January 8, 2014 - Obama Approval Plunge Levels Off, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Hike Minimum Wage, Extend Jobless Benefits, Voters Say
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After a plunge which saw his job approval rating drop from 46 - 48 percent in August to a negative 38 - 57 percent December 10, his all-time lowest score, President Barack Obama has stopped the drop, but not started the rebound, with a negative 41 - 53 percent job approval in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Women go negative 44 - 49 percent, unchanged from last month. Men are negative 36 - 58 percent, compared to 31 - 64 percent last month, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Negative approval is 9 - 86 percent among Republicans and 35 - 58 percent among independent voters. Democrats approve 81 - 15 percent.

The 2014 congressional races are tied as 38 percent of American voters say they would back a Republican candidate, while 37 percent would back a Democrat.

Voters want Republicans to take the U.S. Senate 46 - 42 percent, with independent voters going for the GOP 45 - 40 percent. Looking at the House of Representatives, 46 percent want Republicans to keep control and 44 percent want Democratic control.

"The President returns to chilly Washington DC from his Hawaii holidays to a slightly warmer reception from American voters," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"It's too early to call it a comeback, but the 2014 midterm election year begins a bit better than 2013 ended for President Obama. His approval is right above the 40 percent mark - a red line for any president. He still has terrible scores for his handling of healthcare and other issues that mean most to Americans, but the bleeding seems to have stopped."

American voters say 49 - 46 percent that President Obama is not honest and trustworthy and say 51 - 46 percent that he is not a strong leader. They are divided 50 - 48 percent on whether he cares about their needs and problems.

Obama gets a negative 35 - 61 percent approval rating for handling health care. His ratings for handling other issues are:
  • Negative 39 - 58 percent on the economy;
  • Negative 34 - 60 percent on the federal budget;
  • Positive 52 - 41 percent for handling terrorism;
  • Negative 41 - 51 percent for handling foreign policy.
Minimum Wage and Jobless Benefits

American voters support 71 - 27 percent raising the minimum wage. Republican support is 52 - 45 percent. Given several options:
  • 33 percent of voters say increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour;
  • 18 percent say increase it from the current $7.25 per hour to something less than $10.10;
  • 18 percent say increase it to more than $10.10 per hour;
  • 27 percent say don't increase the minimum wage.
Raising the minimum wage will lead businesses to cut jobs, voters say 50 - 45 percent, with Republicans seeing job cuts 68 - 29 percent and Democrats saying no 65 - 29 percent. Independent voters expect job cuts 51 - 45 percent.

Voters also support 58 - 37 percent extending unemployment benefits for three months. Support is 83 - 13 percent among Democrats and 54 - 41 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 54 - 42 percent.

If a candidate for Congress supports extending jobless benefits, 33 percent are more likely to vote for that candidate, with 24 percent less likely and 40 percent who say it won't affect their vote. A candidate who supports raising the minimum wage wins 41 percent "more likely" support, with 18 percent "less likely" and 39 percent saying "no difference.

From January 4 - 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,487 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in 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           38%    89%     1%    31%    44%    32%    43%     7%    36%
Democratic           37      2     87     28     31     42     31     74     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      -      6      3      2      2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      2      2      2      1      1      8
DK/NA                21      8     11     33     20     22     22     16     14
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Republican            7%    29%    67%    30%    43%    48%    27%    40%    42%    38%
Democratic           76     37     15     41     36     31     39     36     35     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      4      2      1      5      2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      2      2      3      4      1      2      2
DK/NA                13     30     14     23     18     17     25     21     20     21
 
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
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 13  Oct 01  Aug 02  Oct 01  Dec 10
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Republican           38      41      39      34      36      34      41
Democratic           37      38      39      43      40      43      38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       3       3       4       3       4       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       2       2       2       2       2
DK/NA                21      16      18      17      19      17      16
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%     9%    81%    35%    36%    44%    32%    87%    48%
Disapprove           53     86     15     58     58     49     61      8     43
DK/NA                 7      5      3      7      6      7      6      5      9
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              77%    46%    15%    44%    36%    38%    42%    45%    37%    36%
Disapprove           17     45     82     49     58     56     43     51     59     58
DK/NA                 6      9      2      7      6      6     15      4      3      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (* High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jun 04  Dec 10
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009*   2013
 
