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March 2013 Post-ABC poll - Obama and politics, the Catholic church, gun control

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 the U.S. Congress is doing its job?

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: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job handling immigration issues - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the issue of gun control - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: In terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?

Q: When it comes to finding the right balance between (cutting government spending that is not needed) and (continuing government spending that is needed), who do you trust to do a better job?

Q: Automatic across-the-board cuts in federal spending have begun to take effect because Obama and the Republicans in Congress were unable to reach a budget agreement last week. Overall do you approve or disapprove of these budget cuts taking place?

Q: Who do you think is mainly responsible for these cuts occurring – (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Have you personally felt any negative impact of these budget cuts, or not? (IF YES:) Has it been a major impact or minor?

Q: Just your best guess, do you think the budget cuts will hurt the economy, or not? (IF YES:) Do you think they’'ll hurt it a great deal, or somewhat?

Q: Just your best guess, do you think the budget cuts will hurt the your personal finances, or not? (IF YES:) Do you think they'’ll hurt it a great deal, or somewhat?

Q: Just your best guess, do you think the budget cuts will hurt the the government's ability to provide basic services, or not? (IF YES:) Do you think they'’ll hurt it a great deal, or somewhat?

Q: Just your best guess, do you think the budget cuts will hurt the the U.S. military, or not? (IF YES:) Do you think they'’ll hurt it a great deal, or somewhat?

Q: Do you think Obama and the Republicans should (work to try to avoid these budget cuts from continuing), or (let the budget cuts proceed)?

Q: As part of a budget agreement that would replace these across-the-board budget cuts, would you support or oppose limiting the deductions businesses can take to reduce their federal income taxes?

Q: As part of a budget agreement that would replace these across-the-board budget cuts, would you support or oppose limiting the deductions higher-income individuals can take to reduce their federal income taxes?

Q: As part of a budget agreement that would replace these across-the-board budget cuts, would you support or oppose cutting military spending in a more targeted way?

Q: As part of a budget agreement that would replace these across-the-board budget cuts, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicaid, which is the government health insurance program for the poor?

Q: As part of a budget agreement that would replace these across-the-board budget cuts, would you support or oppose raising the age for Medicare coverage from 65 to 67?

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

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring placing an armed guard in every school in the country?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law making illegal gun sales a federal crime?

Q: All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Iraq was worth fighting, or not?

Q: 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 Iraq 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: 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 Middle East, are your sympathies more with (Israel) or more with (the Palestinian Authority)?

Q: In trying to arrange a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, do you think the Obama administration is putting too much pressure on the Israeli government, too little pressure or about the right amount?

Q: In trying to arrange a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, do you think the Obama administration is putting too much pressure on the Palestinian Authority, too little pressure or about the right amount?

Q: Do you think the United States should take the leading role in trying to arrange a peace settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, or should the U.S. mainly leave that to the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves?

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

Q: Do you think each state should make its own law on whether same-sex marriage is legal or illegal there, or do you think this should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution?

Q: Do you think being homosexual is something that people choose to be, or do you think it's just the way they are?

Q: How would you rate the job the former pope, Benedict the sixteenth, did as leader of the Catholic church – excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: How relevant do you think the Catholic Church is in the world today – very relevant, somewhat relevant, not so relevant or not relevant at all?

Q: (Among Catholics only) In general, do you think the Roman Catholic Church is in touch with the views of Catholics in America today, or is it out of touch?

Q: (Among Catholics only) Currently, Roman Catholic priests cannot get married. Do you favor or oppose that policy?

Q: (Among Catholics only) Currently, women cannot become priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Do you favor or oppose that policy?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests?

Q: (Among Catholics only) Thinking about the next pope… Do you think the new pope should (maintain the traditional policies of the Church), or should he (change Church policies to reflect the attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today)?

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

Q: Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?

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