Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 10-12, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,007 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 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
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?

9/12/09 - Summary Table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------   No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   op.
c. The threat of
   terrorism        55       31         24      34       12         23      11
d. International
   affairs          57       32         25      33       12         21      10
e. The situation
   in Afghanistan   55       23         33      37       17         21       7

*Full sample asked items a,b; half sample asked items c,d; other half sample asked items e,f.

Trend where available:

c. The threat of terrorism

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
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

d. International affairs

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/12/09   57       32         25      33       12         21        10
6/21/09   61       NA         NA      32       NA         NA         7
4/24/09   67       NA         NA      27       NA         NA         6
3/29/09   62       NA         NA      27       NA         NA        11

e. The situation in Afghanistan

          -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/12/09   55       23         33      37       17         21         7
8/17/09   60       25         35      33       14         19         7
7/18/09   62       33         29      30       13         17         8
4/24/09   63       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        11


3. 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  
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

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

9/12/09 - Summary Table*

                                                Both    Neither     No
                                Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy                   48      37       1       12         2
b. Health care reform            48      36       1       12         3
c. The federal budget deficit    50      36       1       12         1

d. held for future release 

*Half sample asked items a,b; other half sample asked items c,d.

Trend where available:

a. The economy

                            Both    Neither     No
            Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
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

Compare to:

G.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
6/1/07       36       54       1        6         2
2/25/07      36       56       1        6         2
1/19/07      32       60       1        4         2
12/11/06     34       58       1        5         2
1/18/04      43       50       1        4         3
4/30/03      51       41       2        2         3
11/6/01      51       36       5        4         5
9/9/01       44       50       1        3         2
7/30/01      47       46       1        4         1
6/3/01       44       46       2        6         2

Clinton or the Republicans in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
           Clinton   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
1/23/96      51       34      11        3         2 
10/30/95     38       50       9        1         2 
10/1/95      44       44       8        2         3 
7/17/95      42       51       4        1         2 
3/19/95      43       47       7        1         2 
1/4/95       34       56       3        1         5 
12/20/94     36       59      NA       NA         5
11/14/93     45       37       3       12         3
8/8/93       48       35       1       13         3
6/28/93      45       40       1       10         4
4/26/93      59       29       4        7         1

G.H.W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress:*
                             Both    Neither     No
            Bush     Dems   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
3/11/92      37       36       1       20         7
3/8/92       32       44       3       14         6
2/2/92       40       44       1        9         5
1/29/92      38       41       2       13         5
12/15/91     36       46       2       12         4
* "on the economy"

b. Health care reform

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

9/12/09 - Summary Table*

                                                Both    Neither     No
                                Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
d. The threat of terrorism       49      39       2        7         3
*Half sample asked items a,b; other half sample asked items c,d.

Trend where available:

d. The threat of terrorism

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


5. Would you say Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what? Is that much better/worse or somewhat better/worse?

----- Better -----   ------ Worse -----   As expected     No
          NET   Much   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Much      (vol.)     opinion
9/12/09   42     18     24     31     13      18         25          2
4/24/09   54     25     29     18     10       9         23          4
2/22/09   46     18     28     14      8       7         31          9

Compare to:

Bush:
1/18/04   43     NA     NA     31     NA      NA         25          2  
1/27/02   75     NA     NA      5     NA      NA         20          1 
7/30/01   39     NA     NA     23     NA      NA         36          2
4/22/01   39     NA     NA     21     NA      NA         37          3

Clinton:
4/26/93   35     NA     NA     28     NA      NA         34          3
2/28/93   38     12     27     19     12       7         35          8

6. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
               NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/12/09        63       40         23      35       12         24         2
4/24/09        72       46         26      26       11         15         2
1/16/09        79       50         29      18        9          9         3
11/2/08   LV   63       47         16      33        7         26         4
10/23/08  LV   63       47         16      34        7         27         3
10/11/08  RV   64       44         20      33       12         21         3
9/7/08    RV   58       35         23      36       12         24         7
8/22/08   RV   62       37         25      34       13         21         4
6/15/08        63       35         28      33       12         21         4
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

7. Do you think Obama's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

  Too         Too        About     No
              liberal   conservative   right   opinion
9/12/09         39            5         53        3
4/24/09         33            4         62        2
1/16/09         29            4         65        2
10/31/08 LV     39            3         56        2
10/21/08 LV     40            2         55        4
10/20/08 LV     39            2         55        4
10/11/08 RV     37            4         55        4
6/15/08         36            5         52        7
3/2/08          31            6         56        7

8. Changing topics, so far, do you think the economic stimulus program has (helped) the national economy, (hurt) the national economy, or hasn't made much difference? (IF HELPED/HURT) Is that a great deal or somewhat?

