July 14, 2011 - President Is Best Of The Worst On Economy, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; Voters Blame Bush Over Obama 2-1 For Financial Mess

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American voters disapprove 56 - 38 percent of the way President Barack Obama is handling the economy, but by 45 - 38 percent they trust the president more than congressional Republicans to handle the economy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The country is in a recession, 71 percent of American voters say, but by 54 - 27 percent they blame former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.

The president gets a 47 - 46 percent job approval rating, unchanged from the June 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. That tops a 64 - 28 percent disapproval for Democrats in Congress and a 65 - 26 percent disapproval for Republicans. Obama outscores congressional Republicans on several points in the deficit reduction battle:
  • Voters will blame Republicans over Obama 48 - 34 percent if the debt limit is not raised;
  • Voters say 67 - 25 percent that an agreement to raise the debt ceiling should include tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, not just spending cuts;
  • Voters say 45 - 37 percent that Obama's proposals to raise revenues are "closing loopholes," rather than "tax hikes";
  • But voters say 57 - 30 percent that Obama's proposals will impact the middle class, not just the wealthy.
"The American people aren't very happy about their leaders, but President Barack Obama is viewed as the best of the worst, especially when it comes to the economy," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute.

"Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of President Obama's handling of the economy, but by 2-1 they pin the blame on former President George W. Bush rather than Obama, who is now more than 60 percent through his term of office."

"Given this public view, it might be reasonable to expect that the president's re-election campaign will be, as it was in 2008, running against the former president, in addition to the actual GOP nominee," said Brown. "The key voting bloc, independents, say 49 - 24 percent that Bush is more responsible for the economy than Obama."

By a 62 - 32 percent margin, American voters say it's more important to reduce unemployment than to reduce the federal budget deficit. But they say 49 - 43 percent it's more important to reduce unemployment than to reduce government spending.

While 71 percent of voters say they like the president personally, they dislike most of his policies 48 - 45 percent.

When it comes to Obama's job approval, his base remains intact. Democrats give him a thumbs up 81 - 11 percent, while disapproval is 83 - 13 percent among Republicans and 53 - 40 percent among independent voters. Obama gets a 50 - 41 percent approval rating among women, but men disapprove 51 - 43 percent.

"Obama has established a bond with the American people on a personal level. Even Republicans say 49 - 32 percent they like him personally. But his policies are another story," said Brown. "Look at independents, who like him as a person 70 - 15 percent, but dislike his policies 55 - 35 percent."

Voters say 55 - 39 percent that the U.S. should not be fighting in Afghanistan, although they approve 75 - 19 percent of Obama's decision to begin withdrawing troops. The U.S. should not be involved in Libya, voters say 56 - 32 percent.

American voters are divided on whether they would support a law to legalize same-sex marriage in their state, with 46 percent in support and 48 percent opposed. Voters under 35 years old support same-sex marriage 57 - 36 percent, while voters 35 to 54 years old split 49 - 46 percent and voters over 55 years old are opposed 56 - 38 percent. White Catholics support same- sex marriage 56 - 38 percent while white Protestants are opposed 61 - 34 percent.

"American attitudes toward homosexuality in general and same-sex marriage in particular are changing," said Brown."

From July 5 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,311 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2 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, Virginia 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.

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              47%    13%    81%    40%    43%    50%    40%    83%   57%
Disapprove           46     83     11     53     51     41     53      8    36
DK/NA                 7      4      7      8      6      8      7      9     7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              58%    44%    45%    49%    47%    49%    77%    57%    19%
Disapprove           34     49     48     44     47     47     17     35     77
DK/NA                 8      6      7      7      6      3      6      8      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              53%    45%    50%    26%    32%    41%
Disapprove           41     47     44     66     61     53
DK/NA                 5      8      6      8      7      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
(Full Trend)
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH         APPROVE.......
                                     Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Jun 04  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              47      47      52      46      42      59      42
Disapprove           46      46      40      48      48      31      48
DK/NA                 7       7       8       6      10      10      10
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              28%     8%    53%    19%    27%    30%    24%    50%   37%
Disapprove           64     87     38     72     67     60     68     44    53
DK/NA                 8      4      9      9      7     10      8      7    11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              34%    27%    27%    31%    27%    27%    49%    30%    14%
Disapprove           56     67     64     61     66     68     44     62     79
DK/NA                11      6      8      8      7      5      7      8      7
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              31%    29%    27%    19%    20%    24%
Disapprove           63     62     66     74     72     69
DK/NA                 6      9      7      7      8      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 03  Jan 18  Mar 4   Nov 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2010
 
