Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone July 14 to 17, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,006 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 Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. As you may know, political leaders in Washington are discussing raising the national debt ceiling to avoid the possibility of the government going into default. How much confidence do you have in each of the following people to do the right thing when it comes to this issue. First, [INSERT]. Do you have a great deal of confidence, a fair amount, not too much, or no confidence at all in [INSERT] when it comes dealing with this issue? What about [NEXT ITEM]?

7/17/11  Summary table

                          ------ Confident ------   -- Not confident -  Not heard  No
                          NET  Grt.deal  Fair amt.  NET  Not too  None    (vol.)   op.
a. President 
   Barack Obama           48      24        24      49      17     32        *      2

b. Speaker of the 
   House John Boehner     33       7        26      50      26     24       10      7

c. Senate Minority Leader 
   Mitch McConnell        30       4        26      51      26     25       11      8

d. House Majority Leader 
   Eric Cantor            27       5        21      48      23     25       17      8

e. Senate Majority Leader 
   Harry Reid             27       4        23      57      27     30       11      5 

f. House Minority Leader 
   Nancy Pelosi           30       7        22      61      21     39        5      5 


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