Washington Post-ABC News National Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Nov. 12-15, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09   57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09    54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09    57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09    59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09    65       36         29      31       10         22         4 
4/24/09    69       42         27      26        8         18         4 
3/29/09    66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09    68       43         25      25        8         17         7
 

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

            11/15/09 - Summary Table*
 
                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      51       26         25      47       12         36         2
b. Health care      47       28         19      49        8         41         3
c. International
   affairs          60       30         30      37       13         23         3
d. The federal
   budget deficit   42       19         23      53       10         43         5
e. The situation
   in Afghanistan   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
f. The threat of
   terrorism        53       31         22      41       14         27         6
*Full sample asked items a,b; half sample asked items c,d; other half sample asked items e,f.
 
Trend:
a. The economy
 
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09   50       29         22      48       13         35         1 
9/12/09    51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09    52       27         25      46       13         33         2 
7/18/09    52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09    56       28         28      41       13         27         3  
4/24/09    58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09    60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09    60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6
 
b. Health care
 
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   47       28         19      49        8         41         3
10/18/09   48       30         18      48       10         38         4
9/12/09    48       32         15      48       10         38         4
8/17/09    46       27         19      50        8         42         5
7/18/09    49       25         24      44       11         33         7  
6/21/09    53       27         26      39       10         29         9  
4/24/09    57       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        13
 
c. International affairs
 
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   60       30         30      37       13         23         3
10/18/09   57       34         23      36       15         21         7
9/12/09    57       32         25      33       12         21        10
6/21/09    61       NA         NA      32       NA         NA         7
4/24/09    67       NA         NA      27       NA         NA         6
3/29/09    62       NA         NA      27       NA         NA        11
 
d. The federal budget deficit
 
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   42       19         23      53       10         43         5
10/18/09   45       20         25      51       14         37         4
9/12/09    39       17         22      55       13         42         6
8/17/09    41       19         22      53       12         41         5
7/18/09    43       19         24      49       11         38         8
6/21/09    48       22         26      48       13         35         5  
4/24/09    51       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         7
3/29/09    52       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         5
 
e. The situation in Afghanistan
 
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
10/18/09   45       22         23      47       17         31         7
9/12/09    55       23         33      37       17         21         7
8/17/09    60       25         35      33       14         19         7
7/18/09    62       33         29      30       13         17         8
4/24/09    63       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        11
 
f. The threat of terrorism
 
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   53       31         22      41       14         27         6
9/12/09    55       31         24      34       12         23        11
6/21/09    57       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         7
4/21/09*   57       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        17
*Pew
 
 

3. 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)?

