Washington Post-ABC News Poll

The Washington Post
Monday, April 10, 2006

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 6-9, 2006 among 1,229 randomly selected adults nationwide. A total of 386 respondents aged 65 or older were interviewed, including an oversample of 202 seniors who were asked only questions 22 to 37 as well as the demographic questions. Margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for overall results, and plus or minus 5 percentage points for results based on all seniors. Sampling error is only one of many sources of error in this or

*= 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.
4/9/06       38       20         18      60       13         47        1
3/5/06       41       24         17      58       14         44        1
1/26/06      42       25         18      56       14         42        2 
1/8/06       46       29         17      52       13         39        2 
12/18/05     47       29         17      52       12         40        1  
11/2/05      39       20         18      60       13         47        1
10/29/05     39       22         17      58       13         45        3
9/11/05      42       27         15      57       12         45        1
8/28/05      45       27         18      53       12         41        2 
6/26/05      48       27         21      51       11         40        1 
6/5/05       48       27         21      52       14         38        1
4/24/05      47       25         22      50       13         38        3
3/13/05      50       31         19      48       11         37        3
1/31/05      50       34         15      45       11         34        5
1/16/05      52       33         19      46       11         35        2  
12/19/04     48       27         21      49       12         38        2
10/20/04     50       30         20      46       11         35        4  
10/17/04 LV  54       35         19      45        9         36        2  
10/16/04 LV  54       35         19      44       10         34        2  
10/15/04 LV  54       35         19      44       10         34        2  
10/3/04  LV  53       36         17      46       11         34        1  
9/26/04      50       33         18      45       13         32        5  
9/8/04       52       35         17      43       11         32        5
8/29/04      50       31         19      47       13         34        3
8/1/04       47       28         18      49       13         36        5
7/25/04      50       32         19      47       13         34        3
7/11/04      48       31         17      50       11         39        2  
6/20/04      47       30         17      51       13         39        1 
5/23/04      47       31         17      50       14         36        3 
4/18/04      51       33         18      47       13         34        1  
3/7/04       50       32         18      48       12         36        2
2/11/04      50       30         21      47       14         34        2   
1/18/04      58       35         24      40        9         30        2 
12/21/03     59       39         21      38       15         23        3   
12/14/03     57       37         20      39       10         29        5   
12/7/03      53       32         21      40       13         27        7   
11/16/03     57       34         23      39       11         28        4   
10/29/03     56       30         26      42       13         29        2   
10/13/03     53       33         20      43       13         29        4   
9/30/03      54       34         20      44       15         29        2   
9/13/03      58       35         23      40       14         27        2   
9/7/03       56       34         22      41       13         28        4   
8/11/03      59       37         22      37       14         23        4   
7/10/03      59       35         24      38       13         25        3   
6/22/03      68       45         23      29       11         18        4   
4/30/03      71       50         22      26       17          9        3   
4/16/03      74       52         22      23        9         14        3   
4/9/03       77       58         19      20        6         14        4   
4/3/03       71       54         16      25        7         19        4   
3/23/03      68       NA         NA      27       NA         NA        4   
3/20/03      67       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        5   
3/2/03       62       38         23      35       13         22        4       
2/23/03      60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA        6       
2/9/03       64       42         21      34       14         20        3       
2/1/03       62       41         21      34       13         22        4       
1/28/03      62       43         19      36       13         23        2       
1/27/03      59       39         21      37       15         22        4       
1/20/03      59       36         23      38       16         22        2       
12/15/02     66       37         28      32       12         20        2       
11/4/02  LV  67       45         23      31       12         20        1       
11/3/02  LV  67       45         22      32       12         20        1       
11/2/02  LV  67       47         20      32        9         23        1       
10/27/02     67       39         28      29       13         16        4       
9/26/02      67       42         25      30       12         18        3       
9/8/02       71       42         28      27       12         15        3       
7/28/02      69       39         31      28       14         14        3       
7/15/02      72       42         31      25       12         13        2       
6/17/02      74       42         32      22        9         13        4       
6/9/02       77       41         36      20        9         11        3       
5/19/02      76       48         28      22        8         13        3       
4/21/02      78       47         31      20        9         10        2       
3/28/02      79       49         30      18        8         10        3       
3/10/02      82       52         30      16        9          7        2  
1/27/02      83       56         27      14        7          7        3  
12/19/01     86       64         22      12        6          6        2  
11/27/01     89       69         21       9        4          5        1  
11/6/01      89       65         24       9        5          4        2  
10/9/01      92       76         16       6        3          3        1  
9/27/01      90       70         20       6        3          3        4  
9/13/01      86       63         23      12        5          6        2  
9/9/01       55       26         29      41       20         22        3  
8/12/01      61       28         33      31       14         17        8  
7/30/01      59       28         30      38       17         22        3  
6/3/01       55       27         28      40       18         22        6  
4/22/01      63       33         30      32       16         16        5  
3/25/01      58       NA         NA      33       NA         NA        8  
2/25/01      55       NA         NA      23       NA         NA       22

