Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone May 2, 2011, among a random national sample of 654 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 4.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. All in all, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country today?

           Satisfied   Dissatisfied   No opinion 
5/2/11        32            60             7
3/14/11*      22            73             5
2/7/11        26            68             5
1/9/11        23            71             6
12/5/10       21            72             7
11/7/10       23            69             8
9/26/10       30            63             7
9/6/10        25            71             5
7/27/10       27            64             9
5/16/10       28            64             7
4/26/10       29            66             5
4/5/10        31            63             6
3/21/10       25            69             5
3/14/10       23            71             7
2/9/10        23            71             6
1/10/10       27            69             4
11/8/09       25            67             7
10/4/09       25            67             7
9/15/09       30            64             7
8/27/09       28            65             7
8/17/09       28            65             7
7/26/09       28            66             6            
6/14/09       30            64             5
5/12/09       34            58             8
4/21/09       23            70             7
1/11/09       20            73             7
*3/14/11 and previous from Pew Research Center; partial trend listed.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/2/11        56       29         27      38       14         24         6
4/17/11*      47       27         21      50       12         37         3
3/13/11       51       27         24      45       12         33         4
1/16/11       54       30         23      43       15         28         3
12/12/10      49       24         25      47       15         32         4
10/28/10      50       27         23      45       11         34         5
10/3/10       50       26         24      47       13         34         3
9/2/10        46       24         22      52       14         38         3
7/11/10       50       28         22      47       12         35         3
6/6/10        52       30         22      45       12         33         4
4/25/10       54       31         23      44       11         33         3
3/26/10       53       34         20      43        8         35         3
2/8/10        51       29         22      46       12         33         3
1/15/10       53       30         24      44       13         32         2
12/13/09      50       31         18      46       13         33         4
11/15/09      56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09      57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09       54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09       57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09       59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09       65       36         29      31       10         22         4
4/24/09       69       42         27      26        8         18         4
3/29/09       66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09       68       43         25      25        8         17         7
*4/17/11 and previous from Washington Post-ABC News polls

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]?

5/2/11 - Summary Table

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      40       18         22      55       16         39         4
b. The situation
   in Afghanistan   60       28         32      29       15         14         11
c. The threat of  
   terrorism        69       42         27      21       9          12         10

Trend:

a. The economy

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/2/11        40       18         22      55       16         39         4
4/17/11*      42       23         19      57       11         46         2
3/13/11       43       22         21      55       13         41         2
1/16/11       46       22         24      51       13         38         2
12/12/10      43       21         22      54       15         39         3
10/28/10 RV   44       21         23      54       15         39         3
10/28/10 LV   42       23         19      55       10         45         2
10/3/10       45       22         23      53       13         41         2
9/2/10        41       20         21      57       13         44         2
7/11/10       43       20         23      54       13         41         4
6/6/10        50       26         24      49       12         37         2
4/25/10       49       24         25      49       10         39         2
3/26/10       45       23         22      52       12         40         3
2/8/10        45       22         23      53       15         38         2
1/15/10       47       22         24      52       13         39         1
12/13/09      46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09      51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09      50       29         22      48       13         35         1
9/12/09       51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09       52       27         25      46       13         33         2
7/18/09       52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09       56       28         28      41       13         27         3
4/24/09       58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09       60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09       60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6
*4/17/11 and previous from Washington Post-ABC News polls

b. The situation in Afghanistan

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/2/11     60       28         32      29       15         14        11
4/17/11*   44       17         27      49       17         31         7
1/16/11    49       19         30      41       17         24        10
12/12/10   45       17         28      46       16         30        10
7/11/10    45       20         25      45       14         31        10
4/25/10    56       20         36      36       16         20         7
3/26/10    53       25         29      35       15         20        12
1/15/10    50       22         28      45       18         27         6
12/13/09   52       24         28      44       13         32         4
11/15/09   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
10/18/09   45       22         23      47       17         31         7
9/12/09    55       23         33      37       17         21         7
8/17/09    60       25         35      33       14         19         7
7/18/09    62       33         29      30       13         17         8
4/24/09    63       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        11
*4/17/11 and previous from Washington Post-ABC News polls

c. The threat of terrorism

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/2/11     69       42         27      21       9          12        10
2/8/10*    56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/15/10    55       31         23      42       14         28         4
11/15/09   53       31         22      41       14         27         6
9/12/09    55       31         24      34       12         23        11
6/21/09    57       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         7
4/21/09**  57       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        17
*6/21/09 to 2/8/11 from Washington Post-ABC News poll
**Pew Research Center