                Right     Wrong     No 
              direction   track   opinion  
11/15/09         44        55        2
10/18/09         44        54        2
8/17/09          44        55        1
6/21/09          47        50        3
4/24/09          50        48        2
3/29/09          42        57        1
2/22/09          31        67        2
1/16/09          19        78        3
12/14/08         15        82        3
10/25/08 LV      13        85        2
10/11/08 RV       8        90        2
9/22/08  RV      14        83        3
8/22/08          19        78        2
6/15/08          14        84        2
5/11/08          16        82        2 
1/12/08          21        77        2
11/1/07          24        74        2
6/1/07           25        73        2 
1/19/07          26        71        3 
11/4/06  RV      39        59        2 
10/22/06         30        68        2 
10/8/06          32        66        2 
5/15/06          29        69        2 
11/2/05          30        68        2 
10/24/04 LV      41        55        4 
4/18/04          42        57        1 
4/30/03          52        46        2 
9/26/02          43        53        4 
2/21/02          54        42        4 
2/14/99          55        41        4 
11/1/98          55        43        2 
11/1/98  LV      55        44        1 
8/21/98          57        40        4
7/12/98          50        45        6
4/4/98           55        41        4
1/31/98          61        34        5
1/30/98          61        34        5
1/19/98          44        50        6
8/27/97          39        57        4
6/8/97           37        60        3
3/9/97           34        62        4
10/17/96 RV      40        55        5
10/16/96 RV      42        53        5
10/15/96 RV      43        52        5
10/14/96 RV      44        51        5
10/13/96 RV      44        51        5
9/04/96  RV      40        54        6
8/21/96          28        67        5
6/30/96          26        70        5
3/17/96          27        70        3
1/21/96          27        66        6
1/3/96           21        77        3
4/5/95           23        73        3
1/4/95           27        68        6
10/31/94         27        69        4
7/20/94          26        70        4
3/27/94          28        69        3
1/23/94          31        60       10
11/14/93         25        69        6
8/8/93           26        71        3
6/20/93          26        71        3
4/26/93          27        71        2
3/11/93          36        57        7
2/28/93          37        59        4
1/17/93          31        63        6
12/14/92         35        60        5
10/27/92 RV      22        76        2
10/4/92  RV      18        78        4
6/7/92           14        83        3
4/9/92           16        81        3
3/11/92          18        79        4
1/15/92          19        78        3
11/10/91         24        72        4
10/29/91         26        71        3
8/27/91          31        60        9
7/28/91          30        67        3
6/2/91           39        57        4
4/9/91           42        51        7
2/26/91          58        39        3
1/27/91          49        48        4
10/14/90         19        79        2
9/9/90           36        60        4
8/20/90          35        60        5
7/24/90          37        60        2
5/21/90          39        60        2
3/26/90          44        53        2
2/4/90           49        48        3
1/16/90          48        49        3
5/23/89          42        55        3
3/16/89          46        52        2
1/16/89  LV      51        46        3
10/25/88 RV      49        46        6
9/27/88          48        44        8
7/11/88          40        56        4
5/25/88          35        59        6
3/21/88          40        56        4
1/23/88          39        59        2
12/13/87         49        47        4
12/2/87          35        61        4
9/23/87          43        54        4
6/29/87          35        62        3
4/13/87          37        60        3
3/9/87           38        58        4
1/18/87          39        56        5
9/8/86           50        48        2
1/26/86          45        47        8
7/29/85          52        43        6
1/16/85          59        36        4
5/22/84          47        48        5
12/13/83         43        51        6
11/7/83          51        44        5
4/12/83          41        54        4
3/2/83           43        53        3
10/11/82         35        57        8
1/30/82          39        56        5
2/80*            20        70       10
2/78             34        53       13
2/77             41        44       14
10/75            19        71        9
10/74            15        75       11
10/73            16        74       10
*2/80 and previous: Roper
 

4. (Overall, which party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years?

 
                                         Both    Neither                         
              Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    No opinion  
11/15/09         47           31          2        17           3
9/12/09          48           28          3        19           2
2/22/09          56           30          3         9           3
12/14/08         56           23          3        15           3
5/11/08          53           32          2        10           2
10/8/06          54           35          2         7           2
9/7/06           47           38          1        10           4
6/25/06          48           38          1        10           3
5/15/06          50           36          1        11           3
4/9/06           51           37          1         9           2
3/5/06           42           40          2        14           2
1/26/06          51           37          1         8           3 
12/18/05         47           42          1         8           2 
11/2/05          49           37          3         9           3          
6/5/05           46           41          1         9           2          
8/11/03          39           40          3        10           7    
12/15/02         41           44          2        11           2
10/27/02 LV      39           51          2         5           2
9/26/02          39           46          3         8           4
7/15/02          42           45          2         7           4
1/27/02          40           44          3        10           4
4/22/01          47           40          4         7           3
7/23/00          42           42          2         9           6
9/2/99           45           39          4         9           4
6/6/99           45           35          3        13           5
3/14/99          47           37          5         9           3
2/14/99          48           37          4         7           4
10/18/98         44           36          3        12           6
9/28/98          49           38          2         8           3
8/21/98          48           36          4         9           3
7/12/98          45           38          3         8           6
1/31/98          47           37          4         6           7
1/19/98          45           42          2         7           4
7/8/97           44           37          2        14           3
9/15/96  RV      45           38          3        11           3
8/5/96           43           38          3        11           3
6/30/96          46           37          3        12           3
5/22/96          47           38          3        10           3
11/6/94  RV      41           39          2        12           6
10/31/94         43           43          2         8           4
10/23/94         39           40          3        15           3
9/11/94          43           40          4        11           3
6/26/94          41           36          3        14           5
2/27/94          46           32          4        16           3
11/14/93         42           39          3        11           4
1/17/93          49           28          5        13           5
7/8/92           48           38          1         8           4
6/7/92           43           37          3        11           6
3/11/92          45           37          1        11           5
3/8/92           51           36          1         7           5
2/2/92           49           39          2         7           3
12/15/91         39           37          3        15           6
10/21/91         39           40          3        13           5
6/2/91           37           42          5        10           6
3/4/91           34           47          5         9           5
11/4/90  LV      42           40          3        11           4
10/14/90         46           41          1         8           4
5/21/90          41           45          3         8           2
1/16/90          38           50          3         6           3
8/21/89          42           43          4         9           2
10/10/88 RV      45           45          1         4           5
8/17/88          40           43          2         8           8
8/14/88          47           36          1        11           5
7/20/88          51           36          1         7           6
7/17/88          43           39          1        10           7
5/25/88          45           40          2         7           7
5/21/88          45           42          1         7           4
1/23/88          43           44          1         9           2
12/17/87         49           39          1         6           5
10/19/87         44           43          2         8           3
6/1/87           47           41          3         6           3
3/9/87           47           38          3         9           3
1/18/87          46           38          3         8           6
9/8/86           38           47          2         8           5
6/23/86          41           46          2         8           4
3/24/86          40           46         NA         8           7
2/12/86          40           46          2         8           5
10/28/85         37           45         NA        11           7
9/23/85          39           45         NA        10           6
7/29/85          41           43         NA        10           6
6/22/85          36           47         10        NA           6
2/26/85          40           52          5        NA           3
1/16/85          33           49         11        NA           7 
7/8/84           44           43          9        NA           5
5/22/84          41           40         12        NA           7
2/15/84          41           45          8        NA           6
1/17/84          42           37         11        NA          10
12/13/83         38           38         14        NA          10
8/1/83           45           36          9         2           8
10/11/82         44           38         10        NA           9
9/13/82          45           37         10        NA           8