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling (ITEM)?

4/9/06 - Summary Table*
                                                Approve   Disapprove   No op.
a. The situation in Iraq                          37          62          1
b. The US campaign against terrorism              50          49          1
c. The economy                                    40          59          1
d. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly     37          53         10
e. Immigration issues                             33          61          5
f. Health care                                    33          62          4
g. The situation with gas prices                  23          74          3

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

Trend:

a. The situation in Iraq

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
4/9/06        37       21        16       62       11         51        1
3/5/06        40       23        17       59       12         47        *
1/26/06       39       24        15       60       10         50        1 
12/18/05      46       31        15       53       10         43        1 
11/2/05       36       20        15       64       13         51        1
9/11/05       38       NA        NA       62       NA         NA        1
8/28/05       42       28        14       57       11         46        1
6/26/05       43       25        18       56       12         44        1
6/5/05        41       NA        NA       58       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       42                          56                            2
3/13/05       39                          57                            4
1/16/05       40                          58                            2
12/19/04      42                          57                            1
9/26/04 RV    47                          50                            3
8/29/04 RV    47                          51                            2 
7/25/04       45                          53                            2 
6/20/04       44                          55                            2
5/23/04       40                          58                            2                          
4/18/04       45                          54                            1
3/7/04        46                          53                            1
2/11/04       47                          52                            1
1/18/04       55                          42                            2     
12/21/03      60                          39                            2
12/14/03      58                          38                            4                 
11/16/03      48                          48                            4                 
10/29/03      47                          51                            2                 
10/13/03      51                          47                            2                 
9/29/03       50                          47                            3                 
9/13/03       52                          46                            2                 
9/7/03        49                          47                            4                 
8/24/03       56                          37                            7                 
8/11/03       56                          41                            3                 
7/10/03       58                          41                            2                 
6/22/03       67                          30                            2                 
4/30/03       75        "         "       22        "          "        2                 
3/27/03*      69                          26                            5                 
3/23/03       71                          26                            3                 
3/20/03       65                          29                            5                 
3/17/03       64                          29                            7        
3/9/03        55                          38                            8         
2/23/03       55                          39                            6         
2/9/03        61                          37                            2         
2/5/03        61                          32                            7         
2/1/03        61                          35                            3         
1/28/03       58                          38                            4         
1/27/03       57                          40                            3         
1/20/03       50                          46                            4         
12/15/02      58                          37                            5         
11/4/02  LV   56                          40                            4         
11/3/02  LV   57                          40                            4         
11/2/02  LV   56                          41                            3         
10/27/02      57                          38                            5         
9/26/02       58                          39                            3         
9/14/02       65                          31                            4         
8/29/02       52        "         "       36        "          "       12                            
*3/27/03 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

