Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Nov. 12-15, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

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

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

            11/15/09 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      51       26         25      47       12         36         2
b. Health care      47       28         19      49        8         41         3
c. International
   affairs          60       30         30      37       13         23         3
d. The federal
   budget deficit   42       19         23      53       10         43         5
e. The situation
   in Afghanistan   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
f. The threat of
   terrorism        53       31         22      41       14         27         6
*Full sample asked items a,b; half sample asked items c,d; other half sample asked items e,f.

Trend:
a. The economy

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

b. Health care

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   47       28         19      49        8         41         3
10/18/09   48       30         18      48       10         38         4
9/12/09    48       32         15      48       10         38         4
8/17/09    46       27         19      50        8         42         5
7/18/09    49       25         24      44       11         33         7  
6/21/09    53       27         26      39       10         29         9  
4/24/09    57       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        13

c. International affairs

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   60       30         30      37       13         23         3
10/18/09   57       34         23      36       15         21         7
9/12/09    57       32         25      33       12         21        10
6/21/09    61       NA         NA      32       NA         NA         7
4/24/09    67       NA         NA      27       NA         NA         6
3/29/09    62       NA         NA      27       NA         NA        11

d. The federal budget deficit

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

e. The situation in Afghanistan

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
10/18/09   45       22         23      47       17         31         7
9/12/09    55       23         33      37       17         21         7
8/17/09    60       25         35      33       14         19         7
7/18/09    62       33         29      30       13         17         8
4/24/09    63       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        11

f. The threat of terrorism

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   53       31         22      41       14         27         6
9/12/09    55       31         24      34       12         23        11
6/21/09    57       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         7
4/21/09*   57       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        17
*Pew

 

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

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

4. (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  
11/15/09         47           31          2        17           3
9/12/09          48           28          3        19           2
2/22/09          56           30          3         9           3
12/14/08         56           23          3        15           3
5/11/08          53           32          2        10           2
10/8/06          54           35          2         7           2
9/7/06           47           38          1        10           4
6/25/06          48           38          1        10           3
5/15/06          50           36          1        11           3
4/9/06           51           37          1         9           2
3/5/06           42           40          2        14           2
1/26/06          51           37          1         8           3 
12/18/05         47           42          1         8           2 
11/2/05          49           37          3         9           3          
6/5/05           46           41          1         9           2          
8/11/03          39           40          3        10           7    
12/15/02         41           44          2        11           2
10/27/02 LV      39           51          2         5           2
9/26/02          39           46          3         8           4
7/15/02          42           45          2         7           4
1/27/02          40           44          3        10           4
4/22/01          47           40          4         7           3
7/23/00          42           42          2         9           6
9/2/99           45           39          4         9           4
6/6/99           45           35          3        13           5
3/14/99          47           37          5         9           3
2/14/99          48           37          4         7           4
10/18/98         44           36          3        12           6
9/28/98          49           38          2         8           3
8/21/98          48           36          4         9           3
7/12/98          45           38          3         8           6
1/31/98          47           37          4         6           7
1/19/98          45           42          2         7           4
7/8/97           44           37          2        14           3
9/15/96  RV      45           38          3        11           3
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
6/2/91           37           42          5        10           6
3/4/91           34           47          5         9           5
11/4/90  LV      42           40          3        11           4
10/14/90         46           41          1         8           4
5/21/90          41           45          3         8           2
1/16/90          38           50          3         6           3
8/21/89          42           43          4         9           2
10/10/88 RV      45           45          1         4           5
8/17/88          40           43          2         8           8
8/14/88          47           36          1        11           5
7/20/88          51           36          1         7           6
7/17/88          43           39          1        10           7
5/25/88          45           40          2         7           7
5/21/88          45           42          1         7           4
1/23/88          43           44          1         9           2
12/17/87         49           39          1         6           5
10/19/87         44           43          2         8           3
6/1/87           47           41          3         6           3
3/9/87           47           38          3         9           3
1/18/87          46           38          3         8           6
9/8/86           38           47          2         8           5
6/23/86          41           46          2         8           4
3/24/86          40           46         NA         8           7
2/12/86          40           46          2         8           5
10/28/85         37           45         NA        11           7
9/23/85          39           45         NA        10           6
7/29/85          41           43         NA        10           6
6/22/85          36           47         10        NA           6
2/26/85          40           52          5        NA           3
1/16/85          33           49         11        NA           7 
7/8/84           44           43          9        NA           5
5/22/84          41           40         12        NA           7
2/15/84          41           45          8        NA           6
1/17/84          42           37         11        NA          10
12/13/83         38           38         14        NA          10
8/1/83           45           36          9         2           8
10/11/82         44           38         10        NA           9
9/13/82          45           37         10        NA           8

