Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll

This Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll was conducted by telephone May 10 to 31, 2011, among a random sample of 1,342 adults living in Washington D.C., including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The full sample includes additional interviews with randomly selected African Americans, for a total of 812 black respondents. The added interviews (commonly referred to as an “oversample”) were completed to ensure there were enough respondents for separate analysis; the group is not over-represented in the reported results. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; error margins are 4 points for the African American sample, and 6.5 points for non-Hispanic whites. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) of Media, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. First, do you think things in the District of Columbia are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

               Right     Wrong   Neither     No  
             direction   track    (vol.)   opinion
5/31/11         46         36       11        7
  White         54         30       10        6 
  Black         43         41        8        8
8/26/10         56         29        9        6
1/28/10         52         29       11        8  
1/8/08          56         31        8        5  
7/18/06         42         46        7        5
5/19/02         54         33        8        5
2/7/00          69         22        6        3
8/27/98*        47         46       NA        7
5/18/98         31         58        4        6
5/4/97          20         71        6        2
5/19/96         14         78       NA        2
2/29/96         16         80       NA        4
3/02/95         15         80       NA        5
12/21/93        11         83       NA        6
7/86            42         47       NA       12
*Among Democratic likely voters only.

2. What is the biggest problem facing the District today, the one you want the mayor to work the hardest to solve?

                                            --------------- Among RVs ----------------
                                    5/31/11 5/31/11  8/26/10  7/18/06  5/19/02  2/7/00                
Education/improving schools           25       26      34       24       18      17
ECONOMY NET                           22       23      26        5       14      12
 Jobs/employment/opportunities        16       16      18        3        9       7
 Economy/Econ development/
  improving quality of life/
  cost of living                       5        6       8        2        3       4
 Taxes                                 1        1       *        1        2       2
CITY GOVERNMENT NET                   13       15       4        2        3       6
 Improve city government/
  increase efficiency/less corrupt     6        7       2        1        3       4
 Balanced budget/improve finances      5        6       2        1        1       2
 The Mayor/issues involving the Mayor  1        1      NA       NA       NA      NA    
SERVICES NET                           5        6       2        5       11      17 
 Improving city services               3        4       2        4        8      14
 Improving soc. services/health care   2        2      NA        1        3       3
Crime/violence                        12       10      13       38       22      21
Traffic/parking problems               5        3       2        1        1       3
Want DC to be self-governing/
  representation in Congress/
  Congressional oversight              5        4       1        1        3       3
Housing costs/
  low income housing/
  more affordable housing              4        4       4       16       15       2
Poverty/homelessness                   2        2       2        2        2       3
Nothing                                *        *       0       NA        *       5
Other                                  4        3      10        3        7       8 
Don't know                             4        4       3        3        4       3

3. How would you rate the quality of life in Washington? Compared to other cities, would you say Washington is one of the best cities in the nation, above average, below average, or far below average?

          --One of best/Above--             -----Below/Far below----
                One of   Above    Average         Below   Far below      No
          NET    best    aver.     (vol.)   NET   aver.      aver.     opinion
5/31/11   66      24      42        21      10       9         2          3
  White   82      27      55        13       4       3         1          1
  Black   53      20      33        27      16      14         3          4
2/7/00    57      22      35        30      10       8         2          3
12/84     NA      30      32        27      NA       6         2          3

4. How interested are you in District government and city affairs: Very interested, fairly interested, not too interested or not interested at all?

           ------Interested-----    ------Not interested------     No
           NET    Very    Fairly    NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
5/31/11    79      35       45      20       12          8          1
  White    82      29       53      18       15          4          -
  Black    82      39       42      18        8          9          * 
12/21/93   76      32       44      23       14          9          1
2/2/92     85      46       39      15       10          5          *

5. How often would you say you attend public or political meetings, hearings or speeches dealing with District government or city affairs: Would you say very often, somewhat often, hardly ever or never?

          -------- Often --------   ------- Not often -------     No
          NET    Very    Somewhat   NET   Hardly ever   Never   opinion
5/31/11   29       7        22      71         34         37       *
  White   20       3        17      80         38         42       -
  Black   36       9        27      63         30         33       * 

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Vincent Gray is handling his job as Mayor? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or just somewhat?

