Washington Post Poll

The Washington Post
Updated: Friday, Nov. 16 with questions 9; and 26 to 35.
Originally published Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007

Oct. 26: Marylanders Lean Left on Gay Marriage, Death Penalty

Oct. 24: Majority for Slots in Md. Increases

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone October 18-22, 2007, among a random sample of 1,103 adults in the state of Maryland, including additional interviews with adults living in the City of Baltimore (total=163) and Prince George's County (total=198). The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. What is the single biggest issue facing Maryland today?

                            MD           VA
                         10/22/07     10/8/07                    
Taxes/budget NET           21            9
   Taxes                   14            7
   State budget/deficit     7            2
Crime                      14            5      
Education                  11            8           
Economy/jobs                9           13              
Health care                 7            6                
Environment                 5            3             
Transportation/
 traffic/roads and 
 transit                    4           21
Drugs                       3            *
Immigration/illegal 
 immigration                3            7       
Slot machines               3           NA
Housing/mortgages/                     
 affordable housing         2            3             
Energy issues/gas                         
 prices                     2            2             
Growth/Over 
 Development                2            *
Ethics/honesty/                         
 corruption in                         
 government                 1            2
Guns/Gun control            1            1                
Iraq/War in Iraq            1            4         
Abortion                    *            *       
Terrorism/national 
 Security                   *            *
Other                       5            7
None                        1            *
DK/No opinion               7            9

2. (IF GAVE ISSUE, Q1) Is there another issue that's almost as important?

                            MD           VA
                         10/22/07     10/8/07                    
Education                  11            9           
Crime                       8            5      
Economy/jobs                8            7              
Health care                 8            7                
Taxes                       7            7
Environment                 6            4             
Transportation/
 traffic/roads and 
 transit                    5           12
Energy issues/gas                         
 prices                     3            2             
Housing/mortgages/                     
 affordable housing         3            3             
Immigration/illegal 
 immigration                3            6       
Drugs                       2            1
Growth/Over 
 Development                2            *
Iraq/War in Iraq            2            4         
Slot machines/
 gambling                   2           NA
State budget/deficit        2            1 
Abortion                    1            1       
Ethics/honesty/                         
 corruption in                         
 government                 1            1              
Guns/Gun control            1            *                
Terrorism/national 
 Security                   *            1
Other                       5            6
None                        9            2
DK/No opinion              12           19

Q1/Q2 NET Top 1 or 2 issues

                            MD           VA
                         10/22/07     10/8/07                    
Taxes/budget NET            29          15
   Taxes                    21          13
   State budget/deficit      9           2 
Crime                       21          10      
Education                   21          15           
Economy/jobs                16          20              
Health care                 14          13                
Environment                 10           7             
Transportation/
 traffic/roads and 
 transit                     8          31
Drugs                        5           1
Energy issues/gas                         
 prices                      5           4             
Housing/mortgages/                     
 affordable housing          5           5             
Immigration/illegal 
 immigration                 5          13       
Growth/Over 
 Development                 4           1
Slot machines/
 gambling                    4          NA
Ethics/honesty/                         
 corruption in                         
 government                  3           3              
Iraq/War in Iraq             3           8         
Abortion                     1           1       
Guns/Gun control             1           1                
Terrorism/national 
 Security                    *           1
Other                        9          12
None                         9           2
DK/No opinion                7           9

3. Do you think things in the state of Maryland are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

                 Right direction     Wrong track     No opinion
10/22/07 All           46                47                7  
10/22/07 RV            45                48                7  
10/26/06 LV            57                39                5
6/25/06  RV            44                50                6
1/7/04   RV            56                36                8 
1/7/04   All           57                35                9 
10/24/02 LV            42                51                7
10/22/98 LV            54                36               10
6/17/98  All           53                34               13
6/17/98  LV            56                32               11
12/19/93 All           33                56               11

