Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 14-17, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa. Read the story here

*= 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
4/17/11       47       27         21      50       12         37         3
3/13/11       51       27         24      45       12         33         4
1/16/11       54       30         23      43       15         28         3
12/12/10      49       24         25      47       15         32         4
10/28/10      50       27         23      45       11         34         5
10/28/10 LV   46       31         15      52        8         44         2
10/3/10       50       26         24      47       13         34         3
9/2/10        46       24         22      52       14         38         3
7/11/10       50       28         22      47       12         35         3
6/6/10        52       30         22      45       12         33         4
4/25/10       54       31         23      44       11         33         3
3/26/10       53       34         20      43        8         35         3
2/8/10        51       29         22      46       12         33         3
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?

4/17/11 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      42       23         19      57       11         46         2
b. The federal
   budget deficit   39       21         18      58       11         47         3
c. The situation
   in Afghanistan   44       17         27      49       17         31         7
d. The situation
   in Libya         42       23         19      49       19         30         9
*Full sample asked item a-b; half sample asked item c; other half sample asked item d.

Trend:
       
a. The economy

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11       42       23         19      57       11         46         2
3/13/11       43       22         21      55       13         41         2
1/16/11       46       22         24      51       13         38         2
12/12/10      43       21         22      54       15         39         3
10/28/10 RV   44       21         23      54       15         39         3
10/28/10 LV   42       23         19      55       10         45         2
10/3/10       45       22         23      53       13         41         2
9/2/10        41       20         21      57       13         44         2
7/11/10       43       20         23      54       13         41         4
6/6/10        50       26         24      49       12         37         2
4/25/10       49       24         25      49       10         39         2
3/26/10       45       23         22      52       12         40         3
2/8/10        45       22         23      53       15         38         2
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

b. The federal budget deficit

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11    39       21         18      58       11         47         3
3/13/11    39       18         20      55       13         42         6
1/16/11    43       21         22      52       11         41         6
12/12/10   38       16         22      55       19         36         7
9/2/10     39       18         20      58       13         45         3
7/11/10    40       20         20      56       11         45         4
6/6/10     39       22         17      56       13         42         6
4/25/10    40       20         20      55       14         42         5
3/26/10    43       22         21      52       14         38         5
2/8/10     40       17         23      56       16         40         4
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

c. The situation in Afghanistan

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11    44       17         27      49       17         31         7
1/16/11    49       19         30      41       17         24        10
12/12/10   45       17         28      46       16         30        10
7/11/10    45       20         25      45       14         31        10
4/25/10    56       20         36      36       16         20         7
3/26/10    53       25         29      35       15         20        12
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

d. The situation in Libya

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11   42       23         19      49       19         30         9
3/13/11   45       24         22      34       14         20        21

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way [ITEM] are doing their job?

4/17/11 - Summary Table

                                 Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The Democrats in Congress       36          60            4
b. The Republicans in Congress     34          63            3

Trend:

a. The Democrats in Congress

              Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/17/11         36          60            4
10/3/10         36          61            3
7/18/09         47          48            5
4/24/09         45          49            6
2/22/09         50          44            6
7/13/08         35          57            8
2/1/08          39          54            7
12/9/07         40          53            6
11/1/07         36          58            6
9/30/07         38          57            5
7/21/07         46          51            2
6/1/07          44          49            6
4/15/07         54          44            2
10/8/06         48          50            3
5/15/06         39          58            4
11/2/05         41          54            5
6/5/05          42          56            3
6/6/99          51          42            7
3/14/99         51          42            7
7/8/97          45          49            6
4/5/95          36          60            4
10/31/94        39          53            8
10/23/94        36          59            5
9/11/94         41          53            6

b. The Republicans in Congress

              Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/17/11         34          63            3
10/3/10         30          67            3
7/18/09         36          58            6
4/24/09         30          64            6
2/22/09         38          56            6
7/13/08         25          69            6
2/1/08          30          63            7
12/9/07         32          63            5
11/1/07         32          63            6
9/30/07         29          67            4
7/21/07         34          64            2
6/1/07          36          58            6
4/15/07         39          59            2
10/8/06         35          63            2
5/15/06         33          64            3
11/2/05         35          61            4
6/5/05          42          56            2
6/6/99          41          52            7
3/14/99         40          56            4
7/8/97          40          54            6
9/15/96  RV     46          48            6
6/30/96         38          56            6
4/5/95          45          50            5
10/31/94        33          59            7
10/23/94        31          64            5
9/11/94         35          59            6

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Boehner is handling his job as Speaker of the House of Representatives? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

             -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11      43       13         30      40       20         20        17
1/16/11      39       12         28      27       14         14        33

Nancy Pelosi:
3/26/10      42       20         22      46        9         37        12
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

Newt Gingrich:
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"

5. 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
4/17/11    33       9         24       49       19         30        18
3/26/10    29       10         19      47       16         30        25
1/15/10    35        7         28      47       18         29        18
4/15/07    46       NA         NA      33       NA         NA        21

Trent Lott:
3/9/97     44       NA         NA      24       NA         NA        31

Bob Dole:
5/22/96*   56       15         41      34       15         19        11
1/7/96     38       NA         NA      49       NA         NA        13
11/19/95   45                          46                             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"

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling [ITEM]?

