Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 8-11, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,122 adults, including additional interviews with randomly selected African Americans, for a total of 206 black respondents. The additional interviews (commonly referred to as an "oversample") were completed to ensure there were enough African American respondents for separate analysis; the group was not over-represented in the reported results from the full sample. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Error margins are higher for subgroups. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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


							  

2. 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  
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 RV       32        66        2 
         All      30        68        2 
10/8/06           32        66        2 
5/15/06           29        69        2 
11/2/05           30        68        2 
10/24/04 LV       41        55        4 
4/18/04           42        57        1 
4/30/03           52        46        2 
9/26/02           43        53        4 
2/21/02           54        42        4 
2/14/99           55        41        4 
11/1/98           55        43        2 
11/1/98  LV       55        44        1 
8/21/98           57        40        4
7/12/98           50        45        6
4/4/98            55        41        4
1/31/98           61        34        5
1/30/98           61        34        5
1/19/98           44        50        6
8/27/97           39        57        4
6/8/97            37        60        3
3/9/97            34        62        4
10/17/96 RV       40        55        5
10/16/96 RV       42        53        5
10/15/96 RV       43        52        5
10/14/96 RV       44        51        5
10/13/96 RV       44        51        5
9/04/96  RV       40        54        6
8/21/96           28        67        5
6/30/96           26        70        5
3/17/96           27        70        3
1/21/96           27        66        6
1/3/96            21        77        3
4/5/95            23        73        3
1/4/95            27        68        6
10/31/94          27        69        4
7/20/94           26        70        4
3/27/94           28        69        3
1/23/94           31        60       10
11/14/93          25        69        6
8/8/93            26        71        3
6/20/93           26        71        3
4/26/93           27        71        2
3/11/93           36        57        7
2/28/93           37        59        4
1/17/93           31        63        6
12/14/92          35        60        5
10/27/92 RV       22        76        2
10/4/92  RV       18        78        4
6/7/92            14        83        3
4/9/92            16        81        3
3/11/92           18        79        4
1/15/92           19        78        3
11/10/91          24        72        4
10/29/91          26        71        3
8/27/91           31        60        9
7/28/91           30        67        3
6/2/91            39        57        4
4/9/91            42        51        7
2/26/91           58        39        3
1/27/91           49        48        4
10/14/90          19        79        2
9/9/90            36        60        4
8/20/90           35        60        5
7/24/90           37        60        2
5/21/90           39        60        2
3/26/90           44        53        2
2/4/90            49        48        3
1/16/90           48        49        3
5/23/89           42        55        3
3/16/89           46        52        2
1/16/89  LV       51        46        3
10/25/88 RV       49        46        6
9/27/88           48        44        8
7/11/88           40        56        4
5/25/88           35        59        6
3/21/88           40        56        4
1/23/88           39        59        2
12/13/87          49        47        4
12/2/87           35        61        4
9/23/87           43        54        4
6/29/87           35        62        3
4/13/87           37        60        3
3/9/87            38        58        4
1/18/87           39        56        5
9/8/86            50        48        2
1/26/86           45        47        8
7/29/85           52        43        6
1/16/85           59        36        4
5/22/84           47        48        5
12/13/83          43        51        6
11/7/83           51        44        5
4/12/83           41        54        4
3/2/83            43        53        3
1/25/83           58        39        3
1/25/83           43        52        4
10/11/82          35        57        8
1/30/82           39        56        5
2/80*             20        70       10
2/78              34        53       13
2/77              41        44       14
10/75             19        71        9
10/74             15        75       11
10/73             16        74       10
*2/80 and previous: Roper

3. Thinking ahead to the November presidential election, what is the single most important issue in your choice for president?

