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Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Bush's First 100 Days

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 19-22, 2001, among a random national sample of 1350 adults. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Fieldwork 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
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat
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 ... ? 4/22/01 Summary Table:

                               Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The economy                   55         38             7
b. International affairs         62         31             7
c. Environmental issues          47         41            12
d. The issue of tax cuts         54         39             7
e. Education                     60         28            12

Trend:

a. The economy

                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/22/01                             55          38             7
3/25/01                             50          42             8

b. International affairs

                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/22/01                             62          31             7
3/25/01                             56          31            13

c. Environmental issues

                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/22/01                             47          41            12
3/25/01                             46          41            13

d. The issue of tax cuts

                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/22/01                             54          39             7

e. Education

                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/22/01                             60          28            12

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dick Cheney is handling his job as vice president?

                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/22/01                             64          19             17

Compare to: "Al Gore"

                                  Approve   Disapprove    No opinion
6/6/99                              55          30             16
3/14/99                             60          26             13
2/14/99                             59          23             18
7/12/98                             55          22             23
1/19/98                             54          31             15

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

                Approve        Disapprove        No opinion
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
11/1/98 LV        47              51                 2
10/25/98          45              44                11
10/25/98 LV       45              48                 7
10/18/98          46              45                 8
10/18/98 LV       45              49                 5
9/28/98           52              44                 4
9/28/98 LV        52              46                 2
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
*Gallup

5. Would you say Bush is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what?

                                       About what I expected 
             Better job   Worse job           (vol.)             No opinion 
4/22/01          39          21                 37                     3 

Compare to: "Clinton"

                                       About what I expected 
             Better job   Worse job           (vol.)             No opinion 
2/28/93         38          19                 35                     8 

6. How confident are you that Bush has the experience and ability needed to meet the challenges of the presidency -- very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

           Very      Somewhat     Not too    Not at all     No
         confident   confident   confident   confident   opinion
4/22/01     31          32           20         16           *

7. 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. 4/22/01 Summary Table:

                                      --------High--------                     None     No.
                                      NET   Highest   High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin.
a. Keeping the economy strong         92      44      47       7       2        0       *
b. Protecting the Social Security
    system                            84      39      44      11       5        *       *     
c. Holding down the cost of health
    care and health insurance         86      40      46      11       3        *       *      
d. Reforming election campaign
    finance laws                      42      15      27      32      22        2       1      
e. Reducing the political
    partisanship in Washington        40      11      29      36      19        1       3      
f. Cutting taxes                      61      27      34      24      13        1       1      
g. Improving education and the
    schools                           86      46      40      11       2        *       *
h. Helping the elderly pay for
    prescription drugs                80      37      43      16       4        *       *      
i. Protecting the environment         71      29      42      24       4        *       *      
j. Upgrading military systems
    and equipment                     57      20      37      27      14        1       1      

Trend:

a. Keeping the economy strong

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        92    44      47       7       2       0       *
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-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        84    39      44      11       5       *       *
3/25/01        83    42      42      13       3       0       *
1/15/01        88    46      42      10       3       0       *

c. Holding down the cost of health care and health insurance

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        86    40      46      11       3       *       *
1/15/01        86    44      42      11       3       *       *

d. Reforming election campaign finance laws

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        42    15      27      32      22       2       1
3/25/01        45    18      26      33      20       1       2
1/15/01        54    20      34      29      15       1       1

e. Reducing the political partisanship in Washington

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        40    11      29      36      19       1       3
1/15/01        50    17      34      29      11       3       7

f. Cutting taxes

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        61    27      34      24      13       1       1
3/25/01        63    29      34      23      12       0       1
1/15/01        65    26      39      24       9       1       2

g. Improving education and the schools

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        86    46      40      11       2       *       *
3/25/01        89    53      35       8       3       1       *
1/15/01        91    49      42       5       2       1       0

h. Helping the elderly pay for prescription drugs

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        80    37      43       16      4       *       *
1/15/01        86    39      46       11      2       1       1

i. Protecting the environment

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        71    29      42      24       4       *       *
3/25/01        69    27      42      25       5       0       1
1/15/01        71    27      45      21       6       *       2

j. Upgrading military systems and equipment

              -------High-------                     None     No 
              NET  Highest  High   Middle   Lower   (vol.)   opin. 
4/22/01        57    20      37      27      14       1       1
1/15/01        63    24      39      22      13       *       2

8. Do you consider Bush to have been legitimately elected as president, or not?

           Yes   No   No opin.
4/22/01    62    36       2
1/15/01    58    40       2
12/15/00   55    42       3
12/10/00*  71    27       1
12/3/00    73    23       4
11/26/00   76    19       5
*12/10 and previous: "If this ends with Bush winning the presidency, will 
you consider him ..."

