July 2, 2009 - Cracks In Obama Facade As Disapproval Grows, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voter Outlook On Economy, Nation Improve

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President Barack Obama's first five months in office have seen his job approval remain stable overall - currently at a politically healthy 57 - 33 percent, but his disapproval has risen 8 - 10 points among several key demographic groups even as the national mood has improved somewhat in recent months, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Approval among independent voters is 52 - 37 percent, compared to 57 - 30 percent in a June 4 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. The survey of more than 3,000 voters also finds that voters feel 32 - 30 percent that things in the nation have gotten better since President Obama was inaugurated. Independent voters say 32 - 27 percent that things are worse, with 40 percent saying things are the same.

"Those who liked President Obama the most from the start - African-Americans, Democrats, women - still like him by the same margins, but a chunk of voters who were undecided have decided he's not their cup of tea," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Among independents, men, white Catholics, white evangelical Christians and Republicans, his numbers have fallen. He still has a ways to go before his coalition becomes politically unstable, but there are some groups and issues - especially the economy - where he needs to make sure this trend does not continue."

Voters approve 54 - 26 percent of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, with a similar demographic split when voters are asked about Obama himself. Her rating shows little change from the 55 - 25 percent approval in the June 4 poll, but approval among Hispanic voters has jumped from 58 percent to 78 percent.

"Republican complaints about Justice Sotomayor have made no dent in public opinion about her selection," said Brown.

The U.S. economy is excellent, 1 percent of American voters say, as 7 percent say it's good, with 44 percent saying not so good and 47 percent calling it poor. This compares to the first post- inaugural survey March 4, in which 3 percent rated the economy good, with 28 percent not so good and 68 percent poor.

A total of 39 percent of voters are somewhat or very satisfied with the way things are going in America, while 60 percent are somewhat or very dissatisfied. This compares to an April 1 survey in which 30 percent said they were very or somewhat satisfied, while 68 percent were somewhat or very dissatisfied.

"We are not talking about big movement here, but the changes have been counterintuitive in that the President has been losing some support, or more accurately alienating more voters, at the same time the country is feeling a bit better about itself and its prospects," said Brown.

"The good news for President Obama is that he is running ahead of where he was on Election Day in November. The bad news is that prospects for building a bipartisan governing coalition appear to be ebbing."

In the March 4 survey, after six weeks in office, Obama got a 59 percent job approval, not statistically different than the current 57 percent. But his 25 percent disapproval has grown to 33 percent in four months. Among independents, a key voting group, his approval rating has remained almost the same, but his disapproval has grown from 26 percent to 37 percent; among men from 29 percent to 38 percent and among whites from 29 percent to 39 percent.

"Two areas of potential concern for the White House are voters' declining approval of Obama's handling of the economy and lack of majority support for him on health care," Brown said. "He still gets a positive 52 - 42 percent approval from the voters on his handling of the economy, but this is down from the 57 - 33 percent grade in March. This is the first time we asked about health care, so there is no comparison, but the current 46 - 42 percent approval is a warning sign that the White House has not yet completed the sale on that issue to the country."

From June 23 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 3,063 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.8 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 the 2010 election for U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for - the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Republican           34%    84%     3%    28%    36%    32%    38%     6%    30%
Democrat             42      3     87     28     39     45     36     80     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      4      3      1      2      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      -      3      1      2      2      -      -
DK/NA                21     12     10     37     21     21     21     14     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Republican           29%    39%    32%    30%    36%    42%     7%    24%    63%
Democrat             48     40     41     48     37     38     77     47     16
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      2      2      1      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      2      1      -      1      1      1
DK/NA                19     19     24     19     24     19     13     26     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Republican           34%    35%    52%    47%    38%    23%
Democrat             41     44     24     27     38     54
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      1      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      2      2      -
DK/NA                22     19     21     23     22     19  
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for - the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Republican           34      32      34
Democrat             42      42      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1
DK/NA                21      22      22
 
