November 17, 2010 - Few U.S. Voters Look For Love In White House Meeting, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Down On Obama, Democrats And Republicans

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Three out of four American voters think the White House meeting Thursday between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to produce meaningful results, as they turn thumbs down on everyone involved, the president, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

American voters disapprove 49 - 44 percent of the job President Obama is doing, statistically unchanged from his 47 - 44 percent disapproval, his lowest grade, in a September 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, conducted by live interviewers.

But voters disapprove 63 - 27 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing and disapprove 66 - 27 percent of the job Democrats are doing.

Looking at the Bush tax cuts:
  • 35 percent of voters say the tax cuts should continue for everyone;
  • 43 percent say the tax cuts should continue only for those earning less than $250,000;
  • 14 percent say all the tax cuts should expire.
When it comes to the public's priorities, 45 percent want more spending to stimulate job creation, while 32 percent want the budget deficit reduced and 17 percent want taxes cut.

Support for spending to create jobs ranges from 35 percent among upper income voters to 53 percent for lower income voters.

"President Barack Obama's job approval is an ominous measure of his problems with American voters," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "He does poorly among whites, older voters, men, political independents and those who earn more than $50,000 a year."

"We see similar results on whether the country is better off because of the president's policies, and his handling of the economy. He has lost his majority support in the middle class and that's why his numbers remain at an all-time low," Brown added.

Obama should compromise his positions on major issues, 72 percent of voters say, while 63 percent want Republican congressional leaders to compromise. Voters say 48 - 44 percent that Obama's policies will hurt rather than help the country in the long run.

While voters say 59 - 36 percent the president should change his course in response to this month's election results, they say 49 - 41 percent that he will not do so.

Voters say 45 - 42 percent that congressional Republicans rather than President Obama are best able to handle the economy. Voters split on health care as 45 percent trust Republicans more and 44 percent trust Obama more.

Voter pessimism about Thursday's White House meeting on reducing the federal deficit is palpable. They say 73 - 22 percent the two sides are too far apart to produce meaningful results. A majority of every demographic group feels that way.

"Americans want both sides to compromise, but they want the president to make concessions more than they do congressional Republicans," said Brown.

As for the congressional leaders meeting with Obama, voters have very low opinions of the Democrats and know very little about the Republicans:
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets a negative 25 - 55 percent favorability rating;
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets a 17 - 39 percent score;
  • Republican U.S. Rep. John Boehner, the future House speaker, gets a split 20 - 19 percent favorable rating, with 61 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion;
  • Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leaders, gets a negative 14 - 20 percent rating with 65 percent who don't know enough about him.
Voters still say 43 - 37 percent that Barack Obama is a better president than George W. Bush, who is viewed unfavorably by American voters 54 - 41 percent.

From November 8 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,424 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 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.

16. 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%     9%    81%    37%    40%    49%    37%    87%    65%
Disapprove           49     88     15     55     56     44     57      8     29
DK/NA                 6      4      4      8      5      7      6      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              59%    42%    39%    51%    43%    39%    78%    56%    17%
Disapprove           35     53     55     43     51     57     17     36     79
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      6      3      5      8      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              43%    49%    20%    27%    35%
Disapprove           51     47     75     69     58
DK/NA                 7      4      5      4      7
 
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, Sep 2010)
                                                     PstHlth APPROVE.......
                                                     VtPoll  High    Low
                     Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Mar 25  Jun 4   Nov 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009*   2010**
 
Approve              44      44      44      48      45      59      44
Disapprove           49      47      48      43      46      31      49
DK/NA                 6       9       8       9       9      10       6
 
