April 1, 2009 - U.S. Should Limit Pay At Bailed-Out Firms, Voters Say 5-1, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; GOP Anti-Obama, Anti-Budget Message Falls Flat

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American voters say 81 - 16 percent that the government should limit executive compensation at companies receiving federal help, and say 47 - 44 percent that boards of directors and top managers at these companies should be forced to resign, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Support for income limits is strong among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters and in all income groups, but the call for forced resignations drops as income rises.

And voters oppose 64 - 30 percent trying to limit compensation at firms which do not receive federal bail-out funds. Low-income voters oppose such a move 56 - 35 percent.

American voters say 51 - 45 percent that President Barack Obama's new budget, which doubles the national debt in 10 years, is needed to fix the economy and address issues such as education and health care, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. President Obama's budget wins 80 - 16 percent support from Democrats and 50 - 46 percent support from independent voters, while Republicans say 76 - 20 percent it is too costly.

Executives at failing companies are victims of circumstances, 14 percent of voters say, but 39 percent say these executives are incompetent and 35 percent say they are guilty of fraud.

"President Barack Obama may be trying to dampen the populist rhetoric, but the American people are mad as hell and aren't taking it anymore. They want to vent their anger on the wealthy and on business. They think the folks who got the country into the financial mess are both stupid and crooked and want the government to burn them at the stake," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"They want to limit pay for executives whose company takes federal money and almost one in three want to limit executive pay even for companies that don't take bailout money."

Only 10 percent of American voters say executives who received bonuses from companies helped by the government should keep the bonuses. Other choices are:
  • 22 percent want the government to ask the executives to voluntarily give the money back;
  • 30 percent want the government to cut off funding until the bonuses are repaid;
  • 16 percent say tax the bonuses at 90 percent;
  • 2 percent say sue the executives to get the money back;
  • 13 percent say launch criminal investigations to get the money back.
President Obama's Approval and Budget

American voters approve 58 - 31 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, compared to 59 - 25 percent in a March 4 Quinnipiac University poll. Support is strongest, 69 - 26 percent, among voters 18 to 29 years old and declines with age. Voters approve 55 - 37 percent of the way President Obama is handling the economy and approve 56 - 25 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy.

Voters disapprove 59 - 30 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing and disapprove 49 - 40 percent of the job Democrats in Congress are doing.

Obama is trying to do too much, too soon, 35 percent of voters say, but 59 percent say the issues need swift action. Even voters over 65 say 46 - 44 percent that swift action is needed.

Voters say 47 - 28 percent, with 21 percent undecided, that Obama's call for higher taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year is good for the economy. Voters in that higher income bracket disagree 41 - 29 percent, with 27 percent undecided.

By a 50 - 43 percent margin, voters oppose the plan to spend $1 trillion to buy up bad loans from banks, but voters split 37 - 35 percent, with 28 percent undecided, in their approval of the job Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is doing.

"About the only Obama initiative voters don't support is his $1 trillion plan to buy bad loans from banks - because they view it as taking their hard-earned money to help rich bankers," Brown said. "Republican efforts to convince the American people that President Obama is going too far are not working. Voters don't seem to be upset by the huge dollars that the President wants to spend, even when told that his budget would double the national debt in a decade."

From March 24 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,326 American voters with a margin of error of +/- 2 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. 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            58%    25%    90%    56%    53%    62%    51%    94%    73%
Disapprove         31     60      4     32     35     27     36      3     16
DK/NA              11     15      6     12     12     11     12      2     11
 
                   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                          50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                   <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve            60%    58%    59%    69%    69%    62%    58%    48%
Disapprove         27     33     32     27     26     30     30     36
DK/NA              13      8      8      4      6      8     12     16
 
                   PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                   Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                   McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve            15%    95%    79%    57%    61%    66%    53%    39%
Disapprove         71      2      7     31     31     26     33     48
DK/NA              14      3     15     13      7      7     14     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Apr 01  Mar 04
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              58      59
Disapprove           31      25
DK/NA                11      16
 
