September 17, 2009 - Dodd Inching Back Up In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Slide Continues

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Connecticut voters disapprove 49 - 43 percent of the job Sen. Christopher Dodd is doing, his best score in six months and better than his 52 - 42 percent disapproval July 23, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Sen. Dodd now trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger in the 2010 Senate race, 44 - 39 percent, also an improvement from his 48 - 39 percent deficit in a July 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In today's results, Simmons leads 82 - 4 percent among Republicans and 49 - 31 percent among independent voters, while Dodd leads 71 - 14 percent among Democrats. Dodd's biggest gain is among independent voters who backed Simmons 56 - 27 percent July 23.

In a Republican primary, Simmons gets 43 percent, while no other challenger tops 5 percent. Dodd leads businessman Merrick Alpert 56 - 13 percent in a Democratic primary.

Connecticut voters say 51 - 40 percent that Dodd is not honest and trustworthy and 59 percent say their opinion of Dodd is not changed after a Senate committee cleared Dodd of violating Senate rules in the V.I.P. mortgage deal.

"Sen. Christopher Dodd's approval keeps edging up, and he is bringing down his high negatives. For the first time in six months, his disapproval is under 50 percent, just barely," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Doug Schwartz, PhD. "But the incumbent has made only slight progress against Republican front-runner Rob Simmons. About 40 percent of voters will vote for anybody but Dodd, as evidenced by their willingness to vote for Republican candidates they haven't heard of.

"Simmons, the only challenger with any name recognition, gets 44 percent of the vote."

"Dodd's decision to be a leader on health care reform should work in his favor as a plurality of Connecticut voters like President Obama's health care plan and by a wide margin trust Obama more than the Republicans to handle the issue," Dr. Schwartz added.

By a 48 - 40 percent margin, Connecticut voters have an unfavorable opinion of Dodd, also his best score in six months.

Simmons gets a 41 - 11 percent favorability, with 46 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion. For other possible Republican challengers, 81 - 92 percent of voters don't know enough about them.

Despite the fact that these challengers are unknown, they trail Dodd in possible matchups by only two to six percentage points.

President Obama's Approval

Connecticut voters approve 57 - 36 percent of the job President Obama is doing, down from 63 - 32 percent July 23 and his lowest approval in the state since his inauguration.

The President gets an 89 - 7 percent approval from Democrats and a 56 - 37 percent score from independent voters, while Republicans turn thumbs down 84 - 12 percent.

Voters support Obama's health care plan 47 - 42 percent and split 47 - 45 percent in their approval of the way he is handling health care.

Connecticut voters support 64 - 30 percent giving people the option to buy health insurance from a government plan. But by a 68 - 26 percent margin they don't believe Obama's promise that the health care plan will not add to the deficit.

"Good news for Obama is that Connecticut voters trust him more than congressional Republicans 54 - 30 percent to handle health care," Schwartz said. "And voters believe 57 - 33 percent that these Republicans want Obama to fail and are not playing a constructive role in health care reform."

From September 10 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 921 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. The survey includes 248 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 6.2 percentage points and 342 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 5.3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data and RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Chris Dodd and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS
 
Dodd                 56%
Alpert               13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                25
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Chris Dodd and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS.......
                     Sep 17  Jul 22  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 56      52      44
Alpert               13      18      24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2
DK/NA                25      27      30
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Tom Foley, Peter Schiff and Sam Caligiuri, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
 
Simmons              43%
Foley                 5
Schiff                2
Caligiuri             4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                43
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Tom Foley, Peter Schiff and Sam Caligiuri, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS.......
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Simmons              43      42      48
Foley                 5       5      na
Schiff                2       -      na
Caligiuri             4       5      10
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2
DK/NA                43      45      39
 
 
3. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 39%     4%    71%    31%    31%    45%
Simmons              44     82     14     49     52     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      2      2      1
DK/NA                15     13     12     16     14     16
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 37%    44%    36%    40%    31%
Simmons              36     43     47     45     53
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      4      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      1      4
DK/NA                25     11     13     13     10
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 39      39      39      34      42
Simmons              44      48      45      50      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       1       2       1
DK/NA                15      10      13      12      12
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Sam Caligiuri the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 40%     9%    73%    31%    35%    45%
Caligiuri            36     72      7     41     43     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      2      2      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      3      3      1
DK/NA                20     17     18     22     18     22
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 37%    45%    35%    43%    34%
Caligiuri            30     37     46     38     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      5
DK/NA                30     13     15     15     23
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Sam Caligiuri the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 40      42      41      37      47
Caligiuri            36      40      39      41      34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       1       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2       2       2
DK/NA                20      15      17      17      16
 