4. Generally speaking, how would you rate the overall economy of Maryland: excellent, good, not-so-good or poor?

             ----Excellent/Good----     ----Not so good/Poor----      No
             NET   Excellent   Good     NET    Not so good  Poor     opin.
10/22/07     64        6        58      35         24        10        1 
1/7/04       63        4        59      36         28         8        1                  
10/24/02 LV  57        3        54      42         33         9        1
10/22/98 LV  76        8        67      23         18         4        2
6/17/98      75        8        67      23         17         6        3 
6/17/98  LV  78       10        68      20         16         4        2

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Martin O'Malley is handling his job as governor? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

              ---------Approve---------    --------Disapprove-------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
10/22/07 All  53       12         40       36       18         19       11 
10/22/07 RV   51       13         38       39       17         22       11 

Compare to:

Bob Ehrlich:

              ---------Approve---------    --------Disapprove-------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin. 
10/26/06 LV   55       30         25       42       19         23        3
6/25/06  RV   56       21         36       41       21         20        3
1/7/04   RV   64       23         41       29       17         12        8
1/7/04   All  62       21         42       28       17         11       10    

Parris Glendening:

              ---------Approve---------    -------Disapprove-------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
10/24/02 LV   37        9         29       58       22         37        4
10/22/98 LV   54       16         38       40       21         19        6
6/17/98  ALL  55       13         42       32       17         15       14
6/17/98  LV   55       14         41       36       19         18        9

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way O'Malley is handling the issue of the state budget and taxes?

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
10/22/07        40           49             10 

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Maryland state legislature is doing its job? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

              ---------Approve---------   --------Disapprove-------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
10/22/07 All  49        8         41      43       20         22        9 
10/22/07 RV   46        6         40      46       21         24        9 

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07 All   44       NA         NA      44       NA         NA       12 
10/8/07 RV    43       NA         NA      46       NA         NA       10    

8. How much would you say O'Malley has accomplished in his first year as governor: a lot, a fair amount, some, or not much?

              --- A lot/Fair amt ---     --- Some/Not much ---       No 
              NET   A lot   Fair amt     NET   Some   Not much     opinion
10/22/07 All  31      4        26        65     31       33           4
10/22/07 RV   28      3        25        67     32       35           4

Compare to:

How much would you say Ehrlich has accomplished in his first term as governor: a lot, a fair amount, some, or not much?

              ---A Lot/Fair Amount---     ----Some/Not Much----      No
              NET   A lot   Fair amt.     NET   Some   Not much     opin.
10/26/06 LV   51      14       37         47     28       19          1
6/25/06  RV   48       8       40         51     30       21          2
1/7/04   RV*  49       6       43         47     29       18          4
1/7/04   All* 50       7       43         45     28       17          4

*In Jan. 04, asked "in his first year"

9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ben Cardin is handling his job as U.S. Senator?

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
10/22/07       52            24              24  

Compare to Virginia:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way James Webb is handling his job as U.S. Senator?

 
             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
10/8/07         50           27              22

10. How fair do you think the Maryland state tax system is? Overall, would you say that the tax system is - very fair, moderately fair, not too fair, or not fair at all?

             --------- Fair --------      -------- Not fair --------      No
             NET   Very   Moderately      NET   Not too   Not at all     opin.
10/22/07     55      5        50          44       28         16           1 

11. As you may know, the state projects a $1.7 billion budget deficit next year. Overall do you think the budget situation is a big problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem or not a problem for the people of Maryland today?

             ----- Problem -----      ----- No Problem -----        No
             NET   Big   Somewhat     NET   Not much     Not     opinion
10/22/07     93    59       34         6        3         3          1 

12. To close the deficit, O'Malley has proposed allowing some slot-machines in the state, increasing the state sales tax and cigarette tax and reducing property taxes. The plan would also raise income taxes on people with high incomes while lowering income taxes on others. In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the governor's plan?

