Washington Post-ABC News poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone February 4-8, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

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

            -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10     51       29         22      46       12         33         3
1/15/10    53       30         24      44       13         32         2
12/13/09   50       31         18      46       13         33         4 
11/15/09   56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09   57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09    54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09    57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09    59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09    65       36         29      31       10         22         4 
4/24/09    69       42         27      26        8         18         4 
3/29/09    66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09    68       43         25      25        8         17         7


2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

2/8/10 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. Health care      43       24         19      53       11         43         3
b. The economy      45       22         23      53       15         38         2 
c. The federal
   budget deficit   40       17         23      56       16         40         4
d. Creating jobs    47       25         22      51       15         35         3
e. The threat of
   terrorism        56       28         28      39       14         25         5

Trend where available:

a. Health care

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10     43       24         19      53       11         43         3
1/15/10    44       24         21      52        9         43         4
12/13/09   44       27         18      53       10         43         3
11/15/09   47       28         19      49        8         41         3
10/18/09   48       30         18      48       10         38         4
9/12/09    48       32         15      48       10         38         4
8/17/09    46       27         19      50        8         42         5
7/18/09    49       25         24      44       11         33         7  
6/21/09    53       27         26      39       10         29         9  
4/24/09    57       NA         NA      29       NA         NA        13

b. The economy

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10     45       22         23      53       15         38         2
1/15/10    47       22         24      52       13         39         1
12/13/09   46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09   51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09   50       29         22      48       13         35         1 
9/12/09    51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09    52       27         25      46       13         33         2 
7/18/09    52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09    56       28         28      41       13         27         3  
4/24/09    58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09    60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09    60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6

c. The federal budget deficit

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10     40       17         23      56       16         40         4
1/15/10    38       18         20      56       15         41         6
12/13/09   37       16         21      56       12         44         6
11/15/09   42       19         23      53       10         43         5
10/18/09   45       20         25      51       14         37         4
9/12/09    39       17         22      55       13         42         6
8/17/09    41       19         22      53       12         41         5
7/18/09    43       19         24      49       11         38         8
6/21/09    48       22         26      48       13         35         5  
4/24/09    51       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         7
3/29/09    52       NA         NA      43       NA         NA         5

d. No trend.

e. The threat of terrorism

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10     56       28         28      39       14         25         5
1/15/10    55       31         23      42       14         28         4
11/15/09   53       31         22      41       14         27         6
9/12/09    55       31         24      34       12         23        11
6/21/09    57       NA         NA      36       NA         NA         7
4/21/09*   57       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        17
*Pew

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

                Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
2/8/10           26          71            3
7/13/08          23          71            6
2/1/08           33          59            8
12/9/07          32          60            8
11/1/07          28          65            7
9/30/07          29          65            6
7/21/07          37          60            4
6/1/07           39          53            8
4/15/07*         44          54            3
2/25/07          41          54            5
1/19/07          43          50            8
12/11/06         37          57            6
11/4/06   RV     36          60            4  
10/22/06         31          65            4  
10/8/06          32          66            2  
9/7/06           40          55            5
8/6/06           36          60            4
5/15/06          33          63            4 
4/9/06           35          62            3 
3/5/06           36          62            3
1/26/06          43          53            4
1/8/06           41          55            5
12/18/05         43          53            4
11/2/05          37          59            4
8/28/05          37          59            4
6/5/05           41          54            4
10/29/03         40          52            9
4/30/03          57          37            6
9/26/02          51          43            6
7/15/02          57          36            7
2/21/02          57          39            4
1/27/02          58          35            7
12/19/01         59          34            7
9/9/01           45          48            7
7/30/01          48          48            4
4/22/01          58          33            8
10/31/99         42          53            6
9/2/99           46          47            7
6/6/99           48          46            6
3/14/99          44          49            7
2/14/99          46          50            4    
12/20/98         44          51            5    
12/19/98         45          50            5    
12/13/98         49          46            5    
11/7/98          41          55            4    
11/1/98          49          47            5    
10/25/98         45          44           11    
10/18/98         46          45            8    
9/28/98          52          44            4    
8/21/98          55          39            6          
7/12/98          46          44           11          
5/12/98          45          45            9          
4/4/98           47          45            8          
1/31/98          55          35           10          
1/30/98          55          35           10          
1/25/98          56          37            8          
1/24/98          55          38            7          
1/19/98          47          49            5          
10/13/97         36          57            7          
8/27/97          39          54            7          
7/8/97           40          53            6          
4/24/97          40          53            7          
3/9/97           35          60            5          
8/5/96           42          52            7          
6/30/96          35          58            7          
5/22/96          35          60            5          
3/10/96          30          64            6          
1/7/96           31          65            5          
11/19/95         27          68            5          
10/1/95          32          65            3 
7/17/95          34          63            3         
3/19/95          39          56            5         
1/29/95          42          52            6         
10/31/94         21          72            8         
10/23/94         18          78            4         
9/11/94          24          70            5         
6/26/94          34          61            5         
3/27/94          35          62            3         
2/27/94          32          64            4         
1/23/94          29          60           11         
11/14/93         28          66            6         
8/8/93           33          64            3         
4/26/93          30          69            2         
1/17/93          29          66            6         
4/9/92           17          78            5         
3/18/92          19          76            5         
3/8/92           22          73            6         
2/2/92           32          64            4         
12/15/91         35          59            6         
10/21/91         45          50            5         
6/2/91           49          46            5 
10/14/90         34          63            3                  
2/4/90           41          55            4                  
1/16/90          39          55            6                  
8/21/89          42          53            5                  
5/23/89          54          44            2                  
2/14/89          53          44            3                  
1/23/88**        43          53            4                  
6/1/87           56          40            4                  
6/22/85          54          37            9                  
5/83             33          43           24                  
6/81             38          40           22                  
6/79             19          61           20                  
9/78             29          49           22                  
6/77             34          42           24                  
6/75             29          54           17                  
8/74             48          35           17                  
* Strongly/somewhat follow asked 4/15/07 and others
**1/23/88 and previous: Gallup

