, 36.8 percent of all those questioned said that they are inclined to believe Broaddrick, while only 17.3 percent believe Clinton’s denial.
Another 39.7 percent of those questioned said that they couldn’t make a decision until they had more information.
Among Republicans who were polled, 58 percent said they believe Broaddrick while only 6 percent believe Clinton. Among Democrats, however, 31.1 percent believe Clinton with 18.1 percent siding with Broaddrick. Independents voted 34.5 percent to 13.3 percent in favor of Broaddrick.
Both men and women tend to believe Broaddrick more than Clinton with 39.8 percent of the men and 34 percent of the women believing her. Conversely, 15.9 percent of the men and 18.6 percent of the women believe Clinton.
Alan Crockett, a spokesperson for Zogby, said that the disparity between men and women voters was trivial and reflected a strong consistency among men and women who were polled. Crockett explained that with the margin of error being 3.3 percent in either direction, those numbers work out to be pretty much the same.
Mr. Crockett did point out, however, that he found it interesting that out of all respondents in the poll, 61.8 percent believe that Clinton shouldn’t respond to any media inquiries about the incident, or make any more official statements other than the one-sentence denial which was issued through his attorney. Another 27.7 percent believe that an additional response from Clinton is needed while 10.5 percent are not sure.
Out of all those questioned in the poll, 77.5 percent said they are either very aware or somewhat aware of Broaddrick’s allegations against the president.