Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 12-15, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,083 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones, including additional interviews with randomly selected African Americans, for a total of 153 black respondents. The added interviews (commonly referred to as an "oversample") were completed to ensure there were enough respondents for separate analysis; the group is not over-represented in the reported results. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10    53       30         24      44       13         32         2
12/13/09   50       31         18      46       13         33         4 
11/15/09   56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09   57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09    54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09    57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09    59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09    65       36         29      31       10         22         4 
4/24/09    69       42         27      26        8         18         4 
3/29/09    66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09    68       43         25      25        8         17         7

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

1/15/10 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. Health care      44       24         21      52        9         43         4
b. The threat of
   terrorism        55       31         23      42       14         28         4
c. The economy      47       22         24      52       13         39         1
d. The situation
   in Afghanistan   50       22         28      45       18         27         6
e. The federal
   budget deficit   38       18         20      56       15         41         6
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked items b,c; other half sample asked items d,e.

Trend:

a. Health care

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10    44       24         21      52        9         43         4
12/13/09   44       27         18      53       10         43         3
11/15/09   47       28         19      49        8         41         3
10/18/09   48       30         18      48       10         38         4
9/12/09    48       32         15      48       10         38         4
8/17/09    46       27         19      50        8         42         5
7/18/09    49       25         24      44       11         33         7  
6/21/09    53       27         26      39       10         29         9  
4/24/09    57       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        13

b. The threat of terrorism

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10    55       31         23      42       14         28         4
11/15/09   53       31         22      41       14         27         6
9/12/09    55       31         24      34       12         23        11
6/21/09    57       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         7
4/21/09*   57       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        17
*Pew

c. The economy

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10    47       22         24      52       13         39         1
12/13/09   46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09   51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09   50       29         22      48       13         35         1 
9/12/09    51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09    52       27         25      46       13         33         2 
7/18/09    52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09    56       28         28      41       13         27         3  
4/24/09    58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09    60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09    60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6

d. The situation in Afghanistan

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10    50       22         28      45       18         27         6
12/13/09   52       24         28      44       13         32         4
11/15/09   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
10/18/09   45       22         23      47       17         31         7
9/12/09    55       23         33      37       17         21         7
8/17/09    60       25         35      33       14         19         7
7/18/09    62       33         29      30       13         17         8
4/24/09    63       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        11

e. The federal budget deficit

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

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

                Right     Wrong     No 
              direction   track   opinion  
1/15/10          37        62        1
11/15/09         44        55        2
10/18/09         44        54        2
8/17/09          44        55        1
6/21/09          47        50        3
4/24/09          50        48        2
3/29/09          42        57        1
2/22/09          31        67        2
1/16/09          19        78        3
12/14/08         15        82        3
10/25/08 LV      13        85        2
10/11/08 RV       8        90        2
9/22/08  RV      14        83        3
8/22/08          19        78        2
6/15/08          14        84        2
5/11/08          16        82        2 
1/12/08          21        77        2
11/1/07          24        74        2
6/1/07           25        73        2 
1/19/07          26        71        3 
11/4/06  RV      39        59        2 
10/22/06         30        68        2 
10/8/06          32        66        2 
5/15/06          29        69        2 
11/2/05          30        68        2 
10/24/04 LV      41        55        4 
4/18/04          42        57        1 
4/30/03          52        46        2 
9/26/02          43        53        4 
2/21/02          54        42        4 
2/14/99          55        41        4 
11/1/98          55        43        2 
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
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
*2/80 and previous: Roper

4. How much confidence do you have in [ITEM] to make the right decisions for the country's future - a great deal of confidence, a good amount, just some or none at all?

