Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone August 29-September 1 2011, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/1/11        43       21         22      53       16         38         3
8/9/11*       44       18         26      46        9         37        10
7/17/11       47       25         22      48       14         35         5
6/5/11        47       27         20      49       13         37         4
5/2/11**      56       29         27      38       14         24         6
4/17/11       47       27         21      50       12         37         3
3/13/11       51       27         24      45       12         33         4
1/16/11       54       30         23      43       15         28         3
12/12/10      49       24         25      47       15         32         4
10/28/10      50       27         23      45       11         34         5
10/28/10 LV   46       31         15      52        8         44         2
10/3/10       50       26         24      47       13         34         3
9/2/10        46       24         22      52       14         38         3
7/11/10       50       28         22      47       12         35         3
6/6/10        52       30         22      45       12         33         4
4/25/10       54       31         23      44       11         33         3
3/26/10       53       34         20      43        8         35         3
2/8/10        51       29         22      46       12         33         3
1/15/10       53       30         24      44       13         32         2
12/13/09      50       31         18      46       13         33         4
11/15/09      56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09      57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09       54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09       57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09       59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09       65       36         29      31       10         22         4
4/24/09       69       42         27      26        8         18         4
3/29/09       66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09       68       43         25      25        8         17         7
*Washington Post
**Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

9/1/11 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      36       15         21      62       15         47         2
b. Creating jobs    36       15         21      62       18         45         2
c. The federal
   budget deficit   36       18         18      60       14         46         4
d. The threat of    62       33         29      32       12         21         6         
   terrorism
*Full sample asked items a-b; half sample asked item c; other half sample asked item d.

Trend:

a. The economy

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/1/11        36       15         21      62       15         47         2
7/17/11       39       18         22      57       15         43         3
6/5/11        40       20         20      59       10         49         2
5/2/11*       40       18         22      55       16         39         4
4/17/11       42       23         19      57       11         46         2
3/13/11       43       22         21      55       13         41         2
1/16/11       46       22         24      51       13         38         2
12/12/10      43       21         22      54       15         39         3
10/28/10 RV   44       21         23      54       15         39         3
10/3/10       45       22         23      53       13         41         2
9/2/10        41       20         21      57       13         44         2
7/11/10       43       20         23      54       13         41         4
6/6/10        50       26         24      49       12         37         2
4/25/10       49       24         25      49       10         39         2
3/26/10       45       23         22      52       12         40         3
2/8/10        45       22         23      53       15         38         2
1/15/10       47       22         24      52       13         39         1
12/13/09      46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09      51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09      50       29         22      48       13         35         1
9/12/09       51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09       52       27         25      46       13         33         2
7/18/09       52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09       56       28         28      41       13         27         3
4/24/09       58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09       60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09       60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6
*Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll

b. Creating jobs

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/1/11    36       15         21      62       18         45         2
7/17/11   41       16         25      52       13         39         7
2/8/10    47       25         22      51       15         35         3

c. The federal budget deficit

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/1/11     36       18         18      60       14         46         4
7/17/11    38       22         16      60       14         45         2
6/5/11     33       16         17      61       12         49         6
4/17/11    39       21         18      58       11         47         3
3/13/11    39       18         20      55       13         42         6
1/16/11    43       21         22      52       11         41         6
12/12/10   38       16         22      55       19         36         7
9/2/10     39       18         20      58       13         45         3
7/11/10    40       20         20      56       11         45         4
6/6/10     39       22         17      56       13         42         6
4/25/10    40       20         20      55       14         42         5
3/26/10    43       22         21      52       14         38         5
2/8/10     40       17         23      56       16         40         4
1/15/10    38       18         20      56       15         41         6
12/13/09   37       16         21      56       12         44         6
11/15/09   42       19         23      53       10         43         5
10/18/09   45       20         25      51       14         37         4
9/12/09    39       17         22      55       13         42         6
8/17/09    41       19         22      53       12         41         5
7/18/09    43       19         24      49       11         38         8
6/21/09    48       22         26      48       13         35         5
4/24/09    51       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         7
3/29/09    52       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         5

d. The threat of terrorism

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/1/11     62       33         29      32       12         21         6
6/5/11     60       35         25      34       13         21         6
5/2/11*    69       42         27      21        9         12        10
2/8/10     56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/15/10    55       31         23      42       14         28         4
11/15/09   53       31         22      41       14         27         6
9/12/09    55       31         24      34       12         23        11
6/21/09    57       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         7
4/21/09**  57       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        17
*Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll
**Pew

