Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 21-24, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,072 adults using both conventional and cellular phones. The sample included additional interviews with randomly-selected African Americans, for a total of 163 black respondents; these interviews (commonly referred to as an “oversample”) were completed to ensure there were enough respondents for separate analysis, and the group is not over-represented in the reported results. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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


          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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]? (IF ITEM A) Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

4/24/09 - Summary Table*

                                         Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The economy                             58         38             4
b. The federal budget deficit              51         43             7
c. International affairs                   67         27             6
d. The situation in Iraq                   71         21             8
e. Global warming                          61         23            16
f. Health care                             57         29            13
g. U.S. relations with Cuba                61         28            11  
h. The situation in Afghanistan            63         26            11
i. Immigration issues                      48         35            18
j. The situation with Iran                 54         35            11
k. Taxes                                   56         38             6
l. The U.S. campaign against terrorism     62         29             9
m. The situation involving the 
   big U.S. automakers                     41         53             6
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked items b-g; other half sample asked items h-m.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

          ------ Approve -----   ---- Disapprove ----     No
          NET   Strgly   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Strgly   opinion
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 opinion
4/24/09     51          43            7
3/29/09     52          43            5

c. International affairs

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/24/09     67          27            6
3/29/09     62          27           11

d. thru m. 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  
4/24/09          50        48        2
3/29/09          42        57        1
2/22/09          31        67        2
1/16/09          19        78        3
12/14/08         15        82        3
10/25/08 LV      13        85        2
10/11/08 RV       8        90        2
9/22/08  RV      14        83        3
8/22/08          19        78        2      
6/15/08          14        84        2
5/11/08          16        82        2 
1/12/08          21        77        2
11/1/07          24        74        2
6/1/07           25        73        2 
1/19/07          26        71        3 
11/4/06  RV      39        59        2 
10/22/06         30        68        2 
10/8/06          32        66        2 
5/15/06          29        69        2 
11/2/05          30        68        2 
10/24/04 LV      41        55        4 
4/18/04          42        57        1 
4/30/03          52        46        2 
9/26/02          43        53        4 
2/21/02          54        42        4 
2/14/99          55        41        4 
11/1/98          55        43        2 
11/1/98  LV      55        44        1 
8/21/98          57        40        4
7/12/98          50        45        6
4/4/98           55        41        4
1/31/98          61        34        5
1/30/98          61        34        5
1/19/98          44        50        6
8/27/97          39        57        4
6/8/97           37        60        3
3/9/97           34        62        4
10/17/96 RV      40        55        5
10/16/96 RV      42        53        5
10/15/96 RV      43        52        5
10/14/96 RV      44        51        5
10/13/96 RV      44        51        5
9/04/96  RV      40        54        6
8/21/96          28        67        5
6/30/96          26        70        5
3/17/96          27        70        3
1/21/96          27        66        6
1/3/96           21        77        3
4/5/95           23        73        3
1/4/95           27        68        6
10/31/94         27        69        4
7/20/94          26        70        4
3/27/94          28        69        3
1/23/94          31        60       10
11/14/93         25        69        6
8/8/93           26        71        3
6/20/93          26        71        3
4/26/93          27        71        2
3/11/93          36        57        7
2/28/93          37        59        4
1/17/93          31        63        6
12/14/92         35        60        5
10/27/92 RV      22        76        2
10/4/92  RV      18        78        4
6/7/92           14        83        3
4/9/92           16        81        3
3/11/92          18        79        4
1/15/92          19        78        3
11/10/91         24        72        4
10/29/91         26        71        3
8/27/91          31        60        9
7/28/91          30        67        3
6/2/91           39        57        4
4/9/91           42        51        7
2/26/91          58        39        3
1/27/91          49        48        4
10/14/90         19        79        2
9/9/90           36        60        4
8/20/90          35        60        5
7/24/90          37        60        2
5/21/90          39        60        2
3/26/90          44        53        2
2/4/90           49        48        3
1/16/90          48        49        3
5/23/89          42        55        3
3/16/89          46        52        2
1/16/89  LV      51        46        3
10/25/88 RV      49        46        6
9/27/88          48        44        8
7/11/88          40        56        4
5/25/88          35        59        6
3/21/88          40        56        4
1/23/88          39        59        2
12/13/87         49        47        4
12/2/87          35        61        4
9/23/87          43        54        4
6/29/87          35        62        3
4/13/87          37        60        3
3/9/87           38        58        4
1/18/87          39        56        5
9/8/86           50        48        2
1/26/86          45        47        8
7/29/85          52        43        6
1/16/85          59        36        4
5/22/84          47        48        5
12/13/83         43        51        6
11/7/83          51        44        5
4/12/83          41        54        4
3/2/83           43        53        3
10/11/82         35        57        8
1/30/82          39        56        5
2/80*            20        70       10
2/78             34        53       13
2/77             41        44       14
10/75            19        71        9
10/74            15        75       11
10/73            16        74       10
*2/80 and previous: Roper