Who do you trust to do a better job handling [ITEM] - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

11/15/09 - Summary Table*
 
                                                  Both    Neither     No
                                  Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy                     52      37       1        8         1
b. Health care reform              50      37       1       10         2
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked item b; other half sample asked item c.
 
Trend where available:
 
a. The economy
 
                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/15/09     52      37       1        8         1
9/12/09      48      37       1       12         2
7/18/09      56      33       1        9         2
6/21/09      55      31       2        9         2
4/24/09      61      24       2       11         2
3/29/09      58      25       1       14         2
2/22/09      61      26       1        9         3
 
Compare to:
G.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
6/1/07       36       54       1        6         2
2/25/07      36       56       1        6         2
1/19/07      32       60       1        4         2
12/11/06     34       58       1        5         2
1/18/04      43       50       1        4         3
4/30/03      51       41       2        2         3
11/6/01      51       36       5        4         5
9/9/01       44       50       1        3         2
7/30/01      47       46       1        4         1
6/3/01       44       46       2        6         2
 
Clinton or the Republicans in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
           Clinton   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
1/23/96      51       34      11        3         2 
10/30/95     38       50       9        1         2 
10/1/95      44       44       8        2         3 
7/17/95      42       51       4        1         2 
3/19/95      43       47       7        1         2 
1/4/95       34       56       3        1         5 
12/20/94     36       59      NA       NA         5
11/14/93     45       37       3       12         3
8/8/93       48       35       1       13         3
6/28/93      45       40       1       10         4
4/26/93      59       29       4        7         1
 
G.H.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
3/11/92      37       36       1       20         7
3/8/92       32       44       3       14         6
2/2/92       40       44       1        9         5
1/29/92      38       41       2       13         5
12/15/91     36       46       2       12         4
* "on the economy"
 
b. Health care reform
 
                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/15/09     50      37       1       10         2
9/12/09      48      36       1       12         3
7/18/09      54      34       1       10         1
6/21/09      55      27       2       11         4
 

Question 5c held for future release.

6. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of [NAME]? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

               11/15/09 - Summary Table
 
                    ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. Barack Obama     61       39         21      38       11         27         1
 
Trend:
 
a. Barack Obama
 
               ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
               NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09       61       39         21      38       11         27         1
9/12/09        63       40         23      35       12         24         2
4/24/09        72       46         26      26       11         15         2
1/16/09        79       50         29      18        9          9         3
11/2/08   LV   63       47         16      33        7         26         4
10/23/08  LV   63       47         16      34        7         27         3
10/11/08  RV   64       44         20      33       12         21         3
9/7/08    RV   58       35         23      36       12         24         7
8/22/08   RV   62       37         25      34       13         21         4
6/15/08        63       35         28      33       12         21         4
4/13/08        56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/12/08        63       31         32      30       14         16         7
11/1/07        51       21         30      36       16         20        13  
2/25/07        53       21         33      30       16         14        16     
1/19/07        45       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        25 
12/11/06       44       21         22      23       17          6        33
 
Question 6b held for future release.

