July 12, 2013 - Clinton Tops Christie By 6 Points In 2016 Race, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Republicans Take Bigger Hit For Gridlock
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie 46 - 40 percent among American voters in an early look at the 2016 presidential election, compared to her 45 - 37 percent lead in March, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The former New York senator has a healthy 55 - 38 percent favorability rating, but the lesser known New Jersey governor has a 45 - 18 percent favorability, including 41 - 19 percent among Democrats, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

American voters blame both parties for gridlock in Washington, but they say Republicans are more responsible for Congress' inability to get things done.

Looking at immigration, 54 percent of voters favor allowing those here illegally to stay and eventually become citizens, while 12 percent favor allowing them to stay but not become citizens and 28 percent say they should be deported.

Because of gridlock, however, American voters say 69 - 27 percent that Republicans and Democrats in Congress will not be able to work together to pass immigration reform.

On other issues, voters agree with the Supreme Court decision extending benefits to same-sex couples. They also overwhelming oppose the use of race as a factor in college admissions.

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the front-runner for 2016 if she chooses to run," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie's favorability numbers are impressive and if he can win over a solid share of those who do not yet have an opinion about him, he could be a very formidable candidate in 2016. Candidates with more than 2-1 favorability ratios don't grow on trees."

"Vice President Joseph Biden finds himself in the opposite situation as most Americans have an opinion about him and it is slightly negative, 38 percent favorable, 44 percent unfavorable," said Brown.

"Biden trails Christie 46 - 35 percent in the 2016 face-off and is dead even 42 - 42 percent with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, whose favorability is a split 31 - 28 percent.

Clinton tops Paul 50 - 38 percent.

There is gridlock because Republicans are determined to block any Obama initiative, 51 percent of voters say, while 35 percent say President Barack Obama lacks the skills to convince leaders of Congress to work together.

Asked another way, 53 percent say Obama is doing "too little" to compromise with congressional Republicans, but 68 percent of voters say congressional Republicans are doing "too little." Ten percent of voters blame Democrats for gridlock, while 23 percent blame Republicans and 64 percent blame both parties equally.

"Voters think the Democrats and Obama aren't playing nice, but they think the Republicans are worse," said Brown.

Supreme Court

Voters support 49 - 44 percent legalizing same-sex marriage in their state, and agree 62 - 34 percent with a Supreme Court ruling that married gay couples should be eligible for the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

On another matter before the Supreme Court, voters say 74 - 21 percent that public universities should not be allowed to take race into account when deciding who to admit.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has a 38 - 31 percent job approval, down from 46 - 34 percent in July, 2012, and 49 - 21 percent in April, 2010. The court itself gets a split 45 - 44 percent approval, compared to 47 - 41 percent last July and 49 - 33 percent in April, 2010.

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.

1. If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or for the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Republican           34%    83%     2%    33%    38%    31%    42%     3%    23%
Democratic           39      2     87     27     35     43     31     82     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      -      6      3      2      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      1      3      3      2      2      -      1
DK/NA                21     14     10     32     20     22     22     13     23
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Republican           40%    43%    51%    45%    46%    37%    58%    44%    41%
Democratic           39     28     22     31     27     36     15     30     31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      4      3      2      4      2      1      3      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      1      1      3      1      1      2      3
DK/NA                19     23     23     20     20     23     25     21     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Republican           34%    35%    30%    37%    45%    27%    35%    35%    37%
Democratic           43     38     43     39     36     46     36     39     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      3      1      3      3      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      2      2      1      4      2      2      1
DK/NA                20     22     22     20     17     20     23     20     20
 
TREND: If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate, or for the Democratic candidate in your district? (*High also 40% Mar 2011, Feb 2012, **Low also 34% Nov 2011)
                                                             REPUBLICAN....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Jul 11  Jul 11  Jul 12  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2012*   2013**    
                                                                             
Republican           34      38      37      35      40      40      34      
Democratic           39      38      41      43      43      43      39      
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3       3       2       1       1       3      
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       1       2       1       1       2      
DK/NA                21      20      19      18      15      15      21      
 
