Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 22-25, 2010, 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 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
4/25/10    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?

4/25/10 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      49       24         25      49       10         39         2
b. The situation
   in Afghanistan   56       20         36      36       16         20         7
c. Health care      49       29         20      49        9         40         1
d. The federal
   budget deficit   40       20         20      55       14         42         5
e. Regulation of
   the financial
   industry         48       22         26      48       14         33         4
f. Nuclear weapons
   policy           49       26         23      37       11         25        14
*Half sample asked items a-c; other half sample asked items d-f.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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 situation in Afghanistan

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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

c. Health care

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/25/10    49       29         20      49        9         40         1
3/26/10    48       33         15      49        6         43         3
2/8/10     43       24         19      53       11         43         3
1/15/10    44       24         21      52        9         43         4
12/13/09   44       27         18      53       10         43         3
11/15/09   47       28         19      49        8         41         3
10/18/09   48       30         18      48       10         38         4
9/12/09    48       32         15      48       10         38         4
8/17/09    46       27         19      50        8         42         5
7/18/09    49       25         24      44       11         33         7  
6/21/09    53       27         26      39       10         29         9  
4/24/09    57       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        13

d. The federal budget deficit

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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

e. Regulation of the financial industry

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/25/10    48       22         26      48       14         33         4

Compare to:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling regulating Wall Street and the stock market?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
7/15/02    50       NA         NA      36       NA         NA        14

f. Nuclear weapons policy

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/25/10    49       26         23      37       11         25        14

Compare to:

Do you approve or disapprove the way Bush is handling nuclear weapon policy?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/19/89    62       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        10
5/23/89    62       NA         NA      30       NA         NA         8

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Reagan is handling nuclear weapons policy?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/25/88    53       NA         NA      38       NA         NA         9
12/13/87   58       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         6
12/2/87    56       NA         NA      40       NA         NA         4
3/9/87     47       NA         NA      49       NA         NA         5
6/23/86    54       NA         NA      42       NA         NA         4
9/26/83    45       NA         NA      45       NA         NA        10
8/1/83     43       NA         NA      48       NA         NA         9
5/15/83    42       NA         NA      45       NA         NA        12
4/12/83    42       NA         NA      48       NA         NA        10
3/2/83     39       NA         NA      50       NA         NA        11

