Washington Post-ABC News Poll

The Washington Post
Tuesday, May 16, 2006

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 11-15, 2006 among 1,103 randomly selected adults nationwide. Margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Fieldwork by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

             -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
5/15/06      33       17         16      65       18         47        2
4/9/06       38       20         18      60       13         47        1
3/5/06       41       24         17      58       14         44        1
1/26/06      42       25         18      56       14         42        2 
1/8/06       46       29         17      52       13         39        2 
12/18/05     47       29         17      52       12         40        1  
11/2/05      39       20         18      60       13         47        1
10/29/05     39       22         17      58       13         45        3
9/11/05      42       27         15      57       12         45        1
8/28/05      45       27         18      53       12         41        2 
6/26/05      48       27         21      51       11         40        1 
6/5/05       48       27         21      52       14         38        1
4/24/05      47       25         22      50       13         38        3
3/13/05      50       31         19      48       11         37        3
1/31/05      50       34         15      45       11         34        5
1/16/05      52       33         19      46       11         35        2  
12/19/04     48       27         21      49       12         38        2
10/20/04     50       30         20      46       11         35        4  
10/17/04 LV  54       35         19      45        9         36        2  
10/16/04 LV  54       35         19      44       10         34        2  
10/15/04 LV  54       35         19      44       10         34        2  
10/3/04  LV  53       36         17      46       11         34        1  
9/26/04      50       33         18      45       13         32        5  
9/8/04       52       35         17      43       11         32        5
8/29/04      50       31         19      47       13         34        3
8/1/04       47       28         18      49       13         36        5
7/25/04      50       32         19      47       13         34        3
7/11/04      48       31         17      50       11         39        2  
6/20/04      47       30         17      51       13         39        1 
5/23/04      47       31         17      50       14         36        3 
4/18/04      51       33         18      47       13         34        1  
3/7/04       50       32         18      48       12         36        2
2/11/04      50       30         21      47       14         34        2   
1/18/04      58       35         24      40        9         30        2 
12/21/03     59       39         21      38       15         23        3   
12/14/03     57       37         20      39       10         29        5   
12/7/03      53       32         21      40       13         27        7   
11/16/03     57       34         23      39       11         28        4   
10/29/03     56       30         26      42       13         29        2   
10/13/03     53       33         20      43       13         29        4   
9/30/03      54       34         20      44       15         29        2   
9/13/03      58       35         23      40       14         27        2   
9/7/03       56       34         22      41       13         28        4   
8/11/03      59       37         22      37       14         23        4   
7/10/03      59       35         24      38       13         25        3   
6/22/03      68       45         23      29       11         18        4   
4/30/03      71       50         22      26       17          9        3   
4/16/03      74       52         22      23        9         14        3   
4/9/03       77       58         19      20        6         14        4   
4/3/03       71       54         16      25        7         19        4   
3/23/03      68       NA         NA      27       NA         NA        4   
3/20/03      67       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        5   
3/2/03       62       38         23      35       13         22        4       
2/23/03      60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA        6       
2/9/03       64       42         21      34       14         20        3       
2/1/03       62       41         21      34       13         22        4       
1/28/03      62       43         19      36       13         23        2       
1/27/03      59       39         21      37       15         22        4       
1/20/03      59       36         23      38       16         22        2       
12/15/02     66       37         28      32       12         20        2       
11/4/02  LV  67       45         23      31       12         20        1       
11/3/02  LV  67       45         22      32       12         20        1       
11/2/02  LV  67       47         20      32        9         23        1       
10/27/02     67       39         28      29       13         16        4       
9/26/02      67       42         25      30       12         18        3       
9/8/02       71       42         28      27       12         15        3       
7/28/02      69       39         31      28       14         14        3       
7/15/02      72       42         31      25       12         13        2       
6/17/02      74       42         32      22        9         13        4       
6/9/02       77       41         36      20        9         11        3       
5/19/02      76       48         28      22        8         13        3       
4/21/02      78       47         31      20        9         10        2       
3/28/02      79       49         30      18        8         10        3       
3/10/02      82       52         30      16        9          7        2  
1/27/02      83       56         27      14        7          7        3  
12/19/01     86       64         22      12        6          6        2  
11/27/01     89       69         21       9        4          5        1  
11/6/01      89       65         24       9        5          4        2  
10/9/01      92       76         16       6        3          3        1  
9/27/01      90       70         20       6        3          3        4  
9/13/01      86       63         23      12        5          6        2  
9/9/01       55       26         29      41       20         22        3  
8/12/01      61       28         33      31       14         17        8  
7/30/01      59       28         30      38       17         22        3  
6/3/01       55       27         28      40       18         22        6  
4/22/01      63       33         30      32       16         16        5  
3/25/01      58       NA         NA      33       NA         NA        8  
2/25/01      55       NA         NA      23       NA         NA       22


2. (IF APPROVE) Why do you say so - what's the main reason?

                                           5/15/06

Doing a good job overall                   33
Defending America/fighting terrorism       18
Strong leader                               8
Honesty/character                           7
Good economy                                5
Agree with him on issues overall            5
Religion/Christian morals                   3
Like him personally                         1
Republican                                  1
Other                                      14
No opinion                                  4


3. (IF DISAPPROVE) Why do you say so - what's the main reason?

                                                   5/15/06
War in Iraq                               46
Doing a bad job overall                   12
Economy                                    9
Disagree with him on issues overall        7
Gasoline prices                            5
Dishonest/not truthful                     5
Doesn't care about average people          3
Don't like him personally                  2
Immigration issues                         2
Doing a bad job on terrorism/hasn't
   caught Osama bin Laden                  1
Environmental issues                       1
Favors the rich                            1
Republican                                 *
Not protecting privacy/civil rights        *
Other                                      5
No opinion                                 1


4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling (ITEM)?

