Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll

This Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll was conducted by telephone July 25 to August 5, 2012, among a random national sample of 3,130 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 two percentage points; error margins are 3.5 points for the samples of 1,027 Democrats and 1,054 independents and four points for the sample of 846 Republicans. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) of Media, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. How satisfied are you with the way this countryís political system is working Ė would you say very satisfied, mostly satisfied, mostly dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

           ---- Satisfied ----   --- Dissatisfied --     No
           NET   Very   Mostly   NET   Mostly   Very   opinion
8/5/12     32      6      26     67      29      38       2
  Dem      47     10      37     50      28      22       2
  Ind      25      4      21     73      29      44       1  
  Rep      19      3      16     81      30      51       *
10/2/11    20      2      18     79      38      41       1
8/9/11     21      2      19     78      33      45       1
11/23/09   38      4      34     61      30      31       1
6/3/07     34      5      29     64      34      30       1

2. Thinking about the 2012 presidential election campaign so far, would you say that you're...very interested, somewhat interested, not too interested, or not interested at all?

         ----- Interested ----   ----- Not interested -----     No
         NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
8/5/12   79     53       26      21       10         10          1
  Dem    82     55       27      17       10          7          *
  Ind    73     46       27      27       13         14          *
  Rep    86     64       22      14        8          6          *
6/3/07   85     49       36      15       10          5          1

3. Which of the following national economic issues worries you most? Is there another one of these issues that worries you?

8/5/12 Ė summary table
                               First    Second    - First and second -
                              mention   mention   NET   Dem   Ind   Rep
The job situation                35       24      59    63    60    55 
The cost of health care          22       23      44    49    40    41 
The federal budget deficit       21       16      37    22    39    56 
The cost of college education     8       12      20    28    16    14 
Problems in the housing markets   4        9      13    14    14    10 
General economic issues           1        1       3     3     3     2 
Dysfunctional/self-serving 
  politicians/Congressmen         1        1       2     2     2     1 
Social issues                     1        *       1     1     1     1 
All of them                       1        1       2     1     3     2 
Nothing/none of them/None         *       11       *     *     0     0 
Other or something else           4        2       6     5     6     6 
No opinion                        1        1       1     1     1     0 

4. OTHER than the economy and jobs what will be the most important issue in your choice for president?

                                  ------- 8/5/12 ------
                                  All   Dem   Ind   Rep
Health care/Obamacare             14     19    12    13
Federal budget deficit             5      4     5     6
Foreign policy                     5      4     6     4
Personal characteristics           5      5     5     5
Ethics/honesty/corruption in
 government                        4      2     5     4
Education                          4      5     4     2
Immigration/illegal immigration    3      3     3     3
Morals/family values               3      1     3     5
Beating Obama/electing Romney
 /Supporting the Republicans       3      1     2     6
Address social issues              2      4     2     1
Beating Romney/re-electing Obama
 /Supporting the Democrats         2      4     2     1
Taxes                              2      2     2     2
Terrorism/national security        2      2     1     3
Abortion                           1      1     1     3
Afghanistan/War in Afghanistan     1      1     1     1
Banks/Financial institutions       1      1     1     *
Change                             1      1     2     2
Environment                        1      1     1     1
Experience                         1      *     1     1
Gas/oil prices/energy/ethanol      1      *     1     *
Gay marriage                       1      2     1     1
Guns/Gun control                   1      *     *     1
Helping the middle class           1      2     *     *
Housing/mortgages                  1      1     2     1
Social Security                    1      1     1     *
Adherence to restoration of
 constitution                      1      *     1     3
Leadership ability/ability to 
 run country                       1      *     1     3
Bipartisan collaboration/work
 with Congress                     1      1     2     *
Well-being of Americans/
 care about the people/
 understand them/listen to them    1      1     *     1
None/nothing other than economy/
 jobs                              5      5     6     4
Other                              5      5     6     4
No opinion                        17     17    17    14

5/6. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as: (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what?

                                                             
          Democrat   Republican   Independent   Other/None   No opinion  
8/5/12       34          25            34          4              3     
6/3/07       36          27            29          4              3     
8/18/98      30          27            30         12              1     

7. (ASK IF NON-PARTISAN) Do you lean more towards the: (Democratic) or (Republican) Party?

