Washington Post-ABC News Poll

The Washington Post
Monday, October 9, 2006

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone October 5-8, 2006, among a random national sample of 1,204 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, PA.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

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




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

10/8/06 Summary Table
                                         Approve   Disapprove   No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                   35          64         1
b. The US campaign against terrorism       45          53         1
c. The economy                             41          56         2

Trend: a. The situation in Iraq

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

b. The US campaign against terrorism

 
              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
10/8/06       45       29        16       53       13         40        1
9/7/06        53       33        19       45       14         31        2
8/6/06        47       NA        NA       50       NA         NA        2
6/25/06       51       NA        NA       47       NA         NA        2
5/15/06       53       NA        NA       43       NA         NA        4
4/9/06        50       32        18       49       15         34        1
3/5/06        52       NA        NA       46       NA         NA        2
1/26/06       52                          45                            2
1/8/06        53                          45                            2
12/18/05      56                          44                            1
11/2/05       48                          51                            1
9/11/05       50        "        "        47        "          "        3
8/28/05       56       34        21       43       14         29        2
6/5/05        50       NA        NA       49       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       56                          41                            3
3/13/05       59                          38                            3
1/16/05       61                          38                            2
12/19/04      53                          43                            3
9/26/04 RV    59                          38                            3
8/29/04 RV    60                          37                            3 
7/25/04       57                          40                            4
6/20/04       50                          48                            2
5/23/04       58                          39                            4                          
4/18/04       63                          35                            2
3/7/04        63                          34                            3
2/11/04       64                          34                            2
1/18/04       66                          33                            2                    
12/21/03      70                          28                            2
10/29/03      63                          35                            2                      
10/13/03      66                          30                            4                      
9/13/03       70                          27                            3                      
9/7/03        67                          28                            5                      
4/30/03       79                          19                            2                      
2/9/03        74                          23                            4                      
2/1/03        75                          21                            3                      
1/27/03       72                          26                            2                      
1/20/03       71                          25                            4                      
12/15/02      79                          20                            1                      
11/4/02  LV   76                          22                            1                      
11/3/02  LV   77                          22                            3                      
11/2/02  LV   78                          21                            2                      
10/27/02      74                          23                            4                      
9/26/02       70                          28                            2                      
9/8/02        74                          24                            2                      
7/28/02       81                          17                            2                      
7/15/02       83        "        "        15        "          "        2                      
5/19/02       79       51        27       19       10          9        3
4/21/02       81       56        25       18       10          7        2
3/10/02       88       64        24       10        5          5        2
1/27/02       88       NA        NA       10       NA         NA        2
12/19/01      89       67        22        9        5          4        2
10/15/01      92       75        17        5        3          3        3


c. The economy

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




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

             ------- Closely -------     ------- Not closely ------     No 
             NET    Very    Somewhat     NET   Not too   Not at all     op.
10/8/06 RV   75      26        49        25       17          8          0 
9/7/06  RV   66      20        46        34       20         14          * 
8/6/06  RV   66      21        45        34       23         11          * 
5/15/06 RV   60      20        40        39       23         16          *
        All  57      18        38        43       24         19          *

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

               Definitely     Probably     Might skip     No opin.
10/8/06 RV        71            21             8             *
9/7/06  RV        68            22             9             1

5. (and 5a) If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2006 were being held today, would you vote for (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate) in your congressional district? (IF OTHER, NEITHER, DK, REF) Would you lean toward the (Democratic candidate) or toward the (Republican candidate)?

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

  

6. How enthusiastic are you about voting for the (Democrat/Republican) in your Congressional district this year - very enthusiastic, fairly enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all? 10/8/06 Summary Table - Among Registered Voters, Leaned Dem/Rep Supporters


                --- Enthusiastic --    ---- Not Enthusiastic ----     No
                NET   Very   Fairly    NET   Not too   Not at all     op.
a. Democrat     81     42      40      18       14          4          1
b. Republican   76     35      41      23       18          5          1

  

7. What will be the single most important issue in your vote for U.S. House this year?

                             10/8/06 RV    5/15/06
Economy                          23          17
Iraq                             12          11
War on terrorism                 11           6
Immigration                       7          11
Health care                       5           5
Ethics/corruption                 3           2
Education                         3           3
Party affiliation                 3           2
Gas prices                        2           7
Social Security                   *           2
Local issues                      *           1
Medicare                          1           1
Prescription drug benefits        *           *
Abortion                          1           2 
Same-sex marriage                 1           *
Taxes                             0           3
National security                 0           1
Privacy issues                    0           1
Federal deficit                   0           1
Energy                            0           1
Environment                       0           1
Other                            11           6
None                              0           *
No opinion                       15          16

