April 16, 2009 - Republican Disapproval Up, But Obama Strong In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Want Crist To Stay In Tallahassee

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Florida voters' enthusiasm for President Barack Obama is waning a bit, but his 60 - 32 percent job approval remains strong, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters approve 55 - 36 percent of the President's approach to fixing the economy.

Closer to home, Florida voters prefer 42 - 26 percent that Gov. Charlie Crist seek another term in Tallahassee rather than the U.S. Senate. The feeling is consistent across the political spectrum and across the state.

Other potential U.S. Senate candidates on either side of the aisle are virtual unknowns, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

President Obama's job approval rating among Floridians is down slightly from 64 - 23 percent in a February 19 Quinnipiac University survey. The biggest change is the increase among those who disapprove of what he is doing. Obama goes from a negative 33 - 47 percent score among Republicans in February to a negative 22 - 70 percent today.

"The movement away from President Barack Obama, not surprisingly, comes from those who are Republicans and consider themselves to be conservatives," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But the President's support remains strong, and the numbers show that tens of thousands of Floridians who didn't vote for him last November like what he is doing in office."

By a 50 - 43 percent margin, Florida voters say the President's recently announced $1 trillion program to buy bad loans from banks should not be done, identical to the margin of opposition in a Quinnipiac University national poll earlier this month.

Floridians think 77 - 20 percent that the government should limit the amount of money that companies that take federal funds pay their executives. Even when companies don't take government bailout money, 25 percent say the government should limit executive compensation, while 70 percent oppose such limits. And voters say 47 - 41 percent that directors and executives of companies that take federal money to survive should not be forced to resign.

The Quinnipiac University national poll April 1 found all American voters, by an 81 - 16 percent margin want to limit pay at companies that took federal money. They oppose 64 - 30 percent limiting pay for companies that don't get federal help, and by a 47 - 44 percent margin, Americans think those executives and board members at bailed-out firms should be forced out.

"As a group, Floridians seem to be slightly less supportive of government action and regulation of the private sector," said Brown.

By a 64 - 22 percent margin, Florida voters have a favorable opinion of Gov. Christ, with his 64 - 19 percent favorability among Democrats and his 65 - 23 percent score among independent voters as good as his 67 - 24 percent favorability among Republicans.

Voters approve 53 - 33 percent of the way Crist is handling the economy.

"Given the Governor's popularity, he is likely to be a strong candidate for whichever office he seeks," said Brown. "The other potential candidates for the Senate are not nearly as well-known or as well-liked as is Crist."

State Sen. Kendrick Meek get 16 percent when Democrats are asked who they want to be the party's Senate candidate in 2010, with 15 percent for Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. But they are so unknown that four out of five Floridians have no opinion of them. Except for Crist, a similar lack of visibility is true on the Republican side also. If Crist stays out of the Senate race U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan does best among Republicans, with 16 percent, but 73 percent of all voters don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

From April 6 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,332 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. The survey includes 570 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points and 474 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or 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 Pam Iorio, Dan Gelber, Ron Klein and Kendrick Meek?
                     Reg
                     Dems
 
Iorio                15%
Gelber                5
Klein                 8
Meek                 16
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                53
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat)If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were - Pam Iorio, Dan Gelber, Ron Klein and Kendrick Meek, for whom would you vote?(na:Not Asked)
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRAT....
                     Apr 16  Feb 18   Jan 21
                     2009    2009     2009
 
Iorio                15        16       na
Gelber                5         5       na
Klein                 8        14        9
Meek                 16        16       13
Sink                 na        na       15
Boyd                 na        na        8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -         2       na
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2         4       na
DK/NA                53        43       54
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Marco Rubio, Allan Bense and Vern Buchanan, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Reps
 
Rubio                11%
Bense                 3
Buchanan             16
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                66
 
TREND:(If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Marco Rubio, Allan Bense and Vern Buchanan, for whom would you vote?(na:Not Asked)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21
                     2009    2009    2009
 
McCollum             na       na      22
Rubio                11        6       6
Bense                 3        4       2
Buchanan             16       11      10
Mack                 na       34      21
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2        2      na
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2        5      na
DK/NA                66       38      40
 