4. Overall, which party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years?

                                        Both    Neither                         
              Democrats   Republicans   (vol.)   (vol.)    No opinion  
2/8/10           43           37          2        17           2
11/15/09         47           31          2        17           3
9/12/09          48           28          3        19           2
2/22/09          56           30          3         9           3
12/14/08         56           23          3        15           3
5/11/08          53           32          2        10           2
10/8/06          54           35          2         7           2
9/7/06           47           38          1        10           4
6/25/06          48           38          1        10           3
5/15/06          50           36          1        11           3
4/9/06           51           37          1         9           2
3/5/06           42           40          2        14           2
1/26/06          51           37          1         8           3 
12/18/05         47           42          1         8           2 
11/2/05          49           37          3         9           3          
6/5/05           46           41          1         9           2          
8/11/03          39           40          3        10           7    
12/15/02         41           44          2        11           2
10/27/02 LV      39           51          2         5           2
9/26/02          39           46          3         8           4
7/15/02          42           45          2         7           4
1/27/02          40           44          3        10           4
4/22/01          47           40          4         7           3
7/23/00          42           42          2         9           6
9/2/99           45           39          4         9           4
6/6/99           45           35          3        13           5
3/14/99          47           37          5         9           3
2/14/99          48           37          4         7           4
10/18/98         44           36          3        12           6
9/28/98          49           38          2         8           3
8/21/98          48           36          4         9           3
7/12/98          45           38          3         8           6
1/31/98          47           37          4         6           7
1/19/98          45           42          2         7           4
7/8/97           44           37          2        14           3
9/15/96  RV      45           38          3        11           3
8/5/96           43           38          3        11           3
6/30/96          46           37          3        12           3
5/22/96          47           38          3        10           3
11/6/94  RV      41           39          2        12           6
10/31/94         43           43          2         8           4
10/23/94         39           40          3        15           3
9/11/94          43           40          4        11           3
6/26/94          41           36          3        14           5
2/27/94          46           32          4        16           3
11/14/93         42           39          3        11           4
1/17/93          49           28          5        13           5
7/8/92           48           38          1         8           4
6/7/92           43           37          3        11           6
3/11/92          45           37          1        11           5
3/8/92           51           36          1         7           5
2/2/92           49           39          2         7           3
12/15/91         39           37          3        15           6
10/21/91         39           40          3        13           5
6/2/91           37           42          5        10           6
3/4/91           34           47          5         9           5
11/4/90  LV      42           40          3        11           4
10/14/90         46           41          1         8           4
5/21/90          41           45          3         8           2
1/16/90          38           50          3         6           3
8/21/89          42           43          4         9           2
10/10/88 RV      45           45          1         4           5
8/17/88          40           43          2         8           8
8/14/88          47           36          1        11           5
7/20/88          51           36          1         7           6
7/17/88          43           39          1        10           7
5/25/88          45           40          2         7           7
5/21/88          45           42          1         7           4
1/23/88          43           44          1         9           2
12/17/87         49           39          1         6           5
10/19/87         44           43          2         8           3
6/1/87           47           41          3         6           3
3/9/87           47           38          3         9           3
1/18/87          46           38          3         8           6
9/8/86           38           47          2         8           5
6/23/86          41           46          2         8           4
3/24/86          40           46         NA         8           7
2/12/86          40           46          2         8           5
10/28/85         37           45         NA        11           7
9/23/85          39           45         NA        10           6
7/29/85          41           43         NA        10           6
6/22/85          36           47         10        NA           6
2/26/85          40           52          5        NA           3
1/16/85          33           49         11        NA           7 
7/8/84           44           43          9        NA           5
5/22/84          41           40         12        NA           7
2/15/84          41           45          8        NA           6
1/17/84          42           37         11        NA          10
12/13/83         38           38         14        NA          10
8/1/83           45           36          9         2           8
10/11/82         44           38         10        NA           9
9/13/82          45           37         10        NA           8

5. Who do you trust to do a better job handling [ITEM] - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

2/8/10 - Summary Table*

                                                Both    Neither     No
                                Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy                   47      42       1        7         2
b. Health care reform            46      41       1        9         2
c. The federal budget deficit    45      43       1        9         1
d. The threat of terrorism       47      42       2        6         2
e. Creating jobs                 48      41       2        8         2

