Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 10-13, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,197 adults, including additional interviews with randomly selected African Americans and Catholics, for a total of 213 black respondents and 292 Catholic respondents. The additional interviews (commonly referred to as “oversamples”) were completed to ensure there were enough respondents in these categories for separate analysis. These groups are not overrepresented in the reported results from the full sample.

The overall results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Error margins are higher for subgroups. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

Questions 1 to 35 held for future release.

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   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/13/08       33       16         17      64       15         49         2 
3/2/08        32       15         17      66       16         50         2 
2/1/08        33       17         16      65       14         51         2   
1/12/08       32       16         16      66       15         51         2
12/9/07       33       17         16      64       14         50         3  
11/1/07       33       17         16      64       13         50         3 
9/30/07       33       15         18      64       14         49         3 
9/7/07        33       16         17      64       15         49         3 
7/21/07       33       16         17      65       13         52         2  
6/1/07        35       17         18      62       16         46         3  
4/15/07       35       17         18      62       14         49         2  
2/25/07       36       19         17      62       12         49         2  
1/19/07       33       17         16      65       14         51         2  
12/11/06      36       18         18      62       13         49         2  
11/4/06       40       24         16      57       12         46         2  
10/22/06      37       21         16      60       15         45         3  
10/8/06       39       23         16      60       12         48         1  
9/7/06        42       24         18      55       12         43         3  
8/6/06        40       23         17      58       12         46         2  
6/25/06       38       20         18      60       12         48         2 
5/15/06       33       17         16      65       18         47         2
4/9/06        38       20         18      60       13         47         1
3/5/06        41       24         17      58       14         44         1
1/26/06       42       25         18      56       14         42         2 
1/8/06        46       29         17      52       13         39         2 
12/18/05      47       29         17      52       12         40         1  
11/2/05       39       20         18      60       13         47         1
10/29/05      39       22         17      58       13         45         3
9/11/05       42       27         15      57       12         45         1
8/28/05       45       27         18      53       12         41         2 
6/26/05       48       27         21      51       11         40         1 
6/5/05        48       27         21      52       14         38         1
4/24/05       47       25         22      50       13         38         3
3/13/05       50       31         19      48       11         37         3
1/31/05       50       34         15      45       11         34         5
1/16/05       52       33         19      46       11         35         2  
12/19/04      48       27         21      49       12         38         2
10/20/04      50       30         20      46       11         35         4  
10/17/04 LV   54       35         19      45        9         36         2  
10/16/04 LV   54       35         19      44       10         34         2  
10/15/04 LV   54       35         19      44       10         34         2  
10/3/04  LV   53       36         17      46       11         34         1  
9/26/04       50       33         18      45       13         32         5  
9/8/04        52       35         17      43       11         32         5
8/29/04       50       31         19      47       13         34         3
8/1/04        47       28         18      49       13         36         5
7/25/04       50       32         19      47       13         34         3
7/11/04       48       31         17      50       11         39         2  
6/20/04       47       30         17      51       13         39         1 
5/23/04       47       31         17      50       14         36         3 
4/18/04       51       33         18      47       13         34         1  
3/7/04        50       32         18      48       12         36         2
2/11/04       50       30         21      47       14         34         2   
1/18/04       58       35         24      40        9         30         2 
12/21/03      59       39         21      38       15         23         3   
12/14/03      57       37         20      39       10         29         5   
12/7/03       53       32         21      40       13         27         7   
11/16/03      57       34         23      39       11         28         4   
10/29/03      56       30         26      42       13         29         2   
10/13/03      53       33         20      43       13         29         4   
9/30/03       54       34         20      44       15         29         2   
9/13/03       58       35         23      40       14         27         2   
9/7/03        56       34         22      41       13         28         4   
8/11/03       59       37         22      37       14         23         4   
7/10/03       59       35         24      38       13         25         3   
6/22/03       68       45         23      29       11         18         4   
4/30/03       71       50         22      26       17          9         3   
4/16/03       74       52         22      23        9         14         3   
4/9/03        77       58         19      20        6         14         4   
4/3/03        71       54         16      25        7         19         4   
3/23/03       68       NA         NA      27       NA         NA         4   
3/20/03       67       NA         NA      28       NA         NA         5   
3/2/03        62       38         23      35       13         22         4       
2/23/03       60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6       
2/9/03        64       42         21      34       14         20         3       
2/1/03        62       41         21      34       13         22         4       
1/28/03       62       43         19      36       13         23         2       
1/27/03       59       39         21      37       15         22         4       
1/20/03       59       36         23      38       16         22         2       
12/15/02      66       37         28      32       12         20         2       
11/4/02  LV   67       45         23      31       12         20         1       
11/3/02  LV   67       45         22      32       12         20         1       
11/2/02  LV   67       47         20      32        9         23         1       
10/27/02      67       39         28      29       13         16         4       
9/26/02       67       42         25      30       12         18         3       
9/8/02        71       42         28      27       12         15         3       
7/28/02       69       39         31      28       14         14         3       
7/15/02       72       42         31      25       12         13         2       
6/17/02       74       42         32      22        9         13         4       
6/9/02        77       41         36      20        9         11         3       
5/19/02       76       48         28      22        8         13         3       
4/21/02       78       47         31      20        9         10         2       
3/28/02       79       49         30      18        8         10         3       
3/10/02       82       52         30      16        9          7         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        4          5         1  
11/6/01       89       65         24       9        5          4         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        5          6         2  
9/9/01        55       26         29      41       20         22         3  
8/12/01       61       28         33      31       14         17         8  
7/30/01       59       28         30      38       17         22         3  
6/3/01        55       27         28      40       18         22         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

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling (ITEM)?

               4/13/08 - Summary Table

                           Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The situation in Iraq     33          65            2
b. The economy               28          70            3

Trend:

