March 17, 2010 - McMahon Wrestles To The Top In GOP Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Connecticut Poll Finds; Blumenthal Hammers Her 2-1

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Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, surging from a 10-point deficit two months ago, now leads former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons 44 - 34 percent in the Republican primary for the Connecticut U.S. Senate contest, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This reverses a 37 - 27 percent Simmons lead in a January 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In this latest poll, businessman Peter Schiff has 9 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal tops Merrick Alpert 81 - 6 percent in a Democratic Senate primary and stomps his Republican opponents:
  • 61 - 28 percent over McMahon, compared to 64 - 23 percent January 14;
  • 62 - 26 percent over Simmons, compared to 62 - 27 percent;
  • 64 - 21 percent over Schiff, compared to 66 - 19 percent.
Blumenthal gets a 79 - 13 percent approval rating, continuing a 10-month string of approval ratings of 78 points or higher, and a 70 - 18 percent favorability rating.

"What explains Linda McMahon's rise in the polls? Money. She is the only Senate candidate on TV right now. She quickly has become as well-known and well-liked among Republicans as the former frontrunner for the Republican nomination, three-term Congressman Rob Simmons," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"In the general election, however, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has a commanding lead over all three potential Republican opponents. Blumenthal's approval rating continues near 80 percent. While money could make the difference in the Republican primary, it will have less of an effect in the general election. It is very hard to change the public's opinion of an elected official they have known and liked for 20 years."

Favorability ratings for other Connecticut U.S. Senate candidates are:
  • Alpert: 93 percent don't know enough about him to form an opinion;
  • McMahon: 36 - 26 percent with 36 percent who don't know enough about her;
  • Simmons: 38 - 21 percent with 40 percent who don't know enough about him;
  • Schiff: 85 percent don't know enough about him.
Connecticut voters say 46 - 36 percent they prefer a candidate who relies on campaign donations, rather than a wealthy candidate who relies on his/her own funds. Results are similar among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.

The next Connecticut U.S. Senator should generally support President Barack Obama's policies, voters say 56 - 36 percent.

Connecticut voters approve 54 - 42 percent of the job President Obama is doing, compared to 55 - 41 percent January 14 and Obama's lowest score in the state since he was inaugurated. Voters disapprove 52 - 42 percent of the way the President is handling health care and disapprove 50 - 46 percent of the way he is handling the economy, but approve 54 - 39 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy.

Voters mostly disapprove 48 - 40 percent of the proposed health care reform pending in Congress. Democrats approve 68 - 22 percent, while disapproval is 87 - 7 percent among Republicans and 50 - 34 percent among independent voters. The proposed health care legislation is too complicated, 59 percent say, while 32 percent say changes must be complex to be effective.

Only 16 percent of Connecticut voters trust the government in Washington to do the right thing almost all of the time or most of the time, while 53 percent say the federal government does right some of the time and 30 percent say "hardly ever."

But only 23 percent of Connecticut voters say they are Tea Party supporters. That group includes 50 percent of Republicans, 4 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independent voters.

"While very few voters trust the government in Washington to do what is right most of the time, President Barack Obama still gets a 54 percent job approval," Dr. Schwartz said.

From March 9 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,451 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The survey includes 549 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points and 387 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5 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 or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
7. (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Blumenthal           81%    79%    82%
Alpert                6      9      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      -
DK/NA                13     11     14
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS
                     Mar 17  Jan 14
                     2010    2010
Blumenthal           81      82
Alpert                6       4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -       2
DK/NA                13      12
 
 
21a. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Linda McMahon and Peter Schiff, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS............................
                                           Lib/          TeaPrty Prefer
                     Tot    Men    Wom     Mod    Con    SuppQ47 OutQ50
Simmons              34%    38%    28%     39%    29%    29%     29%
McMahon              44     40     50      37     50     47      51
Schiff                9     12      5       6      9     11      11
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      2       3      -      -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -       1      -      -       -
DK/NA                12      9     15      14     11     13       8
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Linda McMahon and Peter Schiff, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS...............................
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
Simmons              34      37      28      43      42      48
McMahon              44      27      17      na      na      na
Schiff                9       4       5       2       -      na
Foley                na      na       9       5       5      na
Caligiuri            na      na       4       4       5      10
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       -       2       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                12      28      36      43      45      39
 
 
25. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Blumenthal           62%    30%    91%    56%    56%    68%
Simmons              26     62      4     28     35     18
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      1      1      1
DK/NA                10      7      5     13      8     12
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 17  Jan 14
                     2010    2010
Blumenthal           62      62
Simmons              26      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1
DK/NA                10      10
 
 
26. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Linda McMahon the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Blumenthal           61%    31%    90%    54%    56%    65%
McMahon              28     63      4     32     33     24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      -      1      1      -
DK/NA                10      5      5     13      9     11
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Linda McMahon the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 17  Jan 14
                     2010    2010
Blumenthal           61      64
McMahon              28      23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1
DK/NA                10      11
 
