August 2, 2013 - American Voters Back "Stand Your Ground," Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Obama Tops Republicans On Economy
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With large racial and gender divisions, American voters back so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws 53 - 40 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Voters also say by a wide margin that the federal government should not bail out Detroit.

President Barack Obama gets a divided job approval rating as 46 percent approve and 48 percent disapprove, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. But this is much better than the negative 19 - 73 percent job approval for Republicans in Congress and the negative 31 - 61 percent score for Democrats.

And American voters trust President Obama more than Congressional Republicans, 45 - 39 percent, to handle the economy.

White voters support "Stand Your Ground" laws 57 - 37 percent while black voters are opposed 57 - 37 percent. Men support these laws 62 - 34 percent while women are divided with 44 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed. Support is 75 - 19 percent among Republicans and 57 - 37 percent among independent voters, with Democrats opposed 62 - 32 percent.

Voters in households where someone owns a gun back the laws 67 - 29 percent.

"'Stand Your Ground' splits the country sharply along political, gender and racial lines," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"With these kinds of numbers, it's unlikely the movement to repeal 'Stand Your Ground' will be successful in most of the country."

Obama's approval rating reflects the same divisions as "Stand Your Ground." He gets a thumbs up from Democrats 84 - 11 percent and 84 - 11 percent from black voters, while getting a thumbs down from Republicans 85 - 13 percent, independents 57 - 34 percent, and white voters 58 - 36 percent. Men disapprove 55 - 40 percent, as women approve 52 - 42 percent.

"Despite his lackluster approval numbers, President Barack Obama would enter a battle with Republicans over the economy with an edge in public perception," said Brown. "And although President Obama's approval numbers are nothing to brag about, they are immensely better than Congressional Republicans' 4-1 disapproval rating."

Partisan and racial splits also mark American voters' 57 - 33 percent opposition to a federal bailout of bankrupt Detroit.

Democrats back a bailout 51 - 35 percent, while opposition is 73 - 18 percent among Republicans and 65 - 28 percent among independent voters. Black voters support a bailout 57 - 36 percent, with white voters opposed 63 - 26 percent.

"The strong opposition among voters to a federal bailout of Detroit will make it politically very difficult for the folks in Washington to come to Detroit's rescue," said Brown.

Immigration Reform, Abortion

American voters are united in their 64 - 31 percent support of the immigration reform act recently passed in the U.S. Senate. Support is strong among every partisan, gender, racial, religious, income and age group.

"The public supports the immigration bill 2-1 and shows unusual agreement given the divisions in the country on many other issues," said Brown. "It seems the only group divided on this issue is Congress."

On another matter, the Republican-led effort in Congress and in many state capitols to reduce from 24 weeks to 20 weeks the time period during a pregnancy in which almost all abortions should be legal is striking a chord with voters. A total of 55 percent want a 20-week limit while 30 percent favor the current 24 week limit.

From July 28 - 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,468 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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

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           36%    87%     1%    36%    42%    29%    42%     4%    35%
Democratic           40      3     88     24     31     50     33     80     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      1      5      3      3      3      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      5      3      2      2      3      3
DK/NA                19      8     10     30     21     16     20     10     21
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Republican           42%    42%    52%    45%    22%    49%    36%    56%    43%
Democratic           37     31     24     32     50     24     43     20     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      2      3      4      2      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      1      6      2      1      1      1
DK/NA                16     22     20     20     20     21     18     22     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Republican           37%    35%    31%    40%    40%    29%    32%    39%    42%
Democratic           43     39     44     41     38     44     39     40     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      3      2      4      4      4      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      2      5      2      5      2      1
DK/NA                15     20     21     16     13     21     20     17     17
 
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
                     Aug 02  Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Jul 11  Jul 12
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012*   2013**
 
Republican           36      34      38      37      35      40      34
Democratic           40      39      38      41      43      43      39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3       3       3       2       1       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       1       2       1       2
DK/NA                19      21      20      19      18      15      21
 
