July 2013 Washington Post-ABC News poll - National politics, Trayvon Martin, Health care

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 immigration issues?

Q: Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?

Q: (ASKED OF REPUBLICANS AND GOP-LEANING INDEPENDENTS) In your view, is the leadership of the Republican Party currently taking the party in the (right direction) or in the (wrong direction)?

Q: (ASKED OF DEMOCRATS AND DEM-LEANING INDEPENDENTS) In your view, is the leadership of the Democratic Party currently taking the party in the (right direction) or in the (wrong direction)?

Q: What's more important to you - that political leaders (stick with their positions on important issues, even if it means a lack of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans); or that political leaders (try to cooperate across party lines, even if it means compromising on important issues)?

Q: As you may know, the U.S. Senate passed an immigration law that includes (a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants now living in the United States), and (stricter border control at a cost of 46 billion dollars). Given what you know about it, do you support or oppose the immigration law passed by the Senate?

Q: The immigration law now is in the House of Representatives. Would you rather see the House (have an up-or-down vote on the Senate plan), or (break the Senate plan into individual pieces to be considered separately)?

Q: Say the House does NOT approve a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Would you feel (relieved) or (disappointed)? (IF YES:) Would you be angry about that, or disappointed but not angry?

Q: (IF DISAPPOINTED Who would you mainly blame for that - (Obama, for not winning the needed votes) or (the Republicans in the House, for leading the opposition)?

Q: What do you think is more important right now - (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?

Q: A former government contractor named Edward Snowden has released information to the media about intelligence-gathering efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency. Do you support or oppose Snowden being charged with a crime for disclosing the NSA’s intelligence-gathering efforts?

Q: All told, do you think Snowden's disclosures have harmed U.S. security or not? (IF YES) Do you think they have harmed U.S. security a great deal or somewhat?

Q: (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE A) Obama is scheduled to visit Russia later this summer. If Russia grants temporary asylum to Snowden, helping him to avoid facing charges in the United States, do you think Obama should (cancel his visit to Russia) or (go ahead with his visit regardless)?

Q: ((ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE A) Again, if Russia assists Snowden, do you think the United States should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia OR should the United States participate in the Olympic Games regardless?

Q: (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE B) Say another country grants asylum to Snowden, helping him to avoid facing charges in the United States. Do you think the United States should impose economic penalties by restricting its trade with any such country or do you think the U.S. should not impose economic penalties?

Q: Do you think that the National Security Agency's surveillance of telephone call records and internet traffic does or does not intrude on some Americans' privacy rights?

Q: (IF INTRUDES ON SOME AMERICANS' PRIVACY RIGHTS) Do you think those intrusions are justified or not justified?

Q: Do you think the NSA surveillance program does or does not intrude on your own personal privacy rights?

Q: (IF INTRUDES ON YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS) Do you think those intrusions are justified or not justified?

Q: Would you say the NSA's surveillance program is making the United States (safer) from terrorism, (less safe), or not making much difference?

Q: Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system?

Q: The federal government has delayed for 1 year the requirement that companies with 50 or more employees have to provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fine. Do you approve or disapprove of the delay in this requirement?

Q: Do you think this delay (means that the overall health care law is so flawed it should be dropped), or do you think this (is just something that happens when changes are made in a complex system)?

Q: On another subject, all in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not?

Q: Do you think the war in Afghanistan has or has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States? (IF YES)Has it contributed to the long-term security of the United States A GREAT DEAL or SOMEWHAT?

Q: In the year ahead, would you rather have the United States (remove all U.S forces from Afghanistan), or (remove most U.S. forces from Afghanistan but keep some there for training and anti-insurgency operations)?

Q: On another subject, do you think blacks and other minorities receive equal treatment as whites in the criminal justice system or not?

Q: There is a case in Florida in which a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. As far as you've heard do you think this shooting was justified or unjustified, or do you not know enough about

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the jury’'s verdict last week finding Zimmerman not guilty in Martin’s death?

Q: Regardless of the verdict in the state criminal court, do you think the federal government should or should not charge Zimmerman in federal court with violating Martin's civil rights?

Q: On another subject, do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

Q: Do you think each state should make its own laws on abortion, or do you think this should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution?

Q: Several states are considering or recently have passed legislation that makes it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate there. Overall is this something you support or oppose?

Q: The U.S. Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to (20) weeks, or up to (24) weeks?

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

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