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Poll finds broad bipartisan support for tax-cuts deal

About seven in 10 Americans back the tax deal negotiated last week by President Obama and congressional Republicans.
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December 2010

Afghan poll shows falling confidence in U.S. efforts to secure country

Afghans are more pessimistic about the direction of their country, less confident in the ability of the United States and its allies to provide security and more willing to negotiate with the Taliban than they were a year ago, according to a new poll conducted in all of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.
November 2010

Where the public stands on enhanced airport security procedure

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support full-body scanners at airports.
October 2010

Voter unrest echoes 1994, poll shows

Voters across the country are deeply unhappy with the performance of the Democratic Congress and as dissatisfied with how Washington works as they were in 1994, when Republicans took control of both chambers, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
September 2010

Democrats closing the gap with GOP

Despite apparent signs of improvement, a new Post-ABC poll suggests that Democrats remain at a significant disadvantage.
August 2010

Half view Islam unfavorably, poll finds

About a third of the country now believes that mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, while 54 percent see the religion as peaceful, according to a new Post/ABC poll.
July 2010

Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds

The poll shows nearly six in 10 Americans now have little or no confidence in Obama to make the right decisions for the future.
June 2010

Tea party loses favor, support for incumbents at all-time low

The poll finds growing disapproval of the 'tea party' movement, with half the population now expressing an unfavorable impression of the loosely aligned protest campaign that has shaken up politics this year.
April 2010

Obama's approval ratings: 54% approve, 44% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: How do you feel about the direction of the nation's economy over the next few years - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?: 73%very worried, 27% not worried, 1% no opinion
March 2010

Obama's approval ratings: 53% approve, 43% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Do you think the health care plan creates too much government involvement in the nation's health care system, not enough government involvement or about the right amount?: 14% not enough, 35% right amount, 2% no opinion
February 2010

Obama's approval ratings: 51% approve, 46% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Do you think lawmakers in Washington should (keep trying to pass) a comprehensive health care reform plan, or should (give up on) comprehensive health care reform?: 63% keep trying, 34% give up, 4% no opinion
January 2010

Obama's approval ratings: 53% approve, 44% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Highlights: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the government's response to the attempted terrorist bombing aboard an airliner last month?: 62% approve, 35% disapprove, 3% no opinion
December 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 50% approve, 46% disapprove, 4% no opinion

Highlights: Do you think the United States is in a long-term economic decline, or do you think the country's economic system is basically pretty solid?: 61% long-term decline, 35% Basically pretty solid, 4% no opinion
November 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 56% approve, 42% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Highlights: Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans?: 53% support, 43% oppose, 3% no opinion
October 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 57% approve, 40% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Many economists say that using the standards they apply, the recession probably is over. Thinking about your own experience of economic conditions, would you say that from your point of view the recession is over, or not over?: 16% over, 82% not over, 1% no opinion
September 2009

Obama's approval raintgs: 54% approve, 43% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Has the economic stimulus helped/hurt/made no difference on, the national economy?: 32% helped, 19% hurt, 47% no difference, 2% no opinion
August 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 57% approve, 40% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system?: 45% support, 50% oppose, 5% no opinion
July 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 59% approve, 37% disapprove, 4% no opinion

Highlights: Do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not?: 34% worth it, 62% not worth it, 4% no opinion
June 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 65% approve, 31% disapprove, 4% no opinion

Highlights: Do you think Sotomayor's racial ethnic background plays a role in the way she decides cases?: 38% yes, 52% no, 10% no opinion
April 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 69% approve, 26% disapprove, 4% no opinion

Hightlights: Would you say Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what?: 54% better, 18% worse, 23% as expected, 4% no opinion
March 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 66% approve, 29% disapprove, 5% no opinion

Highlights: Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Michelle Obama?: 76% favorable, 18% worse, 16% unfavorable, 8% no opinion
February 2009

Obama's approval ratings: 68% approve, 25% disapprove, 7% no opinion

Highlights: How confident are you that this economic stimulus plan will make the current economic downturn less severe than it would be otherwise?: 58% confident, 41% not confident, 16% unfavorable, 1% no opinion
January 2009

George W. Bush's approval ratings: 33% approve, 66% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Highlights: How do you think George W. Bush will go down in history -- as an outstanding, above average, average, below average, or poor president?: 4% outstanding, 11% above average, 26% average, 22% below average, 36% poor
December 2008

Bush's approval ratings: 30% approve, 68% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Would you support or oppose new federal spending of up to 700 billion dollars on construction projects and other programs to try to stimulate the economy?: 65% support, 32% oppose, 3% no opinion
October 2008

National politics

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?: 53% Obama, 43% McCain, 1% other, 1% neither, 2% no opinion
September 2008

National politics (Sept. 23)

How closely are you following the presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?: 55% very closely, 36% somewhat closely, 5% not too closely, 4% not at all

Virginia politics

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Kaine is handling his job as governor?: 66% approve, 25% disapprove, 9% no opinion

National politics (Sept. 8)

