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  Washington Post Poll: Candidates and Issues 2000

Wednesday, September 8, 1999

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on random telephone interviews with 1,526 adults between August 30 and September 2, 1999. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president?

           ------Approve-----------    -------Disapprove--------   No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly  opin
9/2/99      58     28         30         38      13        25       4
6/6/99      58     30         28         38      12        26       4
4/26/99     60     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
3/14/99     64     38         26         34       9        25       3
2/14/99     68     46         22         30       7        23       2
2/12/99     67     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       2
2/7/99      66     45         21         33       9        24       1
1/30/99     65     43         22         33       7        26       2
1/19/99     66     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       2
1/13/99     63     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       3
1/10/99     62     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       1
12/20/98    67     48         20         30       6        23       3
12/19/98    66     47         19         31       7        24       3
12/13/98    64     43         21         35      10        25       2
12/11/98    60     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
11/22/98    61     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       5
11/7/98     63     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       1
11/1/98     65     41         25         33      10        23       1
11/1/98  LV 58     40         18         41      10        31       1
10/25/98    62     40         22         32       8        23       6
10/25/98 LV 58     42         15         40       8        32       2
10/18/98    62     40         22         34       9        25       4
10/18/98 LV 57     39         18         41       7        34       2
9/28/98     63     42         21         35       8        26       2
9/28/98  LV 57     43         14         43       6        37       1
9/21/98     60     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       1
9/14/98     59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
9/13/98 eve 60     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       2
9/13/98 day 59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
9/12/98     59     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       3
9/11/98     56     NA         NA         42      NA        NA       3
9/9/98      57     NA         NA         40      NA        NA       3
8/23/98     64     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       3
8/21/98     66     41         25         31      10        21       3
8/20/98     65     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       3
8/19/98     60     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       2
8/17/98     61     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       3
8/16/98     62     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       4
7/29/98     63     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       4
7/12/98     63     34         29         31      11        20       6
6/18/98     59     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       7
6/2/98      61     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       5
5/12/98     64     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       4
4/4/98      65     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       4
4/1/98      66     NA         NA         29      NA        NA       4
3/17/98     66     NA         NA         30      NA        NA       4
3/16/98     63     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       3
2/18/98     67     NA         NA         30      NA        NA       3
1/31/98     67     42         24         29      10        19       4
1/30/98     69     NA         NA         27      NA        NA       4
1/29/98     68     NA         NA         27      NA        NA       5
1/26/98     60     NA         NA         35      NA        NA       4
1/25/98     59     31         28         37      13        25       4
1/24/98     57     30         26         40      13        27       3
1/19/98     60     24         36         35      15        19       5
1/13/98     62     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       7
11/12/97    59     NA         NA         35      NA        NA       6
10/13/97    59     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       6
8/27/97     58     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       5
7/8/97      64     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       5
6/8/97      59     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       5
4/24/97     56     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       5
3/25/97     56     NA         NA         33      NA        NA      11
3/9/97      55     NA         NA         41      NA        NA       4
10/8/96 LV  58     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       4
10/8/96 RV  59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
9/4/96  RV  57     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       4
8/5/96      59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
6/30/96     56     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       5
5/22/96     58     20         37         39      17        22       3
3/31/96     52     21         30         40      16        25       8
3/7/96      53     19         34         45      19        26       2
3/10/96     55     23         32         40      17        24       4
4/21/96     51     NA         NA         43      NA        NA       6
1/7/96      53     22         31         43      16        28       4
11/19/95    54     NA         NA         41      NA        NA       5
11/13/95    54     20         34         41      20        21       5
10/1/95     52     17         35         43      19        24       5
7/17/95     51     14         37         45      20        25       4
6/8/95      47     NA         NA         45      NA        NA       8
5/14/95     56     20         36         41      23        18       3
3/19/95     52     17         35         45      19        26       3
3/5/95      46     NA         NA         49      NA        NA       4
1/29/95     54     20         34         43      21        22       3
1/4/9       45     13         31         51      22        29       5
12/20/94    44     NA         NA         50      NA        NA       6
11/6/94  RV 52     20         32         43      16        26       5
10/31/94    48     17         31         49      19        30       3
10/23/94    49     18         31         48      19        29       4
10/9/94     45     13         32         51      21        30       4
9/25/94     44     13         31         51      20        31       5
9/11/94     46     15         30         51      19        33       3
8/16/94     44     NA         NA         51      NA        NA       5
8/7/94      47     17         31         47      20        27       5
6/26/94     50     16         34         44      17        28       6
5/15/94     51     19         32         44      17        28       4
3/27/94     57     23         34         41      16        25       3
3/22/94     47     NA         NA         45      NA        NA       7
3/08/94     52     NA         NA         40      NA        NA       8
2/27/94     58     20         38         38      15        23       4
1/23/94     56     22         34         34      14        20      10
1/9/94      59     20         39         36      15        21       4
12/19/93    58     22         36         40      20        20       3
11/14/93    49     16         33         45      20        25       6
10/31/93    52     17         35         41      17        24       7
10/10/93    51     20         31         43      18        25       5
10/3/93     52     19         33         36      14        22      12
9/19/93     51     NA         NA         41      NA        NA       8
8/8/93      45     16         29         51      19        32       4
6/28/93     43     13         29         50      19        31       7
6/15/93     45     NA         NA         48      NA        NA       7
5/23/93     46     17         30         48      18        30
4/26/93     59     22         37         39      17        21       2
2/28/93     60     28         32         33      11        22       7
2/23/93     63     28         35         30      11        19       7
2/14/93     54     23         31         31      15        16      15

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

               Approve        Disapprove        No opinion
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

3. If the election for president in the year 2000 were being held today, and the candidates were (Al Gore, the Democrat), and (George W. Bush, the Republican, who is the son of the former president), for whom would you vote?

