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Post-ABC News Poll: Bush v. Gore

Monday, December 11, 2000

This Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 605 randomly selected adults nationwide, conducted Sunday, December 10. 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.


12/10/00 Summary:
                                   Approve   Disapprove   No opin.
A. The Bush campaign                  50         47          4
B. The Gore campaign                  34         63          3
C. The Florida State Supreme Court    33         62          5
D. The United States Supreme Court    51         40          9

Trend:


A. The Bush campaign
                                   Approve   Disapprove   No opin.
12/10/00                             50         47          4
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.
12/10/00                             34         63          3
12/3/00                              30         65          5  
11/16/00                             45         51          5  
11/12/00                             44         47          9


C. No trend.


D. No trend.

2. On Friday, the Florida State Supreme Court ordered a hand recount there of ballots for which voting machines did not register a vote for president. Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court halted the recount and said it will hear the case tomorrow.

Do you think (the hand recount ordered by the Florida State Supreme Court should have been allowed to continue until it was completed), or do you think (the United States Supreme Court was right to stop the recount)?


            Hand count should    Court was right     No
              have continued     to stop recount    opin.
12/10/00            51                  48            2

3. After it hears the case tomorrow, do you think the U.S. Supreme Court should or should not allow the hand recount to go forward? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?


            ------Allow recount------    ----Not allow recount----     No
            NET    Strgly.    Smewht.    NET    Strgly.    Smewht.    Opin.
12/10/00     53      44          9        43      38          4         4

4. 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.
12/10/00    66     30       36         32      17         15         2
12/3/00     76     32       44         21      14          8         3

5. (of those who are not very confident in Q4) Which side do you think the Supreme Court may treat unfairly?


           Bush    Gore    Both    Neither    No opin.
12/10/00    18      43       5       20         14

NET TABLE (Confident U.S. Supreme Court's ruling will be fair):


              Very      --Not very confident (treat unfairly)-   
            confident   NET    Bush    Gore    Both    Neither    No opin.
12/10/00       30        60     13      30       4        14         10

6. As a result of its order stopping the recount, do you have a (higher opinion) of the U.S. Supreme Court, a (lower opinion), or hasn't your opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court changed?


          Higher    Lower    No Change    No opin.
12/10/00    15       25          58           3 

7. Two weeks ago the Secretary of State in Florida declared George W. Bush as the winner of the election there on the basis of the vote count at that time. If there is a hand recount now, it's possible that Al Gore could win the recount. If that happened, who do you think should be declared as the winner in Florida - (Bush) or (Gore)?


            Bush    Gore    No opin.
12/10/00     43      51        6

8. 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
12/10/00       33          62             5
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. 

9. Would you approve or disapprove of the United States Congress attempting to determine the winner of the election in Florida?


            Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
12/10/00       40          54             6
12/3/00        38          57             5

10. 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.
12/10/00    46     24       22          53      23         30         1
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"

11. Do you think the hand recount would produce a vote total that's (more accurate) or (less accurate) than the vote total two weeks ago?


              More        Less       No
            accurate    accurate    opin.
12/10/00       50          46         4

12. 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.
12/10/00    48      22        26          52        *
12/3/00     38      18        20          61        1
11/12/00    47      19        28          52        1

13. 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
12/10/00         49                     50                    2
12/3/00          43                     54                    3
11/12/00         32                     65                    3

14. 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.
12/10/00   58    41       1       71    27       1
12/3/00    59    38       3       73    23       4
11/26/00   60    36       5       76    19       5

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


                             Neither   Other     No
               Gore   Bush   (vol.)    (vol.)   opin.
12/10/00        39     47       9        2       3
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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