February 11, 2010 - U.S. Voters Split On Obama, Down On Everyone Else, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But President's Job Push Gets Strong Support

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American voters remain deeply divided about President Barack Obama's job performance, giving him a 45 - 46 percent job approval, but disapproval of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress tops 2-1. This could explain why only 2 percent trust government to do what is right almost all of the time, and 16 percent trust government to do right most of the time, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

While President Obama's ratings on the economy and job creation remain low, voters strongly support the steps he has proposed to put Americans back to work, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

American voters still disapprove 54 - 35 percent of Obama's health care reform plan, but they say 52 - 44 percent they want Congress and the President to keep trying on health care reform rather than giving up and moving on to other matters.

"The country remains basically split down the middle about President Barack Obama's performance. The good news for the White House is that his approval rating has stabilized in the mid 40s. That's nothing to write home about, but he has stopped dropping," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"American voters now give both parties equally bad grades, disapproving 63 - 28 percent of Congressional Democrats and disapproving 61 - 28 percent of Republicans. That's why it should be no surprise that only 2 percent of voters, including 1 percent of Republicans and 1 percent of independents, think the government does what's right almost all the time."

Another 16 percent, including 10 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of independents and 29 percent of Democrats, think government does right most of the time; 54 percent believe it does so only some of the time and 27 percent say government does what's right hardly ever.

Three percent of women and 7 percent of blacks say government does the right thing almost all the time, compared to 1 percent of men and whites.

In addition, 67 percent of voters blame both Democrats and Republicans equally for the gridlock in Washington, with 17 percent blaming the GOP and 12 percent the Democrats. On another question, 46 percent say Democrats are not considering Republican views when pushing legislation while 37 percent say the GOP is misusing the filibuster to block legislation.

"From the voters' point of view it is a plague on both their houses," said Brown, "but independents, who are a key to the November elections, do give congressional Democrats lower grades than congressional Republicans."

Although only 37 percent rate the President's efforts to reduce the budget deficit as excellent or good, 71 percent saying reducing unemployment is more important. And voters favor 72 - 22 percent Obama's $100 billion dollar package of tax cuts for small business and government spending to increase employment.

Voters believe 59 - 33 percent that spending to create jobs reduces deficits because job holders pay taxes, rather than increasing deficits through waste.

They back additional fees on the nation's big banks 57 - 35 percent, but oppose 49 - 46 percent ending tax cuts for couples earning over $250,000 annually. And there is overwhelming support, 78 - 19 percent, for Obama's proposal to freeze federal spending for the next three years with exceptions for defense and entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

"When it comes to domestic priorities, unemployment is number one, two and three in the eyes of the American people," said Brown. "Despite Obama's big negatives, 41 - 54 percent approval on the economy and 37 - 56 percent on creating jobs, voters strongly support his proposals to improve the situation."

From February 2 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,617 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. 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    His
 
Approve              45%     9%    80%    40%    43%    48%    37%    90%    57%
Disapprove           46     83     13     49     50     41     53      8     29
DK/NA                 9      8      7     10      7     11     10      2     14
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Approve              50%    45%    42%    50%    41%    43%    48%
Disapprove           41     48     48     40     51     54     43
DK/NA                10      7     10     10      7      4     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              45%    47%    22%    31%    41%    49%    40%
Disapprove           46     45     68     59     52     49     52
DK/NA                 9      8     10     10      7      2      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009 / **Low also 45% Jan 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 18  Jun 4   Feb 11
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2010**
 
Approve              45      45      46      46      48      59      45
Disapprove           46      45      43      44      42      31      46
DK/NA                 9      10      11      10      10      10       9
 
                     INDEPENDENTS.........................................
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 18  Jun 4   Dec 9
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              40      42      41      37      43      57      37
Disapprove           49      48      46      51      46      30      51
DK/NA                10      10      13      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    His
 