8. 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? 10/8/06 Summary Table - Among Registered Voters

                                   -----Important------   --Not as important-   No   
                                   NET  1 of most  Very   NET  Somewhat  Less   op.  
a. The situation in Iraq           83      15       68     17      16      2     *
b. The US campaign 
   against terrorism               78      11       67     22      19      4     *
c. The economy                     77      12       65     23      20      3     *
d. Health care                     71      11       61     28      22      6     *
e. Immigration issues              54       7       47     45      29     16     1
f. Ethics in government            65       9       56     34      27      7     1 
g. Local issues where you live     59       8       51     41      32      8     1

Trend where available:

a. The situation in Iraq

            -----Important------     --Not as important-     No   
            NET  1 of most  Very     NET  Somewhat  Less     op.  
10/8/06 RV  83      15       68      17      16       2       *
4/9/06      83      20       63      17      15       2       *

b. The U.S campaign against terrorism

            -----Important------     --Not as important-     No   
            NET  1 of most  Very     NET  Somewhat  Less     op.  
10/8/06 RV  78      11       67      22      19       4       *
4/9/06      80      17       62      20      17       3       *

c. The economy

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

d. Health care

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

e. Immigration issues

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

f. No trend.

g. Local issues where you live

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


9. And which of the following will be the SINGLE MOST important issue in your vote for Congress this year: (the U.S campaign against terrorism), (the war in Iraq), (the economy), (immigration), (ethics in government), (health care) or something else?

                        Health   Immi-   Terror-   Ethics           No 
            Iraq  Econ.  care   gration    ism    in govt.  Other   op.
10/8/06 RV   26    23     13       9        14      10        3      2 

Compare to: 
                        Health   Immi-   Terror-    Gas             No 
            Iraq  Econ.  care   gration    ism     Prices   Other   op.
9/7/06  RV   21    22     13      11        16       5        9      3  
8/6/06  RV   21    21     14      10        11      15        7      1  
6/25/06 RV   23    24     15      13         9       8        6      2
        All  24    23     14      13         8       9        6      2


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

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

11. 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   opin.
10/8/06 RV  31        5         26      67       28         38        2    
        All 32        5         27      66       29         37        2  
9/7/06  RV  39       NA         NA      57       NA         NA        4 
        All 40                          55                            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





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

                 Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
10/8/06  RV        62            32              6
         All       60            33              6
9/7/06   RV        60            31              9
         All       60            30              9
8/6/06             55            37              7
5/15/06            62            31              7
4/9/06             59            34              6
1/26/06            64            30              6
12/18/05           65            29              6
11/2/05            60            33              7
6/5/05             61            32              8
9/26/02            64            27              9
7/15/02            68            23              9
11/1/98            72            20              8
11/1/98  LV        73            23              5
10/18/98           68            20             11
10/18/98 LV        67            25              9
9/28/98            70            21             10
9/28/98  LV        71            23              6
7/12/98            70            18             12
1/19/98            74            19              7
4/5/95             65            25              9
10/31/94           51            38             11
10/23/94           49            43              8
9/11/94            53            35             12
6/26/94            59            31             10
3/27/94            62            26             12
1/17/93            60            29             11
4/9/92             47            39             13
3/18/92            49            40             11
2/2/92             56            32             12
12/15/91           60            28             12
10/21/91           64            27              9
6/2/91             61            26             14
10/14/90           64            29              7
5/23/89            71            18             11


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

   10/8/06 Summary Table

                                  Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
a. the Republicans in Congress       35          63             2
b. the Democrats in Congress         48          50             3

Trend:

a. the Republicans in Congress

               Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
10/8/06 RV        36         62              2
        All       35         63              2
5/15/06           33         64              3
11/2/05           35         61              4
6/5/05            42         56              2
6/6/99            41         52              7 
3/14/99           40         56              4
7/8/97            40         54              6
9/15/96 RV        46         48              6
6/30/96           38         56              6
4/5/95            45         50              5
10/31/94          33         59              7
10/23/94          31         64              5
9/11/94           35         59              6

b. the Democrats in Congress

               Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
10/8/06  RV       47         50              2    
         All      48         50              3
5/15/06           39         58              4
11/2/05           41         54              5
6/5/05            42         56              3
6/6/99            51         42              7
3/14/99           51         42              7
7/8/97            45         49              6
4/5/95            36         60              4
10/31/94          39         53              8
10/23/94          36         59              5
9/11/94           41         53              6