Approve              41      38      39      45      46      59      38
Disapprove           53      57      54      49      48      31      57
DK/NA                 7       6       7       6       6      10       6
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              19%    37%    12%    13%    22%    17%    19%    17%    27%
Disapprove           73     53     85     81     74     73     74     80     70
DK/NA                 7     10      3      6      5     10      8      3      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve               7%    16%    31%    19%    19%    20%    18%    23%    16%    19%
Disapprove           88     76     63     75     74     75     65     71     78     75
DK/NA                 5      8      5      7      7      5     16      6      5      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (* High also 34% Mar 3 2011, Mar 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 13  Oct 01  Aug 02  Mar 31  Oct 01
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013
 
Approve              19      19      20      17      19      34      17
Disapprove           73      74      73      74      73      55      74
DK/NA                 7       7       8       9       8      11       9
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              29%     6%    64%    24%    26%    32%    24%    62%    32%
Disapprove           64     91     30     68     69     59     70     30     61
DK/NA                 7      3      6      8      4      9      6      9      6
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              58%    32%    13%    31%    28%    27%    34%    31%    24%    28%
Disapprove           34     61     83     61     68     68     52     63     70     66
DK/NA                 8      7      4      8      5      5     14      6      6      6
 
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
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 13  Oct 01  Aug 02  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              29      27      30      32      31      45      24
Disapprove           64      67      62      60      61      45      69
DK/NA                 7       6       7       8       7      10       7
 
 
5. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        1%     -      3%     1%     1%     1%     1%     4%     1%
Smwht satisfied      24     12     44     18     23     24     19     41     37
Smwht dissatisfied   31     27     31     35     30     33     33     27     28
Very dissatisfied    43     61     19     45     45     41     47     24     35
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      4      1
 
                     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%     1%     1%     2%     1%     1%     -      1%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      38     27     10     25     22     20     28     26     19     21
Smwht dissatisfied   35     39     24     26     33     40     37     30     30     30
Very dissatisfied    23     33     64     45     43     38     34     40     49     47
DK/NA                 1      -      2      2      1      -      1      2      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        1       2       2       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      24      22      19      23      26      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   31      30      31      34      29      19      38
Very dissatisfied    43      46      47      41      41      10      44
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
7. 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     46%    92%     3%    45%    53%    38%    51%     7%    49%
Democratic Party     42      1     91     40     37     48     36     83     45
DK/NA                12      7      5     15     10     14     13     10      7
 
                     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%    39%    74%    36%    53%    57%    34%    48%    50%    47%
Democratic Party     82     45     19     49     39     36     43     43     40     42
DK/NA                 8     16      7     15      9      7     23      9     10     11
 
TREND: If the election were today, would you want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States Senate?
                     Jan 08  Dec 10
                     2014    2013
 
Republican Party     46      47
Democratic Party     42      42
DK/NA                12      11
 
 
8. 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     46%    92%     4%    45%    53%    38%    52%     8%    47%
Democratic Party     44      4     93     41     37     51     37     87     46
DK/NA                10      3      3     14      9     11     11      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%    37%    76%    36%    50%    58%    39%    45%    52%    46%
Democratic Party     85     47     19     51     40     37     41     47     41     46
DK/NA                 6     16      5     12     10      4     20      8      8      8
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jan 08  Dec 10
                     2014    2013
 
Republican Party     46      47
Democratic Party     44      42
DK/NA                10      11
 