Approve              28      28      31      33      33      45      27
Disapprove           64      64      58      57      58      45      66
DK/NA                 8       8      11      10       9      10       7
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              26%    52%    12%    22%    27%    26%    28%    16%   33%
Disapprove           65     41     81     70     66     64     64     77    56
DK/NA                 9      8      7      8      7     10      9      7    11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              29%    28%    25%    26%    27%    27%    10%    22%    43%
Disapprove           63     64     67     65     66     67     82     72     47
DK/NA                 8      8      8      9      7      6      7      6     10
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              24%    27%    26%    36%    33%    30%
Disapprove           69     64     68     56     59     61
DK/NA                 7      9      6      8      8      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (*High also 34% Mar 3, 2011 & Mar 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 03  Jan 18  Mar 31  Oct 08
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              26      30      34      34      30      34      25
Disapprove           65      61      55      54      57      55      64
DK/NA                 9       9      11      12      13      11      11
 
 
10. 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   Hisp
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     7%     2%     3%     4%     2%    11%   10%
Smwht satisfied      24      8     39     19     24     23     19     44    30
Smwht dissatisfied   32     29     36     33     32     33     34     28    26
Very dissatisfied    40     62     18     46     41     39     44     17    32
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      -      -     2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        4%     4%     2%     5%     2%     2%     4%     4%     3%
Smwht satisfied      32     22     21     22     26     23     36     28     11
Smwht dissatisfied   38     32     30     31     32     36     37     38     23
Very dissatisfied    26     41     46     41     39     37     23     30     63
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?
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 VERY+SMWHT SAT
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jul 14  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 03  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        3       6       3       2       1      21       2
Smwht satisfied      24      32      25      21      26      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   32      29      26      37      32      19      38
Very dissatisfied    40      33      44      40      40      10      44
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
11. Regardless of how you feel about Barack Obama's policies, would you say you like or don't like Barack Obama as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Like                 71%    49%    91%    70%    70%    72%    67%    91%   80%
Don't Like           15     32      3     15     17     13     18      -     8
DK/NA                14     19      7     15     13     15     14      9    12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Like                 79%    71%    68%    71%    72%    71%    88%    80%    50%
Don't Like            9     16     17     15     15     15      4      7     31
DK/NA                12     13     15     14     13     14      8     12     19
 
12. And regardless of how you feel about Barack Obama as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Barack Obama's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Like                 45%     8%    83%    35%    41%    48%    38%    81%   52%
Don't Like           48     88     11     55     53     43     55     13    41
DK/NA                 8      4      6     10      7      9      7      6     8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Like                 55%    43%    42%    47%    44%    46%    78%    53%    16%
Don't Like           38     51     50     44     51     50     16     39     79
DK/NA                 7      7      8      9      5      5      6      8      5
 
