February 23, 2010 - Strickland Re-Takes Lead In Ohio Governor's Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Approval Drops To Big Negative In Swing State

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Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland leads Republican challenger John Kasich in the race to be Ohio's next governor, 44 - 39 percent, up from a 40 - 40 deadlock November 11, and has improved his standing slightly, but consistently, on a broad array of measures, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Despite the uptick for the Democratic Governor, President Barack Obama gets a negative 44 - 52 percent approval rating in Ohio, the ultimate Electoral College swing state, his biggest negative in any state or national survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University since his inauguration.

Strickland leads Kasich 48 - 33 percent among women while Kasich leads 45 - 38 percent among men. Kasich leads 73 - 11 percent among Republicans, while the Governor leads 82 - 9 percent among Democrats. Independent voters split 38 - 38 percent.

"There has been an improvement in voters' views of Gov. Ted Strickland," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The movement is a few points, but it is consistent across a number of measures. Voters, however, remain negative on his handling of the state budget and the state economy.

"John Kasich remains unknown to most voters. The campaign will be a race by the candidates to define Kasich for the 62 percent of voters who don't know enough about him to have an opinion," Brown said. "Given that, the race's closeness may say much about Strickland. While the Governor's horserace numbers are good, he has a long way to go and what is keeping him ahead is his support among women."

Ohio voters approve 48 - 40 percent of the job Strickland is doing, up from a 45 - 43 percent split November 11. The Governor gets a 45 - 36 percent favorability rating, up from a 38 - 37 percent split in November.

For Kasich, 62 percent of voters do not know enough about him to form an opinion.

Voters disapprove 53 - 35 percent of the way Strickland is handling the economy, little changed from November, and say 45 - 34 percent that he has not kept his campaign promises.

Strickland also gets a negative 32 - 51 percent approval for handling the state budget, down from 36 - 47 percent in September.

Kasich would do a better job rebuilding the state's economy, voters say 41 - 35 percent, and do a better job handling the state budget, voters say 42 - 36 percent.

Voters split on which candidate is more likely to do in office what they promise during the campaign, with 35 percent naming Strickland and 36 percent choosing Kasich. Strickland most shares their values, voters say 40 - 36 percent.

President Obama's Approval

President Obama's negative 44 - 52 percent job approval is down slightly from 45 - 50 percent November 12, led by a big drop among independent voters, who approve 38 - 57 percent, down from 45 - 49 percent in November. Republicans are negative 11 - 87 percent, while Democrats approve 81 - 13 percent.

Ohio voters give Obama a negative 39 - 57 percent approval for handling the economy, and a negative 34 - 58 on his handling of health care. Voters approve 55 - 39 percent of Obama's decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

Voters mostly disapprove 56 - 33 percent of the current health care reform plan, but say 53 - 44 percent that Obama and Congress should keep trying to pass reform legislation.

"Given that President Obama carried the state with more than 51 percent of the vote, these numbers mean many Ohioans who were in his corner have now deserted him," said Brown.

From February 16 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,662 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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.

2. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Ted Strickland the Democrat and John Kasich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Strickland           44%    11%    82%    38%    38%    48%    32%
Kasich               39     73      9     38     45     33     52
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      1      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      -      4      2      1      1
DK/NA                15     16      8     19     13     17     14
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Strickland           34%    47%    52%    53%    40%    43%    53%
Kasich               46     36     30     32     43     40     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      1      2      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      1      4      -      -
DK/NA                17     15     15     12     12     17     11
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for governor were being held today and the candidates were Ted Strickland the Democrat and John Kasich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Strickland           44      40      46      43      51      51      56
Kasich               39      40      36      38      32      31      26
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       2       2       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       1       1       1       2       1
DK/NA                15      18      15      16      16      15      16
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Ted Strickland favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            45%    22%    68%    45%    44%    47%    36%
Unfavorable          36     59     15     37     42     31     47
Hvn't hrd enough     16     17     16     16     13     20     15
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      2      2      2
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Favorable            49%    44%    49%    59%    38%    43%    49%
Unfavorable          36     37     31     31     35     39     37
Hvn't hrd enough     14     16     16      8     25     16     12
REFUSED               2      2      3      2      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Ted Strickland favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Feb 5   Nov 11
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            45      38      43      42      53      60      38
Unfavorable          36      37      34      37      25      19      37
Hvn't hrd enough     16      23      20      18      18      17      23
REFUSED               2       2       3       3       3       3       2
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - John Kasich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            26%    42%    10%    29%    33%    21%    30%
Unfavorable          10      4     17     10     13      8      7
Hvn't hrd enough     62     51     71     61     53     70     61
REFUSED               1      3      1      1      1      2      1
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Favorable            44%    22%    15%    23%    21%    28%    24%
Unfavorable          17      9     11      4      9      8     13
Hvn't hrd enough     38     68     73     72     70     60     62
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      -      4      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - John Kasich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*High also 26% Jul 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Feb 23  Dec 10
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010*   2008
 