          -- Democrat/lean D--     Pure      -Republican/Lean R-    Other/       No
          NET   Dem   Lean Dem  Independent  NET  Lean Rep   Rep   None (vol.)   opin.     
8/5/12    49    34      15          9        39      14      25        2           2
6/3/07    50    36      14          9        37      10      27        2           2 
8/18/98   43    30      13          7        38      11      27       12           1

8. (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Have you always thought of yourself as an independent, or have you thought of yourself as a (Democrat) or a (Republican) in the past?

            Always     Thought of self as   Thought of self as a    Both      No
         independent   a Democrat in past    Republican in past    (Vol.)   opinion
8/5/12       56                 22                    16              4        1
6/3/07       59                 21                    14              4        2

9. (AMONG REPUBLICANS) Would you call yourself a strong Republican or a not very strong Republican?

         Strong   Not very strong   No opinion
8/5/12     65           34               2
6/3/07     58           39               2
8/18/98    41           58               1

10. (AMONG DEMOCRATS) Would you call yourself a strong Democrat or a not very strong Democrat?

         Strong   Not very strong   No opinion
8/5/12     62           37               1
6/3/07     53           44               2
8/18/98    45           54               1

11. In your view, is the leadership of the (INSERT) currently taking the party in the (right direction) or in the (wrong direction)?

a. Republican Party

                    Right       Wrong       No
                  direction   direction   opinion
Among Republicans:
8/5/12               61           28        11
11/23/09             52           40         8
11/2/05              79           20         2

Among independents:
8/5/12               28           60        12
11/23/09             43           45        12
11/2/05              73           26         1

b. Democratic Party

                    Right       Wrong       No
                  direction   direction   opinion
Among Democrats:
8/5/12               71           18        11
11/2/05              67           25         8

Among independents:
8/5/12               31           58        11
11/2/05              56           37         8

12. (AMONG INDEPENDENTS) Overall, which party, the (Democratic) or the (Republican), does a better job representing your views on (INSERT)?

8/5/12 Ė Summary table

                              Democratic   Republican    Both    Neither     No
                                Party        Party      (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
a. The economy                   36           43           2        13        5
b. Health care                   43           40           1        10        6
c. The federal budget deficit    27           43           2        18       10
d. Taxes                         39           41           1        12        6
e. Social issues, such as 
   abortion and gay marriage     44           33           2        13        8
f. Foreign policy                39           36           3        12       10

Trend 

a. The economy

         Democratic   Republican    Both    Neither     No
            party        party     (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
8/5/12       36           43          2       13         5
6/3/07       37           34          4       16         9

b. Health care 

         Democratic   Republican    Both    Neither     No
            party        party     (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
8/5/12       43           40          1       10         6
6/3/07       48           20          2       19        10

c. The federal budget deficit    

         Democratic   Republican    Both    Neither     No
            party        party     (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
8/5/12       27           43          2       18        10
6/3/07       39           23          3       20        15

d. Taxes                         

         Democratic   Republican    Both    Neither     No
            party        party     (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
8/5/12       39           41          1       12         6
6/3/07       40           30          2       17        11

e. Social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage     

         Democratic   Republican    Both    Neither     No
            party        party     (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
8/5/12       44           33          2       13        8
6/3/07       43           26          3       17        11

f. no trend

13. (AMONG DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS AND NON-PARTISANS) Whatís more important to you Ė that Democrats (stick with their positions on important issues, even if it means a lack of cooperation with Republicans); or that Democrats (try to cooperate across party lines, even if it means compromising on important issues)?

 
         Democrats stick    Try to cooperate      No
          with positions   across party lines   opinion
8/5/12         32                  62              6            
  Dem          43                  54              3            
  Ind          23                  71              7            

14. (AMONG REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS AND NON-PARTISANS) Whatís more important to you Ė that Republicans (stick with their positions on important issues, even if it means a lack of cooperation with Democrats); or that Republicans (try to cooperate across party lines, even if it means compromising on important issues)?

