October 6, 2011 - Obama And Economy Are In The Dumps, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; End Saturday Mail To Cut Costs, Voters Say 4-1

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American voters disapprove 55 - 41 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, an all- time low, and say 77 - 20 percent that the economy is in a recession, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters say 44 - 11 percent that the economy is getting worse, not better, while only 29 percent say the economy will improve if the president is re-elected.

Voters also disapprove 48 - 34 percent of the way Obama is handling the Israeli- Palestinian dispute. The president should be a strong supporter of Israel, voters say 63 - 20 percent, but they split 39 - 40 percent on whether Obama is a strong supporter, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

The Israelis and the Palestinians are equally to blame for the failure to achieve Middle East peace, 64 percent of American voters say, while 22 percent blame the Palestinians and 6 percent blame the Israelis.

"The trend isn't good for President Barack Obama. His disapproval has gone up 9 points since the summer, from 46 percent in July to 52 percent in September to 55 percent today," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Especially troubling for the president is that voters say 49 - 39 percent that Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney would do a better job on the economy. GOP contender Rick Perry would do only slightly better, voters say, and Republicans in Congress would not be much better.

"The president is stuck at a politically unhealthy level for someone who wants to be re- elected. His standing with the American people is obviously closely related to their views of the economy."

The president's job approval among Democrats, 77 - 18 percent, is lower than his disapproval among Republicans, 91 - 7 percent. Independent voters disapprove 56 - 38 percent.

Men disapprove 60 - 36 percent and women disapprove 51 - 46 percent. Black voters approve 81 - 15 percent, but disapproval is 62 - 34 percent among white voters and 50 - 45 percent among Hispanic voters.

Voters continue, however, to blame former President George W. Bush more than Obama for the economy, 51 - 32 percent, statistically unchanged from 53 - 32 percent in September.

"The political challenge for the president will be whether he can make voters believe his eventual GOP opponent is a carbon copy of the former president," said Brown. "The fact that voters are unsure whether the economy will improve if he is re-elected is not a good sign for Obama."

American sympathies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remain strongly with the Jewish state, at 51 - 15 percent. Voters support the creation of a Palestinian state 44 - 35 percent, compared to 45 - 30 percent in June.

"Americans remain in Israel's corner in the dispute with the Palestinians, but they think both sides have contributed to the problem," said Brown.

U.S. Postal Service

To help solve the Postal Service's financial problems, voters support 79 - 20 percent ending Saturday mail deliveries. Attitudes on other possible steps are:
  • 53 - 45 percent in favor of closing local branches, including their own local branch;
  • 57 - 38 percent opposed to providing additional federal funding;
  • 60 - 38 percent support raising stamp prices.
Voters say 60 - 32 percent that it is unfair to call Social Security a "Ponzi scheme," and by 50 - 32 percent they have a favorable opinion of the retirement system.

Social Security should continue to be run by the federal government, not the states, voters say 63 - 26 percent. Voters support 56 - 35 percent raising the income cap for Social Security taxes from its current $106,800 level.

From September 27 - October 3, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,118 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.1 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.


13. 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              41%     7%    77%    38%    36%    46%    34%    81%    45%
Disapprove           55     91     18     56     60     51     62     15     50
DK/NA                 4      2      4      6      5      3      4      3      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              26%    34%    20%    46%    39%    40%    40%    42%
Disapprove           69     63     76     50     57     55     56     54
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      4      4      4      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Approve              49%    46%    35%    37%    34%
Disapprove           46     50     61     60     60
DK/NA                 5      4      4      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                     APPROVE.......
                                                     High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              41      42      47      47      59      41
Disapprove           55      52      46      46      31      55
DK/NA                 4       6       7       7      10       4
 
 
14. 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              24%     3%    50%    19%    19%    28%    20%    50%    35%
Disapprove           71     92     45     75     78     65     75     44     57
DK/NA                 5      4      5      6      3      7      5      6      8
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              14%    24%    13%    27%    22%    24%    25%    21%
Disapprove           82     70     84     67     72     72     70     73
DK/NA                 4      6      3      6      6      4      5      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Approve              35%    23%    18%    18%    20%
Disapprove           59     72     77     79     74
DK/NA                 6      5      4      4      6
 
