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What do students think about Impeachment and air strikes?

By Sonal Patel 
Daily Cougar Staff

In the past week, the United States has seen the second impeachment of a president in the nationís history and a military strike on Iraq. 

While NBC reported that President Clintonís approval rating rose from 68 percent to 72 percent after the vote to impeach him, a CBS poll revealed that 69 percent believe that Clinton can still be an effective leader.

At the University of Houston, with a polling sample of 25 random people, the ratings are as follows: 60 percent approved of the House vote to impeach; 32 percent did not approve; 8 percent had no opinion. Fifty-six percent believed that Clinton would face expulsion from office after being tried and convicted. Twenty-eight percent thought he wouldnít be convicted and 16 percent did not know.

Fifty-six percent, however, still supported Clinton and believed he could be an effective leader, while 36 percent believed he could not be an effective leader, with 8 percent having no opinion on the subject.

"If I lied in front of a Grand Jury, Iíd go right to jail, so he should too," said senior biology major Danny Le.

"He deserves to be corrected," said freshman education major Blanca Riviera.

According to Professor Donald Lutz, who will teach American Political Science

in Spring 1999, the conviction of President Clinton will be a difficult task. 

"The reason impeachment seemed so obvious is because there were less restrictions. To convict Clinton, it will take at least two-thirds of the Senateís votes. It isnít so easy," Lutz said.

The crisis in Iraq, although a partisan topic, has no relation to the impeachment debate and the events on the Hill, said Lutz.

"Itís actually backwards," he said. "He had the Congressís support before he actually

decided to launch the attack during the impeachment debate. 

"He lied, he perjured, and they can do what they want," said Lutz. "But I think that Earth would be hit by a comet before he gets convicted."

The survey also focused on studentsí opinions about the bombing in Iraq. Again, the polling sample was 25 random people. The results found that 44 percent supported the air strikes in Iraq, while 32 percent did not. Twenty-four percent had no opinion on the subject. Seventy-six percent supported overthrowing Saddam Hussein, 16 percent did not, and 8 percent had no opinion.

Kari Vanalstine, Cambridge Oaks Assistant Director, said, "Iím not a big fan of war, because like many Americans, I have many friends in the troops."

Senior business major Mohammed Suleiman said, "The bombing in Iraq is a stunt to refocus his popularity with the public. I donít think thatís fair or moral. But this is the president were talking about. Morality isnít something heís good at."

Reach Patel at 
dcougar@bpop.uh.edu

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