 
3. (If registered Republican) Suppose Governor Charlie Crist decides to run for United States Senator. If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio, Allan Bense and Vern Buchanan, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Reps
 
Crist                54%
Rubio                 8
Bense                 2
Buchanan              8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                25
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) Suppose Governor Charlie Crist decides to run for United States Senator. If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were - Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio, Allan Bense and Vern Buchanan, for whom would you vote?(na:Not Asked)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Apr 16  Feb 18
                     2009    2009
 
Crist                54      53
Rubio                 8       3
Bense                 2       2
Buchanan              8       5
Mack                 na      13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1
DK/NA                25      21
 
 
4. Is your opinion of - Kendrick Meek favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            11%     3%    23%     6%    13%    10%     3%
Unfavorable           6      9      2      7      7      5      7
Hvn't hrd enough     82     87     74     86     79     85     89
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable             8%     5%     7%     2%    27%
Unfavorable           6      6      5      4      8
Hvn't hrd enough     85     88     87     94     65
REFUSED               1      1      -      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Kendrick Meek favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*Congressman Kendrick Meek)
                     Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21  Nov 18
                     2009    2009*   2009*   2008*
 
Favorable            11      12      14      14
Unfavorable           6       6       6       8
Hvn't hrd enough     82      80      79      76
REFUSED               1       2       1       2
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Ron Klein favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             9%     5%    15%     8%    10%     8%     5%
Unfavorable           4      4      4      4      4      4      3
Hvn't hrd enough     86     90     81     86     86     86     91
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable             5%     5%     5%     6%    21%
Unfavorable           1      2      3      1     11
Hvn't hrd enough     93     93     92     91     67
REFUSED               1      1      -      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Ron Klein favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*Congressman Ron Klein )
                     Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21
                     2009    2009*   2009*
 
Favorable             9      12      11
Unfavorable           4       5       6
Hvn't hrd enough     86      82      82
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Dan Gelber favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             6%     3%     9%     5%     6%     5%     4%
Unfavorable           2      3      1      3      3      1      3
Hvn't hrd enough     91     94     90     91     90     93     93
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      -      1      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable             7%     5%     4%     -     10%
Unfavorable           2      2      2      2      2
Hvn't hrd enough     90     92     94     98     87
REFUSED               2      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Dan Gelber favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*State Senator, **Senator-elect)
                     Apr 16  Feb 18  Nov 18
                     2009    2009*   2008**
 
Favorable             6       4       8
Unfavorable           2       4       3
Hvn't hrd enough     91      91      87
REFUSED               1       1       2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Pam Iorio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            16%    14%    18%    16%    15%    17%    15%
Unfavorable           4      5      4      2      4      5      7
Hvn't hrd enough     79     79     77     80     81     77     76
REFUSED               1      2      -      2      1      2      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable             4%    53%     5%    17%     3%
Unfavorable           2     11      2      2      3
Hvn't hrd enough     93     35     92     78     93
REFUSED               2      2      1      3      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Pam Iorio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her? (*Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio)
                     Apr 16  Feb 18
                     2009    2009*
 
Favorable            16      17
Unfavorable           4       5
Hvn't hrd enough     79      76
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Marco Rubio, favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            10%    18%     4%     7%    10%     9%     8%
Unfavorable          11      7     16     11     12     10      9
Hvn't hrd enough     78     73     78     81     76     79     81
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      2      1      3
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable             6%    10%     7%    10%    15%
Unfavorable           8     13      7      7     19
Hvn't hrd enough     82     77     85     83     65
REFUSED               3      1      1      -      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Marco Rubio, favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio)
                     Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21
                     2009    2009*   2009*
 
Favorable            10      12      13
Unfavorable          11      18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     78      69      69
REFUSED               2       1       -
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Vern Buchanan, favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            17%    29%     8%    15%    18%    15%    27%
Unfavorable           9      4     15      8      8      9      7
Hvn't hrd enough     73     66     77     75     73     73     64
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      1      2      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            16%    26%    12%    30%     8%
Unfavorable           2     22      3      7      9
Hvn't hrd enough     81     48     84     62     81
REFUSED               2      3      1      -      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Vern Buchanan, favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*Congressman Vern Buchanan)
                     Apr 16  Feb 18  Jan 21
                     2009    2009*   2009*
 