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

11/15/09 - Summary Table*

                                                  Both    Neither     No
                                  Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy                     52      37       1        8         1
b. Health care reform              50      37       1       10         2
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked item b; other half sample asked item c.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/15/09     52      37       1        8         1
9/12/09      48      37       1       12         2
7/18/09      56      33       1        9         2
6/21/09      55      31       2        9         2
4/24/09      61      24       2       11         2
3/29/09      58      25       1       14         2
2/22/09      61      26       1        9         3

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

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

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

b. Health care reform

                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/15/09     50      37       1       10         2
9/12/09      48      36       1       12         3
7/18/09      54      34       1       10         1
6/21/09      55      27       2       11         4


11/15/09 - Summary Table*

                                                  Both    Neither     No
                                  Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
c. The situation in Afghanistan    46      41       1        9         3
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked item b; other half sample asked item c.

Trend where available:

c. The situation in Afghanistan

                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/15/09     46      41       1        9         3

Compare to Iraq: G.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress

                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
7/21/07      32       55       1       11         1
6/1/07       35       51       2       10         3
4/15/07      33       58       1        7         1
2/25/07      34       54       *        9         2
1/19/07      33       60       1        4         2
1/10/07      36       47       1       12         4 
12/11/06     32       56       1        7         3 
1/18/04      56       36       1        4         3
4/30/03      72       20       2        3         3


6. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of [NAME]? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

               11/15/09 - Summary Table

                    ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. Barack Obama     61       39         21      38       11         27         1

Trend:

a. Barack Obama

               ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
               NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09       61       39         21      38       11         27         1
9/12/09        63       40         23      35       12         24         2
4/24/09        72       46         26      26       11         15         2
1/16/09        79       50         29      18        9          9         3
11/2/08   LV   63       47         16      33        7         26         4
10/23/08  LV   63       47         16      34        7         27         3
10/11/08  RV   64       44         20      33       12         21         3
9/7/08    RV   58       35         23      36       12         24         7
8/22/08   RV   62       37         25      34       13         21         4
6/15/08        63       35         28      33       12         21         4
4/13/08        56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/12/08        63       31         32      30       14         16         7
11/1/07        51       21         30      36       16         20        13  
2/25/07        53       21         33      30       16         14        16     
1/19/07        45       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        25 
12/11/06       44       21         22      23       17          6        33

Question 6b held for future release.

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

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

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

          11/15/09 - Summary Table

                                                           Both    Neither     No      
                                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion 
a. better represents your own   
   personal values                 49           39           2        9         2
b. is more concerned with the
   needs of people like you        51           36           2        9         3

Trend:

a. better represents your own personal values

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

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

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

9. Do you think leaders of the Republican Party are mainly (presenting alternatives to Obama's proposals), or mainly (criticizing Obama's proposals without presenting alternatives)?

            Presenting       Mainly        
           alternatives   criticizing   No opinion
11/15/09        31             61            8

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

                             Not much      No
           Safer   Less safe   difference   opinion
11/15/09    27        22           49          2
6/21/09     32        22           44          2
4/24/09     32        21           43          4

11. Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

      -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   48       30         18      49       10         39         3
10/18/09   45       26         19      48       12         36         7
9/12/09    46       30         16      48       12         36         6
8/17/09    45       27         18      50       10         40         5

12. Do you have some form of health insurance or health care coverage, or not?

     Yes   No   No opinion    
11/15/09   84    15        1
10/18/09   85    15        0 
9/12/09    86    14        0
8/17/09    85    14        *
6/21/09    84    16        0
9/30/07    88    12        *
9/12/06    87    13        0
4/19/05    87    13        *
10/13/03   83    17        0
7/12/98    86    14        *
8/27/97    81    19        *
11/13/95   85    15        0
7/17/94    86    14        *
11/14/93   87    13        0
10/10/93   87    13        *