3. Overall, which party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years?

Both    Neither                         
              Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    No opinion  
4/25/10          46           32          2        18           3
2/8/10           43           37          2        17           2
11/15/09         47           31          2        17           3
9/12/09          48           28          3        19           2
2/22/09          56           30          3         9           3
12/14/08         56           23          3        15           3
5/11/08          53           32          2        10           2
10/8/06          54           35          2         7           2
9/7/06           47           38          1        10           4
6/25/06          48           38          1        10           3
5/15/06          50           36          1        11           3
4/9/06           51           37          1         9           2
3/5/06           42           40          2        14           2
1/26/06          51           37          1         8           3 
12/18/05         47           42          1         8           2 
11/2/05          49           37          3         9           3          
6/5/05           46           41          1         9           2          
8/11/03          39           40          3        10           7    
12/15/02         41           44          2        11           2
10/27/02 LV      39           51          2         5           2
9/26/02          39           46          3         8           4
7/15/02          42           45          2         7           4
1/27/02          40           44          3        10           4
4/22/01          47           40          4         7           3
7/23/00          42           42          2         9           6
9/2/99           45           39          4         9           4
6/6/99           45           35          3        13           5
3/14/99          47           37          5         9           3
2/14/99          48           37          4         7           4
10/18/98         44           36          3        12           6
9/28/98          49           38          2         8           3
8/21/98          48           36          4         9           3
7/12/98          45           38          3         8           6
1/31/98          47           37          4         6           7
1/19/98          45           42          2         7           4
7/8/97           44           37          2        14           3
9/15/96  RV      45           38          3        11           3
9/4/96   RV      45           41          2         8           4
8/5/96           43           38          3        11           3
6/30/96          46           37          3        12           3
5/22/96          47           38          3        10           3
11/6/94  RV      41           39          2        12           6
10/31/94         43           43          2         8           4
10/23/94         39           40          3        15           3
9/11/94          43           40          4        11           3
8/16/94          44           35          2        15           4
6/26/94          41           36          3        14           5
2/27/94          46           32          4        16           3
11/14/93         42           39          3        11           4
1/17/93          49           28          5        13           5
7/8/92           48           38          1         8           4
6/7/92           43           37          3        11           6
3/11/92          45           37          1        11           5
3/8/92           51           36          1         7           5
2/2/92           49           39          2         7           3
12/15/91         39           37          3        15           6
10/21/91         39           40          3        13           5
6/2/91           37           42          5        10           6
3/4/91           34           47          5         9           5
11/4/90  LV      42           40          3        11           4
10/14/90         46           41          1         8           4
5/21/90          41           45          3         8           2
1/16/90          38           50          3         6           3
8/21/89          42           43          4         9           2
10/10/88 RV      45           45          1         4           5
8/17/88          40           43          2         8           8
8/14/88          47           36          1        11           5
7/20/88          51           36          1         7           6
7/17/88          43           39          1        10           7
5/25/88          45           40          2         7           7
3/21/88          45           42          1         7           4
1/23/88          43           44          1         9           2
12/17/87         49           39          1         6           5
10/19/87         44           43          2         8           3
6/1/87           47           41          3         6           3
3/9/87           47           38          3         9           3
1/18/87          46           38          3         8           6
9/8/86           38           47          2         8           5
6/23/86          41           46          2         8           4
3/24/86          40           46         NA         8           7
2/12/86          40           46          2         8           5
10/28/85         37           45         NA        11           7
9/23/85          39           45         NA        10           6
7/29/85          41           43         NA        10           6
6/22/85          36           47         10        NA           6
2/26/85          40           52          5        NA           3
1/16/85          33           49         11        NA           7 
7/8/84           44           43          9        NA           5
5/22/84          41           40         12        NA           7
2/15/84          41           45          8        NA           6
1/17/84          42           37         11        NA          10
12/13/83         38           38         14        NA          10
8/1/83           45           36          9         2           8
10/11/82         44           38         10        NA           9
9/13/82          45           37         10        NA           8

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

4/25/10 - Summary Table
                                                Both    Neither     No
                                Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy                   49      38       1        9         2
b. Regulation of the 
   financial industry            52      35       1       11         2
c. The federal budget deficit    45      41       1       10         3
d. Health care reform            49      39       1       10         1

Trend where available:

a. The economy
                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10     49      38       1        9         2
2/8/10      47      42       1        7         2
12/13/09    48      36       1       12         3
11/15/09    52      37       1        8         1
9/12/09     48      37       1       12         2
7/18/09     56      33       1        9         2
6/21/09     55      31       2        9         2
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"

b. No trend.

c. The federal budget deficit

                          Both    Neither     No
          Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10    45      41       1       10         3
2/8/10     45      43       1        9         1
9/12/09    50      36       1       12         1
7/18/09    54      35       *        9         2
6/21/09    56      30       2        9         2

d. Health care reform
                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10     49      39       1       10         1
2/8/10      46      41       1        9         2
12/13/09    46      39       1       13         2
11/15/09    50      37       1       10         2
9/12/09     48      36       1       12         3
7/18/09     54      34       1       10         1
6/21/09     55      27       2       11         4

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

Better   Worse   No effect   No opinion
4/25/10      39      26         32           2
1/15/10      35      23         41           2
10/18/09     41      22         35           2
8/17/09      43      23         32           2

6. How do you feel about the direction of the nation's economy over the next few years - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?

              ----- Worried ----   ----- Not worried ----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
4/25/10       73     31      41    27       19        8        1
10/18/09      74     34      40    26       17        9        *
7/18/09       77     36      42    22       16        6        *
1/16/09       81     35      46    18       15        4        *
10/19/08 LV   85     44      42    14        9        5        1
10/11/08      88     48      40    11        8        3        1
9/22/08       79     40      39    17       13        5        3
1/5/03        67     27      40    31       22       10        1
11/4/02  LV   76     34      42    23       17        6        1
11/3/02  LV   75     33      42    24       17        7        1
11/2/02  LV   73     32      41    26       19        8        1
10/27/02      75     27      48    23       16        7        2

7. (HALF SAMPLE) Who do you think is more responsible for the current state of the economy - (Barack Obama) or (George W. Bush)?