 
17. Do you think Barack Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Better               43%     3%    78%    40%    40%    45%    35%    81%    61%
Worse                37     81      5     32     39     34     44      1     19
The same             19     14     15     26     19     18     19     14     19
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      2      2      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               58%    38%    38%    48%    42%    38%    80%    52%    14%
Worse                23     39     42     30     40     45      7     21     67
The same             18     21     16     20     17     15     13     25     17
DK/NA                 1      2      3      2      2      1      -      2      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Better               40%    50%    18%    24%    32%
Worse                38     33     64     56     41
The same             19     16     15     17     26
DK/NA                 3      1      3      2      2
 
TREND: Do you think Barack Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?
                     Nov 17  Jul 21  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Better               43      42      43
Worse                37      32      30
About the same       19      23      23
DK/NA                 2       3       4
 
 
18. 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              27%     5%    53%    18%    23%    31%    22%    58%    43%
Disapprove           66     92     37     77     73     59     73     32     46
DK/NA                 7      3     10      5      4     10      6     10     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              36%    26%    23%    35%    25%    15%    45%    32%    13%
Disapprove           57     67     70     56     69     81     47     60     82
DK/NA                 8      6      7      9      6      4      8      8      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              28%    24%    17%    16%    22%
Disapprove           64     70     79     78     74
DK/NA                 8      5      4      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 30% Sep 2010)
                                            PstHlth PreHlth APPROVE.....
                                            VtPoll  VtPoll  High    Low
                    Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 4   Nov 17
                    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve             27      30      31      36      30      45      27
Disapprove          66      60      59      55      62      45      66
DK/NA                7      10      10       9       8      10       7
 
 
19. 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              27%    54%    10%    21%    28%    26%    30%     8%    32%
Disapprove           63     38     81     68     64     62     60     82     60
DK/NA                10      8      9     11      9     12     10     10      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              28%    28%    26%    26%    24%    33%     8%    20%    42%
Disapprove           63     62     63     63     68     60     85     69     49
DK/NA                 9     10     11     11      7      7      7     12      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              28%    25%    42%    35%    29%
Disapprove           61     67     49     53     63
DK/NA                11      8     10     11      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                             PstHlth PreHlth APPROVE.......
                                             VtPoll  VtPoll  High    Low
                     Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 25  Oct 8
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              27      29      29       34      31      34      25
Disapprove           63      59      59       58      60      58      64
DK/NA                10      12      12        8       9       8      11
 
 
21. 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        3%     1%     7%     2%     2%     5%     2%    12%     5%
Smwht satisfied      24      6     44     18     21     27     19     50     42
Smwht dissatisfied   29     28     31     29     29     29     31     20     23
Very dissatisfied    42     65     17     50     46     38     46     17     30
DK/NA                 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
 
Very satisfied        5%     2%     4%     5%     3%     2%     5%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      33     24     19     29     23     18     40     28     12
Smwht dissatisfied   31     29     27     27     32     32     35     38     20
Very dissatisfied    31     44     47     39     40     47     19     30     64
DK/NA                 -      -      3      -      2      1      1      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very satisfied        4%     3%     3%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      23     26     14     17     16
Smwht dissatisfied   28     32     25     30     32
Very dissatisfied    44     39     57     51     50
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 21  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        3       2       3       3       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      24      23      24      26      28      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   29      31      29      31      29      19      38
Very dissatisfied    42      42      42      39      40      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       -       3       2
 
 
22. In the long run, do you think Barack Obama's policies will help the country or hurt the country?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Help                 44%     5%    82%    37%    39%    48%    36%    85%    61%
Hurt                 48     91     11     51     52     44     56      6     27
NO DIFFERENCE(VOL)    1      -      2      1      1      2      1      -      4
DK/NA                 8      4      5     11      8      7      7      9      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Help                 57%    41%    39%    49%    45%    37%    82%    54%    14%
Hurt                 34     51     51     39     51     57     12     32     80
NO DIFFERENCE(VOL)    1      1      1      2      1      1      2      3      0
DK/NA                 8      7      9     10      4      5      4     11      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Help                 41%    51%    20%    26%    33%
Hurt                 49     43     74     67     57
NO DIFFERENCE(VOL)    1      2      1      1      2
DK/NA                 8      5      6      6      8
 
