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THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml — K inion Tuesday, Sept 8. J 998 Page 6 Poll shows Clinton will affect elections By DEB RJECHMANN AP Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic voters disheartened by President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky and a political system "on the brink of moral bankruptcy" might not vote on Nov. 3, a bipartisan poll says. That would help give Republicans the edge, especially in races for open congressional scats, says Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who joined forces with GOP pollster Ed Goeas to release their "Battleground 1998" survey today. Th« poll eays Clinton's personal problems have elevated "moral Bind religious issues" to the top of the voters' agenda. It ties with crime and drugs as the No. 1 problem facing the nation. Voters surveyed give the Democratic Party credit for an improved economy, yet the poll suggests that Democrats won't do well in November unless they shift discussion away from Clinton and moral values and rally their party's constituents around issues like Social Security, health care and education. The Aug. 23-25 telephone survey of 1,000 registered voters found 35 percent of respondents iden- He 77 clone himself! BOSTON (AP) — A physicist with three Harvard degrees but DO medical license said he is ready to begin the first step toward immortality: he will clone himself. . Richard Seed, who provoked cuutruvet ay earlier this year by announcing plans to clone hu- OUUIB, said that the first person bo will try to copy will be himself, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. Seed said his wife, Gloria, has agreed to carry an embryo that would be created by combining , the nucleus of one of his cells with a donor egg, the newspaper said. T have decided to clone myself first to defuse the criticism that I'm taking advantage of desperate women with a procedure that's not proven," the 69-year- old physicist said Saturday at a meeting of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, a group of academic researchers. Seed declined to give his wife's age, but described her as "post- meoopausal." He refused to give details of how the pregnancy would work. The Chicago scientist has three Harvard degrees, including a PhJX, but no medical degree, no money and no institutional backing. He has vowed to produce a pregnancy with a human clone within 2V£ years. ^Cloning would be the first step in discovering immortality, Seed •aid Saturday during his talk. He also said he has received hundreds of calls, including many from parents of dying children who want to clone them. People at the conference said cloning could be used to produce a child for an infertile couple, to replace a dead child or to produce a child who could donate bone marrow or other vital tissue to a sick family member. Two states, California and Michigan, have outlawed human cloning and dozens of other states are considering bans. A five-year moratorium on cloning is apparently being observed by mainstream scientists, but Congress has failed to act on legislation to outlaw the procedure. tifying themselves as Republicans, 34 percent Democrats. But when the focus turns to those who cay they are ertremely likely to vote, the Republicans take the lead, 38 percent to 32 percent. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. "Democratic voters, demoralized by President Clinton's problems and seeing little incentive to vote for politicians and.a system teetering on the brink of moral bankruptcy, may choose to home on Nov. 3 while Republicans may turn out at average or higher than average levels to help cure the moral ills of politics," Lake says. A Pew Research .Center poll released late last month following Clinton's Aug. 17 grand jury testimony found 61 percent said the Clinton-Lewinsky controversy would not affect their vote in November. In the upcoming congressional elections, a gain of 11 seats would give Democrats control of the House, which would hold impeachment proceedings if warranted. Goeas says that's not likely. He says Republicans' advantage in key House and Senate races and the fact that Republican voters are showing a higher tendency to vote could allow the GOP to pick up 15 to 20 House seats and give Republicans a better than even chance of reaching 60 seats in the Senate. The bottom line ia that Americans are deeply troubled by the president'* actions, a fact that will be much more tangible on November 3," Goeas says. According to the poll, frequent voters like seniors, college graduates and married people identify themselves more as Republicans than Demo- xqrats. The GOP advantage among seniors is 36 percent to 31 percent Democrat; college graduates, 38 percent to 30 percent; and married people, 40 percent to 29 percent. The poll says 62 percent of voters disapprove of Clinton personally. His job approval rating, however, stands at 56 percent, down from the mid- to low 60s before admitting he lied about having what he called an "inappropriate relationship" with Ms. Lewinsky, a former White House intern. Goeas says Clinton's high job approval rating simply parallels a humming economy. Voters separate their personal feelings about Clinton from their hope of seeing him make the country, and themselves, more prosperous, he says. The president's job approval numbers have become nothing more than an economic indicator," Goeas says. The pell imparts stil! other bad news for Democrats: Clinton's troubles have elevated moral values to the top of the voters' agenda. When voters