                      --------- 2008 ---------   ------ 2007 -----
                      5/11   4/13   2/1   1/12   12/9   11/1   9/7
Economy/Jobs           36     41    39     29     24     14    11
Iraq/War in Iraq       21     18    19     20     23     29    35
Health care             6      7     8     10     10     13    13
Terrorism/National            
 security               4      5     5      4      9      5     6
Ethics/Honesty/
 Corruption in 
 government             3      4     4      5      4      4     6
Education               2      2     2      2      1      2     1
Immigration/Illegal   
 immigration            2      4     4      4      5      5     5
Morals/Family 
 values                 2      2     2      2      3      3     2
Gas/Oil Prices/Energy   2      1     *      1     NA     NA    NA
Taxes                   2      *     1      1      1      1     1
Environment             1      *     1      1      1      2     1
Abortion                1      1     1      1      1      1     1
Foreign policy          1      1     1      2      1      2     1
Guns/Gun control        1      *     *      *      *     NA    NA
Federal budget 
 deficit                *      *     *      *      *      1     1
Housing/Mortgages       *      *     *      *      *      *     *
Social Security         *      *     *      1      1      2     1
Iran/Situation
 in Iran                *      0     0      *      0      *     0
Global warming          0      0     *      *      *      *     *
None/Nothing            *      *     *      *      1      *     *
Other                   7      7     6      9      7      9     7
No opinion              6      5     7      7      7      8     9

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

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

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

              ---- Closely -----   ---- Not closely -----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion 
5/11/08       83     39     44     17       13        5        0  
4/13/08       84     37     47     16       11        5        *  
3/2/08        84     42     42     15       11        4        * 
2/1/08        81     35     46     19       12        7        *
1/12/08       79     32     47     21       15        6        *  
12/9/07       72     21     51     28       19        8        *
11/1/07       67     21     46     33       22       12        0  
9/30/07       69     21     48     30       21       10        * 
7/21/07       70     22     48     30       20       10        *  
6/1/07        66     18     48     34       22       13        *  
4/15/07       66     20     45     34       20       14        *  
2/25/07       65     20     44     35       25       10        *

Early 2004: 
5/23/04       74     33     41     26       17        9        *
4/18/04       75     30     45     25       16        9        0
3/7/04        75     33     42     25       18        7        * 
2/11/04       75     30     45     25       15       10        *
1/18/04       66     22     44     35       22       13        *  
10/29/03      54     15     39     45       30       15        0
9/13/03       56     16     40     44       27       17        *
Early 2000:
4/2/00        53     17     36     47       24       23        0
3/11/00       61     21     40     38       21       17        0
2/27/00       70     24     46     30       20       10        *
2/6/00        65     19     48     34       21       13        0
1/16/00       50     11     39     50       26       24        *
12/15/99      45     12     33     55       31       24        *
10/31/99      61     16     45     38       25       13        *

6. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Who would you like to see win the Democratic nomination for president this year - (Hillary Clinton) or (Barack Obama)? Which candidate are you leaning toward?

NET LEANED VOTE

          Hillary   Barack   Other    Neither     No
          Clinton   Obama    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
5/11/08     41        53       *         4         2   
4/13/08     41        51       1         2         5
3/2/08      43        50       1         3         2

Compare to:

(ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) If the Democratic presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were: (Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE - ALL LEANED DEMS

                      -- 2008 --   ------------------- 2007 -------------------
                      2/1   1/12   12/9  11/1  9/30  9/7  7/21  6/1  4/15  2/25
Hillary Clinton       47     41     52    49    53   41    45    42   41    43
Barack Obama          43     39     23    26    20   27    30    27   25    27
John Edwards           1     11     12    12    13   14    12    11   17    14
Other (vol.)           1      1      0     *     *    1     1     *    1     *
None (vol.)            2      2      2     1     4    4     2     4    3     4
Wouldn't vote (vol.)   1      0      1     1     1    0     2     1    1     1
No opinion             5      4      3     2     2    5     2     6    5     4

*Asked Dennis Kucinich 1/12 and previous, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd 12/9 and previous, Mike Gravel 11/1 and previous, Al Gore 7/21 and previous, Wesley Clark 4/15 and previous, Tom Vilsack 2/25 and previous, John Kerry 1/19 and previous, Evan Bayh 12/11.

7. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Regardless of who you may support, who do you think (ITEM) - (Clinton) or (Obama)?

5/11/08 - Summary Table
                                                    Both     Neither     No 
                                  Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. has the better chance of 
   getting elected president in    
   November                         26        62      6         2         4
b. is the stronger leader           42        49      5         2         3 
c. has better experience to be      65        24      5         4         2
   president                        

Trend:

a. has the better chance of getting elected president in November  

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
5/11/08     26       62        6        2         4
4/13/08     31       62        1        2         3
2/1/08      47       42        3        2         7

Compare to:

                                       All      Any 2    None      No 
          Clinton   Obama   Edwards   (vol.)   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
1/12/08     43       36       10        2         1        *        7
12/9/07     59       16       16        1         2        1        5
11/1/07     62       15       14        1         2        1        5
9/30/07     57       16       20        *         1        1        3
6/1/07      43       21       26        1         2        1        6
2/25/07     48        17      25        *         2        1        6

b. is the stronger leader

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
5/11/08     42       49        5        2         3
4/13/08     49       44        3        1         2
2/1/08      58       34        2        1         4
Compare to:

                                       All      Any 2    None      No 
          Clinton   Obama   Edwards   (vol.)   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
1/12/08     47       33       12        1         2        1        4
12/9/07     61       19       13        *         1        1        4
11/1/07     59       24       12        1         1        1        3
9/30/07     61       20       13        1         1        2        3
6/1/07      50       26       15        1         1        1        5
2/25/07     52       23       17        1         1        1        5

c. has better experience to be president

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
5/11/08     65       24        5        4         2
4/13/08     67       24        3        5         1   

Compare to:
                                       All      Any      None      No 
          Clinton   Obama   Edwards   (vol.)   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
1/12/08     71       11        9        2         1        2        4
12/9/07     73        8       13        1         *        1        3
6/1/07      66        9       19        1         1        2        3
2/25/07     71        5       17        1         1        2        3

8. If the 2008 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (John McCain, the Republican) and (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE
                             Other    Neither    Would not      No
          McCain   Clinton   (vol.)   (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opinion
5/11/08     46       49        *        2           1            1  
4/13/08     48       45        1        3           2            1
3/2/08      44       50        *        3           2            1
2/1/08      49       46        *        2           1            2
11/1/07     43       52        1        2           1            1
1/19/07     45       50        *        3           1            1

9. If the 2008 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (John McCain, the Republican) and (Barack Obama, the Democrat), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE
                           Other    Neither    Would not      No
          McCain   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opinion
5/11/08     44       51       *        3           1           1
4/13/08     44       49       *        3           3           2
3/2/08      40       52       *        3           2           3 
2/1/08      46       49       *        2           1           3
1/19/07     45       47       *        3           1           3

10. (IF NAMED CANDIDATE, Q10) Would you definitely vote for (CANDIDATE), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for someone else? IF CHANCE CHANGE MIND: Is there a GOOD CHANCE you'll change your mind, or would you say it's PRETTY UNLIKELY?

/11/08 - Summary Table 

               Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No 
                vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
John McCain        66       32     17       15         2
Barack Obama       71       26     13       13         3  

11. Which of these is more important to you in a candidate for president: (strength and experience) or (a new direction and new ideas)?

          Strength and   New direction    Both    Neither     No 
           experience    and new ideas   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
5/11/08        47              43           9        1         1
4/13/08        49              43           6        1         1  
3/2/08         45              46           7        1         1
2/1/08         51              39           7        1         1
1/12/08        47              43           9        *         1
12/9/07        54              38           6        *         1
11/1/07        49              41           8        1         1
9/30/07        52              40           7        1         1
7/21/07        50              41           6        *         2

12. Regardless of who you may support, would you say the more you hear about [CANDIDATE] the (more you like {him/her}), the more you hear about {him/her} the (less you like {him/her}), or has your opinion about {him/her} not changed lately one way or the other?

