Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone September 5-7, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,133 adults and 961 registered voters, including additional interviews with randomly selected African Americans, for a total of 211 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. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) 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 
9/7/08   RV   89     51     38     10        6        5        *
8/22/08  RV   84     42     42     16       11        5        *
7/13/08  RV   79     36     42     21       12        9        1
7/13/08       73     32     41     26       14       12        1
6/15/08  RV   80     39     41     20       10       10        *
6/15/08       75     34     41     25       12       13        *
5/11/08  RV   85     45     40     15       12        3        0  
5/11/08       83     39     44     17       13        5        0  
4/13/08  RV   87     42     45     13        9        4        *  
4/13/08       84     37     47     16       11        5        *  
3/2/08   RV   87     47     40     12        8        4        * 
3/2/08        84     42     42     15       11        4        * 
2/1/08   RV   86     40     46     14       10        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        *

2004:
9/8/04   RV   85     45     40     14       10        4        1
8/29/04  RV   81     43     38     20       13        7        *
8/1/04   RV   80     41     39     20       13        7        *
7/25/04       73     34     39     27       15       12        *
6/20/04       78     33     45     22       15        7        *
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        *

2000:
9/6/00   RV   74     26     48     26       17        9        *
8/20/00  RV   74     28     46     26       16       10        1
8/10/00  RV   72     29     43     29       18       11        *
8/6/00        53     17     36     47       22       25        *
7/29/00       51     16     35     49       25       24        *
7/23/00       50     14     36     50       25       25        *
6/11/00       49     13     36     51       26       25        0
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        *

7/17/95       36      7     29     63       33       31        *
7/8/92        76     28     48     24       16        8        *
1/27/92       51     14     37     48       25       23        1
8/18/88  RV   68     26     42     31       20       11        0
8/15/88  RV   70     27     43     31       19       12        0
5/25/88       76     25     51     25       19        6        *
8/23/87       50      9     41     49       31       18        *
6/1/87        50     11     39     49       32       17        *
 

2. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the presidential election in November: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that?

                                                        Don't think  
             Certain   Probably   Chances   Less than    will vote      No    
             to vote     vote      50/50      that        (vol.)      opinion
9/7/08  RV     85          7          5         1            1           *     
8/22/08 RV     84         10          4         2            *           *
7/13/08 RV     79         10          7         3            2           0
7/13/08        69         11          8         7            5           *
6/15/08 RV     80          9          7         3            1           *
6/15/08        71          9          8         7            4           *
3/2/08  RV     87          7          5         1            *           *
3/2/08         78          9          7         4            2           *

3. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2008 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats) and (John McCain and Sarah Palin, the Republicans), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE - REGISTERED VOTERS

                           Other    Neither   Would not       No
          Obama   McCain   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/7/08      47      46       1         1          1            4
8/22/08     49      43       *         3          2            3
7/13/08     50      42       1         3          1            2
6/15/08     49      45       1         3          1            3
5/11/08     51      44       *         2          1            1
4/13/08     49      44       *         3          3            2
3/2/08      53      40       *         2          1            3 
2/1/08      47      48       1         1          1            2
1/19/07     47      45       *         3          1            4

NET LEANED VOTE - LIKELY VOTERS

                           Other    Neither   Would not       No
          Obama   McCain   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/7/08      47      49       1         1          0            3
8/22/08     49      45       *         2          0            4
7/13/08     49      46       1         2          0            2
6/15/08     47      48       1         2          0            2

4. (IF NAMED CANDIDATE) 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?

             Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No
              vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
9/7/08  RV      79        20      8       12         1
8/22/08 RV      73        24     11       13         3
7/13/08 RV      72        25     10       15         3
7/13/08         72        25     11       14         3
6/15/08 RV      71        26      7       19         3
6/15/08         70        28     12       16         2
5/11/08 RV      66        32     17       15         2
5/11/08         69        29     15       14         2
9/26/04 RV      82        16      4       12         2

9/8/04  RV      84        14      6        8         2
8/29/04 RV      81        18      7       11         1
8/1/04  RV      80        19      7       12         1
7/25/04 RV      78        20      7       13         2
7/11/04 RV      79        21      7       13         1
6/20/04 RV      73        26     12       14         *
6/20/04         71        28     13       15         1

Barack Obama:

             Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No 
              vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
9/7/08  RV       78       21      9       12         1
8/22/08 RV       74       23      7       15         4
7/13/08 RV       72       23      9       14         5
7/13/08          75       21      9       12         4
6/15/08          72       25      7       18         3
5/11/08          71       26     13       13         3  

John McCain:

             Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No 
              vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
9/7/08  RV       80       19      8       11         2
8/22/08 RV       72       25     14       11         2
7/13/08 RV       71       28     12       17         1
7/13/08          68       31     14       17         1
6/15/08          69       31     17       13         1
5/11/08          66       32     17       15         2


5. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Thinking ahead to the November presidential election, what is the single most important issue in your choice for president?

                        ---------------- 2008 ----------------  ---- 2007 -----
                        9/7  8/22  6/15  5/11  4/13  2/1  1/12  12/9  11/1  9/7
                        RV    RV    RV
Economy/Jobs/Gas/
 Energy*                41    43    40    38    42    39   30    24    14    11
Iraq/War in Iraq        10    14    20    21    18    19   20    23    29    35
Health care              9     4     6     6     7     8   10    10    13    13
Terrorism/National
 security                6     7     4     4     5     5    4     9     5     6
Ethics/Honesty/
 Corruption in
 government              5     4     3     3     4     4    5     4     4     6
Taxes                    4     2     2     2     *     1    1     1     1     1
Abortion                 2     1     2     1     1     1    1     1     1     1
Education                2     2     2     2     2     2    2     1     2     1
Immigration/Illegal
 immigration             1     2     1     2     4     4    4     5     5     5
Morals/Family values     1     2     2     2     2     2    2     3     3     2
Foreign policy           1     3     2     1     1     1    2     1     2     1
Environment              *     2     1     1     *     1    1     1     2     1
Guns/Gun control         *     1     1     1     *     *    *     *
Federal budget deficit   *     *     1     *     *     *    *     *     1     1
Social Security          *     *     *     *     *     *    1     1     2     1
Global warming           *     *     0     0     0     *    *     *     *     *
Housing/Mortgages        0     *     *     *     *     *    *     *     *     *
Iran/Situation in Iran   0     *     0     *     0     0    *     0     *     0
None/Nothing             1     0     *     *     *     *    *     1     *     *
Other                   11     8     6     7     7     6    9     7     9     7
No opinion               5     6     6     6     5     7    7     7     8     9

*Separately:
Economy/Jobs            37    39    34    36    41    39   29    24    14    11
Gas/Oil prices/Energy    4     4     6     2     1     *    1     0     0     0

6. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of (NAME)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

         9/7/08 - Summary Table
                  ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------    No   
                  NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
a. Barack Obama   58       35         23      36       12         24        7
b. John McCain    59       31         28      36       15         21        5
c. Joe Biden      51       23         27      29       13         16       20
d. Sarah Palin    58       35         23      28       11         17       15

Trend where available:

a. Barack Obama

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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  RV   62       34         27      34       11         23         4
6/15/08       63       35         28      33       12         21         4
4/13/08  RV   57       28         30      39       14         24         4
4/13/08       56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/12/08  RV   65       33         31      30       14         16         6
1/12/08       63       31         32      30       14         16         7
11/1/07  RV   51       20         31      37       17         20        12  
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. John McCain

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/7/08   RV   59       31         28      36       15         21         5
8/22/08  RV   59       25         34      37       15         22         4
6/15/08  RV   57       20         38      39       18         20         4
6/15/08       56       18         38      39       18         21         5
4/13/08  RV   52       16         36      41       19         22         6
4/13/08       53       17         36      40       19         21         7
1/12/08  RV   61       25         36      31       18         13         8
1/12/08       59       24         35      30       17         13        11
11/1/07  RV   45       10         35      43       23         19        13  
11/1/07       43       10         34      42       23         19        14  
2/25/07       52       13         39      35       22         13        13     
1/19/07       49       NA         NA      35       NA         NA        16 
12/11/06      50       17         33      31       20         11        19 
5/15/06       55       20         35      31       20         11        14
3/5/06        59       22         38      29       18         11        12
6/5/05        57       NA         NA      32       NA         NA        11
7/30/01       57                          30                            12
2/27/00       60                          21                            19
10/31/99      36                          22                            41
9/2/99        22                          10                            68
3/14/99       20                          10                            69