1/15/10 - Summary Table

                    -Grt deal/Good amt-   ---- Some/None ----   
                           Great   Good         Just    None      No
                     NET   deal    amt    NET   some   at all   opinion
a. Obama             47     24      23    53     26      27        *
b. The Republicans    
   in Congress       24      6      18    75     47      28        1
c. The Democrats
   in Congress       32     11      21    68     33      35        1

Trend:

a. Obama

          -Grt deal/Good amt-   ---- Some/None ----   
                 Great   Good         Just    None      No
           NET   deal    amt    NET   some   at all   opinion
1/15/10    47     24      23    53     26      27        *
10/18/09   49     29      20    50     27      24        *
8/17/09    49     28      21    50     26      24        *
4/24/09    60     31      28    40     25      15        1
1/16/09    61     31      30    37     28       9        2

b. The Republicans in Congress

          -Grt deal/Good amt-   ---- Some/None ----   
                 Great   Good         Just    None      No
           NET   deal    amt    NET   some   at all   opinion
1/15/10    24      6      18    75     47      28        1
10/18/09   19      4      15    79     46      33        2
8/17/09    21      4      16    78     45      33        1
4/24/09    21      4      16    78     50      28        2
1/16/09    29      8      21    69     49      21        2

c. The Democrats in Congress

          -Grt deal/Good amt-   ---- Some/None ----   
                 Great   Good         Just    None      No
           NET   deal    amt    NET   some   at all   opinion
1/15/10    32     11      21    68     33      35        1
10/18/09   34     12      23    64     37      27        2
8/17/09    35     14      21    63     35      29        1
4/24/09    36     12      24    63     38      25        1
1/16/09    43     15      28    56     37      19        2

5. Would you say Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what? Is that much better/worse or somewhat better/worse?

          ----- Better -----   ------ Worse -----   As expected     No
          NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much      (vol.)     opinion
1/15/10   33     12     22     35     18      17         30          2
9/12/09   42     18     24     31     13      18         25          2
4/24/09   54     25     29     18     10       9         23          4
2/22/09   46     18     28     14      8       7         31          9

Compare to:

Bush:
          ----- Better -----   ------ Worse -----   As expected     No
          NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much      (vol.)     opinion
1/18/04   43     NA     NA     31     NA      NA         25          2  
1/27/02   75     NA     NA      5     NA      NA         20          1 
7/30/01   39     NA     NA     23     NA      NA         36          2
4/22/01   39     NA     NA     21     NA      NA         37          3

Clinton:
          ----- Better -----   ------ Worse -----   As expected     No
          NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much      (vol.)     opinion
4/26/93   35     NA     NA     28     NA      NA         34          3
2/28/93   38     12     27     19     12       7         35          8

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Nancy Pelosi is handling her job as Speaker of the House? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

            -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10     40       12         28      48       11         37        12
6/21/09     38       NA         NA      45       NA         NA        16
4/15/07     53       "          "       35       "          "         12
2/25/07     50                          31                            18
1/19/07     54                          25                            21
 
Compare to: Newt Gingrich
 
            -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/7/98*    38                          58                             4
7/12/98     41                          44                            15
5/12/98     41                          44                            15
1/19/98     40                          52                             7
4/24/97     26                          62                            12
3/9/97      33                          61                             7
9/15/96 RV  39                          54                             7
1/7/96      30                          61                             8
11/19/95    27                          65                             8
6/8/95      35                          50                            15
3/19/95     37                          48                            15
3/5/95      38                          51                            11
1/29/95     40                          48                            12
1/4/95      35                          37                            28
12/20/94**  35                          43                            22
* "has handled"
** "as incoming speaker"

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Harry Reid is handling his job as majority leader of the Senate? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10    35        7         28      47       18         29        18
4/15/07    46       NA         NA      33       NA         NA        21
 
Compare to: Trent Lott
 
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
3/9/97     44       NA         NA      24       NA         NA        31
 
Compare to: Bob Dole
 
           ------ Approve ----------   ------ Disapprove -------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/22/96*   56       15         41      34       15         19        11
1/7/96     38       NA         NA      49       NA         NA        13
11/19/95   45       NA         NA      46       NA         NA         9
3/19/95    60       21         38      28       14         14        12
1/4/95     62       23         39      25       12         13        13
12/20/94   59       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        13
* "has handled"

8. What would you say is the one most important problem you would like to see Obama and the Congress deal with this year?

