Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Mar. 26-29, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,000 adults including landline and cell phone-only respondents. 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
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]? (IF ITEM A) Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

3/29/09 - Summary Table

                           Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The economy                60         38            3
b. The federal budget
   deficit                    52         43            5
c. International affairs      62         27           11 

Trend where available:

a. The economy

          ------ Approve -----   ---- Disapprove ----     No
          NET   Strgly   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Strgly   opinion
3/29/09   60      34      25     38     12       26        3
2/22/09   60      NA      NA     34     NA       NA        6

b. No trend.

c. No trend.

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  
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. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

                          Both    Neither     No
          Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
3/29/09    58      25      1       14          2
2/22/09    61      26      1        9          3

Compare to:

G.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
6/1/07       36       54       1        6         2
2/25/07      36       56       1        6         2
1/19/07      32       60       1        4         2
12/11/06     34       58       1        5         2
1/18/04      43       50       1        4         3
4/30/03      51       41       2        2         3
11/6/01      51       36       5        4         5
9/9/01       44       50       1        3         2
7/30/01      47       46       1        4         1
6/3/01       44       46       2        6         2

Clinton or the Republicans in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
           Clinton   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
1/23/96      51       34      11        3         2 
10/30/95     38       50       9        1         2 
10/1/95      44       44       8        2         3 
7/17/95      42       51       4        1         2 
3/19/95      43       47       7        1         2 
1/4/95       34       56       3        1         5 
12/20/94     36       59      NA       NA         5
11/14/93     45       37       3       12         3
8/8/93       48       35       1       13         3
6/28/93      45       40       1       10         4
4/26/93      59       29       4        7         1

G.H.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
3/11/92      37       36       1       20         7
3/8/92       32       44       3       14         6
2/2/92       40       44       1        9         5
1/29/92      38       41       2       13         5
12/15/91     36       46       2       12         4
*"on the economy"

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the federal government's overall response to the economic situation?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
                 NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
      3/29/09    49       18         31      48       17         31         3
      12/14/08   23        4         19      72       26         47         4

6. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse or staying the same?

Getting   Getting   Staying      No 
              better     worse    the same   opinion 
3/29/09         27        36        36          1
3/15/09         14        48        36          2
2/15/09          8        58        31          3
1/19/09          6        62        31          1
12/15/08         9        64        25          1
11/16/08        16        55        28          1
10/13/08         2        82        13          2
9/15/08         13        52        34          2
8/17/08          6        58        36          *
7/13/08          2        78        18          2
6/15/08          4        74        21          1
5/11/08          4        77        18          1
4/13/08          3        73        22          1
3/16/08          3        68        28          2
2/17/08          8        62        29          1
1/13/08          5        65        29          1

12/16/07         8        61        28          3
11/18/07         7        68        25          1
10/14/07        11        55        30          4
9/16/07          8        49        41          1
8/12/07         15        57        26          2
7/15/07         12        51        36          0
6/17/07         11        52        35          2
5/13/07         14        55        29          2
4/15/07         13        46        40          2
3/18/07         15        49        35          2
2/19/07         16        41        41          1
1/14/07         18        34        45          2

12/17/06        18        34        46          2
11/12/06        19        37        42          3
10/15/06        17        45        36          3
9/17/06         14        50        35          1
8/13/06         15        54        30          1
7/16/06         14        52        34          1
6/18/06         16        51        32          1
5/14/06         14        56        29          1
4/16/06         19        47        33          2
3/12/06         14        49        36          1
2/12/06         17        48        33          2
1/15/06         20        39        38          3

12/18/05        18        47        33          2
11/13/05        18        52        28          2
10/16/05         9        57        32          2
9/18/05         11        60        27          2
8/14/05         16        41        40          3
7/17/05         21        43        33          2
6/19/05         17        43        38          1
5/15/05         16        51        32          1
4/17/05         14        48        34          3
3/13/05         23        40        35          1
2/13/05         17        40        39          3
1/16/05         22        34        42          2 