b. The US campaign against terrorism

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
4/9/06        50       32        18       49       15         34        1
3/5/06        52       NA        NA       46       NA         NA        2
1/26/06       52                          45                            2
1/8/06        53                          45                            2
12/18/05      56                          44                            1
11/2/05       48                          51                            1
9/11/05       50        "        "        47        "          "        3
8/28/05       56       34        21       43       14         29        2
6/5/05        50       NA        NA       49       NA         NA        1
4/24/05       56                          41                            3
3/13/05       59                          38                            3
1/16/05       61                          38                            2
12/19/04      53                          43                            3
9/26/04 RV    59                          38                            3
8/29/04 RV    60                          37                            3 
7/25/04       57                          40                            4
6/20/04       50                          48                            2
5/23/04       58                          39                            4                          
4/18/04       63                          35                            2
3/7/04        63                          34                            3
2/11/04       64                          34                            2
1/18/04       66                          33                            2                    
12/21/03      70                          28                            2
10/29/03      63                          35                            2                      
10/13/03      66                          30                            4                      
9/13/03       70                          27                            3                      
9/7/03        67                          28                            5                      
4/30/03       79                          19                            2                      
2/9/03        74                          23                            4                      
2/1/03        75                          21                            3                      
1/27/03       72                          26                            2                      
1/20/03       71                          25                            4                      
12/15/02      79                          20                            1                      
11/4/02  LV   76                          22                            1                      
11/3/02  LV   77                          22                            3                      
11/2/02  LV   78                          21                            2                      
10/27/02      74                          23                            4                      
9/26/02       70                          28                            2                      
9/8/02        74                          24                            2                      
7/28/02       81                          17                            2                      
7/15/02       83        "        "        15        "          "        2                      
5/19/02       79       51        27       19       10          9        3
4/21/02       81       56        25       18       10          7        2
3/10/02       88       64        24       10        5          5        2
1/27/02       88       NA        NA       10       NA         NA        2
12/19/01      89       67        22        9        5          4        2
10/15/01      92       75        17        5        3          3        3

c. The economy

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
4/9/06        40       20        21       59       18         41        1
3/5/06        48       NA        NA       51       NA         NA        1
1/26/06       46                          52                            1
12/18/05      47                          52                            1 
11/2/05       36                          61                            3
9/11/05       40                          58                            2
8/28/05       44                          54                            3
6/5/05        40                          58                            2
4/24/05       40                          57                            3
3/13/05       43                          55                            2
1/16/05       46                          52                            2
12/19/04      46                          51                            3
9/26/04 RV    47                          50                            4
8/29/04 RV    45                          52                            3 
7/25/04       47                          50                            3 
6/20/04       46                          53                            1 
5/23/04       44                          54                            2                          
4/18/04       44                          54                            2
3/7/04        39                          59                            1
2/11/04       44                          54                            2
1/18/04       51                          47                            2
12/21/03      51                          44                            5                       
11/16/03      48                          49                            3                              
10/29/03      45                          53                            2                              
10/13/03      45                          52                            2                              
9/13/03       42                          56                            3                              
9/7/03        44                          51                            5                              
8/11/03       45                          51                            5                              
7/10/03       47                          49                            4                              
4/30/03       52                          45                            3                              
2/9/03        47                          49                            4    
2/1/03        44                          52                            4             
1/28/03       46                          49                            4             
1/27/03       47                          47                            5             
1/20/03       43                          53                            4             
1/5/03        50                          43                            7             
12/15/02      50                          46                            4             
11/4/02  LV   53                          45                            2             
11/3/02  LV   52                          46                            2             
11/2/02  LV   55                          43                            2             
10/27/02      51                          43                            6             
9/26/02       51                          47                            3             
9/8/02        57                          40                            4             
7/28/02       57                          39                            4             
7/15/02       58                          38                            3             
4/21/02       64                          33                            3             
1/27/02       62                          34                            4             
12/19/01      67                          27                            6             
11/6/01       72                          23                            5             
9/9/01        48                          48                            4             
7/30/01       52                          45                            3             
6/3/01        53                          41                            6             
4/22/01       55                          38                            7   
3/25/01       50        "        "        42        "        "          8

d. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
4/9/06        37       13        24       53       18         35       10            
3/5/06        32       NA        NA       58                           10
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    
           

e. Immigration issues

               Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
4/9/06           33            61              5
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

f. Health care

               Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
4/9/06           33            62              4
3/5/06           38            57              6
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"

g. The situation with gasoline prices


               Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
4/9/06           23            74              3  
11/2/05          26            68              5
9/11/05          25            72              3
8/28/05          22            73              6

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.
4/9/06   RV      55       40        *          2           *           3            
         All     54       40        *          2           1           4            
1/26/06  RV      54       38        1          3           1           5
         All     55       36        1          3           1           4 
12/18/05 RV      51       41        1          3           1           4
         All     50       41        1          3           1           4 
11/2/05  RV      52       37        1          4           2           6
         All     53       36        1          3           2           5
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  LV      49       47        1          2           0           2
         RV      47       44        2          3           2           3
         All     46       42        2          2           5           3
7/15/02  RV      47       46        1          1           1           4
         All     47       45        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. For each item I name, please tell me how important it will be in your vote for Congress this year. Will it be one of the single most important issues, very important, somewhat important or less important than that?


4/9/06 - Summary Table

                               ---- Important ----   -Not as important-    No   
                               NET  1 of most  Very   NET  Somewhat  Less   op.  
a. The situation in Iraq       83      20       63     17      15      2     *
b. The US campaign 
   against terrorism           80      17       62     20      17      3     *
c. Prescription drug benefits 
   for the elderly             59      11       48     40      30     10     1
d. The economy                 80      16       64     20      18      2     *
e. Health care                 75      16       60     25      20      4     *
f. Immigration issues          60      12       48     40      32      8     *
g. Local issues where you live 62       9       53     37      31      6     1
h. Corruption in Washington    66      14       52     33      24      8     1

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


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

8. 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
4/9/06             59            34              6
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

9. 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  
4/9/06          51           37          1        9           2
3/5/06          42           40          2       14           2
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

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

4/9/06 - Summary Table

                                                      Both    Neither   No
                             Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)   (vol.)    op.
a. The situation in Iraq         49          42         1        6       2
b. Prescription benefits   
   for the elderly               59          31         1        5       5  
c. The economy                   49          43         1        4       3
d. Immigration issues            50          38         1        7       4
e. The U.S. campaign 
   against terrorism             46          45         1        6       1
f. Health care                   61          29         *        6       3
g. Corruption in Washington      52          27         2       18       2

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

Trend where available:

a. The situation in Iraq

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
4/9/06              49          42         1        6        2 
3/5/06              42          42         2       11        2
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. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly

                                          Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
4/9/06   All        59          31         1        5        5 
10/27/02 LV         53          36         2        5        4 
9/26/02  LV         51          38         3        5        4
         All        48          35         4        5        8      
 

c. The economy

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
4/9/06              49          43         1        4        3
3/5/06              49          40         2        8        2
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. No trend.

e. The U.S. campaign against terrorism

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
4/9/06              46          45         1        6        1 
3/5/06              39          46         3       10        2
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"

f. Health care

                                         Both    Neither    No      
                Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.     
4/9/06              61          29         *        6        3
11/2/05             54          29         2       12        3
12/15/02*           53          33         3        7        4 
10/27/02 LV         50          39         3        5        3 
9/26/02  LV         49          39         3        5        4
9/26/02             50          35         4        5        6  
*12/15/02 and previous: "The cost, availability, and coverage of health insurance"

g. No trend.

3. Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? IF YES: Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?


