March 2012 Monthly

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 Barack Obama is handling the economy? (Asked of half sample.)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the possibility of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons? (Half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling The federal budget deficit? (Half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling The situation in Afghanistan? (Half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation with gas prices? (Half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling energy policy? (Half sample)

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: Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you think better represents your own personal values?

Q: Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you think is more concerned with the needs of people like you?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) 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?

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: (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: Do you think Obama's economic program is making the economy (better), making it (worse) or having no real effect?

Q: How would you describe your feelings about the recent rise in gasoline prices - are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?

Q: Just your best guess, do you think gas prices will (go higher and stay high), or do you think they will (go up and down)?

Q: Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? IF YES: Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?

Q: Do you think there's anything the Obama administration reasonably can do to reduce gasoline prices, or do you think gas prices have risen because of factors beyond the administration's control?

Q: Changing topics: Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

Q: Have the things you've heard about this law recently been mainly (positive) or mainly (negative)?

Q: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about the health care law later this month. Of these three options, which would you prefer to have the Supreme Court do? Uphold the entire law, throw out the part of the law that requires individuals to have coverage, and keep the rest of the law, or throw out the entire law (options randomized)..

Q: (IF THROW OUT PART OF THE LAW) What if removing the coverage requirement forces the rest of the law to be dropped because there's no way to pay for it. In that case would you prefer to...?

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 United States should (keep military forces in Afghanistan until it has trained the Afghan army to be self-sufficient) OR (withdraw its military forces even if the Afghan army is not adequately trained)?

Q: Considering everything, do you think most Afghans support or oppose what the United States is trying to do in Afghanistan?

Q: On another subject, based on what you've heard or read, do you think Iran is or is not trying to develop nuclear weapons?

Q: To try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, would you support or oppose The United States bombing Iran's nuclear development sites?

Q: To try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, would you support or oppose Increasing international economic sanctions against Iran?

Q: To try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, would you support or oppose Direct diplomatic talks between the United States and Iran to try to resolve the situation?

Q: Would you support or oppose Israel bombing Iran's nuclear development sites?

Q: If Israel were to bomb Iran's nuclear development sites, do you think it would or would not risk starting a larger war in the Middle East?

Q: Do you think it’s a better idea to (attack Iran soon, before its nuclear program progresses any further, even if that means not waiting to see if economic sanctions work); or a better idea to (see first if economic sanctions against Iran work, even if that allows more time for its nuclear program to progress)? (Options rotated)

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Who would you like to see win the Republican nomination for president this year? Which candidate do you lean towards?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Who would your second choice be? Which candidate do you lean towards?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Suppose that Romney wins the Republican nomination for president. Overall, how satisfied would you be with Romney as the nominee?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Suppose that Santorum wins the Republican nomination for president. Overall, how satisfied would you be with Santorum as the nominee?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Just your best guess, who do you think will win the Republican nomination for president?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you trust most to handle the economy?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you trust most to handle social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Again, regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think best reflects the core values of the Republican Party?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Again, regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think has the best chance to defeat Barack Obama in the general election?

Q: If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Rick Santorum, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Rick Santorum, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: Just your best guess, who do you think will win the presidential election this year- (Obama) or (the Republican candidate)?

Q: Organizations known as Super-PACS can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates they support. (Supporters say this is a form of free speech) while (opponents say this allows groups or wealthy individuals to have unfair influence.) Do you think it should be legal or illegal for these Super-PACS to operate?

Q: Which political party would you say cares more about issues that are especially important to women - the (Democrats) or the (Republicans)?

Q: Do you think health insurance companies should or should not be required to cover the full cost of birth control for women? Do you feel that way STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

Q: (IF SHOULD BE REQUIRED) What if the insurance is provided through an employer who is affiliated with a religious institution that opposes birth control. This could be a religious-affiliated university or hospital, for example. In this case do you think health insurance companies should or should not be required to cover the full cost of birth control for women?

Q: Do you think a political leader should or should not rely on his or her religious beliefs in making policy decisions?

Q: How much does it matter to you that a candidate for president shares your religious beliefs - does it matter a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?

Q: In your view, has the country gone too far in keeping religion and government separate, gone too far in mixing religion and government, or has it struck a good balance in the area of the separation of church and state?

Q: 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 it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?

Q: On another subject, what is your view of the tea party political movement - would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly?

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

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