Washington Post-ABC News Poll

October 30-Nov. 2, 2005

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,202 randomly selected adults nationwide, and was conducted Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2005. Questions 34-37 and question 41 were asked Oct. 31-Nov. 2 of a subsample of 641 respondents. The margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points, and plus or minus 4 percentage points for results based on the subsample. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Fieldwork was conducted by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

             -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
11/2/05      39       20         18      60       13         47        1
10/29/05     39       22         17      58       13         45        3
9/11/05      42       27         15      57       12         45        1
8/28/05      45       27         18      53       12         41        2 
6/26/05      48       27         21      51       11         40        1 
6/5/05       48       27         21      52       14         38        1
4/24/05      47       25         22      50       13         38        3
3/13/05      50       31         19      48       11         37        3
1/31/05      50       34         15      45       11         34        5
1/16/05      52       33         19      46       11         35        2  
12/19/04     48       27         21      49       12         38        2
10/20/04     50       30         20      46       11         35        4  
10/17/04 LV  54       35         19      45        9         36        2  
10/16/04 LV  54       35         19      44       10         34        2  
10/15/04 LV  54       35         19      44       10         34        2  
10/3/04  LV  53       36         17      46       11         34        1  
9/26/04      50       33         18      45       13         32        5  
9/8/04       52       35         17      43       11         32        5
8/29/04      50       31         19      47       13         34        3
8/1/04       47       28         18      49       13         36        5
7/25/04      50       32         19      47       13         34        3
7/11/04      48       31         17      50       11         39        2  
6/20/04      47       30         17      51       13         39        1 
5/23/04      47       31         17      50       14         36        3 
4/18/04      51       33         18      47       13         34        1  
3/7/04       50       32         18      48       12         36        2
2/11/04      50       30         21      47       14         34        2   
1/18/04      58       35         24      40        9         30        2 
12/21/03     59       39         21      38       15         23        3   
12/14/03     57       37         20      39       10         29        5   
12/7/03      53       32         21      40       13         27        7   
11/16/03     57       34         23      39       11         28        4   
10/29/03     56       30         26      42       13         29        2   
10/13/03     53       33         20      43       13         29        4   
9/30/03      54       34         20      44       15         29        2   
9/13/03      58       35         23      40       14         27        2   
9/7/03       56       34         22      41       13         28        4   
8/11/03      59       37         22      37       14         23        4   
7/10/03      59       35         24      38       13         25        3   
6/22/03      68       45         23      29       11         18        4   
4/30/03      71       50         22      26       17          9        3   
4/16/03      74       52         22      23        9         14        3   
4/9/03       77       58         19      20        6         14        4   
4/3/03       71       54         16      25        7         19        4   
3/23/03      68       NA         NA      27       NA         NA        4   
3/20/03      67       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        5   
3/2/03       62       38         23      35       13         22        4       
2/23/03      60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA        6       
2/9/03       64       42         21      34       14         20        3       
2/1/03       62       41         21      34       13         22        4       
1/28/03      62       43         19      36       13         23        2       
1/27/03      59       39         21      37       15         22        4       
1/20/03      59       36         23      38       16         22        2       
12/15/02     66       37         28      32       12         20        2       
11/4/02  LV  67       45         23      31       12         20        1       
11/3/02  LV  67       45         22      32       12         20        1       
11/2/02  LV  67       47         20      32        9         23        1       
10/27/02     67       39         28      29       13         16        4       
9/26/02      67       42         25      30       12         18        3       
9/8/02       71       42         28      27       12         15        3       
7/28/02      69       39         31      28       14         14        3       
7/15/02      72       42         31      25       12         13        2       
6/17/02      74       42         32      22        9         13        4       
6/9/02       77       41         36      20        9         11        3       
5/19/02      76       48         28      22        8         13        3       
4/21/02      78       47         31      20        9         10        2       
3/28/02      79       49         30      18        8         10        3       
3/10/02      82       52         30      16        9          7        2  
1/27/02      83       56         27      14        7          7        3  
12/19/01     86       64         22      12        6          6        2  
11/27/01     89       69         21       9        4          5        1  
11/6/01      89       65         24       9        5          4        2  
10/9/01      92       76         16       6        3          3        1  
9/27/01      90       70         20       6        3          3        4  
9/13/01      86       63         23      12        5          6        2  
9/9/01       55       26         29      41       20         22        3  
8/12/01      61       28         33      31       14         17        8  
7/30/01      59       28         30      38       17         22        3  
6/3/01       55       27         28      40       18         22        6  
4/22/01      63       33         30      32       16         16        5  
3/25/01      58       NA         NA      33       NA         NA        8  
2/25/01      55       NA         NA      23       NA         NA       22

