March 3, 2011 - Most U.S. Voters Like Obama, But Not His Policies, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Tax The 'rich' And Save NPR, Planned Parenthood

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Three out of four American voters - 74 percent - like President Barack Obama, but a narrow majority disapproves of his policies, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. President Obama gets a split 46 - 46 percent job approval rating, little changed from his 48 - 44 percent score January 13, and voters split 45 - 47 percent on whether they think he deserves a second term in the Oval Office.

Given four choices to describe their feelings about Obama, American voters say:
  • 41 percent like him personally and like his policies;
  • 33 percent like him personally, but don't like his policies;
  • 1 percent like his policies, but don't like him;
  • 19 percent don't like him or his policies.
Voters disapprove 58 - 36 percent of the way Obama is handling the federal budget deficit, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds. They say 51 - 10 percent that he will cut spending too little rather than too much, with 32 percent saying he'll cut the right amount, and 44 - 14 percent that he will raise taxes too much rather than too little, with 36 percent saying he'll get it right. By comparison, voters split 33 - 32 percent on whether congressional Republicans will cut spending too little or too much, with 29 percent saying they'll get it right, and by 33 - 25 percent they say GOP lawmakers will raise taxes too much rather than too little, as 36 percent say they'll get it right.

"President Barack Obama is a charmer. The American people like him a great deal, but they aren't nearly as sold on his policies. This combination of personal appeal and skepticism about his policies explains why his overall approval numbers seem to be stuck in the middle," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The question over the next two years will be whether personality or policies will prevail," Brown added. "Clearly the president is a good deal more popular personally than are his policies. It is not good for his rating that a majority of voters think he is likely to raise taxes too much and cut spending too little."

American voters disapprove 57 - 33 percent of the job Democrats in Congress are doing and disapprove 54 - 34 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing.

Voters split 45 - 45 percent on whether they trust Obama or congressional Republicans to handle the economy. By a slight 46 - 43 percent they trust Republicans more to handle the budget deficit. Voters trust Obama more on health care by a slight 46 - 43 percent margin.

By an overwhelming 90 - 6 percent margin, voters say that middle-class Americans will have to make sacrifices to get the budget deficit under control. They say 66 - 25 percent that if a candidate they favor offers a deficit-cutting plan that would cost them $500 each they still would support the candidate. Voters also say 53 - 38 percent they would continue to support a candidate with a Social Security reform plan that put the retirement system on firm footing for 50 years even if it reduced their benefits.

But voters oppose cuts in the growth of entitlement programs to reduce the budget deficit:
  • 70 - 25 percent against cutting Social Security;
  • 72 - 25 percent against cutting Medicare;
  • 59 - 37 percent against cutting Medicaid.
And voters split 46 - 48 percent on whether to cut defense spending to reduce the deficit.

"Voters say they are willing to make sacrifices but they aren't willing to just cut the growth rate of Social Security and Medicare, which, to paraphrase Willie Sutton, is where the money is," said Brown.

By 64 - 32 percent, voters say raising income taxes on those earning more than $250,000 should be part of any budget deal.

By 49 - 40 percent, voters oppose cutting federal funding for National Public Radio and by 53 - 43 percent they oppose cutting it off for Planned Parenthood.

From February 21 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,887 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 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.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              46%     8%    81%    43%    42%    51%    40%    92%
Disapprove           46     84     12     48     51     40     51      4
DK/NA                 8      8      7      9      7      9      8      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              57%    43%    44%    49%    45%    47%    80%    57%    19%
Disapprove           34     51     48     44     46     45     13     34     74
DK/NA                 9      7      8      7      9      7      7      9      7
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              50%    44%    52%    20%    31%    36%
Disapprove           41     47     42     72     59     56
DK/NA                 9      9      5      8     10      8
 
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
                     Mar 03  Jan 13  Nov 17  Sep 09  Mar 25  Jun 04  Nov 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009*   2010**
 
