August 6, 2009 - Obama's Approval Drops To 50 Percent, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Half Say President Acted 'Stupidly' In Race Dispute

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After 199 days in office, President Barack Obama has a 50 - 42 percent job approval rating from American voters, down from 57 - 33 percent July 2 to its lowest level since Inauguration Day, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters disapprove 49 - 45 percent of the way the President is handling the economy and disapprove 52 - 39 percent of the way he is handling health care, but approve 52 - 38 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy.

Independent voters split 45 - 45 percent in their overall approval of President Obama, down from 52 - 37 percent in a July 2 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Republicans disapprove 77 - 16 percent, while Democrats approve 85 - 9 percent.

American voters disapprove 59 - 29 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job and trust Obama more than these Republicans 47 - 36 percent to fix the economy and 46 - 37 percent to handle health care.

Obama acted "stupidly" in the dispute between a black professor and a white police officer, American voters say 49 - 33 percent. White voters say 54 - 27 percent that he acted stupidly, while black voters disagree 61 - 16 percent. Hispanic voters split 42 - 43 percent.

By a 62 - 26 percent margin, voters say the President should not have intervened in this matter. Black voters split 44 - 42 percent on whether Obama should have intervened.

American voters approve 55 - 35 percent of the way Obama is handling race relations.

"The good news for President Barack Obama is that American voters still see him as better able to handle the economy and health care than Republicans in Congress. The bad news is his margins are shrinking," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The President is right on the magic 50 percent threshold in public approval because of bad grades on the economy and even worse grades on health care."

"By a 49 - 33 percent margin, voters think his policies will help the economy, but they believe, 36 - 33 percent, that Obama's policies will hurt their personal financial situation," Brown added.

"And while Congressional Republicans are taking a beating, Democrats are not doing much better, as voters disapprove 55 - 35 percent of the job they are doing, down from a 50 - 38 percent disapproval July 2.

"It's a safe bet that President Obama probably agrees with 62 percent of voters who say he should not have gotten involved in the professor-police officer dispute at a time when he had a much bigger fish to fry - the battle over health care. Despite this, he gets better grades for handling race relations than for his handling of health care or the economy."

Asked about reports that the CIA had created assassination squads to go after Al-Qaeda leaders, voters say 53 - 30 percent that it was a good idea. The assassination idea wins 56 - 26 percent approval from independent voters and 66 - 22 percent backing from Republicans, while Democrats split 40 - 39 percent.

Support among religious groups ranges from 54 - 32 percent among Jews to 60 - 24 percent among white Catholics.

Men support assassinations 62 - 26 percent, while women back the idea 45 - 32 percent with 23 percent undecided.

Voters say 59 - 31 percent that Congress should have been informed about the project, and by a 51 - 28 percent margin voters say the CIA should not have canceled the program.

A total of 93 percent of voters describe the nation's economy as "not so good" or "poor," and only 28 percent say it is getting better, while 29 percent say it is getting worse and 41 percent see no change.

From July 27- August 3, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,409 registered voters nationwide 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              50%    16%    85%    45%    45%    54%    43%    91%    66%
Disapprove           42     77      9     45     46     38     48      8     22
DK/NA                 9      7      6     10      8      9      9      2     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              57%    49%    47%    54%    43%    49%    86%    57%    25%
Disapprove           34     44     45     36     50     45      9     33     68
DK/NA                 9      7      9     10      7      6      6     10      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              49%    53%    26%    33%    46%    66%
Disapprove           42     42     65     57     45     30
DK/NA                10      6      9      9      9      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              50      57      59      58      58      59
Disapprove           42      33      31      30      31      25
DK/NA                 9      10      10      12      11      16
 
 
2. 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              35%     9%    65%    30%    30%    41%    31%    66%    39%
Disapprove           55     85     23     61     64     46     59     22     54
DK/NA                10      6     12      9      6     13     10     13      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    34%    32%    39%    31%    33%    59%    41%    19%
Disapprove           49     57     57     50     62     60     31     49     74
DK/NA                10      9     11     12      7      7     10     10      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              36%    34%    21%    25%    35%    51%
Disapprove           54     57     70     65     56     41
DK/NA
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              35      38      43      43      40      45
Disapprove           55      50      45      46      49      45
DK/NA                10      12      11      11      11      10
 