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling (ITEM)?

11/2/05 - Summary Table*

                                          Approve    Disapprove    No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                     36          64          1
b. The situation with gasoline prices        26          68          5
c. The US campaign against terrorism         48          51          1
d. The economy                               36          61          3
e. Health care                               34          61          5 

*Item a asked of full sample. Items b-c asked half sample, items d-e asked of other half sample.

Trend:

a. The situation in Iraq

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
11/2/05       36       20        15       64       13         51        1
9/11/05       38       NA        NA       62       NA         NA        1
8/28/05       42       28        14       57       11         46        1
6/26/05       43       25        18       56       12         44        1
6/5/05        41       NA        NA       58       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       42                          56                            2
3/13/05       39                          57                            4
1/16/05       40                          58                            2
12/19/04      42                          57                            1
9/26/04 RV    47                          50                            3
8/29/04 RV    47                          51                            2 
7/25/04       45                          53                            2 
6/20/04       44                          55                            2
5/23/04       40                          58                            2                          
4/18/04       45                          54                            1
3/7/04        46                          53                            1
2/11/04       47                          52                            1
1/18/04       55                          42                            2     
12/21/03      60                          39                            2
12/14/03      58                          38                            4                 
11/16/03      48                          48                            4                 
10/29/03      47                          51                            2                 
10/13/03      51                          47                            2                 
9/29/03       50                          47                            3                 
9/13/03       52                          46                            2                 
9/7/03        49                          47                            4                 
8/24/03       56                          37                            7                 
8/11/03       56                          41                            3                 
7/10/03       58                          41                            2                 
6/22/03       67                          30                            2                 
4/30/03       75        "         "       22        "          "        2                 

Compare to: The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein            
3/27/03       69                          26                            5                 
3/23/03       71                          26                            3                 
3/20/03       65                          29                            5                 
3/17/03       64                          29                            7        
3/9/03        55                          38                            8         
2/23/03       55                          39                            6         
2/9/03        61                          37                            2         
2/5/03        61                          32                            7         
2/1/03        61                          35                            3         
1/28/03       58                          38                            4         
1/27/03       57                          40                            3         
1/20/03       50                          46                            4         
12/15/02      58                          37                            5         
11/4/02  LV   56                          40                            4         
11/3/02  LV   57                          40                            4         
11/2/02  LV   56                          41                            3         
10/27/02      57                          38                            5         
9/26/02       58                          39                            3         
9/14/02       65                          31                            4         
8/29/02       52        "         "       36        "          "       12                            

b. The situation with gasoline prices

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
11/2/05       26            68              5
9/11/05       25            72              3
8/28/05       22            73              6