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

11/15/09 - Summary Table
                                 Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
a. your health care                19      37      42         2
b. health care for most people     34      38      26         2

Trend:

a. your health care

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     19      37      42         2
9/12/09      16      32      50         2
8/17/09      19      33      47         2
6/21/09      16      31      50         3

Compare to: Under Clinton's plan, do you think the quality of the health care you receive will get better, get worse, or stay the same?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
7/17/94      20      39      38         4 
1/23/94      19      33      42         6 
11/14/93     20      36      42         3
10/10/93     19      34      44         3
9/22/93      27      27      42         5
9/19/93      19      31      46         4

b. health care for most people

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     34      38      26         2
9/12/09      35      38      24         2
8/17/09      37      38      23         2

Compare to: Do you think the quality of health care for MOST AMERICANS will get better, worse or stay the same?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/14/93     39      27      29         4
10/10/93     39      29      30         3
9/22/93      50      19      25         5
9/19/93      36      29      31         4

14. And if the health care system is changed do you think [ITEM] will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same?

N11/15/09 - Summary Table
                                        Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
a. (IF INSURED) Your health insurance    
   coverage                               13      39      46         1
b. (IF NOT INSURED) Your ability to 
   get health insurance                   47      17      35         2

Trend:

a. (IF INSURED) Your health insurance coverage

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     13      39      46         1
9/12/09      11      37      49         2
8/17/09      14      40      43         3

b. (IF NOT INSURED) Your ability to get health insurance

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     47      17      35         2
9/12/09      51      13      35         2
8/17/09      56      10      30         4


15. If the health care system is changed do you think [ITEM] will (increase), (decrease), or remain about the same?

11/15/09 - Summary Table

                                 Increase   Decrease   Same   No opinion
a. Your health care costs           52         11       35         2
b. The overall costs of health   
   care in this country             56         20       23         2

Compare to: And if the health care system is changed do you think your health care costs will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same? 

          Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
9/12/09     20      40      38         3
8/17/09     19      41      37         3

16. Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

     -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09   53       34         19      43       12         32         3
10/18/09   57       36         21      40        9         31         3
9/12/09    55       33         22      42       11         31         3
8/17/09    52       33         19      46       11         35         2
6/21/09    62       NA         NA      33       NA         NA         5

17. (IF OPPOSE/NO OPINION FOR GOVERNMENT PLAN) What if this government-sponsored plan is available only to people who do not receive insurance through an employer, or through the existing Medicare or Medicaid programs - in that case would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans?

       Support   Oppose   No opinion
11/15/09     40        56          5


Combined question 16 and 17:

           ------- Support -------
           NET   At first   Now do   Oppose   No opinion
11/15/09   72       53        18       28          1

18. How likely do you think it is that a new government health insurance plan would force many private health insurers to go out of business because they couldn't compete - do you think that's very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?>

      ------- Likely ------   ------ Unlikely -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
11/15/09   60     30       31      38       22       16       1

19. Would you support or oppose a federal law requiring all companies with a payroll of at least 500-thousand dollars either to offer health insurance to their employees, or to pay money into a government fund that would provide assistance buying insurance for people who can't get it through work?

       Support   Oppose   No opinion
11/15/09     66        30          4

20. Say a candidate for Congress supports the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration). Would that make you more likely to [support] that candidate for Congress, more likely to [oppose] that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote? (IF

           SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Are you much more likely to support/oppose that candidate or somewhat more?

           ---- Support ----   ---- Oppose -----      No          No 
           NET   Much   Smwt   NET   Smwt   Much   difference   opinion
11/15/09   25     13     12    29      8     20       45           1
9/12/09    22     12     10    23      7     17       54           1
8/17/09    23     14      9    32      6     26       43           2

21. Say someone buys private health insurance using government assistance to help pay for it. Do you think insurance sold that way should or should not be allowed to include coverage for abortions?

      Should   Should not   No opinion
11/15/09     35         61            4

22. (IF SHOULD NOT/NO OPINION ON ABORTION COVERAGE) What if the insurance company used private funds, not public funds, to provide the abortion coverage - in that case do you think this coverage should or should not be available?

