Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone January 13-16, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,079 adults (landline and cell-only respondents), including additional interviews with randomly-selected African Americans, for a total of 204 black respondents. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Error margins for subgroups are larger. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

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

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush has handled his job as president?
Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

             -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/16/09       33       16         17      66       15         51         2
12/14/08*     30       12         18      68       15         52         3
10/29/08      24        8         16      71       18         53         5
10/11/08      23        7         17      73       15         58         4
9/29/08       26       10         17      70       14         56         3
8/22/08       30       13         17      66       16         50         4
7/13/08       28       12         16      69       13         56         3
6/15/08       29       10         19      68       14         54         3
5/11/08       31       15         16      66       14         52         2   
4/13/08       33       16         17      64       15         49         2 
3/2/08        32       15         17      66       16         50         2 
2/1/08        33       17         16      65       14         51         2   
1/12/08       32       16         16      66       15         51         2
12/9/07       33       17         16      64       14         50         3  
11/1/07       33       17         16      64       13         50         3 
9/30/07       33       15         18      64       14         49         3 
9/7/07        33       16         17      64       15         49         3 
7/21/07       33       16         17      65       13         52         2  
6/1/07        35       17         18      62       16         46         3  
4/15/07       35       17         18      62       14         49         2  
2/25/07       36       19         17      62       12         49         2  
1/19/07       33       17         16      65       14         51         2  
12/11/06      36       18         18      62       13         49         2  
11/4/06       40       24         16      57       12         46         2  
10/22/06      37       21         16      60       15         45         3  
10/8/06       39       23         16      60       12         48         1  
9/7/06        42       24         18      55       12         43         3  
8/6/06        40       23         17      58       12         46         2  
6/25/06       38       20         18      60       12         48         2 
5/15/06       33       17         16      65       18         47         2
4/9/06        38       20         18      60       13         47         1
3/5/06        41       24         17      58       14         44         1
1/26/06       42       25         18      56       14         42         2 
1/8/06        46       29         17      52       13         39         2 
12/18/05      47       29         17      52       12         40         1  
11/2/05       39       20         18      60       13         47         1
10/29/05      39       22         17      58       13         45         3
9/11/05       42       27         15      57       12         45         1
8/28/05       45       27         18      53       12         41         2 
6/26/05       48       27         21      51       11         40         1 
6/5/05        48       27         21      52       14         38         1
4/24/05       47       25         22      50       13         38         3
3/13/05       50       31         19      48       11         37         3
1/31/05       50       34         15      45       11         34         5
1/16/05       52       33         19      46       11         35         2  
12/19/04      48       27         21      49       12         38         2
10/20/04      50       30         20      46       11         35         4  
10/17/04 LV   54       35         19      45        9         36         2  
10/16/04 LV   54       35         19      44       10         34         2  
10/15/04 LV   54       35         19      44       10         34         2  
10/3/04  LV   53       36         17      46       11         34         1  
9/26/04       50       33         18      45       13         32         5  
9/8/04        52       35         17      43       11         32         5
8/29/04       50       31         19      47       13         34         3
8/1/04        47       28         18      49       13         36         5
7/25/04       50       32         19      47       13         34         3
7/11/04       48       31         17      50       11         39         2  
6/20/04       47       30         17      51       13         39         1 
5/23/04       47       31         17      50       14         36         3 
4/18/04       51       33         18      47       13         34         1  
3/7/04        50       32         18      48       12         36         2
2/11/04       50       30         21      47       14         34         2   
1/18/04       58       35         24      40        9         30         2 
12/21/03      59       39         21      38       15         23         3   
12/14/03      57       37         20      39       10         29         5   
12/7/03       53       32         21      40       13         27         7   
11/16/03      57       34         23      39       11         28         4   
10/29/03      56       30         26      42       13         29         2   
10/13/03      53       33         20      43       13         29         4   
9/30/03       54       34         20      44       15         29         2   
9/13/03       58       35         23      40       14         27         2   
9/7/03        56       34         22      41       13         28         4   
8/11/03       59       37         22      37       14         23         4   
7/10/03       59       35         24      38       13         25         3   
6/22/03       68       45         23      29       11         18         4   
4/30/03       71       50         22      26       17          9         3   
4/16/03       74       52         22      23        9         14         3   
4/9/03        77       58         19      20        6         14         4   
4/3/03        71       54         16      25        7         19         4   
3/23/03       68       NA         NA      27       NA         NA         4   
3/20/03       67       NA         NA      28       NA         NA         5   
3/2/03        62       38         23      35       13         22         4       
2/23/03       60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6       
2/9/03        64       42         21      34       14         20         3       
2/1/03        62       41         21      34       13         22         4       
1/28/03       62       43         19      36       13         23         2       
1/27/03       59       39         21      37       15         22         4 
1/20/03       59       36         23      38       16         22         2       
12/15/02      66       37         28      32       12         20         2       
11/4/02  LV   67       45         23      31       12         20         1       
11/3/02  LV   67       45         22      32       12         20         1       
11/2/02  LV   67       47         20      32        9         23         1       
10/27/02      67       39         28      29       13         16         4       
9/26/02       67       42         25      30       12         18         3       
9/8/02        71       42         28      27       12         15         3       
7/28/02       69       39         31      28       14         14         3       
7/15/02       72       42         31      25       12         13         2       
6/17/02       74       42         32      22        9         13         4       
6/9/02        77       41         36      20        9         11         3       
5/19/02       76       48         28      22        8         13         3       
4/21/02       78       47         31      20        9         10         2       
3/28/02       79       49         30      18        8         10         3       
3/10/02       82       52         30      16        9          7         2  
1/27/02       83       56         27      14        7          7         3  
12/19/01      86       64         22      12        6          6         2  
11/27/01      89       69         21       9        4          5         1  
11/6/01       89       65         24       9        5          4         2  
10/9/01       92       76         16       6        3          3         1  
9/27/01       90       70         20       6        3          3         4  
9/13/01       86       63         23      12        5          6         2  
9/9/01        55       26         29      41       20         22         3  
8/12/01       61       28         33      31       14         17         8  
7/30/01       59       28         30      38       17         22         3  
6/3/01        55       27         28      40       18         22         6  
4/22/01       63       33         30      32       16         16         5  
3/25/01       58       NA         NA      33       NA         NA         8  
2/25/01       55       NA         NA      23       NA         NA        22
*12/14/08 and previous: "is handling"      

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dick Cheney has handled his job as vice president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

     -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/16/09    30       11         18      60       14         46        10
7/21/07*   34       12         23      59       18         41         7  
4/22/01    64       NA         NA      19       NA         NA        17
*7/21/07 and previous: "is handling"

4. How do you think George W. Bush will go down in history -- as an outstanding, above average, average, below average, or poor president?

