Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone November 19-23, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,306 adults, including additional interviews with randomly-selected Republicans and Republican-leaning nonpartisans for a total GOP sub-sample of 804. Interview were conducted on both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points; four points for the sample of 485 Republicans and five points for the sample of 319 GOP-leaning nonpartisans. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa. Note: if no designation on trend line, row is "Lean Reps," which includes both self-identified Republicans and nonpartisans who lean toward the Republican Party.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. How satisfied are you with the way this country's political system is working - would you say very satisfied, mostly satisfied, mostly dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

     
                     ---- Satisfied ----   --- Dissatisfied --     No
                     NET   Very   Mostly   NET   Mostly   Very   opinion
11/23/09 All adults  38      4      34     61      30      31       1
11/23/09 Lean Reps   15      1      14     85      33      52       1
6/3/07   All adults  34      5      29     64      34      30       1
6/3/07   Lean Reps   51      5      46     48      30      18       2

2. How do you personally feel about the Obama administration's policies - (enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry)?

                     ---------- Positive ----------   -------- Negative --------   No
                     NET   Enthusiastic   Satisfied   NET   Dissatisfied   Angry   op.
11/23/09 All adults  49         15           34       50         29         21      1
11/23/09 Lean Reps   11          1            9       89         43         46      *

3. How do you personally feel about the policies offered by the Republicans in Congress - (enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry)?

                      ---------- Positive ----------   -------- Negative --------   No
                     NET   Enthusiastic   Satisfied   NET   Dissatisfied   Angry   op.
11/23/09 All adults  34          3           31       61         46         15      5
11/23/09 Lean Reps   57          7           50       41         35          6      2

4. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) In your view, is the leadership of the Republican Party currently taking the party in the (right direction) or in the (wrong direction)?

                     Right       Wrong      No
                    direction   direction   opin.
11/23/09               49          42         9
11/2/05                76          23         1

5. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) With Democrats in control of Congress and the presidency: in general, do you think the Republicans should mainly work (with the Democrats to try to get some Republican ideas into legislation) or should mainly work (to stop the Democratic agenda)?

                      Work with      Work to stop
                      Democrats   Democratic agenda   Depends (vol.)   No opinion
11/23/09                 56               41                3               1

6. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Thinking specifically about the changes to the country's [ITEM] proposed by Obama and the Democrats, would you prefer that the Republicans in Congress (work with the Democrats on these changes) or (try to stop these changes from happening)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

 11/23/09 - Summary Table:
                         - Work with Democrats -   - Try to stop changes -     No
                         NET   Strgly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strgly   opinion
a. health care system    23      15         8      77        6        71        1
b. energy policy         49      28        20      46        5        41        5

7. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) For each of the following, please tell me whether you think the group or individual generally shares your views on MOST issues, shares your views on SOME issues, or HARDLY ANY issues. How about [ITEM]?

11/23/09 - Summary Table
                                         ---Hardly any/none---                                  
                                              Hardly    None      No
                          Most   Some    NET    any     (vol.)   opinion
a. Barack Obama             5     22     72     49       23        1
b. The Democratic Party     4     28     67     50       17        *
c. The Republican Party    37     56      6      5        1        *

8. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Do you think (Republican candidates for office should take only conservative positions on issues) or do you think (it is OK to have Republican candidates take moderate positions on some issues?)

                      -Only conservative--   ----Moderate OK-----   Depends     No
                      NET   Strgly   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Strgly    (vol.)   opinion
11/23/09              27      21       5     69     32       37        3         2

9. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Thinking about the Republicans now in Congress, please tell me whether the following statement applies to the Republicans in Congress, or not: [ITEM].

11/23/09 - Summary Table
                                         Yes   No   No opinion
a. They understand the problems of
   people like you                       55    44        2
b. They share your own personal values   60    37        3
c. They stand up for the core values
   of the Republican Party               66    31        3

10. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Thinking about the Republican Party in general and not just the people in Congress, for each issue area I name, please tell me if you think the party in general puts (too much) emphasis on the issue, (too little) emphasis on the issue, or about the right amount? The first issue is [ITEM]: Does the Republican Party put (too much) emphasis on [ITEM], (too little) emphasis, or about the right amount?

