Washington Post-ABC News Poll

The Washington Post
Friday, Jan. 27, 2006

The following are responses to questions from a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone Jan. 23-26, 2006 among 1,002 randomly selected adults nationwide. Margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Fieldwork 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.
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)?

1/26/06  - Summary Table*

                                                  Approve    Disapprove    No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                             39          60          1
b. The US campaign against terrorism                 52          45          2
c. The federal budget deficit                        32          64          4
d. Ethics in government                              42          56          2
e. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly        38          51         11
f. The economy                                       46          52          1
g. Immigration issues                                34          57          9
h. Health care                                       37          60          3
i. Taxes                                             45          52          3

*Item a asked of full sample. Items b-e asked of half sample, items f-i asked of other half sample.

Trend:

a. The situation in Iraq


              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
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 opinion
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            43               2
6/5/05        50            49               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            19               3                      
4/21/02*      81            18               2          
3/10/02*      88            10               2          
1/27/02       88            10               2          
12/19/01*     89             9               2          
10/15/01*     92             5               3          
*Asked very/somewhat follow-up

c. The federal budget deficit

       Approve     Disapprove     No opinion  
1/26/06        32            64              4       
1/16/05        39            58              3       
6/20/04        39            56              5
4/18/04        34            60              6
3/7/04         30            65              5
1/18/04        35            58              7 
12/21/03       37            52             10
10/29/03       32            61              7

d. Ethics in government


             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
1/26/06        42            56              2
1/8/06         45            52              3
12/18/05       48            49              3

             

e. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion 
1/26/06        38            51             11
6/20/04        40            50             11
4/18/04        38            46             15          
3/7/04         41            49              9
1/18/04        39            49             12 
12/21/03       36            46             18
10/29/03       36            46             18               
10/13/03       34            43             22               
9/13/03        35            54             11               
4/30/03        44            40             17               
2/1/03         46            35             19               

f. The economy

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
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

g. Immigration issues

             Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
1/26/06        34            57              9
12/18/05       33            58              9
8/28/05        33            57             10
1/16/05        33            54             13     
1/18/04        34            56             10

h. Health care

               Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
1/26/06          37            60              3
12/18/05         37            57              6
11/2/05          34            61              5
3/13/05          44            48              8
1/16/05          42            51              6
12/19/04         37            56              7
8/29/04 RV       39            55              6 
7/25/04          38            53              9
6/20/04          39            57              4
4/18/04*         33            61              5                  
3/7/04           32            62              6             
2/11/04          32            62              6             
1/18/04          37            55              8             
12/21/03         34            56             10             
10/29/03         28            63              9             
10/13/03         30            60             10             
9/13/03          32            61              7             
4/30/03          34            57              9             
1/28/03          40            47             13             
1/20/03          36            51             13             
12/15/02         33            58              9
*4/18/04 and previous: "The cost, availability and coverage of health insurance"

i. Taxes

               Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
1/26/06          45            52              3
1/16/05          49            46              5
8/29/04 RV       49            48              3 
7/25/04          49            46              5
6/20/04          42            54              4
4/18/04          48            49              3
3/7/04           50            47              3
1/18/04          45            51              4 
10/29/03         41            53              6
9/13/03          48            48              4
8/11/03          49            46              5
4/30/03          50            46              4
2/1/03           51            43              7
1/20/03          50            45              5
12/15/02         51            44              5

3. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush or not.

1/26/06 - Summary Table*

                                                    No     
                                     Yes     No     op.    
a. He is a strong leader             52      48      *     
b. He is honest and trustworthy      46      53      *
c. He understands the problems 
     of people like you              38      61      1
d. He can be trusted in a crisis     53      47      1