         Republicans stick    Try to cooperate      No
           with positions    across party lines   opinion
8/5/12           36                  59              5            
  Ind            25                  70              5            
  Rep            54                  43              3            

15. In general do you think the policies of the (INSERT) mainly (help) or mainly (hurt) the economic interests of you and your family?

a. Democratic party

                       Donít make much
         Help   Hurt   difference (vol.)   No opinion
8/5/12    45     45             4              5
  Dem     78     15             3              4
  Ind     39     49             6              6
  Rep     12     83             2              3

b. Republican party

                       Donít make much
         Help   Hurt   difference (vol.)   No opinion
8/5/12    37     51             5              7
  Dem     13     77             3              6
  Ind     38     49             7              7
  Rep     71     21             3              5

16. Do you think (INSERT) generally shares most of your moral and ethical values, some of your moral and ethical values, or hardly any?

a. The Democratic Party

          Most   Some   Hardly any   None (vol.)   No opinion
8/5/12     25     43         27            3           2
  Dem      53     38          7            *           1
  Ind      14     51         28            3           4
  Rep       4     38         52            5           1
8/18/98    21     47         18            8           6

b. The Republican Party 

          Most   Some   Hardly any   None (vol.)   No opinion
8/5/12     23     41         31            3           2
  Dem       5     36         51            7           2
  Ind      18     48         29            2           3
  Rep      56     37          6            *           *
8/18/98    20     47         17           11           6

17. Which comes closer to the way you feel: (government regulation of big businesses and corporations is necessary to protect the public) or (government regulation of big businesses and corporations does more harm than good)?

       Regulation of business    Regulation usually   
      is necessary to protect      does more harm     Neither     No
         the public interest         than good         (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12           49                      44               3        5
  Dem            65                      29               1        4
  Ind            48                      45               3        4
  Rep            30                      64               3        3
9/1/02           59                      34               1        6
9/99*            51                      43               -        6
8/18/98          53                      40               3        4
6/97             59                      36               -        5
10/96            56                      39               -        5
10/95            63                      34               -        3
4/95             63                      34               -        3
10/94            64                      32               -        4
7/94             66                      31               -        3
*1999 and earlier Pew trend

18. Would you say you favor a (smaller federal government with fewer services), or (larger federal government with many services)?

              Smaller govt.    Larger govt.      No
              fewer services   more services   opinion
8/5/12             55              40             5
  Dem              30              65             6
  Ind              61              32             6
  Rep              80              18             2
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
8/18/98            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

19. Which of these views comes closer to your own? (The government in Washington should do everything possible to improve the standard of living of all Americans) or (This is not the governmentís responsibility, each person should take care of themselves)?

        Govít in Washington          Not govít 
       should do everything     responsibility, each 
        possible to improve     person  should take    Neither     No
       the standard of living    care of themselves     (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12           52                      44               NA        4
  Dem            76                      20               NA        4
  Ind            47                      48               NA        4
  Rep            26                      71               NA        3
9/1/02           56                      39                2        3
8/30/99          57                      38                4        1
8/18/98          51                      46                -        3

20. Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? (INSERT). Do you agree/disagree strongly or somewhat?

a. Government controls too much of our daily lives 

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    60       41         19      39       21         18          1        1
  Dem     38       21         17      58       27         31          1        2
  Ind     65       45         21      34       21         12          1        *
  Rep     81       63         18      18       11          8          *        *
8/18/98   60       35         26      39       28         10          1        *

b. There are many goods and services which would not be available to ordinary people without government intervention 

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    67       34         33      29       14         16          1        3
  Dem     80       49         31      18       11          8          *        2
  Ind     66       33         33      30       15         15          *        3
  Rep     55       18         37      42       16         25          1        2
8/18/98   77       34         43      20       13          7          1        2

21. Do you think that people and groups that hold values similar to yours are (gaining) influence in American life in general these days, or do you think that they are (losing) influence?

            Gaining     Losing     Neither (vol.)     No opinion 
8/5/12         34         59              3               4
  Dem          32         61              3               4
  Ind          34         58              4               5
  Rep          36         59              2               3
4/24/05        33         58              6               2
8/18/98        35         55              6               4

22. Which of the following two statements comes closer to your view: (organized religious groups of all kinds should stay out of politics) or (it is important for organized religious groups to stand up for their beliefs in politics)?

           Organized religion     Organized religion    Neither     No
          stay out of politics   stand up in politics    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12            55                      42                2        1
  Dem             62                      35                2        1
  Ind             59                      38                2        1
  Rep             38                      60                1        1
9/17/00           45                      51                2        2
8/18/98           45                      52                1        1

23. Which comes closer to your view: (The government should take special steps to protect America's religious heritage) or (There should be a high degree of separation between church and state)?

         Govít take special      Should be a high
          steps to protect     degree of separation      Neither     No
         religious heritage   between church and state    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12           40                     55                  2        2
  Dem            34                     62                  1        3
  Ind            36                     60                  2        2
  Rep            56                     40                  2        2
8/18/98          48                     47                  3        2

24. Would you rather see religious and spiritual values have (more) influence in politics and public life than they do now, (less) influence, or about the same influence as they do now?

