September 9, 2010 - U.S. Voters Say Afghanistan Is No Vietnam, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; President Gets Better Grades For War Than Economy

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Despite increased casualties, American voters say 58 - 33 percent that eliminating the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a goal for which American troops should fight and possibly die, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters say 49 - 41 percent that the U.S. is doing the right thing fighting in Afghanistan and say 59 - 26 percent that Afghanistan will not be another Vietnam, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. President Barack Obama gets a negative 44 - 47 percent overall job approval rating, statistically unchanged from his record-low 44 - 48 percent score July 21.

Voters approve 49 - 40 percent of President Obama's handling of Afghanistan and approve 53 - 40 percent of his handling of duties as commander-in-chief of the military, but they disapprove 56 - 39 percent of the way he is handling the economy.

Voters say 32 - 22 percent that the economy is getting worse, not better, virtually identical to July's finding, but more pessimistic than the 32 - 24 percent who thought in May the economy was getting better.

Obama has strong leadership qualities, voters say 59 - 38 percent; he is honest, voters say 55 - 38 percent.

"The good news for President Barack Obama is that his standing with the American people hasn't deteriorated further. The bad news is that he remains at his record low levels and the November elections are right around the corner," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Voters' pessimism about the economy and their economic future shows no signs of abating, a factor that must worry the White House." Quinnipiac University Poll/September 9, 2010 - page 2

"And a Democrat who gets better grades as commander-in-chief than he does on the economy is an anomaly," Brown added.

While support for the war in Afghanistan is constant, American voters say 55 - 33 percent that the United States will not be successful eliminating terrorists from Afghanistan. Voters do support 65 - 29 percent Obama's decision to begin withdrawing U.S. troops there by next July and believe 58 - 28 percent he will carry through with that promise.

"Support for the war in Afghanistan and President Obama's policies there has inched up in the last month - perhaps because of his nationally televised speech about the exit of U.S. combat troops from Iraq," said Brown. "The concern that the American people will see the increase in casualties as meaning the war there is turning into another Vietnam appears groundless. President Obama should note, however, that his strongest supporters on Afghanistan are Republicans and conservatives who disagree with him about most everything else, while those who usually back him, Democrats and liberals, are the least supportive of the war."

The President gets an 81 - 12 percent approval rating from Democrats, but disapproval is 84 - 7 percent among Republicans and 52 - 38 percent among independent voters. He gets thumbs up from women 48 - 43 percent and thumbs down from men 51 - 39 percent. Whites disapprove 55 - 35 percent. Approval is 90 - 7 percent among blacks and 56 - 33 percent among Hispanics.

American voters say 42 - 37 percent that they would vote for a Republican rather than a Democrat in the November Congressional elections, compared to the 43 - 38 percent GOP lead in the July 21 Quinnipiac University survey.

Tea Party

Support for the Tea Party appears to have flat lined, as only 12 percent of voters consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement, compared to 14 percent in earlier surveys. Voter favorability of the Tea Party is split 30 - 31 percent, also down slightly to the lowest score.

Tea Party icon Sarah Palin gets a negative 31 - 50 percent favorability.

From August 31 - September 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,905 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the 2010 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Republican           42%    92%     5%    38%    46%    39%    49%     8%    30%
Democrat             37      2     83     28     36     38     30     71     52
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      -      5      4      1      3      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      1      1      1      -      2      3
DK/NA                18      6     10     28     14     21     18     16     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Republican           36%    45%    43%    36%    48%    54%     7%    33%    71%
Democrat             44     33     39     41     37     34     75     44     13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      2      3      2      2      4      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      2      -      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                19     18     15     19     13      9     13     20     14
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Republican           42%    42%    66%    59%    47%
Democrat             36     42     19     22     32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      -      -      1
DK/NA                19     14     13     17     19
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Mar 24  Jul 2   Jun 4   Apr 29
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Republican           42      43      36      44      34      32      34
Democrat             37      38      42      39      42      42      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       3       1       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1       1       1       1       1
DK/NA                18      16      18      16      21      22      22
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              44%     7%    81%    38%    39%    48%    35%    90%    56%
Disapprove           47     84     12     52     51     43     55      7     33
DK/NA                 9      9      8     10     10      9     10      3     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              51%    42%    40%    51%    40%    33%    79%    53%    17%
Disapprove           39     49     51     39     50     61     14     38     74
DK/NA                10      9     10     10      9      6      7      9      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              42%    49%    20%    25%    34%
Disapprove           48     44     70     65     57
DK/NA                10      7     11     10      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009 / **Low also 44% Jul 2010 & Apr 2010)
                                                     PstHlth APPROVE.......
                                                     VtPoll  High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Jun 4   Sep 09  
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009*   2010**
                                                                             
