April 21, 2010 - Obama's Bounce Goes Flat, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voters Confident He Will Pick Good Judge

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President Barack Obama's job approval, which bounced slightly to a 45 - 46 percent split March 25 in the wake of his health care victory, has flattened out at 44 - 46 percent, his lowest approval rating since his inauguration, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

A total of 53 percent of American voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" President Obama will make the right decision in nominating a U.S. Supreme Court justice, while 46 percent are "not too confident" or "not confident at all," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

Voters trust the President rather than Senate Republicans 46 - 43 percent to make the right choice for the Supreme Court, but say 48 - 41 percent that Senators who do not agree with the nominee on key issues should filibuster the choice.

American voters approve 49 - 21 percent of the job John Roberts is doing as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and approve 52 - 32 percent of Obama's nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Court.

The court is too liberal, 29 percent say, while 19 percent say it is too conservative and 40 percent say it is about right. Saying "about right" are 36 percent of self-described liberals, 44 percent of moderates, 38 percent of conservatives and 30 percent of those who consider themselves part of the Tea Party. Voters say 78 - 16 percent that Supreme Court justices allow political views to enter into their decisions.

"President Barack Obama's approval rating hovers at an all-time low. The White House had predicted passage of the health care overhaul would boost his fortunes, but that has not been the case, and that legislation itself remains decidedly unpopular," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"At this point Americans are slightly more confident than not that President Obama will make a good choice for the Supreme Court, but they split with 42 percent saying the nominee will be too liberal and 42 percent saying the nominee will be about right," Brown added.

"Perhaps most interesting is that almost five times as many voters think the justices allow their political views to play in their rulings rather than deciding cases solely on the law, perhaps a result of the all-out war that has been the case for most Supreme Court confirmations in the past two decades," said Brown. "And 43 percent say Senators should consider a nominee's political views while 47 percent say consider only qualifications when voting on confirmation."

Voters disapprove 79 - 14 percent of the Supreme Court's January ruling removing limits on the amount corporations and unions could spend attacking or boosting political candidates, with consistently strong opposition across the political spectrum.

Tea Party members disapprove 85 - 10 percent of Obama, while liberals approve 77 - 15 percent, as do moderates, 54 - 34 percent. Conservatives disapprove 76 - 18 percent. Men disapprove 50 - 41 percent while women approve 47 - 43 percent. White voters disapprove 55 - 35 percent while black voters approve 92 - 6 percent.

Obama's ratings are far superior to Congress, which gets a 71 - 20 percent disapproval. The Supreme Court does better than Obama or Congress, with a 49 - 33 percent approval rating, but this is down from a 62 - 22 percent approval rating June 4, 2009.

Voters disapprove 55 - 40 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy and disapprove 55 - 40 percent of the way he is handling health care. By a narrow 42 - 39 percent margin voters trust Obama, rather than congressional Republicans to handle health care.

But they disapprove 53 - 39 percent of the federal health care overhaul that he recently signed into law.

"The racial split in attitudes toward the President has widened with only slightly more than one in three whites, but virtually all blacks, giving him a thumbs up for his job performance," said Brown.

From April 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,930 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, 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?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              44%    11%    82%    38%    77%    54%    18%    10%
Disapprove           46     83     10     50     15     34     76     85
DK/NA                10      7      8     12      8     12      7      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    47%    20%    27%    35%    59%    35%    92%
Disapprove           50     43     72     65     54     35     55      6
DK/NA                 9     10      9      9     11      6     10      2
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              42%    50%    53%    42%    40%    48%    43%    43%
Disapprove           47     43     37     49     49     41     48     51
DK/NA                11      7     10      9     11     11      9      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                             PostVt  PreVt                   APPROVE.......
                             Poll    Poll                    High    Low
                     Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Jun 4   Apr 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009*   2010
 
Approve              44      45      46      45      45      59      44
Disapprove           46      46      49      46      45      31      46
DK/NA                10       9       6       9      10      10      10
 