 
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              19%    39%     8%    18%    20%    19%    20%    10%    28%
Disapprove           71     49     85     72     72     70     70     79     64
DK/NA                10     12      7     10      9     11     10     11      8
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              16%    22%    24%    21%    21%    19%    25%    21%    20%
Disapprove           78     66     65     72     71     70     62     71     72
DK/NA                 6     12     11      7      9     11     13      8      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              15%    21%    21%    16%    17%    24%    19%    18%    21%
Disapprove           77     68     69     77     76     62     72     73     72
DK/NA                 7     11     10      7      7     14      9      9      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?(*High also 34% Mar 2011, Mar 2010 **Low also 19% Nov 2011, Feb 2013, Apr 2013)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Mar 31  Jul 12  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013**    
                                                                             
Approve              19      24      24      19      20      34      19      
Disapprove           71      67      67      71      71      55      71      
DK/NA                10       9       8      10       9      11      10      
 
 
4. 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              29%     7%    60%    20%    24%    34%    23%    60%    31%
Disapprove           62     86     32     71     68     57     68     30     58
DK/NA                 9      7      8      9      8      9      8     10     11
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              30%    20%    18%    24%    18%    29%    14%    25%    26%
Disapprove           64     71     75     68     75     62     79     68     67
DK/NA                 5     10      7      8      8      9      8      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              33%    27%    33%    24%    28%    29%    28%    30%    29%
Disapprove           60     64     58     68     67     56     64     63     63
DK/NA                 7     10      9      7      6     15      8      7      7
 
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
                     Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              29      30      31      34      32      45      24
Disapprove           62      60      60      59      60      45      69
DK/NA                 9      11       9       7       8      10       7
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Supreme Court is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              45%    34%    56%    43%    44%    46%    45%    44%    48%
Disapprove           44     55     34     46     47     41     44     48     42
DK/NA                11     11     10     11      9     14     12      9     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              52%    41%    38%    46%    43%    47%    30%    48%    42%
Disapprove           38     46     50     44     47     40     60     42     47
DK/NA                10     13     12     10     10     13     10     11     11
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES..........   Same-Sex
                                   Weekly.....   Less.......   MarriageQ37
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Supp   Opp
 
Approve              39%    46%    34%    43%    44%    48%    61%    27%
Disapprove           49     44     56     49     42     41     28     63
DK/NA                12     10     10      8     14     11     11     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              52%    41%    43%    50%    45%    58%    49%    42%    37%
Disapprove           39     47     45     40     48     29     42     47     49
DK/NA                10     12     12     10      7     13      8     11     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Supreme Court is handling its job? (* High also 62% May 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 12  Jul 11  Apr 20  Apr 21  Jun 04  Jun 04  Jul 17
                     2013    2012    2012    2010    2009    2009*   2008
 
Approve              45      47      52      49      62      62      39
Disapprove           44      41      31      33      22      22      43
DK/NA                11      12      18      18      16      16      18
 
 
6. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Clinton              46%     8%    87%    39%    38%    53%    38%    81%    59%
Christie             40     82      6     41     43     36     47      7     29
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      -      6      5      2      4      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      3      4      2      3      2      3
DK/NA                 8      7      5     10      9      8      8      9      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Clinton              43%    36%    27%    40%    31%    46%    18%    40%    40%
Christie             47     48     57     51     52     43     64     50     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      4      1      5      2      3      3      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      3      1      4      2      4      2      4
DK/NA                 5      9      9      6      8      7     10      5      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Clinton              48%    45%    51%    43%    41%    58%    43%    45%    43%
Christie             41     39     35     45     48     25     43     41     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      3      3      4      4      3      4      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      3      4      2      4      2      3      2
DK/NA                 6     10      9      6      5      8      8      7      9
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* Christopher Christie)
                     Jul 12  Mar 07
                     2013    2013*
 
Clinton              46      45
Christie             40      37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       4
DK/NA                 8      12
 