4. Regardless of what you think about the original decision to use military force in Afghanistan, do you now believe that the United States will definitely succeed, probably succeed, probably fail, or definitely fail in achieving its goals in Afghanistan?

           --------- Succeed ----------    ---------- Fail -----------
           NET   Definitely    Probably    NET   Probably   Definitely   No opinion
5/2/11     64        19           44       26       20           6           10
12/5/10*   49         9           40       39       30           9           11
7/20/10    59        14           45       33       26           7            8
3/14/10    58        12           46       29       22           7           12
12/13/09   59        11           48       32       25           7           10
1/11/09    62        13           49       29       23           6            9
*12/5/10 and previous from Pew Research Center

5. Do you think the U.S. should keep military troops in Afghanistan until the situation has stabilized, or do you think the U.S. should remove troops as soon as possible?

            Keep troops     Remove     No
           in Afghanistan   troops   opinion
5/2/11           47           48        4 
4/3/11*          44           50        6
12/5/10          44           47        8
7/11/10          47           42       11
6/20/10          53           40        6
5/5/10           48           45        7
9/15/09          50           43        7
6/09             57           38        5
9/08             61           33        6
4/08             50           44        6
2/08             61           32        7
5/07             50           42        7
*4/3/11 and previous from Pew Research Center

6. How much if anything, have you heard about the U.S. military strike that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Have you heard a lot, a little or nothing at all?

         A lot   A little   Nothing at all 
5/2/11    68        28            4

7a. (ASK IF HEARD) How did you FIRST learn about the news that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. military forces? Was it from (talking with someone), (the radio), (television), (a newspaper) or (the Internet)?

7b. (ASK IF TELEVISION) Did you hear this on (a cable news channel, such as CNN, Fox Cable news or MSNBC), (a network news broadcast on ABC, CBS or NBC) or (a local television news broadcast in your area)?

7c. (ASK IF TALKING) Were you talking (in person) or (over the phone)?

7d. (ASK IF INTERNET) Was this (through social networking like Facebook or Twitter), (in an email) or (on a news website or blog)?

BASED ON TOTAL 6/7a/7b/7c/7d
	
Talking with someone NET       15		
    In person                     8	
    Over the phone	          7	
    Other (VOL.)                  1	

The radio                         6		

Television NET                 58		
    Cable news channel           20	
    Network news broadcast       23	
    Local news broadcast         12	
    Other (VOL.)                  2	
    Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)     1	

A newspaper                     3		

The Internet NET               11		
    Through social networking     6	
    On a news website or blog     5	
    In an email                   *	
    Other (VOL.)                  *	

Other (VOL.)                      2		

Heard nothing about it          4		

8. Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, do you think that the terrorism threat is mostly over or do you think we will have to take further military actions to reduce the threat of terrorism to the United States?

         Mostly     Take further       No
          over    military actions   opinion
5/2/11      5            85             9
1/13/02*    5            92             3
*Pew Research Center: “If Osama bin Laden is captured or killed … terrorism threat will be…”

9. Regardless of the long-term impact, how worried are you, if at all, that the terrorist group al Qaeda will attempt a major terrorist attack against the United States as retaliation for bin Laden’s death – is this something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?

       
         -------- Worried --------   ------ Not worried -------     No
         NET   Grt.deal   Somewhat   NET   Not so much   At all   opinion
5/2/11   67       22         45      32        20          12        1 

10. How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to prevent further terrorist attacks against Americans in this country: a great deal, a good amount, only a fair amount, or none at all?