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are doing their job? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

             -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/1/11       28        7         21      68       24         44         3
4/17/11      34       NA         NA      63       NA         NA         3
10/3/10      30                          67                             3
7/18/09      36                          58                             6
4/24/09      30                          64                             6
2/22/09      38                          56                             6
7/13/08      25                          69                             6
2/1/08       30                          63                             7
12/9/07      32                          63                             5
11/1/07      32                          63                             6
9/30/07      29                          67                             4
7/21/07      34                          64                             2
6/1/07       36                          58                             6
4/15/07      39                          59                             2
10/8/06      35                          63                             2
5/15/06      33                          64                             3
11/2/05      35                          61                             4
6/5/05       42                          56                             2
6/6/99       41                          52                             7
3/14/99      40                          56                             4
7/8/97       40                          54                             6
9/15/96 RV   46                          48                             6
6/30/96      38                          56                             6
4/5/95       45                          50                             5
10/31/94     33                          59                             7
10/23/94     31                          64                             5
9/11/94      35                          59                             6

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

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

5. Who do you trust to do a better job [ITEM] - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

9/1/11 - Summary Table*
                                                         Both    Neither     No
                                         Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. Handling the economy                   42      39       1       16         2
b. Creating jobs                          40      40       1       17         2
c. Handling the federal budget deficit    39      42       1       16         2
                        
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked item b; other half sample asked item c.

Trend:

a. Handling the economy

                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/1/11      42      39       1       16         2
6/5/11      42      45       2        9         2
3/13/11     46      34       2       15         4
1/16/11     46      41       3        7         3
12/12/10    44      45       2        7         2
4/25/10     49      38       1        9         2
2/8/10      47      42       1        7         2
12/13/09    48      36       1       12         3
11/15/09    52      37       1        8         1
9/12/09     48      37       1       12         2
7/18/09     56      33       1        9         2
6/21/09     55      31       2        9         2
4/24/09     61      24       2       11         2
3/29/09     58      25       1       14         2
2/22/09     61      26       1        9         3

b. Creating jobs

                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/1/11      40      40       1       17         2
6/5/11      43      42       2       11         2
2/8/10      48      41       2        8         2

c. Handling the federal budget deficit

                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/1/11      39      42       1       16         2 
6/5/11      39      47       2       10         2
3/13/11     45      36       2       14         4
1/16/11     44      41       4        8         2
12/12/10    39      47       2        9         4
4/25/10     45      41       1       10         3
2/8/10      45      43       1        9         1
9/12/09     50      36       1       12         1
7/18/09     54      35       *        9         2
6/21/09     56      30       2        9         2

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

              Smaller govt.    Larger govt.      No
              fewer services   more services   opinion
9/1/11             56              38             6
10/28/10 RV        57              37             5
4/25/10            56              40             4
1/15/10            58              38             4
6/21/09            54              41             4
1/16/09            53              43             4
6/15/08            50              45             5
11/1/07            50              44             5
6/20/04            50              46             4
11/4/02  LV        61              34             5
11/3/02  LV        60              34             5
11/2/02  LV        62              34             3
7/15/02            53              42             6
1/27/02            54              41             5
10/9/00  RV        58              32            10
10/1/00  RV        58              33             9
7/23/00            59              34             7
4/2/00             56              38             7
8/16/98            59              35             6
8/5/96             63              32             5
2/28/93            67              30             2
7/8/92             55              38             7
7/13/88            49              45             6
7/8/84             49              43             7

7. What about Obama - would you say Obama favors (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?

              Smaller govt.    Larger govt.      No
              fewer services   more services   opinion
9/1/11             18              70            12
10/28/10 RV        14              75            10
4/25/10            15              77             8

8. Do you think Obama's economic program is making the economy (better), making it (worse) or having no real effect?

           Better   Worse   No effect   No opinion
9/1/11       17      34         47           2
2/9/11*      27      28         38           7
1/16/11      35      24         39           2
9/2/10       30      33         36           1
4/25/10      39      26         32           2
1/15/10      35      23         41           2
10/18/09     41      22         35           2
8/17/09      43      23         32           2
*Washington Post/Kaiser/Harvard

9. Would you say you, yourself are better off financially than you were in when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?

