November 3, 2011 - U.S. Voters Say Super Committee Will Fail To Cut Debt, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Occupy Wall Street Less Unpopular Than Tea Party

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American voters by an overwhelming 67 - 24 percent do not think the "Super Committee" will come up with a debt reduction plan, and if it does succeed, voters say 48 - 39 percent that the solution should include only spending cuts and no tax increases, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

On immigration matter that has become a major issue in the Republican presidential race, all voters say 52 - 44 percent that illegal immigrants should not be eligible for in-state tuition breaks at public colleges. And, by 37 - 16 percent, they are more likely to vote against a presidential candidate, rather than in favor of one, who backs such a policy, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

"There is widespread cynicism in the electorate almost across the board about the ability of the folks in Washington to get anything done, much less an agreement on the complicated and emotionally charged issues before the Super Committee," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

There are striking differences on the issue depending on party identification. By 84 - 12 percent, Republicans don't expect a deal, compared to 51 - 39 percent among Democrats and 71 - 20 percent among independent voters. Whites by 73 - 20 percent think a deal is unlikely as do Hispanics 55 - 36 percent. Blacks are hopeful for a deal by a narrow 44 - 40 percent.

On whether the debt reduction plan would include just spending cuts, or include some taxes, the split is clearly partisan. For spending cuts only are Republicans 74 - 16 percent and independent voters 48 - 38 percent. Democrats would include tax hikes 58 - 30 percent.

"Other than Democrats and African-Americans and those with college degrees, American voters say the debt reduction plan should only include spending cuts," said Brown.

By 46 - 36 percent American voters would blame congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats if the Super Committee strikes out.

By a 39 - 30 percent margin, American voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Occupy Wall Street movement, with 30 percent who don't know enough about it for an opinion.

The Tea Party movement gets a slightly more negative 45 - 31 percent unfavorable rating, with 24 percent who don't know enough about it for an opinion.

Opposing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants are Republicans 69 - 27 percent and independent voters 58 - 39 percent. Democrats favor such eligibility 61 - 34 percent.

The pattern repeats as Republicans say 55 - 8 percent and independent voters say 40 - 12 percent they are less likely to support a candidate who favors in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Democrats would be more likely to back such a candidate 27 - 21 percent.

"Backing in-state tuition breaks appears to be a political loser, and not just in the Republican primary," said Brown.

American voter attitudes on other immigration issues are:
  • Say 59 - 32 percent that immigration reform should primarily move towards stronger enforcement rather than integrating illegal immigrants into U.S. society;
  • Split 48 - 46 percent on whether to keep current practice that automatically makes the children of illegal immigrants born in this country American citizens;
  • Back 61 - 34 percent Arizona's immigration law that the federal government is asking federal courts to nullify;
  • Want 56 - 39 percent an Arizona-style law in their own state;
  • Oppose 61 - 35 percent allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses;
  • Support 57 - 38 percent building a security fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship, 53 percent of voters say, while 20 percent say they should be allowed to stay only as guest workers and 23 percent say they should be forced to leave the country.

With the death of Moammar Gadhafi, American voters split 45 - 44 percent on whether the U.S. did the right thing using military force in Libya. A total of 54 percent give President Obama "a lot" or "some" credit for bringing down Gadhafi.