4/17/11 - Summary Table
                                Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The economy                    34          62            3
b. The federal budget deficit     33          64            3

Trend:

a. The economy

              Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/17/11         34          62            3
11/4/90 LV*     26          69            5
* “the nation’s economy”

b. The federal budget deficit  

              Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/17/11         33          64            3
10/14/90        23          72            5
10/7/90         33          59            8

7. Who do you think is taking a stronger leadership role in the government in Washington these days, (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

           Obama    Reps   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
4/17/11     40       45         3               9             2
3/13/11     39       46         2               9             3
12/12/10    43       42         3               8             5

Compare to: 

           Bush     Dems   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
6/1/07      43       45         3               7             3
4/15/07     34       58         2               4             2
1/19/07     36       56         1               3             3
7/30/01     51       38         3               4             4

          Clinton   Reps   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
4/5/95      27       67         2               3             7
1/24/95     24       61         4               5             6
12/15/94    25       59         3               5             7

8. 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
4/17/11        52       33         20      45       13         32         2
4/25/10        57       37         21      41       12         29         2
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

9. When it comes to finding the right balance between [cutting government spending that is not needed] and [continuing government spending that is needed], who do you trust to do a better job - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

          Obama   Reps   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
4/17/11    45      44         2               7              2
3/13/11    43      42         2              10              3

10. Who do you trust to do a better job [ITEM] - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

4/17/11 - Summary Table
                                                 Both    Neither     No
                                 Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. Handling taxes                 47      42       1        8         2
b. Protecting the middle class    51      39       1        8         1

Trend:

a. Handling taxes

                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/17/11     47      42       1        8         2
1/16/11     44      42       2        9         4
12/12/10    43      44       1        7         5

b. Protecting the middle class

                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/17/11     51      39       1        8         1
1/16/11*    51      37       1        8         3
12/12/10    53      38       1        6         2
*1/16/11 and previous: ”Helping the middle class”

11. 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
4/17/11         39            8         48        4
9/2/10          45            9         45        2
4/25/10         39            5         53        3
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

12. Overall, would you describe the Republican leaders in Congress as (too liberal) for you, (too conservative), or about right?

            Too         Too        About     No
          liberal   conservative   right   opinion
4/17/11     18           40         37        5

Compare to: the political views of the Republican Party

               Too         Too        About     No
             liberal   conservative   right   opinion
8/6/00         13          30          48       9
8/5/96         14          38          44       5
11/8/95*       18          38          37       7
3/29/95        14          32          48       6
11/6/94        13          33          44       9
10/25/94       15          35          44       6
8/19/92 RV     12          39          38      11
*11/95 and earlier: Gallup

13. Do you think Obama is doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with the Republican leaders in Congress on important issues?

                                    About the       No
           Too much   Too little   right amount   opinion
4/17/11       12          48            38           2
12/12/10      11          40            45           4
2/8/10         9          44            45           2

14. Overall, what do you think is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit - (by cutting federal spending), (by increasing taxes), or by a combination of both?

           Cutting federal   Increasing   Combination     No
              spending         taxes        of both     opinion
4/17/11          36              3            59           2
3/13/11          31              3            64           3
12/12/10         36              2            60           1 

15. (Obama), (the Democrats in Congress) and (the Republicans in Congress) `d last week to cut about 38 billion dollars from the federal budget, avoiding a partial shutdown of the federal government. Given what you’ve heard or read about it, do you support or oppose this budget agreement? Do you support/oppose strongly or somewhat?