Approve              46      48      44      44      45      59      44
Disapprove           46      44      49      47      46      31      49
DK/NA                 8       8       6       9       9      10       6
 
 
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
 
Approve              33%     6%    65%    27%    30%    36%    28%    63%
Disapprove           57     88     21     64     61     52     62     23
DK/NA                10      6     14      9      9     12      9     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              38%    32%    31%    35%    36%    30%    65%    39%    13%
Disapprove           46     61     60     51     59     62     26     50     79
DK/NA                16      7     10     14      5      8      9     11      8
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              41%    32%    35%    16%    22%    23%
Disapprove           52     56     58     76     69     65
DK/NA                 7     12      7      7      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
                     Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 04  Nov 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              33      33      27      36      30      45      27
Disapprove           57      58      66      55      62      45      66
DK/NA                10       9       7       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
 
Approve              34%    65%    13%    31%    39%    29%    37%    21%
Disapprove           54     26     77     56     50     59     51     67
DK/NA                12      9     10     13     11     12     12     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              33%    36%    32%    31%    35%    39%    14%    27%    52%
Disapprove           49     55     57     55     57     53     79     60     37
DK/NA                18      8     11     14      7      9      7     12     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              34%    34%    34%    45%    41%    41%
Disapprove           57     53     58     43     47     46
DK/NA                10     13      8     12     12     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (*High also 34 Mar 2010)
                                             PstHlth PreHlth APPROVE.......
                                             VtPoll  VtPoll  High    Low
                     Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Mar 25  Mar 25  Mar 03  Oct 08
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2011    2009
 
Approve              34      30      27      34      31      34      25
Disapprove           54      57      63      58      60      54      64
DK/NA                12      13      10       8       9      12      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
 
Very satisfied        1%     1%     1%     2%     2%     1%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      26      9     44     21     24     28     21     49
Smwht dissatisfied   32     29     34     34     30     34     33     37
Very dissatisfied    40     60     20     43     43     36     44     12
DK/NA                 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        1%     1%     2%     2%     0%     2%     1%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      41     24     20     26     24     30     42     32     12
Smwht dissatisfied   34     32     31     33     30     32     38     34     29
Very dissatisfied    24     42     46     38     46     35     19     32     57
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      1      -      1
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very satisfied        -      2%     1%     1%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      32     25     28     12     18     18
Smwht dissatisfied   31     31     35     31     32     34
Very dissatisfied    37     41     36     55     49     47
DK/NA                 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
                     Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        1       2       3       2       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      26      25      24      23      24      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   32      38      29      31      29      19      38
Very dissatisfied    40      34      42      42      42      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. Which one of the following statements comes closest to the way you feel about Barack Obama; A) I like Barack Obama as a person and I also like most of his policies B) I like Barack Obama as a person but I don't like most of his policies C) I don't like Barack Obama as a person but I DO like most of his policies D) I don't like Barack Obama as a person and I also don't like most of his policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Person/Policies      41%     7%    76%    36%    37%    45%    35%    87%
Person/Not policies  33     44     20     36     36     30     36      9
Policies/Not person   1      2      -      2      1      2      1      -
Not Pol/Not person   19     41      1     19     21     17     21      3
DK/NA                 5      7      2      6      5      6      6      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Person/Policies      50%    37%    40%    43%    41%    42%    77%    52%    12%
Person/Not policies  26     39     31     32     36     32     13     31     46
Policies/Not person   3      -      1      1      1      2      3      1      1
Not Pol/Not person   16     18     22     19     18     17      2     12     35
DK/NA                 3      6      5      5      4      6      6      4      6
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Person/Policies      45%    39%    47%    16%    30%    30%
Person/Not policies  31     35     28     46     39     42
Policies/Not person   2      1      3      1      1      1
Not Pol/Not person   16     19     18     30     25     21
DK/NA                 6      6      4      6      5      6
 
