December 10, 2013 - Obama Approval Plunge Pulls Down Democrats, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Hike Minimum Wage, Voters Say More Than 2-1
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President Barack Obama's job approval among American voters drops to a new low, a negative 38 - 57 percent, as the outlook for Democrats running for Congress and the U.S. Senate fades also, according to a national poll released today. He even gets a negative 41 - 49 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old and a lackluster 50 - 43 percent approval among Hispanic voters.

The president's job approval compares to a negative 39 - 54 percent score in a November 12 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Today, Obama gets negative scores of 6 - 92 percent among Republicans, 30 - 62 percent among independent voters, 31 - 64 percent among men, 44 - 49 percent among women and 29 - 65 among white voters. Approval is 76 - 18 percent among Democrats and 85 - 9 percent among black voters.

American voters say 41 - 38 percent that they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives, the first time this year the Democrats come up on the short end of this generic ballot. Independent voters back Republican candidates 41 - 28 percent. Voters also say 47 - 42 percent that they would like to see Republicans gain control of the U.S. Senate and the House. Independent voters go Republican 50 - 35 percent for each.

"A rousing chorus of Bah! Humbug! for President Barack Obama as American voters head into the holidays with little charitable to say about the president," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"President Obama could be pretty lonely during his last two years in office if voters decide they want Republican majorities in the House and Senate."

American voters disapprove 74 - 19 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job and disapprove 67 - 27 percent of Democrats in Congress.

President Obama is not honest and trustworthy, American voters say 52 - 44 percent and is not a strong leader, voters say 51 - 47 percent. Voters are divided 48 - 49 percent on whether Obama cares about their needs and problems.

Voters approve 50 - 41 percent of the way Obama is handling terrorism, but give him negative grades for his handling of other issues:
  • 37 - 59 percent on his handling of the economy;
  • 34 - 62 percent on health care;
  • 42 - 49 percent on foreign policy. Minimum Wage
American voters support 69 - 27 percent, including 49 - 44 percent among Republicans, raising the minimum wage. No group is opposed. Offered several options, voter opinions are:
  • 29 percent to increase the minimum wage from the $7.25 per hour to $10.10;
  • 16 percent to increase the minimum wage to less than $10.10 per hour;
  • 22 percent to increase it to more than $10.10 per hour;
  • 27 percent opposed to any increase.
A minimum wage increase will not curtail job growth, voters say 48 - 43 percent.

Iranian Nuclear Agreement

American voters give the president a negative 40 - 48 percent approval for his handling of the situation in Iran. Voters are divided on the latest agreement to limit Iran's nuclear weapons, with 44 percent supporting the agreement and 46 percent opposed.

The agreement makes America less safe, voters say 45 - 37 percent. Saying less safe are Republicans 68 - 20 percent and independent voters 44 - 37 percent. The agreement makes the U.S. safer, Democrats say 56 - 24 percent.

Israel will be less safe because of the agreement, voters say 52 - 29 percent.

"Americans are pretty much split on whether the deal to take the teeth out of Iran's nuke program is a good idea. But the one thing they agree on in big numbers is that Israel better watch its back," Malloy said.

From December 3 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,692 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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

1. If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or for the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Republican           41%    87%     3%    41%    48%    35%    48%     8%    28%
Democratic           38      2     88     28     30     46     31     80     56
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      -      -      5      3      2      3      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      3      4      1      2      -      2
DK/NA                16     10      7     23     15     16     16     11     13
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Republican            8%    29%    71%    36%    43%    46%    29%    43%    44%    42%
Democratic           78     46     12     43     39     37     45     37     37     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      2      3      2      6      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      3      1      2      5      2      2      1
DK/NA                 9     20     13     16     13     12     15     15     15     15
 
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
                     Dec 10  Nov 13  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 12  Oct 01  Dec 10  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    
                                                                             
Republican           41      39      34      36      34      34      41      
Democratic           38      39      43      40      39      43      38      
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3       4       3       3       4       3      
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       2       2       2       2       2      
DK/NA                16      18      17      19      21      17      16      
 
 
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              38%     6%    76%    30%    31%    44%    29%    85%    50%
Disapprove           57     92     18     62     64     49     65      9     43
DK/NA                 6      2      5      8      5      7      5      6      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              74%    44%    13%    42%    37%    36%    41%    37%    37%    37%
Disapprove           19     50     83     51     58     61     49     57     58     58
DK/NA                 7      6      3      7      5      3     11      5      4      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
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  Jun 04  Dec 10  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009*   2013    
                                                                             