Trend where available:

a. The economy

                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
2/8/10      47      42       1        7         2
11/15/09    52      37       1        8         1
9/12/09     48      37       1       12         2
7/18/09     56      33       1        9         2
6/21/09     55      31       2        9         2
4/24/09     61      24       2       11         2
3/29/09     58      25       1       14         2
2/22/09     61      26       1        9         3

b. Health care reform

                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
2/8/10      46      41       1        9         2
11/15/09    50      37       1       10         2
9/12/09     48      36       1       12         3
7/18/09     54      34       1       10         1
6/21/09     55      27       2       11         4

c. The federal budget deficit

                          Both    Neither     No
          Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
2/8/10     45      43       1        9         1
9/12/09    50      36       1       12         1
7/18/09    54      35       *        9         2
6/21/09    56      30       2        9         2

d. The threat of terrorism

                          Both    Neither     No
          Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
2/8/10     47      42       2        6         2 
9/12/09    49      39       2        7         3
6/21/09    55      34       2        6         3

e. No trend.

6. Republicans now hold enough seats in the U.S. Senate to block any legislation Obama and the Senate Democrats propose. Overall, do you think this is (a good thing because it will force Obama and the Democrats to cooperate more with the Republicans); OR (a bad thing because it will enable the Republicans to set terms before allowing anything to go forward)?

         Good   Bad   Neither (vol.)   No opinion
2/8/10    57    36          3               3

7. How often do you think Republicans in the Senate should use their power to block legislation proposed by Obama and the Senate Democrats - almost always, a great deal of the time, just some of the time or rarely?

         ------- Often ------   --------- Not often --------
               Almost   Great         Just            Never    Depends     No
         NET   always   deal    NET   some   Rarely   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
2/8/10   25      10      15     68     49      16        2        6         2

8. Do you think Obama is doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with the Republican leaders in Congress on important issues?

                                  About the       No
         Too much   Too little   right amount   opinion
2/8/10       9          44            45           2

9. Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress are doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with Obama on important issues?

                              About the       No
         Too much   Too little   right amount   opinion
2/8/10       8          58            30           4

10. Changing topics, many economists say that using the standards they apply, the recession probably is over. Thinking about your own experience of economic conditions, would you say that from your point of view the recession is over, or not over?

           Over   Not over   No opinion
2/8/10      12       88           1
12/13/09    13       86           1
10/18/09    16       82           1

11. Regardless of whether or not the recession is over, in terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?

            Has   Has not   No opinion
2/8/10      45      53           1     
12/13/09*   50      49           1     
11/15/09    44      54           1
*Add "Regardless of whether or not the recession is over..."

11a. (IF NOT BEGUN TO RECOVER) When do you think the economy will begin to recover - in the next few months, in six months to a year, or do you think it'll be longer than that?

              Next      Six months    Longer       No
           few months   to a year    than that   opinion
2/8/10          1           25          72          2
12/13/09        *           16          82          1
11/15/09        4           19          77          1

Combined results from questions 11 and 11a:

                 ---- Economy has not begun recovery ---
                       Will in next   In 6 mos.  
           Has   NET    few months    to a year   Longer   No opinion
2/8/10     45    53          1            13        38          1
12/13/09   50    49          *             8        40          1
11/15/09   44    54          2            10        41          1

11b. (IF HAS BEGUN TO RECOVER) Do you think the economy's recovery so far has been a strong one or a weak one?

           Strong   Weak   No opinion   
2/8/10       25      75         1
12/13/09     24      73         3

Combined results from questions 11 and 11b:

           - Recovery's begun-   
           NET   Strong   Weak   Has not   No opinion
2/8/10     45      11      34      53           1
12/13/09   50      12      36      49           1

Do you support or oppose stricter federal regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business? (IF SUPPORT) Should these regulations be much stricter, or somewhat stricter?

          ----- Support ----
          NET   Much   Smwht   Oppose   No opinion
2/8/10    62     36     26       34          3
2/22/09   76     49     27       22          2

13. (HALF SAMPLE) How confident are you that the federal government is putting measures into place that will make another financial crisis less likely in the future? Are you very confident of that, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

          ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
2/8/10    48      4       43      52      28         24          *
9/12/09   49     10       39      50      23         27          1

14. (HALF SAMPLE) How confident are you that financial institutions will change their business practices in a way that makes another financial crisis less likely in the future? Are you very confident of that, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

          ----- Confident -----   ----- Not confident -----     No
          NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
2/8/10    39      3       36      60      35         24          1
9/12/09   41      8       33      58      27         30          2

15. On another subject: overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10     46       22         25      49       11         38         5
1/15/10    44       22         22      51       12         39         5
12/13/09   44       25         19      51       11         40         5
11/15/09   48       30         18      49       10         39         3
10/18/09   45       26         19      48       12         36         7
9/12/09    46       30         16      48       12         36         6
8/17/09    45       27         18      50       10         40         5

16. Do you think the proposed changes to the health care system are too complicated, or do you think the changes have to be this complex to accomplish what they're trying to do?

             Too        Have to be      No
         complicated   this complex   opinion
2/8/10       60             35           5

17. Do you think the proposed changes to the health care system are too expensive, or do you think the cost is about right for what they're trying to do?