 
9. Would you say that Barack Obama - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  46%    13%    86%    43%    42%    51%    38%    93%    48%
No                   49     84     10     53     55     44     58      5     41
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      3      5      4      3     11
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  81%    53%    20%    51%    40%    46%    44%    49%    44%    45%
No                   15     43     77     44     54     53     46     47     54     51
DK/NA                 5      4      3      4      6      2     11      4      2      4
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not? (* Low also 44% Nov 2013)
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Jul 11  Jan 13  Dec 10
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2013*
 
Yes                  46      44      44      54      50      63      44
No                   49      52      52      41      44      31      52
DK/NA                 4       4       4       4       5       6       4
 
 
10. Would you say that Barack Obama - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  46%    18%    82%    41%    42%    50%    38%    85%    62%
No                   51     80     16     56     55     47     59     12     32
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      3      3      3      2      6
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  77%    53%    21%    51%    42%    42%    55%    51%    40%    40%
No                   18     44     78     45     56     57     37     48     58     57
DK/NA                 5      3      1      5      2      1      8      1      2      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Jul 11  Jan 13  Jan 08  
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2010    2014    
                                                                             
Yes                  46      47      48      53      52      66      46      
No                   51      51      50      45      46      32      51      
DK/NA                 3       2       2       3       3       2       3      
 
 
11. 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                  50%    19%    87%    47%    44%    56%    42%    93%    58%
No                   48     79     13     51     55     42     56      7     42
DK/NA                 2      2      -      2      1      2      2      -      -
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  83%    58%    23%    54%    47%    46%    57%    52%    45%    46%
No                   16     39     76     44     52     53     42     47     53     51
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      1      -      1      1      2      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Jul 11  Nov 12  Dec 10
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2008    2013
 
Yes                  50      48      49      54      52      70      48
No                   48      49      48      42      45      22      49
DK/NA                 2       3       3       3       3       7       3
 
 
12. 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              39%    42%    41%    39%    41%    37%    40%    38%    32%
Deficit              23     28     11     26     25     21     25      8     20
Health care          16     12     23     13     11     20     14     21     21
Taxes                 4      3      3      4      5      2      4      4      4
Gun policy            3      1      4      3      2      3      3      2      6
Immigration           5      5      5      5      5      6      5      8     10
Something else        9      8     10     10     10      9      9     13      6
DK/NA                 2      1      3      1      -      3      1      5      2
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Economy              39%    42%    37%    43%    38%    36%    31%    40%    39%    44%
Deficit              13     22     30     18     27     29     19     24     27     19
Health care          21     16     12     17     12     15     20     13     15     14
Taxes                 2      3      4      4      3      3      3      4      3      4
Gun policy            5      2      2      2      3      2      2      4      2      3
Immigration           5      5      6      6      5      4      6      6      4      5
Something else       12      7      8      8      9      9     16      8      9      7
DK/NA                 3      1      1      2      2      1      3      2      1      3
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jan 08  Dec 10
                     2014    2013
 
Economy              39      41
Deficit              23      22
Health care          16      14
Taxes                 4       4
Gun policy            3       3
Immigration           5       5
Something else        9       8
DK/NA                 2       3
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%     7%    76%    36%    36%    41%    31%    83%    43%
Disapprove           58     89     21     62     61     54     65     16     50
DK/NA                 4      3      3      3      3      4      4      1      7
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              75%    41%    16%    43%    33%    36%    42%    41%    35%    37%
Disapprove           22     53     83     54     63     60     49     57     63     60
DK/NA                 2      6      1      3      4      4      9      2      3      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              39      37      38      44      42      57      32
Disapprove           58      59      59      52      54      33      64
DK/NA                 4       4       3       4       4      10       4
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              35%     6%    71%    31%    31%    39%    28%    77%    41%
Disapprove           61     93     24     66     66     57     68     22     57
DK/NA                 4      1      5      3      3      4      4      1      2
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              67%    41%    12%    38%    33%    32%    38%    36%    35%    33%
Disapprove           29     55     86     57     65     66     57     62     62     62
DK/NA                 3      4      2      5      2      2      5      3      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Jul 11  Feb 23  Jul 02  Dec 10
                     2014    2013    2013    2012    2012    2009    2013
 
