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Post-ABC Poll: War on Terrorism; Action on Iraq

Saturday, September 28, 2002

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,003 randomly selected adults nationwide and was conducted Sept. 23-26, 2002. The margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Interviewing was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

            ---------Approve---------   --------Disapprove-------     No 
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat    opin.
9/26/02     67       42         25      30       18         12         3
9/8/02      71       42         28      27       15         12         3
9/6/02*     69       43         26      28       15         13         3
7/28/02     69       39         31      28       14         14         3
7/15/02     72       42         31      25       13         12         2
6/17/02     74       42         32      22       13          9         4
6/9/02      77       41         36      20       11          9         3
5/19/02     76       48         28      22       13          8         3
4/21/02     78       47         31      20       10          9         2
3/28/02     79       49         30      18       10          8         3
3/10/02     82       52         30      16        7          9         2
1/27/02     83       56         27      14        7          7         3
12/19/01    86       64         22      12        6          6         2
11/27/01    89       69         21       9        5          4         1
11/6/01     89       65         24       9        4          5         2
10/9/01     92       76         16       6        3          3         1
9/27/01     90       70         20       6        3          3         4
9/13/01     86       63         23      12        6          5         2
9/9/01      55       26         29      41       22         20         3
8/12/01     61       28         33      31       17         14         8
7/30/01     59       28         30      38       22         17         3
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
*Washington Post

2. Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

                Right      Wrong     No
              Direction    Track    opin. 
9/26/02          43         53        4
9/6/02*          43         54        4
2/21/02          54         42        4
2/14/99          55         41        4
11/1/98          55         43        2
11/1/98 LV       55         44        1
8/21/98          57         40        4
7/12/98          50         45        6
4/4/98           55         41        4
1/31/98          61         34        5
1/30/98          61         34        5
1/19/98          44         50        6
8/27/97          39         57        4
6/8/97           37         60        3
3/9/97           34         62        4
10/17/96 RV      40         55        5
10/16/96 RV      42         53        5
10/15/96 RV      43         52        5
10/14/96 RV      44         51        5
10/13/96 RV      44         51        5
9/04/96  RV      40         54        6
8/21/96          28         67        5
6/30/96          26         70        5
3/17/96          27         7         3
1/21/96          27         66        6
1/3/96           21         77        3
4/5/95           23         73        3
1/4/95           27         68        6
10/31/94         27         69        4
7/20/94          26         70        4
3/27/94          28         69        3
1/23/94          31         60       10
11/14/93         25         69        6
8/8/93           26         71        3
6/20/93          26         71        3
4/26/93          27         71        2
3/11/93          36         57        7
2/28/93          37         59        4
1/17/93          31         63        6
12/14/92         35         60        5
10/27/92 RV      22         76        2
10/4/92  RV      18         78        4
6/7/92           14         83        3
4/9/92           16         81        3
3/11/92          18         79        4
1/15/92          19         78        3
11/10/91         24         72        4
10/29/91         26         71        3
8/27/91          31         60        9
7/28/91          30         67        3
6/2/91           39         57        4
4/9/91           42         51        7
2/26/91          58         39        3
1/27/91          49         48        4
10/14/90         19         79        2
9/9/90           36         60        4
8/20/90          35         60        5
7/24/90          37         60        2
5/21/90          39         60        2
3/26/90          44         53        2
2/4/90           49         48        3
1/16/90          48         49        3
5/23/89          42         55        3
3/16/89          46         52        2
1/16/89  LV      51         46        3
10/25/88 RV      49         46        6
9/27/88          48         44        8
7/11/88          40         56        4
5/25/88          35         59        6
3/21/88          40         56        4
1/23/88          39         59        2
12/13/87         49         47        4
12/2/87          35         61        4
9/23/87          43         54        4
6/29/87          35         62        3
4/13/87          37         60        3
3/9/87           38         58        4
1/18/87          39         56        5
9/8/86           50         48        2
1/26/86          45         47        8
7/29/85          52         43        6
1/16/85          59         36        4
5/22/84          47         48        5
12/13/83         43         51        6
11/7/83          51         44        5
4/12/83          41         54        4
3/2/83           43         53        3
1/25/83          58         39        3
1/25/83          43         52        4
10/11/82         35         57        8
1/30/82          39         56        5
2/80             20         70       10
2/78             34         53       13
2/77             41         44       14
10/75            19         71        9
10/74            15         75       11
10/73            16         74       10
*Washington Post