c. The US campaign against terrorism

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
11/2/05       48       NA        NA       51       NA         NA        1
9/11/05       50       NA        NA       47       NA         NA        3
8/28/05       56       34        21       43       14         29        2
6/5/05        50       NA        NA       49       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       56                          41                            3
3/13/05       59                          38                            3
1/16/05       61                          38                            2
12/19/04      53                          43                            3
9/26/04 RV    59                          38                            3
8/29/04 RV    60                          37                            3 
7/25/04       57                          40                            4
6/20/04       50                          48                            2
5/23/04       58                          39                            4                          
4/18/04       63                          35                            2
3/7/04        63                          34                            3
2/11/04       64                          34                            2
1/18/04       66                          33                            2                    
12/21/03      70                          28                            2
10/29/03      63                          35                            2                      
10/13/03      66                          30                            4                      
9/13/03       70                          27                            3                      
9/7/03        67                          28                            5                      
4/30/03       79                          19                            2                      
2/9/03        74                          23                            4                      
2/1/03        75                          21                            3                      
1/27/03       72                          26                            2                      
1/20/03       71                          25                            4                      
12/15/02      79                          20                            1                      
11/4/02  LV   76                          22                            1                      
11/3/02  LV   77                          22                            3                      
11/2/02  LV   78                          21                            2                      
10/27/02      74                          23                            4                      
9/26/02       70                          28                            2                      
9/8/02        74                          24                            2                      
7/28/02       81                          17                            2                      
7/15/02       83       "         "        15       "          "         2                      
5/19/02*      79                          19                            3                      
4/21/02*      81                          18                            2          
3/10/02*      88                          10                            2          
1/27/02       88                          10                            2          
12/19/01*     89                           9                            2          
10/15/01*     92                           5                            3          
*Asked very/somewhat follow-up

d. The economy

                Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
11/2/05           36            61              3
9/11/05           40            58              2
8/28/05           44            54              3
6/5/05            40            58              2
4/24/05           40            57              3
3/13/05           43            55              2
1/16/05           46            52              2
12/19/04          46            51              3
9/26/04 RV        47            50              4
8/29/04 RV        45            52              3 
7/25/04           47            50              3 
6/20/04           46            53              1 
5/23/04           44            54              2                          
4/18/04           44            54              2
3/7/04            39            59              1
2/11/04           44            54              2
1/18/04           51            47              2
12/21/03          51            44              5                       
11/16/03          48            49              3                              
10/29/03          45            53              2                              
10/13/03          45            52              2                              
9/13/03           42            56              3                              
9/7/03            44            51              5                              
8/11/03           45            51              5                              
7/10/03           47            49              4                              
4/30/03           52            45              3                              
2/9/03            47            49              4    
2/1/03            44            52              4             
1/28/03           46            49              4             
1/27/03           47            47              5             
1/20/03           43            53              4             
1/5/03            50            43              7             
12/15/02          50            46              4             
11/4/02  LV       53            45              2             
11/3/02  LV       52            46              2             
11/2/02  LV       55            43              2             
10/27/02          51            43              6             
9/26/02           51            47              3             
9/8/02            57            40              4             
7/28/02           57            39              4             
7/15/02           58            38              3             
4/21/02           64            33              3             
1/27/02           62            34              4             
12/19/01          67            27              6             
11/6/01           72            23              5             
9/9/01            48            48              4             
7/30/01           52            45              3             
6/3/01            53            41              6             
4/22/01           55            38              7   
3/25/01           50            42              8

e. Health care

                Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
11/2/05           34            61              5
3/13/05           44            48              8
1/16/05           42            51              6
12/19/04          37            56              7
8/29/04 RV        39            55              6 
7/25/04           38            53              9
6/20/04           39            57              4

Compare to: The cost, availability and coverage of health insurance

4/18/04           33            61              5                  
3/7/04            32            62              6             
2/11/04           32            62              6             
1/18/04           37            55              8             
12/21/03          34            56             10             
10/29/03          28            63              9             
10/13/03          30            60             10             
9/13/03           32            61              7             
4/30/03           34            57              9             
1/28/03           40            47             13             
1/20/03           36            51             13             
12/15/02          33            58              9

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    opin. 
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
11/1/98  LV      55         44        1
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 RV      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
1/25/83          58         39        3
1/25/83          43         52        4
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. (IF WRONG TRACK) What's the main reason you feel that way?

