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Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post - ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 31-June 3, 2001, among a random national sample of 1004 adults. The results have a 3 point error margin. 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
6/3/01      55      27        28        40      22        18            6
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…?

     
6/3/01
Summary Table:
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a.     The economy                  53          41             6
b.     International affairs        58          33             9
c.     Environmental issues         41          50             9
d.     The issue of tax cuts        58          37             6
e.     Education                    57          35             8
f.     The energy situation         37          58             5
g.     Patients' rights in the
       health care system           40          39            21
h.     Social Security              46          40            14
Trend:
a. The economy
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              53          41             6
4/22/01                             55          38             7
3/25/01                             50          42             8
b. International affairs
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              58          33             9
4/22/01                             62          31             7
3/25/01                             56          31            13
c. Environmental issues
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              41          50             9
4/22/01                             47          41            12
3/25/01                             46          41            13
d. The issue of tax cuts
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              58          37             6
4/22/01                             54          39             7
e. Education
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              57          35             8
4/22/01                             60          28            12
f. The energy situation
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              37          58             5
5/13/01                             39          43            18
g. Patients' rights in the health care system
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              40          39            21
h. Social Security
                                  Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
6/3/01                              46          40            14

3.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.
6/3/01             40        42             5        7         3       3
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
1/23/96 WATCH      59         25            3        6         4       3
1/24/95  ALL       38         39            5        6         5       6
1/24/95 WATCH      43         34            7        6         5       4
* 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…"

4.Who do you trust to do a better job handling … - Bush or the Democrats in Congress?

 6/3/01
Summary Table:
                                                   Both    Neither    No
                                   Bush    Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opin.
a.     The economy                  44      46      2        6         2
b.     International affairs        47      40      3        7         4
c.     Environmental issues         35      54      2        5         4
d.     The issue of tax cuts        49      42      1        6         2
e.     Education                    43      43      1        7         6
f.     The energy situation         36      52      1        5         6
g.     Patients' rights in the
       health care system           37      52      *        3         7
h.     Social Security              38      52      1        5         3

5. On another subject, which political party do you think is more open to the ideas of people who are political moderates - the (Democrats) or the (Republicans)?

                                                      Both    Neither    No
                           Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)    (vol.)   opin.
6/3/01                         57          32          2         6        4

6. As you may know, control of the U.S. Senate is about to switch from the Republicans to the Democrats. On balance, do you think the Democrats' taking control of the Senate is a good thing or a bad thing for the country, or doesn't it make much difference?

                                                         No
                               Good    Bad   No diff.    opin.
6/3/01                          41     20       38        1
Compare to:
                                             No diff.    No
                               Good    Bad    (vol.)    opin.
7/17/95*                        52     39       6         3
*"As you probably know, control of Congress switched from the Democrats to
 the Republicans this year. On balance, do you think that's been a good 
thing or a bad thing for the country?"
  

7.In the last four months do you think Bush has tried mainly (to push his own agenda in Congress), or tried mainly (to compromise with the Democrats in Congress)?

                                  Push    Compromise
                                 own        with        No
                                agenda    Democrats    opin.
6/3/01                            63         32          5   
            

8. In the future, do you think Bush SHOULD try mainly (to push his own agenda in Congress), or try mainly (to compromise with the Democrats in Congress)?

                               Push     Compromise
                                 own        with        No
                                agenda    Democrats    opin.
6/3/01                            29         68          4   

9. 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     opin.
6/3/01                        15           32         50         4
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

10. Some people say the federal government should set limits on the price of electricity to prevent price gouging by suppliers. Others say price caps would not solve energy shortages and may discourage the development of new supplies. What's your opinion - do you support or oppose federal limits on the price of electricity?

                                Support    Oppose    No opinion
6/3/01                            56         40          4   

11. To address the country's energy needs, would you support or oppose action by the federal government to …? Do you support/oppose that strongly, or not strongly?