*Half sample asked items a,b, other half asked items c,d

Trend:

a. He is a strong leader

               Yes     No     No op.     
1/26/06        52      48       *
12/18/05       51      49       *
11/2/05        47      53       * 
9/11/05        50      50       *
5/23/04        62      37       1       
4/18/04        64      36       1       
3/7/04         63      36       1       
2/11/04        61      38       1
12/21/03       67      32       2                
10/29/03       62      37       1
9/13/03        66      34       *
4/30/03        74      25       *
12/15/02       75      23       2
7/15/02        75      24       1
7/30/01        55      43       2
4/22/01        53      42       5
10/9/00 RV     62      33       5
9/6/00 RV      65      28       7
8/20/00 RV     65      29       5
8/10/00 RV     67      29       5
7/23/00 RV     61      33       6
7/23/00        62      32       5
6/11/00        65      30       6
4/2/00         68      27       5
3/11/00        63      31       6
2/27/00        62      32       6
2/6/00         65      30       7
1/16/00        65      28       7
12/15/99       67      26       7
10/31/99       77      18       5
9/2/99         70      18      12
3/14/99        68      13      20

b. He is honest and trustworthy

              Yes      No     No op.     
1/26/06        46      53       *
12/18/05       49      50       1
11/2/05        40      58       2 
5/23/04        53      45       2
4/18/04        55      44       1
3/7/04         54      45       1
2/11/04        52      45       2         
10/29/03       59      40       2
9/13/03        60      39       2
12/15/02       70      26       4
7/15/02        71      26       3
7/30/01        63      34       3
4/22/01        62      32       6       
11/5/00 LV     60      33       7
11/4/00 LV     61      33       7
10/24/00 LV    65      30       5
10/15/00 LV    57      34       9
10/15/00 RV    53      35      12
9/6/00 RV      62      30       7
7/23/00 RV     61      30       8
7/23/00        59      31      10
12/15/99       63      28       9
10/31/99       68      22      10
9/2/99         63      23      14
3/14/99        67      12      22

c. He understands the problems of people like you

              Yes      No     No op.     
1/26/06        38      61       1
11/2/05        34      66       1 
9/11/05        38      61       1 
8/28/05        40      59       1       
4/24/05        40      58       2
1/16/05        43      56       1 
5/23/04        42      57       1       
4/18/04        41      57       2       
3/7/04         41      57       2       
2/11/04        41      57       2       
1/18/04        43      56       1
12/21/03       45      53       2                
10/29/03       40      58       2
9/13/03        48      51       1
4/30/03        51      48       1
12/15/02       51      47       2
7/15/02        57      41       2
1/27/02        61      37       2
7/30/01        45      54       2
4/22/01        47      51       2
11/4/00  LV    49      46       5
10/24/00 LV    50      46       3
10/15/00 RV    46      46       7
10/9/00  RV    50      44       6
9/6/00   RV    47      49       4
8/20/00  RV    50      46       5
7/23/00        44      51       5
6/11/00        48      47       5
4/2/00         48      46       6
3/11/00        47      47       6
2/27/00        43      51       6
2/6/00         43      52       5
1/16/00        46      49       6
12/15/99       47      46       7
10/31/99       54      39       7
9/2/99         50      39      11
3/14/99        52      27      21

d. He can be trusted in a crisis

              Yes      No     No op.     
1/26/06        53      47       1
11/2/05        49      49       2 
9/11/05        49      49       2 
5/23/04        60      39       1       
7/30/01        60      37       3
4/22/01        65      32       4    
12/15/99       62      27      11     
9/2/99         58      22      19

4. (and 5) If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2006 were being held today, would you vote for (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate) in your congressional district? (IF OTHER, NEITHER, DK, REF) Would you lean toward the (Democratic candidate) or toward the (Republican candidate)?

Net Leaned Vote:

