July 11, 2013 - American Voters Say 2-1 Stay Out Of Syria, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Drop In Foreign Policy Approval Keeps Obama Score Low
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American voters say 61 - 27 percent that it is not in the national interest to be involved in Syria and oppose 59 - 27 percent providing arms and military supplies to anti-government groups, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Voters support 49 - 38 percent, however, using drones or cruise missiles, which do not risk American lives, to attack Syrian government targets, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Republicans, Democrats and independent voters all agree that helping Syria is not in America's interest and all oppose providing arms and supplies to rebels. Republicans and Democrats support drone/cruise strikes, while independent voters are divided.

American voters give President Barack Obama a negative 40 - 52 percent approval for the way he is handling foreign policy, his worst grade ever on that score. The president's overall job approval is a negative 44 - 48 percent, little changed from a 45 - 49 percent rating May 30.

President Obama gets a positive 52 - 43 percent rating for handling terrorism and a split 46 - 45 percent score for his handling of Afghanistan. His other scores are negative: 33 - 48 percent for Syria; 41 - 50 percent for immigration and 41 - 55 percent for the economy.

Voters say 50 - 44 percent that Obama is honest and trustworthy; 52 - 46 percent that he has strong leadership qualities and 52 - 45 percent that he cares about their needs.

"President Barack Obama is in a slump, under water for the last two surveys," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"His negative ratings come at the same time that voters are becoming more optimistic about the economy, saying 35 - 22 percent that it's improving, with 43 percent saying it's unchanged. Voter optimism about the economy usually helps presidential approval numbers," Brown added.

"Generally, voters don't seem happy with some of the president's policies, but they still give him majority support on his personal characteristics such as honesty and leadership. They also trust Obama more than Republicans 44 - 38 percent, to fix the economy. This compares to a 43 - 43 percent split on this measure May 30."

The president has lost support among women and independent voters - the folks who supplied the key votes for his re-election just eight months ago. In April, the president's overall 49 - 45 approval rating included a 44 - 46 percent verdict from independent voters. Now he gets a negative 36 - 53 percent rating from the same group. Since April his approval among Democrats is down from 89 - 8 percent to 83 - 11 percent, while his negative 9 - 87 percent score from Republicans is virtually unchanged.

Obama's score among men has remained relatively stable from a negative 42 - 51 percent in April to 40 - 53 percent today. But among women there has been a noticeable drop, from 56 - 39 percent approval to a slim 48 - 44 percent positive rating.

On Afghanistan, voters say 63 - 28 percent that the U.S. should not negotiate with the Taliban. These same voters shift to 53 - 40 percent in favor of negotiations, "if such negotiations could end the war in Afghanistan.

Voters say 60 - 33 percent that the U.S. should not negotiate with terrorists because it will only encourage them. Voters also disagree 57 - 35 percent with the claim that negotiations with the Taliban will get American troops home more quickly.

From June 28 - July 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,014 registered voters 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, Iowa, Colorado 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. 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              44%     9%    83%    36%    40%    48%    35%    89%    56%
Disapprove           48     87     11     53     53     44     58      8     30
DK/NA                 8      4      5     11      7      8      7      3     14
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              46%    29%    26%    34%    30%    41%    19%    35%    39%
Disapprove           50     62     68     59     63     53     76     58     55
DK/NA                 4      9      6      7      7      7      6      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              51%    40%    46%    47%    41%    47%    44%    44%    42%
Disapprove           44     51     46     48     54     38     49     50     53
DK/NA                 5      9      8      5      4     14      7      6      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
                     Jul 11  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009*   2011
 
Approve              44      45      48      49      45      59      41
Disapprove           48      49      45      45      46      31      55
DK/NA                 8       6       8       6       9      10       4
 
 
15. 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%     1%     8%     1%     2%     5%     2%     9%     3%
Smwht satisfied      28      9     50     24     27     28     23     52     39
Smwht dissatisfied   29     24     29     31     29     28     28     27     32
Very dissatisfied    40     66     13     44     42     38     46     12     26
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Very satisfied        1%     3%     2%     2%     1%     3%     2%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      27     21     17     21     22     23     13     20     21
Smwht dissatisfied   33     26     26     34     29     28     22     30     29
Very dissatisfied    38     51     55     43     48     45     63     46     47
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        2%     4%     5%     1%     1%     5%     3%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      31     26     28     30     28     37     29     28     21
Smwht dissatisfied   33     26     27     30     31     32     31     27     27
Very dissatisfied    34     43     40     38     40     25     37     42     49
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        3       6       2       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      28      26      25      28      23      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   29      26      35      31      28      19      38
Very dissatisfied    40      42      37      38      46      10      44
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
17. Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    17%    89%    40%    48%    53%    43%    87%    59%
No                   44     79      8     52     48     41     52      8     34
DK/NA                 5      3      3      8      4      7      5      5      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  53%    37%    35%    42%    40%    45%    25%    44%    41%
No                   44     57     60     53     55     49     70     51     53
DK/NA                 3      6      5      5      5      6      6      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  57%    47%    52%    53%    50%    52%    49%    51%    49%
No                   39     47     43     45     47     38     46     45     45
DK/NA                 4      6      6      3      2     10      5      3      6
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Jul 11  May 30  Sep 01  Jan 13  Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2013    2013    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Yes                  50      49      58      63      55      56
No                   44      47      37      31      38      37
DK/NA                 5       5       6       6       6       7
 
