October 1, 2013 - American Voters Reject GOP Shutdown Strategy 3-1, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Dems Up 9 Points In 2014 Congressional Races
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American voters oppose 72 - 22 percent Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Voters also oppose 64 - 27 percent blocking an increase in the nation's debt ceiling as a way to stop Obamacare, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

American voters are divided on Obamacare, with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed, but they are opposed 58 - 34 percent to Congress cutting off funding for the health care law to stop its implementation.

Republicans support the federal government shutdown by a narrow 49 - 44 percent margin, but opposition is 90 - 6 percent among Democrats and 74 - 19 percent among independent voters.

President Barack Obama gets a negative 45 - 49 percent overall job approval rating, compared to his 46 - 48 percent score August 2.

American voters disapprove 74 - 17 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, their lowest score ever, and disapprove 60 - 32 percent of the job Democrats are doing.

"Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by Congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it's worth closing down the government to stop it," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"President Barack Obama enters this standoff over the budget with an edge over Congressional Republicans in the voters' eyes."

American voters trust President Obama more than Republicans in Congress on a number of issues:
  • 63 - 26 percent on helping low income families;
  • 51 - 38 percent on helping the middle class;
  • 47 - 38 percent on handling health care;
  • 47 - 42 percent on handling the economy.
Voters are divided on the federal budget deficit as 43 percent trust Obama and 42 percent trust Republicans. On gun policy, Republicans get 45 percent to Obama's 42 percent.

Gridlock in Washington is mainly because Republicans are determined to block any Obama initiative, 55 percent of voters say, while 33 percent blame Obama's lack of skill.

In another question, 28 percent of voters blame Republicans for gridlock, while 10 percent blame Democrats and 58 percent blame both equally.

2014 Congressional Races

Looking at the 2014 Congressional races, voters pick a generic Democrat over a generic Republican candidate 43 - 34 percent, the widest Democratic margin measured so far.

"On almost all questions, voters see President Obama as more reasonable, and better able to handle the issues," Brown said. "But it is not because the president is beloved. He remains under water in job approval and is tied with Congressional Republicans on who best handles the budget deficit. Voters are angry at almost everyone in Washington over their inability to keep the trains running, but they are madder at the Republicans than the Democrats.

"In general, the Republican brand is down as evidenced by the Democrats' unusually large lead in the so called generic ballot. But we have 13 months before an election can translate this public opinion edge into electoral gains and in politics that amount of time is forever." Iran Approval

Voters approve 48 - 40 percent of the way Obama is handling Iran, but disapprove 53 - 41 percent of his handling foreign policy overall, similar to his all-time worst disapproval of 52 - 40 percent July 11. Voters disapprove 51 - 41 percent of his handling of Syria.

From September 23 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,497 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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 Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, 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           34%    87%     3%    30%    36%    32%    41%     7%    30%
Democratic           43      3     86     32     39     46     36     79     51
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      2      2      7      6      1      3      3      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      6      3      1      2      -      1
DK/NA                17      8      9     26     15     19     18     10     14
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Republican            7%    24%    64%    28%    42%    38%    23%    35%    37%    37%
Democratic           81     46     17     49     36     43     46     42     44     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      4      4      4      3      3      6      4      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      1      2      2      2      7      2      1      1
DK/NA                 8     23     15     17     17     14     18     18     15     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?
                                                                     DEMOCRATIC ADVANTAGE
                                                                     High    Low
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Oct 01  May 30
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Republican           34      36      34      38      37      35      34      38
Democratic           43      40      39      38      41      43      43      38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4       3       3       3       3       2       4       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       2       1       1       2       2       1
DK/NA                17      19      21      20      19      18      17      20
 
 
3. 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              45%     9%    83%    36%    44%    46%    37%    90%    49%
Disapprove           49     89     12     55     50     47     57      6     44
DK/NA                 6      2      5      9      5      7      6      4      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              76%    51%    19%    50%    39%    47%    45%    43%    49%    43%
Disapprove           20     40     78     42     58     50     46     51     46     51
DK/NA                 5      8      4      9      3      3      9      6      5      6
 