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              38%     9%    71%    29%    36%    41%    32%    73%   44%
Disapprove           56     89     25     62     59     55     64     16    50
DK/NA                 5      2      4      9      6      5      4     10     6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              46%    37%    37%    40%    39%    40%    69%    46%    12%
Disapprove           49     59     58     55     57     57     26     49     84
DK/NA                 5      4      6      5      4      3      4      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH         APPROVE......
                                     Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 04  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              38      36      38      37      34      57      34
Disapprove           56      58      57      57      60      33      60
DK/NA                 5       6       5       6       5      10       5
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              47%    17%    77%    42%    45%    48%    41%    78%   49%
Disapprove           43     73     15     48     48     39     49     14    35
DK/NA                10     10      8     10      7     13      9      9    17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              53%    47%    45%    46%    50%    50%    72%    57%    21%
Disapprove           34     46     45     42     42     45     23     32     69
DK/NA                13      8     10     12      8      6      5     10     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH         APPROVE.......
                                     Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              47      46      51      43      41      57      41
Disapprove           43      44      39      48      47      32      47
DK/NA                10      10      10      10      12      11      12
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Libya?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              38%    18%    61%    34%    39%    38%    34%    63%   45%
Disapprove           44     65     23     49     46     41     49     20    31
DK/NA                18     16     16     18     15     21     17     17    24
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    POL PHIL.........    Military
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Lib    Mod    Con    HsHlds
 
Approve              40%    39%    38%    55%    48%    20%    33%
Disapprove           35     48     45     32     34     63     51
DK/NA                25     13     17     13     18     17     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH
                                     Post    Pre
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              38      41      45      41      41
Disapprove           44      43      40      48      45
DK/NA                18      15      15      11      14
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              50%    30%    72%    46%    51%    49%    45%    82%   52%
Disapprove           42     62     24     44     42     41     46     16    41
DK/NA                 8      8      4     10      7     10      9      3     7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    POL PHIL.........    Military
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Lib    Mod    Con    HsHlds
 
Approve              56%    51%    47%    61%    62%    31%    46%
Disapprove           37     42     44     34     30     59     45
DK/NA                 8      7      9      5      8      9      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan? (*Post Bin Laden Death)
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH         APPROVE.......
                                     Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  May 05  Nov 18
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              50      51      59      41      42      59      38
Disapprove           42      40      30      50      45      30      49
DK/NA                 8       9      10       8      13      10      12
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              33%     6%    61%    27%    31%    35%    29%    59%   38%
Disapprove           60     91     33     64     62     57     65     34    52
DK/NA                 7      3      6      9      6      8      7      7    10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              40%    28%    34%    35%    35%    34%    60%    40%    11%
Disapprove           51     65     59     57     61     62     33     52     85
DK/NA                 9      6      6      8      4      4      7      8      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the budget deficit?
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 30  Mar 03  Apr 21  Feb 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              33      32      30      36      34      33
Disapprove           60      61      64      58      59      60
DK/NA                 7       6       6       6       7       7
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the issue of same sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              37%    18%    53%    37%    34%    39%    35%    51%   40%
Disapprove           42     64     29     37     42     41     43     36    41
DK/NA                22     19     19     27     24     20     23     14    20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              46%    37%    32%    34%    38%    44%    56%    44%    16%
Disapprove           31     44     45     43     41     37     29     32     62
DK/NA                23     19     23     22     20     19     15     24     22
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              39%    34%    42%    18%    28%    36%
Disapprove           38     43     39     63     51     41
DK/NA                23     23     19     18     21     23
 
 
19. 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   Hisp
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      -      -      -     2%     -
Good                  9      3     14      9     10      8      7     20    18
Not so good          45     36     57     41     44     46     44     52    46
Poor                 45     61     27     50     45     46     49     27    36
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -     -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      1%     -      -
Good                 15      8      8     10      7     11     12     12      5
Not so good          50     47     42     43     49     48     55     52     32
Poor                 35     45     50     46     44     41     32     36     63
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
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
                     Jul 14  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 22  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       1       -      -        1       3       -
Good                  9      13       7      9        9      37       3
Not so good          45      43      43     41       43      42      28
Poor                 45      43      49     49       47      16      68
DK/NA                 -       -       1      1        1       1       -
 