Approve              44      44      48      44      45      59      44      
Disapprove           47      48      43      46      46      31      47      
DK/NA                 9       8       9      10       9      10       9      
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              30%     5%    65%    19%    26%    33%    24%    59%    47%
Disapprove           60     89     25     71     66     55     67     32     42
DK/NA                10      6     10     10      8     11      9      9     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              40%    25%    28%    36%    27%    19%    55%    35%    13%
Disapprove           51     65     62     53     66     72     36     56     79
DK/NA                 9     10     10     10      7      8      9      9      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              30%    30%    17%    19%    23%
Disapprove           60     61     72     72     70
DK/NA                10      9     11      9      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 30% Mar 2010)
                                             PstHlth PreHlth APPROVE.....
                                             VtPoll  VtPoll  High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 4   Sep 09
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              30      31      34      36      30      45      30
Disapprove           60      59      57      55      62      45      60
DK/NA                10      10       9       9       8      10      10
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              29%    53%    13%    23%    30%    28%    31%    16%    28%
Disapprove           59     37     76     65     59     58     58     71     58
DK/NA                12     11     11     12     11     14     11     13     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              31%    31%    26%    30%    31%    26%    14%    24%    43%
Disapprove           58     57     62     58     59     67     78     66     44
DK/NA                12     12     12     12     10      7      8     10     13
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              31%    24%    43%    37%    26%
Disapprove           56     66     44     52     61
DK/NA                13     10     13     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                             PstHlth PreHlth APPROVE.......
                                             VtPoll  VtPoll  High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 25  Oct 8
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              29      29      26      34      31      34      25
Disapprove           59      59      62      58      60      58      64
DK/NA                12      12      11       8       9       8      11
 
 
5. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     4%     2%     3%     2%     1%     8%     3%
Smwht satisfied      23      7     45     17     22     24     20     43     25
Smwht dissatisfied   31     29     31     33     27     35     30     31     43
Very dissatisfied    42     63     19     47     48     38     48     16     29
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      2      1      3      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        4%     2%     2%     3%     1%     0%     3%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      32     20     20     27     23     17     43     25     10
Smwht dissatisfied   38     29     28     30     30     36     28     40     25
Very dissatisfied    25     47     49     39     44     46     26     31     62
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      -      -      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     0%     1%     0%
Smwht satisfied      22     25     16     17     14
Smwht dissatisfied   30     34     28     28     34
Very dissatisfied    44     38     54     54     51
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2
 
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
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       3       3       3       4      21       2
Smwht satisfied      23      24      26      28      25      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   31      29      31      29      28      19      38
Very dissatisfied    42      42      39      40      41      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       -       2       3       2
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              39%     6%    74%    33%    37%    41%    30%    82%    47%
Disapprove           56     90     22     62     59     53     64     13     50
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      4      6      5      5      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              52%    36%    33%    45%    37%    29%    71%    46%    16%
Disapprove           45     60     60     49     61     68     24     49     81
DK/NA                 3      4      8      6      2      3      4      5      3
 
Cont'd
 
6. (cont'd) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              38%    42%    19%    21%    29%
Disapprove           56     55     79     74     67
DK/NA                 6      3      3      5      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (Low also 39% Jul 2010 & Mar 2010)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 4   Sep 09
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010*
 