Favorable            17      17      18
Unfavorable           9      10       9
Hvn't hrd enough     73      72      72
REFUSED               2       1       1
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Allan Bense favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             5%    10%     5%     2%     7%     4%     6%
Unfavorable           2      1      2      3      2      2      3
Hvn't hrd enough     91     87     92     93     89     92     89
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      1      2      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            10%     4%     5%     7%     2%
Unfavorable           3      3      1      2      2
Hvn't hrd enough     83     92     93     91     94
REFUSED               4      1      -      -      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Allan Bense favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*former State House Speaker Allan Bense)
                     Apr 16  Feb 18
                     2009    2009*
 
Favorable             5       8
Unfavorable           2       9
Hvn't hrd enough     91      82
REFUSED               2       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of - Charlie Crist favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            64%    67%    64%    65%    64%    65%    66%
Unfavorable          22     24     19     23     23     22     26
Hvn't hrd enough     10      6     12     10     10     11      6
REFUSED               3      2      5      2      3      3      1
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            57%    68%    61%    73%    67%
Unfavorable          27     20     24     15     21
Hvn't hrd enough     11      9     13     11      8
REFUSED               5      3      2      1      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Charlie Crist favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Apr 16  Feb 19  Jan 21  Nov 18
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            64      68      67      65
Unfavorable          22      21      21      22
Hvn't hrd enough     10       9      10      10
REFUSED               3       3       2       2
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              52%    39%    67%    51%    50%    54%    42%
Disapprove           24     40     12     21     29     19     34
DK/NA                24     22     22     27     21     27     24
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              47%    58%    51%    53%    50%
Disapprove           31     23     26     21     19
DK/NA                22     19     23     26     31
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 16  Feb 19  Jan 21  Nov 18  Sep 8   Feb 6   Aug 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007    2004
 
Approve              52      48      53      51      49      54      42
Disapprove           24      22      19      22      23      18      18
DK/NA                24      30      29      27      28      28      40
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mel Martinez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              42%    56%    35%    39%    41%    43%    51%
Disapprove           35     25     44     35     40     31     27
DK/NA                23     19     21     26     20     26     22
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              44%    42%    43%    45%    37%
Disapprove           34     39     29     34     41
DK/NA                22     18     28     22     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mel Martinez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 16  Feb 19  Jan 21  Nov 18  Sep 8   Feb 6   Oct 24
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007    2007
 
Approve              42      43      42      42      37      48      35
Disapprove           35      31      30      33      32      22      34
DK/NA                23      26      28      25      31      29      31
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              60%    22%    94%    64%    56%    64%    35%
Disapprove           32     70      3     27     38     27     55
DK/NA                 8      8      3      9      6      9      9
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              49%    61%    57%    58%    73%
Disapprove           44     32     33     33     21
DK/NA                 7      7     10      9      6
 
                     PRES VOTE 08
                     Obama  McCain
 
Approve              95%    21%
Disapprove            2     68
DK/NA                 3     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Apr 16  Feb 19
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              60      64
Disapprove           32      23
DK/NA                 8      13
 
 
19. Would you say that Barack Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or about what you expected?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Better               28%    11%    46%    27%    27%    30%    15%
Worse                15     32      2     13     19     11     28
As expected          52     54     49     54     49     54     55
DK/NA                 5      3      3      6      5      5      2
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Better               20%    27%    24%    27%    40%
Worse                20     15     14     16     12
As expected          53     55     57     51     44
DK/NA                 7      4      5      6      3
 
                     PRES VOTE 08  PRES APPROVAL Q18
                     Obama  McCain App    Dis
 
Better               45%    11%    43%     3%
Worse                 1     32      -     45
As expected          51     55     54     49
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4
 
 
20. Is your opinion of -- Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            63%    27%    96%    66%    58%    68%    34%
Unfavorable          30     64      3     26     37     24     53
Hvn't hrd enough      5      7      1      7      4      6      9
REFUSED               1      2      -      1      1      2      3
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Favorable            51%    63%    63%    58%    77%
Unfavorable          41     32     31     33     17
Hvn't hrd enough      6      3      5      7      6
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 16  Feb 19  Jan 21  May 22  May 1   Feb 19  Feb 07
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2009    2007
 