              ------- Confident -------    ---- Not confident ---      No
              NET   Grt.deal   Good amt.   NET   Fair amt.   None    opinion
5/2/11        61       22         40       37       31        7         1
9/2/10*       44       12         32       56       45        11        *
9/7/07        49       15         34       50       40        10        1
9/7/06        46       15         31       53       43        10        1
1/26/06       50       19         31       49       39        11        *
9/11/05       41       14         27       59       41        18        *
8/21/05       42       14         28       57       43        15        *
9/8/04 RV     52       16         35       47       39         8        1
9/7/03        45       14         31       55       48         7        1
9/8/02        50       12         38       49       43         6        *
7/15/02       46       13         33       54       45         9        *
6/9/02        44       14         30       55       44        11        *
5/19/02       46       17         29       52       42        10        2
3/10/02       55       18         38       44       39         5        *
1/27/02       57       18         40       42       37         6        1
11/27/01      63       24         39       36       32         5        1
11/6/01       52       17         35       47       40         7        1
9/11/01       66       35         31       32       30         2        1
6/2/97        35       10         26       62       52        10        3
8/5/96        35       12         23       65       49        16        *
5/14/95       36       12         24       63       51        12        1
4/20/95       37       13         24       62       51        11        1
6/28/93       59       22         37       41       32         8        1
4/3/89        46       16         30       54       38        16        *
*9/2/10 and previous from Washington Post-ABC News polls

11. How much do you think bin Laden’s death will (READ ITEM)? Do you think it will help a great deal, somewhat, not much or hardly at all?

Summary Table – 5/2/11
                            ------Help-------   ---------Not help--------
                                 Great  Some-        Not   Hardly  Won’t    No
                            NET  deal   what    NET  much  at all  (vol.)  opin. 
a. contribute to long-term 
   peace and stability in 
   the Mideast              51    12     39     45    20     22      3       4  
b. contribute to the 
   long-term security of 
   the United States        68    22     46     30    16     13      1       2

Compare to*: How much do you think Saddam's capture will do to (READ ITEM)? Do you think it will help a great deal, somewhat, not much or hardly at all?

Summary Table – 12/14/03

                            ------Help-------   ---------Not help--------
                                 Great  Some-        Not   Hardly  Won’t    No
                            NET  deal   what    NET  much  at all  (vol.)  opin. 
a. contribute to long-term 
   peace and stability in 
   the Mideast              70     24    46     28    14     13       2      2
b. contribute to the 
   long-term security 
   of the United States     65     23    42     34    16     15       2      2
*Washington Post-ABC News poll

12. Does Osama bin Laden’s death make you more confident or less confident that the U.S. can achieve its goals in the war in Afghanistan, or doesn’t it affect your views either way?

         More confident   Less confident   Doesn’t affect either way   No opinion
5/2/11         46                5                     45                  3 

13. How much credit, if any, do you think (INSERT) should get for the killing of Osama bin Laden – a great deal of credit, some, not much or none at all?

Summary Table – 5/2/11

                            -------- Credit -------   ----- No credit -----     No
                            NET   Great deal   Some   NET   Not much   None   opinion 
a. Barack Obama             76        35        41    21       13       8        2
b. George W. Bush           51        15        36    46       15       31       3
c. The U.S. military        97        86        10    2        *        2        2
d. The CIA and other U.S.   89        66        23    6        3        3        5
   intelligence agencies

14. Is your impression that the government of Pakistan (mostly helped) or (mostly hurt) U.S. efforts to find Osama bin Laden, or don’t you know enough to say?

         Mostly helped   Mostly hurt   Don’t know enough to say   No opinion
5/2/11         8             34                   54                  3

15. Please tell me if each of the following does or does not describe your own feelings about the death of Osama bin Laden, or not? The first is [ITEM]. Does this describe your own personal feelings about the death of Osama bin Laden, or not?

Summary Table – 5/2/11

              Yes   No   No opinion
a. Relieved   72    26        2
b. Proud      60    36        3
c. Happy      58    37        4
d. Afraid     16    83        1
   

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