Approve              28%     5%    59%    19%    24%    32%    21%    70%    33%
Disapprove           63     90     32     70     68     59     71     22     54
DK/NA                 9      5      9     11      8      9      8      7     13
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Approve              35%    26%    26%    33%    22%    26%    29%
Disapprove           53     65     67     57     70     68     66
DK/NA                12      8      7     10      8      6      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              29%    28%    16%    18%    24%    30%    21%
Disapprove           61     66     78     74     67     66     71
DK/NA                10      6      5      8      9      5      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 19  Mar 4   Feb 11
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010
 
Approve              28      32      32      33      36      45      28
Disapprove           63      59      59      56      55      45      63
DK/NA                 9       9       9      11       9      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    His
 
Approve              28%    51%    14%    25%    26%    29%    30%    21%    19%
Disapprove           61     38     79     61     64     59     60     71     66
DK/NA                11     10      7     14      9     12     10      8     15
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Approve              31%    27%    27%    26%    29%    33%    32%
Disapprove           54     63     65     61     63     60     66
DK/NA                15     10      9     13      9      8      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              28%    29%    38%    34%    35%    17%    30%
Disapprove           60     64     53     57     55     73     59
DK/NA                12      8      9     10     10     10     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 9   Nov 19  Jan 13  Oct 8
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010    2009
 
Approve              28      32      29      30      31      32      25
Disapprove           61      58      62      58      58      58      64
DK/NA                11      11       9      12      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    His
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     4%     1%     2%     2%     1%     6%     6%
Smwht satisfied      24      9     42     20     20     27     20     46     20
Smwht dissatisfied   33     31     33     36     34     32     34     29     39
Very dissatisfied    40     59     19     43     42     38     45     18     29
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      1      5
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Very satisfied        1%     2%     3%     3%     1%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      34     20     20     25     22     25     30
Smwht dissatisfied   37     34     30     32     34     36     30
Very dissatisfied    26     43     46     38     43     37     38
DK/NA                 2      -      1      2      1      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     1%     1%     1%     -      1%
Smwht satisfied      23     26     14     17     22     26     20
Smwht dissatisfied   33     34     31     34     35     27     31
Very dissatisfied    40     38     53     48     40     48     47
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
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       2       3       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      24      25      24      26      27      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   33      31      34      32      30      19      38
Very dissatisfied    40      41      40      39      39      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    His
 
Approve              41%     8%    74%    37%    39%    44%    34%    80%    45%
Disapprove           54     87     21     58     57     50     61     13     53
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      4      6      5      7      2
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Approve              48%    40%    38%    45%    35%    39%    49%
Disapprove           49     56     56     50     61     55     49
DK/NA                 3      5      6      5      5      6      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              41%    44%    20%    30%    35%    49%    33%
Disapprove           54     52     76     66     61     47     63
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      3      4      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (*Low also 41% Jan 2010 & Dec 9 2009)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 18  Mar 4   Feb 11
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010*
 
Approve              41      41      44      41      43      57      41
Disapprove           54      54      51      54      52      33      54
DK/NA                 5       6       5       5       5      10       5
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              35%     7%    69%    28%    32%    39%    27%    77%    50%
Disapprove           58     90     26     64     62     55     67     15     42
DK/NA                 6      3      6      8      6      7      6      8      8
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Approve              39%    34%    34%    39%    33%    31%    37%
Disapprove           54     61     59     54     63     63     63
DK/NA                 7      5      7      8      4      6      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              35%    36%    14%    24%    30%    38%    27%
Disapprove           58     60     80     71     66     61     68
DK/NA                 7      4      6      5      3      2      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care? (*Low also 35% Jan 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  July 2  Feb 11
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010*
 