5/15/06 - Summary Table*
                                         Approve   Disapprove   No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                   32          66          1
b. Protecting Americans' privacy
   rights as the government 
   investigates terrorism                  52          45          3
c. The US campaign against terrorism       53          43          4
d. The economy                             38          60          2
e. Ethics in government                    39          54          7
f. Taxes                                   42          54          4
g. Immigration issues                      34          56         10
h. The situation with gas prices           20          76          4
i. The federal budget deficit              27          67          6

*Item a-b asked of full sample. Items c-f asked of half sample, items g-i asked of other half sample.

4Trend where available: a. The situation in Iraq

 
              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
5/15/06       32       19        13       66       13         53        1
4/9/06        37       21        16       62       11         51        1
3/5/06        40       23        17       59       12         47        *
1/26/06       39       24        15       60       10         50        1 
12/18/05      46       31        15       53       10         43        1 
11/2/05       36       20        15       64       13         51        1
9/11/05       38       NA        NA       62       NA         NA        1
8/28/05       42       28        14       57       11         46        1
6/26/05       43       25        18       56       12         44        1
6/5/05        41       NA        NA       58       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       42                          56                            2
3/13/05       39                          57                            4
1/16/05       40                          58                            2
12/19/04      42                          57                            1
9/26/04 RV    47                          50                            3
8/29/04 RV    47                          51                            2 
7/25/04       45                          53                            2 
6/20/04       44                          55                            2
5/23/04       40                          58                            2                          
4/18/04       45                          54                            1
3/7/04        46                          53                            1
2/11/04       47                          52                            1
1/18/04       55                          42                            2     
12/21/03      60                          39                            2
12/14/03      58                          38                            4                 
11/16/03      48                          48                            4                 
10/29/03      47                          51                            2                 
10/13/03      51                          47                            2                 
9/29/03       50                          47                            3                 
9/13/03       52                          46                            2                 
9/7/03        49                          47                            4                 
8/24/03       56                          37                            7                 
8/11/03       56                          41                            3                 
7/10/03       58                          41                            2                 
6/22/03       67                          30                            2                 
4/30/03       75        "         "       22        "          "        2                 
3/27/03*      69                          26                            5                 
3/23/03       71                          26                            3                 
3/20/03       65                          29                            5                 
3/17/03       64                          29                            7        
3/9/03        55                          38                            8         
2/23/03       55                          39                            6         
2/9/03        61                          37                            2         
2/5/03        61                          32                            7         
2/1/03        61                          35                            3         
1/28/03       58                          38                            4         
1/27/03       57                          40                            3         
1/20/03       50                          46                            4         
12/15/02      58                          37                            5         
11/4/02  LV   56                          40                            4         
11/3/02  LV   57                          40                            4         
11/2/02  LV   56                          41                            3         
10/27/02      57                          38                            5         
9/26/02       58                          39                            3         
9/14/02       65                          31                            4         
8/29/02       52        "         "       36        "          "       12                            
*3/27/03 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

b. No trend.

c. The US campaign against terrorism

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
5/15/06       53       NA        NA       43       NA         NA        4
4/9/06        50       32        18       49       15         34        1
3/5/06        52       NA        NA       46       NA         NA        2
1/26/06       52                          45                            2
1/8/06        53                          45                            2
12/18/05      56                          44                            1
11/2/05       48                          51                            1
9/11/05       50        "        "        47        "          "        3
8/28/05       56       34        21       43       14         29        2
6/5/05        50       NA        NA       49       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       56                          41                            3
3/13/05       59                          38                            3
1/16/05       61                          38                            2
12/19/04      53                          43                            3
9/26/04 RV    59                          38                            3
8/29/04 RV    60                          37                            3 
7/25/04       57                          40                            4
6/20/04       50                          48                            2
5/23/04       58                          39                            4                          
4/18/04       63                          35                            2
3/7/04        63                          34                            3
2/11/04       64                          34                            2
1/18/04       66                          33                            2                    
12/21/03      70                          28                            2
10/29/03      63                          35                            2                      
10/13/03      66                          30                            4                      
9/13/03       70                          27                            3                      
9/7/03        67                          28                            5                      
4/30/03       79                          19                            2                      
2/9/03        74                          23                            4                      
2/1/03        75                          21                            3                      
1/27/03       72                          26                            2                      
1/20/03       71                          25                            4                      
12/15/02      79                          20                            1                      
11/4/02  LV   76                          22                            1                      
11/3/02  LV   77                          22                            3                 
11/2/02  LV   78                          21                            2                      
10/27/02      74                          23                            4                      
9/26/02       70                          28                            2                      
9/8/02        74                          24                            2                      
7/28/02       81                          17                            2                      
7/15/02       83        "        "        15        "          "        2                      
5/19/02       79       51        27       19       10          9        3
4/21/02       81       56        25       18       10          7        2
3/10/02       88       64        24       10        5          5        2
1/27/02       88       NA        NA       10       NA         NA        2
12/19/01      89       67        22        9        5          4        2
10/15/01      92       75        17        5        3          3        3