 
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               18%     8%    30%    16%    17%    19%    15%    35%    24%
Worse                13     23      2     15     13     13     16      2      5
About expected       62     61     65     61     62     62     63     61     64
DK/NA                 6      7      3      8      7      6      6      1      7
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               22%    16%    16%    18%    17%    18%    20%    19%
Worse                13     11     14     15     10     13     12     17
About expected       57     68     68     63     65     66     61     58
DK/NA                 8      5      2      3      9      4      7      7
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Better                5%    31%    26%    18%    18%    19%    16%    12%
Worse                27      1      7     13     14     12     15     19
About expected       61     66     60     61     65     64     62     63
DK/NA                 7      2      6      8      3      5      8      5
 
                     PRES VOTE 08  PRES APPROVAL Q1
                     Obama  McCain App    Dis
 
Better               28%     6%    29%     2%
Worse                 2     26      1     39
About expected       66     60     67     55
DK/NA                 5      7      4      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or about what you expected?
                     Apr 01  Mar 04
                     2009    2009
 
Better               18      19
Worse                13       9
About expected       62      64
DK/NA                 6       8
 
 
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              40%    19%    67%    34%    35%    44%    33%    69%    62%
Disapprove           49     75     21     53     56     43     55     21     28
DK/NA                11      6     12     13      9     13     11     10      9
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              46%    40%    33%    33%    54%    44%    38%    30%
Disapprove           42     50     58     65     35     48     51     57
DK/NA                12     10      9      1     11      8     11     13
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              14%    65%    48%    40%    39%    51%    37%    28%
Disapprove           80     23     33     48     53     42     54     63
DK/NA                 6     11     19     12      8      7      9      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Apr 01  Mar 04
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              40      45
Disapprove           49      45
DK/NA                11      10
 
 
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%    49%    21%    24%    29%    30%    30%    26%    37%
Disapprove           59     41     69     63     61     57     59     64     49
DK/NA                11     10     10     13      9     13     11     10     14
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              32%    29%    26%    33%    37%    35%    28%    24%
Disapprove           55     64     65     65     55     56     60     63
DK/NA                13      7      9      2      9      9     12     14
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              42%    17%    29%    32%    25%    28%    28%    38%
Disapprove           49     75     56     56     67     63     61     49
DK/NA                 9      8     15     13      8      9     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Apr 01  Mar 04
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              30      30
Disapprove           59      58
DK/NA                11      11
 
 
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              55%    23%    87%    53%    51%    58%    49%    90%    73%
Disapprove           37     68      7     38     41     33     42      6     22
DK/NA                 8      9      5     10      8      8      9      5      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              58%    57%    52%    55%    62%    59%    55%    48%
Disapprove           33     36     41     43     31     35     36     42
DK/NA                 9      7      7      2      7      6      8     11
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              15%    93%    79%    54%    58%    65%    51%    37%
Disapprove           77      3     11     37     37     27     38     54
DK/NA                 8      3     11     10      5      8     11      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Apr 01  Mar 04
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              55      57
Disapprove           37      33
DK/NA                 8      10
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              56%    32%    80%    56%    53%    59%    52%    78%    74%
Disapprove           25     43      7     25     27     22     28      8     17
DK/NA                19     25     13     19     20     19     20     14     10
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              56%    59%    59%    66%    69%    59%    56%    47%
Disapprove           22     25     26     25     19     25     24     29
DK/NA                22     16     14      9     12     16     19     24
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              26%    89%    69%    55%    60%    58%    56%    38%
Disapprove           50      4     10     24     26     23     25     37
DK/NA                25      7     21     21     14     18     19     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Apr 01 Mar 05
                     2009   2009
 
Approve              56     56
Disapprove           25     21
DK/NA                19     23
 