 
18. Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  52%    21%    82%    49%    48%    56%    43%    87%    72%
No                   46     78     15     49     51     41     54     10     24
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      2      3      2      3      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  51%    39%    35%    45%    39%    48%    29%    43%    42%
No                   47     58     64     53     59     49     70     56     56
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      3      1      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  55%    50%    56%    50%    48%    69%    54%    48%    45%
No                   42     48     41     48     51     28     43     49     53
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      1      3      3      2      2
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 30  Jul 11  Apr 19  Oct 05  Jan 13  Oct 05
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2011    2010    2011
 
Yes                  52      53      59      60      49      66      49
No                   46      45      39      36      49      32      49
DK/NA                 3       2       3       4       2       2       2
 
 
19. Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  52%    20%    88%    45%    50%    54%    45%    88%    66%
No                   45     78     11     51     48     43     53     10     33
DK/NA                 3      2      1      4      2      3      3      2      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  55%    39%    34%    49%    42%    47%    26%    46%    45%
No                   43     58     64     50     55     50     71     52     53
DK/NA                 2      3      2      1      2      3      3      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  59%    48%    53%    53%    52%    61%    53%    51%    47%
No                   38     49     43     46     46     32     45     48     50
DK/NA                 2      3      4      1      2      8      2      2      2
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 30  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 12  Jul 11  
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2008    2013    
                                                                             
Yes                  52      53      56      57      58      70      52      
No                   45      45      41      39      40      22      45      
DK/NA                 3       3       3       4       2       7       3      
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%     9%    75%    36%    39%    43%    34%    78%    49%
Disapprove           55     89     22     59     58     52     62     17     50
DK/NA                 4      2      3      6      3      5      4      5      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              43%    29%    25%    33%    31%    37%    19%    33%    34%
Disapprove           55     66     72     65     66     58     78     63     62
DK/NA                 2      5      3      2      2      5      3      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              46%    38%    43%    42%    41%    49%    38%    42%    38%
Disapprove           51     57     52     56     57     46     57     56     55
DK/NA                 3      4      5      2      1      5      4      2      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 01  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2009    2011*
 
Approve              41      41      40      38      41      57      32
Disapprove           55      53      55      56      55      33      64
DK/NA                 4       6       4       6       4      10       4
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              40%    14%    71%    32%    39%    41%    35%    67%    45%
Disapprove           52     81     20     59     55     49     58     20     45
DK/NA                 8      6      9      9      6     11      7     13     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              46%    29%    24%    40%    34%    36%    18%    37%    33%
Disapprove           51     62     68     54     61     55     74     57     59
DK/NA                 3      9      8      6      5      9      8      6      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              49%    35%    41%    41%    42%    50%    38%    39%    37%
Disapprove           46     54     50     52     54     41     53     54     53
DK/NA                 5     10     10      6      4      9      9      7      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 01  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Apr 29  Jul 11  
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2009    2013    
                                                                             
Approve              40      47      47      44      46      57      40      
Disapprove           52      43      44      47      46      32      52      
DK/NA                 8      10       9       9       8      11       8      
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - immigration issues?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%    10%    75%    35%    40%    43%    34%    77%    62%
Disapprove           50     84     18     55     53     47     58     15     35
DK/NA                 8      6      7     11      7     10      8      8      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              45%    28%    24%    30%    33%    35%    18%    33%    36%
Disapprove           49     62     67     61     60     55     75     59     58
DK/NA                 6     10      8      9      7     10      7      8      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              50%    38%    44%    44%    43%    47%    41%    43%    37%
Disapprove           44     53     48     50     53     42     52     50     54
DK/NA                 6      9      9      6      4     11      7      7      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling immigration issues?
                     Jul 11  May 01
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              41      40
Disapprove           50      50
DK/NA                 8      10
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              52%    26%    82%    45%    50%    53%    46%    79%    67%
Disapprove           43     72     12     48     46     39     49     13     32
DK/NA                 6      3      5      8      4      7      5      8      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              55%    41%    38%    52%    44%    47%    29%    50%    43%
Disapprove           41     53     56     44     52     46     65     45     52
DK/NA                 4      6      6      4      4      7      6      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              58%    48%    53%    51%    54%    57%    53%    52%    47%
Disapprove           37     46     41     46     42     38     42     43     45
DK/NA                 5      6      7      3      4      4      5      6      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism? (* Post Bin Laden Death)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 01  Nov 03  Sep 01  Jun 09  May 05  Jan 13
                     2013    2013    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2010
 
