March 25, 2010 - Obama Gets Small Bounce From Health Care Win, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Net Disapproval Of Health Reform Drops 9 Points

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Despite passage of his signature health reform bill, President Barack Obama still gets a split 45 - 46 percent approval from American voters in a Quinnipiac University national poll conducted Monday and Tuesday, compared to a negative 46 - 49 percent approval in a survey concluded Sunday before the House of Representatives voted on the health care bill. These are President Obama's worst grades so far, tying his 45 - 46 percent approval February 11.

American voters mostly disapprove of the health care reform 49 - 40 percent, compared to 54 - 36 percent before the vote. But voters say 51 - 40 percent that proposed action by several state attorneys general to block the health care overhaul is a "bad idea," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

And voters trust Obama more than Republicans in Congress to handle health care 45 - 35 percent, compared to a 42 - 42 percent split before the House vote.

Voters say they are more likely to support lawmakers in the November election who voted against the measure and oppose legislators who supported it.

Voters still disapprove 55 - 36 percent of the way Democrats in Congress are doing their job, compared to 62 - 30 percent in the earlier survey. Republicans in Congress get a 58 - 34 percent disapproval, compared to a 60 - 31 percent thumbs down in the earlier survey.

"It may be that passage of health care eventually helps President Barack Obama's approval ratings, but at this point there's no sign of that," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The White House believes that now that the legislation has been signed into law they can sell it to the American people. Approval of health care reform is growing - or disapproval is shrinking - but the President still has his work cut out for him."

"Republicans are making clear they will make opposition to the health care overhaul their issue for November and the data indicates at this point they may have an opening, but they need to be careful not to overplay their hand," Brown added. "For instance, as much as voters say they don't like the new health care law, they also don't like the idea that Republican attorneys generals in a number of states are trying to challenge the law on constitutional grounds.

"And disapproval of Republicans in Congress is slightly worse than disapproval of Democrats."

In the poll conducted after the health care vote, American voters disapprove 50 - 44 percent of the way President Obama is handling health care, compared to 58 - 36 percent disapproval in the earlier survey taken before the House vote.

While 28 percent of voters think more favorably of Obama because of his handling of health care reform, 41 percent think less favorably and 29 percent say this issue doesn't make a difference in how they feel.

Looking at Obama's approval, independent voters disapprove 44 - 40 percent in the post- vote survey, compared to 53 - 40 percent in the earlier poll.

By a 38 - 25 percent margin, voters are less likely to vote for House members who voted for the health care bill, with 34 percent who say the health care vote won't affect their decision.

By a 33 - 27 percent margin, voters are more likely to vote for House members who voted against the health care bill, with 35 percent who say the health care vote won't affect their decision.

"The first read from the voters is that they are more inclined to punish those lawmakers who voted for the health care overhaul than reward them," Brown said. "This is a key question. Whether and how these numbers change in the next seven months will tell us whether, in fact, this will be the kind of November Republicans are hungering for and Democrats are dreading."

From March 16 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,907 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

From March 22 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,552 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              45%     9%    79%    40%    41%    49%    36%    87%
Disapprove           46     89     13     44     49     43     55      5
DK/NA                 9      3      8     15     10      8     10      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl Coll
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
Approve              54%    42%    41%    51%    41%    39%    43%    52%
Disapprove           37     48     51     37     52     56     46     44
DK/NA                 9     10      8     11      6      5     11      4
 
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              46%    11%    84%    40%    46%    46%    37%    92%
Disapprove           49     82     13     53     49     49     57      7
DK/NA                 6      7      3      7      6      6      6      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl Coll
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
Approve              56%    42%    43%    53%    43%    39%    46%    44%
Disapprove           35     53     53     40     52     58     48     52
DK/NA                 8      5      4      7      5      3      6      3
 
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 & Feb 2010)
                     PostVt  PreVt                           APPROVE.......
                     Poll    Poll                            High    Low
                     Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Jun 4   Mar 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009*   2010**
Approve              45      46      45      45      46      59      45
Disapprove           46      49      46      45      43      31      46
DK/NA                 9       6       9      10      11      10       9
 
                     INDEPENDENTS.........................................
                     PostVt  PreVt                           APPROVE......
                     Poll    Poll                            High    Low
                     Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Jun 4   Dec 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
Approve              40      40      40      42      41      57      37
Disapprove           44      53      49      48      46      30      51
DK/NA                15       7      10      10      13      13      11
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              36%     5%    66%    33%    32%    39%    28%    73%
Disapprove           55     91     26     57     59     51     64     14
DK/NA                 9      4      8     10      8     10      8     13
 
