Washington Post-ABC News Poll

The Washington Post
Monday, March 6, 2006

The following are selected questions from a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone March 2-5, 2006 among 1,000 randomly selected adults nationwide. Margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Questions on the demographic makeup of the sample group are included at the end of the poll.

Fieldwork 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   opin.
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 approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling (ITEM)?

3/5/06 - Summary Table**
                                                Approve   Disapprove   No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                          40          59          *
b. The US campaign against terrorism              52          46          2
c. Ethics in government                           40          54          6
d. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly     32          58         10
e. The situation caused by Hurricane Katrina*     36          63          1
f. The economy                                    48          51          1
g. Health care                                    38          57          6
h. International affairs                          44          54          2

*"the way Bush handled" **Items a,b asked of full sample. Items c-e asked of half sample, items f-h asked of other half sample.

 
Trend:

a. The situation in Iraq

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
3/5/06        40       23        17       59       12         47        *
1/26/06       39       24        15       60       10         50        1 
12/18/05      46       31        15       53       10         43        1 
11/2/05       36       20        15       64       13         51        1
9/11/05       38       NA        NA       62       NA         NA        1
8/28/05       42       28        14       57       11         46        1
6/26/05       43       25        18       56       12         44        1
6/5/05        41       NA        NA       58       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       42                          56                            2
3/13/05       39                          57                            4
1/16/05       40                          58                            2
12/19/04      42                          57                            1
9/26/04 RV    47                          50                            3
8/29/04 RV    47                          51                            2 
7/25/04       45                          53                            2 
6/20/04       44                          55                            2
5/23/04       40                          58                            2                          
4/18/04       45                          54                            1
3/7/04        46                          53                            1
2/11/04       47                          52                            1
1/18/04       55                          42                            2     
12/21/03      60                          39                            2
12/14/03      58                          38                            4                 
11/16/03      48                          48                            4                 
10/29/03      47                          51                            2                 
10/13/03      51                          47                            2                 
9/29/03       50                          47                            3                 
9/13/03       52                          46                            2                 
9/7/03        49                          47                            4                 
8/24/03       56                          37                            7                 
8/11/03       56                          41                            3                 
7/10/03       58                          41                            2                 
6/22/03       67                          30                            2                 
4/30/03       75        "         "       22        "          "        2                 
3/27/03*      69                          26                            5                 
3/23/03       71                          26                            3                 
3/20/03       65                          29                            5                 
3/17/03       64                          29                            7        
3/9/03        55                          38                            8         
2/23/03       55                          39                            6         
2/9/03        61                          37                            2         
2/5/03        61                          32                            7         
2/1/03        61                          35                            3         
1/28/03       58                          38                            4         
1/27/03       57                          40                            3         
1/20/03       50                          46                            4         
12/15/02      58                          37                            5         
11/4/02  LV   56                          40                            4         
11/3/02  LV   57                          40                            4         
11/2/02  LV   56                          41                            3         
10/27/02      57                          38                            5         
9/26/02       58                          39                            3         
9/14/02       65                          31                            4         
8/29/02       52        "         "       36        "          "       12                            
*3/27/03 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

 
b. The US campaign against terrorism

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
3/5/06        52            46               2
1/26/06       52            45               2
1/8/06        53            45               2
12/18/05      56            44               1
11/2/05       48            51               1
9/11/05       50            47               3
8/28/05*      56            43               2
6/5/05        50            49               1
4/24/05       56            41               3
3/13/05       59            38               3
1/16/05       61            38               2
12/19/04      53            43               3
9/26/04 RV    59            38               3
8/29/04 RV    60            37               3 
7/25/04       57            40               4
6/20/04       50            48               2
5/23/04       58            39               4                          
4/18/04       63            35               2
3/7/04        63            34               3
2/11/04       64            34               2
1/18/04       66            33               2                    
12/21/03      70            28               2
10/29/03      63            35               2                      
10/13/03      66            30               4                      
9/13/03       70            27               3                      
9/7/03        67            28               5                      
4/30/03       79            19               2                      
2/9/03        74            23               4                      
2/1/03        75            21               3                      
1/27/03       72            26               2                      
1/20/03       71            25               4                      
12/15/02      79            20               1                      
11/4/02  LV   76            22               1                      
11/3/02  LV   77            22               3                      
11/2/02  LV   78            21               2                      
10/27/02      74            23               4                      
9/26/02       70            28               2                      
9/8/02        74            24               2                      
7/28/02       81            17               2                      
7/15/02       83            15               2                      
5/19/02*      79            19               3                      
4/21/02*      81            18               2          
3/10/02*      88            10               2          
1/27/02       88            10               2          
12/19/01*     89             9               2          
10/15/01*     92             5               3          
*Asked very/somewhat follow-up