a. The situation in Iraq

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/13/08       33       NA         NA      65       NA         NA         2
2/1/08        33       21         12      65       10         56         2
1/12/08       30       17         13      69       14         54         1
12/9/07       33       19         14      65       13         52         2 
9/30/07       30       17         14      68       12         57         1 
9/7/07        34       16         18      65       12         53         1
7/21/07       31       17         14      68       11         58         1 
6/1/07        31       17         14      67       11         56         1 
4/15/07       29       17         13      70       11         59         * 
2/25/07       31       17         14      67       13         55         1
1/19/07       29       16         13      70       13         57         1
1/10/07       34       21         13      64       14         50         2
12/11/06      28       12         16      70       13         57         2
10/8/06       35       21         14      64       10         54         1
9/7/06        41       25         16      57       10         47         2
8/6/06        36       21         15      62       10         52         2
6/25/06       37       21         17      62       11         52         *
5/15/06       32       19         13      66       13         53         1
4/9/06        37       21         16      62       11         51         1
3/5/06        40       23         17      59       12         47         *
1/26/06       39       24         15      60       10         50         1 
12/18/05      46       31         15      53       10         43         1 
11/2/05       36       20         15      64       13         51         1
9/11/05       38       NA         NA      62       NA         NA         1
8/28/05       42       28         14      57       11         46         1
6/26/05       43       25         18      56       12         44         1
6/5/05        41       NA         NA      58       NA         NA         1
4/24/05       42        "          "      56        "          "         2
3/13/05       39                          57                             4
1/16/05       40                          58                             2
12/19/04      42                          57                             1
9/26/04  RV   47                          50                             3
8/29/04  RV   47                          51                             2
7/25/04       45                          53                             2
6/20/04       44                          55                             2
 5/23/04       40                          58                             2
4/18/04       45                          54                             1
3/7/04        46                          53                             1
2/11/04       47                          52                             1
1/18/04       55                          42                             2     
12/21/03      60                          39                             2
12/14/03      58                          38                             4
11/16/03      48                          48                             4
10/29/03      47                          51                             2
10/13/03      51                          47                             2
9/29/03       50                          47                             3
9/13/03       52                          46                             2
9/7/03        49                          47                             4
8/24/03       56                          37                             7
8/11/03       56                          41                             3
 7/10/03      58                          41                             2
6/22/03       67                          30                             2
4/30/03       75                          22                             2
3/27/03*      69                          26                             5
3/23/03       71                          26                             3
3/20/03       65                          29                             5
3/17/03       64                          29                             7        
3/9/03        55                          38                             8         
2/23/03       55                          39                             6         
2/9/03        61                          37                             2         
2/5/03        61                          32                             7         
2/1/03        61                          35                             3         
1/28/03       58                          38                             4         
1/27/03       57                          40                             3         
1/20/03       50                          46                             4         
12/15/02      58                          37                             5         
11/4/02  LV   56                          40                             4         
11/3/02  LV   57                          40                             4         
11/2/02  LV   56                          41                             3         
10/27/02      57                          38                             5         
9/26/02       58                          39                             3         
9/14/02       65                          31                             4         
8/29/02       52                          36                            12
*3/27/03 and previous: "The situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein"

b. The economy

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/13/08       28       NA         NA      70       NA         NA         3
2/1/08        30       14         16      67       18         50         3
1/12/08       28       NA         NA      69       NA         NA         3
12/9/07       34        "          "      63        "          "         3
9/30/07       37                          61                             3
6/1/07        40                          57                             3 
4/15/07       40                          59                             1 
2/25/07       43                          55                             2
1/19/07       41                          57                             2
12/11/06      43                          55                             2
10/8/06       41                          56                             2
8/6/06        39                          59                             2
6/25/06       38                          61                             1
5/15/06       38                          60                             2
4/9/06        40       20         21      59       18         41         1
3/5/06        48       NA         NA      51       NA         NA         1
1/26/06       46        "          "      52        "          "         1
12/18/05      47                          52                             1 
11/2/05       36                          61                             3
9/11/05       40                          58                             2
8/28/05       44                          54                             3
6/5/05        40                          58                             2
4/24/05       40                          57                             3
3/13/05       43                          55                             2
1/16/05       46                          52                             2
12/19/04      46                          51                             3
9/26/04  RV   47                          50                             4
8/29/04  RV   45                          52                             3
7/25/04       47                          50                             3
6/20/04       46                          53                             1
5/23/04       44                          54                             2
4/18/04       44                          54                             2
3/7/04        39                          59                             1
2/11/04       44                          54                             2
1/18/04       51                          47                             2
12/21/03      51                          44                             5
11/16/03      48                          49                             3
10/29/03      45                          53                             2
10/13/03      45                          52                             2
9/13/03       42                          56                             3
9/7/03        44                          51                             5
8/11/03       45                          51                             5
7/10/03       47                          49                             4
4/30/03       52                          45                             3
2/9/03        47                          49                             4     
2/1/03        44                          52                             4             
1/28/03       46                          49                             4             
1/27/03       47                          47                             5             
1/20/03       43                          53                             4             
1/5/03        50                          43                             7             
12/15/02      50                          46                             4             
11/4/02  LV   53                          45                             2             
11/3/02  LV   52                          46                             2             
11/2/02  LV   55                          43                             2             
10/27/02      51                          43                             6             
9/26/02       51                          47                             3             
9/8/02        57                          40                             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

3. Thinking ahead to the November presidential election, what is the single most important issue in your choice for president?

                  4/13/08   2/1/08   1/12/08   12/9/07   11/1/07   9/7/07
Economy/Jobs            41        39       29        24        14        11
Iraq/War in Iraq        18        19       20        23        29        35
Health care              7         8       10        10        13        13
Terrorism/National    
 security                5         5        4         9         5         6
Ethics/Honesty/
 Corruption in 
 government              4         4        5         4         4         6
Immigration/Illegal 
 immigration             4         4        4         5         5         5
Education                2         2        2         1         2         1
Morals/Family 
 values                  2         2        2         3         3         2
Abortion                 1         1        1         1         1         1
Foreign policy           1         1        2         1         2         1
Environment              *         1        1         1         2         1 
Federal budget 
 deficit                 *         *        *         *         1         1
Housing/Mortgages        *         *        *         *         *         *
Social Security          *         *        1         1         2         1
Taxes                    *         1        1         1         1         1
Guns/Gun control         *         *        *         *
Global warming           0         *        *         *         *         *
Iran/Situation
 in Iran                 0         0        *         0         *         0
None/Nothing             *         *        *         1         *         *
Other                    7         6       10         7         9         7
No opinion               5         7        7         7         8         9

4. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of (NAME)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

4/13/08 - Summary Table

                     ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------  No   
                     NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly  op.
a. Hillary Clinton   44       22         23      54       15         39      2
b. John McCain       53       17         36      40       19         21      7
c. Barack Obama      56       28         28      39       14         25      5
d. Bill Clinton      47       25         22      51       16         34      3

Trend where available:

a. Hillary Clinton

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/13/08       44       22         23      54       15         39         2
1/12/08       58       32         26      40       11         29         2   
11/1/07       50       28         22      46       11         35         4  
2/25/07       49       25         24      48       13         35         3     
1/19/07       54       31         23      44       14         30         3     
12/11/06      56       27         29      40       11         29         4     
5/15/06       54       29         25      42       11         31         4
3/5/06        52       27         25      46       12         33         2
6/5/05        51       NA         NA      46       NA         NA         3
6/1/03        44       15         29      48       16         32         8
9/2/99        49       NA         NA      44       NA         NA         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
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          

b. John McCain

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/13/08       53       17         36      40       19         21         7
1/12/08       59       24         35      30       17         13        11
11/1/07       43       10         34      42       23         19        14  
2/25/07       52       13         39      35       22         13        13     
1/19/07       49       NA         NA      35       NA         NA        16 
12/11/06      50       17         33      31       20         11        19 
5/15/06       55       20         35      31       20         11        14
3/5/06        59       22         38      29       18         11        12
6/5/05        57       NA         NA      32       NA         NA        11
7/30/01       57                          30                            12
2/27/00       60                          21                            19
10/31/99      36                          22                            41
9/2/99        22                          10                            68
3/14/99       20                          10                            69

c. Barack Obama

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/13/08       56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/12/08       63       31         32      30       14         16         7
11/1/07       51       21         30      36       16         20        13  
2/25/07       53       21         33      30       16         14        16     
1/19/07       45       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        25 
12/11/06      44       21         22      23       17          6        33