          -------- Helped ---------   --------- Hurt ----------    No      No
          NET  Great deal  Somewhat   NET  Somewhat  Great deal   diff.   opin.
9/12/09   32       10         22      19       5         13        47       2
6/21/09   28        8         20      19       6         13        52       2
4/24/09   33       10         23      16       6         10        49       2

8a. (IF HURT/NO DIFFERENCE) Do you think the economic stimulus program will help the national economy, or not?


          Yes   No   No opinion
9/12/09   31    65        4
6/21/09   34    63        3
4/24/09   41    55        4

8/8a NET

     --- Helped/Will help --   ------ Won't help/unsure -------     No
          NET   Has helped   Will   NET   Has hurt   No diff.  No op.   opin. 
9/12/09   52        32        20    46       18        28         2       2
6/21/09   52        28        24    46       17        27         2       2 
4/24/09   59        33        27    38       13        23         2       2

9. (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
9/12/09   49     10       39      50      23         27          1

10. (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
9/12/09   41      8       33      58      27         30          2

11. Would you say this recession has hurt you financially, or not? (IF YES) Is that a great deal or only somewhat?

           ----------- Hurt ----------
           NET   Great deal   Somewhat   Not hurt   No opinion
9/12/09    65        33          32         35           *
2/22/09    64        30          34         35           1
1/16/09    68        37          32         32           *
12/14/08   63        30          34         36           *
6/2/91     53        16          37         46           1

12. Is the current economic situation a cause of stress in your life, or not? (IF YES) Is it a cause of serious stress, or stress, but not serious?

      --- Yes, cause of stress --   Not a cause     No
          NET   Serious   Not serious    of stress    opinion
9/12/09   55      33          23            44           *
3/29/09   61      33          28            39           *
2/22/09   57      27          30            43           0

13. In the last year, have you or has anyone living in your household [ITEM]?


9/12/09 - Summary Table

                                     Yes   No   No opinion
a. been laid off or lost their job   27    73        *
b. had work hours or pay cut         41    59        *

Trend:

a. been laid off or lost their job

           Yes   No   No opinion
9/12/09    27    73        *
4/24/09*   23    77        0
2/22/09    18    82        *
12/14/08   18    82        *
*4/24/09 and previous: "In the last few months…"

b. had work hours or pay cut

           Yes   No   No opinion
9/12/09    41    59        *
4/24/09*   35    65        1
2/22/09    26    73        *
12/14/08   27    73        *
*4/24/09 and previous: "In the last few months…"


14. (ASKED IF SOMEONE IN HOUSEHOLD IS EMPLOYED) How concerned are you that you or someone else in your household [ITEM] in the next few months - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?

9/12/09 - Summary Table

                          ---- Concerned ---   --- Not concerned ---     No
                          NET   Very   Smwht   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
a. will be laid off or
   lose their job         46     25     21     54      18       36        *
b. will have work hours   
   or pay cut             53     28     24     47      17       30        *

Trend:

a. will be laid off or lose their job

          ---- Concerned ---   --- Not concerned ---     No
          NET   Very   Smwht   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
9/12/09   46     25     21     54      18       36        *
2/22/09   46     23     24     53      21       33        *

b. will have work hours or pay cut

          ---- Concerned ---   --- Not concerned ---     No
          NET   Very   Smwht   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
9/12/09   53     28     24     47      17       30        *
2/22/09   52     26     27     47      16       31        *

15. How much blame do you think [ITEM] deserves for the country's economic situation - a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly any?

9/12/09 - Summary Table

a. The Bush administration, for inadequate regulation of the financial industry
b. The Obama administration, for not doing enough to turn the economy around

           - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                 Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
           NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
a. Bush    65     40      25    35     23      10        1        1
b. Obama   27     13      15    71     33      34        4        2

Trend:

a. The Bush administration, for inadequate regulation of the financial industry

          - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
9/12/09   65     40      25    35     23      10        1        1
7/18/09   62     42      20    36     23      11        1        2
3/29/09   70     47      23    29     21       7        1        2 

b. The Obama administration, for not doing enough to turn the economy around

          - Grt deal/Gd amt-    -- Some/Hardly any/None --- 
                Great   Good         Only   Hardly    None      No 
          NET   deal    amt    NET   some    any     (vol.)   opinion 
9/12/09   27     13      15    71     33      34        4        2
7/18/09   32     14      17    66     28      34        4        2
3/29/09   26     13      13    72     27      39        6        2

16. 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
9/12/09   46       30         16      48       12         36         6
8/17/09   45       27         18      50       10         40         5

17. How much do you feel you know about Obama's proposals to change the health care system - a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly anything?