       
              Better off   Not as well off   About the same   No opinion 
9/1/11            15             35               50               *
7/18/09            8             27               64               *

Compare to: 

G.W. Bush
10/5/04 LV        30             30               40               1
10/29/03          22             27               50               1
9/13/03           21             30               49               *
8/11/03*          17             25               58               1

Clinton 
6/11/00           34             14               50               2
7/19/98           30             15               52               3 
3/1/98            32              9               57               1 
6/23/96           29             22               49               0 
2/27/94           12             17               71               * 

G.H.W. Bush   
1/17/93           27             28               44               1
8/9/92            22             32               45               1 
6/7/92            19             32               49               * 
3/11/92           20             33               46               1 
2/2/92            19             31               49               *
12/15/91          17             33               49               * 
10/21/91          20             27               53               1 
3/4/91            19             18               63               1 

Reagan 
1/16/89           42             18               39               1 
1/18/87           37             23               40               1
9/8/86            41             20               39               1
*Washington Post

10. Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the chances that the jobs situation in this country will improve? Would you say you are very optimistic/pessimistic or somewhat optimistic/pessimistic?

 
         ---- Optimistic -----   ---- Pessimistic ----          
         NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   No opinion
9/1/11   45     18       28      50       23       28         4

11. Changing topics, how often do you think about what happened on September 11, 2001 - the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington - do you think about it a lot, or not all that much? (IF A LOT) Do you think about it pretty much every day, or less often than that?

         ------ Think about it ------   Don't think     No
         NET   Every day   Less often    about it     opinion
9/1/11   61        16          45            39          1
9/2/10   64        14          50            36          *
9/7/06   71        23          48            29          *
9/7/03   77        34          42            23          *
9/8/02   75        40          35            25          *

12. Do you think the events of September 11th have changed this country in a lasting way, or not? (IF YES) Is it a change for the better or a change for the worse?

           ------- Yes, changed --------          No
           NET   Better   Worse   DK/REF   No   opinion
9/1/11     87      39       42       6     13      * 
9/6/02*    83      55       27      NA     13      5
3/10/02    86      67       15       3     13      1
12/19/01   91      63       25       4      8      1
*Washington Post: ”terrorist attacks of last September 11th” 

13. 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? (IF LESS SAFE) Would you say the country is much less safe or somewhat less safe?

             ----- Safer ------   ---- Less safe ---   No difference     No
             NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much       (vol.)      opinion
9/1/11       64     26      38    26      13     12           8           2
9/2/10       48     15      33    42      24     18           8           2
9/7/08       62     25      37    29      19     10           7           2
9/7/07       60     24      36    29      17     11          11           1 
10/8/06      50     20      30    42      NA     NA           7           1
9/7/06       55     19      36    37                          6           2
6/25/06      59     24      35    33                          7           1
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 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

14. Thinking about the way the United States has responded to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, overall would you say you’re very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?

         ----- Satisfied -----   --- Dissatisfied ----     No
         NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
9/1/11   67     18       50      32       18       13       1

15. I’m going to name some specific actions taken by the United States after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. For each please tell me if you think it was very effective, somewhat effective, somewhat ineffective or very ineffective at reducing the threat of terrorism against the United States. First is [ITEM]. Would you say that was very effective, somewhat effective, somewhat ineffective or very ineffective at reducing the threat of terrorism against the United States? How about [NEXT ITEM]?

9/1/11 – Summary Table*

                                       ---- Effective ----   --- Ineffective ---   No
                                       NET   Very   Smwhat   NET   Smwhat   Very   op.
a. Creating the U.S. Department 
   of Homeland Security                71     26      44     27      14      13     2
b. Taking steps to improve 
   information-sharing among U.S. 
   intelligence agencies               73     26      47     23      13      10     4
c. Increasing security measures in 
   airports and government buildings   84     40      44     15       9       6     1
d. The war in Afghanistan              52     14      37     46      21      25     3
e. The war in Iraq                     46     15      31     53      23      31     1 
f. Killing Osama bin Laden             77     46      30     21      11      10     2
g. Using missile strikes against 
   suspected terrorists in Pakistan 
   and Yemen                           76     30      45     22      14       8     2
h. Increasing use of wiretaps and 
   other surveillance techniques       77     30      47     20      10      10     3
*Half sample asked items a-d; other half sample asked items e-h.

