May 2, 2013 - Hillary Clinton Owns 2016 Dem Nomination, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Immigration Reform Drops

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a huge lead over other potential 2016 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, and if she doesn't run Vice President Joseph Biden has almost as large a lead on the rest of the field, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Ms. Clinton would get 65 percent of Democratic votes compared to 13 percent for Vice President Joe Biden, 4 percent for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and 1 percent or less for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. If Clinton is not in the race, Biden would get 45 percent, with 15 percent for Gov. Cuomo, 6 percent for, Gov. Patrick, 3 percent O'Malley and 2 percent for Warner.

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a rock-solid hold on the hearts of Democratic voters at this point," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "If she decides not to run, Vice President Joseph Biden does almost as well as she does against the rest of the field. There is a long way to go until 2016, but none of the other younger potential candidates for the Democratic nomination currently has anything approaching widespread support from party voters."

American voters are more likely to support the death penalty for terrorists than they are for ordinary murderers. Asked whether they favored the death penalty or life in prison without parole for people convicted of murder, voters choose the death penalty 48 - 43 percent. These same voters favor the death penalty 63 - 32 percent for someone convicted of murder during an act of terrorism. Asked specifically about the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, voters favor the death penalty 59 - 36 percent if he is convicted.

Voters favor putting alleged terrorists on trial by a military court rather than a civilian court by 58 - 30 percent. Only 35 percent of voters say the American criminal justice system is capable of dealing with terrorism, while 53 percent say the system allows terrorist suspects too many rights.

But 76 percent of voters don't know whether civilian courts or military courts have achieved more convictions of terrorists.

Immigration Reform

There is a drop in support for allowing illegal immigrants a path to citizenship: 52 percent today, compared to 59 percent in an April 4 Quinnipiac University poll and the lowest level of support so far.

Illegal immigrants should be required to leave, 30 percent of voters say, up from 25 percent four weeks ago.

Creating a path to citizenship for illegal aliens would increase the likelihood of terrorism, 22 percent of voters say, while 66 percent say it will not make a difference. And 23 percent of voters say that the Boston bombing has changed their mind on whether there should be a path to citizenship for such immigrants.

Internet Sales Tax

Voters oppose 56 - 37 percent levying state sales taxes on internet purchases. Voters over 65 years old favor taxing internet sales 49 - 37 percent and Democrats are divided 46 - 45 percent. Every other group is opposed.

A total of 71 percent of American voters say they are either "dissatisfied" or "angry" over the U.S. Senate rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers. While 17 percent want President Barack Obama to continue pushing for background checks, 30 percent want him to move on to other issues and 51 percent, want him to do both.

From April 25 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,471 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 650 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent.

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, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

2. (If Democrat or Democratic Leaner) If the Democratic primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Deval Patrick, Mark Warner and Martin O'Malley, for whom would you vote?
                     DEMOCRATS/DEMOCRATIC LEANERS
                                          
                     Tot    Men    Wom    
 
Clinton              65%    66%    65%
Biden                13     14     12
Cuomo                 4      6      2
Patrick               1      1      1
Warner                1      -      1
O'Malley              1      1      1
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      -
DK/NA                14      9     18
 
                     REGION...................
                     NEast  MWest  South  West
 
Clinton              70%    59%    68%    62%
Biden                11     20     12     11
Cuomo                 7      3      2      4
Patrick               1      3      1      1
Warner                -      -      2      -
O'Malley              -      1      -      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      2      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                11     13     15     17
 
 
2a. (If voting for Clinton q2) Who is your second choice? (* q2 Recalculated primary vote without Clinton using second choice question)
                     DEMOCRATS/DEMOCRATIC LEANERS WITHOUT CLINTON
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Biden                45%    50%    41%
Cuomo                15     18     14
Patrick               6      5      7
Warner                2      1      2
O'Malley              3      4      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2
DK/NA                26     19     31
 
