Washington Post-ABC News Poll

The Washington Post
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone December 7-11, 2006, among a random national sample of 1,005 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.
12/11/06     36       18         18      62       13         49        2  
11/4/06      40       24         16      57       12         46        2  
10/22/06     37       21         16      60       15         45        3  
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)?

12/11/06 - Summary Table
                                         Approve   Disapprove   No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                   28          70         2
b. The US campaign against terrorism       46          52         2
c. The economy                             43          55         2
d. Ethics in government                    39          56         5	


Trend:

a. The situation in Iraq

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
12/11/06      28       12        16       70       13         57        2
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.
12/11/06      46       NA        NA       52       NA         NA        2
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.
12/11/06      43       NA        NA       55       NA         NA        2
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

d. Ethics in government 

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
12/11/06       39            56              5
5/15/06        39            54              7
3/5/06         40            54              6
1/26/06        42            56              2
1/8/06         45            52              3
12/18/05       48            49              3


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

 

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
12/11/06      37       NA         NA      57       NA         NA        6
11/4/06  RV   36        7         29      60       25         35        4  
10/22/06      31        5         25      65       27         38        4  
10/8/06       32        5         27      66       29         37        2  
9/7/06        40       NA         NA      55       NA         NA        5
8/6/06        36                          60                            4
5/15/06       33                          63                            4 
4/9/06        35                          62                            3 
3/5/06        36                          62                            3
1/26/06       43                          53                            4
1/8/06        41                          55                            5
12/18/05      43                          53                            4
11/2/05       37                          59                            4
8/28/05       37                          59                            4
6/5/05        41                          54                            4
10/29/03      40                          52                            9
4/30/03       57                          37                            6
9/26/02       51                          43                            6
7/15/02       57                          36                            7
2/21/02       57                          39                            4
1/27/02       58                          35                            7
12/19/01      59                          34                            7
9/9/01        45                          48                            7
7/30/01       48                          48                            4
4/22/01       58                          33                            8
10/31/99      42                          53                            6
9/2/99        46                          47                            7
6/6/99        48                          46                            6
3/14/99       44                          49                            7
2/14/99       46                          50                            4    
12/20/98      44                          51                            5    
12/19/98      45                          50                            5    
12/13/98      49                          46                            5    
11/7/98       41                          55                            4    
11/1/98       49                          47                            5    
10/25/98      45                          44                           11    
10/18/98      46                          45                            8    
9/28/98       52                          44                            4    
8/21/98       55                          39                            6          
7/12/98       46                          44                           11          
5/12/98       45                          45                            9          
4/4/98        47                          45                            8          
1/31/98       55                          35                           10          
1/30/98       55                          35                           10          
1/25/98       56                          37                            8          
1/24/98       55                          38                            7          
1/19/98       47                          49                            5          
10/13/97      36                          57                            7          
8/27/97       39                          54                            7          
7/8/97        40                          53                            6          
4/24/97       40                          53                            7          
3/9/97        35                          60                            5          
8/5/96        42                          52                            7          
6/30/96       35                          58                            7          
5/22/96       35                          60                            5          
3/10/96       30                          64                            6          
1/7/96        31                          65                            5          
11/19/95      27                          68                            5          
10/1/95       32                          65                            3 
7/17/95       34                          63                            3         
3/19/95       39                          56                            5         
1/29/95       42                          52                            6         
10/31/94      21                          72                            8         
10/23/94      18                          78                            4         
9/11/94       24                          70                            5         
6/26/94       34                          61                            5         
3/27/94       35                          62                            3         
2/27/94       32                          64                            4         
1/23/94       29                          60                           11         
11/14/93      28                          66                            6         
8/8/93        33                          64                            3         
4/26/93       30                          69                            2         
1/17/93       29                          66                            6         
4/9/92        17                          78                            5         
3/18/92       19                          76                            5         
3/8/92        22                          73                            6         
2/2/92        32                          64                            4         
12/15/91      35                          59                            6         
10/21/91      45                          50                            5         
6/2/91        49                          46                            5 
10/14/90      34                          63                            3                  
2/4/90        41                          55                            4                  
1/16/90       39                          55                            6                  
8/21/89       42                          53                            5                  
5/23/89       54                          44                            2                  
2/14/89       53                          44                            3                  
1/23/88*      43                          53                            4                  
6/1/87        56                          40                            4                  
6/22/85       54                          37                            9                  
5/83          33                          43                           24                  
6/81          38                          40                           22                  
6/79          19                          61                           20                  
9/78          29                          49                           22                  
6/77          34                          42                           24                  
6/75          29                          54                           17                  
8/74          48       "          "       35       "          "        17                  
*1/23/88 and previous: Gallup