      Should   Should not   No opinion
11/15/09     31         65            4


Combined question 21 and 22:

           -------- Should -------
           NET   At first   Now do   Should not   No opinion
11/15/09   56       35        20         43            1

23. Do you feel (you have a good basic understanding of the changes being proposed to the health care system), or do you feel (the changes being proposed for the health care system are too complicated for you to have a good basic understanding of them)?

      Good basic         Too         No
           understanding   complicated   opinion
11/15/09        55             44           2

24. (IF HEALTH CARE CHANGES TOO COMPLICATED) How much if at all does that worry you - a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?

     ---- Grt deal/somewhat ----   --- Not so much/not at all ---     No
           NET   Great deal   Somewhat   NET   Not so much   Not at all   opinion
11/15/09   85        49          36      15        10            5           *

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

           ---------- Helped ---------   ---------- Hurt -----------    No       No
           NET   Great deal   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Great deal   diff.   opinion
11/15/09   37        12          25      23        6          17        39        1
9/12/09    32        10          22      19        5          13        47        2
6/21/09    28         8          20      19        6          13        52        2
4/24/09    33        10          23      16        6          10        49        2

26. In terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?

           Has   Has not   No opinion                      
11/15/09   44      54           1

27. (IF NOT BEGUN TO RECOVER) When do you think the economy will begin to recover - in the next few months, in six months to a year, or do you think it'll be longer than that?

        Next      Six months    Longer       No
           few months   to a year    than that   opinion
11/15/09        4           19          77          1

Combined questions 26 and 27:

---- Economy has not begun recovery ---
                       Will in next   In 6 mos.  
           Has   NET    few months    to a year   Longer   No opinion
11/15/09   44    54          2            10        41          1

28. In the last year, have you or has anyone living in your household been laid off or lost their job?

           Yes   No   No opinion
11/15/09   30    70        *
9/12/09    27    73        *
4/24/09*   23    77        0
2/22/09    18    82        *
12/14/08   18    82        *
*4/24/09 and previous: "In the last few months..."

29. (IF JOB LOSS IN HOUSEHOLD) Did this job loss happen to you personally, or to another person living in your household?

                             Another person      Both      No
           You personally   in your household   (vol.)   opinion
11/15/09         37                55              7        0


Combined questions 28 and 29:

           -- Job loss or layoff in household --
                              Another in    Both
           NET   Personally   household    (vol.)   No   No opinion
11/15/09   30        11           17          2     70        *

30. (IF JOB LOSS IN HOUSEHOLD) Would you say (you were/the person involved was) (ITEM) about this job loss, or not?

11/15/09 - Summary Table

               Yes   No   No opinion
a. Surprised   52    47        1
b. Angry       62    38        *

31. (IF JOB LOSS IN HOUSEHOLD) Would you say this job loss has caused (you/the person involved) to experience (ITEM), or not?

11/15/09 - Summary Table

                        ---------- Yes, caused ----------    No, did
                        NET   Great deal   Not great deal   not cause   No opinion
a. Personal stress      90        NA             NA            10            0
b. Depression           58        NA             NA            41            *
c. Financial hardship   86        62             23            14            0

32. (IF JOB LOSS IN HOUSEHOLD) (Have you/Has this person) been able to find a new job, or not?

           Yes   No   No opinion
11/15/09   39    61        *

33. (IF FOUND NEW JOB) Is the pay at the new job better, worse or about the same as at the old job?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/15/09     15      51      33         1

Combined questions 32 and 33:

           ---- Yes, found new job ---
                 Better   Worse   Same        
           NET    pay      pay    pay    No new job   No opinion
11/15/09   39      6       20      13        61            *

34. On another subject, all in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             ----- Worth fighting ----   --- Not worth fighting --     No 
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
11/15/09    44       30         14      52       14         38         4
10/18/09*   47       28         19      49       13         36         4 
9/12/09     46       28         18      51       14         37         3
8/17/09     47       31         15      51       10         41         3
7/18/09     51       34         18      45       11         34         4
3/29/09     56       37         19      41       12         28         4
2/22/09     50       34         17      47        9         37         3
12/14/08    55       NA         NA      39       NA         NA         5
7/13/08     51       NA         NA      45       NA         NA         4
2/25/07     56       NA         NA      41       NA         NA         3
*10/18/09 "was" and "has been" wording half sampled. Previous "was".