Net Leaned Vote:
                           None   Other  Neither  Would not     No
           Gore    Bush   (vol.) (vol.)  (vol.)   vote (vol.)  opin
9/2/99       37     56      3       *      NA         3          2
9/2/99 RV    38     56      3       *      NA         2          2
6/6/99       40     53      3       1      NA         1          3
6/6/99 RV    40     54      2       1      NA         *          3
3/14/99      41     54      1       *      NA         2          2
3/14/99 RV   42     54      1       *      NA         1          2
Unleaned Vote: 
2/14/99      41     49     NA      NA       4         1          5
2/14/99 RV   40     50     NA      NA       4         1          6
10/25/98     34     45     NA      NA       7         1         13
8/21/98      41     43     NA      NA       6         2          7
1/19/98      40     45     NA      NA       5         2          7
9/23/97      35     40     NA      NA      12         4          9

4. Do you support (GORE/BUSH) strongly, or only somewhat?

            ------------Gore---------     ----------Bush-----------
                                   No                            No
            Strngly    Somewht    opin   Strngly    Somewht    opin
9/2/99         38        61         1        43         56        1
9/2/99 RV      39        61         1        47         52        1
3/14/99        38        62         *        40         58        2
3/14/99 RV     40        59         1        44         54        2

5. How about if the candidates were (Al Gore, the Democrat), and (Elizabeth Dole, the Republican)?

Net Leaned Vote:
                             None     Other     Would not     No
            Gore    Dole     (vol.)   (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opin
9/2/99       44      49        2         *         3           1
9/2/99 RV    44      50        2         *         2           1
3/14/99      43      51        1         *         2           2
3/14/99 RV   43      52        1         1         2           2

6. How about if the candidates were (Bill Bradley, the Democrat), and (George W. Bush, the Republican)?

Net Leaned Vote:
                             None     Other     Would not     No
            Bradley  Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opin
9/2/99       36      57        2         *         2           3
9/2/99 RV    36      57        2         *         2           3
3/14/99      34      58        2         1         2           4
3/14/99 RV   34      58        2         1         2           4

7. How about if the candidates were (Bill Bradley, the Democrat), and (Elizabeth Dole, the Republican)?

Net Leaned Vote:
                             None     Other     Would not     No
          Bradley   Dole     (vol.)   (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opin
9/2/99       43      49        2         *         3           3
9/2/99 RV    43      49        2         *         2           3
3/14/99      38      53        2         1         3           5
3/14/99 RV   38      53        2         1         2           5

7b. Thinking just about your own views of Al Gore...does the fact that he served as Bill Clinton's vice President for 8 years make you more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him, or doesn't it make much of a difference to you? (GET ANSWER THEN ASK: Is that much more/less likely, or somewhat?)

      ----More likely-----     -----Less likely-----     No       No
      NET   Much    Smewht     NET    Much    Smewht    diff.    opin
      19     11        8       21      15       7        59       1

8. Suppose that Gore is the Democratic nominee for president in the year 2000 and Bush is the Republican nominee. Would you be satisfied with the choice of Gore or Bush, or would you want a third-party candidate to run?

          Satisfied    Third-party    No opinion
9/2/99       62            36             3
7/11/99      55            36            10
11/8/95*     54            41             5
10/1/95      46            51             3
8/18/95      46            49             5
8/9/95       50            43             7
*1995 polls: Clinton vs. Dole

9. 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
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
11/1/98LV78       13        65      22        19           3       *
10/13/97 61       12        49      39        27          11       *
(Additional trend available)

10. 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 equally   Neither      No
               Dems    Reps     (vol.)       (vol.)     opin
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

11. I'd like to ask you what kind of attention some issues should get in Congress. For each one, please tell me how important it is for Congress to address. Would you say it's one of the single most important issues, very important, somewhat important or not important at all. First is.. (Read item)

     Single most   Very    Somewhat    Not  Don't address  No
        import.   import.   import.   at all   (vol.)     opin
a. Enacting tougher gun control laws
         10        45       23        20        1         1
b. Reforming election campaign finance laws
          6        35       42        15        *         2
c. Protecting patients' rights in the health care system
         10        69       18         2        *         *
d. Cutting taxes
          7        46       35        11        *         1
e. Protecting the Social Security system
         13        69       15         2        *         *
f. Protecting the  Medicare system
         11        69       18         3        *         0
g. Increasing spending on national defense, or the military budget
          4        33       46        15        *         1

12. And which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job:

SUMMARY TABLE:
                                              Both      Neither  No
                                  Dems Reps   (vol.)    (vol.)  opin
a. Handling the issue of 
   gun control                     46   40      3          7      4
b. Reforming election campaign
   finance laws                    38   40      4         13      6
c. Protecting patients' rights in
   the health care system          58   31      3          5      4
d. Cutting taxes                   40   49      2          6      3
e. Protecting the Social
   Security system                 56   33      3          4      3
f. Protecting the Medicare system  57   32      3          5      3
g. Handling national defense       34   55      2          4      4
   and the military budget

