Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone June 18-21, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

      -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/21/09   65       36         29      31       10         22         4 
4/24/09   69       42         27      26        8         18         4 
3/29/09   66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09   68       43         25      25        8         17         7

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]? (IF ITEM A,B,C) Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

6/21/09 - Summary Table*

                                 Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The economy                     56          41            3
b. Health care                     53          39            9
c. The federal budget deficit      48          48            5
d. International affairs           61          32            7
e. Global warming                  54          28           17
f. The threat of terrorism         57          36            7
g. The situation with Iran         52          36           12
h. The situation involving the 
   big U.S. automakers             45          50            5
*Full sample asked items a-b; half sample asked items c-e; other half sample asked items f-h.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/21/09   56       28         28      41       13         27         3  
4/24/09   58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09   60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09   60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6

b. Health care

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/21/09   53       27         26      39       10         29         9  
4/24/09   57       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        13

c. The federal budget deficit

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/21/09   48       22         26      48       13         35         5  
4/24/09   51       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         7
3/29/09   52       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         5

d. International affairs

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09     61          32            7
4/24/09     67          27            6
3/29/09     62          27           11

e. Global warming

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09     54          28           17
4/24/09     61          23           16

f. The threat of terrorism

           Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09      57          36            7
4/21/09*     57          26           17
*Pew

g. The situation with Iran

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09     52          36           12
4/24/09     54          35           11

h. The situation involving the big U.S. automakers                     

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09     45          50            5
4/24/09     41          53            6

3. Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

Right     Wrong     No 
              direction   track   opinion  
6/21/09          47        50        3
4/24/09          50        48        2
3/29/09          42        57        1
2/22/09          31        67        2
1/16/09          19        78        3
12/14/08         15        82        3
10/25/08 LV      13        85        2
10/11/08 RV       8        90        2
9/22/08  RV      14        83        3
8/22/08          19        78        2      
6/15/08          14        84        2
5/11/08          16        82        2 
1/12/08          21        77        2
11/1/07          24        74        2
6/1/07           25        73        2 
1/19/07          26        71        3 
11/4/06  RV      39        59        2 
10/22/06         30        68        2 
10/8/06          32        66        2 
5/15/06          29        69        2 
11/2/05          30        68        2 
10/24/04 LV      41        55        4 
4/18/04          42        57        1 
4/30/03          52        46        2 
9/26/02          43        53        4 
2/21/02          54        42        4 
2/14/99          55        41        4 
11/1/98          55        43        2 
11/1/98  LV      55        44        1 
8/21/98          57        40        4
7/12/98          50        45        6
4/4/98           55        41        4
1/31/98          61        34        5
1/30/98          61        34        5
1/19/98          44        50        6
8/27/97          39        57        4
6/8/97           37        60        3
3/9/97           34        62        4
10/17/96 RV      40        55        5
10/16/96 RV      42        53        5
10/15/96 RV      43        52        5
10/14/96 RV      44        51        5
10/13/96 RV      44        51        5
9/04/96  RV      40        54        6
8/21/96          28        67        5
6/30/96          26        70        5
3/17/96          27        70        3
1/21/96          27        66        6
1/3/96           21        77        3
4/5/95           23        73        3
1/4/95           27        68        6
10/31/94         27        69        4
7/20/94          26        70        4
3/27/94          28        69        3
1/23/94          31        60       10
11/14/93         25        69        6
8/8/93           26        71        3
6/20/93          26        71        3
4/26/93          27        71        2
3/11/93          36        57        7
2/28/93          37        59        4
1/17/93          31        63        6
12/14/92         35        60        5
10/27/92 RV      22        76        2
10/4/92  RV      18        78        4
6/7/92           14        83        3
4/9/92           16        81        3
3/11/92          18        79        4
1/15/92          19        78        3
11/10/91         24        72        4
10/29/91         26        71        3
8/27/91          31        60        9
7/28/91          30        67        3
6/2/91           39        57        4
4/9/91           42        51        7
2/26/91          58        39        3
1/27/91          49        48        4
10/14/90         19        79        2
9/9/90           36        60        4
8/20/90          35        60        5
7/24/90          37        60        2
5/21/90          39        60        2
3/26/90          44        53        2
2/4/90           49        48        3
1/16/90          48        49        3
5/23/89          42        55        3
3/16/89          46        52        2
1/16/89  LV      51        46        3
10/25/88 RV      49        46        6
9/27/88          48        44        8
7/11/88          40        56        4
5/25/88          35        59        6
3/21/88          40        56        4
1/23/88          39        59        2
12/13/87         49        47        4
12/2/87          35        61        4
9/23/87          43        54        4
6/29/87          35        62        3
4/13/87          37        60        3
3/9/87           38        58        4
1/18/87          39        56        5
9/8/86           50        48        2
1/26/86          45        47        8
7/29/85          52        43        6
1/16/85          59        36        4
5/22/84          47        48        5
12/13/83         43        51        6
11/7/83          51        44        5
4/12/83          41        54        4
3/2/83           43        53        3
10/11/82         35        57        8
1/30/82          39        56        5
2/80*            20        70       10
2/78             34        53       13
2/77             41        44       14
10/75            19        71        9
10/74            15        75       11
10/73            16        74       10
*2/80 and previous: Roper

4. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of [ITEM]?

6/21/09 - Summary Table*

                          Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
a. The Democratic Party      53           40             6
b. The Republican Party      36           56             8

Trend:

a. The Democratic Party

              Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
6/21/09          53           40             6
8/22/08  RV      58           36             5
11/1/07          51           45             5
3/5/06           55           41             4
6/5/05           51           47             2
12/15/02         56           37             6
1/27/02          56           36             8
7/30/01          60           36             4
12/15/00         64           25            11
1/16/00          56           35             9
1/10/00*         61           33             6
1/10/00  LV      58           37             5
11/21/99         51           41             8
5/2/99           53           37            10
2/21/99          55           37             8
2/13/99          56           38             6
2/8/99           57           37             6
1/10/99          57           35             8
12/20/98         57           30            13
12/16/98         58           32            10
10/29/97         54           39             7
9/1/96   RV      60           36             4
8/18/96  RV      55           41             4
8/7/96   RV      57           38             5
4/10/96          55           38             7
4/19/95          51           43             6
7/8/92   RV      54           38             8    
*1/10/00 and previous: Gallup

b. The Republican Party

              Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
6/21/09          36           56             8
8/22/08  RV      47           49             4
11/1/07          39           56             5
3/5/06           51           46             3 
6/5/05           49           49             2
12/15/02         56           38             5
1/27/02          63           30             7
7/30/01          51           46             3
12/15/00         54           35            11
1/16/00          53           37            10
1/10/00*         53           41             6
1/10/00  LV      56           39             5
11/21/99         50           44             6
5/2/99           47           44             9
2/21/99          45           46             9
2/13/99          40           54             5
2/8/99           45           47             8
1/10/99          40           52             8
12/20/98         31           57            12
12/16/98         43           47            10
10/29/97         50           42             8
9/1/96   RV      50           45             5
8/18/96  RV      55           41             4
8/7/96   RV      51           44             5
4/10/96          52           41             7
4/19/95          52           42             6
7/8/92   RV      53           39             8
*1/10/00 and previous: Gallup

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Nancy Pelosi is handling her job as Speaker of the House?

Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09        38          45           16
4/15/07        53          35           12
2/25/07        50          31           18
1/19/07        54          25           21

Compare to: Newt Gingrich

11/7/98*       38          58            4
7/12/98        41          44           15
5/12/98        41          44           15
1/19/98        40          52            7
4/24/97        26          62           12
3/9/97         33          61            7
9/15/96 RV     39          54            7
1/7/96         30          61            8
11/19/95       27          65            8
6/8/95         35          50           15
3/19/95        37          48           15
3/5/95         38          51           11
1/29/95        40          48           12
1/4/95         35          37           28
12/20/94**     35          43           22
* "has handled"
** "as incoming speaker"

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

6/21/09 - Summary Table*
   
                                        Both    Neither     No
                        Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. Health care reform    55      27       2       11         4 
b. The economy           55      31       2        9         2
c. The federal budget 
   deficit               56      30       2        9         2
d. The threat of
   terrorism             55      34       2        6         3
*Half sample asked items a-b; other half sample asked items c-d.