 
2. 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              57%    21%    90%    52%    54%    59%    51%    94%    70%
Disapprove           33     66      5     37     38     29     39      -     21
DK/NA                10     13      5     11      8     12     10      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              66%    51%    57%    61%    54%    53%    86%    68%    27%
Disapprove           25     39     33     28     37     41      8     21     64
DK/NA                 8     10      9     11      9      6      6     11      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              55%    61%    35%    41%    53%    75%
Disapprove           34     33     55     48     37     20
DK/NA                11      7     10     11     10      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              57      59      58      58      59
Disapprove           33      31      30      31      25
DK/NA                10      10      12      11      16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     APPROVE....................................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Jul 02, 2009         57     21     90     52     54     59     51     94     70
Jun 04, 2009         59     23     91     57     54     64     52     93     66
Apr 29, 2009         58     26     90     53     53     63     53     93     67
Apr 01, 2009         58     25     90     56     53     62     51     94     73
Mar 04, 2009         59     26     90     53     54     64     55     89     72
 
                     DISAPPROVE.................................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
 
Jul 02, 2009         33     66      5     37     38     29     39      -     21
Jun 04, 2009         31     65      3     30     36     26     37      2     24
Apr 29, 2009         30     59      4     33     35     25     35      1     18
Apr 01, 2009         31     60      4     32     35     27     36      3     16
Mar 04, 2009         25     54      4     26     29     21     29      3     15
 
 
3. 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%     7%    30%    13%    17%    19%    14%    40%    23%
Worse                14     26      3     17     17     12     17      1      7
About expected       64     63     64     66     62     66     66     55     66
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      3      4      3      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               17%    16%    20%    20%    15%    12%    26%    21%    11%
Worse                 8     17     16     12     14     22      4      9     27
About expected       72     64     60     63     69     65     68     67     60
DK/NA                 3      2      4      5      2      1      2      3      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Better               19%    16%    12%    13%    13%    21%
Worse                15     14     22     20     19     19
About expected       63     68     63     65     66     59
DK/NA                 4      2      2      3      2      1
 
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?
                     July 2  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Better               18      18      19
Worse                14      13       9
About expected       64      62      64
DK/NA                 3       6       8
 
 
4. 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              38%    14%    69%    27%    34%    42%    34%    71%    49%
Disapprove           50     78     19     61     57     43     55     16     38
DK/NA                12      8     12     12      8     15     11     13     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              46%    35%    37%    44%    33%    35%    60%    42%    22%
Disapprove           43     53     51     42     57     58     28     44     72
DK/NA                11     12     12     14     11      7     13     14      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              39%    36%    25%    28%    36%    50%
Disapprove           48     54     64     61     54     42
DK/NA                13      9     11     12     10      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              38      43      43      40      45
Disapprove           50      45      46      49      45
DK/NA                12      11      11      11      10
 
 
5. 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              29%    49%    20%    24%    28%    29%    29%    25%    37%
Disapprove           57     39     67     62     62     54     58     60     49
DK/NA                14     12     14     15     10     17     14     14     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              36%    30%    24%    29%    27%    32%    22%    25%    38%
Disapprove           48     58     64     55     61     58     66     59     52
DK/NA                16     12     13     16     12     10     12     16     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              30%    26%    35%    31%    30%    20%
Disapprove           54     64     51     55     58     72
DK/NA                15     10     15     14     13      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              29      30      27      30      30
Disapprove           57      56      59      59      58
DK/NA                14      15      14      11      11
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              52%    20%    83%    47%    49%    55%    46%    92%    64%
Disapprove           42     75     12     46     46     38     48      4     33
DK/NA                 6      5      5      7      5      7      6      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              58%    48%    54%    58%    48%    48%    77%    62%    26%
Disapprove           37     47     39     37     47     48     18     31     70
DK/NA                 5      5      7      6      5      4      5      7      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              52%    53%    34%    40%    48%    66%
Disapprove           42     42     60     54     46     30
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      6      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              52      53      55      57
Disapprove           42      38      37      33
DK/NA                 6       9       8      10
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              55%    24%    82%    54%    55%    56%    51%    80%    72%
Disapprove           35     66     10     37     39     32     40      8     22
DK/NA                 9      9      8      9      6     12      9     13      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              63%    51%    56%    58%    56%    54%    83%    65%    30%
Disapprove           27     41     33     31     37     41     12     25     61
DK/NA                10      7     11     11      8      5      5     10      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              53%    60%    36%    43%    55%    64%
Disapprove           36     34     54     47     39     30
DK/NA                11      6     10     10      6      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              55      57      56      56
Disapprove           35      32      25      21
DK/NA                 9      11      19      23
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              46%    17%    76%    37%    43%    48%    39%    85%    56%
Disapprove           42     72     13     48     45     39     47      8     34
DK/NA                13     11     11     15     12     13     14      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              54%    42%    45%    49%    43%    44%    72%    51%    23%
Disapprove           35     47     40     37     47     48     17     33     68
DK/NA                10     12     15     14     10      8     11     15      8
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              58%    50%    43%    45%    47%    26%    33%    40%    60%
Disapprove           33     34     45     42     43     62     53     50     24
DK/NA                 9     15     12     14     10     13     14     10     16
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              54%    33%    77%    47%    51%    57%    49%    76%    78%
Disapprove           26     47      9     28     33     20     31      6      8
DK/NA                20     20     14     25     17     23     20     18     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              59%    50%    55%    55%    52%    59%    79%    61%    34%
Disapprove           20     30     27     24     30     27     10     20     45
DK/NA                21     20     18     21     18     14     11     20     22
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              51%    62%    36%    42%    52%    69%
Disapprove           27     25     42     37     29     18
DK/NA                23     14     22     22     19     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court?
                     July 2  Jun 4
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              54      55
Disapprove           26      25
DK/NA                20      20
 