Approve              52      55      66      57      63      67      48
Disapprove           43      38      28      34      31      27      44
DK/NA                 6       8       6       9       6       7       8
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              46%    25%    70%    42%    46%    47%    40%    73%    55%
Disapprove           45     68     21     48     48     42     51     18     41
DK/NA                 9      6      9      9      6     11      9      9      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              50%    35%    34%    43%    41%    39%    27%    43%    43%
Disapprove           43     55     55     52     53     49     63     49     51
DK/NA                 7     10     11      5      6     12     10      8      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              54%    42%    45%    48%    49%    52%    50%    46%    41%
Disapprove           39     48     45     44     46     42     43     46     46
DK/NA                 7      9     10      8      5      7      7      8     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan? (* Post Bin laden Death)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Nov 03  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  May 05  Nov 18
                     2013    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              46      50      43      50      51      59      38
Disapprove           45      41      47      42      40      30      49
DK/NA                 9       9      10       8       9      10      12
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Syria?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              33%    15%    58%    26%    33%    33%    30%    51%    32%
Disapprove           48     72     19     55     51     45     52     23     48
DK/NA                19     13     22     20     16     23     18     26     20
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              37%    26%    22%    36%    31%    28%    18%    32%    31%
Disapprove           48     54     58     48     54     51     67     50     54
DK/NA                14     20     19     16     15     21     15     18     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              39%    30%    32%    37%    36%    36%    34%    34%    29%
Disapprove           45     49     48     43     52     47     46     49     48
DK/NA                16     21     20     20     11     17     21     17     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Syria?
                     Jul 11  May 01
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              33      37
Disapprove           48      35
DK/NA                19      27
 
 
26. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                44%     6%    84%    37%    40%    47%    35%    81%    61%
Reps in Congress     38     82      6     38     42     35     46      7     31
DK/NA                18     12     10     24     18     18     19     13      8
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                45%    30%    25%    33%    31%    39%    18%    34%    37%
Reps in Congress     42     48     55     50     50     41     62     47     45
DK/NA                13     22     19     17     19     19     20     19     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Obama                48%    41%    47%    45%    41%    51%    41%    44%    41%
Reps in Congress     36     39     34     39     46     32     39     40     39
DK/NA                16     19     19     16     12     17     19     16     20
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (* Low also 41% Jul 2010, Jun 2011)
                                                             OBAMA.........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 30  Mar 07  Feb 11  Apr 20  Nov 02  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2011    2011*
 
Obama                44      43      44      47      43      48      41
Reps in Congress     38      43      40      41      43      39      43
DK/NA                18      14      15      12      15      12      16
 
 
27. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent             2%     -      3%     1%     2%     2%     -      4%     4%
Good                 27     14     45     21     25     28     25     43     29
Not so good          41     41     38     43     42     39     41     42     39
Poor                 30     45     13     34     30     31     34      8     28
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -      -      2      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Excellent             -      1%     1%     -      1%     -      -      1%     2%
Good                 30     22     19     22     23     26     16     23     23
Not so good          45     39     40     44     43     39     39     41     40
Poor                 25     38     40     33     33     35     45     34     35
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             1%     2%     2%     -      -      6%     -      1%     2%
Good                 33     24     27     29     28     31     28     28     22
Not so good          44     39     39     41     46     44     43     39     40
Poor                 22     34     32     30     25     20     28     33     34
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      -      1      -      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
                     Jul 11  May 30  May 02  Feb 11  Jul 12  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2003    2009
 
Excellent             2       2       -       1       1       3       -
Good                 27      24      17      19      13      37       3
Not so good          41      40      45      41      45      42      28
Poor                 30      34      36      38      41      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       1       -       1       1       -
 
 
28. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               35%    17%    57%    27%    34%    35%    31%    54%    39%
Worse                22     32     11     22     20     23     24      9     21
The same             43     51     31     49     46     40     45     36     39
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      1      2      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Better               40%    26%    25%    24%    30%    31%    20%    28%    33%
Worse                16     28     29     20     23     25     33     23     24
The same             43     46     45     56     47     43     46     49     42
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               43%    31%    32%    37%    41%    40%    34%    34%    34%
Worse                15     25     24     19     13     14     21     24     22
The same             42     44     43     43     46     46     45     41     43
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (* Low also 11% Sep 2011)
                                                             BETTER........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  May 30  May 02  Feb 11  Feb 23  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2011    2011*
 