Compare to: Bush
                                    1/15/10   12/14/08   12/11/06   12/18/05   
Economy NET:                          42         66         16         19             
  Economy                             26         55         10         15
  Jobs/Unemployment                   13          8          3          2
  Gasoline prices/Energy prices        1          1          3          2
  Banking/Insurance/Credit problems    1          *         NA         NA
  Housing/Mortgages                    *          1         NA         NA
  Stock market/Wall Street             0          *         NA         NA
Health care                           24          6          6         11
Iraq/War in Iraq                       6          9         44         32
Terrorism/War on terrorism/
 Homeland security                     5          2          4          5
Federal budget deficit                 5          1          *          1 
Afghanistan                            2         NA         NA         NA
Immigration                            1          1          5          6
Education                              1          1          4          3
Medicare                               1          *          1          3
Taxes                                  1          1          2          2
Poverty/Homelessness/Hunger            1          2          2          1
Ethics/Honesty/Corruption in
 government                            1          1          2          1
Global warming/Greenhouse effect       1          *          1          *
Social Security                        *          *          2          3 
Environment                            *          1          1          1
Crime/Drugs                            *          *          1          1
Prescription drug benefits             *          *          *          *
Foreign policy                         *          *         NA         NA
Abortion                               *          1         NA         NA
Morals/Family values                   *          1         NA         NA
None                                   0          0          0          1
Other                                  5          4          6          6
No opinion                             2          2          4          3

9. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

               ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
               NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10        58       38         20      40       13         27         2
11/15/09       61       39         21      38       11         27         1
9/12/09        63       40         23      35       12         24         2
4/24/09        72       46         26      26       11         15         2
1/16/09        79       50         29      18        9          9         3
11/2/08   LV   63       47         16      33        7         26         4
10/23/08  LV   63       47         16      34        7         27         3
10/11/08  RV   64       44         20      33       12         21         3
9/7/08    RV   58       35         23      36       12         24         7
8/22/08   RV   62       37         25      34       13         21         4
6/15/08        63       35         28      33       12         21         4
4/13/08        56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/12/08        63       31         32      30       14         16         7
11/1/07        51       21         30      36       16         20        13  
2/25/07        53       21         33      30       16         14        16     
1/19/07        45       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        25 
12/11/06       44       21         22      23       17          6        33

10. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not?

1/15/10 - Summary Table
                                                    Yes   No   No opinion
a. He understands the problems of people like you   57    42        2
b. He is a strong leader                            63    35        1
c. He has brought needed change to Washington       50    49        1
d. He shares your values                            55    43        1

Trend:

a. He understands the problems of people like you

           Yes   No   No opinion    
1/15/10    57    42        2
7/18/09    63    35        1
4/24/09    73    25        1
1/16/09    72    24        4

b. He is a strong leader

           Yes   No   No opinion    
1/15/10    63    35        1
7/18/09    71    27        2
4/24/09    77    22        2
1/16/09    72    18       10

c. He has brought needed change to Washington

           Yes   No   No opinion    
1/15/10    50    49        1
7/18/09    62    35        3
4/24/09    63    34        2
1/16/09*   76    22        3
*"will bring"

d. He shares your values

           Yes   No   No opinion    
1/15/10    55    43        1
4/24/09    60    38        2 
1/16/09    67    30        3
7/13/08    56    39        5

11. Obama has been president for about one year. Would you say he has accomplished a great deal during that time, a good amount, not very much or little or nothing?

           -Grt deal/Good amt-   -- Not much/nothing --
                  Great   Good         Not    Little or     No
            NET   deal    amt    NET   much    nothing    opinion
1/15/10     47     12      35    52     30       22          1
10/18/09*   49     14      35    50     27       23          1 
4/24/09**   63     24      39    36     21       15          1
* "about nine months"
** "about three months or nearly 100 days"

Compare to: Clinton

         -Grt deal/Good amt-   -- Not much/nothing --
                Great   Good         Not    Little or     No
          NET   deal    amt    NET   much    nothing    opinion
8/16/94   36      6      30    64     39       25          *
1/23/94   47     11      36    53     33       19          1
4/26/93   37      5      32    63     38       25          *

12. (IF NOT MUCH/NOTHING) Who's mainly responsible for that - (Obama) or the Republicans in Congress)?