                     INDEPENDENTS.........................................
                             PostVt  PreVt                   APPROVE......
                             Poll    Poll                    High    Low
                     Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Jun 4   Dec 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Approve              38      40      40      40      42      57      37
Disapprove           50      44      53      49      48      30      51
DK/NA                12      15       7      10      10      13      11
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              20%     7%    39%    16%    34%    25%     9%     6%
Disapprove           71     87     48     77     52     66     87     92
DK/NA                 9      6     13      7     15      9      5      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              18%    21%     9%    11%    15%    27%    15%    49%
Disapprove           75     67     83     81     79     68     76     44
DK/NA                 6     12      8      8      6      6      9      7
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              19%    21%    32%    18%    13%    24%    19%    15%
Disapprove           70     72     58     72     79     64     75     80
DK/NA                10      6     10     10      8     12      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 21  May 14  Oct 31  Aug 16  Jun 13  Mar 6   May 14
                     2010    2008    2007    2007    2007    2003    2008
 
Approve              20      16      21      20      23      42      16
Disapprove           71      76      70      70      66      46      76
DK/NA                 9       8      10      10      11      12       8
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Supreme Court is handling its job?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              49%    44%    56%    49%    47%    53%    47%    46%
Disapprove           33     36     27     34     37     27     37     37
DK/NA                18     20     17     17     17     19     16     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              47%    50%    42%    43%    59%    45%    47%    55%
Disapprove           34     32     38     39     26     39     35     29
DK/NA                19     18     20     18     15     16     19     16
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              47%    54%    53%    53%    41%    48%    48%    54%
Disapprove           33     32     29     32     37     32     34     33
DK/NA                20     13     18     15     21     20     18     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Supreme Court is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE........
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 21  Jun 4   Jul 17  Aug 16  May 3   Jun 4   Jul 17
                     2010    2009    2008    2007    2007    2009    2008
 
Approve              49      62      39      45      58      62      39
Disapprove           33      22      43      37      27      22      43
DK/NA                18      16      18      17      15      16      18
 
 
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?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     6%     2%     7%     3%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      28     10     52     24     46     35     12      6
Smwht dissatisfied   29     29     25     30     26     34     25     18
Very dissatisfied    40     59     17     44     21     28     62     75
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1      -      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        4%     3%     2%     2%     2%     1%     2%     9%
Smwht satisfied      24     31     15     18     26     22     23     53
Smwht dissatisfied   30     28     26     28     29     48     31     20
Very dissatisfied    42     38     57     52     42     29     44     17
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Very satisfied        3%     3%     2%     4%     3%     3%     4%     2%
Smwht satisfied      26     34     34     28     25     29     30     27
Smwht dissatisfied   28     30     38     26     25     27     30     33
Very dissatisfied    43     32     26     42     46     40     36     37
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
                     Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 24  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        3       4       3       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      28      25      26      24      25      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   29      28      29      33      31      19      38
Very dissatisfied    40      41      41      40      41      10      44
DK/NA                 -       2       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              40%    10%    78%    35%    75%    49%    15%     5%
Disapprove           55     87     19     60     23     46     81     94
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      2      5      4      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    40%    20%    25%    35%    48%    33%    81%
Disapprove           56     54     75     71     60     48     62     17
DK/NA                 3      6      5      4      5      4      5      2
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              38%    46%    46%    40%    38%    44%    43%    38%
Disapprove           57     50     48     57     57     51     52     60
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      5      5      5      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 21  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22  Mar 4   Mar 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
 
Approve              40      39      41      41      44      57      39
Disapprove           55      57      54      54      51      33      57
DK/NA                 5       5       5       6       5      10       5
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - healthcare?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              40%     8%    78%    36%    74%    50%    15%     6%
Disapprove           55     89     18     59     21     46     81     93
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      5      5      4      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              39%    42%    17%    22%    29%    55%    30%    87%
Disapprove           57     52     78     73     65     40     64      9
DK/NA                 4      6      5      6      6      5      5      3
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              38%    47%    49%    38%    37%    44%    40%    37%
Disapprove           57     50     50     56     56     49     55     62
DK/NA                 6      4      2      5      7      6      4      1
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling healthcare?
                             PostVt  PreVt                   APPROVE.......
                             Poll    Poll                    High    Low
                     Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  July 2  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
Approve              40      44      36      35      35      46      35
Disapprove           55      50      58      58      58      42      58
DK/NA                 5       6       6       6       6      13       6
 