c. Ethics in government 

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
3/5/06         40            54              6
1/26/06        42            56              2
1/8/06         45            52              3
12/18/05       48            49              3

 
d. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly                

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion 
3/5/06         32            58             10
1/26/06        38            51             11
6/20/04        40            50             11
4/18/04        38            46             15          
3/7/04         41            49              9
1/18/04        39            49             12 
12/21/03       36            46             18
10/29/03       36            46             18               
10/13/03       34            43             22               
9/13/03        35            54             11               
4/30/03        44            40             17               
2/1/03         46            35             19               

e. The situation caused by Hurricane Katrina

            -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
3/5/06      36       NA         NA      63       NA         NA        1
9/11/05*    44       24         20      54       15         39        2
9/2/05      46       26         20      47       16         31        8
*9/11/05 and previous, "the way Bush is handling"

f. The economy

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
3/5/06         48            51              1
1/26/06        46            52              1
12/18/05       47            52              1 
11/2/05        36            61              3
9/11/05        40            58              2
8/28/05        44            54              3
6/5/05         40            58              2
4/24/05        40            57              3
3/13/05        43            55              2
1/16/05        46            52              2
12/19/04       46            51              3
9/26/04 RV     47            50              4
8/29/04 RV     45            52              3 
7/25/04        47            50              3 
6/20/04        46            53              1 
5/23/04        44            54              2                          
4/18/04        44            54              2
3/7/04         39            59              1
2/11/04        44            54              2
1/18/04        51            47              2
12/21/03       51            44              5                       
11/16/03       48            49              3                              
10/29/03       45            53              2                              
10/13/03       45            52              2                              
9/13/03        42            56              3                              
9/7/03         44            51              5                              
8/11/03        45            51              5                              
7/10/03        47            49              4                              
4/30/03        52            45              3                              
2/9/03         47            49              4    
2/1/03         44            52              4             
1/28/03        46            49              4             
1/27/03        47            47              5             
1/20/03        43            53              4             
1/5/03         50            43              7             
12/15/02       50            46              4             
11/4/02  LV    53            45              2             
11/3/02  LV    52            46              2             
11/2/02  LV    55            43              2             
10/27/02       51            43              6             
9/26/02        51            47              3             
9/8/02         57            40              4             
7/28/02        57            39              4             
7/15/02        58            38              3             
4/21/02        64            33              3             
1/27/02        62            34              4             
12/19/01       67            27              6             
11/6/01        72            23              5             
9/9/01         48            48              4             
7/30/01        52            45              3             
6/3/01         53            41              6             
4/22/01        55            38              7   
3/25/01        50            42              8

g. Health care

               Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
3/5/06           38            57              6
1/26/06          37            60              3
12/18/05         37            57              6
11/2/05          34            61              5
3/13/05          44            48              8
1/16/05          42            51              6
12/19/04         37            56              7
8/29/04 RV       39            55              6 
7/25/04          38            53              9
6/20/04          39            57              4
4/18/04*         33            61              5                  
3/7/04           32            62              6             
2/11/04          32            62              6             
1/18/04          37            55              8             
12/21/03         34            56             10             
10/29/03         28            63              9             
10/13/03         30            60             10             
9/13/03          32            61              7             
4/30/03          34            57              9             
1/28/03          40            47             13             
1/20/03          36            51             13             
12/15/02         33            58              9
*4/18/04 and previous: "The cost, availability and coverage of health insurance"

h. International affairs 

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
3/5/06         44            54               2
6/20/04        43            55               2
10/29/03       50            43               7  
9/13/03        53            43               4
7/15/02        67            28               5
4/21/02        71            25               4
6/3/01         58            33               9
4/22/01        62            31               7
3/25/01        56            31              13

3. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush or not.

3/5/06 - Summary Table

                                                                   No     
                                                    Yes     No     op.    
a. He is a strong leader                            52      48      *     
b. He is honest and trustworthy                     44      55      1
c. He understands the problems of people like you   37      62      1

Trend:

a. He is a strong leader

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

b. He is honest and trustworthy     

              Yes      No     No op.   
3/5/06         44      55       1   
1/26/06        46      53       *
12/18/05       49      50       1
11/2/05        40      58       2 
5/23/04        53      45       2
4/18/04        55      44       1
3/7/04         54      45       1
2/11/04        52      45       2         
10/29/03       59      40       2
9/13/03        60      39       2
12/15/02       70      26       4
7/15/02        71      26       3
7/30/01        63      34       3
4/22/01        62      32       6       
11/5/00 LV     60      33       7
11/4/00 LV     61      33       7
10/24/00 LV    65      30       5
10/15/00 LV    57      34       9
10/15/00 RV    53      35      12
9/6/00 RV      62      30       7
7/23/00 RV     61      30       8
7/23/00        59      31      10
12/15/99       63      28       9
10/31/99       68      22      10
9/2/99         63      23      14
3/14/99        67      12      22