              -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------    No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
5/31/11       41      10        31       40      26        14        20
  White       27       4        23       57      41        16        16 
  Black       51      15        36       27      16        11        22 
5/31/11 RV    40      11        29       43      27        16        17

Compare to Adrian Fenty: 

              -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------    No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
8/26/10 RV    47      15        32       46      19        27         8
1/28/10 RV    40      13        27       53      20        33         7
1/28/10       42      13        29       49      20        29         9
1/8/08 RV     72      31        41       22      11        11         6
1/8/08        72      32        40       21      11        10         7

Compare to Anthony Williams:

              -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------     No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
7/18/06 RV    54      20        34       40      16        24         6
5/19/02 RV    64      24        40       29      11        18         7
5/19/02       64      22        42       28      11        17         8
2/7/00        77      36        40       17       9         7         7

Compare to Marion Barry:

              -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------     No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
5/18/98       35      16        19       52      17        34        14
5/4/97        31      13        19       63      21        41         6
5/19/96       50      25        25       47      21        26         3
2/29/96       48      19        29       45      19        26         7
3/02/95       58      28        30       27      13        14        15
5/89          28      NA        NA       62      NA        NA        10
8/21/87       44      NA        NA       41      NA        NA        15
7/86          50      NA        NA       38      NA        NA        12

Compare to Sharon Pratt Kelly:

              -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------     No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
12/21/93      30       7        23       67      32        35         3
2/2/92        54      20        34       42      19        23         4

7. For each of the following people, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don’t know enough to say. Is that strongly or somewhat favorable/unfavorable?

5/31/11 – Summary table
                        ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------   No   
                        NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   op.
a. Vincent Gray         46       13         32      37       26         11      17
     White              30        4         25      57       45         12      13   
     Black              59       20         39      22       12         10      19
b. Adrian Fenty         54       24         31      35       14         22      10
     White              78       36         43      16       12          4       6
     Black              36       14         22      54       16         38      11  
c. Council Chairman 
   Kwame Brown          30        9         22      36       19         17      33
     White              20        1         19      43       23         21      37
     Black              40       15         24      32       17         15      28  
d. Schools Chancellor    
   Kaya Henderson       34       10         24      12        8          4      54
     White              34        7         27      10        8          2      56
     Black              33       12         21      13        8          5      54

Trend where available

a. Vincent Gray

               ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
               NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/31/11        46       13         32      37       26         11        17
5/31/11  RV    47       13         33      40       27         13        14
8/26/10  RV    60       27         32      16       12          5        24
1/28/10* RV    48       17         31      13        8          4        36
1/28/10*       43       16         27      13        8          5        44
1/8/08   RV    43       NA         NA      11       NA         NA        46
1/8/08         39       NA         NA       9       NA         NA        52
*District Council Chairman Vincent Gray

b. Adrian Fenty

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/31/11       54       24         31      35       14         22        10
5/31/11 RV    52       25         30      39       14         25         6
8/26/10 RV    51       17         34      42       17         24         7
7/18/06 RV    59       NA         NA      16       NA         NA        25

c-d no trend.

8. Please tell me whether the following statements apply to Mayor Gray, or not?

a. He understands the problems of people like you

            Yes   No   No opinion
5/31/11     52    36       12
  White     43    45       12
  Black     60    29       11
5/31/11*    54    36        9
*Based on registered voters who self-identify as Democrats 

Compare to: 
8/26/10**   61    16       23
**Based on registered Democrats 

b. He is honest and trustworthy

            Yes   No   No opinion
5/31/11     42    37       20
  White     38    48       14 
  Black     49    29       23
5/31/11*    45    38       16
*Based on registered voters who self-identify as Democrats 

Compare to: 
8/26/10**   61    13       26
**Based on registered Democrats 

9. Thinking back to when Adrian Fenty was in office, would you say you approve or disapprove of the way Fenty handled his job as mayor? Do you feel that way strongly or just somewhat?