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
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 01  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009*   2011
 
Approve              45      46      44      45      48      59      41
Disapprove           49      48      48      49      45      31      55
DK/NA                 6       6       8       6       8      10       4
 
 
4. 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              17%    38%     6%    13%    17%    16%    19%     8%    16%
Disapprove           74     56     89     76     76     72     73     80     76
DK/NA                 9      6      5     11      6     12      9     12      8
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve               7%    16%    25%    17%    17%    14%    17%    16%    16%    18%
Disapprove           89     77     61     72     77     82     71     74     78     70
DK/NA                 4      7     14     11      6      4     12      9      6     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (*High also 34% Mar 2011, Mar 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Mar 31  Oct 01  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013    
                                                                             
Approve              17      19      19      24      24      34      17      
Disapprove           74      73      71      67      67      55      74      
DK/NA                 9       8      10       9       8      11       9      
 
 
5. 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              32%     6%    62%    24%    32%    33%    27%    62%    34%
Disapprove           60     91     32     64     63     56     66     27     55
DK/NA                 8      3      6     12      5     11      7     12     11
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              60%    34%    12%    38%    27%    29%    37%    29%    33%    34%
Disapprove           34     56     81     53     67     66     53     62     60     58
DK/NA                 6     10      7      9      6      5     11      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
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 12  May 30  May 01  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              32      31      29      30      31      45      24
Disapprove           60      61      62      60      60      45      69
DK/NA                 8       7       9      11       9      10       7
 
 
6. 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%     1%     2%     2%     1%     1%     3%     -
Smwht satisfied      23      6     39     20     23     23     19     38     32
Smwht dissatisfied   34     27     38     33     31     36     31     43     38
Very dissatisfied    41     64     21     44     43     39     47     16     27
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      1      1      1      -      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        1%     2%     2%     2%     2%     1%     1%     1%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      31     29     11     24     18     24     31     24     19     22
Smwht dissatisfied   41     38     24     35     37     30     38     35     35     26
Very dissatisfied    26     29     62     39     43     45     30     39     44     49
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      -      -      1      -      2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 01  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       3       6       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      23      26      28      26      25      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   34      29      29      26      35      19      38
Very dissatisfied    41      41      40      42      37      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       3       2
 
 
15. 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   3%     2%     4%     2%     2%     3%     2%     7%     4%
Most of the time     14      7     23      9     16     12     12     20     17
Some of the time     51     49     55     49     44     57     50     53     54
Hardly ever          31     41     16     38     36     27     34     16     24
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      3      2      2      4      1
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Almost all the time   3%     3%     1%     4%     1%     1%     7%     1%     2%     2%
Most of the time     23     15      7     16      8     16     19     13     14     10
Some of the time     50     55     47     48     60     47     41     53     51     53
Hardly ever          23     25     43     30     30     35     28     32     32     31
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      4      1      1      4
 
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?
                                                             ALMST+MOST....
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Jul 12  May 30  Jul 22  Mar 24  Mar 24  May 30
                     2013    2013    2013    2010    2010    2010    2013
 
Almost all the time   3       2       3       2       2       2       3
Most of the time     14      14      12      16      17      17      12
Some of the time     51      46      47      50      50      50      47
Hardly ever          31      37      36      31      30      30      36
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
16. Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  54%    19%    89%    49%    53%    56%    47%    90%    59%
No                   41     76      9     45     44     39     48      9     37
DK/NA                 4      5      1      6      4      5      5      1      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  86%    62%    25%    58%    48%    61%    48%    55%    59%    51%
No                   13     32     70     38     49     37     48     42     38     41
DK/NA                 1      5      5      4      3      2      4      2      3      7
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Jul 11  May 30  Sep 01  Jan 13  Jan 13  May 30
                     2013    2013    2013    2011    2011    2011    2013
 