7. Do you think Obama's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

                Too         Too        About     No
              liberal   conservative   right   opinion
11/15/09        40            7         52        2
9/12/09         39            5         53        3
4/24/09         33            4         62        2
1/16/09         29            4         65        2
10/31/08 LV     39            3         56        2
10/21/08 LV     40            2         55        4
10/20/08 LV     39            2         55        4
10/11/08 RV     37            4         55        4
6/15/08         36            5         52        7
3/2/08          31            6         56        7

8. Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you think [ITEM]?

          11/15/09 - Summary Table
 
                                                           Both    Neither     No      
                                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion 
a. better represents your own   
   personal values                 49           39           2        9         2
b. is more concerned with the
   needs of people like you        51           36           2        9         3
 
Trend:
 
a. better represents your own personal values
 
                                        Both    Neither     No      
             Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/15/09        49           39           2        9         2
11/4/06 RV      48           44           1        6         2
10/8/06         53           37           2        7         1
11/2/05         50           40           1        7         1
4/24/05         47           38           2       10         2
3/14/99         47           39           3        8         3
 
b. is more concerned with the needs of people like you
 
                                        Both    Neither     No      
             Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/15/09        51           36           2        9         3
10/8/06         58           30           2        9         1
8/6/06          56           30           1       12         2 
11/2/05         56           33           1        9         1

9. Do you think leaders of the Republican Party are mainly (presenting alternatives to Obama's proposals), or mainly (criticizing Obama's proposals without presenting alternatives)?

            Presenting       Mainly        
           alternatives   criticizing   No opinion
11/15/09        31             61            8
 
Question 10 held for future release.
 

11. Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   48       30         18      49       10         39         3
10/18/09   45       26         19      48       12         36         7
9/12/09    46       30         16      48       12         36         6
8/17/09    45       27         18      50       10         40         5

12. Do you have some form of health insurance or health care coverage, or not?

      Yes   No   No opinion    
11/15/09   84    15        1
10/18/09   85    15        0 
9/12/09    86    14        0
8/17/09    85    14        *
6/21/09    84    16        0
9/30/07    88    12        *
9/12/06    87    13        0
4/19/05    87    13        *
10/13/03   83    17        0
7/12/98    86    14        *
8/27/97    81    19        *
11/13/95   85    15        0
7/17/94    86    14        *
11/14/93   87    13        0
10/10/93   87    13        *
 

13. Just your best guess, if the health care system is changed, do you think the quality of [ITEM] will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same?

11/15/09 - Summary Table
                                 Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
a. your health care                19      37      42         2
b. health care for most people     34      38      26         2
 
Trend:
 
a. your health care
 
           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     19      37      42         2
9/12/09      16      32      50         2
8/17/09      19      33      47         2
6/21/09      16      31      50         3
 
Compare to: Under Clinton's plan, do you think the quality of the health care you receive
will get better, get worse, or stay the same? Better Worse Same No opinion 7/17/94 20 39 38 4 1/23/94 19 33 42 6 11/14/93 20 36 42 3 10/10/93 19 34 44 3 9/22/93 27 27 42 5 9/19/93 19 31 46 4 b. health care for most people Better Worse Same No opinion 11/15/09 34 38 26 2 9/12/09 35 38 24 2 8/17/09 37 38 23 2 Compare to: Do you think the quality of health care for MOST AMERICANS will get better, worse or stay the same? Better Worse Same No opinion 11/14/93 39 27 29 4 10/10/93 39 29 30 3 9/22/93 50 19 25 5 9/19/93 36 29 31 4

14. And if the health care system is changed do you think [ITEM] will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same?