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way (ITEM) are doing their job?

4/24/09 - Summary Table

                                 Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The Democrats in Congress       45          49            6
b. The Republicans in Congress     30          64            6

Trend:

a. The Democrats in Congress

              Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
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
4/24/09         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

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

4/24/09 - Summary Table

                    -Grt deal/Good amt-   ---- Some/None ----   
                           Great   Good         Just    None      No
                     NET   deal    amt    NET   some   at all   opinion
a. Obama             60     31      28    40     25      15        1
b. The Republicans   
   in Congress       21      4      16    78     50      28        2
c. The Democrats
   in Congress       36     12      24    63     38      25        1

Trend:

a. Obama

         -Grt deal/Good amt-   ---- Some/None ----   
                Great   Good         Just    None      No
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some   at all   opinion
4/24/09   60     31      28    40     25      15        1
1/16/09   61     31      30    37     28       9        2

b. The Republicans in Congress

4/24/09   21      4      16    78     50      28        2
1/16/09   29      8      21    69     49      21        2

c. The Democrats in Congress

4/24/09   36     12      24    63     38      25        1
1/16/09   43     15      28    56     37      19        2

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

          ----- Better -----   ------ Worse -----   As expected     No
          NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much      (vol.)     opinion
4/24/09   54     25     29     18     10       9         23          4
2/22/09   46     18     28     14      8       7         31          9

Compare to:

Bush:
4/22/01   39     NA     NA     21     NA      NA         37          3

Clinton:
4/26/93   35     NA     NA     28     NA      NA         34          3
2/28/93   38     12     27     19     12       7         35          8

7. Obama has been president for about three months or nearly 100 days. Would you say he has accomplished a great deal during that time, a good amount, not very much or little or nothing?

         -Grt deal/Good amt-   ---Not much/nothing---
                Great   Good         Not    Little or     No
          NET   deal    amt    NET   much    nothing    opinion
4/24/09   63     24      39    36     21       15          1


Compare to:

Clinton:
4/26/93   37      5      32    63     38       25          *

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

                                Neither    Both      No
          Obama   Republicans   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
4/24/09    49         24           8        16        3

Compare to:

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

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

          Yes   No   Some (vol.)   No opinion
     4/24/09   60    26        8             6

Compare to:

Clinton:
5/15/94   37    48       11             5
1/23/94   37    46        7            10
4/26/93   42    50        6             2

10. Do you think Obama has reduced the political partisanship in Washington, or not? (IF YES) Has he reduced it a lot or just a little?

          -- Yes, has reduced --
          NET   A lot   A little   No, not reduced   No opinion
4/24/09   37     13        24           54                 9

Compare to:

Bush:
4/22/01   34      8        27           54                11

11. 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
4/24/09    61      24       2       11         2
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"

12. So far, do you think the economic stimulus program has (helped) [ITEM], (hurt) [ITEM], or hasn't made much difference? (IF HELPED/HURT) Is that A GREAT DEAL or SOMEWHAT?