From October 25 - 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,294 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.
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              37%     7%    65%    29%    33%    39%    30%    73%    41%
Disapprove           60     92     31     66     63     57     66     24     56
DK/NA                 4      1      4      5      3      4      4      3      3
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              25%    28%    18%    44%    32%    38%    36%    38%
Disapprove           72     69     80     51     65     59     60     59
DK/NA                 3      3      2      5      3      3      4      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              40%    37%    36%    34%    32%
Disapprove           56     60     61     63     64
DK/NA                 4      4      2      3      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 03  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              37      32      32      38      36      57      32
Disapprove           60      64      62      56      58      33      64
DK/NA                 4       4       6       5       6      10       4
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              52%    22%    80%    47%    52%    52%    47%    85%    58%
Disapprove           42     72     15     46     44     40     47      9     40
DK/NA                 6      6      5      7      4      8      6      5      2
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              41%    44%    32%    54%    53%    51%    49%    59%
Disapprove           54     47     63     37     43     43     44     36
DK/NA                 5      9      5      9      4      6      7      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              50%    52%    55%    55%    48%
Disapprove           42     43     39     42     47
DK/NA                 9      5      6      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 03  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              52      44      44      47      46      57      41
Disapprove           42      48      47      43      44      32      47
DK/NA                 6       8       9      10      10      11      12
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism? (Q29-Q34 rotated and asked of half the sample)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              66%    41%    86%    61%    67%    65%
Disapprove           28     55     11     29     27     29
DK/NA                 6      4      3     10      5      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism? (*=Post Bin Laden Death)
                                             PostBin
                                             LadenDth        APPROVE......
                                             Post            High    Low
                     Nov 03  Sep 01  Jun 09  May 05  May 26  May 05  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011*   2010
 
Approve              66      57      63      67      49      67      48
Disapprove           28      34      31      27      41      27      44
DK/NA                 6       9       6       7      10       7       8
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya? (Q29-Q34 rotated and asked of half the sample)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              52%    39%    69%    48%    57%    48%
Disapprove           31     44     13     36     32     30
DK/NA                17     17     18     16     11     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?
                                             BIN LADEN DEATH
                                             Post    Pre
                     Nov 03  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              52      38      41      45      41      41
Disapprove           31      44      43      40      48      45
DK/NA                17      18      15      15      11      14
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iraq? (Q29-Q34 rotated and asked of half the sample)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              61%    33%    81%    62%    64%    60%
Disapprove           34     60     16     33     34     33
DK/NA                 5      7      3      5      2      7
 
 
32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan? (Q29-Q34 rotated and asked of half the sample)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              50%    28%    69%    49%    50%    51%
Disapprove           41     62     23     43     44     37
DK/NA                 9     10      8      8      6     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan? (* Post Bin laden Death)
                                                     PostBin
                                                     LadnDth APPROVE.......
                                                     Post    High    Low
                     Nov 03  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Nov 18
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              50      43      50      51      59      59      38
Disapprove           41      47      42      40      30      30      49
DK/NA                 9      10       8       9      10      10      12
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs? (Q29- Q34 rotated and asked of half the sample)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              33%     2%    58%    28%    30%    36%
Disapprove           62     95     37     66     64     60
DK/NA                 5      3      5      7      6      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 03  Jan 18  May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Jan 18  Nov 03
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2011    2011
 
Approve              33      41      40      38      37      41      33
Disapprove           62      51      51      56      57      51      62
DK/NA                 5       8       9       6       6       8       5
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling illegal immigration? (Q29-Q34 rotated and asked of half the sample)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              30%     8%    56%    25%    29%    32%
Disapprove           53     83     28     57     58     49
DK/NA                16      9     16     18     14     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling illegal immigration?
                     Nov 03  Jan 13  Sep 13  Jul 21
                     2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              30      30      28      30
Disapprove           53      55      60      58
DK/NA                16      15      12      12
 
 
37. 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            31%    62%     7%    34%    37%    25%    35%     7%    23%
Unfavorable          45     14     67     45     43     46     43     66     35
Hvn't hrd enough     24     23     25     20     19     28     20     27     42
REFUSED               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
 
Favorable            42%    39%    48%    26%    33%    32%    30%    32%
Unfavorable          35     40     26     42     46     46     39     57
Hvn't hrd enough     22     20     24     31     20     21     30     11
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            25%    32%    33%    35%    39%
Unfavorable          37     45     50     51     39
Hvn't hrd enough     37     22     16     14     20
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Nov 03  Sep 01  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jul 21  Apr 21  Mar 24
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            31      29      34      30      33      32      28
Unfavorable          45      42      38      31      31      31      23
Hvn't hrd enough     24      29      26      37      35      34      49
REFUSED               1       1       1       2       1       2       1
 