 
20. 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   Hisp
 
Better               23%     9%    38%    22%    24%    23%    20%    42%   30%
Worse                32     51     14     35     31     32     34     15    28
The same             43     39     47     42     43     43     44     41    40
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      2      2      2     1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               30%    23%    21%    23%    24%    28%    38%    28%    10%
Worse                20     32     37     32     30     29     17     22     51
The same             49     44     41     44     45     43     43     49     38
DK/NA                 2      2      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?
                                                             Better........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 22  Jan 18  Sep 09
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2011    2010
 
Better               23      36      28      22      23      36      22
Worse                32      20      28      32      31      20      32
The same             43      43      43      45      44      43      45
DK/NA                 2       2       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
21. 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   Hisp
 
Obama                45%     7%    82%    38%    42%    47%    38%    86%   45%
Republicans          38     82      7     35     42     35     44      3    34
DK/NA                17     11     11     27     16     18     18     11    21
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                54%    42%    44%    46%    45%    47%    79%    53%    16%
Republicans          30     43     39     34     43     40     10     29     68
DK/NA                17     15     16     20     12     13     11     19     16
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (*Low also 41% Jul 2010)
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH         OBAMA..........
                                     Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 03  Aug 06  Jun 09
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Obama                45      41      46      43      45      47      41
Reps in Congress     38      43      37      44      45      36      43
DK/NA                17      15      17      13      10      17      15
 
 
22. Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Yes                  71%    81%    62%    73%    68%    74%    72%    59%   71%
No                   25     16     33     23     29     21     24     38    22
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      3      5      4      4     7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  66%    72%    73%    73%    73%    64%    64%    67%    81%
No                   30     26     22     22     26     34     33     29     15
DK/NA                 4      2      5      5      1      2      3      4      4
 
TREND: Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  May 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2008
 
Yes                  71      78      73      79      74      71
No                   25      19      24      18      21      24
DK/NA                 4       3       3       3       5       5
 
 
23. Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Yes                  45%    25%    66%    40%    45%    44%    41%    71%   47%
No                   52     72     31     56     53     51     56     27    46
DK/NA                 3      3      4      4      2      5      3      2     7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  55%    43%    41%    45%    46%    49%    62%    53%    27%
No                   43     54     55     51     52     50     35     44     70
DK/NA                 3      2      4      4      3      1      3      3      3
 
TREND: Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  Jan 18  Jul 22
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Yes                  45      45      54      44
No                   52      52      43      52
DK/NA                 3       3       3       5
 
 
24a. SPLIT SAMPLE A What do you think is more important - reducing the federal budget deficit, or reducing unemployment?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Reducing deficit     32%    43%    25%    32%    33%    30%    32%    27%
Reducing unemplymnt  62     51     71     59     61     63     62     71
DK/NA                 7      6      4      9      6      7      6      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Reducing deficit     27%    34%    32%    29%    35%    35%    22%    25%    43%
Reducing unemplymnt  68     63     58     62     62     62     73     68     51
DK/NA                 5      3     10      9      3      3      5      7      6
 
TREND: What do you think is more important, reducing the federal budget deficit or reducing unemployment?
                     Jul 14  May 04  Jan 18  Jul 22  Feb 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Reducing deficit     32      35      31      30      23
Reducing unemploy    62      54      63      64      71
DK/NA                 7      11       6       6       6
 
 
24b. SPLIT SAMPLE B What do you think is more important - reducing federal government spending, or reducing unemployment?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Reducing spending    43%    63%    29%    41%    44%    42%    44%    31%
Reducing unemplymnt  49     33     63     53     48     50     48     62
DK/NA                 8      4      8      7      8      7      8      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Reducing spending    47%    41%    43%    46%    43%    39%    29%    36%    64%
Reducing unemplymnt  44     54     49     47     51     57     68     57     28
DK/NA                 9      5      8      8      5      4      3      7      8
 
TREND: What do you think is more important, reducing federal government spending or reducing unemployment?
                     Jul 14  May 04
                     2011    2011
 
Reducing spending    43      46
Redcing unemplymnt   49      47
DK/NA                 8       7
 
