Washington Post-ABC News poll January 12-15, 2015

Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy? (half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the threat of terrorism? (half sample)

Q: 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)?

Q: Overall, who do you trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: The Republican Party controls both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006, with its largest majority in the House of Representatives in 80 years. Compared with last year's Congress, do you think this Congress will do a better job, a worse job, or about the same?

Q: Thinking about the country overall, how would you describe the state of the nation these days - excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: (IF RATE NATION NOT SO GOOD/POOR) Why do you say so - is it mainly because of what's happening with (economic), (political), (social), (national security) or (international) issues or something else?

Q: (IF RATE NATION EXCELLENT/GOOD) Why do you say so - is it mainly because of what's happening with (economic), (political), (social), (national security) or (international) issues or something else?

Q: There’s been talk about government dysfunction, the idea that the federal government is not working well because the (Democrats) and (Republicans) can’t find common ground. Do you see this as a major problem, a problem but not a major one, or not a problem?

Q: (IF A PROBLEM) Who do you think is mainly responsible for this - (Obama and the Democrats in Congress), (the Republicans in Congress), or both sides equally?

Q: Just your best guess, in the next year do you think government dysfunction will get better, get worse or stay about the same as its been?

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Encouraging economic development - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Helping the middle class - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Increasing home ownership - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Creating jobs - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Helping more students afford college - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Dealing with climate change, also known as global warming - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think is taking a stronger leadership role in the government in Washington these days, (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Do you think the country should go in the direction (Obama wants to lead it), go in the direction (the Republicans in Congress want to lead it), or what?

Q: Obama says he will take executive actions intended to accomplish some of his administration goals if Congress does not act. Do you think Obama is or is not justified in taking this approach?

Q: The Republicans in Congress say they will try to block some executive actions that Obama takes, either by passing new laws or by suing in court. Do you think the Republicans in Congress are or are not justified in taking this approach?

Q: ) Obama has said he won’t decide whether to approve a new oil pipeline from Canada to Texas until a review has determined whether it is in the national interest. The Republicans in Congress are working on a law to authorize the pipeline without Obama’s approval. Which side do you support – (should the pipeline be authorized now), or (should the review be completed before deciding)? (half sample)

Q: (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) The federal health care law says companies with 50 or more employees have to offer health insurance to those who work at least 30 hours a week. The Republicans in Congress have proposed changing this to at least 40 hours a week. Which of these do you prefer – should employers be required to provide coverage for employees who work at least 30 hours a week, or should it be at least 40 hours a week? (half sample)

Q: Obama has proposed providing free tuition to attend community colleges at a cost to the federal government of sixty billion dollars over 10 years. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

Q: Obama has taken executive action allowing as many as four million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. The Republicans in Congress say they may take away federal funding so this order cannot be carried out. Do you think Obama’s action on immigration should go forward, or should it be blocked?

Q: Overall, do you think large business corporations pay their fair share in taxes, pay too (little), or pay too (much)?

Q: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: Would you say you, yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?

Q: Do you think Obama policies have helped the economy improve, have slowed economic improvement, or have made no difference either way?

Q: Thinking about the income gap between wealthy Americans and those who are less well off - do you think this is a major problem facing this country, a problem but not a major one, or not a problem?

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about how to address the income gap, the (Democratic Party) or the (Republican Party)?

Q: To the extent that the economy has improved, do you think the recovery has (helped Americans at all income levels) or has it (mostly helped wealthy Americans)?

Q: How concerned are you about being able to maintain your current standard of living - are you very worried, somewhat worried, not so worried or not worried at all?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2016 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat) and (Rand Paul, the Republican), for whom would you vote? Would you lean toward (Clinton) or toward (Paul)?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2016 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat) and (Jeb Bush, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2016 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat) and (Chris Christie, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2016 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat) and (Mike Huckabee, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2016 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Q: Jeb Bush's father and his brother both served as president. Does that make you more likely to support Jeb Bush for president, less likely, or does it make no difference?

Q: Hillary Clinton's husband served as president. Does that make you more likely to support Hillary Clinton for president, less likely, or does it make no difference?

Q: Hillary Clinton would be the first female president. Does that make you more likely to support Hillary Clinton for president, less likely, or does it make no difference?

Q: Mitt Romney ran as the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. Does that make you more likely to support Mitt Romney for president, less likely, or does it make no difference?

Q: How do you feel about the possibility of a major terrorist attack in the United States - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?

Q: What do you think is more important right now - (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats) or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy)?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a

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