Yes                  54      50      49      58      63      63      49
No                   41      44      47      37      31      31      47
DK/NA                 4       5       5       6       6       6       5
 
 
17. Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  53%    20%    84%    46%    51%    54%    46%    91%    52%
No                   45     79     15     50     46     43     52      8     46
DK/NA                 3      2      2      4      3      2      3      1      1
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  76%    59%    30%    57%    49%    51%    62%    54%    52%    45%
No                   21     38     68     40     50     48     34     45     45     51
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      1      2      5      1      2      5
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Jul 11  May 30  Jul 11  Apr 19  Jan 13  Oct 05
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2010    2011
 
Yes                  53      52      53      59      60      66      49
No                   45      46      45      39      36      32      49
DK/NA                 3       3       2       3       4       2       2
 
 
18. Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  54%    18%    90%    49%    52%    57%    47%    92%    59%
No                   42     79      9     45     45     40     50      6     35
DK/NA                 3      3      1      6      4      3      3      2      6
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  86%    64%    24%    60%    49%    55%    56%    54%    58%    49%
No                   11     33     72     37     50     41     35     44     41     47
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      1      3      9      2      1      5
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Jul 11  May 30  Jul 11  Apr 19  Nov 12  Jul 11
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2008    2013
 
Yes                  54      52      53      56      57      70      52
No                   42      45      45      41      39      22      45
DK/NA                 3       3       3       3       4       7       3
 
 
Q19-23. Summary table - Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling...?
                    App     Dis
 
Terrorism           52%     42%
Iran                48      40
Economy             44      52
Syria               41      51
Foreign policy      41      53
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              44%     9%    79%    36%    44%    44%    36%    86%    48%
Disapprove           52     88     16     60     53     52     60     12     48
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      3      5      4      2      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              76%    47%    19%    50%    37%    44%    43%    42%    47%    44%
Disapprove           22     46     79     46     60     52     54     55     48     52
DK/NA                 2      7      2      4      3      4      3      3      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01  Jul 11  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2009    2011*
 
Approve              44      42      41      41      40      57      32
Disapprove           52      54      55      53      55      33      64
DK/NA                 4       4       4       6       4      10       4
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%    11%    71%    33%    40%    41%    34%    72%    52%
Disapprove           53     85     22     61     56     50     60     14     45
DK/NA                 7      4      7      7      4      9      6     14      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              67%    47%    17%    44%    35%    44%    39%    37%    45%    41%
Disapprove           29     46     77     49     58     53     54     57     49     51
DK/NA                 5      7      7      7      7      3      7      5      7      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01  Jul 11  Apr 29  Jul 11
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2009    2013
 
Approve              41      44      40      47      47      57      40
Disapprove           53      50      52      43      44      32      52
DK/NA                 7       6       8      10       9      11       8
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              52%    22%    79%    46%    54%    49%    46%    83%    53%
Disapprove           42     73     15     46     41     43     48     11     42
DK/NA                 6      5      5      9      5      8      6      6      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              75%    59%    30%    53%    48%    57%    44%    56%    54%    47%
Disapprove           22     34     65     39     46     40     48     41     39     43
DK/NA                 4      7      6      8      6      2      8      3      7     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism? (* Post Bin Laden Death)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01  Nov 03  May 05  Jan 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2011*   2010
 
Approve              52      54      52      55      66      67      48
Disapprove           42      39      43      38      28      27      44
DK/NA                 6       6       6       8       6       7       8
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Syria?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%    17%    66%    37%    41%    41%    35%    69%    48%
Disapprove           51     77     26     57     55     47     58     17     43
DK/NA                 8      7      8      7      4     12      7     14      9
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              65%    43%    23%    44%    40%    43%    28%    41%    48%    42%
Disapprove           29     49     69     46     55     54     62     53     47     47
DK/NA                 6      7      8     10      5      3     10      6      6     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Syria?
                     Oct 01  Jul 11  May 01
                     2013    2013    2013
 