 
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              46%    13%    84%    34%    40%    52%    36%    84%    63%
Disapprove           48     85     11     57     55     42     58     11     27
DK/NA                 6      2      5      9      6      6      6      5     10
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              45%    31%    28%    37%    53%    29%    43%    21%    38%
Disapprove           50     63     67     58     38     65     52     72     59
DK/NA                 5      6      5      5      8      6      5      6      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              50%    43%    47%    47%    44%    49%    47%    46%    40%
Disapprove           44     51     47     48     51     44     47     48     55
DK/NA                 6      6      5      5      5      7      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
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009*   2011
 
Approve              46      44      45      48      49      59      41
Disapprove           48      48      49      45      45      31      55
DK/NA                 6       8       6       8       6      10       4
 
 
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%    37%    10%    18%    21%    17%    19%    16%    35%
Disapprove           73     56     84     73     72     74     75     78     47
DK/NA                 8      7      5     10      7      8      7      5     18
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              13%    22%    19%    24%    15%    21%    17%    25%    17%
Disapprove           82     71     74     69     82     74     75     67     75
DK/NA                 4      8      7      7      3      5      8      8      7
 
                     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%    15%    19%    30%    16%    15%    20%
Disapprove           81     70     71     79     76     60     75     78     73
DK/NA                 5      9      8      6      5     10      9      6      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, Jul 2013)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 02  Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 31  Aug 02  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013**    
                                                                             
Approve              19      19      24      24      19      34      19      
Disapprove           73      71      67      67      71      55      73      
DK/NA                 8      10       9       8      10      11       8      
 
 
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              31%     8%    61%    21%    24%    38%    25%    62%    37%
Disapprove           61     88     31     70     70     53     69     31     46
DK/NA                 7      4      8      9      6      9      6      7     17
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              28%    24%    18%    26%    35%    20%    31%    18%    25%
Disapprove           67     69     74     70     59     76     61     74     70
DK/NA                 5      7      8      4      5      4      8      8      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              31%    31%    36%    28%    28%    34%    35%    29%    29%
Disapprove           63     61     56     67     68     60     56     65     63
DK/NA                 6      8      8      5      4      7      9      6      8
 
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
                     Aug 02  Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              31      29      30      31      34      45      24
Disapprove           61      62      60      60      59      45      69
DK/NA                 7       9      11       9       7      10       7
 
 
5. 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        2%     1%     3%     2%     1%     3%     1%     2%     8%
Smwht satisfied      26     12     42     21     23     29     21     46     38
Smwht dissatisfied   29     26     33     31     27     32     32     27     19
Very dissatisfied    41     60     21     45     47     36     46     25     32
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      2      1      1      -      3
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        1%     1%     1%     -      3%     1%     1%     1%     -
Smwht satisfied      25     18     16     29     22     19     22     14     23
Smwht dissatisfied   35     30     27     34     37     28     37     28     32
Very dissatisfied    38     50     54     37     37     51     40     56     43
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     2%     2%     2%     3%     2%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      30     24     25     27     28     36     24     26     21
Smwht dissatisfied   31     29     30     29     30     30     27     31     29
Very dissatisfied    36     44     41     42     40     27     46     41     47
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      3      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
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       3       6       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      26      28      26      25      28      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   29      29      26      35      31      19      38
Very dissatisfied    41      40      42      37      38      10      44
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              42%    11%    79%    31%    36%    48%    33%    79%    54%
Disapprove           54     88     18     65     61     48     64     16     37
DK/NA                 4      1      3      4      3      4      3      5      9
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              41%    29%    25%    32%    52%    27%    40%    20%    33%
Disapprove           56     68     72     65     45     71     57     79     64
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      3      3      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              46%    40%    47%    39%    40%    40%    42%    44%    40%
Disapprove           50     57     51     57     57     56     54     53     57
DK/NA                 4      4      2      4      3      4      5      3      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01  Jul 11  Apr 19  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2009    2011*
 