          --- Above Average -----          --- Below Average --     No
          NET  Outstanding  Above   Avg.   NET    Below    Poor   opinion
1/16/09   16        4        11      26    58      22       36       *

Clinton:
1/7/01    47       15        32      30    22      11       11       1

G.H.W. Bush:
1/11/93   36        6        30      51    12       8        4       1

Compare to (4-point scale with "average" volunteered):

           --- Above Average -----    Avg.    --- Below Average --   No
           NET  Outstanding  Above   (vol.)   NET    Below    Poor   op.
G.W. Bush:*
1/15/01     51      10         40      19      27      16     11       3
*Wording: As you know, Bush is about to begin his first term as president. 
What type of president do you think Bush will be - an outstanding president,
above average, below average, or poor? Clinton: 1/15/01 51 13 38 19 29 15 13 1 1/26/00 36 7 28 26 38 21 17 1 9/2/99 47 11 35 17 35 19 16 2 G.H.W. Bush: 1/17/93 43 5 38 33 22 17 5 1 12/14/92 41 6 35 27 30 19 11 2 Reagan:** 1/16/89 63 18 45 21 16 10 6 1 Carter:** 12/80 14 3 11 37 46 31 15 3 Ford:** 12/76 25 5 20 50 20 15 5 3 **Gallup.

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama has handled the presidential transition?
Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

            -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/16/09     80       46         34      15        7          8         5
12/14/08*   76       46         30      15        5          9         9
11/23/08    67       41         26      18        8         10        15
*12/14/08 and previous: "is handling"

Compare to:
                     Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
1/15/01*   Bush        72          21            6
1/17/93    Clinton     81          13            6
12/14/92*  Clinton     72          13           15
11/20/92** Clinton     62          14           24
1/16/89*** Bush        82          12            6
*"is handling"
**Newsweek
***"has handled himself since the election"

6. How much confidence do you have in [ITEM] to make the right decisions for the country's future - a great deal of confidence, a good amount, just some or none at all?

1/16/09 - Summary Table

                     -Grt deal/Good amt-    ---- Some/None ----   
                           Great   Good          Just    None      No
                     NET   deal    amt     NET   some   at all   opinion
a. Obama             61     31      30     37     28       9        2
b. The Republicans   
   in Congress       29      8      21     69     49      21        2
c. The Democrats
   in Congress       43     15      28     56     37      19        2

7. Would you say you have high, moderate or low expectations for Obama's performance as president?
Is that very or somewhat high/low?

                     ------- High --------              -------- Low --------     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   Moderate   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
1/16/09   52     33       19         34      14        7        7       1

8. Do you think Obama has a mandate to carry out the agenda he presented during the presidential
campaign, or should he compromise on the things the Republicans strongly oppose?

	      Has mandate   Should compromise   No opinion
1/16/09       50                46               4

Compare to: Bush/Democrats

          Has mandate   Should compromise   No opinion
4/22/01       35                60               5
1/15/01       41                52               7

9. Do you think Obama has a mandate to work for (major new social and economic programs) or for (only small policy changes)?


          Major new   Small policy     No        
          programs      changes      opinion
1/16/09      71            22           7

Compare to: Bush

          Major new   Small policy     No        
          programs      changes      opinion
1/15/01      47            38          15

10. For each issue I name, please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give it - the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that?

1/16/09 - Summary Table*

                           ------- High -------            None      No
                           NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
a. The economy             98      76       22      2       *         *
b. The situation in Iraq   89      41       48     10       *         1
c. The federal budget
   deficit                 88      48       40     11       1         *
d. The situation between
   Israel and the
   Palestinians            71      21       50     24       3         2
e. Education               91      42       49      9       1         *
f. Global warming          58      17       41     37       4         1
g. Health care             90      41       49     10       *         *
h. The situation in
   Afghanistan             85      37       48     14       1         1
i. Immigration issues      69      21       48     29       1         1
j. The U.S. campaign     
   against terrorism       92      50       43      6       1         1
k. Taxes                   81      23       58     17       1         1
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked b-f, other half asked g-k.

Trend where available (2006 and previous, "Bush and the Congress"):

a. The economy

          ------- High -------            None      No
          NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
1/16/09   98      76       22      2       *         *
1/26/06   96      52       45      3       *         *   
1/16/05   94      43       51      5       0         1   
4/30/03   95      56       39      4       *         1

b. The situation in Iraq  

1/16/09   89      41       48     10       *         1
1/26/06   90      60       30      9       1         1   
1/16/05   91      61       30      7       *         1
4/30/03   83      29       54     15       *         1 

c. The federal budget deficit 

1/16/09   88      48       40     11       1         *
1/26/06   88      38       50     11       0         1   
1/16/05   89      32       57      9       0         1

d. No trend.

e. Education     

1/16/09   91      42       49      9       1         *
1/26/06   93      47       46      6       *         *   
1/16/05   95      44       52      4       0         1
4/30/03   94      49       45      5       1         *

f. Global warming

1/16/09   58      17       41      37      4         1
1/26/06   62      26       37      35      1         1

g. Health care

1/16/09   90      41       49      10      *         *
1/26/06   95      53       41       5      0         *   
1/16/05   94      40       54       5      *         1
h. No trend.

i. Immigration issues    

1/16/09   69      21       48      29      1         1
1/26/06   69      27       42      29      2         1   
1/16/05   68      20       49      28      1         2

j. The U.S. campaign against terrorism 

1/16/09   92      50       43       6      1         1
1/26/06   93      59       34       6      *         1   
1/16/05   93      52       41       6      *         1
4/30/03   93      48       45       7      0         1

k. Taxes    

1/16/09   81      23       58      17      1         1
1/26/06   82      27       54      17      *         1   
1/16/05   80      19       60      19      *         1
4/30/03   82      30       51      17      *         2

11. When it comes to dealing with the economy, would you say Obama has gotten off to a good start, a bad start or what?

                                         In between   No start     No
           Good start   Bad start     (vol.)      (vol.)    opinion
1/16/09        63          12           6           13         6
12/14/08       55          10           8           17        10

Compare to: Bill Clinton

4/26/93        44          43           9            3         1
2/7/93         34          28           9           23         6

12. Would you support or oppose new federal spending of about 800 billion dollars on tax cuts, construction projects, energy, education, and health care to try to stimulate the economy? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

  * "up to 700 billion dollars on construction projects and other programs"

13. Which of these do you think is more important right now - (increasing federal spending to try to improve the economy, even if it sharply increases the federal budget deficit); or (avoiding a big increase in the federal budget deficit, even if it means not increasing federal spending to try to improve the economy)?