 
7. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Rand Paul the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Clinton              50%    12%    92%    42%    42%    58%    43%    85%    65%
Paul                 38     79      3     41     45     32     46      6     23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      4      3      2      3      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      1      4      3      2      3      2      3
DK/NA                 7      6      4      8      7      7      6      6      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Clinton              51%    38%    33%    44%    34%    52%    22%    45%    44%
Paul                 41     48     55     48     54     38     66     45     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      1      3      2      2      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      1      3      2      2      3      2
DK/NA                 4      7      8      5      6      6      8      6      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Clinton              55%    48%    54%    48%    48%    54%    48%    50%    49%
Paul                 37     39     34     42     42     30     40     40     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      1      2      4      2      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      3      2      5      2      2      3
DK/NA                 5      8      7      6      5      6      8      5      8
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Rand Paul the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 12  May 31
                     2013    2013
 
Clinton              50      49
Paul                 38      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
8. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Biden                35%     4%    73%    26%    31%    39%    27%    78%    46%
Christie             46     87     14     49     49     43     54     10     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      2      2      7      6      3      5      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      2      2      6      5      4      5      2      5
DK/NA                10      5     10     12      9     11      9      8     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Biden                32%    24%    18%    28%    23%    32%    13%    28%    30%
Christie             55     54     62     57     58     50     66     55     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      6      5      3      6      3      5      5      6
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      6      5      3      5      5      6      4      6
DK/NA                 6     11     10      9      8     10     10      9      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Biden                36%    35%    41%    33%    30%    45%    31%    35%    34%
Christie             49     44     40     53     57     35     51     46     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      4      4      4      4      5      4      5      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      5      4      3      4      4      5      4
DK/NA                 8     11     11      7      6     10     10      9     11
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* Christopher Christie)
                     Jul 12  Mar 07
                     2013    2013*
 
Biden                35      40
Christie             46      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5       5
DK/NA                10       9
 
 
9. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Rand Paul the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Biden                42%     6%    83%    32%    37%    46%    33%    81%    52%
Paul                 42     83      4     48     48     36     50      7     32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      2      5      3      3      3      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      3      5      4      4      4      2      1
DK/NA                 9      7      8     10      8     11      9     10     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Biden                43%    28%    23%    37%    28%    38%    17%    35%    35%
Paul                 46     53     59     51     56     44     68     50     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      3      2      4      3      2      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      5      2      4      5      3      4      4
DK/NA                 5     11     10      8      8      9     11      7      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Biden                47%    39%    46%    41%    39%    47%    39%    42%    40%
Paul                 39     43     38     45     48     38     45     43     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      3      3      2      4      2      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      3      4      5      4      5      3      4
DK/NA                 7     11     10      7      6      7      9      9     12
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Rand Paul the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 12  May 31
                     2013    2013
 
Biden                42      39
Paul                 42      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3
DK/NA                 9      11
 
 
10. Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            55%    20%    90%    49%    48%    61%    48%    88%    65%
Unfavorable          38     74      4     42     43     32     45      6     19
Hvn't hrd enough      5      3      5      7      6      5      5      7     12
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      2      2      2      -      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            56%    44%    37%    52%    40%    56%    29%    51%    48%
Unfavorable          39     48     55     43     52     37     65     42     45
Hvn't hrd enough      2      6      5      3      6      4      4      4      6
REFUSED               2      3      3      1      2      2      2      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            60%    52%    56%    55%    57%    57%    58%    55%    51%
Unfavorable          35     39     34     39     40     31     34     40     40
Hvn't hrd enough      3      7      8      4      1     11      4      3      8
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      1      3      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 12  May 31  Feb 08  May 14  Oct 31  Feb 08  May 03
                     2013    2013    2013    2008    2007    2013    2007
 
Favorable            55      52      61      47      46      61      44
Unfavorable          38      40      34      44      46      34      46
Hvn't hrd enough      5       7       4       7       6       4       7
REFUSED               2       1       1       2       2       1       3
 