16. When you think about the September 11th terrorist attacks would you say you feel very angry about it, somewhat angry, not so angry or not angry at all?

         ------ Angry --------   ------- Not angry -------     No
         NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion 
9/1/11   91     63       27       9       3          6          1

17. Do you personally plan to do anything specific to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 next week? (IF YES) What is it you plan to do?

                               9/1/11
Say a prayer                     10
Watch TV coverage                 5
Observe a moment of silence       4
Go to church                      4
Gather with family and friends    3
Display an American flag          3
Light a candle                    2
Call/speak with family/friends    1
Wear red, white and blue          *
Hug someone                       *
Other                            13
Nothing specific                 50
No opinion                        5

18. Would you say national politics has become more partisan since the events of September 11th, less partisan, or is it about the same?

                                                               
          More partisan   Less partisan   About the same   No opinion
9/1/11         42               8               47             3
6/25/06        39               8               50             3

19. On another subject, how closely are you following the 2012 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

              ---- Closely -----   ---- Not closely -----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
9/1/11        66     25     40     34       20       14        *
7/17/11       61     18     43     39       23       15        *
6/5/11        61     22     39     38       23       15        *

20. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the choice of candidates for the Republican nomination for president next year - are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?

           ----- Satisfied -----   --- Dissatisfied ----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
9/1/11     65     15       51      29       21        8       6
7/17/11    54      8       46      38       29       10       8
6/5/11     47      7       40      46       38        9       7
4/17/11    43      5       38      40       30       10      17
11/1/07    69     16       54      28       22        7       2 
9/7/07     68     19       49      26       21        6       5 
7/21/07    65     13       53      32       26        6       3 
6/1/07     68     11       56      28       22        6       4 
4/15/07    65     16       49      31       27        5       3 
2/25/07    73     14       58      24       20        5       3

21. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) If the 2012 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were (Michele Bachmann), (Herman Cain), (Newt Gingrich), (Jon Huntsman), (Sarah Palin), (Ron Paul), (Rick Perry), (Mitt Romney), (Rick Santorum). For whom would you vote? Which candidate would you lean toward?

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE

                               Among gen pop       Among RVs 
                             9/1/11   7/17/11   9/1/11   7/17/11
Rick Perry                     27        8        29       8    
Mitt Romney                    22       26        23      26    
Sarah Palin                    14       18        14      16    
Ron Paul                        8        9         8       7    
Michele Bachmann                6       12         6      13    
Newt Gingrich                   4        5         4       4    
Herman Cain                     3        6         3       7    
Jon Huntsman                    1        3         1       3    
Rick Santorum                   2        2         2       2    
Tim Pawlenty                   NA        2        NA       2    
Other (vol.)                    1        1         1       1    
No one/None of them (vol.)      4        1         4       1    
Would not vote (vol.)           2        1         1       *    
No opinion                      4        8         4       8

22. (IF NAMED A CANDIDATE) Do you support (CANDIDATE) strongly, or somewhat?

             Strongly   Somewhat   No opinion   
9/1/11          34         66          *
9/1/11 RV       32         68          *
7/17/11         34         66          0
7/17/11 RV      35         65          0

Mitt Romney
             Strongly   Somewhat   No opinion   
9/1/11          15         84          1
7/17/11         29         71          0

Rick Perry
9/1/11          37         63          *

23. (IF WOULD VOTE FOR PALIN) If Palin does not run for president, for whom would you vote? Which candidate would you lean toward?