c. Joe Biden
              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
9/7/08   RV   51       23         27      29       13         16        20
9/4/08*  RV   54       32         23      31       15         16        14
* "the Democratic nominee for vice president"

d. Sarah Palin 

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
9/7/08   RV   58       35         23      28       11         17        15
9/4/08*  RV   52       34         18      37       14         23        11
* "the Republican nominee for vice president"

7. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of who you may support, who do you trust more to handle [ITEM] - (Obama) or (McCain)?

             9/7/08 - Summary Table* 
                                              Both    Neither     No
                            Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy               47       42        1        4         6
b. The war in Iraq           41       51        1        2         4
c. The U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism         36       56        2        2         4
d. Social issues, such as   
   abortion and gay civil
   unions                    48       41        1        4         6
e. International affairs     39       51        2        3         6
f. Energy policy             45       43        2        3         8
g. The federal budget
   deficit                   44       39        1        7         9
h. An unexpected major 
   crisis                    37       54        2        3         3
i. Taxes                     45       44        *        4         7
j. Education                 52       37        1        3         7
*Full sample asked items a-d, half sample asked items e-g, other half sample asked items h-j.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

                               Both    Neither     No 
             Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/7/08  RV    47       42        1        4         6
8/22/08 RV    50       39        2        5         4
7/13/08 RV    54       37        2        6         3
7/13/08       54       35        2        6         3
6/15/08 RV    52       37        2        5         5 
6/15/08       52       36        2        5         4 
5/11/08 RV    48       38        2        8         4
5/11/08       48       38        2        8         4
3/2/08  RV    50       37        2        6         5
3/2/08        49       37        2        6         6

b. The war in Iraq    

9/7/08  RV    41       51        1        2         4
8/22/08 RV    46       46        1        4         3
7/13/08 RV    44       49        1        3         3
7/13/08       45       47        1        4         3
6/15/08 RV    45       48        *        3         3
6/15/08       46       47        *        3         4
5/11/08 RV    46       46        1        5         3
5/11/08       46       45        1        5         3
3/2/08  RV    44       48        *        4         4
3/2/08        43       48        1        4         5

c. The U.S. campaign against terrorism      

9/7/08  RV    36       56        2        2         4
8/22/08 RV    38       52        3        5         2
7/13/08 RV    39       54        2        3         1
7/13/08       43       49        2        4         1
6/15/08 RV    37       57        2        2         3
6/15/08       39       53        2        3         4
5/11/08 RV    33       55        5        4         3
5/11/08       34       55        4        4         3
3/2/08  RV    32       57        1        3         5
3/2/08        33       58        2        3         5
d. Social issues, such as abortion and gay civil unions

9/7/08  RV    48       41        1        4         6
8/22/08 RV    52       39        2        4         4
7/13/08 RV    58       33        1        5         3
7/13/08       56       32        2        5         6

e. International affairs

9/7/08  RV    39       51        2        3         6
8/22/08 RV    43       51        1        2         3
7/13/08 RV    45       47        2        2         4
7/13/08       45       45        2        3         4
6/15/08 RV    41       50        3        3         3
6/15/08       43       49        2        2         3

f. Energy policy

9/7/08  RV    45       43        2        3         8
8/22/08 RV    49       42        3        4         2
6/15/08 RV    50       39        1        5         6
6/15/08       51       36        1        5         6

g. The federal budget deficit

9/7/08  RV    44       39        1        7         9
7/13/08 RV    50       38        2        8         3
7/13/08       50       36        3        8         3

h. An unexpected major crisis

9/7/08  RV    37       54        2        3         3
8/22/08 RV    41       52        2        2         3
7/13/08 RV    42       51        3        2         3
7/13/08       41       50        3        3         3

i. Taxes

9/7/08  RV    45       44        *        4         7
8/22/08 RV    44       45        1        5         5
6/15/08 RV    47       42        1        6         5
6/15/08       48       40        1        6         6

j. No trend.

8. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of who you may support, who do you think [ITEM] - (Obama) or (McCain)?

                     9/7/08 - Summary Table*

                                                    Both     Neither     No 
                                   Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. better represents your own
   personal values                  48       44       2        4          3
b. is more consistent in his
   positions                        41       47       2        4          7
c. is the stronger leader           44       48       2        1          5
d. has a better personality and
   temperament to be president      57       35       3        2          3
e. is more honest and 
   trustworthy                      38       44       5        7          6
f. better understands the
   problems of people like you      51       39       1        6          3
g. would be a better commander-
   in-chief of the military         24       69       1        2          4
h. would do more to bring needed
   change to Washington             51       39       *        5          5
*Half sample asked items a-d, other half sample asked items e-h.

Trend where available:

a. better represents your own personal values

                               Both    Neither     No 
             Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/7/08  RV    48       44        2        4         3
8/22/08 RV    50       43        2        3         2
6/15/08 RV    49       41        1        6         2
6/15/08       51       38        2        5         3

b. is more consistent in his positions

9/7/08  RV    41       47        2        4         7
8/22/08 RV    41       47        3        6         3
7/13/08 RV    44       45        3        4         4
7/13/08       45       43        3        5         4

c. is the stronger leader
9/7/08  RV    44       48        2        1         5
8/22/08 RV    49       44        3        2         2
6/15/08 RV    44       47        3        1         4
6/15/08       46       46        3        1         4
5/11/08 RV    42       47        3        2         5
5/11/08       42       46        3        2         6
3/2/08  RV    40       53        1        1         5
3/2/08        40       51        2        1         6

d. has a better personality and temperament to be president

9/7/08  RV    57       35        3        2         3
5/11/08 RV    55       34        4        3         4
5/11/08       56       32        4        3         6
3/2/08  RV    59       29        2        4         7
3/2/08        57       28        2        5         8

e. is more honest and trustworthy

9/7/08  RV    38       44        5        7         6
8/22/08 RV    39       38       10        9         4
7/13/08 RV    43       40        7        6         4
7/13/08       45       38        6        7         4

f. better understands the problems of people like you

9/7/08  RV    51       39        1        6         3
8/22/08 RV    49       36        3        9         2
6/15/08 RV    53       36        1        7         4
6/15/08       53       35        1        7         4
5/11/08 RV    53       35        3        6         3
5/11/08       54       35        2        5         3
3/2/08  RV    55       29        2        7         7
3/2/08        56       29        2        7         7
g. would be a better commander-in-chief of the military

9/7/08  RV    24       69        1        2         4
8/22/08 RV    29       61        2        3         4

h. would do more to bring needed change to Washington         

9/7/08  RV    51       39        *        5         5
6/15/08 RV    59       27        2        8         4
6/15/08       60       26        1        8         4
5/11/08 RV    60       28        3        6         4
5/11/08       59       29        2        6         4
3/2/08  RV    58       31        2        6         5
3/2/08        56       31        1        6         6

9. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) 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
9/7/08  RV        43              45          10        *         2
8/22/08 RV        47              44           6        2         1
7/13/08 RV        47              46           5        *         1
7/13/08           46              47           5        *         1
6/15/08 RV        44              49           5        1         1
6/15/08           43              50           6        1         1
5/11/08 RV        48              41           9        1         1
5/11/08           47              43           9        1         1
4/13/08 RV        50              42           7        1         1  
4/13/08           49              43           6        1         1  
3/2/08  RV        45              46           7        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

10. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Thinking about his candidacy for president so far, how enthusiastic are you about [NAME] - very enthusiastic, fairly enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

9/7/08 - Summary Table

            --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ----     No
            NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
a. Obama    57     31      26     43       16         26          1
b. McCain   52     22      30     47       20         27          1

