Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone September 26-30 2012, among a random national sample of 1,024 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 four percentage points. The error margin is four points for the sample of 869 registered voters. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by SSRS of Media, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of (INSERT)? Do you feel that way strongly, or somewhat?

a. The Democratic Party

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/30/12  RV   48       29         19      46       15         31         6
9/30/12       49       28         22      42       14         28         9
10/30/11      48       21         26      46       21         25         7   
3/26/10       50       25         24      45       14         31         5
2/8/10        50       24         26      46       17         28         4
6/21/09       53                          40                             6
8/22/08  RV   58                          36                             5
11/1/07       51                          45                             5
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
6/6/91**      52                          34                            14
4/2/90        54                          35                            11
1/15/90       58                          32                            10
11/16/88      54                          36                            10
11/4/84       47                          42                            11
10/4/84  RV   50                          39                            11
*1/10/00 to 7/8/92: Gallup
**6/6/91 and previous: CBS News/New York Times

b. The Republican Party

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/30/12  RV   42       20         22      53       19         35         5
9/30/12       39       18         21      53       19         33         8
10/30/11      40       13         27      53       21         32         7   
3/26/10       40       17         23      55       24         30         5
2/8/10        44       19         25      52       23         29         4
6/21/09       36                          56                             8
8/22/08  RV   47                          49                             4
11/1/07       39                          56                             5
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
6/6/91**      62                          28                            10
4/2/90        58                          34                             8
1/15/90       63                          28                             9 
11/16/88      57                          34                             9
11/4/84       58                          33                             9
10/4/84       53                          36                            11
*1/10/00 to 7/8/92: Gallup
**6/6/91 and previous: CBS News/New York Times

c. The political movement known as the tea party

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/30/12 RV    32       12         20      48       15         33        19
9/30/12       32       12         20      46       15         30        23
3/13/11       36       18         18      48       18         30        16
1/16/11       35       16         19      52       21         31        13
9/2/10        38       18         19      45       24         21        18
6/6/10        36       17         19      50       25         24        14
3/26/10       41       21         21      39       16         23        20
2/8/10        35       20         15      40       20         20        25

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