February 18, 1998

Sourcing of Top Allegations

Named Sources Unnamed Sources Other Media Analysis Punditry
Clinton is in big trouble 17% 15% 11% 23% 34%
Clinton denial 75% 5% 0% 12% 8%
Lewinsky alleged sex and perjury 4% 32% 30% 32% 4%
Lewinsky talking immunity with Ken Starr 30% 20% 7% 32% 12%
Clinton is dissembling 17% 6% 19% 25% 32%
Impeachment is a possibility 43% 4% 6% 8% 40%

During the Lewinsky saga “named sources” were not widely used in attribution on key points. “Named sources” made up more than 50% of attribution only on the topic of President Clinton’s denials.