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling:

9/26/02 - Summary Table*:

                                           Approve     Disapprove     No op.
a. The economy                               51           47            3
b. Education                                 61           32            7
c. The U.S. campaign against terrorism       70           28            2
d. Social Security                           42           43           15
e. The situation with Iraq and 
   Saddam Hussein                            58           39            3 
f. The cost of prescription drugs            29           53           18 
g. Environmental issues                      49           40           11
h. The issue of financial fraud and 
   accounting irregularities by large 
   business corporations                     47           42           10 

*Half sample answered a-d, other half answered e-h.

Trend:

a. The economy

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       51            47              3
9/8/02        57            40              4
9/6/02*       54            42              4
7/28/02       57            39              4
7/15/02       58            38              3
4/21/02       64            33              3
1/27/02       62            34              4
12/19/01      67            27              6       
11/6/01       72            23              5       
9/9/01        48            48              4       
7/30/01       52            45              3
6/3/01        53            41              6
4/22/01       55            38              7
3/25/01       50            42              8
*Washington Post

b. Education

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       61            32              7
9/6/02*       62            30              8
7/15/02       62            31              6
1/27/02       71            21              8
9/9/01        61            32              7
7/30/01       63            31              5
6/3/01        57            35              8
4/22/01       60            28             12
*Washington Post

c. The U.S. campaign against terrorism

            ---------Approve---------   --------Disapprove-------     No 
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat    opin.
9/26/02     70       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        2
9/8/02      74       NA         NA      24       NA         NA        2
9/6/02*     70       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        3
7/28/02     81       NA         NA      17       NA         NA        2
7/15/02     83       NA         NA      15       NA         NA        2
5/19/02     79       51         27      19       10          9        3
4/21/02     81       56         25      18       10          7        2
3/10/02     88       64         24      10        5          5        2
1/27/02     88       NA         NA      10       NA         NA        2
12/19/01    89       67         22       9        5          4        2
10/15/01    92       75         17       5        3          3        3
*Washington Post

d. Social Security

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       42            43             15
9/6/02*       47            37             16
7/15/02       54            35             11
1/27/02       54            28             18
9/9/01        41            50              9
7/30/01       46            48              6
6/3/01        46            40             14
*Washington Post

e. The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       58            39              3
9/14/02       65            31              4
8/29/02       52            36             12

f. The cost of prescription drugs

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       29            53             18
7/15/02       35            50             15
9/9/01        32            56             12
7/30/01       40            51              9

g. Environmental issues

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       49            40             11
9/6/02*       53            40              7
7/15/02       52            39              9
1/27/02       54            31             15
9/9/01        50            44              6
7/30/01       45            49              6
6/3/01        41            50              9
4/22/01       47            41             12
3/25/01       46            41             13
*Washington Post

h. The issue of financial fraud and accounting irregularities by large business corporations

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       47            42             10
7/28/02       55            38              7
7/15/02       49            43              7

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

            Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02       51            43              6
7/15/02       57            36              7
2/21/02       57            39              4
1/27/02       58            35              7
12/19/01      59            34              7
9/9/01        45            48              7
7/30/01       48            48              4
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. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress is handling his or her job?

