December 6, 2012 - U.S. Voters Trust Obama, Dems To Avoid Fiscal Cliff, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Tax The Rich, But Don't Touch Medicare, Voters Say

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American voters give President Barack Obama a 53 - 40 percent job approval rating - his best score in three years - and by a wider 53 - 36 percent they trust the president and Democrats more than Republicans to avoid the "Fiscal Cliff," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Registered voters say 48 - 43 percent that President Obama and Congress will reach agreement on a plan to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect at year's end, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

By a huge 67 - 23 percent margin, voters oppose eliminating the home mortgage interest deduction, but strongly favor, 62 - 28 percent, limiting the deduction to the first $500,000 of mortgage debt. By 56 - 35 percent, voters favor eliminating that deduction for second homes.

Voters 65 - 31 percent support higher taxes on households making more than $250,000 per year, with 84 - 14 percent support from Democrats and 66 - 31 percent support from independent voters. Republicans are opposed 53 - 41 percent.

"Nothing like winning an election to boost your job approval. President Barack Obama hasn't had a score this good since his 52 - 40 percent approval rating May 5, 2011, right after the death of Osama bin Laden," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"This is only the second time in more than three years that President Obama has broken 50 percent. And voters see Republicans as more likely to be obstructionist, and have less confidence in their ability to come up with the right solution to the nation's financial woes."

American voters say 56 - 38 percent that Obama and congressional Democrats will make a good faith effort to cooperate with congressional Republicans on important issues. By 51 - 43 percent, voters say congressional Republicans will not act in good faith.

Voters are optimistic 58 - 38 percent, however, about the next four years with Obama as president and believe 50 - 26 percent that the economy will get better in the next four years.

If Obama and the Republicans drive the federal government over the Fiscal Cliff, voters say 47 - 23 percent that the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that go into effect will be bad for the U.S. economy. By a larger 53 - 15 percent, voters say the Fiscal Cliff will be bad for their personal financial situation.

Voter opinions on issues on the bargaining table:
  • 47 - 40 percent support raising the tax on capital gains;
  • 70 - 25 percent oppose cutting Medicaid spending;
  • 51 - 44 percent oppose gradually raising the age for Medicare eligibility;
  • 55 - 41 percent oppose cuts in military spending;
  • 66 percent believe the best way to reduce the deficit is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts.
"The 48 - 43 percent belief that President Obama and both parties in Congress can avoid the Fiscal Cliff is hardly a strong vote of confidence that the folks in Washington can avert the supposed financial catastrophe they all say they want to avoid," Brown said.

Abolish the Electoral College in favor of direct popular vote for president, American voters say 60 - 29 percent. Republican, Democrats and independent voters all support the idea by wide margins.

It's a bad idea to sign a no-tax pledge, voters say 85 - 10 percent, including 77 - 15 percent among Republicans.

From November 28 - December 3, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,949 registered voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information or RSS feed, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              53%     8%    90%    51%    51%    55%    43%    94%    67%
Disapprove           40     86      4     41     42     38     50      4     18
DK/NA                 8      7      6      8      8      7      7      3     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              51%    39%    33%    42%    41%    44%    22%    44%
Disapprove           46     52     59     54     53     48     72     48
DK/NA                 3      9      8      5      6      8      6      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              57%    51%    57%    50%    49%    51%    58%    49%    49%
Disapprove           39     40     33     45     47     44     33     44     46
DK/NA                 4      9     10      5      4      4      9      7      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
                     Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              53      45      47      45      44      59      41
Disapprove           40      49      48      49      50      31      55
DK/NA                 8       6       5       5       6      10       4
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              37%     7%    70%    30%    34%    41%    29%    72%    46%
Disapprove           54     86     21     61     58     49     62     23     37
DK/NA                 9      8      8      9      8     10      9      5     17
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              34%    27%    23%    31%    26%    32%    16%    31%
Disapprove           60     63     67     62     67     57     75     61
DK/NA                 7     10      9      8      7     11      9      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              38%    37%    44%    32%    32%    35%    43%    34%    32%
Disapprove           54     53     47     61     61     61     47     59     57
DK/NA                 8     10      9      7      7      4     10      7     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 24% Sep 2011, Oct 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              37      29      27      26      24      45      24
Disapprove           54      62      63      67      69      45      69
DK/NA                 9       8      10       7       7      10       7
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              23%    47%     8%    22%    22%    24%    25%    16%    29%
Disapprove           69     43     86     71     71     67     68     80     58
DK/NA                 8     10      6      7      7      9      8      5     14
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              22%    25%    28%    30%    24%    25%    35%    24%
Disapprove           74     65     62     66     70     65     54     69
DK/NA                 4     10     10      4      6     10     11      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              20%    24%    22%    26%    20%    23%    26%    21%    22%
Disapprove           75     66     68     69     75     74     64     75     68
DK/NA                 4     10      9      6      5      3     10      5     10
 