 
3. 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%    48%    18%    26%    26%    31%    29%    24%    26%
Disapprove           59     44     69     62     67     53     58     64     63
DK/NA                12      9     13     12      8     16     12     12     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              30%    30%    26%    26%    31%    36%    17%    27%    37%
Disapprove           56     60     61     60     59     58     73     60     53
DK/NA                14     10     13     14     10      6     10     13     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              29%    28%    33%    30%    33%    29%
Disapprove           58     63     53     57     55     56
DK/NA                13      9     14     13     12     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              29      29      30      27      30      30
Disapprove           59      57      56      59      59      58
DK/NA                12      14      15      14      11      11
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              45%    13%    78%    41%    41%    49%    38%    87%    59%
Disapprove           49     83     16     53     54     45     56     10     31
DK/NA                 6      3      6      7      5      7      6      4     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              46%    44%    46%    49%    37%    43%    78%    51%    23%
Disapprove           48     50     48     45     57     54     17     43     73
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      6      3      5      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              44%    49%    23%    30%    43%    70%
Disapprove           50     47     72     63     52     27
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      5      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              45      52      53      55      57
Disapprove           49      42      38      37      33
DK/NA                 6       6       9       8      10
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              52%    24%    81%    49%    52%    52%    48%    83%    56%
Disapprove           38     66     10     41     40     35     41     13     29
DK/NA                10     10      9     11      8     13     11      4     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              57%    50%    51%    54%    46%    57%    80%    62%    30%
Disapprove           31     40     40     33     44     38     12     28     60
DK/NA                12     10      9     12     10      5      8     10     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              50%    57%    32%    40%    52%    56%
Disapprove           38     36     59     50     37     39
DK/NA                11      8     10     10     11      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              52      55      57      56      56
Disapprove           38      35      32      25      21
DK/NA                10       9      11      19      23
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              39%    12%    69%    34%    36%    41%    32%    76%    54%
Disapprove           52     83     20     60     56     49     59     13     42
DK/NA                 9      4     11      7      8      9      9     11      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              44%    38%    38%    43%    34%    34%    69%    42%    21%
Disapprove           48     55     52     47     60     61     23     48     73
DK/NA                 8      7     10     10      6      5      8     10      6
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              51%    49%    36%    39%    39%    22%    26%    30%    54%
Disapprove           36     42     58     52     55     69     66     61     31
DK/NA                13      9      6      9      6      8      8     10     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Aug 5   July 2
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              39      46
Disapprove           52      42
DK/NA                 9      13
 
 
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%     2%    13%     8%
Smwht satisfied      31     14     49     29     29     33     28     48     34
Smwht dissatisfied   30     34     29     28     30     30     30     24     41
Very dissatisfied    34     50     14     40     37     32     38     14     17
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        4%     4%     5%     4%     3%     5%     7%     4%     3%
Smwht satisfied      35     29     30     33     28     32     49     37     17
Smwht dissatisfied   35     29     27     29     31     32     28     31     29
Very dissatisfied    25     38     37     33     38     30     16     26     50
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      -      -      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Very satisfied        4%     4%     1%     2%     4%     1%
Smwht satisfied      30     34     22     22     33     41
Smwht dissatisfied   29     32     30     32     29     32
Very dissatisfied    35     30     46     43     34     26
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 13  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        4       5       6       4       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      31      34      30      26      14      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   30      29      29      31      38      19      38
Very dissatisfied    34      31      34      37      44      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       2       3       2
 