Approve              35      34      36      43      40       46     34
Disapprove           61      62      60      52      56       42     62
DK/NA                 4       4       4       5       5       13      4
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the federal budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              34%     7%    71%    29%    31%    36%    27%    82%    39%
Disapprove           60     89     24     66     64     58     69     14     53
DK/NA                 6      4      5      5      5      6      5      4      8
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              62%    39%    14%    39%    29%    30%    33%    35%    33%    33%
Disapprove           30     54     85     54     67     66     56     61     64     60
DK/NA                 8      7      1      7      4      4     11      4      4      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the federal budget?
                     Jan 08  Nov 12
                     2014    2013
 
Approve              34      32
Disapprove           60      62
DK/NA                 6       6
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              52%    25%    81%    53%    52%    53%    46%    84%    59%
Disapprove           41     69     15     41     44     39     46     13     38
DK/NA                 6      6      4      6      5      8      8      3      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              79%    61%    30%    51%    54%    54%    52%    60%    50%    44%
Disapprove           16     33     64     42     40     42     34     37     46     47
DK/NA                 5      6      6      7      6      4     13      3      4      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  May 05  Jan 13
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2010
 
Approve              52      50      52      52      54      67      48
Disapprove           41      41      42      42      39      27      44
DK/NA                 6       8       6       6       6       7       8
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%    12%    74%    40%    39%    43%    36%    75%    39%
Disapprove           51     83     18     52     55     47     56     21     52
DK/NA                 8      5      7      7      6     10      8      3      9
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              71%    50%    17%    42%    38%    42%    45%    42%    39%    38%
Disapprove           21     41     78     47     53     55     39     52     56     52
DK/NA                 8      9      5     11      8      3     16      6      5      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Apr 29  Nov 12
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2013
 
Approve              41      42      38      41      44      57      38
Disapprove           51      49      53      53      50      32      53
DK/NA                 8       9       9       7       6      11       9
 
 
18. 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                  43%    13%    82%    38%    38%    48%    36%    85%    49%
No                   55     86     17     59     60     50     63     13     46
DK/NA                 2      1      1      3      2      2      2      2      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  80%    50%    15%    47%    39%    38%    47%    45%    40%    40%
No                   19     47     84     51     59     58     52     52     59     58
DK/NA                 1      3      1      1      3      3      1      3      1      2
 
TREND: Do you think that in general the Obama administration has been competent in running the government, or don't you think so?
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12
                     2014    2013    2013
 
Yes                  43      40      43
No                   55      56      53
DK/NA                 2       3       3
 
 
19. 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                  45%    20%    72%    43%    42%    47%    39%    78%    47%
No                   50     74     24     52     54     46     54     19     51
DK/NA                 6      6      5      5      4      7      7      3      2
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  73%    46%    28%    45%    46%    42%    48%    48%    42%    36%
No                   24     46     68     49     49     54     40     48     52     58
DK/NA                 3      8      4      6      5      4     11      4      5      6
 
TREND: Do you think President Barack Obama is paying enough attention to what his administration is doing, or don't you think so?
                     Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12
                     2014    2013    2013
 
Yes                  45      41      43
No                   50      52      51
DK/NA                 6       6       6
 
 
20. 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              71%    52%    93%    69%    65%    76%    68%    91%    74%
Oppose               27     45      6     28     33     21     29      8     26
DK/NA                 3      3      1      3      2      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+
 
Support              92%    80%    49%    78%    63%    66%    67%    70%    70%    76%
Oppose                5     17     48     20     34     31     29     27     29     22
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      3      3      4      3      2      2
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose raising the national minimum wage, which is now $7.25 an hour?
                     Jan 08  Dec 10
                     2014    2013
 
Support              71      69
Oppose               27      27
DK/NA                 3       4
 
