The well-known story of President Bill Clinton's sex scandal
has gotten the whole United States of America into an uproar.
Some Americans do not care that Clinton has been sexually
promiscuous, but many of them do believe that the President has
committed a crime and should be impeached. These people are very
disgusted by the way that their leader has acted, and many do
not think he should lead a nation as big and powerful as the
Many Republicans want the President to resign and to spare
the country the trauma of impeachment. However, Clinton appears
to believe the American public still stands behind him.
To find out what young people think, a group of students at
Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler, Manitoba organized surveys
in their own school and in high schools in British Columbia and
Fargo, North Dakota.
The survey asked students whether or not U.S. President Clinton
should be impeached. At Garden Valley Collegiate, 70 percent
of those responding said yes, 17 percent said no, and 13 percent
chose not to express an opinion. At Columneetza Secondary School
in Williams Lake, British Columbia, 41 percent of students responding
favoured impeachment, 41 percent were opposed, and 18 percent
opted not to respond.
The same survey was conducted with 101 students in Fargo South
High School in North Dakota, under the direction of Robert Hendricks,
a well-known American journalism teacher. The results were as
follows: 55 percent thought Clinton should not be impeached,
35 percent thought he should be, and ten percent did not wish
to express their opinion. Hendricks reported that the students
participating in the survey were in grades 10-12, and the number
of males and females were close to equal.
One Minnesota school contacted indicated they were tired of
the whole story and did not wish to discuss the issue any further.