                                Neither    Both      No
          Obama   Republicans   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
1/15/10    52         20           6        20        3
4/24/09    49         24           8        16        3

Compare to: Clinton
                                  Neither    Both      No
          Clinton   Republicans   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
4/26/93     40          40           1        17        2

13. Is Obama keeping most of his major campaign promises, or not?

Yes   No   Some (vol.)   No opinion
1/15/10   41    46        8             4
4/24/09   60    26        8             6

Compare to: Clinton

          Yes   No   Some (vol.)   No opinion
5/15/94   37    48       11             5
1/23/94   37    46        7            10
4/26/93   42    50        6             2

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

           Better   Worse   No effect   No opinion
1/15/10      35      23         41           2
10/18/09     41      22         35           2
8/17/09      43      23         32           2

15. How much blame do you think [ITEM] deserve(s) for the country's economic situation - a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly any?

1/15/10 - Summary Table

a. The Bush administration, for inadequate regulation of the financial industry
b. The Obama administration, for not doing enough to turn the economy around

           - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                 Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
           NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
a. Bush    67     41      25    33     24       8        1        1
b. Obama   36     14      21    64     36      25        3        *

Trend:

a. The Bush administration, for inadequate regulation of the financial industry

          - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
1/15/10   67     41      25    33     24       8        1        1
9/12/09   65     40      25    35     23      10        1        1
7/18/09   62     42      20    36     23      11        1        2
3/29/09   70     47      23    29     21       7        1        2 

b. The Obama administration, for not doing enough to turn the economy around

          - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
1/15/10   36     14      21    64     36      25        3        *
9/12/09   27     13      15    71     33      34        4        2
7/18/09   32     14      17    66     28      34        4        2
3/29/09   26     13      13    72     27      39        6        2

c. Banks and other financial institutions, for taking unnecessary risks

          - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
1/15/10   79     58      21    20     14       6        *        1
3/29/09   80     56      24    19     15       4        *        1

16. Do you think Obama's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

                Too         Too        About     No
              liberal   conservative   right   opinion
1/15/10         37            7         54        2
11/15/09        40            7         52        2
9/12/09         39            5         53        3
4/24/09         33            4         62        2
1/16/09         29            4         65        2
10/31/08 LV     39            3         56        2
10/21/08 LV     40            2         55        4
10/20/08 LV     39            2         55        4
10/11/08 RV     37            4         55        4
6/15/08         36            5         52        7
3/2/08          31            6         56        7

17. On another subject, do you think the U.S. campaign against terrorism is going very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all?


           ------- Well ------   ------ Not well ------     No     
           NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   At all   opinion    
1/15/10    51      5      45     48       30       18        1
9/7/08     62     14      48     34       20       14        3
9/7/07     54      8      46     45       23       21        1      
9/7/06     52      7      45     47       26       21        1  
6/25/06    57     13      44     40       23       18        2  
12/14/03   65     17      47     33       21       12        2     
10/29/03   62      8      54     38       23       14        1     
9/7/03     69     12      57     29       19       10        2     
4/30/03    83     26      57     16       10        6        1     
9/26/02    73     15      58     26       17        9        1     
9/8/02     70     10      60     29       21        8        1     
7/15/02    75     15      60     24       16        8        1     
4/21/02    73     11      63     26       17        9        1     
3/10/02    84     21      63     15       10        6        1     
1/27/02    88     32      56     11        8        4        1


18. For each item I name, please me tell whether you think the United States has done an excellent job on it, a good job, a not-so-good job or a poor job.