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
                     Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Mar 31  Nov 23
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2011*   2011
 
Approve              23      24      23      22      19      34      19
Disapprove           69      68      66      71      74      55      74
DK/NA                 8       8      11       6       7      11      7
 
 
4. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        3%     -      7%     2%     3%     3%     1%     8%     9%
Smwht satisfied      32      7     54     30     30     34     27     61     39
Smwht dissatisfied   26     25     26     26     26     26     26     21     28
Very dissatisfied    38     67     12     41     39     36     46      8     22
DK/NA                 1      -      1      2      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        1%     2%     1%     2%     1%     1%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      34     23     20     29     25     28     11     31
Smwht dissatisfied   25     26     24     26     25     26     25     26
Very dissatisfied    39     49     54     43     48     43     63     41
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        2%     4%     4%     2%     3%     -      4%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      38     30     34     31     30     31     37     30     27
Smwht dissatisfied   25     26     27     26     23     25     27     23     26
Very dissatisfied    34     39     34     40     44     43     30     43     43
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 20  Feb 23  Nov 23  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        3       4       3       4       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      32      25      28      26      16      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   26      29      29      28      31      19      38
Very dissatisfied    38      41      40      42      50      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next four years with Barack Obama as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Optimistic           58%    19%    91%    56%    53%    63%    49%    89%    77%
Pessimistic          38     78      7     38     41     34     47      6     20
DK/NA                 4      3      2      5      5      3      4      5      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Optimistic           54%    47%    39%    50%    44%    54%    30%    51%
Pessimistic          44     48     56     48     52     43     68     45
DK/NA                 2      5      5      2      5      3      2      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Optimistic           60%    58%    64%    56%    52%    54%    65%    54%    54%
Pessimistic          37     38     31     42     45     46     32     42     41
DK/NA                 2      4      5      2      3      -      4      3      5
 
 
6. For future presidential elections, would you support or oppose changing to a system in which the president is elected by direct popular vote, instead of by the electoral college?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              60%    67%    54%    61%    57%    62%    62%    43%    61%
Oppose               29     22     36     28     33     26     27     41     31
DK/NA                11     10     10     11      9     13     11     16      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              55%    66%    64%    60%    60%    65%    65%    61%
Oppose               34     23     24     30     31     23     25     29
DK/NA                11     11     11     10     10     12     10     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              54%    62%    60%    62%    58%    54%    58%    61%    61%
Oppose               35     27     29     29     33     35     33     29     22
DK/NA                11     11     11      9      9     12     10     10     17
 
 
7. By the end of Barack Obama's second term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               50%    12%    82%    46%    50%    49%    41%    82%    65%
Worse                26     56      2     27     26     26     34      1     10
About the same       22     30     15     23     22     22     23     14     24
DK/NA                 2      1      1      4      2      2      2      2      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               50%    37%    33%    40%    41%    41%    23%    43%
Worse                27     37     41     34     34     34     54     30
About the same       22     23     24     24     23     22     21     25
DK/NA                 1      3      3      2      2      2      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               56%    47%    52%    48%    47%    57%    55%    48%    43%
Worse                23     27     23     29     30     27     20     30     30
About the same       20     23     23     23     22     17     23     20     23
DK/NA                 1      3      3      -      1      -      1      2      4
 