4/24/09 - Summary Table

                   ------ Helped ------   ------- Hurt -------    No     No
                   NET  Grt deal  Smwht   NET  Smwht  Grt deal   diff.   op.
a. the national 
   economy         33      10      23     16     6       10       49      2
b. your personal      
   financial
   situation       14       5       9     12     5        7       73      *
c. your local
   community       24       8      16     10     4        6       65      1

13. (ASKED IF HURT/NO DIFFERENCE IN Q12A) Do you think the economic stimulus program WILL help the national economy, or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
4/24/09   41    55        4


12a/13 NET.

          --- Helped/Will help --   ---- Hurt/Won't help ----
          NET   Has helped   Will   NET   Has hurt   No diff.    No opinion
4/24/09   59        33        27    38       13        25             2

14. How confident are you that the federal government has put in place adequate controls to avoid waste and fraud in the use of federal money in the economic recovery effort? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

 ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
4/24/09    46      7       39      53      21         32          1
12/14/08   30      4       26      69      32         37          1

Compare to:

How confident are you that the federal government will put in place adequate controls to avoid waste and fraud in the use of federal money in the economic recovery effort? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

           ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opin
2/22/09    46      8       37      52      22         30          2
1/16/09    45      5       40      54      30         25          *
12/14/08   46      6       40      54      29         24          *
*2/22/09 and previous: “...federal government will put in place...”

15. How concerned, if at all, are you about the size of the federal budget deficit - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all?

           --- Concerned ---   --- Not concerned ---     No   
           NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
4/24/09    87     59     27    13       9        4        *
2/22/09    87     59     28    12       9        3        1
12/14/08   86     49     37    13       9        5        *

16. Just your best guess - do you think the economy (is in a normal downturn that will correct itself before too long), or do you think the economy (has moved into a serious long-term decline)?

           Normal    Serious   Neither     No
          downturn   decline   (vol.)    opinion
4/24/09      49        46         3         2
2/22/09      42        56         2         1
9/22/08      44        52         2         3
5/2/93       48        45         4         3
10/4/92      37        56         4         3

17. Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about [ITEM]?

4/24/09 - Summary Table

                                       Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
a. the state of the national economy       55           42             3

Trend:

a. the state of the national economy

              Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
4/24/09           55           42             3
2/22/09           48           50             2
12/14/08          48           50             3
9/29/08  RV       43           53             4
4/13/08           40           58             2
2/1/08            45           51             4
12/9/07           45           52             3
12/11/06          64           33             3
5/15/06           52           46             1
12/18/05          55           44             1
9/11/05           51           46             2
6/5/05            59           40             1
12/19/04          58           40             2
6/20/04           64           34             2
1/18/04           63           35             2  

Item B held for future release.

18. In the last few months, have you or has anyone living in your household [ITEM]?

4/24/09 - Summary Table

                                     Yes   No   No opinion
a. been laid off or lost their job   23    77        0
b. had work hours or pay cut         35    65        1
Trend:

a. been laid off or lost their job

           Yes   No   No opinion
4/24/09    23    77        0
2/22/09    18    82        *
12/14/08   18    82        *

b. had work hours or pay cut

           Yes   No   No opinion
4/24/09    35    65        1
2/22/09    26    73        *
12/14/08   27    73        *

19. Thinking beyond your own household, do you have any close friends or immediate family members who have [ITEM]?

4/24/09 - Summary Table

                                     Yes   No   No opinion
a. been laid off or lost their job   63    36        *
b. had work hours or pay cut         66    33        1

Trend:

a. been laid off or lost their job

           Yes   No   No opinion
4/24/09    63    36        *
2/22/09    60    40        1

b. had work hours or pay cut

           Yes   No   No opinion
4/24/09    66    33        1
2/22/09    60    38        1


20. Has the economic situation caused you to change your personal lifestyle in a significant way, or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
4/24/09   56    43        *

21. (IF YES) How would you describe your feelings about the changes you've had to make - are you angry about it, upset but not angry, not upset but concerned, or is it not a cause of concern?

--- Angry/Upset ---   --------- Not Angry/Upset --------      No
          NET   Angry   Upset   NET   Cncd   Not cncd   Pos. (vol.)   opinion
4/24/09   45     13      32     55     43       11          *            *


20/21. NET
          ---------- Caused changes ---------   
          NET   Angry/Upset   Not Angry/Upset   No change   No opinion
4/24/09   56        25               31             43           *

22. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of [NAME]? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

Trend:

a. Barack Obama   
               ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
               NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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

b. Held for future release. 