               Increasing spending   Avoiding deficit   No opinion
1/16/09            51                  44              4

14. How confident are you that Obama's economic program will improve the economy - very confident, fairly confident, not very confident or not confident at all?

                    ---- Confident ----   ------ Not Confident ------     No
              NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not very   Not at all   opinion
1/16/09       72     23      48     28       17          11          *

Compare to: Reagan

4/12/83       52     13      38     48       24          23          1
1/22/83       45     13      32     53       28          25          2
10/11/82 LV   49     12      37     48       23          25          3

15. (ASKED IF CONFIDENT IN Q14) Do you think it will take more than a year for the program to work, or less than a year, or what?

  More than   Less than   Many years   Working now     No
            a year      a year       (vol.)       (vol.)      opinion  
1/16/09       91           7           1            0            1

Compare to: Reagan

10/11/82 LV   90           5           3            *            2


Question 16 held for future release. 

17. In another program, the federal government has approved using up to 700 billion dollars to help shore up financial institutions in an attempt to help stabilize the economy. Half of that money has been used. Do you support or oppose now making the other half available to troubled financial institutions?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
1/16/09     39        58          3 

18a. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) How confident are you that the federal government will put in place adequate controls to avoid waste and fraud in the use of federal money in the economic recovery effort? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

        ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
1/16/09    45      5       40      54      30         25          *
12/14/08   46      6       40      54      29         24          *

18b. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) How confident are you that the federal government will create a way average Americans can check on how federal money in the economic recovery effort is being spent? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

                   NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
1/16/09   44      6       38      56      32         24          *

19. Generally speaking, would you say you favor (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?

             Smaller govt.    Larger govt.      No
             fewer services   more services   opinion
1/16/09           53              43             4
6/15/08           50              45             5
11/1/07           50              44             5
6/20/04           50              46             4
11/4/02 LV        61              34             5
11/3/02 LV        60              34             5
11/2/02 LV        62              34             3
7/15/02           53              42             6
1/27/02           54              41             5
10/9/00 RV        58              32            10
10/1/00 RV        58              33             9
7/23/00           59              34             7
7/23/00 RV        61              32             7
4/2/00            56              38             7
8/16/98           59              35             6
8/5/96            63              32             5
7/8/92            55              38             7

20. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of [NAME]? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

          Trend:

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

b. Joe Biden

1/16/09        63       28         35      29       15         14         8
10/23/08  LV   59       31         28      33       13         20         9
9/29/08   LV   58       26         32      31       12         19        11   
9/7/08    LV   53       26         27      29       12         17        18
9/4/08*   RV   54       32         23      31       15         16        14
* "the Democratic nominee for vice president"

c. George W. Bush

1/16/09        37       16         21      62       17         45         1
3/5/06         46       28         17      54       12         42         *
6/5/05         48       NA         NA      51       NA         NA         1
10/17/04* LV   52                          42                             6         
10/13/04* LV   49                          46                             5         
10/12/04* LV   49                          46                             5         
10/11/04* LV   52                          44                             4      
10/4/04*  LV   53                          42                             5         
10/3/04*  LV   53                          41                             5         
9/26/04*  RV   52                          38                            10         
9/8/04*   RV   51                          39                            11         
8/29/04*  RV   50                          40                             9         
8/1/04*   RV   47                          45                             8         
7/25/04*  RV   54                          43                             3         
3/7/04*        47                          46                             7         
12/15/02       66                          32                             3    
12/15/00**     56                          36                             8    
10/15/00* RV   46                          34                            21    
9/6/00*   RV   58                          31                            11         
7/23/00*       62                          29                             9    
6/11/00*       50                          28                            22        
4/2/00*        50                          31                            19        
2/27/00*       49                          39                            11        
10/31/99**     69                          24                             8        
9/2/99**       61                          23                            16        
6/6/99**       54                          15                            30        
3/14/99**      54                          14                            32        
2/14/99**      51                          13                            36        
1/19/98**      34                          13                            53        
*"Regardless of how you might vote, please tell me if you have a favorable or 
unfavorable impression of George W. Bush or perhaps you don't know enough to say."
**"I'm going to read you a few names. For each, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable
impression of that person or group, or perhaps you don't know enough to say...George W. Bush"
d. Michelle Obama 1/16/09 72 38 34 17 10 7 11 8/22/08 RV 51 26 25 30 14 16 19 6/15/08 48 21 27 29 11 18 23

21. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not?

  1/16/09 - Summary Table*
                                  Yes   No   No opinion
a. He understands the problems
   of people like you             72    24       4
b. He is a strong leader          72    18      10
c. He can be trusted in a
   crisis                         69    18      13
d. He is willing to listen to

20. Do you think the country's current financial situation is a crisis, a serious problem but not a crisis, a problem but not a serious one, or not much of a problem at all?

              ------ Problem -------   --------- Not a problem -------
                             Serious         Not serious   Not much of    No
              NET   Crisis   problem   NET     problem      a problem    opin.
12/14/08      90      54       36      10         7             3          *
9/29/08  RV   94      52       43       5         4             *          1
different points of view       89     9       2
e. He is honest and trustworthy   75    19       6
f. He shares your values          67    30       3
g. He will bring needed change
   to Washington                  76    22       3
h. He will be a good commander-
   in-chief of the military       62    32       7
*Half sample asked items a-d, other half sample asked items e-h.