Trend (where available):

a. Handling the issue of gun control

                                Both     Neither    No
               Dems    Reps    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/2/98          46      40        3         7        4
5/16/99         39      31        3        22        5

c. Protecting patients' rights in the health care system

                                Both     Neither    No
               Dems    Reps    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/2/98          58      31        3         5        4
3/14/99         53      27        4         9        7
9/28/98         61      29       NA        NA       10
9/28/98 LV      54      36       NA        NA       10
7/12/98         53      29        4         6        8

d. Cutting taxes

                                Both     Neither    No
               Dems    Reps    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/2/98*         40      49        2         6        3
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
10/30/95        45      40       10         3        3
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
*Holding taxes down                     

e. Protecting the Social Security system

                                Both     Neither    No
               Dems    Reps    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/2/98          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    No
               Dems    Reps    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/28/98         59      32       NA        NA       19
9/28/98 LV      53      39       NA        NA        8

f. Protecting the Medicare system

                                Both     Neither    No
               Dems    Reps    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/2/98          57      32        3         5        3
3/14/99         54      25        5         9        8
7/12/98         54      32        2         4        8
1/19/98         52      33        3         6        6
9/11/94         49      32        5         8        6

COMPARE TO: Protecting Social Security and Medicare

                                Both     Neither    No
               Dems    Reps    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/28/98         59      32       NA        NA       19
9/28/98 LV      53      39       NA        NA        8

13. Who would you trust more to decide what to do with the federal budget surplus - Clinton or the Republicans in Congress?

                                     Both equally    Neither     No
             Clinton    Republicans     (vol.)       (vol.)     opin
9/2/99          45           46            1            5         3
3/14/99         48           41            2            5         3
1/31/98*        52           38            2            3         4
1/19/98*        43           45            1            8         3
*"If there is surplus money in the federal budget in the next year or so"

14. I'm going to read you a few names. For each, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person, or perhaps you don't know enough to say. How about (Read name)?

Summary table:
                           Favorable      Unfavorable      No opinion
Al Gore                       50             40                10
George W. Bush                61             23                16
Elizabeth Dole                60             19                21
Bill Bradley                  38             13                50
Hillary Clinton               49             44                 7
Steve Forbes*                 28             21                51
John McCain*                  22             10                68
*Asked of half sample

Trend:
Al Gore

               -------Favorable----      ----Unfavorable-------    No
               NET    Strgly  Smewht   NET    Strgly   Smewht     opin
9/2/99          50     NA      NA       40      NA       NA        10
6/6/99          52     NA      NA       34      NA       NA        14
3/14/99         54     20      34       33      16       16        14
2/14/99         53     NA      NA       31      NA       NA        17
8/21/98         55     NA      NA       30      NA       NA        15
7/12/98         54     NA      NA       26      NA       NA        20
4/4/98          54     NA      NA       27      NA       NA        19
1/31/98         52     NA      NA       29      NA       NA        19
1/30/98         51     NA      NA       30      NA       NA        19
1/25/98         55     NA      NA       29      NA       NA        16
1/24/98         54     NA      NA       30      NA       NA        15
1/19/98         48     NA      NA       36      NA       NA        17
10/13/97        45     NA      NA       40      NA       NA        15
9/10/97         49     NA      NA       33      NA       NA        19
4/24/97         53     NA      NA       29      NA       NA        19
3/9/97          56     NA      NA       29      NA       NA        15
3/19/95         57     NA      NA       27      NA       NA        16
10/31/94        41     NA      NA       37      NA       NA        22
5/15/94         58     NA      NA       27      NA       NA        15
3/27/94         57     NA      NA       25      NA       NA        18
11/14/93        56     NA      NA       28      NA       NA        15
8/23/92 RV      52     NA      NA       19      NA       NA        29
7/19/92 RV      55     NA      NA       12      NA       NA        33

George W. Bush

              -----Favorable----      ----Unfavorable-------      No
              NET   Strgly  Smewht    NET    Strgly   Smewht     opin
9/2/99         61     NA      NA       23      NA       NA        16
6/6/99         54     NA      NA       15      NA       NA        30
3/14/99        54     27      27       14       7        7        32
2/14/99        51     NA      NA       13      NA       NA        36
1/19/98        34     NA      NA       13      NA       NA        53

Elizabeth Dole

               -----Favorable----      ----Unfavorable-------      No
               NET   Strgly  Smewht    NET    Strgly   Smewht     opin
9/2/99          60     NA      NA       19      NA       NA        21
6/6/99          58     NA      NA       17      NA       NA        25
3/14/99         58     27      31       17       9        8        26
2/14/99         57     NA      NA       13      NA       NA        30
9/4/96 RV       51     NA      NA       16      NA       NA        33
6/30/96         44     NA      NA       13      NA       NA        43

Bill Bradley

                     Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
9/2/99                 38            13              50
6/6/99                 28            11              61
3/14/99                29            13              58
8/18/95                29             9              62

Hillary Clinton

                    Favorable    Unfavorable    No opinion
9/2/99                 49            44             7
6/6/99                 59            35             6
3/14/99                60            36             4
2/14/99                63            31             6
11/1/98                64            31             5
11/1/98 LV             60            36             3
8/21/98                64            28             8
8/19/98                64            32             4
4/4/98                 58            33            10
1/30/98                60            30            10
1/19/98                52            39             9
3/9/97                 47            44             9
9/4/96 RV              47            42            12
6/30/96                44            47             9
1/21/96                28            36            36
1/19/96                32            34            34
10/31/94               47            44             8
5/15/94                54            41             5
3/27/94                53            39             8
1/23/94                55            34            11
11/14/93               58            33             9
8/8/93                 59            33             8
4/26/93                54            26            20
2/23/93                59            24            18
1/17/93                51            20            29
7/8/92                 30            26            43
3/28/92                28            22            51

Steve Forbes

                    Favorable    Unfavorable     No opinion
9/2/99*                28             21             51
3/14/99                26             28             47
*Asked of half sample

John McCain

                   Favorable    Unfavorable     No opinion
9/2/99*                22            10              68
3/14/99                20            10              69
*Asked of half sample

15. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Bill Clinton as a person?