Better               35      34      32      34      35      36      11
Worse                22      25      24      28      26      20      44
The same             43      40      43      37      38      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
46. Thinking about the situation in Afghanistan, do you think the United States should or should not negotiate with members of the Taliban?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should negotiate     28%    15%    40%    27%    33%    24%    27%    33%    31%
Should not           63     79     47     66     62     64     64     57     61
DK/NA                 9      7     12      7      5     13      9     10      8
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Should negotiate     34%    23%    20%    29%    31%    23%    16%    29%    24%
Should not           59     68     71     65     64     65     76     64     67
DK/NA                 7     10      8      6      5     13      9      7      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Should negotiate     32%    26%    31%    24%    28%    42%    22%    25%    31%
Should not           59     65     60     69     65     52     70     67     56
DK/NA                 8      9     10      6      7      5      8      9     13
 
 
47. Do you think the United States should or should not negotiate with members of the Taliban, if such negotiations could end the war in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should negotiate     53%    38%    73%    48%    52%    55%    50%    67%    67%
Should not           40     56     21     45     44     36     42     25     32
DK/NA                 7      6      6      7      5      9      7      7      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Should negotiate     56%    47%    44%    57%    48%    52%    38%    54%    44%
Should not           38     45     48     39     46     39     54     41     48
DK/NA                 6      8      8      4      5     10      8      5      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Should negotiate     56%    52%    58%    51%    49%    73%    45%    47%    59%
Should not           38     41     35     45     45     20     52     45     32
DK/NA                 6      7      7      4      7      7      3      8     10
 
 
48. Some people say the United States should not negotiate with terrorists because it encourages more terrorism. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                60%    78%    47%    61%    63%    58%    62%    53%    59%
Disagree             33     18     46     32     33     32     31     40     38
DK/NA                 7      4      7      7      5      9      7      7      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Agree                55%    65%    71%    58%    64%    60%    74%    59%    65%
Disagree             39     27     24     36     31     31     20     34     27
DK/NA                 6      8      5      6      5     10      6      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Agree                57%    62%    58%    61%    66%    49%    64%    66%    55%
Disagree             37     31     35     33     30     43     32     28     35
DK/NA                 6      7      7      6      4      8      4      6      9
 
 
49. Some people say the United States should have negotiations with the Taliban because it will get American troops home more quickly. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                35%    17%    51%    34%    36%    34%    31%    48%    51%
Disagree             57     76     39     60     59     55     62     40     43
DK/NA                 8      7     10      7      5     11      7     12      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Agree                34%    29%    25%    36%    32%    30%    22%    33%    27%
Disagree             59     63     67     59     64     59     69     60     65
DK/NA                 7      8      8      5      4     10      9      7      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Agree                35%    35%    40%    30%    30%    52%    31%    31%    35%
Disagree             57     57     52     63     65     44     64     61     51
DK/NA                 8      8      9      6      5      4      5      8     14
 
 
50. Do you support or oppose the U.S. sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Syria?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              27%    26%    32%    26%    34%    21%    27%    27%    33%
Oppose               59     63     51     63     56     63     60     52     60
DK/NA                13     11     16     12     10     16     12     20      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              31%    25%    26%    27%    34%    20%    20%    28%    29%
Oppose               58     62     62     65     56     64     68     59     61
DK/NA                11     13     13      8      9     16     12     13      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              32%    25%    25%    30%    34%    33%    24%    27%    28%
Oppose               57     61     61     59     58     54     67     59     57
DK/NA                11     14     15     11      8     13      9     15     15
 
 
51. Do you think the United States should or should not use weapons which don't risk American lives, such as drones and cruise missiles, to attack Syrian government targets?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should               49%    58%    48%    44%    51%    47%    49%    51%    56%
Should not           38     30     36     45     41     36     39     32     37
DK/NA                13     11     15     11      8     17     12     17      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Should               47%    50%    51%    48%    52%    46%    49%    51%    51%
Should not           44     36     36     41     41     37     36     39     36
DK/NA                 9     14     13     11      8     17     15     10     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Should               47%    51%    49%    51%    52%    54%    49%    47%    50%
Should not           43     36     36     41     40     39     36     40     37
DK/NA                10     14     15      8      8      7     15     12     14
 
 
52. Do you think it is in the national interest of the United States to be involved in the conflict in Syria, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  27%    26%    31%    24%    30%    23%    26%    24%    35%
No                   61     62     54     65     60     61     62     55     61
DK/NA                13     12     15     11     10     16     12     21      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  29%    25%    24%    26%    31%    22%    24%    25%    26%
No                   59     63     62     66     60     63     61     64     63
DK/NA                11     13     15      8      9     16     15     11     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  30%    25%    26%    28%    31%    29%    27%    29%    21%
No                   57     62     61     59     62     63     60     58     65
DK/NA                13     13     13     12      7      9     13     13     14
 
 
 

Demographic Summary