              -------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------    No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
5/31/11       58      26        31       38      14        24         5
  White       81      37        44       17      11         6         2 
  Black       40      18        22       56      18        38         4  
5/31/11 RV    56      26        30       42      14        27         2
8/26/10 RV*   47      15        32       46      19        27         8
1/28/10 RV    40      13        27       53      20        33         7
1/28/10       42      13        29       49      20        29         9
1/8/08 RV     72      31        41       22      11        11         6
1/8/08        72      32        40       21      11        10         7
*8/26/10 and previous: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Adrian Fenty is handling… 

10. Generally speaking, how would you rate (INSERT)? Excellent, good, not so good or poor?

5/31/11 – Summary table
                                   - Excellent/Good -   -- Not Good/Poor --    No
                                   NET   Excel.  Good   NET  Not Good  Poor   opin.
a. The job that District 
   Police are doing                76      15     61    21       16      5      3
b. The quality of District parks    
   and recreation facilities       71      15     56    22       16      6      7
c. The job that District public 
   schools are doing               32       4     28    60       38     22      8
d. The job that the District 
   is doing to keep the streets 
   in good repair                  49       6     43    50       33     17      1

Trend:

a. The job that district police are doing
     
             --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
             NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/31/11      76      15     61     21      16       5       3
  White      81      13     68     15      15       1       3 
  Black      72      15     57     26      18       8       2 
1/28/10      73      12     61     25      17       8       2
1/8/08       61       8     53     37      27      10       2
7/18/06 RV   53       6     47     43      30      13       4
5/19/02      65       8     57     31      21      10       4
2/7/00       63       9     54     33      23      10       4
5/18/98      49       7     42     45      29      16       5
5/4/97       68      15     53     30      21       9       2
5/21/90      65      13     52     26      20       6       9

b. The quality of District parks and recreation facilities

             --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
             NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/31/11      71      15     56     22      16       6       7
  White      76      15     61     16      13       2       9   
  Black      68      16     52     26      17       8       7
1/28/10      65      11     54     28      19       8       7
7/18/06 RV   54       8     47     34      21      13      11
5/19/02      52       7     45     35      24      12      12
2/7/00       56       7     49     33      22      11      11
5/18/98      47       6     41     39      22      17      14
5/4/97       52       7     45     38      24      14       9
2/29/96      45       4     41     41      24      17      14
2/95         38       3     35     42      28      14      20
5/21/90      58      10     48     16      12       5      25

c. The job that district public schools are doing

             --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
             NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/31/11      32       4     28     60      38      22       8
  White      20       1     19     69      40      29      11  
  Black      40       5     35     54      38      16       6 
1/28/10      37       5     32     54      32      22       9
1/8/08       23       3     20     71      38      33       5
7/18/06 RV   15       1     14     78      35      43       7
5/19/02      26       3     24     59      35      23      15
2/7/00       32       3     28     56      33      23      12
5/18/98      18       3     16     70      30      39      12
5/4/97       18       2     16     74      35      39       8
5/21/90      38       7     31     36      23      13      26

d. The job that the district is doing to keep the streets in good repair         

             --Excellent/Good--    ---Not Good/Poor---     No
             NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
5/31/11      49       6     43     50      33      17       1
  White      50       2     48     48      33      15       1  
  Black      49       7     41     51      33      18       1 
1/8/08       46       8     38     53      33      20       1
7/18/06 RV   46       5     41     53      32      21       2
5/19/02 RV   43       4     39     56      34      22       1
5/19/02      43       4     39     55      33      22       2
2/7/00       32       3     29     65      35      31       3
5/18/98      21       2     19     78      34      44       2
5/4/97       18       2     16     81      32      49       1
2/29/96      22       2     20     76      26      50       2
2/95         25       2     23     69      30      39       6

11. These days, how safe from crime do you feel in your neighborhood? Would you say you feel very safe from crime, somewhat safe, not too safe, or not safe at all?