                                            11/2/05
Economy, jobs, gas prices, prices, 
   low income, debt, finances                  30
War in Iraq                                    21
Problems with Bush                             15
Distrust of politicians, government, 
   Washington, ethics in government/
   corruption                                   7
Problems too big                                6
Moral decline/lack of religious faith           6
Environmental problems/global warming           3
Problems with Republicans/conservatives 
   (not specifically Bush)                      2
Terrorism/threat of terrorism                   1
Health care                                     1
Illegal immigrants                              1
Problems/issues not being resolved              1
Ignoring domestic issues                        1
Everything                                      1
Foreign policy                                  *
Problems with Democrats/liberals                *
Other                                           4
No opinion                                      *

6. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush or not.

11/2/05 - Summary Table*

                                                      No     
                                       Yes     No     op.    
a. He understands the problems of                      
   people like you                     34      66      1     
b. He is a strong leader               47      53      *     
c. He can be trusted in a crisis       49      49      2     
d. He is honest and trustworthy        40      58      2
e. He shares your values               40      58      2

*Half sample asked items a-c, other half asked items d-e.

Trend:

a. He understands the problems of people like you

               Yes     No     No op. 
11/2/05        34      66       1 
9/11/05        38      61       1 
8/28/05        40      59       1       
4/24/05        40      58       2
1/16/05        43      56       1 
5/23/04        42      57       1       
4/18/04        41      57       2       
3/7/04         41      57       2       
2/11/04        41      57       2       
1/18/04        43      56       1
12/21/03       45      53       2                
10/29/03       40      58       2
9/13/03        48      51       1
4/30/03        51      48       1
12/15/02       51      47       2
7/15/02        57      41       2
1/27/02        61      37       2
7/30/01        45      54       2
4/22/01        47      51       2
11/4/00  LV    49      46       5
10/24/00 LV    50      46       3
10/15/00 RV    46      46       7
10/9/00  RV    50      44       6
9/6/00   RV    47      49       4
8/20/00  RV    50      46       5
7/23/00        44      51       5
6/11/00        48      47       5
4/2/00         48      46       6
3/11/00        47      47       6
2/27/00        43      51       6
2/6/00         43      52       5
1/16/00        46      49       6
12/15/99       47      46       7
10/31/99       54      39       7
9/2/99         50      39      11
3/14/99        52      27      21

b. He is a strong leader

               Yes     No     No op.     
11/2/05        47      53       * 
9/11/05        50      50       *
5/23/04        62      37       1       
4/18/04        64      36       1       
3/7/04         63      36       1       
2/11/04        61      38       1
12/21/03       67      32       2                
10/29/03       62      37       1
9/13/03        66      34       *
4/30/03        74      25       *
12/15/02       75      23       2
7/15/02        75      24       1
7/30/01        55      43       2
4/22/01        53      42       5
10/9/00 RV     62      33       5
9/6/00 RV      65      28       7
8/20/00 RV     65      29       5
8/10/00 RV     67      29       5
7/23/00 RV     61      33       6
7/23/00        62      32       5
6/11/00        65      30       6
4/2/00         68      27       5
3/11/00        63      31       6
2/27/00        62      32       6
2/6/00         65      30       7
1/16/00        65      28       7
12/15/99       67      26       7
10/31/99       77      18       5
9/2/99         70      18      12
3/14/99        68      13      20

c. He can be trusted in a crisis


              Yes      No     No op.     
11/2/05        49      49       2 
9/11/05        49      49       2 
5/23/04        60      39       1       
7/30/01        60      37       3
4/22/01        65      32       4    
12/15/99       62      27      11     
9/2/99         58      22      19

d. He is honest and trustworth

y
              Yes      No     No op.     
11/2/05        40      58       2 
5/23/04        53      45       2
4/18/04        55      44       1
3/7/04         54      45       1
2/11/04        52      45       2         
10/29/03       59      40       2
9/13/03        60      39       2
12/15/02       70      26       4
7/15/02        71      26       3
7/30/01        63      34       3
4/22/01        62      32       6       
11/5/00 LV     60      33       7
11/4/00 LV     61      33       7
10/24/00 LV    65      30       5
10/15/00 LV    57      34       9
10/15/00 RV    53      35      12
9/6/00 RV      62      30       7
7/23/00 RV     61      30       8
7/23/00        59      31      10
12/15/99       63      28       9
10/31/99       68      22      10
9/2/99         63      23      14
3/14/99        67      12      22               

e. He shares your values

              Yes      No     No op.     
11/2/05        40      58       2 
4/24/05        47      51       2 
1/16/05        54      45       1 
5/23/04        49      50       1

7. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in the Bush Administration: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?

             ---Great deal/A lot----   ----Some/little----    None     No
             NET   Grt. deal   A lot   NET   Some   Little   (vol.)   opin. 
11/2/05      29       15         14    63     22      41        8       0
12/15/00*    37       18         19    45     32      22        2       7
*"the incoming Bush administration"

Compare to:
The Clinton Administration

             ---Great deal/A lot----   ----Some/little----    None     No
             NET   Grt. deal   A lot   NET   Some   Little   (vol.)   opin. 
12/15/00     43       23         20    52     29      23        3       1
12/4/95      25        9         16    69     36      33        5       1

8. Would you say your confidence in the Bush administration lately has been (increasing), (decreasing) or has it remained the same?

                                          Remained      No
            Increasing     Decreasing     the same     opin.
11/2/05          2             49            48           *

9. How do you personally feel about the Bush administration's policies - (enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry)?

               ---------Positive---------     --------Negative---------     No
               NET     Enthus.     Satis.     NET     Dissat.     Angry     op.
11/2/05        38         8          30       62        37          25       1
10/7/04 LV     51        17          34       47        26          22       1  
4/18/04        51        13          39       48        30          18       1  
3/7/04         49        14          35       51        28          22       * 
1/18/04        54        12          42       45        31          15       1 
12/21/03       57        16          41       42        29          12       1

10. For each group I name, please tell me if you think it has too much influence in the Bush administration, too little influence or about the right amount.

11/2/05 - Summary Table

                                   Too       Too       Right       No 
                                   much     little     amount     opin.         
a. People like you                   1        71         26         1
b. Conservative religious groups    41        22         32         5

Trend:

a. People like you

           Too       Too       Right       No 
           much     little     amount     opin.         
11/2/05      1        71         26         1
9/13/03      5        62         32         2
4/30/03      2        59         37         1
12/15/02     3        61         35         2
1/27/02      3        49         46         2  
7/30/01      1        67         30         1

b. Conservative religious groups

           Too       Too       Right       No 
           much     little     amount     opin.         
11/2/05     41        22         32         5
12/15/02    28        21         45         7
7/30/01     32        23         42         4

21. When the government in Washington decides to solve a problem, how much confidence do you have that the problem actually will be solved: A lot, some, just a little, or none at all?

           ---- Confidence ----    ------- Little/No Confidence ------     No 
           NET    A lot    Some    NET    Just a little    None at all    opin.
11/2/05    46       7       38     54          36               18          *
9/6/02     53       8       45     47          38                9          1
1/27/02    66      14       52     34          27                7          1
6/25/00*   51       8       43     48          35               13          1 
12/4/95    39       4       35     61          38               23          *
5/15/94    36       4       31     64          42               22          *    
1/23/94    43       4       39     56          40               16          1
2/28/93    51       5       46     49          37               12          *
4/9/92     50       4       46     50          38               12          1
10/29/91   37       7       31     62          38               23          1
*NPR/Kaiser/Harvard

22. How would you rate Bush's handling of ethics in government - excellent, good, only fair or poor?

             ----Excellent/Good----     ----Fair/Poor----    No      
             NET   Excellent   Good     NET   Fair   Poor    op.   
11/2/05      32        7        25      67     29     38      1 
10/29/05     34       11        23      64     29     35      2 

Compare to:

Clinton:

             ----Excellent/Good----     ----Fair/Poor----    No      
             NET   Excellent   Good     NET   Fair   Poor    op.   
1/26/00      37        8        29      62     22     40      1

Reagan:
             ----Excellent/Good----     ----Fair/Poor----    No      
             NET   Excellent   Good     NET   Fair   Poor    op.   
11/20/88     37        5        32      59     34     25      4

23. Do you think the overall level of ethics and honesty in the federal government has risen, fallen or stayed the same with Bush as president?