 
8. Do you think - the Republicans in Congress will or will not make a good faith effort to cooperate with President Obama and the Democrats on issues that are important to you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Will make effort     43%    60%    33%    41%    41%    44%    45%    31%    49%
Will not make effort 51     33     62     52     53     49     48     65     47
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7      6      8      8      4      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Will make effort     45%    44%    51%    51%    43%    46%    54%    48%
Will not make effort 49     47     41     43     51     45     38     45
DK/NA                 6      9      8      6      6      9      8      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Will make effort     43%    43%    41%    42%    45%    44%    46%    40%    42%
Will not make effort 52     50     51     53     51     47     51     53     46
DK/NA                 5      7      8      5      3      9      4      7     12
 
 
9. Do you think - President Obama and the Democrats in Congress will or will not make a good faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans on issues that are important to you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Will make effort     56%    22%    86%    56%    52%    61%    48%    88%    74%
Will not make effort 38     72      9     39     43     34     46     11     20
DK/NA                 5      5      4      4      5      6      6      2      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Will make effort     53%    45%    40%    47%    43%    52%    30%    52%
Will not make effort 41     48     55     47     51     42     64     44
DK/NA                 5      7      5      6      6      6      6      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Will make effort     60%    55%    62%    53%    51%    44%    64%    53%    49%
Will not make effort 35     39     32     43     45     49     32     41     43
DK/NA                 5      6      6      4      4      7      4      6      8
 
 
10. As you may know, there is a debate in Washington right now over automatic spending cuts and tax increases that would take effect in January unless the President and Congress act. Who do you trust more to handle this issue President Obama and the Democrats in Congress or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama/Democrats      53%     7%    92%    51%    50%    56%    43%    91%    68%
Reps in Congress     36     85      3     33     37     35     45      5     22
DK/NA                10      9      4     15     12      9     12      3     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Obama/Democrats      50%    40%    33%    42%    41%    46%    22%    46%
Reps in Congress     41     47     55     49     46     44     67     43
DK/NA                 9     13     12      9     13     10     11     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Obama/Democrats      58%    52%    58%    51%    48%    51%    60%    51%    47%
Reps in Congress     34     37     31     40     43     45     31     39     41
DK/NA                 9     11     11      9      9      4      9     11     12
 
 
11. If the automatic spending cuts and tax increases take effect, do you think that would be good for - the United States economy, bad for the United States economy, or don't you have an opinion on that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 23%    14%    29%    21%    22%    23%    19%    31%    27%
Bad                  47     58     35     51     52     42     53     29     36
No opinion           26     23     32     24     23     29     23     37     33
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      3      6      5      3      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good                 18%    20%    19%    18%    19%    19%    18%    19%
Bad                  62     48     54     55     58     48     55     53
No opinion           17     26     22     21     19     27     22     23
DK/NA                 4      6      6      6      4      6      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Good                 21%    23%    24%    22%    18%    30%    25%    21%    18%
Bad                  57     42     39     53     64     57     42     53     44
No opinion           19     29     33     22     14     10     29     20     33
DK/NA                 3      5      4      4      4      3      4      5      4
 
 
12. If the automatic spending cuts and tax increases take effect, do you think that would be good for - your personal financial situation, bad for your personal financial situation, or don't you have an opinion on that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 15%     9%    21%    14%    14%    16%    12%    26%    18%
Bad                  53     67     39     55     55     50     59     30     43
No opinion           28     20     37     26     27     29     25     41     34
DK/NA                 4      5      3      5      3      5      4      3      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good                 11%    12%    12%    12%    12%    12%    13%    11%
Bad                  66     55     59     59     61     57     62     57
No opinion           20     28     24     25     24     26     21     27
DK/NA                 3      5      5      4      3      5      4      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Good                 14%    15%    17%    15%    11%    11%    17%    14%    12%
Bad                  61     49     45     58     66     76     50     60     45
No opinion           22     31     34     22     20     13     30     22     37
DK/NA                 3      5      4      4      4      1      3      4      6
 
 
13. Do you think President Obama and Republicans in Congress will reach an agreement to prevent automatic spending cuts and tax increases from going into effect before January 1st, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  48%    39%    57%    47%    49%    47%    47%    56%    52%
No                   43     53     33     47     43     44     45     35     38
DK/NA                 9      9     10      6      7     10      9      9     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  52%    44%    46%    47%    48%    45%    41%    49%
No                   40     47     46     44     45     45     52     43
DK/NA                 8      9      9      9      7     10      8      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  54%    45%    47%    48%    53%    50%    46%    50%    48%
No                   38     46     42     47     42     44     46     43     39
DK/NA                 8      9     11      5      5      6      8      7     13
 