5/11/08 - Summary Table

             More you   Less you   Opinion not     No 
               like       like       changed     opinion
a. Obama        26         24           49          2 
b. Clinton      15         23           61          1
c. McCain       14         20           64          2

13. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about (ITEM), is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable?

5/11/08 - Summary Table    
                             --- Comfortable --   -- Uncomfortable--     No
                             NET   Ent.   Smwt.   NET   Smwt.   Ent.   opinion
a. a woman president of      84    62      22     16      9       7       *
   the United States         
b. an African American       88    66      22     12      6       6       1
   president of the United   
   States                    
c. someone entering          60    31      29     39     24      15       1 
   office as president of
   the United States at 
   age 72                   

Trend where available:

a. a woman president of the United States  
       
          -- Comfortable ---   -- Uncomfortable--     No
		  NET   Ent.   Smwt.   NET   Smwt.   Ent.   opinion
5/11/08   84     62     22     16      9       7       * 
7/21/07   79     54     25     20      9      10       1 

b. an African American president of the United States    

          -- Comfortable ---   -- Uncomfortable--     No
          NET   Ent.   Smwt.   NET   Smwt.   Ent.   opinion
5/11/08   88     66     22     12      6       6       1
7/21/07   86     56     30     12      7       5       1

c. No trend.                

14. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Given the current standings, do you think Clinton should (stay in the race), or (drop out)?

          Stay in race   Drop out   No opinion
5/11/08        64           35            1

15. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Do you think having the race continue this long will (help) the Democratic Party in November, (hurt) the party, or won't make much difference in the end?

          Help   Hurt   No difference   No opinion
5/11/08    15     27          56              2

Compare to:

(ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Some people say the length of the Democratic race (is bad for the Democrats because they're attacking each other and spending money on the primary campaign rather than focusing on the November election). Others say it (is good for the Democrats because it's energizing Democratic voters keeping the attention on their side). What's your opinion - do you think the length of the Democratic contest is [good] for the Democrats, [bad] for the Democrats, or won't make much difference in the end?

          Good   Bad   No difference   No opinion
4/13/08    17    32          50             1  

16. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) If Obama is the nominee, how confident are you that Democrats will come together and support him against McCain in November - very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

          ---- Confident ----   --- Not Confident ---     No 
          NET   Very   Smwht.   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
5/11/08   85     45      39     14      11        3        1

17. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) If Obama is the Democratic nominee for president, who would you like him to choose as his vice presidential running-mate?

                    5/11/08   3/2/08
Hillary Clinton       39       36 
John Edwards          10       11
Bill Richardson        3        3
Al Gore                2        1
Jim Webb               1        *
Colin Powell           *        *
Evan Bayh              *        *
Joe Biden              *        1
Joe Lieberman          *        *
Kathleen Sebelius      *        *  
Mike Bloomberg         *        *
Sam Nunn               *        *
Tom Daschle            *        *
Anthony Zinni          0        *
Chris Dodd             0        *
Ted Strickland         0        *
Wesley Clark           0        *
Other                  4        8
None                   *
Up to him (vol.)       4        5
No opinion            36       34

18. If Obama is the presidential nominee, would having Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running-mate make you more likely to vote for the Democratic ticket in November, more likely to vote for the Republican ticket, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?

          Democratic   Republican    Wouldn't make     Would not      No 
            ticket       ticket     much difference   vote (vol.)   opinion 
5/11/08       25           18              54               3          1

19. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Who would you like McCain to choose as his vice presidential running-mate?