11/23/09 - Summary Table

                                 Too     Too     Right      No
                                 much   little   amount   opinion
a. Second amendment gun rights    16      33       50        2
b. Same-sex marriage              27      32       38        3
c. Abortion                       23      34       42        1
d. Federal spending               11      60       28        1
e. Taxes                          11      44       44        1
f. The environment                14      38       47        1
g. Illegal immigration             9      61       29        1
h. The economy and jobs            3      60       36        1

11. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Thinking about Republican leaders today - which one person best reflects the core values of the Republican Party?

                 11/23/09
Sarah Palin             18
John McCain             13
Mike Huckabee            7
Mitt Romney              6
Newt Gingrich            4
Rush Limbaugh            2
Bobby Jindal             1
Colin Powell             1
George Bush              1
George W. Bush           1
John Boehner             1
Kay Bailey Hutchison     1
Lindsey Graham           1
Mike Pence               1
Mitch McConnell          1
Ron Paul                 1
Ronald Reagan            1
Rudy Giuliani            1
Tim Pawlenty             1
Charles Grassley         *
Glenn Beck               *
Haley Barbour            *
Jeb Bush                 *
Jim DeMint               *
John Thune               *
Michael Steele           *
There is no leader       8
Other                    9
No opinion              20

12. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Would you rather see religion have (greater) influence in politics and public life than it does now, (less) influence, or about the same influence as it does now?

                
	           Greater    Less     Same     No opin.
11/23/09               48        17       34          1
11/23/09 Reps          51        16       33          *
4/24/05  Reps          38        13       48          1

13. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) In general, how comfortable do you feel expressing your true feelings about politics - very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or very uncomfortable?

                        ---- Comfortable ----   --- Uncomfortable ---     No
                       NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
11/23/09               84     56       27      16       13        4       *

14. Overall, would you say most of your friends and family think of themselves as (Republicans), most as (Democrats) or most as independents?

                                                                Other      No
                       Republicans   Democrats   Independents   (vol.)   opinion
11/23/09 All adults        36           33            19          8         5
11/23/09 Lean Reps         60           12            19          6         3

15. Thinking ahead to 2012, at this point would you definitely vote to re-elect Obama, would you consider voting for him, or would you definitely not vote for him?

                 Definitely   Consider   Definitely
                  vote to      voting     not vote       No
                  re-elect    for him     for him      opinion
11/23/09 All adults  24          31          41           4
11/23/09 Lean Reps    2          16          81           1

16. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) If the 2012 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, for whom would you vote?

                        11/23/09
Sarah Palin                17
Mike Huckabee              10
Mitt Romney                 9
John McCain                 7
Newt Gingrich               2
Bobby Jindal                1
Ron Paul                    1
Rudy Giuliani               1
Tim Pawlenty                1
Charlie Crist               *
Haley Barbour               *
Jeb Bush                    *
Other                       8
None/Nobody                12
Would not vote              2
No opinion                 28

17. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) For each group I name, please tell me whether you think television news tends to be biased in favor of that group, biased against that group, or is even-handed in its reporting on that group. The first is [ITEM]?

11/23/09 - Summary Table 
                              In favor   Against   Even-handed   No opin.
a. The Republican Party           6        73          18            2
b. The Democratic party          74         6          17            3
c. The Obama administration      74         7          16            3

18. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Thinking now about Sarah Palin, do you think she has a (good) effect on the Republican Party, a (bad) effect on the party or hasn't made a difference either way?

                       Good     Bad     Hasn't made      No
                      effect   effect   a difference   opinion
11/23/09                46       20          32           1

19. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Generally speaking, do you think that the news media has been fair or unfair to Sarah Palin?

                       Fair   Unfair   No opinion
11/23/09                13      87          1

Compare to:
Dan Quayle:

                       Fair   Unfair   No opinion
10/29/91                22      75          3
10/29/91 Reps           19      79          2
5/5/91   Reps           34      63          1

20. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) How often do you [ITEM] - do you do this regularly, sometimes, hardly ever, or never?