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              30%     5%    63%    19%    30%    29%    22%    72%
Disapprove           62     88     29     72     66     59     69     23
DK/NA                 8      7      7      9      4     12      8      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 32% Dec 23 2009)
                     PostVt  PreVt                           APPROVE.......
                     Poll    Poll                            High    Low
                     Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Mar 4   Mar 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
Approve              36      30      28      32      32      45      30
Disapprove           55      62      63      59      59      45      62
DK/NA                 9       8       9       9       9      10       8
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              34%    65%    14%    31%    30%    37%    37%    18%
Disapprove           58     29     79     59     63     53     55     69
DK/NA                 8      6      7     10      7      9      8     12
 
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              31%    51%    16%    28%    33%    29%    34%    25%
Disapprove           60     38     77     63     63     58     57     68
DK/NA                 9     11      7      9      5     13      9      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     PostVt  PreVt                           APPROVE......
                     Poll    Poll                            High    Low
                     Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 23  Mar 25  Oct 8
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2009
Approve              34      31      28      32      29      34      25
Disapprove           58      60      61      58      62      58      64
DK/NA                 8       9      11      11       9       8      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?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Very satisfied        4%     1%     6%     4%     3%     5%     2%    13%
Smwht satisfied      25      8     46     20     23     27     22     41
Smwht dissatisfied   28     27     28     31     27     29     28     25
Very dissatisfied    41     63     17     43     46     37     46     17
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      2      2      4
 
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
                     Mar 25  Mar 24  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2001    2008
Very satisfied        4       3       2       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      25      26      24      25      24      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   28      29      33      31      34      19      38
Very dissatisfied    41      41      40      41      40      10      44
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              44%     7%    80%    38%    43%    44%    34%    85%
Disapprove           50     88     15     54     52     49     59      9
DK/NA                 6      5      5      8      5      7      7      6
 
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              36%     5%    74%    29%    37%    36%    29%    77%
Disapprove           58     91     20     64     58     57     66     15
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      5      7      5      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     PostVt  PreVt                           APPROVE.......
                     Poll    Poll                            High    Low
                     Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22  July 2  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
Approve              44      36      35      35      38      46      35
Disapprove           50      58      58      58      56      42      58
DK/NA                 6       6       6       6       6      13       6
 
 
6. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Pres Obama           45%     7%    83%    38%    42%    47%    35%    82%
Reps in Congress     35     81      5     32     34     36     42      5
DK/NA                20     12     12     30     24     17     22     13
 
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Obama                42%     6%    83%    35%    42%    42%    33%    87%
Reps in Congress     42     79      8     43     43     41     50      4
DK/NA                16     15      9     22     15     17     17      9
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (*Low also 42% Jan 2010)
                     PostVt  PreVt                           BETTER PRES...
                     Poll    Poll                            High    Low
                     Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 14  Dec 22  July 1  Mar 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
President Obama      45      42      44      42      45      53      42
Reps in Congress     35      42      38      41      40      33      42
DK/NA                20      16      17      18      16      14      16
 
 
7. From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the changes to the health care system just passed by Congress?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Mostly Approve       40%     9%    71%    36%    38%    42%    32%    73%
Mostly Disapprove    49     82     18     53     53     46     56     17
DK/NA                11      9     11     11     10     12     11     10
 
 
32. 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?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Mostly Approve       36%     8%    71%    29%    38%    35%    27%    79%
Mostly Disapprove    54     86     19     61     56     52     63     11
DK/NA                 9      6     11      9      6     12     10     10
 
TREND: From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the changes to the health care system just passed by Congress? (*the proposed changes... under consideration in Congress)
                     Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 14  Dec 22  Dec 9
                     2010    2010*   2010*   2010*   2009*   2009*
Mostly approve       40      36      35      34      36      38
Mostly disapprove    49      54      54      54      53      52
DK/NA                11       9      11      12      11      10
 
 
8. If your member of Congress voted FOR the health care overhaul just passed by Congress, would that make you more likely to vote for him or her in November, less likely, or not make a difference?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
More likely          25%     5%    49%    18%    23%    26%    21%    35%
Less likely          38     70     10     39     41     35     45      7
No difference        34     22     38     39     34     34     31     52
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      1      5      3      6
 