Both    Neither     No
             Barack Obama   George W. Bush   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10           25              59           6         8         3
4/25/10 RV        24              58           7         9         2
10/28/09 RV*      18              58           9        12         3
7/22/09 RV        16              61           5        14         4
*10/28/09 and previous: Fox News polls             

8. (HALF SAMPLE) Who do you think is more responsible for the current federal budget deficit - (Barack Obama) or (George W. Bush)?

                                              
                                               Both    Neither     No
             Barack Obama   George W. Bush   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10           22              60           9         7         1
4/25/10 RV        22              60           9         7         1

9a. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you support or oppose stricter federal regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business?

          ----- Support ----
          NET   Much   Smwht   Oppose   No opinion
4/25/10   65     34     32       31          4
2/8/10    62     36     26       34          3
2/22/09   76     49     27       22          2

9b. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you support or oppose stricter federal regulations on the way Wall Street firms conduct their business?

          ----- Support ----
          NET   Much   Smwht   Oppose   No opinion
4/25/10   63     35     28       29          8

10. Please tell me whether you support or oppose each of these items. Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

4/25/10 - Summary Table
                                      ----- Support -----   ------ Oppose -----   No
                                      NET   Stgly   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Stgly   op.
a. Having the federal government
   regulate the complex financial
   instruments known as derivatives   43     16      26     41     19      21     17
b. Requiring large banks and other
   financial companies to put money
   into a fund that would cover the
   cost of taking over and breaking
   up any large financial company 
   that fails and threatens the
   broader economy                    53     27      26     42     18      24      5
c. Increasing federal oversight of
   the way banks and other financial
   companies make consumer loans, 
   such as mortgages and auto 
   loans, and issue credit cards      59     36      23     38     15      24      2

Question 11 held for future release.

12. 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
4/25/10        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

13. 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
4/25/10         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

14. When it comes to representing the interests of [ITEM] do you think that Obama is doing too much, too little or about the right amount? (IF TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE) Is that a big concern to you, or not a big concern?

4/25/10 - Summary Table

               ------ Too much ------   ----- Too little -----
                       Big    Not big         Not big    Big     About the   No
               NET   concern  concern   NET   concern  concern   right amt   op. 
a. African
   Americans   12        7        5     13        6        7         67       8

4/25/10 - Summary Table

               ------ Too much ------   ----- Too little -----
                       Big    Not big         Not big    Big     About the   No
               NET   concern  concern   NET   concern  concern   right amt   op. 
b. Middle-
   class
   Americans    7        5        2     46        9       36         44       3
b. Middle-class Americans   

            ------ Too much ------   ----- Too little -----
                    Big    Not big         Not big    Big     About the   No
            NET   concern  concern   NET   concern  concern   right amt   op. 
4/25/10      7        5        2     46        9       36         44       3
6/15/08*     7        5        2     22        4       18         66       4
* "as president Obama would do"

15. Changing topics, how big a problem is racism in our society today? Is it a big problem, somewhat of a problem, a small problem or not a problem at all?

                 ------ Problem -----   ----- Not a problem ----
                 NET   Big   Somewhat   NET   Small   Not at all   No opinion
4/25/10 All      75    33       42      25     19          5            1
        Whites   71    27       45      28     21          7            1
        Non-wh.  85    49       36      15     14          2            0

1/16/09 All      74    26       48      26     22          4            *
        Whites   72    22       49      28     23          5            *
        Non-wh.  81    36       45      19     16          2            0

7/7/96* All      89    54       35      11      8          3            1 
        Whites   89    52       37      10      8          3            1 
        Non-wh.  88    64       24      10      7          3            1

7/2/96  All      88    53       35      11      8          3            2 
        Whites   87    50       37      11      8          3            2 
        Non-wh.  91    66       24       8      6          3            1
    
10/6/95 All      84    48       36      15      9          6            1 
        Whites   83    46       37      15      8          7            1 

9/28/95 All      83    41       42      16     12          4            1 
        Whites   83    38       45      17     13          4            1       
        Non-wh.  85    50       35      14     11          3            1
*7/7/96 and previous: Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll

16. On another subject: Do you think the Supreme Court tends to be too (conservative) or too (liberal) in its decisions, or is it generally balanced in its decisions?