d. The economy

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
5/15/06       38       NA        NA       60       NA         NA        2
4/9/06        40       20        21       59       18         41        1
3/5/06        48       NA        NA       51       NA         NA        1
1/26/06       46                          52                            1
12/18/05      47                          52                            1 
11/2/05       36                          61                            3
9/11/05       40                          58                            2
8/28/05       44                          54                            3
6/5/05        40                          58                            2
4/24/05       40                          57                            3
3/13/05       43                          55                            2
1/16/05       46                          52                            2
12/19/04      46                          51                            3
9/26/04 RV    47                          50                            4
8/29/04 RV    45                          52                            3 
7/25/04       47                          50                            3 
6/20/04       46                          53                            1 
5/23/04       44                          54                            2                          
4/18/04       44                          54                            2
3/7/04        39                          59                            1
2/11/04       44                          54                            2
1/18/04       51                          47                            2
12/21/03      51                          44                            5                       
11/16/03      48                          49                            3                              
10/29/03      45                          53                            2              
10/13/03      45                          52                            2                              
9/13/03       42                          56                            3                              
9/7/03        44                          51                            5                              
8/11/03       45                          51                            5                              
7/10/03       47                          49                            4                              
4/30/03       52                          45                            3                              
2/9/03        47                          49                            4    
2/1/03        44                          52                            4             
1/28/03       46                          49                            4             
1/27/03       47                          47                            5             
1/20/03       43                          53                            4             
1/5/03        50                          43                            7             
12/15/02      50                          46                            4             
11/4/02  LV   53                          45                            2             
11/3/02  LV   52                          46                            2             
11/2/02  LV   55                          43                            2             
10/27/02      51                          43                            6             
9/26/02       51                          47                            3             
9/8/02        57                          40                            4             
7/28/02       57                          39                            4             
7/15/02       58                          38                            3             
4/21/02       64                          33                            3             
1/27/02       62                          34                            4             
12/19/01      67                          27                            6             
11/6/01       72                          23                            5             
9/9/01        48                          48                            4             
7/30/01       52                          45                            3             
6/3/01        53                          41                            6             
4/22/01       55                          38                            7   
3/25/01       50        "        "        42        "        "          8

e. Ethics in government

        Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
5/15/06        39            54              7
3/5/06         40            54              6
1/26/06        42            56              2
1/8/06         45            52              3
12/18/05       48            49              3

f. Taxes

         Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
5/15/06        42            54              4
1/26/06        45            52              3
1/16/05        49            46              5
8/29/04 RV     49            48              3 
7/25/04        49            46              5
6/20/04        42            54              4
4/18/04        48            49              3
3/7/04         50            47              3
1/18/04        45            51              4 
10/29/03       41            53              6
9/13/03        48            48              4
8/11/03        49            46              5
4/30/03        50            46              4
2/1/03         51            43              7
1/20/03        50            45              5
12/15/02       51            44              5

g. Immigration issues

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
5/15/06        34            56             10
4/9/06         33            61              5
1/26/06        34            57              9
12/18/05       33            58              9
8/28/05        33            57             10
1/16/05        33            54             13     
1/18/04        34            56             10

h. The situation with gasoline prices

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
5/15/06        20            76              4
4/9/06         23            74              3  
11/2/05        26            68              5
9/11/05        25            72              3
8/28/05        22            73              6

i. The federal budget deficit

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
5/15/06        27            67              6
1/26/06        32            64              4       
1/16/05        39            58              3       
6/20/04        39            56              5
4/18/04        34            60              6
3/7/04         30            65              5
1/18/04        35            58              7 
12/21/03       37            52             10
10/29/03       32            61              7

5. Thinking about next November's election for the U.S. House and some U.S. Senate and governor seats, are you following the election very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?

             ------- Closely -------     ------- Not closely ------     No 
             NET    Very    Somewhat     NET   Not too   Not at all     op.
5/15/06      57      18        38        43       24         19          

6. Would you say you'll definitely vote in the congressional election this November, probably vote, or might you skip this one?

            Definite     Probably     Might skip      Will not        No
              vote         vote        this one      vote (vol.)     opin.
5/15/06        64           21            10              4            1

[Not asked of those who said they would not vote in Q6] 7 (and 8). If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2006 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.)   opin.
5/15/06  RV      52       40        1          3           1           4            
         All     53       38        1          3           1           4            
4/9/06   RV      55       40        *          2           *           3            
         All     54       40        *          2           1           4            
1/26/06  RV      54       38        1          3           1           5
         All     55       36        1          3           1           4 
12/18/05 RV      51       41        1          3           1           4
         All     50       41        1          3           1           4 
11/2/05  RV      52       37        1          4           2           6
         All     53       36        1          3           2           5
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  LV      49       47        1          2           0           2
         RV      47       44        2          3           2           3
         All     46       42        2          2           5           3
7/15/02  RV      47       46        1          1           1           4
         All     47       45        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
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
3/10/96  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
9/21-10/10/88 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

[Not asked of those who said they would not vote] 9. What will be the single most important issue in your vote for U.S. House this year?

                              5/15/06
Economy                          17
Iraq                             11
Immigration                      11
Gas prices                        7
War on terrorism                  6
Health care                       5
Education                         3
Taxes                             3
Ethics/corruption                 2
Social Security                   2
Abortion                          2 
Party affiliation                 2
Local issues                      1
Medicare                          1
National security                 1
Privacy issues                    1
Federal deficit                   1
Energy                            1
Environment                       1
Prescription drug benefits        *
Same-sex marriage                 *
Other                             6
None                              *
No opinion                       16

[Not asked of those who said they would not vote] 10. Will one reason for your vote for Congress be to express (support for Bush), to express (opposition to Bush), or is Bush not a factor in your choice?

                Support    Opposition    Not a factor    No opinion
5/15/06           12           30             58               1
11/4/02  LV       29           15             55               1
11/3/02  LV       29           17             52               1
11/2/02  LV       30           15             54               1
10/27/02 LV       33           18             49               1

Compare to: Is one of the reasons you support this candidate to express support for Bill Clinton, to express opposition to Clinton, or would you say that Clinton is not a factor?