TREND: Which one of the following statements comes closest to the way you feel about Barack Obama; A) I like Barack Obama as a person and I also like most of his policies B) I like Barack Obama as a person but I don't like most of his policies C) I don't like Barack Obama as a person but I do like most of his policies D) I don't like Barack Obama as a person and I also don't like most of his policies?
                     Mar 03  Jan 13  Nov 19
                     2011    2011    2009
 
Person/Policies      41      44      46
Person/Not policies  33      29      28
Policies/Not person   1       2       1
Not pol/Not person   19      19      20
DK/NA                 5       7       5
 
 
7. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President, do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         45%     8%    82%    42%    40%    51%    38%    91%
No/Does not          47     86     13     50     53     43     55      3
DK/NA                 7      6      5      8      8      7      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Deserves         56%    40%    44%    48%    43%    48%    82%    54%    18%
No/Does not          33     54     51     44     50     47     12     37     76
DK/NA                11      6      6      8      7      5      6      9      6
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes/Deserves         49%    43%    51%    20%    29%    34%
No/Does not          43     49     44     75     63     61
DK/NA                 8      8      5      5      8      6
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President, do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Mar 03  Nov 22  Jul 21  Mar 25
                     2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Yes/deserves         45      43      40      40
No/does not          47      49      48      48
DK/NA                 7       9      12      11
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              36%     9%    68%    29%    32%    40%    29%    81%
Disapprove           58     88     25     66     62     55     66     14
DK/NA                 6      4      7      5      6      5      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    33%    36%    39%    35%    37%    64%    44%    15%
Disapprove           48     64     59     55     63     57     27     51     82
DK/NA                11      3      5      6      2      6      9      5      2
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              39%    34%    41%    15%    22%    26%
Disapprove           56     60     54     81     73     70
DK/NA                 5      6      5      4      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the budget deficit?
                     Mar 03  Apr 21  Feb 11
                     2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              36      34      33
Disapprove           58      59      60
DK/NA                 6       7       7
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              38%     6%    70%    34%    34%    41%    32%    73%
Disapprove           59     92     25     64     62     55     65     24
DK/NA                 4      2      5      2      3      4      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              43%    34%    39%    39%    37%    42%    70%    48%    13%
Disapprove           52     64     58     56     61     55     23     50     85
DK/NA                 5      2      4      4      2      3      6      2      2
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              39%    35%    45%    18%    25%    29%
Disapprove           61     61     51     79     71     69
DK/NA                 1      4      4      3      4      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  Mar 04  Mar 03
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2011
 
Approve              38      40      39      39      39      57      38
Disapprove           59      53      57      56      56      33      59
DK/NA                 4       7       4       5       5      10       4
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              43%    14%    69%    42%    40%    46%    39%    69%
Disapprove           45     76     16     49     51     40     50     17
DK/NA                12     10     15      9      9     14     11     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              43%    41%    44%    45%    41%    49%    74%    53%    20%
Disapprove           39     49     46     42     52     42     16     38     68
DK/NA                17     10      9     13      7      9      9      9     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              43%    40%    52%    24%    33%    41%
Disapprove           45     47     42     65     58     47
DK/NA                12     14      6     11      9     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy? (* Low also 43% Jul 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 03  Jan 13  Nov 18  Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 29  Mar 03
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2011
 
Approve              43      47      46      45      43      57      43
Disapprove           45      38      44      44      46      32      45
DK/NA                12      15      10      11      12      11      12
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              40%     5%    74%    34%    36%    43%    33%    85%
Disapprove           56     90     22     62     60     52     63     13
DK/NA                 4      5      4      4      3      5      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              49%    35%    39%    40%    39%    41%    72%    48%    15%
Disapprove           45     62     57     55     58     55     23     46     83
DK/NA                 6      3      4      4      3      4      5      5      2
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              45%    37%    47%    13%    26%    28%
Disapprove           52     59     49     83     70     69
DK/NA                 3      4      4      4      5      3
 