             -------Safe--------    --------Not safe--------     No
             NET  Very  Somewhat    NET  Not too  Not at all   opinion
5/31/11      82    26      55       18     13          5          *
  White      89    30      59       11      9          2          -
  Black      78    25      54       21     14          7          1  
1/28/10      79    27      52       21     15          6          * 
1/8/08       74    24      50       26     16         11          - 
7/18/06 RV   72    15      57       28     19          8          1  
5/19/02      74    27      47       25     16          9          *  
2/7/00       80    24      56       20     15          5          1  
5/18/98      67    15      52       32     20         12          *
12/93        57    11      47       43     23         20          -  

12. Do you think the U.S. Congress has (too much), (too little) or about the right amount of control over District affairs these days?

          Too much   Too little    About the right amount   No opinion
5/31/11      66          13                  16                  5
  White      77           5                  14                  3 
  Black      63          17                  14                  6

13. Do you believe that corruption is (a big problem) in the District government, (a small problem), or not a problem at all?

           Big problem   Small problem   Not a problem   No opinion
5/31/11         52             39               6             4
  White         50             46               1             3
  Black         52             35               9             4
12/21/93        57             36               3             4
2/2/92          44             45               7             4
5/90            65             28               4             3
5/89            74             20               3             3
8/87            67             23               5             5

14. What do you think is the MOST urgent health problem facing the District of Columbia TODAY?

                                                                               5/31/11
HIV/AIDS                                                                         36
Affordability of health care/health insurance                                    10
Not enough places to get care/not enough places that accept your coverage/
 poor quality of available care/access to health care                             7
Obesity, people being overweight/junk foods/lack of good nutrition                7
The uninsured                                                                     5
Drugs/drug addiction                                                              3
Elderly/seniors' issues/Medicare/aging population issues                          2
Diabetes                                                                          2
Heart disease/high blood pressure/hypertension                                    1
Cancer                                                                            1
STD's                                                                             1
Global warming/environmental health issues (water, pollution)                     1
Poverty                                                                           1
Other                                                                             4
Nothing                                                                           *
No opinion                                                                       13

On another topic…

15. Would you describe the state of the District’s economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

          --- Excellent/Good ---   --- Not so good/Poor ---     No      
          NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion
5/31/11   50        5        45    48        38         10       2
  White   71        8        63    26        23          2       3  
  Black   37        3        34    62        47         15       1 

16. All in all, how financially secure do you feel? Very secure, somewhat secure, somewhat insecure, or very insecure?

          ------ Secure -------   ----- Insecure ------     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
5/31/11   70     22       48      30       19       11       *
  White   86     33       53      13       11        3       *
  Black   61     15       46      39       22       17       *   

National comparison:
All in all, how financially secure do you feel? Very secure, somewhat secure, somewhat insecure, or very insecure? 

           ------ Secure -------   ----- Insecure ------     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
2/9/11     64     16       48      35       23       12       1
 Whites    67     17       50      32       22       11       *
 Blacks    65     16       49      34       21       13       1
2/22/09    57     12       45      43       28       15       *
9/14/08    64     16       48      35       22       12       1
9/7/08  RV 65     20       44      34       24       11       1
7/13/08    63     21       42      36       21       15       1

Feb. 2011 survey conducted by the Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University.

17. At any time within the last 12 months (INSERT), or not?

5/31/11 – Summary table                                                        (vol.)
                                                                       No      Don’t 
                                                          Yes   No   opinion   drive
a. Did you fall behind in paying your rent or mortgage    14    86      1       NA
     White                                                 2    97      1       NA
     Black                                                21    78      *       NA
b. Have you had problems with credit card debt or other 
   personal debt                                          21    79      -       NA
     White                                                 9    91      -       NA  
     Black                                                29    71      - 
c. Have you had problems paying for food                  16    84      *       NA
     White                                                 3    97      -       NA 
     Black                                                23    77      *       NA    
d. Have you had any problems paying for gas               19    74      *        6
     White                                                 3    92      *        5    
     Black                                                30    62      *        8

18. How would you rate the District in terms of the career opportunities available for the young people you know? Would you say it provides these young people with excellent, good, not so good or poor career opportunities?