 
11. Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            38%     7%    73%    31%    36%    40%    32%    77%    36%
Unfavorable          44     80     10     49     49     40     53      6     32
Hvn't hrd enough     16     12     15     16     13     18     14     14     32
REFUSED               2      1      2      3      2      2      2      3      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            43%    26%    23%    34%    29%    35%    15%    34%    32%
Unfavorable          49     55     63     51     58     48     70     52     50
Hvn't hrd enough      7     17     12     14     11     16     13     13     16
REFUSED               2      2      1      1      2      2      1      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            46%    34%    38%    39%    41%    44%    34%    38%    38%
Unfavorable          43     45     40     47     51     33     48     46     45
Hvn't hrd enough      8     19     19     12      8     19     17     14     13
REFUSED               2      2      3      2      -      5      1      1      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 12  May 31  Feb 08  Nov 12
                     2013    2013    2013    2008
 
Favorable            38      37      46      50
Unfavorable          44      44      41      23
Hvn't hrd enough     16      19      11      25
REFUSED               2       1       2       2
 
 
12. Is your opinion of Rand Paul favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            31%    54%     6%    37%    39%    24%    37%    10%    20%
Unfavorable          28      7     51     25     28     29     26     41     27
Hvn't hrd enough     39     38     43     37     32     46     36     49     52
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            35%    37%    42%    38%    44%    29%    50%    36%    37%
Unfavorable          38     20     19     20     27     26     13     24     25
Hvn't hrd enough     26     41     38     41     28     43     36     38     35
REFUSED               1      2      2      1      1      2      1      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            32%    31%    27%    35%    35%    28%    31%    32%    32%
Unfavorable          39     23     27     29     37     25     24     32     29
Hvn't hrd enough     29     44     45     34     28     46     43     35     37
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rand Paul favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 12  May 31
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            31      32
Unfavorable          28      24
Hvn't hrd enough     39      42
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            45%    55%    41%    46%    46%    45%    49%    36%    36%
Unfavorable          18     12     19     19     22     14     18     15     21
Hvn't hrd enough     34     31     38     32     30     39     31     47     43
REFUSED               2      2      2      3      2      3      2      2      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            59%    43%    49%    57%    48%    49%    46%    54%    45%
Unfavorable          20     17     17     11     22     14     17     15     20
Hvn't hrd enough     18     38     32     30     27     35     35     29     33
REFUSED               3      2      2      3      3      2      2      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            58%    39%    36%    53%    63%    30%    49%    47%    50%
Unfavorable          19     17     15     22     21     23     19     18     13
Hvn't hrd enough     19     42     47     23     13     46     30     32     35
REFUSED               4      2      2      2      3      2      2      3      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 12  Oct 05
                     2013    2011
 
Favorable            45      23
Unfavorable          18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     34      59
REFUSED               2       1
 
 
14. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            47%    12%    85%    40%    44%    49%    39%    88%    62%
Unfavorable          49     86     12     54     52     46     57      9     36
Hvn't hrd enough      2      1      1      2      2      1      1      2      1
REFUSED               3      1      2      3      2      3      3      1      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            47%    34%    29%    38%    35%    42%    20%    38%    41%
Unfavorable          50     61     67     59     62     53     75     58     55
Hvn't hrd enough      1      2      2      -      2      1      2      1      2
REFUSED               2      3      2      3      2      4      3      3      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            53%    44%    49%    49%    45%    53%    48%    47%    43%
Unfavorable          45     51     46     49     54     42     49     49     53
Hvn't hrd enough      1      2      2      1      -      2      1      1      2
REFUSED               2      3      3      2      1      3      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 12  May 30  Feb 08  Jul 11  Apr 19  Nov 12  Oct 05
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2008    2011
 
Favorable            47      48      51      45      45      67      42
Unfavorable          49      49      46      48      49      19      53
Hvn't hrd enough      2       2       2       4       3      11       3
REFUSED               3       1       2       4       3       3       3
 
 
16. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Almost all the time   2%     2%     4%     1%     2%     3%     1%     5%     4%
Most of the time     14      8     26      9     11     17     12     23     23
Some of the time     46     44     53     43     45     46     45     51     45
Hardly ever          37     46     15     46     41     33     41     18     28
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Almost all the time   1%     1%     1%     1%     1%     1%     1%     1%     2%
Most of the time     15     11      9     12     10     15      5     12     14
Some of the time     52     41     42     53     43     46     39     48     41
Hardly ever          31     46     48     34     45     37     54     38     42
DK/NA                 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+
 