Trend where available:

a. He understands the problems of people like you

                 Yes   No   No opinion    
1/16/09          72    24        4

Compare to:

George W. Bush:

              Yes      No     No op.  
1/19/07        32      67       2   
3/5/06         37      62       1    
1/26/06        38      61       1
11/2/05        34      66       1 
9/11/05        38      61       1 
8/28/05        40      59       1       
4/24/05        40      58       2
1/16/05        43      56       1 
5/23/04        42      57       1       
4/18/04        41      57       2       
3/7/04         41      57       2       
2/11/04        41      57       2       
1/18/04        43      56       1
12/21/03       45      53       2                
10/29/03       40      58       2
9/13/03        48      51       1
4/30/03        51      48       1
12/15/02       51      47       2
7/15/02        57      41       2
1/27/02        61      37       2
7/30/01        45      54       2
4/22/01        47      51       2
11/4/00  LV    49      46       5
10/24/00 LV    50      46       3
10/15/00 RV    46      46       7
10/9/00  RV    50      44       6
9/6/00   RV    47      49       4
8/20/00  RV    50      46       5
7/23/00        44      51       5
6/11/00        48      47       5
4/2/00         48      46       6
3/11/00        47      47       6
2/27/00        43      51       6
2/6/00         43      52       5
1/16/00        46      49       6
12/15/99       47      46       7
10/31/99       54      39       7
9/2/99         50      39      11
3/14/99        52      27      21

Bill Clinton:

               Yes     No   No opin.
1/15/01         54     43      2
2/7/99          64     33      3
9/13/98         57     41      3
8/23/97         59     38      3
8/21/98         63     36      2
8/19/98         54     44      2
7/12/98         54     43      3
5/12/98         65     34      1
4/4/98          56     41      3
3/16/98         62     36      2
2/18/98         63     35      2
6/8/97          52     45      3
1/15/97         50     49      2
9/4/96 RV       57     40      2
8/5/96          55     43      2
6/30/96         56     41      3
3/17/96         55     43      1
6/8/95          51     45      3
3/19/95         55     43      2
3/5/95          50     49      2
10/31/94*       48     50      2
10/23/94*       44     54      1
6/26/94         52     46      2
3/27/94*        63     35      2
1/23/94         55     39      5
4/26/93         60     39      1
1/17/93         76     20      4
10/4/92 RV*     67     28      6
10/4/92 RV*     67     27      6
6/7/92 RV       59     33      8
4/9/92          49     42      9
*"understands the needs and problems of average Americans"

b. He is a strong leader

                 Yes   No   No opinion    
1/16/09          72    18       10

Compare to:

George W. Bush:

               Yes     No     No op.     
1/19/07        45      54       1   
3/5/06         52      48       *
1/26/06        52      48       *
12/18/05       51      49       *
11/2/05        47      53       * 
9/11/05        50      50       *
5/23/04        62      37       1       
4/18/04        64      36       1       
3/7/04         63      36       1       
2/11/04        61      38       1
12/21/03       67      32       2                
10/29/03       62      37       1
9/13/03        66      34       *
4/30/03        74      25       *
12/15/02       75      23       2
7/15/02        75      24       1
7/30/01        55      43       2
4/22/01        53      42       5
10/9/00 RV     62      33       5
9/6/00 RV      65      28       7
8/20/00 RV     65      29       5
8/10/00 RV     67      29       5
7/23/00 RV     61      33       6
7/23/00        62      32       5
6/11/00        65      30       6
4/2/00         68      27       5
3/11/00        63      31       6
2/27/00        62      32       6
2/6/00         65      30       7
1/16/00        65      28       7
12/15/99       67      26       7
10/31/99       77      18       5
9/2/99         70      18      12
3/14/99        68      13      20

Bill Clinton:

               Yes     No    No opin.
1/15/01         67     32      1
2/7/99          71     27      1
9/13/98         60     38      2
8/23/97         68     31      1
8/21/98         67     32      1
8/19/98         60     39      1
7/12/98         59     38      2
4/4/98          62     36      2
3/16/98         63     36      1
2/18/98         68     31      1
3/17/96         50     49      1
6/8/95          37     61      2
3/5/95          38     61      1
10/31/94        43     56      1
8/16/94         41     58      1
3/27/94         54     44      2
10/4/92         50     36     14
6/7/92          40     46     14

George H.W. Bush:

               Yes     No    No opin.
10/4/92 RV      54     42      4
6/7/92          56     42      3
5/25/88         47     47      6

c. He can be trusted in a crisis

                 Yes   No   No opinion    
1/16/09          69    18       13

Compare to:

George W. Bush:

              Yes      No     No op.     
1/19/07        42      56       2   
1/26/06        53      47       1
11/2/05        49      49       2 
9/11/05        49      49       2 
5/23/04        60      39       1       
7/30/01        60      37       3
4/22/01        65      32       4    
12/15/99       62      27      11     
9/2/99         58      22      19

Bill Clinton:

            Yes    No    No opin.
3/17/96      56    41        3
10/4/92 REG  45    36       19
10/4/92 LIK  45    36       19
6/7/92       37    42       22

d. He is willing to listen to different points of view

                 Yes   No   No opinion    
1/16/09          89     9        2

Compare to:

George W. Bush:
              Yes      No     No op.     
1/19/07        36      63       1   
5/23/04        49      50       1     

e. He is honest and trustworthy

                 Yes   No   No opinion    
1/16/09          75    19        6
12/14/08         67    22       11
10/19/08 RV*     63    29        8
10/9/08  RV**    62    31        7
10/9/08  RV***   60    32        8
*Pew, wording "and trustworthy" omitted
**Newsweek
***Fox

Compare to: 

George W. Bush:                          
1/19/07         40    57        3       
3/5/06          44    55        1       
1/26/06         46    53        *       
12/18/05        49    50        1   
11/2/05         40    58        2       
5/23/04         53    45        2       
4/18/04         55    44        1       
3/7/04          54    45        1       
2/11/04         52    45        2       
10/29/03        59    40        2       
9/13/03         60    39        2       
12/15/02        70    26        4       
7/15/02         71    26        3       
7/30/01         63    34        3       
4/22/01         62    32        6       
11/5/00  LV     60    33        7       
11/4/00  LV     61    33        7       
10/24/00 LV     65    30        5       
10/15/00 LV     57    34        9       
10/15/00 RV     53    35       12       
9/6/00   RV     62    30        7       
7/23/00  RV     61    30        8       
7/23/00         59    31       10       
12/15/99        63    28        9       
10/31/99        68    22       10
9/2/99          63    23       14
3/14/99         67    12       22