 
23. Are you pleased or disappointed that the Republicans have taken over control of the House of Representatives from the Democrats?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Pleased              51%    95%    13%    56%    59%    45%    59%    14%    31%
Disappointed         37      2     77     27     30     44     31     73     55
DK/NA                11      3     11     16     12     11     10     13     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Pleased              40%    57%    52%    43%    57%    63%    17%    41%    79%
Disappointed         47     32     37     45     35     30     71     44     15
DK/NA                12     11     11     13      9      7     12     15      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Pleased              52%    50%    74%    70%    58%
Disappointed         36     40     20     22     31
DK/NA                12     10      5      8     11
 
 
24. Do you think President Obama should change his course because of this year's election results or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  59%    84%    35%    63%    60%    57%    64%    32%    47%
No                   36     12     59     32     34     37     31     64     46
DK/NA                 6      4      6      5      6      5      6      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  43%    64%    63%    55%    59%    65%    30%    55%    77%
No                   54     31     29     39     36     32     67     39     18
DK/NA                 3      5      8      6      5      4      3      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  59%    56%    76%    71%    68%
No                   35     39     18     22     28
DK/NA                 6      5      6      7      4
 
 
25. Do you think President Obama will change his course because of this year's election results or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  41%    21%    57%    43%    42%    40%    39%    51%    57%
No                   49     74     28     48     50     47     53     28     34
DK/NA                11      5     15      9      8     13      9     21      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  46%    39%    38%    40%    43%    42%    57%    51%    24%
No                   44     51     49     47     48     51     34     39     66
DK/NA                10      9     12     12      9      7     10     10     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  38%    47%    30%    30%    40%
No                   51     43     63     61     54
DK/NA                11     10      7      9      6
 
 
26. President Obama and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are to meet at the White House next week. Do you think there is a good chance they can come to an agreement on major issues or do you think they are too far apart and meaningful compromise on major matters is unlikely?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agreement            22%    16%    25%    22%    19%    24%    20%    35%    19%
Too far apart        73     78     70     73     76     71     75     57     77
DK/NA                 5      6      5      5      5      6      5      8      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agreement            23%    23%    19%    26%    18%    21%    18%    28%    17%
Too far apart        73     73     73     69     77     76     78     68     78
DK/NA                 4      4      8      6      4      3      4      4      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Agreement            24%    16%    18%    18%    27%
Too far apart        71     79     77     78     69
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      5
 
 
27. Do you think President Obama should compromise on his positions on major issues in order to come to an agreement with Republican congressional leaders or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  72%    89%    56%    75%    75%    68%    74%    57%    64%
No                   22      8     37     19     20     24     21     32     30
DK/NA                 6      3      7      6      5      7      5     11      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  66%    76%    70%    71%    73%    74%    49%    69%    86%
No                   29     19     22     23     22     23     44     25      9
DK/NA                 5      5      8      7      5      3      8      6      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  73%    70%    78%    81%    77%
No                   21     25     16     14     17
DK/NA                 6      5      6      5      6
 
 
28. Do you think Republican congressional leaders should compromise on their positions on major issues in order to come to an agreement with President Obama or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  63%    32%    88%    65%    61%    64%    59%    85%    75%
No                   32     64      8     28     34     30     36      7     20
DK/NA                 5      4      4      7      5      6      5      8      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  74%    62%    57%    67%    63%    58%    89%    76%    38%
No                   23     33     36     27     33     39      8     18     57
DK/NA                 3      5      7      6      4      2      3      5      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  62%    65%    45%    50%    58%
No                   32     31     51     45     36
DK/NA                 6      4      4      5      5
 