                Dem      Rep      Other     Neither     Will not      No
                cand.    cand.    (vol.)    (vol.)     vote (vol.)   opin.
1/26/06 All      55       36        1          3           1           4 
1/26/06 RV       54       38        1          3           1           5
12/18/05 All     50       41        1          3           1           4 
12/18/05 RV      51       41        1          3           1           4
11/2/05  All     53       36        1          3           2           5
11/2/05  RV      52       37        1          4           2           6
11/4/02  LV      48       48        1          1           0           2
11/3/02  LV      48       48        *          1           0           2
11/2/02  LV      50       49        *          1           0           2
10/27/02 LV      47       49        1          1           0           3
9/26/02  All     46       42        2          2           5           3
9/26/02  RV      47       44        2          3           2           3
9/26/02  LV      49       47        1          2           0           2
7/15/02  All     47       45        1          1           1           4
7/15/02  RV      47       46        1          1           1           4
1/27/02* RV      43       50       NA          2           1           5
9/6/00   RV      49       42                   2           1           6
7/23/00  RV      46       45                   3           1           5
2/27/00  RV      45       46                   2           1           5
10/31/99 RV      50       43                   3           1           3
9/2/99   RV      48       44                   3           *           5
3/14/99  RV      50       41                   2           1           6
2/14/99  RV      48       41                   3           1           7
1/30/99  RV      49       39                   8           1           3
11/1/98  RV      51       43                   4           *           2
10/25/98 RV      48       43                   3           1           4
10/18/98 RV      49       44                   3           1           4
9/28/98  RV      49       44                   2           *           4
8/21/98  RV      48       45                   3           1           3
7/12/98  RV      47       45                   2           *           6
1/31/98  RV      49       40                   2           1           8
1/19/98  RV      47       44                   3           1           5
10/8/96  RV      51       41                   2           1           5
9/29/96  RV      48       41                   3           1           7
9/22/96  RV      50       43                   2           1           4
9/15/96  RV      49       45                   1           1           4
9/4/96   RV      48       44                   3           *           5
8/29/96  RV      53       39                   3           1           5
8/28/96  RV      51       40                   3           1           5
8/27/96  RV      51       41                   3           0           5
8/26/96  RV      51       41                   3           0           5
8/25/96  RV      48       43                   3           1           6
8/24/96  RV      47       43                   2           1           6
8/19/96  RV      49       42                   3           0           6
8/18/96  RV      45       46                   3           0           6
8/15/96  RV      46       43                   4           1           5
8/14/96  RV      48       42                   3           1           6
8/13/96  RV      49       43                   3           0           5
8/12/96  RV      49       42                   3           1           5
8/11/96  RV      49       40                   4           1           6
8/10/96  RV      49       41                   4           1           5
8/4/96   RV      48       45                   2           1           4
6/30/96  RV      49       44                   3           *           3
5/22/96  RV      52       41                   3           1           3
3/10/96  RV      51       43                   2           *           4
1/21/96  RV      52       43                   3           1           1
10/1/95  RV      49       44                   3           *           3
11/6/94  RV      47       42                   5           2           5
10/31/94 RV      48       44                   4           1           3
10/23/94 RV      50       45                   2           1           2
10/9/94  RV      46       47                   3           2           2
9/11/94  RV      50       45                   1           1           4
8/7/94   RV      49       42                   4           1           4
2/27/94  RV      50       40                   8           1           2
10/21/91 RV      51       41                   4           *           4
7/28/91  RV      49       41                   6           *           3
6/2/91   RV      48       42                   4           1           5
11/4/90  RV      51       41                   5           *           3
10/14/90 RV      50       41                   5           *           3
9/9/90   RV      47       46                   3           *           3
7/24/90  RV      51       41                   4           1           4
5/21/90  RV      47       45                   5           1           2
9/21-10/10/88 RV 52       41                   2           1           4
9/19/88  RV      51       39                   3           1           6
6/22/85  RV      48       44                   5           *           3
10/16/84 RV      52       44                   2          NA           5
9/11/84  RV      53       45                   2          NA           1
7/8/84   RV      58       40                   2          NA           1
10/27/82 RV      58       39                  NA          NA           3
10/11/82 RV      55       36                  NA          NA           9
9/13/82  RV      58       36                  NA          NA           6
11/22/81 RV      53       41       "          NA          NA           7
*1/27/02 and previous: No "other candidate" option recorded

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

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
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

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress is handling his or her job?

