September 2013 Washington Post-ABC News poll - Obama, Syria, the economy and 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 the situation with Syria?

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

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling Implementation of the new health care law? (half sample)

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 the situation with Syria - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job handling Negotiations over the federal budget - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job handling Implementation of the new health care law - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not? He is a strong leader

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not? He shares your values

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not? He sticks with his principles

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not? He is a good commander in chief of the military

Q: The United States says it has determined that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war there. Given this, do you support or oppose the United States launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?

Q: Do you think America's vital interests are at stake in the situation involving Syria, or not?

Q: As an alternative to missile strikes, Russia has proposed a plan to have Syria place all of its chemical weapons under control of the United Nations, which would then destroy them. Do you support or oppose this plan?

Q: How confident are you that Syria would in fact give up all of its chemical weapons under this plan - very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

Q: Do you think the threat of U.S. missile strikes has (helped the situation by pressuring Syria to give up its chemical weapons), or (hurt the situation by increasing international tensions)?

Q: As far as you've heard or read, in his address to the nation Tuesday night, how well did Obama make his case for taking action against the Syrian government?

Q: If the diplomatic efforts to take control of Syria's chemical weapons do not work, do you think Congress should or should not approve the use of military force against Syria?

Q: Overall, do you think Obama's handling of the situation with Syria has (strengthened) U.S. leadership in the world, (weakened) it, or has it not made much difference to U.S. leadership?

Q: It's been five years since the beginning of the financial crisis and the economic downturn that followed. Compared with the worst of that crisis, from your perspective has the economy...?

Q: Do you think the federal government has or has not taken adequate measures to prevent another financial crisis in the future?

Q: Do you think the country's banks and other financial institutions have or have not taken adequate measures to prevent another financial crisis in the future?

Q: How confident are you, if at all, that the country will be able to avoid another financial crisis in the future?

Q: What do you think is better - for Congress to raise the debt limit so the government can keep paying its bills and obligations or not to raise the debt limit and let the government default on paying its bills and obligations?

Q: If the government cannot borrow more money after August second to fund its operations and pay its debts, do you think that would or would not cause serious harm to a. the U.S. economy ?

Q: Do you think Obama is doing too (much), too (little), or about the right amount to compromise with the Republican leaders in Congress on important issues?

Q: Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress are doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with Obama on important issues?

Q: Automatic cuts in federal spending have begun to take effect because Obama and Republicans were unable to reach a budget agreement earlier this year. Do you approve or disapprove of these budget cuts taking place?

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

Q: (AMONG OPPOSE HEALTH CARE LAW) Would you support or oppose Congress shutting down major activities of the federal government in order to try to prevent implementation of the health care law?

Q: **NET RESULTS** Do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system? / (IF OPPOSE) Would you support or oppose Congress shutting down major activities of the federal government in order to try to prevent implementation of the health care law?

Q: Thinking specifically about The health care system overall - so far has the health care law made this better, made it worse, or had no effect?

Q: Thinking specifically about Your and your family's health care costs - so far has the health care law made this better, made it worse, or had no effect?

Q: Thinking specifically about Your and your family's health insurance coverage - so far has the health care law made this better, made it worse, or had no effect?

Q: Thinking specifically about The quality of the health care you and your family receive - so far has the health care law made this better, made it worse, or had no effect?

Q: Do you feel that you personally do or do not have the information you need to understand what changes will occur as the new health care law takes effect?

Q: For each group I name, please tell me how prepared you think they are for the new health care law to take effect. The federal government?

Q: For each group I name, please tell me how prepared you think they are for the new health care law to take effect. Your state government?

Q: For each group I name, please tell me how prepared you think they are for the new health care law to take effect. The health insurance industry?

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

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