January 18, 2011 - Most American Voters See Economy Improving, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Almost Half Want Health Care Repeal

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American voters say 54 - 43 percent that the economy is beginning to recover and more voters give President Barack Obama credit for the upturn, but by 48 - 43 percent they want Congress to repeal his health care overhaul, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The country is in recession, 73 percent of voters say, although that number is down from 79 percent in a July 22 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Voters think 46 - 28 percent that President Obama's policies will help rather than hurt the economy.

But voters say 32 - 29 percent that Obama's policies will hurt rather than help their personal financial situation, while 36 percent say these policies won't make a difference.

American voters say 51 - 41 percent that the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan, the lowest level of support for this war since Obama became president.

The key to the public support for repealing the new health care law is among independent voters who want it taken off the books 54 - 37 percent. Republicans agree 83 - 12 percent, while Democrats support the health care reform 76 - 16 percent. Men want it repealed 53 - 40 percent, while women are split with 46 percent in favor of health care reform and 44 percent for repeal. White voters support repeal 56 - 37 percent, while black voters say let the law stand 75 - 15 percent and Hispanics want to keep the law 51 - 28 percent.

"The Republicans pushing repeal of the health care law have more American people on their side. They may not have the votes in the Senate, but they have many on Main Street," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "While President Obama's poll rating has improved in recent weeks, the coalition against his health care plan remains and is quite similar to the one that existed when his numbers were at their nadir."

Another sign of improvement for Obama is that American voters trust him more than congressional Republicans 46 - 39 percent to handle the economy. That compares to a November 17 Quinnipiac University survey when voters trusted Republicans more 45 - 42 percent.

"Voters aren't exactly jumping for joy about the economy, but they think it has turned the corner," said Brown. "Last July only 44 percent thought the recovery had begun and slightly more voters give President Obama's policies credit for righting the ship. Overall, the numbers aren't a ringing endorsement of Obamanomics, but they are a step in the right direction for him.

"There is something of a disconnect between how people view the overall economy and their own finances when it comes to Obama's policies. Whether in the end that means they give him a thumbs up or down in November 2012 is an interesting question."

"Although the 73 percent of voters who still see the economy as in recession is down from 79 percent in July, Obama needs for that number to drop significantly.

"History is not replete with cases where presidents have been re-elected when three in four voters think the country is in recession."

Looking at other measures of Obama's job performance, American voters:
  • Disapprove 53 - 40 percent of the way he is handling the economy;
  • Disapprove 51 - 44 percent of the way he is handling health care;
  • Approve 46 - 40 percent of the way he is handling Afghanistan;
  • Disapprove 51 - 41 percent of the way he is creating jobs;
  • Disapprove 50 - 41 percent of the way he is handling taxes;
  • Approve 54 - 32 percent of the way he is handling gays in the military.
From January 4 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,647 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              33      8     64     22     29     37     27     63     50
Disapprove           58     86     25     68     63     53     64     30     38
DK/NA                 9      6     11     10      8     11      9      7     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              40     30     31     35     32     30     54     35     19
Disapprove           50     61     60     55     60     63     37     55     74
DK/NA                10      9     10     10      8      6      9     10      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              33     32     19     22     25
Disapprove           57     60     72     69     63
DK/NA                10      7      9      9     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                             PstHlth PreHlth APPROVE.....
                                             VtPoll  VtPoll  High    Low
                     Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 04  Nov 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              33      27      30      36      30      45      27
Disapprove           58      66      60      55      62      45      66
DK/NA                 9       7      10       9       8      10       7
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              30     58     15     26     31     30     33     20     22
Disapprove           57     33     76     56     55     58     55     69     57
DK/NA                13     10      8     18     14     12     13     10     21
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              32     32     28     30     31     32     15     30     41
Disapprove           51     58     59     57     59     57     76     58     44
DK/NA                16     11     13     13     11     11     10     12     15
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              31     28     40     37     32
Disapprove           55     61     45     51     51
DK/NA                14     11     15     12     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                             PstHlth PreHlth APPROVE.......
                                             VtPoll  VtPoll  High    Low
                     Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 25  Oct 08
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              30      27      29      34      31      34      25
Disapprove           57      63      59      58      60      58      64
DK/NA                13      10      12       8       9       8      11
 