 
14. Overall, what do you think is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit, by cutting federal spending, by increasing taxes, or by a combination of both?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Cut spending         27%    52%     8%    27%    30%    25%    33%     7%    20%
Increase taxes        3      1      5      2      2      3      2      4      2
Combination          66     43     84     67     64     68     61     83     74
DK/NA                 4      4      4      3      4      4      4      6      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Cut spending         27%    35%    38%    31%    37%    29%    44%    31%
Increase taxes        3      2      1      2      2      3      -      2
Combination          67     58     56     62     57     64     52     62
DK/NA                 2      5      5      5      4      4      3      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Cut spending         24%    29%    27%    27%    28%    29%    27%    27%    28%
Increase taxes        3      2      3      2      2      2      3      2      2
Combination          70     64     65     68     69     69     65     67     65
DK/NA                 2      5      6      2      1      -      4      3      5
 
 
15. (If combination q14) Do you think there should be more spending cuts than tax increases, or more tax increases than spending cuts, or should there be about the same amount of spending cuts and tax increases?
                     COMBINATION CUTS/TAXES Q14............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More spending cuts   29%    59%    17%    30%    31%    28%
More tax increases   15      3     23     12     16     15 
About the same       50     36     55     52     49     52 
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      4      6
 
 
16. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - raising income taxes on household income over $250,000 per year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              65%    41%    84%    66%    63%    67%    63%    71%    70%
Oppose               31     53     14     31     34     29     33     25     24
DK/NA                 4      6      2      3      3      5      4      3      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              66%    61%    57%    60%    61%    65%    51%    63%
Oppose               32     33     38     37     36     30     43     33
DK/NA                 2      5      6      3      3      5      6      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              69%    63%    69%    67%    62%    54%    64%    67%    65%
Oppose               29     32     27     31     37     42     33     31     27
DK/NA                 2      5      4      3      1      4      3      2      8
 
 
17. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - increasing the capital gains tax rate for money earned on investments?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              47%    23%    60%    51%    50%    43%    44%    56%    50%
Oppose               40     61     26     39     40     40     43     32     31
DK/NA                13     16     14     10     10     16     12     12     20
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              53%    40%    37%    44%    48%    41%    27%    48%
Oppose               40     45     48     47     44     43     59     41
DK/NA                 6     15     15     10      9     16     15     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              54%    43%    45%    49%    52%    52%    50%    47%    38%
Oppose               38     41     39     39     43     44     37     43     43
DK/NA                 8     16     16     12      5      3     13     10     20
 
 
18. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - cutting spending on Medicaid, which is the government health insurance program for low income people?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              25%    40%     9%    27%    28%    22%    29%     8%    21%
Oppose               70     53     87     68     67     72     65     90     70
DK/NA                 5      7      4      5      5      5      6      1      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              32%    27%    30%    30%    31%    26%    32%    29%
Oppose               63     67     63     65     63     68     63     64
DK/NA                 5      7      7      5      6      6      5      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              29%    23%    19%    27%    36%    36%    26%    24%    25%
Oppose               66     71     75     68     59     59     70     71     66
DK/NA                 5      6      6      4      5      4      4      4      9
 
 
19. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - cutting military spending?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              41%    18%    52%    45%    46%    36%    40%    43%    43%
Oppose               55     78     44     50     50     59     56     54     51
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      4      5      4      3      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              57%    31%    30%    42%    47%    33%    22%    43%    36%
Oppose               40     64     66     54     49     62     73     53     61
DK/NA                 3      5      4      4      3      5      5      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              57%    34%    37%    42%    52%    53%    43%    42%    36%
Oppose               40     61     58     54     46     46     53     55     57
DK/NA                 4      5      5      4      2      1      4      3      7
 
