Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 10-13, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   50       31         18      46       13         33         4 
11/15/09   56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09   57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09    54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09    57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09    59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09    65       36         29      31       10         22         4 
4/24/09    69       42         27      26        8         18         4 
3/29/09    66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09    68       43         25      25        8         17         7

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

12/13/09 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      46       23         24      52       12         40         2
b. Health care      44       27         18      53       10         43         3
c. The situation
   in Afghanistan   52       24         28      44       13         32         4
d. The federal
   budget deficit   37       16         21      56       12         44         6
e. His duties as 
   commander-in-
   chief of the 
   military         54       29         25      43       18         25         3
f. Unemployment     47       21         26      48       15         33         5
g. held for future release.
*Full sample asked items a-c; half sample asked items d,e; other half sample asked items f,g.

Trend:

a. The economy

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09   51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09   50       29         22      48       13         35         1 
9/12/09    51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09    52       27         25      46       13         33         2 
7/18/09    52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09    56       28         28      41       13         27         3  
4/24/09    58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09    60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09    60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6

b. Health care

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   44       27         18      53       10         43         3
11/15/09   47       28         19      49        8         41         3
10/18/09   48       30         18      48       10         38         4
9/12/09    48       32         15      48       10         38         4
8/17/09    46       27         19      50        8         42         5
7/18/09    49       25         24      44       11         33         7  
6/21/09    53       27         26      39       10         29         9  
4/24/09    57       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        13

c. The situation in Afghanistan

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   52       24         28      44       13         32         4
11/15/09   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
10/18/09   45       22         23      47       17         31         7
9/12/09    55       23         33      37       17         21         7
8/17/09    60       25         35      33       14         19         7
7/18/09    62       33         29      30       13         17         8
4/24/09    63       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        11

d. The federal budget deficit

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   37       16         21      56       12         44         6
11/15/09   42       19         23      53       10         43         5
10/18/09   45       20         25      51       14         37         4
9/12/09    39       17         22      55       13         42         6
8/17/09    41       19         22      53       12         41         5
7/18/09    43       19         24      49       11         38         8
6/21/09    48       22         26      48       13         35         5  
4/24/09    51       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         7
3/29/09    52       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         5

e. His duties as commander-in-chief of the military  

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   54       29         25      43       18         25         3
10/18/09   57       33         24      37       13         24         6  

f. Unemployment     

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   47       21         26      48       15         33         5
7/18/09    52       26         26      42       11         31         6

12/13/09 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
g. Global warming   45       22         24      39       12         27        15
*Full sample asked items a-c; half sample asked items d,e; other half sample asked items f,g.

Trend:

g. Global warming

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   45       22         24      39       12         27        15
6/21/09    54       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        17
4/24/09    61       NA         NA      23       NA         NA        16

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

12/13/09 - Summary Table*

                                                  Both    Neither     No
                                  Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy                     48      36       1       12         3
b. Health care reform              46      39       1       13         2
c. The situation in Afghanistan    47      35       1       14         4
d. Energy policy                   46      36       *       12         5
*Half sample asked items a,b; other half sample asked items c,d.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
12/13/09     48      36       1       12         3
11/15/09     52      37       1        8         1
9/12/09      48      37       1       12         2
7/18/09      56      33       1        9         2
6/21/09      55      31       2        9         2
4/24/09      61      24       2       11         2
3/29/09      58      25       1       14         2
2/22/09      61      26       1        9         3

Compare to:

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

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

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

b. Health care reform

                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
12/13/09     46      39       1       13         2
11/15/09     50      37       1       10         2
9/12/09      48      36       1       12         3
7/18/09      54      34       1       10         1
6/21/09      55      27       2       11         4

c. The situation in Afghanistan

                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
12/13/09     47      35       1       14         4
11/15/09     46      41       1        9         3

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

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

d. No trend.

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

           -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   44       25         19      51       11         40         5
11/15/09   48       30         18      49       10         39         3
10/18/09   45       26         19      48       12         36         7
9/12/09    46       30         16      48       12         36         6
8/17/09    45       27         18      50       10         40         5

5. In the long run, do you think [ITEM] if (the changes that have been proposed become law) or if (the current system is left as it is now)?

12/13/09 - Summary Table
                                 
                                    Changes      Current system     Same either   No
                                   become law   left as it is now    way (vol.)   op.
a. Your own health care 
   will cost you more                 53               33                 6        8
b. The quality of health 
   care you receive will 
   be better                          37               50                 6        6
c. The country's health 
   care system overall 
   will cost more                     55               35                 3        7

6. Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and over. Do you think health care reform would (strengthen) the Medicare program, (weaken) Medicare or have no effect on it?