 
4. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very satisfied        2      -      3      2      2      2      1      5      4
Smwht satisfied      25     11     41     20     25     25     22     41     31
Smwht dissatisfied   38     42     38     39     36     40     38     38     39
Very dissatisfied    34     44     16     39     36     31     38     16     19
DK/NA                 1      2      2      -      1      1      1      -      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        3      1      2      3      1      -      2      1      3
Smwht satisfied      38     18     23     26     24     28     32     30     15
Smwht dissatisfied   35     44     34     32     45     41     46     39     32
Very dissatisfied    23     37     40     37     30     31     20     28     49
DK/NA                 1      -      2      2      -      -      -      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very satisfied        2      1      1      1      1
Smwht satisfied      23     31     18     19     26
Smwht dissatisfied   38     39     31     35     39
Very dissatisfied    36     29     50     44     33
DK/NA                 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
                     Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       3       2       3       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      25      24      23      24      26      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   38      29      31      29      31      19      38
Very dissatisfied    34      42      42      42      39      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling -- the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              40     10     70     33     37     44     33     76     51
Disapprove           53     85     22     60     56     50     60     19     39
DK/NA                 7      5      8      7      7      7      7      4     10
 
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
                     Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Mar 04  Nov 17*
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              40      39      39      39      44      57      39
Disapprove           53      57      56      56      50      33      57
DK/NA                 7       4       5       5       6      10       4
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling -- health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              44      9     79     35     41     46     36     84     64
Disapprove           51     88     15     60     54     49     60     13     25
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      4      5      5      3     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care? (*Low also 35% Jan 2010)
                                             PostVt  PreVt   APPROVE.......
                                             Poll    Poll    High    Low
                     Jan 18  May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  July 02 Feb 11*
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              44      44      40      44      36      46      35
Disapprove           51      51      55      50      58      42      58
DK/NA                 5       6       5       6       6      13       6
 
 
11. 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              46     38     54     44     46     46     42     68     46
Disapprove           40     44     34     42     44     36     42     19     47
DK/NA                14     18     12     14     10     18     15     12      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 18  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Nov 18
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              46      49      43      45      49      52      38
Disapprove           40      40      46      40      39      36      49
DK/NA                14      10      11      14      12      12      12
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling -- creating jobs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              41     13     70     35     38     45     33     79     58
Disapprove           51     82     22     56     55     47     59     15     32
DK/NA                 8      4      8      9      7      8      7      6     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?
                     Jan 18  May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              41      40      38      37      37      34      37
Disapprove           51      51      56      57      56      59      56
DK/NA                 8       9       6       6       7       7       8
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling -- taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              41     21     65     34     38     43     36     67     47
Disapprove           50     71     27     57     53     47     56     24     34
DK/NA                10      9      9      9      9     10      9      9     19
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling -- the issue of gays in the military?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              54     31     71     54     49     58     50     64     73
Disapprove           32     50     17     32     39     25     35     22     14
DK/NA                14     18     12     14     11     17     15     15     12
 
 
25. 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      -      2      -      1      1      -      6      2
Good                 13      7     24      8     11     15     10     27     26
Not so good          43     33     51     41     44     41     41     48     51
Poor                 43     60     22     49     43     42     48     16     21
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      -      -      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent             2      1      1      2      -      -      -      1      2
Good                 16     13     12     14     11     18     16     14      9
Not so good          44     40     44     39     52     42     51     47     33
Poor                 38     46     42     44     37     40     32     37     56
DK/NA                 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
                     Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2003    2009
 