 
27. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Blumenthal           64%    36%    92%    58%    59%    69%
Schiff               21     53      2     23     28     15
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      1      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      2      1      2
DK/NA                13     10      6     17     12     14
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 17  Jan 14
                     2010    2010
Blumenthal           64      66
Schiff               21      19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1
DK/NA                13      14
 
 
28. Is your opinion of - Richard Blumenthal favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            70%    52%    85%    68%    64%    75%
Unfavorable          18     41      3     19     25     12
Hvn't hrd enough     10      6     12      9      9     11
REFUSED               2      1      -      3      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Richard Blumenthal favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Feb 10
                     2010    2010    2009
Favorable            70      74      71
Unfavorable          18      13      13
Hvn't hrd enough     10      12      15
REFUSED               2       1       2
 
 
29. Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable             4%     3%     5%     3%     4%     3%
Unfavorable           3      2      3      3      4      2
Hvn't hrd enough     93     94     91     94     92     94
REFUSED               -      -      -      -      1      -
 
TREND:Is your opinion of Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
Favorable             4       3       1       2       3       4
Unfavorable           3       3       3       2       1       2
Hvn't hrd enough     93      93      96      96      95      93
REFUSED               -       1       -       -       1       1
 
 
30. Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            38%    63%    31%    34%    47%    30%
Unfavorable          21     14     24     21     23     20
Hvn't hrd enough     40     22     44     43     29     49
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             Favorable.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  Sep 17  May 27
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
Favorable            38      36      40      41      39      41      34
Unfavorable          21      18      10      11      12      11      12
Hvn't hrd enough     40      45      49      46      48      46      53
REFUSED               1       2       1       2       1       2       1
 
 
31. Is your opinion of - Linda McMahon favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            36%    63%    20%    40%    39%    34%
Unfavorable          26     16     37     21     26     26
Hvn't hrd enough     36     19     42     36     34     38
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Linda McMahon favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12
                     2010    2010    2009
Favorable            36      24      20
Unfavorable          26      21      13
Hvn't hrd enough     36      54      66
REFUSED               2       1       1
 
 
32. Is your opinion of - Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            10%    19%     3%    12%    13%     7%
Unfavorable           6      2      7      6      8      3
Hvn't hrd enough     85     78     90     83     79     90
REFUSED               -      1      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
Favorable            10       8       7       6       7
Unfavorable           6       5       4       2       3
Hvn't hrd enough     85      86      88      92      89
REFUSED               -       1       1       -       1
 
 
35. 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              39%    54%    27%    44%    40%    38%
Disapprove           54     41     67     49     55     52
DK/NA                 7      5      6      7      5     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2000    2008
Approve              39      39      49      48      46      80      38
Disapprove           54      54      44      45      46      14      54
DK/NA                 7       6       8       7       8       6       8
 
 
36. 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              35%    14%    60%    27%    28%    41%
Disapprove           58     84     32     65     67     49
DK/NA                 7      2      8      8      5     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or dispprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  Apr 19  Apr 2
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2001    2009
Approve              35      36      40      43      42      71      33
Disapprove           58      58      54      49      52      16      58
DK/NA                 7       6       6       8       6      13       9
 
 
37. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              79%    64%    90%    79%    73%    84%
Disapprove           13     31      2     14     19      8
DK/NA                 8      6      8      7      8      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 18  Jan 14  Nov 10  Sep 16  Jul 22  Jan 14  Nov 23
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010    2004
Approve              79      84      78      78      79      84      71
Disapprove           13      11      13      14      13      11      15
DK/NA                 8       5       9       8       8       5      13
 
 
38. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              54%    12%    86%    48%    47%    60%
Disapprove           42     84     12     48     49     35
DK/NA                 4      4      2      4      4      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 71% Apr 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 17  Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Mar 17
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2010
Approve              54      55      58      57      63      71      54
Disapprove           42      41      35      36      32      22      42
DK/NA                 4       4       7       6       5       7       4
 
 
39. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              46%    10%    77%    39%    39%    51%
Disapprove           50     88     21     58     57     45
DK/NA                 4      3      2      3      4      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Mar 17  Nov 12  Jul 23  Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
Approve              46      52      57      62      63
Disapprove           50      43      38      27      21
DK/NA                 4       4       5      11      16
 
 
40. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              54%    21%    79%    50%    50%    56%
Disapprove           39     75     16     42     44     35
DK/NA                 7      4      6      8      5      9
 
 
41. Do you think Barack Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Better               51%    12%    82%    43%    44%    57%
Worse                23     56      2     24     25     21
About the same       24     28     14     30     29     19
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      2      3
 
 
43. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Very satisfied        -      -      1%     -      1%     -
Smwht satisfied      28      7     41     27     20     34
Smwht dissatisfied   37     38     41     35     39     36
Very dissatisfied    34     56     16     37     40     28
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Mar 17  Jul 2   Sep 28  Sep 30  Aug 19
                     2010    2008    2006    2004    2004
Very satisfied        -       1       3       6       6
Smwht satisfied      28      13      27      35      36
Smwht dissatisfied   37      37      34      33      31
Very dissatisfied    34      49      36      25      26
DK/NA                 1       -       -       1       1
 