           Strengthen   Weaken   No effect   No opinion
12/13/09       22         45        24            9
10/18/09       18         43        31            8 
9/12/09        22         40        32            6

7. Just your best guess, do you think health care reform would increase the federal budget deficit, decrease it, or have no effect? (IF INCREASE) Do you think that would be worth it, or not?

           ---------- Increase ---------
           NET   Worth it   Not worth it   Decrease   No effect   No opinion
12/13/09   66       23         43             11         19            4
10/18/09   68       31         37             10         18            3
9/12/09    65       NA         NA              9         24            2

8. Do you think the government should or should not expand Medicare to cover people between the ages of 55 and 64 who do not have health insurance? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           --------- Should --------   ------- Should not ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   63       48         15      33        9         24         4
9/12/06    75       55         20      23        9         14         2

9. There are a few ideas on health insurance for people who are not insured through work, or Medicare or Medicaid. One is to (create a government health insurance plan to compete with private insurance plans for these people). Another is to (have the government negotiate with private insurers to offer these people insurance that meets government specifications). A third is to (leave the current system as it is). Which of these would you prefer for people who do not have health insurance - (a government plan to compete with private plans), (private plans coordinated by the government), or (the current system as it is now)?

           Government plan   Private plans
           to compete with   coordinated by   Current system     No
            private plans    the government    as it is now    opinion
12/13/09          36               30               30            4

10. Which comes closer to the way you feel: government reform of the nation's health care system (is necessary to control costs and expand coverage), or government action on health care (will do more harm than good)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           ------- Necessary -------   -- More harm than good --
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   No opinion
12/13/09   51       38         13      46       10         36           3
9/13/09    53       36         17      44       14         30           3
8/17/09    51       35         16      46       10         35           3
6/21/09    58       34         23      39       15         24           3   

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

           Yes   No   No opinion    
12/13/09   82    17        *
11/15/09   84    15        1
10/18/09   85    15        0 
9/12/09    86    14        0
8/17/09    85    14        *
6/21/09    84    16        0
9/30/07    88    12        *
9/12/06    87    13        0
4/19/05    87    13        *
10/13/03   83    17        0
7/12/98    86    14        *
8/27/97    81    19        *
11/13/95   85    15        0
7/17/94    86    14        *
11/14/93   87    13        0
10/10/93   87    13        *

12. Changing topics, many economists say that using the standards they apply, the recession probably is over. Thinking about your own experience of economic conditions, would you say that from your point of view the recession is over, or not over?.

           Over   Not over   No opinion
12/13/09    13       86           1
10/18/09    16       82           1 

13. Thinking now about job opportunities where you live, would you say there are plenty of jobs available in your community, or are jobs difficult to find?


           Plenty of jobs        Jobs are        Lots of some jobs,      No 
             available      difficult to find   few of others (vol.)   opinion
12/13/09         12                 84                    2               2
10/4/09*         14                 79                    3               3
2/8/09           11                 80                    3               6
12/8/08          19                 73                    4               4
10/12/08         25                 64                    4               7
7/27/08          31                 58                    4               7
4/27/08          30                 61                    4               5
2/2/08           34                 53                    5               8
11/07            41                 48                    4               7
9/16/07          36                 50                    6               8
6/3/07           39                 49                    5               7
2/11/07          39                 48                    6               7
12/10/06         40                 49                    5               6
3/7/06           37                 56                    3               4
1/8/06           33                 56                    6               5
10/10/05         36                 56                    4               4
5/15/05          30                 60                    6               4
1/9/05           32                 58                    5               5
9/21/04          31                 52                    6              11
8/10/04          34                 55                    4               7
4/25/04          30                 57                    4               9
2/29/04          31                 59                    5               6
1/11/04          27                 60                    6               7
10/19/03         24                 66                    5               5
6/23/02          31                 59                    4               6
6/17/01          42                 44                    8               6
8/9/92           15                 76                    6               3
5/7/92           16                 77                    4               3
1/21/92          12                 79                    6               3
*10/09 to 6/01 Pew; 1992 U.S. News & World Reports

14. Do you think the United States is in a long-term economic decline, or do you think the country's economic system is basically pretty solid?

           Long-term decline   Basically pretty solid   No opinion
12/13/09         61                      35                  4
12/14/08         63                      34                  3
2/1/08           49                      47                  4
5/6/96           46                      51                  3

15. Regardless of whether or not the recession is over, in terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?


            Has   Has not   No opinion
12/13/09*   50      49           1     
11/15/09    44      54           1
*Add "Regardless of whether or not the recession is over..."

15a. (IF NOT BEGUN TO RECOVER) When do you think the economy will begin to recover - in the next few months, in six months to a year, or do you think it'll be longer than that?