Bill Clinton:
1/15/01         29    67        3
2/7/99          28    69        3
9/13/98         24    73        2
8/23/97         28    66        6
8/21/98         28    69        2
8/19/98         24    73        3
7/12/98         33    60        7
5/12/98         38    59        3
4/4/98          35    58        7
3/16/98         35    60        5
2/18/98         40    55        5
6/8/97          37    59        4
1/15/97         42    54        4
1/6/97          42    53        5
11/3/96  RV     42    52        6
9/4/96   RV     43    52        5
8/5/96          44    52        4
6/30/96         40    54        6
3/17/96         44    53        2
4/5/95          42    55        2
3/27/94*        54    42        4
 10/4/92  RV*    44    44        3
6/7/92*         40    47       12
*Wording "and trustworthy" omitted

George H.W. Bush:
10/4/92  RV*    47    47        6
6/7/92*         56    41        3
10/18/88 LV*    59    32       10
5/25/88*        58    34        8
*Wording "and trustworthy" omitted

f. He shares your values

                 Yes   No   No opinion
1/16/09          67    30       3
7/13/08          56    39       5

Compare to:

George W. Bush:

              Yes      No     No op.     
11/2/05        40      58       2 
4/24/05        47      51       2 
1/16/05        54      45       1 
5/23/04        49      50       1

g. He will bring needed change to Washington

                 Yes   No   No opinion
1/16/09          76    22       3

Compare to:

George W. Bush:

                Yes     No     No opin.                             
12/21/03*        47     48        5                
9/13/03          49     48        4                                 
12/15/02         53     44        3                                 
7/30/01          50     47        3                                 
9/6/00 RV**      55     41        5                                 
7/23/00 RV       50     46        4                                 
7/23/00          51     44        5                                 
4/2/00           54     39        7                                 
3/11/00          50     43        7         
2/27/00          46     50        4                                 
2/6/00           48     46        6                                 
1/16/00          49     43        8                                 
12/15/99         52     40        8                                 
10/31/99         61     32        7                                 
9/2/99           56     32       12                                 
*12/21/03 and previous: "He has brought needed change to Washington."
**9/6/00 and previous: "He would bring needed change to Washington"

h. He will be a good commander-in-chief of the military

1/16/09          62    32       7
9/29/08*  RV     46    48       5
9/22/08*  RV     48    47       5 
7/13/08*         48    48       4
*"would"

Compare to:

George W. Bush:

             Yes     No     No opin.
7/30/01*       67     29        4
4/22/01*       69     26        5
9/6/00** RV    65     27        8
2/6/00 RV     58     35        7
2/6/00        57     35        8       
*"He's doing a good job as commander-in-chief of the military."
**9/6/00 and previous: "He would be a good commander-in-chief." 

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

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

23. Do you plan to watch or listen to Obama's inauguration next week, or not?

                     Will attend 
          Yes   No     (vol.)      No opinion 
1/16/09   74    24        *             2 

Compare to: 
Do you plan to watch Bill Clinton's Inauguration on television next week? 

          Yes   No   No opinion 
1/13/93*  57    32        11 
*PSRA/U.S. News & World Report 

24. Do you support or oppose the selection of the evangelical pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?


          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
1/16/09   61       26         35      23       12         11        16 

25. On another subject, would you describe the state of the nation'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 
1/16/09        5        1         5    94        32         62       *
9/22/08        9        *         9    91        34         57       *
4/13/08       10        1         9    90        39         51       *
2/1/08        19        1        18    81        43         38       0 
12/9/07       28        3        25    72        40         32       * 
11/1/07       35        3        32    64        39         26       * 
4/15/07       42        5        37    57        37         20       *  
12/11/06      50        7        42    50        36         14       *
10/22/06      55       10        45    45        28         17       * 
10/8/06       47        7        40    53        37         16       * 
3/5/06        43        5        38    57        37         19       * 
1/26/06       40        5        35    60        37         23       *
12/18/05      45        5        39    55        38         17       *
11/2/05       35        3        32    65        36         29       * 
9/11/05       40        3        37    59        37         22       1 
6/5/05        44        3        40    56        38         19       * 
4/24/05       37        2        35    63        44         20       *   
9/26/04  RV   46        3        43    53        38         15       1   
8/29/04  RV   45        3        41    55        37         18       *   
7/25/04       46        4        42    53        39         14       *   
6/20/04       45        4        41    55        38         17       *   
4/18/04       43        4        39    57        39         18       *  
3/7/04        39        2        37    60        38         22       1    
1/18/04       42        3        39    58        42         16       0 
12/21/03      42        4        39    57        41         16       1      
10/29/03      33        1        32    67        45         23       *      
9/13/03       30        2        27    70        45         25       *      
8/11/03       32        2        30    68        43         25       *      
4/30/03       35        1        34    64        46         19       *      
2/9/03        28        1        27    72        49         23       *      
1/20/03       25        1        25    74        48         26       1      
12/15/02      35        1        33    65        44         21       1      
11/4/02  LV   28        1        27    72        55         17       1      
11/3/02  LV   27        1        26    72        56         17       1      
11/2/02  LV   29        1        28    71        54         17       *      
9/26/02       31        2        28    69        50         19       *      
7/15/02       39        3        36    61        44         17       1      
2/21/02       30        1        29    69        51         18       *      
1/27/02       31        1        29    69        50         19       *      
9/20/01       38        3        35    60        47         14       2      
9/9/01        33        1        32    66        47         19       *   
7/30/01       50        3        46    50        39         12       *    
4/22/01       50        3        47    50        40          9       *     
1/15/01       70       10        59    29        24          6       1     
10/27/00 LV   86       24        61    14        11          3       *     
10/26/00 LV   86       24        61    14        11          3       *     
6/11/00       74       17        57    26        19          6       *     
2/27/00       80       25        55    20        14          5       *     
10/31/99      74       18        56    26        18          7       1     
9/2/99        76       19        57    23        16          6       1     
3/14/99       80       22        58    19        15          4       1     
11/1/98       73       12        61    26        21          5       1     
11/1/98  LV   78       13        65    22        19          3       *     
10/13/97      61       12        49    39        27         11       *
1/19/97       48        3        45    52        40         12      NA
1/14/96       32        1        31    68        44         24      NA
1/15/95       37        1        36    63        46         17      NA
1/16/94       27        1        26    73        50         23      NA
1/17/93       19        0        19    81        48         33      NA
1/19/92        9        0         9    91        43         48      NA
1/13/91       18        0        18    82        52         30      NA
1/14/90       43        1        42    57        40         17      NA
1/15/89       47        2        45    53        37         16      NA
1/17/88       33        1        32    67        46         21      NA
1/18/87       38        3        35    62        41         21      NA
1/19/86       41        3        38    59        39         20      NA
See also ABC CCI trend