Approve              38      39      45      46      44      59      38      
Disapprove           57      54      49      48      48      31      57      
DK/NA                 6       7       6       6       8      10       6      
 
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              19%    38%     6%    16%    20%    17%    18%    13%    26%
Disapprove           74     54     91     75     74     74     74     82     69
DK/NA                 7      9      3      9      6      9      8      5      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve               6%    14%    30%    19%    19%    14%    20%    19%    18%    19%
Disapprove           90     80     61     72     75     83     71     75     76     73
DK/NA                 4      6      8      9      6      3     10      6      6      8
 
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
                     Dec 10  Nov 13  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 12  Mar 31  Oct 01
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013
 
Approve              19      20      17      19      19      34      17
Disapprove           74      73      74      73      71      55      74
DK/NA                 7       8       9       8      10      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              27%     4%    59%    19%    22%    32%    20%    69%    39%
Disapprove           67     93     36     72     73     60     74     25     55
DK/NA                 6      3      5      9      5      8      7      6      6
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              56%    30%    10%    31%    27%    25%    31%    26%    26%    28%
Disapprove           37     64     86     61     69     73     57     69     69     65
DK/NA                 7      6      4      8      4      3     13      4      5      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (* Low also 24% Sep 2011, Oct 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 13  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 12  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              27      30      32      31      29      45      24
Disapprove           67      62      60      61      62      45      69
DK/NA                 6       7       8       7       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%     3%     1%     1%     2%     1%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      22      6     42     17     19     25     16     50     31
Smwht dissatisfied   30     25     34     32     29     32     31     31     27
Very dissatisfied    46     68     21     50     51     41     51     16     38
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     1%     2%     2%     1%     1%     1%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      38     26     10     24     21     22     33     22     18     19
Smwht dissatisfied   37     35     24     29     32     32     38     32     25     30
Very dissatisfied    22     37     66     45     44     45     27     44     55     48
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      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
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       2       2       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      22      19      23      26      28      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   30      31      34      29      29      19      38
Very dissatisfied    46      47      41      41      40      10      44
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       -       3       2
 
 
27. And if the election were today, would you want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States Senate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Republican Party     47%    94%     5%    50%    56%    39%    55%     8%    33%
Democratic Party     42      2     89     35     35     50     35     86     57
DK/NA                11      4      6     15      9     12     10      6     10
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Republican Party      8%    37%    79%    40%    52%    53%    35%    49%    50%    50%
Democratic Party     84     50     14     47     42     42     51     40     41     42
DK/NA                 7     13      7     12      7      6     14     11      9      9
 
 
28. And if the election were today, would you want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States House of Representatives?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Republican Party     47%    94%     5%    50%    55%    40%    55%     9%    30%
Democratic Party     42      2     89     35     36     49     34     86     62
DK/NA                11      4      5     15     10     11     10      5      8
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Republican Party      9%    38%    79%    40%    51%    53%    37%    49%    49%    50%
Democratic Party     83     51     14     48     41     41     48     41     42     40
DK/NA                 8     11      7     12      7      6     15     10      9      9
 
 
29. Do you think of your vote for the United States House of Representatives in your district as a vote for Barack Obama, or as a vote against Barack Obama, or isn't Barack Obama much of a factor in your vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
For Obama            20%     2%    46%    13%    14%    26%    13%    60%    36%
Against Obama        33     62      6     34     37     30     39      5     22
Not much of a factor 43     34     43     49     47     39     44     30     39
DK/NA                 4      1      5      3      2      6      4      5      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
For Obama            42%    22%     8%    27%    17%    15%    24%    15%    21%    23%
Against Obama         8     22     58     33     33     29     26     31     37     36
Not much of a factor 45     53     32     34     46     54     44     50     39     35
DK/NA                 5      4      2      5      3      2      6      3      3      6
 
 
30. 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   1%     1%     2%     1%     2%     1%     1%     2%     2%
Most of the time     11      6     22      6     10     12      9     19     24
Some of the time     46     40     53     45     42     50     45     55     43
Hardly ever          41     52     22     48     46     35     44     22     30
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      2      1      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   2%     1%     1%     2%     -      1%     2%     2%     1%     1%
Most of the time     21     11      6     11     12     12     12     11     11     10
Some of the time     50     53     38     47     46     45     51     46     43     47
Hardly ever          28     34     53     38     42     41     34     40     45     40
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1      2
 
TREND: How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                                                             ALMST+MOST....
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Jul 12  May 30  Mar 24  Dec 10  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2010    2013    
                                                                             