 
8. 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%
Good                  6      4     11      5      6      7      5     11      9
Not so good          49     49     55     44     48     50     47     63     42
Poor                 44     47     34     52     46     42     47     25     49
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1%
Good                  6      6      7      7      5      7      9      8      5
Not so good          52     49     47     47     55     50     51     54     43
Poor                 42     45     45     46     41     43     41     38     52
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  6      7      4      6      5      1
Not so good          47     55     45     46     53     56
Poor                 46     38     50     47     43     43
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
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
                     Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4   Dec 10  Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       1       -       1       -       3       -
Good                  6       7       6       4       3      37       3
Not so good          49      44      41      39      28      42      28
Poor                 44      47      52      56      68      16      68
DK/NA                 -       1       1       -       -       1       -
 
 
9. 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               28%    17%    43%    25%    30%    27%    27%    43%    20%
Worse                29     39     14     36     31     28     30     18     31
The same             41     42     43     38     38     43     42     35     47
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      1      2      1      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               28%    28%    29%    27%    28%    34%    44%    35%    15%
Worse                30     30     27     31     29     24     14     24     42
The same             41     41     41     40     43     40     41     40     41
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      1      2      1      1      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Better               25%    36%    18%    23%    29%    34%
Worse                32     23     41     34     24     20
The same             41     40     39     42     45     42
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      1      5
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Better               28      27      24      19
Worse                29      29      33      32
The same             41      42      42      47
DK/NA                 2       2       2       2
 
 
10. 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      47%    10%    87%    42%    42%    52%    40%    91%    61%
Reps in Cong         36     77      6     33     40     32     42      4     17
DK/NA                17     13      7     25     18     16     18      5     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
President Obama      49%    47%    48%    52%    40%    44%    85%    53%    23%
Reps in Cong         35     36     36     30     43     43      7     28     59
DK/NA                16     17     16     17     17     13      7     19     18
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
President Obama      47%    48%    27%    32%    41%    67%
Reps in Cong         35     36     55     50     44     26
DK/NA                18     15     17     18     15      6
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      47      54      54      55      56
Reps in Con          36      32      27      27      26
DK/NA                17      14      18      18      18
 
 
11. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Helped               37%    11%    63%    34%    35%    39%    31%    74%    43%
Hurt                 29     53      6     31     29     28     33      5     15
No difference        31     35     26     31     32     29     33     17     38
DK/NA                 4      2      5      4      4      4      4      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Helped               38%    35%    39%    39%    30%    39%    66%    40%    20%
Hurt                 23     30     31     24     34     31      6     18     50
No difference        36     32     25     32     32     29     23     38     27
DK/NA                 4      4      5      5      4      1      5      4      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Helped               35%    41%    19%    24%    34%    40%
Hurt                 29     28     44     38     28     23
No difference        31     28     34     35     35     29
DK/NA                 4      3      3      3      3      8
 
 
12. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Will help            49%    16%    86%    42%    42%    55%    42%    87%    71%
Will hurt            33     63      5     36     38     29     38      4     20
No difference        14     17      6     17     16     11     15      5      7
DK/NA                 4      3      2      5      4      5      4      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will help            54%    47%    49%    56%    39%    45%    84%    55%    27%
Will hurt            25     37     35     26     43     39      5     24     57
No difference        18     12     12     14     14     12      9     16     13
DK/NA                 3      5      4      4      4      4      2      5      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Will help            50%    48%    29%    34%    47%    64%
Will hurt            32     35     52     47     34     13
No difference        14     13     15     14     16     16
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      3      7
 
 
13. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Helped               13%     4%    27%     8%    12%    14%     9%    41%    14%
Hurt                 23     38      6     25     24     21     26      3     15
No difference        63     57     66     65     63     63     65     52     70
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      2      1      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Helped               12%    15%    12%    16%     9%    11%    24%    13%     7%
Hurt                 16     24     26     20     25     25      7     18     35
No difference        70     59     62     63     65     64     68     68     56
DK/NA                 2      2      -      2      1      -      1      1      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Helped               14%    12%     6%     7%     9%     7%
Hurt                 22     23     33     28     27     23
No difference        63     64     60     64     63     64
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      7
 