N11/15/09 - Summary Table
                                        Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
a. (IF INSURED) Your health insurance    
   coverage                               13      39      46         1
b. (IF NOT INSURED) Your ability to 
   get health insurance                   47      17      35         2
 
Trend:
 
a. (IF INSURED) Your health insurance coverage
 
           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     13      39      46         1
9/12/09      11      37      49         2
8/17/09      14      40      43         3
 
b. (IF NOT INSURED) Your ability to get health insurance
 
           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     47      17      35         2
9/12/09      51      13      35         2
8/17/09      56      10      30         4
 
 
15. If the health care system is changed do you think [ITEM] will (increase), (decrease), or remain about the same?
 
11/15/09 - Summary Table
 
                                 Increase   Decrease   Same   No opinion
a. Your health care costs           52         11       35         2
b. The overall costs of health   
   care in this country             56         20       23         2
 
Compare to: And if the health care system is changed do you think your health care costs 
will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same? Better Worse Same No opinion 9/12/09 20 40 38 3 8/17/09 19 41 37 3

16. Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

            -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   53       34         19      43       12         32         3
10/18/09   57       36         21      40        9         31         3
9/12/09    55       33         22      42       11         31         3
8/17/09    52       33         19      46       11         35         2
6/21/09    62       NA         NA      33       NA         NA         5

17. (IF OPPOSE/NO OPINION FOR GOVERNMENT PLAN) What if this government-sponsored plan is available only to people who do not receive insurance through an employer, or through the existing Medicare or Medicaid programs - in that case would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans?

                    Support   Oppose   No opinion
11/15/09     40        56          5
 
 
Combined question 16 and 17:
 
           ------- Support -------
           NET   At first   Now do   Oppose   No opinion
11/15/09   72       53        18       28          1
 

18. How likely do you think it is that a new government health insurance plan would force many private health insurers to go out of business because they couldn't compete - do you think that's very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?

      ------- Likely ------   ------ Unlikely -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
11/15/09   60     30       31      38       22       16       1
 

19. Would you support or oppose a federal law requiring all companies with a payroll of at least 500-thousand dollars either to offer health insurance to their employees, or to pay money into a government fund that would provide assistance buying insurance for people who can't get it through work?

                     Support   Oppose   No opinion
11/15/09     66        30          4
 

20. Say a candidate for Congress supports the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration). Would that make you more likely to [support] that candidate for Congress, more likely to [oppose] that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote? (IF

           SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Are you much more likely to support/oppose that candidate or somewhat more?
 
           ---- Support ----   ---- Oppose -----      No          No 
           NET   Much   Smwt   NET   Smwt   Much   difference   opinion
11/15/09   25     13     12    29      8     20       45           1
9/12/09    22     12     10    23      7     17       54           1
8/17/09    23     14      9    32      6     26       43           2
 

21. Say someone buys private health insurance using government assistance to help pay for it. Do you think insurance sold that way should or should not be allowed to include coverage for abortions?

                                                                          Should   Should not   No opinion
11/15/09     35         61            4

22. (IF SHOULD NOT/NO OPINION ON ABORTION COVERAGE) What if the insurance company used private funds, not public funds, to provide the abortion coverage - in that case do you think this coverage should or should not be available?

                                                         Should   Should not   No opinion
11/15/09     31         65            4
 
 
Combined question 21 and 22:
 
           -------- Should -------
           NET   At first   Now do   Should not   No opinion
11/15/09   56       35        20         43            1

23. Do you feel (you have a good basic understanding of the changes being proposed to the health care system), or do you feel (the changes being proposed for the health care system are too complicated for you to have a good basic understanding of them)?

      Good basic         Too         No
           understanding   complicated   opinion
11/15/09        55             44           2
 

24. (IF HEALTH CARE CHANGES TOO COMPLICATED) How much if at all does that worry you - a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?

                   ---- Grt deal/somewhat ----   --- Not so much/not at all ---     No
           NET   Great deal   Somewhat   NET   Not so much   Not at all   opinion
11/15/09   85        49          36      15        10            5           *

25. Changing topics, so far, do you think the economic stimulus program has (helped) the national economy, (hurt) the national economy, or hasn't made much difference? (IF HELPED/HURT) Is that a great deal or somewhat?

           ---------- Helped ---------   ---------- Hurt -----------    No       No
           NET   Great deal   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Great deal   diff.   opinion
11/15/09   37        12          25      23        6          17        39        1
9/12/09    32        10          22      19        5          13        47        2
6/21/09    28         8          20      19        6          13        52        2
4/24/09    33        10          23      16        6          10        49        2

Questions 26-50 held for future relase

51. Thinking about politics: Right now, are you inclined to vote to re-elect your representative in Congress in the next election or are you inclined to look around for someone else to vote for?