4. What would you say is the one most important problem you would like to see Bush and the Congress deal with next year?

                                  12/11/06     12/18/05   
Iraq/War in Iraq                     44           32
Economy                              10           15
Health care                           6           11
Immigration                           5            6
Terrorism/War on terrorism/
   Homeland security                  4            5
Education                             4            3
Medicare                              1            3
Social Security                       2            3 
Jobs/Unemployment                     3            2
Taxes                                 2            2
Gasoline prices/Energy prices         3            2
Federal budget deficit                *            1 
Environment                           1            1
Poverty/Homelessness/Hunger           2            1
Ethics/Honesty/Corruption in 
   Government                         2            1
Crime/drugs                           1            1
Prescription drug benefits            *            *
Global warming/Greenhouse effect      1            *
None                                  0            1
Other                                 6            6
No opinion                            4            3

5. Overall, who do you trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years, (Bush) or (the Democrats in Congress)?


                                    Both      Neither
              Bush     Democrats     (vol.)     (vol.)     No opinion
12/11/06       31         57           1          8             2 
1/18/04        45         44           1          6             3 
4/30/03        55         37           1          4             3 
10/27/02 LV    53         37           1          5             4        
9/26/02  LV    52         43           2          1             1        
9/26/02        54         38           3          3             3        
7/15/02        53         37           4          3             3        
1/27/02        62         31           2          3             2

Compare to: Who do you trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next year - Clinton or the Republicans in Congress?


                                         Both        Neither     No
             Clinton    Republicans     (vol.)       (vol.)     opin.
1/26/00        45         46              *             7         2
2/14/99*       52         35              2             7         3
2/12/99        53         30              3            11         4
1/19/99        50         32              3             8         7
11/7/98        47         38              4             9         2
9/28/98        51         38              2             6         3
8/21/98        48         38              2             9         3
7/12/98        48         38              1             6         6
5/12/98        47         39              3             8         3
1/31/98        52         35              3             4         6
1/19/98        48         40              2             8         2
3/9/97         49         38              4             8         2
1/15/97**      51         37              3             7         2
1/29/95        40         46              4             8         2
1/4/95         30         54              3             9         4
12/15/94       34         49              3             9         6
*1999 and previous: "next few years"
** "The Clinton administration"

6. Who do you trust to do a better job handling (ITEM), (Bush) or (the Democrats in Congress)?

12/11/06 - Summary Table*

                                                     Both    Neither   No
                                     Bush    Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    op.
a. The situation in Iraq              32      56       1        7       3
b. The economy                        34      58       1        5       2 
c. The U.S. campaign against 
   terrorism                          41      50       1        6       2
d. Health care                        26      64       1        5       3  
e. Immigration issues                 34      49       1       10       6
f. Ethics in government               35      49       3       10       3
*Full sample asked item a, half sample asked b-d, other half asked e-f.

Trend where available:

a. The situation in Iraq          

                               Both      Neither      No
            Bush     Dems     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
12/11/06     32       56         1          7          3 
1/18/04      56       36         1          4          3
4/30/03      72       20         2          3          3

b. The economy 

                               Both      Neither      No
            Bush     Dems     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
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

c. The U.S. campaign against terrorism                                             

                               Both      Neither      No
            Bush     Dems     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
12/11/06     41       50         1          6          2
1/18/04      60       31         2          4          3 
4/30/03      72       21         3          2          3

d. Health care

                               Both      Neither      No
            Bush     Dems     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
12/11/06     26       64         1          5          3

Compare to: The cost, availability, and coverage of health insurance                     

                               Both      Neither      No
            Bush     Dems     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
1/18/04      33       52         1          6          7  
4/30/03      35       56         1          4          4

e. Immigration issues

                               Both      Neither      No
            Bush     Dems     (vol.)     (vol.)      opin.
12/11/06     34       49         1         10          6
1/18/04      38       44         2          8          8

f. No trend.