         Too expensive   Cost is about right   No opinion
2/8/10         59                 34                7

18. Do you think the government should or should not (ITEM)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

2/8/10 - Summary Table

                                          ----- Should ----  -- Should not ---  No
                                          NET  Strg.  Smwt.  NET  Smwt.  Strg.  op.
a. Require businesses to offer private 
   health insurance for their full-time 
   employees                              72    56     16    27     9     18     1
b. Require all Americans to have health 
   insurance, either from their employer 
   or from another source, with tax 
   credits or other aid to help 
   low-income people pay for it           56    41     15    43    10     33     2
c. Require insurance companies to sell 
   coverage to people regardless of 
   pre-existing conditions                80    67     13    19     7     12     2


Trend where available:

a. Require businesses to offer private health insurance for their full-time employees                              

          --------- Should --------   ------- Should not ------     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opinion
2/8/10    72       56         16      27        9         18         1
9/12/06   79       69         10      19        7         12         2

b. Require all Americans to have health insurance, either from their employer or from another source, with tax credits or other aid to help low-income people pay for it 

          --------- Should --------   ------- Should not ------     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opinion
2/8/10    56       41         15      43       10         33         2
9/12/06   65       35         29      32       14         18         3

c. No trend.

19. Do you think lawmakers in Washington should (keep trying to pass) a comprehensive health care reform plan, or should (give up on) comprehensive health care reform?

         Keep trying   Give      No
           to pass     up on   opinion
2/8/10       63         34        4

20. Regardless of your own preference, given what you've heard, do you think a comprehensive health care reform plan (has a chance of becoming law this year), or do you think health care reform (is dead)?

            Has a chance of        Is      No
         becoming law this year   dead   opinion
2/8/10             48              46       5

20a. (IF HEALTH CARE REFORM IS DEAD) Who do you think is mainly responsible for that - (Obama), (the Democrats in Congress), or (the Republicans in Congress)?

                 Dems in    Reps in    and Dems   and Reps   and Reps   All      No
         Obama   Congress   Congress    (vol.)     (vol.)     (vol.)   (vol.)   opin.
2/8/10    17        28         34          3          *          3       12       3

Combined results from questions 20 and 20a:

                        --------------- Is dead/Who blame? ----------------
         Has chance of                Dems in    Reps in    Comb.     All     No
         becoming law   NET   Obama   Congress   Congress   (vol.)   (vol.)   op.
2/8/10       48         46      8        13         16         3        5      5

21. Do you have some form of health insurance or health care coverage, or not?

           Yes   No   No opinion    
2/8/10     83    17        * 
1/15/10    87    13        0
12/13/09   82    17        *
11/15/09   84    15        1
10/18/09   85    15        0 
9/12/09    86    14        0
8/17/09    85    14        *
6/21/09    84    16        0
9/30/07    88    12        *
9/12/06    87    13        0
4/19/05    87    13        *
10/13/03   83    17        0
7/12/98    86    14        *
8/27/97    81    19        *
11/13/95   85    15        0
7/17/94    86    14        *
11/14/93   87    13        0
10/10/93   87    13        *

21a. (AMONG THOSE WITH HEALTH CARE COVERAGE) Are you mainly covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or do you have private medical insurance?

(IF NEEDED: Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and over. Medicaid is the government health insurance program for low-income families.)

                   --------- Have health insurance ---------      No         No
                   NET   M/care   M/caid   Private   Oth.(v.)  insurance   opinion
2/8/10   Gen Pop    83    15         3        62        NA        17          *
         All Cov   100    18         4        74        NA        NA          0

9/12/06  Gen Pop    87    15         4        66        NA        13          2
         All Cov   100    17         5        76        NA        NA          2

10/13/03 Gen Pop    83    16         4        63        NA        17          0
         All Cov   100    19         4        76        NA        NA          1

7/12/98  Gen Pop    86    15         4        65        NA        14          *
         All Cov   100    18         5        76        NA        NA          1

8/27/97  Gen Pop    81    13         3        64        NA        19          1
         All Cov   100    16         3        79        NA        NA          1

11/13/95 Gen Pop    85    15         3        63        4         15          *
         All Cov   100    18         3        74        5         NA          *

Gen Pop   =   General population
All Cov   =   All with health insurance

22. (AMONG THOSE WITH PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE) How much do you trust your insurance company to handle your claims fairly - a great deal, a good amount, just some or hardly at all?

         - Grt deal/Good amt-   ----- Some/Hardly/None -----
               Great    Good          Just   Hardly    None      No
         NET   deal    amount   NET   some   at all   (vol.)   opinion
2/8/10   74     37       37     26     18       7        1        *

23. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of [ITEM]? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

2/8/10 - Summary Table

                          ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------   No   
                          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   op.
a. The Democratic Party   50       24         26      46       17         28       4
b. The Republican Party   44       19         25      52       23         29       4


2/8/10 - Summary Table

                          ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------   No   
                          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   op.
c. Sarah Palin            37       18         20      55       16         38       8