c. He understands the problems of people like you 

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

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
3/5/06        36            62              3
1/26/06       43            53              4
1/8/06        41            55              5
12/18/05      43            53              4
11/2/05       37            59              4
8/28/05       37            59              4
6/5/05        41            54              4
10/29/03      40            52              9
4/30/03       57            37              6
9/26/02       51            43              6
7/15/02       57            36              7
2/21/02       57            39              4
1/27/02       58            35              7
12/19/01      59            34              7
9/9/01        45            48              7
7/30/01       48            48              4
4/22/01       58            33              8
10/31/99      42            53              6
9/2/99        46            47              7
6/6/99        48            46              6
3/14/99       44            49              7
2/14/99       46            50              4    
12/20/98      44            51              5    
12/19/98      45            50              5    
12/13/98      49            46              5    
11/7/98       41            55              4    
11/1/98       49            47              5    
10/25/98      45            44             11    
10/18/98      46            45              8    
9/28/98       52            44              4    
8/21/98       55            39              6          
7/12/98       46            44             11          
5/12/98       45            45              9          
4/4/98        47            45              8          
1/31/98       55            35             10          
1/30/98       55            35             10          
1/25/98       56            37              8          
1/24/98       55            38              7          
1/19/98       47            49              5          
10/13/97      36            57              7          
8/27/97       39            54              7          
7/8/97        40            53              6          
4/24/97       40            53              7          
3/9/97        35            60              5          
8/5/96        42            52              7          
6/30/96       35            58              7          
5/22/96       35            60              5          
3/10/96       30            64              6          
1/7/96        31            65              5          
11/19/95      27            68              5          
10/1/95       32            65              3 
7/17/95       34            63              3         
3/19/95       39            56              5         
1/29/95       42            52              6         
10/31/94      21            72              8         
10/23/94      18            78              4         
9/11/94       24            70              5         
6/26/94       34            61              5         
3/27/94       35            62              3         
2/27/94       32            64              4         
1/23/94       29            60             11         
11/14/93      28            66              6         
8/8/93        33            64              3         
4/26/93       30            69              2         
1/17/93       29            66              6         
4/9/92        17            78              5         
3/18/92       19            76              5         
3/8/92        22            73              6         
2/2/92        32            64              4         
12/15/91      35            59              6         
10/21/91      45            50              5         
6/2/91        49            46              5 
10/14/90      34            63              3                  
2/4/90        41            55              4                  
1/16/90       39            55              6                  
8/21/89       42            53              5                  
5/23/89       54            44              2                  
2/14/89       53            44              3                  
1/23/88*      43            53              4                  
6/1/87        56            40              4                  
6/22/85       54            37              9                  
5/83          33            43             24                  
6/81          38            40             22                  
6/79          19            61             20                  
9/78          29            49             22                  
6/77          34            42             24                  
6/75          29            54             17                  
8/74          48            35             17                  
*1/23/88 and previous: Gallup

7. 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  
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
9/26/02 LV      42           49          1        7           2
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
10/18/98 LV     43           42          3       10           2
9/28/98         49           38          2        8           3
9/28/98 LV      45           44          1        8           2
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

8. Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job (ITEM)?

3/5/06 - Summary Table

                                                        Both    Neither   No
                               Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)   (vol.)    op.
a. handling the situation in     
   Iraq                           42          42         2       11        2
b. handling the economy           49          40         2        8        2
c. handling the U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism              39          46         3       10        2

Trend:

a. handling the situation in Iraq       

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.
3/5/06              42          42         2       11        2 
1/26/06             47          40         1        9        2
12/18/05            47          44         2        6        2
11/2/05             48          37         2       11        2
12/15/02*           30          56         4        7        3
10/27/02 LV         31          58         3        4        4 
9/26/02  LV         30          61         3        3        2
9/26/02             33          52         6        4        6      
*12/15/02 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

b. handling the economy

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
3/5/06              49          40         2        8        2
1/26/06             55          37         2        5        2
11/2/05             56          34         1        8        1
12/15/02            44          45         4        6        1
10/27/02* LV        43          48         3        3        2 
9/26/02   LV        50          41         3        5        1
9/26/02             47          39         3        6        5      
*10/27/02 and previous: "The economy and jobs"
 
c. handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism 

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
3/5/06              39          46         3       10        2
1/26/06             41          46         2        6        4
11/2/05             42          42         4       10        3
12/15/02            25          61         5        6        2
10/27/02* LV        26          61         4        5        4 
9/26/02   LV        34          52         4        7        3
9/26/02             30          51         6        6        8       
*10/27/02 and previous: "The war on terrorism"

9. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

               --- Excellent/Good ----    ---- Not so good/Poor ----   No      
               NET   Excellent    Good    NET    Not so good   Poor    op.   
3/5/06         43        5         38     57         37         19      * 
1/26/06        40        5         35     60         37         23      *
12/18/05       45        5         39     55         38         17      *
11/2/05        35        3         32     65         36         29      * 
9/11/05        40        3         37     59         37         22      1 
6/5/05         44        3         40     56         38         19      * 
4/24/05        37        2         35     63         44         20      *   
9/26/04 RV     46        3         43     53         38         15      1   
8/29/04 RV     45        3         41     55         37         18      *   
7/25/04        46        4         42     53         39         14      *   
6/20/04        45        4         41     55         38         17      *   
4/18/04        43        4         39     57         39         18      *  
3/7/04         39        2         37     60         38         22      1    
1/18/04        42        3         39     58         42         16      0 
12/21/03       42        4         39     57         41         16      1      
10/29/03       33        1         32     67         45         23      *      
9/13/03        30        2         27     70         45         25      *      
8/11/03        32        2         30     68         43         25      *      
4/30/03        35        1         34     64         46         19      *      
2/9/03         28        1         27     72         49         23      *      
1/20/03        25        1         25     74         48         26      1      
12/15/02       35        1         33     65         44         21      1      
11/4/02 LV     28        1         27     72         55         17      1      
11/3/02 LV     27        1         26     72         56         17      1      
11/2/02 LV     29        1         28     71         54         17      *      
9/26/02        31        2         28     69         50         19      *      
7/15/02        39        3         36     61         44         17      1      
2/21/02        30        1         29     69         51         18      *      
1/27/02        31        1         29     69         50         19      *      
9/20/01        38        3         35     60         47         14      2      
9/9/01         33        1         32     66         47         19      *      
7/30/01        50        3         46     50         39         12      *    
4/22/01        50        3         47     50         40          9      *     
1/15/01        70       10         59     29         24          6      1     
10/27/00 LV    86       24         61     14         11          3      *     
10/26/00 LV    86       24         61     14         11          3      *     
6/11/00        74       17         57     26         19          6      *     
2/27/00        80       25         55     20         14          5      *     
10/31/99       74       18         56     26         18          7      1     
9/2/99         76       19         57     23         16          6      1     
3/14/99        80       22         58     19         15          4      1     
11/1/98        73       12         61     26         21          5      1     
11/1/98  LV    78       13         65     22         19          3      *     
10/13/97       61       12         49     39         27         11      *

10. Would you say most Americans are better off financially than they were in 2001 when Bush became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?

                 Better      Not as      The        No  
                  off       well off     same     opinion
3/5/06             18         44          37         1 
9/26/04 RV         17         45          37         2
9/8/04  RV         19         42          37         3
8/29/04 RV         14         46          39         1                    
8/1/04  RV         18         47          34         1                    
7/25/04            15         41          43         1
6/20/04            17         45          37         1
4/18/04            18         43          37         2  
3/7/04             17         43          38         1 
2/11/04            14         47          38         1
1/18/04            13         42          43         2
12/21/03           17         40          41         2                         
10/29/03            9         49          41         1                         
9/13/03             9         52          38         1                         
4/30/03            10         48          42         1                         

George H. W. Bush
8/9/92              6         61          31         1
10/21/91            7         48          41         4
3/4/91              7         35          56         2
1/16/89            33         26          38         3

12. All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

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

13. Do you think the war with Iraq has or has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States? IF YES: Has it contributed to the long-term security of the United States a great deal, or somewhat?

               --------- Contributed ---------     Has      No
               NET     Great deal     Somewhat     not     opin.
3/5/06         50          28            23         48       2
1/26/06        53          32            21         45       1 
12/18/05       54          32            22         44       2 
11/2/05        46          25            21         52       2
8/28/05        49          29            20         49       2
6/26/05        52          31            22         46       1
6/5/05         47          24            22         52       1 
3/13/05        52          29            23         46       2 
1/16/05        50          30            21         47       3 
12/19/04       51          27            23         46       4 
10/3/04 LV     53          32            22         42       4 
9/26/04 RV     54          36            18         42       4
9/8/04  RV     57          36            22         40       3
8/29/04 RV     54          33            20         42       4
7/25/04        51          32            19         45       3
6/20/04        51          28            23         46       2
5/23/04        54          30            24         43       3  
4/18/04        57          33            24         40       3  
3/7/04         57          29            29         40       3 
2/11/04        58          32            26         38       4 
1/18/04        59          34            25         38       3  
12/21/03       62          34            29         34       4
7/10/03*       62          33            29         35       3
*"did or did not"

14. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the Bush Administration does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?