         More influence   Less influence   About the same   No opinion
8/5/12         30               36               32             2
  Dem          21               42               35             1
  Ind          26               39               33             2
  Rep          49               21               28             2
9/1/02*        44               21               33             2
8/18/98*       38               22               38             2
*2002 and 1998: Would you rather see religious and spiritual values have (greater /less) influenceÖ

25. Now I will read you some statements. Will you tell me for each one whether it is something you personally agree with or disagree with? First/Next, (INSERT). Do you agree/disagree strongly or somewhat?

a. The world is always changing and we should adjust our morals and values to those changes

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    47       26         21      52       14         38          1        1
  Dem     61       35         26      37       12         25          1        1
  Ind     47       27         20      52       15         37          *        1
  Rep     27       12         16      71       14         57          1        1
9/17/00   39       17         22      60       19         40         NA        1
8/18/98   42       18         25      57       18         39          *        *

b. We should be more tolerant of people who choose to live according to their own
moral standards even if we think they are wrong

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    75       44         31      23       11         12          1        1
  Dem     80       54         27      18        8         10          1        1
  Ind     75       46         29      23       12         11          *        2
  Rep     68       29         38      30       13         17          1        1
9/17/00   71       37         35      26       14         12         NA        2
8/18/98   70       30         40      27       15         12          1        1

e. Americans are too tolerant and accepting of behaviors that in the past were
considered immoral or wrong

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    61       38         23      36       17         19          1        2
  Dem     53       29         24      44       18         26          *        3
  Ind     57       34         23      40       20         20          1        2
  Rep     77       55         22      20       12          9          *        2
9/17/00   70       43         28      28       16         12         NA        2
8/18/98   69       42         27      29       18         11          1        1

26a. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

              ------ Legal ------   ----- Illegal -----                      
                     All    Most          Most     All      No                 
              NET   cases   cases   NET   cases   cases   opinion  
8/5/12        55     19      36     42     25      17        3
  Dem         70     28      42     28     17      11        2
  Ind         58     19      39     39     25      15        3
  Rep         34      9      25     63     38      25        2
3/10/12       54     21      33     43     25      17        3
7/17/11       54     19      35     44     30      15        2
3/26/10       53     17      35     45     27      18        2
11/23/09      54     19      35     43     28      16        2
6/21/09       55     20      35     43     26      17        2
9/7/08   RV   57     19      38     39     24      15        4
8/22/08       54     22      32     44     26      18        3
6/15/08       53     18      35     44     28      16        3
1/12/08       57     21      36     40     25      15        3
12/9/07       53     18      35     44     27      17        3
11/1/07       55     19      36     43     27      16        2
7/21/07       56     23      34     41     28      14        2
2/25/07       56     16      39     42     31      12        2
12/18/05      56     17      40     41     27      13        3
4/24/05       56     20      36     42     27      14        3
12/19/04      55     21      34     42     25      17        3
5/23/04       54     23      31     44     23      20        2
1/20/03       57     23      34     42     25      17        2
8/12/01       49     22      27     48     28      20        3
6/24/01       52     22      31     43     23      20        4
1/15/01       59     21      38     39     25      14        1
9/6/00   RV   55     20      35     42     25      16        3
7/23/00       53     20      33     43     26      17        4
9/2/99        56     20      37     42     26      15        2
3/14/99       55     21      34     42     27      15        3
7/12/98       54     19      35     42     29      13        4
8/5/96        56     22      34     41     27      14        3
6/30/96       58     24      34     40     25      14        2
10/1/95       60     26      35     37     25      12        3
9/21/95       60     24      36     36     25      11        4
7/17/95       59     27      32     40     26      14        1

26b. Do you think it should be LEGAL or ILLEGAL for gay and lesbian couples to get married? Do you feel that way STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

             --------- Legal ---------   -------- Illegal --------     No  
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
8/5/12       53       39         14      42       11         32         5
  Dem        68       52         16      27        8         19         5
  Ind        57       42         15      39       11         27         4
  Rep        30       18         12      67       13         54         3
5/20/12      53       39         14      39        7         32         8
3/10/12      52       36         17      43        7         36         5
7/17/11      51       32         19      45        9         36         4
3/13/11      53       36         17      44        9         35         3
2/8/10       47       31         16      50        9         42         3
4/24/09*     49       31         18      46        7         39         5
6/4/06       36       24         13      58        7         51         5
8/28/05      39       NA         NA      58       NA         NA         3
8/29/04 RV   32       18         14      62       10         52         5 
3/7/04       38       24         14      59       11         48         3 
2/22/04      39       25         13      55        6         49         6 
1/18/04      41       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         4 
9/7/03       37       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         7 
*2009 "gay and lesbian" and "homosexual" wordings half sampled. 2005 "gay and lesbian"; 2003 to 2004 and 2006 "homosexual".