Approve              35      35      38      38      41      46      35
Disapprove           58      58      56      56      53      42      58
DK/NA                 6       6       6       6       6      13       6
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - creating jobs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              37%    11%    64%    33%    33%    40%    30%    75%    45%
Disapprove           56     84     29     58     60     52     63     19     51
DK/NA                 7      5      7      9      6      8      7      6      4
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Approve              46%    34%    34%    40%    35%    33%    46%
Disapprove           49     60     57     53     59     62     49
DK/NA                 5      6      9      7      7      5      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              35%    41%    20%    26%    30%    41%    29%
Disapprove           57     53     75     68     63     45     64
DK/NA                 8      6      5      6      8     14      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?
                     Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22
                     2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              37      34      37
Disapprove           56      59      56
DK/NA                 7       7       8
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              33%     5%    64%    26%    29%    36%    25%    73%    46%
Disapprove           60     91     29     66     64     56     68     17     47
DK/NA                 7      3      8      8      6      7      7      9      7
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Approve              36%    32%    33%    37%    29%    28%    41%
Disapprove           57     63     60     55     66     67     57
DK/NA                 7      5      8      8      5      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              32%    36%    13%    21%    27%    42%    29%
Disapprove           60     60     83     73     69     52     65
DK/NA                 8      4      4      6      5      5      6
 
 
12. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right - almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Almost all the time   2%     1%     4%     1%     1%     3%     1%     7%     4%
Most of the time     16     10     29     12     13     20     14     26     24
Some of the time     54     60     51     54     52     55     55     47     56
Hardly ever          27     29     15     32     33     22     30     16     15
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      -      3      -
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Almost all the time   3%     1%     3%     2%     1%     2%     2%
Most of the time     20     14     16     18     14     14     24
Some of the time     55     55     52     53     59     56     41
Hardly ever          22     29     28     26     26     28     33
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Almost all the time   2%     1%     1%     1%     1%     1%     1%
Most of the time     16     18      9     13     17     18     14
Some of the time     53     55     54     52     57     48     54
Hardly ever          28     24     36     33     25     32     30
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1      1
 
 
13. Who do you blame for gridlock in Washington - Democrats, Republicans or both equally?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Democrats            12%    27%     1%    13%    14%    11%    14%     6%     5%
Republicans          17      3     37     12     17     17     14     33     17
Both equally         67     67     58     73     67     67     69     58     69
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      2      4      2      3      9
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Democrats             7%    12%    17%    12%    11%    14%    19%
Republicans          11     19     20     18     16     18     25
Both equally         78     67     59     67     72     66     56
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      2      2      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Democrats            13%    12%    20%    16%    14%     3%    18%
Republicans          16     21      7     11     17     28     14
Both equally         68     65     72     71     67     65     66
DK/NA                 4      2      1      2      2      4      2
 
 
14. Which comes closer to your point of view: Democrats in Congress are not considering Republican points of view in pushing legislation or Repubilcans in Congress are misusing the filibuster to block legislation?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Dems pushing leg     46%    75%    20%    48%    48%    43%    50%    23%    42%
Reps misusing fili   37     15     66     31     36     38     33     60     39
DK/NA                17     11     14     21     16     18     16     17     19
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Dems pushing leg     47%    46%    44%    39%    51%    52%    58%
Reps misusing fili   40     39     34     40     39     33     35
DK/NA                14     15     22     20     10     15      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Dems pushing leg     45%    48%    63%    54%    50%    35%    54%
Reps misusing fili   37     39     22     28     35     45     31
DK/NA                19     12     15     17     15     20     15
 
 
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      44%     7%    81%    39%    42%    46%    36%    85%    54%
Reps in Cong         38     78      7     39     41     36     45      8     24
DK/NA                17     15     11     22     18     17     19      7     21
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
President Obama      48%    45%    40%    49%    40%    40%    49%
Reps in Cong         36     42     37     32     45     46     42
DK/NA                16     13     23     19     15     14      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
President Obama      44%    46%    21%    30%    39%    46%    37%
Reps in Cong         38     40     59     51     43     28     45
DK/NA                19     14     20     18     19     26     18
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                                                             BETTER PRES...
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Jan 14  Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  July 1  Jan 14
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010
 
President Obama      44      42      45      44      45      53      42
Reps in Congress     38      41      40      37      36      33      41
DK/NA                17      18      16      19      19      14      18
 