 
7. 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    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very satisfied        4%     2%     7%     3%     4%     4%     3%    10%     7%
Smwht satisfied      26     14     39     24     25     27     24     43     25
Smwht dissatisfied   31     32     34     30     32     31     32     32     34
Very dissatisfied    37     52     19     42     37     37     41     13     33
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        5%     3%     2%     4%     4%     3%     3%     7%
Smwht satisfied      26     26     29     35     32     28     25     24
Smwht dissatisfied   30     34     30     32     32     37     31     27
Very dissatisfied    36     36     38     28     30     30     41     40
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Very satisfied        1%     8%     4%     4%     4%     5%     1%     3%
Smwht satisfied      10     38     39     25     28     25     25     19
Smwht dissatisfied   29     36     33     31     34     31     34     30
Very dissatisfied    60     17     22     39     33     37     40     48
DK/NA                 1      1      3      1      1      2      -      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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 01  Nov 13  May 15  Nov 22  Jun 1   Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2009    2008    2008    2006    2006    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        4       2       2       5       6      21       2
Smwht satisfied      26      14      15      32      32      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   31      38      37      33      33      19      38
Very dissatisfied    37      44      45      28      29      10      44
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            59%    25%    91%    57%    54%    63%    54%    91%    67%
Unfavorable          26     54      2     26     30     23     31      2     10
Hvn't hrd enough     13     18      6     14     14     12     13      6     22
REFUSED               2      3      1      3      3      2      3      -      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            61%    60%    60%    69%    67%    63%    59%    50%
Unfavorable          22     29     27     23     21     23     26     31
Hvn't hrd enough     15     10     12      9     11     12     12     16
REFUSED               3      1      1      -      1      2      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 01  Nov 12  May 14  Oct 31  Aug 15  Nov 12  Feb 21
                     2009    2008    2008    2007    2007    2008    2007
 
Favorable            59      67      49      50      48      67      44
Unfavorable          26      19      33      26      22      19      14
Hvn't hrd enough     13      11      15      21      28      11      40
REFUSED               2       3       3       2       3       3       1
 
 
9. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            41%    12%    77%    33%    37%    45%    35%    78%    58%
Unfavorable          42     77     10     44     49     36     49     10     19
Hvn't hrd enough     13     10     10     19     11     16     13     11     17
REFUSED               3      2      3      3      3      3      3      2      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            44%    43%    39%    39%    47%    45%    42%    32%
Unfavorable          35     44     51     51     31     41     43     48
Hvn't hrd enough     16     12      8      8     19     12     12     15
REFUSED               5      2      2      2      3      2      4      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Apr 01  Nov 12
                     2009    2008
 
Favorable            41      55
Unfavorable          42      35
Hvn't hrd enough     13       6
REFUSED               3       4
 
 
10. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            27%    58%     8%    23%    28%    26%    30%    16%    17%
Unfavorable          52     24     73     52     55     50     51     63     49
Hvn't hrd enough     17     14     16     21     14     20     15     19     29
REFUSED               4      4      2      4      3      4      4      2      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            27%    30%    21%    32%    27%    31%    27%    23%
Unfavorable          48     55     64     57     40     51     56     55
Hvn't hrd enough     21     13     12      9     30     15     14     17
REFUSED               4      2      3      1      3      4      3      5
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Apr 01  Nov 12
                     2009    2008
 
Favorable            27      36
Unfavorable          52      52
Hvn't hrd enough     17       7
REFUSED               4       5
 
 
11. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Too much             35%    58%    15%    34%    38%    32%    38%    14%    34%
Swift action         59     35     82     60     56     62     55     81     66
DK/NA                 6      8      4      7      6      7      7      5      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Too much             34%    31%    34%    37%    30%    31%    33%    44%
Swift action         57     64     62     62     62     64     63     46
DK/NA                 8      4      4      1      9      5      5      9
 
 
12. 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%     -      1%     -      1%     -      -      2%     -
Good                  4      4      5      5      5      4      4      7     11
Not so good          39     38     42     34     39     39     38     44     33
Poor                 56     57     52     61     56     56     58     46     56
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             1%     -      -      -      1%     -      1%     1%
Good                  7      3      1      7      6      4      4      5
Not so good          38     41     40     46     40     43     38     34
Poor                 54     56     59     48     53     53     58     59
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXLNT+GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 01  Mar 04  Nov 13  May 15  May 5   Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2004    2003    2009
 
Excellent              1      -       -       1       2       3       -
Good                   4      3       4      12      36      37       3
Not so good           39     28      37      44      40      42      28
Poor                  56     68      58      43      21      16      68
DK/NA                  -       -      1       -       1       1       -
 