            Conservative     Liberal     Balanced     No opinion
4/25/10          21             26          46             7
7/21/07          31             18          47             4
7/21/05          19             22          55             4
7/17/95          22             22          54             3
9/15/91          31             16          48             5
7/1/91           33             21          39             6
9/23/87          19             24          52             5
6/23/86          19             18          54             8

17. How comfortable are you with Barack Obama selecting the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee - very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, not very comfortable or not at all comfortable?

        ---- Comfortable ----   ------ Not comfortable ----     No
            NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not very   Not at all   opinion
4/25/10     65     36       29      33       12          21          2
4/25/10 RV  63     38       26      36       12          23          1
5/13/09 RV* 60     34       26      33       13          20          7
*Fox News poll 

18. For each item I name, please tell me whether to you personally it would be a factor in favor of a Supreme Court nominee, a factor against a Supreme Court nominee, or not a factor one way or the other. What if the nominee is [ITEM]? Is that a strong factor or not a strong factor?

4/25/10 - Summary Table*

                     ------ In favor ------   ------- Against -------   Not a     No
                     NET   Strong  Not strg   NET   Not strg   Strong   factor   opin.
a. Woman             15      13        2       3        1         1       81       1
b. Gay or lesbian     4       4        *      25        4        22       71       0
c. Protestant         7       5        2       5        2         4       83       4
d. African-American  16      13        3       3        1         2       81       *
e. Someone with 
   experience as a
   judge             70      52       18       5        2         3       24       1
f. Someone with 
   experience outside 
   the legal 
   profession, for 
   example in the 
   field of business 
   or politics       35      20       15      26        6        20       38       1
*Half sample asked items a-c; other half sample asked items d-f.

19. (IF FACTOR IN FAVOR AT Q17f) Which would be preferable to you for a Supreme Court nominee - someone with experience in business, or in politics?

                                 Both      No
          Business   Politics   (vol.)   opinion
4/25/10      56         36         6        1

20. The Supreme Court legalized abortion 37 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want the next justice to vote to (uphold) Roe versus Wade, or vote to (overturn) it?

Uphold   Overturn   No opinion
Next justice, 4/25/10     59        38           3
Sotomayor, 6/21/09        60        34           6
Alito, 12/18/05           61        35           4
Alito, 11/2/05            64        31           5
Roberts, 8/28/05          60        33           7
Roberts, 7/21/05          65        32           4

21. Changing topics: overall would you say you support the political movement known as the Tea Party, you oppose the Tea Party, or that you neither support not oppose it? (IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat? (IF NEITHER) Would you say you lean towards supporting or opposing the Tea Party movement?

          --------- Support ---------             ---------- Oppose ---------    No   
          NET   Strgly   Smwht   Lean   Neither   NET   Lean   Smwht   Strgly   opin.
4/25/10   27      17       7       3      44      24      3      7       13       5

21a. (IF STRONGLY/SOMEWHAT SUPPORT TEA PARTY MOVEMENT) Do you consider yourself to be an active participant in the Tea Party movement, or a supporter but not an active participant?

          Active   Not active   No opin. 
4/25/10     8         90           2     


Combined results from questions 21 and 21a:

          --------------- Support ---------------
                Active                                                    No
          NET   prtcpnt   Spprtr   Lean   No opin.   Neither   Oppose   opinion
4/25/10   27       2        22       3        1        44        24        5

22. How interested are you in learning more about the Tea Party movement - very interested, somewhat interested, not so interested or not interested at all?

           ----- Interested ----   ----- Not interested ----     No   
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
4/25/10    46     13       33      54      19         35          *

23. Which political party, the (Democrats), the (Republicans), or the (Tea Party) do you think [ITEM]?

4/25/10 - Summary Table
                                              Tea     All      None       No      
                                Dems   Reps  Party   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion 
a. best represents your own   
   personal values               48     24    14        1        9         3
b. is most concerned with the
   needs of people like you      49     23    17        1        7         4
c. best understands the
   economic problems people
   in this country are having    48     22    17        2        8         4

Trend:

a. best represents your own personal values
                                                    All      None       No      
             Democrats   Republicans   Tea Party   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10         48           24            14         1        9         3
11/15/09        49           39            NA         2        9         2
11/4/06 RV      48           44                       1        6         2
10/8/06         53           37                       2        7         1
11/2/05         50           40                       1        7         1
4/24/05         47           38                       2       10         2
3/14/99         47           39                       3        8         3

b. is most concerned with the needs of people like you

                                                    All      None       No
             Democrats   Republicans   Tea Party   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10         49           23            17         1        7         4
11/15/09        51           36            NA         2        9         3
10/8/06         58           30                       2        9         1
8/6/06          56           30                       1       12         2 
11/2/05         56           33                       1        9         1

c. No trend.