 
14. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Will help            33%     9%    59%    28%    30%    36%    27%    70%    40%
Will hurt            36     65      8     39     39     33     41      8     18
No difference        28     24     30     30     28     28     29     18     39
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      4      3      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will help            38%    33%    29%    36%    30%    29%    60%    36%    16%
Will hurt            26     41     37     27     44     47      8     27     59
No difference        34     23     30     33     24     23     28     34     23
DK/NA                 2      3      4      3      2      1      4      3      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Will help            33%    33%    19%    22%    25%    41%
Will hurt            34     40     50     48     39     28
No difference        30     24     29     26     33     27
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      3      4
 
 
15. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
President Obama      46%    10%    85%    41%    43%    49%    40%    84%    62%
Reps in Cong         37     78      7     36     40     35     44      7     20
DK/NA                16     12      8     23     17     16     16      8     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
President Obama      53%    43%    46%    52%    40%    40%    84%    50%    25%
Reps in Cong         35     39     38     31     45     48     10     31     59
DK/NA                12     17     16     16     15     12      6     19     15
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
President Obama      64%    55%    41%    46%    46%    28%    32%    39%    73%
Reps in Cong         24     22     43     37     39     59     53     45     25
DK/NA                12     22     16     17     15     13     15     17      2
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
President Obama      46      53
Reps in Con          37      33
DK/NA                16      14
 
 
34. How much have you heard or read about a CIA plan to kill Al-Qaeda leaders? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
A lot                 9%     8%     7%    11%    13%     5%     8%     7%    12%
Some                 24     24     22     27     28     20     26     15     25
Not much             27     30     25     28     24     30     29     23     23
Nothing at all       38     37     44     33     33     43     36     54     41
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2      1      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
A lot                 7%     8%    11%     8%     8%    13%    12%     7%     9%
Some                 17     27     28     19     29     32     24     24     25
Not much             26     26     28     27     32     23     27     30     25
Nothing at all       49     37     31     45     31     32     36     38     39
DK/NA                 -      1      2      2      -      1      1      -      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
A lot                 8%    13%     7%     8%     8%    11%
Some                 21     31     24     26     24     25
Not much             28     24     31     29     27     30
Nothing at all       41     32     39     36     38     33
DK/NA                 2      -      -      1      2      1
 
 
35. Do you think having the CIA kill Al-Qaeda leaders is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good idea            53%    66%    40%    56%    62%    45%    57%    29%    47%
Bad idea             30     22     39     26     26     32     26     47     40
DK/NA                18     11     21     18     12     23     17     24     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            54%    56%    50%    50%    58%    63%    39%    55%    60%
Bad idea             31     28     31     33     26     24     44     28     24
DK/NA                15     16     19     17     15     14     17     17     16
 
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                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Good idea            53%    53%    59%    58%    60%    54%
Bad idea             30     29     26     26     24     32
DK/NA                17     17     16     16     16     14
 
 
36. Do you think the CIA should have informed the Congress about this plan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  59%    44%    75%    57%    57%    60%    56%    75%    65%
No                   31     47     16     33     34     28     34     16     30
DK/NA                10      9      9     11      8     11     10     10      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  62%    57%    60%    64%    52%    55%    79%    62%    48%
No                   31     34     29     27     37     37     16     29     42
DK/NA                 7      9     11      9     11      8      5      9     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
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Yes                  59%    58%    54%    54%    55%    61%
No                   31     32     35     35     37     29
DK/NA                10     11     10     11      8     10
 
 
37. Do you think the CIA should have cancelled this plan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  28%    20%    37%    27%    26%    30%    26%    37%    43%
No                   51     63     40     53     60     43     53     37     41
DK/NA                21     17     24     20     15     27     21     26     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  27%    29%    29%    31%    27%    24%    44%    27%    22%
No                   57     51     46     51     51     59     40     52     58
DK/NA                16     20     25     18     22     18     16     21     20
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  28%    28%    25%    26%    21%    43%
No                   51     50     55     51     60     42
DK/NA                21     22     20     23     19     15
 