 
9. If your member of Congress voted AGAINST the health care overhaul just passed by Congress, would that make you more likely to vote for him or her in November, less likely, or not make a difference?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
More likely          33%    61%     9%    35%    37%    30%    38%    10%
Less likely          27     11     45     22     26     28     26     28
No difference        35     24     41     39     35     36     32     55
DK/NA                 4      3      5      5      3      6      4      7
 
 
10. Does President Obama's handling of health care reform make you think more favorably of him, less favorably, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
More favorably       28%     7%    50%    26%    28%    28%    26%    36%
Less favorably       41     78     11     42     42     40     49      5
Doesn't make diff    29     15     38     30     28     30     24     57
DK/NA                 1      -      2      2      2      1      1      2
 
 
11. Does the Republican party's handling of health care reform make you think more favorably of the party, less favorably, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
More favorably       24%    49%     5%    23%    23%    24%    28%     3%
Less favorably       38     17     54     39     36     39     37     42
Doesn't make diff    36     33     39     36     39     34     33     51
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      3      2      3
 
 
12. Does the Democratic party's handling of health care reform make you think more favorably of the party, less favorably, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
More favorably       22%     3%    43%    18%    19%    24%    17%    39%
Less favorably       44     79     14     47     48     41     52      9
Doesn't make diff    31     18     40     32     30     32     28     46
DK/NA                 3      -      4      3      3      3      3      6
 
 
13. Attorneys general from several states have said they will sue to block the recently passed healthcare overhaul plan. Do you think filing a lawsuit to stop the plan from taking effect is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     POST HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 22 THROUGH 23...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Good idea            40%    68%    15%    40%    46%    35%    45%    10%
Bad idea             51     22     77     51     50     53     46     84
DK/NA                 9     10      8      9      5     13      9      6
 
 
1. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, do you think you would vote for Barack Obama the Democratic candidate, or the Republican candidate?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Obama                40%     4%    83%    33%    39%    42%    31%    88%
Republican           41     86      7     38     42     40     50      3
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  9      7      4     14      9     10     10      2
DK/NA                 9      3      6     14     10      8      9      7
 
 
7. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President, do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Yes/Reelected        40%     7%    80%    33%    40%    40%    31%    85%
No/Not reelected     48     85     10     53     50     47     57      5
DK/NA                11      8     10     15     10     12     12      9
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              39%    10%    74%    31%    40%    37%    30%    87%
Disapprove           57     86     21     65     56     57     65     11
DK/NA                 5      4      5      4      3      6      5      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22  Dec 9   Mar 4   Mar 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010
Approve              39      41      41      44      41      57      39
Disapprove           57      54      54      51      54      33      57
DK/NA                 5       5       6       5       5      10       5
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              46%    17%    79%    39%    47%    44%    40%    82%
Disapprove           43     70     12     48     44     41     49      9
DK/NA                12     12     10     12      9     14     11      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 8   Apr 29  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
Approve              46      46      45      46      46      57      45
Disapprove           43      43      46      44      45      32      46
DK/NA                12      11       9      10       9      11       9
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              52%    38%    69%    50%    56%    49%    50%    73%
Disapprove           36     46     23     38     34     37     37     16
DK/NA                12     16      8     11     10     14     13     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13  Dec 23  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
Approve              52      51      45      47      45      38      42
Disapprove           36      39      45      43      45      49      40
DK/NA                12      10      10      10      11      12      17
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - creating jobs?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              37%    11%    68%    31%    40%    34%    29%    79%
Disapprove           57     83     27     63     57     57     64     17
DK/NA                 6      5      5      6      3      9      6      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?
                     Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22
                     2010    2010    2010    2009
Approve              37      37      34      37
Disapprove           57      56      59      56
DK/NA                 6       7       7       8
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              49%    23%    78%    46%    52%    47%    44%    81%
Disapprove           41     67     13     45     40     42     46     11
DK/NA                 9     10      9      9      8     11     10      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                     Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010
Approve              49      49      48
Disapprove           41      44      44
DK/NA                 9       8       8
 
 
19. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            47%    12%    87%    41%    46%    49%    39%    95%
Unfavorable          47     83     10     52     50     45     56      4
Hvn't hrd enough      4      4      3      5      4      4      4      1
REFUSED               1      1      -      2      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 25  Nov 19  Oct 8   Jul 2   Apr 29  Nov 12  Feb 21
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2007
Favorable            47      50      53      58      58      67      44
Unfavorable          47      38      37      30      27      19      14
Hvn't hrd enough      4       9       8      10      11      11      40
REFUSED               1       2       2       2       3       3       1
 