            ------------- Yes -------------
            NET     Serious     Not serious     No      No opin.
4/9/06      70         44            26         30          * 
9/11/05     64         34            30         36          *
8/28/05     66         36            30         34          * 
8/21/05     53         26            27         47          *
4/24/05     64         34            30         36          *
3/20/05     57         29            28         43          *
5/23/04     64         37            27         36          0
4/18/04     54         31            23         46          0
4/28/02     53         20            33         47          *
4/29/01     48         17            30         52          *
6/25/00*    44         NA            NA         56          *
5/24/00     36                                  64          *
4/2/00      39                                  61          *
3/12/00     41                                  59          *
2/15/00     40         "             "          60          *
*6/25 and previous by Gallup; slightly different wordings.

11. 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. 
4/9/06      41       30         11        58       10         48          1    
3/5/06      42       29         14        57       11         46          1  
1/26/06     44       32         12        55       13         42          1
1/8/06      43       30         13        55       12         43          2
12/18/05    46       33         14        52       11         42          1 
11/2/05     39       25         13        60       12         48          1
8/28/05     46       33         12        53        9         44          1
6/26/05     46       33         13        53       10         43          1 
6/5/05      41       29         12        58       12         46          1
4/24/05     44       31         13        54       12         42          2  
3/13/05     45       34         11        53       11         42          2  
1/16/05     44       32         12        55       10         45          1  
12/19/04    42       31         11        56       10         47          2  
10/3/04 LV  49       34         15        48       11         37          3  
9/26/04 RV  46       35         12        51        8         42          3 
9/8/04  RV  51       38         13        45       10         34          4
8/29/04 RV  48       34         14        50       11         39          2 
7/25/04     49       36         13        48       11         37          3 
6/20/04     47       32         14        52       13         39          2 
5/23/04     48       35         13        50       13         37          1     
5/6/04      49       NA         NA        47       NA         NA          5
4/18/04     51                            47                              2
3/7/04      52                            44                              3 
2/11/04     48                            50                              2
1/18/04     56                            41                              3 
12/21/03    59                            39                              2     
12/14/03    53                            42                              5     
11/16/03    52                            44                              4     
10/29/03    54                            44                              2     
10/13/03    54                            44                              2     
9/13/03     61                            37                              2     
9/7/03      54                            42                              4     
8/24/03     57                            37                              5     
8/11/03     61                            35                              4     
7/10/03     57                            40                              3     
6/22/03     64                            33                              3     
4/30/03     70       "           "        27       "           "          4     
2/2/92*     66       NA         NA        32       NA         NA          2     
7/28/91     67                            30                              3     
6/2/91      70                            26                              3     
3/4/91      86       "           "        13       "           "          1     
*2/2/92 and previous: "the Persian Gulf war"; 3/4/91: "this war"

12. 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.
4/9/06         52          32            20         46       1 
3/5/06         50          28            23         48       2
1/26/06        53          32            21         45       1 
12/18/05       54          32            22         44       2 
11/2/05        46          25            21         52       2
8/28/05        49          29            20         49       2
6/26/05        52          31            22         46       1
6/5/05         47          24            22         52       1 
3/13/05        52          29            23         46       2 
1/16/05        50          30            21         47       3 
12/19/04       51          27            23         46       4 
10/3/04 LV     53          32            22         42       4 
9/26/04 RV     54          36            18         42       4
9/8/04  RV     57          36            22         40       3
8/29/04 RV     54          33            20         42       4
7/25/04        51          32            19         45       3
6/20/04        51          28            23         46       2
5/23/04        54          30            24         43       3  
4/18/04        57          33            24         40       3  
3/7/04         57          29            29         40       3 
2/11/04        58          32            26         38       4 
1/18/04        59          34            25         38       3  
12/21/03       62          34            29         34       4
7/10/03*       62          33            29         35       3
*"did or did not"

15. Do you think the number of U.S. military forces in Iraq should be (increased), (decreased), or kept about the same?

                                        Kept about        No
            Increased     Decreased      the same      opinion
4/9/06          13            54            31            2 
3/5/06          11            52            34            3 
12/18/05         9            52            36            3  
11/2/05         15            47            36            3
8/28/05         21            41            35            4
6/26/05         16            38            44            2
3/13/05         15            44            36            4

16. (IF DECREASED, Q13) Should all U.S. forces in Iraq be withdrawn immediately, or should they be decreased, but not all withdrawn immediately?