 
38. Is your opinion of the Occupy Wall Street Movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            30%    10%    45%    29%    29%    31%    28%    35%    32%
Unfavorable          39     67     19     42     43     36     44     22     25
Hvn't hrd enough     30     23     36     28     27     33     27     43     42
REFUSED               1      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
 
Favorable            23%    22%    15%    30%    33%    28%    26%    38%
Unfavorable          49     50     54     26     41     43     37     42
Hvn't hrd enough     28     26     31     45     26     27     36     19
REFUSED               1      2      -      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Favorable            26%    28%    33%    36%    27%
Unfavorable          31     41     40     45     48
Hvn't hrd enough     42     30     26     18     24
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1
 
 
39. Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  12%    27%     2%    13%    15%    10%    14%     -     10%
No                   85     69     96     85     83     86     83     97     85
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      2      4      3      3      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  16%    17%    20%    12%    12%    12%    13%    10%
No                   80     80     76     82     86     84     83     89
DK/NA                 4      3      4      6      1      4      4      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  13%    11%    12%    13%    16%
No                   81     86     85     87     81
DK/NA                 6      2      3      -      2
 
TREND: Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not? (* Low also 12% Sep 2010, Jul 2010, Sep 2011)
                                                             YES TEA PARTY..
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 03  Oct 06  Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Oct 06  Nov 03
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2011    2011*
 
Yes                  12      16      12      13      12      16      12
No                   85      80      85      83      80      80      85
DK/NA                 3       4       3       4       9       4       3
 
 
62. Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of the economic policies that Barack Obama has followed since he became president? Obama's policies: A) Have improved the economy, B) Have not improved the economy but have prevented it from being in worse shape than it is C) Have made the economy worse, or D) Have had no effect at all on the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A) Improved           11%     1%    21%     8%    12%    11%     8%    30%    17%
B) Prevented worse    42     18     58     43     39     44     41     53     41
C) Made worse         36     70      9     38     38     33     42      1     23
D) No effect at all    9      9     10      9     10      8      8     11     18
E) DK/NA               2      2      2      2      1      3      1      5      1
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Improved              6%     6%     3%    14%     8%    14%    12%    11%
Prevented worse      33     38     29     52     43     36     39     48
Made worse           51     46     59     24     38     39     37     34
No effect at all      8     10      6      9     10      9     10      7
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1      3      2      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Improved             12%    10%    11%    11%     9%
Prevented worse      41     44     45     40     36
Made worse           33     37     34     42     45
No effect at all     10      9     10      6      8
DK/NA                 4      1      -      1      1
 
 
63. The debt ceiling agreement reached by President Obama and Congress in August created a new Congressional committee - sometimes referred to as the 'Super Committee' - to recommend a deficit-reduction proposal. This committee must make its recommendations by late November. From what you know so far, do you think the deficit-reduction proposal should include some increases in tax revenue or should it include only cuts in government spending?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Some tax increases   39%    16%    58%    38%    41%    37%    37%    57%    33%
Spending cuts only   48     74     30     48     49     47     51     27     52
DK/NA                13     10     12     14     10     16     12     17     16
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Some tax increases   32%    30%    22%    35%    42%    38%    33%    50%
Spending cuts only   56     56     67     51     49     46     51     42
DK/NA                11     14     11     14      9     17     15      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Some tax increases   33%    39%    44%    44%    36%
Spending cuts only   47     49     48     48     51
DK/NA                20     13      8      8     13
 
 
64. Do you think that the Super Committee and President Obama will be able to agree on a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  24%    12%    39%    20%    24%    25%    20%    44%    36%
No                   67     84     51     71     71     63     73     40     55
DK/NA                 8      3     11      9      5     12      7     16      9
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  17%    24%    16%    33%    21%    23%    25%    24%
No                   76     72     78     62     73     65     66     70
DK/NA                 6      4      6      4      6     11      9      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  29%    25%    20%    25%    20%
No                   59     66     74     71     75
DK/NA                12      9      6      3      5
 