             Does     Does not     No opinion                                  
3/5/06        34         65             *
12/18/05      40         59             1
3/13/05       42         57             2
5/23/04       40         58             2
5/6/04        38         57             5 
4/18/04       45         53             2 
3/7/04        43         53             3
12/21/03      48         47             5                                      
10/13/03      42         53             5                                      
9/13/03       42         55             2                                      
8/26/03*      44         54             2                                      
*Gallup.

15. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the Democrats in Congress do or do not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?

              Do     Do not     No opinion    
3/5/06        24       70            6                               
12/18/05      23       74            3

16. Do you think the number of U.S. military forces in Iraq should be (increased), (decreased), or kept about the same?


                                        Kept about        No
            Increased     Decreased      the same      opinion
3/5/06          11            52            34            3 
12/18/05         9            52            36            3  
11/2/05         15            47            36            3
8/28/05         21            41            35            4
6/26/05         16            38            44            2
3/13/05         15            44            36            4

17. (IF DECREASED, Q16) Should all U.S. forces in Iraq be withdrawn immediately, or should they be decreased, but not all withdrawn immediately?


             Withdrawn        Decreased but not         No
            immediately     withdrawn immediately     opinion
3/5/06           33                   67                 *
12/18/05         23                   77                 0
11/2/05          38                   61                 *
8/28/05          33                   66                 1
6/26/05          34                   66                 1
3/13/05          27                   72                 1

16/17 NET:                            

                     -------------- Decreased --------------   Kept about   No    
         Increased   NET  All/immed.  Not all/not immed.  DK    the same    op.
3/5/06       11       52      17             35           *        34        3  
12/18/05      9       52      12             40           *        36        3
11/2/05      15       47      18             29           *        36        3    
8/28/05      21       41      13             27           *        35        4    
6/26/05      16       38      13             25           *        44        2
3/13/05      15       44      12             31           1        37        4

18. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress toward restoring civil order in Iraq?


                 Is making               Is not making          No  
            significant progress     significant progress     opinion
3/5/06              43                       56                  2
12/18/05            60                       37                  2
11/2/05             44                       55                  2 
8/28/05             48                       50                  2 
6/26/05             48                       51                  1
12/19/04            44                       49                  7
6/20/04             51                       48                  1

19. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress in establishing a democratic government in Iraq?

                 Is making               Is not making          No  
            significant progress     significant progress     opinion
3/5/06              49                       48                  2
12/18/05            65                       31                  4
11/2/05             47                       48                  6 
12/19/04            48                       44                  8
6/20/04             50                       48                  3
5/23/04             38                       57                  5

20. How likely do you think it is that conflict between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq will lead to a civil war there - is that very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?

         ---------------Likely---------------   --------Unlikely--------       
                        Def. will  Already in                  Def. won't   No
         NET Very Smwt   (vol.)      (vol.)     NET Smwt Very    (vol.)     op.
3/5/06   80   34   44      1           1        17   11    5       *         4         

11. Compared to before September 11, 2001, do you think the country today is safer from terrorism or less safe from terrorism? IF SAFER: Would you say the country is much safer or somewhat safer?


               -------- Safer --------     Less     No diff.      No
               NET    Much    Somewhat     safe      (vol.)      opin.
3/5/06         56      22        33         35          8          1
1/26/06        64      24        41         30          6          *
8/21/05        49      14        35         38         11          2
10/3/04 LV     62      29        33         29          7          2
9/26/04 LV     59      25        34         33          6          2
        RV     59      24        35         34          5          2
9/8/04  RV     64      26        38         28          5          3
8/29/04 RV     60      24        36         31          7          2
1/18/04        67      28        39         24          8          1
9/7/03         67      24        42         27          4          2

21. As it conducts the war on terrorism, do you think the United States government is or is not doing enough to protect the rights of American citizens?

                               Doing too      No
             Is     Is not     much (vol.)   opin.
3/5/06       46      51          1            2
6/5/05       50      46          1            2
9/7/03       69      28          *            3
12/15/02     61      35          *            3           
9/8/02       74      24          *            1
6/16/02      65      30          2            3

22. As you may know, starting in 2001 the FBI was given additional authority in areas like surveillance, wiretaps and obtaining records in terrorism investigations. Supporters said this was necessary to fight terrorism. Opponents said it went too far in compromising privacy rights. Do you think this additional FBI authority should or should not be continued?