                Support    Opposition    Not a factor    No opinion
11/1/98           13            9             77               1
11/1/98  LV       10           13             77               *
10/25/98          14           10             72               4
10/25/98 LV       15           15             70               1
10/18/98          13            9             75               3
10/18/98 LV       12           12             76               1
9/28/98           14           13             71               2
9/28/98  LV       14           18             67               1

11. 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    opin.  
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
1/25/83          58         39        3
1/25/83          43         52        4
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

12. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think things in your state (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     opin.  
5/15/06         45          52        4  

13. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think things in your local community (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     opin.  
5/15/06         58          41        2  

14. How do you personally feel about the Bush administration's policies - (enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry)?

               -------- Positive --------     ------- Negative --------     No
               NET     Enthus.     Satis.     NET     Dissat.     Angry     op.
5/15/06        36         7          29       64        39          25       *
11/2/05        38         8          30       62        37          25       1
10/7/04 LV     51        17          34       47        26          22       1  
4/18/04        51        13          39       48        30          18       1  
3/7/04         49        14          35       51        28          22       * 
1/18/04        54        12          42       45        31          15       1 
12/21/03       57        16          41       42        29          12       1   

15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
5/15/06       33            63              4 
4/9/06        35            62              3 
3/5/06        36            62              3
1/26/06       43            53              4
1/8/06        41            55              5
12/18/05      43            53              4
11/2/05       37            59              4
8/28/05       37            59              4
6/5/05        41            54              4
10/29/03      40            52              9
4/30/03       57            37              6
9/26/02       51            43              6
7/15/02       57            36              7
2/21/02       57            39              4
1/27/02       58            35              7
12/19/01      59            34              7
9/9/01        45            48              7
7/30/01       48            48              4
4/22/01       58            33              8
10/31/99      42            53              6
9/2/99        46            47              7
6/6/99        48            46              6
3/14/99       44            49              7
2/14/99       46            50              4    
12/20/98      44            51              5    
12/19/98      45            50              5    
12/13/98      49            46              5    
11/7/98       41            55              4    
11/1/98       49            47              5    
10/25/98      45            44             11    
10/18/98      46            45              8    
9/28/98       52            44              4    
8/21/98       55            39              6          
7/12/98       46            44             11          
5/12/98       45            45              9          
4/4/98        47            45              8          
1/31/98       55            35             10          
1/30/98       55            35             10          
1/25/98       56            37              8          
1/24/98       55            38              7          
1/19/98       47            49              5          
10/13/97      36            57              7          
8/27/97       39            54              7          
7/8/97        40            53              6          
4/24/97       40            53              7          
3/9/97        35            60              5          
8/5/96        42            52              7          
6/30/96       35            58              7          
5/22/96       35            60              5          
3/10/96       30            64              6          
1/7/96        31            65              5          
11/19/95      27            68              5          
10/1/95       32            65              3 
7/17/95       34            63              3         
3/19/95       39            56              5         
1/29/95       42            52              6         
10/31/94      21            72              8         
10/23/94      18            78              4         
9/11/94       24            70              5         
6/26/94       34            61              5         
3/27/94       35            62              3         
2/27/94       32            64              4         
1/23/94       29            60             11         
11/14/93      28            66              6         
8/8/93        33            64              3         
4/26/93       30            69              2         
1/17/93       29            66              6         
4/9/92        17            78              5         
3/18/92       19            76              5         
3/8/92        22            73              6         
2/2/92        32            64              4         
12/15/91      35            59              6         
10/21/91      45            50              5         
6/2/91        49            46              5 
10/14/90      34            63              3                  
2/4/90        41            55              4                  
1/16/90       39            55              6                  
8/21/89       42            53              5                  
5/23/89       54            44              2                  
2/14/89       53            44              3                  
1/23/88*      43            53              4                  
6/1/87        56            40              4                  
6/22/85       54            37              9                  
5/83          33            43             24                  
6/81          38            40             22                  
6/79          19            61             20                  
9/78          29            49             22                  
6/77          34            42             24                  
6/75          29            54             17                  
8/74          48            35             17                  
*1/23/88 and previous: Gallup  

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

5/15/06  - Summary Table
                                  Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
a. the Republicans in Congress       33          64             3
b. the Democrats in Congress         39          58             4  

Trend:

a. the Republicans in Congress

               Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
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 Reg.      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

b. the Democrats in Congress

               Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
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

17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress is handling his or her job?

                 Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
5/15/06            62            31              7
4/9/06             59            34              6
1/26/06            64            30              6
12/18/05           65            29              6
11/2/05            60            33              7
6/5/05             61            32              8
9/26/02            64            27              9
7/15/02            68            23              9
11/1/98            72            20              8
11/1/98  LV        73            23              5
10/18/98           68            20             11
10/18/98 LV        67            25              9
9/28/98            70            21             10
9/28/98  LV        71            23              6
7/12/98            70            18             12
1/19/98            74            19              7
4/5/95             65            25              9
10/31/94           51            38             11
10/23/94           49            43              8
9/11/94            53            35             12
6/26/94            59            31             10
3/27/94            62            26             12
1/17/93            60            29             11
4/9/92             47            39             13
3/18/92            49            40             11
2/2/92             56            32             12
12/15/91           60            28             12
10/21/91           64            27              9
6/2/91             61            26             14
10/14/90           64            29              7 
5/23/89            71            18             11   

18. Regardless of your local contest, which party would you like to see in control of Congress after the congressional elections in November, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans)?


                                           Neither      No
             Democrats     Republicans      (vol.)     opin.
5/15/06          56             33            8          3
11/2/05          55             37            6          2

19. 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?