 
29. 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%     7%    72%    33%    35%    42%    32%    78%    58%
Disapprove           57     92     24     62     61     53     64     16     36
DK/NA                 4      2      4      5      4      5      4      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              51%    36%    35%    44%    39%    33%    74%    47%    13%
Disapprove           47     60     59     51     58     65     22     47     84
DK/NA                 2      3      6      4      4      2      3      6      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              37%    45%    17%    22%    29%
Disapprove           59     51     81     75     67
DK/NA                 4      4      2      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (Low also 39% Jul 2010, Sep 2010)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 21  Mar 4   Nov 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              39      39      39      44      40      57      39
Disapprove           57      56      56      50      55      33      57
DK/NA                 4       5       5       6       5      10       4
 
 
33. Is your opinion of the the Tea Party Movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            34%    65%     7%    35%    41%    28%    39%    10%    24%
Unfavorable          38     11     63     37     38     38     35     57     45
Hvn't hrd enough     26     22     28     26     20     32     25     32     30
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      2      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            34      30      33      32      28
Unfavorable          38      31      31      31      23
Hvn't hrd enough     26      37      35      34      49
REFUSED               1       2       1       2       1
 
 
33a. Is your opinion of - George W. Bush favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            41%    84%    10%    37%    44%    38%    47%    11%    28%
Unfavorable          54     13     86     58     53     55     49     80     69
Hvn't hrd enough      2      1      2      2      1      3      2      3      3
REFUSED               3      1      2      3      2      3      2      6      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - George W. Bush favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 17  Mar 25
                     2010    2010
 
Favorable            41      38
Unfavorable          54      56
Hvn't hrd enough      2       4
REFUSED               3       3
 
 
34. Is your opinion of - John Boehner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            20%    39%     5%    18%    25%    15%    23%     4%    18%
Unfavorable          19      5     34     15     19     19     17     27     21
Hvn't hrd enough     61     55     60     65     55     66     59     69     60
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
 
 
35. Is your opinion of - Mitch McConnell favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            14%    28%     5%    12%    19%    10%    16%     2%    12%
Unfavorable          20      7     32     18     21     19     18     31     26
Hvn't hrd enough     65     63     63     69     59     71     65     66     62
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
 
36. Is your opinion of - Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            25%     5%    48%    19%    21%    28%    22%    40%    35%
Unfavorable          55     86     25     62     63     49     63     18     43
Hvn't hrd enough     18      9     25     18     15     21     14     39     22
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      1      1      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Nov 17  Mar 25  Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2010    2010    2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            25      25      26      22      29      25
Unfavorable          55      51      41      35      29      31
Hvn't hrd enough     18      23      31      41      40      43
REFUSED               1       1       2       2       2       1
 
 
37. Is your opinion of - Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            17%     5%    33%    14%    18%    17%    17%    25%    17%
Unfavorable          39     65     15     41     48     30     43     18     32
Hvn't hrd enough     42     30     51     44     33     51     39     57     50
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 17  Mar 25  Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2010    2010    2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            17       9      12       9       9       7
Unfavorable          39      38      21      22      18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     42      51      63      68      71      75
REFUSED               1       1       3       2       2       1
 
 
39. 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                  7      2     12      6      8      6      6     16      7
Not so good          43     34     57     37     40     45     41     55     53
Poor                 49     63     31     56     50     48     52     27     38
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      -      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
                     Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Dec 10  Mar 4
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -      -       1        -       -        3       -
Good                  7      9       9       12       7       37       3
Not so good          43     41      43       46      46       42      28
Poor                 49     49      47       40      45       16      68
DK/NA                 1      1       1        1       1        1       -
 
 
40. 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               28%    12%    44%    26%    30%    26%    25%    42%    33%
Worse                28     40     14     31     28     27     30     15     18
The same             43     47     41     42     41     46     44     40     48
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      1      3      -
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6   July 2
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
 
Better               28      22      23      32      28      28      27
Worse                28      32      31      24      28      29      29
The same             43      45      44      43      43      41      42
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       2
 