27. Do you personally agree or disagree with the following statement? Do you agree/disagree strongly or somewhat?

a. People should take responsibility for their own lives and economic well-being and
not expect other people to help

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    75       49         26      23       13         10          1        1
  Dem     62       34         28      36       20         16          1        1
  Ind     79       51         28      19       10          9          1        1
  Rep     86       66         19      13        7          5          1        1
8/18/98   78       47         31      21       14          7          1        *

b. Most people who donít get ahead should not blame the system, they have only
themselves to blame

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    65       38         28      33       17         16          1        1
  Dem     54       29         25      44       22         22          1        1
  Ind     66       39         27      31       16         16          1        1
  Rep     81       49         31      18       11          7          1        1
8/18/98   71       36         36      27       19          8          1        *

c. One of the big problems in this country is that we donít give everyone an equal chance

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    52       36         16      46       17         29          1        1
  Dem     72       52         19      28       13         15          1        *
  Ind     50       34         17      49       17         31          *        1
  Rep     29       17         13      69       22         47          *        1
8/18/98   65       40         25      33       17         16          1        1

d. If people were treated more equally in this country we would have many fewer problems

          --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------   Neither     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly    (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12    70       49         20      28       12         16          1        1
  Dem     83       65         18      15        7          8          1        1
  Ind     69       50         20      28       13         15          1        1
  Rep     51       29         23      45       16         29          1        2
9/17/00   80       58         22      19       10          9         NA        2
8/18/98   79       55         24      19       11          7          1        1

Moving onto the economyÖ

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

              ------ Positive ------   ------- Negative -------     No
              NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion 
8/5/12        13        1        12    87        42         44       *
  Dem         22        1        21    78        50         27       *
  Ind         10        1         9    89        41         49       *
  Rep          5        *         5    95        37         58       *
5/20/12       17        1        16    83        47         36       *
2/4/12        11        *        11    89        46         42       *
11/3/11       10        1         9    89        43         47       *
7/17/11       10        1         9    90        40         50       *
6/5/11        11        1        10    89        46         44       *
1/16/11       13        1        12    87        45         41       *
10/28/10       9        *         9    90        41         49       1
10/3/10        9        1         8    90        40         50       *
9/2/10         8        *         7    92        40         53       0
7/11/10       10        1         9    90        44         46       0
6/6/10        12        *        11    88        43         45       0
1/16/09        5        1         5    94        32         62       *
9/22/08        9        *         9    91        34         57       *
4/13/08       10        1         9    90        39         51       *
2/1/08        19        1        18    81        43         38       0
12/9/07       28        3        25    72        40         32       *
11/1/07       35        3        32    64        39         26       *
4/15/07       42        5        37    57        37         20       *
12/11/06      50        7        42    50        36         14       *
10/22/06      55       10        45    45        28         17       *
10/8/06       47        7        40    53        37         16       *
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       *

29. Which of these do you think is more important right now - (increasing federal spending to try to create jobs and improve the economy); or (avoiding a big increase in the federal budget deficit)?

         Increasing   Avoiding    No
          Spending    Deficit   opinion
8/5/12       48         48         4
  Dem        73         25         3
  Ind        42         53         4
  Rep        24         73         2
10/3/10     50         46         4

30. Thinking specifically about the JOB SITUATION in the country, please tell me whether each of the following would (help), (hurt) or not make much of a difference?

a. Cutting personal income taxes

                       Not make much
         Help   Hurt    difference     No opinion
8/5/12    51     23         23             3
  Dem     42     30         24             4
  Ind     51     21         25             3
  Rep     62     16         20             1

b. Cutting taxes on businesses 

                       Not make much
         Help   Hurt    difference     No opinion
8/5/12    54     21         21             4
  Dem     41     31         24             3
  Ind     55     18         22             4
  Rep     71     12         14             3

c. Budget cuts to reduce the federal deficit 

                       Not make much
         Help   Hurt    difference     No opinion
8/5/12    53     22         20             5
  Dem     39     29         25             7
  Ind     56     20         19             5
  Rep     66     13         16             4

d. Additional spending on roads, bridges, and other public works projects

                       Not make much
         Help   Hurt    difference     No opinion
8/5/12    63     13         22             1
  Dem     71     10         17             1
  Ind     66     12         21             1
  Rep     53     16         30             1

e. Raising taxes on businesses that move manufacturing jobs overseas

                       Not make much
         Help   Hurt    difference     No opinion
8/5/12    54     32         12             2
  Dem     61     27         10             2
  Ind     55     32         12             2
  Rep     47     37         14             2

31. Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nationís budget deficit.

a. Raising taxes on households with incomes of 250 thousand dollars per year and
higher 

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
8/5/12      65        33         2 
  Dem       82        17         1
  Ind       62        35         3
  Rep       46        53         1
10/9/11*    68        27         5
*Washington Post-Bloomberg

b. Raising taxes on the middle class 

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
8/5/12      11        88         1 
  Dem       13        85         2
  Ind       11        88         1
  Rep        7        92         *
10/9/11*    18        79         4
*Washington Post-Bloomberg

c. Reducing Social Security benefits (half sample)

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
8/5/12      17        82         1 
  Dem       11        88         1
  Ind       20        79         1
  Rep       22        76         2
10/9/11*    13        83         4
*Washington Post-Bloomberg

d. Reducing Social Security benefits for those with high incomes (half sample)

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
8/5/12      57        39         3 
  Dem       62        36         2
  Ind       60        37         3
  Rep       51        45         4

e. Reducing Medicare benefits (half sample)

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
8/5/12      21        77         2 
  Dem       14        85         1
  Ind       24        73         3
  Rep       28        69         3
10/9/11*    14        82         4
*Washington Post-Bloomberg

f. Reducing Medicare benefits for those with high incomes (half sample)

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
8/5/12      63        35         3 
  Dem       65        33         3
  Ind       66        32         2
  Rep       61        36         2

g. Reducing military spending

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
8/5/12      46        51         3 
  Dem       55        42         2
  Ind       48        48         4
  Rep       30        68         2
10/9/11*    51        42         7
*Washington Post-Bloomberg

32. As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally (favorable) or generally (unfavorable) opinion of it? Is that a very (favorable/unfavorable) or somewhat (favorable/unfavorable) opinion?

         ----- Favorable -----   ---- Unfavorable ----     No
         NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
8/5/12   42     18       24      47       17       30      11 
  Dem    64     34       30      23       14        9      12
  Ind    40     12       28      49       16       33      11
  Rep    15      4       11      77       21       56       7
7/12*    38     20       18      44       13       31      17
6/12     41     25       16      41       11       30      18
5/12     37     17       20      34       12       32      19
4/12     42     20       22      43        9       34      15
3/12     41     18       23      40       11       29      19
2/12     42     17       25      43       16       27      15
1/12     37     18       19      44       14       30      19
12/11    41     19       22      43       15       28      17 
11/11    37     17       20      44       15       29      19 
10/11    34     12       22      51       20       31      15 
9/11     41     18       23      43       14       29      16 
8/11     39     16       23      44       17       27      17 
7/11     42     20       22      43       12       31      15 
6/11     42     15       27      46       16       30      12 
5/11     42     19       23      44       15       29      14 
4/11     41     20       21      41       14       27      18 
3/11     42     21       21      46       15       31      13 
2/11     43     16       27      48       19       29       8 
1/11     41     19       22      50       16       34       9 
12/10    42     22       20      41       14       27      18 
11/10    42     19       23      40       12       28      18 
10/10    42     18       24      44       15       29      15 
9/10     49     19       30      40       15       25      11 
8/10     43     19       24      45       13       32      12 
7/10     50     21       29      35       10       25      14 
6/10     48     20       28      41       16       25      10 
5/10     41     14       27      44       12       32      14 
4/10     46     23       23      40       10       30      14 
*April 2010 through July 2012 Kaiser Family Foundation trend

33. Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like in the future? OPTION A: Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing all seniors the same set of health insurance benefits, or OPTION B: Medicare should be changed to a system in which the government guarantees each senior a fixed amount of money to help them purchase coverage either from traditional Medicare or from a list of private health plans?