Approve              42      41      41      40      38      57      32
Disapprove           54      55      53      55      56      33      64
DK/NA                 4       4       6       4       6      10       4
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              44%    17%    77%    36%    40%    49%    38%    76%    54%
Disapprove           50     79     17     59     56     44     57     18     36
DK/NA                 6      4      6      5      4      7      5      6     10
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              48%    33%    30%    40%    55%    33%    43%    25%    39%
Disapprove           49     61     65     52     41     63     50     68     57
DK/NA                 3      6      5      7      4      4      7      7      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              50%    42%    47%    43%    46%    43%    46%    46%    39%
Disapprove           46     52     47     52     51     49     50     48     54
DK/NA                 4      6      6      5      4      8      4      6      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01  Jul 11  Apr 19  Apr 29  Jul 11
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2009    2013
 
Approve              44      40      47      47      44      57      40
Disapprove           50      52      43      44      47      32      52
DK/NA                 6       8      10       9       9      11       8
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - immigration issues?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%    11%    71%    31%    33%    46%    32%    73%    43%
Disapprove           53     83     22     64     60     46     61     25     44
DK/NA                 7      6      8      6      7      8      7      3     12
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              42%    27%    26%    29%    48%    26%    39%    20%    32%
Disapprove           51     66     66     64     46     68     53     72     62
DK/NA                 7      7      8      7      6      6      8      9      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              45%    37%    41%    41%    37%    43%    34%    41%    38%
Disapprove           49     56     52     52     57     49     59     51     54
DK/NA                 6      8      6      7      7      8      7      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling immigration issues?
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01
                     2013    2013    2013
 
Approve              39      41      40
Disapprove           53      50      50
DK/NA                 7       8      10
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - race relations?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    18%    80%    40%    43%    52%    41%    78%    61%
Disapprove           46     78     14     53     50     41     53     16     28
DK/NA                 7      4      6      7      7      6      6      6     11
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              52%    35%    33%    43%    60%    36%    46%    26%    42%
Disapprove           43     58     60     51     36     57     48     68     52
DK/NA                 5      7      7      6      4      6      6      7      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              54%    44%    49%    52%    43%    56%    47%    47%    41%
Disapprove           41     48     43     44     51     36     47     46     51
DK/NA                 5      7      7      4      6      8      5      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling race relations?
                     Aug 02  Jan 14  Aug 06
                     2013    2011    2009
 
Approve              47      57      55
Disapprove           46      23      35
DK/NA                 7      20      10
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              54%    29%    83%    49%    51%    58%    49%    80%    59%
Disapprove           39     65     12     46     44     34     45     13     30
DK/NA                 6      6      6      5      5      7      6      7     11
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              56%    45%    39%    52%    62%    45%    53%    35%    51%
Disapprove           40     48     53     40     35     50     40     58     41
DK/NA                 4      7      8      8      3      5      7      7      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              59%    52%    54%    57%    58%    60%    52%    58%    47%
Disapprove           36     41     39     39     37     34     41     37     45
DK/NA                 5      7      7      4      5      6      7      5      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism? (* Post Bin Laden Death)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01  Nov 03  Sep 01  May 05  Jan 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2011    2011    2011*   2010
 
Approve              54      52      55      66      57      67      48
Disapprove           39      43      38      28      34      27      44
DK/NA                 6       6       8       6       9       7       8
 
 
12. 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                45%     6%    88%    34%    39%    52%    36%    85%    57%
Reps in Congress     39     83      5     43     44     33     46      6     29
DK/NA                16     11      7     23     17     15     18      9     14
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Obama                43%    33%    28%    37%    54%    29%    44%    20%    38%
Reps in Congress     41     49     55     45     32     51     41     62     44
DK/NA                15     19     17     18     14     19     16     19     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Obama                48%    44%    48%    46%    41%    50%    43%    47%    42%
Reps in Congress     37     39     35     43     45     34     39     38     44
DK/NA                15     17     18     11     15     16     18     15     14
 
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
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  Mar 07  Feb 11  Nov 02  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2011*
 