 
8b. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - creating jobs?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              38%    11%    72%    32%    68%    44%    18%    10%
Disapprove           56     85     23     62     26     49     79     90
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      6      7      3      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              38%    38%    23%    26%    28%    51%    30%    81%
Disapprove           58     54     71     68     66     46     63     18
DK/NA                 4      8      7      6      6      3      7      2
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              37%    40%    47%    36%    35%    41%    38%    36%
Disapprove           57     53     48     59     57     52     56     60
DK/NA                 6      6      5      6      8      7      6      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?
                     Apr 21  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              38      37      37      34      37
Disapprove           56      57      56      59      56
DK/NA                 6       6       7       7       8
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the budget deficit?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              34%    10%    67%    25%    61%    40%    13%     7%
Disapprove           59     86     24     67     30     51     83     90
DK/NA                 7      4      9      8      9      9      4      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              34%    33%    17%    20%    24%    38%    26%    76%
Disapprove           61     57     76     73     69     54     68     17
DK/NA                 5     10      7      7      7      8      6      7
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              32%    38%    38%    35%    31%    37%    37%    30%
Disapprove           60     57     54     60     60     54     59     66
DK/NA                 9      5      8      5      9     10      4      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the budget deficit?
                     Apr 21  Feb 11
                     2010    2010
 
Approve              34      33
Disapprove           59      60
DK/NA                 7       7
 
 
14. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Favorable            33%    72%     6%    29%     8%    28%    53%    60%
Unfavorable          47     17     72     50     78     49     31     29
Hvn't hrd enough     15     10     19     16      9     18     14      8
REFUSED               4      2      3      5      5      5      3      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            34%    33%    48%    44%    40%    23%    38%    10%
Unfavorable          50     45     36     40     44     69     46     59
Hvn't hrd enough     13     17     11     11     13      3     12     27
REFUSED               3      5      5      4      2      5      4      4
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            34%    31%    35%    33%    31%    30%    33%    40%
Unfavorable          42     60     42     48     50     41     56     50
Hvn't hrd enough     19      7     20     14     13     24      6      7
REFUSED               5      3      2      5      6      4      5      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it? (*Low also 25% Jul 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 21  Mar 24  Nov 19  Oct 8   Jul 2   Nov 12  Oct 8
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2008    2009*
 
Favorable            33      33      28      25      25      36      25
Unfavorable          47      42      53      53      52      52      53
Hvn't hrd enough     15      21      16      18      20       7      18
REFUSED               4       4       4       4       3       5       4
 
 
15. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Favorable            32%     5%    74%    24%    67%    38%    11%     7%
Unfavorable          52     84     11     58     23     44     76     87
Hvn't hrd enough     12      9     13     14      8     14     12      4
REFUSED               3      2      2      4      2      4      2      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            30%    35%    17%    20%    26%    55%    27%    63%
Unfavorable          56     48     72     69     60     42     60     14
Hvn't hrd enough     12     13      9      8     10      1     10     21
REFUSED               2      4      3      3      3      2      3      2
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            29%    40%    32%    32%    34%    33%    36%    29%
Unfavorable          53     50     46     53     54     45     54     61
Hvn't hrd enough     15      6     20     12      7     19      6      8
REFUSED               3      3      1      3      4      3      4      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 21  Mar 24  Nov 19  Oct 8   Jul 2   Nov 12  Mar 24
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2008    2010
 
Favorable            32      33      39      38      42      55      33
Unfavorable          52      48      46      46      42      35      48
Hvn't hrd enough     12      17      13      13      13       6      17
REFUSED               3       2       2       3       3       4       2
 
 
16. Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Favorable            32%    57%     5%    37%     9%    20%    60%    92%
Unfavorable          31     10     57     28     58     39     10      1
Hvn't hrd enough     34     32     37     33     30     40     29      6
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      3      1      2      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            37%    28%    47%    45%    43%    23%    38%     7%
Unfavorable          34     29     14     22     27     63     28     50
Hvn't hrd enough     28     40     36     32     29     14     32     42
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      -      2      -
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Favorable            33%    32%    22%    33%    39%    26%    35%    37%
Unfavorable          26     43     30     32     32     26     36     42
Hvn't hrd enough     39     24     47     34     27     46     28     19
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      2      2      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2010    2010
 