 
13. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Better               19%    11%    30%    16%    21%    18%    17%    34%    26%
Worse                32     42     20     35     32     32     34     19     26
The same             47     46     48     47     46     47     46     46     48
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      1      3      2      2      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               18%    20%    22%    26%    16%    19%    20%    21%
Worse                32     32     23     35     30     34     31     31
The same             48     47     52     38     53     47     46     46
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      1      1      2      3
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Better               11%    29%    25%    18%    24%    23%    16%    12%
Worse                43     18     21     34     28     16     35     41
The same             45     50     52     47     46     55     46     46
DK/NA                 1      3      2      2      2      5      3      1
 
 
14. 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             6%     6%     5%     8%     7%     6%     7%     6%     3%
Good                 47     51     47     45     49     47     49     46     39
Not so good          31     29     31     30     31     31     30     32     31
Poor                 14     12     16     16     13     16     13     15     27
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             3%     6%    15%    21%     6%     8%     6%     5%
Good                 36     59     65     69     37     55     46     47
Not so good          38     26     19      8     33     27     32     31
Poor                 22      9      1      1     22     10     15     15
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Excellent             8%     5%     5%     5%     8%    12%     6%     6%
Good                 49     53     53     42     59     44     53     47
Not so good          30     31     24     33     25     29     27     31
Poor                 12     10     17     18      6     10     13     15
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      5      1      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Apr 01  Mar 04  Nov 13  Feb 4   Nov 13  Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2008    2003    2002    2001
 
Excellent             6       5       8       8       8      10
Good                 47      45      48      52      54      54
Not so good          31      32      28      28      27      26
Poor                 14      17      15      11      10       8
DK/NA                 1       1       2       1       1       2
 
 
15. 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      55%    15%    93%    54%    51%    59%    50%    88%    69%
Republicans in Con   27     63      1     23     29     25     31      6     20
DK/NA                18     22      6     23     20     15     19      6     11
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
President Obama      57%    56%    55%    55%    61%    57%    56%    51%
Republicans in Con   24     28     28     35     23     29     26     29
DK/NA                19     16     17      9     16     15     18     20
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
President Obama      12%    97%    79%    54%    58%    72%    54%    35%
Republicans in Con   65      -      6     27     28     18     29     42
DK/NA                23      3     15     19     15      9     17     23
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Apr 01  Mar 04
                     2009    2009
 
President Obama      55      56
Republicans in Con   27      26
DK/NA                18      18
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Timothy Geithner is handling his job as Treasury Secretary?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              37%    19%    59%    34%    37%    37%    33%    67%    33%
Disapprove           35     56     13     37     39     32     40      7     28
DK/NA                28     25     28     28     23     31     27     25     39
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              36%    41%    41%    51%    38%    39%    39%    33%
Disapprove           31     38     37     36     31     34     33     41
DK/NA                33     20     21     13     30     27     28     27
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Approve              15%    67%    47%    34%    45%    51%    37%    25%
Disapprove           65     11     18     35     36     25     38     45
DK/NA                20     23     35     32     19     23     25     30
 
 
17. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good                 47%    20%    73%    45%    41%    52%    42%    79%    52%
Bad                  28     49      7     29     33     23     30      5     27
Not affect           21     24     16     23     22     20     22     14     16
DK/NA                 5      7      4      3      3      6      5      2      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Good                 51%    47%    42%    29%    60%    46%    47%    40%
Bad                  24     25     34     41     20     28     27     31
Not affect           19     25     22     27     17     21     22     22
DK/NA                 5      3      2      3      2      4      4      7
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Good                 16%    77%    57%    48%    45%    49%    46%    34%
Bad                  56      3     12     27     29     25     27     38
Not affect           22     17     25     20     22     21     24     20
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      3      5      3      8
 