7. As you may know, control of Congress will switch from the Republicans to the Democrats next month. Do you think that's a good thing, a bad thing, or doesn't it make any difference?

              
             Good thing     Bad thing     No difference     No opinion                       
12/11/06         55             17              27               1  
10/22/06*        45             21              32               3
1/4/95**         48             20              28               3
10/31/94*        32             20              45               2
10/23/94*        31             18              49               1
*Conditional (pre-election): "If control of Congress switched"
**"Control of Congress has switched from the Democrats to the Republicans"

8. (HALF SAMPLE) With control of Congress, do you think the Democrats should work mainly to (carry out their agenda), or should work mainly to (compromise with Bush and the Republicans)?

              Carry out       Compromise with         No
             their agenda     Bush/Republicans      opinion
12/11/06         37                  58                4    

Compare to: With control of Congress and the presidency, do you think the Republicans should work mainly to (carry out their agenda), or should work mainly to (compromise with the Democrats)?


              Carry out       Compromise with       No
             their agenda      the Democrats      opinion
12/15/02          35                62               2

9. (HALF SAMPLE) With the Democrats in control of Congress, do you think Bush should work mainly to (carry out his agenda), or should work mainly to (compromise with the Democrats)?


              Carry out       Compromise with        No
              his agenda         Democrats         opinion
12/11/06         32                  65               3    

10. Overall, how much do you think Congress will be able to accomplish in the next 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.
12/11/06      43        11          32      56       49         7       1

Compare to: 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       29         7          22      71       56        14       1
10/31/94      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"

11. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think Congress should or should not hold hearings on how the Bush administration handled pre-war intelligence, war planning, and related issues in the war in Iraq?

             
              Should     Should not     No opinion
12/11/06       53           44               3 

12. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think Congress should or should not hold hearings on how the Bush administration has handled surveillance, treatment of prisoners and related issues in the U.S. campaign against terrorism?

             Should     Should not     No opinion
12/11/06            52           45               3 

13. 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. 
12/11/06      36       25         11        61       12         50          2  
11/4/06  RV   44       33         12        53       10         44          2
10/22/06      40       28         12        57       11         47          2
10/8/06       35       25         10        63       13         50          2 
9/7/06        42       29         13        56       11         45          2 
8/6/06        39       29         10        59       12         47          1 
6/25/06       40       25         15        58       13         45          2
5/15/06       37       24         14        62       12         50          1    
4/9/06        41       30         11        58       10         48          1    
3/5/06        42       29         14        57       11         46          1  
1/26/06       44       32         12        55       13         42          1
1/8/06        43       30         13        55       12         43          2
12/18/05      46       33         14        52       11         42          1 
11/2/05       39       25         13        60       12         48          1
8/28/05       46       33         12        53        9         44          1
6/26/05       46       33         13        53       10         43          1 
6/5/05        41       29         12        58       12         46          1
4/24/05       44       31         13        54       12         42          2  
3/13/05       45       34         11        53       11         42          2  
1/16/05       44       32         12        55       10         45          1  
12/19/04      42       31         11        56       10         47          2  
10/3/04 LV    49       34         15        48       11         37          3  
9/26/04 RV    46       35         12        51        8         42          3 
9/8/04  RV    51       38         13        45       10         34          4
8/29/04 RV    48       34         14        50       11         39          2 
7/25/04       49       36         13        48       11         37          3 
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"

14. Again thinking about the goals versus the costs of the war, so far in your opinion has there been an acceptable or unacceptable number of U.S. military casualties in Iraq?

             Acceptable     Unacceptable     No opinion                     
12/11/06        21              77               2 
5/15/06         22              76               2
11/2/05         25              73               2
8/28/05         30              68               3
6/26/05         29              69               2
6/5/05          25              73               2
3/13/05         27              70               3
12/19/04        27              70               3
6/20/04         29              71               1
4/18/04         33              65               2
1/18/04         34              62               4
12/21/03        37              60               4                         
11/16/03        33              64               3                          
10/29/03        35              62               3                          
10/13/03        37              60               3                          
9/13/03         43              55               2                          
9/7/03          38              57               5                          
8/11/03         42              53               5                          
7/10/03         44              52               3                          
6/22/03         51              44               5                          
4/9/03          66              28               6                          
4/3/03          62              32               5                          
3/27/03         58              34               9

15. 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.
12/11/06       46          25            21         51       3
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"

16. Do you think (the United States should keep its military forces in Iraq until civil order is restored there, even if that means U.S. military casualties); OR, do you think (the United States should withdraw its military forces from Iraq in order to avoid further U.S. military casualties, even if that means civil order is not restored there)?