26. Would you say this recession has hurt you financially, or not?
(IF YES) Is that a great deal or only somewhat?

                            ----------- Hurt ----------
           NET   Great deal   Somewhat   Not hurt   No opinion
1/16/09    68        37          32         32           *
12/14/08   63        30          34         36           *
6/2/91     53        16          37         46           1

27. How do you feel about [ITEM] - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?

               1/16/09 - Summary Table

                           ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----    No
                           NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opin.
a. The direction of the 
nation's economy over 
   the next few years      81     35      46    18       15        4       *
b. Your own family's
   financial situation     70     27      43    30       20       10       *

Trend:

a. The direction of the nation's economy over the next few years

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
1/16/09       81     35      46    18       15        4        *
10/19/08 LV   85     44      42    14        9        5        1
10/11/08 LV   89     48      41    10        7        3        1
10/11/08      88     48      40    11        8        3        1
9/22/08       79     40      39    17       13        5        3
1/5/03        67     27      40    31       22       10        1
11/4/02  LV   76     34      42    23       17        6        1
11/3/02  LV   75     33      42    24       17        7        1
11/2/02  LV   73     32      41    26       19        8        1
10/27/02      75     27      48    23       16        7        2
10/27/02 LV   76     32      45    23       16        7        1

b. Your own family's financial situation

1/16/09       70     27      43    30       20       10        *
10/19/08 LV   66     24      43    33       21       12        *
10/11/08 LV   64     21      43    36       25       11        *
10/11/08      67     23      43    33       22       11        1
9/22/08       60     22      38    40       26       14        *


28. How much blame do you think Bush should get for current economic problems - 
a great deal, a good amount, only some, or hardly any? -------- Blame --------- ---------- No Blame ---------- No NET Grt.deal Good amt. NET Some Hardly None (vol.) opin. 1/16/09 53 30 22 47 34 12 1 1 4/30/03 41 18 22 59 34 21 3 1 12/15/02 41 18 24 56 33 22 2 2 11/4/02 LV 37 19 18 63 29 28 5 1 11/3/02 LV 35 17 18 65 30 29 6 1 11/2/02 LV 34 15 19 65 29 31 5 1 10/27/02 LV 39 22 18 60 28 27 5 *

29. On another subject, all in all, considering the costs to the United States
versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not?
Do you feel that way STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

           ----- Worth fighting ----   --- Not worth fighting --     No     
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
1/16/09       39       21         17      61       12         49         1
12/14/08      34       21         13      64       14         50         2
9/7/08        36       24         13      61       13         48         3
8/22/08       35       22         13      63       13         50         2
7/13/08       36       22         13      63       13         50         1
6/15/08       34       21         13      63        9         54         3
4/13/08       34       24         11      64       11         52         2 
3/2/08        34       24         11      63       12         51         2
2/1/08        34       23         11      65       11         53         1
1/12/08       35       21         13      64       13         51         2
12/9/07       37       25         12      61       11         50         2 
11/1/07       35       23         12      63       12         51         2
9/30/07       38       25         14      59       12         47         3 
9/7/07        36       23         13      62       11         51         2  
7/21/07       36       25         12      63       10         53         1 
6/1/07        37       24         12      61       12         50         2 
4/15/07       33       22         11      66       12         54         1 
2/25/07       34       22         12      64       13         51         2
1/10/07       40       28         12      58       11         47         2
12/11/06      36       25         11      61       12         50         2  
11/4/06  RV   44       33         12      53       10         44         2
10/22/06      40       28         12      57       11         47         2
10/8/06       35       25         10      63       13         50         2 
9/7/06        42       29         13      56       11         45         2 
8/6/06        39       29         10      59       12         47         1 
6/25/06       40       25         15      58       13         45         2
5/15/06       37       24         14      62       12         50         1    
4/9/06        41       30         11      58       10         48         1    
3/5/06        42       29         14      57       11         46         1  
1/26/06       44       32         12      55       13         42         1
1/8/06        43       30         13      55       12         43         2
12/18/05      46       33         14      52       11         42         1 
11/2/05       39       25         13      60       12         48         1
8/28/05       46       33         12      53        9         44         1
6/26/05       46       33         13      53       10         43         1 
6/5/05        41       29         12      58       12         46         1
4/24/05       44       31         13      54       12         42         2  
3/13/05       45       34         11      53       11         42         2  
1/16/05       44       32         12      55       10         45         1  
12/19/04      42       31         11      56       10         47         2 
10/3/04  LV   49       34         15      48       11         37         3  
9/26/04  RV   46       35         12      51        8         42         3 
9/8/04   RV   51       38         13      45       10         34         4
8/29/04  RV   48       34         14      50       11         39         2 
7/25/04       49       36         13      48       11         37         3 
7/11/04       45       34         10      53       12         42         2
6/20/04       47       32         14      52       13         39         2 
5/23/04       48       35         13      50       13         37         1     
5/6/04        49       NA         NA      47       NA         NA         5
4/18/04       51        "          "      47        "          "         2
3/7/04        52                          44                             3 
2/11/04       48                          50                             2
1/18/04       56                          41                             3 
12/21/03      59                          39                             2     
12/14/03      53                          42                             5     
11/16/03      52                          44                             4     
10/29/03      54                          44                             2     
10/13/03      54                          44                             2     
9/13/03       61                          37                             2     
9/7/03        54                          42                             4     
8/24/03       57                          37                             5     
8/11/03       61                          35                             4     
7/10/03       57                          40                             3     
6/22/03       64                          33                             3     
4/30/03       70                          27                             4     
2/2/92*       66                          32                             2     
7/28/91       67                          30                             3     
6/2/91        70                          26                             3     
3/4/91        86                          13                             1     
*2/2/92 and previous: "the Persian Gulf war"; 3/4/91: "this war"
 

30. Obama has proposed withdrawing five-thousand to ten-thousand U.S. forces from Iraq
each month over the next 16 months. Do you think the U.S. should withdraw its military forces
from Iraq more (quickly) than that, more (slowly), or is that about right?

          More quickly   More slowly   About right   No opinion
1/16/09        15            26            55             4

31. Thinking now about Afghanistan, do you think the number of U.S. military
forces in Afghanistan should be (increased), (decreased), or kept about the same?