Trend:

a. The Democratic Party

              Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
2/8/10           50           46            4
6/21/09          53           40            6
8/22/08  RV      58           36            5
11/1/07          51           45            5
3/5/06           55           41            4
6/5/05           51           47            2
12/15/02         56           37            6
1/27/02          56           36            8
7/30/01          60           36            4
12/15/00         64           25           11
1/16/00          56           35            9
1/10/00*         61           33            6
1/10/00  LV      58           37            5
11/21/99         51           41            8
5/2/99           53           37           10
2/21/99          55           37            8
2/13/99          56           38            6
2/8/99           57           37            6
1/10/99          57           35            8
12/20/98         57           30           13
12/16/98         58           32           10
10/29/97         54           39            7
9/1/96   RV      60           36            4
8/18/96  RV      55           41            4
8/7/96   RV      57           38            5
4/10/96          55           38            7
4/19/95          51           43            6
7/8/92   RV      54           38            8
6/6/91**         52           34           14
4/2/90           54           35           11
1/15/90          58           32           10
11/16/88         54           36           10
11/4/84          47           42           11
10/4/84  RV      50           39           11
*1/10/00 to 7/8/92: Gallup
**6/6/91 and previous: CBS News/New York Times 

b. The Republican Party

              Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
2/8/10           44           52            4
6/21/09          36           56            8
8/22/08  RV      47           49            4
11/1/07          39           56            5
3/5/06           51           46            3 
6/5/05           49           49            2
12/15/02         56           38            5
1/27/02          63           30            7
7/30/01          51           46            3
12/15/00         54           35           11
1/16/00          53           37           10
1/10/00*         53           41            6
1/10/00  LV      56           39            5
11/21/99         50           44            6
5/2/99           47           44            9
2/21/99          45           46            9
2/13/99          40           54            5
2/8/99           45           47            8
1/10/99          40           52            8
12/20/98         31           57           12
12/16/98         43           47           10
10/29/97         50           42            8
9/1/96   RV      50           45            5
8/18/96  RV      55           41            4
8/7/96   RV      51           44            5
4/10/96          52           41            7
4/19/95          52           42            6
7/8/92   RV      53           39            8
6/6/91**         62           28           10
4/2/90           58           34            8
1/15/90          63           28            9 
11/16/88         57           34            9
11/4/84          58           33            9
10/4/84          53           36           11
*1/10/00 to 7/8/92: Gallup
**6/6/91 and previous: CBS News/New York Times



c. Sarah Palin

              ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10        37       18         20      55       16         38         8
11/15/09      43       20         23      52       18         34         5
7/18/09       40       20         20      53       19         34         7
10/23/08 LV   46       28         18      51       11         40         3 
9/29/08  RV   51       29         23      40       11         29         9
9/22/08  RV   52       31         21      38       10         27        11
9/7/08   RV   58       35         23      28       11         17        15 
9/4/08*  RV   52       34         18      37       14         23        11
* "the Republican nominee for vice president"

24. Regardless of whether or not you'd vote for her, do you think Palin is or is not qualified to serve as president?

              Is        Is not       No
           qualified   qualified   opinion
2/8/10        26          71          4
11/15/09      38          60          3


25. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the political movement known as the Tea Party? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

         ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No
         NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10   35       20         15      40       20         20        25

26. How much do you feel you know about what the Tea Party stands for - a great deal, a good amount, just some or very little?

-Grt deal/Good amt-   ---- Some/Little/Nothing ----
               Grt     Good          Just    Very    Nothing     No
         NET   deal   amount   NET   some   little   (vol.)    opinion
2/8/10   35     13      22     64     21      37        6         1

27. Given what you know about the Tea Party's positions on the issues, would you say that overall you (agree with them strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or disagree strongly)?


         --------- Agree ---------   ------- Disagree --------     No
         NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10   45       14         31      36       22         14        19

28. On another subject, out of every dollar the federal government collects in taxes, how many cents do you think are wasted?

             Average      
2/8/10       53 cents   
4/9/06       51
4/14/02      47         
4/16/00      46         
1/7/98       56         
1/29/95      51         
8/8/93       47         
2/28/93      46         
10/21/91     49         
9/30/90      44         
5/21/90      46         
7/29/85      43


29. Changing topics, do you think homosexuals who do NOT publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the military or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
2/8/10    83    15        1
7/13/08   78    18        5
1/15/01   75    22        3
5/23/93   63    35        2

30. Do you think homosexuals who DO publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the military or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
2/8/10    75    24        1
7/13/08   75    22        3
1/15/01   62    35        3
5/23/93   44    55        2

31. Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             --------- Legal ---------   -------- Illegal --------     No             
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10       47       31         16      50        9         42         3
4/24/09*     49       31         18      46        7         39         5
6/4/06       36       24         13      58        7         51         5
8/28/05      39       NA         NA      58       NA         NA         3
8/29/04 RV   32       18         14      62       10         52         5 
3/7/04       38       24         14      59       11         48         3 
2/22/04      39       25         13      55        6         49         6 
1/18/04      41       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         4          
9/7/03       37       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         7 
*2009 "gay and lesbian" and "homosexual" wordings half sampled. 2005 "gay and lesbian", others "homosexual".

32. Do you think gay and lesbian couples should or should not be allowed to form legally recognized civil unions, giving them the legal rights of married couples in areas such as health insurance, inheritance and pension coverage?