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11   59       18         42      33       14         20         7

16. The national debt is the total amount of money the U.S. government owes to its bondholders and to some programs, such as Social Security. Who do you trust more to handle the national debt, (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

          Obama   Reps   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
4/17/11    42      46         1               9             2

17. In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose [ITEM]? Do you feel that way STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

4/17/11 – Summary Table

                                   ------ Support ------   ------- Oppose -----    No
                                   NET   Strngly   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Strngly   op.

a. Cutting spending on Medicaid, 
which is the government health 
insurance program for the poor     30      14       16     69     17       52       2
  
b. Cutting spending on Medicare, 
which is the government health 
insurance program for the elderly  21       8       13     78     13       65       1

c. Cutting military spending       42      22       20     56     15       41       2

d. Raising taxes on Americans 
with incomes over 250-thousand 
dollars a year                     72      54       18     27     10       17       1

18. Say the national debt could be reduced significantly by raising taxes on all Americans by a small percentage and making small reductions in Medicare and Social Security benefits. Is this something you would support or oppose? Do you support/oppose this strongly or somewhat?

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11   45       19         26      53       13         40         2

19. I'm going to read you two statements about the future of the Medicare program. After I read both statements, please tell me which one comes closer to your own view: Medicare should remain as it is today, with a defined set of benefits for people over 65, OR Medicare should be changed so that people over 65 would receive a check or voucher from the government each year for a fixed amount they can use to shop for their own private health insurance policy.

          Should remain      Should       No
          as it is today   be changed   opinion
4/17/11        65              34          2
7/9/96*        64              32          4
*Kaiser-Harvard

20. (IF MEDICARE SHOULD BE CHANGED) What if the cost of private insurance rises faster than the value of the vouchers, so seniors have to pay more of their own money for health insurance? In that case, would you support or oppose replacing Medicare with a voucher system?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
4/17/11     37        60          3

19/20 NET:

          -Should remain as is-   - Should be changed-     No
          NET   At first    Now   NET   Still   DK/REF   opinion
4/17/11   84       65       20    14     12        1        2

21. Changing topics: For each item I name, please tell me if it’s getting BETTER, getting WORSE, or staying about the same. How about [ITEM]? Is that getting MUCH better/worse or SOMEWHAT better/worse?

4/17/11 - Summary Table

                                           Getting   Getting   Staying      No
                                           better     worse    the same   opinion
a. The national economy                      28        44         28         *
b. Inflation in your area, meaning the 
   prices you pay for things you buy          4        78         18         *         
c. The availability of jobs in your area     26        37         35         1
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked item b; other half sample asked item c.

Trend where available:

a. The national economy
 
            Getting   Getting   Staying     No                             
            better     worse    the same  opinion                          
4/17/11       28        44        28          *
10/28/10*     26        34        39          1
10/3/10       31        32        37          *
9/2/10        24        38        38          1
7/11/10       27        32        41          *
6/6/10        30        30        39          1
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
*10/28/10 and previous: “the nation’s economy”
Call for full trend.

b-c. No trend.

22. Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? (IF YES) Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?

           ----------- Yes -----------
           NET   Serious   Not serious   No   No opinion
4/17/11    71       43          29       28        *
3/13/11    71       44          26       29        1
7/28/08    72       45          27       28        *
6/15/08    77       51          25       23        0
5/11/08    63       34          29       37        *
4/13/08    67       38          29       32        1
5/21/07    58       27          30       42        *
4/15/07    67       36          31       33        *
7/19/06    60       29          30       39        1
5/15/06    57       31          26       43        * 
4/9/06     70       44          26       30        * 
9/11/05    64       34          30       36        *
8/28/05    66       36          30       34        * 
8/21/05    53       26          27       47        *
4/24/05    64       34          30       36        *
3/20/05    57       29          28       43        *
5/23/04    64       37          27       36        0
4/18/04    54       31          23       46        0
4/28/02    53       20          33       47        *
4/29/01    48       17          30       52        *
6/25/00*   44       NA          NA       56        *
5/24/00    36                            64        *
4/2/00     39                            61        *
3/12/00    41                            59        *
2/15/00    40       "           "        60        *
*6/25/00 and previous by Gallup; slightly different wordings.

23. (IF GAS IS A HARDSHIP) What steps, if any, have you taken to deal with the higher price of gasoline? (ACCEPT UP TO 3 RESPONSES)

                             ------ Base: Hardship -----   -------- Base: All --------
                             4/17/11   6/15/08   5/11/08   4/17/11   6/15/08   5/11/08
Driving Less NET               72        72        66        51        55        42
   Driving less                61        61        54        44        46        34
   Carpooling/ride sharing      8         8         7         5         6         4
   Taking mass transit          2         3         3         2         2         2
   Telecommuting/working
    from home                   *         1         *         *         *         *
   Changing vacation plans      3         3         1         2         3         1
   Cut back on other types
    of travel                   7         5         2         5         4         1
   Walking/riding bike          2        NA        NA         1        NA        NA
Bought smaller/more fuel
 efficient car                  6         8         8         4         6         5
Cut back on other expenses     12        11         7         9         8         4
Running up debt/credit
 card bills, etc.               0         *         *         0         *         *
Shopping around for cheaper
 gas                            3         3         2         2         2         1
Other                           7        11        10         5         8         6
None                           10         5         9         7         4         6
No opinion                      1         3         2         1         3         1

24. (IF NOT DRIVING LESS) What price per gallon would gasoline have to reach for you to significantly cut back on the amount of driving you do?