 
5. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Tom Foley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 40%     4%    74%    30%    35%    43%
Foley                38     77      8     44     45     33
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      1      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      3      2      2
DK/NA                18     17     16     21     16     20
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 38%    45%    32%    43%    28%
Foley                36     38     50     40     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      5      2      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      1      4
DK/NA                24     13     12     14     27
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Tom Foley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 40      42      35
Foley                38      42      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2
DK/NA                18      14      16
 
 
6. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 42%     6%    77%    32%    36%    47%
Schiff               36     73      9     40     43     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      1      2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      3      3      1
DK/NA                19     19     12     22     17     20
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 37%    45%    36%    46%    38%
Schiff               33     38     46     36     34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      5
DK/NA                27     14     14     16     21
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23
                     2009    2009
 
Dodd                 42      43
Schiff               36      38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2
DK/NA                19      16
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            40%    14%    64%    33%    32%    45%
Unfavorable          48     71     19     57     58     40
Hvn't hrd enough     10     13     14      8      9     12
REFUSED               2      2      3      2      1      3
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            34%    40%    38%    46%    35%
Unfavorable          48     49     58     45     48
Hvn't hrd enough     15      9      2      7     14
REFUSED               3      1      2      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10  May 10  Feb 19
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2007    2007
 
Favorable            40      40      37      30      46      45      49
Unfavorable          48      50      51      58      45      31      30
Hvn't hrd enough     10       7       9       8       7      22      18
REFUSED               2       3       3       3       3       2       3
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            41%    59%    29%    43%    47%    37%
Unfavorable          11      2     16     10     11     10
Hvn't hrd enough     46     38     54     44     39     51
REFUSED               2      -      -      4      3      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            23%    48%    39%    40%    65%
Unfavorable           8     10     15     12     14
Hvn't hrd enough     68     39     45     47     20
REFUSED               1      3      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 17  Jul 22  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            41      39      34      39      36
Unfavorable          11      12      12      12      10
Hvn't hrd enough     46      48      53      47      53
REFUSED               2       1       1       2       1
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Sam Caligiuri favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            11%    13%     6%    14%    15%     8%
Unfavorable           5      4      6      3      6      4
Hvn't hrd enough     83     83     86     82     78     87
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable             5%    13%    15%    16%    10%
Unfavorable           4      7      8      5      1
Hvn't hrd enough     90     79     76     79     89
REFUSED               1      2      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Sam Caligiuri favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            11      12       9       8       9
Unfavorable           5       4       3       3       3
Hvn't hrd enough     83      84      87      88      88
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       1
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            12%    20%     5%    13%    13%    11%
Unfavorable           6      1      7      6      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     81     79     88     78     79     83
REFUSED               1      -      -      3      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            13%    14%     8%    11%     9%
Unfavorable           5      5     11      8      2
Hvn't hrd enough     80     80     81     79     88
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            12      17      12
Unfavorable           6       5       6
Hvn't hrd enough     81      77      80
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of - Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             6%     6%     6%     6%     7%     5%
Unfavorable           2      -      3      2      3      1
Hvn't hrd enough     92     94     90     92     90     94
REFUSED               -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable             6%     9%     5%     4%     5%
Unfavorable           2      1      1      3      1
Hvn't hrd enough     91     90     94     93     94
REFUSED               1      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable             6       7
Unfavorable           2       3
Hvn't hrd enough     92      89
REFUSED               -       1
 
 
12. Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             2%     1%     3%     1%     3%     1%
Unfavorable           2      6      2      -      2      2
Hvn't hrd enough     96     92     95     98     94     97
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      -      -
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable             -      1%     -      4%     2%
Unfavorable           -      1      4      3      5
Hvn't hrd enough     99     98     95     93     94
REFUSED               1      -      1      -      -
 
TREND:Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable             2       3       4
Unfavorable           2       1       2
Hvn't hrd enough     96      95      93
REFUSED               -       1       1
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    64%    34%    51%    49%    47%
Disapprove           45     26     60     42     47     43
DK/NA                 7     10      5      7      4      9
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              53%    48%    36%    46%    47%
Disapprove           39     46     51     47     47
DK/NA                 8      6     13      7      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10  Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2000    2008
 
