Clinton's approval ratings

Six months into his term, Clinton is viewed as a strong leader by little more than a third of Americans in an Associated Press poll released yesterday. A majority said he already has broken too many of his promises.

Two in five polled gave Clinton a high rating for trustworthiness. Those who have more confidence in Clinton than in Congress to deal with the country's problems dropped to 39 percent, from 55 percent in a poll taken just after his inauguration.

The latest poll indicates that Clinton's negative ratings are up largely because his positive assessments are down.

Political analysts have cited the president's failure to produce a strong economic rebound, the delay of health reform and a mixed record on Capitol Hill as reasons for his slide in the polls.

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