                 Re-elect      Look around    Depends (vol.)   No opin.
5/15/06             35             55              6               4
6/5/05              40             50              8               3
2/21/02             40             48              7               6
10/31/99            41             47              8               3
9/28/98             44             46             NA              10
9/28/98  LV         52             42             NA               6
7/12/98             42             44              5              10
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            35             56              2               7
10/23/94            32             58              4               6
9/11/94             36             53              4               7
6/26/94             35             54              6               5
3/27/94             32             56              6               7
1/23/94             32             46             10              12
11/14/93            38             52              5               5
7/8/92              34             54              3               9
6/7/92              36             53              4               7
4/9/92              33             56              3               8
3/11/92             36             54              3               7
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  

20. 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  
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
9/26/02 LV      42           49          1        7           2
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
10/18/98 LV     43           42          3       10           2
9/28/98         49           38          2        8           3
9/28/98  LV     45           44          1        8           2
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
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
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
 

21. Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job handling (ITEM)?

5/15/06 - Summary Table*

                                                      Both    Neither   No
                             Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)   (vol.)    op.
a. The situation in Iraq         50          36         2       10       3
b. Protecting Americans' 
   privacy rights as the 
   government investigates
   terrorism                     52          37         2        6       3
c. Gasoline prices               54          23         1       17       2  
d. The economy                   52          34         3        9       2
e. Immigration issues            48          34         1       14       4
f. The U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism             46          41         2        8       3
g. Health care                   61          28         1        7       2
h. Education                     56          33         3        6       3
i. Taxes                         52          38         1        5       2
j. The federal budget            54          34         1        8       3  

*Items a-b asked of full sample. Items c-f asked of half sample, items g-j asked of other half sample.

Trend where available:

a. The situation in Iraq

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             50          36         2       10        3
4/9/06              49          42         1        6        2 
3/5/06              42          42         2       11        2
1/26/06             47          40         1        9        2
12/18/05            47          44         2        6        2
11/2/05             48          37         2       11        2
12/15/02*           30          56         4        7        3
10/27/02 LV         31          58         3        4        4 
9/26/02  LV         30          61         3        3        2
9/26/02             33          52         6        4        6      
*12/15/02 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"  

b. No trend.

c. Gasoline prices

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             54          23         1       17        2
11/2/05             47          26         2       21        5  

d. The economy

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             52          34         3        9        2
4/9/06              49          43         1        4        3
3/5/06              49          40         2        8        2
1/26/06             55          37         2        5        2
11/2/05             56          34         1        8        1
12/15/02            44          45         4        6        1
10/27/02* LV        43          48         3        3        2 
9/26/02   LV        50          41         3        5        1
9/26/02             47          39         3        6        5       

*10/27/02 and previous: "The economy and jobs"

e. Immigration issues

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             48          34         1       14        4
4/9/06              50          38         1        7        4  

f. The U.S. campaign against terrorism

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             46          41         2        8        3
4/9/06              46          45         1        6        1 
3/5/06              39          46         3       10        2
1/26/06             41          46         2        6        4
11/2/05             42          42         4       10        3
12/15/02            25          61         5        6        2
10/27/02* LV        26          61         4        5        4 
9/26/02   LV        34          52         4        7        3
9/26/02             30          51         6        6        8       
*10/27/02 and previous: "The war on terrorism"  

g. Health care

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             61          28         1        7        2
4/9/06              61          29         *        6        3
11/2/05             54          29         2       12        3
12/15/02*           53          33         3        7        4 
10/27/02 LV         50          39         3        5        3 
9/26/02  LV         49          39         3        5        4
9/26/02             50          35         4        5        6  
*12/15/02 and previous: "The cost, availability, and coverage of health insurance"  

h. Education

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             56          33         3        6        3
11/2/05             55          32         4        7        2
12/15/02            49          40         4        5        2
10/27/02 LV         44          45         4        3        3 
9/26/02  LV         47          43         3        5        1
9/26/02             46          39         4        5        6      

i. Taxes

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             52          38         1        5        2
11/2/05             48          38         1       11        1
12/15/02            46          44         2        6        2
9/26/02             44          44         3        6        4  

j. The federal budget

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
5/15/06             54          34         1        8        3
11/2/05             48          34         2       13        2  

22. Whether or not you agree with them, do you think the Democrats are or are not offering the country a clear direction that's different from the Republicans?

               Yes,            No,          No
             they are     they are not     opin.
5/15/06         44             52            4
11/2/05         44             51            5   

23. All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             --- Worth fighting ---       --- Not worth fighting --      No     
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat     NET   Somewhat   Strongly      op. 
5/15/06     37       24         14        62       12         50          1    
4/9/06      41       30         11        58       10         48          1    
3/5/06      42       29         14        57       11         46          1  
1/26/06     44       32         12        55       13         42          1
1/8/06      43       30         13        55       12         43          2
12/18/05    46       33         14        52       11         42          1 
11/2/05     39       25         13        60       12         48          1
8/28/05     46       33         12        53        9         44          1
6/26/05     46       33         13        53       10         43          1 
6/5/05      41       29         12        58       12         46          1
4/24/05     44       31         13        54       12         42          2  
3/13/05     45       34         11        53       11         42          2  
1/16/05     44       32         12        55       10         45          1  
12/19/04    42       31         11        56       10         47          2  
10/3/04 LV  49       34         15        48       11         37          3  
9/26/04 RV  46       35         12        51        8         42          3 
9/8/04  RV  51       38         13        45       10         34          4
8/29/04 RV  48       34         14        50       11         39          2 
7/25/04     49       36         13        48       11         37          3 
6/20/04     47       32         14        52       13         39          2 
5/23/04     48       35         13        50       13         37          1     
5/6/04      49       NA         NA        47       NA         NA          5
4/18/04     51                            47                              2
3/7/04      52                            44                              3 
2/11/04     48                            50                              2
1/18/04     56                            41                              3 
12/21/03    59                            39                              2     
12/14/03    53                            42                              5     
11/16/03    52                            44                              4     
10/29/03    54                            44                              2     
10/13/03    54                            44                              2     
9/13/03     61                            37                              2     
9/7/03      54                            42                              4     
8/24/03     57                            37                              5     
8/11/03     61                            35                              4     
7/10/03     57                            40                              3     
6/22/03     64                            33                              3     
4/30/03     70       "           "        27       "           "          4     
2/2/92*     66       NA         NA        32       NA         NA          2     
7/28/91     67                            30                              3     
6/2/91      70                            26                              3     
3/4/91      86       "           "        13       "           "          1     
*2/2/92 and previous: "the Persian Gulf war"; 3/4/91: "this war"   