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE

                           --------- Without Palin -----------
                             Among gen pop       Among RVs 
                           9/1/11   7/17/11   9/1/11   7/17/11 
Rick Perry                   29        8        30        8    
Mitt Romney                  25       30        25       30    
Ron Paul                     10       11        10       10    
Michele Bachmann              8       16         9       17    
Newt Gingrich                 6        6         5        6    
Herman Cain                   4        7         5        7    
Rick Santorum                 3        3         3        3    
Jon Huntsman                  1        3         1        3    
Tim Pawlenty                 NA        3        NA        3    
Other (vol.)                  2        1         2        1    
No one/None of them (vol.)    5        2         4        2    
Would not vote (vol.)         2        1         1        *    
No opinion                    5        8         5        9    

24. Regardless of whether or not you'd vote for her, do you think Palin is or is not qualified to serve as president?

                 Is        Is not       No
              qualified   qualified   opinion
9/1/11           32          63          6
6/5/11           33          63          4
10/28/10 RV      27          67          6
2/8/10           26          71          4
11/15/09         38          60          3

25. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Do you think (the Republican nominee for president should take only conservative positions on issues) or do you think (it is OK to have the Republican nominee for president take moderate positions on some issues?) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

            - Conservative Positions-   -- Moderate Positions ---   Depends     No
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11      27      17           9      67       35         32         3         2
11/23/09*   27      21           5      69       32         37         3         2
*Washington Post: ”Republican candidates”

26. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICAN) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think [ITEM]? (IF NEEDED) I can repeat the list. Is it (Michele Bachmann), (Herman Cain), (Newt Gingrich), (Jon Huntsman), (Sarah Palin), (Ron Paul), (Rick Perry), (Mitt Romney), or (Rick Santorum)?

Full item wording:
a. best understands the problems of people like you
b. is the closest to you on the issues
c. best reflects the core values of the Republican Party 
d. would do the best job handling the economy
e. has the best chance to defeat Barack Obama in the general election

9/1/11 - Summary Table

                            Understands    Issues    Values     Economy     Defeat
Sarah Palin                      19          14        12         11           8
Rick Perry                       17          21        19         22          30
Mitt Romney                      13          15        18         22          20 
Michele Bachmann                  9          10        10          5           4
Ron Paul                          8          10         6          8           4
Newt Gingrich                     6           6         6          7           5
Herman Cain                       3           3         3          4           1
Rick Santorum                     2           3         4          2           1
Jon Huntsman                      1           1         1          *           1
Other (vol.)                      1           1         *          2           1
All of them (vol.)                1           *         1          0           4
Any 2 or more equally (vol.)      3           2         5          2           5
No one/None of them (vol.)        8           4         2          4           4
No opinion                       10          11        14         12          10

Trend where available:

a. best understands the problems of people like you
                                              
                             9/1/11   7/17/11 
Sarah Palin                    19       23    
Rick Perry                     17        5    
Mitt Romney                    13       18    
Michele Bachmann                9       11    
Ron Paul                        8        9    
Newt Gingrich                   6        4    
Herman Cain                     3        5    
Jon Huntsman                    1        2    
Rick Santorum                   2        3    
Tim Pawlenty                   NA        1    
Other (vol.)                    1        1    
All of them (vol.)              1        1    
Any 2 or more equally (vol.)    3        1    
No one/None of them (vol.)      8        4    
No opinion                     10       12    

b. is the closest to you on the issues
                                              
                             9/1/11   7/17/11 
Rick Perry                     21        5    
Mitt Romney                    15       21    
Sarah Palin                    14       20    
Michele Bachmann               10       10    
Ron Paul                       10       10    
Newt Gingrich                   6        5    
Herman Cain                     3        5    
Jon Huntsman                    1        3    
Rick Santorum                   3        3    
Tim Pawlenty                   NA        1    
Other (vol.)                    1        1    
All of them (vol.)              *        *    
Any 2 or more equally (vol.)    2        *    
No one/None of them (vol.)      4        1    
No opinion                     11       15    

c. best reflects the core values of the Republican Party
                                            
                            9/1/11   7/17/11 
Rick Perry                     19        7   
Mitt Romney                    18       19   
Sarah Palin                    12       20   
Michele Bachmann               10       11   
Newt Gingrich                   6        9   
Ron Paul                        6        8   
Rick Santorum                   4        3   
Herman Cain                     3        4   
Jon Huntsman                    1        1   
Tim Pawlenty                   NA        1   
Other (vol.)                    *        1   
All of them (vol.)              1        *   
Any 2 or more equally (vol.)    5        1   
No one/None of them (vol.)      2        1   
No opinion                     14       14   

d. No trend

e. has the best chance to defeat Barack Obama in the general election
                                             
                            9/1/11   7/17/11 
Rick Perry                     30        6   
Mitt Romney                    20       32   
Sarah Palin                     8       14   
Newt Gingrich                   5        6   
Michele Bachmann                4        7   
Ron Paul                        4        3   
Jon Huntsman                    1        2   
Herman Cain                     1        2   
Rick Santorum                   1        1   
Tim Pawlenty                   NA        2   
Other (vol.)                    1        1   
All of them (vol.)              4        7   
Any 2 or more equally (vol.)    5        2   
None of them (vol.)             4        4   
No opinion                     10       11   

27. If the 2012 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and ([ITEM], the Republican), for whom would you vote? Would you lean toward (Obama) or toward (ITEM)?