                       5/11/08   3/2/08
Mitt Romney              12       11
Mike Huckabee             7       17
Condoleezza Rice          5        3
Colin Powell              3        2
Rudy Giuliani             2        2
Fred Thompson             1        2
Jeb Bush                  1        0
Joe Lieberman             1        2
Ron Paul                  1
Charlie Crist             *        *
John Thune                *        0
Kay Bailey Hutchison      *        *
Mike Bloomberg            *        1
Mark Sanford              *        1
Rob Portman               *        0
Sonny Perdue              *        0
Tim Pawlenty              *        *
Chuck Hagel               0        *
Other                     9       11
None                      *
Up to him (vol.)          7        3
No opinion               47       43

20. Regardless of who you may support, who do you think (ITEM) - (Obama) or (McCain)?

Summary Table* - 5/11/08
                                                    Both    Neither     No 
                                  McCain   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. is the stronger leader           46       42       3        2         6
b. has the better experience 
   to be president                  71       18       3        4         5
c. would do more to bring             
   needed change to Washington      29       59       2        6         4
d. has a better personality and                     
   temperament to be  president     32       56       4        3         6
e. better understands the 
   problems of people like you      35       54       2        5         3
f. has a clearer vision 
   for the future                   34       54       3        5         3
g. has higher personal and 
   ethical standards                41       42       9        3         5
h. has better knowledge 
   of world affairs                 65       24       4        2         5
*Half sample asked items a-d, other half sample asked items e-h.

Trend:

a. is the stronger leader         

                            Both     Neither      No 
          McCain   Obama   (vol.)    (vol.)    opinion
5/11/08     46       42       3         2         6
3/2/08      51       40       2         1         6
b. has the better experience to be president                

5/11/08     71       18       3         4         5
3/2/08      70       19       2         5         5

c. would do more to bring needed change to Washington         

5/11/08     29       59       2         6         4
3/2/08      31       56       1         6         6

d. has a better personality and temperament to be  president

5/11/08     32       56       4         3         6
3/2/08      28       57       2         5         8

e. better understands the problems of people like you  
  
5/11/08     35       54       2         5         3
3/2/08      29       56       2         7         7

f. has a clearer vision for the future                 

5/11/08     34       54       3         5         3
3/2/08      32       53       5         5         4

g. has higher personal and ethical standards              

5/11/08     41       42       9         3         5
3/2/08      31       43      10         4        11

h. has better knowledge of world affairs               

5/11/08     65       24       4         2         5
3/2/08      64       24       4         3         5

21. Regardless of who you may support, who do you trust more to handle (ITEM) - (Obama) or (McCain)?

Summary Table* - 5/11/08
                                          Both    Neither      No
                        McCain   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. Gasoline prices        28       48       3       14         7 
b. The economy            38       48       2        8         4
c. The war in Iraq        45       46       1        5         3
d. Immigration issues     37       42       3       10         7
e. The U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism      55       34       4        4         3
f. Health care            31       55       2        7         5
g. Ethics in government   39       46       8        4         4
*Full sample asked item a, half sample asked items b-d, other half sample asked items e-g.
Trend where available:

a. No trend.

b. The economy

                            Both     Neither     No 
          McCain   Obama   (vol.)    (vol.)    opinion
5/11/08     38       48       2        8          4
3/2/08      37       49       2        6          6

c. The war in Iraq    
    
5/11/08     45       46       1         5         3
3/2/08      48       43       1         4         5

d. Immigration issues     

5/11/08     37       42       3        10         7
3/2/08      35       48       3         6         8

e. The U.S. campaign against terrorism      

5/11/08     55       34       4         4         3
3/2/08      58       33       2         3         5

f. Health care            

5/11/08     31       55       2         7         5
3/2/08      30       56       *         7         6

g. Ethics in government   

5/11/08     39       46       8         4         4
3/2/08      35       48       7         5         6

22. As you may know there has been some controversy lately over the preaching of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who has been Barack Obama's minister. In terms of distancing himself from Wright's comments, do you think Obama has done (too much), (too little) or about the right amount?

          Too much   Too little   Right amount   No opinion
5/11/08       6          27            60             7
4/13/08       5          30            59             7

23. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) How concerned are you that the Republicans would be able to use Wright's comments effectively against Obama in a general election campaign - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?

          ----- Concerned -----   ----- Not concerned -----
		  NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   No opinion
5/11/08   44     13       31      56      22         34            *  
4/13/08   47     15       32      51      21         30            2 

24. On another subject, how concerned are you about being able to maintain your current standard of living - are you very worried, somewhat worried, not so worried or not worried at all?

