A vote for moderation

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am

Americans will not be electing a president in today's national voting and - by and large - it appears they won't be passing judgment on Bill Clinton's fitness for high office either.

Polls consistently show that voters do not approve of Mr Clinton's personal conduct nor, often, of the man himself.

Yet most also seem to think his transgressions do not amount to impeachable offences.

Results will depend more on local issues and the candidates than on the man in the White House.

The Republicans will make moderate gains in both legislative houses - the usual pattern in off-year elections - but probably not enough to pursue impeachment zealously.

This would leave Mr Clinton with more power in his final two years than many would have expected not so long ago, meaning that most major American domestic and foreign policies will be little changed.