Highlights: Do you think Palin does or does not have the kind of experience it takes to serve effectively as president, if that became necessary? 47% does, 45% does not, 8% no opinion
August 2008

Bush's approval ratings: 33% approve, 66% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Highlights: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? 30% approve, 66% disapprove, 4% no opinion
July 2008

Bush's approval ratings: 28% approve, 69% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Under Bush, do you think America's image in the rest of the world has gotten better or gotten worse? 10% better, 82% worse, 6% same, 2% no opinion
June 2008

Bush's approval ratings: 29% approve, 68% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Do you think (the United States should keep its military forces in Iraq until civil order is restored there, even if that means continued U.S. military casualties); OR, do you think (the United States should withdraw its military forces from Iraq in order to avoid further U.S. military casualties, even if that means civil order is not restored there)?: 41% keep forces, 55% withdraw forces, 5% no opinion
September 2007

Bush's approval ratings: 33% approve, 64% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Do you support or oppose legislation that would set a deadline for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq by next spring? 55% support, 41% oppose, 4% no opinion
August 2007

Republicans in Iowa

If the 2008 Republican caucus were being held today, and the candidates were: (Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tommy Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, and Fred Thompson), who would you support?: 26% Mitt Romney, 14% Rudy Giuliani, 13% Fred Thompson, 8% Mike Huckabee, 8% John McCain, 5% Sam Brownback, 5% Tom Tancredo, 4% Tommy Thompson, 2% Ron Paul, 1% Duncan Hunter, 1% other, 4% none of these, 7% no opinion

Democrats in Iowa

If the Democratic caucus were being held today, and the candidates were: (Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, and Mike Gravel), who would you support?: 27% Barack Obama, 26% Hillary Clinton, 26% John Edwards, 11% Bill Richardson, 2$ Joe Biden, 2% Dennis Kucinich, 1% Chris Dodd, 2% none of these, 4% no opinion
July 2007

Post-Kaiser Independents poll

Have you always thought of yourself as an independent, or have you thought of yourself as a (Democrat) or a (Republican) in the past?: 59% Always an independent, 21% Thought of self as a Democrat in past, 14% Thought of self as a Republican in past, 4% Thought of self as both Democrat and Republican in past, 2% don’t know

Virginia Independents

How much confidence do you have in your STATE government to make the right decisions for your state’s future – a lot, some, not much or none at all?: (Among Independents): 22% a lot, 53% some, 19% not much, 6% none at all
June 2007

Bush's approval ratings: 35% approve, 62% disapprove, 3% no opinion

Highlights: Overall, do you feel that you can or cannot trust the Bush administration to honestly and accurately report intelligence about possible threats from other countries?: 35% can, 63% cannot, 2% no opinion
May 2007

Gas prices

Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not?: 58% yes, 42% no
April 2007

Bush's approval ratings: 35% approve, 62% disapprove, 2% no opinion

D.C. vote

Would you support or oppose new legislation giving D.C. a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives?: 61% approve, 28% oppose, 11% no opinion

Environment trends

How would you rate the condition of the natural environment in the world today - excellent, good, fair, poor, or very poor?: 3% excellent, 20% good, 41% fair, 26% poor, 9% very poor
February 2007

Bush's approval ratings: 36% approve, 62% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Highlights: Overall, do you feel that you can or cannot trust the Bush administration to honestly and accurately report intelligence about possible threats from other countries?: 35% can, 63% cannot, 2% no opinion
January 2007

Bush's approval ratings: 33% approve, 65% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Hightlights: Do you support or oppose Bush's proposal to send approximately 22,000 additional U.S. military forces to Iraq?: 34% support, 65% oppose, 1% no opinion

Bush's surge speech

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq?: 34% approve, 64% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Hightlights:Who do you trust to do a better job handling the situation in Iraq, (Bush) or (the Democrats in Congress)?: 36% Bush, 47% Dems, 1% both, 12% neither, 4% no opinion
December 2006

Bush's approval ratings: 36% approve, 62% disapprove, 2% no opinion

Hightlights: As you may know, control of Congress will switch from the Republicans to the Democrats next month. Do you think that's a good thing, a bad thing, or doesn't it make any difference?: 55% good thing, 17% bad thing, 27% no difference, 1% no opinion
October 2006

Bush's approval ratings: 39% approve, 60% disapprove, 1% no opinion

Hightlights: Do you think the number of U.S. military forces in Iraq should be (increased), (decreased), or kept about the same?: 18% increased, 51% decreased, 28% kept about the same, 3% no opinion

Maryland preelectiob

As you may know, the candidates in November's election for U.S. Senate include (Ben Cardin, the Democrat), (Michael Steele, the Republican), and Kevin Zeese, from the Green Party. Suppose the election was held today. For whom would you vote?: 54% Cardin, 43% Steele, 1% Zeese, 1% no opinion

Virginia preelection

As you may know, the candidates in November's election for U.S. Senate include: (George Allen, the Republican) and (James Webb, the Democrat) and Gail Parker, the Independent Green. Suppose the election was held today. For whom would you vote? : 49% Allen, 47% Webb, 2% Parker, 2% no opinion


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