 
20. Is your opinion of - George W. Bush favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            38%    74%    10%    34%    36%    39%    43%    17%
Unfavorable          56     20     85     59     59     53     51     76
Hvn't hrd enough      4      2      4      4      3      5      3      6
REFUSED               3      4      1      3      2      3      3      1
 
 
21. Is your opinion of - Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable             9%     2%    20%     6%    11%     8%     9%    16%
Unfavorable          38     54     18     44     48     29     42     14
Hvn't hrd enough     51     42     61     49     40     61     47     68
REFUSED               1      2      1      1      1      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 25  Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2010    2008    2007    2007    2007
Favorable             9      12       9       9       7
Unfavorable          38      21      22      18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     51      63      68      71      75
REFUSED               1       3       2       2       1
 
 
22. Is your opinion of - Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            28%    44%    10%    32%    32%    25%    32%    12%
Unfavorable          25     15     38     24     27     24     25     32
Hvn't hrd enough     45     39     51     43     40     49     41     54
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      1      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 25  Nov 12  Oct 31  Aug 15  Jun 13  May 3   Feb 21
                     2010    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007
Favorable            28      34      28      20      18      17      17
Unfavorable          25      20      25      22      20      16      15
Hvn't hrd enough     45      43      45      55      60      65      67
REFUSED               2       3       2       2       2       2       1
 
 
23. Is your opinion of - Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            25%     4%    49%    20%    26%    25%    21%    46%
Unfavorable          51     84     19     56     56     47     60     12
Hvn't hrd enough     23     12     31     24     18     27     19     42
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Mar 25  Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2010    2008    2007    2007    2007
Favorable            25      26      22      29      25
Unfavorable          51      41      35      29      31
Hvn't hrd enough     23      31      41      40      43
REFUSED               1       2       2       2       1
 
 
27. Who do you blame for gridlock in Washington - Democrats, Republicans, or both equally?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Democrats            14%    27%     4%    13%    14%    13%    15%     7%
Republicans          16      2     36     10     17     15     14     29
Both equally         67     69     57     75     67     67     67     61
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      3      4      4      4
 
TREND: Who do you blame for gridlock in Washington - Democrats, Republicans or both equally?
                     Mar 25  Feb 11
                     2010    2010
Democrats            14      12
Republicans          16      17
Both equally         67      67
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
28. Some people have suggested eliminating the filibuster procedure in the U.S. Senate so that all that would be needed to pass legislation would be a simple majority of votes, 51 out of 100. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Good idea            39%    26%    54%    35%    37%    41%    39%    50%
Bad idea             51     66     36     54     58     45     53     37
DK/NA                10      8     10     11      6     14      9     13
 
 
29. How worried are you about the direction of the nation's economy in the next year? Would you say you are very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Very worried         45%    59%    22%    51%    42%    47%    48%    19%
Smwht worried        38     31     46     37     36     40     38     46
Not too worried      14      8     23     10     17     10     11     25
Not worried at all    4      1      7      2      5      3      2     10
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      1      -
 
 
33. 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?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Too far              46%    74%    15%    50%    47%    45%    53%    14%
Not far enough       26     10     40     28     27     25     23     34
About right          18      6     36     11     20     16     12     41
DK/NA                11      9     10     11      7     14     12     11
 
TREND: 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?
                     Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 14
                     2010    2010    2010
Too far              46      43      44
Not far enough       26      30      29
About right          18      17      17
DK/NA                11       9      10
 
 
34. Do you think the proposed changes to the health care system are too expensive, or do you think the cost is about right for what they're trying to do?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Too expensive        57%    82%    27%    62%    57%    56%    63%    30%
About right          34     10     65     26     36     32     27     65
DK/NA                10      8      8     12      7     12     10      5
 
 
35. Do you think the government should or should not require businesses to offer private health insurance for their full-time employees?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Require              60%    47%    82%    52%    55%    65%    56%    84%
Should not require   35     50     12     42     41     29     39     12
DK/NA                 5      3      6      6      5      5      5      4
 
 
36. Do you think the government should or should not require all Americans to have health insurance, either from their employer or from another source, with tax credits or other aid to help low-income people pay for it?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Require              49%    25%    76%    42%    47%    50%    43%    78%
Should not require   46     71     18     52     48     44     51     18
DK/NA                 5      4      6      6      4      6      5      4
 
 
37. Do you think the government should or should not require insurance companies to sell coverage to people regardless of pre-existing conditions?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Require              76%    66%    87%    74%    73%    79%    74%    85%
Should not require   19     29      7     22     23     15     22      9
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      4      5      4      6
 