             Withdrawn        Decreased but not         No
            immediately     withdrawn immediately     opinion
4/9/06           28                   72                 1
3/5/06           33                   67                 *
12/18/05         23                   77                 0
11/2/05          38                   61                 *
8/28/05          33                   66                 1
6/26/05          34                   66                 1
3/13/05          27                   72                 1


13/14 NET:                            
                     -------------- Decreased --------------   Kept about   No    
         Increased   NET  All/immed.  Not all/not immed.  DK    the same    op.
4/9/06       13       54      15             39           1        31        2
3/5/06       11       52      17             35           *        34        3  
12/18/05      9       52      12             40           *        36        3
11/2/05      15       47      18             29           *        36        3    
8/28/05      21       41      13             27           *        35        4    
6/26/05      16       38      13             25           *        44        2
3/13/05      15       44      12             31           1        37        4
 

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

           Currently in     Not in a civil war      Situation less      No
           a civil war       but close to one      severe than that     op.
4/9/06          30                   49                    18            3  

18. On another subject, do you think the United States is or is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into this country? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

            ---- Doing enough -----     -- Not doing enough ---      No         
            NET     Strg.     Smwt.     NET     Smwt.     Strg.     opin.
4/9/06      21        7        14       75       19        56         4
12/18/05    20        8        12       79       20        59         2
8/28/05     19       11         9       80       18        62         1  
1/16/05     20        9        11       77       18        58         4

19. Which if any of the following do you see as the biggest concern about illegal immigrants? Is it that (READ LIST)?

                                                        4/9/06
They broke the law to get here                            18
They take jobs from legal residents                       14  
They threaten national security                            9
They use more public services than they pay for in taxes  34
Something else                                             4
All equally (vol.)                                        14
No concerns (vol.)                                         6
No opinion                                                 1 

20. Overall do you think illegal immigrants take jobs that other people (want), or take jobs that other people (don't want)?

           Take jobs that other         Take jobs that          No
               people want          other people don't want     op.
4/9/06      	      29                         68                3

21. I'll read three proposals for illegal immigrants who currently live and work in the United States. Please tell me which you prefer.

ONE: Let immigrants who have lived here a certain number of years apply
for legal status and eventually become permanent citizens if they meet
specific conditions, like paying a fine and back taxes

TWO: Let them pay a fee and work here for a limited number of years after which they'd have to leave the country

THREE: Declare all illegal immigrants to be felons and not allow them to
work here legally

Which of these would you prefer - a program that may lead to legal status and permanent citizenship, a program allowing them to work here for a limited number of years but not remain permanently, or no temporary work program and felony status?
                                                               4/9/06 
Program that may lead to legal status and permanent citizenship  63  
Program allowing them to work here but not remain permanently    14
No temporary work program and felony status                      20
None of them (vol.)                                               2
No opinion                                                        1 

22. As you may know, there's a new prescription drug benefit as part of Medicare, the government health insurance program for people 65 and over. How much do you feel you know about the new Medicare prescription drug program - a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly anything?

           ------Know more------     -----------Know less-----------      
                Great     Good             Only    Hardly    Nothing    No
           NET   deal    amount      NET   some   anything    (vol.)    op.
4/9/06     21      8       13        78     26       45         7        *     
4/9/06
SENIORS    38     15       23        61     22       35         5        1     

23. Based on what you know, do you approve or disapprove of the Medicare prescription drug program? IF APPROVE: Do you approve strongly or somewhat? IF DISAPPROVE: Do you disapprove strongly or somewhat?