                 Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
9/26/02            64            27              9
9/6/02*            64            23             13
7/15/02            68            23              9
11/1/98            72            20              8
11/1/98 LV         73            23              5
10/18/98           68            20             11
10/18/98 LV        67            25              9
9/28/98            70            21             10
9/28/98 LV         71            23              6
7/12/98            70            18             12
1/19/98            74            19              7
4/5/95             65            25              9
10/31/94           51            38             11
10/23/94           49            43              8
9/11/94            53            35             12
6/26/94            59            31             10
3/27/94            62            26             12
1/17/93            60            29             11
4/9/92             47            39             13
3/18/92            49            40             11
2/2/92             56            32             12
12/15/91           60            28             12
10/21/91           64            27              9
6/2/91             61            26             14
10/14/90           64            29              7
5/23/89            71            18             11

*Washington Post

6. Thinking about the 2002 election to be held in November for the U.S. House and some U.S. Senate and governor seats - are you following the election very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?

            --------Closely--------     --------Not closely-------     No 
            NET    Very    Somewhat     NET   Not too   Not at all     op.
9/26/02     54      13        41        46       28         19          0
7/15/02     47      11        36        53       28         25          *

7. Would you say you'll definitely vote in the congressional election this November, probably vote, or might you skip this one?

            Definite     Probably     Might skip      Will not        No
              vote         vote        this one      vote (vol.)     opin.
9/26/02        62           19            16              3            *
7/15/02        63           14            19              2            1

8. (and 9) If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate) in your congressional district? (IF OTHER, NEITHER, DK, REF) Would you lean toward the (Democratic candidate) or toward the (Republican candidate)?

Net Leaned Vote:

                 Dem      Rep     Other     Neither     Will not      No
                cand.    cand.    (vol.)    (vol.)     vote (vol.)    op.
9/26/02  All     46        42       2         2            5          3
9/26/02  RV      47        44       2         3            2          3 
9/6/02*  All     41        49       1         2            1          5
7/15/02  All     47        45       1         1            1          4
7/15/02  RV      47        46       1         1            1          4 

*Washington Post

Compare to:

Thinking about the U.S. House of Representatives election in November 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)? (If Neither, Don't Know or Refused) Who would you lean toward?

Registered voters:
Net leaned vote:

                                      Neither    Wouldn't
              Democrat   Republican   (vol.)   vote (vol.)  No opin.
1/27/02          43          50         2          1           5
9/6/00           49          42         2          1           6
7/23/00          46          45         3          1           5
2/27/00          45          46         2          1           5
10/31/99         50          43         3          1           3
9/2/99           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
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
11/6/94          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
10/21/91         51          41         4          *           4
7/28/91          49          41         6          *           3
6/2/91           48          42         4          1           5
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
9/21-10/10/88    52          41         2          1           4
9/19/88          51          39         3          1           6
6/22/85          48          44         5          *           3
10/16/84         52          44         2         NA           5
9/11/84          53          45         2         NA           1
7/8/84           58          40         2         NA           1
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

Likely voters:
Net leaned vote:

                                      Neither   Wouldn't
                  Democrat Republican (vol.)   vote (vol.)  No opin.
11/00     ACTUAL     47.8      48.3
9/6/00               47        46        2         *           5
11/98     ACTUAL     47.8      48.9
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
11/96     ACTUAL     48.5      48.9
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
11/94     ACTUAL     44.7      51.5
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
11/92     ACTUAL     49.9      44.8
11/90     ACTUAL     52        43.9
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
11/88     ACTUAL     53.2      45.3
11/86     ACTUAL     54.1      44.2
11/84     ACTUAL     52.2      46.5
10/16/84             51        45        2         NA          4
9/11/84              51        46        1         NA          1
7/8/84               54        44        2         NA          *
11/82     ACTUAL     55        43.2
10/27/82             59        39        NA        NA          2
10/11/82             55        38        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:
1998-96, "America Votes." 1994-1976, Clerk of the House

10. In deciding your vote for the U.S. House, how much of a factor will (READ ITEM) be - very important, somewhat important, not so important or not important at all?