Favorable            63      69      66      44      47      69      37
Unfavorable          30      22      16      40      36      22      18
Hvn't hrd enough      5       6      12      14      14       6      44
REFUSED               1       3       5       2       3       3       1
 
 
23. If Charlie Crist runs for political office in 2010, would you prefer that he run for reelection as Governor or for United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Governor             42%    40%    42%    44%    42%    41%    37%
Senator              26     32     23     25     27     25     33
NEITHER (VOL)        16     15     19     15     17     16     16
DK/NA                16     13     16     15     13     19     14
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Governor             36%    43%    43%    48%    41%
Senator              26     30     26     30     21
(VOL) NEITHER        19     14     18      7     18
DK/NA                19     13     14     14     20
 
TREND: If Charlie Crist runs for political office in 2010, would you prefer that he run for reelection as Governor or for United States Senator?
                     Apr 16  Feb 18
                     2009    2009
 
Governor             42      41
Senator              26      22
NEITHER (VOL)        16      19
DK/NA                16      19
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charlie Crist is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              53%    57%    53%    52%    58%    48%    50%
Disapprove           33     30     33     35     28     37     35
DK/NA                14     13     14     13     13     16     16
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              53%    59%    44%    67%    51%
Disapprove           36     30     35     20     35
DK/NA                11     11     21     13     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              47%    46%    59%    50%    57%    58%    52%    54%
Disapprove           36     43     27     34     32     30     33     32
DK/NA                17     12     14     16     11     13     15     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charlie Crist is handling the economy?
                     Apr 16  Feb 18  Nov 19
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Approve              53      52      46
Disapprove           33      31      33
DK/NA                14      16      21
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              55%    23%    88%    55%    50%    60%    30%
Disapprove           36     69      6     34     41     30     58
DK/NA                 9      8      6     12      8     10     12
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Approve              46%    56%    54%    50%    67%
Disapprove           46     35     38     36     25
DK/NA                 8      9      8     14      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              61%    56%    53%    59%    55%    53%    54%    57%
Disapprove           27     35     39     31     38     40     35     36
DK/NA                11      9      8     10      7      7     10      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Apr 16  Feb 19
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              55      59
Disapprove           36      28
DK/NA                 9      13
 
 
27. Do you think President Obama is trying to do too much too soon or do you think the issues President Obama faces need swift action?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Too much             35%    66%    12%    32%    37%    34%    56%
Swift action         56     26     82     59     53     59     36
DK/NA                 9      8      6      9     10      7      8
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Too much             44%    33%    41%    37%    24%
Swift action         48     58     50     48     71
DK/NA                 8     10      9     15      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Too much             31%    31%    40%    33%    37%    36%    36%    34%
Swift action         60     62     51     57     56     58     54     60
DK/NA                 9      7      9     11      6      6     10      5
 
 
28. President Obama has called for raising taxes on those who earn more than 250,000 dollars a year. Do you think this will be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or not affect the economy?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good                 45%    16%    71%    47%    39%    50%    30%
Bad                  31     64      5     29     38     26     48
Not affect           17     15     17     20     17     17     16
DK/NA                 7      6      8      4      6      8      7
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Good                 43%    49%    38%    45%    50%
Bad                  37     26     32     39     28
Not affect           14     18     23     12     13
DK/NA                 6      7      7      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Good                 44%    45%    45%    51%    43%    34%    46%    42%
Bad                  31     33     31     23     35     48     30     35
Not affect           21     17     15     18     19     14     16     20
DK/NA                 4      5      8      8      4      4      8      4
 
 
29. President Obama has said he wants increased government regulation of business. Do you think this will be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or not affect the economy?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good                 43%    15%    69%    43%    40%    45%    22%
Bad                  38     72      9     35     45     31     59
Not affect            9      7     11      9      8     10     11
DK/NA                11      5     12     13      7     14      8
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Good                 38%    40%    38%    42%    55%
Bad                  45     36     41     42     27
Not affect            7     11      9      7     10
DK/NA                10     13     12      9      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Good                 42%    47%    40%    45%    41%    43%    39%    51%
Bad                  29     42     39     29     45     44     38     38
Not affect           12      6     10     12      6      7     11      5
DK/NA                17      5     12     14      8      6     12      6
 