Approve              41      33      37
Disapprove           51      48      35
DK/NA                 8      19      27
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iran?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              48%    21%    76%    41%    49%    47%    43%    72%    48%
Disapprove           40     71     12     46     42     39     45     12     44
DK/NA                12      9     12     13      9     14     12     16      8
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              72%    54%    26%    49%    48%    50%    41%    48%    53%    46%
Disapprove           18     35     61     38     43     41     48     43     36     38
DK/NA                 9     11     13     13      9      9     11     10     11     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iran?
                     Oct 01  Nov 23  Apr 22  Oct 07
                     2013    2011    2010    2009
 
Approve              48      46      44      45
Disapprove           40      38      43      39
DK/NA                12      16      13      17
 
 
Q24-28. Summary table - Who do you trust to do a better job..., President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                                   Obama  Reps in Congress
 
Helping low income families        63%    26%
Helping the middle class           51     38
Handling health care               47     38
Handling economy                   47     42
Handling federal budget deficit    43     42
Handling gun policy                42     45
 
 
24. 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                47%     9%    84%    39%    45%    48%    39%    90%    45%
Reps in Congress     42     86      9     43     42     43     50      5     43
DK/NA                11      6      6     18     13      9     11      5     12
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                82%    50%    20%    54%    39%    46%    44%    47%    51%    44%
Reps in Congress     13     36     71     35     53     42     41     44     39     45
DK/NA                 5     14     10     11      8     12     15      9     10     11
 
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
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  Mar 07  Nov 02  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2011*
 
Obama                47      45      44      43      44      48      41
Reps in Congress     42      39      38      43      40      39      43
DK/NA                11      16      18      14      15      12      16
 
 
25. Who do you trust to do a better job - handling gun policy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                42%     7%    76%    33%    38%    45%    35%    80%    37%
Reps in Congress     45     84     12     50     50     40     52      7     51
DK/NA                14      8     11     18     12     15     13     12     12
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                75%    44%    17%    47%    36%    45%    33%    41%    45%    42%
Reps in Congress     15     40     72     39     54     44     53     47     43     41
DK/NA                10     16     11     14     10     11     14     12     12     17
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling gun policy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Oct 01  Mar 07  Feb 07
                     2013    2013    2013
 
Obama                42      42      45
Reps in Congress     45      44      43
DK/NA                14      14      12
 
 
26. Who do you trust to do a better job - handling health care, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                47%     8%    85%    41%    46%    48%    39%    89%    49%
Reps in Congress     38     81      7     36     39     36     45      3     36
DK/NA                15     11      9     23     14     16     16      8     15
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                84%    53%    17%    52%    43%    47%    53%    46%    47%    45%
Reps in Congress     11     29     67     32     46     37     33     40     37     40
DK/NA                 5     18     16     16     11     16     14     14     16     15
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (*Low also 42% Jan 2010 & Mar 2010)
                                                             BETTER PRES...
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Mar 07  Feb 11  Mar 03  Nov 17  Jul 1   Apr 21
                     2013    2013    2013    2011    2010    2009    2010*
 
Obama                47      46      48      46      44      53      42
Reps in Congress     38      41      40      43      45      33      39
DK/NA                15      13      12      12      10      14      19
 
 
27. Who do you trust to do a better job - handling the federal budget deficit, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                43%     6%    80%    33%    42%    44%    36%    84%    44%
Reps in Congress     42     84     11     43     43     41     48      9     43
DK/NA                15     10      9     24     15     15     16      8     12
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                75%    46%    18%    51%    35%    42%    40%    42%    47%    41%
Reps in Congress     13     37     68     36     52     43     40     43     41     42
DK/NA                11     17     14     13     13     15     20     15     12     17
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the federal budget deficit, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (* High also 44% Feb 2012)
                                                             BETTER PRES...
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 01  Mar 07  Feb 11  Feb 23  Jun 09  Feb 11  Jun 09
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2011    2013*   2011
 
Obama                43      41      44      44      39      44      39
Reps in Congress     42      43      42      46      46      42      46
DK/NA                15      16      15      10      15      15      15
 