1/15/10 - Summary Table*

                             -Excellent/Good -   -Not so good/Poor -     No  
                             NET   Exc.   Good   NET   Not so   Poor   opinion
a. Preventing further 
   terrorist attacks in 
   the United States         58      8     50    41      30      11       1
b. Breaking up the al 
   Qaeda terrorist network   32      2     30    66      50      16       2
c. Winning the cooperation 
   of other countries in 
   fighting terrorism        50      6     44    50      38      11       1
d. Improving U.S. 
   intelligence gathering 
   and coordination          47      3     44    48      35      12       5
e. Reorganizing government 
   agencies to improve 
   anti-terrorism efforts    44      3     42    53      38      16       2

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

Trend:

a. Preventing further terrorist attacks in the United States

          -Excellent/Good -   -Not so good/Poor -     No  
          NET   Exc.   Good   NET   Not so   Poor   opinion
1/15/10   58      8     50    41      30      11       1
9/7/06    66      9     57    33      24       8       1 
1/18/04   74     14     61    25      19       6       1 
9/7/03    80     19     61    19      16       3       1
9/8/02    75     13     62    23      21       3       2

b. Breaking up the al Qaeda terrorist network

          -Excellent/Good -   -Not so good/Poor -     No  
          NET   Exc.   Good   NET   Not so   Poor   opinion
1/15/10   32      2     30    66      50      16       2
9/7/06    47      6     41    50      34      15       3
1/18/04   62     11     51    36      26      10       2 
9/7/03    60     11     49    37      32       5       3
9/8/02    63     13     50    35      31       4       3

c. Winning the cooperation of other countries in fighting terrorism

          -Excellent/Good -   -Not so good/Poor -     No  
          NET   Exc.   Good   NET   Not so   Poor   opinion
1/15/10   50      6     44    50      38      11       1
9/7/06    38      3     35    60      41      19       2 
1/18/04   48      6     42    51      34      17       1  
9/7/03    42      5     37    57      47      10       *
9/8/02    48      6     42    51      45       6       1

d. Improving U.S. intelligence gathering and coordination

          -Excellent/Good -   -Not so good/Poor -     No  
          NET   Exc.   Good   NET   Not so   Poor   opinion
1/15/10   47      3     44    48      35      12       5
9/7/06    59      8     51    37      26      11       4 
9/7/03    65      7     59    30      24       6       5
9/8/02    72     10     62    25      20       6       2

e. Reorganizing government agencies to improve anti-terrorism efforts 

          -Excellent/Good -   -Not so good/Poor -     No  
          NET   Exc.   Good   NET   Not so   Poor   opinion
1/15/10   44      3     42    53      38      16       2
9/7/06    54      5     49    43      28      15       3 
9/7/03    70      9     60    27      21       6       4
9/8/02    71     11     60    28      23       5       1


19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the government's response to the attempted terrorist bombing aboard an airliner last month?

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
1/15/10     62          35            3



20. Compared to the Bush administration, do you think the Obama administration is doing a better job handling intelligence reports about terrorist threats, a worse job, or about the same? (IF BETTER/WORSE) Is that much better/worse or somewhat better/worse?

          ------- Better ------   ------- Worse -------    About       No
          NET   Much   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Much   the same   opinion
1/15/10   30     17       13      20        7       13       48         2

Compare to: Compared to the way it handled intelligence reports about terrorist threats before September 11, do you think the Bush administration is now doing a better job handling intelligence about terrorists threats, a worse job, or what? (IF BETTER) Is that much better or somewhat better?  

           ------- Better ------            About the      No
           NET   Much   Somewhat   Worse   same (vol.)   opinion
4/18/04    81     37       44        8          8           3 
5/19/02*   82     39       43        3          6           9
*"terrorist threats last summer"



21. Intelligence officials have identified a failure to connect various pieces of information that could have prevented the attempted airline bombing last month. How confident are you that they'll be able to improve intelligence methods to avoid this kind of error again - very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

          ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
1/15/10   63     14       49      37      25         12          *

22. What do you think is more important right now - (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?

             Investigate threats   Respect privacy   No opinion 
1/15/10               75                 23               2
12/11/06              63                 34               3
9/7/06                65                 32               3
5/15/06               67                 30               3
5/11/06               65                 31               4
1/8/06                65                 32               3
9/7/03*               73                 21               5
9/8/02                78                 18               4
6/9/02                79                 18               3
*9/7/03 and previous: "FBI" rather than "federal government

23. Do you think police and other authorities should or should not be permitted to use personal characteristics like religion, or ethnicity, or nationality in deciding who to search in security lines at airports or other locations?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
1/15/10     53         45            2
9/7/06      47         49            3