             Satisfied     Dissatisfied     No opinion
10/22/07        51              46               3 

13. From what you know, if this plan passes, do you think you and your immediate family would generally pay (more), (less), or about the same amount in taxes as you pay now?

             Pay more     Pay less     Pay same amount     No opinion
10/22/07        45           14              37                 4

14. The new plan uses revenue increases to help reduce the deficit. For each of the following, please say if you favor or oppose the proposal.

a. Raising the top rates of the state income tax paid by people with high incomes

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion   
10/22/07      62         36             2  

b. Increasing the state sales tax from five percent to six percent

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion   
10/22/07      29         71             *

c. Extending the state sales tax to services that are not currently taxed, such as health clubs, and tanning salons

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion   
10/22/07      57         41             2 

d. Raising the tax on cigarettes from one dollar to two dollars a pack

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion   
10/22/07      69         30             1

e. Raising the state income taxes paid by corporations from seven to eight percent

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion   
10/22/07      66         31             3

f. Allowing slot-machine gambling at a limited number of race-tracks and other locations in Maryland. Do you favor/oppose strongly or somewhat?

              ------- Favor -------      ------- Oppose ------       No   
              NET   Strongly   Smwht     NET   Smwht   Strongly     opin.
10/22/07      68       44       24       30     10        21          2 

15. Do you think the governor's plan would make the state tax system generally (more fair), (less fair), or wouldn't it make much difference?

             More fair     Less fair     Wouldn't make much diff.     No opin.
10/22/07        31            27                    40                    2

16. The governor has called a special session of the legislature to consider the new plan. If the governor and the legislature do not agree on a deficit reduction package during this special session, how concerned are you that (ITEM) - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?

a. the state will cancel plans to provide additional new money to the public schools

             --- Concerned ---      --- Not Concerned ---        No
             NET   Very   Smwht     NET   Not too   At all     opinion
10/22/07     83     65     18       16       10        6          1

b. the state will make cuts in other state programs, such as higher education and health care for lower-income residents

             --- Concerned ---      --- Not Concerned ---        No
             NET   Very   Smwht     NET   Not too   At all     opinion
10/22/07     85     64     21       15       10        5          *

c. The state will have to raise taxes significantly

             --- Concerned ---      --- Not Concerned ---        No
             NET   Very   Smwht     NET   Not too   At all     opinion
10/22/07     89     62     27       10        8        2          1

d. the state government won't be able to get other important things done

             --- Concerned ---      --- Not Concerned ---        No
             NET   Very   Smwht     NET   Not too   At all     opinion
10/22/07     77     41     35       22       15        7          2

e. the state will cut funding to county governments

             --- Concerned ---      --- Not Concerned ---        No
             NET   Very   Smwht     NET   Not too   At all     opinion
10/22/07     76     40     36       22       16        6          1

17. (IF FAVORS SLOT MACHINES, Q14F) Would you favor or oppose allowing slot-machine gambling in the county where you live?

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion
10/22/07      85         14             1          

Q14/Q17 NET:

             ----------Favor Overall------------   
                   Favor in      Oppose in   No
             NET  home county   home county  op.   Oppose    No opinion
10/22/07      68      58            10        1      30          2

18. (IF OPPOSES SLOT MACHINES, Q14F) What is the main reason you oppose allowing slot machines in Maryland?

 
                                 10/22/07
Gambling becomes an addiction/
 brings out worst in people         19
Gambling is wrong/immoral           18
Crime/bad element/degrades area     17
Hurts the poor/bad for people
 with low incomes                   17
Bad way to solve budget deficit      8
Corruption                           3
Not a good source of revenue         3
Traffic/traffic congestion           *
Other                               13
No opinion                           1

19. In the past two years, have you ever gone to Delaware, Pennsylvania or West Virginia to play the slot machines, or not?

             Yes     No     No opinion
10/22/07     24      76           0 

Compare to:

In the past two years, have you ever gone to Delaware or West Virginia to play the slot machines, or not?