             Keep forces   Withdraw forces   No opinion 
12/11/06         48              48               4
11/2/05          52              44               4   
8/28/05          54              44               2   
6/26/05          58              41               2 
12/19/04         58              39               3
6/20/04          57              42               1
5/23/04          58              40               2               
4/18/04          66              33               1
11/16/03         62              34               4
10/29/03         58              38               3                      
9/13/03          65              32               3                      
8/24/03          69              27               4                      
7/10/03          72              26               2

17. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the Bush Administration does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?

             Does     Does not     No opinion 
12/11/06      25         72             3    
9/7/06        38         61             2 
8/6/06        33         64             3 
6/25/06       35         64             2                             
3/5/06        34         65             *
12/18/05      40         59             1
3/13/05       42         57             2
5/23/04       40         58             2
5/6/04        38         57             5
4/18/04       45         53             2
3/7/04        43         53             3
12/21/03      48         47             5   
10/13/03      42         53             5   
9/13/03       42         55             2

18. (HALF SAMPLE) Do you think the Democrats in Congress do or do not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?

              Do     Do not     No opinion  
12/11/06      26       65            9    
9/7/06        25       69            7
8/6/06        27       66            6
6/25/06       24       71            5
3/5/06        24       70            6                               
12/18/05      23       74            3

19. 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
12/11/06        17            52            27            1
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

20. (IF DECREASED, Q19) 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
12/11/06         28                   70                 1
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

19/20 NET:                            

                     -------------- Decreased --------------   Kept about   No    
         Increased   NET  All/immed.  Not all/not immed.  DK    the same    op.
12/11/06     17       52      15             36           1        27        4 
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

21. Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress toward restoring civil order in Iraq?

                 Is making               Is not making          No  
            significant progress     significant progress     opinion
12/11/06            31                       66                  3
6/25/06             48                       49                  2
3/5/06              43                       56                  2
12/18/05            60                       37                  2
11/2/05             44                       55                  2 
8/28/05             48                       50                  2 
6/26/05             48                       51                  1
12/19/04            44                       49                  7
6/20/04             51                       48                  1

22. In making its case for war with Iraq, do you think the Bush administration (told the American public what it believed to be true), or (intentionally misled the American public)?

              Told the American public      Intentionally misled      No
            what it believed to be true      the American public     opin.
12/11/06                 45                          52                3 
11/4/06 RV               51                          47                2
5/15/06                  46                          52                2
11/2/05                  44                          55                2
6/26/05                  48                          52                *
3/13/05                  55                          43                2
8/29/04 RV               57                          40                3
7/25/04                  55                          42                3

23. (HALF SAMPLE) All told, do you think the United States is winning or losing the war in Iraq?

            Winning     Losing     Neither/It's a tie (vol.)     No opinion
12/11/06      34          52                   9                       4
12/18/05      56          34                   8                       2
8/28/05       51          38                   8                       3

24. (HALF SAMPLE) All told, do you think the United States will win or lose the war in Iraq?

            Win     Lose     Neither/It will be a tie (vol.)     No opinion
12/11/06    34       46                  11                            9
12/18/05    60       27                   7                            6

25. Would you describe Iraq as currently in a civil war, not in a civil war but close to one, or is the situation less severe than that?

           Currently in     Not in a civil war      Situation less      No
           a civil war       but close to one      severe than that     op.
12/11/06        41                   45                    11            3
8/6/06          34                   51                    12            3
4/9/06          30                   49                    18            3

26. As you may know a government committee called the Iraq Study Group issued its report on Iraq this week. Given what you've heard and read, overall do you support or oppose the Iraq Study Group report?