 
38. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling race relations?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              55%    32%    82%    52%    53%    58%    51%    84%    65%
Disapprove           35     57     11     38     39     31     38     13     28
DK/NA                10     11      8     10      8     12     11      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              59%    53%    56%    59%    51%    55%    81%    62%    38%
Disapprove           30     36     36     30     39     40     13     28     53
DK/NA                11     10      8     11      9      5      7     10      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              56%    54%    42%    46%    53%    77%
Disapprove           34     37     47     42     39     14
DK/NA                10      9     11     12      8      9
 
 
39. Who do you think was most at fault in the case of the black Harvard professor who was in a confrontation with a white police officer - the professor, or the police officer?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Professor            37%    52%    21%    41%    39%    35%    41%    16%    28%
Police officer       22     10     34     20     22     21     17     43     43
BOTH(VOL)            13      9     17     13     13     12     13     14      8
DK/NA                29     29     29     26     26     31     30     27     21
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Professor            28%    38%    41%    30%    46%    43%    18%    38%    47%
Police officer       24     22     20     26     15     19     38     20     15
BOTH(VOL)            10     13     15     11     15     16     15     15      9
DK/NA                38     26     23     33     23     23     28     28     29
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Professor            36%    39%    46%    44%    46%    28%
Police officer       22     20     16     15     11     23
BOTH(VOL)            12     16     11     13     11     21
DK/NA                30     25     28     29     32     29
 
 
40. Would you say that President Obama has acted "stupidly" in this matter?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  49%    69%    28%    53%    56%    43%    54%    16%    42%
No                   33     14     50     32     31     34     27     61     43
DK/NA                19     17     22     15     14     23     19     23     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  40%    49%    56%    41%    59%    59%    26%    49%    63%
No                   32     36     29     36     29     32     53     35     19
DK/NA                28     15     15     24     12     10     20     16     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  47%    54%    62%    57%    58%    59%
No                   32     35     20     24     24     30
DK/NA                21     11     19     19     17     12
 
 
41. Would you say that the police officer has acted "stupidly" in this matter?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  36%    23%    49%    35%    37%    34%    31%    50%    58%
No                   42     55     30     46     44     40     46     27     28
DK/NA                22     22     22     19     18     25     22     23     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  43%    37%    30%    40%    32%    34%    56%    36%    26%
No                   28     44     53     36     50     50     23     44     52
DK/NA                29     20     17     25     19     16     21     20     21
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  36%    35%    27%    27%    30%    39%
No                   41     47     51     50     49     37
DK/NA                23     18     22     23     21     24
 
 
42. Would you say that the professor has acted "stupidly" in this matter?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  51%    62%    38%    55%    55%    48%    56%    26%    47%
No                   27     15     39     25     27     27     22     47     37
DK/NA                23     23     22     20     19     26     22     27     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  42%    52%    57%    45%    56%    62%    40%    55%    55%
No                   26     29     25     30     23     25     37     25     22
DK/NA                31     20     18     25     21     14     22     20     22
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  49%    55%    59%    54%    62%    56%
No                   27     26     19     22     16     25
DK/NA                24     18     22     23     22     19
 
 
43. Do you think the president should have publicly addressed this matter or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  26%    14%    37%    26%    26%    26%    22%    44%    35%
No                   62     77     48     65     67     58     67     42     49
DK/NA                12     10     15      9      7     16     11     15     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  29%    25%    25%    27%    23%    25%    35%    26%    20%
No                   54     65     66     57     70     70     52     63     70
DK/NA                17     10      9     16      7      6     13     11     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  27%    24%    19%    22%    20%    30%
No                   60     69     73     68     67     62
DK/NA                13      7      9     10     12      8
 
 
44. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama, the police officer, and the professor meeting at the White House for a beer?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              47%    31%    57%    53%    49%    45%    45%    49%    57%
Disapprove           43     63     32     37     44     42     45     36     35
DK/NA                10      7     10     10      7     13     10     14      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              46%    49%    45%    45%    47%    52%    64%    54%    32%
Disapprove           39     44     46     42     45     41     29     38     57
DK/NA                15      8      9     12      8      7      8      9     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              43%    55%    36%    42%    52%    49%
Disapprove           46     36     56     49     38     47
DK/NA                11      9      9      9     10      3