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This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone January 3-8, 2008, among a random sample of 1,000 adult residents of the District of Columbia. The results 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 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
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
3/02/95            15          80        NA           5

2. Would you say you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the District of Columbia?

           Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
1/8/08         79             15                6
5/4/97         67             27                6
2/29/96        66             29                5

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Adrian Fenty is handling his job as Mayor? Is that approve/disapprove strongly or just somewhat?

                     Approve                    Disapprove     --    No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
1/8/08        72      32        40       21      11        10         7
1/8/08 RV     72      31        41       22      11        11         

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 All   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
3/02/95       58      28        30       27      13        14        15

Compare to Sharon Pratt Kelly:


                     Approve                    Disapprove     --     No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
5/18/98       54      20        34       42      19        23         4

4. What is the biggest problem facing the District today, the one you want the mayor to work the hardest to solve? 5. (IF NAMED ISSUE, Q4) What problem is next on your list?

Top 1 issue:

                                 1/8/08   7/18/06 RV   5/19/02 RV   2/7/00 RV
Improving schools/education        40       24            19           19
Crime/violence                     26       38            22           19
Housing costs/Low income housing/
 more/affordable housing            7       16            15            2
Poverty/homelessness                4        2             1            3
ECONOMIC:                           4        5            14           14
  Creating more jobs/employment
   Opportunities                    2        3             9            8
  Economic development/improving
   quality of life                  1        2             3            4
  Improve tax structure             1        1             2            2
SERVICES:                           3        5            11           18
  Improving city services           2        4             8           14
  Improve social services           1        1             3            4
Improve city government/increase
 efficiency/less corrupt            3        1             3            4
Want D.C to be self-governing/
 have representation 
 in congress                        1        1             3            2
Traffic/parking problems            1        1             2            2
Balanced budget/improve finances    1        1             1            2
Tax/tax office scandal              1       NA            NA           NA
HIV/AIDS                            1       NA            NA           NA
Health care                         1       NA            NA           NA
Youth                               1       NA            NA           NA
Terrorism/Homeland Security/
 Protecting city from attacks       *        1             2           NA
Improving race relations/
 equal opportunities                *        *             2            4
Drugs                               *       NA            NA           NA
Taxis/taxi meters/zones             0       NA            NA           NA
Miscellaneous                       5        2             2            3
Nothing                             *        0             *            5
No opinion                          2        3             4            3

Top 1 or 2 issues NET:

                                 1/8/08   
Improving schools/education        60       
Crime/violence                     41       
Housing costs/Low income housing/
 more/affordable housing           17       
ECONOMIC:                          16        
  Creating more jobs/employment
   Opportunities                    8        
  Economic development/improving
   quality of life                  5        
  Improve tax structure             3        
SERVICES:                           8        
  Improving city services           6        
  Improve social services           2        
Poverty/homelessness                7        
Improve city government/increase
 efficiency/less corrupt            6        
Traffic/parking problems            4        
Want D.C to be self-governing/
 have representation 
 in congress                        2        
Tax/tax office scandal              2
Health care                         2
Terrorism/Homeland Security/
 Protecting city from attacks       1        
Improving race relations/
 equal opportunities                1        
Balanced budget/improve finances    1        
Taxis/taxi meters/zones             1
HIV/AIDS                            1
Drugs                               1
Youth                               1
Miscellaneous                      13        
Nothing                             *        
No opinion                          2        

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way that the D.C. Council is handling its job?

            ----------Approve----------    --------Disapprove---------     No
            NET    Strongly    Somewhat    NET    Somewhat    Strongly    opin.
1/8/08      56        11          45       29        16          13        15
5/19/02     56         9          46       34        23          11        10
2/7/00      50        11          39       40        24          16        10
5/4/97      38         9          29       51        28          23        11
2/2/92      53        12          41       38        24          14         9

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that the D.C. Council member from your ward is doing?