          ---- Worried ----   ---- Not Worried ----     No
          NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
5/11/08   68     28     40    32      16       15        *
12/9/07   51     17     34    49      22       27        *

25. Which of these is the single most important economic issue facing you and your family? If it's a different economic issue than the ones on the list, just tell me that. Is it:

                                5/11/08   1/12/08     
Inflation or rising prices overall     32        23 
The price of gasoline                  20        16            
Health care costs                      13        24        
High taxes                              9        12
Problems getting a good-paying
 job or a raise in pay                  5         8      
Personal debt, like credit-card 
 or mortgage debt                       5         5      
Difficulty saving for retirement        4         6       
Something else                          5         2
All of them                             6         4
None                                    1         *
No opinion                              *         1

26. Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? (IF YES) Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?

           ----------- Yes -----------
           NET   Serious   Not serious   No   No opinion
5/11/08    63       34          29       37        *
4/13/08    67       38          29       32        1
5/21/07    58       27          30       42        *
4/15/07    67       36          31       33        *
7/19/06    60       29          30       39        1
5/15/06    57       31          26       43        * 
4/9/06     70       44          26       30        * 
9/11/05    64       34          30       36        *
8/28/05    66       36          30       34        * 
8/21/05    53       26          27       47        *
4/24/05    64       34          30       36        *
3/20/05    57       29          28       43        *
5/23/04    64       37          27       36        0
4/18/04    54       31          23       46        0
4/28/02    53       20          33       47        *
4/29/01    48       17          30       52        *
6/25/00*   44       NA          NA       56        *
5/24/00    36                            64        *
4/2/00     39                            61        *
3/12/00    41                            59        *
2/15/00    40       "           "        60        *
*6/25 and previous by Gallup; slightly different wordings.

27. (IF GAS IS A HARDSHIP) What steps, if any, have you taken to deal with the higher price of gasoline?

                                     5/11/08
Driving Less NET	                        66
   Driving less                             54            
   Carpooling/ride sharing                   7      
   Taking mass transit                       3    
   Telecommuting                             *      
   Changing vacation plans                   1          
   Cut back on other types of travel         2              
Bought smaller/more fuel efficient car       8       
Cut back on other expenses                   7     
Running up debt/credit card bills, etc.      *              
Shopping around for cheaper gas              2         
Other                                       10
None                                         9
No opinion                                   2       

28. (IF NOT DRIVING LESS) What price per gallon would gasoline have to reach for you to significantly cut back on the amount of driving you do?

          Mean    Median
5/11/08   $5.65   $5.00

29. What do you think is the main reason gasoline prices have gone up recently?

                           5/11/08   5/21/07
Oil companies/greed/profit       30        33
Iraq war                         12        15
Bush administration              10         7
OPEC/foreign oil producers        9         4
Market forces                     8         2
Supply - less gas available 
 or gas production problems       7         8
Demand - people driving more      5         3
Other political reasons           4         8
Time of year/season               *         2
Supply and demand                 *
Other                             5         6
No opinion                       10        12

30. Apart from gasoline, are you having any trouble paying your household bills because of rising prices, or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
5/11/08   30    70       *

31. (IF EXPERIENCING SOME OTHER FINANCIAL HARDSHIP) Apart from gasoline, what expenses are causing you the greatest problems because of rising prices? (ACCEPT UP TO TWO)

                                    5/11/08
Food                                  56
Electricity                           21
Medical/health-care/drug expenses     15
Other household expenses              15
Mortgage                               8
Rent                                   4
Credit cards/loans/other debt          4
Other transportation expenses          3
Home/car repairs or maintenance        2
Travel/air fares                       1
Tuition/education                      1
Clothes                                1
Entertainment/gifts                    1
Childcare                              *
Business expenses                      *
Other                                 10
None                                   *
No opinion                             1

32. Would you support or oppose suspending the federal gasoline tax of 18 cents per gallon this summer?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
5/11/08     46        47          7   

33. (IF SUPPORT GAS TAX HOLIDAY) Critics of the idea say suspending the gasoline tax might not reduce prices much, and would cut billions of dollars from the fund the federal government uses for highway improvements. Given those arguments, would you support or oppose suspending the federal gasoline tax of 18 cents per gallon this summer?