24. Which of these comes closest to your own view: (The more I hear about the Tea Party movement, the more I like it) or (The more I hear about the Tea Party movement, the less I like it).

                                        Haven't
          More I    Less I    Neither    heard       No
          like it   like it   (vol.)    (vol.)    opinion
4/25/10     34        43         8        11         4

25. Say a candidate for Congress associates him or herself with the Tea Party. Would that make you more likely to (support) that candidate for Congress, more likely to (oppose) that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote? (IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Would you be much more likely to support/oppose that candidate, or somewhat more?

             ------ Support ------   ------- Oppose ------    Wouldn't make      No   
             NET   Much   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Much   much difference   opinion
4/25/10      14      7        7      23        7       16          59             4
4/25/10 RV   15      9        6      24        7       17          58             3

26. To what extent, if at all, do you think support for the Tea Party movement is based on (ITEM) - a great deal, a good amount, just some or not at all?

4/25/10 - Summary Table
                               - Grt deal/Good amt-   - Some/Not at all -
                                     Great    Good          Just    Not       No
                               NET   deal    amount   NET   some   at all   opinion
a. Concern about the economy   56     40       16     36     22      14        7
b. Dissatisfaction with
   the Republican Party        38     21       18     54     37      17        8
c. Opposition to Obama and 
   the Democratic Party's 
   policies                    58     39       19     35     24      11        7
d. Racial prejudice 
   against Obama               28     19        9     64     21      43        9
e. Distrust of government
   overall                     61     40       21     32     23       9        7

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

             Smaller govt.    Larger govt.      No
             fewer services   more services   opinion
4/25/10           56              40             4
1/15/10           58              38             4
6/21/09           54              41             4
1/16/09           53              43             4
6/15/08           50              45             5
11/1/07           50              44             5
6/20/04           50              46             4
11/4/02 LV        61              34             5
11/3/02 LV        60              34             5
11/2/02 LV        62              34             3
7/15/02           53              42             6
1/27/02           54              41             5
10/9/00 RV        58              32            10
10/1/00 RV        58              33             9
7/23/00           59              34             7
7/23/00 RV        61              32             7
4/2/00            56              38             7
8/16/98           59              35             6
8/5/96            63              32             5
2/28/93           67              30             2
7/8/92            55              38             7
7/13/88           49              45             6
7/8/84            49              43             7


28. What about Obama - would you say Obama favors (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?

             Smaller govt.    Larger govt.      No
             fewer services   more services   opinion
4/25/10           15              77             8

29. Changing topics, if the election for the U.S. House of Representatives in November were being held today, would you vote for (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate) in your congressional district? (IF OTHER, NEITHER, DK, REF) Would you lean toward the (Democratic candidate) or toward the (Republican candidate)?

