Washington Post Poll - American views of the global economy and U.S. economic leadership

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 13 – 17, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,000 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 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

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1. Thinking about the growing ties between the economies of the United States and other countries, overall, how much influence do you think the global economy is having on the way things are going in the United States? Would you say it is having a great deal of influence, a fair amount, not too much, or no influence at all?

    
          ----- Influence ----   ----- No influence ----      
                Great    Fair          Not too     Not       No
          NET   deal    amount   NET    much      at all   opinion
1/17/11    80     38       42     16      11         5         3
7/27/08*   80     35       45     16      12         4         4
*Pew Research Center 

2. Do you think the trend toward a global economy is a good thing or a bad thing for our country?

  
        Good thing   Bad thing   Both (vol.)   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
1/17/11        36          42            2              1              18
1/29/03*       42          38           na             na              21
10/21/01       58          27            1              1              13
9/5/01         60          24            1              1              14
*2003 and previous: Pew Research Center 
3. How would you rate America's ability to compete economically in the world and deal 
with foreign economic competition--excellent, good, just fair, not so good, or poor?
            ------ Positive ------   Just   ------- Negative -------     No
            NET   Excellent   Good   fair   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion
1/17/11 All  36        9        27     35    28         17        11       2
1/17/11 RV   36        9        27     35    27         16        11       2
9/91*   RV   42        8        34     34    22         15         7       2
*Council on Competitiveness 

4. Do you feel that being number one in the world economically is an important goal for America, or that being number one is not that important a goal, as long as we're one of several leading economic powers?

          
              An important goal   Not that important   No opinion
1/17/11 All         51                   45                4
1/17/11 RV          50                   46                4
9/91*   RV          42                   53                5
*Council on Competitiveness

5. How much confidence do you have in President Obama when it comes to making the right decisions about the country’s economic future – a great deal, a good amount, just some or none at all?

		 ------- Confident -------    ---- Not confident ---      No
         NET   Grt.deal   Good amt.   NET   Just some   None    opinion
1/17/11   43       19         24       55       31        24        2

6. How much confidence do you have in the Republicans in Congress when it comes to making the right decisions about the country’s economic future – a great deal, a good amount, just some or none at all?

		 ------- Confident -------    ---- Not confident ---      No
         NET   Grt.deal   Good amt.   NET   Just some   None    opinion
1/17/11   35       12         23       62       37        25        3 

7. Right now, what do you think is the biggest threat to world stability – the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, international terrorism, instability in the global economy, global climate change, an erosion of shared values, or something else?

                                 
                                  1/17/11
Instability in the global economy   33
International terrorism             21
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan        12
Erosion of shared values            10
Global climate change                7
Something else                      10
None (vol.)                          1
No opinion                           7 

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