             Yes     No     No opinion
1/07/04      23      77          0

20. If there were slot machines here in Maryland, do you think you would play: often, sometimes, hardly ever or never?

             -------- Play --------      ------- Won't play ------        No
             NET   Often   Sometimes     NET   Hardly ever   Never     opinion
10/22/07     34      7         27        66         23         43         *   
1/07/04      32      7         25        68         27         41         0 

21. Would you favor or oppose raising Maryland's gasoline tax by 10 cents a gallon, if the money is used for transportation projects such as building roads, traffic management or public transportation?

             Favor     Oppose     Depends on project (vol.)     No opinion
10/22/07      37         60                  3                        * 

Compare to:

Would you support or oppose raising Virginia's 17.5 cent gasoline tax, if the money is used for transportation projects such as building roads, traffic management or public transportation?

              Support     Oppose     No opinion
9/9/05 RV       36          63             1

22. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you favor or oppose a state law that would allow gay and lesbian couples to legally form civil unions, giving them some of the legal rights of married couples?

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion
10/22/07 All   57        39             4
10/22/07 RV    56        40             4
6/25/06 RV     50        47             3
1/7/04 RV      44        51             5
1/7/04 ALL     44        51             5

Compare to national:

Do you think homosexual couples should or should not be allowed to form legally recognized civil unions, giving them the legal rights of married couples in areas such as health insurance, inheritance and pension coverage?

-------- Should ------- ------ Should not -----
                
          NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly No Opinion           
6/4/06    45      28        17      48       7        41         7
3/7/04    51      32        19      46       9        37         3 
2/22/04   45      30        16      48       7        41         7   
1/18/04   46      NA        NA      51      NA        NA         4              
9/7/03    40      NA        NA      51      NA        NA         9

23. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you favor or oppose a state law that would allow gay and lesbian couples to get married?

             Favor     Oppose     No opinion
10/22/07 All   44        51             5
10/22/07 RV    45        50             5
6/25/06 RV     42        56             3
1/7/04 RV      35        58             7
1/7/04 ALL     35        58             7

Compare to national:

Do you think it should be legal or illegal for homosexual couples to get married?

               -------- Legal -------    ------- Illegal -------     
No            
               NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly   No Opinion      
6/4/06         36      24        13      58       7        51         5
8/28/05*       39      NA        NA      58      NA        NA         3
8/29/04 RV     32      18        14      62      10        52         5
3/7/04         38      24        14      59      11        48         3
2/22/04        39      25        13      55       6        49         6
1/18/04        41      NA        NA      55      NA        NA         4         
9/7/03         37      NA        NA      55      NA        NA         7
*"gay and lesbian couples"

24. On another subject, do you favor or oppose the death penalty for people convicted of murder?

            Favor     Oppose     No opinion
10/22/07      60        35             5

Compare to national:

Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?

            Favor     Oppose     No opinion
6/3/07*       62        32             6
6/25/06       65        32             3
6/26/05       66        32             2
4/24/05       65        29             6
1/20/03       64        31             5
5/5/02        65        26             9
4/24/01       63        28             9
6/18/00       63        27            10
1/16/00       64        27             9
2/9/99*       71        22             7
8/16/98       69        27             4
8/5/96        77        19             4
1/4/95        74        19             7
9/7/94**      80        16             4
4/26/92***    75        19             6
9/11/88+      79        16             5
1/13/86+      70        22             8
11/18/85+     75        17             8
12/18/82      76        19             6
1/30/82       69        19            12
5/20/81       73        20             8
2/2/81*       66        25             9

*Post/Kaiser/Harvard national poll
+Kaiser/Harvard/NPR national poll
**Gallup: "Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?"
***Oppose added

25. Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder: (the death penalty) or (life in prison with no chance of parole)?