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 24% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 4   Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              24      24      28      28      31      45      24
Disapprove           71      70      64      64      58      45      71
DK/NA                 5       6       8       8      11      10       5
 
 
15. 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              23%    47%     8%    19%    24%    22%    25%     8%    31%
Disapprove           71     47     89     75     71     71     70     86     57
DK/NA                 6      6      4      6      4      7      5      6     11
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              27%    27%    34%    30%    23%    21%    24%    22%
Disapprove           68     69     62     63     72     74     70     74
DK/NA                 5      5      4      7      5      5      6      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Approve              22%    24%    21%    28%    25%
Disapprove           71     70     75     69     70
DK/NA                 7      6      4      3      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
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 31  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Approve              23       22      26      30      34      34      22
Disapprove           71       71      65      61      55      55      71
DK/NA                 6        7       9       9      11      11       7
 
 
17. 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        2%     2%     5%     1%     2%     3%     2%     6%     3%
Smwht satisfied      16      4     32     14     16     15     12     32     36
Smwht dissatisfied   28     20     36     28     26     30     29     32     20
Very dissatisfied    53     75     27     56     55     51     57     26     41
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -      -      4      -
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     2%     1%     4%     2%     3%     1%
Smwht satisfied       8     11      7     25     13     14     17     14
Smwht dissatisfied   25     34     24     27     30     28     27     31
Very dissatisfied    64     53     68     46     53     56     53     53
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      1      1      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        4%     1%     2%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      22     14     12     14     13
Smwht dissatisfied   27     30     33     26     27
Very dissatisfied    46     54     53     58     58
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 DTH   VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                             Post    Pre     High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  May 05  May 05  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       3       6       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      16      17      24      32      25      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   28      29      32      29      26      19      38
Very dissatisfied    53      51      40      33      44      10      44
DK/NA                 1       -       1       -       1       3       2
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              32%     4%    66%    26%    27%    37%    25%    70%    40%
Disapprove           64     93     29     69     69     59     70     25     57
DK/NA                 4      2      5      5      4      5      5      5      3
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              21%    24%    15%    32%    31%    33%    31%    35%
Disapprove           76     71     83     63     65     62     66     59
DK/NA                 3      5      3      5      3      5      4      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Approve              37%    38%    26%    30%    24%
Disapprove           60     56     69     66     70
DK/NA                 3      5      5      4      5
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                     APPROVE......
                                                     High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              32      32      38      36      57      32
Disapprove           64      62      56      58      33      64
DK/NA                 4       6       5       6      10       4
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              44%    13%    73%    44%    42%    46%    38%    80%    47%
Disapprove           48     81     17     49     52     45     55     10     47
DK/NA                 8      6     10      7      7      9      8     10      6
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              32%    36%    23%    49%    43%    42%    40%    51%
Disapprove           60     54     69     43     50     49     51     44
DK/NA                 7     10      8      8      6      9      9      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Approve              47%    46%    43%    45%    39%
Disapprove           43     46     50     51     53
DK/NA                10      8      7      3      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                     APPROVE.......
                                                     High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              44      44      47      46      57      41
Disapprove           48      47      43      44      32      47
DK/NA                 8       9      10      10      11      12
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              34%    11%    57%    35%    32%    36%    29%    67%    34%
Disapprove           48     78     21     48     52     45     53     16     41
DK/NA                17     11     22     17     16     19     18     16     25
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              24%    32%    22%    35%    36%    33%    33%    36%
Disapprove           60     51     65     47     48     48     49     48
DK/NA                17     17     13     18     16     19     18     16
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Approve              40%    40%    29%    36%    30%
Disapprove           41     42     54     51     54
DK/NA                19     18     17     13     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?
                     Oct 06  Jun 09  Apr 22
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Approve              34      35      35
Disapprove           48      47      44
DK/NA                17      17      21
 
 
27. 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%     -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  6      2     12      4      7      6      5     10     11
Not so good          38     28     50     35     36     39     35     51     49
Poor                 55     69     37     60     57     54     59     38     40
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Excellent             1%     -      1%     -      1%     -      -      -
Good                  5      6      4      8      5      6      7      5
Not so good          33     36     29     47     38     34     36     40
Poor                 62     58     67     45     56     59     56     54
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      -
Good                  6      4      5      7      5
Not so good          41     40     38     38     33
Poor                 52     56     56     55     61
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
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jan 18  Nov 17  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       -       1       -       3       -
Good                  6       4       9      13       7      37       3
Not so good          38      35      45      43      43      42      28
Poor                 55      61      45      43      49      16      68
DK/NA                 -       -       -       -       1       1       -
 