 
38. Which would you prefer - A) the Democrats in the Senate pass the health care reform legislation by a majority vote, or B) the Republicans in the Senate use a filibuster to block passage of the heath care reform legislation?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
A) Dem maj vote      47%    13%    88%    40%    48%    46%    38%    89%
B) Rep filibuster    43     77      8     47     45     41     51      7
DK/NA                10     10      4     13      7     12     12      4
 
 
39. If your member of Congress votes for the health care overhaul under consideration in Congress would that make you more likely to vote for him or her in November, less likely, or not make a difference?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
More likely          24%     6%    51%    20%    25%    24%    21%    50%
Less likely          40     65      7     44     42     37     47      8
No difference        32     27     39     31     30     34     29     37
DK/NA                 4      2      4      5      3      5      3      5
 
 
40. Do you think President Obama's health care plan would improve the quality of health care in the nation, hurt the quality of health care in the nation, or not make a difference?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Improve              38%     8%    75%    32%    40%    37%    31%    79%
Hurt                 42     70     11     47     42     42     50      6
No difference        14     16     13     15     14     14     13     15
DK/NA                 5      6      2      6      3      7      6      1
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's health care plan would improve the quality of health care in the nation, hurt the quality of health care in the nation, or not make a difference?
                     Mar 25  Aug 5
                     2010    2009
Improve              38      39
Hurt                 42      41
No difference        14      14
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
41. Do you think President Obama's health care plan will improve the quality of health care you receive, hurt the quality of health care you receive, or not make a difference?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Improve              17%     3%    36%    12%    16%    18%    12%    46%
Hurt                 41     68     10     46     42     40     48      5
No difference        37     25     48     38     38     36     36     43
DK/NA                 5      4      5      4      3      6      5      7
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's health care plan will improve the quality of health care you receive, hurt the quality of health care you receive, or not make a difference?
                     Mar 25  Aug 5
                     2010    2009
Improve              17      21
Hurt                 41      36
No difference        37      39
DK/NA                 5       4
 
 
42. Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase your health care costs, decrease your health care costs, or not make a difference?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Increase costs       55%    81%    27%    60%    52%    57%    61%    26%
Decrease costs       10      3     16     11     13      8      8     23
No difference        29     12     50     24     31     28     26     42
DK/NA                 5      4      8      5      4      7      5      8
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase your health care costs, decrease your health care costs, or not make a difference?
                     Mar 25  Aug 5
                     2010    2009
Increase costs       55      42
Decrease costs       10      18
No difference        29      33
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
43. Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase the taxes that you pay, decrease the taxes you pay, or not make a difference?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Increase taxes       73%    93%    51%    77%    73%    74%    79%    40%
Decrease taxes        2      1      5      1      2      2      2      5
No difference        22      5     40     19     23     20     17     51
DK/NA                 3      1      4      2      1      4      2      5
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase the taxes that you pay, decrease the taxes you pay, or not make a difference?
                     Mar 25  Aug 5
                     2010    2009
Increase             73      66
Decrease              2       6
No difference        22      23
DK/NA                 3       4
 
 
44. Just your best guess, do you think health care reform would increase the federal budget deficit, decrease the federal budget deficit, or have no effect?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Increase             72%    90%    52%    74%    73%    71%    77%    42%
Decrease             10      1     19     10     12      9     10     18
No effect            14      5     24     13     13     14      9     32
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      2      6      4      8
 
 
45. Do you think that would be worth it, or not?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Yes                  28%     6%    72%    23%    27%    30%    23%    82%
No                   69     93     25     74     71     67     74     15
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      2      3      3      3
 
 
46. Which do you think should be a more important priority for President Obama and Congress right now, passing health care reform or reducing the federal budget deficit?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Health care          36%     9%    67%    31%    36%    37%    30%    76%
Budget deficit       59     88     29     64     61     57     66     19
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      3      6      5      5
 
 
47. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                     PRE HLTHCARE VOTE SURVEY DATES MAR 16 THROUGH 21....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Right thing          55%    72%    38%    57%    60%    50%    60%    39%
Shld not be involved 37     21     55     33     33     41     32     54
DK/NA                 8      6      7     10      7      9      8      6
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                     Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 14  Dec 23  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
Right thing          55      56      59      51      57      48      52
Shouldn't be inv     37      37      35      41      35      41      37
DK/NA                 8       7       6       8       8      11      11