March 4, 2009 - U.S. Voters Say 'no He Can't' Fix Economy In 2 Years Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Say Mortgage Plan Is Not Fair, But They Support It

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American voters don't believe either President Barack Obama or "the federal government" will solve the nation's economic crisis in two years, but they still approve 59 - 25 percent of the job their new President is doing, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

While most voters support President Obama's $75 billion mortgage rescue plan, they say 64 - 29 percent that the plan is unfair to those who pay their mortgage on time. But they believe 55 - 37 percent that the plan will stabilize home prices as the White House contends. Perhaps surprisingly, 72 percent of renters support the plan compared to only 53 percent of homeowners.

Half of the 2,573 voters surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll were asked: "Do you believe the federal government will be able to fix the economic crisis in two years?" Voters said no 68 - 26 percent.

Separately, the other half were asked: "Do you believe President Obama will be able to fix the economic crisis in two years?" These voters said no 64 - 28 percent.

Voters approve 57 - 33 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy and trust the President more than Republicans in Congress 56 - 26 percent to handle the economy.

Support for Obama and his programs is strongest among younger and less affluent voters, dropping to 49 percent among those making more than $250,000. His job approval is 55 percent for whites, 89 percent for blacks and 72 percent among Hispanics. On most questions about Obama and his policies there is about a 10-point gender gap with women more favorable.

"President Barack Obama's approval rating is solid, compared to the historical record of new presidents, but the lofty numbers he enjoyed after his election are leveling off, largely because of declining support from Republicans," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Our dual question on whether Obama or 'the government' can fix the economic crisis in two years shows some Obama magic has faded, leaving him with only a little more credibility than 'the government,'" Brown added. "But by an impressive 56 - 26 percent margin, voters trust the President over Congressional Republicans to do a better job handling the economy."

American voters split 45 - 45 percent in their approval of the way Democrats in Congress are doing their job, but they disapprove 58 - 30 percent of the way Republicans are working.

U.S. voters approve 57 - 35 percent of Obama's $75 billion plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, but they have very mixed feelings. Given three choices, voters say:
  • 28 percent that the $75 billion plan is fair and they support it;
  • 39 percent that it isn't fair, but it's necessary and they support it;
  • 29 percent that it isn't fair and they don't support it. By 62 - 25 percent, voters blame lenders more than borrowers for the mortgage crisis.
Obama's $800 billion economic stimulus package wins 55 - 39 percent support from American voters, but they oppose a number of other assistance plans, saying:
  • 65 - 31 percent that the government should not help auto makers avoid bankruptcy;
  • 51 - 43 percent that the government should not help homeowners avoid foreclosure;
  • 59 - 34 percent that the government should not help banks avoid failure.
"A government plan to help other people pay their mortgage rubs voters the wrong way, but they agree that doing so will stabilize housing prices and help everyone's home values," said Brown. "Voters are clearly ambivalent about the mortgage rescue plan. Roughly two-thirds think the plan is unfair, while a different two-thirds support it out of necessity, including 39 percent who are willing to hold their nose and go along."

Looking at three promises Obama made in his address to Congress last week:
  • Voters believe 55 - 39 percent that Obama will get health care reform through Congress this year;
  • Voters believe 61 - 35 percent Obama's promise not to raise taxes on anyone with a family income under $250,000 per year;
  • By a 55 - 38 percent margin, voters do not believe Obama's promise to cut the national deficit in half by the end of his first term.
From February 25 - March 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,573 American voters with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 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.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              59%    26%    90%    53%    54%    64%    55%    89%    72%
Disapprove           25     54      4     26     29     21     29      3     15
DK/NA                16     20      6     20     17     15     17      8     14
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              64%    56%    57%    49%    62%    61%    58%    59%
Disapprove           19     29     33     36     18     23     27     26
DK/NA                17     15     10     15     20     16     15     15
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              21%    95%    80%    60%    59%    72%    58%    41%
Disapprove           61      -      5     23     29     16     27     40
DK/NA                19      5     15     17     12     12     15     19
 