              Re-elect   Look around   Depends (vol.)   No opinion
11/15/09         38          50             6                5
5/15/06          35          55             6                4
6/5/05           40          50             8                3
2/21/02          40          48             7                6
10/31/99         41          47             8                3
9/28/98          44          46            NA               10
9/28/98  LV      52          42            NA                6
7/12/98          42          44             5               10
1/19/98          47          41             7                4
8/27/97          34          52             9                5
11/6/94  RV      37          47             7                8
10/31/94         35          56             2                7
10/23/94         32          58             4                6
9/11/94          36          53             4                7
6/26/94          35          54             6                5
3/27/94          32          56             6                7
1/23/94          32          46            10               12
11/14/93         38          52             5                5
7/8/92           34          54             3                9
6/7/92           36          53             4                7
4/9/92           33          56             3                8
3/11/92          36          54             3                7
2/2/92           38          51             4                7
10/21/91         31          55             7                6
6/2/91           37          49             5                9
11/4/90  LV      41          50            NA                8
10/14/90         36          57            NA                7
5/21/90          43          50             3                3
5/23/89          45          44             4                6

52. Changing topics, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Sarah Palin? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09      43       20         23      52       18         34         5
7/18/09       40       20         20      53       19         34         7
10/23/08 LV   46       28         18      51       11         40         3 
9/29/08  RV   51       29         23      40       11         29         9
9/22/08  RV   52       31         21      38       10         27        11
9/7/08   RV   58       35         23      28       11         17        15 
9/4/08*  RV   52       34         18      37       14         23        11
* "the Republican nominee for vice president"

53. If Palin runs for president in 2012, would you definitely vote for her, would you consider voting for her, or would you definitely not vote for her?

           Definitely    Would     Definitely     No 
             would      consider   would not    opinion
11/15/09        9          37          53          1
 
Compare to Hillary Clinton/2008:
 
           Definitely    Would     Definitely     No 
             would      consider   would not    opinion
5/15/06       19           38          42          1
 
Compare to John McCain/2008:
 
           Definitely    Would     Definitely     No 
             would      consider   would not    opinion
5/15/06        9           57          28          6

54. Regardless of whether or not you'd vote for her, do you think Palin is or is not qualified to serve as president?

              Is        Is not       No
           qualified   qualified   opinion
11/15/09      38          60          3
 
Question 55 held for future release.
 
901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican),
an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)? --Non-Partisans- Lean Lean No Democrat Republican Independent Other No op. Dem. Rep. Lean 11/15/09 35 21 39 4 1 19 17 8 10/18/09 33 20 42 4 1 20 19 8 9/12/09 32 21 43 4 * 19 20 9 8/17/09 35 25 34 6 1 15 14 11 7/18/09 33 22 41 4 * 20 16 9 6/21/09 35 22 37 7 * 17 16 10 4/24/09 35 21 38 5 * 18 16 10 3/29/09 36 25 33 5 1 15 16 8 2/22/09 36 24 34 5 1 18 13 9 1/16/09 35 23 36 5 1 20 12 11 12/14/08 37 24 35 4 1 16 13 10 11/3/08 35 26 30 6 2 13 10 15 10/11/08 36 26 31 4 2 15 12 10 9/29/08 34 26 31 8 2 17 12 12 9/22/08 36 26 31 5 2 18 9 11 9/7/08 35 26 33 5 2 15 14 11 8/22/08 36 23 34 6 1 16 14 10 7/13/08 37 24 33 6 1 16 14 10 6/15/08 38 24 34 4 1 16 14 8 5/11/08 34 28 34 4 1 19 11 8 4/13/08 35 29 30 5 1 15 13 8 3/2/08 40 28 28 3 1 15 8 9 2/1/08 37 26 32 4 1 16 11 10 1/12/08 39 27 29 5 1 13 9 12

908a. Would you say your views on most political matters are liberal, moderate, or conservative?