Almost all the time   2%     2%     3%     1%     1%     4%     2%     2%     2%
Most of the time     15     13     14     16     15     15     16     13     13
Some of the time     52     42     44     47     49     49     48     42     47
Hardly ever          30     41     38     35     36     30     34     41     37
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      2
 
TREND: How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                     Jul 12  May 30  Jul 22  Mar 24  Feb 11
                     2013    2013    2010    2010    2010
 
Almost all the time   2       3       2       2       2
Most of the time     14      12      16      17      16
Some of the time     46      47      50      50      54
Hardly ever          37      36      31      30      27
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1
 
 
29. Do you think President Obama is doing too much, too little or about the right amount to compromise with the Republican leaders in Congress on important issues?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Too much             11%     2%    22%     9%    12%    11%     9%    23%    14%
Too little           53     86     21     60     57     50     60     18     49
About right          29      9     51     25     28     31     25     53     33
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      4      8      6      6      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Too much             12%     7%     5%     6%     8%    10%     3%     8%    11%
Too little           55     62     69     62     64     55     74     61     59
About right          29     23     19     29     24     27     16     26     23
DK/NA                 3      7      7      3      3      8      7      6      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Too much             14%    10%    12%    12%    13%    16%    10%    13%     8%
Too little           51     54     49     53     60     44     57     53     56
About right          32     28     32     30     25     34     28     28     30
DK/NA                 3      7      6      5      2      6      5      6      7
 
 
30. Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress are doing too much, too little or about the right amount to compromise with President Obama on important issues?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Too much              9%    14%     3%    10%    11%     7%    10%     4%     4%
Too little           68     49     85     68     66     71     66     89     63
About right          17     32      8     16     18     16     18      5     29
DK/NA                 6      5      4      6      5      7      6      3      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Too much             12%     9%    14%     8%    13%     8%    16%     9%    10%
Too little           69     64     59     66     63     68     56     68     69
About right          16     19     20     23     20     16     21     19     16
DK/NA                 3      7      6      3      4      8      8      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Too much             11%     8%     7%     8%    14%     4%     8%    12%     8%
Too little           71     67     71     71     69     61     72     70     67
About right          15     18     17     18     15     29     14     14     17
DK/NA                 3      7      6      3      2      6      6      4      7
 
 
31. Who do you blame for gridlock in Washington Democrats, Republicans, or both equally?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Democrats            10%    26%     2%     7%    11%     9%    12%     2%     7%
Republicans          23      3     47     18     23     24     20     44     20
Both equally         64     69     48     72     64     64     65     49     70
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      2      4      3      4      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Democrats            10%    13%    17%    12%    13%    11%    21%    11%    10%
Republicans          28     15     13     17     20     20      8     18     22
Both equally         60     68     67     70     65     65     68     69     66
DK/NA                 2      4      3      2      2      4      3      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Democrats             9%    11%     9%    11%    11%     4%     8%    12%    14%
Republicans          29     20     23     25     26     17     19     27     26
Both equally         60     66     65     63     61     75     71     60     56
DK/NA                 2      3      3      1      2      4      2      2      5
 
TREND: Who do you blame for gridlock in Washington, Democrats, Republicans or both equally?
                     Jul 12  Mar 25  Feb 11
                     2013    2010    2010
 
Democrats            10      14      12
Republicans          23      16      17
Both equally         64      67      67
DK/NA                 3       3       3
 
 
32. Which comes closer to your point of view; there is gridlock in Washington mainly because President Obama lacks the personal skills to convince leaders of Congress to work together, or there is gridlock in Washington mainly because Republicans in Congress are determined to block any President Obama initiative?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama lacks skills   35%    66%    10%    37%    38%    33%    40%    12%    27%
Republicans block    51     19     82     49     46     55     45     79     61
DK/NA                14     15      8     15     15     12     14      9     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama lacks skills   31%    45%    49%    44%    42%    38%    55%    42%    42%
Republicans block    57     39     35     42     41     49     29     44     46
DK/NA                12     15     16     14     16     12     16     14     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Obama lacks skills   27%    40%    34%    33%    42%    21%    34%    38%    40%
Republicans block    61     46     53     55     49     63     49     50     47
DK/NA                12     15     13     12     10     16     17     12     13
 