23a. (IF SHOULD NOT) What if these kinds of personal characteristics are not used on their own, but are combined with other information as part of an overall profile - in that case do you think personal characteristics should or should not be included in security decisions?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
1/15/10     65         32            3

Combined questions 23 and 23a:

          ------ Should ------
          NET   At first   Now   Should not   No opinion
1/15/10   83       53      29        16            2


24. Do you approve or disapprove of Obama's decision to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?


           Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
1/15/10      39          56            5
6/21/09*     45          50            4
6/14/09      45          46            8 
4/21/09      51          38           11
2/8/09       46          39           15
*”...early next year?”; Pew: 6/14/09: "plan to close...within a year"; 4/09 and previous: "decision to close...within a year"

25. Which worries you more: (that Obama will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights), or (that Obama will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism)?

          Will not go   Will go   Neither     No
          far enough    too far    (vol.)   opinion
1/15/10       63          27          6        4
1/8/06*       48          44          6        2
* “Bush”

26. On another subject: overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/15/10    44       22         22      51       12         39         5
12/13/09   44       25         19      51       11         40         5
11/15/09   48       30         18      49       10         39         3
10/18/09   45       26         19      48       12         36         7
9/12/09    46       30         16      48       12         36         6
8/17/09    45       27         18      50       10         40         5

27. The plan could include a government insurance option only for people who can't get private insurance, the so-called public option. Or instead it could have the government negotiate with private insurers to have them offer these people insurance that meets government specifications. Which of these two approaches would you prefer - the public option or the alternative?

                                         Both    Neither     No
          Public option   Alternative   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
1/15/10        47             41           1        8         3

28. The plan could include (a tax on high-benefit health plans), or (a higher income tax on wealthier Americans). Which of these two approaches would you prefer?

          A tax on high-benefit   Higher income tax on    Both    Neither     No
              health plans        wealthier Americans    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
1/15/10            22                      58               2       16         2

29. Insurance plans in which the government is involved could be forbidden from covering abortions. Or they could have an option for people to buy private coverage for abortions separately through these plans. Which of these two approaches would you prefer - the one that's more restrictive on abortion coverage or the one that's less so?

          More restrictive   Less restrictive   No restrictions (vol.)   No opinion
1/15/10          50                 46                   2                    2

30. In the long run, do you think [ITEM] if (the changes that have been proposed become law) or if (the current system is left as it is now)?

1/15/10 - Summary Table
 
                             Changes      Current system    Same either     No
                           become law   left as it is now    way (vol.)   opinion
a. Your own health care 
   will cost you more          53               35                7          6
b. The quality of health    
   care you receive will 
   be better                   38               50                7          5
c. The country's health 
   care system overall 
   will cost more              56               37                3          4

Trend:

a. Your own health care will cost you more

             Changes      Current system    Same either     No
           become law   left as it is now    way (vol.)   opinion
1/15/10        53               35                7          6
12/13/09       53               33                6          8

b. The quality of health care you receive will be better

             Changes      Current system    Same either     No
           become law   left as it is now    way (vol.)   opinion
1/15/10        38               50                7          5
12/13/09       37               50                6          6

c. The country's health care system overall will cost more

             Changes      Current system    Same either     No
           become law   left as it is now    way (vol.)   opinion
1/15/10        56               37                3          4
12/13/09       55               35                3          7

31. Do you have some form of health insurance or health care coverage, or not?

           Yes   No   No opinion    
1/15/10    87    13        0
12/13/09   82    17        *
11/15/09   84    15        1
10/18/09   85    15        0 
9/12/09    86    14        0
8/17/09    85    14        *
6/21/09    84    16        0
9/30/07    88    12        *
9/12/06    87    13        0
4/19/05    87    13        *
10/13/03   83    17        0
7/12/98    86    14        *
8/27/97    81    19        *
11/13/95   85    15        0
7/17/94    86    14        *
11/14/93   87    13        0
10/10/93   87    13        *

32. Say a candidate for Congress supports the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration). Would that make you more likely to [support] that candidate for Congress, more likely to [oppose] that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote? (IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Are you much more likely to support/oppose that candidate or somewhat more?