14. 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

15. 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  
10/8/06  RV     52           37          2        7           2  
         All    54           35          2        7           2
9/7/06   RV     46           40          2        8           4
         All    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
8/5/96          43           38          3       11           3
6/30/96         46           37          3       12           3
5/22/96         47           38          3       10           3
11/6/94  RV     41           39          2       12           6
10/31/94        43           43          2        8           4
10/23/94        39           40          3       15           3
9/11/94         43           40          4       11           3
6/26/94         41           36          3       14           5
2/27/94         46           32          4       16           3
11/14/93        42           39          3       11           4
1/17/93         49           28          5       13           5
7/8/92          48           38          1        8           4
6/7/92          43           37          3       11           6
3/11/92         45           37          1       11           5
3/8/92          51           36          1        7           5
2/2/92          49           39          2        7           3
12/15/91        39           37          3       15           6
10/21/91        39           40          3       13           5

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

10/8/06 - Summary Table

                                                      Both    Neither   No
                             Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)   (vol.)    op.
a. The situation in Iraq         51          38         3        7       2
b. The U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism             47          41         4        6       2
c. The economy                   54          37         3        6       1
d. Immigration issues            49          36         4       10       3
e. Health care                   61          28         1        7       2
f. Ethics in government          49          30         3       15       2

Trend:

a. The situation in Iraq       

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op. 
10/8/06  RV         50          40         3        6        2
         All        51          38         3        7        2
9/7/06   RV         43          44         2        9        2
         All        43          44         2       10        2
8/6/06              43          40         *       11        5
6/25/06             47          41         1        9        2    
5/15/06             50          36         2       10        3
4/9/06              49          42         1        6        2 
3/5/06              42          42         2       11        2
1/26/06             47          40         1        9        2
12/18/05            47          44         2        6        2
11/2/05             48          37         2       11        2
12/15/02*           30          56         4        7        3
10/27/02 LV         31          58         3        4        4 
9/26/02             33          52         6        4        6      
*12/15/02 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

b. The U.S. campaign against terrorism 

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op. 
10/8/06   RV        46          43         4        6        2
          All       47          41         4        6        2
9/7/06    RV        41          48         1        7        3          
          All       40          47         1        9        3
8/6/06              46          38         1       11        4
6/25/06             39          46         2       10        3    
5/15/06             46          41         2        8        3
4/9/06              46          45         1        6        1 
3/5/06              39          46         3       10        2
1/26/06             41          46         2        6        4
11/2/05             42          42         4       10        3
12/15/02            25          61         5        6        2
10/27/02* LV        26          61         4        5        4 
9/26/02*            30          51         6        6        8
7/15/02             27          55         9        3        6
1/27/02             23          62        10        3        2      
*"The war on terrorism"

c. The economy

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op. 
10/8/06   RV        53          39         2        5        1
          All       54          37         3        6        1
9/7/06    RV        51          41         1        5        3          
          All       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"

d. Immigration issues

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op. 
10/8/06  RV         46          38         4        9        3 
         All        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

e. Health care

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
10/8/06   RV        60          30         2        7        2          
          All       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"

f. Ethics in government

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
10/8/06   RV        47          31         3       16        3
          All       49          30         3       15        2
12/18/05            47          38         2       10        3
11/2/05             42          36         3       16        3


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

10/8/06 - Summary Table

                                                      Both    Neither    No
                                     Dems    Reps    (vol.)   (vol.)    opin.
a. better represents your own
   personal values                    53      37        2        7        1
b. is more concerned with the 
   needs of people like you           58      30        2        9        1
c. has stronger leaders               36      48        6        8        2

Trend:

a. better represents your own personal values

                                Both      Neither      No
             Dems     Reps     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
10/8/06  RV   51       39         2          6          1
         All  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
             Dems     Reps     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
10/8/06  RV   56       33         2          8         1
         All  58       30         2          9         1
8/6/06        56       30         1         12         2 
11/2/05       56       33         1          9         1

c. has stronger leaders

                                Both      Neither      No
             Dems     Reps     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
10/8/06  RV   36       49         6          8          2    
         All  36       48         6          8          2
8/6/06        34       52         4          6          5 
1/26/06       41       47         3          6          3
11/2/05       35       51         5          8          2