Trend where available:

a. No trend.

b. The economy

                          Both    Neither     No
          Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
6/21/09    55      31       2        9         2
4/24/09    61      24       2       11         2
3/29/09    58      25       1       14         2
2/22/09    61      26       1        9         3

Compare to:

G.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
6/1/07       36       54       1        6         2
2/25/07      36       56       1        6         2
1/19/07      32       60       1        4         2
12/11/06     34       58       1        5         2
1/18/04      43       50       1        4         3
4/30/03      51       41       2        2         3
11/6/01      51       36       5        4         5
9/9/01       44       50       1        3         2
7/30/01      47       46       1        4         1
6/3/01       44       46       2        6         2

Clinton or the Republicans in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
           Clinton   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
1/23/96      51       34      11        3         2 
10/30/95     38       50       9        1         2 
10/1/95      44       44       8        2         3 
7/17/95      42       51       4        1         2 
3/19/95      43       47       7        1         2 
1/4/95       34       56       3        1         5 
12/20/94     36       59      NA       NA         5
11/14/93     45       37       3       12         3
8/8/93       48       35       1       13         3
6/28/93      45       40       1       10         4
4/26/93      59       29       4        7         1

G.H.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
3/11/92      37       36       1       20         7
3/8/92       32       44       3       14         6
2/2/92       40       44       1        9         5
1/29/92      38       41       2       13         5
12/15/91     36       46       2       12         4
* "on the economy"

c-d. No trend.

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

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

8. Which of these statements comes closer to your view: (Beneath it all, Obama is an old-style, tax-and-spend Democrat) or (Obama is a new-style Democrat who will be careful with the public's money).

Neither
          Old-style   New-style   (vol.)    No opinion
6/21/09      36          58          4           3
3/29/09      32          62          3           3

Compare to: Clinton

5/22/96      44          50         NA           6  
1/29/95      40          54          4           2
1/4/95       48          45          3           3  
2/27/94      40          52          6           3  
1/23/94      40          49          6           5  
11/14/93     48          44          5           2
8/8/93       45          50          3           2
6/28/93      45          50          3           2
5/23/93      48          48          2           2
4/26/93      37          59          3           1
2/28/93      35          61          3           1

9. On another subject, as you may know, Obama has nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court?

                      Should     Should not     No opinion
Sotomayor, 6/21/09      62           25             13
Alito, 1/8/06           53           27             20
Alito, 12/18/05         54           28             19
Alito, 11/2/05          49           29             22
Miers, 10/10/05*        33           27             40
Roberts, 9/11/05**      55           26             19
Roberts, 8/28/05        57           22             20
Roberts, 7/21/05        59           23             17
Breyer, 5/15/94         52           10             37
Thomas, 10/14/91***     59           28             14
Thomas, 10/13/91        56           29             15
Thomas, 10/12/91        50           29             20
Thomas, 10/9/91         47           23             30
Thomas, 10/8/91         50           25             24
Thomas, 9/15/91         63           24             14
Bork, 9/23/87****       29           57             14
*Pew
**as chief justice
***No opinion for Thomas includes “wait and see” (vol.)
****Harris, “All in all, if you had to say, do you think the U.S. Senate should confirm or turn down the nomination of Judge Robert Bork to be on the U.S. Supreme Court?”

10. Given what you know, do you think Sotomayor is a (more) liberal nominee than you'd have liked, (less) liberal than you'd have liked, or about right?

  More   Less   About right   No opinion
Sotomayor, 6/21/09    26      8        55           12
Alito, 11/2/05*       29     10        44           17
Roberts, 7/21/05*     26      9        58            7
* “conservative” instead of “liberal”

11. Do you think Sotomayor's racial and ethnic background plays a role in the way she decides cases as a judge, or not? (IF YES) Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing?