             ------Favorable--------    -----Unfavorable--------  No
             NET    Strgly    Smewht    NET    Strgly     Smewht opin
9/2/99       38      NA        NA       59       NA         NA     3
3/14/99      30      NA        NA       67       NA         NA     4
3/4/99       40      NA        NA       54       NA         NA     6
12/15/98     41      22        19       56       39         17     3
11/1/98      42      NA        NA       54       NA         NA     4
11/1/98 LV   37      NA        NA       60       NA         NA     3

16. (Asked of half sample) 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?

           Cut income     Reduce         Social    Domestic      No
             taxes     national debt    Security   programs     opin
9/2/99        20            24             43         13          1
7/25/98       22            19             47         10          2
3/14/99       20            21             47         10          2
1/31/98       17            23             47         10          2
1/19/98       16            29             39         14          1

16a. (Asked of half sample) 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 income     Reduce         Social      Domestic programs      No
taxes     national debt    Security    (Educ./health care)    opin
14            19             29                37              1

17. As you may know, the Republicans in Congress have called for a 800 billion dollar tax cut over the next 10 years. They say their tax cut will return most of the projected budget surplus to the people. Clinton favors a smaller tax cut, saying most of the surplus should be used to strengthen the Social Security and Medicare programs. Do you think Clinton should veto the Republican tax cut, or let it become law?

               Veto    Let it become law    No opinion
9/2/99          50            43                 7

18. How important will (READ ITEM) be to you in deciding how to vote in the next presidential election in the year 2000 - very important, somewhat important, not too important or not important at all?

                    ------Important----   -----Not important------- No
                    NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all op.
A. Handling the issue
   of gun control    81    56      25      18       9        9       1
B. Reforming election
   campaign finance
   laws              70    30      40      28      17        11      1
C. Protecting patient's
   rights in the health
   care system       90    65      26       9      5         4       *
D. Cutting taxes     83    44      39      17      9         8       *
E. Protecting the Social
   Security system   93    68      25       7      5         2       *
F. Protecting the 
   Medicare system   93    64      29       7      4         3       *
G. Handling the 
   national economy  95    74      21       4      2         2       1
H. Handling crime    93    71      22       6      3         3       *
I. Handling foreign
   affairs           88    54      34      11      8         3       1
J. Improving education
   and the schools   95    79      16       4      2         2       1
K. Helping the middle
   class             92    61      31       7      5         2       1
L. Encouraging high moral
   standards & values87    67      20      11      8         3       2
M. Managing the 
   federal budget    95    74      21       4      3         1       1
n Protecting the
   environment       92    62      30       8      6         2       *
P. Upholding the dignity
   of the presidency 87    62      25     13       8         4       1

Trend (where available):

C. Protecting patient's rights in the health care system

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         90    65      26       9      5         4         *
3/14/99        92    71      21       7      6         2         1

D. Cutting taxes

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         83    44      39      17      9         8         *
3/14/99*       92    64      29       7      4         3         1
*Holding taxes down

E. Protecting the Social Security System

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         93    68      25       7      5         2         *
3/14/99        94    74      20       6      4         2         *

F. Protecting the Medicare System

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         93    64      29       7      4         3         *
3/14/99        94    70      24       5      3         2         1

G. Handling the national economy

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         95    74      21       4      2         2         1
3/14/99        94    80      14       5      3         2         1

H. Handling crime

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         93    71      22       6      3         3         *
3/14/99        94    67      27       6      4         2         1

I. Handling foreign affairs

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         88    54      34      11      8         3         1
3/14/99        91    59      32       8      6         2         1

J. Improving education and the schools

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         95    79      16       4      2         2         1
3/14/99        92    73      19       6      4         3         1

K. Helping the middle class

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         92    61      31       7      5         2         1
3/14/99        96    70      26       4      3         1         1

L. Encouraging high moral standards & values

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         87    67      20      11      8         3         2
3/14/99        86    60      26      13      7         6         1

M. Managing the federal budget

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         95    74      21       4      3         1         1
3/14/99        96    74      22       2      2         *         2

n Protecting the environment

              ------Important----   -----Not important-------   No
              NET   Very   Somewht  NET   Not too  Not at all  opin
9/2/99         92    62      30       8      6         2         *
3/14/99        90    61      30       8      6         2         2

19. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) I have a few questions about Al Gore and also about George W. Bush. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to (Al Gore/George W. Bush), or not?

                                  -----Bush------    -----Gore----
                                              No                 No
                                  Yes   No   opin   Yes   No   opin
A. He is honest and trustworthy    63   23    14      63   27    11
B. He has high personal moral
   and ethical standards           65   20    15      70   19    11
C. He understands the problems
   of people like you              50   39    11      47   45     8
D. He can do a good job keeping
   the economy strong              64   21    15      50   39    11
E. He is a strong leader           70   18    12      38   52    10
F. He has new ideas                57   27    15      46   40    14
G. He can be trusted in a crisis   58   22    19      55   33    12
H. He has the right kind of
   experience to be president      61   30     9      69   27     4
I. He has the kind of personality 
   and temperament it takes to serve
   effectively as president        67   21    12      52   40     8
J. He would uphold the dignity
   of the presidency               76   16     8      74   22     4
K. He would bring needed change 
   to Washington                   56   32    12      34   56    11

Trend (where available):

A. He is honest and trustworthy

            -----Bush------    -----Gore----
                       No                 No
           Yes   No   opin   Yes   No   opin
9/2/99      63   23    14      63   27    11
3/14/99     67   12    22      63   24    13

B. He has high personal moral and ethical standards

            -----Bush------    -----Gore----
                      No                 No
           Yes   No   opin   Yes   No   opin
9/2/99      65   20    15      70   19    11
3/14/99     67    8    24      67   18    15