Trend where available:

a. Obama

             --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ----     No
             NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
9/7/08  RV   57     31      26     43      16          26          1
8/22/08 RV   58     27      31     42      15          27          *
6/15/08 RV   54     26      28     45      17          28          1
6/15/08      55     28      27     44      18          26          1

b. McCain

9/7/08  RV   52     22      30     47      20          27          1
8/22/08 RV   47     13      34     52      24          27          1
6/15/08 RV   43      9      33     57      27          29          1
6/15/08      42      9      33     57      28          29          1
2/27/00 RV   53     15      37     45      26          19          2
2/27/00      50     15      35     48      27          21          2

Compare to:
             --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ----     No
             NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
Kerry:
6/20/04 RV   47     18      30     53      18          35          0
6/20/04      47     17      30     53      19          33          0

Bush:
6/20/04 RV   43     23      20     57      16          41          *
6/20/04      42     21      21     58      18          39          *

Gore:
4/2/00  RV   46     18      28     54      23          31          *
4/2/00       45     17      28     55      23          32          *
2/27/00 RV   42     17      25     57      23          34          *
2/27/00      43     17      26     56      23          33          1
3/14/99      39     12      27     59      24          35          1

Bush:
4/2/00  RV   50     21      28     50      24          26          *
4/2/00       50     20      29     50      24          26          *
2/27/00 RV   50     18      32     50      19          31          *
2/27/00      50     18      32     50      19          30          1
3/14/99      55     17      38     42      21          21          3

Compare to: 

7/17/95 - Summary Table

               --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ----     No
               NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
Bill Clinton   46     15     31      54      16          38          *
Bob Dole       35      8     27      64      24          39          1
Ross Perot     24      9     15      75      18          58          *

11. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of who you may support, do you think Barack Obama does or does not have the kind of experience it takes to serve effectively as president?

             Does   Does not   No opinion
9/7/08  RV    48       48           4
8/22/08 RV    50       47           3
6/15/08 RV    48       48           4
6/15/08       50       46           4
3/2/08  RV    49       46           5
3/2/08        49       45           6

12. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) If McCain were elected president, do you think he'd (mainly lead the country in a new direction), or (mainly continue in George W. Bush's direction)?

                New        Same        No
             direction   direction   opinion
9/7/08  RV      46          50          4
8/22/08 RV      40          57          4
6/15/08 RV      41          55          5
6/15/08         38          57          5

13. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Change has been a theme of Obama's campaign. Do you think he has or has not done enough to explain what he means by that?

            Has done     Has not done     No
              enough       enough      opinion
9/7/08  RV      40           53           7
7/13/08 RV      46           50           4
7/13/08         47           48           4

14. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you think (NAME) does or does not understand the economic problems people in this country are having?

9/7/08 - Summary Table

            Does   Does not   No opinion
a. Obama     74       23           3
b. McCain    53       43           4

Compare to Bush:

             Does   Does not   No opinion

8/21/92 RV    49       49           2
8/9/92        48       50           3
1/29/92       48       52           *

Compare to Clinton:

             Does   Does not   No opinion

2/28/93       67       32           1

15. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) If [NAME] were elected president, do you think your federal taxes would go (up), (down) or stay about the same?

9/7/08 - Summary Table

            Up   Down   About the same   No opinion
a. Obama    51    13          31              5
b. McCain   34     9          51              5

16. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of your vote preference, does McCain's choice of Palin as his running mate make you more confident or less confident in the kind of decisions McCain would make as president?

 		More        Less           No           No
            confident   confident   effect (vol.)   opinion
9/7/08 RV      49          39             6            6
9/4/08 RV      43          39            14            4

17. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of your vote preference, does Obama's choice of Biden as his running mate make you more confident or less confident in the kind of decisions Obama would make as president?

            More        Less           No           No
          confident   confident   effect (vol.)   opinion
9/7/08 RV    54          29            11            6

18. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you think Palin does or does not have the kind of experience it takes to serve effectively as president, if that became necessary?

            Does   Does not   No opinion 
9/7/08 RV    47       45           8
9/4/08 RV    43       51           6

19. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) If elected, McCain would take office at age 72. If you honestly assessed yourself, is that something with which you're entirely comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable?

