January 13, 2010 - Obama's Approval Splits Evenly For First Time, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Split On Whether First Year Is Success Or Failure

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American voters are split 45 - 45 percent on whether Barack Obama's first year in office is a success or failure and split 35 - 37 percent on whether the U.S. would be better off if John McCain had won the 2008 election, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today. As he marks the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Obama's approval has slipped slightly into an even 45 - 45 percent split for the first time.

By a 43 - 30 percent margin American voters think Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds. Voters blame Bush more than Obama 55 - 20 percent for the current economic conditions, but they say 35 - 24 percent that Obama's policies have made the United States less safe than those of his predecessor. Another 38 percent say safety is about the same.

Looking at his characteristics, voters say:
  • 56 - 37 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 66 - 32 percent that he is a strong leader;
  • 50 - 46 percent that Obama does not share their views on the issues they care about;
  • 53 - 43 percent he is being fiscally irresponsible in his spending of federal money.
"President Barack Obama's approval rating is dead even for the first time, which is more of a symbolic low than any large movement in public opinion against him," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "When asked to compare, voters give Obama a higher rating than George W. Bush, but that's not much to write home about since Bush's approval at one point was among the lowest of any president in history.

"President Obama's report card from the American people on his first year in office is a mixed one. He gets better grades on his personal qualities than his policies and compared to his predecessor he is viewed more favorably on the economy than on national security."

"His split verdict from voters on whether he is a failure or a success pretty much sums up divisions among the American people, divisions that are perhaps magnified when the subject is Obama," Brown added. "But it is important to understand that this overall split masks deeper divisions that fall across gender, racial and age lines."

By a 47 - 40 percent margin, independent voters rate Obama's first year in office as mainly a failure; 81 percent of Democrats say it's a success and 75 percent of Republicans say it's a failure. Men say failure 50 - 40 percent, while women say success 49 - 40 percent. White voters say failure 54 - 37 percent, while black voters say success 82 - 7 percent.

Obama's job approval is only slightly lower than his 46 - 43 percent rating in Quinnipiac University's December 23 survey. But it continues a gradual but consistent downward move that began last summer when his approval rating was 59 - 31 percent positive June 4.

Except for terrorism, Obama's approval numbers on specific areas of domestic policy are lower than his overall rating:
  • 41 - 54 percent for his handling of the economy;
  • 34 - 59 percent for creating jobs;
  • 35 - 58 percent for health care;
  • 48 - 44 percent for handling terrorism.
"These ratings on the economy and health care probably are why more voters say they don't share Obama's views on the issues they care about," said Brown.

Obama's policies generally favor the rich, 18 percent say, as 15 percent say the middle class; 21 percent say the poor and 35 percent say he treats everyone equally.

Obama gets a split 45 - 46 percent for his handling of foreign policy and a split 45 - 45 percent for Afghanistan. Voters say 50 - 46 percent that he hasn't been tough enough standing up to the rest of the world, but agree 53 - 43 percent that he has improved America's image around the world.

From January 5 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,767 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 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, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

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
 
Approve              45%    16%    81%    42%    42%    48%    36%    87%
Disapprove           45     74     12     48     49     42     54      7
DK/NA                10     10      6     10      9     10     10      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              58%    41%    41%    47%    43%    45%    74%    53%    21%
Disapprove           33     52     48     41     51     50     19     36     70
DK/NA                 9      8     11     12      6      5      7     11      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              44%    49%    22%    29%    39%
Disapprove           45     46     67     60     53
DK/NA                11      6     11     11      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 18  Oct 8   Jun 4   Jan 13
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2010
 
Approve              45      46      46      48      50      59      45
Disapprove           45      43      44      42      41      31      45
DK/NA                10      11      10      10       9      10      10
 
                     INDEPENDENTS.........................................
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 18  Oct 8   Jun 4   Dec 9
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              42      41      37      43      45      57      37
Disapprove           48      46      51      46      44      30      51
DK/NA                10      13      11      11      11      13      11
 