--------- More ----------   -------------- Less -------------    No
          NET  Grt. deal  Good amt.   NET  Some  Hardly  Nothing (vol.)   opin.
9/12/09   55      19         36       44    31     12         1             1

18. Which of these comes closest to your own view: (The more I hear about the health care plan, the more I like it) or (The more I hear about the health care plan, the less I like it).

      More I like it   Less I like it   No opinion
9/12/09         41               54              5

Compare to: Clinton's health care plan

          More I like it   Less I like it   No opinion
2/27/94         44               51              5
11/14/93        41               53              6

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

Yes   No   No opinion    
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        *

20. Just your best guess, if the health care system is changed, do you think the quality of [ITEM] will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same?

9/12/09 - Summary Table

                      Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
a. your health care     16      32      50         2
b. health care for 
   most people          35      38      24         2
Trend:

a. your health care

          Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
9/12/09     16      32      50         2
8/17/09     19      33      47         2
6/21/09     16      31      50         3

Compare to: Under Clinton's plan, do you think the quality of the health care you receive will get better, get worse, or stay the same?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
7/17/94      20      39      38         4 
1/23/94      19      33      42         6 
11/14/93     20      36      42         3
10/10/93     19      34      44         3
9/22/93      27      27      42         5
9/19/93      19      31      46         4

b. health care for most people

          Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
9/12/09     35      38      24         2
8/17/09     37      38      23         2

Compare to: Do you think the quality of health care for MOST AMERICANS will get better, worse or stay the same?

           Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
11/14/93     39      27      29         4
10/10/93     39      29      30         3
9/22/93      50      19      25         5
9/19/93      36      29      31         4

21. And if the health care system is changed do you think [ITEM] will get (better), get (worse), or remain about the same?

9/12/09 - Summary Table

                                        Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
a. (IF INSURED) Your health insurance    
   coverage                               11      37      49         2
b. (IF NOT INSURED) Your ability to 
   get health insurance                   51      13      35         2
c. Your health care costs                 20      40      38         3

Trend:

a. (IF INSURED) Your health insurance coverage

          Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
9/12/09     11      37      49         2
8/17/09     14      40      43         3

b. (IF NOT INSURED) Your ability to get health insurance

          Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
9/12/09     51      13      35         2
8/17/09     56      10      30         4

c. Your health care costs

          Better   Worse   Same   No opinion
9/12/09     20      40      38         3
8/17/09     19      41      37         3

22. Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?


           -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No   
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/12/09   55       33         22      42       11         31         3
8/17/09   52       33         19      46       11         35         2
6/21/09   62       NA         NA      33       NA         NA         5

22a. (IF OPPOSE/NO OPINION FOR A GOVERNMENT PLAN) What if this government-sponsored plan was available only to people who cannot get health insurance from a private insurer - in that case, would you support or oppose it?

     Support   Oppose   No opinion
9/12/09     47        47          6

22/22a NET
          ------- Support -------
          NET   At first   Now do   Oppose   No opinion
9/12/09   76       55        21       24          *

23. Say health care reform does NOT include the option of a government-sponsored health plan - in that case would you support or oppose the rest of the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration)?

           Support   Oppose   No opinion
9/12/09     50        42          8

24. Which comes closer to the way you feel: government reform of the nation's health care system (is necessary to control costs and expand coverage), or government action on health care (will do more harm than good)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

         ------- Necessary -------   -- More harm than good --
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   No opinion
9/13/09   53       36         17      44       14         30           3
8/17/09   51       35         16      46       10         35           3
6/21/09   58       34         23      39       15         24           3

25. (Do you think it's possible to reform the health care system in a way that people who have coverage now can keep it without any changes if they want to), or (do you think health care reform will require everyone to make changes, whether they want to or not)?

       Reform possible     Reform will
          without changes   require changes   No opinion
9/12/09         49                48               3
6/21/09         38                58               4

26. Would you support or oppose a law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, either getting it from work or buying it on their own?