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

4/24/09 - Summary Table*
                                                         Yes   No   No opinion
a. He understands the problems of people like you        73    25        1
b. He is a strong leader                                 77    22        2
c. He can be trusted in a crisis                         73    21        6
d. He is willing to listen to different points of view   90    10        1
e. He is honest and trustworthy                          74    22        4
f. He shares your values                                 60    38        2
g. He has brought needed change to Washington            63    34        2
h. He is a good commander-in-chief of the military       56    34       10
*Half sample asked items a-d, other half sample asked items e-h.

Trend:

a. He understands the problems of people like you

                 Yes   No   No opinion    
4/24/09          73    25        1
1/16/09          72    24        4

b. He is a strong leader

4/24/09          77    22        2
1/16/09          72    18       10

c. He can be trusted in a crisis

4/24/09          73    21        6
1/16/09          69    18       13

d. He is willing to listen to different points of view

4/24/09          90    10        1
1/16/09          89     9        2

e. He is honest and trustworthy

4/24/09          74    22        4
1/16/09          75    19        6
12/14/08         67    22       11

f. He shares your values

4/24/09          60    38        2 
1/16/09          67    30        3
7/13/08          56    39        5

g. He has brought needed change to Washington

4/24/09          63    34        2
1/16/09*         76    22        3
*”will bring”

h. He is a good commander-in-chief of the military

4/24/09           56    34       10
1/16/09*          62    32        7
9/29/08**  RV     46    48        5
9/22/08**  RV     48    47        5 
7/13/08**         48    48        4
*”will be” 
**"would be"

24. Do you think Obama's policies are making the United States (safer) from terrorism, (less safe), or are they not making much difference in that?

                               Not much      No
          Safer   Less safe   difference   opinion
4/24/09    32         21          43          4

25. Obama has met or said he's willing to meet with leaders of foreign countries that have been hostile toward the United States. Do you support or oppose his approach to dealing with such countries? Do you support/oppose this strongly or somewhat?

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/24/09   71       46         25      27        9         18         2

Questions 26-28 held for future release.

29. Obama has ordered the release of previously secret records of Bush administration policies on the interrogation of terrorism suspects. Do you support or oppose Obama's decision to release these records? Do you support/oppose this strongly or somewhat?

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/24/09   53       35         18      44       12         32         3

30. Obama has said that under his administration the United States will not use torture as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, no matter what the circumstance. Do you support this position not to use torture, or do you think there are cases in which the United States should consider torture against terrorism suspects?

           Support not      There are cases
          using torture   to consider torture   No opinion
4/24/09        49                 48                 2
1/16/09        58                 40                 2

31. Do you think the Obama administration should or should not investigate whether any laws were broken in the way terrorism suspects were treated under the Bush administration?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
4/24/09     51         47            2
1/16/09     50         47            2

Questions 32-33 held for future release.

34. 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
4/24/09         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

Questions 35-37 held for future release.

38. Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?

---------- Favor --------   ---------- Oppose -------     No
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/24/09      51       36         14      48       12         36         1
9/7/08  RV   50       31         19      45       14         30         5
4/22/07      61       41         20      36       12         23         3
10/8/06      61       45         16      37       15         22         2
5/12/02      57       39         19      37       15         22         6
1/15/01      59       46         13      39       13         26         2
5/10/00      67       50         17      30        9         22         3
4/2/00       64       49         14      34       13         21         2
9/2/99       63       52         11      35       11         25         2
8/15/99      63       46         16      34       12         22         3
5/16/99      67       55         12      31       10         21         1
10/13/93*    64       40         24      33       13         20         3
6/8/89*      60       28         32      34       11         23         6
*Gallup: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose enacting
tougher gun control laws?"

39. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) Do you think stricter gun control laws would reduce the amount of violent crime in this country, or not? (IF YES) Would it reduce it a lot, or just somewhat?