             Option A             Option B        Other      No
         Medicare continue   Medicare privatize   (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12          58                   36              1        4 
  Dem           68                   29              1        3
  Ind           53                   42              1        4
  Rep           55                   39              1        5

34. Do you support or oppose putting a special tax on junk food Ė that is, things like soda, chips, and candy Ė and using the money for programs to fight obesity? Is that strongly or somewhat?)

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
8/5/12    53       35         18      47       12         35         1
  Dem     66       43         22      34       10         23         *
  Ind     48       32         15      51       12         39         1
  Rep     42       26         16      57       13         45         *
2/8/04*   40       18         22      57       17         40         3
*Kaiser Family Foundation trend

35. Do you think ILLEGAL immigrants who are living and working in the United States now (should be offered a chance to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status), or do you think they (should be deported back to their native country)?

         Should be offered chance to      Should be deported       No
         keep jobs/apply legal status   back to native country   opinion
8/5/12               61                           35                3
  Dem                75                           23                2
  Ind                59                           38                3
  Rep                47                           49                5
6/3/07               59                           36                5 

36. Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           --------- Should --------   ------- Should not ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
8/5/12     74       51         23      21        8         13         5
  Dem      87       68         19       8        3          4         5
  Ind      73       51         22      22        7         15         5
  Rep      61       31         31      35       14         20         4
6/6/10     71       52         19      26        7         19         4
12/13/09   65       50         15      29        9         20         6
6/21/09    75       53         22      22        9         13         3
4/24/09    75       54         21      21        9         12         4

37. Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? Is that strongly or somewhat (favor/oppose)?

            ----------- Favor --------    ---------- Oppose -------     No
            NET    Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
8/5/12      51        39         11       47       10         37         2
  Dem       76        64         12       23        6         17         1
  Ind       44        33         10       55       12         42         2
  Rep       30        18         12       68       12         56         2
1/16/11     52        39         13       45       12         33         3
4/24/09     51        36         14       48       12         36         1
9/7/08  RV  50        31         19       45       14         30         5
4/22/07     61        41         20       36       12         23         3
10/8/06     61        45         16       37       15         22         2
5/12/02     57        39         19       37       15         22         6
1/15/01     59        46         13       39       13         26         2
5/10/00     67        50         17       30        9         22         3
4/2/00      64        49         14       34       13         21         2
9/2/99      63        52         11       35       11         25         2
8/15/99     63        46         16       34       12         22         3
5/16/99     67        55         12       31       10         21         1
10/13/93*   64        40         24       33       13         20         3
6/8/89*     60        28         32       34       11         23         6
*Gallup trend: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose enacting tougher gun control laws?"

38. I would like you to think about the role the U.S. should play in trying to solve international problems. Do you think the US should take the leading role in world affairs, take a major role, but not the leading role, take a minor role, or take no role at all in world affairs?

         Leading      Major role     Minor   No role     No
           role    but not leading   role    at all    opinion
8/5/12      14            48           27        9        3
  Dem       13            52           23        9        3
  Ind       13            46           29       10        2
  Rep       19            45           28        6        2
2/12/12*    17            43           26       11        3
*Kaiser Family Foundation trend

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

         Doing enough   Not doing enough   No opinion
8/5/12        67               30               3
  Dem         70               27               4
  Ind         64               33               3
  Rep         67               31               3
6/3/07        48               48               5

40. Are you registered to vote at your present address or not?

         Yes   No   No opinion
8/5/12   82    18       1
  Dem    83    17       1
  Ind    79    20       1
  Rep    89    10       1

41. (AMONG THOSE NOT REGISTERED) Do you plan to register to vote, or is there a chance that you may not register?

       Plan to register   Chance may not   No opinion
8/5/12        48                48              4
  Dem         52                43              5
  Ind         41                53              6

42. If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote? 43. Would you lean toward (Obama) or toward (Romney)?

                          Other    Neither    Would not      No
          Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12 RV  50       43        1        2           1           3
  Dem      90        6        *        1           *           1
  Ind      45       42        3        4           2           4
  Rep       9       89        *        1           *           1
8/5/12 ALL 52       40        1        3           1           3
  Dem      91        6        *        1           *           1
  Ind      47       40        3        4           2           4
  Rep      10       87        *        1           *           2

44. (AMONG THOSE WHO NAMED A CANDIDATE) Will you definitely vote for (NAMED CANDIDATE), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for someone else? (IF CHANCE COULD CHANGE MIND) Would you say thereís a good chance youíll change your mind, or itís pretty unlikely?