          ------ Yes -----
          NET   Good   Bad   No   No opinion
6/21/09   38     16    22    52       10

12. Do you think the fact that Sotomayor is a woman plays a role in the way she decides cases as a judge, or not? (IF YES) Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing?

  ------ Yes -----
          NET   Good   Bad   No   No opinion
6/21/09   33     23    10    59        8

13. The Supreme Court legalized abortion 36 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want Sotomayor to vote to (uphold) Roe versus Wade, or vote to (overturn) it?

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

14. On another subject, do you have some form of health insurance or health care coverage, or not?

     Yes   No   No opinion    
6/21/09    84    16        0
9/30/07    88    12        *
9/12/06    87    13        0
4/19/05    87    13        *
10/13/03   83    17        0
7/12/98    86    14        *
8/27/97    81    19        *
11/13/95   85    15        0
7/17/94    86    14        *
11/14/93   87    13        0
10/10/93   87    13        *

15. For each specific item I name, please tell me whether you are very satisfied with it, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

6/21/09 - Summary Table*

                     ----- Satisfied -----   --- Dissatisfied ----     No
                     NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion

a. The overall health care system in this country

           All       43     10       32      57       26       31       1
           All Cov   45     11       34      54       28       26       1

b. The quality of the health care you receive   

           All       83     49       34      16        9        7       1
           All Cov   88     53       35      12        7        4       *

c. Your health care costs, including both expenses not covered by insurance, 
   and the cost of your insurance, if any

           All       55     23       31      44       19       25       1
           All Cov   61     26       35      38       19       19       1

d. Your health insurance coverage
           All Cov   81     42       39      19       11        8       1
*Item d asked only if insured

16. How concerned are you, if at all, about your and your family's health care costs in the future - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?

          ----- Concerned -----   ------ Not concerned -----     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
6/21/09   85     59       25      15      11           4          *

17. How concerned are you, if at all, that current efforts to reform the health care system will [ITEM] - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?

6/21/09 - Summary Table*

                          --- Concerned ----   ----- Not concerned ------   No
                          NET   Very   Smwht   NET   Not too   Not at all   op.
a. Reduce the quality
   of health care you
   receive                81     58     23     18      10           9        1
b. Reduce your health
   insurance coverage     82     55     27     17      10           7        1
c. Increase your health
   care costs             84     62     22     16       9           7        *
d. Increase government
   bureaucracy in the
   health care system     78     51     27     19      12           7        3
e. Limit your choices
   of doctors or
   treatments             79     56     23     20      12           8        1
f. Sharply increase the
   federal deficit        84     56     28     14       8           5        2
*Item b asked only if insured

18. (Do you think it's possible to reform the health care system in a way that people who have coverage now can keep it without any changes if they want to), or (do you think health care reform will require everyone to make changes, whether they want to or not)?

      Reform possible     Reform will
          without changes   require changes   No opinion
6/21/09         38                58               4

19. Would you support or oppose a law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, either getting it from work or buying it on their own?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     49        47           4

20. Would you support or oppose a law that requires all Americans to have health insurance if it included [ITEM]?

6/21/09 - Summary Table*

                                                    Support   Oppose   No opin.
a. A rule that all employers either offer health
   insurance to their employees or pay money into
   a government health insurance fund                 62        34         4
b. A rule that working Americans who don't get
   insurance through work or on their own would
   have to pay money into a government health
   insurance fund                                     44        52         4
c. A tax credit or other aid to help low-income
   Americans pay for health insurance                 70        28         2
d. A rule that insurance companies sell coverage
   to people regardless of pre-existing conditions    68        27         5
*Half sample asked items a-b; other half sample asked items c-d.

21. Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans? (IF SUPPORT) Would you rather have that plan run by a government agency, or run by an independent organization with government funding and oversight?