            Death Penalty     Life     No opinion
10/22/07         43            52           5

Compare to National:

6/25/06          50            46           5
6/26/05          51            46           3
1/20/03          49            45           6
5/5/02           46            43          11
4/24/01          46            45           9
1/16/00          48            43          10
2/9/99*          56            38           6
*Gallup

26. Now thinking about recent immigrants who have come to the U.S. to live and work in the past ten years or so. How many recent immigrants would you say live in your part of Maryland - many, some, only a few or none?

            --- Many/Some ---     --- Few/None ---
            NET   Many   Some     NET   Few   None     No opinion 
10/22/07    81     56     25      16    13      2            3 

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07     86     62     24      12    11      1            2 

27. (IF RECENT IMMIGRANTS, Q26) Generally speaking, have the recent immigrants in your area made it a (better) place to live, or a (worse) place to live?

            Better     Worse     No difference (vol.)     No opinion
10/22/07      34        27              34                      4

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07       31        31              32                      5

28. Which comes closer to your own views - (immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents), or (immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing, and health care)?

            Strengthen     Burden     No opinion
10/22/07        51           42             7

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07         48           46             7
8/2/04*         47           47             6
*Kaiser/Harvard/NPR national poll

29. How about ILLEGAL immigrants? Is illegal immigration a problem in your part of the state, or not? IF PROBLEM: is it a very serious problem or only somewhat serious?

             ------ Problem ------
             NET   Very   Somewhat     Not a problem     No opinion
10/22/07     49     25       24              40               11        

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07      51     20       32              38               11        

30. In dealing with the issue of illegal immigration, do you think the FEDERAL government has (gone too far), has done about the right amount, or (has not gone far enough)?

             Gone        Has not gone       Has done          No  
            too far       far enough      right amount     opinion    
10/22/07      15              68               15             3

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07       11              69               16             4

31. Overall how much do you want the STATE and LOCAL governments to do to deal with the issue of illegal immigration - a lot, some, not much or not at all?

             --- A Lot/Some ---     --- Not much/At all ---        No
             NET   A lot   Some     NET   Not much   At all     opinion 
10/22/07     85     53      32      13        7         7          2 

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07      87     53      34      12        6         6          1 

32. How closely are you following the 2008 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

              ----- Closely ------     ----- Not closely ------      No
              NET    Very    Smwt.     NET    Not too    At all    opinion 
10/22/07      70      24      46       30        20        10         *

Compare to Virginia:

10/8/07       74      30      44       26        16        10         *

Compare to national:

9/30/07       69      21      48       30        21        10         * 

08DEM1/1a. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) If the 2008 Democratic presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were: (Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, or Mike Gravel), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE
                      MD           VA         Nat'l
                   10/22/07     10/8/07     9/30/07*
Hillary Clinton       48          49          53
Barack Obama          29          25          20
John Edwards           8          11          13
Joe Biden              3           3           2
Bill Richardson        2           3           3
Dennis Kucinich        1           1           1
Mike Gravel            *           *           0
Chris Dodd             0           *           *
Other (vol.)           *           0           *   
None of 
 these (vol.)          3           1           4
Would not             
 vote (vol.)           1           *           1 
No opinion             5           5           2

*Washington Post-ABC News national poll

08REP1/1a. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) If the 2008 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were: (Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, or Fred Thompson), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE:

 
                         MD           VA         Nat'l
                      10/22/07     10/8/07     9/30/07*
Rudy Giuliani            39          34          34
John McCain              18          20          12
Fred Thompson            14          19          17
Mitt Romney              10           9          11
Ron Paul                  4           2           3
Mike Huckabee             2           2           8
Tom Tancredo              2           1           1
Duncan Hunter             *           2           2
Sam Brownback            NA           1           1
Other (vol.)              *           *           *
None of these (vol.)      4           4           4
Would not vote (vol.)     2           2           1
No opinion                5           5           8

33. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Democratic candidates do you think (ITEM)?

