It is why we should do away with the electoral college. The system is primitive and there is just to many people in country for that system now. A referendum would of been a run away election for Bush. It was far from that and some of us wonder how differently this country would look right now if Al Gore was elected.
Every election is a competition between the two parties and the two pairs of running mates. In the case of the 2000 election, it was a competition between Gore and Bush. Although Clinton's administration certainly influenced public opinion of Gore, it was not, in face, a referendum on the former president.
I think that when George W. Bush was voted into office, it had nothing to do with Bill Clinton's legacy. I think the 2000 election was simply a fact of more people agreeing with the policies and beliefs that George W. Bush had. To think that it had anything to do with Bill Clinton would be disrespectful to George W. Bush.
No, the election in two thousand did not have all that much to do with Bill Clinton. The big focus of it was the Florida re count, and president Bush using his brother to muscle his way into the white house, which is not really a bad thing to do.
Considering that George W. Bush lost the election on the popular vote and won Florida due to rigging, I can't see how the 2000 election was a referendum on Clinton's presidency. Most exiting presidents are polling very low, but Clinton was actually high comparitively. So no, definitely not a referendum.