 
25. 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   Hisp
 
Bush                 54%    18%    87%    49%    50%    57%    48%    84%   66%
Obama                27     60      5     24     30     25     32      8    16
NEITHER (VOL)         8     10      3     12      9      7      9      4     4
BOTH (VOL)            7      9      2     12      7      8      9      1     7
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      4      3      3      3     7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Bush                 62%    52%    52%    57%    53%    55%    86%    63%    23%
Obama                15     29     31     23     31     30      5     18     53
NEITHER (VOL)        10      8      7      7      8      9      3     10      9
BOTH (VOL)            7      8      7      9      6      5      4      6     10
DK/NA                 7      2      2      3      2      1      3      3      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?
                     Jul 14  Jan 18  Jul 22  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Bush                 54      57      53      55
Obama                27      21      25      20
NEITHER(VOL)          8      11      10      14
BOTH(VOL)             7       7       7       7
DK/NA                 3       4       4       4
 
 
26. As you may know, unless Congress and the president can agree to raise the federal debt limit soon, the government will not be able to borrow more money to fund its operations and pay its debts. If the limit is not raised, who do you think would mainly be responsible for this: the Obama Administration or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Obama Admin          34%    62%    15%    33%    37%    32%    37%    16%   43%
Republicans          48     20     74     49     48     49     45     72    44
DK/NA                17     19     11     18     15     19     18     12    13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama Admin          37%    37%    32%    33%    39%    32%    12%    28%    56%
Republicans          47     47     52     49     48     54     77     56     24
DK/NA                17     16     16     18     13     14     11     16     19
 
 
27. All things considered, which of these is your greater concern - A. That raising the debt limit would lead to higher government spending and make the national debt bigger OR B. That not raising the debt limit would force the government into default and hurt the nation's economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
A. Raising limit
    bigger debt      43%    59%    29%    43%    44%    43%    46%    35%   43%
B. Not raising
    hurts economy    45     31     57     46     46     43     43     55    39
DK/NA                12     10     13     10     10     14     11     10    18
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
A. Raising limit
    bigger debt      40%    48%    42%    46%    42%    43%    30%    39%    57%
B. Not raising limit
    hurts economy    49     44     44     39     50     51     62     50     31
DK/NA                12      7     14     14      8      5      8     11     12
 
 
28. In order to allow the national debt ceiling to be raised, 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   Hisp
 
Too much             13%    13%    16%    10%    14%    12%    14%    13%   10%
Too little           42     68     18     49     46     39     49     14    31
Right amount         34     11     55     33     32     37     28     64    47
DK/NA                10      8     11      8      8     12      9      8    12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             16%    13%    13%    15%    11%    12%    21%    11%    11%
Too little           39     48     39     35     47     54     20     39     62
Right amount         37     30     37     39     35     27     50     42     18
DK/NA                 8      9     11     11      7      6      9      8      9
 
 
29. In order to allow the national debt ceiling to be raised, 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   Hisp
 
Too much             33%    11%    54%    30%    32%    34%    30%    53%   33%
Too little           29     35     22     33     30     29     31     19    30
Right amount         26     45     13     24     27     25     28     20    22
DK/NA                11      8     10     13     11     12     10      7    16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             36%    30%    34%    32%    35%    36%    55%    39%    14%
Too little           32     34     25     30     29     30     23     28     36
Right amount         24     26     28     26     29     25     14     24     38
DK/NA                 8     10     13     12      7      9      8     10     12
 
 
30. In order to allow the national debt ceiling to be raised, 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   Hisp
 
Too much             39%    68%    11%    45%    42%    36%    44%    15%   38%
Too little           14     11     17     14     16     12     16     12     6
Right amount         40     15     66     33     37     43     34     69    44
DK/NA                 8      6      6      8      5     10      7      4    12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             33%    42%    39%    37%    41%    40%    15%    31%    64%
Too little           14     17     11     11     14     21     23     13      9
Right amount         47     35     41     44     39     36     57     48     20
DK/NA                 6      6      8      8      6      4      5      8      7
 