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No          
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opin.        
4/9/06    41       13         28      45       23         22       14          
4/9/06
SENIORS   50       26         24      41       12         29        8          

Compare to: Given what you know about it, do you approve or disapprove of the Medicare changes voted on by Congress last month?

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No          
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opin.        
12/21/03  37       NA         NA      42       NA         NA       21          
12/7/03   32        7         25      38       19         19       30

24. (IF APPROVE, Q23) Who would you say deserves most of the credit for the program: (Bush and the Republicans in Congress), or (the Democrats in Congress)?

         Bush and the Republicans     Democrats in     Both      Neither    No 
              in Congress              Congress       (vol.)      (vol.)    op.
4/9/06             56                      32           3           3        6  
4/9/06
SENIORS            54                      30            6          3        7  

25. (IF DISAPPROVE, Q23) Who would you say deserves most of the blame for the program: (Bush and the Republicans in Congress), or (the Democrats in Congress)

         Bush and the Republicans     Democrats in     Both      Neither    No 
              in Congress              Congress       (vol.)      (vol.)    op.
4/9/06             73                      11          12           1        3  
4/9/06
SENIORS            67                      11           15          0        6  

26. If you knew a candidate for Congress had voted for the new Medicare prescription drug package, would that make you more likely to support that candidate for Congress, more likely to oppose that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?

           Support     Oppose     No difference     No op.
4/9/06        16         11             70            3 
4/9/06
SENIORS       23         14             59            4 

28. (IF 65+) Do you currently take prescription drugs on a regular basis, or not?

           Yes     No     No opinion
4/9/06
SENIORS    86      14          0  

29. (IF 65+) Have you signed up or been enrolled for the Medicare prescription drug program, or not?

           Yes     No     No opinion
4/9/06
SENIORS    38      62          1  

30. (IF NOT ENROLLED, Q29) Would you say you've looked into the program and you're thinking about signing up, you've looked into it and decided not to sign up, or you have not looked into it at this time?

           Thinking about     Decided not     Have not looked       No   
             signing up       to sign up         into it         opinion
4/9/06
SENIORS          10                46                43              2


NET Q29/Q30
           Enrolled     ------------Not yet enrolled ------------      No
                        Thinking      Not going to   Haven't looked    opin.
                        about it        sign up          into it
4/9/06        38            6              29              27            1

31. (IF NOT ENROLLED, Q29) What's the main reason you have not signed up for the Medicare drug program at this time? DO NOT READ LIST.

                                          4/9/06 SENIORS
Don't need it, already have coverage         69
Too confusing                                 7
Don't take prescription medications           5 
Don't think it will save money                5
Not eligible                                  3
Other                                        10
No opinion                                    1

32. (IF ENROLLED, Q29) Would you say you had (an easy) time or (a difficult) time enrolling in the program? IF EASY: Was it very easy or somewhat easy? IF DIFFICULT: Was it very difficult or somewhat difficult?

           -------- Easy --------   ------- Difficult ------      No          
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very         opin.        
4/9/06
SENIORS     74     50       24      24       13       12            1          

33. (IF ENROLLED, Q29) Compared to what you were paying for prescription drugs before, do you think you're saving money in the new program, or not? IF YES: Are you saving a lot of money, or just some?

           -------Saving-------
           NET     Lot     Some     Not saving money     No opinion
4/9/06
SENIORS    63       31      32             26                 11 

34. (IF 65+) Do you think the costs that you (would) have to pay in the new prescription program are (reasonable) or (too high)?

           Reasonable     Too high     No opinion
4/9/06
SENIORS        37            44             18

37. (IF 65+) May 15th is the deadline for joining the program this year, after which people without existing drug coverage would have to pay a penalty to join. Do you think this deadline should or should not be extended?

           Yes, should     No, should not     No opinion
4/9/06
SENIORS        71                 26               3

40. As you may know, Bush authorized wiretaps on telephone calls and e-mails of people suspected of involvement with terrorism, without first getting court approval to do so. Democratic Senator Russ Feingold has called for Congress to censure or officially reprimand Bush for doing this. Do you think Congress should or should not censure or officially reprimand Bush for authorizing these wiretaps?