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – GEN POP

9/1/11 - Summary Table
                                     Other    Neither    Would not      No
                      Obama   Rep.   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
a. Mitt Romney          46     47       *         2          3           2     
b. Rick Perry           46     46       *         2          2           3
c. Sarah Palin          53     41       *         2          4           *              
d. Michele Bachmann     50     43       *         2          3           1         
e. Jon Huntsman         47     42       1         3          4           3

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – REG VOTERS

9/1/11 - Summary Table
                                     Other    Neither    Would not      No
                      Obama   Rep.   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
a. Mitt Romney          45     49       *         2          2           2     
b. Rick Perry           46     47       *         2          2           2
c. Sarah Palin          53     41       *         2          4           *              
d. Michele Bachmann     50     44       *         2          3           1         
e. Jon Huntsman         47     42       1         3          4           3

Trend where available:

a. Mitt Romney

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE - GEN POP

                             Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11       46        47       *         2          3            2
7/17/11      51        44       *         2          1            2
6/5/11       47        47       *         2          1            2
4/17/11      49        45       *         3          1            2

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – REG VOTERS

                             Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11 RV    45        49       *         2          2            2
7/17/11 RV   49        47       *         2          1            1
6/5/11  RV   46        49       *         2          1            2

b. Rick Perry

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE - GEN POP

                               Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama    Perry     (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11       46        46        *         2          2            3
7/17/11      55        38        *         2          1            4

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – REG VOTERS

                               Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama    Perry     (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11 RV    46        47        *         2          2            2
7/17/11 RV   53        40        *         2          2            3

c. Sarah Palin

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE - GEN POP

                            Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Palin   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11       53       41      *         2          4            *
6/5/11       56       39      *         3          1            1
4/17/11      55       38      1         3          2            1
12/12/10     54       39      1         3          3            1

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – REG VOTERS

                            Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Palin   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11 RV    53       41      *         2          4            *
6/5/11 RV    55       40      *         3          1            1

d. Michele Bachmann

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE - GEN POP

                               Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Bachmann   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11       50        43        *         2          3            1
7/17/11      56        39        0         2          2            2
6/5/11       52        39        *         3          2            4
4/17/11      51        39        *         4          2            3

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – REG VOTERS

                               Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Bachmann   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11  RV   50        44        *         2          3            1
7/17/11 RV   55        40        0         2          2            2
6/5/11  RV   51        40        *         3          1            4

e. Jon Huntsman

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE - GEN POP

                               Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Huntsman   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11       47        42        1         3           4           3
6/5/11       50        40        *         3           2           5        

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – REG VOTERS

                               Other    Neither    Would not      No
            Obama   Huntsman   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/1/11 RV    47        42        1         3           4           3
6/5/11 RV    50        40        1         2           1           6

28. On another subject, do you think a political leader should or should not rely on his or her religious beliefs in making policy decisions?

          Should   Should not   Depends (vol.)   No opinion 
9/1/11      29        66           3                1
12/9/07     27        66           6                1
10/8/06     35        61           2                2
4/24/05     40        55           4                2

29. What is your view of the Tea Party political movement - would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly?