     
          Support   Oppose   No opinion
5/11/08     69        28          3    

32/33 NET


                    ---- Oppose -----   
                           At     Now   
          Support   NET   first    do   No opinion
5/11/08     33      60     47      13         7

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as:

 Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
5/11/08        34            28              34           4         1
4/13/08        35            29              30           5         1
3/2/08         40            28              28           3         1
2/1/08         37            26              32           4         1
1/12/08        39            27              29           5         1
12/9/07        37            24              33           5         1
11/1/07        35            29              31           4         1
9/30/07        33            24              36           6         1
9/7/07         31            24              38           6         1
7/21/07        35            23              35           6         *
6/1/07         32            25              38           5         1
4/15/07        36            25              33           6         *
2/25/07        35            26              35           3         1
1/19/07        36            24              35           5         1
12/11/06       34            24              36           5         1
11/4/06        33            30              32           3         2
10/22/06       30            28              36           4         2
10/8/06        38            27              31           3         1
9/7/06         33            32              30           3         2
8/6/06         34            27              34           4         1
6/25/06        33            28              35           3         *
5/15/06        34            28              33           4         1
5/11/06        33            30              33           3         1
4/9/06         34            29              34           3         0
3/5/06         32            28              36           3         1
1/26/06        32            27              34           6         *
1/8/06         31            30              34           5         1
12/18/05       33            32              33           2         *
11/2/05        31            27              38           3         1
9/11/05        31            27              34           8         1
9/2/05         32            31              31           5         2
8/28/05        32            29              33           5         1
6/26/05        34            28              32           5         1
6/5/05         30            31              34           4         *
4/24/05        35            28              32           5         *

904. Do you lean more towards the:

         Democratic Party    Republican Party    (VOL) Neither    No op.
5/11/08        50                   29                 19           2
4/13/08        42                   37                 19           2
3/2/08         46                   26                 22           5
2/1/08         43                   30                 23           4
1/12/08        38                   26                 32           4
12/9/07        39                   32                 24           4
11/1/07        42                   34                 22           2
9/30/07        38                   34                 27           1
9/7/07         40                   27                 28           5
7/21/07        42                   34                 22           1
6/1/07         45                   27                 26           2
4/15/07        39                   30                 29           2
2/25/07        42                   33                 24           1
1/19/07        50                   27                 20           3
12/11/06       44                   32                 23           1

NET LEANED PARTY:

            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
5/11/08        53            39               6           2         *
4/13/08        50            42               6           2         *
3/2/08         55            36               7           1         1
2/1/08         53            37               8           2         1
1/12/08        52            36               9           3         *
12/9/07        53            36               8           3         *
11/1/07        50            41               6           2         1
9/30/07        50            38               9           2         *
9/7/07         49            36              11           3         1
7/21/07        53            38               7           3         0
6/1/07         52            36              10           2         1
4/15/07        51            37              10           2         *
2/25/07        52            39               8           1         *
1/19/07        56            34               7           2         *
12/11/06       52            38               7           3         *

905. Are you registered to vote at your present address, or not?

  
             Yes     No     No opinion
5/11/08      82      18          *
4/13/08      83      17          *
3/2/08       84      15          1
2/1/08       80      19          1
1/12/08      82      17          1
12/9/07      82      18          1
11/1/07      81      19          1
9/30/07      81      18          1
9/7/07       80      19          1
7/21/07      84      16          *
6/1/07       82      18          *
4/15/07      85      15          *
2/25/07      84      16          *
1/19/07      80      20          *
12/11/06     84      16          *
11/4/06      80      19          *
10/22/06     78      22          3
10/8/06      85      15          *
9/7/06       81      19          *
8/6/06       85      15          0
6/25/06      83      17          1
5/15/06      83      17          *
5/11/06      84      16          *
4/9/06       83      17          0
1/26/06      81      19          *
12/18/05     86      14          *
11/2/05      86      14          *