                                   Kept about     No
           Increased   Decreased    the same    opinion
1/16/09       34          29           32          5

Compare to:
Iraq:
11/1/07        9          60           27          3
9/7/07        12          58           27          3
7/21/07       16          56           26          2
6/1/07        19          55           23          3
12/11/06      17          52           27          1
10/8/06       18          51           28          3  
8/6/06        17          53           27          3  
5/15/06       15          54           27          4 
4/9/06        13          54           31          2 
3/5/06        11          52           34          3 
12/18/05       9          52           36          3  
11/2/05       15          47           36          3
8/28/05       21          41           35          4
6/26/05       16          38           44          2
3/13/05       15          44           36          4

32. Do you think the United States should continue to hold suspected terrorists at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or should it find another way to deal with these terrorism suspects?

          Continue to hold   Find another way      No 
            at Guantanamo    to deal with them   opinion
1/16/09          42                 53              5

33. (IF FIND ANOTHER WAY TO DEAL WITH SUSPECTS) Which would you prefer - for the United States to (put these terrorism suspects on trial in the regular U.S. court system), or for the United States to (send them for trial in their home countries)?

          Put on trial in   Send them for trial     No 
            U.S. system      in home countries    opinion
1/16/09          62                  33              5

32/33 NET 

                             ------- Find another way --------
          Continue to hold          Trial      Trial in     No      No
            at Guantanamo    NET   in U.S.   home country   op.   opinion  	
1/16/09           42         53      33           17         3       5

34. Obama has said that under his administration the United States will not use torture as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, no matter what the circumstance. Do you support this position not to use torture, or do you think there are cases in which the United States should consider torture against terrorism suspects?

           Support not      There are cases
          using torture   to consider torture   No opinion
1/16/09        58                 40                 2


35a. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the Obama administration should or should not investigate whether any laws were broken in the way terrorism suspects were treated under the Bush administration?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
1/16/09     50         47            2

35b. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose Bush issuing a pardon to prevent criminal charges against anyone in the federal government who carried out his administration's policy on the treatment of terrorism suspects?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
1/16/09     42        52          6

36. On another subject, do you support or oppose loosening the current restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion   
1/16/09     59        35          6
4/15/07     60        36          4
1/19/07     55        38          7

Compare to:

The federal government provides funding to support a variety of medical research. Do you think federal funding for medical research should or should not include funding for stem-cell research?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
7/30/01     60         36            3 
6/24/01     60         31            9

37. Changing topics, how big a problem is racism in our society today? Is it a big problem, somewhat of a problem, a small problem or not a problem at all?

                 ------ Problem -----   ----- Not a problem ----
                 NET   Big   Somewhat   NET   Small   Not at all   No opinion
1/16/09 All      74    26       48      26     22          4            *
        Blacks   85    44       41      15     11          4            0
        Whites   72    22       49      28     23          5            *

7/7/96* All      89    54       35      11      8          3            1 
        Blacks   93    70       23       6      5          *            1 
        Whites   89    52       37      10      8          3            1 

7/2/96  All      88    53       35      11      8          3            2 
        Blacks   95    72       23       4      4          1            1 
        Whites   87    50       37      11      8          3            2 
    
10/6/95 All      84    48       36      15      9          6            1 
        Blacks   94    64       30       6      3          3            0 
        Whites   83    46       37      15      8          7            1 
        
9/28/95 All      83    41       42      24     12         12            1 
        Blacks   95    68       27       6      5          1            *   
        Whites   83    38       45      17     13          4            1       
*7/7/96 and previous: Post-Kaiser-Harvard 1995

38. Do you think blacks (have achieved racial equality, will soon achieve racial equality,
will not achieve racial equality in your lifetime, or will never achieve racial equality)?

                   Have     Will    Not in    Will      No
                 achieved   soon   lifetime   never   opinion
1/16/09 All         35       38       17        6        3
        Blacks      20       36       23       18        3
        Whites      38       38       17        5        3
        Blacks      11       41       30       14        4
        Whites      39       36       18        2        5
       

(AMONG THOSE WITH BLACKS IN COMMUNITY) Do you think blacks who live in your community 
experience racial discrimination, or not? (IF YES) Do you think it happens often, occasionally, or rarely? ------------ Yes ------------ No NET Often Occas. Rarely No opinion 1/16/09 All 47 15 25 8 51 2 Blacks 64 26 26 12 35 1 Whites 43 11 25 8 55 1 9/14/08 All 49 18 23 7 48 3 Blacks 73 35 32 6 25 2 Whites 46 13 24 8 51 3 6/15/08 All 51 16 20 9 47 3 Blacks 54 15 26 12 44 3 Whites 48 13 27 8 49 3 1/20/03 All 45 12 27 6 52 3 Blacks 59 23 28 7 40 1 Whites 43 10 26 7 55 3

40. Have you personally ever felt that you were being discriminated against because of your race?
(IF YES) Has that happened often, occasionally or rarely?

                 ------------ Yes ------------          No   
                 NET   Often   Occas.   Rarely   No   opinion

1/16/09 All      41      5       20       17     59      *
        Blacks   74     13       35       26     26      0
        Whites   30      2       14       14     70      0

9/14/08 All      41      9       17       15     59      1 
        Blacks   76     21       38       17     23      1
        Whites   29      3       11       15     71      0
      
6/12/05 All      26      5       10       11     73      *
        Blacks   54     13       25       17     45      1
		        Whites   19      2        7       10     81      0

1/20/03 All      32      6       13       13     68      *
        Blacks   64     20       32       12     36      0
        Whites   22      3        8       11     78      *

41. (ASKED IF BLACKS IN COMMUNITY IN Q39) Do you think that blacks who live in your community
DO or DO NOT [ITEM]?

a. have as good a chance as whites to get housing they can afford

                 Yes   No   No opinion
1/16/09 All      76    21        3
        Blacks   47    50        3
        Whites   81    16        3
        Others   72    26        2

1/20/03 All      76    21        3
        Blacks   46    54        1
        Whites   81    15        4
        Others   68    30        3

b. have as good a chance as whites to get a job for which they're qualified

1/16/09 All      76    22        2
        Blacks   38    60        2
        Whites   83    15        2
        Others   71    25        4

1/20/03 All      73    24        3
        Blacks   39    60        1
        Whites   80    16        3
        Others   60    39        1

c. receive equal treatment as whites from the police

1/16/09 All      54    40        6
        Blacks   22    76        2
        Whites   60    34        7
        Others   52    41        8