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No 
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/1/11    47      13         35       45       18         27         8
7/17/11   44      13         31       46       23         24        10
6/5/11    46      13         33       44       21         24        10
4/17/11   42      16         26       49       21         27        10

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

                                                             --Non-Partisans-
                                                             Lean  Lean   No
           Democrat  Republican  Independent  Other  No op.  Dem.  Rep.  Lean
9/1/11        33         24           36        5      2      15    17    11
8/9/11        32         25           37        5      1      16    17     9
7/17/11       32         26           34        6      2      17    16     9
6/5/11        31         25           39        4      1      18    17     9
4/17/11       32         22           41        4      *      17    18     8
3/13/11       33         24           37        5      1      17    14    11
1/16/11       33         23           38        5      1      17    17     9
12/12/10      31         26           38        5      1      18    17     7
10/28/10      34         24           34        5      2      17    16     6
10/3/10       33         23           39        4      1      15    19     9
9/2/10        31         25           39        4      1      17    21     6
7/11/10       31         24           40        3      1      18    18     9
6/6/10        32         24           39        3      1      19    19     6
4/25/10       34         23           38        4      1      19    17     6
3/26/10       34         24           38        3      1      17    17     7
2/8/10        32         26           39        3      *      17    19     6
1/15/10       32         23           38        7      *      17    20     9
12/13/09      32         26           37        5      1      13    18    11
11/15/09      35         21           39        4      1      19    17     8
10/18/09      33         20           42        4      1      20    19     8
9/12/09       32         21           43        4      *      19    20     9
8/17/09       35         25           34        6      1      15    14    11
7/18/09       33         22           41        4      *      20    16     9
6/21/09       35         22           37        7      *      17    16    10
4/24/09       35         21           38        5      *      18    16    10
3/29/09       36         25           33        5      1      15    16     8
2/22/09       36         24           34        5      1      18    13     9
1/16/09       35         23           36        5      1      20    12    11
12/14/08      37         24           35        4      1      16    13    10
11/3/08       35         26           30        6      2      13    10    15
10/11/08      36         26           31        4      2      15    12    10
9/29/08       34         26           31        8      2      17    12    12
9/22/08       36         26           31        5      2      18     9    11
9/7/08        35         26           33        5      2      15    14    11
8/22/08       36         23           34        6      1      16    14    10
7/13/08       37         24           33        6      1      16    14    10
6/15/08       38         24           34        4      1      16    14     8
5/11/08       34         28           34        4      1      19    11     8
4/13/08       35         29           30        5      1      15    13     8
3/2/08        40         28           28        3      1      15     8     9
2/1/08        37         26           32        4      1      16    11    10
1/12/08       39         27           29        5      1      13     9    12

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

                                                     Don’t think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
9/1/11         20         39            37                  2             1
8/9/11         24         37            36                  1             2
7/17/11        23         40            35                  1             2
6/5/11         22         36            40                  1             1
4/17/11        21         39            36                  2             2
3/13/11        23         37            36                  1             2
1/16/11        22         38            36                  2             2
12/12/10       19         39            38                  2             2
10/28/10       21         39            37                  1             2
10/3/10        21         43            34                  2             1
9/2/10         19         37            40                  3             1
7/11/10        22         35            39                  2             1
6/6/10         23         39            36                  1             1
4/25/10        22         40            35                  1             2
3/26/10        24         32            42                  1             2
2/8/10         24         36            37                  2             1
1/15/10        25         34            38                  1             1
12/13/09       23         35            41                  1             1
11/15/09       19         41            38                  1             1
10/18/09       23         36            38                  2             1
9/12/09        24         39            36                  *             1
8/17/09        20         40            37                  2             1
7/18/09        20         39            38                  2             1
6/21/09        22         40            36                  1             *
4/24/09        23         39            35                  2             2
3/29/09        20         38            38                  2             2
2/22/09        23         38            37                  1             1
1/16/09        24         42            32                  *             1
12/14/08       22         37            37                  1             2
10/11/08 RV    22         44            34                  *             1
9/29/08 RV     19         44            34                  1             1
9/22/08 RV     23         41            32                  2             1
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08        19         43            35                  2             1
6/15/08        21         43            33                  1             2
5/11/08        24         39            34                  2             1
4/13/08        24         38            35                  1             2
3/2/08         19         48            30                  2             2
2/1/08         25         38            34                  2             1
1/12/08        24         36            36                  2             1
12/9/07        24         38            36                  1             1
11/1/07        24         41            32                  1             1
9/30/07        24         45            30                  1             1
9/7/07         20         39            39                  1             2
7/21/07        25         39            32                  3             1
6/1/07         24         36            37                  2             1
4/15/07        24         42            32                  1             1
2/25/07        23         40            35                  1             1
1/19/07        23         41            33                  1             1
12/11/06       23         42            33                  2             1
11/4/06        19         42            36                  2             1
10/22/06       22         42            32                  2             2
10/8/06        21         43            33                  1             1
9/7/06         24         39            33                  2             2
8/6/06         18         42            38                  1             1
6/25/06        21         41            35                  1             1
5/15/06        19         48            31                  1             1
5/11/06        18         49            33                  *             *
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             *
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             *
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1

