November 12, 2009 - Dems Fade In Ohio Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Gets Negative Score In Key Swing State

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For the first time, Republican Rob Portman is inching ahead of the two Democrats in the 2010 race for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Also for the first time, Ohio voters disapprove 50 - 45 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, down from his 53 - 42 percent approval September 16 and 49 - 44 percent approval July 7.

In still another first, voters are split 40 - 40 percent on who is doing a better job handling health care, the President or Congressional Republicans, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University survey finds. In a September 16 survey on the same question, Obama was on top 49 - 28 percent.

Ohio voters disapprove 53 - 42 percent of the way the President is handling the economy and disapprove 57 - 36 percent of the way he is handling health care. In September, they approved of his handling of the economy 48 - 46 percent and split on his handling of health care 44 - 45 percent.

"The Democratic wave that swept through Ohio in 2006 and 2008 may be cresting. The Democratic lead in the Governor's and Senate races has evaporated and for the first time President Barack Obama is under water in the most important swing state in the country," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Ohio voters are not happy with the President's handling of health care and the economy. The fact that they now are split whether he or the Republicans in Congress are better able to handle health care should be a very worrisome number at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. since the GOP is still pretty much a four-letter word in most of America."

Independent voters, often the group that decides Ohio elections, disapprove 49 - 45 percent of the overall job Obama is doing and disapprove 54 - 39 percent of his handling of the economy. They disapprove 62 - 34 percent, almost 2-1, of his handling of health care.

"In July, when the President's job approval began falling nationally from the high 50s and low 60s into the low 50s, Ohio was the first place it showed up in the polls," said Brown.

Portman, a former Congressman running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, has small leads over two Democrats, topping Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner 38 - 34 percent and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher 39 - 36 percent. In the battle for the Democratic Senate nomination, Fisher gets 24 percent to Brunner's 22 percent, with 51 percent undecided. Portman leads car dealer Tom Ganley 26 - 7 percent in a GOP primary with 64 percent undecided.

"None of the Senate candidates are very well known, but what is significant is that until now Democrats were winning all the Senate matchups. Clearly there is an at least temporary swing toward the GOP in Ohio. Whether it continues is anyone's guess," said Brown.

Ohio voters oppose Obama's health care plan 55 - 36 percent, with independents against it 57 - 33 percent. By a 61 - 35 percent margin, voters don't think Congress should approve a health care overhaul if it only gets Democratic votes.

But Ohio voters support 53 - 40 percent giving people the option of a government health insurance plan. Independent voters support this public option 55 - 38 percent.

Afghanistan

The United States is doing the right thing fighting in Afghanistan, Ohio voters say 48 - 43 percent. Voters support 51 - 40 percent the recommendations of the top U.S. commanders in Afghanistan that 40,000 more U.S. troops should be sent.

"But 55 percent of Ohioans say they are only willing to see large numbers of American troops in Afghanistan for two years or less, which is hardly a mandate for the type of long-term commitment that the Pentagon has said will be needed for victory," said Brown.

From November 5 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,123 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. The survey includes 406 Republicans and 394 Democrats, each with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Portman and Tom Ganley, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Portman              26%    29%    24%
Ganley                7      6      8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      2
DK/NA                64     62     65
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Portman and Tom Ganley, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list / na = not asked)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS.......................
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*
 
Portman              26      27      33      29      31      33
Ganley                7       9      10       8      na      na
Taylor               na      na      na       8      14      11
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       1       1       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2       1       1       -
DK/NA                64      61      55      54      52      56
 
 
2. (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher and Jennifer Brunner, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Fisher               24%    29%    20%
Brunner              22     23     22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      -
DK/NA                51     43     57
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher and Jennifer Brunner, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list / na = not asked)
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS.........................
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*
 
Fisher               24      26      24      20      18      18
Brunner              22      17      21      16      14      16
Yates                na      na      na       4       6      na
Ryan                 na      na      na      na      12      14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       2       1       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       3       1       2       -
DK/NA                51      55      51      59      46      53
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fisher               36%     3%    70%    27%    33%    38%    29%
Portman              39     76     10     38     44     34     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      2      1      1      1
DK/NA                24     20     19     33     22     26     21
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Fisher               31%    41%    48%    44%    19%    33%
Portman              46     29     18     38     62     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                19     28     34     17     18     22
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Fisher               36      42      37      42      41      42
Portman              39      31      33      31      33      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1       2       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       2       -       2       1
DK/NA                24      26      26      26      24      29
 