12/12/04        29        33        38          1
11/14/04        28        33        37          2  
10/17/04        27        42        30          1  
9/12/04         26        38        35          1  
8/15/04         24        38        36          2  
7/18/04         29        36        33          2  
6/13/04         28        38        34          *  
5/16/04         25        41        32          2  
4/18/04         26        37        35          2
3/14/04         23        42        34          1  
2/15/04         29        37        32          2  
1/18/04         34        27        37          1  

12/14/03        35        27        37          2  
11/16/03        32        28        38          2  
10/12/03        30        32        35          3  
9/14/03         25        39        34          2  
8/17/03         26        38        36          1  
7/20/03         20        37        42          1  
6/15/03         25        33        43          0  
5/11/03         22        36        41          0  
4/13/03         20        37        43          0  
3/16/03          9        52        39          0  
2/16/03         20        44        36          0  
1/19/03         19        43        37          0  

12/29/02        16        44        39          1  
12/1/02         21        37        42          1  
11/3/02         17        38        44          0 
10/6/02         14        48        37          1 
9/1/02          19        36        44          1 
8/4/02          21        43        34          0 
7/28/02         17        44        39          1 
7/15/02         20        36        43          2 
7/7/02          22        37        41          0 
6/9/02          27        29        43          1 
5/12/02         35        27        38          0 
4/14/02         34        26        40          0 
3/17/02         47        20        32          1 
2/17/02         29        27        42          2 
1/20/02         25        36        39          1 

12/9/01         24        37        38          1 
11/11/01        16        48        36          1 
10/14/01        15        46        39          0 
9/16/01          9        44        46          1 
8/12/01         16        46        38          0 
7/15/01         13        40        46          0 
6/17/01         17        45        38          1 
5/20/01         13        47        39          0 
4/22/01         12        44        44          0 
3/25/01         13        49        37          1 
2/11/01         13        45        41          1 
1/14/01         12        40        47          1 

7/9/00          21        28        50          0 

9/12/99         21        23        56          1 
5/23/99         24        26        49          1 
1/31/99         28        21        50          0 
1/03/99         29        21        47          2 

11/08/98        26        27        47          0 
10/11/98        24        31        44          1 
9/27/98         26        31        43          0 
9/13/98         20        27        53          0 
6/21/98         30        21        49          0 
5/24/98         34        22        42          1 
4/26/98         31        21        47          1 

10/26/97        22        25        51          0 
8/3/97          24        20        55          1 
6/22/97         25        26        47          1 
3/2/97          17        27        55          0 
2/2/97          23        27        49          0 
1/5/97          21        27        52          0 

10/27/96        23        29        48          1 
9/29/96         20        28        52          0 
9/1/96          18        36        46          1 
7/7/96          13        40        48          0 
6/9/96          12        43        44          0 
5/12/96         15        45        40          0 
4/14/96         13        38        48          0 
3/17/96         15        41        43          * 

10/1/95         16        39        44          0 
8/6/95          15        36        50          0 
7/9/95          13        39        47          1 
6/11/95         13        35        51          0 
5/14/95         16        41        42          0 
3/19/95         19        38        43          0 

10/2/94         21        38        41          0 
9/25/94         20        36        43          1 
9/18/94         19        35        45          1 
7/10/94         21        33        46          0 
6/26/94         24        30        46          0 
5/29/94         23        33        44          0 
4/3/94          23        28        48          1 
2/27/94         30        27        43          0 
2/13/94         34        25        41          0 
1/30/94         34        24        42          0 
1/16/94         32        25        43          0 
1/2/94          30        25        45          0 

12/19/93        25        30        46          0 
12/5/93         22        31        47          0 
11/21/93        20        37        42          1 
11/7/93         15        37        48          0 
10/24/93        12        39        49          0 
10/10/93        16        37        46          0 
9/26/93         17        37        45          0 
9/12/93         16        32        52          0 
8/29/93         13        42        45          0 
8/15/93         16        39        45          1 
8/1/93          13        35        52          0 
7/4/93          14        35        51          0 
6/20/93         16        35        49          0 
6/6/93          14        35        50          0 
5/23/93         13        33        54          1 
5/9/93          14        34        52          0 
4/25/93         25        26        49          0 
4/11/93         17        30        52          0 
3/28/93         26        29        45          0 
3/14/93         23        24        52          0 
2/28/93         23        28        47          2 
2/14/93         30        24        45          1 
1/31/93         29        26        45          0 
1/17/93         29        23        47          1 
1/3/93          33        17        48          2 