9. Do you think the country should go in the direction Bush wants to lead it, go in the direction the Democrats in Congress want to lead it, or what?

                 Where      Where        Other              No dif-
                 Bush     Democrats    direction  Neither   ference   No
                 wants      want         (vol.)   (vol.)    (vol.)   opin.
4/22/01            46        36             4        6         3       4

Compare to:

                 Where      Where        Other              No dif-
                Clinton   Republicans  direction  Neither   ference   No
                 wants       want        (vol.)   (vol.)    (vol.)   opin.
3/14/99*           47         29            6        7         4       7
1/23/96  ALL       51         28            3        8         4       6
1/24/95  ALL       38         39            5        6         5       6
* 3/14/99 and previous: "Do you think the country should go in the direction Clinton wants to lead it, go in the direction the Republicans in Congress…"

10. Do you think Bush relies on his advisers too much, too little or about the right amount?

                   Too much   Too little   About right   No opinion 
4/22/01               20          11           62              6 

11.(and 12) Do you think Bush has a mandate to carry out the agenda he presented during the presidential campaign, or should he compromise on the things the Democrats strongly oppose? (IF "COMPROMISE") Do you think Bush is or is not compromising with the Democrats?

                        ----------Should compromise----------
                                  Yes,             No,
          Has mandate   NET   compromising   not compromising   No opinion
4/22/01       35        60        21               34                 5
1/15/01       41        52        NA               NA                 7

13. Do you think Bush has reduced the political partisanship in Washington, or not? (IF "YES") Has he reduced it a lot or just a little?

              ---Yes, has reduced---
              NET   A lot   A little   No, not reduced   No opinion
4/22/01       34      8        27           54                11

14. On another subject, would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                  ----Excellent/Good-----    -----Not so good/Poor-----   No  
                  NET   Excellent    Good    NET    Not so good    Poor  opin.
4/22/01           50        3        47      50        40           9      *
1/15/01           70       10        59      29        24           6      1 
10/27/00 LV       86       24        61      14        11           3      * 
10/26/00 LV       86       24        61      14        11           3      * 
6/11/00           74       17        57      26        19           6      * 
2/27/00           80       25        55      20        14           5      * 
10/31/99          74       18        56      26        18           7      1 
9/2/99            76       19        57      23        16           6      1 
3/14/99           80       22        58      19        15           4      1 
11/1/98           73       12        61      26        21           5      1 
11/1/98  LV       78       13        65      22        19           3      * 
10/13/97          61       12        49      39        27          11      * 

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

           Yes   No   No opin.  
4/22/01    45    50       5
3/25/01    58    37       5
1/15/01    55    42       3

16. Do you think the United States is heading into an energy crisis, or not?

           Yes   No   No opin.  
4/22/01    64    34       3

17. On another subject, do you think Bush's views on most issues are too liberal for you, too conservative for you, or just about right?

            Too         Too        About      No
          liberal   conservative   right    opinion
4/22/01     10           31         55         3
9/6/00 RV   12           31         51         6
7/23/00 RV  12           29         52         7
7/23/00     12           28         52         8
3/11/00     12           28         52         8
2/27/00     10           33         51         5
2/24/00     12           33         43        12
2/6/00      12           30         49         8
9/2/99      10           20         58        13
3/14/99      7           20         53        20

18. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Bush as a person?

               Favorable   Unfavorable     No opinion
4/22/01            64           32             4

Compare to:

1/15/01 and previous: "Bill Clinton"

               Favorable   Unfavorable     No opinion
1/15/01*           44           51             5
10/22/00  LV       33           60             7
10/21/00  LV       33           62             6
10/20/00  LV       32           63             5
10/1/00   RV       37           58             5
9/6/00    RV       35           62             3
8/20/00   RV       35           61             3
8/10/00   RV       34           62             4
1/26/00            34           61             5
12/15/99  RV       32           65             3
12/15/99           36           62             2
9/2/99             38           59             3
3/14/99            30           67             4
3/4/99             40           54             6
12/15/98           41           56             3
11/1/98   LV       37           60             3
11/1/98            42           54             4

19. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush or not.