                     Approve                    Disapprove     --     No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
1/8/08        62      27        35       18       8        10        20
2/2/92        58      21        37       26      15        11        17

8. Now I'm going to mention some issues that face our community, and for each, please tell me whether you think Mayor Fenty is doing an excellent job, good, not-so-good or poor job in dealing with this issue:

1/8/08 Summary Table*

                            --Excellent/Good---    --Not-so-good/Poor--    No
                            NET   Excel.   Good    NET   Not Good   Poor   op.
a. Improving city 
   services                 65      9       56      31      23        8     5

b. Appointing competent 
   and qualified people
   to serve in city
   government               63     13       50      32      23        9     6

c. Improving District 
   public schools           52     12       41      42      24       18     5

d. Reducing crime in 
   the city                 41      5       36      55      40       15     4

e. Making it easier for
   people with moderate 
   or low incomes to 
   buy homes in the city    27      3       24      59      38       21    14

f. Eliminating waste and
   inefficiency in city
   government               51      7       44      40      28       12     9

g. Attracting new 
   business to the 
   District                 66     14       52      22      16        7    12

h. Creating more jobs 
   for D.C. residents       41      4       37      46      31       15    13

*Items a-d asked of full sample; items e,g asked of half sample; items f,h asked of other half sample.

Trend where available:

a. Improving city services

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
1/8/08     65       9       56        31       23         8        5

Compare to Anthony Williams:

5/19/02    60       7       53        38       26        12        2
2/7/00     68      18       50        30       20        10        2
 

b. No trend.

c. Improving District public schools

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
1/8/08     52      12       41        42       24        18        5

Compare to Anthony Williams:

5/19/02    31       3       28        58       38        20       11
2/7/00     45       5       40        44       30        14       11

d. No trend.

e. No trend.

f. Eliminating waste and inefficiency in city government

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
1/8/08     51       7       44        40       28        12        9 

Compare to Anthony Williams:

2/7/00     68      12       56        26       19         7        7  

Compare to Marion Barry:

5/19/96    32       7       25        63       33        30        5
2/29/96    28       3       25        61       31        30       11

g. Attracting new business to the District

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
1/8/08     66      14       52        22       16         7       12 

Compare to Anthony Williams:

5/19/02    68      16       52        26       17         9        7
2/7/00     64      12       53        28       22         6        7

h. Creating more jobs for D.C. residents

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Not-so-good/Poor---      No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Not good    Poor     opin.
1/8/08     41       4       37        46       31        15       13 

Compare to Anthony Williams:

5/19/02    43       5       38        46       29        17       11
2/7/00     54       7       48        34       24        11       11

9. How would you characterize the relations between Mayor Fenty and the District Council: excellent, good, only fair or poor?

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Fair/Poor---       No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Fair  Poor     opin.
1/8/08     32       3       28        59     52     7        9 

Compare to:

How would you characterize the relations between Mayor Kelly and the District Council: excellent, good, only fair or poor?

           ---Excellent/Good---       ---Fair/Poor---       No 
           NET    Excel.   Good       NET   Fair  Poor     opin.
2/2/92     17       1       16        79     64    15        4 

10. (IF MAYOR/DISTRICT RELATIONS ARE FAIR/POOR, Q9) Who do you mostly blame for the relations not being better, (Fenty) or (the Council)?

           Fenty     The Council     Equal (vol.)     No opinion
1/8/08      32            46             17                 5 

Compare to:

And who is most to blame that relations between the council and the mayor are not better: Kelly or the D.C. Council?

           Kelly     The Council     Equal (vol.)     No opinion
2/2/91      34            42             15                 9 

11. Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the number of African Americans Fenty has appointed to serve in city government?