28. 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               11%     3%    22%     9%    12%    10%     9%    24%    13%
Worse                44     59     24     49     45     44     48     23     29
The same             44     37     54     42     42     45     42     51     58
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Better                8%    10%     5%    15%    12%     9%    11%    12%
Worse                51     48     57     33     45     49     46     41
The same             40     42     36     52     43     41     43     46
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Better               12%    11%    13%    10%     7%
Worse                42     41     43     44     49
The same             45     48     43     45     43
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (* Low also 11% Sep 2011)
                                                             BETTER........
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jan 18  Nov 17  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011    2011*
 
Better               11      11      23      36      28      36      11
Worse                44      49      32      20      28      20      44
The same             44      39      43      43      43      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       2       2       1       2       1
 
 
29. 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                41%     4%    82%    38%    37%    45%    34%    82%    49%
Reps in Congress     43     88      8     38     46     40     50      4     38
DK/NA                16      8      9     24     17     15     16     14     13
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Obama                26%    33%    19%    39%    42%    42%    40%    44%
Reps in Congress     58     51     69     46     43     41     43     43
DK/NA                16     15     12     15     15     17     18     13
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Obama                49%    46%    35%    41%    37%
Reps in Congress     33     40     49     48     50
DK/NA                18     14     16     12     13
 
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, Jun 2011)
                                                     OBAMA.........
                                                     High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Aug 06  Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Obama                41      44      45      41      47      41
Reps in Congress     43      41      38      43      36      43
DK/NA                16      15      17      15      17      16
 
 
30. 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    Hisp
 
Obama                39%     3%    80%    36%    36%    43%    31%    82%    52%
Romney               49     91     12     49     53     46     57     10     39
DK/NA                11      6      8     15     11     12     12      7      9
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Oct 06  Sep 01
                     2011    2011
 
Obama                39      42
Romney               49      46
DK/NA                11      12
 
 
31. 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    Hisp
 
Obama                42%     5%    83%    39%    39%    46%    35%    83%    47%
Perry                45     85     10     43     49     41     51     10     40
DK/NA                13     10      7     18     13     14     14      7     12
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, Barack Obama or Rick Perry?
                     Oct 06  Sep 01
                     2011    2011
 
Obama                42      43
Perry                45      41
DK/NA                13      15
 
 
32. Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  77%    80%    69%    82%    74%    81%    78%    66%    79%
No                   20     16     27     16     24     16     18     30     18
DK/NA                 3      4      4      2      3      4      3      3      2
 
TREND: Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now? (*Low also 71% May 2008)
                                                             YES RECESSION.
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Jan 18  Jun 22  Jul 14
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011*
 
Yes                  77      76      71      78      73      79      71
No                   20      20      25      19      24      18      25
DK/NA                 3       4       4       3       3       3       4
 
 
33. 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                 51%    12%    84%    53%    50%    51%    43%    83%    69%
Obama                32     67      6     29     32     32     38      9     18
NEITHER (VOL)         7      8      4      6      7      6      7      4      9
BOTH (VOL)            9     12      5      9      9      8     10      4      2
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      2      -      2
 
TREND: Who do you blame more for the current condition of the U.S. economy Former President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama?
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jan 18  Jul 22  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Bush                 51      53      54      57      53      55
Obama                32      32      27      21      25      20
NEITHER(VOL)          7       6       8      11      10      14
BOTH(VOL)             9       7       7       7       7       7
DK/NA                 2       3       3       4       4       4
 
 
34. If - Barack Obama is reelected President, do you think the economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           29%     6%    59%    24%    26%    32%    23%    65%    29%
Get worse            36     66      7     36     40     33     41      5     30
Stay the same        31     25     29     38     31     31     31     26     39
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      4      4      5      5      2
 
TREND: If Barack Obama is reelected President, do you think the economy will get better, get worse or stay about the same? (* May 2008 "elected President")
                     Oct 06  May 15
                     2011    2008*
 