             Support     Oppose     No opinion
12/11/06            46          22            32

27. Do you think the Iraq Study Group does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?

             Does     Does not     No opinion
12/11/06           32         41             28

28. Please tell me if you support or oppose each of the following proposals. First is (ITEM) How about (NEXT ITEM)

12/11/06 - Summary Table 

                                                      Support   Oppose   No op.
a. Changing the primary mission of U.S. forces in 
   Iraq to supporting and training the Iraqi Army, 
   rather than on directly fighting insurgents.         79        18       3

c. Withdrawing almost all U.S. combat forces from 
   Iraq by early 2008, but keeping military training 
   forces there.                                        69        28       3

d. Reducing U.S. military and financial support from the 
   Iraqi government if the Iraqis fail to make progress 
   toward national unity and restoring civil order.     74        22       4 

29. (IF OPPOSE, Q28B) Is that because you want U.S forces to (be withdrawn sooner), or to (stay longer)?

             Withdrawn sooner     Stay longer     No opinion
12/11/06               53                 42               4  

30. Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress in training and equipping the Iraqi Army to be an effective force in Iraq?

                 Is making               Is not making          No  
            significant progress     significant progress     opinion
12/11/06            41                       53                  6

31. How confident are you that after U.S. training the Iraqi Army will be able to defeat the insurgents in Iraq - 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
12/11/06          51     8      43        48     31        17            1

32. (HALF SAMPLE) Some people say (the United States should include direct talks with Syria as part of a regional dialogue about the situation in Iraq because Syria has influence in the region). Others say (the United States should not directly engage with Syria because the U.S. has identified Syria as a sponsor of terrorism.) What do you think? Do you think the United States should or should not hold direct talks with Syria about the situation in Iraq?

             Should include     Should NOT directly       No 
             Syria in talks      engage with Syria      opinion     
12/11/60           58                    37                5        

33. (HALF SAMPLE) Some people say (the United States should include direct talks with Iran as part of a regional dialogue about the situation in Iraq because Iran has influence in the region). Others say (the United States should not directly engage with Iran because the US has identified Iran as a sponsor of terrorism and because of Iran's nuclear program.) What do you think? Do you think the United States should or should not hold direct talks with Iran about the situation in Iraq?

             Should include     Should NOT directly      No 
             Iran in talks       engage with Iran      opinion     
12/11/60           57                    41               2        

34. Do you think Bush is or is not willing enough to change his administration's policies in Iraq?

                              Too willing       No change
             Is     Is not       (vol.)        needed (vol.)     No opin.
12/11/06     30       66           *                1                3 

35. 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.   
12/11/06       50        7         42     50         36         14      *
10/22/06       55       10         45     45         28         17      * 
10/8/06        47        7         40     53         37         16      * 
3/5/06         43        5         38     57         37         19      * 
1/26/06        40        5         35     60         37         23      *
12/18/05       45        5         39     55         38         17      *
11/2/05        35        3         32     65         36         29      * 
9/11/05        40        3         37     59         37         22      1 
6/5/05         44        3         40     56         38         19      * 
4/24/05        37        2         35     63         44         20      *   
9/26/04 RV     46        3         43     53         38         15      1   
8/29/04 RV     45        3         41     55         37         18      *   
7/25/04        46        4         42     53         39         14      *   
6/20/04        45        4         41     55         38         17      *   
4/18/04        43        4         39     57         39         18      *  
3/7/04         39        2         37     60         38         22      1    
1/18/04        42        3         39     58         42         16      0 
12/21/03       42        4         39     57         41         16      1      
10/29/03       33        1         32     67         45         23      *      
9/13/03        30        2         27     70         45         25      *      
8/11/03        32        2         30     68         43         25      *      
4/30/03        35        1         34     64         46         19      *      
2/9/03         28        1         27     72         49         23      *      
1/20/03        25        1         25     74         48         26      1      
12/15/02       35        1         33     65         44         21      1      
11/4/02 LV     28        1         27     72         55         17      1      
11/3/02 LV     27        1         26     72         56         17      1      
11/2/02 LV     29        1         28     71         54         17      *      
9/26/02        31        2         28     69         50         19      *      
7/15/02        39        3         36     61         44         17      1      
2/21/02        30        1         29     69         51         18      *      
1/27/02        31        1         29     69         50         19      *      
9/20/01        38        3         35     60         47         14      2      
9/9/01         33        1         32     66         47         19      *      
7/30/01        50        3         46     50         39         12      *    
4/22/01        50        3         47     50         40          9      *     
1/15/01        70       10         59     29         24          6      1     
10/27/00 LV    86       24         61     14         11          3      *     
10/26/00 LV    86       24         61     14         11          3      *     
6/11/00        74       17         57     26         19          6      *     
2/27/00        80       25         55     20         14          5      *     
10/31/99       74       18         56     26         18          7      1     
9/2/99         76       19         57     23         16          6      1     
3/14/99        80       22         58     19         15          4      1     
11/1/98        73       12         61     26         21          5      1     
11/1/98  LV    78       13         65     22         19          3      *     
10/13/97       61       12         49     39         27         11      *

