December 2012 Post-ABC poll

Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling The economy?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling Taxes? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling Budget negotiations to avoid the so-called 'fiscal cliff'?

Q: Do you think Obama has a mandate to carry out the agenda he presented during the presidential campaign, or should he compromise on the things the Republicans strongly oppose?

Q: Which comes closest to describing the way you feel about the outcome of the 2012 presidential election: enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry or angry?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way The Democrats in Congress are doing their job?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way The Republicans in Congress are doing their job?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republican leaders of Congress are handling budget negotiations to avoid the so-called 'fiscal cliff'?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Handling the economy - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Protecting the middle class - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Handling taxes - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Handling the federal budget deficit - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (Asked of half sample)

Q: There are two different points of view as to why the Republican Party has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. Which of these two views do you, yourself, think is more nearly right...?

Q: Looking ahead to next year, are you more hopeful, or more fearful, about what the year 2013 holds in store for you personally?

Q: How about for the world in general? Are you more hopeful, or more fearful, about what the year 2013 holds in store for the world in general?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the state of the national economy? How about the state of the national economy?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about your own family's financial situation? How about your own family's financial situation?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the way things are going in this country? How about your own family's financial situation?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the policies Obama will pursue in his second term in office? How about your own family's financial situation?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the chances that Obama and the Republicans in Congress will work together on important issues?

Q: Do you think the country's (economic recession is over), or do you think the (economy is still in a recession)?

Q: Regardless of whether or not the recession is over, in terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?

Q: NET Do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover/Do you think the economy's recovery so far has been a strong one or a weak one? (Based on all respondents)

Q: (IF ECONOMY HAS BEGUN TO RECOVER) Do you think the economy's recovery so far has been a strong one or a weak one?

Q: Overall, what do you think is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit - (by cutting federal spending), (by increasing taxes) or by a combination of both?

Q: If deficit reduction comes both from (cutting spending) AND from (increasing taxes), should it be more from (cutting spending), or more from (increasing taxes) or should it be half from each?

Q: In order to strike a budget deal, would you accept Cutting spending on Medicaid, which is the government health insurance program for the poor or is this something you would find unacceptable?

Q: In order to strike a budget deal that avoids the so-called 'fiscal cliff', would you accept Cutting military spending or is this something you would find unacceptable?

Q: In order to strike a budget deal that avoids the so-called 'fiscal cliff', would you accept Raising taxes on Americans with incomes over 250-thousand dollars a year or is this something you would find unacceptable?

Q: In order to strike a budget deal that avoids the so-called 'fiscal cliff', would you accept Raising the age for Medicare coverage from 65 to 67 or is this something you would find unacceptable?

Q: In order to strike a budget deal, would you accept Changing the way Social Security benefits are calculated so that benefits increase at a slower rate than they do now or is this something you would find unacceptable?

Q: In order to strike a budget deal, would you accept Capping the amount of money people can claim in tax deductions at no more than 50-thousand dollars a year or is this something you would find unacceptable?

Q: How likely do you think it is that (Obama) and (Republicans in Congress) will agree on a budget plan that avoids the fiscal cliff?

Q: If a budget agreement is not reached, who do you think will be mainly to blame - (the Republicans in Congress) or (Obama)?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to the national economy if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to your personal finances if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to the government's ability to operate effectively if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to the U.S. military if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: Has the leadership of the Republican Party been too willing or not willing enough to compromise with Obama on the budget deficit?

Q: Has Obama been too willing or not willing enough to compromise with the leadership of the Republican Party on the budget deficit?

Q: Do you support or oppose the Obama administration's decision to recognize an organization of Syrian rebel groups as the legitimate government of Syria?

Q: Do you think the U.S. military should or should not get involved in the situation in Syria?

Q: What if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons against its people? In that case would you support or oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria? (Asked of half sample)

Q: What if the Syrian government loses control of its chemical weapons stockpile? In that case would you support or oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria? (Asked of half sample)

Q: What if U.S. military aircraft were used to create a no-fly zone, but no ground troops were involved? In that case would you support or oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria? (Asked of half sample)

Q: What if Syria attacked neighboring countries that are U.S. allies? In that case would you support or oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria? (Asked of half sample)

Q: In the long run, do you think the outcome of the unrest in Syria will help or hurt U.S. political and economic interests in the region? (Asked of half sample)

Q: In the long run, do you think the outcome of the unrest in Syria will help or hurt the ability of the U.S. to fight terrorist groups based in the region? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Now thinking about the region more broadly, in the long run, do you think the outcome of the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa will help or hurt U.S. political and economic interests in the region? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Now thinking about the region more broadly, do you think the outcome of the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa will help or hurt the ability of the U.S. to fight terrorist groups in these countries? (Asked of half sample)

Q: On another subject: Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of handguns, except to law enforcement officers?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets?

Q: What do you think is the best way to reduce gun violence in this country - (by passing stricter gun control laws), or (by stricter enforcement of existing laws)?

Q: Thinking about the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school: Do you think this shooting reflects broader problems in American Society, or are things like this just the isolated acts of troubled individuals?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...

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