 
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
 
Approve              32%    13%    66%    23%    28%    36%    25%    71%
Disapprove           59     83     24     67     65     53     67     22
DK/NA                 9      4      9     10      7     10      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              40%    31%    29%    35%    29%    28%    51%    38%    17%
Disapprove           49     61     63     53     67     65     37     53     78
DK/NA                11      8      8     11      4      7     11      9      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              33%    31%    17%    20%    28%
Disapprove           57     64     78     73     64
DK/NA                10      5      5      7      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 32% Dec 23 2009)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Mar 4   Jan 13
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010*
 
Approve              32      32      33      36      33      45      32
Disapprove           59      59      56      55      56      45      59
DK/NA                 9       9      11       9      11      10       9
 
 
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
 
Approve              32%    54%    22%    24%    32%    32%    32%    33%
Disapprove           58     37     68     65     61     54     58     58
DK/NA                11      9     10     11      7     14     10      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              40%    31%    28%    30%    36%    31%    22%    27%    42%
Disapprove           48     60     62     58     56     60     69     60     48
DK/NA                12     10     10     12      8     10      9     13      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              33%    29%    36%    33%    37%
Disapprove           56     62     55     57     55
DK/NA                11      9      9     10      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Jan 13  Oct 8
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010    2009
 
Approve              32      29      30      31      25      32      25
Disapprove           58      62      58      58      64      58      64
DK/NA                11       9      12      11      11      11      11
 
 
4. 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
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     4%     2%     2%     3%     1%     8%
Smwht satisfied      25     14     45     19     25     25     19     51
Smwht dissatisfied   31     30     36     30     30     32     33     24
Very dissatisfied    41     54     15     48     42     39     46     17
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     3%     3%     2%     2%     3%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      35     23     21     26     24     27     45     27     13
Smwht dissatisfied   31     34     29     31     33     31     32     38     24
Very dissatisfied    31     42     46     39     42     40     19     31     61
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     1%     1%     -
Smwht satisfied      24     29     14     17     20
Smwht dissatisfied   31     33     31     31     31
Very dissatisfied    42     37     54     50     49
DK/NA                 -      -      -      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
                     Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       3       3       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      25      24      26      27      27      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   31      34      32      30      31      19      38
Very dissatisfied    41      40      39      39      38      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    17%    77%    34%    37%    44%    32%    79%
Disapprove           54     79     17     61     57     51     62     16
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      6      5      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              52%    35%    40%    43%    39%    39%    65%    47%    21%
Disapprove           42     60     54     51     58     58     27     46     77
DK/NA                 5      5      6      7      3      3      8      7      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              41%    42%    23%    28%    35%
Disapprove           53     54     73     66     63
DK/NA                 6      4      4      6      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy? (*Low also 41% Dec 9 2009)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 18  Oct 8   Mar 4   Jan 13
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010
 
Approve              41      44      41      43      47      57      41*
Disapprove           54      51      54      52      46      33      54
DK/NA                 6       5       5       5       7      10       6
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              45%    19%    76%    43%    44%    45%    38%    74%
Disapprove           46     72     17     50     49     44     53     20
DK/NA                 9      9      7      7      6     11      9      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              54%    42%    43%    44%    44%    49%    72%    55%    21%
Disapprove           35     51     48     44     50     48     20     37     71
DK/NA                11      7      9     12      5      4      8      8      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              44%    47%    25%    32%    39%
Disapprove           46     47     66     59     53
DK/NA                10      6      9     10      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7   Apr 29  Jan 13
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010
 