 
65. Who do you think would be mostly to blame if the Committee and the President are not able to agree on a plan to reduce the deficit - President Obama and the Democrats in Congress, or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama/Democrats      36%    70%    14%    36%    40%    33%    40%    21%    31%
Republicans          46     15     73     43     44     48     43     63     53
DK/NA                17     15     13     20     15     19     18     16     16
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Obama/Democrats      45%    47%    53%    33%    40%    34%    37%    35%
Republicans          34     39     27     47     47     47     44     51
DK/NA                21     14     20     19     13     19     19     14
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama/Democrats      33%    33%    36%    43%    40%
Republicans          47     46     51     44     42
DK/NA                19     21     13     13     18
 
 
66. Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Integrating          32%    13%    49%    29%    30%    34%    29%    38%    52%
Enforcement          59     80     44     61     62     57     64     50     36
DK/NA                 8      7      8      9      8      9      7     12     12
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Integrating          21%    22%    16%    43%    33%    27%    29%    39%
Enforcement          72     72     76     52     61     62     63     54
DK/NA                 7      6      8      5      7     10      8      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Integrating          28%    31%    35%    37%    28%
Enforcement          63     60     60     56     66
DK/NA                 9      9      5      7      6
 
TREND: Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?
                     Nov 03  Sep 13  Jul 21  Jun 1
                     2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Integrating          32      24      22       26
Enforcement          59      68      69       66
DK/NA                 8       9       8        8
 
 
67. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently working in the United States: A) They should be allowed to stay in their jobs and to eventually apply for US citizenship. B) They should be allowed to stay in their jobs but only as guest workers, and should not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave their jobs and leave the U.S.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A) Stay/Apply        53%    39%    65%    51%    47%    58%    49%    61%    72%
B) Stay/Guest only   20     22     18     21     23     17     20     17     15
C) Leave jobs/U.S.   23     33     14     24     27     20     26     19      8
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      3      6      5      2      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Stay/Apply           46%    47%    44%    57%    49%    54%    51%    56%
Stay/Guest only      20     23     20     18     22     18     18     23
Leave jobs/U.S.      28     25     30     23     27     21     26     18
DK/NA                 6      5      6      2      3      7      5      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Stay/Apply           54%    53%    52%    52%    50%
Stay/Guest only      16     18     24     23     17
Leave jobs/U.S.      25     25     22     21     28
DK/NA                 6      5      2      3      4
 
 
68. As you may know, under our constitution and current laws, all children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship. Do you think we should continue to grant citizenship to all children born in the U.S. or do you think this should be changed so children of illegal immigrants are not automatically granted citizenship?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Grant citizenship    48%    27%    65%    46%    47%    48%    41%    63%    75%
Laws should change   46     67     28     51     49     43     53     30     18
DK/NA                 6      6      7      4      4      8      6      8      7
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Grant citizenship    34%    38%    29%    64%    48%    41%    46%    51%
Laws should change   59     57     65     31     46     53     47     44
DK/NA                 7      5      7      5      6      6      6      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Grant citizenship    50%    49%    48%    49%    45%
Laws should change   43     45     47     46     52
DK/NA                 7      6      5      6      4
 
TREND: As you may know, under our constitution and current laws, all children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship. Do you think we should continue to grant citizenship to all children born in the US or do you think this should be changed so children of illegal immigrants are not automatically granted citizenship?
                     Nov 03  Sep 13
                     2011    2010
 
Grant citizenship    48      45
Laws should change   46      48
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
69. Should an illegal immigrant who graduated from a high school in your state and is accepted to a state public college qualify for the in-state college tuition, or shouldn't they?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Should           44%    27%    61%    39%    40%    47%    37%    66%    71%
No/Shld not          52     69     34     58     57     48     59     29     28
DK/NA                 4      4      4      3      3      5      4      5      1
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes/Should           31%    32%    28%    57%    42%    40%    42%    46%
No/Shld not          63     63     67     41     56     55     53     51
DK/NA                 5      5      5      2      2      6      4      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes/Should           48%    43%    43%    44%    35%
No/Shld not          46     53     55     54     61
DK/NA                 6      4      2      2      4
 