Favorable            26      23      22      26      22      26      18
Unfavorable          10       7      10       7       7      10       8
Hvn't hrd enough     62      69      68      66      70      62      73
REFUSED               1       1       -       1       1       1       1
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              48%    28%    73%    44%    45%    50%    37%
Disapprove           40     59     20     43     47     35     51
DK/NA                12     12      7     13      9     15     12
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              53%    49%    46%    48%    41%    42%    49%
Disapprove           39     39     41     40     45     43     42
DK/NA                 8     12     13     12     14     15      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor? (*Low app also 45% Feb 2007)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 3   Feb 5   Nov 11  Nov 11
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2009
 
Approve              48      45      48      46      63      45      45
Disapprove           40      43      42      42      25      43      43
DK/NA                12      12      10      12      12      12      12
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              31%    23%    44%    29%    28%    33%    29%
Disapprove           51     57     37     56     59     43     54
DK/NA                19     20     19     15     13     23     17
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              36%    28%    35%    24%    32%    30%    29%
Disapprove           52     50     52     57     47     50     56
DK/NA                12     22     13     19     21     19     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Dec 10  Dec 12
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2006
 
Approve              31      33      33      31      36      46      25
Disapprove           51      47      48      49      40      35      55
DK/NA                19      20      19      20      24      19      20
 
 
19. 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              44%    11%    81%    38%    37%    50%    28%
Disapprove           52     87     13     57     59     45     68
DK/NA                 5      2      6      5      4      5      3
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              44%    49%    40%    31%    35%    43%    51%
Disapprove           53     47     53     61     60     50     43
DK/NA                 3      4      7      8      5      7      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Feb 23  Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              44      45      53      49      62      57      67
Disapprove           52      50      42      44      31      33      16
DK/NA                 5       5       5       8       7      11      17
 
 
20. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     4%     1%     2%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      30     19     49     24     26     33     25
Smwht dissatisfied   36     39     31     38     34     38     37
Very dissatisfied    32     41     16     36     37     27     35
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Very satisfied        4%     1%     1%     4%     2%     2%     -
Smwht satisfied      33     30     34     16     30     25     30
Smwht dissatisfied   32     40     26     31     33     41     39
Very dissatisfied    29     29     39     46     34     32     31
DK/NA                 1      -      1      3      1      -      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (*Low also 32% Mar 2009)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 21  Feb 23
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2007    2010*
 
Very satisfied        2       3       2       2       4       5       2
Smwht satisfied      30      32      37      31      39      49      30
Smwht dissatisfied   36      37      35      36      32      28      36
Very dissatisfied    32      27      25      30      24      16      32
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
21. Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  34%    17%    55%    31%    36%    32%    28%
No                   45     59     28     48     46     43     49
DK/NA                21     24     17     21     18     25     23
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Yes                  38%    34%    37%    42%    33%    23%    37%
No                   45     43     45     44     44     51     46
DK/NA                17     23     18     14     24     26     17
 
TREND: Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                                                             YES..........
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Aug 14  Nov 11
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2009
 