C. He understands the problems of people like you

           -----Bush------    -----Gore----
                      No                 No
          Yes   No   opin   Yes   No   opin
9/2/99     50   39    11      47   45     8
6/13/99    NA   NA    NA      44   44    12
3/14/99    52   27    21      48   41    11

D. He can do a good job keeping the economy strong

           -----Bush------    -----Gore----
                      No                 No
          Yes   No   opin   Yes   No   opin
9/2/99     64   21    15      50   39    11
3/14/99    60   16    24      50   32    18

E. He is a strong leader

           -----Bush------    -----Gore----
                      No                 No
          Yes   No   opin   Yes   No   opin
9/2/99     70   18    12      38   52    10
6/13/99    NA   NA    NA      39   51     9
3/14/99    68   13    20      41   47    12

F. He has new ideas

          -----Bush------    -----Gore----
                     No                 No
         Yes   No   opin   Yes   No   opin
9/2/99    57   27    15      46   40    14
3/14/99   55   18    26      47   36    17

G. He can be trusted in a crisis

            --------Bush---------    -------Gore---------
            Yes    No    No opin    Yes    No    No opin
9/2/99       58    22       19        55    33      12
            ------Clinton-------     --------Dole--------
            Yes    No    No opin    Yes    No    No opin
3/17/96      56    41        3        52    38      10
10/4/92 RV   45    36       19        NA    NA      NA
10/4/92 LV   45    36       19        NA    NA      NA
6/7/92       37    42       22        NA    NA      NA

H. He has the right kind of experience to be president

            --------Bush---------    -------Gore---------
            Yes    No    No opin    Yes    No    No opin
9/2/99       61    30        9        69    27       4
            ------Clinton-------     --------Dole--------
            Yes    No    No opin    Yes    No    No opin
3/17/96      64    36        *        62    34       4
10/4/92 RV   56    37        8        NA    NA      NA
10/4/92 LV   57    36        7        NA    NA      NA
6/7/92       49    41       10        NA    NA      NA

I. He has the kind of personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively as president

            --------Bush---------    -------Gore---------
            Yes    No    No opin    Yes    No    No opin
9/2/99       67    21       12        52    40       8
            ------Clinton-------     --------Dole--------
            Yes    No    No opin    Yes    No    No opin
3/17/96      65    34        1        54    40       6
10/4/92 RV   66    28        7        NA    NA      NA
10/4/92 LV   66    27        7        NA    NA      NA
6/7/92       58    33        9        NA    NA      NA

20. Would you say (GORE/BUSH) is very boring, somewhat boring, somewhat interesting, or very interesting?

9/2/99
          -------Boring--------     -----Interesting-----     No
          NET    Very    Smewht.    NET    Very    Smewht.   opin
Gore      55     22       32        42       8       34        3
Bush      25      7       18        69      14       55        5

21. (Asked of half sample) Do you think of (Gore/Bush) as a very safe choice for president, somewhat safe, somewhat risky, or very risky?

9/2/99
                --------Safe--------    -------Risky--------      No
                NET    Very   Smewht    NET    Very    Smewht    opin
Gore             53     17      36       44     19       26        3
Bush             66     22      44       31      8       23        3
22. (Asked of half sample) Do you think (Gore's/Bush's) views on most issues are too liberal for you, too conservative for you, or just about right?
  ---------------Gore--------------  ----------------Bush------------  
    Too      Too     Just    No     Too      Too     Just    No
  liberal  conserv.  Right  opin liberal  conserv.  right  opin
9/2  35       12      46      7      10       20      58     13
3/14 31       10      44     15       7       20      53     20     
23. (Asked of half sample) Do you feel you know enough about (GORE/BUSH) to decide whether or not to vote for him for president, or do you feel you need to know more about him before you decide? Do you need to know a lot more about him, or just somewhat more?
                          ----Need to know more------       No
           Know enough    NET   A lot more    Somewhat    opinion
Gore           43         56       25            31          1
Bush           29         71       36            35          *
Gore:
                          ----Need to know more------       No
           Know enough    NET   A lot more    Somewhat    opinion
9/2/99         43         56       25            31          1
3/14/99        40         59       33            26          1
Bush:
                          ----Need to know more------       No
           Know enough    NET   A lot more    Somewhat    opinion
9/2/99         29         71       36            35          *
3/14/99        19         79       49            30          1

24. (Asked of half sample) Overall, would you say (Gore/Bush) cares more about serving poor and lower income people, middle income people, upper income people, or would you say he cares equally about serving all people?

9/2/99
                 Poor    Middle    Upper    All    No opinion 
Gore              14       10        15      48        12
Bush               3        9        31      44        12
Clinton:
                 Poor    Middle    Upper    All    No opinion
8/5/96            15      16        19       44        6
7/17/95           19      16        20       42        4
1/29/95           17      20        16       44        3
4/26/93           15      13        14       56        2
1/17/93           12      10        11       64        4
8/23/92 RV        16      25         6       44        9
Dole:
                 Poor    Middle    Upper    All    No opinion
8/5/96             2      16        43       33        6
**Bush:
                 Poor    Middle    Upper    All    No opinion
1/17/93*           2       6        61       28        3
8/23/92 RV         1       7        56       33        3
8/9/92             1       8        62       25        4
2/2/92             3      10        56       30        1
12/15/91           1       7        58       32        2
10/21/91           1       7        48       41        2
11/4/90 LV         3       5        55       36        2
2/4/90             3      11        35       51        *
*Changed to "has cared."
**George H.W. Bush

25. (Asked of half sample) Do you think that (Bush/Gore's) positions on important issues are basically different from Clinton's or basically the same?