              
              Next      Six months    Longer       No
           few months   to a year    than that   opinion
12/13/09        *           16          82          1
11/15/09        4           19          77          1

Combined results of questions 15 and 15a:

                 ---- Economy has not begun recovery ---
                       Will in next   In 6 mos.  
           Has   NET    few months    to a year   Longer   No opinion
12/13/09   50    49          *             8        40          1
11/15/09   44    54          2            10        41          1

15b. (IF HAS BEGUN TO RECOVER) Do you think the economy's recovery so far has been a strong one or a weak one?

           Strong   Weak   No opinion   
12/13/09     24      73         3

Combined results of questions 15 and 15b:

           - Recovery's begun-   
           NET   Strong   Weak   Has not   No opinion
12/13/09   50      12      36      49           1

16. Is the current economic situation a cause of stress in your life, or not? (IF YES) Is it a cause of serious stress, or stress, but not serious?

           --- Yes, cause of stress --   Not a cause     No
           NET   Serious   Not serious    of stress    opinion
12/13/09   57      28          30            42           *
9/12/09    55      33          23            44           *
3/29/09    61      33          28            39           *
2/22/09    57      27          30            43           0

17. How concerned are you about being able to maintain your current standard of living - are you very worried, somewhat worried, not so worried or not worried at all?


           ---- Worried ----   ---- Not worried ----     No
           NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
12/13/09   64     24     39    36      19       17        * 
12/14/08   66     24     42    34      17       16        *
5/11/08    68     28     40    32      16       15        *
12/9/07    51     17     34    49      22       27        *

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

            ----- Worth fighting ----   --- Not worth fighting --     No 
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
12/13/09    52       33         19      44       10         35         4
11/15/09    44       30         14      52       14         38         4
10/18/09*   47       28         19      49       13         36         4 
9/12/09     46       28         18      51       14         37         3
8/17/09     47       31         15      51       10         41         3
7/18/09     51       34         18      45       11         34         4
3/29/09     56       37         19      41       12         28         4
2/22/09     50       34         17      47        9         37         3
12/14/08    55       NA         NA      39       NA         NA         5
7/13/08     51       NA         NA      45       NA         NA         4
2/25/07     56       NA         NA      41       NA         NA         3
*10/18/09 "was" and "has been" wording half sampled. Previous "was".

19. Do you support or oppose Obama's decision to send approximately 30,000 additional U.S. military forces to Afghanistan? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09*   58       36         22      40       10         30         2
2/22/09     64       40         25      33       11         22         3
* Changed from "decision to send approximately 17,000"

Compare to:

Do you support or oppose Bush's decision to send approximately 28,000 additional U.S. military forces to Iraq? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Support --------   -------- Oppose ---------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/15/07*   35       24         11      65        9         56         *
2/25/07    32       20         12      67       11         56         1
1/19/07    34       21         13      65       10         56         1
1/10/07    36       25         11      61        9         52         2
* Changed from "proposal to send approximately 22,000"

20. How confident are you that Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan will succeed - very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

            ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
12/13/09   52     11       41      45      25         20          3

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

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


21. Obama has said U.S. forces will start withdrawing from Afghanistan in summer 2011. Do you think they should start withdrawing sooner than that, later than that, or is this schedule about right?

                                       Withdraw      No
           Sooner   Later   About right   now (vol.)   opinion
12/13/09     31      19          39            1          9

22. Regardless of when you think the U.S. withdrawal should begin, do you support or oppose Obama having set a specific deadline for this to occur?

            Support   Oppose   No opinion
12/13/09     42        55          3

23. Do you think (the United States must win the war in Afghanistan in order for the broader war on terrorism to be a success), or do you think (the war on terrorism can be a success without the United States winning the war in Afghanistan)?

             US must win war in      Can be a success without US     No
           Afghanistan for success   winning war in Afghanistan    opinion
12/13/09             56                          36                   8
9/12/09              48                          45                   7
2/22/09              50                          41                   9
12/14/08             51                          40                   9
7/13/08              51                          42                   7

24. Regardless of when a withdrawal begins, do you expect that a large number of U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan for many years, or do you think that will not happen? (IF WILL REMAIN) Is this something you would SUPPORT or OPPOSE?

            ----- Will remain ----      Will        No
           NET   Support   Oppose   not happen   opinion
12/13/09   71      37        33         24          5

25. How do you feel today about the Taliban having given support to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda before the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001- would you say you're extremely angry about that, very angry, somewhat angry, or not so angry?

           -Extremely/Very angry-   -Somewhat/Not so angry-     No
           NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Not so   opinion
12/13/09   73       39        34    26       18         8        2

26. On another subject, do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           --------- Should --------   ------- Should not ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   65       50         15      29        9         20         6
6/21/09    75       53         22      22        9         13         3
4/24/09    75       54         21      21        9         12         4

27. (HALF SAMPLE) What if that significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly energy expenses by 10 dollars a month - in that case, do you think the government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases?