 
33. 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  54%    41%    69%    52%    52%    56%    51%    66%    71%
B) Stay/Not citizen  12     13     10     14     14     11     12     12     14
C) Not stay          28     41     16     28     29     27     32     18     14
DK/NA                 6      5      5      5      5      6      6      4      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  63%    44%    44%    48%    49%    52%    39%    50%    49%
B) Stay/Not citizen  11     12     12     19     13     10     12     14     13
C) Not stay          22     37     37     29     33     31     41     32     32
DK/NA                 5      6      7      4      5      7      8      5      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  64%    49%    53%    55%    57%    61%    54%    50%    57%
B) Stay/Not citizen  11     13     13     12     14      8     14     13     13
C) Not stay          19     32     28     29     24     27     27     31     25
DK/NA                 5      6      6      4      5      4      5      6      5
 
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.
                     Jul 12  May 31  May 02  Apr 04  Feb 07  Dec 05
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012
 
A)Stay/Citizenship   54      54      52      59      56      57
B)Stay/Not citizen   12      12      11      11      10      11
C)Not stay           28      29      30      25      30      26
DK/NA                 6       5       6       5       4       5
 
 
34. Do you think Republicans and Democrats in Congress will be able to work together to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  27%    23%    34%    26%    28%    25%    25%    29%    37%
No                   69     73     60     71     69     68     70     62     63
DK/NA                 5      4      6      3      3      6      5      9      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  28%    24%    23%    32%    26%    24%    21%    28%    21%
No                   68     71     72     65     70     70     73     68     75
DK/NA                 4      5      5      3      3      6      6      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  31%    25%    26%    28%    28%    26%    26%    28%    26%
No                   66     70     69     69     69     72     71     66     67
DK/NA                 3      5      5      4      3      1      3      6      7
 
TREND: Do you think Republicans and Democrats in Congress will be able to work together to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year or not?
                     Jul 12  May 31
                     2013    2013
 
Yes                  27      24
No                   69      71
DK/NA                 5       5
 
 
35. If your Senator or Congress member supports the immigration legislation being considered in Washington, would that make you more likely to vote for that person, less likely to vote for that person, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          28%    20%    44%    21%    29%    26%    26%    36%    35%
Less likely          19     30      6     21     23     15     22      6      7
No difference        47     43     45     50     43     51     46     55     52
DK/NA                 6      7      4      7      5      8      7      3      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More likely          34%    22%    24%    24%    27%    25%    21%    25%    25%
Less likely          18     24     27     21     26     17     32     22     27
No difference        43     47     41     49     43     49     38     48     42
DK/NA                 5      8      8      6      5      9      8      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
More likely          36%    24%    27%    30%    33%    33%    27%    27%    29%
Less likely          16     21     17     21     21      8     16     24     21
No difference        42     49     51     44     42     53     53     43     43
DK/NA                 5      7      6      6      4      6      4      6      8
 
 
36. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Roberts is handling his job as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              38%    35%    42%    38%    40%    36%    39%    31%    39%
Disapprove           31     32     25     35     36     26     32     32     29
DK/NA                31     33     33     27     24     38     30     37     32
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              44%    36%    36%    39%    41%    37%    31%    41%    38%
Disapprove           34     30     34     30     36     27     40     30     35
DK/NA                22     34     31     30     23     37     29     29     26
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES..........   Same-Sex
                                   Weekly.....   Less.......   MarriageQ37
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Supp   Opp
 