           Yes, should     No, should not     No opinion
4/9/06         45                53                 2

41. Do you think Feingold is calling for censuring Bush mainly (to use the issue for political advantage), or mainly (because he believes it is the right thing to do)?

           Political     Right thing      Both       Neither     No
           advantage        to do        (vol.)      (vol.)      op.
4/9/06        56              35           4            *         4   

42. Democratic Congressman John Conyers has called for creation of a committee to look into impeaching Bush and removing him from office. Do you think Congress should or should not impeach Bush and remove him from office?

           Should impeach     Should not impeach     No opinion
4/9/06           33                   66                  1

45. As you may know, a new law in Massachusetts would require all residents to have health insurance. Low-income residents would get state subsidies to help pay insurance premiums, but everyone would pay something for health services. The plan would penalize people without any insurance and charge fees to employers who don't provide coverage.

MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS: Do you support or oppose this plan?
NON-MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS: Would you support or oppose this plan in your state?

           Support     Oppose     No opinion
4/9/06       55          41             5

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

            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
4/9/06         34            29              34           3         0
3/5/06         32            28              36           3         1
1/26/06        32            27              34           6         *
1/8/06         31            30              34           5         1  
12/18/05       33            32              33           2         *
11/2/05        31            27              38           3         1 
9/11/05        31            27              34           8         1 
9/2/05         32            31              31           5         2
8/28/05        32            29              33           5         1 
6/26/05        34            28              32           5         1
6/5/05         30            31              34           4         *
4/24/05        35            28              32           5         *

901/904 Leaned Party:

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

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


             Yes     No     No opinion		
4/9/06       83      17          0
1/26/06      81      19          *
12/18/05     86      14          *  
11/2/05      86      14          *  

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


                                                     Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1 
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             * 
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1   
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             * 
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1


911. What, if anything, is your religion?


                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
4/9/06         42          24              14              5       14     * 
3/5/06         44          21              14              4       14     *
1/26/06        46          24              11              4       14     1
1/8/06         45          20              12              4       15     1
12/18/05       44          21              13              3       15     1    
11/2/05        46          21              11              6       15     *
9/11/05        44          23              12              3       15     *
8/28/05        44          23              14              3       13     1
6/26/05        46          22              10              4       16     * 
6/5/05         47          23              11              4       14     * 
4/24/05        47          21              12              4       14     1


911b. (IF CHRISTIAN) Would you consider yourself a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin.
4/9/06      40      59         1
3/5/06      46      53         1
1/26/06     44      54         2
1/8/06      45      51         3
12/18/05    43      54         2
11/2/05     41      57         2 
9/11/05     40      58         2
8/28/05     43      54         3
6/26/05     42      55         3 
6/5/05      44      54         2
4/24/05     42      56         2

914. Are you:


             Married and                                               Never
           living w/spouse     Separated     Divorced     Widowed     married    
4/9/06            59               2             9           9          21      


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+ 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

43. Were you born in the United States or in another country?

           United States     Another country     No opinion
4/9/06          91                  9                  0

44. And were either of your parents born in another country, or were both of your parents born in the United States?


             One born in another        Both born in       Both born     No
           country, one born in US     another country     in the US     op. 
4/9/06                5                      12                83         *


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


High school or less		14
Graduated high school      	32
Some college               	22
Graduated College          	19
Post-graduate              	12

Q910. What is your age?


18-29                      	21
30-39                      	19
40-49                      	21
50-64                      	24
65+                        	16



Q918. Are you of Hispanic origin or background? IF YES: Are you White Hispanic or Black Hispanic? IF NO: Are you white, black, or some other race?


White				74
Black                      	10
Hispanic			8
Asian                      	2 
Other Race                 	7


Q921. RESPONDENT'S SEX


Male                       	48
Female                     	52


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