Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone April 7 - 10, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,004 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. As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely.

d. The threat of a government shutdown because of budget disagreements in Washington

                      ----- Closely -----   ------- Not closely -------
                      NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too    Not at all   No opinion
4/10/11*              72     47      26     28       15          12            *

 Democrats            76     51      26     23       12          11            *
 Republicans          76     49      27     24       15           9            -
 Independents         70     45      25     30       14          16            -

 Liberal Dems         78     53      25     22       12          10            -
 Conservative Reps    79     51      28     21       15           7            -
 Agree w/tea party    84     55      29     15        8           7            -

* Asked among a list of items; see Pew Research Center for full list.

2. If you had to use one single word to describe your impression of the budget negotiations in Washington, what would that one word be?* (This question asked April 9 and 10 only.)

                                                               Agree with
                   All   Dem   Rep   Ind   Lib Dem   Con Rep   tea party
Positive            3     5     2     2       5         3          3
Neutral            16    14    15    17      13        13         15
Negative           69    69    65    74      75        64         76
No opinion/other   12    11    18     7       8        20          7

Unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by four or more respondents):

                                            All
Ridiculous                                  29
Disgust/Disgusting/disgusted                22
Mess/Messy                                  14
Frustrating/Frustrated                      14
Disappointing/disappointment/disappointed   13
Stupid/stupidity                            13
Bull/bull****/bullcrap                      11
Poor/poorly                                  7
Terrible                                     7
Childish                                     6
Fair                                         5
Horrible                                     5
Idiot/idiotic                                5
Stink/Stinks                                 5
Chaos/chaotic                                4
Confusing                                    4
Pathetic                                     4
Politics/political                           4
Slow                                         4
Suck/sucks                                   4

3. How much, if at all, do you blame each of the following for the dispute over the budget that nearly led to a government shutdown? (First/Next) do you think [INSERT, RANDOMIZE] deserve(s) a lot, some, or none of the blame for the budget dispute?* *First two nights: “would you blame each of the following for a government shutdown?”


4/10/11 - Summary table
                                      -------Blame------
                                      NET   A lot   Some   None   No opinion
a. President Obama                    72      32     40     22        6

    Democrats                         55      12     42     39        6
    Republicans                       89      56     33      5        6
    Independents                      78      34     44     19        4

    Liberal Democrats                 52       6     46     47        1
    Conservative Republicans          91      62     29      3        6
    Agree with tea party              97      69     28      3        0

b. Democratic leaders in Congress     82      33     49     11        7

    Democrats                         73      11     62     20        6
    Republicans                       88      54     34      4        8
    Independents                      87      37     50      7        5

    Liberal Democrats                 73       6     68     23        4
    Conservative Republicans          89      61     29      3        8
    Agree with tea party              98      73     24      1        1

c. Republican leaders in Congress     80      37     44     12        8

    Democrats                         90      56     34      5        6
    Republicans                       72      17     55     21        7
    Independents                      82      35     48     10        7

    Liberal Democrats                 94      73     21      3        3
    Conservative Republicans          69      12     57     23        8
    Agree with tea party              72      18     54     27        1

d. Representatives affiliated with
   the tea party movement             64      27     37     23       13

    Democrats                         74      42     32     13       13
    Republicans                       46       8     39     41       13
    Independents                      71      29     42     20        9

    Liberal Democrats                 78      52     26     18        5
    Conservative Republicans          43       6     37     43       14
    Agree with tea party              40       4     36     55        5

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