                            Already have/it's     Don't drive     No
          Mean    Median   already there (vol.)     (vol.)      opinion
4/17/11   $5.47   $5.00           19                   8           6
5/11/08   $5.65   $5.00           31                   7           9

Q23/24 NET:

                   ----Base: All----
                   4/17/11   5/11/08
Driving Less NET     58        58

25. (HALF SAMPLE) On another subject: In general, would you favor or oppose building more nuclear power plants at this time? Do you favor/oppose this strongly or somewhat?

            --------- Favor ---------   --------- Oppose --------     No 
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11     33       20         13      64       17         47         3
7/28/08     44       25         19      53       30         23         3
6/5/05      34       17         17      64       27         37         2 
6/3/01      42       19         22      52       20         32         6
4/22/01     37       17         20      59       27         33         4 
3/26/90     22       NA         NA      76       NA         NA         2
5/19/86     19       NA         NA      78       NA         NA         3 
4/30/86     28       NA         NA      68       NA         NA         4 
1/16/85     26       NA         NA      67       NA         NA         6 
4/12/83     27       NA         NA      65       NA         NA         8 
11/10/80*   47       NA         NA      47       NA         NA         6
5/22/79     52       NA         NA      42       NA         NA         6
4/15/79     44       NA         NA      43       NA         NA        13
4/9/79      47       NA         NA      45       NA         NA         8
4/5/79      52       NA         NA      42       NA         NA         6
7/18/76     61       NA         NA      22       NA         NA        17
*1980 to 1979: ABC News/Harris surveys; 1976, Harris.

26. (HALF SAMPLE) On another subject: Would you favor or oppose building a nuclear power plant within 50 miles of your home? Do you favor/oppose this strongly or somewhat?

          --------- Favor ---------   --------- Oppose --------     No 
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11   30       15         15      67        7         59         3

27. Do you think nuclear power plants generally are a safe source of energy or not? (IF SAFE/NOT): Is that very safe/unsafe or somewhat safe/unsafe?

          -------- Safe -------   ------- Unsafe ------     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
4/17/11   53     23       30      43       15       28       4
5/19/86   42     11       31      53       27       26       5

28. You may have heard about the problems at a pair of nuclear power plants in Japan. Has this incident made you (more) confident in the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States, (less) confident, or has it not affected your confidence one way or the other?

          More   Less   Not affected   No opinion
4/17/11     6     42         51             1

29. Changing topics: A coalition of international forces has been enforcing a no fly-zone over Libya, and attacking Libyan forces when they’re believed to be threatening civilians. Do you support or oppose the participation of U.S. military aircraft in this effort?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
4/17/11     56        40          4

Compare to: You may have heard about the idea that U.S. military aircraft could participate in creating a no-fly zone over Libya in order to keep Gaddafi's air force from attacking rebel-held areas. Is this something you would support or oppose?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
3/13/11     56        37          7

30. (IF SUPPORT U.S. MILITARY PARTICIPATION) Should this military action (be carried out only to protect Libyan civilians), or should it (also seek to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [MOA-mar ka-DAFI] from power)?

          Only to protect    Also seek to      No
             civilians      remove Gaddafi   opinion
4/17/11         40                58            2 

29/30 NET:

          -------------------- Support ------------------
                Only to protect    Also seek to                        No
          NET      civilians      remove Gadaffi   DK/REF   Oppose   opinion
4/17/11   56          22                32            2       40        4

31. (IF SUPPORT U.S. MILITARY PARTICIPATION) Do you think the level of U.S. military involvement in the situation with Libya should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same as it is now?

          Increased   Decreased   Same   No opinion
4/17/11      18          11        68        3

29/31 NET:

          ------------------ Support ----------------              No
          NET   Increased   Decreased   Same   DK/REF   Oppose   opinion
4/17/11   56       10           6        38       2       40        4

32. On another subject: What is your view of the Tea Party political movement – would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly?

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No 
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/17/11   42      16         26       49       21         27        10

33. As you may know, Obama has announced that he is running for re-election in 2012. Would you say you will definitely vote for him, you’ll consider voting for him, or you definitely will not vote for him?