Favorable            32      28
Unfavorable          31      23
Hvn't hrd enough     34      49
REFUSED               2       1
 
 
17. Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  15%    27%     3%    17%     4%     8%    30%
No                   79     67     91     79     90     86     67
DK/NA                 6      6      6      4      5      6      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  17%    14%    22%    22%    18%    10%    18%     6%
No                   81     78     74     73     74     84     77     89
DK/NA                 2      9      4      5      8      6      6      5
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  17%    11%    10%    15%    19%    13%    16%    16%
No                   76     86     83     80     74     79     81     82
DK/NA                 7      3      6      5      7      8      3      2
 
TREND: Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                     Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2010    2010
 
Yes                  15      13
No                   79      80
DK/NA                 6       6
 
 
18. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Pres Obama           42%     6%    83%    37%    76%    50%    16%     7%
Reps in Cong         39     80      5     39     10     29     65     76
DK/NA                19     15     11     25     14     20     19     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Pres Obama           40%    43%    19%    24%    35%    61%    33%    88%
Reps in Cong         43     36     58     55     50     28     47      4
DK/NA                17     21     23     20     15     11     20      7
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Pres Obama           39%    47%    48%    40%    40%    47%    40%    38%
Reps in Cong         40     37     37     38     41     35     39     46
DK/NA                20     17     15     21     19     19     21     16
 
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 & Mar 2010))
                             PostVt  PreVt                   BETTER PRES...
                             Poll    Poll                    High    Low
                     Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 14  July 1  Apr 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
President Obama      42      45      42      44      42      53      42
Reps in Congress     39      35      42      38      41      33      39
DK/NA                19      20      16      17      18      14      19
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the federal health care overhaul?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              39%     9%    75%    36%    74%    46%    16%     8%
Disapprove           53     86     17     56     18     43     79     90
DK/NA                 8      5      9      8      8     11      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              37%    42%    18%    22%    31%    61%    31%    82%
Disapprove           56     49     74     69     63     34     61     13
DK/NA                 7      9      8      9      6      6      8      4
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              36%    47%    44%    40%    37%    43%    39%    38%
Disapprove           54     48     48     55     52     47     54     59
DK/NA                 9      5      8      5     12     10      6      3
 
 
20. 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?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
More likely          24%     6%    47%    20%    52%    25%    10%     6%
Less likely          42     73      8     46     12     33     68     82
No difference        31     18     42     31     34     40     20     11
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      2      2      3      1
 
TREND: 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?
                     Apr 21  Mar 25
                     2010    2010
 
More likely          24      25
Less likely          42      38
No difference        31      34
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
21. 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?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Good idea            40%    67%     9%    46%    14%    29%    64%    80%
Bad idea             53     24     85     47     81     63     29     17
DK/NA                 8      9      6      7      4      8      7      3
 
TREND: 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?
                     Apr 21  Mar 25
                     2010    2010
 
Good idea            40      40
Bad idea             53      51
DK/NA                 8       9
 
 
24. Do you think the United States Supreme Court is moving in the right direction or the wrong direction?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Right direction      35%    28%    47%    32%    37%    40%    28%    27%
Wrong direction      37     45     27     39     39     29     46     50
DK/NA                28     27     26     29     24     30     26     23
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Right direction      34%    35%    25%    28%    40%    20%    31%    53%
Wrong direction      41     33     44     43     33     46     39     27
DK/NA                24     32     31     29     28     33     30     20
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Right direction      35%    33%    41%    36%    28%    36%    34%    36%
Wrong direction      35     42     33     40     37     33     41     43
DK/NA                30     25     26     24     35     30     25     21
 
TREND: Do you think the United States Supreme Court is moving in the right direction or the wrong direction?
                     Apr 21  Jul 17  Aug 16
                     2010    2008    2007
 
Right direction      35      33      39
Wrong direction      37      42      37
DK/NA                28      25      25
 