 
44. Which comes closer to your view: government should do more to solve problems or government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Gov shld do more     44%    15%    70%    37%    40%    48%
Doing too much       49     84     23     56     55     45
DK/NA                 7      1      8      7      6      8
 
 
45. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right - almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Almost all the time   1%     -      1%     2%     1%     1%
Most of the time     15      8     23     13     11     18
Some of the time     53     51     62     48     49     57
Hardly ever          30     39     14     36     38     22
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
47. Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Yes                  23%    50%     4%    25%    26%    20%
No                   63     41     81     59     62     64
DK/NA                14      9     15     16     12     16
 
 
48. How worried are you about the direction of the nation's economy in the next year? Would you say you are very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Very worried         44%    63%    26%    49%    46%    43%
Smwht worried        44     32     56     41     43     45
Not too worried       9      4     14      8      8     11
Not worried at all    2      1      4      1      2      2
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
49. Which type of Senate candidate would you prefer: a candidate who funds their campaign mostly with private donations or a wealthy candidate who funds their campaign mostly with their own funds?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Donations            46%    48%    50%    44%    46%    46%
Own funds            36     35     33     38     34     38
DK/NA                18     16     17     18     20     15
 
 
50. Which type of candidate would you prefer to see as a United States Senator, someone with years of political experience or a political outsider?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Experience           45%    31%    62%    39%    36%    54%
Outsider             45     63     28     51     56     36
DK/NA                 9      6     10      9      9     10
 
 
51. Does Richard Blumenthal's experience as State Attorney General make you more likely to vote for him for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
More likely          60%    37%    79%    57%    53%    66%
Less likely          13     34      2     13     19      8
Doesn't make diff    25     27     18     29     27     24
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      2
 
 
52. Does Rob Simmons' experience as a Congressman make you more likely to vote for him for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
More likely          21%    34%    18%    20%    27%    17%
Less likely          21     23     20     20     24     18
Doesn't make diff    52     38     59     53     46     58
DK/NA                 6      5      4      7      4      7
 
 
53. Does Linda McMahon's experience as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment make you more likely to vote for her for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
More likely          15%    26%     8%    18%    19%    13%
Less likely          33     23     43     28     34     32
Doesn't make diff    49     49     47     51     46     51
DK/NA                 3      2      2      4      2      4
 
 
54. Is your opinion of professional wrestling favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            17%    18%    18%    17%    19%    16%
Unfavorable          54     50     59     52     52     56
Hvn't hrd enough     22     24     19     23     20     24
REFUSED               7      8      4      8      9      5
 
 
55. Would you like to see the next United States Senator elected from Connecticut generally support Barack Obama's policies or oppose Barack Obama's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Support              56%    14%    88%    50%    49%    62%
Oppose               36     80      8     39     45     29
DK/NA                 8      7      4     11      7      9
 
 
56. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              42%     7%    70%    37%    37%    47%
Disapprove           52     92     26     55     58     46
DK/NA                 6      1      4      8      4      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Mar 17  Nov 12  Sep 17
                     2010    2009    2009
Approve              42      45      47
Disapprove           52      48      45
DK/NA                 6       8       8
 
 
57. 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      51%     7%    86%    44%    46%    55%
Reps in Cong         31     79      7     31     37     27
DK/NA                18     14      7     25     18     18
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Mar 17  Nov 12  Sep 17
                     2010    2009    2009
President Obama      51      49      54
Reps in Cong         31      33      30
DK/NA                18      18      16
 
 
58. From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Mostly approve       40%     7%    68%    34%    38%    43%
Mostly disapprove    48     87     22     50     53     43
DK/NA                12      5     10     16      9     14
 
 
59. Generally speaking, do you think the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress go too far, not far enough, or are they about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Too far              41%    76%    19%    43%    46%    36%
Not far enough       28      7     45     25     28     29
About right          20      7     28     20     18     22
DK/NA                11     10      8     13      8     14
 
 
60. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Too complicated      59%    86%    41%    63%    61%    58%
Have to be complex   32     11     51     27     32     33
DK/NA                 8      3      8      9      7     10
 
 
61. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Too expensive        52%    82%    30%    55%    59%    46%
About right          35      7     57     32     32     38
DK/NA                13     10     13     12      9     17
 
 
62. Do you think the government should or should not require businesses to offer private health insurance for their full-time employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Require              70%    55%    86%    66%    62%    77%
Should not require   25     41     10     29     31     19
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      7      4
 
 
63. Do you think the government should or should not 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Require              60%    29%    82%    58%    56%    64%
Should not require   35     66     15     37     40     31
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      5      5
 
 
64. Do you think the government should or should not require insurance companies to sell coverage to people regardless of pre-existing conditions?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Require              83%    72%    91%    84%    77%    89%
Should not require   13     24      5     13     19      7
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      4      4
 
 
65. Do you think lawmakers in Washington should keep trying to pass a health care reform plan, or should they give up on health care reform?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Keep trying          70%    41%    88%    70%    67%    73%
Give up              26     56     11     25     30     23
DK/NA                 3      3      1      5      3      4