          ------- Reduce -------
          NET   A lot   Somewhat   Not reduce   No opinion
4/24/09   42      24       18          57           2
4/22/07   49      27       21          50           2
4/2/00    51      24       26          48           2
9/2/99    50      30       21          48           1

40. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) What do you think is the best way to reduce gun violence in this country - (by passing stricter gun control laws), or (by stricter enforcement of existing laws)?

Passing      Enforcing      Both    Neither     No
          new laws   existing laws   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/24/09      27           61            5        4         2
4/22/07      29           52            9        8         1
4/2/00       33           53            7        5         2

41. On another subject, do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian/homosexual couples to get married? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

--------- Legal ---------   -------- Illegal --------     No             
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion       
4/24/09*     49       31         18      46        7         39         5
6/4/06       36       24         13      58        7         51         5
8/28/05      39       NA         NA      58       NA         NA         3
8/29/04 RV   32       18         14      62       10         52         5 
3/7/04       38       24         14      59       11         48         3 
2/22/04      39       25         13      55        6         49         6 
1/18/04      41       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         4          
9/7/03       37       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         7 
*2009 "gay and lesbian" and "homosexual" wordings half sampled. 2005 "gay and lesbian", others "homosexual".


42. If a gay or lesbian couple gets legally married in another state, do you think that marriage should or should not be recognized as legal in your state?

          Should be   Should not be   No opinion
4/24/09      53            43              4

43. Do you think the United States is or is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into this country? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

-- Doing enough ---   -Not doing enough -     No         
           NET   Strg.   Smwt.   NET   Smwt.   Strg.   opinion
4/24/09    23     11      12     74     15      59        3
9/30/07    22      9      14     67     16      51       11
4/15/07    17      8      10     81     18      63        2 
5/14/06    20      9      11     77     19      58        4
4/9/06     21      7      14     75     19      56        4
12/18/05   20      8      12     79     20      59        2
8/28/05    19     11       9     80     18      62        1 
1/16/05    20      9      11     77     18      58        4 

44. Would you support or oppose a program giving ILLEGAL immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here LEGALLY if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?

Support   Oppose   No opinion
4/24/09     61        35          3
12/19/07    49        46          5
11/1/07     51        44          4
6/1/07      52        44          4

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

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

46. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?

     
          Yes   No   No opinion
4/24/09    41    58        *
6/15/08    42    58        *
4/22/07    45    55        0
10/8/06    42    58        *
10/20/02   41    59        *
5/10/00    45    55        *
4/2/00     43    56        *
9/2/99     44    56        *
5/16/99    46    53        *

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
4/24/09       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.
4/24/09        23         39            35                  2             2
3/29/09        20         38            38                  2             2
2/22/09        23         38            37                  1             1
1/16/09        24         42            32                  *             1
12/14/08       22         37            37                  1             2
10/11/08 RV    22         44            34                  *             1
9/29/08 RV     19         44            34                  1             1
9/22/08 RV     23         41            32                  2             1
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08        19         43            35                  2             1
6/15/08        21         43            33                  1             2
5/11/08        24         39            34                  2             1
4/13/08        24         38            35                  1             2
3/2/08         19         48            30                  2             2
2/1/08         25         38            34                  2             1
1/12/08        24         36            36                  2             1
12/9/07        24         38            36                  1             1
11/1/07        24         41            32                  1             1
9/30/07        24         45            30                  1             1
9/7/07         20         39            39                  1             2
7/21/07        25         39            32                  3             1
6/1/07         24         36            37                  2             1
4/15/07        24         42            32                  1             1
2/25/07        23         40            35                  1             1
1/19/07        23         41            33                  1             1
12/11/06       23         42            33                  2             1
11/4/06        19         42            36                  2             1
10/22/06       22         42            32                  2             2
10/8/06        21         43            33                  1             1
9/7/06         24         39            33                  2             2
8/6/06         18         42            38                  1             1
6/25/06        21         41            35                  1             1
5/15/06        19         48            31                  1             1
5/11/06        18         49            33                  *             *
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             *
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             *
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1

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

            -------Less than $50k-------   --------More than $50k--------
            NET   <20k   20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
4/24/08     50     16      16       18     48      17        12       19
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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