d. Bill Clinton	

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
4/13/08       47       25         22      51       16         34         3
2/1/08        55       32         23      42       15         27         3  
2/25/07       55       33         22      42       13         30         2     
1/19/07       61       NA         NA      37       NA         NA         2 
5/15/06       59       36         24      39       13         25         2
12/15/00      56       NA         NA      40       NA         NA         4
7/23/00       44       23         21      50       36         13         6
6/6/99*       52       NA         NA      44       NA         NA         4
2/14/99       57       32         25      40       29         11         3
1/30/99       54       35         19      42       30         12         3
9/28/98       48       NA         NA      47       NA         NA         5
8/23/98       45       NA         NA      49       NA         NA         6
8/21/98       56       NA         NA      40       NA         NA         4
8/19/98       39       NA         NA      57       NA         NA         4
7/12/98       54       NA         NA      40       NA         NA         6
5/12/98       54       NA         NA      42       NA         NA         4
4/4/98        55       NA         NA      39       NA         NA         6
2/18/98       56       NA         NA      41       NA         NA         3
1/30/98       60       NA         NA      35       NA         NA         6
1/25/98       54       NA         NA      42       NA         NA         5
1/24/98       51       NA         NA      44       NA         NA         5
1/19/98       59       NA         NA      35       NA         NA         6
1/12/98       59       NA         NA      33       NA         NA         7
10/13/97      59       NA         NA      37       NA         NA         4
9/10/97       57       NA         NA      38       NA         NA         5
3/9/97        60       NA         NA      38       NA         NA         3
9/4/96   RV   58       NA         NA      38       NA         NA         4
6/30/96       56       NA         NA      38       NA         NA         5
10/30/95      54       NA         NA      41       NA         NA         6
7/17/95       59       NA         NA      38       NA         NA         3
6/8/95        53       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         4
3/19/95       55       NA         NA      42       NA         NA         3
10/31/94      51       NA         NA      44       NA         NA         5
5/15/94       57       NA         NA      40       NA         NA         3
3/27/94       59       NA         NA      37       NA         NA         4
1/23/94       60       NA         NA      32       NA         NA         8
11/14/93      58       NA         NA      37       NA         NA         5
11/11/93      52       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         6
8/8/93        56       NA         NA      39       NA         NA         5
4/26/93       59       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        12
2/23/93       59       NA         NA      30       NA         NA        11
1/17/93       68       NA         NA      20       NA         NA        11
10/18/92 LV   56       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         8
9/27/92  LV   55       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         9
8/23/92  RV   54       NA         NA      36       NA         NA        10
7/19/92  RV   58       NA         NA      23       NA         NA        18
7/8/92        52       NA         NA      33       NA         NA        15
6/7/92        41       NA         NA      38       NA         NA        21
3/18/92       37       NA         NA      37       NA         NA        26
3/11/92       39       NA         NA      31       NA         NA        30
2/2/92        37       NA         NA      24       NA         NA        39
1/27/92       23       NA         NA      11       NA         NA        66
10/21/91      13       NA         NA       9       NA         NA        78

5. All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war with Iraq was worth fighting, or not? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

              ----- Worth fighting ----   --- Not worth fighting --     No     
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion 
4/13/08       34       24         11      64       11         52         2 
3/2/08        34       24         11      63       12         51         2
2/1/08        34       23         11      65       11         53         1
1/12/08       35       21         13      64       13         51         2
12/9/07       37       25         12      61       11         50         2 
11/1/07       35       23         12      63       12         51         2
9/30/07       38       25         14      59       12         47         3 
9/7/07        36       23         13      62       11         51         2  
7/21/07       36       25         12      63       10         53         1 
6/1/07        37       24         12      61       12         50         2 
4/15/07       33       22         11      66       12         54         1 
2/25/07       34       22         12      64       13         51         2
1/10/07       40       28         12      58       11         47         2
12/11/06      36       25         11      61       12         50         2  
11/4/06  RV   44       33         12      53       10         44         2
10/22/06      40       28         12      57       11         47         2
10/8/06       35       25         10      63       13         50         2 
9/7/06        42       29         13      56       11         45         2 
8/6/06        39       29         10      59       12         47         1 
6/25/06       40       25         15      58       13         45         2
5/15/06       37       24         14      62       12         50         1    
4/9/06        41       30         11      58       10         48         1    
3/5/06        42       29         14      57       11         46         1  
1/26/06       44       32         12      55       13         42         1
1/8/06        43       30         13      55       12         43         2
12/18/05      46       33         14      52       11         42         1 
11/2/05       39       25         13      60       12         48         1
8/28/05       46       33         12      53        9         44         1
6/26/05       46       33         13      53       10         43         1 
6/5/05        41       29         12      58       12         46         1
4/24/05       44       31         13      54       12         42         2  
3/13/05       45       34         11      53       11         42         2  
1/16/05       44       32         12      55       10         45         1  
12/19/04      42       31         11      56       10         47         2  
10/3/04  LV   49       34         15      48       11         37         3  
9/26/04  RV   46       35         12      51        8         42         3 
9/8/04   RV   51       38         13      45       10         34         4
8/29/04  RV   48       34         14      50       11         39         2 
7/25/04       49       36         13      48       11         37         3 
6/20/04       47       32         14      52       13         39         2 
5/23/04       48       35         13      50       13         37         1     
5/6/04        49       NA         NA      47       NA         NA         5
4/18/04       51        "          "      47        "          "         2
3/7/04        52                          44                             3 
2/11/04       48                          50                             2
1/18/04       56                          41                             3 
12/21/03      59                          39                             2     
12/14/03      53                          42                             5     
11/16/03      52                          44                             4     
10/29/03      54                          44                             2     
10/13/03      54                          44                             2     
9/13/03       61                          37                             2     
9/7/03        54                          42                             4     
8/24/03       57                          37                             5     
8/11/03       61                          35                             4     
7/10/03       57                          40                             3     
6/22/03       64                          33                             3     
4/30/03       70                          27                             4     
2/2/92*       66                          32                             2     
7/28/91       67                          30                             3     
6/2/91        70                          26                             3     
3/4/91        86                          13                             1     
*2/2/92 and previous: "the Persian Gulf war"; 3/4/91: "this war"

6. Do you think the United States is or is not making significant progress toward restoring civil order in Iraq?

           Is making            Is not making         No  
           significant progress   significant progress   opinion
4/13/08            40                     57                3
3/2/08             43                     51                6
2/1/08             42                     54                4
1/12/08            42                     54                4
12/9/07            41                     55                4
11/1/07            39                     59                2 
9/7/07             36                     60                4 
6/1/07             32                     64                4
12/11/06           31                     66                3
6/25/06            48                     49                2
3/5/06             43                     56                2
12/18/05           60                     37                2
11/2/05            44                     55                2 
8/28/05            48                     50                2 
6/26/05            48                     51                1
12/19/04           44                     49                7
6/20/04            51                     48                1

7. Do you think (the United States should keep its military forces in Iraq until civil order is restored there, even if that means continued U.S. military casualties); OR, do you think (the United States should withdraw its military forces from Iraq in order to avoid further U.S. military casualties, even if that means civil order is not restored there)?