Approve              36%    36%    33%    39%    40%    34%    46%    30%
Disapprove           32     31     35     33     30     29     25     38
DK/NA                32     33     32     27     30     37     29     32
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              45%    34%    35%    43%    44%    44%    39%    37%    36%
Disapprove           32     31     29     30     37     23     27     34     33
DK/NA                23     35     36     27     19     34     33     29     31
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Roberts is handling his job as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
                     Jul 12  Jul 11  Apr 21
                     2013    2012    2010
 
Approve              38      46      49
Disapprove           31      34      21
DK/NA                31      20      30
 
 
37. Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              49%    27%    63%    54%    47%    52%    49%    46%    53%
Oppose               44     67     32     40     48     41     45     47     43
DK/NA                 6      7      6      6      6      6      6      7      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              62%    43%    33%    54%    47%    52%    16%    54%    44%
Oppose               34     51     61     42     47     42     78     40     48
DK/NA                 4      6      6      5      6      5      5      6      7
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES..........
                                   Weekly.....   Less.......
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Support              34%    53%    20%    46%    48%    57% 
Oppose               60     41     73     48     45     36  
DK/NA                 6      6      6      6      6      7  
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              62%    43%    47%    53%    59%    74%    53%    48%    33%
Oppose               34     50     48     41     37     21     41     46     59
DK/NA                 4      7      5      6      4      5      5      6      7
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     Jul 12  Jul 14  Apr 30
                     2013    2011    2009
 
Support              49      46      38
Oppose               44      48      55
DK/NA                 6       6       7
 
 
38. 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
 
State laws           40%    46%    28%    48%    45%    35%    43%    28%    33%
Constitution         53     48     64     46     48     58     51     59     61
DK/NA                 7      6      8      6      7      7      6     13      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
State laws           45%    42%    46%    41%    50%    36%    49%    42%    43%
Constitution         50     51     46     53     44     57     41     53     48
DK/NA                 5      7      8      6      6      7     10      5      8
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES..........   Same-Sex
                                   Weekly.....   Less.......   MarriageQ37
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Supp   Opp
 
State laws           43%    41%    43%    41%    43%    41%    34%    47%
Constitution         48     53     47     53     49     53     63     43
DK/NA                 9      6     10      7      8      6      2     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
State laws           44%    39%    37%    45%    41%    43%    41%    38%    42%
Constitution         51     53     54     50     56     54     54     55     46
DK/NA                 5      8      9      5      3      3      5      7     12
 
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?
                     Jul 12  May 02  Apr 04
                     2013    2013    2013
 
States laws          40      36      36
Constitution         53      57      56
DK/NA                 7       7       7
 
 
39. As you may know, the Supreme Court recently ruled that married gay and lesbian couples are entitled to federal benefits. Do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court's decision?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                62%    43%    74%    66%    59%    66%    61%    67%    57%
Disagree             34     53     24     29     37     30     35     31     40
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      4      4      4      2      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Agree                74%    54%    48%    66%    57%    65%    35%    67%    58%
Disagree             23     41     47     32     38     31     60     30     39
DK/NA                 3      4      5      3      4      3      5      3      4
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES..........   Same-Sex
                                   Weekly.....   Less.......   MarriageQ37
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Supp   Opp
 
Agree                51%    65%    39%    57%    64%    70%    94%    26%
Disagree             44     32     57     38     31     29      4     69
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      5      2      2      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Agree                75%    56%    58%    70%    71%    75%    70%    62%    49%
Disagree             22     40     37     29     28     20     29     35     45
DK/NA                 3      4      5      1      1      5      1      3      6
 
 
40. Do you think public universities should be allowed to use race as one of the factors in admissions to increase diversity in the student body or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  21%     7%    37%    19%    21%    21%    17%    36%    35%
No                   74     89     57     77     76     73     79     55     62
DK/NA                 5      3      7      5      4      6      4      9      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  30%    10%    11%    14%    16%    17%    10%    14%    20%
No                   67     85     84     82     81     77     85     82     77
DK/NA                 2      5      5      3      3      6      5      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  33%    15%    19%    22%    28%    24%    22%    21%    19%
No                   64     79     76     75     69     74     76     72     74
DK/NA                 3      6      6      4      3      2      2      7      7
 
 

Demographic Summary