Approve              45      46      46      49      49      57      45
Disapprove           46      44      45      42      37      32      46
DK/NA                 9      10       9       8      13      11       9
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              35%     9%    70%    31%    32%    38%    27%    72%
Disapprove           58     86     24     63     62     55     67     18
DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      6      7      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              42%    33%    34%    36%    33%    37%    60%    41%    16%
Disapprove           51     63     58     55     64     60     32     54     80
DK/NA                 7      4      8      9      3      3      9      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              34%    39%    16%    22%    26%
Disapprove           59     58     78     72     70
DK/NA                 7      3      5      7      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5   July 2
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              35      38      38      41      41      39      46
Disapprove           58      56      56      53      51      52      42
DK/NA                 6       6       6       6       8       9      13
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              45%    34%    61%    42%    46%    44%    43%    61%
Disapprove           45     57     27     48     47     43     48     31
DK/NA                10      9     12      9      7     13      9      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              46%    43%    47%    41%    52%    48%    55%    52%    33%
Disapprove           43     49     42     47     41     46     35     38     57
DK/NA                11      9     11     12      6      7     10     10      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              43%    49%    37%    42%    45%
Disapprove           46     42     54     49     49
DK/NA                11      8      9     10      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              45      47      45      38      42
Disapprove           45      43      45      49      40
DK/NA                10      10      11      12      17
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - creating jobs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              34%    14%    64%    26%    29%    38%    28%    65%
Disapprove           59     81     28     66     64     54     66     23
DK/NA                 7      5      8      8      7      8      6     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              43%    30%    32%    36%    34%    29%    53%    39%    18%
Disapprove           50     64     60     56     60     65     37     53     78
DK/NA                 6      6      8      7      6      7      9      9      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              34%    34%    20%    24%    31%
Disapprove           58     60     75     69     66
DK/NA                 8      6      5      7      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - creating jobs?
                     Jan 13  Dec 22
                     2010    2009
 
Approve              34      37
Disapprove           59      56
DK/NA                 7       8
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              48%    24%    74%    47%    46%    49%    43%    73%
Disapprove           44     69     17     45     47     41     49     20
DK/NA                 8      6      9      8      6     10      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              58%    44%    44%    49%    46%    48%    73%    58%    24%
Disapprove           34     50     45     40     48     47     17     34     70
DK/NA                 8      6     10     11      6      5      9      9      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              48%    48%    33%    39%    38%
Disapprove           43     46     58     54     55
DK/NA                 9      6      9      7      7
 
 
11. Do you think Barack Obama's first year as President has been mainly a success or mainly a failure?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Success              45%    17%    81%    40%    40%    49%    37%    82%
Failure              45     75     13     47     50     40     54      7
DK/NA                10      8      7     13     10     10     10     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Success              56%    41%    43%    47%    43%    45%    75%    54%    20%
Failure              33     50     48     41     51     50     20     34     71
DK/NA                11      9      9     12      7      6      5     13      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Success              44%    48%    24%    32%    36%
Failure              45     44     67     59     53
DK/NA                11      8      9      9     12
 
 
12. Do you think Barack Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               43%    11%    79%    40%    38%    47%    36%    71%
Worse                30     63      3     26     32     29     38      2
About the same       23     23     15     29     26     20     23     22
DK/NA                 4      3      3      5      4      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               50%    39%    43%    45%    40%    42%    75%    49%    18%
Worse                22     33     34     26     36     35      7     18     57
About the same       22     24     22     24     21     21     16     29     22
DK/NA                 6      4      2      5      4      3      2      5      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Better               41%    46%    24%    31%    36%
Worse                30     32     52     44     33
About the same       24     19     23     23     26
DK/NA                 5      3      2      2      4
 
 
13. In the Presidential election of 2008, if John McCain had become President instead of Barack Obama, do you think that, in general, the nation would be better off than it is today or worse off than it is today?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better off           35%    65%    10%    33%    37%    34%    43%     2%
Worse off            37      9     68     36     35     38     31     65
SAME(VOL)            17     17     13     17     17     16     15     20
DK/NA                11      9      9     14     11     12     11     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better off           24%    41%    36%    30%    43%    39%    13%    29%    55%
Worse off            44     33     37     39     35     36     63     42     17
SAME(VOL)            22     16     14     20     12     16     15     18     17
DK/NA                10     10     13     11     10     10      9     12     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Better off           34%    38%    57%    50%    44%
Worse off            36     39     17     25     29
SAME(VOL)            17     15     17     14     14
DK/NA                12      9      9     11     13
 
