Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone August 30–September 2, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,002 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 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

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


2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

 9/2/10 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      41       20         21      57       13         44         2
b. The federal
   budget deficit   39       18         20      58       13         45         3
c. The situation
   in Iraq          49       26         23      45       15         30         6

*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked item b; other half sample asked item c.

Trend:

a. The economy

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/2/10     41       20         21      57       13         44         2
7/11/10    43       20         23      54       13         41         4
6/6/10     50       26         24      49       12         37         2
4/25/10    49       24         25      49       10         39         2
3/26/10    45       23         22      52       12         40         3
2/8/10     45       22         23      53       15         38         2
1/15/10    47       22         24      52       13         39         1
12/13/09   46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09   51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09   50       29         22      48       13         35         1
9/12/09    51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09    52       27         25      46       13         33         2
7/18/09    52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09    56       28         28      41       13         27         3
4/24/09    58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09    60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09    60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6


b. The federal budget deficit

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/2/10     39       18         20      58       13         45         3
7/11/10    40       20         20      56       11         45         4
6/6/10     39       22         17      56       13         42         6
4/25/10    40       20         20      55       14         42         5
3/26/10    43       22         21      52       14         38         5
2/8/10     40       17         23      56       16         40         4
1/15/10    38       18         20      56       15         41         6
12/13/09   37       16         21      56       12         44         6
11/15/09   42       19         23      53       10         43         5
10/18/09   45       20         25      51       14         37         4
9/12/09    39       17         22      55       13         42         6
8/17/09    41       19         22      53       12         41         5
7/18/09    43       19         24      49       11         38         8
6/21/09    48       22         26      48       13         35         5
4/24/09    51       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         7
3/29/09    52       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         5


c. The situation in Iraq

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/2/10     49       26         23      45       15         30         6
7/11/10    48       23         25      42       16         26        10
4/24/09    71       NA         NA      21       NA         NA         8




      

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

                   
              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/2/10        25        5         20      72       21         51         4
6/6/10        26        7         20      71       20         51         2
3/26/10       24        7         18      72       18         54         4
2/8/10        26       NA         NA      71       NA         NA         3
7/13/08       23                          71                             6
2/1/08        33                          59                             8
12/9/07       32                          60                             8
11/1/07       28                          65                             7
9/30/07       29                          65                             6
7/21/07       37                          60                             4
6/1/07        39                          53                             8
4/15/07       44        8         36      54       25         29         3
2/25/07       41       NA         NA      54       NA         NA         5
1/19/07       43                          50                             8
12/11/06      37                          57                             6
11/4/06  RV   36        7         29      60       25         35         4  
10/22/06      31        5         25      65       27         38         4  
10/8/06       32        5         27      66       29         37         2  
9/7/06        40       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         5
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



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

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


 

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

             9/2/10 - Summary Table*
                                                    Both    Neither     No
                         Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy              42           40           2       15         2
b. Health care              44           39           2       13         3
c. Immigration issues       37           40           5       14         4
d. The situation in
   Afghanistan              38           42           3       13         4
e. The federal budget 
   deficit                  38           44           1       14         3
f. Taxes                    39           45           2       12         2

*Half sample asked items a-c; other half sample asked items d-f.

Trend:

a. The economy
                                           Both    Neither     No      
                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/2/10             42           40           2       15         2
9/2/10 RV          39           43           2       15         2
7/11/10            42           34           3       17         5
7/11/10 RV         41           36           3       17         3
3/26/10            44           36           3       16         1
3/26/10 RV         44           36           3       16         1
2/1/08             52           33           2       10         3
12/9/07            51           33           2        9         5 
11/1/07            50           35           3        9         4
9/30/07            51           33           2       11         3  
10/22/06   RV      50           41           2        5         2
10/8/06            54           37           3        6         1
9/7/06             50           39           1        7         4
6/25/06            52           39           1        5         3    
5/15/06            52           34           3        9         2
4/9/06             49           43           1        4         3
3/5/06             49           40           2        8         2
1/26/06            55           37           2        5         2
11/2/05            56           34           1        8         1
12/15/02           44           45           4        6         1
10/27/02*  LV      43           48           3        3         2 
9/26/02*           47           39           3        6         5 
7/15/02**          38           48           3        6         5
1/27/02**          39           48           5        6         3   
4/22/01***         47           43           4        4         3
9/28/98            53           40          NA       NA         7
7/12/98            49           37           4        5         6
1/19/98            45           44           3        6         3
7/8/97             43           39           5       12         2
10/23/94           38           43           3       14         2
9/11/94            39           43           3       11         4
2/27/94            47           36           3       11         3
2/2/92             49           38           2        7         4
12/15/91           43           36           4       11         5
3/4/91             32           49           5       10         4
1/16/90            33           52           4        7         4  
*"The economy and jobs"
**"Improving the economy"
***4/22/01 and previous: "The nation's economy"

b. Health care

                                           Both    Neither     No      
                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/2/10             44           39           2       13         3
9/2/10 RV          42           40           1       13         3
3/26/10            47           34           2       15         3
3/26/10 RV         47           33           2       15         2
2/1/08             56           29           2       10         4
11/1/07            54           29           2       10         5
9/30/07            56           26           2       12         5
10/8/06            61           28           1        7         2
5/15/06            61           28           1        7         2
4/9/06             61           29           *        6         3
11/2/05            54           29           2       12         3
12/15/02*          53           33           3        7         4 
10/27/02*  LV      50           39           3        5         3 
9/26/02*           50           35           4        5         6  
7/15/02**          47           37           3        9         5
1/27/02**          50           35           5        5         4
1/19/98***         54           33           2        7         4
10/23/94           46           29           2       21         2
9/11/94            51           29           3       12         5
2/27/94            58           22           5       11         3
2/2/92             60           25           3        8         4
12/15/91           57           23           3       11         5
*"The cost, availability, and coverage of health insurance"
**"improving the health care system"
***1/19/98 and previous: "Providing affordable health care"


c. Immigration issues
                                           Both    Neither     No      
                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/2/10             37           40           5       14         4
9/2/10 RV          35           42           5       15         3
3/26/10            38           35           3       16         8
3/26/10 RV         38           34           4       16         8
2/1/08             40           37           2       12         9
11/1/07            42           35           4       13         6
10/8/06            49           36           4       10         3
6/25/06            45           40           1        9         5    
5/15/06            48           34           1       14         4
4/9/06             50           38           1        7         4


d. The situation in Afghanistan              
                                           Both    Neither     No      
                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/2/10             38           42           3       13         4
9/2/10 RV          39           41           3       12         4
3/26/10            43           33           4       13         6
3/26/10 RV         44           32           5       15         5




e. The federal budget deficit
                                           Both    Neither     No      
                Democrats  Republicans    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion 
9/2/10             38           44           1       14         3
9/2/10 RV          38           44           1       13         3
3/26/10            43           35           2       18         2
3/26/10 RV         43           34           3       18         3
2/1/08             52           31           2       10         6
9/30/07            52           29           2       12         5      