Gore:
           ------Different------    ---------Same---------      No
           NET  Good thing   Bad    NET   Good thing    Bad    opin
9/2/99      25      20         5     62       37         25     13
3/14/99     21      13         8     68       41         26     11
Bush:
           ------Different------    ---------Same---------      No
           NET  Good thing   Bad    NET   Good thing    Bad    opin
9/2/99      60      43        17     25       18          7     15

26. Which of these two statements comes closest to your own views: A) After eight years of Bill Clinton, we need to elect a president who can set the nation in a new direction B) We need to keep the country moving in the direction Bill Clinton has been taking us.

               New          Same      Somewhere in     Neither     No
            direction    direction    between (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/2/99          47           49            2              1         2
9/2/99 RV       47           49            2              1         1
3/14/99         39           56            3              1         1
3/14/99 RV      41           54            3              1         1
Bush**
               New          Same      Somewhere in     Neither     No
            direction    direction    between (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
8/9/92          74           23            *              *         2
6/7/92          75           21            1              1         1
3/11/92         66           30            1              2         1
12/15/91        63           31            2              2         2
10/21/91        51           44            2              1         1
**George H.W. Bush
Reagan
               New          Same      Somewhere in     Neither     No
            direction    direction    between (vol.)    (vol.)    opin
9/19/88 RV      51           46            1              1         1
9/19/88 LV      50           47            1              1         1
8/14/88         58           38            2              1         1
8/14/88 RV      58           38            2              2         1
8/14/88 LV      57           39            2              1         1
5/25/88         57           39            2              1         2
5/25/88 LV      56           39            2              1         2
9/23/87         55           41            2              1         1
4/13/87         56           41            1              1         1

27. (and 28) On another subject, thinking about the U.S. House of Representatives election in November, 2000 in the congressional district where you live, if that election were being held today, for whom would you vote: (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate)?

Registered voters:
                                    Neither   Wouldn't
                 Democrat Republican (vol.)   vote (vol.)  No opin
9/9/99              48        44        3         *           5
3/14/99             50        41        2         1           6
2/14/99             48        41        3         1           7
1/30/99             49        39        8         1           3
11/1/98             51        43        4         *           2
10/25/98            48        43        3         1           4
10/18/98            49        44        3         1           4
9/28/98             49        44        2         *           4
8/21/98             48        45        3         1           3
7/12/98             47        45        2         *           6
1/31/98             49        40        2         1           8
1/19/98             47        44        3         1           5
11/96 ACTUAL        48.5      48.9
10/8/96             51        41        2         1           5
9/29/96             48        41        3         1           7
9/22/96             50        43        2         1           4
9/15/96             49        45        1         1           4
9/4/96              48        44        3         *           5
8/29/96             53        39        3         1           5
8/28/96             51        40        3         1           5
8/27/96             51        41        3         0           5
8/26/96             51        41        3         0           5
8/25/96             48        43        3         1           6
8/24/96             47        43        2         1           6
8/19/96             49        42        3         0           6
8/18/96             45        46        3         0           6
8/15/96             46        43        4         1           5
8/14/96             48        42        3         1           6
8/13/96             49        43        3         0           5
8/12/96             49        42        3         1           5
8/11/96             49        40        4         1           6
8/10/96             49        41        4         1           5
8/4/96              48        45        2         1           4
6/30/96             49        44        3         *           3
5/22/96             52        41        3         1           3
3/10/96             51        43        2         *           4
1/21/96             52        43        3         1           1
10/1/95             49        44        3         *           3
11/94 ACTUAL        44.7      51.5
11/6/94             47        42        5         2           5
10/31/94            48        44        4         1           3
10/23/94            50        45        2         1           2
10/9/94             46        47        3         2           2
9/11/94             50        45        1         1           4
8/7/94              49        42        4         1           4
2/27/94             50        40        8         1           2
11/92 ACTUAL        49.9      44.8
10/21/91            51        41        4         *           4
7/28/91             49        41        6         *           3
6/2/91              48        42        4         1           5
11/90 ACTUAL        52        43.9
11/4/90             51        41        5         *           3
10/14/90            50        41        5         *           3
9/9/90              47        46        3         *           3
7/24/90             51        41        4         1           4
5/21/90             47        45        5         1           2
11/88 ACTUAL        53.2      45.3
9/21-10/10/88       52        41        2         1           4
9/19/88             51        39        3         1           6
11/86 ACTUAL        54.1      44.2
6/22/85             48        44        5         *           3
11/84 ACTUAL        52.2      46.5
10/16/84            52        44        2         NA          5
9/11/84             53        45        2         NA          1
7/8/84              58        40        2         NA          1
11/82 ACTUAL        55        43.2
10/27/82            58        39        NA        NA          3
10/11/82            55        36        NA        NA          9
9/13/82             58        36        NA        NA          6
11/22/81            53        41        NA        NA          7
11/80 ACTUAL        50.3      47.6
11/78 ACTUAL        53.4      44.7
11/76 ACTUAL        55.5      42.2
Source for actual vote:
1996, "America Votes." 1994-1976, Clerk of the House
Likely voters:
                                       Neither   Wouldn't
                  Democrat Republican (vol.)   vote (vol.)  No opin
11/1/98   44% VAP    49        46        3         *           1
11/1/98   36% VAP    46        48        4         *           1
10/25/98  41% VAP    49        47        1         *           2
10/25/98  33% VAP    47        50        1         *           2
10/18/98  40% VAP    48        47        2         *           2
9/28/98   42% VAP    46        49        2         *           3
10/8/96              48        44        2         1           5
9/29/96              48        43        3         1           6
9/22/96              50        44        2         *           4
9/15/96              47        48        2         *           3
9/4/96               47        46        3         *           4
8/29/96              53        39        3         0           5
8/28/96              49        41        3         0           6
8/27/96              50        43        3         0           5
8/26/96              49        43        3         0           5
8/25/96              46        45        3         0           5
8/24/96              45        46        2         0           6
8/19/96              47        45        2         0           6
8/18/96              45        47        3         0           5
8/15/96              46        44        4         1           5
8/14/96              46        44        3         1           6
8/13/96              47        45        3         0           5
8/12/96              48        44        3         0           5
8/11/96              48        41        5         0           6
8/10/96              47        43        4         1           5
8/4/96               48        46        1         1           4
11/6/94              46        44        4         1           4
11/6/94   41% VAP    47        45        3         1           3
11/6/94   28% VAP    46        47        3         2           2
10/31/94             48        45        3         *           3
10/31/94  45% VAP    47        47        3         *           3
10/23/94             49        47        1         *           2
10/23/94  41% VAP    46        51        1         *           2
10/9/94              47        49        3         1           1
11/4/90              52        41        5         *           3
10/14/90             48        43        5         0           3
9/9/90               47        45        3         *           4
7/24/90              52        40        4         *           3
10/16/84             51        45        2         NA          4
9/11/84              51        46        1         NA          1
7/8/84               54        44        2         NA          *
10/27/82             59        39        NA        NA          2
10/11/82             55        38        NA        NA          7