Question 36 held for release.

37. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of (NAME)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

12/11/06 - Summary Table*

                   ------ Favorable ------   ----- Unfavorable -----     No   
                   NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opin.
a. Hillary Clinton 56      27        29      40      11        29          4
b. John McCain     50      17        33      31      20        11         19
c. Harry Reid      36       6        30      18      12         6         46
d. John Edwards    49      13        36      26      16        10         25
e. Barack Obama    44      21        22      23      17         6         33
f. Rudy Giuliani   67      29        38      23      14         9         11
g. Nancy Pelosi    46      16        30      33      16        17         21
h. Mitt Romney     22       5        17      24      20         4         54
*Half sample asked items a-d, other half asked e-h.

Trend:

a. Hillary Clinton

            ------ Favorable ------   ----- Unfavorable -----       No   
            NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opinion
12/11/06    56      27        29      40      11        29          4     
5/15/06     54      29        25      42      11        31          4
3/5/06      52      27        25      46      12        33          2
6/5/05      51      NA        NA      46      NA        NA          3
6/1/03      44      15        29      48      16        32          8
9/2/99      49      NA        NA      44      NA        NA          7
6/6/99      59                        35                            6
3/14/99     60                        36                            4
2/14/99     63                        31                            6
11/1/98     64                        31                            5
8/21/98     64                        28                            8
8/19/98     64                        32                            4  
4/4/98      58                        33                           10  
1/30/98     60                        30                           10  
1/19/98     52                        39                            9  
3/9/97      47                        44                            9  
9/4/96 RV   47                        42                           12  
6/30/96     44                        47                            9  
1/21/96     28                        36                           36  
1/19/96     32                        34                           34  
10/31/94    47                        44                            8  
5/15/94     54                        41                            5  
3/27/94     53                        39                            8  
1/23/94     55                        34                           11  
11/14/93    58                        33                            9  
8/8/93      59                        33                            8  
4/26/93     54                        26                           20  
2/23/93     59                        24                           18  
1/17/93     51                        20                           29
7/8/92      30                        26                           43
3/28/92     28                        22                           51          

b. John McCain

            ------ Favorable ------   ----- Unfavorable -----       No   
            NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly    opinion
12/11/06    50      17        33      31      20        11         19 
5/15/06     55      20        35      31      20        11         14
3/5/06      59      22        38      29      18        11         12
6/5/05      57      NA        NA      32      NA        NA         11
7/30/01     57                        30                           12
2/27/00     60                        21                           19
10/31/99    36                        22                           41
9/2/99      22                        10                           68
3/14/99     20                        10                           69

c. No trend.

d. John Edwards

             Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
12/11/06        49           26            25
10/3/04* LV     45           30            25
9/8/04   RV     39           26            35
8/1/04   RV     49           18            33  
7/25/04  RV     50           24            26

*10/3/03 and previous: "Regardless of how you might vote, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of John Edwards or perhaps you don't know enough to say."

e-h. No trend.

38. What do you think is more important right now - (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?

           Investigate     Respect      No
             threats       privacy     opin. 
12/11/06       63             34         3
9/7/06         65             32         3
5/15/06        67             30         3
5/11/06        65             31         4
1/8/06         65             32         3
9/7/03*        73             21         5
9/8/02         78             18         4
6/9/02         79             18         3
*9/7/03 and previous: "FBI" rather than "federal government"

39. In investigating terrorism, do you think the federal agencies like the FBI are or are not intruding on some Americans' privacy rights?