Compare to:

The federal budget
                                           Both    Neither     No      
                Democrats  Republicans    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion 
5/15/06             54          34           1        8         3
11/2/05             48          34           2       13         2
7/15/02*            44          41           5        6         4
1/27/02****         38          46           5        7         3
3/14/99*            43          40           5       10         3
9/28/98*            49          42          NA       NA         9
7/12/98*            42          39           4        7         8 
1/19/98**           41          43           3        8         4 
7/8/97**            39          36           5       17         3
10/23/94***         36          37           3       21         3
9/11/94             39          40           4       14         4
2/27/94             44          28           5       20         3
2/2/92              40          39           4       14         3
3/4/91              35          43           5       14         3
1/16/90             35          42           4       15         4
*"Managing the federal budget"
**"Balancing the federal budget"
***10/23/94 and previous: "Reducing the federal budget"
****"Keeping the federal budget balanced"

f. Taxes
                                           Both    Neither     No      
                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/2/10             39           45           2       12         2
9/2/10 RV          40           45           2       11         2
3/26/10            41           39           4       14         3
3/26/10 RV         41           37           3       15         4
2/1/08             48           40           1        8         4
11/1/07            46           40           2        8         4
5/15/06            52           38           1        5         2
11/2/05            48           38           1       11         1
12/15/02           46           44           2        6         2
9/26/02            44           44           3        6         4
4/22/01*           38           52           2        6         3
9/2/99*            40           49           2        6         3
3/14/99**          43           41           2       10         4
9/28/98**          47           44          NA       NA         9
7/12/98**          42           39           3        8         8
1/19/98**          45           44           2        6         2
7/8/97**           41           38           3       15         4
10/30/95*          45           40          10        3         3
10/23/94**         37           42           2       17         2
9/11/94**          36           47           2       11         4
2/27/94**          35           41           4       18         2
2/2/92**           41           45           3        8         3
12/15/91**         40           38           3       14         5
3/4/91**           35           44           5       13         3
1/16/90**          37           47           2       10         4
*"Cutting taxes"
**"Holding taxes down"




      

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

                   

           Better   Worse   No effect   No opinion
9/2/10       30      33         36           1
4/25/10      39      26         32           2
1/15/10      35      23         41           2
10/18/09     41      22         35           2
8/17/09      43      23         32           2



7. If the Republicans took control of Congress, do you think their economic program would make the economy (better), make it (worse) or have no real effect?

            Better   Worse   No effect   No opinion
9/2/10       32      27         37           3


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

9/2/10 - Summary Table

                                                           Both    Neither     No      
                                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion 
a. better represents your own   
   personal values                 45           42           2       10         1
b. is more concerned with the
   needs of people like you        48           39           2       11         1

Trend:

a. better represents your own personal values

                                        Both    Neither     No      
             Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/2/10          45           42           2       10         1
11/15/09        49           39           2        9         2
11/4/06 RV      48           44           1        6         2
10/8/06         53           37           2        7         1
11/2/05         50           40           1        7         1
4/24/05         47           38           2       10         2
3/14/99         47           39           3        8         3


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

                                        Both    Neither     No      
             Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/2/10          48           39           2       11         1x 
11/15/09        51           36           2        9         3
10/8/06         58           30           2        9         1
8/6/06          56           30           1       12         2 
11/2/05         56           33           1        9         1




9. Thinking about President Obama, please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not:

9/2/10 - Summary Table
                                                    Yes   No   No opinion
a. He understands the problems of people like you   50    48        2
b. He has brought needed change to Washington       44    53        2
c. He shares your values                            49    50        1

Trend:

a. He understands the problems of people like you

           Yes   No   No opinion    
9/2/10     50    48        2
6/6/10     51    48        2
3/26/10    56    43        2
1/15/10    57    42        2
7/18/09    63    35        1
4/24/09    73    25        1
1/16/09    72    24        4


b. He has brought needed change to Washington

           Yes   No   No opinion    
9/2/10     44    53        2
3/26/10    54    44        1
1/15/10    50    49        1
7/18/09    62    35        3
4/24/09    63    34        2
1/16/09*   76    22        3
*"will bring"

c. He shares your values

           Yes   No   No opinion    
9/2/10     49    50        1
1/15/10    55    43        1
4/24/09    60    38        2 
1/16/09    67    30        3
7/13/08    56    39        5






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

                                        Depends
              Re-elect   Look around   (vol.)    No opinion
9/2/10   All     31          58           5            6
9/2/10   RV      33          57           5            5
7/11/10  All     25          60           6            8
7/11/10  RV      26          62           6            6
6/6/10   All     29          60           5            6
6/6/10   RV      30          59           5            5
4/25/10  RV      32          57           7            4
2/8/10   RV      37          56           5            3
11/15/09 All     38          50           6            5
5/15/06  RV      37          54           6            3
6/5/05   All     40          50           8            3
2/21/02  RV      43          47           7            4
10/31/99 RV      43          47           9            2
9/28/98  LV      52          42          NA            6
7/12/98  RV      46          43           5            6
1/19/98  RV      49          41           7            3
8/27/97  All     34          52           9            5
11/6/94  RV      37          47           7            8
10/31/94 RV      37          56           2            5
10/23/94 RV      34          58           4            5
9/11/94  RV      39          52           4            5
6/26/94  RV      38          53           6            3
3/27/94  RV      34          55           6            5
1/23/94  RV      35          44          10           10
11/14/93 RV      40          51           5            4
8/21/92  RV      35          48           5           12
7/8/92   RV      36          54           3            6
6/7/92   RV      39          53           4            5
4/9/92   RV      35          56           3            7
3/18/92  RV      36          56           4            4
3/11/92  All     36          54           3            7
2/2/92   RV      41          49           4            5
10/21/91 RV      32          56           8            5
6/2/91   All     37          49           5            9
11/4/90  LV      41          50          NA            8
10/14/90 All     36          57          NA            7
5/21/90  All     43          50           3            3
5/23/89  All     45          44           4            6



11. Do you think most of the Democrats in Congress deserve to be re-elected, or not?

              Yes     No     No opinion
9/2/10       36      56          8
9/2/10 RV    34      58          8
11/4/06 RV   48      41         10
10/8/06      55      38          7
10/8/06 RV   55      37          8


12. Do you think most of the Republicans in Congress deserve to be re-elected, or not?

             Yes     No     No opinion
9/2/10       33      58          9
9/2/10 RV    31      59          9
11/4/06 RV   39      53          8
10/8/06      39      56          5
10/8/06 RV   38      56          5

13. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the Congressional election in November: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that?