----------- Support ------------
          NET   Gov't agency   Indep. org.   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09   62         21            41          33          5

21a. (IF SUPPORT) What if having the government create a new health insurance plan made many private health insurers go out of business because they could not compete? In that case would you support or oppose creating a government-run health insurance plan?

      
            Support   Oppose   No opinion
  6/21/09     56        41          3


21/21a NET

                    ------- Oppose --------
          Support   NET   At first   Now do   No opinion
6/21/09     37      58       33        25          5

22. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose a federal tax on health insurance benefits people receive through their employer if those benefits cost more than 17-thousand dollars a year?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     24        70          6

23. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose raising income taxes on Americans with household incomes over 250-thousand dollars to help pay for health care reform?


          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     60        37          3

24. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose a law limiting the amount of money someone can collect if they win a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care?


           Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     57        42          2

25. (HALF SAMPLE) Would you support or oppose a law limiting the amount of money you could collect if you won a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care?

           Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     53        42          4

26. Just your best guess, if the health care system is changed, do you think the quality of your health care will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
6/21/09     16      31      50         3

27. Which comes closer to the way you feel: government reform of the nation's health care system (is necessary to control costs and expand coverage), or government action on health care (will do more harm than good)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

          ------- Necessary -------   -- More harm than good --
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   No opinion
6/21/09   58       34         23      39       15         24           3


28. So far, do you think the economic stimulus program has (helped) the national economy, (hurt) the national economy, or hasn't made much difference? (IF HELPED/HURT) Is that a great deal or somewhat?

       -------- Helped ---------   --------- Hurt ----------  No      No
          NET  Great deal  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Great deal   diff.   opin.
6/21/09   28        8         20      19       6         13        52       2
4/24/09   33       10         23      16       6         10        49       2

28a. (IF HURT/NO DIFFERENCE) Do you think the economic stimulus program will help the national economy, or not?

         Yes   No   No opinion
6/21/09   34    63        3
4/24/09   41    55        4

28/28a NET

      --- Helped/Will help --   ------- Won't help/unsure -------- 
         NET   Has helped   Will   NET   Has hurt   No diff.  No opin.     No opin. 
6/21/09   52        28        24    46       17        27         2            2 
4/24/09   59        33        27    38       13        23         2            2 

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

----- Concerned -----   --- Not concerned ----     No   
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
6/21/09    87     56       31      13       9        4         0
4/24/09    87     59       27      13       9        4         *
2/22/09    87     59       28      12       9        3         1
12/14/08   86     49       37      13       9        5         *

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

                               Not much      No
          Safer   Less safe   difference   opinion
6/21/09    32        22           44          2
4/24/09    32        21           43          4

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

           Support not      There are cases
          using torture   to consider torture   No opinion
6/21/09        50                 46                 3
4/24/09        49                 48                 2
1/16/09        58                 40                 2

32. Do you approve or disapprove of Obama's decision to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, early next year?

           Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09      45          50            4
6/14/09*     45          46            8 
4/21/09*     51          38           11
2/8/09*      46          39           15
*Pew: 6/09: "plan to close…within a year"; 4/09 and previous: "decision to close…within a year"

32a. (IF APPROVE) What if closing Guantanamo meant some of the terrorism suspects now held there were transferred to face trial in your state. In that case would you approve or disapprove of closing the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay?

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/21/09     80          19            1


32/32a NET

                    ------ Disapprove -----
          Approve   NET   At first   Now do   No opinion
6/21/09     37      59       50         9          4

33. On another subject, do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

          --------- Should --------   ------- Should not ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/21/09   75       53         22      22        9         13         3
4/24/09   75       54         21      21        9         12         4

33a. (IF SHOULD REGULATE) What if it raised the price of things you buy - in that case do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
6/21/09     80         18            2


33/33a NET

                            - Should not regulate -
          Should regulate   NET   At first   Now do   No opinion
6/21/09         62          35       22        13          3

34. There's a proposed system called "cap and trade." The government would issue permits limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can put out. Companies that did not use all their permits could sell them to other companies. The idea is that many companies would find ways to put out less greenhouse gases, because that would be cheaper than buying permits. Would you support or oppose this system?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     52        42          6
7/28/08     59        34          7