Excellent             1       -      -        1       -       3       -
Good                 13       7      9        9      12      37       3
Not so good          43      43     41       43      46      42      28
Poor                 43      49     49       47      40      16      68
DK/NA                 -       1      1        1       1       1       -
 
 
26. 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               36     20     54     33     36     36     33     49     46
Worse                20     29      9     21     21     18     21     13     18
The same             43     51     36     44     41     44     45     37     35
DK/NA                 2      -      1      2      2      2      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               40     33     35     32     39     45     55     39     22
Worse                19     20     19     24     13     15      9     17     29
The same             37     46     44     42     47     39     34     44     48
DK/NA                 4      1      1      2      1      1      2      1      1
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Better               36      28      22      23      32      28      28
Worse                20      28      32      31      24      28      29
The same             43      43      45      44      43      43      41
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1       1       1       2
 
 
27. 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                46      6     86     37     43     49     37     89     69
Republicans          39     83      6     41     43     36     48      4     14
DK/NA                14     11      8     23     14     15     16      7     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                53     42     45     50     45     44     82     49     21
Republicans          33     44     40     35     40     48      8     36     65
DK/NA                13     14     15     15     15      8     10     14     14
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Jan 18  Nov 17  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06  July 02
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      46      42      41      45      45      47      54
Reps in Congress     39      45      42      36      36      36      32
DK/NA                14      14      17      19      19      17      14
 
 
28. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Helped               38      7     70     32     37     40     30     73     60
Hurt                 28     58      3     29     32     25     34      2     13
No difference        31     33     25     37     30     32     33     22     27
DK/NA                 2      2      3      2      1      3      2      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Helped               42     36     38     39     39     39     65     41     18
Hurt                 23     30     30     23     29     38      4     23     51
No difference        34     33     28     36     30     22     28     34     29
DK/NA                 -      2      4      2      2      1      3      2      2
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2011    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Helped               38      33      39      37      37
Hurt                 28      34      29      28      29
No difference        31      31      28      31      31
DK/NA                 2       3       4       4       4
 
 
29. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Will Help            46     13     80     36     41     50     37     85     59
Will Hurt            28     53      3     31     30     25     33      2     13
No difference        23     30     14     28     25     20     26     12     21
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      3      5      4      1      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will Help            53     43     44     49     45     45     72     51     24
Will Hurt            25     31     25     23     30     33      7     23     48
No difference        19     23     26     24     23     18     18     22     24
DK/NA                 3      3      5      3      3      4      3      3      4
 
TREND: Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2011    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Will help            46      41      45      49      49
Will hurt            28      36      32      29      33
No difference        23      19      18      17      14
DK/NA                 4       4       5       5       4
 
 
30. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Helped               19      6     34     13     17     21     14     40     34
Hurt                 29     53      7     32     32     27     35      5      8
No difference        51     41     57     53     51     51     50     53     57
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      1      1      3      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Helped               27     17     15     23     16     17     34     20     10
Hurt                 22     33     32     27     26     33      8     26     46
No difference        51     49     52     49     58     50     58     53     43
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      -      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2011    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Helped               19      14      16      15      13
Hurt                 29      30      29      26      23
No difference        51      54      54      58      63
DK/NA                 1       1       2       1       1
 
 
31. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Will Help            29      7     53     22     27     31     23     51     53
Will Hurt            32     55      7     38     34     31     38      9     15
No difference        36     35     36     37     37     35     36     35     32
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      2      4      3      5      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will Help            38     28     24     32     29     25     49     30     16
Will Hurt            22     39     31     27     34     39     10     26     53
No difference        39     30     40     38     36     35     38     41     28
DK/NA                 1      3      5      3      2      2      3      2      3
 
TREND: Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2011    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Will help            29      26      28      31      33
Will hurt            32      36      36      37      36
No difference        36      35      32      30      28
DK/NA                 3       3       4       2       3
 