 
5. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Tom Ganley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fisher               38%     6%    72%    28%    38%    38%    30%
Ganley               34     70      7     32     37     31     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      3      1      2      1
DK/NA                27     22     21     36     24     30     26
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Fisher               33%    40%    47%    53%    28%    38%
Ganley               43     30     25     29     33     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      -      -      1      -
DK/NA                21     27     28     18     38     23
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Tom Ganley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Fisher               38      41      36
Ganley               34      29      30
SMONE ELSE(VOL        -       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       2
DK/NA                27      27      31
 
 
6. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Tom Ganley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Brunner              35%     3%    69%    31%    31%    39%    31%
Ganley               32     68      4     29     39     26     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      1      2      1      -
DK/NA                30     28     25     38     27     33     28
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Brunner              31%    35%    45%    53%    29%    36%
Ganley               41     29     18     23     33     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      -      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      -      3      4      -
DK/NA                26     34     37     22     33     22
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Tom Ganley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Brunner              35      39      35
Ganley               32      31      31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2
DK/NA                30      27      31
 
 
7. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Brunner              34%     4%    65%    30%    31%    37%    28%
Portman              38     74     10     36     43     34     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
DK/NA                27     21     24     33     26     28     24
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Brunner              33%    34%    46%    45%    23%    36%
Portman              44     31     17     33     57     47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      2      -      -
DK/NA                22     34     36     21     19     17
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Brunner              34      39      35      40      39      38
Portman              38      34      34      32      34      28
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1       1       -       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1       -       2       1
DK/NA                27      25      29      27      25      31
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Lee Fisher favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            25%     9%    42%    22%    28%    22%    16%
Unfavorable          15     31      4     15     21     10     17
Hvn't hrd enough     58     58     52     61     50     66     65
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      2      2      2
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            24%    27%    21%    35%    24%    18%
Unfavorable          21     15      7     18     12     14
Hvn't hrd enough     54     55     71     46     63     65
REFUSED               1      2      -      1      1      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Lee Fisher favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            25      33      29      37      32      33      23
Unfavorable          15      13      17      13      13      10      10
Hvn't hrd enough     58      54      53      48      54      55      66
REFUSED               2       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of - Jennifer Brunner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            20%     4%    36%    20%    22%    19%    13%
Unfavorable          18     39      5     14     21     15     19
Hvn't hrd enough     61     57     57     64     56     65     67
REFUSED               1      -      2      2      2      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            24%    23%    15%    34%    13%    16%
Unfavorable          28     16      9     13     19     15
Hvn't hrd enough     47     61     71     53     65     69
REFUSED               1      1      5      -      3      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Jennifer Brunner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18   Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009     2009    2008
 
Favorable            20      27      27      31      31       34      26
Unfavorable          18      14      16      12      14       10      24
Hvn't hrd enough     61      58      56      55      55       55      49
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       1        1       1
 
 
12. Is your opinion of - Rob Portman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            22%    38%    11%    21%    25%    19%    24%
Unfavorable           7      2     12      7      7      7      4
Hvn't hrd enough     70     60     75     71     67     73     71
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            22%    11%     6%    21%    59%    22%
Unfavorable           7      5      7     18     12      3
Hvn't hrd enough     69     83     87     60     27     74
REFUSED               2      1      -      -      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Rob Portman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            22      20      21      22      25      21      12
Unfavorable           7       7       6       9       7       6       7
Hvn't hrd enough     70      72      72      68      67      72      80
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
13. Is your opinion of - Tom Ganley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            12%    18%     4%    13%    16%     8%    12%
Unfavorable           5      1      9      5      7      3      2
Hvn't hrd enough     82     80     85     82     76     88     85
REFUSED               1      1      2      -      2      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable             9%    18%     2%     7%     9%     9%
Unfavorable           3      6      6     14      -      3
Hvn't hrd enough     87     74     92     79     90     87
REFUSED               -      2      -      -      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Tom Ganley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            12      15      12       6
Unfavorable           5       5       4       4
Hvn't hrd enough     82      80      83      89
REFUSED               1       -       1       1
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Lee Fisher is handling his job as Ohio's lieutenant governor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              39%    17%    54%    42%    39%    39%    33%
Disapprove           23     43      8     24     31     17     25
DK/NA                37     40     38     34     30     44     42
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              40%    40%    39%    52%    35%    37%
Disapprove           29     21     15     24     23     29
DK/NA                31     39     46     24     42     34
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Lee Fisher is handling his job as Ohio's lieutenant governor?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              39      44      39      49
Disapprove           23      21      24      17
DK/NA                37      35      38      33
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jennifer Brunner is handling her job as Ohio's Secretary of State?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              38%    13%    54%    41%    40%    36%    32%
Disapprove           25     48      8     23     29     23     28
DK/NA                37     38     38     35     31     42     41
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              35%    39%    41%    52%    31%    40%
Disapprove           38     22     15     20     25     28
DK/NA                27     39     44     28     44     32
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jennifer Brunner is handling her job as Ohio's Secretary of State? (*Low also 38% Jul 2009, Aug 2008 & Jun 2008)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  May 6   Nov 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*
 
