September 1, 2011 - Obama Approval Hits All-Time Low, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Economy Is Getting Worse, More Voters Say

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President Barack Obama's overall job approval rating has sunk to an all-time low, as American voters disapprove 52 - 42 percent, compared to 47 - 46 percent approval in July, and among whites and men his approval has dropped into the 30s, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Congressional leaders rate even lower in the public eye.

Voters nationwide are more pessimistic about the economy, saying 49 - 11 percent that it is getting worse rather than improving, a precipitous drop from a July 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, in which voters said 32 - 23 percent the economy was worsening and January 18, when voters said 36 - 20 percent it was improving.

The economy is in a recession, 76 percent of voters say, and is not beginning to recover, voters say 68 - 28 percent.

Voters trust Obama more than congressional Republicans to handle the economy 44 - 41 percent, but they say 46 - 42 percent that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would do a better job than Obama. They are split 43 - 41 percent on whether Obama or GOP candidate Rick Perry would be better on the economy.

"President Barack Obama has hit a low 42 percent approval in the past, but this is his highest disapproval rating. Ominous for him is that the share of voters who think he has strong leadership qualities has dropped from 64 - 33 percent in January to 50 - 48 percent now. Voters say 54 - 42 percent that he cares about their problems, but that is not impressive since it is a measure on which Democratic presidents historically rate well," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"When Quinnipiac University asked that question about Obama in November of 2008, he received a 70 - 22 percent positive score on understanding the needs of average folks."

"The best news for the president is that voters still blame former president George W. Bush rather than Obama for the economy by 53 - 32 percent. One can only imagine what Obama's approval rating might look like if that ever changes," said Brown.

The president's job approval has dropped to 77 - 18 percent among Democrats, compared to 81 - 11 percent in July. Republicans disapprove 90 - 7 percent, down from 83 - 13 percent, and independent voters disapprove 54 - 40 percent, unchanged from July.

Men disapprove 56 - 39 percent and women disapprove 49 - 44 percent. Whites disapprove 61 - 33 percent, while blacks approve 86 - 11 percent and Hispanics approve 56 - 40 percent. Obama's approval drops with the age of voters, from 49 - 43 percent positive among voters 18 to 34 years old, to a negative 41 - 54 percent among voters 35 to 54 years old and a negative 40 - 55 percent among voters over 55.

"Men, whites and independent voters were the president's weak spots when his job approval was positive and those groups have progressed from being weak spots to being serious problems," said Brown. "Of course, the way to improve his standing among those voters is the same recipe for success among the entire electorate - an improving economy."

The silver lining for the president is that he is viewed more favorably than the congressional leaders with whom he negotiated the debt ceiling deal. Obama gets a split 47 - 47 percent favorability, better than House Speaker John Boehner, with a negative rating of 31 - 22 percent, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, with a 23 - 14 percent unfavorable rating, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, carrying a 52 - 24 percent unfavorable rating, and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, with a 36 - 18 percent unfavorable rating.

Only 12 percent of voters consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement, and voters have a 42 - 29 percent unfavorable view of it, which is better than the 51 - 35 percent unfavorable view of the Democrats and 53 - 32 percent unfavorable view of the Republicans.

"The Tea Party got a lot of negative publicity during the debt ceiling negotiations and most American voters either don't like the group or don't know enough about it to make a decision," said Brown. "Voters do know the Democratic and Republican parties - and they don't like either one."

From August 16 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,730 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 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.

11. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            47%     8%    86%    45%    45%    48%    38%    92%    62%
Unfavorable          47     87     10     48     49     45     56      6     31
Hvn't hrd enough      3      3      2      3      2      3      3      1      2
REFUSED               3      2      2      5      3      4      3      1      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            28%    39%    21%    52%    47%    44%    46%    49%
Unfavorable          66     55     72     40     47     50     48     45
Hvn't hrd enough      2      4      4      3      2      3      3      2
REFUSED               3      2      3      4      3      3      3      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            53%    51%    46%    41%    44%
Unfavorable          40     45     49     54     53
Hvn't hrd enough      4      1      2      2      1
REFUSED               3      3      3      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Jul 21  Mar 25  Nov 12  Feb 21
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2008    2007
 
