July 23, 2009 - Dodd In Slump In Connecticut Reelection Bid, Quinnipiac University Connecticut Poll Finds; Obama Approval Down 8 Points

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Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a likely Republican challenger 48 - 39 percent in the 2010 Senate race, but he is inching up in his job approval to a negative 42 - 52 percent approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The matchup compares to a 45 - 39 percent Simmons lead in a May 27 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In this latest survey, Simmons leads 87 - 7 percent among Republicans and 56 - 27 percent among independent voters, while Sen. Dodd takes Democrats 74 - 16 percent. The incumbent has gained among Democrats, but lost independent support since May 27.

Dodd's negative 42 - 52 percent approval compares to 38 - 53 percent May 27 and this was up from a negative 33 - 58 percent April 2.

Simmons dominates a Republican primary matchup with 42 percent, while no other Republican tops 5 percent, with 45 percent undecided.

Dodd leads businessman Merrick Alpert 52 - 18 percent in a Democratic primary.

"Sen. Christopher Dodd is rebuilding his approval rating, but he is still in negative territory. He has moved the needle from 25 points down April 2 to 10 points down today. He still is losing to Rob Simmons," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Sen. Dodd's numbers among Democrats are back to where they used to be with over 70 percent of Democrats approving of his job performance and backing his reelection bid. Perhaps Dodd's visibility in helping with President Barack Obama's agenda has brought some wavering Democrats home. But he still is struggling with Independents, who will be harder to win back than his own partisans."

Looking at Dodd's characteristics, Connecticut voters say:
  • 55 - 35 percent that he is not honest and trustworthy;
  • 62 - 32 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 49 - 45 percent that he does not share their views on issues important to them.
"Dodd's most glaring weakness continues to be that a majority of voters say he is not honest and trustworthy. This is not something that will be easy for Dodd to reverse. Another problem for Dodd is that the bad economy has put voters in a grumpy mood. Consequently, voters have little patience for politician's missteps," Schwartz said.

Obama Approval

Connecticut voters approve 63 - 32 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, down from 71 - 22 percent in April 2 and May 27 Quinnipiac University polls. Obama gets a 93 - 6 percent approval from Democrats and a 61 - 31 percent thumbs up from independent voters. Republicans disapprove 75 - 19 percent, compared to 57 - 33 percent May 27.

Voters approve 57 - 38 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy and 54 percent say his policies will help the economy in the future.

Obama's financial policies will help them personally, 35 percent of voters say, while 30 percent say his policies will hurt them and 31 percent say they won't make a difference.

Fully 56 percent of Connecticut voters say they are worse off financially than they were a year ago and only 27 percent expect things to get better in the next 12 months, with 16 percent who expect things to get worse and 54 percent who expect no change.

The current economic situation is causing stress in their life, 57 percent say and 33 percent of that group say it's causing serious stress.

"Can President Obama help Dodd? The President is popular in Connecticut, but his numbers are down here, as we have seen in recent Quinnipiac University polls in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. Moreover, 71 percent say that the President actively campaigning for Dodd won't make a difference in their vote," Schwartz said.

From July 16 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,499 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. The survey includes 612 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points and 384 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points.

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

1. (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Chris Dodd and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 52%    50%    53%
Alpert               18     25     14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1
DK/NA                27     24     29
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Chris Dodd and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS
                     Jul 22  May 27
                     2009    2009
 
Dodd                 52      44
Alpert               18      24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2
DK/NA                27      30
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Tom Foley, Peter Schiff, and Sam Caligiuri, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Simmons              42%    52%    32%
Foley                 5      7      4
Schiff                -      -      -
Caligiuri             5      7      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2
DK/NA                45     33     56
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Tom Foley, Sam Caligiuri, and Peter Schiff for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
                     Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009
 
Simmons              42      48
Foley                 5      na
Caligiuri             5      10
Schiff                -      na
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2
DK/NA                45      39
 
 
3. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 39%     7%    74%    27%    33%    44%
Simmons              48     87     16     56     56     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      3      1      2
DK/NA                10      5      8     14      9     11
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Dodd                 39%    37%    44%    39%    36%
Simmons              50     50     39     48     54
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      0      0      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      3      1      1
DK/NA                10      9     14     12      8
 
TREND: If the two thousand ten election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were - Chris Dodd the Democrat, Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 39      39      34      42
Simmons              48      45      50      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2       1
DK/NA                10      13      12      12
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Sam Caligiuri the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 42%    10%    74%    34%    38%    46%
Caligiuri            40     81     12     43     46     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      2      1      2
DK/NA                15      7     12     21     15     15
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Dodd                 42%    44%    45%    44%    38%
Caligiuri            42     39     35     40     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       0      1      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      2      1      1
DK/NA                16     14     17     13     14
 