 
10. 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        5%     2%     9%     3%     5%     5%     3%    19%     9%
Smwht satisfied      34     15     51     31     32     35     31     50     45
Smwht dissatisfied   29     30     26     30     30     28     30     19     28
Very dissatisfied    31     52     11     35     32     31     35      9     17
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      2      1      3      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        4%     5%     6%     4%     4%     6%     7%     4%     4%
Smwht satisfied      41     30     33     36     33     32     50     42     15
Smwht dissatisfied   34     29     25     29     31     27     28     30     28
Very dissatisfied    21     35     34     30     32     34     13     22     52
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      1      -      1      2      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Very satisfied        5%     4%     3%     2%     4%     7%
Smwht satisfied      33     36     23     27     34     44
Smwht dissatisfied   27     32     26     27     32     26
Very dissatisfied    33     27     47     42     29     23
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2      -
 
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
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 13  May 15  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        5       6       4       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      34      30      26      14      15      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   29      29      31      38      37      19      38
Very dissatisfied    31      34      37      44      45      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       1       3       2
 
 
11. Since Barack Obama became President in January 2009, do you feel that things in the country have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Better               32%     8%    56%    27%    32%    32%    28%    58%    37%
Worse                30     55      7     32     33     27     34      2     19
The same             37     36     35     40     34     39     36     39     41
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      2      1      1      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               33%    30%    35%    32%    33%    33%    53%    38%    12%
Worse                18     34     32     24     31     37      8     20     54
The same             49     35     31     43     36     29     37     41     33
DK/NA                 -      1      2      2      1      2      1      2      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Better               30%    38%    19%    25%    29%    41%
Worse                30     28     46     42     32     19
The same             39     32     34     32     38     38
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2
 
 
12. 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            58%    21%    90%    55%    55%    60%    52%    93%    72%
Unfavorable          30     63      3     33     35     26     35      -     22
Hvn't hrd enough     10     13      6     10      8     11     11      5      4
REFUSED               2      3      1      2      2      2      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            66%    53%    58%    62%    54%    56%    88%    70%    27%
Unfavorable          22     36     29     25     34     37      6     18     59
Hvn't hrd enough     11      8     10     11      9      5      5     10     11
REFUSED               1      2      3      2      2      2      1      2      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Favorable            57%    62%    37%    45%    55%    80%
Unfavorable          30     30     48     42     32     15
Hvn't hrd enough     11      7     12     10     11      5
REFUSED               2      2      3      3      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             High    Low
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12  May 14  Nov 12  Feb 21
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2007
 
Favorable            58      58      59      67      49      67      44
Unfavorable          30      27      26      19      33      19      14
Hvn't hrd enough     10      11      13      11      15      11      40
REFUSED               2       3       2       3       3       3       1
 
 
13. 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            42%    10%    81%    30%    39%    45%    37%    71%    57%
Unfavorable          42     76      7     49     48     36     47      8     26
Hvn't hrd enough     13     12     10     16     10     16     13     15     12
REFUSED               3      1      3      5      3      3      2      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            50%    40%    40%    47%    40%    39%    73%    47%    20%
Unfavorable          31     47     42     34     48     50     12     34     68
Hvn't hrd enough     18     10     13     17     10      6     12     15     11
REFUSED               2      2      4      3      2      4      2      5      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Favorable            42%    44%    27%    31%    39%    52%
Unfavorable          39     46     58     55     47     32
Hvn't hrd enough     15      7     14     12     13      9
REFUSED               3      3      2      2      2      6
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            42      43      41      55
Unfavorable          42      41      42      35
Hvn't hrd enough     13      13      13       6
REFUSED               3       3       3       4
 