Get better           29      37
Get worse            36      22
Stay the same        31      32
DK/NA                 4       9
 
 
35. If - Mitt Romney is elected President, do you think the economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           36%    65%    13%    33%    40%    31%    41%    13%    28%
Get worse            16      4     29     14     17     15     13     31     18
Stay the same        37     23     45     43     34     40     35     42     41
DK/NA                11      8     13     10      9     13     11     14     13
 
 
36. If - Rick Perry is elected President, do you think the economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           30%    61%     8%    27%    35%    26%    35%    10%    27%
Get worse            24      5     45     22     22     25     20     48     22
Stay the same        32     23     33     37     31     33     31     30     34
DK/NA                14     11     14     14     12     16     15     12     17
 
 
37. If - Barack Obama is reelected President, do you think taxes on the middle class will go up, go down, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Go up                43%    72%    15%    45%    47%    40%    48%    18%    33%
Go down              10      3     20      8      8     12      8     26     16
Stay the same        42     19     61     44     41     43     40     51     45
DK/NA                 5      6      4      4      4      6      4      5      6
 
 
38. If - Mitt Romney is elected President, do you think taxes on the middle class will go up, go down, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Go up                30%    18%    43%    30%    27%    33%    27%    49%    27%
Go down               9     16      5      9      9     10     11      6      5
Stay the same        49     56     41     51     56     43     52     35     47
DK/NA                11     10     11     11      8     14     11     11     21
 
 
39. If - Rick Perry is elected President, do you think taxes on the middle class will go up, go down, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Go up                33%    16%    50%    34%    30%    36%    29%    56%    32%
Go down               9     16      5      8     11      8     11      3      5
Stay the same        44     54     34     45     49     39     46     32     42
DK/NA                14     14     12     13     11     16     14      9     21
 
 
40. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on foreign policy Barack Obama or - Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Obama                43%     8%    82%    40%    41%    45%    36%    82%    53%
Romney               43     82      9     43     46     41     51      8     32
DK/NA                13     10      9     17     13     14     13     10     15
 
 
41. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on foreign policy Barack Obama or - Rick Perry?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Obama                46%     9%    82%    46%    45%    47%    39%    83%    54%
Perry                38     75      8     35     39     36     45      6     27
DK/NA                16     15     10     19     15     17     16     11     20
 
 
42. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on Social Security, Barack Obama or - Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Obama                42%     6%    81%    41%    39%    46%    35%    85%    46%
Romney               46     86     11     42     49     42     53      7     34
DK/NA                12      7      7     17     12     12     11      8     20
 
 
43. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on Social Security, Barack Obama or - Rick Perry?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Obama                44%     7%    82%    43%    41%    47%    37%    84%    46%
Perry                42     81     10     38     45     40     50      6     31
DK/NA                14     11      8     19     14     14     13     10     23
 
 
44. Is your opinion of Social Security favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            50%    42%    62%    47%    50%    49%    50%    52%    45%
Unfavorable          32     41     17     36     34     29     33     18     30
Hvn't hrd enough     16     14     19     14     14     18     14     27     24
REFUSED               3      3      2      2      2      3      3      4      2
 
 
45. Do you think the Social Security program should continue to be run by the federal government or the Social Security program should be turned over to the states?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Federal gov          63%    48%    80%    63%    63%    64%    62%    76%    60%
States               26     34     14     29     28     24     26     20     28
DK/NA                11     18      6      8      9     13     12      4     12
 
 
46. Under the current system employers and employees pay Social Security taxes on workers' incomes up to the first $106,800 they earn. Do you support or oppose raising this $106,800 income cap to help bring more money into the Social Security system?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              56%    42%    69%    59%    56%    57%    56%    67%    51%
Oppose               35     46     22     36     39     31     35     25     42
DK/NA                 9     12      9      6      5     12      9      8      7
 
 
47. Social Security benefits for today's retirees come from taxes paid by today's workers. When today's workers retire, their benefits will be paid by people working at the time. Some have said this system is a "Ponzi scheme." Do you think that it is fair or unfair to describe the Social Security system as a Ponzi scheme?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Fair                 32%    46%    17%    33%    35%    29%    34%    22%    29%
Unfair               60     44     76     59     58     61     58     70     58
DK/NA                 8      9      8      7      7     10      8      8     13
 