 
41. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Obama                42%     2%    81%    34%    37%    46%    34%    82%    61%
Republicans          45     91      9     45     51     39     53      6     28
DK/NA                14      8     11     21     12     15     13     12     12
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Nov 17  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 1
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      42      41      45      45      47      54      55
Reps in Congress     45      42      36      36      36      32      27
DK/NA                14      17      19      19      17      14      18
 
 
42. So far, has the economic stimulus package helped the economy, hurt the economy, or made no difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Helped               33%     8%    57%    30%    31%    35%    29%    60%    47%
Hurt                 26     47      5     30     30     22     30      6     14
No difference        37     43     33     37     36     38     38     28     38
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      3      4      3      6      1
 
 
43. Which should be the highest priority for the next Congress; cutting taxes, reducing the budget deficit, or spending to create jobs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Taxes                17%    28%     9%    17%    19%    15%    19%    10%    15%
Deficit              32     45     20     36     37     27     35     17     22
Jobs                 45     23     65     42     38     51     40     64     59
DK/NA                 6      4      6      5      6      6      6      8      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Taxes                16%    19%    15%    15%    18%    19%     6%    11%    28%
Deficit              24     35     33     25     36     43     18     32     41
Jobs                 56     41     44     53     42     35     71     52     27
DK/NA                 4      5      8      6      4      3      6      5      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Taxes                17%    18%    23%    22%    24%
Deficit              30     37     39     39     33
Jobs                 47     40     32     33     40
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      4
 
 
44. How should Congress vote on the Bush-era tax cuts; continue them for all, continue them only for families who earn less than $250,000 a year, or let them expire for all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Continue for all     35%    65%    10%    33%    42%    29%    38%    17%    28%
Continue for <$250k  43     24     59     44     38     47     43     40     41
Expire for all       14      5     21     16     15     13     12     28     27
DK/NA                 8      6     10      7      4     11      7     15      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Continue for all     30%    36%    36%    30%    37%    46%    11%    21%    60%
Continue for <$250k  44     43     42     45     46     35     60     53     26
Expire for all       19     14     11     16     13     15     25     18      6
DK/NA                 6      6     11     10      4      3      5      8      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Continue for all     34%    38%    51%    46%    39%
Continue for <$250k  43     43     36     38     42
Expire for all       14     15      6     10     10
DK/NA                 9      5      7      7      9
 
 
45. How about if this was the choice on tax cuts; continue them for all, continue them only for families who earn less than $500,000 a year, or let them expire for all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Continue for all     33%    62%    11%    29%    39%    28%    36%    16%    25%
Continue for <$500k  40     24     53     43     36     44     40     44     42
Expire for all       18      8     27     19     19     18     17     29     24
DK/NA                 8      6      9      9      6     11      7     11      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Continue for all     29%    35%    33%    28%    36%    42%     9%    21%    56%
Continue for <$500k  42     40     40     42     41     38     51     50     27
Expire for all       24     19     15     22     17     16     33     20     10
DK/NA                 5      7     12      9      7      4      7      9      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Continue for all     32%    35%    46%    44%    38%
Continue for <$500k  40     40     36     37     39
Expire for all       18     18     11     13     15
DK/NA                 9      6      7      7      8
 
 
46. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Obama                44%     3%    82%    39%    41%    47%    37%    88%    58%
Republicans          45     89     10     46     48     43     53      6     37
DK/NA                10      7      7     15     11     10     10      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                58%    40%    41%    51%    42%    38%    82%    54%    16%
Republicans          37     48     47     39     47     53     13     34     73
DK/NA                 5     11     13     11     10      9      6     12     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                42%    51%    21%    24%    32%
Republicans          47     40     71     65     56
DK/NA                11      8      8     11     12
 
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
                     Nov 17  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jul 1   Apr 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
President Obama      44      42      45      42      44      53      42
Reps in Congress     45      39      35      42      38      33      39
DK/NA                10      19      20      16      17      14      19