                                                     Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
11/15/09       19         41            38                  1             1
10/18/09       23         36            38                  2             1
9/12/09        24         39            36                  *             1
8/17/09        20         40            37                  2             1
7/18/09        20         39            38                  2             1
6/21/09        22         40            36                  1             *
4/24/09        23         39            35                  2             2
3/29/09        20         38            38                  2             2
2/22/09        23         38            37                  1             1
1/16/09        24         42            32                  *             1
12/14/08       22         37            37                  1             2
10/11/08 RV    22         44            34                  *             1
9/29/08 RV     19         44            34                  1             1
9/22/08 RV     23         41            32                  2             1
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08        19         43            35                  2             1
6/15/08        21         43            33                  1             2
5/11/08        24         39            34                  2             1
4/13/08        24         38            35                  1             2
3/2/08         19         48            30                  2             2
2/1/08         25         38            34                  2             1
1/12/08        24         36            36                  2             1
12/9/07        24         38            36                  1             1
11/1/07        24         41            32                  1             1
9/30/07        24         45            30                  1             1
9/7/07         20         39            39                  1             2
7/21/07        25         39            32                  3             1
6/1/07         24         36            37                  2             1
4/15/07        24         42            32                  1             1
2/25/07        23         40            35                  1             1
1/19/07        23         41            33                  1             1
12/11/06       23         42            33                  2             1
11/4/06        19         42            36                  2             1
10/22/06       22         42            32                  2             2
10/8/06        21         43            33                  1             1
9/7/06         24         39            33                  2             2
8/6/06         18         42            38                  1             1
6/25/06        21         41            35                  1             1
5/15/06        19         48            31                  1             1
5/11/06        18         49            33                  *             *
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             *
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             *
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1
 
 
INCOME. Which of the following CATEGORIES best describes your total annual household income 
before taxes, from all sources? -------Less than $50k------- --------More than $50k-------- NET <20k 20-35k 35-50k NET 50-75k 75-100k 100k+ 11/15/09 53 20 18 15 45 16 13 16 10/18/09 53 17 19 17 44 18 12 15 9/12/09 50 17 17 15 48 17 13 18 8/17/09 46 15 16 14 52 19 15 18 7/18/09 49 18 17 14 48 19 12 19 6/21/09 51 18 16 17 47 17 12 18 4/24/09 50 16 16 18 48 17 12 19 3/29/09 49 15 16 17 48 18 13 17 2/22/09 48 16 16 17 50 19 13 19 1/16/09 52 17 18 17 48 16 13 19 12/14/08 44 14 15 15 54 18 15 21 10/11/08 RV 41 12 14 16 56 20 15 22 9/29/08 RV 42 10 14 17 56 18 16 22 9/22/08 RV 40 12 14 14 57 21 14 22 9/22/08 46 16 16 14 50 18 12 20 9/7/08 RV 44 13 14 17 56 17 15 24 8/22/08 RV 39 10 11 18 59 19 16 24 8/22/08 43 15 12 17 53 18 15 21 7/13/08 RV 43 14 14 15 54 16 14 24 7/13/08 48 18 15 15 50 16 12 21 6/15/08 47 18 15 15 51 18 15 18 5/11/08 47 15 16 17 50 18 13 19 4/13/08 47 17 13 17 51 18 14 18 3/2/08 44 14 13 17 52 17 13 22 2/1/08 48 17 16 15 48 18 12 18 1/12/08 46 12 18 16 51 19 13 19 12/9/07 49 14 17 18 48 15 15 18 11/1/07 48 14 16 17 49 16 13 21 9/30/07 53 17 16 20 44 18 12 14 9/7/07 43 10 17 16 54 19 15 20 7/21/07 46 16 14 16 51 18 13 19 6/1/07 49 15 18 16 49 18 13 18 4/15/07 46 15 16 15 51 20 13 18 2/25/07 46 10 16 20 51 20 14 17 1/19/07 49 16 17 15 49 16 13 20 12/11/06 46 11 16 19 51 18 16 17 10/22/06 52 16 20 17 45 16 11 17 10/8/06 46 13 16 17 51 22 13 16 9/7/06 51 16 18 17 47 17 15 15 8/6/06 49 14 16 18 48 20 12 16 6/25/06 50 16 16 19 47 19 11 17 5/15/06 52 14 18 21 46 16 13 17 5/11/06 46 9 18 18 53 18 15 20 4/9/06 53 16 20 17 47 19 12 16 3/5/06 50 16 18 16 48 20 12 16 1/26/06 52 20 15 17 46 18 12 16 12/18/05 54 17 19 18 44 18 12 15 11/2/05 52 14 18 20 46 19 13 14 9/11/05 55 18 20 17 42 18 11 14 8/28/05 52 18 15 19 46 18 11 16 6/26/05 49 14 17 18 49 19 14 16 6/5/05 55 15 20 20 43 17 13 14 4/24/05 55 15 21 19 45 18 12 15 ***END***

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