TREND: If the two thousand ten election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were - Chris Dodd the Democrat, Sam Caligiuri the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 42      41      37      47
Caligiuri            40      39      41      34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2       2
DK/NA                15      17      17      16
 
 
5. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Tom Foley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 42%     9%    75%    32%    38%    45%
Foley                42     82     11     46     49     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      2      1      2
DK/NA                14      7     11     19     12     15
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Dodd                 41%    46%    42%    44%    37%
Foley                44     40     36     44     47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      3      1      1
DK/NA                14     13     18     10     13
 
TREND: If the two thousand ten election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Tom Foley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 23  Apr 2
                     2009    2009
 
Dodd                 42      35
Foley                42      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2
DK/NA                14      16
 
 
6. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 43%    12%    77%    32%    39%    47%
Schiff               38     76     11     41     44     33
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      3      2      2
DK/NA                16      9     12     23     15     17
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Dodd                 44%    45%    46%    42%    39%
Schiff               39     38     32     40     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      2      1      0
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      2      3
DK/NA                16     14     19     15     16
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            40%    13%    70%    31%    36%    44%
Unfavorable          50     80     23     56     57     44
Hvn't hrd enough      7      5      5      8      5      9
REFUSED               3      2      2      4      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10  May 10  Feb 19
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2007    2007
 
Favorable            40      37      30      46      45      49
Unfavorable          50      51      58      45      31      30
Hvn't hrd enough      7       9       8       7      22      18
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       2       3
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            39%    57%    24%    41%    46%    33%
Unfavorable          12      2     21      9     12     11
Hvn't hrd enough     48     40     53     48     41     53
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 22  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            39      34      39      36
Unfavorable          12      12      12      10
Hvn't hrd enough     48      53      47      53
REFUSED               1       1       2       1
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Sam Caligiuri favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            12%    20%     6%    11%    15%     9%
Unfavorable           4      1      5      4      4      4
Hvn't hrd enough     84     78     88     85     81     87
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Sam Caligiuri favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            12       9       8       9
Unfavorable           4       3       3       3
Hvn't hrd enough     84      87      88      88
REFUSED               1       1       1       1
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             3%     1%     4%     3%     4%     2%
Unfavorable           1      -      2      1      2      1
Hvn't hrd enough     95     98     93     95     93     96
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      1
 
TREND:Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable             3       4
Unfavorable           1       2
Hvn't hrd enough     95      93
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of - Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            17%    23%    11%    20%    23%    13%
Unfavorable           5      2      7      3      4      5
Hvn't hrd enough     77     74     82     76     72     81
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jul 23  Apr 02
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable            17      12
Unfavorable           5       6
Hvn't hrd enough     77      80
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
12. Is your opinion of - Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             7%    10%     4%     8%     8%     7%
Unfavorable           3      1      6      3      4      3
Hvn't hrd enough     89     89     89     89     87     90
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      -
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              46%    62%    33%    49%    50%    42%
Disapprove           46     29     62     42     44     48
DK/NA                 8      9      5     10      6     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10  Feb 10  Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2000    2008
 
Approve              46      46      46      46      45      80      38
Disapprove           46      44      47      46      48      14      54
DK/NA                 8      10       7       8       7       6       8
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              42%    13%    72%    33%    37%    46%
Disapprove           52     83     24     60     60     47
DK/NA                 6      4      4      7      4      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10  Feb 10  Apr 19  Apr 02
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2009
 
Approve              42      38      33      49      41      71      33
Disapprove           52      53      58      44      48      16      58
DK/NA                 6      10       9       7      11      13       9
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              63%    19%    93%    61%    59%    66%
Disapprove           32     75      6     31     37     29
DK/NA                 5      6      1      8      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              63      71      71      67      69
Disapprove           32      22      22      23      18
DK/NA                 5       7       7      10      13
 
 
22. If President Obama actively campaigns for Chris Dodd in his Senate race, would that make you more likely to vote for Dodd, less likely to vote for Dodd, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More likely          14%     2%    25%    11%    11%    16%
Less likely          15     33      4     16     17     13
Wouldn't make diff   71     64     71     73     71     71
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      1
 
34. Would you say that Chris Dodd is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  35%    14%    58%    28%    34%    36%
No                   55     78     33     61     59     52
DK/NA                10      8      9     11      7     12
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02  Feb 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  35      35      32      41
No                   55      49      54      42
DK/NA                10      15      13      17
 