          --- Excellent/Good ---   --- Not so good/Poor ---     No      
          NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion
5/31/11   54       15        39    41        25         16       5
  White   70       24        46    24        19          5       6         
  Black   40       10        30    56        31         25       4   

19. Overall, how would you rate your neighborhood as a place to live: excellent, good, not-so-good, or poor?

           --- Excellent/Good ---   --- Not so good/Poor ---     No      
           NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion 
5/31/11    87      40         47    13         9          4       -
   White   97      63         35     3         3          *       -
   Black   80      24         56    20        14          6       -
1/28/10    79      34         46    21        14          6       *
   White   94      56         38     6         5          1       *
   Black   71      21         51    28        19          9       *
2/29/96    78      23         55    21        13          8       1
12/21/93   72      21         51    27        20          7       1        
2/88*      56      18         38    43        28         15       *
*“fair” instead of “not so good.”

20. In recent years, has your neighborhood gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?

              Gotten     Gotten    Stayed about      No 
              better     worse       the same       opin.
5/31/11         46          6           46            1
   White        53          3           44            1
   Black        43          9           46            2
1/28/10         42          9           46            3
   White        46          6           44            4
   Black        38         12           48            1
5/19/02         40         14           44            2
2/7/00          37         11           49            3
2/29/96         17         24           53            6
12/93           13         31           51            5
2/88            18         27           52            3

21. Are you currently renting the place where you now live, or do you own it?

                             Other/something     No
             Renting   Own      else (vol.)    opinion
5/31/11         49     47            4            -
   White        40     57            3            -
   Black        53     43            4            -
1/8/08          44     53            3            * 
   White        32     67            1            -
   Black        51     45            3            *
1/8/08  RV      38     59            2            * 
7/18/06 RV      43     55            2            *

22. If you had to move today, do you think you could (buy a home/ find a rental) in the District that you would like and could afford, or do you think you would have to move to the suburbs to find something you would like and could afford?

            Could find something    Would have to      No
                 in District       move to suburbs   opinion
5/31/11               48                  48            4
   White              69                  29            2
   Black              35                  60            5
1/8/08                47                  49            4
   White              69                  29            3
   Black              33                  62            5
1/8/08 RV             47                  49            4
7/18/06 RV            44                  50            6

23. (IF RENTING) If you were looking to buy a home, do you think you could find something in the District that you would like and could afford, or do you think you would have to move to the suburbs to find that?

            Could find something    Would have to      No
                 in District       move to suburbs   opinion
5/31/11               31                  66            4
   White              30                  65            5
   Black              33                  63            4
1/8/08                25                  71            4
   White              25                  68            7
   Black              29                  68            3
1/8/08 RV             29                  67            4
7/18/06 RV            24                  70            6

24. As you may know, 'gentrification' is the process in which developers or higher income families buy and fix up homes or apartment buildings in working class city neighborhoods. Some say (this type of redevelopment is good because it may draw new businesses to the area, increase home values and encourage higher income residents to move into the neighborhood). Others say (this type of redevelopment is bad because it may cause rents and property taxes to increase, and force lower income residents to move out of the neighborhood.) In general, would you say this kind of redevelopment is mainly a good thing or mainly a bad thing?

          Mainly   Mainly   Neither    Both      No
           Good     Bad     (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion 
5/31/11     54       33        4         5        4
   White    79        9        3         4        5
   Black    37       51        4         5        3
5/19/02     55       34        2         6        3
   White    76       15        2         5        3
   Black    45       44        2         6        3

25. Is this kind of redevelopment happening in your own neighborhood, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin. 
5/31/11     56      43         1
   White    49      50         1         
   Black    64      34         1         
5/19/02     48      50         2
   White    43      55         2         
   Black    49      49         2         

26. (IF YES) Thinking about your own personal housing situation, is the redevelopment in your neighborhood mainly a good thing for you or mainly a bad thing for you?

          Mainly   Mainly   Neither    Both      No
           Good     Bad     (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion 
5/31/11     71      21         4         2        1
   White    88       9         2         -        *
   Black    64      26         5         2        2
5/19/02     65      25         5         4        1
   White    76      18         4         1        -
   Black    61      28         5         5        2

27. As you may know, recent Census numbers show the District is no longer a majority black city. Do you think this shift has changed the culture of the city, or not?