 
14. 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            25%    56%     9%    20%    25%    26%    27%    13%    28%
Unfavorable          52     27     65     57     56     48     52     49     46
Hvn't hrd enough     20     15     22     20     15     24     18     34     22
REFUSED               3      2      3      4      4      3      3      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            26%    29%    21%    24%    28%    29%    11%    20%    41%
Unfavorable          44     54     55     48     57     56     67     54     41
Hvn't hrd enough     28     14     20     26     12     11     19     21     17
REFUSED               2      2      4      2      3      4      3      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Favorable            26%    25%    36%    33%    27%    17%
Unfavorable          47     62     42     49     48     71
Hvn't hrd enough     24     10     19     15     23      7
REFUSED               3      3      3      3      2      5
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            25      27      27      36
Unfavorable          52      51      52      52
Hvn't hrd enough     20      17      17       7
REFUSED               3       5       4       5
 
 
15. 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%     -      2%     1%     1%     1%     -      5%     2%
Good                  7      5     10      6      9      6      6     15      7
Not so good          44     37     53     41     42     45     42     52     48
Poor                 47     58     34     52     48     47     50     25     43
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      1      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent             2%     1%     1%     1%     -      1%     2%     -      1%
Good                  8      7      7      9      4      7      8      9      5
Not so good          45     43     44     42     48     46     50     47     36
Poor                 44     49     47     46     47     46     39     43     57
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Excellent             1%     -      1%     -      1%     -
Good                  8      6      5      5      8      7
Not so good          41     48     36     42     43     55
Poor                 48     45     58     52     47     38
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      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
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4   Nov 13  Dec 10  Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2003    2009
 
Excellent             1       -       1       -       -       3       -
Good                  7       6       4       3       4      37       3
Not so good          44      41      39      28      37      42      28
Poor                 47      52      56      68      58      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       -       -       1       1       -
 
 
16. 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               27%    13%    42%    23%    30%    25%    25%    44%    33%
Worse                29     44     11     32     28     29     32      7     19
The same             42     41     45     43     41     43     42     47     46
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      1      2      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               29%    25%    28%    25%    28%    33%    43%    30%    13%
Worse                23     30     30     28     26     29     13     20     47
The same             46     44     39     45     45     36     42     47     39
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      1      1      2      2      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Better               24%    34%    15%    21%    24%    52%
Worse                30     25     42     37     27     19
The same             44     39     42     41     48     28
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Better               27      24      19
Worse                29      33      32
The same             42      42      47
DK/NA                 2       2       2
 
 
17. 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             7%    10%     6%     6%     8%     6%     7%     5%    10%
Good                 48     51     49     48     52     45     50     45     40
Not so good          29     28     29     29     27     31     29     33     31
Poor                 14     10     14     15     11     16     13     16     17
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      1      2      1      0
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent            11%     6%     6%     3%     9%    18%     6%     7%     8%
Good                 45     51     48     37     59     62     51     51     46
Not so good          27     29     31     36     25     17     27     29     30
Poor                 17     13     13     23      6      4     15     12     14
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      -      -      1      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Excellent             6%    10%     6%     6%    10%     8%
Good                 44     60     48     51     48     53
Not so good          32     22     31     28     31     32
Poor                 17      7     14     13     11      8
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Excellent             7       8       6
Good                 48      49      47
Not so good          29      28      31
Poor                 14      14      14
DK/NA                 2       1       1
 
 
18. 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      54%    15%    91%    49%    52%    57%    48%    91%    69%
Reps in Congress     32     71      3     32     35     28     37      2     21
DK/NA                14     14      6     19     13     15     15      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
President Obama      59%    52%    54%    59%    51%    50%    86%    66%    23%
Reps in Congress     28     35     30     27     35     41      6     21     60
DK/NA                13     13     16     15     14      8      8     13     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
President Obama      54%    55%    33%    39%    51%    73%
Reps in Congress     30     34     52     45     35     17
DK/NA                15     11     15     16     14      9
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      54      54      55      56
Reps in Congress     32      27      27      26
DK/NA                14      18      18      18