           Yes, should     No, should not     No opinion
3/5/06          62               37                1
6/5/05          59               39                2 

23. On another subject: as you may know, the National Security Agency has been investigating people suspected of involvement with terrorism by secretly listening in on telephone calls and reading e-mails between some people in the United States and other countries, without first getting court approval to do so. Would you consider this wiretapping of telephone calls and e-mails without court approval as an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

            ----- Acceptable -----      ----- Unacceptable -----      No
            NET  Strongly  Somewhat     NET  Somewhat  Strongly      opin.
3/5/06      54      39        15        46      13        32           * 
1/26/06     56      38        17        43      10        33           1
1/8/06      51      35        15        47      14        33           2

24. As you may know, a company owned by the government of a nation called the United Arab Emirates is in a merger deal that will give it management of six U.S. ports. Do you think this company should or should not be allowed to manage these ports? Do you feel that way STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

           ---------Should---------      --------Should not--------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat     NET   Somewhat   Strongly     opin.  
3/5/06     23        8         15        70       17         53          7         

25. (IF UAE SHOULD NOT, Q24) Do you feel that way mainly because (you don't think any foreign company should manage a U.S. port), or mainly because (you don't think a company owned by the United Arab Emirates should manage a U.S. port)?

           No foreign company       No UAE company should     Other       No
           should manage ports          manage ports          (vol.)     opin.
3/5/06              71                       24                 4          1

Q24/Q25 NET

                    ---------------Should not---------------- 
                         No foreign   No UAE    No, other            No
           Should   NET    company    company    reasons    DK      opin.  
3/5/06       23     70        50        17           3       *        7 

26. (IF UAE SHOULD NOT, Q24) Several other U.S. ports are managed by other foreign companies, and security at all ports is handled by the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs Service, not the port managers. Knowing this, do you think the company, Dubai Ports World, should or should not be allowed to manage these ports?

           Should     Should not     No opinion
3/5/06       15           82              3   

Q24/Q26 NET

                   Still should    No
           Should      not        opin.  
3/5/06       34        57          9

27. Do you think elected officials who have been criticizing the Dubai Ports World takeover of the management of some U.S. port operations mainly (are concerned about national security), or mainly (want to use the issue for political advantage)?

           National     Political     Both equally     Neither      No
           security     advantage        (vol.)         (vol.)     opin.
3/5/06        37           49              8              1          5 

4. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of (NAME)? IF FAVORABLE/UNFAVORABLE: Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

3/5/06 - Summary Table

                          Favorable     Unfavorable     No opinion
a. George W. Bush            46             54               * 
b. Hillary Rodham Clinton    52             46               2 
c. John McCain               59             29              12
d. Dick Cheney               41             56               4

Trend:

a. George W. Bush

              ------ Favorable ------   ----- Unfavorable -----       No     
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opinion
3/5/06        46      28        17      54      12        42          *
6/5/05        48      NA        NA      51      NA        NA          1
10/17/04* LV  52                        42                            6         
10/13/04* LV  49                        46                            5         
10/12/04* LV  49                        46                            5         
10/11/04* LV  52                        44                            4         
10/4/04*  LV  53                        42                            5         
10/3/04*  LV  53                        41                            5         
9/26/04*  LV  53                        40                            7         
          RV  52                        38                           10         
9/8/04*   RV  51                        39                           11         
8/29/04*  RV  50                        40                            9         
8/1/04*   RV  47                        45                            8         
7/25/04*  RV  54                        43                            3         
3/7/04*       47                        46                            7         
12/15/02      66                        32                            3    
12/15/00**    56                        36                            8    
10/15/00* RV  46                        34                           21    
9/6/00*   RV  58                        31                           11         
7/23/00*      62                        29                            9    
6/11/00*      50                        28                           22        
4/2/00*       50                        31                           19        
2/27/00*      49                        39                           11        
10/31/99**    69                        24                            8        
9/2/99**      61                        23                           16        
6/6/99**      54                        15                           30        
3/14/99**     54                        14                           32        
2/14/99**     51                        13                           36        
1/19/98**     34                        13                           53   

*"Regardless of how you might vote, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of George W. Bush or perhaps you don't know enough to say." **"I'm going to read you a few names. For each, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person or group, or perhaps you don't know enough to say...George W. Bush"

b. Hillary Rodham Clinton

            ------ Favorable ------   ----- Unfavorable -----       No     
           NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opinion
3/5/06      52      27        25      46      12        33          2 
6/5/05      51      NA        NA      46      NA        NA          3      
6/1/03      44      15        29      48      32        16          8 
9/2/99      49      NA        NA      44      NA        NA          7               
6/6/99      59                        35                            6               
3/14/99     60                        36                            4               
2/14/99     63                        31                            6               
11/1/98     64                        31                            5               
11/1/98 LV  60                        36                            3               
8/21/98     64                        28                            8
8/19/98     64                        32                            4                 
4/4/98      58                        33                           10                 
1/30/98     60                        30                           10                 
1/19/98     52                        39                            9                 
3/9/97      47                        44                            9                 
9/4/96 RV   47                        42                           12                 
6/30/96     44                        47                            9                 
1/21/96     28                        36                           36                 
1/19/96     32                        34                           34                 
10/31/94    47                        44                            8                 
5/15/94     54                        41                            5                 
3/27/94     53                        39                            8                 
1/23/94     55                        34                           11                 
11/14/93    58                        33                            9                 
8/8/93      59                        33                            8                 
4/26/93     54                        26                           20                 
2/23/93     59                        24                           18                 
1/17/93     51                        20                           29                 
7/8/92      30                        26                           43 
3/28/92     28                        22                           51                