             Risen     Fallen     Same     No opin. 
11/2/05        17        43        39          1
10/29/05       15        46        37          2

Compare to:
Clinton:
             Risen     Fallen     Same     No opin. 
3/27/94        17        24        58          1
1/23/94        14        23        58          6

FOR COMPARISON ONLY: (Present tense wording) Do you think the overall level of ethics and honesty in the federal government will rise, fall or stay the same with Clinton as president?

             Rise     Fall     Same     No opin. 
1/17/93       35       13       50         2

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

               --- Excellent/Good ----    ---- Not so good/Poor ----   No      
               NET   Excellent    Good    NET    Not so good   Poor    op.   
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      *

25. On another subject: All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             --- Worth fighting ---       --- Not worth fighting --      No     
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat     NET   Somewhat   Strongly      op. 
11/2/05     39       25         13        60       12         48          1
8/28/05     46       33         12        53        9         44          1
6/26/05     46       33         13        53       10         43          1 
6/5/05      41       29         12        58       12         46          1
4/24/05     44       31         13        54       12         42          2  
3/13/05     45       34         11        53       11         42          2  
1/16/05     44       32         12        55       10         45          1  
12/19/04    42       31         11        56       10         47          2  
10/3/04 LV  49       34         15        48       11         37          3  
9/26/04 RV  46       35         12        51        8         42          3 
9/8/04  RV  51       38         13        45       10         34          4
8/29/04 RV  48       34         14        50       11         39          2 
7/25/04     49       36         13        48       11         37          3 
6/20/04     47       32         14        52       13         39          2 
5/23/04     48       35         13        50       13         37          1     
5/6/04      49       NA         NA        47       NA         NA          5
4/18/04     51                            47                              2
3/7/04      52                            44                              3 
2/11/04     48                            50                              2
1/18/04     56                            41                              3 
12/21/03    59                            39                              2     
12/14/03    53                            42                              5     
11/16/03    52                            44                              4     
10/29/03    54                            44                              2     
10/13/03    54                            44                              2     
9/13/03     61                            37                              2     
9/7/03      54                            42                              4     
8/24/03     57                            37                              5     
8/11/03     61                            35                              4     
7/10/03     57                            40                              3     
6/22/03     64                            33                              3     
4/30/03     70       "           "        27       "           "          4     

Gulf War:                                                         
2/2/92*     66       NA         NA        32       NA         NA          2     
7/28/91     67                            30                              3     
6/2/91      70                            26                              3     
3/4/91      86       "           "        13       "           "          1     
*2/2/92 and previous: "the Persian Gulf war"; 3/4/91: "this war

26. Again thinking about the goals versus the costs of the war, so far in your opinion has there been an acceptable or unacceptable number of U.S. military casualties in Iraq?

             Acceptable     Unacceptable     No opinion                     
11/2/05         25              73               2
8/28/05         30              68               3
6/26/05         29              69               2
6/5/05          25              73               2
3/13/05         27              70               3
12/19/04        27              70               3
6/20/04         29              71               1
4/18/04         33              65               2
1/18/04         34              62               4
12/21/03        37              60               4                         
11/16/03        33              64               3                          
10/29/03        35              62               3                          
10/13/03        37              60               3                          
9/13/03         43              55               2                          
9/7/03          38              57               5                          
8/11/03         42              53               5                          
7/10/03         44              52               3                          
6/22/03         51              44               5                          
4/9/03          66              28               6                          
4/3/03          62              32               5                          
3/27/03         58              34               9

27. Do you think the war with Iraq has or has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States? IF YES: Has it contributed to the long-term security of the United States a great deal or somewhat?

