Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Tax Cuts, Clinton Pardons
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,050 randomly selected adults nationwide, and was conducted February 21-25. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
Approve 55% Disapprove 23 No Opinion 22
2. Which of these do you think should be the top priority for any surplus money in the federal budget - cut federal income taxes, put it toward reducing the national debt, strengthen the Social Security system, or increase spending on other domestic programs such as education or health care?
Cut federal income taxes 22% Reduce national debt 17 Strengthen Social Security 25 Increase spending on domestic programs 35 (education/healthcare) No opinion 1
3. Which of these tax plans would you prefer: A large tax-cut plan that provides an across-the-board tax cut for everyone, or a smaller tax cut plan that provides targeted tax cuts mainly for lower and middle-income people?
Large tax-cut plan 43% Smaller tax-cut plan 53 No Opinion 4
4. As you may know, Bush has proposed cutting taxes by one-point-six trillion dollars over 10 years. Do you think this tax cut would or would not leave enough money to keep the federal budget balanced and provide enough money for programs such as Social Security, education and health care?
Would leave enough money 40% Would not leave enough money 42 No Opinion 18
5. Do you think the tax cut Bush has proposed would mainly benefit lower income people, middle income people, upper income people, or all people about equally?
Lower income people 4% Middle income people 8 Upper income people 47 All people about equally 33 No Opinion 8
6. On another subject, do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton handled his job as president?
Approve 59% Disapprove 37 No Opinion 4
7. Thinking about the pardons Clinton granted just before he left office, do you think this is a very important issue, somewhat important, not too important or not important at all?
Very important 35% Somewhat important 30 Not too important 15 Not important at all 16 No Opinion 4
8. Do you think Congress should or should not hold further hearings into how and why Clinton granted these pardons?
Yes, should hold hearings 46% No, should not hold hearings 50 No Opinion 4
9. Do you think there should or should not be a criminal investigation into whether Clinton broke any laws in granting these pardons?
Yes, should investigate 46% No, should not investigate 50 No Opinion 4
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