 
28. Who do you trust to do a better job - helping the middle class, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                51%    10%    89%    43%    49%    52%    43%    92%    55%
Reps in Congress     38     81      6     39     41     36     45      3     35
DK/NA                11      9      6     17     11     12     12      5     10
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                89%    56%    20%    56%    46%    49%    54%    50%    51%    48%
Reps in Congress      8     30     69     32     49     40     32     41     37     41
DK/NA                 4     14     10     12      6     11     14      9     11     12
 
 
29. Who do you trust to do a better job - helping low income families, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                63%    30%    93%    61%    60%    65%    57%    94%    67%
Reps in Congress     26     59      3     23     27     25     30      2     27
DK/NA                11     11      4     15     13     10     13      4      6
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama                90%    73%    35%    64%    62%    66%    69%    63%    66%    55%
Reps in Congress      6     17     50     24     30     25     17     27     25     30
DK/NA                 4     11     14     13      8      9     14      9      9     15
 
 
30. 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%     -
Good                 23      8     33     25     26     21     22     33     25
Not so good          44     40     50     40     41     46     43     50     37
Poor                 31     50     15     33     32     31     34     13     37
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      2      1      3      1
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                 36     26     12     24     19     27     23     24     25     20
Not so good          49     49     37     42     45     48     52     42     43     42
Poor                 14     24     50     32     34     25     24     32     31     34
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      -      -      1      1      3
 
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
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 02  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       1       2       2       -       3       -
Good                 23      25      27      24      17      37       3
Not so good          44      40      41      40      45      42      28
Poor                 31      33      30      34      36      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       -
 
 
31. 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               31%    15%    49%    26%    35%    27%    29%    40%    33%
Worse                24     39     12     22     24     25     26     13     30
The same             44     45     38     51     40     48     44     45     35
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2      2
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Better               48%    37%    15%    31%    29%    36%    32%    31%    33%    28%
Worse                12     15     41     26     20     19     27     21     25     26
The same             39     47     44     41     51     45     41     48     42     44
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      -      -      -      1      3
 
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
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  May 02  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2011*
 
Better               31      34      35      34      32      36      11
Worse                24      25      22      25      24      20      44
The same             44      40      43      40      43      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
32. 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%    18%    11%    11%    11%    10%    16%    11%
Too little           50     80     20     55     51     48     58     11     41
About right          32     13     53     27     31     33     26     59     35
DK/NA                 7      5      9      7      7      7      6     14     13
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Too much             26%     8%     4%    10%    11%    14%    11%    15%    10%     7%
Too little           20     46     74     43     59     53     49     52     48     48
About right          50     40     14     38     26     31     32     27     36     36
DK/NA                 5      6      8     10      5      2      8      6      7      9
 
TREND: 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?
                     Oct 01  Jul 12
                     2013    2013
 
Too much             11      11
Too little           50      53
About right          32      29
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
33. 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             11%    21%     4%    10%    14%     8%    10%    10%    18%
Too little           68     42     88     69     65     70     66     82     65
About right          15     30      5     15     15     16     18      6     10
DK/NA                 6      7      3      7      6      6      6      2      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Too much              7%     4%    20%     9%    13%    13%    10%    13%    11%     8%
Too little           86     76     47     69     68     71     69     66     69     68
About right           3     15     24     16     17     12     13     16     16     17
DK/NA                 3      5      9      6      3      3      8      4      4      7
 
TREND: 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?
                     Oct 01  Jul 12
                     2013    2013
 
Too much             11       9
Too little           68      68
About right          15      17
DK/NA                 6       6
 
 
34. Who do you blame for gridlock in Washington, Democrats, Republicans, or both equally?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Democrats            10%    27%     3%     7%    12%     9%    12%     3%     7%
Republicans          28      5     54     20     28     28     24     50     25
Both equally         58     64     40     70     57     59     61     39     61
DK/NA                 4      4      4      2      3      4      3      8      6
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Democrats             2%     5%    22%     7%    12%    13%     2%    11%    13%    13%
Republicans          62     26      8     29     25     32     19     25     31     32
Both equally         34     65     66     60     60     52     72     62     53     50
DK/NA                 1      4      4      4      2      3      7      2      3      5
 