            Yes     No     No opinion
5/31/11     64      31         4
   White    53      41         6         
   Black    73      24         3         

27a. (IF YES) Is that a change for the better or a change for the worse?

                            Neither     Both      No
           Better   Worse    (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion 
5/31/11      41      28        17         6        8
   White     37      20        28         7        8
   Black     44      33        10         6        8

27/27a NET

         ----------Yes, has changed culture--------     No, not    No
         NET  Better  Worse  Both  Neither  No opin.    Changed   opin
5/31/11  64     26     18      4     11        6          31        4
  White  53     19     10      4     15        6          41        6
  Black  73     32     24      4      7        6          24        3   

Now I’d like to ask you some questions about DC public schools…

28. How would you rate the job the DC public schools are doing in (INSERT): excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

5/31/11 – Summary table

                          --- Excellent/Good ---   --- Not so good/Poor ---     No      
                          NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion 
a. Preparing students 
   for college            27         5       22    62        40         22      11
     White                12         1       11    73        46         27      15 
     Black                37         7       30    55        37         19       8   

b. Helping students get 
   the skills they need 
   to be competitive in 
   the job market         28         5       24    62        40         22      10
     White                15         1       14    71        46         25      14       
     Black                36         6       31    57        36         21       7    

29. From what you know or have heard, what is the reputation of the local public schools in your neighborhood: mostly good, mixed, or mostly bad?

             Mostly good   Mixed   Mostly bad   No opinion
5/31/11           32         37        26            5
  White           31         36        28            5
  Black           30         39        25            5
5/31/11 RV        32         38        26            5
7/18/06 RV        32         38        25            4

30. Do you think DC's charter schools are generally (better) than the average public school, generally (worse) than the average public school, or are they about the same?

             Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
5/31/11        41        7     42         9
  White        42        9     37        12 
  Black        43        7     44         7
5/31/11 RV     40        8     43         9
7/18/06 RV     37        8     43        12

31. Do you favor or oppose using federal money in the form of vouchers to help send low-income students in the District to private or parochial school?

           Favor   Oppose   No opinion
5/31/11     64       31          5  
  White     56       39          5  
  Black     71       25          4
Compare to:
8/27/98*    45       46          9
*Among Democratic likely voters only.

32. Thinking back to when Michelle Rhee served as Chancellor of the D.C. public schools, would you say you approve or disapprove of the way Rhee handled her job as school chancellor?

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/31/11   55       29         26      35       13         22        10
  White   76       44         32      17        7         10         7
  Black   40       18         21      51       18         33        10 
8/26/10*  44       23         22      38       12         26        17
  White   67       38         29      16       10          6        17   
  Black   27       12         15      58       14         44        15 
1/28/10   43       21         22      44       15         29        13
1/8/08    59       27         32      29       14         15        12
*8/26/10 and previous: Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Michelle Rhee is handling …

33. Generally speaking, do you think race relations in the District are excellent, good, not so good or poor?

           --- Excellent/Good ---   --- Not so good/Poor ---     No      
           NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion 
5/31/11    54       4         50    44        33         11       3
   White   60       4         56    38        32          6       2
   Black   49       4         46    47        34         13       4
 

34. Looking back over the last 10 years, do you think the quality of life for people in (INSERT) Washington has gotten (better), gotten (worse), or stayed about the same?

a. Northwest 
                            About the     No
           Better   Worse     same      opinion 
5/31/11      55       5        32          7
   White     61       1        35          3
   Black     53       7        30         10

b. Southeast 
                            About the     No
           Better   Worse     same      opinion 
5/31/11      35      20        31         15
   White     35      14        30         21
   Black     37      22        30         11

c. Northeast
                            About the     No
           Better   Worse     same      opinion 
5/31/11      44      10        33         13
   White     53       7        22         18
   Black     39      12        40         10

d. Southwest
                            About the     No
           Better   Worse     same      opinion 
5/31/11      45       8        27         20
   White     50       4        22         24
   Black     43      11        30         17

35. How important do you think it is that DC have an African American mayor – very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?

