Washington Post-ABC News Poll

The Washington Post
Monday, August 7, 2006

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone August 3 - 6, 2006 among 1,000 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.
8/6/06       40       23         17      58       12         46        2  
6/25/06      38       20         18      60       12         48        2 
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        
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. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling (ITEM)?

8/6/06 - Summary Table*
                                         Approve   Disapprove   No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                   36          62          2
b. The US campaign against terrorism       47          50          2
c. The economy                             39          59          2
d. The situation between Israel                 
   and Hezbollah in Lebanon                43          50          7

*Items a-b asked of half sample, items c-d asked of other half sample.


Trend where available: a. The situation in Iraq

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
8/6/06        36       21        15       62       10         52        2
6/25/06       37       21        17       62       11         52        *
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. The US campaign against terrorism

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
8/6/06        47       NA        NA       50       NA         NA        2
6/25/06       51       NA        NA       47       NA         NA        2
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

 


c. The economy

  
              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
8/6/06        39       NA        NA       59       NA         NA        2
6/25/06       38       NA        NA       61       NA         NA        1
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



d. No trend.

3. 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.
8/6/06  RV   66      21        45        34       23         11          * 
5/15/06 RV   60      20        40        39       23         16          *
        All  57      18        38        43       24         19          *

4. (and 4a) 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.
8/6/06   RV      52       39        *          2           1           5            
6/25/06  RV      52       39        1          3           1           4            
         All     52       38        1          2           2           5            
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
5. What will be the single most important issue in your vote for Congress this year: (the U.S campaign against terrorism), (the war in Iraq), (the economy), (immigration), (gas prices), (health care) or something else?
                       Health   Immi-    Gas    Terror-                     No 
           Iraq  Econ.  care   gration  prices    ism    Educ.  All  Other  op.
8/6/06  RV  21    21     14      10      15       11       *     *     6     1  
6/25/06 RV  23    24     15      13       8        9       1     1     4     2
        All 24    23     14      13       9        8       1     1     4     2     

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


8/6/06 - Summary Table*

                                                      Both    Neither   No
                             Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)   (vol.)    op.
a. The situation in Iraq         43          40         *       11       5
b. The U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism             46          38         1       11       4

*Item a asked of half sample, item b asked of other half sample. Trend where available: a. The situation in Iraq

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op. 
8/6/06              43          40         *       11        5
6/25/06             47          41         1        9        2    
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             33          52         6        4        6      
*12/15/02 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

b. The U.S. campaign against terrorism

                                      Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.  
8/6/06              46          38         1       11        4
6/25/06             39          46         2       10        3    
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*            30          51         6        6        8
7/15/02             27          55         9        3        6
1/27/02             23          62        10        3        2      
*"The war on terrorism"

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

   
            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
8/6/06        36            60              4
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
  

8. 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
8/6/06             55            37              7
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

9. 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.
8/6/06          48             47            5
5/15/06         44             52            4
11/2/05         44             51            5

10. Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you think (ITEM):

8/6/06  - Summary Table*

                                                      Both    Neither    No
                                     Dems    Reps    (vol.)   (vol.)    opin.
a. is more concerned with the 
   needs of people like you           56      30        1       12        2
b. has stronger leaders               34      52        4        6        5

*Half sample asked item a, other half asked item b.

Trend:

a. is more concerned with the needs of people like you


                                     Both    Neither    No      
            Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
8/6/06         56          30          1       12        2 
11/2/05        56          33          1        9        

b. has stronger leaders

                                     Both    Neither    No      
            Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
8/6/06         34          52          4        6        5 
1/26/06        41          47          3        6        3
11/2/05        35          51          5        8        2

11. Generally would you say your mood is anti-incumbent, meaning you're inclined to vote for challengers who are running for public office, or would you say your mood is pro-incumbent, meaning you're inclined to vote to re-elect people already in public office?

              Anti-           Pro-         Neither        No
            incumbent      incumbent       (vol.)      opinion
8/6/06         53             29             13           4
6/25/94        54             29             13           4

12. If a candidate for Congress supports the Bush administration's policies in Iraq, would that make you more likely to (support) that candidate for Congress, more likely to (oppose) that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?

             More likely     More likely      Wouldn't make       No
              to support      to oppose      much difference     opin.
8/6/06            23              38                39             1

Compare to: If a candidate for Congress supports Bush in many areas, would that make you more likely to (support) that candidate for Congress, more likely to (oppose) that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?


             More likely     More likely      Wouldn't make       No
              to support      to oppose      much difference     opin.
11/2/05           18              34                48             1

13. 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. 
8/6/06      39       29         10        59       12         47          1 
6/25/06     40       25         15        58       13         45          2
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          
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"


14. 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
8/6/06          17            53            27            3  
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

15. (IF DECREASED, Q14) 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
8/6/06           33                   66                 1
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

14/15 NET:                            

                     -------------- Decreased --------------   Kept about   No    
         Increased   NET  All/immed.  Not all/not immed.  DK    the same    op.
8/6/06       17       53      18             35           *        27        3 
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


16. Would you describe Iraq as currently in a civil war, not in a civil war but close to one, or is the situation less severe than that?