 
2. Would you say that Barack Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or about what you expected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Better               19%     9%    34%    14%    17%    22%    15%    44%    36%
Worse                 9     16      1     11     12      7     10      1      5
About expected       64     68     61     64     63     65     68     48     46
DK/NA                 8      7      3     11      8      7      7      7     13
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               25%    15%    14%    10%    20%    19%    18%    21%
Worse                 7     10     12     14      8      8      9      9
About expected       59     69     69     73     62     67     65     59
DK/NA                 9      7      5      3     10      6      7     10
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Better                7%    29%    27%    21%    15%    11%    16%    14%
Worse                21      1      2      9      9     11     12     12
About expected       64     68     66     61     70     71     65     65
DK/NA                 8      3      5      9      5      8      7      9
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              45%    16%    74%    37%    40%    49%    39%    67%    65%
Disapprove           45     78     17     50     53     38     51     17     25
DK/NA                10      6      8     13      7     13     10     16     10
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              50%    41%    41%    35%    48%    47%    42%    45%
Disapprove           38     50     54     61     38     43     48     45
DK/NA                13      9      5      4     14     10     10     10
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              13%    75%    60%    45%    45%    50%    41%    32%
Disapprove           80     18     27     44     48     43     47     61
DK/NA                 7      7     13     12      7      7     12      8
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              30%    53%    18%    27%    30%    31%    32%    20%    21%
Disapprove           58     40     74     58     62     55     56     71     70
DK/NA                11      7      8     15      8     14     12     10      9
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              29%    32%    34%    31%    30%    32%    31%    27%
Disapprove           59     56     59     61     52     59     58     62
DK/NA                11     12      7      8     17      9     11     11
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              50%    12%    27%    31%    30%    38%    33%    41%
Disapprove           38     82     60     57     62     58     53     47
DK/NA                11      6     14     13      8      4     14     12
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              57%    22%    88%    51%    53%    60%    51%    90%    71%
Disapprove           33     68      6     35     37     30     38      6     18
DK/NA                10     10      6     14     10     10     11      4     10
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              64%    52%    51%    39%    67%    56%    55%    56%
Disapprove           26     38     41     51     25     34     35     31
DK/NA                11     10      8     10      8     10     10     13
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              17%    92%    74%    58%    55%    56%    54%    39%
Disapprove           72      3     10     31     37     36     34     50
DK/NA                11      5     16     11      8      8     12     12
 
 
7. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1%     -
Good                  3      4      4      2      4      3      3      6      7
Not so good          28     35     24     28     28     27     27     34     28
Poor                 68     61     71     70     68     69     70     58     66
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  3      4      2      -      7      4      2      3
Not so good          28     29     27     15     35     29     26     27
Poor                 68     67     71     85     59     67     72     68
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      -      -      2
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      -      -      -      -
Good                  3      2      5      4      3      1      2      5
Not so good          31     22     22     28     28     28     24     30
Poor                 65     76     71     68     69     71     74     65
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             COMBINED
                                                             EXLNT/GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Nov 13  May 15  May 5   Dec 10  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2009    2008    2008    2004    2003    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       1       2       3       3       -
Good                  3       4      12      36      37      37       3
Not so good          28      37      44      40      42      42      28
Poor                 68      58      43      21      16      21      68
DK/NA                 -       1       -       1       1       1       -
 
 
8. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Excellent             5%     6%     4%     5%     5%     5%     5%     3%     5%
Good                 45     55     39     46     51     41     49     33     31
Not so good          32     29     37     29     29     34     31     39     37
Poor                 17      9     19     18     14     19     14     23     27
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             3%     4%    10%    22%     7%     4%     4%     5%
Good                 30     59     66     61     47     52     46     40
Not so good          37     31     21     13     22     29     33     38
Poor                 29      6      3      2     24     15     17     14
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      -      1      3
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Excellent             7%     4%     7%     4%     7%     2%     5%     5%
Good                 52     48     39     40     57     63     45     48
Not so good          31     32     36     35     26     25     31     32
Poor                 10     15     17     20      9      9     19     14
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Mar 04  Nov 13  Feb 4   Nov 13  Dec 11
                     2009    2008    2003    2002    2001
 