           --- Important ----    ----- Not important ------     No
           NET   Very   Smwht    NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
5/31/11    45     18      27     54      22          32          1
  White    33      8      25     67      24          43          -
  Black    54     26      28     45      19          25          1

Compare to:
8/27/98*   52     26      27     46      22          23          2
*Among Democratic likely voters only.
 

36. How important do you think it is that a majority of the city council’s members be African-American — very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?

           --- Important ----    ----- Not important ------     No
           NET   Very   Smwht    NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
5/31/11    41     11      30     57      30          27          1
  White    24      3      21     74      37          37          1
  Black    57     19      38     43      23          20          1
5/19/02    67     32      35     32      18          14          1
  White    55     16      39     44      25          19          2
  Black    74     40      34     24      14          10          1

Compare to:
8/27/98*   57     20      37     41      25          16          2
*Among Democratic likely voters only

37. Would you describe the people of the District as (mainly unified), or (mainly divided by things like race or income)?

          Mainly     Mainly divided       No 
          unified   by race or income   opinion
5/31/11     19             76              5
  White     15             80              5
  Black     21             74              5

38. (IF DIVIDED ON RACE AND INCOME) Would you say the District is mainly divided (by race) or mainly divided (between rich and poor)?

          Race   Rich and poor   Both (vol.)   Other (vol.)   No opinion
5/31/11    15          74             10             *             1
  White    12          79              8             -             1
  Black    13          74             11             *             1

37/38 NET

                    ------------- Mainly divided --------------  
          Mainly                 Rich and   Both    Something       No 
          unified   NET   Race     poor     (vol)   else/No op.   opinion
5/31/11     19      76     11       56        7         1            5
  White     15      80      9       63        6         1            5
  Black     21      74     10       55        8         1            5

39/40. Thinking about the past few years in D.C., have you personally felt discriminated against because of your race or not? (IF YES) Has that happened often, occasionally or rarely?

          ------------ Yes ------------          No   
          NET   Often   Occas.   Rarely   No   opinion
5/31/11   26      6       11        8     74      1
  White   18      1        7       10     82      -
  Black   29      9       14        6     70      1

Moving on to health care…

41. What is your main source of health insurance coverage today, if any?

                                      5/31/11  White  Black
Private insurance through an employer 
 or that you bought on your own         65      91     47 
Medicare                                12       6     17
Medicaid or DC Healthy Families         11       *     19
DC Alliance                              2       -      3
The VA or other government program       3       1      6 
Or none, you are uninsured               6       2      6 
No opinion                               1       1      1

42. Today, what kind of place, if any, do you usually go to when you are sick or when you need advice about your health? Is it…?

                                       5/31/11  White  Black
A private doctor's office                65      80     58 
A neighborhood clinic or health center
 or clinic at a hospital                 22       6     29
A retail clinic at a place like CVS      
 or Walgreens                             1       2      *
A hospital emergency room                 6       2      8 
Or do you have no usual source of care    6       9      4 
University/student health center (vol.)   *       *      *
No opinion                                *       *      *

43. In general, would you say your health is excellent, very good, good, only fair, or poor?

          ---- Excellent/very good/good ----   --- Only fair/poor ---     No
          NET   Excellent   Very good   Good   NET   Only fair   Poor   opinion
5/31/11   87        31          28       27    13        10        3       * 
  White   96        45          35       16     4         3        1       * 
  Black   80        21          25       34    20        15        5       *    

44. At any time within the last 12 months (INSERT), or not?

5/31/11 – Summary table

                                         Yes   No   No opinion
a. Did you delay getting care, tests, 
   or treatments that you or a health 
   care provider believed necessary 
   because you couldn’t afford it        13    87       * 
     White                                7    93       -   
     Black                               15    84       *  

b. Did you or another family member in   
   your household have any problems 
   paying medical bills                  12    88       *
     White                                6    94       - 
     Black                               16    83       1 

KFF National comparison*:
3/13/11                                  23    77       *

*KFF national survey fielded March 8-13, 2011.