9/26/02 - Summary Table*:

                             ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
                             NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
a. The war on terrorism      94    74    20      6       3      3       *
b. Social Security           90    60    30     10       7      2       *
c. The economy and jobs      95    74    21      5       3      2       *
d. Taxes                     92    61    31      7       6      2       1 
e. The federal budget        90    55    34      9       6      2       2 
f. Education                 95    74    20      5       2      3       *   
g. Health care               93    70    23      6       4      2       1
h. Prescription drug 
   benefits for the elderly  89    63    26     11       7      3       *
i. The environment           86    46    40     12      10      3       2
j. The situation with Iraq
   and Saddam Hussein        92    71    21      7       4      4       1
k. The issue of financial 
   fraud and accounting 
   irregularities by large 
   business corporations     89    61    28     10       6      5       1

*Half sample answered a-e, other half answered f-k.

Trend:

a. The war on terrorism

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     94    74    20      6       3      3       *
7/15/02     94    73    21      6       3      3       *

b. Social Security

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     90    60    30     10       7      2       *
7/15/02     91    66    25      9       6      3       *

c. The economy and jobs

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     95    74    21      5       3      2       *
7/15/02     97    77    20      3       2      1       1

d. Taxes

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     92    61    31      7       6      2       1
7/15/02     93    60    33      7       5      2       * 

e. The federal budget

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     90    55    34      9       6      2       2
7/15/02     90    58    32      8       6      3       1 

f. Education

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     95    74    20      5       2      3       *
7/15/02     95    77    19      4       2      2       * 

g. Health care

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     93    70    23      6       4      2       1
7/15/02     93    74    19      7       5      2       *

h. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     89    63    26     11       7      3       *
7/15/02     89    66    23     11       8      3       *

i. The environment

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     86    46    40     12      10      3       2
7/15/02     89    57    32     10       7      3       1

j. No trend.

k. The issue of financial fraud and accounting irregularities by large business corporations

            ----Important---   ----Not important---   No
            NET  Very  Smwt.   NET   Not so  At all   op. 
9/26/02     89    61     28    10       6      5       1
7/15/02     89    63     27     9       6      3       2 

11. (IF ANY "VERY IMPORTANT") And which of these will be MOST important in deciding your vote for the U.S. House: (READ LIST)*

9/26/02

Half Sample:

The war on terrorism           37
Social Security                11
The economy and jobs           38
Taxes                           7
The federal budget              5

Half Sample:
Education                      25
Health care                    12
Prescription drug benefits
  for the elderly              12
The environment                 3
The situation with Iraq
  and Saddam Hussein           37
The issue of financial 
  fraud and accounting 
  irregularities by large 
  business corporations         8

*Half sample answered a-e, other half answered f-k on Q10.

12a. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) 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
9/26/02         39           46          3        8           4
7/15/02         42           45          2        7           4 
1/27/02         40           44          3       10           4 
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

12b. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) Overall, who do you trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years, (George W. Bush) or (the Democrats in Congress)?

                                 Both   Neither
             Bush   Democrats   (vol.)   (vol.)   No opinion
9/26/02       54       38         3        3           3 
7/15/02       53       37         4        3           3 
1/27/02       62       31         2        3           2

13. Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job handling:

9/26/02 - Summary Table*:

                                                     Both    Neither    No
                            Democrats  Republicans  (vol.)    (vol.)    op.
a. The war on terrorism         30          51         6        6        8
b. Social Security              50          33         3        8        6 
c. The economy and jobs         47          39         3        6        5
d. Taxes                        44          44         3        6        4
e. The federal budget           43          43         3        7        4 
f. Education                    46          39         4        5        6
g. Health care                  50          35         4        5        6
h. Prescription drug  
   benefits for the 
   elderly                      48          35         4        5        8
i. The environment              55          31         3        4        6  
j. The situation with 
   Iraq and Saddam Hussein      33          52         6        4        6
k. The issue of financial 
   fraud and accounting 
   irregularities by large 
   business corporations        40          40         4        7        9
*Half sample answered a-e, other half answered f-k (same as Q10). 

21. Do you think the U.S. campaign against terrorism is going very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all?