Approve              39       39      44      40      39     57      39
Disapprove           56       56      50      55      57     33      56
DK/NA                 5        5       6       5       5     10       5
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              45%    17%    73%    43%    43%    47%    38%    80%    50%
Disapprove           44     77     16     44     50     40     51     13     37
DK/NA                11      6     11     13      8     13     11      7     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              53%    43%    43%    52%    43%    38%    75%    54%    21%
Disapprove           37     48     45     35     50     56     15     35     71
DK/NA                11      9     12     13      7      6     10     11      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              42%    53%    25%    29%    37%
Disapprove           46     40     65     61     52
DK/NA                12      7     10     10     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Apr 29  Jul 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              45      43      48      48      46      57      43
Disapprove           44      46      43      42      43      32      46
DK/NA                11      12       9      10      12      11      12
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              49%    27%    72%    46%    50%    49%    44%    78%    60%
Disapprove           40     64     20     41     43     38     46     13     27
DK/NA                10      9      8     13      8     13     10     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              54%    49%    46%    51%    51%    45%    67%    56%    33%
Disapprove           36     42     43     38     40     48     26     36     54
DK/NA                10      9     11     11      9      7      7      7     13
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              48%    54%    35%    40%    44%    46%
Disapprove           42     37     53     47     50     48
DK/NA                10     10     12     13      6      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Mar 25  Nov 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              49      43      45      49      52      52      38
Disapprove           40      46      40      39      36      36      49
DK/NA                10      11      14      12      12      12      12
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              49%    24%    74%    47%    46%    53%    44%    84%    45%
Disapprove           44     68     19     46     48     40     49     11     42
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      7      7      7      5     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              57%    47%    47%    54%    47%    41%    74%    61%    26%
Disapprove           37     47     45     39     47     52     21     33     66
DK/NA                 7      7      8      7      6      7      6      6      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              48%    54%    36%    37%    42%
Disapprove           45     39     57     55     51
DK/NA                 7      7      7      8      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Jun 1
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              49      41      39
Disapprove           44      51      42
DK/NA                 7       8      19
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his duties as commander-in-chief of the military?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              53%    20%    82%    51%    52%    53%    46%    90%    63%
Disapprove           40     73     13     40     43     38     47      8     29
DK/NA                 7      6      5      8      5      9      7      3      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              58%    51%    51%    57%    53%    46%    80%    64%    29%
Disapprove           38     42     41     36     43     49     16     32     63
DK/NA                 4      7      8      7      4      5      4      5      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              51%    57%    31%    36%    47%    48%
Disapprove           41     39     60     56     47     46
DK/NA                 8      5      9      8      6      6
 
 
12. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            35%    72%    10%    27%    38%    32%    39%    13%    26%
Unfavorable          43     12     63     50     44     42     42     54     33
Hvn't hrd enough     19     12     25     19     16     23     16     28     41
REFUSED               3      3      2      5      3      3      3      5      0
 
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
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24  Nov 19  Nov 12  Oct 8
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2008    2009*
 
Favorable            35      33      33      33      28      36      25
Unfavorable          43      42      47      42      53      52      53
Hvn't hrd enough     19      21      15      21      16       7      18
REFUSED               3       4       4       4       4       5       4
 
 
13. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            34%     5%    71%    25%    33%    35%    29%    59%    48%
Unfavorable          47     84     10     55     52     43     55     14     26
Hvn't hrd enough     15     10     17     16     11     19     13     22     24
REFUSED               3      1      2      5      4      3      3      4      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                              FAVORABLE.....
                                                              High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24  Nov 19   Nov 12  Mar 24
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009     2008    2010
 
Favorable             34       34      32      33      39       55      33
Unfavorable           47       49      52      48      46       35      48
Hvn't hrd enough      15       14      12      17      13        6      17
REFUSED                3        3       3       2       2        4       2
 
 
14. Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            30%    54%     8%    30%    35%    26%    34%    15%    17%
Unfavorable          31     11     46     36     33     29     30     39     28
Hvn't hrd enough     37     34     45     33     31     43     34     45     53
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      1      2      2      1      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            30      33      32      28
Unfavorable          31      31      31      23
Hvn't hrd enough     37      35      34      49
REFUSED               2       1       2       1
 
 
15. Is your opinion of Sarah Palin favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            31%    61%     8%    29%    35%    28%    37%     8%    20%
Unfavorable          50     22     71     56     47     53     47     69     49
Hvn't hrd enough     15     15     18     11     14     16     13     20     28
REFUSED               3      2      3      4      4      3      4      3      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Sarah Palin favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Mar 24  Sep 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2008
 