               --------- Contributed ---------     Has      No
               NET     Great deal     Somewhat     not     opin.
11/2/05        46          25            21         52       2
8/28/05        49          29            20         49       2
6/26/05        52          31            22         46       1
6/5/05         47          24            22         52       1 
3/13/05        52          29            23         46       2 
1/16/05        50          30            21         47       3 
12/19/04       51          27            23         46       4 
10/3/04 LV     53          32            22         42       4 
9/26/04 RV     54          36            18         42       4
9/8/04  RV     57          36            22         40       3
8/29/04 RV     54          33            20         42       4
7/25/04        51          32            19         45       3
6/20/04        51          28            23         46       2
5/23/04        54          30            24         43       3  
4/18/04        57          33            24         40       3  
3/7/04         57          29            29         40       3 
2/11/04        58          32            26         38       4 
1/18/04        59          34            25         38       3  
12/21/03       62          34            29         34       4
7/10/03*       62          33            29         35       3
*"did or did not"

28. Do you think (the United States should keep its military forces in Iraq until civil order is restored there, even if that means continued U.S. military casualties); OR, do you think (the United States should withdraw its military forces from Iraq in order to avoid further U.S. military casualties, even if that means civil order is not restored there)?

             Keep forces   Withdraw forces   No opinion 
11/2/05          52              44               4   
8/28/05          54              44               2   
6/26/05          58              41               2 
12/19/04         58              39               3
6/20/04          57              42               1
5/23/04          58              40               2               
4/18/04          66              33               1
11/16/03         62              34               4
10/29/03         58              38               3                      
9/13/03          65              32               3                      
8/24/03          69              27               4                      
7/10/03          72              26               2

29. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress toward restoring civil order in Iraq?

                 Is making               Is not making          No  
            significant progress     significant progress     opinion
11/2/05             44                       55                  2 
8/28/05             48                       50                  2 
6/26/05             48                       51                  1
12/19/04            44                       49                  7
6/20/04             51                       48                  1

30. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress in establishing a democratic government in Iraq?

                 Is making               Is not making          No  
            significant progress     significant progress     opinion
11/2/05             47                       48                  6 
12/19/04            48                       44                  8
6/20/04             50                       48                  3
5/23/04             38                       57                  5

31. Do you think the number of U.S. military forces in Iraq should be (increased), (decreased), or kept about the same?

                                        Kept about        No
            Increased     Decreased      the same      opinion
11/2/05         15            47            36            3
8/28/05         21            41            35            4
6/26/05         16            38            44            2
3/13/05         15            44            36            4

32. (IF DECREASED) Should all U.S. forces in Iraq be withdrawn immediately, or should they be decreased, but not all withdrawn immediately?

             Withdrawn        Decreased but not         No
            immediately     withdrawn immediately     opinion
11/2/05          38                   61                 *
8/28/05          33                   66                 1
6/26/05          34                   66                 1
3/13/05          27                   72                 1

31/32 NET:

                     -------------- Decreased --------------   Kept about   No    
         Increased   NET  All/immed.  Not all/not immed.  DK    the same    op.
11/2/05      15       47      18             29           *        36        3    
8/28/05      21       41      13             27           *        35        4    
6/26/05      16       38      13             25           *        44        2
3/13/05      15       44      12             31           1        37        4

33. In making its case for war with Iraq, do you think the Bush administration (told the American public what it believed to be true), or (intentionally misled the American public)?

              Told the American public      Intentionally misled      No
            what it believed to be true      the American public     opin.
11/2/05                  44                          55                2
6/26/05                  48                          52                *
3/13/05                  55                          43                2
8/29/04 RV               57                          40                3
7/25/04                  55                          42                3

34. On another subject, as you may know, Bush has nominated federal judge Samuel A. Alito to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court?