NET LEANED VOTE

               Dem     Rep     Other    Neither    Will not       No
               cand.   cand.   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
4/25/10  RV     48      43       1         2           1           6
3/26/10  RV     48      44       1         2           *           4 
2/8/10   RV     45      48       *         3           *           4 
10/18/09 All    51      39       1         3           2           5 
6/15/08  All    52      37       *         2           1           8
11/4/06  RV     53      43       1         1           *           3 
10/22/06 RV     54      41       *         1           *           3 
10/8/06  RV     54      41       *         1           1           3 
9/7/06   RV     50      42       *         3           2           4  
8/6/06   RV     52      39       *         2           1           5  
6/25/06  RV     52      39       1         3           1           4  
5/15/06  RV     52      40       1         3           1           4  
4/9/06   RV     55      40       *         2           *           3
1/26/06  RV     54      38       1         3           1           5
12/18/05 RV     51      41       1         3           1           4
11/2/05  RV     52      37       1         4           2           6
11/4/02  LV     48      48       1         1           0           2
11/3/02  LV     48      48       *         1           0           2
11/2/02  LV     50      49       *         1           0           2
10/27/02 LV     47      49       1         1           0           3
9/26/02  RV     47      44       2         3           2           3
7/15/02  RV     47      46       1         1           1           4
1/27/02* RV     43      50      NA         2           1           5
9/6/00   RV     49      42                 2           1           6
7/23/00  RV     46      45                 3           1           5
2/27/00  RV     45      46                 2           1           5
10/31/99 RV     50      43                 3           1           3
9/2/99   RV     48      44                 3           *           5
3/14/99  RV     50      41                 2           1           6
2/14/99  RV     48      41                 3           1           7
1/30/99  RV     49      39                 8           1           3
11/1/98  RV     51      43                 4           *           2
10/25/98 RV     48      43                 3           1           4
10/18/98 RV     49      44                 3           1           4
9/28/98  RV     49      44                 2           *           4
9/13/98  RV     49      43                 3           1           4
8/21/98  RV     48      45                 3           1           3
7/12/98  RV     47      45                 2           *           6
1/31/98  RV     49      40                 2           1           8
1/19/98  RV     47      44                 3           1           5
10/8/96  RV     51      41                 2           1           5
9/29/96  RV     48      41                 3           1           7
9/22/96  RV     50      43                 2           1           4
9/15/96  RV     49      45                 1           1           4
9/4/96   RV     48      44                 3           *           5
8/29/96  RV     53      39                 3           1           5
8/28/96  RV     51      40                 3           1           5
8/27/96  RV     51      41                 3           0           5
8/26/96  RV     51      41                 3           0           5
8/25/96  RV     48      43                 3           1           6
8/24/96  RV     47      43                 2           1           6
8/19/96  RV     49      42                 3           0           6
8/18/96  RV     45      46                 3           0           6
8/15/96  RV     46      43                 4           1           5
8/14/96  RV     48      42                 3           1           6
8/13/96  RV     49      43                 3           0           5
8/12/96  RV     49      42                 3           1           5
8/11/96  RV     49      40                 4           1           6
8/10/96  RV     49      41                 4           1           5
8/4/96   RV     48      45                 2           1           4
6/30/96  RV     49      44                 3           *           3
5/22/96  RV     52      41                 3           1           3
3/17/96  RV     48      48                 2           *           2
3/10/96  RV     51      43                 2           *           4
1/21/96  RV     52      43                 3           1           1
10/1/95  RV     49      44                 3           *           3
11/6/94  RV     47      42                 5           2           5
10/31/94 RV     48      44                 4           1           3
10/23/94 RV     50      45                 2           1           2
10/9/94  RV     46      47                 3           2           2
9/11/94  RV     50      45                 1           1           4
8/7/94   RV     49      42                 4           1           4
2/27/94  RV     50      40                 8           1           2
10/21/91 RV     51      41                 4           *           4
7/28/91  RV     49      41                 6           *           3
6/2/91   RV     48      42                 4           1           5
11/4/90  RV     51      41                 5           *           3
10/14/90 RV     50      41                 5           *           3
9/9/90   RV     47      46                 3           *           3
7/24/90  RV     51      41                 4           1           4
5/21/90  RV     47      45                 5           1           2
10/10/88 RV     52      41                 2           1           4
9/19/88  RV     51      39                 3           1           6
6/22/85  RV     48      44                 5           *           3
10/16/84 RV     52      44                 2          NA           5
9/11/84  RV     53      45                 2          NA           1
7/8/84   RV     58      40                 2          NA           1
10/27/82 RV     58      39                NA          NA           3
10/11/82 RV     55      36                NA          NA           9
9/13/82  RV     58      36                NA          NA           6
11/22/81 RV     53      41       "        NA          NA           7
*1/27/02 and previous: No "other candidate" option recorded

30. Right now, are you inclined to vote to re-elect your representative in Congress in the next election or are you inclined to look around for someone else to vote for?