 
21. (If support q20) 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? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     SUPPORTS INCREASE Q20.............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp*
 
Exactly $10.10       47%    49%    46%    49%    42%    50%    46%    53%    46%
Less than $10.10     25     35     15     29     30     22     29     11     23
More than $10.10     26     14     37     20     27     26     23     36     32
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      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+
 
Exactly $10.10       50%    49%    42%    48%    49%    45%    60%    46%    44%    43%
Less than $10.10     13     28     37     25     25     27     23     25     26     26
More than $10.10     36     22     21     27     22     26     14     28     29     28
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      4      1      3      1      1      3
 
TREND: (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?
                     SUPPORTS INCREASE
                     Jan 08  Dec 10
                     2014    2013
 
Exactly $10.10       47      42
Less than $10.10     25      23
More than $10.10     26      32
DK/NA                 2       3
 
 
21a. (COMBINED Q20 & Q21) 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   33%    26%    43%    34%    27%    38%    31%    48%    34%
Increase < $10.10    18     18     14     20     19     17     20     10     17
Increase > $10.10    18      7     34     14     17     20     15     33     23
Oppose increase      27     45      6     28     33     21     29      8     26
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      3      5      4      1      -
 
                     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   46%    39%    21%    37%    31%    30%    40%    32%    31%    32%
Increase < $10.10    12     22     18     19     16     18     15     18     18     20
Increase > $10.10    33     17     10     21     14     17      9     19     20     22
Oppose increase       5     17     48     20     34     31     29     27     29     22
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      6      4      6      4      3      4
 
TREND:(COMBINED) 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?
                     Jan 08  Dec 10
                     2014    2013
 
Increase to $10.10   33      29
Increase < $10.10    18      16
Increase > $10.10    18      22
Oppose increase      27      27
DK/NA                 4       6
 
 
22. Do you think raising the minimum wage will lead businesses to cut jobs or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    68%    29%    51%    53%    48%    52%    37%    50%
No                   45     29     65     45     44     47     43     59     47
DK/NA                 4      3      6      5      4      5      4      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                  33%    44%    65%    47%    55%    50%    49%    54%    50%    48%
No                   62     50     32     48     41     47     49     43     44     46
DK/NA                 5      5      3      5      4      3      2      3      5      6
 
 
23. Do you think Congress should or should not approve a 3 month extension of unemployment benefits for people who are currently out of work?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should               58%    42%    83%    54%    55%    62%    53%    89%    69%
Should not           37     54     13     41     42     32     42      9     28
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      3      6      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+
 
Should               80%    62%    44%    67%    55%    46%    58%    55%    58%    65%
Should not           17     33     51     29     40     50     38     40     38     30
DK/NA                 2      5      5      4      5      4      4      5      4      5
 
 
24. Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              40%     9%    80%    35%    35%    45%    32%    88%    49%
Oppose               56     89     16     61     61     51     63     11     48
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      4      5      5      1      3
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              75%    46%    15%    44%    38%    37%    42%    42%    37%    38%
Oppose               21     50     82     51     60     60     53     55     59     55
DK/NA                 4      4      3      6      2      3      5      3      3      7
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?
                     Jan 08  Dec 11  Nov 12  Oct 01
                     2014    2013    2013    2013
 
Support              40      39      39      45
Oppose               56      57      55      47
DK/NA                 4       4       6       8
 
 
25. If a candidate for Congress supports - extending unemployment benefits, would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who held this position, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          33%    18%    58%    29%    30%    36%    30%    61%    32%
Less likely          24     40      6     25     29     19     28      3     17
No difference        40     41     31     44     38     42     40     29     45
DK/NA                 3      2      4      2      3      3      2      6      5
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
More likely          57%    35%    19%    43%    27%    25%    30%    29%    32%    45%
Less likely           8     17     40     18     28     33     21     25     25     24
No difference        35     45     38     37     43     40     49     43     41     28
DK/NA                 -      3      3      2      2      2      -      3      2      4
 