                     REGION...................
                     NEast  MWest  South  West
 
Biden                34%    52%    53%    37%
Cuomo                29     11      9     16
Patrick              10      4      5      5
Warner                -      -      4      2
O'Malley              2      1      4      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      3
DK/NA                21     28     23     32
 
 
7. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?
                             Tot    Men    Wom
 
Economy Total                36%    36%    36%
  Unemployment/Jobs          18     19     17
  Economy general            15     15     16
  Cost of living              1      1      1
  Business leaving/Outsourcng 1      1      1
  Economy other               1      -      1
 
Budget Total                 13%    17%     9%
  Budget deficits             6      8      4
  Gov too big/Gov spending    3      4      1
  Budget general              2      3      1
  Budget priorities           1      1      1
  Budget/Service cuts         1      1      1
  Budget other                -      -      1
 
Politicians/Campaigns Total  10%    12%     9%
  Bipartisan/Compromise       3      3      3
  Politicians/Campaigns genrl 2      2      2
  Obama administration        1      1      1
  Political corruption        1      1      -
  Politicians/Campaigns other 3      5      3
  
Healthcare Total              5%     3%     7%
  Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's  4      2      6
  Healthcare other            1      1      1
 
Terrorism Total               3%     3%     3%
  Terrorism general           2      2      2
  Security/Safety             1      1      1
 
Immigration                   3%     3%     3%
Gun control                   3%     3%     3%
 
Foreign Affairs/Policy Total  3%     2%     3%
  Foreign affairs/Policy gen  1      1      1
  Military issues             1      1      1
  Priorities home, not abroad 1      1      1
 
Crime/Violence general        2%     -      3%
Education Total               3%     1%     3%
  Education general           2      1      2
  Funding education           1      -      1
 
War total                     2%     2%     1%
  War general                 1      1      1
  War other                   1      1      1
 
Lack of ethics/Morality       2%     2%     1%
 
Taxes general                 1%     1%     1%
Lack of religion              1%     1%     1%
Class inequality              1%     1%     -
Family breakdown/Family value 1%     -      1%
Poverty/Homeless              1%     1%     1%
Environment/Pollution         1%     1%     1%
Senior issues                 1%     -      1%
Energy crisis/Gas prices      1%     1%     -
Welfare                       1%     -      1%
 
Other                         5%     6%     4%
DK/NA                         3%     1%     5%
 
 
24. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor? (* Hispanic subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
                                                                                
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      -      -      -      1%     2%
Good                 17      9     30     13     18     17     16     22     18 
Not so good          45     38     51     47     44     47     44     52     48 
Poor                 36     53     17     40     37     35     39     19     31 
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      6      1                      
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                 20     15     13     17     18     15     13     14     13
Not so good          48     42     41     45     44     44     36     45     42
Poor                 31     43     45     38     38     40     50     40     44
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             -      1%     1%     -      -      -      -      1%     1%
Good                 20     16     17     14     22     22     15     18     15
Not so good          47     44     42     54     45     53     48     42     42
Poor                 31     38     39     30     32     25     36     39     40
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      -      2      -      2
 
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
                     May 02  Feb 11  Jul 12  Feb 23  Oct 06  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2011    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       1       1       1       -       3       -
Good                 17      19      13      13       6      37       3
Not so good          45      41      45      43      38      42      28
Poor                 36      38      41      43      55      16      68
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       -       1       -
 
 
25. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
                                                                                
Better               32%    12%    54%    29%    33%    32%    30%    41%    35%
Worse                24     35     11     27     22     26     26     17     20 
The same             43     51     34     44     43     42     43     39     42 
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      -      3      4 
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Better               38%    26%    24%    31%    32%    29%    15%    31%    27%
Worse                21     28     31     23     22     29     35     26     29
The same             40     45     45     45     45     42     50     42     43
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      -      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               39%    29%    30%    35%    39%    34%    33%    32%    31%
Worse                20     26     27     21     17     19     25     24     26
The same             41     44     43     43     44     46     41     44     41
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      2      1      -      2
 