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

            -------Less than $50k-------   --------More than $50k--------
            NET   LT20k  20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
9/1/11      51     19      17       15     49      17        13       18
7/17/11     54     19      18       17     46      17        12       17
6/5/11      49     18      16       15     49      15        12       21
4/17/11     51     20      16       14     47      15        11       21
3/13/11     49     16      16       17     48      18        11       19
1/16/11     51     17      19       15     46      17        12       16
12/12/10    55     21      17       17     42      16        11       15
10/28/10    47     17      15       15     51      18        15       18
10/3/10     53     19      18       16     42      15        12       15
9/2/10      48     15      18       15     47      17        14       17
7/11/10     52     19      15       17     45      16        13       17
6/6/10      55     22      17       17     45      15        11       19
4/25/10     52     19      16       16     46      17        11       18
3/26/10     50     16      18       15     47      18        13       16
2/8/10      49     20      16       14     49      18        13       18
1/15/10     49     17      14       18     48      17        13       18
12/13/09    54     19      18       17     42      15        12       15
11/15/09    53     20      18       15     45      16        13       16
10/18/09    53     17      19       17     44      18        12       15
9/12/09     50     17      17       15     48      17        13       18
8/17/09     46     15      16       14     52      19        15       18
7/18/09     49     18      17       14     48      19        12       19
6/21/09     51     18      16       17     47      17        12       18
4/24/09     50     16      16       18     48      17        12       19
3/29/09     49     15      16       17     48      18        13       17
2/22/09     48     16      16       17     50      19        13       19
1/16/09     52     17      18       17     48      16        13       19
12/14/08    44     14      15       15     54      18        15       21
10/11/08 RV 41     12      14       16     56      20        15       22
9/29/08  RV 42     10      14       17     56      18        16       22
9/22/08     46     16      16       14     50      18        12       20
9/7/08   RV 44     13      14       17     56      17        15       24
8/22/08  RV 39     10      11       18     59      19        16       24
8/22/08     43     15      12       17     53      18        15       21
7/13/08     48     18      15       15     50      16        12       21
6/15/08     47     18      15       15     51      18        15       18
5/11/08     47     15      16       17     50      18        13       19
4/13/08     47     17      13       17     51      18        14       18
3/2/08      44     14      13       17     52      17        13       22
2/1/08      48     17      16       15     48      18        12       18
1/12/08     46     12      18       16     51      19        13       19
12/9/07     49     14      17       18     48      15        15       18
11/1/07     48     14      16       17     49      16        13       21
9/30/07     53     17      16       20     44      18        12       14
9/7/07      43     10      17       16     54      19        15       20
7/21/07     46     16      14       16     51      18        13       19
6/1/07      49     15      18       16     49      18        13       18
4/15/07     46     15      16       15     51      20        13       18
2/25/07     46     10      16       20     51      20        14       17
1/19/07     49     16      17       15     49      16        13       20
12/11/06    46     11      16       19     51      18        16       17
10/22/06    52     16      20       17     45      16        11       17
10/8/06     46     13      16       17     51      22        13       16
9/7/06      51     16      18       17     47      17        15       15
8/6/06      49     14      16       18     48      20        12       16
6/25/06     50     16      16       19     47      19        11       17
5/15/06     52     14      18       21     46      16        13       17
5/11/06     46      9      18       18     53      18        15       20
4/9/06      53     16      20       17     47      19        12       16
3/5/06      50     16      18       16     48      20        12       16
1/26/06     52     20      15       17     46      18        12       16
12/18/05    54     17      19       18     44      18        12       15
11/2/05     52     14      18       20     46      19        13       14
9/11/05     55     18      20       17     42      18        11       14
8/28/05     52     18      15       19     46      18        11       16
6/26/05     49     14      17       18     49      19        14       16
6/5/05      55     15      20       20     43      17        13       14
4/24/05     55     15      21       19     45      18        12       15

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