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
                     Mar 03  Jan 18  May 26  Mar 25  Mar 25  July 02 Feb 11*
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              40      44      44       44      36      46      35
Disapprove           56      51      51       50      58      42      58
DK/NA                 4       5       6        6       6      13       6
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              43%    30%    55%    41%    46%    40%    39%    61%
Disapprove           46     58     35     50     45     48     52     25
DK/NA                11     12     11      9      9     12     10     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              44%    40%    43%    43%    41%    48%    48%    52%    32%
Disapprove           43     51     45     45     52     44     42     38     57
DK/NA                12      9     12     12      8      8     10     10     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              50%    40%    49%    29%    35%    41%
Disapprove           41     47     44     59     55     50
DK/NA                 9     12      7     12     10      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 03  Jan 18  Sep 09  Jul 21  May 26  Mar 25  Nov 18
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              43      46      49      43      45      52      38
Disapprove           46      40      40      46      40      36      49
DK/NA                11      14      10      11      14      12      12
 
 
13. 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
 
Obama                45%     6%    85%    39%    38%    51%    37%    86%
Republicans          45     88     10     47     51     40     53      6
DK/NA                10      6      5     13     11      9     10      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                55%    39%    43%    47%    44%    44%    81%    55%    15%
Republicans          32     52     47     42     45     50     12     35     74
DK/NA                13      8     10     11     12      6      7     10     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                51%    42%    50%    18%    27%    32%
Republicans          38     47     42     73     61     60
DK/NA                12     11      8      9     12      8
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
President Obama      45      46      42      41      45      45      47
Reps in Congress     45      39      45      42      36      36      36
DK/NA                10      14      14      17      19      19      17
 
 
14. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the budget deficit, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                43%     4%    85%    36%    34%    51%    36%    86%
Republicans          46     89     10     48     55     38     52      4
DK/NA                11      7      6     16     12     11     12     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                53%    37%    42%    46%    43%    40%    77%    52%    16%
Republicans          36     53     46     42     47     50     12     37     73
DK/NA                11     10     13     12     10     10     11     11     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                49%    41%    47%    19%    26%    32%
Republicans          41     47     42     70     61     59
DK/NA                10     12     11     12     13     10
 
 
15. 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
 
Obama                46%     7%    85%    41%    40%    52%    39%    85%
Republicans          43     87      9     42     48     37     49      6
DK/NA                12      7      6     16     12     12     12      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                58%    41%    44%    48%    45%    45%    83%    55%    18%
Republicans          31     49     44     39     44     47      9     32     71
DK/NA                11     11     12     13     11      8      9     13     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                51%    44%    51%    17%    30%    35%
Republicans          40     44     40     67     57     54
DK/NA                 8     12      9     16     14     11
 
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
                     Mar 03  Nov 17  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Jul 1   Apr 21
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
President Obama      46      44      42      45      42      53      42
Reps in Congress     43      45      39      35      42      33      39
DK/NA                12      10      19      20      16      14      19
 
 
16. How serious a problem do you think the federal budget deficit is; very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very serious         79%    90%    71%    79%    77%    82%    80%    77%
Smwht serious        17      8     24     17     19     15     17     22
Not too serious       2      1      5      2      3      2      2      -
No at all serious     1      -      1      1      2      -      1      -
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very serious         69%    84%    82%    79%    84%    76%    63%    77%    91%
Smwht serious        25     12     16     19     13     18     27     20      8
Not too serious       4      2      2      2      3      4      7      2      1
No at all serious     2      1      -      1      1      2      2      1      -
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      1      1      -      -
 
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Very serious         77%    83%    72%    90%    86%    83%
Smwht serious        21     15     21      8     13     14
Not too serious       2      2      5      1      1      3
No at all serious     1      -      3      1      -      -
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: How serious a problem do you think the federal budget deficit is, very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious?
                     Mar 03  Feb 02  Feb 04
                     2011    2004    2003
 
Very serious         79      54      44
Smwht serious        17      34      42
Not too serious       2       8       9
No at all serious     1       3       2
DK/NA                 -       1       3
 