4/22/01

Summary Table:

                                           Yes   No   No opin.
a. He understands the problems of
    people like you                        47    51      2
b. He can be trusted in a crisis           65    32      4
c. He's doing a good job as
    commander-in-chief of the military     69    26      5
d. He is honest and trustworthy            62    32      6
e. He is a strong leader                   53    42      5
f. He's got a vision for the future        68    30      2

Trend:

a. He understands the problems of people like you

              Yes   No   No op.
4/22/01        47   51     2
11/4/00 LV     49   46     5
10/24/00 LV    50   46     3
10/15/00 RV    46   46     7
10/9/00 RV     50   44     6
9/6/00 RV      47   49     4
8/20/00 RV     50   46     5
7/23/00 RV     44   51     5
7/23/00        44   51     5
6/11/00        48   47     5
4/2/00         48   46     6
3/11/00        47   47     6
2/27/00        43   51     6
2/6/00         43   52     5
1/16/00        46   49     6
12/15/99       47   46     7
10/31/99       54   39     7
9/2/99         50   39    11
3/14/99        52   27    21

b. He can be trusted in a crisis

               Yes   No   No opin.  
4/22/01         65   32       4    
12/15/99        62   27      11     
9/2/99          58   22      19       

c. He's doing a good job as commander-in-chief of the military

                 Yes   No   No op.
4/22/01          69    26      5
9/6/00* RV       65    27      8
2/6/00 RV        58    35      7
2/6/00           57    35      8       
*9/6/00 and previous: "He would be a good commander-in-chief…"

d. He is honest and trustworthy

                 Yes   No   No op.
4/22/01          62    32      6       
11/5/00 LV       60    33      7
11/4/00 LV       61    33      7
10/24/00 LV      65    30      5
10/15/00 LV      57    34      9
10/15/00 RV      53    35     12
9/6/00 RV        62    30      7
7/23/00 RV       61    30      8
7/23/00          59    31     10
12/15/99         63    28      9
10/31/99         68    22     10
9/2/99           63    23     14
3/14/99          67    12     22

e. He is a strong leader

                 Yes   No   No op.
4/22/01          53    42      5
10/9/00 RV       62    33      5
9/6/00 RV        65    28      7
8/20/00 RV       65    29      5
8/10/00 RV       67    29      5
7/23/00 RV       61    33      6
7/23/00          62    32      5
6/11/00          65    30      6
4/2/00           68    27      5
3/11/00          63    31      6
2/27/00          62    32      6
2/6/00           65    30      7
1/16/00          65    28      7
12/15/99         67    26      7
10/31/99         77    18      5
9/2/99           70    18     12
3/14/99          68    13     20

f. He's got a vision for the future

               Yes   No   No opin.  
4/22/01         68   30       2    
3/14/99         66   12      21     

20. Which of these is more important to you: (holding down the size of government) or (providing needed services)?

                 Holding down    Providing    Both    No
                 size of govt   needed svcs  (vol.)  opin.
4/22/01               31             62         5      2              
10/18/00 LV           30             58        10      1          

21. Which do you think is more important to Bush: (holding down the size of government) or (providing needed services)?

                 Holding down    Providing    Both    No
                 size of govt   needed svcs  (vol.)  opin.
4/22/01               62             28         5      6 

22. 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)?

                                                      Both    Neither
            Ordinary people    Large corporations    (vol.)    (vol.)    No  
                                                                        opin.
4/22/01           28                    60             5         1        5
3/25/01           31                    61             3         1        4

23. 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.         
4/22/01      20          18            24           36          1
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              

24. 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?

           Low income   Mid income   Upper income   All equally   No Opinion
4/22/01        2           13             53           28            4
2/25/01        4            8             47           33            8

Compare to:

8/1/99          6       14       49        23          7
4/22/81         5       14       48        27          6
3/29/81         6       17       47        26          5
2/20/81         7       15       43        31          4

8/99: As you may know, the Republicans in Congress have called for a 792 billion dollar tax cut over the next 10 years. Who do you think would benefit most from such a tax cut: poor and lower income people, middle income people, upper income people, or do you think all people would benefit pretty much equally?

4/81 and previous: Reagan called for a 30 percent federal income tax reduction for all taxpayers over the next three years. Who do you think would benefit most from such a tax cut: poor and lower income people, middle income people, upper income people, or do you think all people would benefit pretty much equally?

25. Overall, do you think Bush's budget plan calls for too much federal spending, too little or about the right amount?

           Too much   Too little   About right   No opinion
4/22/01       28         13             49          10    

26. (IF "TOO MUCH" on Q. 25) What's one most important area where you think federal spending should be cut?

4/22/01
Arts                                  2
Defense/Military                     21
Education                             2
Environment                           1
Foreign aid                           5
Government salaries/# of employees   10
Government Waste/Fraud/Abuse          8
Health care                           1
Medicare/Medicaid                     *
Sciences/Scientific research          1
Social programs/entitlements          1
Social Security                       1
Taxes                                 3
Transportation                        1
War on drugs                          *
Welfare                               2
Other                                15
Don't know                           24

27. 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.   
4/22/01             53         46         2
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        

28. On another subject, which is more important to you personally - (protecting the environment) or (encouraging economic growth)?