Depends
              Re-elect   Look around   (vol.)    No opinion
4/25/10  RV      32          57           7            4
2/8/10   RV      37          56           5            3
2/8/10           36          56           4            4
11/15/09         38          50           6            5
5/15/06  RV      37          54           6            3
5/15/06          35          55           6            4
6/5/05           40          50           8            3
2/21/02  RV      43          47           7            4
2/21/02          40          48           7            6
10/31/99 RV      43          47           9            2
10/31/99         41          47           8            3
9/28/98  LV      52          42          NA            6
9/28/98  RV      47          45          NA            8
9/28/98          44          46          NA           10
7/12/98  RV      46          43           5            6
7/12/98          42          44           5           10
1/19/98  RV      49          41           7            3
1/19/98          47          41           7            4
8/27/97          34          52           9            5
11/6/94  RV      37          47           7            8
10/31/94 RV      37          56           2            5
10/31/94         35          56           2            7
10/23/94 RV      34          58           4            5
10/23/94         32          58           4            6
9/11/94  RV      39          52           4            5
9/11/94          36          53           4            7
6/26/94  RV      38          53           6            3
6/26/94          35          54           6            5
3/27/94  RV      34          55           6            5
3/27/94          32          56           6            7
1/23/94  RV      35          44          10           10
1/23/94          32          46          10           12
11/14/93 RV      40          51           5            4
11/14/93         38          52           5            5
8/21/92  RV      35          48           5           12
7/8/92   RV      36          54           3            6
7/8/92           34          54           3            9
6/7/92   RV      39          53           4            5
6/7/92           36          53           4            7
4/9/92   RV      35          56           3            7
4/9/92           33          56           3            8
3/18/92  RV      36          56           4            4
3/18/92          35          56           3            5
3/11/92          36          54           3            7
2/2/92   RV      41          49           4            5
2/2/92           38          51           4            7
10/21/91         31          55           7            6
6/2/91           37          49           5            9
11/4/90  LV      41          50          NA            8
10/14/90         36          57          NA            7
5/21/90          43          50           3            3
5/23/89          45          44           4            6

31. I am going to mention four phrases and ask you which one best describes how you feel about the way the federal government works. Do you feel enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?

----- Positive -------   ----- Negative -----                   
                    Enthusi-  Satis-         Dissat-          None/     No        
              NET   astic     fied     NET   isfied   Angry   Other   opinion      
4/25/10       30      4        26      69      51      18      NA        1
2/8/10        32      3        29      67      48      19      NA        *
10/29/03      42      2        41      57      42      15      NA        *     
11/4/02  LV   49      4        45      50      41       9      NA        1     
11/3/02  LV   50      5        45      49      40       9      NA        1     
11/2/02  LV   51      6        45      49      40       9      NA        1     
10/27/02      50      4        47      49      42       7      NA        1     
10/27/02 LV   53      3        50      47      41       6      NA        1         
2/21/02       56      7        49      43      36       7      NA        1         
12/15/00      59      4        55      39      34       6      NA        1         
2/14/99       52      3        48      47      35      12      NA        1         
9/28/98       50      4        46      49      36      12      NA        1         
9/28/98  LV   48      4        44      50      37      14      NA        1         
8/16/98       41      2        39      57      46      11      NA        1
1/19/98       46      2        43      53      45       8       1        *         
8/27/97       34      2        33      64      52      11       2        1         
3/17/96       29      2        27      70      54      16      NA        *         
5/14/95       48      3        45      50      41       9      NA        1
1/4/95        29      2        27      69      53      16       *        1         
11/6/94  RV   28      2        26      70      49      21       1        1         
10/31/94      26      1        25      73      55      18       1        1         
10/23/94      28      1        26      71      52      20       *        *         
10/9/94       25      2        24      72      53      19       2        *         
9/11/94       26      2        25      73      53      20      NA        *       
3/27/94       30      1        29      68      48      20       1        1       
2/28/93       33      4        29      66      50      16       *        *       
10/4/92  LV   17      1        16      81      56      25       1        1
10/4/92  RV   17      1        16      81      56      25       1        1
7/8/92        23      1        22      76      53      23       *        1       
6/7/92        21      1        20      79      58      21       *        1       
4/9/92        21      1        20      79      55      24       1        *       
3/18/92       22      1        21      77      54      23       1        *       
3/11/92       18      1        17      80      60      20       1        1

Questions 32 held for future release.

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
4/25/10       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.
4/25/10        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   <20k   20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
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  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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