 
17. Do you believe middle-class Americans will or will not have to make financial sacrifices to decrease the federal budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Will                 90%    93%    86%    92%    88%    91%    91%    80%
Will Not              6      4      9      6      7      6      6     13
DK/NA                 4      3      5      2      4      3      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will                 90%    89%    92%    87%    93%    94%    85%    93%    92%
Will Not              8      7      5      8      5      4     12      6      4
DK/NA                 2      3      3      5      2      2      3      1      4
 
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Will                 89%    90%    90%    92%    92%    93%
Will Not              8      6      8      5      5      5
DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      3      2
 
TREND: Do you believe middle-class Americans will or will not have to make financial sacrifices to decrease the federal budget deficit?
                     Mar 03  Mar 29
                     2011    2010
 
Will                 90      84
Will not              6      11
DK/NA                 4       5
 
 
18. Do you think - raising income taxes on households making more than $250,000 should or should not be a main part of any government approach to the deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Should               64%    42%    81%    67%    58%    69%    62%    71%
Should Not           32     53     17     29     38     27     34     23
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      4      4      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Should               62%    62%    66%    69%    66%    57%    88%    73%    44%
Should Not           34     35     29     27     30     41     12     25     49
DK/NA                 4      3      6      5      4      2      -      2      7
 
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Should               68%    63%    65%    52%    57%    65%
Should Not           29     32     34     43     40     31
DK/NA                 4      5      2      6      4      4
 
TREND: Do you think raising income taxes on households making more than $250,000 should or should not be a main part of any government approach to the deficit?
                     Mar 03  Mar 29
                     2011    2010
 
Should               64      60
Should not           32      38
DK/NA                 4       2
 
 
19. Do you think - cutting the growth of spending on Social Security benefits should or should not be a main part of any government approach to the deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Should               25%    31%    14%    29%    33%    18%    27%    18%
Should Not           70     64     82     65     62     77     68     78
DK/NA                 5      5      4      5      5      5      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Should               28%    27%    21%    19%    26%    39%    16%    23%    33%
Should Not           68     67     75     75     71     56     79     74     61
DK/NA                 4      6      4      5      4      4      5      3      6
 
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Should               21%    21%    36%    25%    29%    22%
Should Not           75     74     59     70     65     73
DK/NA                 4      5      5      5      6      5
 
TREND: Do you think cutting the growth of spending on Social Security benefits should or should not be a main part of any government approach to the deficit?
                     Mar 03  Mar 29
                     2011    2010
 
Should               25      19
Should not           70      77
DK/NA                 5       4
 
 
20. Do you think - cutting the growth of spending on Medicare benefits, which is the government program which pays for health care for the elderly should or should not be a main part of any government approach to the deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Should               25%    32%    15%    30%    32%    18%    25%    24%
Should Not           72     66     82     67     65     79     72     73
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      3      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Should               26%    26%    22%    22%    21%    36%    15%    22%    33%
Should Not           72     71     73     75     76     61     83     75     64
DK/NA                 1      3      4      3      3      3      2      3      3
 
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Should               21%    21%    33%    26%    28%    20%
Should Not           76     75     64     73     69     77
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      3      2
 
 
21. Do you think - cutting the growth of spending on Medicaid benefits, which is the government program which pays for health care for low income people, should or should not be a main part of any government approach to the deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Should               37%    49%    23%    40%    44%    30%    39%    24%
Should Not           59     46     75     56     51     67     57     69
DK/NA                 4      6      2      4      5      3      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Should               38%    40%    32%    30%    43%    47%    22%    33%    50%
Should Not           60     56     63     65     54     50     75     64     46
DK/NA                 2      4      5      5      4      2      3      4      4
 
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Should               34%    35%    41%    44%    43%    37%
Should Not           63     61     56     53     53     57
DK/NA                 3      4      3      4      4      6
 