       Keep forces   Withdraw forces   No opinion 
4/13/08        41              56               3
12/9/07        43              53               4
9/30/07        43              54               3
7/21/07        39              59               3
4/15/07        42              56               2
2/25/07        42              56               2
1/19/07        46              52               3
12/11/06       48              48               4
11/2/05        52              44               4   
8/28/05        54              44               2   
6/26/05        58              41               2 
12/19/04       58              39               3
6/20/04        57              42               1
5/23/04        58              40               2               
4/18/04        66              33               1
11/16/03       62              34               4
10/29/03       58              38               3                      
9/13/03        65              32               3                      
8/24/03        69              27               4                      
7/10/03        72              26               2

8. Do you think (the United States must win the war in Iraq in order for the broader war on terrorism to be a success), or do you think (the war on terrorism can be a success without the United States winning the war in Iraq?)


            US must win war     Can be a success without     No
          in Iraq for success    US winning war in Iraq    opinion
4/13/08           31                       61                 8
9/7/07            37                       54                 9
6/1/07            37                       56                 7
4/15/07           37                       57                 6 
1/10/07           45                       47                 8

9. How closely are you following the presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

   ---- Closely -----   ---- Not closely -----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion  
4/13/08       84     37     47     16       11        5        *  
3/2/08        84     42     42     15       11        4        * 
2/1/08        81     35     46     19       12        7        *
1/12/08       79     32     47     21       15        6        *  
12/9/07       72     21     51     28       19        8        *
11/1/07       67     21     46     33       22       12        0  
9/30/07       69     21     48     30       21       10        * 
7/21/07       70     22     48     30       20       10        *  
6/1/07        66     18     48     34       22       13        *  
4/15/07       66     20     45     34       20       14        *  
2/25/07       65     20     44     35       25       10        *

2004:   

9/26/04 RV    87     48     39     12        8        4        1
9/8/04 RV     85     45     40     14       10        4        1 
8/29/04 RV    81     43     38     20       13        7        * 
8/1/04 RV     80     41     39     20       13        7        * 
7/25/04       73     34     39     27       15       12        *
7/11/04       79     36     43     20       13        7        1
6/20/04       78     33     45     22       15        7        *
5/23/04       74     33     41     26       17        9        * 
4/18/04       75     30     45     25       16        9        0
3/7/04        75     33     42     25       18        7        * 
2/11/04       75     30     45     25       15       10        *
1/18/04       66     22     44     35       22       13        * 
10/29/03      54     15     39     45       30       15        0
9/13/03       56     16     40     44       27       17        *

2000:

10/15/00 RV   77     33     44     23       15        8        *
10/9/00 RV    75     30     45     25       16        9        *
10/1/00 RV    75     27     48     25       17        8        *
9/6/00 RV     74     26     48     26       17        9        *
8/20/00 RV    74     28     46     26       16       10        1
8/10/00 RV    72     29     43     29       18       11        *
8/6/00        54     17     36     47       22       25        *
7/29/00       51     16     35     49       25       24        *
7/23/00       50     14     36     50       25       25        *
6/11/00       49     13     36     51       26       25        0
4/2/00        53     17     36     47       24       23        0
3/11/00       61     21     40     38       21       17        0
2/27/00       70     24     46     30       20       10        *
2/6/00        67     19     48     34       21       13        0
1/16/00       50     11     39     50       26       24        *
12/15/99      45     12     33     55       31       24        *
10/31/99      61     16     45     38       25       13        *

10. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Who would you like to see win the Democratic nomination for president this year - (Hillary Clinton) or (Barack Obama)? Which candidate are you leaning toward?

NET LEANED VOTE

          Hillary   Barack   Other    Neither     No
          Clinton   Obama    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     41        51       1         2         5
3/2/08      43        50       1         3         2

11. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Regardless of who you may support, who do you think (ITEM) - (Clinton) or (Obama)?

                                                       Both    Neither    No 
                                    Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opin.
a. is more honest and trustworthy     30        53      8         4        5
b. is the stronger leader             49        44      3         1        2 
c. has the better chance of 
   getting elected president in 
   November 2008                      31        62      1         2        3
d. better understands the 
   problems of people like you        41        46      6         4        3
e. would do more to bring needed 
   change to Washington               35        56      3         3        3
f. has better experience to be 
   president                          67        24      3         5        1
*Item a asked of full sample, items b-d asked of half sample, items e-f asked of other half sample.

Trend where available:

a. is more honest and trustworthy

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     30       53        8        4         5   

Compare to:

                                       All      Any 2    None      No 
          Clinton   Obama   Edwards   (vol.)   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
1/12/08     30        38      16        3         2        6        6
12/9/07     35        27      20        3         2        7        6
11/1/07     34        29      18        5         2        7        5
9/30/07     35        26      22        2         1        8        5
6/1/07      28        34      22        3         2        6        6
2/25/07     29        34      21        3         2        7        5

b. is the stronger leader

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     49       44        3        1         2
2/1/08      58       34        2        1         4

c. has the better chance of getting elected president in November  

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     31       62        1        2         3
2/1/08      47       42        3        2         7

d. better understands the problems of people like you    

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     41       46        6        4         3
2/1/08      48       41        5        2         4

e. would do more to bring needed change to Washington 

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     35       56        3        3         3
2/1/08      42       49        3        2         3

f. has better experience to be president
                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     67       24        3        5         1   

Compare to:

                                       All      Any 2    None      No 
          Clinton   Obama   Edwards   (vol.)   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
1/12/08     71       11        9        2         1        2        4
12/9/07     73        8       13        1         *        1        3
6/1/07      66        9       19        1         1        2        3
2/25/07     71        5       17        1         1        2        3

12. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Regardless of who you may support, who do you trust more to handle (ITEM) - (Clinton) or (Obama)?

4/13/08 - Summary Table*

                                          Both    Neither     No 
                       Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. International 
   trade agreements      47        43      2         2         5  
b. The war in Iraq       46        46      4         2         2
c. The economy           45        48      4         2         1
d. Health care           51        41      3         2         2
e. The U.S. campaign
   against terrorism     47        42      5         3         3 
   
*Item a asked of full sample, items b-c asked of half sample, items d-e asked of other half sample.

Trend where available:

a. No trend.

b. The war in Iraq

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     46       46        4        2         2   
2/1/08      48       40        6        3         3

c. The economy

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     45       48        4        2         1
2/1/08      52       38        4        1         5

d. Health care

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     51       41        3        2         2
2/1/08      60       32        4        1         3

e. The U.S. campaign against terrorism

                             Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08     47       42        5        3         3

Compare to:
                                       All      Any 2    None      No 
          Clinton   Obama   Edwards   (vol.)   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
1/12/08     43       34       11        2         1        3        7
12/9/07     50       23       15        3         2        2        6
9/30/07     51       20       19        1         *        3        6   

13. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS WHO DON'T SUPPORT OBAMA) If Obama wins the Democratic nomination, would you say you'd definitely vote for him in November, probably vote for him, probably not vote for him, or definitely not vote for him?