             Certain  Probably  Chances  Less than   will vote   voted     No
             to vote    vote     50/50     50/50       (vol.)    (vol.)   opin.
9/2/10   RV    70        14       14         1           1         NA       0
7/11/10  RV    73        13       11         2           *         NA       *
6/6/10   RV    72        14       11         3           *         NA       0
11/4/06* RV    70        11        7         4           2         5        *
10/22/06 RV    75        14        7         3           *         1        2
*"next week's Congressional election"

14. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives in November were being held today, would you vote for (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate) in your congressional district? (IF OTHER, NEITHER, DK, REF) Would you lean toward the (Democratic candidate) or toward the (Republican candidate)?

        
NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE

               Dem     Rep     Other    Neither    Will not       No
               cand.   cand.   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/2/10   LV     40      53       1         1           -           5
9/2/10   RV     45      47       1         2           1           5
7/11/10  RV     46      47       *         2           *           5
6/6/10   RV     47      44       2         2           1           4
4/25/10  RV     48      43       1         2           1           6
3/26/10  RV     48      44       1         2           *           4
2/8/10   RV     45      48       *         3           *           4
10/18/09 All    51      39       1         3           2           5
6/15/08  All    52      37       *         2           1           8
11/4/06  LV     51      45       1         1           *           2
10/22/06 RV     54      41       *         1           *           3
10/8/06  RV     54      41       *         1           1           3
9/7/06   RV     50      42       *         3           2           4
8/6/06   RV     52      39       *         2           1           5
6/25/06  RV     52      39       1         3           1           4
5/15/06  RV     52      40       1         3           1           4
4/9/06   RV     55      40       *         2           *           3
1/26/06  RV     54      38       1         3           1           5
12/18/05 RV     51      41       1         3           1           4
11/2/05  RV     52      37       1         4           2           6
11/4/02  LV     48      48       1         1           0           2
11/3/02  LV     48      48       *         1           0           2
11/2/02  LV     50      49       *         1           0           2
10/27/02 LV     47      49       1         1           0           3
9/26/02  LV     49      47       1         2           0           2
7/15/02  RV     47      46       1         1           1           4
1/27/02* RV     43      50      NA         2           1           5
9/6/00   RV     49      42                 2           1           6
7/23/00  RV     46      45                 3           1           5
2/27/00  RV     45      46                 2           1           5
10/31/99 RV     50      43                 3           1           3
9/2/99   RV     48      44                 3           *           5
3/14/99  RV     50      41                 2           1           6
2/14/99  RV     48      41                 3           1           7
1/30/99  RV     49      39                 8           1           3
11/1/98  RV     51      43                 4           *           2
10/25/98 RV     48      43                 3           1           4
10/18/98 RV     49      44                 3           1           4
9/28/98  RV     49      44                 2           *           4
9/13/98  RV     49      43                 3           1           4
8/21/98  RV     48      45                 3           1           3
7/12/98  RV     47      45                 2           *           6
1/31/98  RV     49      40                 2           1           8
1/19/98  RV     47      44                 3           1           5
11/3/96  LV     53      42                 3           1           3
11/2/96  LV     53      42                 2           0           3
11/1/96  LV     53      43                 2           0           3
10/31/96 LV     52      44                 2           0           4
10/30/96 LV     50      45                 1           0           5
10/29/96 LV     51      42                 2           0           4
10/28/96 LV     54      41                 2           1           3
10/27/96 LV     53      41                 2           0           4
10/26/96 LV     50      44                 1           1           4
10/25/96 LV     50      45                 2           1           4
10/24/96 LV     47      47                 2           0           4
10/23/96 LV     48      47                 3           0           3
10/22/96 LV     49      47                 2           0           3
10/21/96 LV     50      45                 2           0           4
10/20/96 LV     50      43                 3           0           4
10/19/96 LV     50      45                 2           0           3
10/18/96 LV     50      46                 1           0           3
10/17/96 LV     50      45                 2           0           3
10/16/96 LV     52      44                 2           1           3
10/15/96 LV     51      43                 2           1           4
10/14/96 LV     50      44                 2           1           4
10/13/96 LV     51      43                 2           1           4
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
8/5/96   RV     48      45                 2           1           4
6/30/96  RV     49      44                 3           *           3
5/22/96  RV     52      41                 3           1           3
3/17/96  RV     48      48                 2           *           2
3/10/96  RV     51      43                 2           *           4
1/21/96  RV     52      43                 3           1           1
11/13/95 RV     51      43                 4           *           2
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
3/27/94  RV     49      35                 6           1           9
2/27/94  RV     50      40                 8           1           2
10/21/91 RV     51      41                 4           *           4
7/28/91  RV     49      41                 6           *           3
6/2/91   RV     48      42                 4           1           5
11/4/90  RV     51      41                 5           *           3
10/14/90 RV     50      41                 5           *           3
9/9/90   RV     47      46                 3           *           3
7/24/90  RV     51      41                 4           1           4
5/21/90  RV     47      45                 5           1           2
10/10/88 RV     52      41                 2           1           4
9/19/88  RV     51      39                 3           1           6
6/22/85  RV     48      44                 5           *           3
10/16/84 RV     52      44                 2          NA           5
9/11/84  RV     53      45                 2          NA           1
7/8/84   RV     58      40                 2          NA           1
10/27/82 RV     58      39                NA          NA           3
10/11/82 RV     55      36                NA          NA           9
9/13/82  RV     58      36                NA          NA           6
11/22/81 RV     53      41       "        NA          NA           7
*1/27/02 and previous: No "other candidate" option recorded



15. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) For each item I name, please tell me how important it will be in your vote for Congress this year. Will it be one of the single most important issues, very important, somewhat important or less important than that?