12/20/92        31        25        43          1 
12/6/92         26        27        47          0 
11/22/92        17        32        51          0 
11/8/92         16        47        37          0 
10/25/92        12        46        42          0 
10/11/92         6        52        42          0 
9/27/92         10        48        42          0 
9/13/92          9        58        33          1 
8/30/92          8        48        43          0 
8/16/92         12        45        43          0 
8/2/92          12        41        48          0 
7/19/92         11        52        37          0 
7/5/92          18        47        35          0 
6/21/92         15        41        43          0 
6/7/92          18        36        46          0 
5/24/92         15        45        40          0 
5/10/92         19        38        42          0 
4/26/92         18        39        44          0 
4/12/92         17        41        41          0 
3/29/92         16        42        42          0 
3/25/92         15        45        40          0 
3/15/92         9         48        42          0 
3/1/92          9         55        36          0  
2/16/92         8         48        44          0  
2/2/92          9         57        34          0  
  1/19/92         7         58        35          0  
1/5/92          8         54        38          0  

12/22/91        4         66        30          0  
12/08/91        6         60        29          5  
11/24/91        6         53        37          4  
11/10/91        12        50        38          0  
10/27/91        11        44        44          1  
10/21/91        9         56        34          1  
09/22/91        16        41        41          2  
09/08/91        16        40        41          3  
08/25/91        17        40        40          3  
08/11/91        16        44        38          2  
07/28/91        13        53        34          0  
07/28/91        19        46        33          2  
07/14/91        19        42        37          2  
06/30/91        20        40        38          2  
06/02/91        20        44        35          1  
04/09/91        18        49        31          2  
03/04/91        10        53        36          1  
01/27/91        6         65        28          1  

11/01/90        4         77        19          0  
10/14/90        3         77        19          1  
09/09/90        5         64        31          0  
07/24/90        9         58        32          1  
05/21/90        7         46        47          0  
02/04/90        10        42        48          0  
01/16/90        11        38        51          0  

08/21/89        15        32        53          0  
06/19/89        12        37        51          0  
05/23/89        12        37        50          1  
04/03/89        9         39        51          1  
02/14/89        16        36        47          1  
01/16/89        25        36        38          1  

10/10/88        24        34        42          0  
07/20/88        24        39        35          2  
07/11/88        23        36        41          0  
05/25/88        16        42        41          1  
03/21/88        20        44        36          0  
01/23/88        18        45        37          0  

12/17/87        15        47        38          0  
12/13/87        14        49        36          1  
12/02/87        15        53        31          1  
11/05/87        10        56        32          2  
10/26/87        12        60        28          0  
10/19/87        17        47        36          0  
06/29/87        19        38        43          0  
06/01/87        20        38        41          1  
04/13/87        20        37        42          1  
03/09/87        22        36        41          1  
02/28/87        18        48        33          1  
01/18/87        23        38        38          1  

09/08/86        30        34        35          1  
06/23/86        32        30        38          0  
05/19/86        35        28        36          1   
04/28/86        40        28        32          0   
03/24/86        42        24        33          1   
02/12/86        29        27        43          1   

12/17/85        30        30        37          3   
10/28/85        27        35        37          1   
09/23/85        27        32        39          2   
07/29/85        32        29        39          0   
06/22/85        37        28        35          0   
05/13/85        32        29        38          1   
03/25/85        36        27        37          0   
02/26/85        41        25        32          2   
01/16/85        43        12        44          1   
07/08/84        43        26        31          0   
05/22/84        40        23        36          1   
01/17/84        49        19        31          1   