 
22. Do you think - cutting defense should or should not be a main part of any government approach to the deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Should               46%    30%    58%    51%    47%    45%    46%    53%
Should Not           48     64     38     45     48     48     48     43
DK/NA                 6      7      3      5      5      7      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Should               52%    45%    44%    42%    45%    61%    67%    50%    35%
Should Not           43     51     49     50     54     36     28     46     58
DK/NA                 5      4      7      8      2      3      5      4      7
 
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Should               45%    40%    60%    29%    40%    47%
Should Not           51     53     37     64     54     48
DK/NA                 4      7      3      7      6      5
 
 
23. If you had to choose, which do you think should be cut the most -
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Medicare              7%    10%     2%     7%    10%     5%     7%     2%
Medicaid             22     37     14     19     19     25     24     11
Social Security       8     12      4      9     12      4      8      3
Defense              49     25     68     51     47     50     46     65
DK/NA                14     16     11     15     12     17     14     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Medicare             12%     7%     6%     7%     7%    10%     5%     8%     8%
Medicaid             21     22     23     21     26     21      8     21     30
Social Security       8     11      4      6      7     11      3      6     13
Defense              54     46     48     49     47     51     76     52     32
DK/NA                 6     14     19     16     13      7      8     12     17
 
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Medicare              7%     7%     7%    10%     7%     6%
Medicaid             22     23     19     33     28     24
Social Security       8      7      9      9      9      8
Defense              52     46     54     32     41     46
DK/NA                11     16     10     16     14     16
 
 
24. If you had to choose, which do you think should be cut the least -
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Medicare             20%    12%    26%    21%    19%    22%    21%    14%
Medicaid             14      9     15     14     14     13     13     17
Social Security      36     31     43     39     36     37     36     39
Defense              23     41      9     21     27     20     24     21
DK/NA                 6      7      7      5      4      8      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Medicare             27%    20%    15%    18%    21%    21%    25%    24%    15%
Medicaid             17     12     14     16     12     13     21     13     10
Social Security      29     36     43     35     40     38     42     39     31
Defense              25     27     19     22     23     24      5     19     37
DK/NA                 2      5     10      9      4      4      7      4      7
 
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Medicare             20%    20%    22%    18%    17%    22%
Medicaid             14     13     16      9     12     10
Social Security      40     37     35     33     34     41
Defense              24     23     24     32     30     22
DK/NA                 2      7      4      8      7      5
 
 
25. In order to help reduce the budget deficit, do you think President Obama would cut government spending too much, too little, or by about the right amount?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too much             10%    11%    13%     8%     7%    13%     9%     7%
Too little           51     71     27     58     55     47     58     15
Right amount         32     10     54     26     30     33     25     76
DK/NA                 7      8      6      7      7      8      7      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             15%     9%     9%    12%     8%     7%    12%    12%     8%
Too little           44     58     47     42     59     66     29     45     69
Right amount         38     26     33     37     29     24     54     37     15
DK/NA                 3      8     10      9      5      4      4      6      8
 
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Too much             13%    12%     7%    11%    10%    10%
Too little           51     48     56     67     61     61
Right amount         30     31     33     17     22     25
DK/NA                 7      9      4      6      8      5
 
 
26. In order to help reduce the budget deficit, do you think Republicans in Congress would cut government spending too much, too little, or by about the right amount?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too much             32%    13%    54%    30%    30%    34%    30%    46%
Too little           33     33     31     34     33     32     33     32
Right amount         29     50     11     30     31     27     31     20
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      5      6      6      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             39%    28%    34%    35%    34%    30%    58%    39%    14%
Too little           27     40     28     27     40     36     25     32     38
Right amount         30     27     30     30     21     34     15     24     41
DK/NA                 4      5      9      8      5      1      2      5      7
 
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Too much             40%    31%    36%    16%    24%    26%
Too little           35     31     38     38     36     31
Right amount         20     31     24     40     34     38
DK/NA                 5      7      2      7      6      5
 