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

               Yes,            No,          No
             they are     they are not     opin.
10/8/06 RV      51             45            4
        All     52             44            4
8/6/06          48             47            5
5/15/06         44             52            4
11/2/05         44             51            5

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


             Yes     No     No opin.
10/8/06 RV   55      37         8  
        All  55      38         7

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

                   
         
             Yes     No     No opin.
10/8/06 RV   38      56         5      
        All  39      56         5

21. Overall, how much do you think Congress has accomplished in the past year: a great deal, a good amount, not too much, or nothing at all?

              --Great deal/Good amount---   ---Not much/Nothing----    No
              NET   Grt. deal   Good amt.   NET   Not too   Nothing   opin.
10/8/06  RV   28         6          23      71       56        15       1       
         All  29         7          22      71       56        14       1
10/31/94 LV   20         4          16      80       67        12       1
         All  20         4          16      79       67        12       1
10/23/94      18         2          15      81       68        14       1
9/11/94       21         2          19      79       67        12       *
6/26/94*      24         4          20      74       65         9       1
*"in the past 18 months"

22. In deciding who to support for Congress, what would you say is more important to you - the candidates' (positions on the issues) or the candidates' (personal values), or would you say they're equally important?

            Positions     Personal     Equally       No
            on issues      values     important     opin.
10/8/06 RV     30            5           65          *
        All    31            5           64          *

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

                                           Neither      No
             Democrats     Republicans      (vol.)     opin.
10/8/06 RV       58             38            3          2         
        All      59             36            3          2
5/15/06          56             33            8          3
11/2/05          55             37            6          2

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

               --- Excellent/Good ----    ---- Not so good/Poor ----   No      
               NET   Excellent    Good    NET    Not so good   Poor    op.   
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      *

25. All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not?

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

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

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

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

                                        Kept about        No
            Increased     Decreased      the same      opinion
10/8/06         18            51            28            3  
8/6/06          17            53            27            3  
5/15/06         15            54            27            4 
4/9/06          13            54            31            2 
3/5/06          11            52            34            3 
12/18/05         9            52            36            3  
11/2/05         15            47            36            3
8/28/05         21            41            35            4
6/26/05         16            38            44            2
3/13/05         15            44            36            4


28. (IF DECREASED, Q27) Should all U.S. forces in Iraq be withdrawn immediately, or should they be decreased, but not all withdrawn immediately?

             Withdrawn        Decreased but not         No
            immediately     withdrawn immediately     opinion
10/8/06          37                   63                 *
8/6/06           33                   66                 1
5/15/06          31                   68                 1
4/9/06           28                   72                 1
3/5/06           33                   67                 *
12/18/05         23                   77                 0
11/2/05          38                   61                 *
8/28/05          33                   66                 1
6/26/05          34                   66                 1
3/13/05          27                   72                 1

27/28 NET:                            

                     -------------- Decreased --------------   Kept about   No    
         Increased   NET  All/immed.  Not all/not immed.  DK    the same    op.
10/8/06      18       51      19             32           *        28        3 
8/6/06       17       53      18             35           *        27        3 
5/15/06      15       54      17             37           *        27        4
4/9/06       13       54      15             39           1        31        2
3/5/06       11       52      17             35           *        34        3  
12/18/05      9       52      12             40           *        36        3
11/2/05      15       47      18             29           *        36        3    
8/28/05      21       41      13             27           *        35        4    
6/26/05      16       38      13             25           *        44        2
3/13/05      15       44      12             31           1        37        4


29. Do you think of the war with Iraq as (part of the war against terrorism), or as (separate from the war against terrorism)?

    
              Part     Separate     No opinion
10/8/06        51         48             2
9/7/06         57         41             2
6/25/06        56         43             1
6/26/05        56         43             1
10/3/04 LV     60         38             1
9/8/04  RV     58         39             3
9/13/03        66         32             2
9/7/03         65         31             4
4/16/03        77         22             1


30. On another subject, do you think a political leader should or should not rely on his or her religious beliefs in making policy decisions?