            Should     Should not     No opinion
11/2/05       49           29             22

Compare to:

Roberts:
            Should     Should not     No opinion
9/11/05*      55           26             19
8/28/05       57           22             20
7/21/05       59           23             17
*as Chief Justice

Breyer:
            Should     Should not     No opinion
5/15/94       52           10             37

Thomas: 
                                    Wait and see (vol.)
            Should     Should not      /no opinion
10/14/91      59           28             14
10/13/91      56           29             15
10/12/91      50           29             20
10/9/91       47           23             30
10/8/91       50           25             24
9/15/91       63           24             14

35. Given what you know, do you think Alito is a (more) conservative nominee than you'd have liked, (less) conservative than you'd have liked, or about right?

            More     Less     About right     No opinion
11/2/05      29       10           44              17

Compare to:

Given what you know, do you think Roberts is a (more) conservative nominee than you'd have liked, (less) conservative than you'd have liked, or about right?

            More     Less     About right     No opinion
7/21/05      26        9           58               7

36. The Supreme Court legalized abortion 32 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want Alito to vote to (uphold) Roe versus Wade, or vote to (overturn) it?

            Uphold     Overturn     No opinion
11/2/05       64          31              5

Compare to:

The Supreme Court legalized abortion 32 years ago in the ruling known 
as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you 
want Roberts to vote to (uphold) Roe versus Wade, or vote to (overturn) 
it?
            Uphold     Overturn     No opinion
8/28/05       60          33              7
7/21/05       65          32              4

37. Alito wrote a legal opinion saying a state can require a woman to notify her husband if she decides to have an abortion. Does knowing this make you more likely to (support), more likely to (oppose) or doesn't it make much difference in your opinion?

           More likely   More likely     No      No
           to support    to oppose      diff.   opin.
11/2/05         27           26          46       1

38. As you may know, a federal grand jury has indicted Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with the case in which the identity of an undercover CIA agent was disclosed to news reporters. Libby has resigned his White House position.

In your opinion, do you think the charge against Libby represents (a serious) crime, or (a minor or technical) one?

             Serious        Minor or          No
              crime      technical crime     opin.
11/2/05         70             26              4
10/29/05        69             26              5

39. Do you think the prosecutor has brought this case against Libby (on the basis of the facts of the case), or (out of political motivations)?

             Facts of      Political       Both       No
             the case     motivations     (vol.)     opin.
11/2/05         54             31            6         8
10/29/05        55             30            6         8

40. It's been reported that another subject of the investigation has been Karl Rove, a close adviser to Bush. Given what you've heard or read, do you think Rove did anything wrong in connection with this case, or not? IF YES: Do you think he did something (unethical but not illegal), or do you think he did something (illegal)?

   
             --------------Yes--------------             No
             NET     Illegal     Not illegal     No     opin.
11/2/05      49         26            23         26      24
10/29/05     47         18            28         29      24

41. Do you think Rove should (remain in his position) or (resign from the White House)?

            Remain     Resign     No opin. 
11/2/05       30         59          11

42. Given what you've heard or read, do you think Vice President Cheney did anything wrong in connection with this case, or not? IF YES: Do you think he did something (unethical but not illegal), or do you think he did something (illegal)?

             --------------Yes--------------             No
             NET     Illegal     Not illegal     No     opin.
11/2/05      45         21            24         41      14
10/29/05     41         20            21         44      15

43. Given what you've heard or read, do you think Bush did anything wrong in connection with this case, or not? IF YES: Do you think he did something (unethical but not illegal), or do you think he did something (illegal)?

     
             --------------Yes--------------             No
             NET     Illegal     Not illegal     No     opin.
11/2/05      33         13            20         54      13
10/29/05     33         12            21         55      12

44. Do you think this case (is an isolated incident) or do you think it (indicates broader problems with ethical wrongdoing in the Bush administration)?

            Isolated      Broader      No
            incident     problems     opin.
11/2/05        43           52          5
10/29/05       41           55          4

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