Almost all the time   1       2       3       2       3       2       1      
Most of the time     11      13      14      14      12      17      11      
Some of the time     46      49      51      46      47      50      46      
Hardly ever          41      35      31      37      36      30      41      
DK/NA                 1       1       2       1       1       1       1      
 
 
31. Would you say that Barack Obama - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  44%    11%    85%    36%    36%    52%    37%    89%    52%
No                   52     86     12     60     61     44     60      7     41
DK/NA                 4      3      3      3      3      5      4      5      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  81%    52%    19%    47%    45%    44%    48%    44%    43%    44%
No                   17     43     79     47     54     54     43     53     54     52
DK/NA                 2      5      3      6      2      2      9      3      3      4
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not? (* Low also 44% Nov 2013)
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Jul 11  May 30  Jan 13  Dec 10  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2013    
                                                                             
Yes                  44      44      54      50      49      63      44      
No                   52      52      41      44      47      31      52      
DK/NA                 4       4       4       5       5       6       4      
 
 
32. Would you say that Barack Obama - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  47%    19%    80%    40%    40%    53%    39%    89%    65%
No                   51     79     17     57     58     44     59      8     33
DK/NA                 2      2      3      2      2      3      2      2      2
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  76%    56%    24%    53%    47%    41%    68%    49%    42%    36%
No                   22     41     75     45     51     57     30     49     56     60
DK/NA                 2      3      1      3      2      2      2      2      2      4
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Jul 11  May 30  Jan 13  Dec 10  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2010    2013    
                                                                             
Yes                  47      48      53      52      53      66      47      
No                   51      50      45      46      45      32      51      
DK/NA                 2       2       3       3       2       2       2      
 
 
33. 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                  48%    14%    86%    44%    42%    54%    41%    91%    59%
No                   49     85     12     53     55     43     56      6     38
DK/NA                 3      1      3      3      2      3      2      4      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  85%    60%    20%    52%    51%    48%    59%    50%    45%    45%
No                   14     38     78     44     47     52     36     48     53     53
DK/NA                 1      3      3      4      1      1      5      3      2      2
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Jul 11  May 30  Nov 12  Dec 10  
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2008    2013    
                                                                             
Yes                  48      49      54      52      53      70      48      
No                   49      48      42      45      45      22      49      
DK/NA                 3       3       3       3       3       7       3      
 
 
34. Which of the following do you think should be the most important priority for President Obama and Congress in 2014; the economy, the federal budget deficit, health care, taxes, gun policy, immigration issues, or something else?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Economy              41%    39%    45%    41%    40%    42%    41%    44%    43%
Deficit              22     35     11     21     27     18     24     12     16
Health care          14     11     19     14     11     18     14     22     13
Taxes                 4      3      3      5      4      3      3      4      2
Gun policy            3      1      5      3      3      4      3      7      3
Immigration           5      2      7      5      4      6      4      4     17
Something else        8      7      7      9      9      6      8      5      6
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      3      3      1
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Economy              38%    44%    41%    41%    40%    42%    31%    41%    48%    38%
Deficit              15     20     29     17     27     30     27     23     21     20
Health care          18     15     12     17     13     12     14     14     15     14
Taxes                 4      4      3      4      3      2      4      5      2      2
Gun policy            4      4      3      4      1      2      2      4      2      5
Immigration           8      5      3      7      3      3      8      5      3      6
Something else       11      5      7      6     10      7     13      6      7      8
DK/NA                 2      3      3      3      2      1      2      2      2      7
 
 
35. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              37%     7%    73%    29%    31%    42%    30%    78%    40%
Disapprove           59     91     23     66     66     53     66     16     54
DK/NA                 4      1      4      4      3      6      4      5      6
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              69%    45%    14%    41%    35%    38%    37%    37%    36%    37%
Disapprove           26     50     85     55     60     60     55     59     61     59
DK/NA                 5      5      2      4      5      2      8      3      3      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              37      38      44      42      41      57      32
Disapprove           59      59      52      54      55      33      64
DK/NA                 4       3       4       4       4      10       4
 
 
36. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              34%     4%    69%    28%    30%    39%    26%    78%    48%
Disapprove           62     95     25     68     68     55     70     16     48
DK/NA                 4      1      6      4      2      6      4      5      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              70%    40%    11%    37%    34%    35%    40%    33%    33%    34%
Disapprove           26     55     87     57     63     64     54     64     63     60
DK/NA                 3      6      2      6      3      1      6      3      3      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Jul 11  Feb 23  Mar 30  Jul 02  Dec 10  
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2011    2009    2013    
                                                                             