 
32. Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  73     77     68     75     70     76     75     70     61
No                   24     19     28     23     28     20     23     26     31
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      2      4      2      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  68     74     75     76     72     67     72     70     78
No                   29     23     22     20     27     32     26     27     19
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      1      2      2      3      3
 
TREND: Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  May 15
                     2011    2010    2010    2008
 
Yes                  73      79      74      71
No                   24      18      21      24
DK/NA                 3       3       5       5
 
 
33. Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  54     38     74     48     54     53     52     69     64
No                   43     57     23     49     43     42     45     26     36
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      2      4      3      4      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  58     52     55     49     58     66     70     57     42
No                   41     45     40     48     38     33     27     40     54
DK/NA                 1      3      5      3      4      2      3      3      4
 
TREND: Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22
                     2011    2010
 
Yes                  54      44
No                   43      52
DK/NA                 3       5
 
 
34. What do you think is more important, reducing the federal budget deficit or reducing unemployment?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Budget deficit       31     39     21     34     36     26     32     23     33
Unemployment         63     57     76     59     58     68     63     73     61
DK/NA                 6      4      3      7      5      6      6      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Budget deficit       34     31     29     28     33     33     20     25     45
Unemployment         62     67     61     66     65     64     76     72     47
DK/NA                 5      2     10      6      2      4      4      3      8
 
TREND: What do you think is more important - reducing the federal budget deficit or reducing unemployment?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22  Feb 11
                     2011    2010    2010
 
Reducing deficit     31      30      23
Reducing unemploy    63      64      71
DK/NA                 6       6       6
 
 
35. Who do you blame more for the current condition of the U.S. economy - former President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Bush                 57     21     91     55     53     61     52     85     73
Obama                21     49      3     18     23     19     25      4      9
NEITHER (VOL)        11     18      3     14     13      9     12      5      5
BOTH (VOL)            7      7      1     10      8      6      8      2      6
DK/NA                 4      5      2      3      3      4      3      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Bush                 62     58     53     63     54     54     89     64     30
Obama                14     22     25     17     23     24      4     15     40
NEITHER (VOL)        15     11      9     10     11     15      5     10     16
BOTH (VOL)            7      7      7      6      9      6      1      7     10
DK/NA                 2      2      5      4      2      2      -      4      4
 
TREND: Who do you blame more for the current condition of the U.S. economy - Former President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama?
                     Jan 18  Jul 22  Jan 13
                     2011    2010    2010
 
Bush                 57      53      55
Obama                21      25      20
NEITHER(VOL)         11      10      14
BOTH(VOL)             7       7       7
DK/NA                 4       4       4
 
 
36. Do you think that the policies of President Barack Obama make the United States a safer place than the policies of former President George W. Bush, less safe, or about as safe as the policies of former President Bush?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Safer                26      4     50     18     23     30     21     48     38
Less Safe            25     51      2     28     31     20     30      4     14
About the same       44     39     44     50     43     45     45     43     43
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      3      5      3      5      6
 
TREND: Do you think that the policies of President Barack Obama make the United States a safer place than the policies of former President George W. Bush, less safe, or about as safe as the policies of former President Bush?
                     Jan 18  Jan 13
                     2011    2010
 
Safer                26      24
About the same       25      38
Less safe            44      35
DK/NA                 4       3
 
 
37. Do you think Congress should try to repeal the new health care law, or should they let it stand?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Should repeal it     48     83     16     54     53     44     56     15     28
Should let it stand  43     12     76     37     40     46     37     75     51
DK/NA                 8      5      9      9      7     10      7     10     21
 
 
40. 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
 
Right thing          41     52     31     43     45     37     44     38     29
Shld'nt be involved  51     40     61     50     49     53     48     56     67
DK/NA                 8      8      8      7      6     10      8      6      4
 
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?
                                                             RIGHT THING...
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 18  Nov 18  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Jan 14  Jan 18
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2011
 
Right thing          41      44      49      48      49      59      41
Shouldn't be inv     51      50      41      43      42      35      51
DK/NA                 8       6      10       9       9       6       8