24. Again thinking about the goals versus the costs of the war, so far in your opinion has there been an acceptable or unacceptable number of U.S. military casualties in Iraq?

             Acceptable     Unacceptable     No opinion                     
5/15/06         22              76               2
11/2/05         25              73               2
8/28/05         30              68               3
6/26/05         29              69               2
6/5/05          25              73               2
3/13/05         27              70               3
12/19/04        27              70               3
6/20/04         29              71               1
4/18/04         33              65               2
1/18/04         34              62               4
12/21/03        37              60               4                         
11/16/03        33              64               3                          
10/29/03        35              62               3                          
10/13/03        37              60               3                          
9/13/03         43              55               2                          
9/7/03          38              57               5                          
8/11/03         42              53               5                          
7/10/03         44              52               3                          
6/22/03         51              44               5                          
4/9/03          66              28               6                          
4/3/03          62              32               5                          
3/27/03         58              34               9  

25. Do you think the war with Iraq has or has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States? IF YES: Has it contributed to the long-term security of the United States a great deal, or somewhat?

               --------- Contributed ---------     Has      No
               NET     Great deal     Somewhat     not     opin.
5/15/06        48          28            20         51       2 
4/9/06         52          32            20         46       1 
3/5/06         50          28            23         48       2
1/26/06        53          32            21         45       1 
12/18/05       54          32            22         44       2 
11/2/05        46          25            21         52       2
8/28/05        49          29            20         49       2
6/26/05        52          31            22         46       1
6/5/05         47          24            22         52       1 
3/13/05        52          29            23         46       2 
1/16/05        50          30            21         47       3 
12/19/04       51          27            23         46       4 
10/3/04 LV     53          32            22         42       4 
9/26/04 RV     54          36            18         42       4
9/8/04  RV     57          36            22         40       3
8/29/04 RV     54          33            20         42       4
7/25/04        51          32            19         45       3
6/20/04        51          28            23         46       2
5/23/04        54          30            24         43       3  
4/18/04        57          33            24         40       3  
3/7/04         57          29            29         40       3 
2/11/04        58          32            26         38       4 
1/18/04        59          34            25         38       3  
12/21/03       62          34            29         34       4
7/10/03*       62          33            29         35       3
*"did or did not"  

26. Do you think the number of U.S. military forces in Iraq should be (increased), (decreased), or kept about the same?

                                        Kept about        No
            Increased     Decreased      the same      opinion
5/15/06         15            54            27            4 
4/9/06          13            54            31            2 
3/5/06          11            52            34            3 
12/18/05         9            52            36            3  
11/2/05         15            47            36            3
8/28/05         21            41            35            4
6/26/05         16            38            44            2
3/13/05         15            44            36            4   

27. (IF DECREASED, Q26) Should all U.S. forces in Iraq be withdrawn immediately, or should they be decreased, but not all withdrawn immediately?

             Withdrawn        Decreased but not         No
            immediately     withdrawn immediately     opinion
5/15/06          31                   68                 1
4/9/06           28                   72                 1
3/5/06           33                   67                 *
12/18/05         23                   77                 0
11/2/05          38                   61                 *
8/28/05          33                   66                 1
6/26/05          34                   66                 1
3/13/05          27                   72                 1  

26/27 NET:

                     -------------- Decreased --------------   Kept about   No    
         Increased   NET  All/immed.  Not all/not immed.  DK    the same    op.
5/15/06      15       54      17             37           *        27        4
4/9/06       13       54      15             39           1        31        2
3/5/06       11       52      17             35           *        34        3  
12/18/05      9       52      12             40           *        36        3
11/2/05      15       47      18             29           *        36        3    
8/28/05      21       41      13             27           *        35        4    
6/26/05      16       38      13             25           *        44        2
3/13/05      15       44      12             31           1        37        4  

28. Considering everything, do you think the United States did the right thing in going to war with Iraq or do you think it was a mistake?

            Right thing    Mistake    No opin.                                 
5/15/06         40            59         1
6/26/05         48            51         1
3/13/05         48            51         1
4/18/04         52            46         1                                     
4/9/03          81            16         3                                     
3/27/03         69            26         5                                     

Serbia:                                                                        
6/10/99         55            41         4                                     
6/6/99*         48            47         5                                     
5/16/99         54            42         3                                     
4/26/99         56            41         2                                     
4/6/99          58            40         2                                     
*Washington Post       

Compare to: Do you think the United States made a mistake in sending military forces to Afghanistan, or not?