Approve              38      41      38      45      41      45      38
Disapprove           25      23      25      20      19      20      25
DK/NA                37      36      37      34      39      34      37
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              45%     8%    80%    45%    42%    49%    31%
Disapprove           50     89     17     49     54     46     61
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      4      5      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              45      53      49      62      57      67
Disapprove           50      42      44      31      33      16
DK/NA                 5       5       8       7      11      17
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              42%    10%    75%    39%    39%    45%    29%
Disapprove           53     87     19     54     57     49     65
DK/NA                 5      3      6      6      4      6      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              42      48      46      57      53      58
Disapprove           53      46      48      36      36      21
DK/NA                 5       6       6       7      11      21
 
 
28. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Right thing          48%    71%    32%    46%    58%    39%    55%
Shouldn't be inv     43     22     61     43     37     49     34
DK/NA                 9      7      6     11      5     12     12
 
 
29. General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has asked President Obama to send 40,000 additional combat troops. Should Obama send the troops or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  51%    77%    30%    50%    59%    44%    58%
No                   40     18     60     39     36     44     34
DK/NA                 8      5     10     11      5     12      8
 
 
30. Do you think President Obama should replace McChrystal or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  11%     4%    15%    12%     6%    15%    12%
No                   65     81     51     67     76     56     66
DK/NA                24     15     33     21     17     29     22
 
 
31. How much longer would you be willing to have large numbers of U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan - less than a year, one to two years, two to five years, five to ten years, or as long as it takes?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Less than 1 year     33%    18%    47%    32%    24%    41%    29%
1 to 2 years         22     15     26     25     23     21     22
2 to 5 years          9     14      7      9     11      8     10
5 to 10 years         1      2      -      1      2      -      1
As long as it takes  30     47     17     28     37     23     32
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      4      6      5
 
 
32. Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam War, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes/Same as Vietnam  35%    26%    39%    36%    38%    33%    33%
No/Will avoid that   50     54     49     50     50     50     48
DK/NA                15     20     11     14     12     17     19
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              36%     4%    69%    34%    32%    39%    24%
Disapprove           57     92     22     62     62     54     72
DK/NA                 6      4      9      4      6      7      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              36      44
Disapprove           57      45
DK/NA                 6      10
 
 
34. Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care reform plan?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              36%     5%    69%    33%    32%    39%    24%
Oppose               55     91     19     57     59     52     69
DK/NA                 9      4     12     10      9      9      8
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care reform plan?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16
                     2009    2009
 
Support              36      44
Oppose               55      44
DK/NA                 9      12
 
 
35. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
President Obama      40%     3%    80%    36%    37%    42%    26%
Reps in Congress     40     78     10     35     43     36     51
DK/NA                21     18     11     30     19     22     23
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16
                     2009    2009
 
President Obama      40      49
Reps in Congress     40      28
DK/NA                21      23
 
 
36. Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              53%    24%    81%    55%    49%    58%    46%
Oppose               40     71     15     38     45     35     47
DK/NA                 7      5      4      6      6      7      7
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16
                     2009    2009
 
Support              53      57
Oppose               40      35
DK/NA                 7       9
 
 
37. Do you agree or disagree with the following: Congress should approve a health care overhaul plan even if only Democrats support it.
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Agree                35%     6%    61%    36%    36%    34%    23%
Disagree             61     91     32     61     60     61     73
DK/NA                 4      3      7      4      4      4      4
 
 
38. Do you think Republicans in Congress are playing a constructive role in improving a health care reform bill or do you think they just want President Obama to fail?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Playing const role   38%    65%    14%    39%    40%    36%    47%
Want Obama to fail   45     15     74     43     44     45     33
DK/NA                18     21     12     18     16     19     20
 
TREND: Do you think Republicans in Congress are playing a constructive role in improving a health care reform bill or do you think they just want President Obama to fail?
                     Nov 12  Sep 16
                     2009    2009
 
Playing const role   38      33
Want Obama to fail   45      50
DK/NA                18      17