Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, July 25-Aug. 5, 2012

Poll Questions

Q: How satisfied are you with the way this country's political system is working - would you say very satisfied, mostly satisfied, mostly dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

Q: Thinking about the 2012 presidential election campaign so far, would you say that you're very interested, somewhat interested, not too interested, or not interested at all?

Q: Which of the following national economic issues worries you most? Is there another one of these issues that worries you? (COMBINED FIRST AND SECOND MENTION)

Q: OTHER than the economy and jobs what will be the most important issue in your choice for president?

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

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Have you always thought of yourself as an independent, or have you thought of yourself as a Democrat or a Republican in the past?

Q: (AMONG REPUBLICANS) Would you call yourself a strong Republican or a not very strong Republican?

Q: (Among Democrats) Would you call yourself a strong Democrat or a not very strong Democrat?

Q: (AMONG REPUBLICANS) In your view, is the leadership of the Republican Party currently taking the party in the right direction or in the wrong direction?

Q: (AMONG 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: (AMONG DEMOCRATS) In your view, is the leadership of the Democratic Party currently taking the party in the right direction or in the wrong direction?

Q: (AMONG 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: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on the economy

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on health care

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on the federal budget deficit

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on taxes

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the Democratic or the Republican, does a better job representing your views on foreign policy

Q: (AMONG DEMOCRATS) More important - Democrats stick with positions, even if it means lack of cooperation with Republicans OR Democrats try to cooperate across party lines, even if compromising on important issues?

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) What's more important - Democrats stick with positions, even if it means a lack of cooperation with Republicans; or cooperate across party lines, even if it means compromising?

Q: (AMONG REPUBLICANS) More important - Republicans stick with positions, even if it means a lack of cooperation with Democrats OR Republicans try to cooperate across party lines, even if compromising on important issues?

Q: (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) What's more important - Republicans stick with positions, even if it means a lack of cooperation with Democrats; or cooperate across party lines, even if it means compromising?

Q: In general do you think the policies of the Democratic Party mainly help or mainly hurt the economic interests of you and your family?

Q: In general do you think the policies of the Republican Party mainly help or mainly hurt the economic interests of you and your family?

Q: Do you think The Democratic Party generally shares most of your moral and ethical values, some of your moral and ethical values, or hardly any?

Q: Do you think The Republican Party generally shares most of your moral and ethical values, some of your moral and ethical values, or hardly any?

Q: Which comes closer to the way you feel?

Q: Would you say you favor a smaller federal government with fewer services, or larger federal government with many services?

Q: Which of these views comes closer to your own?

Q: Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? Government controls too much of our daily lives

Q: Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? There are many goods and services which would not be available to ordinary people without government intervention

Q: Do you think that people and groups that hold values similar to yours are gaining influence in American life in general these days, or do you think that they are losing influence?

Q: Which of the following two statements comes closer to your view:

Q: Which comes closer to your view:

Q: Would you rather see religious and spiritual values have more influence in politics and public life than they do now, less influence, or about the same influence as they do now?

Q: Will you tell me if the following is something you personally agree or disagree with? The world is always changing and we should adjust our morals and values to those changes

Q: Will you tell me if the following is something you personally agree or disagree with? We should be more tolerant of people who choose to live according to their own moral standards even if we think they are wrong

Q: Will you tell me if the following is something you personally agree or disagree with? Americans are too tolerant and accepting of behaviors that in the past were considered immoral or wrong

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: Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? People should take responsibility for their own lives and economic well-being and not expect other people to help

Q: Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? Most people who don't get ahead should not blame the system, they have only themselves to blame

Q: Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? One of the big problems in this country is that we don't give everyone an equal chance

Q: Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? If people were treated more equally in this country we would have many fewer problems

Q: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: Which of these do you think is more important right now - increasing federal spending to try to create jobs and improve the economy; or avoiding a big increase in the federal budget deficit?

Q: Which of these do you think is more important right now - increasing federal spending to try to create jobs and improve the economy; or avoiding a big increase in the federal budget deficit?

Q: Thinking specifically about the JOB SITUATION in the country, please tell me whether each of the following would help, hurt or not make much of a difference? Cutting personal income taxes

Q: Thinking specifically about the JOB SITUATION in the country, please tell me whether each of the following would help, hurt or not make much of a difference? Cutting taxes on businesses

Q: Thinking specifically about the JOB SITUATION in the country, please tell me whether each of the following would help, hurt or not make much of a difference? Budget cuts to reduce the federal deficit

Q: Thinking specifically about the JOB SITUATION in the country, please tell me whether each of the following would help, hurt or not make much of a difference? Additional spending on roads, bridges, and other public works projects

Q: Thinking specifically about the JOB SITUATION in the country, please tell me whether each of the following would help, hurt or not make much of a difference? Raising taxes on businesses that move manufacturing jobs overseas

Q: Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation's budget deficit. Raising taxes on households with incomes of 250 thousand dollars per year and higher.

Q: Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation's budget deficit. Raising taxes on the middle class.

Q: Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation's budget deficit. Reducing Social Security benefits (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation's budget deficit. Reducing Social Security benefits for those with high incomes (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation's budget deficit. Reducing Medicare benefits (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation's budget deficit. What about Reducing Medicare benefits for those with high incomes (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation's budget deficit. What about Reducing military spending.

Q: As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?

Q: Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like in the future? (Detailed view includes party cluster results)

Q: Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like in the future?

Q: Do you support or oppose putting a special tax on junk food - that is, things like soda, chips, and candy - and using the money for programs to fight obesity?

Q: Do you think ILLEGAL immigrants who are living and working in the United States now should be offered a chance to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status, or do you think they should be deported back to their native country?

Q: Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming?

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

Q: I would like you to think about the role the U.S. should play in trying to solve international problems. Do you think the U.S. should take the leading role, a major role, but not the leading role, a minor role, or no role at all in world affairs?

Q: As it conducts the war on terrorism, do you think the United States government is or is not doing enough to protect the civil liberties of American citizens?

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 CHOSE A CANDIDATE) Will you definitely vote for (Current choice), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for someone else?

Q: In presidential elections, would you say you.?

Q: Would you say your views on most political matters are.?

Q: How about on most social issues, would you say your views are...?

Q: How about on most fiscal issues - such as taxes and government spending - would you say your views are.?

Q: On another subject, what is your view of the Tea Party political movement?

Q: Overall, would you say most of your friends and family think of themselves as Republicans, most as Democrats or most as independents?

Q: How often, if ever, do you use the following online social media services. First, do you use Facebook frequently, occasionally or never?

Q: Do you use Twitter frequently, occasionally or never?

Q: Do you use LinkedIn frequently, occasionally or never?

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