Favorable            47      48      47      49      47      67      44
Unfavorable          47      48      45      45      47      19      14
Hvn't hrd enough      3       2       5       4       4      11      40
REFUSED               3       2       3       2       1       3       1
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              42%     7%    77%    40%    39%    44%    33%    86%    56%
Disapprove           52     90     18     54     56     49     61     11     40
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      4      7      6      3      4
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              25%    33%    20%    49%    41%    40%    41%    45%
Disapprove           70     62     76     43     54     55     53     50
DK/NA                 6      5      4      8      5      5      6      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                    <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K     HsHlds
 
Approve              48%    45%    41%    37%    38%
Disapprove           45     51     55     59     56
DK/NA                 7      4      4      4      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009, **Low also 42% Mar 2011)
                                             BIN LADEN DTH   APPROVE.......
                                             Post    Pre     High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Jun 04  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009*   2011**
 
Approve              42      47      47      52      46      59      42
Disapprove           52      46      46      40      48      31      52
DK/NA                 6       7       7       8       6      10       6
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              24%     4%    51%    17%    20%    27%    17%    49%    38%
Disapprove           70     94     43     76     76     65     77     43     57
DK/NA                 6      3      7      6      4      8      6      8      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              12%    20%    10%    28%    23%    23%    24%    23%
Disapprove           82     77     85     65     72     71     69     72
DK/NA                 6      3      5      7      6      6      7      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              30%    25%    21%    17%    22%
Disapprove           61     69     75     79     72
DK/NA                 9      6      4      4      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 03  Mar 4   Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              24      28      28      31      33      45      24
Disapprove           70      64      64      58      57      45      70
DK/NA                 6       8       8      11      10      10       6
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              22%    45%     7%    20%    24%    21%    24%    10%    26%
Disapprove           71     49     88     74     71     71     70     84     63
DK/NA                 7      6      5      7      4      9      6      7     11
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              29%    28%    33%    27%    22%    20%    23%    21%
Disapprove           64     68     60     66     72     74     69     75
DK/NA                 7      4      7      8      7      6      8      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              22%    23%    21%    25%    22%
Disapprove           68     72     75     71     73
DK/NA                10      5      4      4      5
 
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
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 03  Mar 31  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Approve              22      26      30      34      34      34      22
Disapprove           71      65      61      55      54      55      71
DK/NA                 7       9       9      11      12      11       7
 
 
16. 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    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        2%     -      5%     1%     2%     2%     1%     7%     4%
Smwht satisfied      17      4     33     15     17     17     11     46     23
Smwht dissatisfied   29     22     37     30     29     29     30     26     31
Very dissatisfied    51     74     25     54     51     51     57     21     41
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Very satisfied        1%     1%     1%     3%     2%     2%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      10     11      8     23     18     13     18     16
Smwht dissatisfied   30     30     26     33     28     30     28     32
Very dissatisfied    60     58     65     41     52     55     51     50
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      1      -      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     1%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      21     19     15     14     17
Smwht dissatisfied   30     27     32     30     24
Very dissatisfied    47     51     51     56     57
DK/NA                 -      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 DTH           VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                     Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       3       6       3       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      17      24      32      25      21      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   29      32      29      26      37      19      38
Very dissatisfied    51      40      33      44      40      10      44
DK/NA                 -       1       -       1       1       3       2
 
 
17. 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    Hsp
 
Like                 69%    47%    90%    69%    69%    68%    63%    93%    76%
Don't Like           16     33      3     15     17     16     20      -     13
DK/NA                15     20      6     16     14     16     17      6     11
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Like                 59%    65%    56%    70%    70%    68%    67%    74%
Don't Like           22     19     25     15     14     19     17     14
DK/NA                19     15     19     15     16     13     16     11
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Like                 71%    72%    70%    67%    64%
Don't Like           15     14     17     16     20
DK/NA                13     14     14     17     16
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Barack Obama's policies, would you say you like or don't like Barack Obama as a person?
                     Sep 01  Jul 14
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 69      71
Don't Like           16      15
DK/NA                15      14
 