Excellent             5       8       8       8      10
Good                 45      48      52      54      54
Not so good          32      28      28      27      26
Poor                 17      15      11      10       8
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       2
 
 
9. (Split Sample A) Do you believe the federal government will be able to fix the economic crisis in two years?
                     SPLIT SAMPLE...............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  26%    12%    42%    19%    23%    28%    22%    46%    36%
No                   68     84     51     74     72     64     71     42     63
DK/NA                 7      4      8      7      5      8      7     12      1
 
 
10. (Split Sample B) Do you believe President Obama will be able to fix the economic crisis in two years?
                     SPLIT SAMPLE...............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  28%    12%    45%    23%    25%    30%    25%    43%    39%
No                   64     81     46     69     67     61     68     47     53
DK/NA                 9      7      9      7      8      9      8     11      9
 
 
11. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
President Obama      56%    17%    91%    52%    51%    61%    51%    88%    69%
Republicans in Con   26     61      4     24     30     22     30      3     16
DK/NA                18     22      5     24     18     17     18      9     15
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
President Obama      63%    53%    52%    43%    60%    60%    54%    57%
Republicans in Con   20     31     34     39     25     23     29     24
DK/NA                18     16     14     19     15     17     17     19
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
President Obama      12%    97%    77%    57%    55%    74%    55%    38%
Republicans in Con   62      1      8     24     30     19     28     42
DK/NA                26      2     15     19     15      7     17     21
 
 
12. President Obama promised this week that he will get major health care reform - aimed at covering almost everyone while reducing costs - through congress this year. Do you believe he will keep this promise?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  55%    29%    77%    51%    48%    61%    49%    82%    74%
No                   39     66     17     43     47     33     44     13     23
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      6      6      6      5      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  63%    50%    44%    36%    60%    54%    52%    56%
No                   30     47     51     60     34     41     42     36
DK/NA                 7      4      4      4      6      5      5      8
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  26%    79%    70%    57%    50%    58%    49%    45%
No                   69     14     25     37     44     35     45     49
DK/NA                 5      6      5      6      6      7      6      6
 
 
13. President Obama promised not to raise taxes on anyone with an annual family income of less than $250,000. Do you believe he will keep this promise?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  61%    35%    84%    56%    55%    66%    57%    84%    74%
No                   35     60     12     41     42     28     38      9     24
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      3      5      4      7      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  68%    57%    55%    50%    63%    65%    58%    63%
No                   27     41     42     41     34     33     38     30
DK/NA                 5      2      2      9      4      2      4      7
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  31%    87%    79%    62%    59%    71%    61%    49%
No                   65      9     16     33     38     26     35     48
DK/NA                 4      4      5      5      3      2      4      4
 
 
14. President Obama promised to cut the national deficit in half by the end of his four-year term. Do you believe he will keep this promise?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  38%    12%    63%    31%    29%    45%    31%    72%    60%
No                   55     85     28     62     65     46     62     18     30
DK/NA                 7      2     10      7      6      9      6     11     10
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  47%    29%    28%    17%    43%    37%    35%    41%
No                   45     65     67     76     46     59     58     50
DK/NA                 8      6      5      7     11      5      6     10
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  10%    60%    49%    41%    29%    37%    34%    27%
No                   88     29     41     51     64     51     57     69
DK/NA                 3     10     10      8      7     12      9      4
 
 
15. President Obama said he understands public frustration with the government help for private banks. But he said more than the 700 billion dollars already approved would be needed to keep the banks lending and getting the economy moving again. Do you support or oppose spending more than the 700 billion dollars on helping banks?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              28%    13%    45%    21%    28%    27%    23%    51%    32%
Oppose               66     84     46     73     68     64     71     40     61
DK/NA                 7      3      9      6      4      9      6      9      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              29%    24%    32%    28%    32%    26%    28%    26%
Oppose               64     69     66     70     63     69     67     63
DK/NA                 7      7      2      2      5      5      5     11
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Support               8%    45%    44%    26%    31%    40%    27%    14%
Oppose               89     45     48     67     63     48     68     81
DK/NA                 3     10      8      7      5     12      5      5
 