 
18. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good                 47%    20%    72%    46%    46%    47%    42%    77%    50%
Bad                  36     64     11     35     39     33     41      6     23
Not affect            9      9      8     11      8     11      8     11     15
DK/NA                 8      7      9      8      7      9      8      7     12
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Good                 48%    47%    50%    52%    53%    53%    47%    35%
Bad                  31     38     38     36     30     32     36     43
Not affect           11      9      6      7     11      9      8     10
DK/NA                11      6      6      5      6      6      9     11
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Good                 16%    78%    57%    45%    51%    50%    41%    31%
Bad                  71      6     21     35     36     34     42     54
Not affect            6      8     12     10      7      5     10      8
DK/NA                 6      8     10     10      5     11      8      7
 
 
19. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Should be done       43%    24%    65%    40%    44%    42%    40%    72%    38%
Should not be done   50     71     27     54     51     50     54     21     55
DK/NA                 7      5      8      6      5      9      7      8      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Should be done       43%    43%    48%    63%    52%    42%    44%    38%
Should not be done   49     52     48     34     45     51     49     53
DK/NA                 8      5      5      3      3      7      6      8
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Should be done       17%    73%    47%    40%    50%    57%    37%    31%
Should not be done   78     20     44     53     45     33     58     64
DK/NA                 4      7      9      7      6     10      6      6
 
 
20. Do you think the government should limit the amount of money that companies that are taking federal funds pay their executives?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  81%    75%    89%    80%    78%    83%    81%    86%    78%
No                   16     20      8     18     19     13     17      8     17
DK/NA                 3      5      3      2      3      4      2      6      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  83%    81%    83%    74%    80%    84%    83%    74%
No                   13     18     15     24     15     14     15     21
DK/NA                 4      1      2      2      5      1      2      4
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  69%    92%    85%    81%    80%    73%    82%    80%
No                   27      7     11     15     17     23     15     18
DK/NA                 4      1      4      3      2      4      3      3
 
 
21. Do you think the government should limit the amount of money that companies NOT taking federal funds pay their executives?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  30%    22%    40%    27%    25%    34%    27%    39%    46%
No                   64     74     53     68     71     59     68     53     44
DK/NA                 6      4      7      5      4      7      5      8      9
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  35%    28%    20%    18%    37%    25%    29%    33%
No                   56     69     77     82     53     70     67     59
DK/NA                 8      3      3      -      9      5      4      8
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  20%    35%    35%    33%    22%    18%    35%    26%
No                   76     60     58     60     75     79     61     68
DK/NA                 3      5      7      7      3      3      4      5
 
 
22. As you may know, some companies taking federal funds have given large bonuses to their executives. What do you think the government should do about this - A) Let them keep the bonuses; B) Ask the executives to voluntarily give back their bonuses; C) Cut off future government funds for these companies, until the money is returned; D) Tax the bonuses at 90 percent; E) Sue the executives to recover the money; or F) Launch a criminal investigation to get the money back?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
A) Keep bonuses      10%    16%     4%    11%    14%     7%    11%     6%     8%
B) Ask to give back  22     22     24     21     23     22     23     21     26
C) Cut off funds     30     30     29     32     26     32     29     27     33
D) Tax at 90 percent 16     13     21     13     14     17     15     22     12
E) Sue executives     2      1      3      3      3      2      2      5      1
F) Criminal invest   13     11     16     14     14     13     13     15     15
DK/NA                 6      7      4      6      6      7      6      4      7
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A) Keep bonuses       8%    11%    13%    18%     9%    11%    10%    10%
B) Ask to give back  22     19     25     32     17     20     21     30
C) Cut off funds     29     31     31     25     36     33     29     22
D) Tax at 90 percent 14     21     16     13     16     19     15     12
E) Sue executives     3      2      3      -      1      2      3      3
F) Criminal invest   17     12      7      5     11     11     16     14
DK/NA                 6      5      4      8     10      4      5      9
 
 
23. Who do you blame most for these bonuses - A) The executives who are accepting bonuses when they are partly responsible for their companies failing; B) The companies for using taxpayer money to pay the bonuses; or C) The government for allowing loopholes that made it possible for the bonuses to be paid?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
A) Executives        24%    23%    29%    23%    22%    26%    24%    23%    33%
B) Companies         28     27     33     26     25     31     27     38     23
C) Government        41     44     34     43     45     38     43     34     39
DON'T BLAME
 ANYONE (VOL)         2      1      1      2      2      1      2      -      -
DK/NA                 5      5      3      6      6      4      5      4      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A) Executives        26%    25%    22%    13%    16%    23%    27%    26%
B) Companies         28     29     33     28     36     34     26     22
C) Government        39     41     39     55     45     39     41     42
DON'T BLAME
 ANYONE (VOL)         1      2      2      1      -      1      2      2
DK/NA                 6      3      4      2      4      4      4      9
 