9/2/10 - Summary Table*
                                ------ Important -----   -- Not as important -   No   
                                NET   1 of most   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   op.  
a. The economy                  93       31        62     7        7        *     *
b. Health care                  82       19        63    18       15        3     *
c. Immigration issues           55       12        43    45       30       15     0 
d. The situation
   in Afghanistan               64       12        52    36       27        9     *
e. The federal budget deficit   76       15        61    24       18        6     *
f. Taxes                        69       11        58    31       23        8     1 
g. The way Washington  
   is working                   65        9        56    33       27        6     1
h. Local issues where you
   live                         61        8        53    38       30        8     *
*Half sample asked items a-d; other half sample asked items e-h.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

             ------ Important -----   -- Not as important -   No   
             NET   1 of most   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   op.  
9/2/10  RV   93       31        62     7        7        *     *
10/8/06 RV   77       12        65    23       20        3     *
4/9/06       80       16        64    20       18        2     *

b. Health care

             ------ Important -----   -- Not as important -   No   
             NET   1 of most   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   op.  
9/2/10  RV   82       19        63    18       15        3     *
10/8/06 RV   71       11        61    28       22        6     *
4/9/06       75       16        60    25       20        4     *

c. Immigration issues

             ------ Important -----   -- Not as important -   No   
             NET   1 of most   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   op.  
9/2/10  RV   55       12        43    45       30       15     0
10/8/06 RV   54        7        47    45       29       16     1
4/9/06       60       12        48    40       32        8     *

d-g. No trend.

h. Local issues where you live

             ------ Important -----   -- Not as important -   No   
             NET   1 of most   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   op.  
9/2/10  RV   61        8        53    38       30        8     *
10/8/06 RV   59        8        51    41       32        8     1
4/9/06       62        9        53    37       31        6     1


16. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Will one reason for your vote for Congress be to express (support for) Obama, to express (opposition to) Obama, or is Obama not a factor in your choice?

              Support   Opposition   Not a factor   No opinion
9/2/10  RV      25          27           47              1
3/26/10 RV*     25          24           49              1
*"show" support and U.S. House

Compare to: Will one reason for your vote for Congress be to express (support for) Bush, to express (opposition to) Bush, or is Bush not a factor in your choice?

              Support   Opposition   Not a factor   No opinion
10/8/06  RV     18          35           47              1
5/15/06         12          30           58              1
11/4/02  LV     29          15           55              1
11/3/02  LV     29          17           52              1
11/2/02  LV     30          15           54              1
10/27/02 LV     33          18           49              1

Compare to: Is one of the reasons you support this candidate to express support for Bill Clinton, to express opposition to Clinton, or would you say that Clinton is not a factor?
              Support   Opposition   Not a factor   No opinion
11/1/98         13           9           77              1
11/1/98  LV     10          13           77              *
10/25/98        14          10           72              4
10/25/98 LV     15          15           70              1
10/18/98        13           9           75              3
10/18/98 LV     12          12           76              1
9/28/98         14          13           71              2
9/28/98  LV     14          18           67              1



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

               Yes,          No,         No
             they are   they are not   opinion
9/2/10          46           47           7
9/2/10 RV       45           48           7           

Compare to: 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   opinion
11/4/06 RV      49           47           4
10/8/06         52           44           4
8/6/06          48           47           5
5/15/06         44           52           4
11/2/05         44           51           5 



18. Do you think Obama's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

                Too         Too        About     No
              liberal   conservative   right   opinion
9/2/10          45            9         45        2
9/2/10 RV       47            7         44        2
4/25/10         39            5         53        3
1/15/10         37            7         54        2
11/15/09        40            7         52        2
9/12/09         39            5         53        3
4/24/09         33            4         62        2
1/16/09         29            4         65        2
10/31/08 LV     39            3         56        2
10/21/08 LV     40            2         55        4
10/20/08 LV     39            2         55        4
10/11/08 RV     37            4         55        4
6/15/08         36            5         52        7
3/2/08          31            6         56        7



19. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of how you might vote in your own congressional district, do you think it's more important (to have the Democrats in charge of Congress, to help support Obama's policies), or (to have the Republicans in charge of Congress, to act as a check on Obama's policies)?

           Dems in charge    GOP in charge   No opinion
9/2/10          39               55               6
7/11/10         43               51               6

Compare to:

Which statement comes closer to the way you think: Since the president is a Republican, we need (Republicans in charge of Congress to help support the president's agenda), or Since the president is a Republican, we need (Democrats in charge of Congress to act as a check on the president and his agenda). 

            Republicans     Democrats     No difference        No
             in charge      in charge         (vol)         opinion  
9/26/02          34             56              6              3
9/26/02 RV       36             55              6              3

20. IF [ITEM] campaigned for a candidate for Congress in your district, would that make you more likely to (support) that candidate, more likely to (oppose) that candidate, or wouldn’t it make much difference either way?

9/2/10 - Summary Table
                                          No       No
                      Support   Oppose   diff.   opinion
a. Barack Obama          17       27       55       *
b. Michelle Obama        21       24       55       *
c. Sarah Palin           20       36       42       1

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

              ----- Positive -------   ----- Negative -----
                    Enthusi-  Satis-         Dissat-          None/     No
              NET   astic     fied     NET   isfied   Angry   Other   opinion
9/2/10        22      2        20      78      52      25      NA        *
7/11/10       36      4        32      64      43      21      NA        1
6/6/10        30      2        28      69      45      25      NA        1
4/25/10       30      4        26      69      51      18      NA        1
2/8/10        32      3        29      67      48      19      NA        *
10/29/03      42      2        41      57      42      15      NA        *
11/4/02  LV   49      4        45      50      41       9      NA        1
11/3/02  LV   50      5        45      49      40       9      NA        1
11/2/02  LV   51      6        45      49      40       9      NA        1
10/27/02      50      4        47      49      42       7      NA        1
10/27/02 LV   53      3        50      47      41       6      NA        1
2/21/02       56      7        49      43      36       7      NA        1
12/15/00      59      4        55      39      34       6      NA        1
2/14/99       52      3        48      47      35      12      NA        1
9/28/98       50      4        46      49      36      12      NA        1
9/28/98  LV   48      4        44      50      37      14      NA        1
8/16/98       41      2        39      57      46      11      NA        1
1/19/98       46      2        43      53      45       8       1        *
8/27/97       34      2        33      64      52      11       2        1
3/17/96       29      2        27      70      54      16      NA        *
5/14/95       48      3        45      50      41       9      NA        1
1/4/95        29      2        27      69      53      16       *        1
11/6/94  RV   28      2        26      70      49      21       1        1
10/31/94      26      1        25      73      55      18       1        1
10/23/94      28      1        26      71      52      20       *        *
10/9/94       25      2        24      72      53      19       2        *
9/11/94       26      2        25      73      53      20      NA        *
3/27/94       30      1        29      68      48      20       1        1
2/28/93       33      4        29      66      50      16       *        *
10/4/92  LV   17      1        16      81      56      25       1        1
10/4/92  RV   17      1        16      81      56      25       1        1
7/8/92        23      1        22      76      53      23       *        1
6/7/92        21      1        20      79      58      21       *        1
4/9/92        21      1        20      79      55      24       1        *
3/18/92       22      1        21      77      54      23       1        *
3/11/92       18      1        17      80      60      20       1        1