           Not a mistake   Mistake    No opin.                                 
1/9/02*         93             6         1                                     
11/11/01*       89             9         2                                     

Yugoslavia*                                                                  
6/5/99          53            43         4                                   
4/21/99         51            42         7                                   

Persian Gulf*                                                                
7/21/91         82            15         3                                   
3/3/91          87            10         3                                   
2/10/91         76            21         3                                   
2/2/91          80            18         2                                   
1/26/91         77            18         5                                   
1/20/91         80            16         4                                   
1/13/91         65            29         6                                   
1/6/91          61            30         9                                   
12/9/90         66            28         6                                   
12/2/90         66            29         5                                   
11/18/90        65            27         8                                   
11/11/90        68            27         5                                   
11/4/90         67            25         8                                   
10/28/90        71            24         5                                   
10/21/90        67            26         7                                   
10/14/90        68            27         5                                   
10/4/90         71            21         8               
9/30/90         73            20         7               
9/16/90         73            18        10               
9/11/90         76            19         5               
9/2/90          76            16         8               
8/26/90         76            18         6               
8/19/90         75            17         8         
Vietnam*                                                 
11/15/00        24            69         7               
4/24/95         23            71         6               
3/18/90         22            74         4               
1/15/73         29            60        11               
5/17/71         28            61        11               
1/11/71         31            60         9               
5/26/70         36            56         8               
4/7/70          34            51        15               
1/20/70         32            57        11               
9/22/69         32            58        10               
1/28/69         39            52         9               
10/1/68         37            54         9               
8/12/68         35            53        12               
4/9/68          40            48        12                                     
2/27/68         42            49         9                                     
2/6/68          42            46        12                                     
12/12/67        46            45         9                                     
10/11/67        44            47         9                                     
7/18/67         48            41        11                                     
4/24/67         50            37        13                                     
1/31/67         52            32        16                                     
11/15/66        52            31        17                                     
9/13/66         48            35        17                                     
5/10/66         49            36        15                                     
3/8/66          59            26        15                                     
9/1/65          60            24        16    
Korea*                                                                         
6/7/00          47            34        19                                     
1/16/53         50            36        14                                     
10/22/52        37            43        19                                     
10/14/52        37            43        20                                     
3/5/52          35            51        14                                     
8/8/51          48            42        11                                     
6/21/51         40            43        17                                     
4/21/51         45            37        18               
3/31/51         43            45        12               
2/9/51          41            49         9               
1/5/51          38            49        13               
8/25/50         65            20        15           

*Gallup; various wordings

29. In making its case for war with Iraq, do you think the Bush administration (told the American public what it believed to be true), or (intentionally misled the American public)?

              Told the American public      Intentionally misled      No
            what it believed to be true      the American public     opin.
5/15/06                  46                          52                2
11/2/05                  44                          55                2
6/26/05                  48                          52                *
3/13/05                  55                          43                2
8/29/04 RV               57                          40                3
7/25/04                  55                          42                3

30. How satisfied would you say you are with your life overall at the present time - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?


            ----- Satisfied -----     ---- Dissatisfied ---     No 
            NET   Very   Somewhat     NET   Somewhat   Very     op.
5/15/06     84     51       33        15       11        4       * 
4/24/05     94     61       33         6        5        1       *
4/19/05     91     58       32         8        6        3       1 
8/9/04      88     55       33        11        6        5       1  

31. Would you say you are optimistic or pessimistic about your own personal future?

             Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06          89             10               2
9/8/02           86             13               1
5/6/96           89              8               3
12/18/83         82             13               5   

32. Would you say that you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of this country?

             Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06          65             34               1
9/8/02           79             18               3
5/6/96           70             27               3
12/18/83         73             21               5   

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

5/15/06  - Summary Table
                                          Optimistic     Pessimistic     No op.

a. the way things are going in this country   48              50           2
b. the situation in Iraq                      43              55           2
c. the state of the national economy          52              46           1
d. the state of your local economy            63              36           1  
e. your own family's financial situation      79              20           1
f. the country's ability to defend  
   itself against terrorist attacks           65              32           3
g. the policies Bush will pursue              43              53           4  

Trend where available:

a. the way things are going in this country

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06            48             50               2
12/18/05           57             42               2
12/19/04           57             41               2
7/25/04 RV         67             30               3
6/20/04            62             36               2
1/14/03            69             29               2   

b. the situation in Iraq

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06            43             55               2
12/18/05           54             44               2
12/19/04           46             51               2
6/20/04            52             45               3
5/23/04            55             43               2   
1/18/04*           58             39               2       
*"Thinking about the coming year"  

c. the state of the national economy

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06            52             46               1
12/18/05           55             44               1
12/19/04           58             40               2
6/20/04            64             34               2 
1/14/03            63             35               2  

d. The state of your local economy

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06            63             36               1
1/18/04            62             35               2   

e. your own family's financial situation

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06            79             20               1
12/18/05           73             26               1
12/19/04           75             23               2  

f. the country's ability to defend itself against terrorist attacks

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06            65             32               3
12/18/05           65             34               1
12/19/04           66             30               4
6/20/04            66             31               3
1/14/03            75             23               3    

g. the policies Bush will pursue

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
5/15/06            43             53               4
12/18/05           53             43               4   

34. Thinking about how much driving you do, would you say that in the weeks ahead you'll be driving more, less, or about the same amount as you usually do? IF LESS: Is that because of the price of gasoline, to conserve the country's gasoline supply or for some other reason?