Approve              34      36      43      40      38       46     34      
Disapprove           62      60      52      56      55       42     62      
DK/NA                 4       4       5       5       7       13      4      
 
 
37. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              50%    26%    79%    47%    49%    52%    46%    82%    62%
Disapprove           41     66     13     45     45     38     46     11     30
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      6     10      8      7      9
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              74%    61%    29%    51%    52%    57%    52%    56%    49%    44%
Disapprove           20     30     64     40     41     38     36     39     45     44
DK/NA                 6      9      7      9      7      5     12      5      6     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 05  Jan 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2010
 
Approve              50      52      52      54      52      67      48
Disapprove           41      42      42      39      43      27      44
DK/NA                 8       6       6       6       6       7       8
 
 
38. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              42%    12%    77%    36%    36%    47%    35%    74%    60%
Disapprove           49     81     14     54     58     41     56     14     30
DK/NA                 9      7      9      9      6     12      9     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              74%    51%    17%    44%    40%    46%    43%    43%    40%    41%
Disapprove           18     39     75     44     53     50     43     48     51     51
DK/NA                 8      9      8     12      6      5     14      8      9      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  Apr 29  Nov 12
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2013
 
Approve              42      38      41      44      40      57      38
Disapprove           49      53      53      50      52      32      53
DK/NA                 9       9       7       6       8      11       9
 
 
39. 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              40%    15%    70%    36%    37%    44%    35%    72%    50%
Disapprove           48     78     18     50     53     43     53     16     39
DK/NA                12      7     12     14      9     14     11     13     10
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              68%    50%    19%    42%    42%    44%    37%    44%    41%    38%
Disapprove           21     36     73     45     49     47     45     44     51     51
DK/NA                10     14      9     13     10      9     18     12      8     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iran?
                     Dec 10  Oct 01  Nov 23  Apr 22  Oct 07
                     2013    2013    2011    2010    2009
 
Approve              40      48      46      44      45
Disapprove           48      40      38      43      39
DK/NA                12      12      16      13      17
 
 
40. 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             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                 20      8     33     19     20     20     18     31     24
Not so good          44     41     48     43     43     45     42     50     48
Poor                 36     51     18     37     36     35     39     18     28
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      -      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                 35     25      8     18     22     26     25     20     18     19
Not so good          47     46     41     43     46     44     52     45     41     42
Poor                 18     28     50     38     32     28     23     35     41     37
DK/NA                 -      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
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       1       -       1       2       3       -
Good                 20      21      23      25      27      37       3
Not so good          44      41      44      40      41      42      28
Poor                 36      36      31      33      30      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       -
 
 
41. 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               29%    11%    49%    26%    29%    28%    27%    42%    33%
Worse                28     41     13     28     27     29     30     20     24
The same             42     46     36     45     43     41     43     38     43
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Better               51%    37%    11%    25%    33%    36%    34%    28%    28%    28%
Worse                13     19     42     32     24     18     25     23     34     28
The same             35     44     46     42     42     45     39     49     37     42
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      -      2      -      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
                     Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2011*
 
Better               29      28      31      34      35      36      11
Worse                28      31      24      25      22      20      44
The same             42      40      44      40      43      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
44. Do you think that in general the Obama administration has been competent in running the government, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Competent        40%     8%    76%    36%    35%    46%    32%    84%    53%
No/Not competent     56     91     20     60     64     49     65     12     42
DK/NA                 3      1      4      4      2      5      3      4      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Competent        74%    51%    14%    44%    40%    41%    47%    41%    39%    37%
No/Not competent     22     46     84     52     58     58     48     56     59     59
DK/NA                 4      3      2      4      2      1      5      3      2      4
 
TREND: Do you think that in general the Obama administration has been competent in running the government, or don't you think so?
                     Dec 10  Nov 12
                     2013    2013
 
Yes/Competent        40      43
No                   56      53
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
45. Do you think President Barack Obama is paying enough attention to what his administration is doing, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Paying attention 41%    18%    70%    34%    37%    45%    35%    77%    50%
No                   52     77     24     58     58     47     58     21     46
DK/NA                 6      5      5      8      5      8      7      3      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Paying attention 69%    48%    22%    41%    43%    45%    47%    44%    39%    37%
No                   27     45     73     51     51     52     44     51     56     55
DK/NA                 4      7      5      8      5      3      9      5      6      7
 