35. If Obama decides to send more U.S. forces to Afghanistan, would you prefer that he send a (smaller number of U.S. forces mainly to train the Afghan military); or that he send a (larger number of U.S. forces to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban as well as to train the Afghan military)?


                                            Decrease/
           Smaller   Larger   No increase   pull out
           number    number     (vol.)       (vol.)     No opinion
11/15/09     45        46          3            2            4

36. As you may know, Obama is developing a strategy for Afghanistan that he's expected to announce in the next few weeks. How confident are you he will come up with a strategy that will succeed - very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

            ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
11/15/09   55     17       38      43      23         20          1

37. In deciding U.S. policy in Afghanistan do you think Obama is giving U.S. military leaders (too much influence), (too little influence), or about the right amount?

                                    About the       No
           Too much   Too little   right amount   opinion
11/15/09       9          35            51           6

38. What do you think would do more to increase the risk of a terrorist attack occurring here in the United States - (withdrawing from Afghanistan), or (remaining in Afghanistan) - or is the risk of terrorism about the same either way?

           Withdrawing   Remaining   Same either way   No opinion
11/15/09       23           12             64               2

Compare to Iraq:

           Withdrawing   Remaining   Same either way   No opinion
9/7/07         22           11             65               2
6/1/07         23           14             62               1

39. How confident are you that the government of President Hamid Karzai (ITEM) - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?

11/15/09 - Summary Table*

                                ---- Confident ----   ----- Not confident ----   No
                                NET  Very  Somewhat   NET  Not too  Not at all  opin.
a. Will be a reliable partner    
   for the United States in
   Afghanistan                  26     4      22      68      44        25        6
b. Will be able to train an 
   effective Afghan Army to 
   take over security there   
   at some point                38     5      33      58      37        22        3
*Half sample asked item a; other half sample asked item b.

40. On another subject, you may have heard about the idea that the world's temperature may have been going up slowly over the past 100 years. What is your personal opinion on this - do you think this has probably been happening, or do you think it probably has not been happening?

            Has been    Has not been     No 
           happening    happening     opinion
11/15/09      72           26            2
7/28/08       80           18            2
4/10/07       84           13            3
3/14/06       85           13            2 
2/13/98*      80           18            2
10/5/97*      76           22            2
*Ohio State University poll

41. (IF GLOBAL WARMING HAPPENING) How serious of a problem do you think global warming is right now: very serious, somewhat serious, not so serious or not serious at all?

            ------ Serious ------   ----- Not serious -------
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   No opinion   
11/15/09   82     44       38      17      11          6            *
7/28/08    84     38       46      15      10          5            1

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

           Support   Oppose   No opinion
11/15/09     53        42          5
8/17/09      52        43          6
6/21/09      52        42          6
7/28/08      59        34          7

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

           Take action       Take action 
           only if other     even if other     Should not take     No
           countries do    countries do less    action at all    opinion
11/15/09        21                 55                 22            3
6/21/09         20                 59                 18            3
7/28/08         18                 68                 13            2

44. On another subject, do you plan to get the swine flu vaccine this year, or do you think you probably will not get the swine flu vaccine?

        Plan to get   Probably will not get   Already got (vol.)   No opinion 
11/15/09        26                66                      7                1
10/18/09        33                62                      2                3

45. (IF KIDS AT HOME) Do you plan to have your child or children get the swine flu vaccine this year, or do you think you probably will not have them get the swine flu vaccine?

        Plan to get   Probably will not get   Already got (vol.)   No opinion 
11/15/09        39                45                     14                2
10/18/09        52                39                      4                6

46. (IF PLAN TO GET VACCINE FOR CHILD/CHILDREN) Which best describes your situation: (You have tried to get the swine flu vaccine for your child or children, but have been unable to do so because it's not available); OR (You have not tried to get the swine flu vaccine for your child or children yet, but plan to at some point)?

          Tried to get       Not tried to get     No
           but unable to do so     but plan to      opinion
11/15/09          52                   46             2

47. (IF PROBABLY WILL NOT GET VACCINE FOR CHILD/CHILDREN) Which best describes your situation: (You'd like to get the swine flu vaccine for your child or children but you don't think it will be available); OR (You're not interested in getting the swine flu vaccine for your child or children)?