Obama                45      44      43      44      47      48      41
Reps in Congress     39      38      43      40      41      39      43
DK/NA                16      18      14      15      12      12      16
 
 
13. 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             1%     1%     1%     1%     -      1%     1%     2%     2%
Good                 25     12     40     21     22     28     21     40     27
Not so good          40     43     41     39     41     40     42     38     44
Poor                 33     44     18     39     36     30     36     19     27
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent             -      1%     1%     -      -      -      1%     1%     1%
Good                 30     17     18     21     31     21     22     13     22
Not so good          43     41     41     46     37     42     41     40     44
Poor                 26     41     39     32     33     36     35     44     33
DK/NA                 -      1      -      2      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             -      1%     1%     -      1%     -      1%     1%     1%
Good                 32     21     21     29     29     27     23     27     21
Not so good          42     40     42     41     42     40     41     39     42
Poor                 26     37     36     30     28     33     34     32     35
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      1      -      1      1      -
 
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
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 02  Feb 11  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2003    2009
 
Excellent             1       2       2       -       1       3       -
Good                 25      27      24      17      19      37       3
Not so good          40      41      40      45      41      42      28
Poor                 33      30      34      36      38      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       -       1       -
 
 
14. 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               34%    16%    53%    30%    32%    36%    31%    49%    37%
Worse                25     36     13     27     24     26     27     17     24
The same             40     47     33     42     43     38     42     35     39
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      1      -      -
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               40%    26%    25%    27%    49%    28%    33%    17%    31%
Worse                20     30     30     21     16     24     30     37     26
The same             39     43     44     52     34     47     37     47     43
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               42%    30%    30%    41%    41%    37%    32%    36%    31%
Worse                21     27     29     17     20     25     26     24     25
The same             37     42     40     42     38     37     41     39     43
DK/NA                 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
                     Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 02  Feb 11  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2011*
 
Better               34      35      34      32      34      36      11
Worse                25      22      25      24      28      20      44
The same             40      43      40      43      37      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Holder is handling his job as United States Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              35%    17%    59%    28%    33%    37%    32%    65%    29%
Disapprove           39     57     13     49     50     27     44     17     31
DK/NA                26     26     29     23     17     36     25     18     40
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              37%    29%    25%    32%    42%    28%    35%    25%    30%
Disapprove           43     44     50     41     37     57     30     52     44
DK/NA                21     27     26     27     21     15     35     24     26
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              38%    34%    38%    35%    32%    36%    29%    40%    34%
Disapprove           41     38     33     40     47     31     39     38     44
DK/NA                22     28     29     25     21     33     32     22     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Holder is handling his job as United States Attorney General?
                     Aug 02  May 30
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              35      23
Disapprove           39      39
DK/NA                26      38
 
 
16. What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, or that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Gone too far         46%    46%    40%    50%    54%    38%    49%    29%    43%
Not gone far enough  39     45     40     34     33     44     36     54     45
DK/NA                15     10     20     16     13     18     14     18     13
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Gone too far         52%    47%    45%    46%    61%    58%    40%    44%    49%
Not gone far enough  31     40     40     39     26     31     42     43     37
DK/NA                17     13     15     16     13     11     18     13     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Gone too far         51%    44%    45%    48%    49%    51%    56%    43%    37%
Not gone far enough  33     41     40     37     34     36     33     41     42
DK/NA                17     15     14     14     17     12     11     16     21
 
TREND: What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies, that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties or that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country?
                     Aug 02  Jul 10  Jan 14
                     2013    2013    2010
 
Gone too far         46      45      25
Not gone far enough  39      40      63
DK/NA                15      15      12
 
 
17. Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              50%    46%    62%    44%    45%    54%    47%    63%    54%
Oppose               44     47     34     50     49     38     47     29     34
DK/NA                 6      8      4      6      6      7      6      8     12
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              47%    47%    48%    51%    48%    42%    53%    47%    49%
Oppose               47     47     45     43     47     53     41     46     46
DK/NA                 5      6      7      6      5      5      6      7      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              50%    50%    50%    52%    51%    39%    49%    55%    50%
Oppose               44     43     44     42     44     56     43     39     44
DK/NA                 5      7      6      6      5      5      8      6      6
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?
                     Aug 02  Jul 10
                     2013    2013
 