 
24. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  47%    43%    51%    47%    47%    48%    45%    56%    56%
No                   44     51     40     44     46     42     46     36     41
DK/NA                 9      7     10      9      7     10      9      8      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  55%    44%    37%    37%    48%    45%    47%    50%
No                   36     49     55     57     49     48     46     35
DK/NA                 9      7      9      6      3      7      7     14
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Yes                  45%    48%    41%    52%    35%    27%    46%    45%
No                   49     43     51     39     56     66     47     45
DK/NA                 7      9      8      9      8      7      6     10
 
 
25. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Victims              14%    17%    10%    15%    15%    13%    13%    14%    15%
Incompetent          39     42     36     42     42     37     41     24     42
Guilty               35     30     40     33     31     38     33     47     32
DK/NA                13     11     14     11     13     12     13     15     10
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Victims              14%    14%    13%    21%    20%    14%    11%    15%
Incompetent          35     43     43     43     36     40     40     36
Guilty               40     32     28     28     35     35     35     35
DK/NA                11     11     16      7      9     11     14     14
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Victims              16%     9%    20%    14%    12%    14%    12%    14%
Incompetent          43     39     33     37     44     43     42     41
Guilty               30     38     33     38     28     33     36     32
DK/NA                11     14     14     11     16     10      9     13
 
26. Do you think federal prosecutors investigating criminal charges against the executives involved in the financial crisis are acting too aggressively, not aggressively enough, or about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Too aggressively      9%    11%     5%     9%    11%     7%     9%     4%    11%
Not aggressively
 enough              44     43     44     42     45     43     43     45     47
About right          40     36     46     41     37     43     40     46     40
DK/NA                 7     10      5      7      7      7      8      5      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Too aggressively      8%     8%    12%    15%     6%     8%    10%    10%
Not aggressively
 enough              47     42     41     27     40     40     46     47
About right          39     44     38     54     48     46     39     32
DK/NA                 6      6      9      4      6      6      5     11
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Too aggressively     14%     4%     6%     8%    12%     9%     7%    10%
Not aggressively
 enough              45     42     38     48     33     37     43     44
About right          32     49     48     37     47     48     43     37
DK/NA                 9      5      8      7      8      6      6     10
 
 
27. When elected officials criticize business during this financial crisis - it is justified or it is political grandstanding?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Justified            42%    32%    55%    39%    38%    45%    40%    54%    43%
Grandstanding        49     60     35     50     54     44     50     38     47
DK/NA                10      8     10     10      9     11     10      7     10
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Justified            43%    44%    43%    35%    56%    45%    42%    31%
Grandstanding        47     49     49     57     33     48     50     57
DK/NA                11      7      8      7     10      7      9     12
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Justified            27%    58%    55%    41%    45%    30%    42%    36%
Grandstanding        66     32     36     49     47     53     50     54
DK/NA                 7      9      9     10      8     17      8     10
 
 
28. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Too costly           45%    76%    16%    46%    51%    40%    50%    14%    42%
Necessary            51     20     80     50     47     54     45     83     57
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      2      7      5      3      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                            50-    100-          AGE IN YRS..............
                     <50k   100k   250k   >250k  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Too costly           43%    45%    46%    48%    31%    45%    45%    52%
Necessary            52     52     50     48     67     50     52     42
DK/NA                 5      3      4      4      2      5      3      6
 
                     PRES VOTE 2004/2008
                     Bush/  Kerry/ Bush/  NoColl Coll          Wht    WtBrnAgn
                     McCain Obama  Obama  Degree Degree Jew    Cath   Evnglcl
 
Too costly           84%    11%    25%    46%    43%    31%    48%    63%
Necessary            13     86     70     49     55     63     50     32
DK/NA                 3      3      5      5      2      5      2      4