 
                 Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
1/26/06            64            30              6
12/18/05           65            29              6
11/2/05            60            33              7
6/5/05             61            32              8
9/26/02            64            27              9
7/15/02            68            23              9
11/1/98            72            20              8
11/1/98 LV         73            23              5
10/18/98           68            20             11
10/18/98 LV        67            25              9
9/28/98            70            21             10
9/28/98 LV         71            23              6
7/12/98            70            18             12
1/19/98            74            19              7
4/5/95             65            25              9
10/31/94           51            38             11
10/23/94           49            43              8
9/11/94            53            35             12
6/26/94            59            31             10
3/27/94            62            26             12
1/17/93            60            29             11
4/9/92             47            39             13
3/18/92            49            40             11
2/2/92             56            32             12
12/15/91           60            28             12
10/21/91           64            27              9
6/2/91             61            26             14
10/14/90           64            29              7
5/23/89            71            18             11

8. Overall, which party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years?

                                        Both   Neither                         
             Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion  
1/26/06         51           37          1        8           3 
12/18/05        47           42          1        8           2 
11/2/05         49           37          3        9           3          
6/5/05          46           41          1        9           2          
8/11/03         39           40          3       10           7    
12/15/02        41           44          2       11           2
10/27/02 LV     39           51          2        5           2
9/26/02         39           46          3        8           4
9/26/02 LV      42           49          1        7           2
7/15/02         42           45          2        7           4
1/27/02         40           44          3       10           4
4/22/01         47           40          4        7           3
7/23/00         42           42          2        9           6
9/2/99          45           39          4        9           4
6/6/99          45           35          3       13           5
3/14/99         47           37          5        9           3
2/14/99         48           37          4        7           4
10/18/98        44           36          3       12           6
10/18/98 LV     43           42          3       10           2
9/28/98         49           38          2        8           3
9/28/98 LV      45           44          1        8           2
8/21/98         48           36          4        9           3
7/12/98         45           38          3        8           6
1/31/98         47           37          4        6           7
1/19/98         45           42          2        7           4
7/8/97          44           37          2       14           3
9/15/96 RV      45           38          3       11           3
8/5/96          43           38          3       11           3
6/30/96         46           37          3       12           3
5/22/96         47           38          3       10           3
11/6/94 RV      41           39          2       12           6
10/31/94        43           43          2        8           4
10/23/94        39           40          3       15           3
9/11/94         43           40          4       11           3
6/26/94         41           36          3       14           5
2/27/94         46           32          4       16           3
11/14/93        42           39          3       11           4
1/17/93         49           28          5       13           5
7/8/92          48           38          1        8           4
6/7/92          43           37          3       11           6
3/11/92         45           37          1       11           5
3/8/92          51           36          1        7           5
2/2/92          49           39          2        7           3
12/15/91        39           37          3       15           6
10/21/91        39           40          3       13           5

9. Do you think the country should go in the direction (Bush wants to lead it), go in the direction (the Democrats in Congress want to lead it), or what?

                               Other    Neither  No dif.   No
            Bush   Democrats   (vol.)   (vol.)   (vol.)   opin.
1/26/06      35       51         4        5        3       2  
1/16/05      45       39         3        6        2       5  
12/19/01     54       28         4        9        6       0
9/9/01       41       42         4        6        1       5
7/30/01      42       43         4        6        3       3
6/3/01       40       42         5        7        3       3
4/22/01      46       36         4        6        3       4

10. 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.   
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      *

11. Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job (ITEM)?

1/26/06 - Summary Table

                                          
                                                              Both    Neither    No
                                    Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.
a. handling the situation in     
   Iraq                                 47          40         1        9        2
b. standing up to lobbyists and    
   special interest groups              46          27         1       20        5
c. handling the economy                 55          37         2        5        2
d. handling the U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism                    41          46         2        6        4

Trend:

a. handling the situation in Iraq

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
1/26/06             47          40         1        9        2
12/18/05            47          44         2        6        2
11/2/05             48          37         2       11        2
12/15/02*           30          56         4        7        3
10/27/02 LV         31          58         3        4        4 
9/26/02  LV         30          61         3        3        2
9/26/02             33          52         6        4        6      
*12/15/02 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

b. standing up to lobbyists and special interest groups

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
1/26/06             46          27         1       20        5
12/18/05            42          34         2       17        5

c. handling the economy

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
1/26/06             55          37         2        5        2
11/2/05             56          34         1        8        1
12/15/02            44          45         4        6        1
10/27/02* LV        43          48         3        3        2 
9/26/02   LV        50          41         3        5        1
9/26/02             47          39         3        6        5      
*10/27/02 and previous: "The economy and jobs"

d. handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
1/26/06             41          46         2        6        4
11/2/05             42          42         4       10        3
12/15/02            25          61         5        6        2
10/27/02* LV        26          61         4        5        4 
9/26/02   LV        34          52         4        7        3
9/26/02             30          51         6        6        8       
*10/27/02 and previous: "The war on terrorism"

12. Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you think (ITEM):

1/26/06 - Summary Table

                                                    Both    Neither    No
                           Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.
a. has stronger leaders        41          47         3        6        3
b. has better ideas            51          35         6        6        3

Trend where available:

a. has stronger leaders

                                     Both    Neither    No      
            Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
1/26/06        41          47         3        6        3
11/2/05        35          51         5        8        2

b. No trend.