 
16. From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Mostly approve       35%     8%    66%    29%    33%    37%    29%    66%    46%
Mostly disapprove    54     85     23     60     56     52     61     20     39
DK/NA                11      8     11     12     11     11     10     14     15
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Mostly approve       43%    34%    30%    38%    31%    36%    45%
Mostly disapprove    49     56     55     48     62     58     50
DK/NA                 8     10     15     14      7      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Mostly approve       34%    39%    17%    26%    30%    41%    26%
Mostly disapprove    54     54     74     65     61     43     62
DK/NA                13      7      9      9      9     16     11
 
TREND: From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress?
                     Feb 11  Jan 14  Dec 22  Dec 9
                     2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Mostly approve       35      34      36      38
Mostly disapprove    54      54      53      52
DK/NA                11      12      11      10
 
 
17. Generally speaking, do you think the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress go too far, not far enough, or are they about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Too far              43%    69%    18%    46%    46%    40%    49%    17%    29%
Not far enough       30     17     44     29     30     31     29     41     33
About right          17      6     32     14     16     19     13     33     29
DK/NA                 9      9      6     11      8     10      9      9      9
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Too far              37%    48%    41%    37%    51%    50%    50%
Not far enough       29     31     32     32     29     29     33
About right          26     14     15     20     14     15     15
DK/NA                 9      7     12     11      6      6      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Too far              42%    46%    61%    54%    50%    31%    50%
Not far enough       30     32     19     25     28     43     26
About right          18     15     11     12     14     13     14
DK/NA                10      7      9      8      8     12      9
 
                     STAND ON HC PLAN Q16
                     App    DisApp
 
Too far              10%    71%
Not far enough       47     20
About right          40      3
DK/NA                 3      6
 
 
18. Do you think President Obama and Congress should continue to try to pass a health care overhaul plan or do you think they should give up and go on to other matters?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Continue health care 52%    23%    80%    48%    49%    55%    47%    80%    53%
On to other matters  44     73     18     46     48     40     50     14     38
DK/NA                 4      4      2      6      3      5      3      6      9
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Continue health care 55%    52%    49%    54%    50%    49%    60%
On to other matters  39     45     47     41     47     48     39
DK/NA                 6      3      4      5      3      2      0
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Continue health care 51%    55%    35%    43%    45%    61%    43%
On to other matters  45     42     61     54     52     34     52
DK/NA                 4      3      4      3      3      5      5
 
                     STAND ON HC PLAN Q16
                     App    DisApp
 
Continue health care 85%    28%
On to other matters  13     69
DK/NA                 3      3
 
 
24. How would you describe President Obama's efforts to reduce the federal budget deficit - excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Excellent             6%     2%    11%     4%     5%     7%     3%    20%    10%
Good                 31      8     55     26     28     33     25     54     40
Not so good          25     23     25     28     23     28     27     19     25
Poor                 35     64      6     39     42     28     41      1     21
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      3      4      3      6      3
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Excellent             4%     7%     6%     6%     4%     6%     7%
Good                 38     29     27     34     30     24     32
Not so good          30     25     23     27     25     27     20
Poor                 25     37     39     28     40     42     38
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      1      2      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Excellent             6%     5%     3%     3%     3%     4%     7%
Good                 30     32     15     21     26     34     22
Not so good          26     23     25     25     28     25     26
Poor                 34     38     55     48     39     35     42
DK/NA                 4      2      2      2      4      2      3
 
 
25. What do you think is more important - reducing the federal budget deficit or reducing unemployment?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Reducing deficit     23%    28%    15%    26%    25%    21%    22%    20%    29%
Reducing unemploy    71     67     80     68     69     73     72     75     69
DK/NA                 6      5      4      6      5      6      6      4      3
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Reducing deficit     23%    24%    22%    22%    23%    28%    25%
Reducing unemploy    72     72     69     72     73     68     73
DK/NA                 5      3      9      6      4      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Reducing deficit     22%    25%    30%    25%    23%     9%    25%
Reducing unemploy    71     71     64     68     73     88     68
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      5      3      6
 