1/20/03 All      57    35        7
        Blacks   28    69        3
        Whites   66    26        8
        Others   36    58        7
		d. receive equal treatment as whites when they visit local businesses, such as stores,
restaurants or banks 1/16/09 All 77 21 2 Blacks 44 54 2 Whites 83 15 2 Others 74 23 3 1/20/03 All 76 21 3 Blacks 45 53 2 Whites 82 15 3 Others 69 27 4

(ASKED OF NON-WHITES) Have you personally ever felt that [ITEM] just because of your race, or not?
IF NOT: As far as you're aware, has that ever happened to a close friend or someone in your immediate family?

a. you were denied housing you could afford

                      ----------- Yes ----------
                                         Friend/          No
                      NET   Personally   family    No   opinion
1/16/09      Blacks   36        20         16      64      *
   Other non-whites   20        14          6      80      0

1/20/03      Blacks   43        27         16      57      0

b. you were denied a job you were qualified for

1/16/09      Blacks   53        35         18      46      1
   Other non-whites   31        18         14      68      1

1/20/03      Blacks   50        34         16      49      *

c. you were stopped by the police

1/16/09      Blacks   61        37         24      39      *
   Other non-whites   44        20         24      55      1

1/20/03      Blacks   57        41         17      43      0

d. a shopkeeper or sales clerk was trying to make you feel unwelcome

1/16/09      Blacks   70        60          9      30      1
   Other non-whites   59        50          9      41      0

1/20/03      Blacks   68        61          7      32      0

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican),
an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards
the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)?

                                                                                                                                 ---Non-Partisans--
                                                                   Lean   Lean    No
            Democrat   Republican   Independent   Other   No op.   Dem.   Rep.   Lean
1/16/09        35          23            36         5       1       20     12     11
12/14/08       37          24            35         4       1       16     13     10
11/3/08        35          26            30         6       2       13     10     15
10/11/08       36          26            31         4       2       15     12     10
9/29/08        34          26            31         8       2       17     12     12
9/22/08        36          26            31         5       2       18      9     11
9/7/08         35          26            33         5       2       15     14     11
8/22/08        36          23            34         6       1       16     14     10
7/13/08        37          24            33         6       1       16     14     10
6/15/08        38          24            34         4       1       16     14      8
5/11/08        34          28            34         4       1       19     11      8
4/13/08        35          29            30         5       1       15     13      8
3/2/08         40          28            28         3       1       15      8      9
2/1/08         37          26            32         4       1       16     11     10
1/12/08        39          27            29         5       1       13      9     12


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

                                                     Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
1/16/09        24         42            32                  *             1
12/14/08       22         37            37                  1             2
10/11/08 RV    22         44            34                  *             1
9/29/08 RV     19         44            34                  1             1
9/22/08 RV     23         41            32                  2             1
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08        19         43            35                  2             1
6/15/08        21         43            33                  1             2
5/11/08        24         39            34                  2             1
4/13/08        24         38            35                  1             2
3/2/08         19         48            30                  2             2
2/1/08         25         38            34                  2             1
1/12/08        24         36            36                  2             1
12/9/07        24         38            36                  1             1
11/1/07        24         41            32                  1             1
9/30/07        24         45            30                  1             1
9/7/07         20         39            39                  1             2
7/21/07        25         39            32                  3             1
6/1/07         24         36            37                  2             1
4/15/07        24         42            32                  1             1
2/25/07        23         40            35                  1             1
1/19/07        23         41            33                  1             1
12/11/06       23         42            33                  2             1
11/4/06        19         42            36                  2             1
10/22/06       22         42            32                  2             2
10/8/06        21         43            33                  1             1
9/7/06         24         39            33                  2             2
8/6/06         18         42            38                  1             1
6/25/06        21         41            35                  1             1
5/15/06        19         48            31                  1             1
5/11/06        18         49            33                  *             *
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             *
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             *
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1

INCOME. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Which of the following CATEGORIES best describes
your total annual household income before taxes, from all sources? -------Less than $50k------- --------More than $50k-------- NET <20k 20-35k 35-50k NET 50-75k 75-100k 100k+ 1/16/08 52 17 18 17 48 16 13 19 12/14/08 44 14 15 15 54 18 15 21 10/11/08 RV 41 12 14 16 56 20 15 22 9/29/08 RV 42 10 14 17 56 18 16 22 9/22/08 RV 40 12 14 14 57 21 14 22 9/22/08 46 16 16 14 50 18 12 20 9/7/08 RV 44 13 14 17 56 17 15 24 8/22/08 RV 39 10 11 18 59 19 16 24 8/22/08 43 15 12 17 53 18 15 21 7/13/08 RV 43 14 14 15 54 16 14 24 7/13/08 48 18 15 15 50 16 12 21 6/15/08 47 18 15 15 51 18 15 18 5/11/08 47 15 16 17 50 18 13 19 4/13/08 47 17 13 17 51 18 14 18 3/2/08 44 14 13 17 52 17 13 22 2/1/08 48 17 16 15 48 18 12 18 1/12/08 46 12 18 16 51 19 13 19 12/9/07 49 14 17 18 48 15 15 18 11/1/07 48 14 16 17 49 16 13 21 9/30/07 53 17 16 20 44 18 12 14 9/7/07 43 10 17 16 54 19 15 20 7/21/07 46 16 14 16 51 18 13 19 6/1/07 49 15 18 16 49 18 13 18 4/15/07 46 15 16 15 51 20 13 18 2/25/07 46 10 16 20 51 20 14 17 1/19/07 49 16 17 15 49 16 13 20 12/11/06 46 11 16 19 51 18 16 17 10/22/06 52 16 20 17 45 16 11 17 10/8/06 46 13 16 17 51 22 13 16 9/7/06 51 16 18 17 47 17 15 15 8/6/06 49 14 16 18 48 20 12 16 6/25/06 50 16 16 19 47 19 11 17 5/15/06 52 14 18 21 46 16 13 17 5/11/06 46 9 18 18 53 18 15 20 4/9/06 53 16 20 17 47 19 12 16 3/5/06 50 16 18 16 48 20 12 16 1/26/06 52 20 15 17 46 18 12 16 12/18/05 54 17 19 18 44 18 12 15 11/2/05 52 14 18 20 46 19 13 14 9/11/05 55 18 20 17 42 18 11 14 8/28/05 52 18 15 19 46 18 11 16 6/26/05 49 14 17 18 49 19 14 16 6/5/05 55 15 20 20 43 17 13 14 4/24/05 55 15 21 19 45 18 12 15 ***END***

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