 
18. 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    Hsp
 
Like                 41%     5%    79%    39%    40%    42%    33%    83%    47%
Don't Like           53     92     16     54     55     51     61     11     47
DK/NA                 6      3      4      7      5      6      5      7      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Like                 25%    33%    16%    45%    42%    39%    40%    45%
Don't Like           71     60     79     51     53     54     54     50
DK/NA                 4      6      5      5      5      6      6      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Like                 46%    46%    39%    38%    39%
Don't Like           47     49     56     59     56
DK/NA                 7      5      5      3      5
 
TREND: 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?
                     Sep 01  Jul 14
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 41      45
Don't Like           53      48
DK/NA                 6       8
 
 
19. Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  58%    23%    91%    58%    56%    60%    50%    94%    67%
No                   37     68      7     37     40     34     44      4     26
DK/NA                 6      8      2      5      4      7      6      3      7
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  42%    54%    36%    60%    58%    57%    56%    62%
No                   52     39     57     36     37     37     38     34
DK/NA                 6      7      7      4      5      6      6      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  62%    61%    56%    56%    53%
No                   32     34     37     42     41
DK/NA                 6      4      7      2      6
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Sep 01  Jan 13  Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Yes                  58      63      55      56
No                   37      31      38      37
DK/NA                 6       6       6       7
 
 
20. Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    20%    78%    50%    46%    53%    42%    89%    62%
No                   48     79     20     48     51     44     56     11     34
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      2      3      3      -      4
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  35%    42%    29%    62%    52%    41%    49%    51%
No                   63     55     69     37     45     55     48     47
DK/NA                 2      3      2      1      3      4      3      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  55%    50%    52%    42%    43%
No                   42     46     45     57     55
DK/NA                 3      3      2      1      1
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Sep 01  Jan 13  Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Yes                  50      64      59      66
No                   48      33      38      32
DK/NA                 3       3       3       2
 
 
21. Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  54%    21%    87%    53%    51%    57%    47%    91%    63%
No                   42     74     12     44     45     40     50      7     34
DK/NA                 3      5      2      3      4      3      3      2      3
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  39%    46%    34%    64%    53%    50%    52%    59%
No                   58     50     63     33     43     46     45     37
DK/NA                 3      4      3      2      4      4      3      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  56%    59%    55%    50%    48%
No                   40     39     41     48     49
DK/NA                 4      2      4      2      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Sep 01  Nov 12
                     2011    2008
 
Yes                  54      70
No                   42      22
DK/NA                 3       7
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              32%     4%    65%    27%    32%    32%    24%    72%    42%
Disapprove           62     94     28     66     63     61     70     19     51
DK/NA                 6      1      7      7      4      7      5      8      6
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              18%    25%    13%    33%    33%    31%    32%    33%
Disapprove           78     70     84     62     61     63     62     61
DK/NA                 4      5      3      5      6      6      6      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              36%    35%    30%    29%    31%
Disapprove           56     60     65     68     64
DK/NA                 8      5      5      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                             BIN LADEN DTH           APPROVE......
                                             Post    Pre             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 04  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              32      38      36      38      37      34      57      32
Disapprove           62      56      58      57      57      60      33      62
DK/NA                 6       5       6       5       6       5      10       6
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              44%    14%    73%    44%    45%    42%    37%    77%    57%
Disapprove           47     77     20     46     49     46     54     14     35
DK/NA                 9      8      7     10      6     11      9      9      8
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              31%    35%    23%    50%    44%    40%    40%    51%
Disapprove           61     55     68     43     47     51     50     43
DK/NA                 8     10      9      7      9      9     10      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              44%    46%    44%    46%    41%
Disapprove           45     47     48     49     54
DK/NA                11      8      8      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                             BIN LADEN DTH   APPROVE.......
                                             Post    Pre     High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              44      47      46      51      43      57      41
Disapprove           47      43      44      39      48      32      47
DK/NA                 9      10      10      10      10      11      12
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%    24%    64%    42%    46%    40%    37%    69%    44%
Disapprove           47     66     28     49     48     47     52     20     48
DK/NA                10     10      8     10      7     13     10     11      8
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              35%    37%    29%    49%    45%    38%    40%    49%
Disapprove           54     52     60     42     46     51     50     42
DK/NA                12     10     11      9      9     11     10      9
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              40%    43%    44%    49%    39%
Disapprove           47     48     47     44     51
DK/NA                12      9      9      6     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan? (*Post BIN LADEN DEATH)
                                             BIN LADEN DTH   APPROVE.......
                                             Post    Pre     High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  May 05  Nov 18
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              43      50      51      59      41      59      38
Disapprove           47      42      40      30      50      30      49
DK/NA                10       8       9      10       8      10      12
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              57%    30%    85%    56%    60%    54%    51%    87%    63%
Disapprove           34     61      9     35     34     35     40      6     26
DK/NA                 9      9      7      9      6     11      9      7     11
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              45%    53%    40%    61%    58%    55%    54%    63%
Disapprove           44     39     50     32     33     36     36     31
DK/NA                10      8     10      6      9      9     10      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              57%    59%    58%    60%    52%
Disapprove           33     34     34     36     41
DK/NA                10      7      7      4      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                                     BIN LADEN
                                     DEATH
                                     Post
                     Sep 01  Jun 09  May 05  May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              57      63      67      49      49      49      49      48
Disapprove           34      31      27      41      41      41      44      44
DK/NA                 9       6       7      10      10       9       8       8
 