           Should   Should not   No opinion            
2/8/10       66         31            3
12/19/07*    54         43            4
11/1/07      55         42            3  
6/4/06**     45         48            7
3/7/04       51         46            3  
2/22/04      45         48            7    
1/18/04      46         51            4               
9/7/03       40         51            9
*2007 and previous "homosexual"
**Strongly/somewhat follow asked 6/4/06 and others

33. Do you yourself have a friend, family member, or acquaintance who is gay or lesbian, or not?

         Yes   No   No opinion
2/8/10    63    36        1
8/27/98   59    40        1

34. On another subject, would you rather have suspects accused of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks put on trial in (the federal court system in the United States), or in (a military tribunal set up for that purpose)?

              Federal      Military   Either     No
           court system   tribunal   (vol.)   opinion
2/8/10          39           55         2        3
11/15/09        47           48         2        3

35. Changing topics, do you support or oppose the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that says corporations and unions can spend as much money as they want to help political candidates win elections? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

         -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No
         NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10   18        6         11      80       15         65         2

36. Would you support or oppose an effort by Congress to reinstate limits on corporate and union spending on election campaigns? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

         -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No
         NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
2/8/10   72       52         20      24        9         14         4

37. Thinking about politics: Right now, are you inclined to vote to re-elect your representative in Congress in the next election or are you inclined to look around for someone else to vote for?

              Re-elect   Look around   Depends (vol.)   No opinion
2/8/10           36          56             4                4
11/15/09         38          50             6                5
5/15/06          35          55             6                4
6/5/05           40          50             8                3
2/21/02          40          48             7                6
10/31/99         41          47             8                3
9/28/98          44          46            NA               10
9/28/98  LV      52          42            NA                6
7/12/98          42          44             5               10
1/19/98          47          41             7                4
8/27/97          34          52             9                5
11/6/94  RV      37          47             7                8
10/31/94         35          56             2                7
10/23/94         32          58             4                6
9/11/94          36          53             4                7
6/26/94          35          54             6                5
3/27/94          32          56             6                7
1/23/94          32          46            10               12
11/14/93         38          52             5                5
8/21/92          35          48             5               12
7/8/92           34          54             3                9
6/7/92           36          53             4                7
4/9/92           33          56             3                8
3/18/92          35          56             3                5
3/11/92          36          54             3                7
2/2/92           38          51             4                7
10/21/91         31          55             7                6
6/2/91           37          49             5                9
11/4/90  LV      41          50            NA                8
10/14/90         36          57            NA                7
5/21/90          43          50             3                3
5/23/89          45          44             4                6

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

NET LEANED VOTE

               Dem     Rep     Other    Neither    Will not       No
               cand.   cand.   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
2/8/10   All    46      46       *         3           1           4  
         RV     45      48       *         3           *           4           
10/18/09 All    51      39       1         3           2           5  
6/15/08  All    52      37       *         2           1           8
11/4/06  LV     51      45       1         1           *           2
         RV     53      43       1         1           *           3           
10/22/06 RV     54      41       *         1           *           3           
10/8/06  RV     54      41       *         1           1           3           
9/7/06   RV     50      42       *         3           2           4            
8/6/06   RV     52      39       *         2           1           5            
6/25/06  All    52      38       1         2           2           5
         RV     52      39       1         3           1           4            
5/15/06  All    53      38       1         3           1           4
         RV     52      40       1         3           1           4            
4/9/06   All    54      40       *         2           1           4            
         RV     55      40       *         2           *           3
1/26/06  All    55      36       1         3           1           4
         RV     54      38       1         3           1           5
12/18/05 All    50      41       1         3           1           4
         RV     51      41       1         3           1           4
11/2/05  All    53      36       1         3           2           5
         RV     52      37       1         4           2           6
11/4/02  LV     48      48       1         1           0           2
11/3/02  LV     48      48       *         1           0           2
11/2/02  LV     50      49       *         1           0           2
10/27/02 LV     47      49       1         1           0           3
9/26/02  All    46      42       2         2           5           3
         LV     49      47       1         2           0           2
         RV     47      44       2         3           2           3
7/15/02  All    47      45       1         1           1           4
         RV     47      46       1         1           1           4
1/27/02* RV     43      50      NA         2           1           5
9/6/00   RV     49      42                 2           1           6
7/23/00  RV     46      45                 3           1           5
2/27/00  RV     45      46                 2           1           5
10/31/99 RV     50      43                 3           1           3
9/2/99   RV     48      44                 3           *           5
3/14/99  RV     50      41                 2           1           6
2/14/99  RV     48      41                 3           1           7
1/30/99  RV     49      39                 8           1           3
11/1/98  RV     51      43                 4           *           2
10/25/98 RV     48      43                 3           1           4
10/18/98 RV     49      44                 3           1           4
9/28/98  RV     49      44                 2           *           4
9/13/98  RV     49      43                 3           1           4
8/21/98  RV     48      45                 3           1           3
7/12/98  RV     47      45                 2           *           6
1/31/98  RV     49      40                 2           1           8
1/19/98  RV     47      44                 3           1           5
10/8/96  RV     51      41                 2           1           5
9/29/96  RV     48      41                 3           1           7
9/22/96  RV     50      43                 2           1           4
9/15/96  RV     49      45                 1           1           4
9/4/96   RV     48      44                 3           *           5
8/29/96  RV     53      39                 3           1           5
8/28/96  RV     51      40                 3           1           5
8/27/96  RV     51      41                 3           0           5
8/26/96  RV     51      41                 3           0           5
8/25/96  RV     48      43                 3           1           6
8/24/96  RV     47      43                 2           1           6
8/19/96  RV     49      42                 3           0           6
8/18/96  RV     45      46                 3           0           6
8/15/96  RV     46      43                 4           1           5
8/14/96  RV     48      42                 3           1           6
8/13/96  RV     49      43                 3           0           5
8/12/96  RV     49      42                 3           1           5
8/11/96  RV     49      40                 4           1           6
8/10/96  RV     49      41                 4           1           5
8/4/96   RV     48      45                 2           1           4
6/30/96  RV     49      44                 3           *           3
5/22/96  RV     52      41                 3           1           3
3/10/96  RV     51      43                 2           *           4
1/21/96  RV     52      43                 3           1           1
10/1/95  RV     49      44                 3           *           3
11/6/94  RV     47      42                 5           2           5
10/31/94 RV     48      44                 4           1           3
10/23/94 RV     50      45                 2           1           2
10/9/94  RV     46      47                 3           2           2
9/11/94  RV     50      45                 1           1           4
8/7/94   RV     49      42                 4           1           4
2/27/94  RV     50      40                 8           1           2
10/21/91 RV     51      41                 4           *           4
7/28/91  RV     49      41                 6           *           3
6/2/91   RV     48      42                 4           1           5
11/4/90  RV     51      41                 5           *           3
10/14/90 RV     50      41                 5           *           3
9/9/90   RV     47      46                 3           *           3
7/24/90  RV     51      41                 4           1           4
5/21/90  RV     47      45                 5           1           2
10/10/88 RV     52      41                 2           1           4
9/19/88  RV     51      39                 3           1           6
6/22/85  RV     48      44                 5           *           3
10/16/84 RV     52      44                 2          NA           5
9/11/84  RV     53      45                 2          NA           1
7/8/84   RV     58      40                 2          NA           1
10/27/82 RV     58      39                NA          NA           3
10/11/82 RV     55      36                NA          NA           9
9/13/82  RV     58      36                NA          NA           6
11/22/81 RV     53      41       "        NA          NA           7
*1/27/02 and previous: No "other candidate" option recorded