 
25. Do you think the Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Liberal              29%    53%     8%    30%     7%    23%    48%    60%
Conservative         19      7     32     19     46     20      6      6
About right          40     31     46     41     36     44     38     30
DK/NA                12      9     14     11     11     12      9      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
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                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Liberal              29%    30%    46%    39%    32%    12%    34%    11%
Conservative         20     18      8     12     13     45     17     29
About right          41     38     33     37     48     28     37     51
DK/NA                10     15     13     11      7     15     12      9
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Liberal              32%    22%    29%    26%    32%    26%    33%    28%
Conservative         15     28     19     20     18     19     20     22
About right          39     42     39     44     36     41     35     44
DK/NA                14      8     13     10     14     14     11      6
 
TREND: Do you think the Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                     Apr 21  Jul 17  Aug 16  Mar 5
                     2010    2008    2007    2003
 
Liberal              29      25      20      19
Conservative         19      31      29      26
About right          40      33      37      46
DK/NA                12      10      13      10
 
 
26. As you may know, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring from the Supreme Court. How confident are you that President Obama will make the right decision about who should replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court - Very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Very confident       27%     5%    57%    21%    51%    32%     9%     7%
Smwht confident      26     12     31     30     31     34     16      5
Not too confident    18     28      5     20      7     17     23     25
Not confident at all 28     52      4     28      8     15     51     63
DK/NA                 2      4      2      1      3      1      2      -
 
 
27. Who do you trust more to make the right decisions about who should sit on the United States Supreme Court - President Obama or the Republicans in the United States Senate?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Pres Obama           46%     9%    86%    43%    81%    57%    18%    11%
Reps in US Senate    43     85      8     42     15     34     69     79
DK/NA                11      6      6     15      4      9     13     10
 
 
28. Do you think President Obama's nominee to the US Supreme Court will be more liberal than you would like, not liberal enough, or about right?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
More liberal         42%    75%    10%    44%     5%    33%    72%    78%
Not liberal enough    8      5     12      8     25      5      3      6
About right          42     14     72     40     63     55     20     11
DK/NA                 8      6      6      8      6      7      5      5
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              52%    25%    81%    52%    81%    63%    29%    27%
Disapprove           32     56      9     33     10     21     55     63
DK/NA                16     19     10     15     10     16     16     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court?
                     Apr 21  July 2  Jun 4
                     2010    2009    2009
 
Approve              52      54      55
Disapprove           32      26      25
DK/NA                16      20      20
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Roberts is handling his job as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              49%    52%    47%    50%    38%    50%    56%    62%
Disapprove           21     18     27     21     33     19     19     18
DK/NA                30     30     26     29     29     30     25     20
 
 
31. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) In making decisions, the Supreme Court should only consider the original intentions of the authors of the Constitution or B) In making decisions, the Supreme Court should consider changing times and current realities in applying the principles of the Constitution?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
A)Original intent    49%    70%    24%    52%    21%    40%    74%    78%
B)Changing times     42     24     65     40     69     51     19     16
DK/NA                 9      7     11      8      9      9      7      6
 
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                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
A)Original intent    53%    46%    70%    65%    47%    29%    53%    28%
B)Changing times     38     45     21     27     45     63     38     62
DK/NA                 9      9      8      8      7      8      9     10
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
A)Original intent    50%    46%    40%    48%    55%    48%    49%    45%
B)Changing times     39     50     51     44     34     41     44     51
DK/NA                11      5      9      7     11     11      7      3
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your point of view?: A) In making decisions, the Supreme Court should only consider the original intentions of the authors of the Constitution or B) In making decisions, the Supreme Court should consider changing times and current realities in applying the principles of the Constitution?
                     Apr 21  Jul 17  Aug 16  Jul 27  May 25  Mar 5
                     2010    2008    2007    2005    2005    2003
 
A)Original intention 49      40      43      44      42      39
B)Changing times     42      52      48      50      51      54
DK/NA                 9       8       9       6       8       7
 
 
32. Do you think Supreme Court justices make their decisions solely based on the law, or do you think their political views enter into their decisions?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Based on law         16%    13%    21%    13%    17%    18%    13%    10%
Political views      78     82     72     80     77     78     80     83
DK/NA                 6      6      7      6      6      4      7      7
 