c. John McCain

            ------ Favorable ------   ----- Unfavorable -----       No     
           NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opinion
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

d. Dick Cheney

              ------ Favorable ------   ----- Unfavorable -----       No     
              NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opinion
3/5/06        41      16        24      56      19        37          4
10/3/04* LV   44      NA        NA      43      NA        NA         13
9/8/04*  RV   43                        37                           20
8/29/04* RV   41                        45                           14 
7/25/04* RV   43                        41                           17
3/7/04*       35                        43                           23
         RV   35                        45                           19    
7/30/01       60                        34                            6
12/15/00**    55                        23                           22
9/6/00*  RV   42                        20                           38
7/29/00       29      "         "       10      "         "          60

*"Regardless of (how you might vote/who you voted for), please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Dick Cheney or perhaps you don't know enough to say" **"I'm going to read you a few names. For each, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person or group, or perhaps you don't know enough to say...Dick Cheney"

5. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of (ITEM)?

3/5/06 - Summary Table

                          Favorable     Unfavorable     No opinion
a. The Republican party      51             46               3
b. The Democratic party      55             41               4

Trend:

a. The Republican Party

             Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
3/5/06          51           46             3 
6/5/05          49           49             2
12/15/02        56           38             5
1/27/02         63           30             7
7/30/01         51           46             3
12/15/00        54           35            11
1/16/00         53           37            10
1/10/00*        53           41             6
1/10/00  LV     56           39             5
11/21/99        50           44             6
5/2/99          47           44             9
2/21/99         45           46             9
2/13/99         40           54             5
2/8/99          45           47             8
1/10/99         40           52             8
12/20/98        31           57            12
12/16/98        43           47            10
10/29/97        50           42             8
9/1/96   RV     50           45             5
8/18/96  RV     55           41             4
8/7/96   RV     51           44             5
4/10/96         52           41             7
4/19/95         52           42             6
7/8/92   RV     53           39             8
*1/10/00 and previous: Gallup

b. The Democratic Party

             Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
3/5/06          55           41             4
6/5/05          51           47             2
12/15/02        56           37             6
1/27/02         56           36             8
7/30/01         60           36             4
12/15/00        64           25            11
1/16/00         56           35             9
1/10/00*        61           33             6
1/10/00  LV     58           37             5
11/21/99        51           41             8
5/2/99          53           37            10
2/21/99         55           37             8
2/13/99         56           38             6
2/8/99          57           37             6
1/10/99         57           35             8
12/20/98        57           30            13
12/16/98        58           32            10
10/29/97        54           39             7
9/1/96   RV     60           36             4
8/18/96  RV     55           41             4
8/7/96   RV     57           38             5
4/10/96         55           38             7
4/19/95         51           43             6
7/8/92   RV     54           38             8     
*1/10/00 and previous: Gallup

28. On another subject, do you feel you do or do not have a good basic understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Islam, the Muslim religion?

            Yes     No     No opin.                                            
3/5/06       40     59        1 
9/7/03       33     64        3
10/15/02     25     73        2
1/6/02       31     61        8                                                
10/9/01      34     65        1

29. Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam?

            Favorable     Unfavorable     No opin.                          
3/5/06         43            46             11
9/7/03         39            38             23
10/15/02       42            33             26
1/6/02         41            24             35                              
10/9/01        47            39             13

30. Every religion has mainstream beliefs, and also fringe elements or extremists. Thinking of mainstream Islam, do you think mainstream Islam teaches respect for the beliefs of non-Muslims, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin.    
3/5/06       41     45       14
9/7/03       31     43       26
10/15/02     37     35       28
1/6/02       41     22       38

31. Do you think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?

            Encourages violence     Peaceful religion     No opin.             
3/5/06              33                     54                13
9/7/03              34                     46                20
10/15/02            23                     53                25
1/6/02              14                     57                29

32. Compared to other religions, do you think there are more violent extremists within Islam, fewer, or about the same number as in other religions?

           More     Same     Fewer     No opinion
3/5/06      58       34        3             5
1/6/02      38       41        5            17

33. Have you recently heard other people say prejudiced things against Muslims, or not? IF YES: Have you heard that kind of thing a lot, or not much?