 
26. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            32%    72%     6%    27%    33%    31%    37%    11%    25%
Unfavorable          53     20     81     55     53     52     49     74     50
Hvn't hrd enough     13      6     12     15     12     14     11     13     24
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      1      3      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it? (*Low also 25% Jul 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Nov 22  Oct 8
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009*
 
Favorable            32      40      35      33      33      40      25
Unfavorable          53      45      43      42      47      45      53
Hvn't hrd enough     13      13      19      21      15      13      18
REFUSED               2       3       3       4       4       3       4
 
 
27. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            35%     5%    76%    27%    34%    36%    28%    67%    51%
Unfavorable          51     87     14     54     55     48     59     20     33
Hvn't hrd enough     12      8      9     15     10     14     11     12     17
REFUSED               2      1      1      4      1      2      2      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Nov 12  Apr 21
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2008    2010
 
Favorable            35      38      34      34      32      55      32
Unfavorable          51      50      47      49      52      35      52
Hvn't hrd enough     12      10      15      14      12       6      12
REFUSED               2       3       3       3       3       4       3
 
 
28. Is your opinion of the Tea Party Movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            29%    57%     6%    26%    34%    23%    33%     7%    16%
Unfavorable          42     16     68     40     42     42     40     57     40
Hvn't hrd enough     29     26     25     33     23     34     26     36     44
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Sep 01  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            29      34      30      33      32      28
Unfavorable          42      38      31      31      31      23
Hvn't hrd enough     29      26      37      35      34      49
REFUSED               1       1       2       1       2       1
 
 
29. Is your opinion of John Boehner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            22%    42%     5%    22%    27%    17%    25%     8%    16%
Unfavorable          31     15     45     31     34     28     30     37     24
Hvn't hrd enough     46     42     49     45     38     53     43     55     59
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of John Boehner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 01  Nov 17
                     2011    2010
 
Favorable            22      20
Unfavorable          31      19
Hvn't hrd enough     46      61
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
30. Is your opinion of Mitch McConnell favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            14%    24%     5%    14%    18%     9%    15%     6%    10%
Unfavorable          23     11     33     23     27     18     22     28     16
Hvn't hrd enough     63     64     61     61     53     71     61     64     73
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      1      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitch McConnell favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 01  Nov 17
                     2011    2010
 