           Currently in     Not in a civil war      Situation less      No
           a civil war       but close to one      severe than that     op.
8/6/06          34                   51                    12            3
4/9/06          30                   49                    18            3

17. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the Bush Administration does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?

             Does     Does not     No opinion     
8/6/06        33         64             3 
6/25/06       35         64             2                             
3/5/06        34         65             *
12/18/05      40         59             1
3/13/05       42         57             2
5/23/04       40         58             2
5/6/04        38         57             5
4/18/04       45         53             2
3/7/04        43         53             3
12/21/03      48         47             5   
10/13/03      42         53             5   
9/13/03       42         55             2

18. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the Democrats in Congress do or do not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?


              Do     Do not     No opinion    
8/6/06        27       66            6
6/25/06       24       71            5
3/5/06        24       70            6                               
12/18/05      23       74            3

19. Who do you think is more to blame for the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon - (Israel), (Hezbollah), or both equally?


           Israel     Hezbollah     Both equally     Other (vol.)     No op.
8/6/06        7           39             46               1             6


20. Do you think Israel is (using too much force) in Lebanon, (not using enough force), or is using about the right amount of force?

           Using too       Not using       Using about the right       No
           much force     enough force        amount of force        opinion  
8/6/06         32              22                    35                 11

21. Israel says it has been bombing rocket launchers and other Hezbollah targets located in civilian areas, saying this is necessary for its self-defense even if civilian casualties occur. Do you think Israel is or is not justified in bombing Hezbollah targets located in areas where civilians may be killed or wounded?


           Is justified     Is NOT justified     No opinion
8/6/06           47                48                  5

21a. Who do you blame more for the civilian casualties in Lebanon - (Hezbollah for locating its fighters and rocket launchers) in civilian areas, or (Israel for bombing Hezbollah targets) in those areas?

                                 Other/neither     Both equally  
           Hezbollah     Israel         (vol.)           (vol.)        No opin.
8/6/06        58           21             2                10              9 

22. Do you think Israel is doing all it reasonably can do to try to avoid civilian casualties in Lebanon, or do you think it should do more?

           Doing all it can     Should do more     No opinion
8/6/06            38                  54                 8

Compare to: Do you think the United States is doing all it reasonably can do to try to avoid civilian casualties in Iraq, or do you think it should do more?

               US doing      US should      No
              all it can      do more      opin.
6/25/06           58            39           3
3/23/03           82            15           4
10/15/01*         85            12           2
*Afghanistan

23. Do you think Israel (should agree to an immediate, unconditional cease-fire in Lebanon), or do you think it (should agree to a cease-fire only if Hezbollah disarms first)?

           Immediate, unconditional     Only if Hezbollah 
                  cease-fire              disarms first       No opinion
8/6/06               35                         55                 10

25. As part of a cease-fire agreement, would you support or oppose the United Nations sending a peacekeeping force to southern Lebanon?

           Support     Oppose     No opinion 
8/6/06       67          30             2   

26. (IF SUPPORT, Q25) Do you think the United States should or should not send U.S. troops as part of that peacekeeping force? Based on those who support force:


           Yes, should      No, should not     Depends (vol.)     No opinion
8/6/06         38                  59                2                  1 

25/26 NET (based on all respondents): 
           -------Support UN force------------
                  With   With-
                  US     out US
           NET    troops troops   Depends  DK      No UN force   No opin.
8/6/06     67     26      39       2        1             30         2  

27. Do you think the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah will end in a way that makes Israel (more) secure from attacks, (less) secure, or will Israel's security be about the same as it was before this conflict?

            More       Less      About the       No 
           secure     secure       same        opinion
8/6/06       21         13           60           6 

28. Do you think the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah will help or hurt the situation for the United States in Iraq, or won't it make much difference there?

           Help     Hurt     Won't make much difference     No opinion
8/6/06       7       35                  54                       4  

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

            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
8/6/06         34            27              34           4         1 
6/25/06        33            28              35           3         *
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         *

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

             Yes     No     No opinion
8/6/06       85      15          0
6/25/06      83      17          1 
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.
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

911. What, if anything, is your religion?

                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
8/6/06         45          23              12              3       16     1
6/25/06        45          23              12              4       14     * 
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.
8/6/06      46      51         3
6/25/06     42      55         3
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+
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

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

High school or less	 7
Graduated high school      	41
Some college               	20
Graduated College          	19	
Post-graduate              	13

Q910. What is your age?

18-29                      	22
30-39                      	16
40-49                      	22
50-64                      	25
65+                        	16

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                      	78
Black                      	11
Hispanic	 6
Asian                      	 1 
Other Race                 	 4

Q921. RESPONDENT'S SEX

Male                       	48
Female                     	52


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