39. Generally would you say your mood is anti-incumbent, meaning you're inclined to vote for challengers who are running for public office, or would you say your mood is pro-incumbent, meaning you're inclined to vote to re-elect people already in public office?

            Anti-        Pro-     Neither     No
          incumbent   incumbent   (vol.)    opinion
2/8/10       48          35         12         5
8/6/06       53          29         13         4
6/25/94      54          29         13         4

40. I am going to mention four phrases and ask you which one best describes how you feel about the way the federal government works. Do you feel enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?

                       ----- Positive -------   ----- Negative -----                   
                    Enthusi-  Satis-         Dissat-          None/     No        
              NET   astic     fied     NET   isfied   Angry   Other   opinion      
2/8/10        32      3        29      67      48      19      NA        *
10/29/03      42      2        41      57      42      15      NA        *     
11/4/02  LV   49      4        45      50      41       9      NA        1     
11/3/02  LV   50      5        45      49      40       9      NA        1     
11/2/02  LV   51      6        45      49      40       9      NA        1     
10/27/02      50      4        47      49      42       7      NA        1     
10/27/02 LV   53      3        50      47      41       6      NA        1         
2/21/02       56      7        49      43      36       7      NA        1         
12/15/00      59      4        55      39      34       6      NA        1         
2/14/99       52      3        48      47      35      12      NA        1         
9/28/98       50      4        46      49      36      12      NA        1         
9/28/98  LV   48      4        44      50      37      14      NA        1         
8/16/98       41      2        39      57      46      11      NA        1
1/19/98       46      2        43      53      45       8       1        *         
8/27/97       34      2        33      64      52      11       2        1         
3/17/96       29      2        27      70      54      16      NA        *         
5/14/95       48      3        45      50      41       9      NA        1
1/4/95        29      2        27      69      53      16       *        1         
11/6/94  RV   28      2        26      70      49      21       1        1         
10/31/94      26      1        25      73      55      18       1        1         
10/23/94      28      1        26      71      52      20       *        *         
10/4/92  LV   17      1        16      81      56      25       1        1
10/4/92  RV   17      1        16      81      56      25       1        1
10/9/94       25      2        24      72      53      19       2        *         
9/11/94       26      2        25      73      53      20      NA        *       
3/27/94       30      1        29      68      48      20       1        1       
2/28/93       33      4        29      66      50      16       *        *       
7/8/92        23      1        22      76      53      23       *        1       
6/7/92        21      1        20      79      58      21       *        1       
4/9/92        21      1        20      79      55      24       1        *       
3/18/92       22      1        21      77      54      23       1        *       
3/11/92       18      1        17      80      60      20       1        1


41. As you may know some people referred to the 20th Century as the American Century because of the dominant role the United States played in world affairs and the world economy. In the 21st Century do you think the U.S. role in (ITEM) will be about the same as was in the 20th Century, larger or smaller?