13. Do you think it is better for the country to have a president (who comes from the same political party that controls Congress), or do you think it is better to have a president (from one political party and Congress controlled by another)?

Same      Different     No difference/
             party       party         no opinion
1/26/06        45          44              10
7/15/02        41          45              14
4/7/02*        43          42              15
9/10/01*       43          45              12
10/9/00*       48          40              12
11/22/81       47          34              19
*Gallup.

14. For each issue I name, please tell me what kind of priority you think Bush and the Congress should give it - the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that?

1/26/06 - Summary Table*

                             ------- High -------            None    No
                             NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
a. The economy               96      52       45       3      *       *
b. The situation in Iraq     90      60       30       9      1       1
c. The U.S. campaign     
    against terrorism        93      59       34       6      *       1
d. Social Security           91      41       51       8      1       *
e. Taxes                     82      27       54      17      *       1
f. Global warming            62      26       37      35      1       1
g. Immigration issues        69      27       42      29      2       1
h. Health care               95      53       41       5      0       *
i. Reducing government 
   spending                  88      43       45      10      *       1
j. The federal budget
   deficit                   88      38       50      11      0       1
k. Education                 93      47       46       6      *       *
l. Prescription drug 
   benefits for the 
   elderly                   87      32       55      12      1       0
m. Federal disaster 
   preparedness              88      36       52      11      *       *
n. Lobbying reform           62      16       46      34      1       4

*Full sample asked items a-c; half sample asked d-i, other half asked j-n.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

            ------- High -------            None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     96      52       45       3      *       *   
1/16/05     94      43       51       5      0       1   
4/30/03     95      56       39       4      *       1

b. The situation in Iraq  

            ------- High -------            None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     90      60       30       9      1       1   
1/16/05     91      61       30       7      *       1
4/30/03     83      29       54      15      *       1

c. The U.S. campaign against terrorism 

            ------- High -------            None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     93      59       34       6      *       1   
1/16/05     93      52       41       6      *       1
4/30/03     93      48       45       7      0       1

d. Social Security   

            ------- High -------            None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     91      41       51       8      1       *   
1/16/05     90      35       55      10      0       *
4/30/03     88      34       54      12      *       *

e. Taxes    

         ------- High -------               None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     82      27       54      17      *       1   
1/16/05     80      19       60      19      *       1
4/30/03     82      30       51      17      *       2

f. No trend. 

g. Immigration issues    
         ------- High -------               None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     69      27       42      29      2       1   
1/16/05     68      20       49      28      1       2

h. Health care

            ------- High -------            None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     95      53       41       5      0       *   
1/16/05     94      40       54       5      *       1

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

            ------- High -------            None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
4/30/03     89      50       40      10      *       *

i. No trend.

j. The federal budget deficit 

            ------- High -------            None    No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     88      38       50      11      0       1   
1/16/05     89      32       57       9      0       1

k. Education     

           ------- High -------            None     No
            NET   Highest   High    Lower  (vol.)   op.
1/26/06     93      47       46       6      *       *   
1/16/05     95      44       52       4      0       1
4/30/03     94      49       45       5      1       *

l,m,n. No trend. 

15. Just your best guess, how likely do you think it is that Congress will pass tough new regulations on political lobbying in the next year - very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?

            ------Likely------   -----Unlikely-----   Def. will   Def. will     No
            NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Smwt.   Very    (vol.)     not (vol.)   opin.
1/26/06     46     11     35     51     27      24        0           *          3

16. 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? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             --- Worth fighting ---       --- Not worth fighting --      No     
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat     NET   Somewhat   Strongly      op. 
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

17. 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.
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"

18. How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to prevent further terrorist attacks against Americans in this country: a great deal, a good amount, only a fair amount or none at all?