           ----Satisfied----     ---Dissatisfied---        No
           NET   Very   Smwt     NET   Smwt   Very      opinion 
1/8/08     58     22     36      24     12     12         18   

12. Generally speaking, how would you rate:

1/8/08 Summary Table
                                  --Excellent/Good -      Not Good/Poor    No
                                  NET   Excel.  Good    NET   Not  Poor    op.
a. District police                61       8     53     37     27    10      2
b. District public schools        23       3     20     71     38    33      5
c. Streets in good repair         46       8     38     53     33    20      1

Full wording and trend where available:

a. The job that district police are doing

              -Excellent/Good-       -Not Good/Poor--      No
             NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
1/8/08       61       8     53     37      27      10       2
1/8/08 RV    61       8     53     38      27      10       1
7/18/06 RV   53       6     47     43      30      13       4
5/19/02 RV   66       8     58     30      20      10       4
5/19/02 All  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

b. The job that district public schools are doing

              -Excellent/Good-       -Not Good/Poor--      No
             NET   Excel.  Good    NET  Not Good  Poor    opin.
1/8/08       23       3     20     71      38      33       5
1/8/08 RV    24       3     21     72      38      34       4
7/18/06 RV   15       1     14     78      35      43       7
5/19/02 RV   26       2     24     61      36      25      14
5/19/02 All  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

c. 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.
1/8/08       46       8     38     53      33      20       1
1/8/08 RV    48       9     39     51      32      19       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 All  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

13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Natwar Ghandi is handling his job as D.C. Chief Financial Officer?

                     Approve                    Disapprove     --     No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
1/8/08        38      10        28       40      18        22        22

Compare to:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Andrew Brimmer is handling his job as chairman of the Financial Control Board?

      
                     Approve                    Disapprove     --    No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
5/4/97        46      14        32       32      18        14        22

14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Michelle Rhee is handling her job as Chancellor of the D.C. public schools?

                     Approve                    Disapprove     --    No
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
1/8/08        59      27        32       29      14        15        12

15. 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.

1/8/08 Summary Table*

                        Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
a. Marion Barry             49            42              9
b. Joe Gibbs                57            10             33
c. Police Chief 
   Cathy Lanier             69            15             16
d. Cathy Lanier             38            12             51
e. District Council
   Chairman Vincent
   Gray                     46            15             39
f. Vincent Gray             39             9             52

*Items a,b asked of full sample; items c,d asked of half sample; items e,f asked of other half sample.

Trend where available:

a. Marion Barry

                Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
1/8/08             49            42              9
1/8/08 Dem         53            40              7
8/29/02 Dem        43            48             10
5/19/02 Dem        44            51              5 
5/18/98 Dem        47            44              9
2/2/92             35            58              6

b. Joe Gibbs

                Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
1/8/08             57            10             33
2/2/92             73             5             22

c. Police Chief Cathy Lanier

                Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
1/8/08             69            15             16

Compare to Police Chief Charles Ramsey:

                Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
5/19/02            73            15             12  

d. No trend.

e. Cathy Lanier

                Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
1/8/08             38            12             51

Compare to Charles Ramsey:

                Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
5/19/02            55            12             33  

f. No trend.

16. 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
1/8/08       74    24      50       26     16         11          0 
1/8/08 RV    76    24      53       24     15          8          0 
7/18/06 RV   72    15      57       28     19          8          1  
5/19/02 RV   74    25      49       26     16         10          *  
5/19/02 All  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          0  

Questions 17-21 held for future release.

22. I'm going to read you a list of issues that some people point to as problems in the DC public school system. For each, tell me whether you think it is a big problem, a small problem, or not a problem in District public schools.

1/8/08 Summary Table  
                                      ------Problem------     Not a      No
                                      NET    Big    Small    problem    opin.
a. The quality of the teachers        81      47      35        12        7
b. The condition of buildings 
   and other facilities               92      78      13         4        5
c. The way the school chancellor  
   and the Board of Education 
   have managed the school 
   system's budget                    77      56      21        13       10
d. The presence of violence or 
   crime in the schools               93      74      19         3        4
e. The quality and availability of 
   books and other instructional 
   materials                          87      65      22         6        7
f. Students who are undisciplined 
   and disruptive                     92      75      17         3        5
g. Lack of parental involvement       91      76      14         5        5
h. The school district's central
   administration office              75      50      25         9       16 