12/13/83        46        20        31          3   
11/07/83        44        20        36          0   
09/26/83        44        20        35          1   
08/01/83        50        19        30          1 
06/19/83        36        20        42          2 
05/15/83        43        17        39          1 
04/12/83        37        21        40          2 
03/02/83        39        21        39          1 
01/22/83        18        46        36          0 

12/18/82        20        53        26          1 
10/11/82        21        48        28          3 
09/13/82        21        45        33          1 
08/17/82        17        50        31          2 
04/25/82        21        47        30          2 
03/08/82        13        59        27          1 
01/30/82        17        50        31          2 

12/12/81        12        54        32          2 
11/22/81        11        55        33          1 
10/18/81        17        40        41          2 
09/20/81        12        42        44          2 
05/20/81        14        49        36          1 
03/06/81         9        54        36          1

7. 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?

3/29/09 - Summary Table

a. Banks and other financial institutions, for taking unnecessary risks 
b. The Bush administration, for inadequate regulation of the financial industry
c. Large business corporations, for poor management decisions
d. Consumers, for taking on too much debt
e. 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. Banks       80     56      24    19     15      4         *        1
b. Bush        70     47      23    29     21      7         1        2
c. Business    80     57      23    19     14      5         1        1
d. Consumers   72     39      33    28     20      7         *        *
e. Obama       26     13      13    72     27     39         6        2

8. Would you describe yourself as angry or not angry about the role [ITEM] have/has played in the economic situation?

3/29/09 - Summary Table

                                            Angry   Not angry   No opinion
a. Banks and other financial institutions    68        31           1
b. The Bush administration                   60        39           2
c. Large business corporations               68        31           1
d. Consumers                                 41        56           2
e. The Obama administration                  21        77           2

9. Would you describe yourself as angry or not angry about [ITEM]?

3/29/09 - Summary Table

                                            Angry   Not angry   No opinion
a. Large bonuses being paid to employees
   at companies that have accepted
   government loans                          81        18           1
   b. The overall levels of compensation paid
   to top corporate executives               74        24           2

10. Which of these do you think is more important right now - (increasing federal spending to try to improve the economy, even if it sharply increases the federal budget deficit); or (avoiding a big increase in the federal budget deficit, even if it means not increasing federal spending to try to improve the economy)?

Increasing spending   Avoiding deficit   No opinion
3/29/09            49                  47              5
1/16/09            51                  44              4

11. How confident are you that Obama's economic program will improve the economy - very confident, fairly confident, not very confident or not confident at all?

              ---- Confident ----   ------ Not Confident ------     No
              NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not very   Not at all   opinion
3/29/09       64     23      41     35       18          17          1
1/16/09       72     23      48     28       17          11          *

Compare to: Reagan

4/12/83       52     13      38     48       24          23          1
1/22/83       45     13      32     53       28          25          2
10/11/82 LV   49     12      37     48       23          25          3

12. Do you happen to have visited the website called RECOVERY DOT GOV, or not?

 Yes   No   No opinion
3/29/09    6    94        *

13. Which of these statements comes closer to your view: (Beneath it all, Obama is an old-style, tax-and-spend Democrat.) -OR- (Obama is a new-style Democrat who will be careful with the public's money.)

                                  Neither
          Old-style   New-style   (vol.)    No opinion
3/29/09      32          62          3           3

Compare to: Clinton

5/22/96      44          50         NA           6  
1/29/95      40          54          4           2
1/4/95       48          45          3           3  
2/27/94      40          52          6           3  
1/23/94      40          49          6           5  
11/14/93     48          44          5           2
8/8/93       45          50          3           2
6/28/93      45          50          3           2
5/23/93      48          48          2           2
4/26/93      37          59          3           1
2/28/93      35          61          3           1

14. Is the current economic situation a cause of stress in your life, or not? (IF YES) Is it a cause of serious stress, or stress, but not serious?

          --- Yes, cause of stress --   Not a cause     No
          NET   Serious   Not serious    of stress    opinion
3/29/09   61      33          28            39           *
2/22/09   57      27          30            43           0

15. Have you been cutting back on your spending lately, spending at about your usual level, or spending more than usual? (IF CUTTING BACK) Have you cut back sharply, or somewhat?