           -----------Yes-----------
           NET     Lot     Not much     No     No opinion
3/5/06     34       13        21        65           1


34. Do you have any close friends or relatives who you'd describe as prejudiced against Muslims, or not? 

           Yes     No     Depends (vol.)     No opinion
3/5/06     15      83           1                  *


35. If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice against Muslims? 

           Yes     No     No opinion
3/5/06     27      72          1

Jews:
8/7/00      6      93          *

Compare to: If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some racist feelings?

           Yes   No   No opin.
10/19/99   34    66      *

36. Now thinking about Arabs, not Muslims, have you recently heard other people say prejudiced things against Arabs, or not? IF YES: Have you heard that kind of thing a lot, or not much?

           -----------Yes-----------
           NET     Lot     Not much     No     No opinion
3/5/06     43       14        29        57           *


37. Do you have any close friends or relatives who you'd describe as prejudiced against Arabs, or not?

           Yes     No     Depends (vol.)     No opinion
3/5/06     18      81           *                  *

38. If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice about Arabs, or not?

           Yes     No     No opinion
3/5/06     25      74           1 

Jews:
8/7/00      6      93          *
Compare to: If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some racist feelings? Yes No No opin. 10/19/99 34 66 *

39. How likely do you think it is that the bird flu virus that's been found in other areas of the world will reach the United States - do you think it's very likely, somewhat likely, not so likely or not likely at all?

           -------Likely-------      -----Not Likely-----
           Net   Very   Somewhat     Net   Not so   At all     No opinion
3/5/06     78     30       47        22      16        5            1  

40. How concerned are you about the bird flu reaching the United States - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?

           -----Concernced-----      ----Not Concerned----
           NET   Very   Somewhat     NET   Not so   At all     No opinion 
3/5/06     66     26       40        34      24       10            * 

41. How concerned are you that you or someone in your immediate family might catch the bird flu - is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?

           ---------- Worried ----------     ----- Not worried ----     No
           NET    Great deal    Somewhat     NET   Not too   At all    opin.
3/5/06     41         13           28        59       36       23        *

SARS virus:
4/27/03    33         11           22        67       34       33        1
4/3/03     38         11           27        62       37       24        3

42. How confident you are in (ITEM's) ability to respond effectively to an outbreak of bird flu in the United States - very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

3/5/06 - Summary Table

                                ---- Confident --   --- Not confident ---   No
                                NET   Very   Smwt.  NET   Not so   At all   op.
a. The federal government       59     16     44    40      25       15      *
b. Your local hospitals and      
   health agencies              64     21     42    36      22       13      1

Trend:

a. The federal government

            ------ Confident ------    ------ Not confident -------    No 
            NET    Very    Somewhat    NET    Not too    Not at all    op.
3/5/06      59      16        44       40       25           15         * 

Terrorist attack using nuclear or radioactive materials: 
10/2/05     52      16        36       46       22           24         1
8/21/05     78      29        49       21       12            9         1

Biological or chemical attack in the United States:
4/24/05     65      13        52       33        22          11         2
10/24/01*   75      23        52       23        17           6         2
10/15/01*   72      22        50       26        20           6         2
10/9/01     74      23        51       25        19           6         1
*question text said "large-scale biological or chemical attack."


b. Your local hospitals and health agencies

            ------ Confident ------    ------ Not confident -------    No 
            NET    Very    Somewhat    NET    Not too    Not at all    op.
3/5/06      64      21        42       36        22          13         1 

Terrorist attack using nuclear or radioactive materials: 
10/2/05     70      25        45       28        16          12         2
8/21/05     76      26        51       23        15           8         1

Biological or chemical attack in the United States:
4/24/05     71      22        49       28        19          10         1
10/9/01*    62      18        44       37        26          11         1
*Your local government, police and health agencies.

43. Thinking back to the Terry Schiavo case in Florida a year ago - do you think the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube was the right thing or the wrong thing to do? Do you feel that way STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

           -------Right thing-------     -------Wrong thing-------
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat     NET   Somewhat    Strongly    No opin.
3/5/06     64       44         20        27        8          19           8

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


            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
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         *


901/904 Leaned Party:

               Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
3/5/06            50            42               7           1         1
11/2/05           52            41               6           1         *     
9/11/05           48            39              10           3         *  

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.
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

911. What, if anything, is your religion?


                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
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.
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

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+
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

Q909. What was the last grade of school you completed?

High school or less	10
Graduated high school      	38
Some college               	20
Graduated College          	19	
Post-graduate              	12

Q910. What is your age?

18-29                      	20
30-39                      	17
40-49                      	22
50-64                      	25
65+                        	16

Q918. Are you of Hispanic origin or background? IF YES: Are you White Hispanic or Black Hispanic? IF NO: Are you white, black, or some other race?

White                      	76
Black                      	11
Hispanic	 7
Asian                      	 1 
Other Race                 	 5

Q921. RESPONDENT'S SEX

Male                       	48
Female                     	52


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