 
14. How would you describe your feelings toward President Obama: admire, satisfied, dissatisfied, or angry?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Admire               19%     6%    38%    15%    14%    24%    15%    38%
Satisfied            34     18     50     34     36     32     29     53
Dissatisfied         30     47      9     33     33     28     36      6
Angry                15     27      3     15     16     14     18      2
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      3      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Admire               19%    18%    20%    18%    20%    24%    31%    23%     9%
Satisfied            49     30     28     37     30     28     49     41     17
Dissatisfied         21     35     33     30     31     31     14     26     44
Angry                10     15     16     12     18     16      5      7     28
DK/NA                 1      2      3      3      -      1      1      2      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Admire               18%    23%    10%    13%    14%
Satisfied            35     29     21     24     31
Dissatisfied         30     32     44     42     32
Angry                15     14     23     18     20
DK/NA                 2      2      3      3      2
 
 
15. Would you say that Barack Obama - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  56%    29%    90%    52%    53%    60%    49%    89%
No                   37     64      8     40     42     33     44      5
DK/NA                 7      7      3      9      6      7      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  66%    52%    54%    58%    54%    53%    86%    67%    30%
No                   28     43     37     35     42     42     12     27     63
DK/NA                 5      5      9      8      3      5      2      6      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  55%    59%    34%    42%    53%
No                   38     36     58     50     42
DK/NA                 7      5      8      8      5
 
 
16. Would you say that Barack Obama - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  66%    45%    90%    64%    62%    69%    59%    94%
No                   32     53      9     33     35     29     39      5
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      2      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  81%    64%    58%    68%    62%    67%    84%    73%    48%
No                   19     35     38     30     36     32     14     23     51
DK/NA                 -      2      4      2      2      1      1      4      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  65%    69%    46%    54%    59%
No                   33     29     52     44     39
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      3
 
 
17. Would you say that Barack Obama - shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  46%    14%    85%    41%    42%    50%    38%    79%
No                   50     83     10     54     54     46     59     13
DK/NA                 4      2      4      5      4      5      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  59%    42%    42%    48%    44%    42%    78%    53%    20%
No                   38     56     51     47     54     55     17     41     77
DK/NA                 4      2      7      5      3      3      5      5      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  45%    48%    25%    30%    40%
No                   50     49     73     66     57
DK/NA                 5      3      3      4      3
 
 
18. Do you think Barack Obama's policies generally favor the rich, favor the middle class, favor the poor, or treat all people about equally?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Rich                 18%    22%     8%    21%    18%    18%    20%    15%
Middle class         15     10     26     12     16     15     14     18
Poor                 21     36      7     22     25     18     26      5
Treat all equally    35     17     54     33     30     39     29     55
DK/NA                11     14      4     12     10     12     12      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Rich                 16%    20%    19%    24%    15%    10%    15%    14%    23%
Middle class         21     16     11     15     18     13     28     17      7
Poor                 21     23     19     14     27     37      6     22     30
Treat all equally    36     33     37     37     32     32     47     39     23
DK/NA                 7      9     14     10      8      9      4      8     16
 
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Rich                 21%    11%    28%    21%    17%
Middle class         15     17      8     11     14
Poor                 18     30     23     27     32
Treat all equally    36     33     25     26     29
DK/NA                11     10     16     15      9
 
 
19. Do you think President Obama has been spending too much time on the economy, not enough time on the economy, or about the right amount of time on the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too much time         5%     7%     3%     4%     5%     5%     5%     6%
Not enough time      47     64     25     52     54     41     53     20
The right amount     42     23     68     38     34     49     36     69
DK/NA                 6      6      4      6      6      5      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much time         6%     6%     3%     4%     6%     6%     2%     4%     9%
Not enough time      42     49     49     48     48     47     36     43     59
The right amount     49     40     40     42     41     42     58     49     26
DK/NA                 3      4      8      6      5      5      4      5      6
 