------ Will vote for ------   ---- Will not vote for ----     No
          NET   Definitely   Probably   NET   Probably   Definitely   opinion      
4/13/08   60        28          32      35       17          18          5  

14. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS WHO DON'T SUPPORT CLINTON) If Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, would you say you'd definitely vote for her in November, probably vote for her, probably not vote for her, or definitely not vote for her?

------ Will vote for ------   ---- Will not vote for ----     No
          NET   Definitely   Probably   NET   Probably   Definitely   opinion      
4/13/08   60        30          31      38       18          20          2  

15. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Overall, in the Democratic campaign so far, do you think Clinton and Obama have focused more on (discussing real issues) or on (arguing about things that really aren't that important)?


          Discussing    Arguing about things      No
          real issues   that aren't important   opinion
4/13/08       45                 49                5

16. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) How would you describe the tone of the Democratic campaign so far? Would you say it has been mostly (positive) or mostly (negative) in tone?

           Mostly     Mostly    About equal     No
          positive   negative     (vol.)      opinion
4/13/08      53         41           4           2
2/1/08       64         27           5           4

16a. (IF MOSTLY NEGATIVE) Which campaign do you mainly blame for that? 

                                 Both    Neither     No 
          Clinton's   Obama's   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08      52         14        25        4         5  
2/1/08       48         17        28        4         2


16/16a NET

           Mostly    --------- Mostly negative --------   About equal     No
          positive   NET  Clinton  Obama  Both  Neither     (vol.)      opinion
4/13/08      53      41     21       6     10      1           4           2
2/1/08       64      27     13       5      8      1           5           4

17. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) Some people say the length of the Democratic race (is bad for the Democrats because they're attacking each other and spending money on the primary campaign rather than focusing on the November election). Others say it (is good for the Democrats because it's energizing Democratic voters keeping the attention on their side). What's your opinion - do you think the length of the Democratic contest is (good) for the Democrats, (bad) for the Democrats, or won't make much difference in the end?

          Good   Bad   No difference   No opinion
4/13/08    17    32          50             1  

18. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) The Democratic nomination may be decided by so-called "super delegates" who can pick any candidate they choose. Do you think the super delegates should support the candidate who won the most (delegates) in primaries and caucuses; the candidate who won the most (overall votes); or the candidate they think is best, regardless of either delegate or vote totals?


                      Overall   Candidate they     No 
          Delegates    votes     think is best   opinion
4/13/08      13          46            37           4                      

19. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS WHO SAY DELEGATES/VOTES) Is that the candidate who won the most (delegates/votes) in all primaries and caucuses, or the most (delegates/votes) in the super delegate's own home state?

          Most in all   Most in home state   No opinion
4/13/08       75                22                2 


18/19 NET 

          ----- Delegates ------   --- Overall votes ----
          NET   All   Home state   NET   All   Home state   Best cand.   No op. 4/13/08   13     9         3       46    35        10           37         4

20. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) What's more important to you - that (the candidate you support wins the nomination, even if the race goes on into the summer); or that (the race ends as soon as possible, even if your candidate loses the nomination)?

          Candidate wins   Race ends   No opinion
4/13/08         53            41            6  

21. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) As you may know, the Pennsylvania Democratic primary will be held later this month. If Clinton loses in Pennsylvania, should she (stay in the race), or (drop out)?


          Stay in the race   Drop out   No opinion
4/13/08          55              43          2

Compare to:

(ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) As you may know, the Texas and Ohio Democratic primaries will be held next Tuesday. If Clinton wins one of these primaries but loses the other, should she (stay in the race), or (drop out)?

         Stay in the race   Drop out   No opinion
3/2/08          67              29          4
(ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) If Clinton loses both the Texas and Ohio primaries, should she (stay in the race), or (drop out)?

         Stay in the race   Drop out   No opinion
3/2/08          45              51          4

22. If the 2008 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (John McCain, the Republican) and (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE
                             Other    Neither    Would not      No
          McCain   Clinton   (vol.)   (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opinion
4/13/08     48       45        1        3           2            1
4/13/08 RV  48       45        1        2           2            1
3/2/08      44       50        *        3           2            1
3/2/08  RV  47       49        *        2           1            1
2/1/08      49       46        *        2           1            2
2/1/08  RV  50       45        *        1           1            2
11/1/07     43       52        1        2           1            1
11/1/07 RV  44       51        *        2           1            1
1/19/07     45       50        *        3           1            1
1/19/07 RV  47       48        *        3           1            1

23. If the 2008 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (John McCain, the Republican) and (Barack Obama, the Democrat), for whom would you vote?

NET LEANED VOTE
                           Other    Neither    Would not      No
          McCain   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opinion
4/13/08     44       49       *        3           3           2
4/13/08 RV  44       49       *        3           3           2
3/2/08      40       52       *        3           2           3 
3/2/08  RV  40       53       *        2           1           3 
2/1/08      46       49       *        2           1           3
2/1/08  RV  48       47       1        1           1           2
1/19/07     45       47       *        3           1           3
1/19/07 RV  45       47       *        3           1           4

24. Overall, do you think (ITEM) would help or hurt [his/her] ability to serve effectively as president? Would it help/hurt a great deal or somewhat?


a. Obama's level of experience

          -------- Help --------   -------- Hurt --------   No diff.     No 
          NET  Great deal  Smwht   NET  Smwht  Great deal    (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08   38       16        22    51     26       25           6         6

b. Clinton's political style

          -------- Help --------   -------- Hurt --------   No diff.     No 
          NET  Great deal  Smwht   NET  Smwht  Great deal    (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08   44       19        25    49     21       28           2         5

c. McCain's temperament
          -------- Help --------   -------- Hurt --------   No diff.     No 
          NET  Great deal  Smwht   NET  Smwht  Great deal    (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08   37       11        25    48     28       20           7         9

25. If nominated and elected, John McCain would be the first person to become president at age 72. Does that make you (more) or (less) enthusiastic about his candidacy, or wouldn't it make a difference?

              More           Less       Wouldn't make     No
          enthusiastic   enthusiastic    a difference   opinion
4/13/08         3             26              70           1
3/2/08          4             27              67           1
1/12/08         3             31              64           1

26. Which of these is more important to you in a candidate for president: (strength and experience) or (a new direction and new ideas)?

          Strength and   New direction    Both    Neither     No 
           experience    and new ideas   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08        49              43           6        1         1  
3/2/08         45              46           7        1         1
2/1/08         51              39           7        1         1
1/12/08        47              43           9        *         1
12/9/07        54              38           6        *         1
11/1/07        49              41           8        1         1
9/30/07        52              40           7        1         1
7/21/07        50              41           6        *         2

27. As you may know there has been some controversy lately over the preaching of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who has been Barack Obama's minister. In terms of distancing himself from Wright's comments, do you think Obama has done (too much), (too little) or about the right amount?


          Too much   Too little   Right amount   No opinion
		  4/13/08       5          30            59             7

28. (ASKED OF LEANED DEMOCRATS) How concerned are you that the Republicans would be able to use Wright's comments effectively against Obama in a general election campaign - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?