 
70. Suppose a candidate for president supports allowing illegal immigrants who graduate from a state high-school to qualify for in-state college tuition. Would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who held this position, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          16%     8%    27%    12%    15%    17%    13%    19%    38%
Less likely          37     55     21     40     40     35     43     16     11
No difference        43     33     49     44     43     44     40     61     48
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      2      4      3      3      2
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
More likely          10%     9%     9%    22%    16%    15%    15%    19%
Less likely          47     47     51     28     40     39     39     34
No difference        38     41     35     49     42     41     42     46
DK/NA                 4      3      5      1      2      5      4      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
More likely          17%    20%    14%    19%    16%
Less likely          34     36     39     39     41
No difference        45     40     46     41     39
DK/NA                 4      5      1      2      4
 
 
71. As you may know, last year the state of Arizona passed a law that requires police to verify the legal status of someone they have already stopped or arrested if they suspect that the person is in the country illegally. Do you approve or disapprove of Arizona's immigration law?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              61%    88%    41%    63%    65%    58%    67%    50%    37%
Disapprove           34      8     54     33     32     36     28     45     63
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      3      6      5      5      -
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              71%    76%    78%    53%    63%    64%    65%    53%
Disapprove           23     19     15     43     33     30     29     44
DK/NA                 6      4      7      4      4      6      5      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              61%    61%    64%    56%    69%
Disapprove           31     36     33     41     26
DK/NA                 8      3      3      4      5
 
 
72. Would you want your state to pass a law similar to Arizona's new immigration law or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  56%    82%    39%    57%    61%    52%    62%    41%    34%
No                   39     13     57     37     36     41     33     50     64
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      3      7      5     10      2
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  67%    71%    74%    50%    57%    59%    61%    46%
No                   28     24     21     47     37     35     33     50
DK/NA                 4      6      5      3      5      6      6      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Yes                  57%    55%    58%    53%    66%
No                   35     42     38     43     30
DK/NA                 8      3      4      4      4
 
 
73. Do you support or oppose allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              35%    20%    47%    34%    34%    36%    33%    40%    50%
Oppose               61     75     48     62     64     58     62     59     45
DK/NA                 4      4      5      4      2      6      5      1      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Support              28%    27%    27%    39%    33%    36%    33%    39%
Oppose               66     67     68     59     64     59     63     56
DK/NA                 6      5      5      2      3      6      4      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Support              39%    34%    30%    42%    27%
Oppose               56     61     68     55     68
DK/NA                 5      5      2      3      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses?
                     Nov 03  Mar 3
                     2011    2006
 
Support              35      25
Oppose               61      72
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
74. Would you support or oppose building a security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegal immigration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              57%    75%    47%    55%    58%    56%    58%    53%    45%
Oppose               38     20     47     40     39     37     36     39     49
DK/NA                 6      5      6      4      4      7      5      8      6
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Support              62%    64%    68%    55%    58%    57%    60%    49%
Oppose               31     33     24     42     37     37     34     46
DK/NA                 7      3      8      3      5      6      6      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Support              57%    60%    55%    55%    60%
Oppose               37     34     41     41     35
DK/NA                 6      6      4      5      5
 
 
75. 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          31%    46%    24%    32%    36%    27%    35%    18%    20%
Shld not be involved 60     44     69     62     58     63     56     71     78
DK/NA                 8     11      7      7      6     10      9     11      2
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Right thing          37%    36%    40%    31%    35%    29%    30%    35%
Shld not be involved 54     57     49     62     59     60     62     58
DK/NA                 9      6     11      6      5     11      8      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Right thing          25%    36%    33%    36%    33%
Shld not be involved 65     57     61     58     59
DK/NA                 9      7      6      6      8
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                                                     RIGHT THING...
                                                     High    Low
                     Nov 03  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Jan 14  Nov 03
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011
 
Right thing          31      35      39      40      59      31
Shld not be involved 60      58      55      52      35      60
DK/NA                 8       7       6       8       6       8
 