Support              50      51
Oppose               44      45
DK/NA                 6       4
 
 
18. Do you think this program is necessary to keep Americans safe or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    47%    61%    44%    48%    51%    46%    70%    54%
No                   44     46     33     50     47     40     48     24     37
DK/NA                 6      7      6      6      4      9      6      6      9
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  43%    48%    49%    51%    42%    43%    50%    49%    48%
No                   51     46     45     42     54     53     42     44     47
DK/NA                 6      6      6      7      4      4      8      7      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  47%    51%    53%    48%    48%    32%    47%    56%    55%
No                   47     42     42     48     44     62     47     39     36
DK/NA                 6      7      5      4      7      6      6      6      9
 
TREND: Do you think this program is necessary to keep Americans safe or not?
                     Aug 02  Jul 10
                     2013    2013
 
Yes                  50      54
No                   44      40
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
19. Do you think this program is too much intrusion into Americans' personal privacy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  55%    58%    43%    63%    60%    51%    57%    42%    57%
No                   41     38     54     34     37     44     39     54     40
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      3      5      4      4      3
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  53%    60%    57%    55%    55%    62%    52%    60%    57%
No                   43     37     38     42     42     35     43     36     40
DK/NA                 4      4      5      4      3      3      5      5      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  51%    57%    57%    54%    50%    66%    54%    53%    51%
No                   46     39     39     43     47     33     42     42     44
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      3      1      4      5      5
 
TREND: Do you think this program is too much intrusion into Americans' personal privacy or not?
                     Aug 02  Jul 10
                     2013    2013
 
Yes                  55      53
No                   41      44
DK/NA                 4       3
 
 
21. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legal all cases      20%    10%    31%    17%    16%    23%    19%    19%    18%
Legal most cases     38     29     47     37     37     38     38     45     34
Illegal most cases   25     39     14     26     27     23     27     19     17
Illegal all cases    12     18      6     13     12     13     11     13     24
DK/NA                 5      4      3      7      8      3      5      4      7
 
                     WHITE....................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........   BrnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Evngl  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Legal all cases      19%    19%    12%    14%    37%     8%    40%    22%     7%
Legal most cases     43     35     33     40     46     28     45     46     28
Illegal most cases   25     28     34     33     11     36     10     20     39
Illegal all cases     8     12     16     10      2     23      3      8     22
DK/NA                 5      5      5      3      5      4      3      5      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Legal all cases      21%    19%    19%    21%    24%    18%    22%    20%    18%
Legal most cases     42     36     37     39     41     44     37     40     31
Illegal most cases   24     25     25     22     23     24     22     23     32
Illegal all cases     8     15     15     13      5     12     12     11     15
DK/NA                 5      6      4      5      7      2      8      6      4
 
                     ATTEND SERVICES..........
                     WEEKLY.....   LESS.......
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Legal all cases      11%    12%    17%    15% 
Legal most cases     25     24     44     46  
Illegal most cases   35     34     27     25  
Illegal all cases    26     26      6     10  
DK/NA                 3      3      5      5  
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Legal all cases      18%    15%    21%    22%    17%    26%
Legal most cases     37     36     39     38     39     38
Illegal most cases   26     27     24     24     27     21
Illegal all cases    13     13     13     12     10     13
DK/NA                 6      8      3      4      7      2
 
TREND: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                             COMBINED LEGAL
                                                             ALL & MOST CASES
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 02  Feb 07  Feb 23  Apr 21  Jan 14  Aug 02  Apr 21
                     2013    2013    2012    2010    2010    2013    2010
                                                                     
Legal all cases      20      24      22      18      18      20      18
Legal most cases     38      32      33      33      34      38      33
Illegal most cases   25      25      25      27      24      25      27
Illegal all cases    12      14      14      16      18      12      16
DK/NA                 5       6       6       6       5       5       6
 