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Too much time         5%     5%     5%     5%     6%
Not enough time      49     43     61     57     53
The right amount     41     45     29     33     38
DK/NA                 5      6      5      6      3
 
 
20. Who do you blame more for the current condition of the U.S. economy - Former President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Bush                 55%    24%    89%    55%    52%    59%    49%    89%
Obama                20     42      3     15     21     18     24      1
NEITHER(VOL)         14     23      4     15     15     13     16      4
BOTH(VOL)             7      7      2     10      8      5      8      1
DK/NA                 4      5      2      5      4      5      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Bush                 63%    57%    49%    60%    52%    54%    85%    63%    31%
Obama                16     18     24     17     23     21      5     11     36
NEITHER(VOL)         12     17     11     11     16     16      6     18     16
BOTH(VOL)             4      6      9      7      7      6      3      4     11
DK/NA                 4      3      6      5      2      3      1      4      7
 
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Bush                 56%    53%    35%    40%    50%
Obama                19     20     33     28     22
NEITHER(VOL)         13     17     18     18     16
BOTH(VOL)             6      7     11     11      7
DK/NA                 5      2      4      4      4
 
 
21. Some people say that President Obama is being fiscally irresponsible by spending too much government money. Others say President Obama is being fiscally responsible by only spending money where it is needed. Which comes closer to your view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Irresponsible        53%    85%    16%    58%    59%    49%    63%    14%
Responsible          43     13     81     37     38     47     34     84
DK/NA                 4      2      3      5      3      5      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Irresponsible        45%    58%    53%    49%    60%    61%    23%    45%    79%
Responsible          51     39     42     46     37     38     73     50     18
DK/NA                 4      3      5      5      3      1      4      4      2
 
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Irresponsible        53%    55%    77%    69%    61%
Responsible          43     42     21     27     36
DK/NA                 4      3      2      4      3
 
 
22. Do you think that the policies of President Barack Obama make the United States a safer place than the policies of former President George W. Bush, less safe, or about as safe as the policies of former President Bush?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Safer                24%     5%    50%    19%    21%    27%    20%    38%
Less safe            35     66      7     34     41     31     42      9
About the same       38     27     39     46     37     39     36     50
DK/NA                 3      3      3      1      2      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Safer                28%    21%    25%    27%    22%    21%    43%    28%     9%
Less safe            29     38     37     31     40     42      9     26     61
About the same       43     38     35     40     35     36     46     43     29
DK/NA                 1      2      3      2      2      1      2      3      2
 
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Safer                23%    26%    11%    15%    17%
Less safe            35     37     54     47     43
About the same       39     34     33     36     37
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      2
 
 
23. Some people say President Obama isn't tough enough in standing up to the rest of the world for U.S. interests. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                50%    78%    20%    50%    54%    46%    57%    17%
Disagree             46     18     76     47     43     49     40     82
DK/NA                 4      4      4      3      3      5      4      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                41%    55%    50%    47%    54%    53%    23%    40%    73%
Disagree             56     43     45     49     44     45     73     56     23
DK/NA                 3      3      5      5      2      3      3      3      4
 
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Agree                52%    45%    69%    61%    59%
Disagree             45     52     28     35     37
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      4
 
 
24. Some people say President Obama's way of handling foreign policy has improved America's image around the world. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                53%    25%    85%    52%    54%    53%    45%    84%
Disagree             43     71     13     43     44     42     50     11
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      3      6      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                64%    50%    49%    53%    52%    54%    81%    61%    29%
Disagree             32     46     47     41     47     42     17     34     66
DK/NA                 4      4      4      6      2      3      1      5      4
 
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Agree                52%    56%    35%    41%    44%
Disagree             43     40     60     55     51
DK/NA                 5      3      5      4      4