            Definitely     Will     Definitely     No 
               will      consider    will not    opinion
4/17/11         28          25          45          2
12/12/10*       26          30          43          2
11/23/09**      24          31          41          4
*”If Obama runs...would you...”
**” Thinking ahead to 2012, at this point would you…”

34. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the choice of candidates for the Republican nomination for president next year - are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?

          ---- Satisfied ------   --- Dissatisfied ----     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
4/17/11   43      5       38      40       30       10      17
11/1/07   69     16       54      28       22        7       2 
9/7/07    68     19       49      26       21        6       5 
7/21/07   65     13       53      32       26        6       3 
6/1/07    68     11       56      28       22        6       4 
4/15/07   65     16       49      31       27        5       3 
2/25/07   73     14       58      24       20        5       3

35. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) If the 2012 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, for whom would you vote? (OPEN ENDED; SINGLE RESPONSE) Which candidate would you lean toward?

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE

                      4/17/11
Mitt Romney             16
Donald Trump             8
Mike Huckabee            6
Sarah Palin              5
Ron Paul                 2
Newt Gingrich            2
Tim Pawlenty             1
Mitch Daniels            1
Mike Pence               1
Michelle Bachmann        1
Haley Barbour            1
Chris Christie           1
Rick Santorum            *
Jon Huntsman             *
Jim DeMint               *
Other                    5
No one/None of them     12
Anyone/Any of them       4
No opinion              33

36. If the 2012 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (ITEM, the Republican), for whom would you vote? Would you lean toward (Obama) or toward (ITEM)? (ORDER SCRAMBLED)

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE

4/17/11 – Summary Table
                                     Other    Neither    Would not     No
                      Obama   Rep.   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opin.
a. Sarah Palin         55     38       1         3          2           1
b. Newt Gingrich       54     39       *         3          2           1
c. Mitt Romney         49     45       *         3          1           2
d. Mike Huckabee       50     44       *         2          1           2
e. Tim Pawlenty        53     38       *         4          1           3
f. Donald Trump        52     40       *         4          3           1
g. Michele Bachmann    51     39       *         4          2           3

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS

4/17/11 – Summary Table
                                     Other    Neither    Would not     No
                      Obama   Rep.   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opin.
a. Sarah Palin         56     37       1         4          2           1
b. Newt Gingrich       54     39       *         4          2           1
c. Mitt Romney         49     45       *         3          1           1
d. Mike Huckabee       50     44       *         3          1           2
e. Tim Pawlenty        52     39       *         5          1           3
f. Donald Trump        52     39       *         4          3           1
g. Michele Bachmann    52     38       *         4          2           3

Trend where available:

a. Sarah Palin
                              Other    Neither    Would not      No
           Obama    Palin     (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
4/17/11     55        38         1         3          2           1
12/12/10    54        39         1         3          3           1

b-g. No trend.

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
4/17/11       32         22           41        4      *      17    18     8
3/13/11       33         24           37        5      1      17    14    11
1/16/11       33         23           38        5      1      17    17     9
12/12/10      31         26           38        5      1      18    17     7
10/28/10      34         24           34        5      2      17    16     6
10/3/10       33         23           39        4      1      15    19     9
9/2/10        31         25           39        4      1      17    21     6
7/11/10       31         24           40        3      1      18    18     9
6/6/10        32         24           39        3      1      19    19     6
4/25/10       34         23           38        4      1      19    17     6
3/26/10       34         24           38        3      1      17    17     7
2/8/10        32         26           39        3      *      17    19     6
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.
4/17/11        21         39            36                  2             2
3/13/11        23         37            36                  1             2
1/16/11        22         38            36                  2             2
12/12/10       19         39            38                  2             2
10/28/10       21         39            37                  1             2
10/3/10        21         43            34                  2             1
9/2/10         19         37            40                  3             1
7/11/10        22         35            39                  2             1
6/6/10         23         39            36                  1             1
4/25/10        22         40            35                  1             2
3/26/10        24         32            42                  1             2
2/8/10         24         36            37                  2             1
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   LT20k  20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
4/17/11     51     20      16       14     47      15        11       21
3/13/11     49     16      16       17     48      18        11       19
1/16/11     51     17      19       15     46      17        12       16
12/12/10    55     21      17       17     42      16        11       15
10/28/10    47     17      15       15     51      18        15       18
10/3/10     53     19      18       16     42      15        12       15
9/2/10      48     15      18       15     47      17        14       17
7/11/10     52     19      15       17     45      16        13       17
6/6/10      55     22      17       17     45      15        11       19
4/25/10     52     19      16       16     46      17        11       18
3/26/10     50     16      18       15     47      18        13       16
2/8/10      49     20      16       14     49      18        13       18
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     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     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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