Favorable            31      35      33      37
Unfavorable          50      49      51      30
Hvn't hrd enough     15      14      14      31
REFUSED               3       2       2       2
 
 
16. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            47%    10%    83%    42%    42%    52%    39%    89%    61%
Unfavorable          45     83     11     48     50     42     54      8     28
Hvn't hrd enough      5      4      5      6      6      5      5      2     11
REFUSED               3      2      1      4      3      2      3      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Mar 25  Nov 19  Jul 2   Nov 12  Feb 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2008    2007
 
Favorable            47      49      47      50      58      67      44
Unfavorable          45      45      47      38      30      19      14
Hvn't hrd enough      5       4       4       9      10      11      40
REFUSED               3       2       1       2       2       3       1
 
 
17. Is your opinion of Michelle Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            49%    21%    76%    47%    41%    56%    43%    84%    48%
Unfavorable          22     45      3     21     23     21     26      1     15
Hvn't hrd enough     25     30     18     26     29     20     26     10     35
REFUSED               4      4      2      6      6      2      4      4      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Michelle Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Nov 12
                     2010    2010    2008
 
Favorable            49      55      50
Unfavorable          22      19      17
Hvn't hrd enough     25      23      31
REFUSED               4       3       3
 
 
18. Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  55%    22%    88%    52%    52%    58%    48%    91%    69%
No                   38     70      9     41     41     36     45      6     24
DK/NA                 6      8      3      7      7      6      7      3      7
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2010    2010
 
Yes                  55       56
No                   38       37
DK/NA                 6        7
 
 
19. Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  59%    28%    86%    59%    54%    63%    52%    93%    66%
No                   38     69     12     38     43     34     45      5     33
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      3      3      3      2      2
                
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2010    2010
 
Yes                  59      66
No                   38      32
DK/NA                 3       2
 
 
21. Do you consider yourself part of the Tea party movement or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  12%    21%     4%     8%    13%    10%    13%     9%     5%
No                   80     70     86     86     82     78     79     83     85
DK/NA                 9      9     10      6      5     12      8      9     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                   9%    13%    11%    11%    14%    10%     3%     6%    23%
No                   82     79     80     81     80     85     87     87     70
DK/NA                 9      8      8      9      6      5     10      8      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  13%     7%    20%    17%    10%
No                   77     88     70     75     81
DK/NA                10      5     10      8     10
 
TREND: Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Yes                  12      12      15      13
No                   80      81      79      80
DK/NA                 9       7       6       6
 
 
22. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      1%     -      -      1%     -
Good                  9      3     16      5      6     11      6     16     12
Not so good          41     31     57     38     41     41     38     57     46
Poor                 49     66     26     56     52     47     55     25     41
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent             1%     1%     -      1%     -      -      -      1%     -
Good                 11      7      7     11      8      3     11     10      5
Not so good          54     40     35     41     43     42     60     44     30
Poor                 35     52     57     47     48     55     28     44     65
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Excellent             1%     -      -      -      -
Good                  9      6      6      5      5
Not so good          40     45     35     34     38
Poor                 50     48     59     60     56
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXLNT+GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Nov 18  Dec 10  Mar 4
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       1       -       -       -       3       -
Good                  9       9      12       7       8      37       3
Not so good          41      43      46      46      42      42      28
Poor                 49      47      40      45      49      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       -
 
 
23. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Better               22%     6%    40%    19%    21%    24%    18%    44%    26%
Worse                32     50     16     32     33     30     35     16     20
The same             45     43     43     49     45     45     46     39     53
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               33%    21%    18%    26%    19%    23%    41%    27%     8%
Worse                19     34     36     29     33     32     16     24     49
The same             48     44     45     44     48     44     43     49     42
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Better               22%    25%    14%    14%    14%
Worse                33     28     43     42     33
The same             45     46     42     43     51
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Sep 09  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Better               22        23      32      28      28      27      24
Worse                32        31      24      28      29      29      33
The same             45        44      43      43      41      42      42
DK/NA                 1         1       1       1       2       2       2
 
