Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone September 1 to 4, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Which of the following national economic issues worries you most: problems in the financial and housing markets, the federal budget deficit, rising prices or the job situation?

             Job     Federal budget   Rising   Problems in      Other    None    No
          situation     deficit       prices  finance/housing   (vol.)  (vol.)  opin.
9/4/11       43            22           17          11             4       2      2
7/24/11*     39            29           15          11             3       1      2
5/30/11      38            28           20          10             2       *      2
3/14/11      34            24           28          10             3       *      1
2/7/11       44            19           23          10             1       1      3
12/5/10      47            19           15          14             1       1      3
9/6/10       49            19           15          12             2       1      2
6/6/10       41            23           16          13             3       1      2
3/14/10      45            22           17          11             2       *      2
*July 2011 and previous: Pew Research Center

2. Thinking specifically about the job situation in the country, please tell me how much each of the following would do to help improve it. First, do you think... [INSERT ITEM] would help improve the job situation a lot, a little, or would it not help at all?

a. Cutting personal income taxes

          Help    Help a   Not help     No 
          a lot   little    at all    opinion
9/4/11     24       36        35         5  
6/20/10    31       36        29         4  

b. Cutting taxes on businesses 

          Help    Help a   Not help     No 
          a lot   little    at all    opinion
9/4/11     31       39        27         4  
6/20/10    36       39        21         5  

c. Budget cuts to reduce the federal deficit 

          Help    Help a   Not help     No 
          a lot   little    at all    opinion
9/4/11     31       34        28         7  
6/20/10    34       39        21         7  

d. Additional spending on roads, bridges, and other public works projects 

          Help    Help a   Not help     No 
          a lot   little    at all    opinion
9/4/11     36       41        21         2  
6/20/10    37       43        18         2  

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