 
16. Congress has passed President Obama's economic stimulus package which includes tax cuts and new federal spending of about 800 billion dollars. Do you support or oppose this economic stimulus package?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              55%    23%    84%    49%    52%    57%    50%    81%    69%
Oppose               39     72     11     45     45     34     44     12     25
DK/NA                 6      5      4      7      3      9      6      6      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              59%    52%    50%    47%    61%    54%    54%    51%
Oppose               34     44     45     53     32     41     41     39
DK/NA                 7      4      4      -      7      4      5     10
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Support              19%    89%    75%    54%    55%    61%    51%    39%
Oppose               77      7     18     39     41     35     41     56
DK/NA                 4      4      8      7      4      5      8      5
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's 75 billion dollar plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              57%    31%    83%    48%    53%    60%    51%    92%    69%
Disapprove           35     59     12     43     40     31     40      5     20
DK/NA                 8     10      5      9      7      9      9      3     11
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              64%    52%    50%    52%    66%    56%    57%    55%
Disapprove           27     42     43     47     25     36     37     35
DK/NA                 8      6      7      1      8      7      6     11
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              27%    82%    72%    58%    54%    78%    55%    43%
Disapprove           65     12     20     34     38     17     37     49
DK/NA                 8      7      8      8      8      5      8      8
 
                     Home
                     Owners Renters
 
Approve              53%    72%
Disapprove           39     21
DK/NA                 8      7
 
 
18. Some people say that President Obama's plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure isn't fair to mortgage holders who make payments on time. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agree                64%    83%    48%    68%    68%    61%    68%    43%    56%
Disagree             29     13     42     26     27     30     25     49     37
DK/NA                 7      4     10      5      5      9      7      8      7
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Agree                58%    71%    65%    79%    66%    62%    66%    63%
Disagree             33     25     30     16     29     34     28     24
DK/NA                 9      4      5      5      5      4      6     13
 
                     Home
                     Owners Renters
 
Agree                67%    52%
Disagree             26     41
DK/NA                 7      7
 
 
19. Some people say that President Obama's plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure will help stabilize home prices for all homeowners in a neighborhood. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agree                55%    30%    77%    49%    53%    56%    49%    82%    69%
Disagree             37     62     16     43     42     33     42     13     22
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      5     11      9      5      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Agree                58%    52%    51%    52%    61%    57%    54%    50%
Disagree             32     44     44     43     31     36     39     38
DK/NA                10      4      5      5      8      7      6     12
 
                     Home
                     Owners Renters
 
Agree                52%    66%
Disagree             41     24
DK/NA                 7     10
 
 
20. Which comes closest to your opinion about President Obama's plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure - President Obama's plan is fair and I support it, President Obama's plan isn't fair but I still support it because it is necessary or President Obama's plan isn't fair and I don't support it.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Fair/support         28%     8%    51%    19%    25%    31%    22%    65%    37%
Not fair/Necessary   39     32     40     44     39     39     40     28     43
Not fair/Don't sup   29     55      7     34     34     25     33      4     16
DK/NA                 4      5      3      4      2      5      4      3      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Fair/support         37%    21%    23%     7%    34%    31%    25%    29%
Not fair/Necessary   37     43     37     55     36     37     42     37
Not fair/Don't sup   23     32     38     38     23     29     30     29
DK/NA                 4      4      2      -      7      3      3      5
 
                     Home
                     Owners Renters
 
Fair/support         24%    44%
Not fair/Necessary   40     36
Not fair/Don't sup   33     14
DK/NA                 3      6
 
 
21. Thinking about the home mortgage crisis, who do you think is more to blame, the homeowners who took out loans that they may not be able to pay back or the mortgage lenders who loaned the money to people who may not be able to pay it back?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Homeowners           25%    31%    20%    24%    26%    23%    25%    22%    23%
Lenders              62     55     69     60     60     63     62     66     66
DK/NA                13     13     10     16     14     13     14     12     12
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Homeowners           24%    24%    29%    27%    39%    26%    23%    20%
Lenders              62     64     60     60     47     62     66     63
DK/NA                15     11     11     13     14     12     11     18
 