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
                     May 02  Feb 11  Feb 23  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011*
 
Better               32      34      35      11      11      36      11
Worse                24      28      26      44      49      20      44
The same             43      37      38      44      39      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
26. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
                                                                                
Better off           36%    19%    53%    35%    38%    34%    31%    58%    47%
Worse off            41     56     24     44     41     41     45     26     33 
SAME(VOL)            22     24     22     20     19     24     23     16     17 
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2      1      1      1      3 
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Better off           38%    28%    28%    33%    34%    30%    22%    33%    29%
Worse off            40     47     46     46     43     46     51     45     46
SAME(VOL)            21     24     25     20     22     24     26     21     23
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better off           41%    34%    33%    38%    49%    52%    42%    32%    22%
Worse off            38     43     45     38     29     32     45     43     39
SAME(VOL)            21     22     21     22     22     14     12     24     38
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      -      2      1      1      1
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     May 02  Nov 13  May 05  Dec 10  Feb 04  Nov 13
                     2013    2008    2004    2003    2003    2002
 
Better off           36      27      43      43      36      38
Worse off            41      50      34      36      38      39
SAME(VOL)            22      22      22      20      25      22
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
27. Do you think items and services purchased on the internet should be subject to state sales taxes or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
                                                                                
Yes                  37%    33%    46%    33%    38%    36%    37%    37%    45%
No                   56     61     45     60     55     56     56     52     48 
DK/NA                 8      6      9      7      7      9      7     11      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  40%    35%    35%    37%    37%    36%    34%    36%    38%
No                   52     58     57     55     57     55     57     57     56
DK/NA                 8      7      8      8      6      9      9      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  38%    36%    38%    33%    40%    29%    30%    39%    49%
No                   55     56     54     62     55     68     64     55     37
DK/NA                 7      8      8      5      5      3      6      7     15
 
 
28. Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder; the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
                                                                                
Death penalty        48%    65%    35%    47%    53%    43%    51%    32%    39%
Life/no parole       43     27     60     42     38     49     40     61     55 
DK/NA                 9      8      5     11      9      9      9      7      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Death penalty        41%    56%    56%    54%    56%    48%    59%    52%    61%
Life/no parole       49     35     36     33     36     43     33     38     31
DK/NA                10      8      8     12      8     10      8     10      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Death penalty        42%    50%    45%    54%    50%    38%    51%    52%    46%
Life/no parole       48     41     47     38     41     54     42     40     44
DK/NA                10      8      8      8      9      9      8      8     10
 
TREND: Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder; the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     May 02  Jul 17  Dec 15
                     2013    2008    2004
 
Death penalty        48      47      42
Life/no parole       43      44      46
DK/NA                 9       9      12
 
 
29. Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Strongly support     69%    52%    87%    69%    59%    78%    68%    80%    73%
Somewhat support     14     22      6     16     15     13     15      6     13
Somewhat oppose       4      9      1      3      7      2      4      3      5
Strongly oppose       9     13      4      9     15      4      9      8      7
DK/NA                 3      5      2      3      4      3      4      3      2
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............ HvKids  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Urban  Suburb Rural <18   HsHld
 
Strongly support     78%    68%    68%    64%    73%    70%    62%    70%    62%
Somewhat support     12     12     14     17     12     15     16     14     16
Somewhat oppose       3      3      7      4      3      5      5      4      6
Strongly oppose       4     12     10     10      9      7     12      8     12
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      3      2      5      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Strongly support     73%    68%    72%    65%    73%    69%    71%    71%    66%
Somewhat support     14     14     12     16     15     13     13     14     14
Somewhat oppose       4      5      3      6      4      3      5      3      7
Strongly oppose       8     10      8     11      6     10      9      8      9
DK/NA                 1      4      3      2      2      5      2      4      4
 