                  ------------ Less ------------          Don't drive /   No
           More   NET   Price   Conserve   Other   Same   no car (vol.)   op.
5/15/06     11    30      23        3        4      56          4          *
9/2/05       3    50      38        9        2      44          3          1  

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

            ------------- Yes -------------
            NET     Serious     Not serious     No      No opin.
5/15/06     57         31            26         43          * 
4/9/06      70         44            26         30          * 
9/11/05     64         34            30         36          *
8/28/05     66         36            30         34          * 
8/21/05     53         26            27         47          *
4/24/05     64         34            30         36          *
3/20/05     57         29            28         43          *
5/23/04     64         37            27         36          0
4/18/04     54         31            23         46          0
4/28/02     53         20            33         47          *
4/29/01     48         17            30         52          *
6/25/00*    44         NA            NA         56          *
5/24/00     36                                  64          *
4/2/00      39                                  61          *
3/12/00     41                                  59          *
2/15/00     40         "             "          60          *
*6/25 and previous by Gallup; slightly different wordings.  

36. Do you think there's anything the Bush administration reasonably can do to reduce gasoline prices, or do you think gas prices have risen because of factors beyond the administration's control?

            Can do something     Beyond their control     No opinion
5/15/06            62                     35                    3
8/28/05            60                     36                    4  

43. As it conducts the war on terrorism, do you think the United States government is or is not doing enough to protect the rights of American citizens?

                               Doing too      No
             Is     Is not     much (vol.)   opin.
5/15/06      52      47             *          2
5/11/06      53      45             *          1
3/5/06       46      51             1          2
6/5/05       50      46             1          2
9/7/03       69      28             *          3
12/15/02     61      35             *          3           
9/8/02       74      24             *          1
6/16/02      65      30             2          3  

44. What do you think is more important right now - (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?

           Investigate     Respect      No
             threats       privacy     opin. 
5/15/06        67             30         3
5/11/06        65             31         4
1/8/06         65             32         3
9/7/03*        73             21         5
9/8/02         78             18         4
6/9/02         79             18         3
*9/7/03 and previous: "FBI" rather than "federal government"  

45. It's been reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans. It then analyzes calling patterns in an effort to identify possible terrorism suspects, without listening to or recording the conversations. Would you consider this an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             ------- Acceptable ------   ----- Unacceptable ------    No   
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
5/15/06      63       40         22      35       11         24        2
5/11/06      63       41         22      35       11         24        2  

46. If you found out that the NSA had a record of phone numbers that you yourself have called, would that bother you, or not? IF YES: Would it bother you a lot, or just somewhat??

            NET     A lot     Somewhat     No     No opin.
5/15/06     34        24         10        66         *
5/11/06     34        24         10        66         *  

47. Do you think it is right or wrong for the news media to have disclosed this secret government program?

            Right     Wrong     No opin.
5/15/06       56        42          2 
5/11/06       56        42          1  

Note: questions 47a and 47b were asked May 12-14 of 508 randomly selected respondents.

47a. On another subject: 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.     opin.
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

47b Would you support or oppose using National Guard troops to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico?

           Support    Oppose   No opinion
5/14/06       74        25         2

Demographics

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as:

            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
5/15/06        34            28              33           4         1
5/11/06        33            30              33           3         1 
4/9/06         34            29              34           3         0
3/5/06         32            28              36           3         1
1/26/06        32            27              34           6         *
1/8/06         31            30              34           5         1  
12/18/05       33            32              33           2         *
11/2/05        31            27              38           3         1 
9/11/05        31            27              34           8         1 
9/2/05         32            31              31           5         2
8/28/05        32            29              33           5         1 
6/26/05        34            28              32           5         1
6/5/05         30            31              34           4         *
4/24/05        35            28              32           5         *  

901/904 Leaned Party:

               Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
5/15/06           53            39               6           1         *
5/11/06           53            41               5           1         1
4/9/06            53            42               5           1         0  
3/5/06            50            42               7           1         1
11/2/05           52            41               6           1         *     
9/11/05           48            39              10           3         *  

905. Are you registered to vote at your present address, or not?

             Yes     No     No opinion
5/15/06      83      17          *
5/11/06      84      16          *		
4/9/06       83      17          0
1/26/06      81      19          *
12/18/05     86      14          *  
11/2/05      86      14          *    

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.
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  

911. What, if anything, is your religion?

                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
5/15/06        46          22              14              4       12     *
5/11/06        46          24              10              4       13     1   
4/9/06         42          24              14              5       14     * 
3/5/06         44          21              14              4       14     *
1/26/06        46          24              11              4       14     1
1/8/06         45          20              12              4       15     1
12/18/05       44          21              13              3       15     1    
11/2/05        46          21              11              6       15     *
9/11/05        44          23              12              3       15     *
8/28/05        44          23              14              3       13     1
6/26/05        46          22              10              4       16     * 
6/5/05         47          23              11              4       14     * 
4/24/05        47          21              12              4       14     1  

911b. (IF CHRISTIAN) Would you consider yourself a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin.
5/15/06     42      56         1
5/11/06     38      60         2
4/9/06      40      59         1
3/5/06      46      53         1
1/26/06     44      54         2
1/8/06      45      51         3
12/18/05    43      54         2
11/2/05     41      57         2 
9/11/05     40      58         2
8/28/05     43      54         3
6/26/05     42      55         3 
6/5/05      44      54         2
4/24/05     42      56         2  

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+
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  

Q909. What was the last grade of school you completed?

High school or less	15
Graduated high school      	32
Some college               	21
Graduated College          	21	
Post-graduate              	10  

Q910. What is your age?

18-29                      	20
30-39                      	18
40-49                      	22
50-64                      	23
65+                        	17  

Q918. Are you of Hispanic origin or background? IF YES: Are you White Hispanic or Black Hispanic? IF NO: Are you white, black, or some other race?

White                      	76
Black                      	10
Hispanic	 9
Asian                      	 1 
Other Race                 	 5  

Q921. RESPONDENT'S SEX

Male                       	48
Female                     	52
 


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