                     Home
                     Owners Renters
 
Homeowners           25%    25%
Lenders              63     59
DK/NA                13     16
 
 
22. Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide financial help to U.S. auto companies so they can avoid bankruptcy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  31%    18%    44%    26%    28%    32%    28%    45%    33%
No                   65     78     52     70     69     61     68     49     62
DK/NA                 5      4      5      4      3      6      4      6      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  32%    31%    25%    22%    36%    26%    30%    35%
No                   62     66     72     76     60     71     67     56
DK/NA                 6      3      3      2      4      3      3      9
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  15%    45%    37%    32%    28%    44%    29%    25%
No                   82     49     57     63     68     48     66     72
DK/NA                 3      6      6      5      4      7      5      2
 
 
23. Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide financial help to homeowners so they can avoid foreclosure?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  43%    21%    66%    36%    39%    46%    38%    75%    51%
No                   51     74     28     58     56     46     55     21     38
DK/NA                 6      6      6      7      5      8      7      4     11
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  49%    39%    38%    25%    46%    42%    43%    44%
No                   42     57     60     68     49     54     52     44
DK/NA                 9      4      3      7      5      4      5     12
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  19%    65%    48%    44%    40%    53%    43%    32%
No                   76     29     43     49     55     42     51     63
DK/NA                 5      6      9      7      5      5      6      6
 
                     Home
                     Owners Renters
 
Yes                  40%    54%
No                   54     38
DK/NA                 6      8
 
 
24. Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide financial help to banks so they can avoid failing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  34%    20%    51%    26%    31%    36%    31%    55%    31%
No                   59     75     42     66     65     55     62     39     60
DK/NA                 7      5      7      8      4      9      7      6      9
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  35%    30%    36%    26%    41%    30%    33%    35%
No                   57     64     60     69     54     63     62     54
DK/NA                 7      6      4      5      5      7      5     11
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  16%    51%    41%    32%    37%    45%    37%    24%
No                   79     40     48     60     59     47     57     69
DK/NA                 5      9     10      8      5      8      6      6
 
 
25. Do you own or rent your apartment or house?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Own                  78%    86%    71%    81%    81%    75%    82%    55%    72%
Rent                 19     11     25     16     16     21     15     39     23
OTHER(VOL)            3      2      4      3      2      4      2      6      4
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      1      -      -      -      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Own                  63%    89%    93%    99%    46%    76%    85%    82%
Rent                 33      8      5      1     38     22     13     16
OTHER(VOL)            4      2      2      -     14      2      2      2
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      2      -      -      -
 
                     PRES VOTE..........
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Own                  89%    75%    77%    75%    83%    75%    84%    85%
Rent                  7     23     21     21     13     23     12     12
OTHER(VOL)            2      2      1      3      3      1      4      2
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -      -      1
 
 
26. (If own in q25) At any time within the last 12 months did you fall behind in paying your mortgage?
                     HOMEOWNERS Q25.............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                   7%     4%     9%     7%     8%     6%     6%    20%     3%
No                   90     92     88     91     89     91     91     80     95
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      3      3      3      -      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Yes                   9%    10%     3%     1%
No                   87     90     96     98
DK/NA                 5      1      2      1
 
 
27. (If own in q25) How concerned are you, if at all, about not having enough money to pay your mortgage - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned about this?
                     HOMEOWNERS Q25.............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very concerned       15%    13%    19%    13%    16%    15%    13%    36%    20%
Smwht concerned      21     20     20     21     22     19     20     18     21
Not too concerned    18     20     15     21     20     17     19     12     22
Not at all concerned 42     45     42     40     39     45     44     32     32
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      4      4      4      1      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Very concerned       22%    14%     6%     1%
Smwht concerned      17     26     19      6
Not too concerned    15     20     25     28
Not at all concerned 39     39     48     64
DK/NA                 7      1      3      -