 
26. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Doing right thing    49%    56%    41%    53%    55%    43%    52%    32%    41%
Shld not be involved 41     31     49     39     38     44     37     58     51
DK/NA                10     12     10      8      7     13     11     11      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Doing right thing    46%    54%    46%    43%    54%    62%    44%    48%    53%
Shld not be involved 45     37     42     48     36     30     45     43     37
DK/NA                 9      9     12      9     10      8     11      9     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Doing right thing    46%    56%    56%    50%    53%    63%
Shld not be involved 43     35     33     36     38     29
DK/NA                11      9     11     13      8      8
 
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? (*Low also 48% Nov 2009)
                                                             RIGHT THING...
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Jan 14  Jul 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010*
 
Right thing          49      48      49      56      55      59      48
Shouldn't be inv     41      43      42      36      37      35      43
DK/NA                10       9       9       8       8       6       9
 
 
27. Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  58%    72%    48%    57%    64%    52%    63%    38%    47%
No                   33     21     40     36     31     35     29     52     41
DK/NA                 9      7     12      7      5     12      8     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  53%    68%    52%    52%    67%    70%    50%    57%    64%
No                   41     26     36     40     28     25     40     35     27
DK/NA                 6      6     12      8      5      6     10      8      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes                  55%    65%    69%    63%    62%    72%
No                   35     27     25     28     30     23
DK/NA                 9      7      6      9      8      5
 
TREND: Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 22  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  58      59      61      64      65      65
No                   33      34      31      30      29      28
DK/NA                 9       7       8       6       7       7
 
 
28. Do you think the United States will be successful in eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  33%    39%    34%    29%    35%    32%    32%    37%    34%
No                   55     48     55     59     55     55     56     53     50
DK/NA                12     13     11     12     11     13     12      9     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  40%    32%    30%    36%    31%    34%    30%    32%    38%
No                   48     57     58     51     61     57     61     56     50
DK/NA                11     11     12     12      8     10      9     11     13
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes                  35%    28%    39%    31%    33%    34%
No                   52     61     46     56     58     54
DK/NA                12     10     15     13      9     12
 
TREND: Do you think the United States will be successful in eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan or not?
                     Sep 09  Jul 21  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  33      35      38      36      38
No                   55      55      52      53      49
DK/NA                12       9      11      11      13
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan in July 2011?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              65%    39%    87%    64%    59%    69%    59%    92%    74%
Disapprove           29     52      9     29     35     23     33      4     17
DK/NA                 7      9      4      8      6      8      7      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              75%    59%    64%    73%    61%    57%    90%    70%    46%
Disapprove           20     34     28     22     33     38      7     24     44
DK/NA                 4      7      8      6      6      5      3      5     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              65%    63%    47%    52%    65%    53%
Disapprove           28     30     42     38     31     43
DK/NA                 7      7     10     10      5      5
 
 
30. Do you think President Obama will or will not begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan in July 2011?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Will withdraw        58%    45%    69%    57%    55%    60%    54%    75%    66%
Will not             28     38     18     32     32     25     31     14     22
DK/NA                14     17     13     11     13     15     15     11     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will withdraw        60%    60%    54%    59%    59%    53%    69%    62%    50%
Will not             30     28     28     27     30     37     20     27     34
DK/NA                10     12     17     14     11     10     11     11     16
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Will withdraw        58%    58%    50%    51%    57%    52%
Will not             28     30     35     34     28     30
DK/NA                15     12     15     15     16     18
 
 
31. Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam War, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes/Like Vietnam     26%    27%    19%    30%    28%    24%    27%    18%    26%
No/Will avoid        59     59     65     56     59     58     58     66     59
DK/NA                15     14     16     14     13     18     15     16     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Like Vietnam     22%    25%    31%    26%    25%    27%    28%    23%    28%
No/Will avoid        65     61     53     62     63     59     61     63     55
DK/NA                13     14     17     13     12     14     11     14     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes/Like Vietnam     27%    22%    23%    28%    27%    28%
No/Will avoid        57     64     60     55     62     59
DK/NA                16     14     16     17     11     13
 
TREND: Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam war, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?
                     Sep 09  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2010    2009    2009    2009
 
Same as Vietnam      26      32      35      32
Will avoid that      59      57      51      56
DK/NA                15      11      13      12