          ----- Concerned -----   ----- Not concerned -----
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   No opinion
4/13/08   47     15       32      51      21         30            2 

29. Please tell me if the following statements apply to Hillary Clinton or not: She is honest and trustworthy.

          Yes   No   No opinion    
4/13/08   39    58        3 
5/15/06   52    42        6

30. On another subject, 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   opinion 
4/13/08       10        1         9    90        39         51       *
2/1/08        19        1        18    81        43         38       0 
12/9/07       28        3        25    72        40         32       * 
11/1/07       35        3        32    64        39         26       * 
4/15/07       42        5        37    57        37         20       *  
12/11/06      50        7        42    50        36         14       *
10/22/06      55       10        45    45        28         17       * 
10/8/06       47        7        40    53        37         16       * 
3/5/06        43        5        38    57        37         19       * 
1/26/06       40        5        35    60        37         23       *
12/18/05      45        5        39    55        38         17       *
11/2/05       35        3        32    65        36         29       * 
9/11/05       40        3        37    59        37         22       1 
6/5/05        44        3        40    56        38         19       * 
4/24/05       37        2        35    63        44         20       *   
9/26/04  RV   46        3        43    53        38         15       1   
8/29/04  RV   45        3        41    55        37         18       *   
7/25/04       46        4        42    53        39         14       *   
6/20/04       45        4        41    55        38         17       *   
4/18/04       43        4        39    57        39         18       *  
3/7/04        39        2        37    60        38         22       1    
1/18/04       42        3        39    58        42         16       0 
12/21/03      42        4        39    57        41         16       1      
10/29/03      33        1        32    67        45         23       *      
9/13/03       30        2        27    70        45         25       *      
8/11/03       32        2        30    68        43         25       *      
4/30/03       35        1        34    64        46         19       *      
2/9/03        28        1        27    72        49         23       *      
1/20/03       25        1        25    74        48         26       1      
12/15/02      35        1        33    65        44         21       1      
11/4/02  LV   28        1        27    72        55         17       1      
11/3/02  LV   27        1        26    72        56         17       1      
11/2/02  LV   29        1        28    71        54         17       *      
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       *
See also ABC/Post CCI trend

31. Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about (ITEM)?

4/13/08 - Summary Table 

                                       Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
a. the state of the national economy       40            58            3
b. your own family's financial 
   situation                               65            32            3

Trend:

a. the state of the national economy

           Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
4/13/08        40           58             3
2/1/08         45           51             4
12/9/07        45           52             3
12/11/06       64           33             3
5/15/06        52           46             1
12/18/05       55           44             1
12/19/04       58           40             2
6/20/04        64           34             2
1/14/03        63           35             2  

b. your own family's financial situation      

           Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
4/13/08        65           32             3
2/1/08         67           30             3
12/9/07        72           25             3
12/11/06       82           16             2
5/15/06        79           20             1
12/18/05       73           26             1
12/19/04       75           23             2

32. Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? (IF YES) Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?

   ----------- Yes -----------
           NET   Serious   Not serious   No   No opinion
4/13/08    67       38          29       32        1
5/21/07    58       27          30       42        *
4/15/07    67       36          31       33        *
7/19/06    60       29          30       39        1
5/15/06    57       31          26       43        * 
4/9/06     70       44          26       30        * 
9/11/05    64       34          30       36        *
8/28/05    66       36          30       34        * 
8/21/05    53       26          27       47        *
4/24/05    64       34          30       36        *
3/20/05    57       29          28       43        *
5/23/04    64       37          27       36        0
4/18/04    54       31          23       46        0
4/28/02    53       20          33       47        *
4/29/01    48       17          30       52        *
6/25/00*   44       NA          NA       56        *
5/24/00    36                            64        *
4/2/00     39                            61        *
3/12/00    41                            59        *
2/15/00    40       "           "        60        *
*6/25 and previous by Gallup; slightly different wordings.

33. As you may know, the government is making payments to most workers of several hundred dollars and providing new tax breaks for businesses in order to stimulate the economy. Do you think this will or will not be enough to avoid or soften a recession?

          Will   Will not   No opinion
4/13/08    17       79           4
2/1/08*    28       67           5
*"Bush and congressional leaders are planning payments"

34. If you get a federal rebate, what will you most likely do with it?

                       4/13/08   2/1/08
Save it                  32        30                    
Pay bills                31        31                                                
Spend it                 24        22                 
Save/use for                               
 education                2         3           
Pay taxes                 2         1                    
Spend some/save some      2         1
Help others/family/                        
 charities                1         1           
Will not get a
 rebate                   3         3   
Other                     *         2
No opinion                4         6

35. Thinking ahead to the next presidential election, do you think a (Democratic) or a (Republican) president would do a better job [ITEM]?

a. resolving the situation in Iraq 

                                    Depends   No diff.     No
          Democratic   Republican   (vol.)     (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08       52           35          2          7         4 
9/30/07       51           31          6          8         4

b. handling the economy

                                    Depends   No diff.     No
          Democratic   Republican   (vol.)     (vol.)    opinion
4/13/08       55           34          2          6         4 

36. Regardless of your religious beliefs today, in what religion were you brought up?


                             4/13/08  
NET Christian                 88
 Protestant                   43
 Catholic                     29
 Other Christian              17 
Jewish                         2
Other non-Christian            *
NET None/Atheist/Agnostic      4
Other                          5
No opinion                     1

37. On another subject, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Pope Benedict the 16th?

                Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
4/13/08 All        48           24            28  
        Cath.      74           13            14

Compare to:
Pope John Paul the Second

                 Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
3/13/05  All        67           16            17
         Cath.      87            8             5
10/13/03 All        65           24            11          
         Cath.      84           11             5          
1/12/98  All        71           10            19          
10/1/95  All        64           20            16          
         Cath.      83           10             7          
8/8/93   All        68           12            20          
8/23/87  All        51            8            41          
         Cath.      76            4            20          

38. (ASKED OF CATHOLICS) Do you think Pope Benedict should (maintain the traditional policies of the Church), or should he (change Church policies to reflect the attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today)?

                     
            Maintain    Change      No
           policies   policies   opinion
4/13/08       50         45         5
4/24/05       50         48         1
3/13/05*      41         57         1
10/13/03      33         64         3
*3/13/05 and prior: "the next pope"

39. (ASKED OF CATHOLICS) In general, do you think the Roman Catholic Church is in touch with the views of Catholics in America today, or is it out of touch?

          
           In touch   Out of touch   No opinion
4/13/08       34          62              4  
4/24/05       44          52              4
10/13/03      34          62              3
10/1/95       38          58              5

40. (ASKED OF CATHOLICS) Currently, Roman Catholic priests cannot get married. Do you favor or oppose that policy?

           Favor   Oppose   No opinion
4/13/08     36       60          4  
10/13/03    30       67          2
10/1/95     37       61          1
8/8/93      39       58          4
8/23/87     45       49          6
3/24/86     46       50          5

41. (ASKED OF CATHOLICS) Currently, women cannot become priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Do you favor or oppose that policy?

           Favor   Oppose   No opinion
4/13/08     36       60          3 
10/13/03    32       64          4
3/28/02     35       61          4
10/1/95     33       65          2
8/8/93      34       63          2
8/23/87     42       53          5
3/24/86     43       53          4

42. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church has handled the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?