29. How do you think Bill Clinton will go down in history - as an outstanding president, above average, below average, or poor?

Clinton:
-------Average---------    Avg.    --Below Average-----     No
NET  Outstanding  Above   (vol.)   NET    Below    Poor    opin
47       11        35      17      35      19      16       2
Bush:*
        -------Average---------    Avg.    --Below Average-----    No
        NET  Outstanding  Above   (vol.)   NET    Below    Poor   opin
1/17/93  43       5         38      33      22      17      5       1
12/14/92 41       6         35      27      30      19     11       2
*George H.W. Bush
Reagan:
       -------Average---------    Avg.    --Below Average-----    No
       NET  Outstanding  Above   (vol.)   NET    Below    Poor   opin
1/16/89 63      18         45      21      16      10      6       1
Carter**:
      -------Average---------    Avg.    --Below Average-----    No
      NET  Outstanding  Above   (vol.)   NET    Below    Poor   opin
12/80  14       3         11      37      46      31     15       3
**Gallup
Ford**:
      -------Average---------    Avg.    --Below Average-----    No
      NET  Outstanding  Above   (vol.)   NET    Below    Poor   opin
12/76  25       5         20      50      20      15      5       3
**Gallup
Eisenhower***:
       ----Great/Good------    ------Fair/Poor-----    No
      NET    Great    Good    NET    Fair    Poor    opin
12/60   65      20      45      33     25      7       3
***Gallup, Note wording change.

30. I'm going to read a few statements. For each, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with it. First is (read item). Do you feel that way strongly, or only somewhat?

9/2/99
		--------Agree---------   ------Disagree-------     No
		NET   Strngly   Smewht   NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin
a. I'm just plain tired of Bill Clinton
		53      40       14      45      26       19       1
b. It's not fair to blame Al Gore for the mistakes Clinton
has made in office 83 61 22 16 10 7 1 c. I have more confidence in George W. Bush because of his
father's work as president 43 21 22 55 31 24 2 d. Al Gore is too close to Clinton to provide the fresh
start the country needs 48 31 18 49 27 21 3 e. I have more confidence in Al Gore because of his work as
Clinton's vice president 43 20 23 54 29 25 2

31. Considering everything, who do you think is more to blame for Clinton's impeachment trial earlier this year -- Clinton himself, for his actions; or the Republicans in Congress, for pursuing the case against him?

                Clinton     Republicans      No
                himself     in Congress    opinion
9/2/99             59           39            2
2/14/99*           54           42            5
12/20/98           55           43            3
12/19/98           57           41            2
*Language change

32. On another subject, do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?

          ------------Favor---------    -----------Oppose--------   No
         NET    Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Strongly   Somewhat  opin
9/2/99    63        52         11       35       25         11      2
8/15/99   63        46         16       34       22         12      3
5/16/99   67        55         12       31       21         10      1
10/13/93* 64        40         24       33       20         13      3
6/8/89*   60        28         32       34       23         11      6
*Gallup: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose enacting tougher gun control laws?"

33. (Asked of half sample) Would you support or oppose a law requiring (READ ITEM). How about a law requiring (NEXT ITEM). For each: Do you feel that way strongly, or only somewhat?

	   --------Support--------    -------Oppose--------    No
	   NET    Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht  opin
a. Background checks on people buying guns at gun shows
	   90       80       10        9       7        3      1
b. Trigger locks on all stored guns
	   79       66       13       20      14        6      1
c. A nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons
          77       68        9       22      14        8      1
d. A nationwide ban on gun sales by mail order and over the
internet 66 57 8 33 26 7 1 e. All handgun owners to register their firearms with the
government 75 60 15 24 18 6 1 f. A nationwide ban on the sale of handguns, except to law
enforcement officers 32 23 9 65 47 18 3 g. A nationwide ban on people carrying a concealed weapon 49 39 10 48 33 16 2

Trend (where available):

a. Background checks on people buying guns at gun shows

           --------Support--------    -------Oppose--------     No
           NET    Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin
9/2/99     90        80       10        9      7         3       1
5/16/99    89        77       12       11      7         4       *

b. Trigger locks on all stored guns

           --------Support--------    -------Oppose--------     No
           NET    Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin
9/2/99     79       66        13       20      14        6       1
5/16/99    75       61        14       22      14        8       3

c. A nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons

           --------Support--------    -------Oppose--------     No
           NET    Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin
9/2/99     77       68         9       22      14        8       1
5/16/99    79       67        12       19      12        7       2

COMPARE TO:
In your opinion, should there be a nationwide ban on the sale of assault rifles, or not?