Trend where available:

a. The quality of the teachers

               ------Problem------     Not a      No
               NET    Big    Small    problem    opin.
1/8/08         81      47      35        12        7  
1/8/08 RV      83      47      35        12        6  
7/18/06 RV     77      45      32        11       12

b. The condition of buildings and other facilities

               ------Problem------     Not a      No
               NET    Big    Small    problem    opin.
1/8/08         92      78      13         4        5
1/8/08 RV      92      79      13         4        4  
7/18/06 RV     92      78      14         4        4

c. No trend.

d. The presence of violence or crime in the schools

               ------Problem------     Not a      No
               NET    Big    Small    problem    opin.
1/8/08         93      74      19         3        4  
1/8/08 RV      94      74      20         2        4
7/18/06 RV     92      75      17         2        5

e. The quality and availability of books and other instructional materials

               ------Problem------     Not a      No
               NET    Big    Small    problem    opin.
1/8/08         87      65      22         6        7  
1/8/08 RV      87      64      23         7        6  
7/18/06 RV     79      60      18         8       13

f. Students who are undisciplined and disruptive

               ------Problem------     Not a      No
               NET    Big    Small    problem    opin.
1/8/08         92      75      17         3        5  
1/8/08 RV      92      75      17         4        4
7/18/06 RV     91      75      15         2        7

g. Lack of parental involvement

               ------Problem------     Not a      No
               NET    Big    Small    problem    opin.
1/8/08         91      76      14         5        5
1/8/08 RV      91      77      14         5        4  
7/18/06 RV     88      73      15         4        9

h. No trend.

23. Which of the issues you named as big problems would you say is the ONE biggest problem facing District public schools?

                                          1/8/08   1/8/08 RV   7/18/06 RV
Lack of parental involvement               20        20            20
The condition of buildings 
  and other facilities                     12        12            17
The way the chancellor and 
  the Board of Education have 
  managed the school system's budget       12        11            NA
The presence of violence or crime 
  in the schools                           12        13            15
Students who are undisciplined and 
  disruptive                               12        13            11
The school district's central 
  Administration office                    10        10            NA
The quality and availability of books 
  and other instructional materials         9         7             6
The quality of the teachers                 8         9             7
No big problems                             3         3             5
No opinion                                  2         2             3

24. As you may know, control of the D.C. public schools was transferred to the mayor last year. Overall, do you think the mayor's being in charge has made the school system (better), (worse) or has it not made a difference?

           Better     Worse     No difference     No opinion
1/8/08       39         7             46                8

25. Going forward, do you think the mayor's being in charge will make the school system (better), (worse) or won't it make a difference?

           Better     Worse     No difference     No opinion
1/8/08       68         8             19                5

26. As you may have heard or read, some employees in the District's Tax and Revenue department reportedly stole millions of dollars from the city. How closely have you been following this story - very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?

           -----Closely-----      -----Not Closely-----         No 
           NET   Very   Smwht     NET   Not too   At all     opinion
1/8/08     70     32      38      29       16       14          1 

27. Do you think the situation is (a sign of broader problems with the way city finances are handled), or do you think it's (pretty much an isolated incident)?

           Sign of broader problems     Isolated incident     No opinion
1/8/08                70                        25                  5

28. The District's Chief Financial Officer is appointed by the mayor, but serves independently. Would placing that financial authority with an agency more directly under the mayor's control make things (better), (worse) or wouldn't it make a difference?

           Better     Worse     No difference     No opinion
1/8/08       38        15             38                8

29. What do you think is more important - to protect the rights of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?

           Protect rights     Control ownership     No opinion
1/8/08           18                  79                   3
4/22/07*         32                  60                   8

*National survey by the Pew Research Center

30. District law bans private handgun ownership and requires that rifles and shotguns kept in private homes be unloaded or have a trigger lock. Do you support or oppose this law? IF SUPPORT: Is that strongly or somewhat support?

IF OPPOSE: Is that strongly or somewhat oppose?

                  Support                    -Oppose-     --      No
           NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
1/8/08     76      60        16       23       8        15         1

Questions 31-37 held for future release.

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