6/3/01
 
Summary Table:
                        --------Support--------  --------Oppose---------
                                         Not                      Not      No 
                        NET  Strongly  Strongly  NET  Strongly  Strongly  opin.
a. Build more nuclear 
   power plants         46     29        17      51     36        15        3
b. Develop more solar
   and wind power       90     80        10       8      3         4        2
c. Increase oil and 
   gas drilling         67     49        19      29     19        11        3
d. Increase coal 
   mining               54     33        21      39     23        15        7
e. Encourage more 
   energy conservation
   by businesses and 
   industries           90     79        12       8      4         4        2
f. Encourage more 
   energy conservation 
   by consumers like
   yourself             90     78        12       8      6         3        2
g. Require car
   manufacturers to
   improve the
   fuel-efficiency
   of vehicles sold
   in this country      89     81         7      10      6         4        2
                        --------Support--------  --------Oppose---------   Gas
                                         Not                      Not      only    No 
                        NET  Strongly  Strongly  NET  Strongly  Strongly  (vol.)  opin.
h. Build more power
   plants that burn
   oil, coal or 
   natural gas          62     43        19      31     18        13         3      5

12. Of the ones you support, which one should be the federal government's highest priority?

6/3/01
                                                 Highest
                                                 priority
Build more nuclear power plants                      8
Develop more solar and wind power                   23
Increase oil and gas drilling                       11
Increase coal mining                                 1
Encourage more energy conservation 
by businesses and industries                        17
Encourage more energy conservation
by consumers like yourself                           8
Require car manufacturers to improve
the fuel-efficiency of vehicles sold
in this country                                     19
Build more power plants that burn oil,
coal or natural gas                                 10
No Opinion                                           1
None                                                 1

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

                                     Yes   No   No opin.
6/3/01                               61    36       3
4/22/01                              64    34       3

14. Do you think the United States is in an energy crisis now, or not?

                                     Yes   No   No opin.
6/3/01                               39    60       1

15. As you may know, Congress has approved a tax cut of nearly one-point-four trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Do you think this tax cut will mainly benefit lower income people, middle income people, upper income people, or all people about equally?

                      Lower   Middle   Upper   All equally  No opin.
6/3/01                  5       10       54        27          4
4/22/01*                2       13       53        28          4
2/25/01                 4        8       47        33          8  
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
*Do you think the tax cut Bush has proposed would mainly benefit …?
**8/99: As you may know, the Republicans in Congress have called for a
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 thin
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?

16. In general, do you think this tax cut will be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or won't it make much difference?

                                       No        No
                      Good   Bad   difference   opin.
6/3/01                 35    13        50         3

17. What would have been your own preference - (to have this tax cut), or (to have the federal government spend more on domestic programs such as education, health care and Social Security)?

                      Tax    Spend    Neither    No
                      cut     more     (vol.)   opin.
6/3/01                33      63         3        1

18. The tax cut will bring most Americans a refund check for 300 to 600 dollars this summer. If you get a tax refund check for 300 to 600 dollars, what do you think you'll do with it?

                    Bills/   Save/   Spend &   Give     Not               No
            Spend   Debts   Invest    save     away   Eligible   Other   opin.
6/3/01        21     34       30        6        1       3          4      2

19. On another subject, do you think Congress should make it easier for patients in managed care to sue health plans that deny or delay medical treatment, or do you think this would increase the cost of health care too much?

                          Should     Increase
                           make      cost too     No 
                          easier       much      opin.
6/3/01                      44          49         7

20. Who do you think would do a better job regulating health plans: (the federal government) or (individual state governments)?

                                                     No
                     Federal   State   Neither   difference   No 
                      gov't    gov't   (vol.)      (vol.)    opin.
6/3/01                 27       65       4           1         4

21. As you may know, the President is in charge of nominating judges to serve in the federal court system. Do you think the federal judges nominated by Bush will be (too conservative), (too liberal) or about right?

           Too     Too     About     No
          cons.    lib.    Right    opin.
6/3/01     30       12       52       6

22. (IF "TOO CONSERVATIVE" OR "TOO LIBERAL") Is that something that bothers you a lot, or not that much?

        --------Too conserv.-------     ---------Too lib.-----------
                 Not   Not at                    Not   Not at         
        Bothers  that   all     No      Bothers  that   all     No
         a lot   much  (vol.)  opin.     a lot   much  (vol.)  opin.
6/3/01    53      43      4      0        35      55     8       1      

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

                    Favorable   Unfavorable     No opinion
6/3/01                  61           34             5
4/22/01                 64           32             4
Compare to:
                    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
*1/15/01 and previous: "Bill Clinton"
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