TREND: Do you think President Barack Obama is paying enough attention to what his administration is doing, or don't you think so?
                     Dec 10  Nov 12
                     2013    2013
 
Yes/Paying attention 41      43
No                   52      51
DK/NA                 6       6
 
 
47. Would you support or oppose raising the national minimum wage, which is now $7.25 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              69%    49%    91%    67%    62%    75%    65%    90%    76%
Oppose               27     44      8     28     34     20     30      8     21
DK/NA                 4      7      1      5      4      4      5      2      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              91%    77%    49%    74%    68%    66%    71%    70%    68%    66%
Oppose                8     18     46     23     28     31     25     28     28     26
DK/NA                 1      5      5      4      4      3      4      2      4      7
 
 
48. (If support q47) Do you think that the minimum wage should be $10.10 an hour, should be less than $10.10 an hour, or should be more than $10.10 an hour?
                     SUPPORTS INCREASE Q47.............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Exactly $10.10       42%    42%    43%    43%    40%    43%    42%    43%    48%
Less than $10.10     23     40     14     24     25     21     28      9     13
More than $10.10     32     16     40     30     30     33     26     47     37
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      4      2      3      2      1
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Exactly $10.10       38%    45%    44%    45%    41%    37%    42%    41%    42%    44%
Less than $10.10     13     24     32     18     28     26     31     24     20     19
More than $10.10     46     28     22     34     29     32     25     31     36     33
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      2      4      1      3      2      4
 
48a. (COMBINED Q47 & Q48)Would you support or oppose raising the national minimum wage, which is now $7.25 an hour? IF SUPPORT: Do you think that the minimum wage should be $10.10 an hour, should be less than $10.10 an hour, or should be more than $10.10 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Increase to $10.10   29%    20%    39%    28%    25%    33%    27%    39%    37%
Increase < $10.10    16     20     13     16     16     16     18      8     10
Increase > $10.10    22      8     36     20     19     25     17     42     28
Oppose increase      27     44      8     28     34     20     30      8     21
DK/NA                 6      8      4      7      7      6      7      4      4
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Increase to $10.10   35%    34%    21%    34%    28%    25%    30%    29%    28%    29%
Increase < $10.10    12     19     16     14     19     17     22     17     14     13
Increase > $10.10    42     22     11     25     20     21     18     22     24     22
Oppose increase       8     18     46     23     28     31     25     28     28     26
DK/NA                 4      7      6      5      6      5      5      5      5     10
 
 
49. Do you think job growth would be curtailed if the minimum wage is raised, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Curtailed        43%    52%    32%    46%    46%    41%    44%    43%    43%
No                   48     40     62     45     48     49     47     52     51
DK/NA                 8      8      6      9      6     10      8      6      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Curtailed        26%    40%    56%    42%    45%    42%    47%    44%    46%    38%
No                   69     52     36     48     49     54     43     50     48     52
DK/NA                 5      9      7     10      6      4     10      6      7     10
 
 
54. As you may know, Iran has agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for lighter economic sanctions. Do you support or oppose this nuclear deal reached with Iran?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              44%    24%    63%    45%    44%    43%    42%    50%    55%
Oppose               46     68     25     45     49     43     48     37     35
DK/NA                10      7     11     10      6     13      9     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              72%    50%    25%    44%    48%    46%    59%    46%    40%    37%
Oppose               18     40     68     45     44     47     26     46     52     51
DK/NA                10     10      7     12      7      7     15      8      8     12
 
 
55. Do you think this deal with Iran will make the United States safer or less safe?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
US Safer             37%    20%    56%    37%    38%    36%    35%    45%    54%
Less safe            45     68     24     44     47     43     48     33     30
DK/NA                18     13     20     19     15     21     18     22     15
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
US Safer             64%    43%    18%    37%    40%    40%    55%    39%    34%    28%
Less safe            17     37     66     44     44     44     28     42     51     51
DK/NA                19     19     15     20     16     16     17     20     16     21
 
 
56. Do you think this deal with Iran will make Israel safer or less safe?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Israel Safer         29%    14%    46%    28%    31%    27%    26%    38%    46%
Less safe            52     73     32     52     55     48     55     40     38
DK/NA                19     13     22     20     14     25     19     22     16
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Israel Safer         53%    33%    14%    30%    29%    33%    44%    28%    29%    22%
Less safe            25     47     71     50     52     52     33     53     55     57
DK/NA                22     20     15     20     19     15     23     19     16     21
 
 

Demographic Summary