 
30. The Obama administration just announced a new one trillion dollar program to buy bad loans from banks. Which comes closer to your view - It should be done because this is a necessary step to give banks the ability to lend again so that businesses and individuals can get credit needed to restart the economy or It should not be done because the program risks too much taxpayer money and there is no guarantee the taxpayer will ever be paid back?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Should be done       43%    18%    65%    44%    44%    42%    28%
Should not be done   50     78     25     51     50     50     67
DK/NA                 7      4     10      6      5      9      4
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Should be done       36%    39%    42%    44%    53%
Should not be done   57     52     54     50     39
DK/NA                 8      9      4      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Should be done       42%    45%    42%    45%    43%    41%    41%    47%
Should not be done   52     49     51     49     52     50     52     46
DK/NA                 6      6      8      6      6      9      7      7
 
 
31. Do you think the government should limit the amount of money that companies that are taking federal funds pay their executives?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  77%    62%    91%    80%    72%    82%    68%
No                   20     36      7     18     26     15     29
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      3      3
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Yes                  75%    79%    74%    77%    82%
No                   20     18     24     23     18
DK/NA                 5      4      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  80%    76%    77%    81%    78%    71%    80%    73%
No                   17     22     21     17     21     27     18     26
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      1      2      2      2
 
 
32. Do you think the government should limit the amount of money that companies NOT taking federal funds pay their executives?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  25%    15%    36%    23%    17%    32%    19%
No                   70     81     60     72     80     61     75
DK/NA                 5      3      4      5      3      7      6
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Yes                  21%    28%    21%    25%    30%
No                   74     67     76     68     66
DK/NA                 5      5      4      7      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  22%    21%    28%    33%    20%    16%    27%    20%
No                   72     77     66     61     77     82     67     77
DK/NA                 6      3      5      6      2      2      6      3
 
 
33. When a company takes federal money to avoid failing, do you think the board of directors and the top executives should be forced to resign or not?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  41%    32%    45%    47%    40%    43%    37%
No                   47     59     42     41     49     45     51
DK/NA                12      8     13     12     11     12     12
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Yes                  33%    42%    40%    37%    51%
No                   52     43     51     54     39
DK/NA                15     15      9      9     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  30%    43%    45%    45%    41%    36%    43%    37%
No                   62     49     41     43     47     57     45     52
DK/NA                 8      8     14     13     11      6     12     11
 
 
34. Do you think executives of companies that are taking federal money to avoid collapse are the victims of circumstances no one could have anticipated, or are they incompetent, or are they guilty of criminal fraud?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Victims              17%    25%    13%    13%    14%    19%    20%
Incompetent          37     37     36     43     43     32     39
Guilty               29     20     36     30     24     33     28
DK/NA                17     18     15     14     19     16     14
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Victims              21%    14%    16%    17%    15%
Incompetent          37     46     35     39     32
Guilty               27     25     32     28     31
DK/NA                16     15     17     16     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Victims              22%    18%    15%    17%    17%    19%    16%    17%
Incompetent          32     37     40     35     39     42     36     40
Guilty               25     32     29     33     27     19     32     22
DK/NA                20     13     17     14     17     20     15     21
 
 
35. As you may know, President Obama has just proposed his budget. Critics say his budget is too costly because it would double the national debt in ten years. Supporters say the money is necessary to fix the economic crisis and address national problems such as education and health care. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                                                               WtBrnagn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Too costly           40%    76%     8%    38%    46%    35%    60%
Necessary            55     19     89     53     49     60     33
DK/NA                 5      5      3      8      6      5      7
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Too costly           48%    39%    44%    41%    30%
Necessary            46     57     50     52     66
DK/NA                 6      4      7      7      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Too costly           32%    40%    43%    35%    42%    49%    39%    42%
Necessary            61     57     50     59     53     49     54     55
DK/NA                 6      3      6      6      5      2      7      2