22. On another subject, would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

          
              ------ Positive ------   ------- Negative -------     No
              NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion 
9/2/10         8        *         7    92        40         53       0
7/11/10       10        1         9    90        44         46       0
6/6/10        12        *        11    88        43         45       0
1/16/09        5        1         5    94        32         62       *
9/22/08        9        *         9    91        34         57       *
4/13/08       10        1         9    90        39         51       *
2/1/08        19        1        18    81        43         38       0
12/9/07       28        3        25    72        40         32       *
11/1/07       35        3        32    64        39         26       *
4/15/07       42        5        37    57        37         20       *
12/11/06      50        7        42    50        36         14       *
10/22/06      55       10        45    45        28         17       *
10/8/06       47        7        40    53        37         16       *
3/5/06        43        5        38    57        37         19       *
1/26/06       40        5        35    60        37         23       *
12/18/05      45        5        39    55        38         17       *
11/2/05       35        3        32    65        36         29       *
9/11/05       40        3        37    59        37         22       1
6/5/05        44        3        40    56        38         19       *
4/24/05       37        2        35    63        44         20       *
9/26/04  RV   46        3        43    53        38         15       1
8/29/04  RV   45        3        41    55        37         18       *
7/25/04       46        4        42    53        39         14       *
6/20/04       45        4        41    55        38         17       *
4/18/04       43        4        39    57        39         18       *
3/7/04        39        2        37    60        38         22       1
1/18/04       42        3        39    58        42         16       0
12/21/03      42        4        39    57        41         16       1
10/29/03      33        1        32    67        45         23       *
9/13/03       30        2        27    70        45         25       *
8/11/03       32        2        30    68        43         25       *
4/30/03       35        1        34    64        46         19       *
2/9/03        28        1        27    72        49         23       *
1/20/03       25        1        25    74        48         26       1
12/15/02      35        1        33    65        44         21       1
11/4/02  LV   28        1        27    72        55         17       1
11/3/02  LV   27        1        26    72        56         17       1
11/2/02  LV   29        1        28    71        54         17       *
9/26/02       31        2        28    69        50         19       *
7/15/02       39        3        36    61        44         17       1
2/21/02       30        1        29    69        51         18       *
1/27/02       31        1        29    69        50         19       *
9/20/01       38        3        35    60        47         14       2
9/9/01        33        1        32    66        47         19       *
7/30/01       50        3        46    50        39         12       *
4/22/01       50        3        47    50        40          9       *
1/15/01       70       10        59    29        24          6       1
10/27/00 LV   86       24        61    14        11          3       *
10/26/00 LV   86       24        61    14        11          3       *
6/11/00       74       17        57    26        19          6       *
2/27/00       80       25        55    20        14          5       *
10/31/99      74       18        56    26        18          7       1
9/2/99        76       19        57    23        16          6       1
3/14/99       80       22        58    19        15          4       1
11/1/98       73       12        61    26        21          5       1
11/1/98  LV   78       13        65    22        19          3       *
10/13/97      61       12        49    39        27         11       *
See also ABC CCI trend.


23. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse or staying the same?

              Getting   Getting   Staying      No 
              better     worse    the same   opinion 
9/2/10          24        38        38          1
7/11/10         27        32        41          *
6/6/10          30        30        39          1

3/29/09         27        36        36          1
3/15/09         14        48        36          2
2/15/09          8        58        31          3
1/19/09          6        62        31          1

12/15/08         9        64        25          1
11/16/08        16        55        28          1
10/13/08         2        82        13          2
9/15/08         13        52        34          2
8/17/08          6        58        36          *
7/13/08          2        78        18          2
6/15/08          4        74        21          1
5/11/08          4        77        18          1
4/13/08          3        73        22          1
3/16/08          3        68        28          2
2/17/08          8        62        29          1
1/13/08          5        65        29          1

12/16/07         8        61        28          3
11/18/07         7        68        25          1
10/14/07        11        55        30          4
9/16/07          8        49        41          1
8/12/07         15        57        26          2
7/15/07         12        51        36          0
6/17/07         11        52        35          2
5/13/07         14        55        29          2
4/15/07         13        46        40          2
3/18/07         15        49        35          2
2/19/07         16        41        41          1
1/14/07         18        34        45          2

12/17/06        18        34        46          2
11/12/06        19        37        42          3
10/15/06        17        45        36          3
9/17/06         14        50        35          1
8/13/06         15        54        30          1
7/16/06         14        52        34          1
6/18/06         16        51        32          1
5/14/06         14        56        29          1
4/16/06         19        47        33          2
3/12/06         14        49        36          1
2/12/06         17        48        33          2
1/15/06         20        39        38          3

12/18/05        18        47        33          2
11/13/05        18        52        28          2
10/16/05         9        57        32          2
9/18/05         11        60        27          2
8/14/05         16        41        40          3
7/17/05         21        43        33          2
6/19/05         17        43        38          1
5/15/05         16        51        32          1
4/17/05         14        48        34          3
3/13/05         23        40        35          1
2/13/05         17        40        39          3
1/16/05         22        34        42          2 

12/12/04        29        33        38          1
11/14/04        28        33        37          2  
10/17/04        27        42        30          1  
9/12/04         26        38        35          1  
8/15/04         24        38        36          2  
7/18/04         29        36        33          2  
6/13/04         28        38        34          *  
5/16/04         25        41        32          2  
4/18/04         26        37        35          2  
3/14/04         23        42        34          1  
2/15/04         29        37        32          2  
1/18/04         34        27        37          1  

12/14/03        35        27        37          2  
11/16/03        32        28        38          2  
10/12/03        30        32        35          3  
9/14/03         25        39        34          2  
8/17/03         26        38        36          1  
7/20/03         20        37        42          1  
6/15/03         25        33        43          0  
5/11/03         22        36        41          0  
4/13/03         20        37        43          0  
3/16/03          9        52        39          0  
2/16/03         20        44        36          0  
1/19/03         19        43        37          0  