 
31. In order to allow the national debt ceiling to be raised, 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   Hisp
 
Too much             33%    26%    33%    34%    30%    34%    29%    51%   40%
Too little           29     12     44     31     32     26     31     27    19
Right amount         28     51     15     24     27     28     31     15    24
DK/NA                11     11      8     11     10     11      9      7    17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too much             40%    34%    28%    41%    30%    19%    31%    32%    34%
Too little           26     31     30     23     33     45     51     34     12
Right amount         27     27     29     26     29     29     12     24     43
DK/NA                 7      8     12     10      9      7      6     10     11
 
 
32. Do you think any agreement to raise the national debt ceiling should include only spending cuts or should it also include an increase in taxes for the wealthy and corporations?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Only spend cuts      25%    48%     7%    26%    31%    20%    27%    12%   26%
Taxes: wlthy/corps   67     43     87     66     61     72     65     80    66
DK/NA                 8      9      6      8      8      8      8      8     8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Only spend cuts      20%    27%    25%    19%    29%    31%     7%    18%    45%
Taxes: wlthy/corps   75     66     66     72     65     63     90     74     45
DK/NA                 5      7      8      9      5      5      2      8     10
 
 
33. How would you describe President Obama's proposals to raise revenues - Would you call them tax hikes or closing loopholes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Tax hikes            37%    58%    21%    37%    37%    37%    40%    21%   36%
Closing loopholes    45     26     63     45     48     43     43     67    42
DK/NA                18     16     17     18     15     20     17     13    22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Tax hikes            31%    41%    37%    35%    38%    43%    19%    31%    55%
Closing loopholes    46     46     46     46     49     44     68     49     29
DK/NA                22     13     17     19     14     13     13     20     15
 
 
34. Do you believe President Obama's proposals to raise revenues will impact the middle class or just the wealthy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Middle Class         57%    71%    43%    62%    58%    56%    59%    49%   60%
Just the wealthy     30     17     46     26     29     31     29     40    30
DK/NA                13     12     12     12     13     12     12     11    10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Middle Class         59%    60%    54%    58%    59%    53%    41%    54%    72%
Just the wealthy     28     29     33     30     32     34     48     34     16
DK/NA                12     10     14     11      9     12     11     12     12
 
 
35. Who do you trust to do a better job handling Medicare, which is the government program which pays for health care for the elderly - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Obama                50%    13%    84%    44%    46%    53%    43%    87%   61%
Republicans          37     75      9     39     41     34     43      8    27
DK/NA                13     12      7     17     13     14     14      6    12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                59%    47%    48%    53%    48%    52%    83%    59%    19%
Republicans          30     41     38     34     41     39     11     27     66
DK/NA                12     12     14     14     11      9      6     13     14
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling Medicare, which is the government program which pays for health care for the elderly - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Jul 14  Jun 09
                     2011    2011
 
Obama                50      44
Reps in Congress     37      40
DK/NA                13      16
 
 
36. Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Support              46%    24%    61%    48%    43%    49%    49%    32%   37%
Oppose               48     72     35     43     48     47     45     61    57
DK/NA                 6      4      4      9      8      4      5      7     6
Con't
 
                    AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              57%    49%    38%    42%    50%    59%    74%    56%    17%
Oppose               36     46     56     53     46     37     23     37     77
DK/NA                 6      5      6      5      4      4      3      7      5
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Support              50%    42%    55%    21%    34%    56%
Oppose               43     52     38     75     61     38
DK/NA                 7      6      6      4      5      7
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     Jul 14  Apr 30
                     2011    2009
 
Support              46      38
Oppose               48      55
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
37. Under current federal law states can refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Do you think this law should remain in existence or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Yes/Remain           44%    61%    28%    47%    48%    41%    46%    43%   38%
No/End               49     34     65     46     43     54     49     49    51
DK/NA                 7      5      7      7      9      5      5      8    11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Remain           45%    41%    46%    41%    50%    42%    26%    38%    62%
No/End               50     52     47     51     46     53     72     54     31
DK/NA                 6      6      7      7      4      5      2      8      7
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes/Remain           46%    44%    44%    60%    56%    46%
No/End               48     48     52     35     38     50
DK/NA                 6      8      4      5      5      4
 