Favorable            14      14
Unfavorable          23      20
Hvn't hrd enough     63      65
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
31. Is your opinion of Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            24%     6%    49%    20%    23%    26%    21%    39%    25%
Unfavorable          52     83     22     55     59     47     59     20     40
Hvn't hrd enough     22     11     28     24     18     26     19     39     34
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Sep 01  Nov 17  Mar 25  Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2011    2010    2010    2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            24      25      25      26      22      29      25
Unfavorable          52      55      51      41      35      29      31
Hvn't hrd enough     22      18      23      31      41      40      43
REFUSED               1       1       1       2       2       2       1
 
 
32. Is your opinion of Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            18%     5%    34%    16%    20%    16%    17%    26%    11%
Unfavorable          36     56     13     39     44     29     41     15     22
Hvn't hrd enough     45     38     53     44     36     54     41     57     67
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 01  Nov 17  Mar 25  Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2011    2010    2010    2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            18      17       9      12       9       9       7
Unfavorable          36      39      38      21      22      18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     45      42      51      63      68      71      75
REFUSED               1       1       1       3       2       2       1
 
 
33. Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  12%    24%     2%    10%    14%    10%    14%     5%     7%
No                   85     73     95     86     84     85     83     90     89
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      2      5      3      5      4
 
TREND: Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                     Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Yes                  12      13      12      12      15      13
No                   85      83      80      81      79      80
DK/NA                 3       4       9       7       6       6
 
 
34. 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    Hsp
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      1%     -      -      2%     3%
Good                  4      1      7      3      5      3      2      9      5
Not so good          35     23     52     30     34     36     31     50     42
Poor                 61     76     40     66     60     61     66     38     50
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -      2      -
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Excellent             -      -      -      1%     1%     -      1%     -
Good                  2      4      3      4      4      3      4      3
Not so good          31     31     26     39     34     34     33     40
Poor                 68     65     71     56     61     62     62     57
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Excellent             1%     -      -      1%     1%
Good                  4      3      4      2      3
Not so good          34     38     36     34     33
Poor                 61     59     60     63     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
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       1       -      -        3       -
Good                  4       9      13       7      9       37       3
Not so good          35      45      43      43     41       42      28
Poor                 61      45      43      49     49       16      68
DK/NA                 -       -       -       1      1        1       -
 
 
35. 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    Hsp
 
Better               11%     3%    21%     9%    13%     8%     8%    23%    21%
Worse                49     68     28     51     48     50     53     29     41
The same             39     30     50     39     37     41     38     46     38
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      2      1
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Better                5%     6%     3%    12%    12%     9%    11%    11%
Worse                58     54     67     46     49     51     51     45
The same             36     39     30     42     39     39     38     43
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Better                9%    10%    12%    11%    11%
Worse                48     48     50     48     55
The same             41     42     37     41     34
DK/NA                 2      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                             BETTER........
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jan 18  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2011    2011
 
Better               11      23      36      28      22      36      11
Worse                49      32      20      28      32      20      49
The same             39      43      43      43      45      43      39
DK/NA                 1       2       2       1       1       2       1
 
 
36. 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    Hsp
 
Obama                44%     5%    84%    42%    43%    44%    35%    88%    53%
Reps in Congress     41     85      5     39     43     38     48      4     33
DK/NA                15     10     12     19     14     17     17      8     14
 
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 DTH   OBAMA..........
                                             Post    Pre     High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Aug 06  Jun 09
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Obama                44      45      41      46      43      47      41
Reps in Congress     41      38      43      37      44      36      43
DK/NA                15      17      15      17      13      17      15
 
 
37. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy - Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                42%     4%    83%    37%    41%    43%    32%    88%    54%
Romney               46     88      8     49     51     42     55      6     30
DK/NA                12      8      9     14      9     15     13      5     15
 
 
38. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy - Barack Obama or Rick Perry?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                43%     5%    82%    40%    42%    44%    35%    84%    54%
Perry                41     79      7     43     45     39     48      9     31
DK/NA                15     16     10     17     14     17     17      7     15
 
 
39. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy - Barack Obama or Michele Bachmann?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                48%     8%    87%    48%    48%    49%    39%    89%    62%
Bachmann             37     75      6     36     41     34     45      5     26
DK/NA                14     16      6     16     11     17     16      6     12
 