       Should   Should not   No opinion
12/13/09     60         37            3

28. (HALF SAMPLE) What if that significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly energy expenses by 25 dollars a month - in that case, do you think the government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases?


           Should   Should not   No opinion
12/13/09     55         42            3

29. It's been proposed that the United States and other developed countries contribute 10 billion dollars a year to help developing countries pay for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they release. Is this something you support or oppose?

          Support   Oppose   No opinion
12/13/09     39        57          4

30. How much do you trust the things that scientists say about the environment - completely, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or not at all?

           -------- Trust -------              ---- Do not trust ---
                               A    Moderate           A       Not       No
           NET   Completely   lot    amount    NET   little   at all   opinion   
12/13/09   29       10        19       30      40      26       14        1
7/28/08    30        6        24       39      30      23        7        1
4/10/07    32        5        27       43      24      19        5        1 
3/14/06    31        5        27       41      27      22        5        1

31. (IF MODERATE) Would you lean toward saying a lot or a little?

--------- Trust ----------            ------ Do not trust -----
                             A         Moderate               A      Not      No      
           NET  Completely  lot  Lean   amount   NET  Lean  little  at all  opinion   
12/13/09   41       10       19   12       1     56    17     26     14        1
7/28/08    47        6       24   17       3     49    19     24      7        1

32. Do you think (most scientists agree with one another) about whether or not global warming is happening, or do you think (there is a lot of disagreement among scientists) on this issue?

           Most agree   A lot of disagreement   No opinion
12/13/09      36                 62                  2
7/28/08*      39                 57                  4
4/10/07       40                 56                  3
3/14/06       35                 64                  1
2/13/98       30                 67                  3
10/5/97       35                 62                  3
*2008, ABC/Planet Green/Stanford University; 2007, ABC/Post/Stanford; 2006, ABC/Time/Stanford; 1998 and 1997, Ohio State University

33. On a final subject, are you a fan of professional golf, or not?

         Yes   Somewhat (vol.)   No   No opinion
12/13/09   22        6             72       *
11/24/02   16        7             78       0 
3/24/02*   24        8             68       0
3/28/01    27        9             64       *
2/11/01    26        5             69       *
4/2/00     26        8             66       *
*3/02 and previous, Gallup

34. Overall do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the professional golfer Tiger Woods? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   42       22         20      43       17         26        14
12/3/09*   60       NA         NA      25       NA         NA        14   
6/19/05    85       NA         NA       8       NA         NA         7   
6/10/01    84       NA         NA       9       NA         NA         7
6/25/00    88       NA         NA       5       NA         NA         7   
* 12/3/09 CNN; 2005 Gallup; 2001 and 2000 Gallup/CNN. No opinion includes "never heard of."

35. Woods has been accused of having extramarital affairs, and has apologized for what he called "personal sins." Given this situation, do you think companies should or should not continue to use Woods to endorse their products? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           --------- Should --------   ------- Should not ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
12/13/09   54       33         20      38       13         24         8

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)?

                                                             --Non-Partisans-
                                                             Lean  Lean   No
           Democrat  Republican  Independent  Other  No op.  Dem.  Rep.  Lean
12/13/09      32         26           37        5      1      13    18    11
11/15/09      35         21           39        4      1      19    17     8
10/18/09      33         20           42        4      1      20    19     8
9/12/09       32         21           43        4      *      19    20     9
8/17/09       35         25           34        6      1      15    14    11
7/18/09       33         22           41        4      *      20    16     9
6/21/09       35         22           37        7      *      17    16    10
4/24/09       35         21           38        5      *      18    16    10
3/29/09       36         25           33        5      1      15    16     8
2/22/09       36         24           34        5      1      18    13     9
1/16/09       35         23           36        5      1      20    12    11
12/14/08      37         24           35        4      1      16    13    10
11/3/08       35         26           30        6      2      13    10    15
10/11/08      36         26           31        4      2      15    12    10
9/29/08       34         26           31        8      2      17    12    12
9/22/08       36         26           31        5      2      18     9    11
9/7/08        35         26           33        5      2      15    14    11
8/22/08       36         23           34        6      1      16    14    10
7/13/08       37         24           33        6      1      16    14    10
6/15/08       38         24           34        4      1      16    14     8
5/11/08       34         28           34        4      1      19    11     8
4/13/08       35         29           30        5      1      15    13     8
3/2/08        40         28           28        3      1      15     8     9
2/1/08        37         26           32        4      1      16    11    10
1/12/08       39         27           29        5      1      13     9    12

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

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

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

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





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