12/29/02        16        44        39          1  
12/1/02         21        37        42          1  
11/3/02         17        38        44          0 
10/6/02         14        48        37          1 
9/1/02          19        36        44          1 
8/4/02          21        43        34          0 
7/28/02         17        44        39          1 
7/15/02         20        36        43          2 
7/7/02          22        37        41          0 
6/9/02          27        29        43          1 
5/12/02         35        27        38          0 
4/14/02         34        26        40          0 
3/17/02         47        20        32          1 
2/17/02         29        27        42          2 
1/20/02         25        36        39          1 

12/9/01         24        37        38          1 
11/11/01        16        48        36          1 
10/14/01        15        46        39          0 
9/16/01          9        44        46          1 
8/12/01         16        46        38          0 
7/15/01         13        40        46          0 
6/17/01         17        45        38          1 
5/20/01         13        47        39          0 
4/22/01         12        44        44          0 
3/25/01         13        49        37          1 
2/11/01         13        45        41          1 
1/14/01         12        40        47          1 

7/9/00          21        28        50          0 

9/12/99         21        23        56          1 
5/23/99         24        26        49          1 
1/31/99         28        21        50          0 
1/03/99         29        21        47          2 

11/08/98        26        27        47          0 
10/11/98        24        31        44          1 
9/27/98         26        31        43          0 
9/13/98         20        27        53          0 
6/21/98         30        21        49          0 
5/24/98         34        22        42          1 
4/26/98         31        21        47          1 

10/26/97        22        25        51          0 
8/3/97          24        20        55          1 
6/22/97         25        26        47          1 
3/2/97          17        27        55          0 
2/2/97          23        27        49          0 
1/5/97          21        27        52          0 

10/27/96        23        29        48          1 
9/29/96         20        28        52          0 
9/1/96          18        36        46          1 
7/7/96          13        40        48          0 
6/9/96          12        43        44          0 
5/12/96         15        45        40          0 
4/14/96         13        38        48          0 
3/17/96         15        41        43          * 

10/1/95         16        39        44          0 
8/6/95          15        36        50          0 
7/9/95          13        39        47          1 
6/11/95         13        35        51          0 
5/14/95         16        41        42          0 
3/19/95         19        38        43          0 

10/2/94         21        38        41          0 
9/25/94         20        36        43          1 
9/18/94         19        35        45          1 
7/10/94         21        33        46          0 
6/26/94         24        30        46          0 
5/29/94         23        33        44          0 
4/3/94          23        28        48          1 
2/27/94         30        27        43          0 
2/13/94         34        25        41          0 
1/30/94         34        24        42          0 
1/16/94         32        25        43          0 
1/2/94          30        25        45          0 

12/19/93        25        30        46          0 
12/5/93         22        31        47          0 
11/21/93        20        37        42          1 
11/7/93         15        37        48          0 
10/24/93        12        39        49          0 
10/10/93        16        37        46          0 
9/26/93         17        37        45          0 
9/12/93         16        32        52          0 
8/29/93         13        42        45          0 
8/15/93         16        39        45          1 
8/1/93          13        35        52          0 
7/4/93          14        35        51          0 
6/20/93         16        35        49          0 
6/6/93          14        35        50          0 
5/23/93         13        33        54          1 
5/9/93          14        34        52          0 
4/25/93         25        26        49          0 
4/11/93         17        30        52          0 
3/28/93         26        29        45          0 
3/14/93         23        24        52          0 
2/28/93         23        28        47          2 
2/14/93         30        24        45          1 
1/31/93         29        26        45          0 
1/17/93         29        23        47          1 
1/3/93          33        17        48          2 

12/20/92        31        25        43          1 
12/6/92         26        27        47          0 
11/22/92        17        32        51          0 
11/8/92         16        47        37          0 
10/25/92        12        46        42          0 
10/11/92         6        52        42          0 
9/27/92         10        48        42          0 
9/13/92          9        58        33          1 
8/30/92          8        48        43          0 
8/16/92         12        45        43          0 
8/2/92          12        41        48          0 
7/19/92         11        52        37          0 
7/5/92          18        47        35          0 
6/21/92         15        41        43          0 
6/7/92          18        36        46          0 
5/24/92         15        45        40          0 
5/10/92         19        38        42          0 
4/26/92         18        39        44          0 
4/12/92         17        41        41          0 
3/29/92         16        42        42          0 
3/25/92         15        45        40          0 
3/15/92         9         48        42          0 
3/1/92          9         55        36          0  
2/16/92         8         48        44          0  
2/2/92          9         57        34          0  
1/19/92         7         58        35          0  
1/5/92          8         54        38          0  

12/22/91        4         66        30          0  
12/08/91        6         60        29          5  
11/24/91        6         53        37          4  
11/10/91        12        50        38          0  
10/27/91        11        44        44          1  
10/21/91        9         56        34          1  
09/22/91        16        41        41          2  
09/08/91        16        40        41          3  
08/25/91        17        40        40          3  
08/11/91        16        44        38          2  
07/28/91        13        53        34          0  
07/28/91        19        46        33          2  
07/14/91        19        42        37          2  
06/30/91        20        40        38          2  
06/02/91        20        44        35          1  
04/09/91        18        49        31          2  
03/04/91        10        53        36          1  
01/27/91        6         65        28          1  

11/01/90        4         77        19          0  
10/14/90        3         77        19          1  
09/09/90        5         64        31          0  
07/24/90        9         58        32          1  
05/21/90        7         46        47          0  
02/04/90        10        42        48          0  
01/16/90        11        38        51          0  

08/21/89        15        32        53          0  
06/19/89        12        37        51          0  
05/23/89        12        37        50          1  
04/03/89        9         39        51          1  
02/14/89        16        36        47          1  
01/16/89        25        36        38          1  

10/10/88        24        34        42          0  
07/20/88        24        39        35          2  
07/11/88        23        36        41          0  
05/25/88        16        42        41          1  
03/21/88        20        44        36          0  
01/23/88        18        45        37          0  

12/17/87        15        47        38          0  
12/13/87        14        49        36          1  
12/02/87        15        53        31          1  
11/05/87        10        56        32          2  
10/26/87        12        60        28          0  
10/19/87        17        47        36          0  
06/29/87        19        38        43          0  
06/01/87        20        38        41          1  
04/13/87        20        37        42          1  
03/09/87        22        36        41          1  
02/28/87        18        48        33          1  
01/18/87        23        38        38          1  

09/08/86        30        34        35          1  
06/23/86        32        30        38          0  
05/19/86        35        28        36          1   
04/28/86        40        28        32          0   
03/24/86        42        24        33          1   
02/12/86        29        27        43          1   