 
48. Based on what you've heard or read, do you think Rick Perry wants to fix Social Security or end Social Security?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Fix                  30%    55%    11%    30%    37%    24%    34%     9%    30%
End                  35     11     60     33     35     35     30     61     39
DK/NA                35     35     29     36     28     41     36     29     31
 
 
49. Would you support or oppose - Ending Saturday deliveries as a way to help the Postal Service solve its financial problems?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              79%    84%    74%    80%    80%    78%    83%    60%    73%
Oppose               20     14     25     19     19     21     16     39     25
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      1      1      2
 
 
50. Would you support or oppose - Closing some post office branches, including your local office as a way to help the Postal Service solve its financial problems?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              53%    59%    46%    55%    61%    45%    55%    41%    42%
Oppose               45     39     52     43     38     52     42     59     57
DK/NA                 2      3      2      3      1      3      3      1      1
 
 
51. Would you support or oppose - Providing additional federal funding as a way to help the Postal Service solve its financial problems?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              38%    24%    57%    34%    32%    44%    35%    61%    45%
Oppose               57     70     38     63     63     50     60     34     52
DK/NA                 5      6      5      4      4      6      5      5      3
 
 
52. Would you support or oppose - Raising stamp prices as a way to help the Postal Service solve its financial problems?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              60%    53%    68%    60%    61%    60%    61%    54%    71%
Oppose               38     45     32     38     38     38     38     45     29
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      1      2      2      -      -
 
 
53. From what you know about the situation in the Middle East, do your sympathies lie more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Israelis             51%    69%    36%    51%    58%    44%    55%    35%    44%
Palestinians         15      7     21     18     15     15     14     14     20
DK/NA                34     24     44     31     27     41     31     51     36
 
 
54. Do you think the President of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes/Should           63%    76%    56%    62%    68%    58%    66%    62%    57%
No/Should not        20     12     19     25     20     20     19     15     17
DK/NA                17     12     25     13     12     22     15     23     26
 
TREND: Do you think the President of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Oct 06  Jun 09  Apr 22
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Yes/Should           63      66      66
No/Should not        20      18      19
DK/NA                17      16      15
 
 
55. Do you think President Obama is a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes/Strong           39%    14%    60%    41%    38%    40%    36%    56%    37%
No/Not strong        40     69     12     41     46     34     45      9     33
DK/NA                21     16     28     17     16     26     19     35     30
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama is a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Oct 06  Jun 09  Apr 22
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Yes/Strong           39      40      34
No/Not strong        40      39      42
DK/NA                21      22      24
 
 
56. Generally speaking, would you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              44%    29%    51%    52%    52%    37%    45%    36%    46%
Oppose               35     52     23     33     33     38     36     34     33
DK/NA                20     19     26     15     15     25     19     29     21
 
TREND: Generally speaking, would you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state?
                     Oct 06  Jun 09
                     2011    2011
 
Support              44      45
Oppose               35      30
DK/NA                20      25
 
 
57. Who do you blame more for the failure to achieve a peace settlement in the Middle East - the Israelis, the Palestinians or both equally?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Israelis              6%     3%     8%     7%     7%     6%     5%    10%     8%
Palestinians         22     39      9     19     26     18     25     10     18
Both equally         64     53     70     68     61     66     63     68     57
DK/NA                 8      6     12      6      7     10      7     12     17
 
 
58. Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  16%    33%     4%    13%    17%    15%    19%     3%     6%
No                   80     62     94     83     79     80     77     95     89
DK/NA                 4      5      2      4      3      5      4      2      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  25%    15%    33%    10%    18%    17%    17%    14%
No                   70     80     64     86     78     78     77     84
DK/NA                 5      5      3      4      4      5      5      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Military
                     <30K  30-50 50-100 >100K    HsHlds
 
Yes                  15%    16%    19%    15%    19%
No                   81     79     78     83     77
DK/NA                 5      5      3      2      4
 
TREND: Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not? (* Low also 12% Sep 2010, Jul 2010)
                                                             YES TEA PARTY..
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 06  Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Jul 21  Oct 06  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2011    2011*
 
Yes                  16      12      13      12      12      16      12
No                   80      85      83      80      81      80      85
DK/NA                 4       3       4       9       7       4       3
 
 

Demographic Summary