Yes                  34      32      37      34      44      47      32
No                   45      43      40      40      32      31      43
DK/NA                21      25      23      25      24      22      25
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              35%    16%    60%    33%    35%    35%    29%
Disapprove           53     71     32     56     55     51     61
DK/NA                12     13      9     11      9     14     10
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              41%    35%    38%    29%    31%    33%    34%
Disapprove           50     52     50     61     57     55     59
DK/NA                 9     13     12      9     13     12      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                     Feb 23  Nov 11  Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              35      33      33      33      43      39      44
Disapprove           53      52      54      53      43      45      37
DK/NA                12      15      12      13      15      16      19
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              39%    10%    76%    33%    35%    44%    24%
Disapprove           57     89     20     64     62     52     73
DK/NA                 4      1      4      4      3      4      2
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              37%    44%    40%    28%    34%    38%    46%
Disapprove           60     51     53     69     65     60     50
DK/NA                 3      5      7      3      1      2      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Feb 23  Nov 12  Sep 16  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              39      42      48      46      57      53      58
Disapprove           57      53      46      48      36      36      21
DK/NA                 4       5       6       6       7      11      21
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              32%    15%    51%    30%    32%    32%    24%
Disapprove           51     68     31     54     53     49     56
DK/NA                17     17     17     16     15     19     20
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              38%    31%    31%    30%    23%    39%    35%
Disapprove           49     51     52     51     58     48     52
DK/NA                14     18     17     19     19     13     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                     Feb 23  Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Approve              32      36      32      43      44      48      41
Disapprove           51      47      53      40      36      30      31
DK/NA                17      17      15      17      20      21      29
 
 
25. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job rebuilding Ohio's economy - Ted Strickland or John Kasich?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Strickland           35%    11%    64%    31%    33%    37%    26%
Kasich               41     67     15     44     48     35     49
NO DIFF(VOL)          2      1      2      2      2      1      1
DK/NA                22     20     19     23     17     27     23
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Strickland           36%    36%    40%    42%    29%    35%    43%
Kasich               47     40     34     32     41     43     37
NO DIFF(VOL)          2      2      -      4      2      3      2
DK/NA                15     23     25     22     28     19     18
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job rebuilding Ohio's economy - Ted Strickland or John Kasich?
                     Feb 23  Nov 12
                     2010    2009
 
Strickland           35      33
Kasich               41      41
NO DIFF(VOL)          2       -
DK/NA                22      27
 
 
26. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job handling Ohio's state budget - Ted Strickland or John Kasich?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Strickland           36%    11%    66%    31%    36%    37%    26%
Kasich               42     70     18     43     50     35     51
NO DIFF(VOL)          1      1      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                21     19     15     25     14     27     21
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Strickland           35%    37%    41%    41%    30%    38%    42%
Kasich               50     38     33     33     45     46     40
NO DIFF(VOL)          2      1      1      3      1      3      1
DK/NA                13     24     26     23     25     13     17
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job handling Ohio's state budget - Ted Strickland or John Kasich?
                     Feb 23  Nov 12
                     2010    2009
 
Strickland           36      34
Kasich               42      42
NO DIFF(VOL)          1       -
DK/NA                21      25
 
 
27. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you trust more to do in office what they say they will do during the campaign - Ted Strickland or John Kasich?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Strickland           35%    13%    63%    31%    34%    36%    26%
Kasich               36     63     13     36     41     31     46
NO DIFF(VOL)          6      3      5      8      8      4      6
DK/NA                22     21     19     25     16     28     23
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Strickland           33%    38%    44%    35%    29%    31%    40%
Kasich               42     34     26     31     40     39     36
NO DIFF(VOL)          7      5      9      9      6      6      7
DK/NA                19     23     20     25     25     24     17
 
 
28. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you believe most shares your values - Ted Strickland or John Kasich?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Strickland           40%    14%    70%    37%    37%    42%    29%
Kasich               36     66     11     35     42     31     50
NO DIFF(VOL)          3      3      1      5      5      2      1
DK/NA                21     18     17     23     16     25     20
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Strickland           42%    41%    42%    47%    31%    39%    49%
Kasich               42     33     26     26     40     44     33
NO DIFF(VOL)          3      3      9      3      2      2      2
DK/NA                13     23     24     23     28     16     15
 