              ------- Confident -------    ---- Not confident ---     No
              NET   Grt.deal   Good amt.   NET   Fair amt.   None    opin.
1/26/06       50       19         31       49       39        11       *
9/11/05       41       14         27       59       41        18       *
8/21/05       42       14         28       57       43        15       *
9/8/04 RV     52       16         35       47       39         8       1
9/7/03        45       14         31       55       48         7       1
9/8/02        50       12         38       49       43         6       *
7/15/02       46       13         33       54       45         9       *
6/9/02        44       14         30       55       44        11       *
5/19/02       46       17         29       52       42        10       2
3/10/02       55       18         38       44       39         5       *
1/27/02       57       18         40       42       37         6       1
11/27/01      63       24         39       36       32         5       1
11/6/01       52       17         35       47       40         7       1
9/11/01       66       35         31       32       30         2       1
6/2/97        35       10         26       62       52        10       3
8/5/96        35       12         23       65       49        16       *
5/14/95       36       12         24       63       51        12       1
4/20/95       37       13         24       62       51        11       1
6/28/93       59       22         37       41       32         8       1
4/3/89        46       16         30       54       38        16       *

19. Compared to before September 11, 2001, do you think the country today is safer from terrorism or less safe from terrorism? IF SAFER: Would you say the country is much safer or somewhat safer?

               -------- Safer --------     Less     No diff.      No
               NET    Much    Somewhat     safe      (vol.)      opin.
1/26/06        64      24        41         30          6          *
8/21/05        49      14        35         38         11          2
10/3/04 LV     62      29        33         29          7          2
9/26/04 LV     59      25        34         33          6          2
        RV     59      24        35         34          5          2
9/8/04  RV     64      26        38         28          5          3
8/29/04 RV     60      24        36         31          7          2
1/18/04        67      28        39         24          8          1
9/7/03         67      24        42         27          4          2

20. Do you think the overall level of ethics and honesty in the federal government has risen, fallen or stayed the same with Bush as president?

    
                       Risen     Fallen     Same     No opin. 
Bush, 1/26/06           18        43        38          1
Bush, 11/2/05           17        43        39          1
Bush, 10/29/05          15        46        37          2
Clinton, 3/27/94        17        24        58          1
Clinton, 1/23/94        14        23        58          6
Clinton, 1/17/93*       35        13        50          2
*"Will rise, fall or stay the same"

21. On another subject: as you may know, the National Security Agency has been investigating people suspected of involvement with terrorism by secretly listening in on telephone calls and reading e-mails between some people in the United States and other countries, without first getting court approval to do so. Would you consider this wiretapping of telephone calls and e-mails without court approval as an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

            ----- Acceptable -----      ----- Unacceptable -----      No
            NET  Strongly  Somewhat     NET  Somewhat  Strongly      opin.
1/26/06     56      38        17        43      10        33           1
1/8/06      51      35        15        47      14        33           2

22. As you may know, a prominent lobbyist in Washington named Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to corruption charges allegedly involving a U.S. congressman. Do you think this case (is limited to a few corrupt individuals); or do you think it (is evidence of widespread corruption in Washington)?

    
             Limited to a                       Neither/None       No 
            few individuals     Widespread         (vol.)        opinion
1/26/06           38                55               2              5
1/8/06            34                58               2              6

23. Do you think the Bush administration should or should not provide a list of all meetings any White House officials may have had with Abramoff?

    
             Should     Should not     No opin.
1/26/06       76           18             5

24. Iran says it is refining uranium to use in nuclear power plants. Other countries are concerned Iran may also use this uranium in nuclear weapons. To try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear technology, would you support or oppose:

1/26/06 - Summary Table

                                        Support     Oppose     No opin.
a. imposing international economic 
   sanctions against Iran                  71         26           3
b. the United States bombing Iran's 
   nuclear development sites               42         54           4

25. One last question: do you approve or disapprove of the way Alan Greenspan has handled his job as chairman of the Federal Reserve?

             Approve     Disapprove     No opin.
1/26/06        72           21             7


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