12/17/85        30        30        37          3   
10/28/85        27        35        37          1   
09/23/85        27        32        39          2   
07/29/85        32        29        39          0   
06/22/85        37        28        35          0   
05/13/85        32        29        38          1   
03/25/85        36        27        37          0   
02/26/85        41        25        32          2   
01/16/85        43        12        44          1   

07/08/84        43        26        31          0   
05/22/84        40        23        36          1   
01/17/84        49        19        31          1   

12/13/83        46        20        31          3   
11/07/83        44        20        36          0   
09/26/83        44        20        35          1   
08/01/83        50        19        30          1 
06/19/83        36        20        42          2 
05/15/83        43        17        39          1 
04/12/83        37        21        40          2 
03/02/83        39        21        39          1 
01/22/83        18        46        36          0 

12/18/82        20        53        26          1 
10/11/82        21        48        28          3 
09/13/82        21        45        33          1 
08/17/82        17        50        31          2 
04/25/82        21        47        30          2 
03/08/82        13        59        27          1 
01/30/82        17        50        31          2 

12/12/81        12        54        32          2 
11/22/81        11        55        33          1 
10/18/81        17        40        41          2 
09/20/81        12        42        44          2 
05/20/81        14        49        36          1 
03/06/81         9        54        36          1

24. How much blame do you think [ITEM] deserves for the country's economic situation - a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly any?

9/2/10 - Summary Table

a. The Bush administration, for inadequate regulation of the financial industry
b. The Obama administration, for not doing enough to turn the economy around

           - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                 Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
           NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
a. Bush    60     32      28    40     29      10        1        1
b. Obama   42     19      23    57     28      27        2        1

Trend:

a. The Bush administration, for inadequate regulation of the financial industry

          - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
9/2/10    60     32      28    40     29      10        1        1
1/15/10   67     41      25    33     24       8        1        1
9/12/09   65     40      25    35     23      10        1        1
7/18/09   62     42      20    36     23      11        1        2
3/29/09   70     47      23    29     21       7        1        2 

b. The Obama administration, for not doing enough to turn the economy around

          - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
9/2/10    42     19      23    57     28      27        2        1
1/15/10   36     14      21    64     36      25        3        *
9/12/09   27     13      15    71     33      34        4        2
7/18/09   32     14      17    66     28      34        4        2
3/29/09   26     13      13    72     27      39        6        2



25. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the political movement known as the Tea Party? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

         ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No
         NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/2/10   38       18         19      45       24         21        18
6/6/10   36       17         19      50       25         24        14
3/26/10  41       21         21      39       16         23        20
2/8/10   35       20         15      40       20         20        25

26. On a different topic, do you feel you do or do not have a good basic understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Islam, the Muslim religion?

 
           Do   Do not   No opinion
9/2/10     43     55          2
3/29/09    45     55          *
9/7/06     40     58          2
3/5/06     40     59          1
9/7/03     33     64          3
10/15/02   25     73          2
1/6/02     31     61          8 
10/9/01    34     65          1
        

27. Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of Islam?

 
           Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
9/2/10        37          49             13
3/29/09       41          48             11
9/7/06        41          45             14
3/5/06        43          46             11
9/7/03        39          38             23
10/15/02      42          33             26
1/6/02        41          24             35 
10/9/01       47          39             13

        

28. Every religion has mainstream beliefs, and also fringe elements or extremists. Thinking of mainstream Islam, do you think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, or is it a peaceful religion?

 
           Encourages violence   Peaceful religion   No opinion
9/2/10             31                   54               14
3/29/09            29                   58               13
9/7/06             33                   54               13
3/5/06             33                   54               13
9/7/03             34                   46               20
10/15/02           23                   53               25
1/6/02             14                   57               29
        

29. Do you personally know anyone who is a Muslim, or not?

 
          Yes   No   No opinion
9/2/10    49    50        *
3/29/09   47    53        1
10/9/01   41    58        1
        

30. There has been news lately about plans for a Muslim community center and place of worship in Lower Manhattan, near the site of the former World Trade Center. Do you yourself think this Muslim community center should or should not be built at this location? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

         --------- Should --------   ------ Should not -------     No  
         NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/2/10   29       14         15      66       13         53         5
         

30a. (IF SHOULD NOT) Is that more because you oppose (building a Muslim community center at this particular location), or more because you oppose (building Muslim community centers in this country in general)?

         This location   In general   Other (vol.)   No opinion
9/2/10        82             14            3              1

         

31. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you feel strongly enough about this issue for it to influence your vote for U.S. Congress in November, or not that strongly?

          Strongly   Not that strongly   No opinion
9/2/10      42              55               2

        

32. If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice against Muslims?

 
                      
                      Yes                         No   No opinion
9/2/10    All         26                          71        2
3/5/06    All         27                          72        1

         

Compare to: If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice against Jews?

 

           Yes   No   No opinion
8/7/00      6    93        *

Compare to: If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of racial prejudice?

 
                      
          Yes   No   No opinion
1/4/09    35    64       1
10/24/08  15    84       1
6/15/08   30    69       2
10/19/99* 34    66       *
*"some racist feelings"

        

33. On another subject, all in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in 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   opinion 
9/2/10        34       21         14      62       16         46         4
7/11/10       42       26         16      55       13         42         3
7/18/09       34       21         12      62       11         51         4
2/22/09       38       24         14      60       13         48         2
1/16/09       39       21         17      61       12         49         1
12/14/08      34       21         13      64       14         50         2
9/7/08        36       24         13      61       13         48         3
8/22/08       35       22         13      63       13         50         2
7/13/08       36       22         13      63       13         50         1
6/15/08       34       21         13      63        9         54         3
4/13/08       34       24         11      64       11         52         2
3/2/08        34       24         11      63       12         51         2
2/1/08        34       23         11      65       11         53         1
1/12/08       35       21         13      64       13         51         2
12/9/07       37       25         12      61       11         50         2
11/1/07       35       23         12      63       12         51         2
9/30/07       38       25         14      59       12         47         3
9/7/07        36       23         13      62       11         51         2
7/21/07       36       25         12      63       10         53         1
6/1/07        37       24         12      61       12         50         2
4/15/07       33       22         11      66       12         54         1
2/25/07       34       22         12      64       13         51         2
1/10/07       40       28         12      58       11         47         2
12/11/06      36       25         11      61       12         50         2
11/4/06  RV   44       33         12      53       10         44         2
10/22/06      40       28         12      57       11         47         2
10/8/06       35       25         10      63       13         50         2
9/7/06        42       29         13      56       11         45         2
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         1
6/26/05       46       33         13      53       10         43         1
6/5/05        41       29         12      58       12         46         1
4/24/05       44       31         13      54       12         42         2
3/13/05       45       34         11      53       11         42         2
1/16/05       44       32         12      55       10         45         1
12/19/04      42       31         11      56       10         47         2
10/3/04  LV   49       34         15      48       11         37         3
9/26/04  RV   46       35         12      51        8         42         3
9/8/04   RV   51       38         13      45       10         34         4
8/29/04  RV   48       34         14      50       11         39         2
7/25/04       49       36         13      48       11         37         3
7/11/04       45       34         10      53       12         42         2
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                          32                             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"

34. How often do you think about what happened on September 11, 2001 - the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington - do you think about it a lot, or not all that much? (IF A LOT) Do you think about it pretty much every day, or less often than that?