                 ------- Approve -------   ------ Disapprove -----     No   
                 NET  Strongly  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Strongly   opinion
4/13/08  All     17       5        12      74      16        58         9 
         Cath.   24      10        15      73      15        58         3
2/22/04* All     23       8        15      66      19        47        11 
         Cath.   40      17        23      53      21        32         7 
10/13/03 All     17       4        13      77      15        62         6      
         Cath.   27       8        19      70      17        53         3      
12/15/02 All     20       7        12      76      18        58         4      
         Cath.   27      16        11      69      18        51         4      
6/23/02  All     23       8        15      66      21        46        11      
         Cath.   32      12        20      61      17        44         7      
6/9/02   All     22       8        15      73      20        53         5      
         Cath.   34      16        17      63      22        41         3      
4/30/02  All     25       7        17      59      18        41        16 
         Cath.   35      13        22      59      17        42         7
*2/22/04 and prior: "is handling"


911. What, if anything, is your religion?

                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
4/13/08        45          22              14              4       13     1
3/2/08         42          21              12              5       17     *
2/1/08         42          21              13              5       17     *
1/12/08        44          21              14              4       15     *
12/9/07        43          21              13              4       16     1
11/1/07        46          21              15              6       13     1
9/30/07        44          21              14              6       15     *
9/7/07         46          21              14              4       13     *
7/21/07        46          20              14              5       12     *
6/1/07         44          22              14              4       15     1
4/15/07        42          21              17              5       13     1
2/25/07        44          21              14              6       14     *
 1/19/07        44          23              10              5       14     1
12/11/06       42          21              12              2       16     1
11/4/06        48          23              12              2       12     1
10/22/06       44          21              14              3       15     1
10/8/06        44          19              13              5       15     *
9/7/06         46          19              12              6       14     1
8/6/06         45          23              12              3       16     1
6/25/06        45          23              12              4       14     *
5/15/06        46          22              14              4       12     *
5/11/06        46          24              10              4       13     1
4/9/06         42          24              14              5       14     *
3/5/06         44          21              14              4       14     *
1/26/06        46          24              11              4       14     1
1/8/06         45          20              12              4       15     1
12/18/05       44          21              13              3       15     1
11/2/05        46          21              11              6       15     *
9/11/05        44          23              12              3       15     *    
8/28/05        44          23              14              3       13     1
6/26/05        46          22              10              4       16     *
6/5/05         47          23              11              4       14     *
4/24/05        47          21              12              4       14     1

911b. (IF CHRISTIAN) Would you consider yourself a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin.
4/13/08     43      54         3
3/2/08      42      56         2
2/1/08      43      56         2
1/12/08     40      57         3
12/9/07     44      54         2
11/1/07     41      56         3
9/30/07     42      55         3
9/7/07      44      54         3
7/21/07     45      54         1
6/1/07      42      56         3
4/15/07     40      58         2
2/25/07     42      55         3
1/19/07     43      55         2
12/11/06    44      53         3
11/4/06     43      55         2
10/22/06    43      53         4
10/8/06     44      55         1
9/7/06      45      53         2
8/6/06      46      51         3
6/25/06     42      55         3
5/15/06     42      56         1
5/11/06     38      60         2
4/9/06      40      59         1
3/5/06      46      53         1
1/26/06     44      54         2
1/8/06      45      51         3
12/18/05    43      54         2
11/2/05     41      57         2
9/11/05     40      58         2
8/28/05     43      54         3
6/26/05     42      55         3
6/5/05      44      54         2
4/24/05     42      56         2

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as:


            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
4/13/08        35            29              30           5         1
3/2/08         40            28              28           3         1
2/1/08         37            26              32           4         1
1/12/08        39            27              29           5         1
12/9/07        37            24              33           5         1
11/1/07        35            29              31           4         1
9/30/07        33            24              36           6         1
9/7/07         31            24              38           6         1
7/21/07        35            23              35           6         *
6/1/07         32            25              38           5         1
4/15/07        36            25              33           6         *
2/25/07        35            26              35           3         1
1/19/07        36            24              35           5         1
12/11/06       34            24              36           5         1
11/4/06        33            30              32           3         2
10/22/06       30            28              36           4         2
10/8/06        38            27              31           3         1
9/7/06         33            32              30           3         2
8/6/06         34            27              34           4         1
6/25/06        33            28              35           3         *
5/15/06        34            28              33           4         1
5/11/06        33            30              33           3         1
4/9/06         34            29              34           3         0
3/5/06         32            28              36           3         1
1/26/06        32            27              34           6         *
1/8/06         31            30              34           5         1
12/18/05       33            32              33           2         *
11/2/05        31            27              38           3         1
9/11/05        31            27              34           8         1
9/2/05         32            31              31           5         2
8/28/05        32            29              33           5         1
6/26/05        34            28              32           5         1
6/5/05         30            31              34           4         *
4/24/05        35            28              32           5         *

904. Do you lean more towards the:

         Democratic Party    Republican Party    (VOL) Neither    No op.
4/13/08        42                   37                 19           2
3/2/08         46                   26                 22           5
2/1/08         43                   30                 23           4
1/12/08        38                   26                 32           4
12/9/07        39                   32                 24           4
11/1/07        42                   34                 22           2
9/30/07        38                   34                 27           1
9/7/07         40                   27                 28           5
7/21/07        42                   34                 22           1
6/1/07         45                   27                 26           2
4/15/07        39                   30                 29           2
2/25/07        42                   33                 24           1
1/19/07        50                   27                 20           3
12/11/06       44                   32                 23           1

NET LEANED PARTY:

            Democrat     Republican     Independent     Other     No op.
4/13/08        50            42               6           2         *
3/2/08         55            36               7           1         1
2/1/08         53            37               8           2         1
1/12/08        52            36               9           3         *
12/9/07        53            36               8           3         *
11/1/07        50            41               6           2         1
9/30/07        50            38               9           2         *
9/7/07         49            36              11           3         1
7/21/07        53            38               7           3         0
6/1/07         52            36              10           2         1
4/15/07        51            37              10           2         *
2/25/07        52            39               8           1         *
1/19/07        56            34               7           2         *
12/11/06       52            38               7           3         *

905. Are you registered to vote at your present address, or not?

             Yes     No     No opinion
4/13/08      83      17          *
3/2/08       84      15          1
2/1/08       80      19          1
1/12/08      82      17          1
12/9/07      82      18          1
11/1/07      81      19          1
9/30/07      81      18          1
9/7/07       80      19          1
7/21/07      84      16          *
6/1/07       82      18          *
4/15/07      85      15          *
2/25/07      84      16          *
1/19/07      80      20          *
12/11/06     84      16          *
11/4/06      80      19          *
10/22/06     78      22          3
10/8/06      85      15          *
9/7/06       81      19          *
8/6/06       85      15          0
6/25/06      83      17          1
5/15/06      83      17          *
5/11/06      84      16          *
4/9/06       83      17          0
1/26/06      81      19          *
12/18/05     86      14          *
11/2/05      86      14          *

908a. Would you say your views on most political matters are liberal, moderate, or conservative?


Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
4/13/08        24         38            35                  1             2
3/2/08         19         48            30                  2             2
2/1/08         25         38            34                  2             1
1/12/08        24         36            36                  2             1
12/9/07        24         38            36                  1             1
11/1/07        24         41            32                  1             1
9/30/07        24         45            30                  1             1
9/7/07         20         39            39                  1             2
7/21/07        25         39            32                  3             1
6/1/07         24         36            37                  2             1
4/15/07        24         42            32                  1             1
2/25/07        23         40            35                  1             1
1/19/07        23         41            33                  1             1
12/11/06       23         42            33                  2             1
11/4/06        19         42            36                  2             1
10/22/06       22         42            32                  2             2
10/8/06        21         43            33                  1             1
9/7/06         24         39            33                  2             2
8/6/06         18         42            38                  1             1
6/25/06        21         41            35                  1             1
5/15/06        19         48            31                  1             1
5/11/06        18         49            33                  *             *
4/9/06         21         41            35                  2             1
3/5/06         22         42            33                  2             1
1/26/06        21         40            37                  1             1
1/8/06         20         40            37                  2             1
12/18/05       22         42            34                  1             1
11/2/05        23         44            32                  1             *
9/11/05        22         44            31                  2             2
8/28/05        20         44            34                  2             1
6/26/05        21         44            33                  1             1
6/5/05         23         40            35                  1             *
4/24/05        20         47            30                  1             1

909. What was the last grade of school you completed?

High school or less        15
Graduated high school      32
Some college               22
Graduated College          21
Post-graduate              10

910. What is your age?

18-29                      22
30-39                      18
40-49                      19
50-64                      25
65+                        16

911. What, if anything, is your religion?


                                      Christian       Other Non-         No
           Protestant   Catholic   (Non-Protestant)   Christian   None   op. 
4/13/08        45          22              14              4       13     1
3/2/08         42          21              12              5       17     *
2/1/08         42          21              13              5       17     *
1/12/08        44          21              14              4       15     *
12/9/07        43          21              13              4       16     1
11/1/07        46          21              15              6       13     1
9/30/07        44          21              14              6       15     *
9/7/07         46          21              14              4       13     *
7/21/07        46          20              14              5       12     *
6/1/07         44          22              14              4       15     1
4/15/07        42          21              17              5       13     1
2/25/07        44          21              14              6       14     *
1/19/07        44          23              10              5       14     1
12/11/06       42          21              12              2       16     1
11/4/06        48          23              12              2       12     1
10/22/06       44          21              14              3       15     1
10/8/06        44          19              13              5       15     *
9/7/06         46          19              12              6       14     1
8/6/06         45          23              12              3       16     1
6/25/06        45          23              12              4       14     *
5/15/06        46          22              14              4       12     *
5/11/06        46          24              10              4       13     1
4/9/06         42          24              14              5       14     *
3/5/06         44          21              14              4       14     *
1/26/06        46          24              11              4       14     1
1/8/06         45          20              12              4       15     1
12/18/05       44          21              13              3       15     1
11/2/05        46          21              11              6       15     *
9/11/05        44          23              12              3       15     *
8/28/05        44          23              14              3       13     1
6/26/05        46          22              10              4       16     *
6/5/05         47          23              11              4       14     *
4/24/05        47          21              12              4       14     1

911b. (IF CHRISTIAN) Would you consider yourself a born-again or evangelical Christian, or not?

            Yes     No     No opin.
4/13/08     43      54         3
3/2/08      42      56         2
2/1/08      43      56         2
1/12/08     40      57         3
12/9/07     44      54         2
11/1/07     41      56         3
9/30/07     42      55         3
9/7/07      44      54         3
7/21/07     45      54         1
6/1/07      42      56         3
4/15/07     40      58         2
2/25/07     42      55         3
1/19/07     43      55         2
12/11/06    44      53         3
11/4/06     43      55         2
10/22/06    43      53         4
10/8/06     44      55         1
9/7/06      45      53         2
8/6/06      46      51         3
6/25/06     42      55         3
5/15/06     42      56         1
5/11/06     38      60         2
4/9/06      40      59         1
3/5/06      46      53         1
1/26/06     44      54         2
1/8/06      45      51         3
12/18/05    43      54         2
11/2/05     41      57         2
9/11/05     40      58         2
8/28/05     43      54         3
6/26/05     42      55         3
6/5/05      44      54         2
4/24/05     42      56         2

911e. Aside from weddings and funerals, how often if ever do you attend religious services: at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, less often than that, or never?

             At least 1   Almost   Once per   Less often
              per week   every wk    month     than that   Never  No op.
4/13/08          35         10         17         26         12     *
12/9/07          29         12         15         29         14     *
11/1/07          30         11         18         26         14     *
9/30/07          31         10         13         30         15     *
2/25/07          32         12         16         25         15     *

914. Are you:


Never
             Married  Separated  Divorced   Widowed  Married
4/13/08        53         1         12         8       26
3/2/08         54         3         10         7       27
2/1/08         56         3         10         8       24
1/12/08        55         3         12         7       23
12/9/07        57         2         10         8       23
11/1/07        58         4         11         7       21
9/30/07        53         2         12         7       26
7/21/07        57         3         10         6       23
6/1/07         56         2         10         7       25
4/15/07        58         2         11         8       22
2/25/07        58         2         10         9       21
1/19/07        58         4         10         7       20

INCOME. Which of the following CATEGORIES best describes your total annual household income before taxes, from all sources?

              -------Less than $50k-------   --------More than $50k--------
            NET   <20k   20-35k   35-50k   NET   50-75k   75-100k   100k+
4/13/08     47     17      13       17     51      18        14       18
3/2/08      44     14      13       17     52      17        13       22
2/1/08      48     17      16       15     48      18        12       18
1/12/08     46     12      18       16     51      19        13       19
12/9/07     49     14      17       18     48      15        15       18
11/1/07     48     14      16       17     49      16        13       21
9/30/07     53     17      16       20     44      18        12       14
9/7/07      43     10      17       16     54      19        15       20
7/21/07     46     16      14       16     51      18        13       19
6/1/07      49     15      18       16     49      18        13       18
4/15/07     46     15      16       15     51      20        13       18
2/25/07     46     10      16       20     51      20        14       17
1/19/07     49     16      17       15     49      16        13       20
12/11/06    46     11      16       19     51      18        16       17
10/22/06    52     16      20       17     45      16        11       17
10/8/06     46     13      16       17     51      22        13       16
9/7/06      51     16      18       17     47      17        15       15
8/6/06      49     14      16       18     48      20        12       16
6/25/06     50     16      16       19     47      19        11       17
5/15/06     52     14      18       21     46      16        13       17
5/11/06     46      9      18       18     53      18        15       20
4/9/06      53     16      20       17     47      19        12       16
3/5/06      50     16      18       16     48      20        12       16
1/26/06     52     20      15       17     46      18        12       16
12/18/05    54     17      19       18     44      18        12       15
11/2/05     52     14      18       20     46      19        13       14
9/11/05     55     18      20       17     42      18        11       14
8/28/05     52     18      15       19     46      18        11       16
6/26/05     49     14      17       18     49      19        14       16
6/5/05      55     15      20       20     43      17        13       14
4/24/05     55     15      21       19     45      18        12       15

Q921. Sex

Male               48
Female             52

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