were asked to name the most important problem in the nation, moral and religious issues jumped 10 percentage points since the bipartisan poll's results in January. At 14 percent, it now ties with crime and drugs as the nation's key problem. Restoring moral values also is the top response when voters were asked what should be the main focus of Congress. At 22 percent, it was followed closely by education at 19 percent. Reducing taxes and federal spending and fighting crime and jobs stood at 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively. The scandals have drowned out the discussion of the issues — health care, education and Social Security that help the Democrats," Lake says. The scandals have also added to the volatility of the. senior voters who will be critical in low-turnout elections. Senior women, a key Democratic constituency, have been particularly troubled by recent events." .- ' Added American wealth poses a stunning figure By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) — For the re- mainuer of this year we will be testing the wealth effect. "We" includes the entire economy, but in this instance it applies most specifically to stockowners, mutual funds and retailers. Business Mirror Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter estimated than in just a little over three years, American households added $4.5 trillion — note the "t" — to the value of their stocks and equity mutual funds. If you assume there are 100 million to 110 million households, the equity added averaged more than $40,000 per household, a significant sum considering that many households don't manage to save at all. Since the stock market rose a good deal after that estimate was Doonesbury made it is a minimum figure, as is the estimate from the same study showing the total of such households assets at more than $8 trillion. Providing understandable perspective for such a large figure, is a challenge, but consider that it is much more than the U.S. gross domestic product, which is one full year's output of goods and services. It is, therefore, a stunning figure, and it stuns none more than those who bewail the low U.S. savings rate, which doesn't include the figure. And by most measures it has had a stunning impact on this year's economy. That impact could be felt in 1 such areas as steady automotive sales, a sustained level of travel, record real estate sales, record involvement in entertainment, swollen federal tax receipts and fairly strong retailing. Experience shows that people tend to spend, and even borrow more to spend, when they feel an improved level of wealth from rising assets, such as stocks and home equity. Psychology directly affects consumer economics. Each month this year, for example, retail sales had poated regular year-over-year improvements —- until August. Was it mere coincidence that August was also the month in which stocks began to dive and assets shrink? Most estimates of the wealth effect's influence suggest that between 2 percent and 5 percent of new affluence converts to new spending power, with most estimates tending toward the larger percentage. Robert Kearns of David L. Babson & Co., investment counselor and financial planner, observes that the wealth effect may raise consumer spending $225 billion over three years, or more than $2,000 per household. It ; is such figures that account for the economists' refrain that this expansion is consumer driven. BY GARRY TRUDEAU YOU PIP* KXJ/HA6NI- FIC&fTPOG! CONGRATULATIONS! THANKS. 60SY. I HAP V&& SVCXY0OAK&&.Z HAPTVPOAi-IT- Doonesbury BY GARRY TRUDEAU EXC£PTMOM CAU&A0OUT BVERYFIVE MIHUT55. SHE-5 HAVING A HAKP TIME PEALING Um MY 1£A</1HG HOM&. M£H 4KB COMPt£TEt,Y HUP SHOUU>SENP YCUKfV/Vr. / PKf.ASA /fsgs? T" A^tK^rS -n-r/ / /Ai^r ttf.n • r 'MOM, YOUHAU5 TOL^TGO.' "' <" DAILY ASSOCMTEO niCSS WtSCOMSM NEWSPAPER ASSN Gary Lamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion Hats off to Big Mac! Move over Roger. Mac has arrived, just in time to save America's pastime. St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire smacked his 61st homer Monday, tying New York Yankee Roger Mans' record, set in 1961. While the record in itself is remarkable, just as remarkable has been the way Mighty Mac and Sammy Sosa have conducted themselves in their quest for the record. There they were after Mac tied the record — the big red-head joking with Sosa, the amiable Cubs outfielder. No bitter rivalry has surfaced here, just good sportsmanship. The fact Big Mac stroked the 61st homer on his father's 61st birthday and his son greeted him at home plate add to the fairy-tale atmosphere of Big Mac's accomplishments. McGwire will, no doubt, break the homer record this week, and Sosa should also exceed Maris' 61 round- trippers. It will be a bittersweet moment for the many kids who grew up idolizing the M&M boys, Mantle and Maris. Now Mickey and Roger are gone and new legends have arrived — heroes the sport so desperately needs. The home-run race has caused fans to forget about the recent bitter strike, escalating player salaries and ugly incidents that turned so many people away from the national pastime. When the baseball historians look back at the game 100 years from now, they will, no doubt, recall names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Henry Aaron, Maris and Mantle, and that glorious summer in 1998 when Mac and Sammy revived a sport that so sorely needed an injection of good will. B«4l«f In tr* Mjpematural has increased grwrtty In tr* United «5tatA« 1976, according to . Y*nk.k»vtch MoottoT.tucfy

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