11/23/09 - Summary Table

                             --- Regularly/Sometimes ---   - Hrdly ever/Never -
                                                                 Hardly           No
                             NET   Regularly   Sometimes   NET    ever    Never   op.
a. Watch Fox News cable
   channel                   74       46          29       26      14      12      0
b. Watch MSNBC cable news    32       10          23       68      25      43      *
c. Watch or listen to
   Glenn Beck                43       18          25       56      20      36      *
d. Listen to Rush Limbaugh
   on the radio              31       12          19       69      21      48      0

21. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) How much, if at all, do you blame George W. Bush for current problems that the Republican Party may be having - a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly any?

                                                                         No
                       -Great deal/Good amount  --Some/Hardly any---  problems   No
                       NET  Grt deal  Good amt  NET  Some  Hrdly any   (vol.)   opin.
11/23/09               24      11        13     75    45      30         *        *

22. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Would you say your views on most POLITICAL matters are (very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative or very conservative)?

                                                                    Don't think
                      --- Liberal ----            - Conservative -   in those     No
                      NET  Very  Smwht  Moderate  NET  Smwht  Very  terms (vol.)  op.
11/23/09               6     2     4       22     72    40     32        *         *
6/3/07                11     2     8       24     64    34     30        1         1 

23. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) How about on most SOCIAL issues: would you say your views are (very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative or very conservative)?

                                                                    Don't think
                      --- Liberal ----            - Conservative -   in those     No
                      NET  Very  Smwht  Moderate  NET  Smwht  Very  terms (vol.)  op.
11/23/09               7     2     5       26     66    35     32        *         1
6/3/07                13     4     9       22     63    35     28        1         1 

24. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) How about on most FISCAL issues - such as taxes and government spending: would you say your views are (very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative or very conservative)?

                                                                    Don't think
                      --- Liberal ----            - Conservative -   in those     No
                      NET  Very  Smwht  Moderate  NET  Smwht  Very  terms (vol.)  op.
11/23/09               4     2     3       14     81    29     51        *         1
6/3/07                 7     2     5       22     70    38     32        1         1 

25. On another subject, do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

                       ------ Legal ------   ----- Illegal -----                      
                              All    Most          Most     All      No                 
                       NET   cases   cases   NET   cases   cases   opinion  
11/23/09 All adults    54     19      35     43     28      16        2
11/23/09 Lean Reps     36      9      26     63     42      21        2
6/21/09                55     20      35     43     26      17        2
9/7/08   RV            57     19      38     39     24      15        4
8/22/08                54     22      32     44     26      18        3
6/15/08                53     18      35     44     28      16        3
1/12/08                57     21      36     40     25      15        3
12/9/07                53     18      35     44     27      17        3
11/1/07                55     19      36     43     27      16        2
7/21/07                56     23      34     41     28      14        2
2/25/07                56     16      39     42     31      12        2
12/18/05               56     17      40     41     27      13        3
4/24/05                56     20      36     42     27      14        3
12/19/04               55     21      34     42     25      17        3
5/23/04                54     23      31     44     23      20        2
1/20/03                57     23      34     42     25      17        2
8/12/01                49     22      27     48     28      20        3
6/24/01                52     22      31     43     23      20        4
1/15/01                59     21      38     39     25      14        1
9/6/00   RV            55     20      35     42     25      16        3
7/23/00                53     20      33     43     26      17        4
9/2/99                 56     20      37     42     26      15        2
3/14/99                55     21      34     42     27      15        3
7/12/98                54     19      35     42     29      13        4
8/5/96                 56     22      34     41     27      14        3
6/30/96                58     24      34     40     25      14        2
10/1/95                60     26      35     37     25      12        3
9/21/95                60     24      36     36     25      11        4
7/17/95                59     27      32     40     26      14        1

26. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Over the past two years, the government has used hundreds of billions of dollars to shore up failing companies hard hit by the economic crisis. Some people say (these were bailouts that those companies didn't deserve). Other people say (these loans were necessary to protect the broader economy). On balance, do you support or oppose the use of federal money in this way? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

                       ----- Support -------   ------- Oppose ------   Depends   No   
                       NET   Strngly   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Strngly    (vol.)   op.
11/23/09               12       3        9     86     22       64         1       1

27. (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) All in all, do you think Obama does or does not stand for traditional American values? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

                       ---------- Does ---------   -------- Does not -------     No
                       NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
11/23/09               24       10         14      74       13         61         3
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