Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone September 29, 2008, among a random national sample of 520 adults and 424 registered voters. The results from the sample of registered voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points. Error margins are higher for subgroups. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about (ITEM)?

9/29/08 - Summary Table 

                                       Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
a. the state of the national economy       43            53            4
b. your own family's financial 
   situation                               61            34            5

Trend:

a. the state of the national economy

              Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
9/29/08  RV       43           53             4
4/13/08  RV       40           58             2
2/1/08            45           51             4
12/9/07           45           52             3
12/11/06          64           33             3
5/15/06           52           46             1
12/18/05          55           44             1
12/19/04          58           40             2
6/20/04           64           34             2
1/14/03           63           35             2  

b. your own family's financial situation      

              Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
9/29/08  RV       61           34             5
4/13/08  RV       66           31             3
2/1/08            67           30             3
12/9/07           72           25             3
12/11/06          82           16             2
5/15/06           79           20             1
12/18/05          73           26             1
12/19/04          75           23             2

2. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) In terms of its potential impact on the broader economy, do you think the country's current financial situation is a crisis, a serious problem but not a crisis, a problem but not a serious one, or not much of a problem at all?

                 ------ Problem -------   --------- Not a problem -------
                              Serious         Not serious   Not much of    No
               NET   Crisis   problem   NET     problem      a problem    opin.
9/29/08 RV     94      52       43       5          4             *         1

3. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) The government has proposed using up to 700 billion dollars to shore up failing financial institutions on Wall Street. Some people say (it's a bailout that those companies don't deserve). Other people say (it's necessary to protect the broader economy). On balance, do you support or oppose this plan? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

              -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/29/08 RV   45       17         28      47       20         27         8

4. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) How confident are you that the federal government's efforts will prevent the country's current financial situation from getting worse - very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?


             ---- Confident ---   ----- Not confident -----     No
             NET   Very   Smwht   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
9/29/08 RV   51      6     45     47      32         15          2


5. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Who do you think deserves the most blame for the current financial situation?

                                  9/29/08
President Bush                     25
Wall Street financial
 institutions/Banks                18
Federal government/government
 in Washington                      8
Congress                            8
All/everyone/many different
 parties                            7
People/homeowners who borrowed   
 too much                           5
Democrats                           5
Republicans                         5
Greed                               4
Bill Clinton/Clinton
 administration                     2
Bad economic times                  1
Deregulation                        1
Companies/CEOs/Executives           1
Other                               4
No opinion                          5

6. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) As you may know, Congress today rejected the government's plan, and the stock market lost nearly 800 points. How concerned are you that today's vote in Congress could lead to a more severe economic decline in this country - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?

         
             --- Concerned ---   --- Not Concerned ---     No   
             NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
9/29/08 RV   88     51     37    11       8        4        1


7. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Who do you think is mainly responsible for the rejection of the plan in Congress - the (Democrats in Congress) or the (Republicans in Congress)?

                                                    Both         Neither    Bush    No
             Democrats   Republicans   equally (vol.)    (vol.)   (vol.)   op. 
9/29/08 RV      21            44            17             5        *      13   

8. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you think the plan rejected by Congress today did (too much), (too little) or about the right amount to [ITEM]?

                     9/29/08 - Summary Table

                             Too much   Too little   Right amount   No opinion
a. Help major financial
   institutions that got
   into trouble                 34           28           27            11
b. Help the U.S. economy        12           49           27            12
c. Help ordinary Americans       5           61           22            12

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