 
33. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Legal all cases      18%     7%    27%    18%    32%    19%     8%     6%
Legal most cases     33     26     38     34     45     38     22     31
Illegal most cases   27     39     15     28     13     25     38     37
Illegal all cases    16     23     13     15      8     12     25     22
DK/NA                 6      5      7      5      2      6      7      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Legal all cases      16%    19%     5%    11%    12%    37%    17%    21%
Legal most cases     33     33     19     26     39     46     33     32
Illegal most cases   31     23     42     37     28      9     29     20
Illegal all cases    15     18     27     19     15      1     15     22
DK/NA                 6      6      6      7      6      8      6      6
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Legal all cases      16%    21%    24%    18%    13%    17%    18%    22%
Legal most cases     30     41     29     37     31     29     39     38
Illegal most cases   28     24     24     30     27     28     26     26
Illegal all cases    19      9     19     12     19     21     12     10
DK/NA                 7      4      4      4     10      6      5      4
 
TREND: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases? (*Combined high also 57% Aug 2007, Dec 2005, Jul 2005, & Dec 2004 /**Combined low also 52% May 2009)
                                                             COMBINED LEGAL
                                                             ALL & MOST CASES
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 21  Jan 14  May 14  Jul 17  Aug 16  Jul 17  Jan 14
                     2010    2010    2009    2008    2007    2008*   2010**
 
Legal all cases      18      18      15      19      21      19      18
Legal most cases     33      34      37      38      36      38      34
Illegal most cases   27      24      27      24      24      24      24
Illegal all cases    16      18      14      14      13      14      18
DK/NA                 6       5       7       5       6       5       5
 
 
34. In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Agree                60%    42%    75%    61%    84%    68%    39%    44%
Disagree             35     52     22     34     13     26     57     49
DK/NA                 5      5      3      5      2      6      3      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                58%    61%    33%    49%    60%    86%    59%    72%
Disagree             37     34     62     46     37     12     37     23
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      3      2      4      4
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Agree                56%    68%    60%    61%    58%    55%    64%    67%
Disagree             38     29     36     35     35     38     33     30
DK/NA                 6      3      4      4      6      6      3      3
 
TREND: In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?
                     Apr 21  Jul 17  Aug 16  Dec 7   Jul 27  May 25  Mar 5
                     2010    2008    2007    2005    2005    2005    2003
 
Agree                60      63      62      63      65      63      62
Disagree             35      33      32      32      30      33      35
DK/NA                 5       5       6       5       6       5       3
 
 
35. Should Senators support or oppose President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court based only on whether he or she is qualified to be a justice, or should they also consider his or her views on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Qualifications       47%    36%    56%    47%    55%    52%    37%    38%
Consider views       43     53     33     45     35     40     53     54
DK/NA                10     11     11      8     10      8     10      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Qualifications       48%    45%    36%    39%    49%    63%    47%    43%
Consider views       41     45     57     52     44     27     44     43
DK/NA                11      9      7      9      6     11      9     14
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Qualifications       42%    59%    45%    47%    47%    42%    52%    52%
Consider views       46     36     46     44     41     46     39     43
DK/NA                12      5      9      9     12     12      9      5
 
 
36. If Senators did not agree with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage, do you think they would be justified, or not justified in using the filibuster to prevent the nomination from coming to a vote?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Justified            48%    66%    30%    50%    29%    44%    65%    76%
Not Justified        41     23     60     39     63     46     25     19
DK/NA                11     11     10     10      8     10     11      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Justified            52%    45%    63%    62%    51%    25%    51%    41%
Not Justified        39     42     24     29     39     64     38     47
DK/NA                 9     13     13      9     10     11     11     12
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Justified            50%    43%    46%    49%    49%    47%    49%    47%
Not Justified        37     51     41     42     39     40     41     49
DK/NA                14      6     13      9     12     13      9      4
 
 
37. Do you approve or disapprove of the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend without limit in attacking or boosting candidates for federal office?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
 
Approve              14%    15%    10%    15%     6%    10%    23%    22%
Disapprove           79     78     82     79     90     85     69     73
DK/NA                 7      7      8      5      5      5      8      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              18%    10%    13%    13%    16%    11%    12%    16%
Disapprove           77     82     78     81     79     84     81     72
DK/NA                 5      9      8      5      5      5      6     12
 
                     NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............
                     Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Approve              12%    18%    14%    16%    10%    12%    14%    18%
Disapprove           79     79     79     77     82     80     81     79
DK/NA                 9      4      7      6      8      8      5      3