2/8/10 - Summary Table* 

                       Same   Larger   Smaller   No opinion 
a. World affairs        19      32       46           2 
b. The world economy    18      26       53           2 
*Half sample asked item a; other half sample asked item b. 

42. Just your best guess, in terms of the dominant role in (ITEM), do you think the 21st Century will be more of an American Century, more of a Chinese Century or what?

2/8/10 - Summary Table* 

                       American   Chinese   Other    A mix      No 
                       Century    Century   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion 
a. World affairs          38        43        12        3        4 
b. The world economy      40        41         7        5        6 
*Half sample asked item a; other half sample asked item b. 

43. If the United States does have less of a role in (ITEM) in the 21st Century than it had in the 20th Century, do you think that would be a good thing for the United States, a bad thing, or neither good nor bad?

2/8/10 - Summary Table* 

                       Good   Bad   Neither   No opinion 
a. World affairs        19    39      40           2 
b. The world economy    15    43      40           2 
*Half sample asked item a; other half sample asked item b.

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)?

                                                             --Non-Partisans-
                                                             Lean  Lean   No
           Democrat  Republican  Independent  Other  No op.  Dem.  Rep.  Lean
2/8/10        32         26           39        3      *      17    19     6
1/15/10       32         23           38        7      *      17    20     9
12/13/09      32         26           37        5      1      13    18    11
11/15/09      35         21           39        4      1      19    17     8
10/18/09      33         20           42        4      1      20    19     8
9/12/09       32         21           43        4      *      19    20     9
8/17/09       35         25           34        6      1      15    14    11
7/18/09       33         22           41        4      *      20    16     9
6/21/09       35         22           37        7      *      17    16    10
4/24/09       35         21           38        5      *      18    16    10
3/29/09       36         25           33        5      1      15    16     8
2/22/09       36         24           34        5      1      18    13     9
1/16/09       35         23           36        5      1      20    12    11
12/14/08      37         24           35        4      1      16    13    10
11/3/08       35         26           30        6      2      13    10    15
10/11/08      36         26           31        4      2      15    12    10
9/29/08       34         26           31        8      2      17    12    12
9/22/08       36         26           31        5      2      18     9    11
9/7/08        35         26           33        5      2      15    14    11
8/22/08       36         23           34        6      1      16    14    10
7/13/08       37         24           33        6      1      16    14    10
6/15/08       38         24           34        4      1      16    14     8
5/11/08       34         28           34        4      1      19    11     8
4/13/08       35         29           30        5      1      15    13     8
3/2/08        40         28           28        3      1      15     8     9
2/1/08        37         26           32        4      1      16    11    10
1/12/08       39         27           29        5      1      13     9    12

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.
2/8/10         24         36            37                  2             1
1/15/10        25         34            38                  1             1
12/13/09       23         35            41                  1             1
11/15/09       19         41            38                  1             1
10/18/09       23         36            38                  2             1
9/12/09        24         39            36                  *             1
8/17/09        20         40            37                  2             1
7/18/09        20         39            38                  2             1
6/21/09        22         40            36                  1             *
4/24/09        23         39            35                  2             2
3/29/09        20         38            38                  2             2
2/22/09        23         38            37                  1             1
1/16/09        24         42            32                  *             1
12/14/08       22         37            37                  1             2
10/11/08 RV    22         44            34                  *             1
9/29/08 RV     19         44            34                  1             1
9/22/08 RV     23         41            32                  2             1
9/7/08  RV     22         39            36                  1             2
8/22/08        22         41            33                  2             2
7/13/08        19         43            35                  2             1
6/15/08        21         43            33                  1             2
5/11/08        24         39            34                  2             1
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

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+
2/8/10      49     20      16       14     49      18        13       18
1/15/10     49     17      14       18     48      17        13       18
12/13/09    54     19      18       17     42      15        12       15
11/15/09    53     20      18       15     45      16        13       16
10/18/09    53     17      19       17     44      18        12       15
9/12/09     50     17      17       15     48      17        13       18
8/17/09     46     15      16       14     52      19        15       18
7/18/09     49     18      17       14     48      19        12       19
6/21/09     51     18      16       17     47      17        12       18
4/24/09     50     16      16       18     48      17        12       19
3/29/09     49     15      16       17     48      18        13       17
2/22/09     48     16      16       17     50      19        13       19
1/16/09     52     17      18       17     48      16        13       19
12/14/08    44     14      15       15     54      18        15       21
10/11/08 RV 41     12      14       16     56      20        15       22
9/29/08  RV 42     10      14       17     56      18        16       22
9/22/08  RV 40     12      14       14     57      21        14       22
9/22/08     46     16      16       14     50      18        12       20
9/7/08   RV 44     13      14       17     56      17        15       24
8/22/08  RV 39     10      11       18     59      19        16       24
8/22/08     43     15      12       17     53      18        15       21
7/13/08  RV 43     14      14       15     54      16        14       24
7/13/08     48     18      15       15     50      16        12       21
6/15/08     47     18      15       15     51      18        15       18
5/11/08     47     15      16       17     50      18        13       19
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




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