          ----- Cutting back -----   Usual   Spending more     No
          NET   Sharply   Somewhat   level    than usual     opinion
3/29/09   63      31         32       33           4            *
2/22/09   67      31         36       30           3            1

16. In the last six months, have you done any of the following, or not? Have you [ITEM]?

3/29/09 - Summary Table*
                                                         Yes   No   No opin.
a. Delayed plans to buy a new car                         39    61      *
b. Delayed plans to buy a major appliance for your home   33    67      *
c. Postponed or cancelled plans for a vacation            42    58      0
d. Eaten out at restaurants less often                    62    37      1
e. Reduced the amount of money you give to charity        46    54      *
f. Cancelled or delayed a doctor's appointment or
   medical test                                           24    76      *
g. Reduced spending on your children's activities such 
   as music lessons, sports programs or summer camp       34    66      0
*Half sample asked items a-c; other half sample asked items d-f; full sample (parents only) asked item g.

17. Changing topics, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Michelle Obama? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
3/29/09      76       46         33      16        9          7         8 
1/16/09      72       38         34      17       10          7        11 
8/22/08 RV   51       26         25      30       14         16        19 
6/15/08      48       21         27      29       11         18        23 

18. 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 in Afghanistan 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   opinion 
3/29/09    56       37         19      41       12         28         4
2/22/09    50       34         17      47        9         37         3
12/14/08   55       NA         NA      39       NA         NA         5
7/13/08    51       NA         NA      45       NA         NA         4
2/25/07    56       NA         NA      41       NA         NA         3

19. Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress toward achieving success in Afghanistan?

               Is making            Is not making         No  
          significant progress   significant progress   opinion
3/29/09           45                     47                8

20. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose the U.S. negotiating with elements of the Taliban if they agreed to suspend attacks on U.S., NATO and Afghan forces?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
3/29/09     41        53          6

21. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the U.S. should focus more on (economic development in Afghanistan) or more on (defeating the Taliban militarily)?

           Economic      Defeating
          development   the Taliban   No opinion
3/29/09       41            51             8

22. Under Obama, do you think America's image in the rest of the world has gotten (better), gotten (worse), or stayed about the same?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
3/29/09      43      14      42        1

Compare to: G.W.Bush

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
12/13/03     10      61      27        2

23. How important do you think it is for Obama to try to improve U.S. relations with Muslim nations - very important, somewhat important, not so important or not important at all?

          ----- Important -----   ----- Not important -----     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
3/29/09   81     46       36      18       9         10          1

24. In trying to improve U.S. relations with Muslim nations, do you think Obama will (go too far), (not go far enough) or handle it about right?

          Too far   Not far enough   About right   No opinion
3/29/09     22             9             65             4

25. Do you feel you do or do not have a good basic understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Islam, the Muslim religion?

Do   Do not   No opinion
3/29/09    45     55          *
9/7/06     40     58          2
3/5/06     40     59          1
9/7/03     33     64          3
10/15/02   25     73          2
1/6/02     31     61          8 
10/9/01    34     65          1

26. Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam?

           Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
3/29/09       41          48             11
9/7/06        41          45             14
3/5/06        43          46             11
9/7/03        39          38             23
10/15/02      42          33             26
1/6/02        41          24             35 
10/9/01       47          39             13

27. Every religion has mainstream beliefs, and also fringe elements or extremists. Thinking of mainstream Islam, do you think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?

           Encourages violence   Peaceful religion   No opinion
3/29/09            29                   58               13
9/7/06             33                   54               13
3/5/06             33                   54               13
9/7/03             34                   46               20
10/15/02           23                   53               25
1/6/02             14                   57               29

28. Do you personally know anyone who is a Muslim, or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
3/29/09   47    53        1
10/9/01   41    58        1

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
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.
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+
3/29/08     49     15      16       17     48      18        13       17
2/22/08     48     16      16       17     50      19        13       19
1/16/08     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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