 
40. Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  76%    83%    67%    78%    76%    77%    78%    66%    81%
No                   20     13     29     19     22     18     18     29     17
DK/NA                 4      4      4      3      2      5      4      5      2
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  81%    75%    81%    79%    78%    74%    79%    71%
No                   16     21     16     19     19     21     17     26
DK/NA                 3      4      3      2      3      4      4      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  77%    80%    78%    73%    79%
No                   18     17     20     25     19
DK/NA                 5      3      3      2      2
 
TREND: Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  May 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2008
 
Yes                  76      71      78      73      79      74      71
No                   20      25      19      24      18      21      24
DK/NA                 4       4       3       3       3       5       5
 
 
41. Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  28%    13%    46%    26%    30%    27%    23%    50%    35%
No                   68     85     49     70     67     69     73     44     63
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      3      4      3      6      1
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  20%    24%    16%    29%    28%    29%    28%    30%
No                   77     71     81     69     70     66     69     66
DK/NA                 3      4      2      2      2      5      4      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  28%    31%    28%    28%    27%
No                   66     66     70     70     71
DK/NA                 5      3      2      2      3
 
TREND: Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Jan 18  Jul 22
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Yes                  28      45      45      54      44
No                   68      52      52      43      52
DK/NA                 4       3       3       3       5
 
 
42a. (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     31%    40%    22%    33%    34%    30%    32%    30%
Reducing unemplymnt  61     54     71     61     60     62     61     65
DK/NA                 7      6      7      7      6      8      7      5
 
TREND: What do you think is more important, reducing the federal budget deficit or reducing unemployment?
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  May 04  Jan 18  Jul 22  Feb 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Reducing deficit     31      32      35      31      30      23
Reducing unemploy    61      62      54      63      64      71
DK/NA                 7       7      11       6       6       6
 
 
42b. (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    42%    59%    25%    43%    44%    41%    46%    24%
Reducing unemplymnt  51     34     70     50     49     53     48     66
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      8      6      6     11
 
TREND: What do you think is more important, reducing federal government spending or reducing unemployment?
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  May 04
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Reducing spending    42      43      46
Redcing unemplymnt   51      49      47
DK/NA                 7       8       7
 
 
43. 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    Hsp
 
Bush                 53%    13%    88%    54%    50%    56%    45%    89%    65%
Obama                32     68      5     27     35     28     38      4     17
NEITHER (VOL)         6      8      2      7      5      6      6      3      5
BOTH (VOL)            7      8      3      9      8      6      8      3      6
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      2      4      3      1      7
 
TREND: Who do you blame more for the current condition of the U.S. economy - Former President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama?
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jan 18  Jul 22  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Bush                 53      54      57      53      55
Obama                32      27      21      25      20
NEITHER(VOL)          6       8      11      10      14
BOTH(VOL)             7       7       7       7       7
DK/NA                 3       3       4       4       4
 
 
44. As you may know, President Obama and Congress reached a deal to raise the government's debt ceiling while cutting spending by about $2.4 trillion. Do you approve or disapprove of this deal?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              45%    32%    59%    44%    46%    45%    42%    61%    47%
Disapprove           44     58     30     46     48     41     48     29     38
DK/NA                10      9     11     10      6     14     10     11     16
 
 
45. 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    Hsp
 
Right thing          35%    48%    28%    33%    40%    30%    37%    26%    27%
Shld not be involved 58     45     67     60     54     62     56     68     67
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7      6      8      7      6      6
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Right thing          42%    36%    46%    39%    37%    32%    33%    38%
Shld not be involved 50     58     48     58     56     61     59     56
DK/NA                 8      6      6      3      8      8      7      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Mltry
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Right thing          28%    33%    37%    45%    35%
Shld not be involved 63     63     57     51     60
DK/NA                 9      4      6      4      5
 
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 DTH   RIGHT THING...
                                             Post    Pre     High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Jan 14  May 05
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011*
 
Right thing          35      39      40      46      34      59      34
Shld not be involved 58      55      52      47      60      35      60
DK/NA                 7       6       8       7       6       6       6
 
 
 

Demographic Summary