 
26. Some say that using federal dollars to create jobs will lead to a lower deficit because job holders pay taxes. Others say that using federal dollars to create jobs is wasteful spending that will lead to a larger deficit. Which comes closer to your own view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Lower deficit        59%    43%    78%    55%    54%    64%    58%    75%    55%
Wasteful spending    33     49     15     38     39     28     35     16     34
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      7      8      7     10     10
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Lower deficit        62%    62%    54%    66%    56%    57%    66%
Wasteful spending    31     33     34     26     40     39     33
DK/NA                 7      4     12      8      4      5      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Lower deficit        59%    60%    47%    54%    61%    69%    52%
Wasteful spending    33     34     46     39     32     24     41
DK/NA                 8      6      7      7      7      7      7
 
 
27. Some say taxes on the wealthy should be increased to raise money to reduce the deficit. Others say that raising taxes on the wealthy will backfire because they won't have the money to invest to create jobs. Which comes closer to your own view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Increase taxes       52%    27%    79%    46%    48%    55%    49%    63%    55%
Taxes will backfire  42     67     16     47     47     38     45     29     39
DK/NA                 6      6      5      7      5      7      6      8      6
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Increase taxes       53%    53%    50%    55%    51%    46%    43%
Taxes will backfire  42     44     40     37     46     49     55
DK/NA                 5      3     10      8      3      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Increase taxes       51%    53%    39%    45%    51%    50%    43%
Taxes will backfire  42     44     55     49     44     45     50
DK/NA                 7      3      6      6      5      4      7
 
 
28. President Obama has dedicated one hundred billion dollars to fund a jobs bill that would include tax cuts for small businesses, as well as investments in infrastructure and clean energy. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              72%    49%    93%    70%    70%    74%    69%    89%    80%
Oppose               22     41      5     25     26     19     26      5     13
DK/NA                 6     10      3      5      4      7      6      5      7
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Support              79%    72%    68%    76%    70%    70%    68%
Oppose               16     23     25     18     23     26     30
DK/NA                 5      5      7      6      7      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Support              73%    70%    57%    62%    71%    83%    64%
Oppose               21     25     34     30     24     14     29
DK/NA                 6      5      9      8      5      3      6
 
 
29. Do you support or oppose - new fees on some of the nation's largest banks?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              57%    36%    72%    59%    55%    59%    55%    70%    52%
Oppose               35     54     20     35     40     31     37     21     37
DK/NA                 8     10      8      6      5     10      7      9     11
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Support              60%    58%    56%    60%    58%    54%    61%
Oppose               33     37     32     31     36     43     35
DK/NA                 7      5     12      9      6      2      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Support              57%    58%    45%    50%    57%    57%    53%
Oppose               34     37     47     42     36     33     39
DK/NA                 9      5      7      8      7     10      8
 
 
30. Do you support or oppose - allowing tax cuts to expire for families earning more than $250,000 a year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              46%    30%    60%    47%    49%    44%    45%    51%    52%
Oppose               49     64     36     49     48     50     50     46     45
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      3      6      5      3      3
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Support              53%    45%    43%    48%    47%    48%    42%
Oppose               45     52     50     47     51     48     57
DK/NA                 2      3      7      5      3      4      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Support              45%    51%    36%    40%    45%    55%    39%
Oppose               50     46     59     54     49     44     57
DK/NA                 5      4      6      6      6      2      4
 
 
31. Do you support or oppose a freeze on the overall level of government spending, with an exception for military and mandatory programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              78%    81%    76%    77%    78%    78%    79%    71%    72%
Oppose               19     16     20     20     20     18     18     25     23
DK/NA                 4      3      4      3      2      5      4      4      5
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YRS.......           50-    100-
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50k   100k   250k   >250k
 
Support              73%    81%    77%    78%    77%    80%    83%
Oppose               24     17     17     18     20     18     17
DK/NA                 3      2      6      4      2      2      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Support              78%    76%    80%    80%    78%    85%    77%
Oppose               18     21     16     16     17     11     19
DK/NA                 4      2      3      3      5      3      4