 
35. Would you say that Chris Dodd has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  62%    42%    81%    58%    59%    65%
No                   32     55     15     35     37     29
DK/NA                 5      3      4      7      4      6
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Jul 23  May 27  Apr 02
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  62      56      50
No                   32      35      43
DK/NA                 5       9       7
 
 
36. Would you say that Chris Dodd shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  45%     9%    76%    38%    40%    49%
No                   49     88     20     51     54     44
DK/NA                 7      3      4     11      6      7
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  45      37
No                   49      48
DK/NA                 7      15
 
 
37. Would you say that Joe Lieberman is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  58%    82%    44%    60%    65%    53%
No                   35     13     51     33     31     39
DK/NA                 6      5      5      7      4      8
 
TREND: Would you say that Joseph Lieberman is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Jul 23  Aug 17  Apr 6
                     2009    2006    2005
 
Yes                  58      74      78
No                   35      20      13
DK/NA                 6       6       9
 
 
38. Would you say that Joe Lieberman has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  58%    77%    49%    57%    62%    54%
No                   38     19     49     39     35     41
DK/NA                 4      5      3      5      3      5
 
TREND: Would you say that Joseph Lieberman has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Jul 23  Aug 17  Apr 6
                     2009    2006    2005
 
Yes                  58      76      70
No                   38      20      26
DK/NA                 4       5       4
 
 
39. Would you say that Joe Lieberman shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  45%    60%    35%    44%    48%    42%
No                   47     31     59     44     44     49
DK/NA                 9      8      6     11      8      9
 
TREND: Would you say that Joseph Lieberman shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Jul 23  Aug 17  Apr 6
                     2009    2006    2005
 
Yes                  45      51      57
No                   47      39      30
DK/NA                 9       9      13
 
 
40. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              57%    17%    86%    56%    54%    60%
Disapprove           38     81     11     38     42     35
DK/NA                 5      2      4      7      3      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Jul 23  Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              57      62      63
Disapprove           38      27      21
DK/NA                 5      11      16
 
 
41. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Helped               36%     9%    58%    31%    35%    36%
Hurt                 22     53      4     20     26     20
No difference        38     36     33     45     37     39
DK/NA                 4      2      4      5      2      6
 
 
42. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Will help            54%    15%    83%    53%    51%    57%
Will hurt            29     66      6     27     35     24
No difference        12     13      9     15     11     13
DK/NA                 5      7      2      6      3      6
 
 
43. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Helped               14%     5%    25%    11%    14%    15%
Hurt                 18     40      6     18     20     17
No difference        66     54     67     70     66     66
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      2
 
 
44. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Will help            35%    10%    58%    31%    33%    37%
Will hurt            30     65      7     29     35     25
No difference        31     22     31     36     29     33
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      3      4
 
 
50. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  4      2      5      5      4      4
Not so good          47     41     58     43     49     46
Poor                 48     57     36     52     46     49
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?(*Combined low also 2% on Dec 17 2008)
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 23  Feb 11  Dec 17  Mar 27  Sep 30  Apr 23  Feb 11*
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2004    2001    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       -       -       1       4       -
Good                  4       2       2      11      36      57       2
Not so good          47      28      29      43      45      34      28
Poor                 48      69      68      45      18       5      69
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       -       1
 
 
51. Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -     1%      -
Good                 13     16     12     12     14     12
Not so good          57     56     61     56     57     57
Poor                 28     28     24     32     27     29
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      1      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 23  Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Apr 7   Dec 20  Feb 10
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2005    2001    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       -       1       2       3       -
Good                 13       6      11      29      43      51       6
Not so good          57      53      62      48      41      38      53
Poor                 28      39      26      22      12       7      39
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       2       1       1
 
 
52. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in Connecticut will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Get better           31%    23%    38%    32%    34%    29%
Get worse            20     24     15     20     21     19
Stay the same        46     50     45     45     43     48
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      2      4
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in Connecticut will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                                                             GET BETTER...
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 23  Jul 1   Apr 7   Nov 24  Nov 21  Nov 21  Jul 1
                     2009    2008    2005    2004    2003    2003    2008
 
Get better           31      12      22      31      38      38      12
Get worse            20      44      23      14      13      13      44
Stay the same        46      39      51      52      47      47      39
DK/NA                 3       5       4       3       2       2       5
 
 
53. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             4%     5%     5%     3%     6%     2%
Good                 52     56     49     52     54     50
Not so good          32     29     35     32     30     34
Poor                 11      8     10     12      9     12
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Jul 23  Feb 11  Dec 17  Dec 20  Apr 23
                     2009    2009    2008    2001    2001
 