 
20. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - gradually raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              44%    47%    36%    49%    46%    42%    49%    26%    37%
Oppose               51     48     58     47     49     52     46     73     50
DK/NA                 5      5      6      4      5      5      5      1     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              60%    44%    49%    54%    50%    48%    46%    51%
Oppose               36     51     47     42     45     46     49     44
DK/NA                 3      6      4      4      4      5      4      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              55%    39%    36%    45%    59%    68%    41%    41%    55%
Oppose               42     55     58     52     37     30     53     56     37
DK/NA                 3      6      6      4      3      2      6      3      8
 
 
21. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - eliminating the federal income tax deduction that people can claim on home mortgage interest?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              23%    25%    21%    23%    27%    20%    23%    28%    22%
Oppose               67     65     70     69     65     69     67     66     63
DK/NA                10     11      9      8      7     12     10      6     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              23%    23%    23%    22%    26%    20%    25%    21%
Oppose               71     65     66     67     66     68     63     70
DK/NA                 6     12     11     10      8     12     12      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              22%    24%    27%    19%    20%    26%    25%    21%    23%
Oppose               71     65     61     73     77     69     63     74     62
DK/NA                 7     11     12      7      2      6     12      5     15
 
 
22. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - limiting the federal income tax deduction that people can claim on home mortgage interest to only the interest on the first $500,000 of any mortgage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              62%    56%    60%    68%    65%    59%    65%    55%    53%
Oppose               28     32     30     23     28     28     25     36     31
DK/NA                10     12     10      9      8     13     10      9     16
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              72%    62%    61%    66%    69%    62%    59%    67%
Oppose               21     26     27     26     24     25     25     26
DK/NA                 7     12     12      8      7     13     15      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              68%    59%    59%    66%    73%    58%    60%    67%    57%
Oppose               25     29     28     27     25     39     30     27     24
DK/NA                 7     12     13      7      2      2     10      7     19
 
 
23. In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you support or oppose - eliminating the federal income tax deduction that people can claim on home mortgage interest for second homes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              56%    55%    55%    58%    59%    54%    58%    47%    54%
Oppose               35     37     36     35     35     36     34     45     31
DK/NA                 8      8      9      6      6     10      8      8     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              67%    53%    56%    60%    61%    56%    50%    61%
Oppose               27     37     35     34     33     34     39     32
DK/NA                 6      9      9      6      6     10     11      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              64%    52%    52%    59%    66%    66%    56%    60%    51%
Oppose               29     38     38     35     30     31     34     36     37
DK/NA                 6      9     10      6      3      3     10      4     12
 
 
24. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for a member of Congress to sign a pledge to an anti-tax group to never increase taxes on corporations or the wealthy under any circumstance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            10%    15%     6%     8%    13%     7%    10%    10%    11%
Bad idea             85     77     90     88     82     87     85     85     79
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      5      6      5      5     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good idea             8%    11%    11%    11%    14%     6%    14%     8%
Bad idea             89     84     83     84     82     88     78     88
DK/NA                 3      6      6      5      5      5      8      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Good idea             7%    11%    11%    10%     8%    11%    11%     9%     8%
Bad idea             90     82     85     86     90     87     83     87     84
DK/NA                 3      6      5      4      2      1      6      3      8
 
 
25. If you had to choose, which would you prefer raising income tax rates for the wealthy or limiting the deductions the wealthy can claim on their federal income taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Raise tax rates      39%    24%    58%    34%    40%    38%    33%    55%    56%
Limit deductions     45     62     28     48     45     45     50     34     32
NEITHER (VOL)         4      5      1      5      5      3      4      1      4
BOTH (VOL)            7      2      8     10      6      8      7      7      4
DK/NA                 5      6      5      4      4      6      6      3      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Raise tax rates      31%    34%    29%    30%    32%    33%    27%    32%
Limit deductions     54     48     55     49     50     50     59     49
NEITHER (VOL)         3      5      3      6      6      3      4      4
BOTH (VOL)            8      7      7      7      7      8      4      8
DK/NA                 4      6      5      7      5      6      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250K  18-44  45-64  65+
 
Raise tax rates      36%    40%    44%    37%    34%    34%    43%    35%    38%
Limit deductions     48     44     41     49     51     49     44     49     38
NEITHER (VOL)         4      4      3      3      5      5      4      5      3
BOTH (VOL)            8      6      8      7      5     10      5      7     11
DK/NA                 4      6      4      4      6      1      4      4     11
 
 

Demographic Summary