45. When was the last time you visited a dentist or dental clinic for any reason, including visits to dental specialists or orthodontists – was that within the past year, between 1 and 2 years ago, from 2 to 5 years ago, or more than 5 years ago?

          Within the    Between 1 and 2   From 2 to 5    More than      No
          past year        years ago       years ago    5 years ago   opinion
5/31/11       68               14               9             8          *
  White       80               11               8             1          -
  Black       59               17              11            12          * 

46. How serious a problem, if at all, is the issue of HIV-AIDS in your local community today: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not a problem at all?

          ------ Problem ------   -------- Not serious --------     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not a problem   opinion
5/31/11   59     39       20      30       15           15          10
  White   50     27       23      42       22           20           9 
  Black   68     50       17      21       10           11          11   

47. How often would you say the subject of HIV/AIDS comes up in discussions with your family and friends? Often, sometimes, rarely or never?

           --- Often/sometimes ---   --- Rarely/never ---     No
           NET   Often   Sometimes   NET   Rarely   Never   opinion
5/31/11    40      15       24       60      36       24       *
  White    26       7       19       74      46       28       -  
  Black    49      21       27       51      29       22       *

KFF National comparison:
5/1/11*    23       6       17       77      41       36       *

*National comparison on this and following items to Kaiser Family Foundation survey conducted April 4 through May 1, 2011. 

48. Bearing in mind the different ways people can be infected with HIV—how concerned are you PERSONALLY about becoming infected with HIV? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?

          ----- Concerned -----   ----- Not concerned ------   Already have    No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all    HIV (vol.)   opinion
5/31/11   29     17       12      70       22         49            *           *
  White   10      2        9      90       22         68            -           -    
  Black   44     29       15      55       22         33            1           * 

KFF National comparison*
5/1/11*   31     18       13      68       21         47            *          1

49. How concerned are you about an immediate family member becoming infected with HIV? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?

          
          ----- Concerned -----   ----- Not concerned ------   Already have     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all    HIV (vol.)    opinion
5/31/11   40     26       14      59       22         37            *            *
  White    8      1        7      91       31         61            *            *   
  Black   65     44       21      34       15         20            *            * 

KFF National comparison*
5/1/11*   45     24       21      54       24         30            *            1

50. Please tell me whether you think each of the following statements about HIV and AIDS is true or false – OR if you don't know whether it's true or false.

                                              True   False   No opinion
a. A pregnant woman who has HIV can take 
   certain drugs to reduce the risk of 
   her baby being born infected                69      17        14
     White                                     76      11        13
     Black                                     65      21        14  

b. There is a vaccine available to prevent 
   people from becoming infected with HIV      12      77        11
     White                                      3      91         6
     Black                                     21      65        14

c. Magic Johnson has been cured of AIDS        12      76        12
     White                                      2      90         7
     Black                                     21      67        12 

KFF National comparison 5/1/11*
                                              True   False   No opinion
a. A pregnant woman who has HIV can take 
   certain drugs to reduce the risk of 
   her baby being born infected                53      26         21

b. There is a vaccine available to prevent 
   people from becoming infected with HIV      11      76         13

c. Magic Johnson has been cured of AIDS         9      74         18

51. In general, how comfortable would you be, personally, working with someone who has HIV or AIDS?: Very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable, or very uncomfortable?

           ---- Comfortable ----   --- Uncomfortable ---    Does not        No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   apply (vol.)   opinion
5/31/11    81     55       26      18       11        6         *            1
  White    91     71       19       9        7        1         *            * 
  Black    76     47       29      22       13        9         1            1  

KFF National comparison*
5/1/11*    78     49       29      18       11        7         NA          3

52. Do you personally know anyone who now has AIDS, has died from AIDS, or has tested positive for HIV?

           Yes   No   No opinion
5/31/11    58    41        1
  White    54    45        1 
  Black    65    34        1  

KFF National comparison*
5/1/11*    41    58        *

Question 53 held for release.

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