           Yes    No    No opinion
6/14/94    80    18         2

d. A nationwide ban on gun sales by mail order and over the internet

           --------Support--------    -------Oppose--------     No
           NET    Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin
9/2/99     66        57        8       33      26        7       1
5/16/99    70        60       10       28      19        9       2

e. All handgun owners to register their firearms with the government

          --------Support--------    -------Oppose--------     No
          NET    Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin
9/2/99    75       60        15       24      18        6       1

f. A nationwide ban on the sale of handguns, except to law enforcement officers

          --------Support--------    -------Oppose--------     No
          NET    Strngly   Smewht    NET   Strngly   Smewht   opin
9/2/99    32       23         9       65      47       18       3 

34. Do you think stricter gun control laws would reduce the amount of violent crime in this country, or not? (If yes: Would it reduce it a lot or just somewhat?)

          ---------Reduce---------
          NET    A lot    Somewhat    Not reduce    No opin
9/2/99    50      30        21           48            1

35. All in all, how do you feel about the way Congress has handled the issue of gun control - would you say you're pleased about it, satisfied but not pleased, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry about it?

-----Pleased/Satisfied-----    -----Dissatisfied/Angry-----    No
NET    Pleased    Satisfied    NET    Dissatisfied    Angry   opin
37       4          33         60         41           18      4

36. Do you think the National Rifle Association has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?

          Too much    Too little    Right amount    No opinion
9/2/99       47           17             31              5 

37. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?

           Yes    No    No opinion
9/2/99     44     56         *
5/16/99    46     53         *

38. (Among those with a gun in household) What kind of gun or guns would that be - handgun, shotgun, rifle or what?

         Handgun    Shotgun   Rifle    Other    No opinion
9/2/99    53          63        59        2          2 

39. (Among those with a gun in household) Do you personally own a gun or not?

         Yes    No    No opinion
9/2/99    66    34         0

40. (Of those who own a gun) Why do you own a gun-what's the main reason?

                                   9/2/99
Protection                           26
Hunting                              49
Target/Sport                          8
Collect/Hobby                         4
Gun Dealer                            0
2nd Amendment/Constitutional Right    4
Other                                10
No opinion                            0

41. Have you ever (ITEM)?

9/2/99
                                                  Yes    No    No opin
a. Called, written to, or emailed a public
   official expressing your views on gun control   10    90         *
b. Given money to an organization concerned with 
   the gun control issue                           13    86         1
c. Voted for or against a political candidate mainly
   because of their position on gun control        14    85         1

42. On another subject, do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

           --------Legal--------    -------Illegal-------
                   All     Most            Most     All        No
           NET    cases    cases    NET    cases    cases     opin
9/2/99      56      20      37       42     26       15         2
3/14/99     55      21      34       42     27       15         3
7/12/98     54      19      35       42     29       13         4
8/5/96      56      22      34       41     27       14         3
6/30/95     58      24      34       40     25       14         2
10/1/95     60      26      35       37     25       12         3
9/21/95     60      24      36       36     25       11         4
7/17/95     59      27      32       40     26       14         1

43. (Asked of leaned Republicans) Suppose your state holds a Republican primary or caucus for president in 2000 and the candidates are: (READ LIST). For whom would you vote - I'll read the list again:

Net Leaned Vote:
                         9/2/99        8/8/99     3/14/99
George W. Bush              60          54         52
Elizabeth Dole              15          14         25
Dan Quayle                   3           3          6
Pat Buchanan                 3           3          3
Steve Forbes                 6           4          4
John McCain                  5           4          2
Gary Bauer                   2           1          1
Alan Keyes                   3           2          2
Orrin Hatch                  1           1          NA
John Kasich                 NA          NA          2
Lamar Alexander             NA           *          1
Bob Smith                   NA          NA          *
Other (vol.)                 *           *          *
None (vol.)                  1           2          *
Would not vote (vol.)        1           2          *
No opinion                   2           7          2

44. (Asked of leaned Republicans) Who would your second choice be?

                      9/2/99      3/14/99
George W. Bush          21          29
Elizabeth Dole          34          32
Dan Quayle               9           9
Pat Buchanan             6           5
Steve Forbes            10           6
John McCain              6           3
Gary Bauer               1           1
Alan Keyes               2           2
Orrin Hatch              4           *
John Kasich             NA           2
Lamar Alexander         NA           3
Bob Smith               NA           *
Other (vol.)             *           1
None (vol.)              3           2
Would not vote (vol.)    *           *
No opinion               3           5

45. (Asked of leaned Democrats) Suppose your state holds a Democratic primary or caucus for president in 2000 and the candidates were: Al Gore and Bill Bradley. For whom would you vote?

Net Leaned Vote:
                                          Other  Neither/None/     No
          Gore  Bradley  Beatty  Jackson  (vol.) Wouldn't (vol.)  opin
9/2/99     69     24       NA      NA       *          3           4
9/2/99 RV  68     25       NA      NA       *          3           4
8/15/99    61     24        9      NA       1          2           3
6/13/99    65     26       NA      NA       *          4           5
6/6/99     56     19       NA      19       0          2           4
3/14/99    58     21       NA      17       *          2           2

47. Do you think George W. Bush should answer the question of whether he used cocaine when he was younger, or should he not answer the question?

         Answer   Don't Answer    No opinion
9/2/99     39         57               4
8/22/99    41         53               5

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