TREND: Under current federal law states can refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Do you think this law should remain in existence or not?
                     Jul 14  Apr 30
                     2011    2009
 
Yes                  44      50
No                   49      44
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
38. Under current federal law spouses in same-sex marriages are denied eligibility for federal benefits. Do you think this law should remain in existence or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Yes/Remain           35%    54%    23%    35%    38%    33%    35%    38%   34%
No/End               59     41     72     58     54     62     59     59    55
DK/NA                 6      5      5      7      8      5      6      2    11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Remain           28%    36%    38%    36%    39%    30%    15%    28%    57%
No/End               69     58     55     58     58     66     83     66     36
DK/NA                 3      6      7      7      3      4      2      6      7
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes/Remain           36%    38%    30%    57%    48%    31%
No/End               60     56     66     38     45     64
DK/NA                 4      7      4      6      6      5
 
TREND: Under current federal law spouses in same-sex marriages are denied eligibility for federal benefits. Do you think this law should remain in existence or not?
                     Jul 14  Apr 30
                     2011    2009
 
Yes                  35      39
No                   59      54
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
39. 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    Hisp
 
Right thing          39%    54%    30%    36%    44%    35%    42%    30%    30%
Shld not be involved 55     39     64     58     51     58     53     65     60
DK/NA                 6      7      6      6      5      7      6      4     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    POL PHIL.........    Military  
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Lib    Mod    Con    HsHlds    
                                                                                
Right thing          37%    42%    37%    28%    40%    48%    39%       
Shld not be involved 58     53     56     68     54     46     57        
DK/NA                 4      5      7      4      6      7      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? (*Pre Bin Laden Death)
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH         RIGHT THING...
                                     Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Jan 14  May 05
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011*
 
Right thing          39      40      46      34      41      59      34
Shld not be involved 55      52      47      60      50      35      60
DK/NA                 6       8       7       6       9       6       6
 
 
40. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision to withdraw 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by next summer?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Approve              75%    53%    91%    79%    73%    77%    73%    94%   77%
Disapprove           19     40      5     17     22     17     22      4    14
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      5      5      5      2     9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    POL PHIL.........    Military 
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Lib    Mod    Con    HsHlds   
                                                                               
Approve              79%    75%    75%    91%    84%    57%    76%      
Disapprove           16     21     20      7     12     36     21       
DK/NA                 5      4      5      2      4      6      3       
 
 
41. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by using military force in Libya now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Libya now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Right thing          32%    31%    38%    26%    38%    26%    32%    34%    25%
Shld not be involved 56     58     50     61     53     58     55     56     63
DK/NA                13     11     12     13      9     15     13     10     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    POL PHIL.........    Military
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Lib    Mod    Con    HsHlds  
                                                                             
Right thing          31%    33%    30%    38%    34%    26%    29%     
Shld not be involved 55     56     58     52     53     62     59      
DK/NA                14     11     12     10     13     12     12      
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by using military force in Libya now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Libya now?
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH
                                     Post    Pre
                     Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Right thing          32      35      39      37      41
Shld not be involved 56      54      48      53      47
DK/NA                13      11      12      10      12
 
 
42. Do you think President Obama should have requested approval from Congress for the US involvement in Libya or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hisp
 
Yes                  62%    78%    47%    67%    61%    64%    66%    44%   63%
No                   31     18     44     25     34     28     29     45    26
DK/NA                 7      4      8      8      5      8      5     11    11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    POL PHIL.........    Military
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Lib    Mod    Con    HsHlds
 
Yes                  65%    63%    61%    49%    57%    77%    63%
No                   26     33     33     45     35     18     33
DK/NA                 9      4      6      6      7      4      4
 

Demographic Summary