Monday, December 21, 1998 Published at 18:14 GMT
US public wants censure not trial
President Clinton's approval soars during times of crisis
Although the US House of Representatives has passed articles of impeachment, polls show the public wants to avoid a trial in the Senate and opt for censure.
A CBS News/New York Times poll found that 63% of respondents said they would like the Senate to craft a compromise, while 31% said the Senate should go ahead with a trial.
Support for resignation also appears to have evaporated following the vote.
An NBC poll over the weekend showed 62% of respondents want Mr Clinton to remain in office, up 11% from a survey taken Tuesday.
No repeat of history
In contrast to the Watergate scandal when President Nixon's approval ratings dipped to an abysmal 24% as impeachment moved forward, President Clinton's personal approval rating improved after the House passed two articles of impeachment.
Support for resignation ebbs
Although several polls before the vote suggested public support for resignation might surge following passage of articles of impeachment, the opposite seems to have happened.
Pollsters for the Washington Post and ABC News asked people two separate questions on resignation.
They asked if the president should resign instead of "fight the charges" in the Senate, and in a separate question, whether Mr Clinton should "remain in office and stand trial in the Senate."
In answer to the first question, support for resignation dropped from 57% last Tuesday to 42% over the weekend. When asked the second question, respondents support for resignation dropped from 43% to 33% between Tuesday and the weekend.