             ------ Comfortable ------   ----- Uncomfortable -----   No
             NET   Entirely   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Entirely   op.
9/7/08  RV   56       32         24      42       23         19       3
8/22/08 RV   55       30         25      45       24         20       1

20. (ASKED OF REGISTERED LEANED DEMOCRATS) Who did you want to see win the Democratic nomination for president this year - (Hillary Clinton) or (Barack Obama)?

NET LEANED SUPPORT

             Hillary   Barack   Other    Neither     No
             Clinton   Obama    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/7/08  RV     42        53       *         3         2
8/22/08 RV     42        55       *         1         1
7/13/08 RV     44        52       2         2         *
7/13/08        41        54       2         3         1
6/15/08 RV     38        55       2         3         3
6/15/08        39        59       1         1         1

21. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Which is more important to you in choosing a candidate for president: (their personal qualities such as experience and leadership ability)-- or (their positions on specific issues)?

              Personal    Positions    Both      No
              qualities   on issues   (vol.)   opinion
9/7/08   RV      37          48         13        2
9/6/00   RV      45          41         14        1
8/20/00  RV      39          47         13        1
10/31/99 RV      42          42         16        *
10/31/99         43          43         14        1

Questions 22 to 30 held for future release.

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

            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
9/7/08  RV     36            28              32           3         1
9/7/08         35            26              33           5         2
8/22/08 RV     36            26              33           5         *
8/22/08        36            23              34           6         1
7/13/08 RV     37            27              31           5         *
7/13/08        37            24              33           6         1
6/15/08        38            24              34           4         1
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.
9/7/08  RV     39                   37                 17           7
9/7/08         39                   35                 21           6
8/22/08 RV     42                   40                 17           1
8/22/08        40                   35                 22           3
7/13/08 RV     37                   38                 23           2
7/13/08        39                   34                 25           1
6/15/08        43                   37                 19           2
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.
9/7/08  RV     50            41               7           1         1
9/7/08         50            39               8           2         1
8/22/08 RV     52            41               5           2         *
8/22/08        53            37               6           3         1
7/13/08 RV     51            41               7           2         *
7/13/08        52            38               8           2         *
6/15/08        54            38               7           1         *
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
9/7/08       79      21          1
8/22/08      78      21          1
7/13/08      81      19          1
6/15/08      81      18          1
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. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) 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.
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08 RV     23         42            33                  1             1
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08 RV     19         44            35                  2             1
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

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

                           All   RV
Less than high school      14    10
Graduated high school      32    30
Some college               25    26
Graduated College          20    22
Post-graduate              10    11

910. What is your age?

                           All   RV
18-29                      21    15
30-39                      16    16
40-49                      20    22
50-64                      27    29
65+                        17    18

911. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) What, if anything, is your religion?

                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
9/7/08  RV     43          24              13              4       14     1
8/22/08 RV     42          21              13              5       15     1
8/22/08        42          19              16              5       16     1
7/13/08 RV     46          21              13              4       11     *
7/13/08        44          21              12              4       13     *
6/15/08        42          24              12              5       15     *
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.
9/7/08  RV  44      54         2
8/22/08 RV  44      54         3
8/22/08     46      51         3
7/13/08 RV  46      50         4
7/13/08     45      51         4
6/15/08     40      57         3
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. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Are you:

                                                      Never
             Married  Separated  Divorced   Widowed  Married
9/7/08  RV     60         2         11         9       18
8/22/08 RV     64         3          9         5       18
8/22/08        59         3          9         5       24
7/13/08 RV     59         3         10         8       20
7/13/08        55         3         10         8       25
6/15/08        53         2         10         9       26
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

915. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you have any children under age 18 living at home, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin.
9/7/08  RV  33      67         0

917. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) At present, are you yourself employed part-time or full-time or are you retired or something else?

            ----Employed------   -----------------Not employed-----------------
                  Full-  Part-         Unemp-  Laid             Home-             No
            NET   time   time    NET   loyed   -off   Retired   maker   Student  opin.
9/7/08  RV  65     52     12     34      6       *      21        4        2       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+
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

Q921. Sex

         All   RV
Male     48    47
Female   52    53

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