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Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Bush and the Economy

This Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 903 randomly selected adults nationwide, conducted March 22-25, 2001. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion polls. Interviewing was conducted by TNS Intersearch 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?

          Approve   Disapprove   No opinion  
3/25/01     58          33            8
2/25/01     55          23           22

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling...? How about...?

3/25/01
                            Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The economy                50          42             8
b. International affairs      56          31            13
c. Environmental issues       46          41            13

3. We'd like to know what kind of priority you want to see George W. Bush and the Congress give to some issues. For each one, please tell me if it should receive the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, a middle priority, or a lower priority.

3/25/01
Summary Table:
                              -------High-------                   (VOL)   No. 
                              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   None   op.
a.  Keeping the
     economy strong           89     47      42       9       2       *     0
b.  Protecting the
     Social Security system   83     42      42      13       3       0     *
c.  Improving education
     and the schools          89     53      35       8       3       1     *
d.  Protecting the
     environment              69     27      42      25       5       0     1
e.  Reforming election
     campaign finance laws    45     18      26      33      20       1     2
f.  Cutting taxes             63     29      34      23      12       0     1


Trend:
a. Keeping the economy strong
              -------High-------                   (VOL)   No. 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   None   op. 
3/25/01        89    47      42       9       2       *     0
1/15/01        95    47      48       4       1       0     0

b. Protecting the Social Security system
              -------High-------                   (VOL)   No. 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   None   op. 
3/25/01        83    42      42      13       3       0     *
1/15/01        88    46      42      10       3       0     *

c. Improving education and the schools
              -------High-------                   (VOL)   No. 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   None   op. 
3/25/01        89    53      35       8       3       1     *
1/15/01        91    49      42       5       2       1     0

d. Protecting the environment
              -------High-------                   (VOL)   No. 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   None   op. 
3/25/01        69    27      42      25       5       0     1
1/15/01        71    27      45      21       6       *     2

e. Reforming election campaign finance laws
              -------High-------                   (VOL)   No. 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   None   op. 
3/25/01        45    18      26      33      20       1     2
1/15/01        54    20      34      29      15       1     1

f. Cutting taxes
              -------High-------                   (VOL)   No. 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   None   op. 
3/25/01        63    29      34      23      12       0     1
1/15/01        65    26      39      24       9       1     2

4. Just your best guess, do you think the economy is heading into a recession, or not?

           Yes   No   No opin.  
3/25/01    58    37       5
1/15/01    55    42       3

5. On another subject, would you support or oppose a plan in which people who chose to could invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market?

                  Support     Oppose    No opin.   
3/25/01             52         45         3
10/30/00 LV         58         35         8        
9/6/00   RV         59         37         4        
5/10/00             64         31         5        

6. Do you personally own any shares in mutual funds or any individual stocks, either in non-retirement accounts or in retirement accounts that you control, or not?

           Yes   No   No opin.  
3/25/01    55    45       *

7. (If yes) Would you call yourself more of an active trader of stocks or stock funds, or more of a long-term, buy-and-hold investor?

            Active trader     Long term     Both     No opin.
3/25/01           5              92           2          1

8. How do you feel about the recent drop in the stock market -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?

             -----Concerned------    ------Not Concerned------     No    
             NET   Very  Somewhat    NET   Not too   Not at all   opin.
             64     24      40       35      22          13         1
3/25/01     

Compare to:
             -----Concerned------    ----------Not Concerned----------     No    
             NET   Very  Somewhat    NET   Little/Not Very   Not at all   opin.
2/14/90*     43     14      29       55          27              28         2
10/22/87**   68     18      50       32          23               9         *

*Time/CNN: Turning to the stock market, how concerned are you about the general drop in stock prices since the beginning of the year--very concerned, somewhat concerned, a little concerned or not at all concerned?

**USA Today: How concerned are you about the recent drop in the stock market? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?

9. Which of these two statements comes closer to your opinion: (The stock market drop is a symptom of larger underlying problems with our nation's overall economy) OR (The stock market drop is mostly a Wall Street problem and not a symptom of larger underlying problems with our nation's overall economy)?

            Statement A    Statement B    No opinion    
3/25/01         52             42              6
10/27/97        38             53             10       
10/26/87        60             38              2        

10. Have you or has anyone in your immediate family been hurt financially by the recent sharp drop in stock prices, or not? (If yes: Is that hurt a great deal, or only somewhat?)

           -----------Hurt-----------     No, have     Too soon to
           NET    Grt.deal   Somewhat   NOT been hurt   tell(vol.)   No opin.
3/25/01*   30         8         21            69            NA          1
10/27/97   14        NA         NA            81             4          1       
10/26/87   20        NA         NA            79             *          1       
*Added "or not"

12. On another subject, 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 taxes   Reduce debt   Soc. Sec.   Dom. Progs.   No opin.         
3/25/01      20          18            24           37          1
2/25/01      22          17            25           35          1              
9/6/00 RV    14          19            36           29          1              
8/27/00      16          13            29           40          2              
7/23/00      15          19            32           33          2              
7/23/00 RV   15          20            32           30          2              
9/2/99       14          19            29           37          1              

13. As you may know, Bush has proposed cutting taxes by one-point-six trillion dollars over 10 years. Do you think this tax cut is too big, too small or about right?

          Too big   Too small   About right   No opin.
3/25/01     36         10           48            6

14. (If about right) Would you prefer it to be bigger, smaller, or what?

           Bigger   Smaller   About right (vol.)   No opin.
3/25/01     29         15           54                 2

13/14 NET:
           Wants bigger   Wants smaller   About right   No opin.
3/25/01         24             44             27           6

15. As you may know, the federal government is forecasting a budget surplus of five-point-six trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Just your best guess, do you think that budget surplus is a realistic expectation, or unrealistic?

            Realistic     Unrealistic       No                                    
           expectation    expectation    opinion  
3/25/01        26             69             5                        
8/15/99*       16             78             5
*"or do you think it's just wishful thinking?"

16. Would you support or oppose a proposal to reduce the tax cut in future years if the federal budget surplus turns out to be lower than expected?

             Support    Oppose    No opin.   
3/25/01        68         28         4

17 and 18. Do you think the tax cut Bush has proposed would benefit you personally, or not? (If yes: Do you think it would benefit you a great deal, or only somewhat?)

            ----------Benefit-----------         Not        
            NET    Grt. deal    Somewhat       benefit      No opin.
3/25/01     49        11           37             49            2

29. On another subject, do you think Bush cares more about protecting the interests of (ordinary working people) or cares more about protecting the interests of (large business corporations)?

            Ordinary people    Large corporations    Both    Neither  No opin.
3/25/01           31                    61             3         1        4

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