 
30. As you may know, the Senate rejected a proposal to require background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online. Which of the following best describes how you feel about the Senate rejecting this proposal; enthusiastic, satisfied, dissatisfied or angry?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Enthusiastic          5%    10%     1%     6%     8%     3%     6%     -      3%
Satisfied            21     37      6     21     27     16     23     11     16
Dissatisfied         38     35     38     41     36     40     37     46     43
Angry                33     16     52     30     26     39     32     39     36
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      3      2      3      3      2
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............ HvKids  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Urban  Suburb Rural <18   HsHld
 
Enthusiastic          2%     8%     4%     7%     4%     5%     7%     6%     7%
Satisfied            19     19     23     23     18     21     26     21     30
Dissatisfied         33     41     41     34     43     33     38     37     38
Angry                43     30     29     33     33     39     25     34     23
DK/NA                 4      3      2      2      3      2      4      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Enthusiastic          6%     5%     4%     7%     5%     4%     7%     5%     4%
Satisfied            20     22     19     21     23     17     23     22     21
Dissatisfied         32     41     44     33     32     47     35     36     38
Angry                40     29     31     36     38     29     33     35     32
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      2      3      1      2      4
 
 
31. Do you think President Obama should continue to pursue a law that would require background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online, or should he move on to other issues, or should he do both?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Pursue law           17%     9%    27%    16%    17%    18%    15%    22%    23%
Move on              30     52      7     34     41     21     34      9     21
Both                 51     38     65     50     41     60     50     69     55
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............ HvKids  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Urban  Suburb Rural <18   HsHld
 
Pursue law           16%    17%    19%    15%    19%    19%    12%    18%    12%
Move on              25     32     30     34     23     31     39     32     43
Both                 58     50     49     51     56     48     48     50     44
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Pursue law           16%    18%    18%    14%    18%    18%    15%    19%    17%
Move on              31     30     25     37     33     25     32     32     29
Both                 52     51     55     48     49     56     53     49     51
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      -      1      3
 
 
32. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for US citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
A)Stay/Citizenship   52%    36%    69%    51%    52%    53%    50%    68%    70%
B)Stay/Not citizen   11     15      8     12     10     12     11      6     12
C)Not stay           30     42     18     31     33     28     33     19     16
DK/NA                 6      7      4      6      5      7      6      7      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
A)Stay/Citizenship   62%    44%    47%    44%    49%    50%    42%    50%    45%
B)Stay/Not citizen   11     11     11     13     11     11     12     10     13
C)Not stay           23     38     37     35     35     32     40     34     36
DK/NA                 5      7      5      8      5      7      6      6      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A)Stay/Citizenship   60%    49%    50%    52%    60%    60%    50%    52%    51%
B)Stay/Not citizen   13     10     10     11     13     11     12      9     13
C)Not stay           23     34     34     32     22     27     31     33     27
DK/NA                 4      7      6      4      5      2      7      5      9
 
                     Bombings Changed
                     Immigration Opn Q42
 
A)Stay/Citizenship   38%
B)Stay/Not citizen   10
C)Not stay           43
DK/NA                 8
 
TREND: Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for US citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                     May 02  Apr 04  Feb 07  Dec 05
                     2013    2013    2013    2012
 
A)Stay/Citizenship   52      59      56      57
B)Stay/Not citizen   11      11      10      11
C)Not stay           30      25      30      26
DK/NA                 6       5       4       5
 
 
33. In general, do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Support              45%    20%    65%    48%    40%    49%    46%    33%    55%
Oppose               47     73     29     44     51     44     48     58     29
DK/NA                 8      7      6      8      9      7      7      9     16
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              58%    40%    33%    47%    42%    49%    17%    48%    37%
Oppose               36     53     61     46     51     45     79     45     55
DK/NA                 6      7      6      7      7      6      4      7      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              57%    39%    41%    50%    56%    62%    53%    43%    25%
Oppose               37     52     50     44     40     30     42     50     63
DK/NA                 6      9      9      6      4      8      6      6     12
 