           ---- Support ----   ---- Oppose -----      No          No 
           NET   Much   Smwt   NET   Smwt   Much   difference   opinion
1/15/10    22     12     10    31      7     24       45           2
11/15/09   25     13     12    29      8     20       45           1
9/12/09    22     12     10    23      7     17       54           1
8/17/09    23     14      9    32      6     26       43           2

33. Changing topics, as you may know, several banks that received rescue loans from the government have now paid back those loans. Do you think the federal government should try to limit the size of the bonuses these banks can pay to their top employees, or do you think the government should stay out of it now that its loans have been repaid?

          Should try   Should stay     No
           to limit     out of it    opinion
1/15/10       50           49           1

34. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose a special tax on bonuses over one million dollars?

    
             Support   Oppose   No opinion
1/15/10     73        26          2

35. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose higher taxes targeted at banks that do a lot of trading in the stock market?

         
            Support   Oppose   No opinion
1/15/10     48        44          8

36. Do you think Barack Obama's election as president (represents progress for all blacks in America more generally), or do you think it (is only a single case that does not reflect broader progress for blacks overall)?

           Progress for     Only a        No
            all blacks    single case   opinion
1/15/10         64            30           6
1/4/09          65            22          13
9/14/08*        71            19          10
8/22/08*        71            21           8

Blacks
 1/15/10        70            27           2
 1/4/09         64            22          14 
 9/14/08        79            12           9
 8/22/08        76            19           5
Whites
 1/15/10        66            29           5
 1/4/09         66            20          14
 9/14/08        71            19          10
 8/22/08        71            21           8
* "...Obama's nomination for president..."

37. Do you think Obama's presidency has done more to (help) or more to (hurt) race relations in this country, or has it not made much of a difference?

                            Hasn't made       No
            Help   Hurt   much difference   opinion
1/15/10      41     12          47             *
1/4/09*      58      7          28             7
6/15/08**    42     15          40             3   

Blacks
 1/15/10     51      4          44             1
 1/4/09      75      3          18             3
 6/15/08     60      8          31             2
Whites
 1/15/10     40     12          48             *
 1/4/09      55      7          31             8
 6/15/08     38     17          43             2
* "...Obama's presidency will do more..."
** "...Obama's candidacy will do more..."

38. Do you think blacks (have achieved racial equality, will soon achieve racial equality, will not achieve racial equality in your lifetime, or will never achieve racial equality)?

            Have     Will    Not in    Will      No
          achieved   soon   lifetime   never   opinion
1/15/10      37       31       19        8        4
1/16/09      35       38       17        6        3
9/14/08      32       37       20        5        6

Blacks
 1/15/10     11       38       32       17        3
 1/16/09     20       36       23       18        3 
 9/14/08     11       41       30       14        4 
Whites
 1/15/10     40       31       19        7        4
 1/16/09     38       38       17        5        3 
 9/14/08     39       36       18        2        5 

39. It's been reported that during the 2008 presidential campaign, Senate majority leader Harry Reid said privately that Barack Obama could become the first black president because he was a light-skinned black and did not have what Reid called a "Negro dialect." Reid has apologized and Obama accepted the apology. Do you think Reid should or should not resign as Senate majority leader because of this comment?

          Yes, should   No, should     No
            resign      not resign   opinion
1/15/10       32            67          2
 
Compare to: Trent Lott, who is the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, recently said the country would be better off if Strom Thurmond were elected president in 1948, when Thurmond ran as a segregationist favoring separation of blacks and whites. Lott later apologized for the comment. Do you think Lott should or should not continue to serve as Republican leader of the Senate?
 
           Yes   No   No opinion
12/15/02   41    51        8

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

             Smaller govt.    Larger govt.      No
             fewer services   more services   opinion
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
7/23/00 RV        61              32             7
4/2/00            56              38             7
8/16/98           59              35             6
8/5/96            63              32             5
7/8/92            55              38             7

41. In general, do you favor or oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use?

            Favor   Oppose   No opinion
1/15/10      46       51          2
4/24/09      46       52          2
10/24/02*    39       53          8 
5/27/97      22       75          3 
8/26/86      25       74          1 
5/19/86      22       77          1 
4/28/86      23       75          1 
3/24/86      21       78          1 
5/13/85      26       72          2
*Time/CNN: "Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana? (IF FAVOR) What about in small amounts, for example three ounces or less? Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana in small amounts?"