35. (HALF SAMPLE) What if a cap and trade program significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly electrical bill by 10 dollars a month - in that case would you support or oppose it?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     56        42          2
7/28/08     57        41          2

36. (HALF SAMPLE) What if a cap and trade program significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly electrical bill by 25 dollars a month - in that case would you support or oppose it?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
6/21/09     44        54          1
7/28/08     47        51          2

37. Do you think the United States should take action on global warming only if other major industrial countries such as China and India agree to do equally effective things, that the United States should take action even if these other countries do less, or that the United States should not take action on this at all?

           Take action       Take action 
          only if other     even if other     Should not take     No
          countries do    countries do less    action at all    opinion
6/21/09        20                 59                 18            3
7/28/08        18                 68                 13            2

38. On another subject, do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

              ------ Legal ------   ----- Illegal -----                      
                     All    Most          Most     All      No                 
              NET   cases   cases   NET   cases   cases   opinion  
6/21/09       55     20      35     43     26      17        2
9/7/08   RV   57     19      38     39     24      15        4
8/22/08       54     22      32     44     26      18        3
6/15/08       53     18      35     44     28      16        3
1/12/08       57     21      36     40     25      15        3
12/9/07       53     18      35     44     27      17        3
11/1/07       55     19      36     43     27      16        2
7/21/07       56     23      34     41     28      14        2
2/25/07       56     16      39     42     31      12        2
12/18/0       56     17      40     41     27      13        3
4/24/05       56     20      36     42     27      14        3
12/19/04      55     21      34     42     25      17        3
5/23/04       54     23      31     44     23      20        2
1/20/03       57     23      34     42     25      17        2
8/12/01       49     22      27     48     28      20        3
6/24/01       52     22      31     43     23      20        4
1/15/01       59     21      38     39     25      14        1
9/6/00   RV   55     20      35     42     25      16        3
7/23/00       53     20      33     43     26      17        4
9/2/99        56     20      37     42     26      15        2
3/14/99       55     21      34     42     27      15        3
7/12/98       54     19      35     42     29      13        4
8/5/96        56     22      34     41     27      14        3
6/30/96       58     24      34     40     25      14        2
10/1/95       60     26      35     37     25      12        3
9/21/95       60     24      36     36     25      11        4
7/17/95       59     27      32     40     26      14        1

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)?

--Non-Partisans-
                                                             Lean  Lean   No
           Democrat  Republican  Independent  Other  No op.  Dem.  Rep.  Lean
6/21/09       35         22           37        7      *      17    16    10
4/24/09       35         21           38        5      *      18    16    10
3/29/09       36         25           33        5      1      15    16     8
2/22/09       36         24           34        5      1      18    13     9
1/16/09       35         23           36        5      1      20    12    11
12/14/08      37         24           35        4      1      16    13    10
11/3/08       35         26           30        6      2      13    10    15
10/11/08      36         26           31        4      2      15    12    10
9/29/08       34         26           31        8      2      17    12    12
9/22/08       36         26           31        5      2      18     9    11
9/7/08        35         26           33        5      2      15    14    11
8/22/08       36         23           34        6      1      16    14    10
7/13/08       37         24           33        6      1      16    14    10
6/15/08       38         24           34        4      1      16    14     8
5/11/08       34         28           34        4      1      19    11     8
4/13/08       35         29           30        5      1      15    13     8
3/2/08        40         28           28        3      1      15     8     9
2/1/08        37         26           32        4      1      16    11    10
1/12/08       39         27           29        5      1      13     9    12

908a. Would you say your views on most political matters are liberal, moderate, or conservative?

Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
6/21/09        22         40            36                  1             *
4/24/09        23         39            35                  2             2
3/29/09        20         38            38                  2             2
2/22/09        23         38            37                  1             1
1/16/09        24         42            32                  *             1
12/14/08       22         37            37                  1             2
10/11/08 RV    22         44            34                  *             1
9/29/08 RV     19         44            34                  1             1
9/22/08 RV     23         41            32                  2             1
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08        19         43            35                  2             1
6/15/08        21         43            33                  1             2
5/11/08        24         39            34                  2             1
4/13/08        24         38            35                  1             2
3/2/08         19         48            30                  2             2
2/1/08         25         38            34                  2             1
1/12/08        24         36            36                  2             1
12/9/07        24         38            36                  1             1
11/1/07        24         41            32                  1             1
9/30/07        24         45            30                  1             1
9/7/07         20         39            39                  1             2
7/21/07        25         39            32                  3             1
6/1/07         24         36            37                  2             1
4/15/07        24         42            32                  1             1
2/25/07        23         40            35                  1             1
1/19/07        23         41            33                  1             1
12/11/06       23         42            33                  2             1
11/4/06        19         42            36                  2             1
10/22/06       22         42            32                  2             2
10/8/06        21         43            33                  1             1
9/7/06         24         39            33                  2             2
8/6/06         18         42            38                  1             1
6/25/06        21         41            35                  1             1
5/15/06        19         48            31                  1             1
5/11/06        18         49            33                  *             *
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             *
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             *
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1

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

            -------Less than $50k-------   --------More than $50k--------
            NET   <20k   20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
6/21/09     51     18      16       17     47      17        12       18
4/24/09     50     16      16       18     48      17        12       19
3/29/09     49     15      16       17     48      18        13       17
2/22/09     48     16      16       17     50      19        13       19
1/16/09     52     17      18       17     48      16        13       19
12/14/08    44     14      15       15     54      18        15       21
10/11/08 RV 41     12      14       16     56      20        15       22
9/29/08  RV 42     10      14       17     56      18        16       22
9/22/08  RV 40     12      14       14     57      21        14       22
9/22/08     46     16      16       14     50      18        12       20
9/7/08   RV 44     13      14       17     56      17        15       24
8/22/08  RV 39     10      11       18     59      19        16       24
8/22/08     43     15      12       17     53      18        15       21
7/13/08  RV 43     14      14       15     54      16        14       24
7/13/08     48     18      15       15     50      16        12       21
6/15/08     47     18      15       15     51      18        15       18
5/11/08     47     15      16       17     50      18        13       19
4/13/08     47     17      13       17     51      18        14       18
3/2/08      44     14      13       17     52      17        13       22
2/1/08      48     17      16       15     48      18        12       18
1/12/08     46     12      18       16     51      19        13       19
12/9/07     49     14      17       18     48      15        15       18
11/1/07     48     14      16       17     49      16        13       21
9/30/07     53     17      16       20     44      18        12       14
9/7/07      43     10      17       16     54      19        15       20
7/21/07     46     16      14       16     51      18        13       19
6/1/07      49     15      18       16     49      18        13       18
4/15/07     46     15      16       15     51      20        13       18
2/25/07     46     10      16       20     51      20        14       17
1/19/07     49     16      17       15     49      16        13       20
12/11/06    46     11      16       19     51      18        16       17
10/22/06    52     16      20       17     45      16        11       17
10/8/06     46     13      16       17     51      22        13       16
9/7/06      51     16      18       17     47      17        15       15
8/6/06      49     14      16       18     48      20        12       16
6/25/06     50     16      16       19     47      19        11       17
5/15/06     52     14      18       21     46      16        13       17
5/11/06     46      9      18       18     53      18        15       20
4/9/06      53     16      20       17     47      19        12       16
3/5/06      50     16      18       16     48      20        12       16
1/26/06     52     20      15       17     46      18        12       16
12/18/05    54     17      19       18     44      18        12       15
11/2/05     52     14      18       20     46      19        13       14
9/11/05     55     18      20       17     42      18        11       14
8/28/05     52     18      15       19     46      18        11       16
6/26/05     49     14      17       18     49      19        14       16
6/5/05      55     15      20       20     43      17        13       14
4/24/05     55     15      21       19     45      18        12       15

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