26. If a candidate for Congress supports - the 2010 health care law passed by President Obama and Congress, would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who held this position, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          29%     6%    63%    22%    24%    34%    25%    56%    34%
Less likely          43     77      8     47     49     37     51      7     35
No difference        26     15     28     29     25     26     22     35     29
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      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+
 
More likely          61%    32%     8%    30%    29%    27%    29%    28%    29%    30%
Less likely          11     37     69     37     49     52     29     43     50     46
No difference        27     29     20     29     21     20     41     26     20     20
DK/NA                 1      2      2      3      1      1      1      2      1      4
 
 
27. If a candidate for Congress supports - a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who held this position, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          27%    13%    44%    25%    26%    28%    24%    27%    46%
Less likely          38     52     22     41     41     35     41     29     18
No difference        31     31     30     30     29     33     31     39     31
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      4      4      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+
 
More likely          49%    28%    13%    25%    29%    32%    33%    28%    24%    26%
Less likely          15     35     54     40     37     33     25     33     44     45
No difference        35     33     30     32     30     30     39     36     29     22
DK/NA                 1      4      4      3      3      4      4      2      3      7
 
TREND If a candidate for Congress supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who held this position, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference? (*for that candidate)
                     Jan 08  May 31
                     2014    2013*
 
More likely          27      26
Less likely          38      24
No difference        31      44
DK/NA                 4       5
 
 
28. If a candidate for Congress supports - raising the national minimum wage, would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who held this position, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          41%    22%    64%    38%    37%    44%    36%    68%    47%
Less likely          18     35      3     17     25     12     20      4     14
No difference        39     42     30     43     37     41     42     24     37
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      2      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+
 
More likely          63%    46%    22%    50%    34%    33%    44%    37%    39%    46%
Less likely           3     10     36     13     22     23     19     16     21     18
No difference        33     42     40     34     43     42     37     46     39     31
DK/NA                 1      2      2      3      1      2      -      1      1      5
 
 
29. If a candidate for Congress - is associated with the Tea Party, would you be more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          21%    39%     4%    20%    26%    16%    24%     7%    19%
Less likely          41     14     66     44     39     42     39     58     31
No difference        36     47     25     34     34     38     36     29     46
DK/NA                 3      1      4      2      1      4      2      7      4
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
More likely           3%    11%    43%    20%    24%    17%    22%    17%    27%    20%
Less likely          73     51     13     38     40     47     34     42     40     43
No difference        24     35     42     38     35     35     43     39     32     32
DK/NA                 1      2      3      3      1      -      1      2      1      5
 
 
30. If a candidate for Congress - supports President Obama, would you be more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          28%     5%    65%    20%    24%    32%    23%    69%    32%
Less likely          43     80      6     44     49     37     51      5     27
No difference        28     14     29     34     27     30     26     26     40
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+
 
More likely          64%    28%     9%    32%    26%    24%    26%    27%    28%    31%
Less likely           8     34     74     36     47     50     29     42     49     49
No difference        27     38     17     32     26     27     44     31     23     20
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      1      -      -      -      1      1
 
TREND: (President George W. Bush) If a candidate for Congress supports President George W. Bush, does that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely to vote for that candidate, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
                     Aug 29  Mar 2  Dec 6
                     2006    2006   2005
 
More likely          21      16     16
Less likely          38      37     37
No difference        41      45     45
DK/NA                 1       1      2
 
 
33. Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel optimistic or pessimistic about the chances that President Obama and the Republicans in Congress will work together on important issues?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Optimistic           35%    25%    52%    30%    32%    38%    28%    65%    54%
Pessimistic          62     73     45     67     66     59     69     29     45
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      3      6      2
 
                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Optimistic           38%    40%    27%    40%    32%    30%    44%    35%    31%    32%
Pessimistic          60     58     71     56     66     69     50     63     66     65
DK/NA                 2      2      3      3      3      1      6      2      2      3
 
 

Demographic Summary