           Are     Are not     No opinion
12/11/06   66        30             4
9/7/06     61        35             4
1/8/06*    64        32             4
9/7/03     58        33             8
*"do you think federal agencies are or are not"

40. (IF YES, Q39) Do you think those intrusions are justified or not justified?

           Justified     Not justified     No opinion
12/11/06      51              43                6
9/7/06        54              40                6
1/8/06        49              46                5
9/7/03        63              29                8

Q39/40 NET:

           -------- Intrusion ----------     Not an        No
           NET  Just.  Not just.  No op.    intrusion     opin. 
12/11/06   66    34       28        4          30           4 
9/7/06     61    33       24        4          35           4
1/8/06     64    31       30        4          32           4
9/7/03     58    36       17        4          33           8

Question 41-42 held for release.

43. Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about (ITEM)?

Questions 43a, 43c-g held for release.

12/11/06 - Summary Table* 

                                        Optimistic     Pessimistic     No op.
b. the situation in Iraq                    40              57           3   
*Full sample asked item a, half sample asked items b-d, other half asked e-g.

Trend where available:

b. the situation in Iraq

               Optimistic     Pessimistic     No opinion
12/11/06           40             57               3
10/22/06           42             55               3
5/15/06            43             55               2
12/18/05           54             44               2
12/19/04           46             51               2
6/20/04            52             45               3
5/23/04            55             43               2   
1/18/04*           58             39               2       
*"Thinking about the coming year"

44. I'm going to read a few attributes that might be found in a candidate for president. Please tell me if each would make you (more likely) to vote for that candidate for president, or (less likely) to vote for that candidate, or if it wouldn't matter. First is (ITEM). How about (NEXT ITEM)?

12/11/06 - Summary Table 

                           More likely   Less likely   Wouldn't matter   No op.
a. someone who is a woman      17            14              69            * 
b. someone who is black         9             7              84            * 
c. someone who is a Mormon      3            35              61            1 

Trend:

a. someone who is a woman

           More likely   Less likely   Wouldn't matter   No op.
12/11/06       17            14              69            * 
5/8/88*        10            25              64            2  
*AP

b. someone who is black

           More likely   Less likely   Wouldn't matter   No op.
12/11/06        9             7              84            * 
5/8/88*         5            27              66            3 
*AP

c. No trend.

08DEM1 (08DEM1a). (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) If the 2008 Democratic presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were: (Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Al Gore, Wesley Clark, Tom Vilsack, Evan Bayh, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, or Chris Dodd), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE: 
           
                         12/11/06
Hillary Clinton             39
Barack Obama                17
John Edwards                12 
Al Gore                     10
John Kerry                   7			
Joe Biden                    2  			
Bill Richardson              2		
Evan Bayh                    1 			 
Wesley Clark                 1			
Tom Vilsack                  1			
Chris Dodd                   *			
Other (vol.)                 *			
None of these (vol.)         2	
Would not vote (vol.)        1	
No opinion                   4			

08DEM2 (08DEM2a). (LEANED DEMOCRATS, NAMED A CANDIDATE) Who would your second choice be?

NET LEANED VOTE: 
          
                         12/11/06
Hillary Clinton             22		
Al Gore                     20 			
Barack Obama                18 			
John Kerry                  13			
John Edwards                11			
Wesley Clark                 3			
Bill Richardson              3		
Evan Bayh                    1  			
Joe Biden                    1 			
Chris Dodd                   1			
Tom Vilsack                  *			
Other (vol.)                 1			
None of these (vol.)         2	
Would not vote (vol.)        *	
No opinion                   3			


First choice/Second choice NET

                         12/11/06
Hillary Clinton             60 	
Barack Obama                33 	
Al Gore                     29	
John Edwards                22			
John Kerry                  20			
Wesley Clark                 4			
Bill Richardson              4		
Joe Biden                    3 			
Evan Bayh                    2 			
Chris Dodd                   1			
Tom Vilsack                  1			
Other (vol.)                 1			
None of these (vol.)         4	
Would not vote (vol.)        1	
No opinion                   7			

08REP1 (08REP1a). (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) If the 2008 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were: (Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Chuck Hagel, Tommy Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, George Pataki, Sam Brownback, or Tom Tancredo), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE: 

                      12/11/06          
Rudy Giuliani            34			
John McCain              26			
Newt Gingrich            12
Mitt Romney               5			
George Pataki             3			
Tommy Thompson            2
Sam Brownback             1 		
Duncan Hunter             1			
Chuck Hagel               *			
Mike Huckabee             *			
Tom Tancredo              *			
Other (vol.)              *			
None of these (vol.)      6	
Would not vote (vol.)     *	
No opinion                9			

08REP2 (08REP2a). (LEANED REPUBLICANS, NAMED A CANDIDATE) Who would your second choice be?