Excellent             4       4       5      11      10
Good                 52      44      48      65      63
Not so good          32      35      34      18      20
Poor                 11      15      12       5       6
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       1
 
 
54. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Better off           20%    20%    25%    16%    23%    18%
Worse off            56     57     53     57     54     57
SAME(VOL)            23     23     21     26     22     24
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                             BETTER OFF....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 23  Feb 11  Dec 17  Jul 1   Apr 7   Nov 24  Feb 11
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2005    2004    2009
 
Better off           20      18      22      25      39      40      18
Worse off            56      60      58      60      35      32      60
Same                 23      21      18      14      25      26      21
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
55. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Get better           27%    20%    33%    27%    31%    25%
Get worse            16     22     11     17     15     16
Stay the same        54     54     54     54     53     55
DK/NA                 2      5      2      2      1      4
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Jul 23  Feb 11  Dec 17  Dec 20
                     2009    2009    2008    2001
 
Get better           27      24      25      33
Get worse            16      20      18       7
Stay the same        54      51      53      58
DK/NA                 2       5       4       2
 
 
56. Is the current economic situation a cause of stress in your life, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  57%    59%    58%    56%    54%    60%
No                   42     41     41     43     46     39
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1
 
 
57. (If YES q56) Is it a cause of serious stress, or stress, but not serious?
                     CAUSE OF STRESS Q56...................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Serious stress       33%    36%    30%    33%    28%    37%
Not serious          66     64     69     66     71     63
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
 
58. What is your biggest personal economic concern right now - food costs, healthcare costs, mortgage or rent payments, energy bills, credit card or loan payments, college tuition, retirement savings, or loss of a job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Loss of a job        18%    16%    20%    18%    20%    16%
Retirement savings   18     24     14     18     19     17
Healthcare costs     16     16     16     16     16     15
Mortgage/rent        11      9     12     12     11     12
College tuition      11     11     13      9      9     12
Energy bills          8      8      9      7      9      8
Credit card/loan      6      4      8      7      5      7
Food costs            3      2      2      3      2      3
DK/NA                 9     11      7     10      9      9
 
 
59. How concerned are you that you or someone in your family will lose their job in the next year or so - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very concerned       26%    24%    24%    28%    24%    27%
Smwht concerned      28     22     31     29     26     29
Not too concerned    24     31     25     21     26     22
Not concerned at all 19     22     18     18     21     17
HAVE LOST JOB(VOL)    2      1      2      3      2      3
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: How concerned are you that you or someone in your family will lose their job in the next year or so - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?
                     Jul 23  Dec 20
                     2009    2001
 
Very concerned       26      18
Smwht concerned      28      20
Not too concerned    24      28
Not concerned at all 19      34
HAVE LOST JOB(VOL)    2       -
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
60. When it comes to your current finances, would you say that you have enough money to save a little, enough to just cover your bills, or not enough to make ends meet?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Save                 43%    53%    37%    46%    49%    38%
Cover bills          42     37     46     40     40     44
Not enough           13     10     16     12      9     16
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      2
 
TREND: When it comes to your current finances, would you say that you have enough money to save a little, enough to just cover your bills, or not enough to make ends meet?
                     Jul 23  Aug 1
                     2009    2002
 
Save                 43      54
Cover bills          42      35
Not enough           13      10
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
61. Are you currently employed full time, employed part time, retired, not working but looking for a job or not working and not looking for a job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Employed Full Time   46%    49%    44%    44%    55%    38%
Employed Part time   15     12     15     19     11     18
Retired              23     27     19     24     21     24
Looking              10      7     13      8     10     10
Not looking           6      4      9      5      2     10
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Are you currently employed, employed part time, retired, not working but looking for a job or not working and not looking for a job?
                     Jul 23  Dec 17
                     2009    2008
 
Employed             46      54
Part time            15      10
Retired              23      23
Looking              10       5
Not looking           6       7
DK/NA                 1       2
 
 
62. (If employed Full or Part time q61) During the past 12 months, would you say you have felt more secure and confident that you can continue in your job as long as you want, or less secure and confident, or has there been no change?
                     EMPLOYED Q61..........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More secure          17%    19%    15%    18%    17%    18%
Less secure          36     29     39     38     37     35
No change            46     52     45     44     45     46
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
63. (If employed Full or Part time q61) During the past 12 months, have you received a pay increase, a pay cut, or has your pay stayed the same?
                     EMPLOYED Q61..........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Pay increase         31%    36%    32%    29%    33%    30%
Pay cut              17     16     18     18     16     18
Stayed the same      51     46     50     53     50     51
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      2      1