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.
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

909. What was the last grade of school you completed?

High school or less        15
Graduated high school      32
Some college               23
Graduated College          18
Post-graduate              13

910. What is your age?

18-29                      22
30-39                      19
40-49                      17
50-64                      25
65+                        16

911. What, if anything, is your religion?

                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
5/11/08        42          22              15              4       15     *
4/13/08        45          22              14              4       13     1
3/2/08         42          21              12              5       17     *
2/1/08         42          21              13              5       17     *
1/12/08        44          21              14              4       15     *
12/9/07        43          21              13              4       16     1
11/1/07        46          21              15              6       13     1
9/30/07        44          21              14              6       15     *
9/7/07         46          21              14              4       13     *
7/21/07        46          20              14              5       12     *
6/1/07         44          22              14              4       15     1
4/15/07        42          21              17              5       13     1
2/25/07        44          21              14              6       14     *
1/19/07        44          23              10              5       14     1
12/11/06       42          21              12              2       16     1
11/4/06        48          23              12              2       12     1
10/22/06       44          21              14              3       15     1
10/8/06        44          19              13              5       15     *
9/7/06         46          19              12              6       14     1
8/6/06         45          23              12              3       16     1
6/25/06        45          23              12              4       14     *
5/15/06        46          22              14              4       12     *
5/11/06        46          24              10              4       13     1
4/9/06         42          24              14              5       14     *
3/5/06         44          21              14              4       14     *
1/26/06        46          24              11              4       14     1
1/8/06         45          20              12              4       15     1
12/18/05       44          21              13              3       15     1
11/2/05        46          21              11              6       15     *
9/11/05        44          23              12              3       15     *
8/28/05        44          23              14              3       13     1
6/26/05        46          22              10              4       16     *
6/5/05         47          23              11              4       14     *
4/24/05        47          21              12              4       14     1

911b. (IF CHRISTIAN) Would you consider yourself a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin.
5/11/08     40      56         4
4/13/08     43      54         3
3/2/08      42      56         2
2/1/08      43      56         2
1/12/08     40      57         3
12/9/07     44      54         2
11/1/07     41      56         3
9/30/07     42      55         3
9/7/07      44      54         3
7/21/07     45      54         1
6/1/07      42      56         3
4/15/07     40      58         2
2/25/07     42      55         3
1/19/07     43      55         2
12/11/06    44      53         3
11/4/06     43      55         2
10/22/06    43      53         4
10/8/06     44      55         1
9/7/06      45      53         2
8/6/06      46      51         3
6/25/06     42      55         3
5/15/06     42      56         1
5/11/06     38      60         2
4/9/06      40      59         1
3/5/06      46      53         1
1/26/06     44      54         2
1/8/06      45      51         3
12/18/05    43      54         2
11/2/05     41      57         2
9/11/05     40      58         2
8/28/05     43      54         3
6/26/05     42      55         3
6/5/05      44      54         2
4/24/05     42      56         2

914. Are you:

                                                      Never
             Married  Separated  Divorced   Widowed  Married
5/11/08        55         2          9         8       25
4/13/08        53         1         12         8       26
3/2/08         54         3         10         7       27
2/1/08         56         3         10         8       24
1/12/08        55         3         12         7       23
12/9/07        57         2         10         8       23
11/1/07        58         4         11         7       21
9/30/07        53         2         12         7       26
7/21/07        57         3         10         6       23
6/1/07         56         2         10         7       25
4/15/07        58         2         11         8       22
2/25/07        58         2         10         9       21
1/19/07        58         4         10         7       20

INCOME. Which of the following CATEGORIES best describes your total annual household income before taxes, from all sources?

            -------Less than $50k-------   --------More than $50k--------
            NET   <20k   20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
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

Q921. Sex

Male               48
Female             52

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