NET LEANED VOTE: 
          
                      12/11/06          
Rudy Giuliani            28			
John McCain              24			
Newt Gingrich            13	
George Pataki             6	
Mitt Romney               5			
Mike Huckabee             3	
Tommy Thompson            3		
Sam Brownback             1  		
Chuck Hagel               1			
Duncan Hunter             1			
Tom Tancredo              1 			
Other (vol.)              1			
None of these (vol.)      5	
Would not vote (vol.)     *	
No opinion                8			


First choice/Second choice NET

                         12/11/06
Rudy Giuliani               57			
John McCain                 47			
Newt Gingrich               22 	
Mitt Romney                  9			
George Pataki                8			
Tommy Thompson               5		
Sam Brownback                2 		
Mike Huckabee                2			
Chuck Hagel                  1			
Duncan Hunter                1  			
Tom Tancredo                 1			
Other (vol.)                 1 			
None of these (vol.)        11 	
Would not vote (vol.)        *	
No opinion                  15

49. How much do you feel you know about (ITEM) positions on specific issues - a great deal, a good amount, only some, or little or none?

12/11/06 - Summary Table*

                      -Grt deal/Good amount-   --Some/Little-none-   No   
                      NET   Great   Good amt   NET   Some   Little   op. 
a. John McCain's      30      10        20     69     31      38      1  
b. Hillary Clinton's  45      13        32     55     29      25      *
c. John Edwards'      20       5        15     79     31      48      1
d. Rudy Giuliani's    25       9        16     73     31      42      2  
e. Barack Obama's     20       4        15     77     21      56      3
f. Mitt Romney's       6       2         4     90     14      76      4
*Half sample asked items a-c, other half asked items d-f.

Trend where available:

a. John McCain's

             -Great deal/Good amount-     -Only some/Little-none-      No   
             NET   Great   Good amt       NET    Some    Little       opin. 
12/11/06     30      10        20         69      31       38           1  
2/24/00      32       6        26         66      40       27           2   
10/31/99     16       4        12         83      22       60           1

b-f.  No trend.

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


            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
12/11/06       34            24              36           5         1  
11/4/06        33            30              32           3         2
10/22/06       30            28              36           4         2
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         *

901/904 Leaned Party:

               Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
12/11/06          52            38               7           3         *
10/22/06          52            41               6           1         1
10/8/06           56            39               5           1         *
9/7/06            50            41               7           1         *
5/15/06           53            39               6           1         *
5/11/06           53            41               5           1         1
4/9/06            53            42               5           1         0  
3/5/06            50            42               7           1         1
11/2/05           52            41               6           1         *     
9/11/05           48            39              10           3         *  

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


             Yes     No     No opinion
12/11/06     84      16          *
11/4/06      80      19          *
10/22/06     78      22          3
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.
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

911. What, if anything, is your religion?

                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
12/11/06       42          21              12              2       16     1
11/4/06        48          23              12              2       12     1
10/22/06       44          21              14              3       15     1
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.
12/11/06    44      53         3
11/4/06     43      55         2
10/22/06    43      53         4
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

912b. Are you, or is anyone in your household, a military veteran?

             ------------------ Yes ------------------
                  Resp  Other HH      Both resp and
             NET   is   member is   other HH member are   No   No op. 
12/11/06     28    13      14                1            72     * 


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+
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


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

High school or less	         9
Graduated high school      	38
Some college               	23
Graduated College          	18	
Post-graduate              	11

Q910. What is your age

?
18-29                      	21
30-39                      	18
40-49                      	20
50-64                      	26
65+                        	15

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                      	11
Hispanic	                 6
Asian                      	 2 
Other Race                 	 4

Q921. RESPONDENT'S SEX

Male                       	48
Female                     	52

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