 
76. Do you think the U.S. did the right thing by using military force in Libya, or should the U.S. not have been involved in Libya?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Right thing          45%    43%    51%    46%    51%    41%    48%    41%    33%
Not involved         44     45     39     44     42     45     41     45     57
DK/NA                11     12     10     10      7     14     11     14     10
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Right thing          46%    44%    39%    41%    47%    46%    43%    51%
Not involved         43     45     46     44     45     42     46     39
DK/NA                11     12     15     15      8     12     12      9
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Right thing          40%    44%    48%    50%    47%
Not involved         48     47     41     42     43
DK/NA                12      9     12      8     10
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. did the right thing by using military force in Libya, or should the U.S. not have been involved in Libya? (*question asked in present tense)
                                     BIN LADEN DEATH
                                     Post    Pre
                     Nov 03  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30
                     2011    2011*   2011*   2011*   2011*   2011*
 
Right thing          45      32      35      39      37      41
Shld not be involved 44      56      54      48      53      47
DK/NA                11      13      11      12      10      12
 
 
77. How much credit do you think President Obama deserves for bringing down Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, a lot of credit, some credit, only a little credit, or no credit at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                19%     8%    28%    17%    19%    19%    15%    40%    22%
Some                 35     32     41     33     35     35     35     35     39
Only a little        23     29     19     25     24     22     26     12     19
No credit            19     28      8     21     20     18     21      8     16
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      2      5      3      5      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
A lot                14%    16%    11%    14%    14%    25%    21%    16%
Some                 34     36     35     35     35     35     35     34
Only a little        27     27     24     26     26     21     21     28
No credit            22     18     26     19     22     17     19     18
DK/NA                 3      2      4      6      3      3      4      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
A lot                23%    17%    16%    16%    19%
Some                 34     36     36     35     30
Only a little        20     25     26     28     25
No credit            18     19     19     18     23
DK/NA                 5      3      3      3      3
 
 
78. Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Right                36%    67%    18%    33%    38%    35%    39%    26%    33%
Wrong                60     28     78     64     60     60     58     70     65
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      2      5      4      4      2
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Right                47%    45%    55%    36%    40%    33%    38%    33%
Wrong                49     54     39     61     59     61     59     64
DK/NA                 5      2      5      2      2      5      4      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Right                34%    35%    36%    39%    42%
Wrong                62     60     63     59     55
DK/NA                 4      4      2      3      2
 
TREND: Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?
                                                             RIGHT THING...
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 03  Mar 05  Nov 12  May 14  Oct 31  Sep 17  May 14
                     2011    2009    2008    2008    2007    2003    2008
 
Right                36      36      36      33      38      58      33
Wrong                60      60      58      62      55      37      62
DK/NA                 4       5       6       5       6       5       5
 
 
79. Do you think President Obama's decision to withdraw all US troops from Iraq by the end of the year was the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Right thing          74%    44%    94%    76%    73%    76%    69%    97%    87%
Wrong thing          21     48      5     19     24     18     25      2     12
DK/NA                 5      7      2      5      3      6      5      1      1
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Right thing          63%    69%    58%    81%    74%    71%    75%    75%
Wrong thing          31     26     35     16     22     23     21     21
DK/NA                 7      4      7      3      3      6      4      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Right thing          80%    75%    75%    70%    69%
Wrong thing          16     21     22     26     26
DK/NA                 5      4      3      4      5
 
 
80. Do you think President Obama decided to bring home American troops from Iraq by the end of the year mainly because it is good policy or mainly because of reelection politics?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good policy          44%    12%    69%    40%    41%    46%    38%    80%    47%
Politics             50     83     24     52     54     47     56     13     47
DK/NA                 6      4      7      7      6      7      6      6      6
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Good policy          32%    36%    25%    43%    43%    45%    42%    48%
Politics             61     59     68     50     52     48     52     46
DK/NA                 7      4      7      7      6      7      6      7
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Good policy          45%    44%    44%    45%    41%
Politics             49     52     48     49     54
DK/NA                 6      4      7      6      5
 

Demographic Summary