42. Regardless of what you think about the personal non-medical use of marijuana, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients?

          Should   Should not   No opinion                                  
1/15/10     81         18            1
5/27/97     69         27            4

43. If doctors are allowed to prescribe marijuana to patients, should it be limited to patients who are terminally ill and near death; or also allowed for patients who have serious but not fatal illnesses; or should it be allowed for any patient the doctor thinks it could help?

          Terminally   Serious/      Any       No                          
             ill       not fatal   patient   opinion                        
1/15/10      21           21         56         2
5/27/97      29           13         52         6

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

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

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

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

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

-------Less than $50k-------   --------More than $50k--------
            NET   <20k   20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
1/15/10     49     17      14       18     48      17        13       18
12/13/09    54     19      18       17     42      15        12       15
11/15/09    53     20      18       15     45      16        13       16
10/18/09    53     17      19       17     44      18        12       15
9/12/09     50     17      17       15     48      17        13       18
8/17/09     46     15      16       14     52      19        15       18
7/18/09     49     18      17       14     48      19        12       19
6/21/09     51     18      16       17     47      17        12       18
4/24/09     50     16      16       18     48      17        12       19
3/29/09     49     15      16       17     48      18        13       17
2/22/09     48     16      16       17     50      19        13       19
1/16/09     52     17      18       17     48      16        13       19
12/14/08    44     14      15       15     54      18        15       21
10/11/08 RV 41     12      14       16     56      20        15       22
9/29/08  RV 42     10      14       17     56      18        16       22
9/22/08  RV 40     12      14       14     57      21        14       22
9/22/08     46     16      16       14     50      18        12       20
9/7/08   RV 44     13      14       17     56      17        15       24
8/22/08  RV 39     10      11       18     59      19        16       24
8/22/08     43     15      12       17     53      18        15       21
7/13/08  RV 43     14      14       15     54      16        14       24
7/13/08     48     18      15       15     50      16        12       21
6/15/08     47     18      15       15     51      18        15       18
5/11/08     47     15      16       17     50      18        13       19
4/13/08     47     17      13       17     51      18        14       18
3/2/08      44     14      13       17     52      17        13       22
2/1/08      48     17      16       15     48      18        12       18
1/12/08     46     12      18       16     51      19        13       19
12/9/07     49     14      17       18     48      15        15       18
11/1/07     48     14      16       17     49      16        13       21
9/30/07     53     17      16       20     44      18        12       14
9/7/07      43     10      17       16     54      19        15       20
7/21/07     46     16      14       16     51      18        13       19
6/1/07      49     15      18       16     49      18        13       18
4/15/07     46     15      16       15     51      20        13       18
2/25/07     46     10      16       20     51      20        14       17
1/19/07     49     16      17       15     49      16        13       20
12/11/06    46     11      16       19     51      18        16       17
10/22/06    52     16      20       17     45      16        11       17
10/8/06     46     13      16       17     51      22        13       16
9/7/06      51     16      18       17     47      17        15       15
8/6/06      49     14      16       18     48      20        12       16
6/25/06     50     16      16       19     47      19        11       17
5/15/06     52     14      18       21     46      16        13       17
5/11/06     46      9      18       18     53      18        15       20
4/9/06      53     16      20       17     47      19        12       16
3/5/06      50     16      18       16     48      20        12       16
1/26/06     52     20      15       17     46      18        12       16
12/18/05    54     17      19       18     44      18        12       15
11/2/05     52     14      18       20     46      19        13       14
9/11/05     55     18      20       17     42      18        11       14
8/28/05     52     18      15       19     46      18        11       16
6/26/05     49     14      17       18     49      19        14       16
6/5/05      55     15      20       20     43      17        13       14
4/24/05     55     15      21       19     45      18        12       15

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