      Like to get vaccine
             but don't think     Not interested in
            will be available     getting vaccine    No opinion
11/15/09           13                   87                0

48. Do you feel that the warnings issued by the government about the potential dangers of a swine flu epidemic have been exaggerated, or do you think they are real?

      Dangers exaggerated   Dangers are real   No opinion
11/15/09           36                    62               2
8/26/09*           35                    61               3
*Gallup/USA Today

49. How confident are you that the swine flu vaccine is safe: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

        ----- Confident -----   --- Not confident ---     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
11/15/09   66     24       41      33      19       14        1
10/18/09   67     22       45      30      20       10        3

50. (IF NOT CONFIDENT VACCINE IS SAFE) Is that because you're not so confident in the safety of any vaccine, or is it about the swine flu vaccine in particular?

      Not confident    in swine flu vaccine
           in any vaccine      in particular       No opinion
11/15/09         30                  69                 2

Combined questions 49 and 50:


                       ------ Not confident in safety ------
           Confident           Not in        Not in swine
           in safety   NET   any vaccine   flu in particular   No opinion
11/15/09       66      33        10                23               1

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

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

52. Changing topics, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Sarah Palin? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/15/09      43       20         23      52       18         34         5
7/18/09       40       20         20      53       19         34         7
10/23/08 LV   46       28         18      51       11         40         3 
9/29/08  RV   51       29         23      40       11         29         9
9/22/08  RV   52       31         21      38       10         27        11
9/7/08   RV   58       35         23      28       11         17        15 
9/4/08*  RV   52       34         18      37       14         23        11
* "the Republican nominee for vice president"

53. If Palin runs for president in 2012, would you definitely vote for her, would you consider voting for her, or would you definitely not vote for her?

           Definitely    Would     Definitely     No 
             would      consider   would not    opinion
11/15/09        9          37          53          1

Compare to Hillary Clinton/2008:

           Definitely    Would     Definitely     No 
             would      consider   would not    opinion
5/15/06       19           38          42          1

Compare to John McCain/2008:

           Definitely    Would     Definitely     No 
             would      consider   would not    opinion
5/15/06        9           57          28          6

54. Regardless of whether or not you'd vote for her, do you think Palin is or is not qualified to serve as president?

              Is        Is not       No
           qualified   qualified   opinion
11/15/09      38          60          3

55. One last issue question, would you rather have suspects accused of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks put on trial in (the federal court system in the United States), or in (a military tribunal set up for that purpose)?

Federal                   Military    Either       No
           court system   tribunal    (vol.)     opinion
11/15/09        47           48          2          3
901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)? --Non-Partisans- Lean Lean No Democrat Republican Independent Other No op. Dem. Rep. Lean 11/15/09 35 21 39 4 1 19 17 8 10/18/09 33 20 42 4 1 20 19 8 9/12/09 32 21 43 4 * 19 20 9 8/17/09 35 25 34 6 1 15 14 11 7/18/09 33 22 41 4 * 20 16 9 6/21/09 35 22 37 7 * 17 16 10 4/24/09 35 21 38 5 * 18 16 10 3/29/09 36 25 33 5 1 15 16 8 2/22/09 36 24 34 5 1 18 13 9 1/16/09 35 23 36 5 1 20 12 11 12/14/08 37 24 35 4 1 16 13 10 11/3/08 35 26 30 6 2 13 10 15 10/11/08 36 26 31 4 2 15 12 10 9/29/08 34 26 31 8 2 17 12 12 9/22/08 36 26 31 5 2 18 9 11 9/7/08 35 26 33 5 2 15 14 11 8/22/08 36 23 34 6 1 16 14 10 7/13/08 37 24 33 6 1 16 14 10 6/15/08 38 24 34 4 1 16 14 8 5/11/08 34 28 34 4 1 19 11 8 4/13/08 35 29 30 5 1 15 13 8 3/2/08 40 28 28 3 1 15 8 9 2/1/08 37 26 32 4 1 16 11 10 1/12/08 39 27 29 5 1 13 9 12

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

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


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

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

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