           Protecting the     Encouraging        No
            environment     economic growth     opin. 
4/22/01          52                44             3
1/15/01          56                39             5

29. Which do you think is more important to Bush - (protecting the environment) or (encouraging economic growth)?

           Protecting the     Encouraging        No
            environment     economic growth     opin. 
4/22/01          13                78             9

30. On another subject, which of these is more important to you personally -- (protecting the environment) or (finding new sources of oil and natural gas)?

           Protecting the     Finding        No
            environment     new sources     opin. 
4/22/01          54             43            3

31. Which do you think is more important to Bush -- (protecting the environment) or (finding new sources of oil and natural gas)?

           Protecting the     Finding        No
            environment     new sources     opin. 
4/22/01          16             76            8

32. In general, would you favor or oppose building more nuclear power plants at this time? Do you favor/oppose this STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

                  ----------Favor----------   ----------Oppose---------    No 
                  NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opin.
4/22/01            37      17        20        59      33        27        4
5/19/86            19      NA        NA        78      NA        NA        3
4/30/86            28      NA        NA        68      NA        NA        4        
1/16/85            26      NA        NA        67      NA        NA        6        
4/12/83            27      NA        NA        65      NA        NA        8        
9/80*              45      NA        NA        51      NA        NA        4        
*Gallup

33. Do you think the federal government should or should not allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska?

               Yes    No    No opinion
4/22/01         41    55         4 
1/15/01         38    56         5 
5/13/89*        26    60        13 
*"Do you think the federal government should allow new oil drilling..."

36. On another subject, 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
4/22/01               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

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

4/22/01

Summary Table:

                                                           Both   Neither
                                Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion
a. Handling the nation's
    economy                       47           43          4        4           3
b. Improving education
    and the schools               48           40          5        5           3
c. Cutting taxes                  38           52          2        6           3
d. Protecting the Social
    Security system               52           35          5        5           3

Trend:

a. Handling the nation's economy

                                          Both   Neither
               Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion
4/22/01           47           43           4        4        3
9/28/98 LV        51           43          NA       NA        6
9/28/98           53           40          NA       NA        7
7/12/98           49           37           4        5        6
1/19/98           45           44           3        6        3
7/8/97            43           39           5       12        2
10/23/94          38           43           3       14        2
9/11/94           39           43           3       11        4
2/27/94           47           36           3       11        3
2/2/92            49           38           2        7        4
12/15/91          43           36           4       11        5
3/4/91            32           49           5       10        4
1/16/90           33           52           4        7        4

b. Improving education and the schools

                                          Both   Neither
               Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion
4/22/01           48           40           5        5        3
9/28/98 LV        51           38          NA       NA       11
9/28/98           56           35          NA       NA        9
7/12/98           52           31           5        5        7
1/19/98           54           34           4        5        3
7/8/97            51           30           5        9        4
10/23/94          45           30           6       13        6
9/11/94           48           33           6        8        5
2/27/94           53           28           5       11        3
2/2/92            55           29           6        5        5
12/15/91          47           31           6       10        6
3/4/91            39           41           8        9        4
1/16/90           45           36           7        9        3

c. Cutting taxes

                                          Both   Neither
               Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion
4/22/01           38           52           2        6        3
9/2/99            40           49           2        6        3
10/30/95          45           40          10        3        3

COMPARE TO: Holding taxes down

3/14/99           43           41           2       10        4
9/28/98           47           44          NA       NA        9
9/28/98  LV       40           53          NA       NA        8
7/12/98           42           39           3        8        8
1/19/98           45           44           2        6        2
7/8/97            41           38           3       15        4
10/23/94          37           42           2       17        2
9/11/94           36           47           2       11        4
2/27/94           35           41           4       18        2
2/2/92            41           45           3        8        3
12/15/91          40           38           3       14        5
3/4/91            35           44           5       13        3
1/16/90           37           47           2       10        4

d. Protecting the Social Security system

                                          Both   Neither
               Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion
4/22/01           52           35           5        5        3
9/2/99            56           33           3        4        3
3/14/99           52           29           3        8        7
7/12/98           51           35           3        6        6
1/19/98           48           38           3        7        5
1/16/90           52           31           3        9        4

COMPARE TO: Protecting Social Security and Medicare

                                          Both   Neither
               Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion
9/28/98           59           32          NA       NA       19
9/28/98 LV        53           39          NA       NA        8

38. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling U.S. relations with China?

                            Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
4/22/01                       67         27              5

Compare to:

                            Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/2/98*                       40         39             21  
* "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling relations…"

Compare to:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with China?

            --------Approve----------     --------Disapprove-------   No  
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat     NET   Strongly   Somewhat   op. 
4/5/01      64      36         28         24       11        13       12  

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