TREND: In general, do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?
                     May 02  Apr 04  Mar 08  Dec 05  Jul 17
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2008
 
Support              45      50      47      48      36
Oppose               47      41      43      46      55
DK/NA                 8       9      10       7       9
 
 
34. Do you think each state should make its own law on whether same-sex marriage is legal or illegal there, or do you think this should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
States laws          36%    48%    23%    39%    43%    31%    39%    26%    26%
Constitution         57     48     69     54     51     61     56     62     65
DK/NA                 7      4      8      8      6      8      5     12      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
States laws          42%    37%    42%    37%    48%    32%    42%    40%    35%
Constitution         53     57     51     59     48     62     51     55     58
DK/NA                 5      6      7      4      4      7      7      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
States laws          38%    36%    34%    39%    35%    38%    41%    35%    32%
Constitution         56     57     58     56     62     57     54     59     57
DK/NA                 6      7      9      4      3      5      5      6     11
 
TREND: Do you think each state should make its own law on whether same-sex marriage is legal or illegal there, or do you think this should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution?
                     May 02  Apr 04
                     2013    2013
 
States laws          36      36
Constitution         57      56
DK/NA                 7       7
 
 
35. In general, do you think terrorist suspects should be tried in civilian courts or military courts?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Civilian courts      30%    17%    37%    35%    28%    32%    31%    22%    30%
Military courts      58     73     48     55     63     53     58     60     57
DK/NA                12     10     15     10     10     15     11     18     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Civilian courts      39%    27%    28%    26%    30%    32%    23%    30%    30%
Military courts      47     62     62     61     61     55     64     59     60
DK/NA                13     11     11     13      9     13     12     11     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Civilian courts      39%    26%    30%    32%    33%    32%    27%    30%    34%
Military courts      47     63     58     57     56     60     59     59     51
DK/NA                14     11     12     12     11      8     14     11     15
 
 
36. Do you happen to know whether civilian courts or military courts have achieved more convictions of terrorists?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Civilian courts      12%    11%    14%    11%    14%    11%    12%     9%     8%
Military courts      11     12      8     12     13      8     10     12     16
Don't know           76     76     78     76     72     80     77     79     76
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      -      1      -      -      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Civilian courts      20%     9%    12%    14%    16%    10%    11%    13%    16%
Military courts       8     11     13      8     12      8     16      8     14
Don't know           72     80     75     77     71     82     73     79     70
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Civilian courts      20%     9%     9%    13%    21%     8%    12%    14%    13%
Military courts       9     11     13     11      6      4     16     11      9
Don't know           70     79     78     75     73     87     71     74     77
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      -      -      -      1      1
 
 
37. Do you think the American criminal justice system is capable of dealing with terrorism or do you believe it allows terrorist suspects too many rights?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
System capable       35%    19%    50%    34%    35%    34%    34%    35%    39%
Allows too many
 rights              53     72     37     52     54     52     55     40     54
DK/NA                13      9     13     14     11     14     11     25      8
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
System capable       47%    28%    27%    25%    34%    34%    29%    28%    25%
Allows too many
 rights              44     60     62     65     57     53     63     61     65
DK/NA                10     12     11     11      9     12      8     11     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
System capable       47%    29%    34%    34%    40%    44%    41%    29%    32%
Allows too many
 rights              44     57     51     59     49     41     49     59     56
DK/NA                 9     14     15      7     11     14     10     13     12
 
 
38. In general, do you think people convicted of murder during an act of terrorism should receive the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Death penalty        63%    81%    49%    63%    68%    59%    66%    46%    58%
Life/no parole       32     15     46     32     28     35     29     46     41
DK/NA                 5      3      5      5      4      6      4      8      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Death penalty        58%    71%    73%    69%    70%    64%    76%    69%    73%
Life/no parole       36     26     22     25     27     31     20     26     24
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      3      6      4      6      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Death penalty        56%    66%    61%    67%    63%    52%    66%    68%    60%
Life/no parole       37     30     35     29     31     45     28     28     34
DK/NA                 6      4      4      4      5      4      5      4      6
 