            Should     Should not     Depends (vol.)     No opin. 
10/8/06       35           61               2                2
4/24/05       40           55               4                2

Compare to: Do you think a president should or should not rely on his religious beliefs in making policy decisions?

             Should     Should not     Depends (vol.)     No opin. 
12/21/03       40           54               5                1

31. 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?


               -------- Safer --------     Less     No diff.      No
               NET    Much    Somewhat     safe      (vol.)      opin.
10/8/06        50      20        30         42          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

32. How much credit do you think Bush should get for the fact that there has not been another terrorist attack in the United States since September 11th, 2001 - a great deal of credit, a good amount, just some or hardly any?

                  Great deal/      ---- Some/Hardly any/None ----
               -- Good amount --                            None    No
               NET  Great   Good   NET  Some  Hardly any   (vol.)   op.
10/8/06        44     20     23    56    24       27          5      *
8/29/04 RV     51     21     30    48    24       21          3      1

33. On another subject, would you rate the level of ethics and honesty of members of Congress as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

            --- Excellent/Good ---     --- Not so good/Poor ---      No      
            NET   Excellent   Good     NET   Not so good   Poor    opinion   
10/8/06 RV  29        2        27      71         45        25        1  
        All 30        2        28      69         43        26        1
5/30/06     27        1        26      65         36        30        7
12/3/95     24        2        22      72         42        30        4       
8/8/93      29        1        28      70         42        28        1
1/16/90     46        2        44      53         36        17        1
5/23/89     39        2        37      59         41        18        1

34. And would you rate the level of ethics and honesty of your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

            --- Excellent/Good ---     --- Not so good/Poor ---      No      
            NET   Excellent   Good     NET   Not so good   Poor    opinion   
10/8/06 RV  69       12        57      28         23         6        3    
        All 67       11        56      30         24         6        3
5/30/06     54        9        45      36         23        13       10
5/23/89*    69       10        59      29         21         8        3
*"Your congressman"

35. When it comes to the level of ethics and honesty among politicians, do you think (the Democrats are generally better than the Republicans), (the Republicans are generally better than the Democrats), or isn't there much difference between them when it comes to ethics and honesty?

            Dems better   Reps better   No difference   No opinion
10/8/06 RV      18           12               70           *        
        All     18           11               70           1
5/30/06         16            9               72           3
1/8/06          15           11               73           1
11/2/05         16           12               71           1
3/27/94         10            8               81           1
5/23/89         13            8               79           1

36. As you may have heard or read, a congressman from Florida, Mark Foley, recently resigned after it was reported that he had sent sexually explicit e-mails to high-school students who had worked in Congress. How closely have you been following this story - very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?

             ------- Closely -------     ------- Not closely ------     No 
             NET    Very    Somewhat     NET   Not too   Not at all     op.
10/8/06 RV   73      31        42        27       17         10          * 
        All  70      28        42        30       17         13          * 

37. Republican leaders in Congress say they received a complaint about Foley about a year ago, but it did not contain the more incriminating material that surfaced more recently. Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress (took the proper steps at the time, given what they knew); or do you think they (tried to cover it up)?

             Took proper steps     Tried to cover up     No opin.
10/8/06 RV         28                    64                 8 
        All        27                    64                 8


38. Just your best guess, do you think the Democratic leaders of Congress would have handled the situation better, worse, or about the same?

            Better     Worse     Same     No opin.
10/8/06 RV    24         9        66          2      
        All   23         8        66          2

39. How important will the Foley situation 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?

             -----Important------     --Not as important-     No   
             NET  1 of most  Very     NET  Somewhat  Less     op.  
10/8/06 RV   18       2       16      81      29      53       *    
        All  19       2       16      80      30      51       1


40. Do you think the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, should (step down as speaker because of the way the Foley issued was handled), or should he (remain in his job)?

            Step down     Remain     No opin.
10/8/06 RV     44           48          8
        All    45           47          8

41. Do you think the Democrats who've criticized Republican leaders' handling of the Foley case are mainly (raising legitimate concerns), or mainly (trying to use the issue for political advantage)?

            Raising legitimate      Use the issue for       No
                 concerns          political advantage     opin.
10/8/06 RV          34                     63                4            
        All         34                     62                4

42. As you may know, gasoline prices have fallen recently in many parts of the country. What do you think is the main reason gas prices have gone down?