TREND: Who do you blame for gridlock in Washington, Democrats, Republicans or both equally?
                     Oct 01  Jul 12  Mar 25  Feb 11
                     2013    2013    2010    2010
 
Democrats            10      10      14      12
Republicans          28      23      16      17
Both equally         58      64      67      67
DK/NA                 4       3       3       3
 
 
35. 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   33%    65%     8%    35%    32%    34%    38%    10%    32%
Republicans block    55     21     86     51     55     55     50     82     59
DK/NA                12     14      6     14     13     11     12      8      9
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Obama lacks skills    7%    26%    57%    31%    38%    30%    24%    33%    34%    37%
Republicans block    87     63     27     59     51     58     62     53     57     53
DK/NA                 6     11     16     11     11     12     14     14      9     11
 
TREND: 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?
                     Oct 01  Jul 12
                     2013    2013
 
Obama lacks skills   33      35
Republicans block    55      51
DK/NA                12      14
 
 
36. Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              45%     9%    80%    37%    43%    46%    37%    79%    53%
Oppose               47     86     11     54     52     43     55     11     37
DK/NA                 8      5      9      9      5     11      7     10      9
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              82%    49%    17%    50%    39%    45%    53%    44%    45%    40%
Oppose               12     40     78     40     55     50     43     48     47     50
DK/NA                 6     11      5     10      6      4      3      8      8     10
 
 
37. Do you support or oppose Congress cutting off funding of the health care law as a way to stop it from being put into place?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              34%    68%    10%    33%    38%    31%    39%    11%    28%
Oppose               58     23     84     58     57     59     52     86     65
DK/NA                 8      9      6      9      5     10      9      3      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support               8%    24%    62%    29%    41%    39%    29%    37%    34%    33%
Oppose               90     67     29     63     53     57     67     56     57     57
DK/NA                 3      9      9      8      6      4      4      6      9     11
 
 
38. Do you support or oppose Congress shutting down major activities of the federal government as a way to stop the health care law from being put into place?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              22%    49%     6%    19%    25%    19%    25%     9%    23%
Oppose               72     44     90     74     70     73     69     84     70
DK/NA                 6      7      4      7      4      8      6      7      8
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support               4%    13%    43%    18%    29%    24%    18%    24%    24%    20%
Oppose               94     83     47     75     68     72     79     69     73     71
DK/NA                 2      4      9      6      4      4      3      7      3      9
 
 
39. Do you support or oppose Congress holding back on increasing the nation's borrowing limit, which could result in a default, as a way to stop the health care law from being put into place?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              27%    52%     6%    30%    32%    23%    32%     7%    23%
Oppose               64     39     86     62     63     66     61     80     67
DK/NA                 8      9      8      8      5     11      7     13     10
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support               7%    22%    48%    24%    31%    33%    29%    29%    27%    25%
Oppose               89     69     44     67     63     63     63     66     66     61
DK/NA                 4      8      8      9      6      5      8      5      7     14
 
 
40. As you may know, automatic cuts in the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect on March 1st. All in all, do you think the sequestration is a good thing or a bad thing for the country, or don't you know enough about it to say?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good thing           18%    32%     5%    20%    26%    11%    20%     5%    14%
Bad thing            31     23     40     30     33     29     32     22     28
Don't know enough    50     44     54     48     40     59     46     72     56
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good thing            6%    14%    30%     9%    23%    28%    10%    21%    19%    15%
Bad thing            53     28     20     27     34     40     24     30     34     33
Don't know enough    39     56     49     64     42     31     65     49     45     50
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      2      2
 