         ------ Think about it ------   Don't think     No
         NET   Every day   Less often    about it     opinion
9/2/10   64        14          50            36          *
9/7/06   71        23          48            29          *
9/7/03   77        34          42            23          *
9/8/02   75        40          35            25          *

35. Compared to before September 11, 2001, do you think the country today is safer from terrorism or less safe from terrorism? IF SAFER: Would you say the country is much safer or somewhat safer? IF LESS SAFE: Would you say the country is much less safe or somewhat less safe?

             ----- Safer ------   ---- Less safe ---   No difference     No
             NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much       (vol.)      opinion
9/2/10       48     15      33    42      24     18           8           2
9/7/08       62     25      37    29      19     10           7           2
9/7/07       60     24      36    29      17     11          11           1 
10/8/06      50     20      30    42      NA     NA           7           1
9/7/06       55     19      36    37                          6           2
6/25/06      59     24      35    33                          7           1
3/5/06       56     22      33    35                          8           1
1/26/06      64     24      41    30                          6           *
8/21/05      49     14      35    38                         11           2
10/3/04 LV   62     29      33    29                          7           2
9/26/04 RV   59     24      35    34                          5           2
9/8/04  RV   64     26      38    28                          5           3
8/29/04 RV   60     24      36    31                          7           2
1/18/04      67     28      39    24                          8           1
9/7/03       67     24      42    27                          4           2

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

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

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
9/2/10        31         25           39        4      1      17    21     6
9/2/10 RV     31         26           37        4      1      16    21     4
7/11/10       31         24           40        3      1      18    18     9
7/11/10 RV    33         26           37        3      *      16    17     8
6/6/10        32         24           39        3      1      19    19     6
6/6/10  RV    34         25           38        2      *      17    18     6
4/25/10       34         23           38        4      1      19    17     6
4/25/10 RV    35         25           37        3      *      17    17     6
3/26/10       34         24           38        3      1      17    17     7
3/26/10 RV    35         26           36        2      1      16    17     6
2/8/10        32         26           39        3      *      17    19     6
2/8/10  RV    32         27           38        3      1      14    20     7
1/15/10       32         23           38        7      *      17    20     9
12/13/09      32         26           37        5      1      13    18    11
11/15/09      35         21           39        4      1      19    17     8
10/18/09      33         20           42        4      1      20    19     8
9/12/09       32         21           43        4      *      19    20     9
8/17/09       35         25           34        6      1      15    14    11
7/18/09       33         22           41        4      *      20    16     9
6/21/09       35         22           37        7      *      17    16    10
4/24/09       35         21           38        5      *      18    16    10
3/29/09       36         25           33        5      1      15    16     8
2/22/09       36         24           34        5      1      18    13     9
1/16/09       35         23           36        5      1      20    12    11
12/14/08      37         24           35        4      1      16    13    10
11/3/08       35         26           30        6      2      13    10    15
10/11/08      36         26           31        4      2      15    12    10
9/29/08       34         26           31        8      2      17    12    12
9/22/08       36         26           31        5      2      18     9    11
9/7/08        35         26           33        5      2      15    14    11
8/22/08       36         23           34        6      1      16    14    10
7/13/08       37         24           33        6      1      16    14    10
6/15/08       38         24           34        4      1      16    14     8
5/11/08       34         28           34        4      1      19    11     8
4/13/08       35         29           30        5      1      15    13     8
3/2/08        40         28           28        3      1      15     8     9
2/1/08        37         26           32        4      1      16    11    10
1/12/08       39         27           29        5      1      13     9    12

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

 
                                                     Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
9/2/10         19         37            40                  3             1
7/11/10        22         35            39                  2             1
6/6/10         23         39            36                  1             1
4/25/10        22         40            35                  1             2
3/26/10        24         32            42                  1             2
2/8/10         24         36            37                  2             1
1/15/10        25         34            38                  1             1
12/13/09       23         35            41                  1             1
11/15/09       19         41            38                  1             1
10/18/09       23         36            38                  2             1
9/12/09        24         39            36                  *             1
8/17/09        20         40            37                  2             1
7/18/09        20         39            38                  2             1
6/21/09        22         40            36                  1             *
4/24/09        23         39            35                  2             2
3/29/09        20         38            38                  2             2
2/22/09        23         38            37                  1             1
1/16/09        24         42            32                  *             1
12/14/08       22         37            37                  1             2
10/11/08 RV    22         44            34                  *             1
9/29/08 RV     19         44            34                  1             1
9/22/08 RV     23         41            32                  2             1
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08        19         43            35                  2             1
6/15/08        21         43            33                  1             2
5/11/08        24         39            34                  2             1
4/13/08        24         38            35                  1             2
3/2/08         19         48            30                  2             2
2/1/08         25         38            34                  2             1
1/12/08        24         36            36                  2             1
12/9/07        24         38            36                  1             1
11/1/07        24         41            32                  1             1
9/30/07        24         45            30                  1             1
9/7/07         20         39            39                  1             2
7/21/07        25         39            32                  3             1
6/1/07         24         36            37                  2             1
4/15/07        24         42            32                  1             1
2/25/07        23         40            35                  1             1
1/19/07        23         41            33                  1             1
12/11/06       23         42            33                  2             1
11/4/06        19         42            36                  2             1
10/22/06       22         42            32                  2             2
10/8/06        21         43            33                  1             1
9/7/06         24         39            33                  2             2
8/6/06         18         42            38                  1             1
6/25/06        21         41            35                  1             1
5/15/06        19         48            31                  1             1
5/11/06        18         49            33                  *             *
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             *
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             *
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1


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

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


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