 
22. The U.S. Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to 20 weeks, or up to 24 weeks?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Up to 20 weeks       55%    62%    46%    59%    50%    60%    55%    53%    59%
Up to 24 weeks       30     17     44     26     35     25     32     28     20
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      7     13      3      6      6      8      7      6     11
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      1      1      2      1      2      1      2      5
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      9      5      6     11      6
 
                     WHITE....................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........   BrnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Evngl  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Up to 20 weeks       45%    60%    60%    63%    37%    65%    39%    56%    63%
Up to 24 weeks       41     27     22     27     53     13     54     33     15
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      5      7     12      6      -     14      1      4     12
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      -      1      -      2      -      3      1      1
DK/NA                 8      6      6      5      8      8      2      6      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Up to 20 weeks       47%    59%    58%    55%    49%    56%    55%    55%    53%
Up to 24 weeks       39     25     26     33     39     35     28     30     26
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      5      8      9      4      3      1      6      7     11
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      1      2      1      1      4      -      1      1
DK/NA                 8      7      6      6      8      3     10      7      8
 
                     ATTEND SERVICES..........
                     WEEKLY.....   LESS.......
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Up to 20 weeks       59%    61%    58%    62% 
Up to 24 weeks       15     19     30     27  
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)     17      9      6      6  
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     2      -      -      -  
DK/NA                 7     10      6      5  
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Up to 20 weeks       55%    48%    63%    55%    52%    57%
Up to 24 weeks       29     33     23     31     36     27
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      7      7      8      6      3      9
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      -      1      2      1      3
DK/NA                 8     11      6      6      7      5
 
 
23. Some states have a law that says a person is legally entitled to fight back with deadly force if they feel threatened, even if they could retreat instead. Do you support or oppose this law for your state?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              53%    75%    32%    57%    62%    44%    57%    37%    44%
Oppose               40     19     62     37     34     47     37     57     43
DK/NA                 7      6      6      6      4      9      6      6     14
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              48%    62%    65%    60%    44%    67%    46%    69%    58%
Oppose               47     32     31     34     47     29     45     26     37
DK/NA                 5      7      4      6      8      3      9      5      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              43%    58%    54%    50%    55%    53%    55%    54%    48%
Oppose               52     35     40     45     41     39     40     40     44
DK/NA                 5      8      7      5      3      8      6      6      8
 
                     REGION...................   Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   HsHld
 
Support              45%    55%    56%    54%    67%
Oppose               48     39     38     39     29
DK/NA                 7      6      6      7      4
 
 
24. As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants already in the country to become citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The bill would also double the number of border patrol agents, and double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border. In general, do you support or oppose this bill?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              64%    60%    73%    61%    60%    68%    63%    69%    72%
Oppose               31     33     22     35     37     24     33     22     19
DK/NA                 6      7      5      4      3      8      4      9      9
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              62%    63%    61%    66%    63%    56%    69%    57%    64%
Oppose               34     33     36     29     32     41     24     37     33
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      5      3      6      5      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              61%    65%    66%    69%    60%    71%    56%    65%    66%
Oppose               34     29     28     27     35     25     37     30     28
DK/NA                 5      6      6      4      4      4      7      5      6
 
 
25. As you may know, the city of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. Do you think that there should or should not be a federal government bailout of Detroit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should               33%    18%    51%    28%    30%    36%    26%    57%    48%
Should not           57     73     35     65     64     50     63     36     36
DK/NA                11      9     14      7      7     14     11      7     16
 
                     WHITE.....................................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........                 BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Should               28%    24%    17%    32%    37%    21%    31%    18%    26%
Should not           62     64     73     61     47     73     54     72     65
DK/NA                10     11     10      8     15      6     16     10      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Should               32%    33%    37%    35%    24%    42%    40%    29%    24%
Should not           59     56     51     60     64     48     50     62     63
DK/NA                 9     11     12      5     12     10     11      9     14
 
 

Demographic Summary