 
29. Currently, Democrats control the Ohio House and Republicans control the Ohio Senate. After the 2010 election would you prefer that the Democrats control both houses of the legislature, the Republicans control both houses of the legislature, or would you prefer that control is split as it is today?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Democrats            22%     1%    53%    12%    21%    22%    13%
Republicans          21     52      1     14     24     19     32
Split                51     42     42     66     51     51     49
DK/NA                 7      5      4      8      5      8      5
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Democrats            18%    25%    19%    16%    23%    18%    28%
Republicans          18     22     21     15     26     21     21
Split                60     47     54     58     45     49     48
DK/NA                 5      6      5     11      6     12      4
 
 
36. 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          55%    72%    43%    53%    63%    48%    66%
Shldn't be inv       39     21     52     41     32     46     29
DK/NA                 6      7      5      6      6      6      5
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Right thing          63%    52%    50%    57%    56%    56%    55%
Shldn't be inv       30     42     45     35     41     39     37
DK/NA                 7      6      5      8      4      6      7
 
TREND: 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?
                     Feb 23  Nov 12
                     2010    2009
 
Right thing          55      48
Shouldn't be inv     39      43
DK/NA                 6       9
 
 
37. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              55%    67%    48%    54%    64%    48%    61%
Disapprove           39     29     45     41     33     45     33
DK/NA                 5      4      7      5      4      7      6
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              62%    53%    51%    53%    55%    56%    57%
Disapprove           33     42     45     35     42     35     38
DK/NA                 6      5      4     11      3      9      5
 
 
38. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              34%     8%    65%    29%    29%    39%    23%
Disapprove           58     87     26     64     65     53     72
DK/NA                 7      5      8      7      6      8      5
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Approve              28%    42%    26%    26%    27%    36%    46%
Disapprove           67     51     63     70     63     56     50
DK/NA                 5      6     11      4     10      8      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Feb 23  Nov 12  Sep 16
                     2010    2009    2009
 
Approve              34      36      44
Disapprove           58      57      45
DK/NA                 7       6      10
 
 
39. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or Republicans in Congress?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Pres Obama           40%     9%    76%    35%    37%    43%    25%
Reps in Cong         37     76      8     34     39     36     51
DK/NA                23     16     15     31     24     22     24
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Pres Obama           32%    47%    38%    31%    36%    38%    46%
Reps in Cong         41     32     40     46     43     37     38
DK/NA                27     21     22     24     21     25     16
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Feb 23  Nov 12  Sep 16
                     2010    2009    2009
 
President Obama      40      40      49
Reps in Congress     37      40      28
DK/NA                23      21      23
 
 
40. From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Mostly approve       33%     9%    59%    30%    31%    36%    23%
Mostly disapprove    56     82     26     61     60     52     67
DK/NA                11      8     15      9      9     12     10
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Mostly approve       30%    40%    33%    23%    27%    30%    40%
Mostly disapprove    60     51     52     68     60     60     52
DK/NA                11      9     15      9     13     11      8
 
 
41. Generally speaking, do you think the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress go too far, not far enough, or are they about right?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Too far              43%    68%    16%    47%    47%    39%    55%
Not far enough       29     13     43     29     28     30     21
About right          18      9     26     17     15     20     13
DK/NA                10      9     14      7     10     10     11
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Too far              46%    40%    33%    58%    48%    43%    36%
Not far enough       29     29     29     22     28     32     34
About right          15     20     24     10     18     13     22
DK/NA                10     11     14     10      6     11      8
 
 
42. Do you think President Obama and Congress should continue to try to pass a health care overhaul plan or do you think they should give up and go on to other matters?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Continue health care 53%    27%    78%    52%    47%    59%    45%
On to other matters  44     69     21     45     51     38     53
DK/NA                 2      4      1      2      2      3      2
 
                                                               Union
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt HsHld
 
Continue health care 51%    58%    52%    44%    44%    55%    58%
On to other matters  45     39     45     55     54     44     41
DK/NA                 3      3      2      1      2      1      1