                                        10/8/06
Supply - more gas available               16
Bush/Republican efforts to impact/
   win November election                  13
Upcoming election                         12
Market forces                             11
Demand - people driving less               8
Political reasons                          5
Time of year/season                        3
Bush/Republican efforts to improve 
   economy in long-run                     2
Less hurricanes/natural disasters          2
Public pressure                            1
The war                                    1
Other                                      8
No opinion                                17

43. Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?

            ----------- Favor --------    ---------- Oppose -------   No
            NET    Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Strongly   Somewhat  opin.
10/8/06     61        45         16       37       22         15       2
5/12/02     57        39         19       37       22         15       6
1/15/01     59        46         13       39       26         13       2
5/10/00     67        50         17       30       22          9       3
4/2/00      64        49         14       34       21         13       2
9/2/99      63        52         11       35       25         11       2
8/15/99     63        46         16       34       22         12       3
5/16/99     67        55         12       31       21         10       1
10/13/93*   64        40         24       33       20         13       3
6/8/89*     60        28         32       34       23         11       6
*Gallup: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose enacting
tougher gun control laws?"


44. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?

             Yes     No     No opin.
10/8/06       42     58         *
10/20/02      41     59         *
5/10/00       45     55         *
4/2/00        43     56         *
9/2/99        44     56         *
5/16/99       46     53         *


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

             Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
10/8/06        38            27              31           3         1
9/7/06         33            32              30           3         2
8/6/06         34            27              34           4         1 
6/25/06        33            28              35           3         *
5/15/06        34            28              33           4         1
5/11/06        33            30              33           3         1 
4/9/06         34            29              34           3         0
3/5/06         32            28              36           3         1
1/26/06        32            27              34           6         *
1/8/06         31            30              34           5         1  
12/18/05       33            32              33           2         *
11/2/05        31            27              38           3         1 
9/11/05        31            27              34           8         1 
9/2/05         32            31              31           5         2
8/28/05        32            29              33           5         1 
6/26/05        34            28              32           5         1
6/5/05         30            31              34           4         *
4/24/05        35            28              32           5         *

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

             Yes     No     No opinion
10/8/06      85      15          *
9/7/06       81      19          *
8/6/06       85      15          0
6/25/06      83      17          1 
5/15/06      83      17          *
5/11/06      84      16          *		
4/9/06       83      17          0
1/26/06      81      19          *
12/18/05     86      14          *  
11/2/05      86      14          *  


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

                                                     Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
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

911. What, if anything, is your religion?

                                       Christian      Other Non-		 No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
10/8/06        44          19              13              5       15     *
9/7/06         46          19              12              6       14     1
8/6/06         45          23              12              3       16     1
6/25/06        45          23              12              4       14     * 
5/15/06        46          22              14              4       12     *
5/11/06        46          24              10              4       13     1   
4/9/06         42          24              14              5       14     * 
3/5/06         44          21              14              4       14     *
1/26/06        46          24              11              4       14     1
1/8/06         45          20              12              4       15     1
12/18/05       44          21              13              3       15     1    
11/2/05        46          21              11              6       15     *
9/11/05        44          23              12              3       15     *
8/28/05        44          23              14              3       13     1
6/26/05        46          22              10              4       16     * 
6/5/05         47          23              11              4       14     * 
4/24/05        47          21              12              4       14     1

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

            Yes     No     No opin.
10/8/06     44      55         1
9/7/06      45      53         2
8/6/06      46      51         3
6/25/06     42      55         3
5/15/06     42      56         1
5/11/06     38      60         2
4/9/06      40      59         1
3/5/06      46      53         1
1/26/06     44      54         2
1/8/06      45      51         3
12/18/05    43      54         2
11/2/05     41      57         2 
9/11/05     40      58         2
8/28/05     43      54         3
6/26/05     42      55         3 
6/5/05      44      54         2
4/24/05     42      56         2

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

             -------Less than $50k-------   --------More than $50k--------
            NET   <20k   20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
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

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

  Less than high school 	15
Graduated high school      	32
Some college               	22
Graduated College          	21	
Post-graduate              	10

Q910. What is your age?

18-29                       19
30-39                      	20
40-49                      	20
50-64                      	24
65+                        	17

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

White                      	77
Black                      	10
Hispanic	 6
Asian                      	 1 
Other Race                 	 5

RESPONDENT'S SEX

Male                       	48
Female                     	52


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