Approve              48      46      46      46      46      80      38
Disapprove           45      46      44      47      46      14      54
DK/NA                 7       8      10       7       8       6       8
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              43%    18%    70%    36%    33%    52%
Disapprove           49     71     23     56     59     40
DK/NA                 8     11      7      7      8      8
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              40%    44%    40%    48%    40%
Disapprove           51     49     58     43     50
DK/NA                 9      6      2      9     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10  Apr 19  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2009
 
Approve              43      42      38      33      49      71      33
Disapprove           49      52      53      58      44      16      58
DK/NA                 8       6      10       9       7      13       9
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              57%    12%    89%    56%    49%    64%
Disapprove           36     84      7     37     43     30
DK/NA                 6      4      4      7      8      6
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              54%    59%    47%    60%    59%
Disapprove           43     33     47     31     36
DK/NA                 4      8      6      9      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              57      63      71      71      67      69
Disapprove           36      32      22      22      23      18
DK/NA                 6       5       7       7      10      13
 
 
25. Would you say that Chris Dodd is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  40%    18%    65%    32%    35%    44%
No                   51     67     27     61     57     46
DK/NA                 9     15      8      7      7     10
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  37%    42%    37%    45%    33%
No                   48     55     60     45     59
DK/NA                14      3      4     10      8
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Feb 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  40      35      35      32      41
No                   51      55      49      54      42
DK/NA                 9      10      15      13      17
 
 
26. Would you say that Chris Dodd has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  59%    36%    80%    55%    56%    61%
No                   35     54     16     39     38     32
DK/NA                 6     10      4      7      5      7
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  55%    56%    55%    65%    61%
No                   35     36     43     29     38
DK/NA                10      8      2      6      1
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  59      62      56      50
No                   35      32      35      43
DK/NA                 6       5       9       7
 
 
27. Would you say that Chris Dodd shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  42%    10%    72%    34%    38%    45%
No                   48     81     20     54     56     41
DK/NA                10      9      8     12      6     14
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  37%    48%    33%    44%    38%
No                   50     46     59     41     57
DK/NA                13      6      8     15      4
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  42      45      37
No                   48      49      48
DK/NA                10       7      15
 
 
28. As you may know, a Senate Committee that investigated a V.I.P. mortgage deal for Chris Dodd has cleared him of breaking Senate rules. Does this make you think more favorably of Senator Dodd, less favorably, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More favorably       14%     3%    27%    11%    11%    17%
Less favorably       26     42     15     27     26     25
Doesn't make diff    59     53     58     60     62     56
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
More favorably       11%    15%     3%    18%    17%
Less favorably       34     27     30     21     18
Doesn't make diff    54     57     65     61     63
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      2
 
 
42. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              47%     8%    77%    43%    41%    52%
Disapprove           45     85     14     49     53     38
DK/NA                 8      7      9      9      6     10
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care reform plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              47%     6%    77%    44%    40%    52%
Oppose               42     86     13     42     49     36
DK/NA                11      8     10     13     11     12
 
 
44. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
President Obama      54%     5%    88%    52%    45%    61%
Reps in Cong         30     75      6     28     32     28
DK/NA                16     19      5     20     22     12
 
 
45. Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              64%    28%    88%    61%    61%    67%
Oppose               30     59      9     33     34     26
DK/NA                 6     13      3      5      5      7
 
 
46. President Obama has pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our federal budget deficit over the next decade. Do you think that President Obama will be able to keep his promise or do you think any health care plan that Congress passes and President Obama signs will add to the federal budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Will keep promise    26%     1%    49%    20%    18%    32%
Will add to deficit  68     96     43     74     77     61
DK/NA                 6      3      8      6      4      7
 
 
47. Did President Obama's speech to Congress on health care make you more likely to support his plan, less likely to support his plan, did it make no difference in your support, or haven't you heard anything about his speech?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More likely          28%     5%    49%    23%    22%    32%
Less likely          18     41      3     20     19     17
Made no difference   38     42     32     40     45     33
Haven't heard        14     10     16     16     13     15
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      1      3
 
 
48. Do you think Republicans in Congress are playing a constructive role in improving a health care reform bill or do you think they just want President Obama to fail?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Playing const role   33%    70%    13%    32%    35%    31%
Want Obama to fail   57     17     81     56     57     56
DK/NA                11     13      6     12      8     13