 
41. To help reduce the federal budget deficit, do you think government spending on food stamps that go to low income families should be cut or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Cut              28%    52%    11%    29%    30%    27%    33%    13%    19%
No/Not cut           66     40     85     66     66     66     62     83     72
DK/NA                 5      8      4      5      4      7      5      4      9
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Cut              10%    23%    47%    22%    34%    33%    24%    29%    28%    30%
No/Not cut           88     72     47     73     61     63     73     67     67     61
DK/NA                 2      5      7      5      5      4      3      4      5      9
 
 
51. 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         43%    41%    36%    51%    54%    33%    46%    22%    40%
Not gone far enough  40     45     44     32     32     48     37     56     52
DK/NA                17     14     19     17     14     19     17     22      8
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Gone too far         51%    38%    46%    39%    45%    52%    64%    47%    42%    27%
Not gone far enough  32     45     40     47     40     31     28     37     43     50
DK/NA                16     17     14     14     15     17      9     16     15     23
 
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?
                     Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 10  Jan 14
                     2013    2013    2013    2010
 
Gone too far         43      46      45      25
Not gone far enough  40      39      40      63
DK/NA                17      15      15      12
 
 
52. How likely do you think it is that in the near future there will be a terrorist attack in the United States causing large numbers of lives to be lost; very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very likely          28%    37%    21%    30%    28%    29%    29%    25%    26%
Smwht likely         44     47     47     43     41     47     45     36     50
Not very likely      17     12     22     16     20     15     18     21     12
Not likely at all     6      3      6      6      7      5      4     12      7
DK/NA                 4      1      4      5      4      5      3      7      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very likely          17%    26%    38%    33%    25%    23%    18%    30%    26%    35%
Smwht likely         48     44     44     41     49     47     34     42     51     45
Not very likely      25     19     11     14     19     22     29     17     16     12
Not likely at all     5      7      4      6      5      5      8      9      3      3
DK/NA                 4      4      4      5      1      3     11      1      3      5
 
TREND: How likely do you think it is that in the near future there will be a terrorist attack in the United States causing large numbers of lives to be lost? Very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all? (* Post Bin Laden Death)
                     Oct 01  May 05  Jan 14  Jul 28  May 5   Feb 21  Dec 10
                     2013    2011*   2010    2005    2004    2002    2001
 
Very likely          28      22      35      40      26      31      31
Somewhat likely      44      41      43      45      50      49      43
Not very likely      17      27      16      10      16      14      17
Not likely at all     6       7       4       4       5       3       7
DK/NA                 4       4       2       1       3       4       3
 
 
53. Do you support or oppose a plan to avert a United States military strike on Syria by having international monitors take control of the Syrian government's chemical weapons?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              71%    64%    78%    71%    76%    65%    73%    58%    66%
Oppose               19     24     12     19     18     19     17     21     27
DK/NA                11     12     10     10      5     16     10     21      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              81%    76%    61%    66%    77%    79%    63%    72%    77%    68%
Oppose               13     15     24     21     16     17     32     19     14     16
DK/NA                 6      8     15     14      7      4      5     10      9     16
 
 
54. If the Syrian government refuses to allow international monitors to take control of its chemical weapons, would you support or oppose U.S. military strikes against Syria, using cruise missiles launched from U.S. naval ships?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              41%    42%    47%    37%    44%    38%    41%    42%    47%
Oppose               49     49     42     55     49     50     51     41     41
DK/NA                10      8     11      8      7     12      9     16     12
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              44%    45%    37%    43%    41%    40%    26%    45%    42%    42%
Oppose               47     46     54     47     51     55     66     47     49     43
DK/NA                 9      9      9     10      7      6      8      7      9     15
 
 
58. Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  12%    26%     1%    12%    15%    10%    14%     4%     8%
No                   83     68     95     85     81     86     83     92     76
DK/NA                 4      5      4      3      4      5      4      4     16
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                   3%     3%    27%    12%    15%    10%    14%    11%    14%    13%
No                   94     94     67     83     83     85     78     86     82     84
DK/NA                 3      2      5      5      2      4      7      4      4      4
 
 

Demographic Summary