            ----------Well----------     --------Not well--------     No
            NET      Very     Fairly     NET     Not too   At all     op. 
9/26/02     73        15        58       26        17        9         1
9/8/02      70        10        60       29        21        8         1
9/6/02*     68        10        58       31        22        8         1
7/15/02     75        15        60       24        16        8         1
4/21/02     73        11        63       26        17        9         1
3/10/02     84        21        63       15        10        6         1
1/27/02     88        32        56       11         8        4         1
*Washington Post

14. 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    op.
9/26/02        31        2         28     69        50          19      *
7/15/02        39        3         36     61        44          17      1
2/21/02        30        1         29     69        51          18      *
1/27/02        31        1         29     69        50          19      *
9/20/01        38        3         35     60        47          14      2
9/9/01         33        1         32     66        47          19      *
7/30/01        50        3         46     50        39          12      *
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. (ASKED IF NOT SO GOOD/POOR) Who is mostly responsible for the current state of the economy: (President Bush), (the Democrats in Congress), (the Republicans in Congress), (the September 11 attacks), (the normal business cycle), or something else?

                                       Bus.   Greed  Clinton                No
          Bush   Dems   Reps   9/11   cycle   (vol)   (vol)   Comb.  Other  op. 
9/26/02    13      6      9     29      21      2       3       7     12     5

16. Do you think the government (should do more) to try to improve the economy, or do you think the government (is doing enough)?

            Should      Doing      Too much       No
            do more     enough       (vol)      opinion
9/26/02        65         31           2           1   

17. Which statement comes closer to the way you think: Since the president is a Republican, we need (Republicans in charge of Congress to help support the president's agenda), or Since the president is a Republican, we need (Democrats in charge of Congress to act as a check on the president and his agenda).

            Republicans     Democrats     No difference        No
             in charge      in charge         (vol)         opinion  
9/26/02          34             56              6              3

18. Who do you think is more responsible for the fact that Congress has NOT yet passed a plan to limit the cost of prescription drugs for senior citizens - the (Democrats in Congress) or the (Republicans in Congress)?

                                           Both      Neither     No
            Democrats     Republicans     (vol.)      (vol.)     op.
9/26/02         26             45           10          5        14

19. Do you think Bush is spending too much of his time, too little of his time or about the right amount of his time on (READ ITEM)

9/26/02 - Summary Table:

                                        Too       Too       Right         No
                                        much     little     amount     opinion
a. the war on terrorism                  25        12         61          2
b. the economy                            3        53         41          3
c. other domestic issues such as 
   (Social Security), (prescription 
   drug benefits) and (education)         3        58         36          3

20a. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) What do you think is the bigger problem facing the nation right now: (terrorism) or (the economy)?

             Terrorism     Economy     No opin.
9/26/02         47            51           3
9/8/02          46            51           3
1/27/02         43            54           3        
12/16/01        49            47           4  

20b. (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) What do you think is the biggest problem facing the nation right now (terrorism), (the economy), or (the situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein)?

                                       Iraq/Saddam
             Terrorism     Economy      situation      No opin.
9/26/02         30            37            31             2

22. Would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq to force Saddam Hussein from power?

               Favor     Oppose     No opin. 
9/26/02         61         34          5
9/14/02         68         29          3
8/29/02         56         34         10
8/11/02         69         22          9
3/10/02         72         24          4      
2/21/02*        67         30          4      
1/27/02         71         24          4      
12/19/01        72         24          5      
11/27/01        78         17          6      
10/11/94**      72         23          5      
1/15/93***      82         15          3      
8/21/92 RV      65         30          5      
2/9/92          62         35          3      
4/22/91         51         43          6      
4/5/91          54         37          9      
3/15/91         57         38          5

*Strongly/somewhat follow asked
**10/11/94 and previous: Gallup
***1/15/93 and previous: Would you support or oppose having U.S. forces resume military action...?

23. (IF FAVOR, Q22) What if U.S. allies opposed such military action - in that case would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq?