 
27. In order to help reduce the budget deficit, do you think President Obama would increase taxes too much, too little, or by about the right amount?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too much             44%    73%    20%    44%    46%    42%    49%    16%
Too little           14      9     18     15     15     14     13     14
Right amount         36     14     58     35     34     39     32     68
DK/NA                 5      4      4      7      5      5      6      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             44%    50%    39%    40%    46%    46%    18%    36%    65%
Too little           19     14     12     13     14     17     22     17      8
Right amount         34     31     43     41     36     33     56     43     21
DK/NA                 4      4      7      6      4      3      4      4      6
 
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Too much             37%    46%    40%    65%    54%    49%
Too little           19     13     19     10     10     14
Right amount         39     36     38     21     31     31
DK/NA                 5      6      3      4      5      5
 
 
28. In order to help reduce the budget deficit, do you think Republicans in Congress would increase taxes too much, too little, or by about the right amount?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too much             33%    18%    46%    30%    29%    36%    27%    60%
Too little           25      9     36     28     24     25     27     18
Right amount         36     67     13     34     39     33     39     19
DK/NA                 7      5      5      8      7      6      7      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             38%    32%    29%    39%    31%    16%    40%    37%    23%
Too little           26     23     26     20     27     41     43     30     12
Right amount         32     38     38     35     34     41     13     27     57
DK/NA                 4      7      7      6      7      3      4      6      8
 
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Too much             38%    36%    24%    26%    27%    25%
Too little           27     19     39     16     22     29
Right amount         28     38     32     52     44     40
DK/NA                 7      7      5      6      7      6
 
 
29. Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to NPR, National Public Radio?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              40%    54%    27%    40%    44%    37%    42%    35%
Oppose               49     33     62     50     47     50     47     57
DK/NA                11     13     11      9      9     13     11      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              33%    42%    44%    39%    43%    39%    20%    34%    57%
Oppose               59     47     44     49     48     54     72     57     31
DK/NA                 8     11     12     12      9      7      8      9     11
 
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Support              36%    42%    37%    49%    45%    50%
Oppose               53     46     56     38     41     42
DK/NA                11     12      7     12     14      8
 
 
30. Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              43%    65%    19%    47%    49%    37%    46%    23%
Oppose               53     30     77     50     46     59     51     68
DK/NA                 5      5      4      4      5      4      4      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              31%    47%    46%    41%    41%    47%    13%    37%    64%
Oppose               66     50     46     53     58     52     86     60     29
DK/NA                 3      3      8      7      2      1      1      3      7
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
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Support              40%    44%    39%    61%    51%    48%
Oppose               58     50     60     34     44     49
DK/NA                 2      6      2      5      5      2
 
 
31. If a candidate for president who you favored, supported solving the nation's deficit problem in a way that would cost you personally $500 or more, would you still vote for that candidate or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  66%    65%    64%    69%    72%    60%    68%    55%
No                   25     27     27     21     21     29     23     38
DK/NA                 9      8      9     10      7     11      9      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  62%    68%    67%    56%    76%    84%    78%    65%    65%
No                   31     23     24     34     18      9     15     27     26
DK/NA                 7      9      9     10      6      7      7      8      9
 
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Yes                  70%    60%    82%    61%    66%    75%
No                   23     30     12     30     25     20
DK/NA                 8     10      6      9      8      6
 
 
32. If a candidate for president, who you favored, supported putting social security on firm financial footing for 50 years but would require that your eventual benefits would be reduced in order to do so, would you still vote for that candidate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  53%    59%    49%    52%    58%    48%    55%    53%
No                   38     32     41     39     33     42     35     42
DK/NA                 9      8     10      9      9     10     10      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  52%    60%    47%    43%    61%    71%    53%    51%    58%
No                   40     31     44     48     29     23     36     41     33
DK/NA                 8      9      9     10      9      6     11      8     10
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
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Yes                  58%    48%    66%    56%    56%    50%
No                   31     42     25     35     34     37
DK/NA                11     10      9      9     10     13