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Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 757 randomly selected adults nationwide, conducted Sunday, Dec. 3. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Results of overnight polls that attempt to measure opinions about fast-changing news events should be interpreted with extra caution. Interviewing was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.



1. Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the way (ITEM) is handling the election situation.
12/3/00 
                                   Approve   Disapprove   No opin.
A. The Bush campaign                 48         47          6  
B. The Gore campaign                 30         65          5
Trend:
A. The Bush campaign
                                   Approve   Disapprove   No opin.
12/3/00                              48         47          6  
11/16/00                             46         48          5  
11/12/00                             46         45          9  
B. The Gore campaign
                                   Approve   Disapprove   No opin.
12/3/00                              30         65          5  
11/16/00                             45         51          5  
11/12/00                             44         47          9


2. As you may know, the Secretary of State in Florida has declared George W. Bush as the winner of the election there. Al Gore says the votes were not counted fairly. Do you think Gore should concede the election and let Bush become president, or should Gore continue to ask the courts to decide whether the vote count in Florida was fair?
            -----Should concede-----     ---Should not concede----     No
            NET    Strgly.    Smewht.    NET    Strgly.    Smwhat.    opin.
12/3/00     57       52          5       40       36          4         3
11/26/00*   60       53          6       35       31          3         6
* Tonight the Secretary of State in Florida declared George W. Bush as the winner of the election there. Al Gore says the votes were not counted fairly. Do you think Gore should concede the election and let Bush become president, or ask the courts to decide whether the vote count in Florida was fair?

3. How confident are you that the votes in Florida have been counted accurately - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?
          ------Confident-------     ------Not Confident-----      No
          NET  Very    Somewhat       NET  Not too   Not at all   opin.
12/3/00   51     26       25          47      16         31         2
11/26/00  56     27       30          39      18         21         5
11/16/00* 50     19       31          46      18         28         4
11/12/00* 59     21       38          38      20         18         3
* "will be"


4. How do you feel about the election situation overall - are you personally worried about it, or not worried? If worried: Are you very worried about it, or somewhat worried?
           --------Worried---------    Not      No
           NET     Very   Somewhat   Worried   opin.
12/3/00    38       18      20         61        1
11/12/00   47       19      28         52        1


5. Do you think this situation reveals serious problems in this country's system of electing the president, or do you think it's just the kind of thing that can happen in a very close election?
          Problem in system   Happens in close election   No opinion
12/3/00          43                     54                    3
11/12/00         32                     65                    3


6. As you may know, Al Gore asked some counties in Florida to hand-count their ballots to recheck the vote totals there. Two counties did not complete their hand-counts. Do you think the hand-counts in these counties should or should not be completed and counted in the final vote total? Do you feel that way strongly or only somewhat?
            -----Should include-----     ---Should not include----    No
            NET    Strgly.    Smewht.    NET    Strgly.    Smwhat.    op.
12/3/00     57       50          7       41       35          6        2


Compare to:

As you may know, some counties in Florida are hand-counting ballots to recheck the vote totals there. Secretary of State Harris has said she will not include these hand-counts in her final tally of Florida votes because they missed the deadline. Do you think these hand-counts should or should not be included in the final vote total to determine the winner in Florida?
            -----Should include-----     ---Should not include----    No
            NET    Strgly.    Smewht.    NET    Strgly.    Smwhat.    op.
11/16/00    56       49          7       43       36          7        2


7. Do you think there should or should not be hand-counts of all the votes in Florida?
           Yes   No   No opinion
12/3/00    46    52       2


8. The United States Supreme Court is reviewing the Florida vote count as requested by the Bush campaign. Do you approve or disapprove of the United States Supreme Court being involved in this case?
            Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
12/3/00        60          35             5
11/26/00*      58          36             7
* The United States Supreme Court has agreed to a request from the Bush campaign that it review the Florida vote count. Do you approve or disapprove of the United States Supreme Court getting involved in this case?

9. How confident are you that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in this case will be fair to both sides - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
        ------Confident-------    ------Not Confident-----      No
         NET  Very   Somewhat      NET  Not too   Not at all   opin.
12/3/00  76    32      44          21      14          8         3


10. The state legislature in Florida may get involved in attempting to determine the winner of the election there. Would you approve or disapprove of the Florida state legislature getting involved in this matter?
            Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
12/3/00        38          56             6
11/26/00*      33          59             8
* Leaders of the state legislature in Florida have said they may get involved in determining the winner of the election there.

11. Would you approve or disapprove of the United States Congress attempting to determine the winner of the election in Florida?
            Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
12/3/00        38          57             5


12. What do you think is more important - for this to end quickly, say within a week; or for both campaigns to have a chance to make their full case in court, even if it takes longer than that? (IF "CHANCE TO MAKE CASE IN COURT": How long are you willing to wait for this to end - a couple of weeks, up to a month or longer than that?)
                         -Make case in court, willing to wait-     
               End this         A few    Up to a  Longer than    No
               quickly   NET    weeks     month     a month     opin.    
12/3/00           55     43        8         8         27         3 
11/26/00          57     40       12         7         20         4 
11/16/00          57     40       na        na         na         3


13. If this ends with (Gore/Bush) winning the presidency, will you consider him to have been legitimately elected as president, or not?
           --------Gore------     ------Bush---------
           Yes   No   No opin.    Yes   No   No opin.
12/3/00    59    38       3       73    23       4
11/26/00   60    36       5       76    19       5


14. Who do you personally want to become the next president - (Al Gore) or (George W. Bush)?

                             Neither   Other     No
               Gore   Bush   (vol.)    (vol.)   opin.
12/3/00         43     46      10        *       1
11/26/00        42     43      10        2       3
11/16/00        44     43      10        2       2
11/12/00        44     45       6        1       4
* = less than 0.5 percent


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