          
              Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No 
               vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
8/5/12            68       29     13       16         3
  Dem             81       18      6       12         2
  Ind             55       40     19       21         4
  Rep             68       30     14       16         2

Obama supporters: 
8/5/12            72       26     11       15         3
  Dem             83       15      4       11         2
  Ind             55       42     20       22         4

Romney supporters: 
8/5/12            64       32     15       17         4
  Ind             55       40     19       21         5
  Rep             71       27     13       14         3

Question 45 through 46 held for release.

47. In presidential elections, would you say you always vote Democratic, mostly vote Democratic, vote for Republicans and Democrats about equally, mostly vote Republican, or always vote Republican?

         Always   Mostly   Dem/Rep   Mostly   Always   Donít vote     No 
          Dem      Dem     equally    Rep       Rep      (vol.)     opinion
8/5/12    17       21         26      20         8          5          3
  Dem     42       37         16       1         *          3          2
  Ind      5       22         43      18         3          6          3
  Rep      1        *         18      49        27          4          1
6/3/07    14       23         27      19         8          5          2

48. Would you say your views on most political matters are very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?

                                                         Donít think
           --- Liberal ----            - Conservative -   in those       No
           NET  Very  Smwht  Moderate  NET  Smwht  Very  terms (vol.)  opinion
8/5/12     29     8     21      30     39    23     17         1          2
  Dem      49    16     33      31     19    13      6         *          2
  Ind      26     6     21      35     36    22     15         1          2 
  Rep       6     1      5      22     71    36     34         1          1
6/3/07     28     8     20      30     39    25     14         1          2

49. How about on most social issues, would you say your views are very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?

                                                         Donít think
           --- Liberal ----            - Conservative -   in those       No
           NET  Very  Smwht  Moderate  NET  Smwht  Very  terms (vol.)  opinion
8/5/12     32    13     19      27     37    22     15         1          3
  Dem      52    25     27      27     19    13      6         *          2
  Ind      31    11     20      32     34    21     13         1          2 
  Rep      10     2      8      22     67    34     33         *          1
6/3/07     31    12     19      27     39    25     14         1          2

50. How about on most fiscal issues Ė such as taxes and government spending Ė would you say your views are very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?

                                                         Donít think
           --- Liberal ----            - Conservative -   in those       No
           NET  Very  Smwht  Moderate  NET  Smwht  Very  terms (vol.)  opinion
8/5/12     21     6     15      29     47    24     22         1          3
  Dem      37    11     25      38     22    14      9         *          3
  Ind      17     4     13      31     49    28     21         1          2 
  Rep       5     1      4      15     78    34     44         *          1
6/3/07     17     6     11      30     50    31     19         1          2

51. On another subject, what is your view of the Tea Party political movement Ė 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
8/5/12     41      12         29       46       19         27        13
  Dem      18       3         15       67       20         47        14
  Ind      46      12         34       43       20         23        12
  Rep      67      26         41       23       15          8        10
4/8/12     41      12         29       45       21         24        14
3/10/12    44      15         29       43       17         26        13
2/4/12     43      12         31       45       20         25        12
1/15/12    40      13         28       50       23         27        10
12/18/11   42      13         28       45       20         26        13
11/3/11    43      14         29       44       20         24        13
10/2/11    42      12         30       47       20         27        11
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

52. Overall, would you say most of your friends and family think of themselves as (Republicans), most as (Democrats) or most as independents?

                                                    Other      No
           Republicans   Democrats   Independents   (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12         30           35            22          5         8
  Dem          10           67            13          4         6
  Ind          24           24            39          5         8
  Rep          66           10            12          6         5
11/23/09       36           33            19          8         5

53. How often, if ever, do you use the following online social media services. First, do you use (INSERT) frequently, occasionally or never? How about (INSERT NEXT ITEM)?

a. Facebook
                                             Donít use the       No
         Frequently   Occasionally   Never   internet (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12       33             27         37            2            *
  Dem        33             28         36            3            -
  Ind        33             26         39            2            *
  Rep        31             27         39            3            -

b. Twitter
                                             Donít use the       No
         Frequently   Occasionally   Never   internet (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12        5             11         81            3            *
  Dem         6             11         81            2            *
  Ind         5             12         80            2            *
  Rep         4             10         82            3            *

c. LinkedIn
                                             Donít use the       No
         Frequently   Occasionally   Never   internet (vol.)   opinion
8/5/12        5             16         76            3            1
  Dem         5             15         77            3            *
  Ind         6             17         74            2            1
  Rep         4             15         77            3            *

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