a. has the best chance of getting elected president in November 2008

                      MD           VA
                   10/22/07     10/8/07   
Hillary Clinton       67           65        
Barack Obama          12           15        
John Edwards           8            8        
Bill Richardson        1            1         
Joe Biden              1            1         
Mike Gravel            1            0         
Chris Dodd             *            *         
Dennis Kucinich        0            0         
Other (vol.)           1            *         
None of 
 these (vol.)          2            *         
No opinion             8            9         

b. is closest to you on the issues

                      MD           VA
                   10/22/07     10/8/07   
Hillary Clinton       42           45        
Barack Obama          29           27        
John Edwards           9           11        
Joe Biden              3            3         
Bill Richardson        2            2         
Dennis Kucinich        2            2         
Chris Dodd             *            *         
Mike Gravel            *            *         
Other (vol.)           1            *         
None of  
 these (vol.)          2            1         
No opinion            10            7         

c. is the strongest leader

                      MD           VA
                   10/22/07     10/8/07   
Hillary Clinton       58           59        
Barack Obama          21           19        
John Edwards           5            7        
Joe Biden              3            2         
Bill Richardson        1            1         
Chris Dodd             1            1         
Dennis Kucinich        *            1         
Mike Gravel            *            *         
Other (vol.)           *            1         
None of 
 these (vol.)          2            1         
No opinion             9            9         

d. best understands the problems of people like you

                       MD
                    10/22/07
Hillary Clinton        40
Barack Obama           32
John Edwards            8
Joe Biden               3
Dennis Kucinich         2
Bill Richardson         2
Mike Gravel             0
Chris Dodd              *
Other (vol.)            *
None of 
 these (vol.)           4
No opinion              9

34. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think (ITEM)?

a. has the best chance of getting elected president in November 2008

                         MD           VA
                      10/22/07     10/8/07    
Rudy Giuliani            55           47         
John McCain              12           16         
Fred Thompson             9           15         
Mitt Romney               5            5         
Mike Huckabee             2            *          
Duncan Hunter             *            *         
Ron Paul                  0            1          
Tom Tancredo              0            0         
Sam Brownback            NA            *          
Other (vol.)              1            2          
None of these (vol.)      3            3          
No opinion               13           11         

b. is closest to you on the issues

                         MD           VA
                      10/22/07     10/8/07    
Rudy Giuliani            29           27         
Fred Thompson            15           16         
John McCain              16           22         
Mitt Romney              10            8         
Mike Huckabee             3            3          
Sam Brownback            NA            1          
Duncan Hunter             1            1         
Ron Paul                  4            3          
Tom Tancredo              2            0         
Other (vol.)              1            1          
None of these (vol.)      2            3          
No opinion               16           15         

c. is the strongest leader

                         MD           VA
                      10/22/07     10/8/07    
Rudy Giuliani            48           41         
John McCain              19           25         
Fred Thompson             8           12         
Mitt Romney               5            5         
Mike Huckabee             2            1          
Ron Paul                  2            1          
Tom Tancredo              1            0         
Duncan Hunter             *            *         
Sam Brownback            NA            *          
Other (vol.)              1            1          
None of these (vol.)      2            1          
No opinion               11           12         

d. best understands the problems of people like you

                         MD
                      10/22/07
Rudy Giuliani            33
John McCain              17
Fred Thompson            12
Mitt Romney               7
Mike Huckabee             3
Ron Paul                  3
Duncan Hunter             1
Tom Tancredo              1
Other (vol.)              2
None of these (vol.)      6
No opinion               14

35. Which best describes your family's financial situation? Do you feel as if you (are getting ahead financially), have just enough money to maintain your standard of living, or (are falling behind financially)?

                 Getting     Just enough     Falling      No
                  ahead      to maintain      behind     opin.
10/22/07            25             56           18         1

Compare to National:

9/7/07              26             53           20         1
11/4/06  RV         28             48           23         1
10/22/06 RV         25             53           21         1
         All        24             52           23         1

*Washington Post-ABC News national poll


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