          Support   Oppose   No opinion
9/12/09     51        47           2
6/21/09     49        47           4

27. Do you think the health care plan creates too much government involvement in the nation's health care system, not enough government involvement or about the right amount?

      Too much   Not enough   Right amount   No opinion
9/12/09      45          12            41             1

Compare to: Clinton's plan

           Too much   Not enough   Right amount   No opinion
3/27/94       47          14            34             5
2/27/94       42          16            38             4
1/23/94       40          12            39             8
11/14/93      46          15            33             6
10/10/93      40          18            37             6
9/19/93       38          18            37             7

28. Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and over. Do you think health care reform would (strengthen) the Medicare program, (weaken) Medicare or have no effect on it?

       Strengthen   Weaken   No effect   No opinion
9/12/09       22         40        32            6

29. Do you think Obama and the Democrats in Congress should try to change the health care reform bill so some Republicans in Congress will also support it, or should they try to pass health care reform without Republican support?

       Try to change it to     Try to pass it without     No
          get Republican support     Republican support     opinion
9/12/09             71                       25                4

30. Do you think the Republicans in Congress are or are not making a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats on health care reform?

    
         Are   Are not   No opinion
9/12/09   31      62           7

31. Do you think Obama and the Democrats in Congress are or are not making a good faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans on health care reform?


        Are   Are not   No opinion
9/12/09   50      44           6

32. Who do you blame more for the negative tone of the health care debate - (Obama and the Democrats in Congress), (the Republicans in Congress), or both sides equally?

     Obama and                  Both     Other    Neither     No
         Democrats   Republicans   equally   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
9/12/09     17           31          49        1         1         1

33. Say a candidate for Congress supports the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by (Congress) and (the Obama administration). Would that make you more likely to [support] that candidate for Congress, more likely to [oppose] that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote? (IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Are you much more likely to support/oppose that candidate or somewhat more?

          ---- Support ----   ---- Oppose -----      No          No 
          NET   Much   Smwt   NET   Smwt   Much   difference   opinion
9/12/09   22     12     10    23      7     17       54           1
8/17/09   23     14      9    32      6     26       43           2

34. Would you support or oppose a law limiting the amount of money someone can collect if they win a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care?


          Support   Oppose   No opinion
9/12/09     63        34          3
6/21/09     57        42          2

35. In order to help pay for health care reform, would you support or oppose a federal tax on insurance companies when they sell high-cost health insurance policies with unusually high levels of benefits, known as Cadillac policies?

      Support   Oppose   No opinion
9/12/09     45        48          7

35a. (IF SUPPORT TAXING INSURANCE COMPANIES) What if insurance companies respond to this tax by raising the price of those policies - in that case would you support or oppose this tax?

      Support   Oppose   No opinion
9/12/09     49        50          1

35/35a NET

                    -------- Oppose -------
          Support   NET   At first   Now do   No opinion
9/12/09     23      71       48        23          7

36. Just your best guess, do you think health care reform would increase the federal budget deficit, decrease it, or have no effect? (IF INCREASE) Do you think it would increase it a great deal or somewhat?

    -------- Increase -------
          NET   Grt deal   Somewhat   Decrease   No effect   No opinion
9/12/09   65       39         26          9         24            2

37. On another subject, all in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan 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 
9/12/09    46       28         18      51       14         37         3
8/17/09    47       31         15      51       10         41         3
7/18/09    51       34         18      45       11         34         4
3/29/09    56       37         19      41       12         28         4
2/22/09    50       34         17      47        9         37         3
12/14/08   55       NA         NA      39       NA         NA         5
7/13/08    51       NA         NA      45       NA         NA         4
2/25/07    56       NA         NA      41       NA         NA         3

38. Do you think the number of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan should be (increased), (decreased), or kept about the same?

                                 Kept about     No
           Increased   Decreased    the same    opinion
9/12/09       26          42           28          4
8/17/09       24          45           27          4
1/16/09       34          29           32          5

39. Do you think (the United States must win the war in Afghanistan 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 Afghanistan)?

        US must win war in      Can be a success without US     No
           Afghanistan for success   winning war in Afghanistan    opinion
9/12/09              48                          45                   7
2/22/09              50                          41                   9
12/14/08             51                          40                   9
7/13/08              51                          42                   7

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)?

-Partisans-                           -Non-
		   					
                                                             Lean  Lean   No
           Democrat  Republican  Independent  Other  No op.  Dem.  Rep.  Lean
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.
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+
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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