 
39. If the alleged Boston marathon bomber is convicted of murder, do you think he should receive the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Death penalty        59%    78%    44%    61%    65%    54%    63%    41%    51%
Life/no parole       36     18     52     33     31     40     32     50     49
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      4      6      5      9      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Death penalty        55%    67%    69%    69%    68%    60%    71%    66%    68%
Life/no parole       38     29     26     27     28     35     25     29     28
DK/NA                 6      4      5      4      4      5      5      5      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Death penalty        55%    62%    56%    63%    62%    47%    61%    65%    58%
Life/no parole       39     34     40     33     32     49     32     30     38
DK/NA                 6      4      4      4      7      4      7      4      5
 
 
40. Some people say that since many alleged terrorists seek martyrdom, a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole is a better punishment for them than the death penalty. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Agree                37%    22%    49%    39%    32%    42%    35%    49%    51%
Disagree             56     74     42     56     62     51     59     40     49
DK/NA                 6      4      9      5      6      7      6     11      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Agree                34%    35%    32%    31%    31%    37%    30%    34%    33%
Disagree             57     60     61     62     63     56     66     59     62
DK/NA                 8      5      7      7      6      7      4      7      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Agree                36%    38%    43%    33%    32%    50%    35%    34%    36%
Disagree             56     56     51     63     62     44     62     61     51
DK/NA                 7      6      6      4      6      6      3      5     13
 
 
41. Do you think there is more the government can do to prevent attacks like the one in Boston, or is there not much more the government can do to prevent this type of attack?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
More gov can do      54%    61%    49%    55%    51%    57%    55%    57%    52%
Not much more        39     34     42     39     44     34     38     32     42
DK/NA                 7      5      9      6      5      9      7     10      6
	
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More gov can do      52%    56%    60%    56%    52%    58%    58%    59%    53%
Not much more        43     36     33     39     45     33     36     35     42
DK/NA                 5      8      7      5      3      9      6      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
More gov can do      51%    56%    57%    47%    54%    55%    56%    53%    53%
Not much more        44     36     35     46     41     40     37     41     36
DK/NA                 6      8      7      7      5      4      7      6     11
 
 
42. Have the Boston marathon bombings changed your opinion regarding whether there should be a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Yes/Changed opinion  23%    24%    24%    21%    19%    27%    23%    37%    14%
No                   70     71     70     72     75     66     71     57     82
DK/NA                 6      5      7      7      6      7      7      6      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes/Changed opinion  12%    28%    26%    23%    16%    27%    28%    23%    23%
No                   86     63     67     69     79     65     66     70     70
DK/NA                 2      9      7      8      5      8      6      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes/Changed opinion  14%    28%    31%    18%    12%    21%    20%    23%    30%
No                   83     64     63     76     85     73     77     71     58
DK/NA                 3      8      6      6      3      6      4      6     11
 
 
43. Do you think allowing more illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S. a path to citizenship would increase the likelihood of terrorism, decrease the likelihood of terrorism, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   Hsp*
 
Increase likelihood  22%    30%    16%    20%    21%    22%    24%    18%    13%
Decrease likelihood   7      5      8      9      6      8      7      5     12
No difference        66     61     71     65     69     63     64     67     76
DK/NA                 6      4      5      7      5      6      5     10      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Increase likelihood  14%    29%    29%    22%    22%    25%    35%    22%    24%
Decrease likelihood   7      7      8      4      4      9      7      7      8
No difference        75     59     56     67     69     60     53     65     62
DK/NA                 5      6      6      7      4      6      5      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Increase likelihood  14%    25%    25%    19%    16%    15%    19%    25%    23%
Decrease likelihood   6      7      9      5      5     12      6      6      6
No difference        76     61     60     73     76     69     72     64     61
DK/NA                 4      6      6      2      3      5      3      5     11
 
 

Demographic Summary