            Favor     Oppose     No opin. 
9/26/02      76         21          3
9/14/02      75         22          3
8/29/02      69         24          6
8/11/02      80         17          4
3/10/02      77         21          3

22/23 NET. Would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq to force Saddam Hussein from power? (IF FAVOR) What if U.S. allies opposed such military action - in that case would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq?

          ----------------Favor------------------                            
                  --------If allies oppose-------                            
          NET     Favor    Oppose     Don't know    Oppose     No op. 
9/26/02   61       46        13           2           34         5     
9/14/02   68       51        15           2           29         3     
8/29/02   56       39        14           4           34        10     
8/11/02   69       54        11           3           22         9     
3/10/02   72       55        15           2           24         4

24. Which concerns you more: that the Bush administration (might move too quickly) to take military action against Iraq, or the Bush Administration (might not move quickly enough)?

              Too       Not quickly     Neither       No
            quickly        enough        (vol)      opinion
9/26/02        52            40            6           1

24/25 NET. Which concerns you more: that the Bush administration (might move too quickly) to take military action against Iraq, or the Bush Administration (might not move quickly enough)? Does this concern you a lot, somewhat, only a little or not at all?

                     Too                     Not quickly          Neither   No
                   quickly                     enough              (vol)    op.
         ---------Concerned--------  ---------Concerned-------- 
         NET  Lot  Smwt  Litt  None  NET  Lot  Smwt  Litt  None
9/26/02  52   29    18     4     1   40   21    13     5     1       6       1

26. As you may know, Iraq has told the United Nations that it will allow U.N. weapons inspectors back into the country. Do you think Iraq (intends to cooperate) or (does not intend to cooperate) with the U.N. inspectors?

            Intends to     Does not intend        No
             cooperate       to cooperate      opinion
9/26/02          16              79               5

27. If Iraq admits the weapons inspectors, but then interferes or does not cooperate with them, in that case would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq?

            Favor     Oppose     No opin. 
9/26/02      77         20          3
9/14/02*     81         17          2
*"If Iraq agrees to admit."

28. If your representative in Congress or your U.S. senator voted against a resolution authorizing Bush to attack Iraq, would that make you more likely to vote to re-elect your representative or senator, less likely, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?

            More       Less       Wouldn't make        No
           likely     likely     much difference     opinion
9/26/02      18         30              49              2

Compare to:

If your representative in Congress or your U.S. senator voted against a resolution that authorized George Bush to start the Gulf War, would that make you more likely to vote to re-elect your representative or senator, less likely, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?

            More       Less       Wouldn't make        No
           likely     likely     much difference     opinion
3/4/91       13         35              51              1

29. If Iraq cooperates fully with United Nations weapons inspectors, do you think the United States should (drop) its efforts to force Saddam Hussein from power, or (continue) its efforts to force Saddam Hussein from power?

             Drop       Continue       No
            efforts     efforts      opinion
9/26/02       31          66            3

30. Do you think the Bush Administration is attempting to use the situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein to help Republican candidates in the November congressional elections, or don't you think the administration is doing this?

            Yes     No     No opinion
9/26/02     35      59          6

31. (IF YES) Does this concern you a lot, somewhat, only a little or not at all?

          -------Concerned--------    --------Not concerned-------     No 
          NET    A lot    Somewhat    NET    Only a little    None     op.
9/26/02   76       45        31       24           13          10       *

32. On another subject, how proud are you to be an American - extremely proud, very proud, moderately proud, only a little proud, or not at all proud?

                    ----More proud----            ----Less proud---    No
                    NET    Ext.   Very    Mod.    NET    Lit.   Not    op.  
9/26/02             91      70     21      6       3      1      2      1
9/8/02              92      69     23      6       2      1      1      *
3/10/02             92      74     18      5       3      2      1      *
1/14/01*            87      55     32      9       2      1      1      2      
*Gallup
Compare to:
8/28/02 Teen-agers  88      57     32      7       4      2      3      0

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