November 12, 2008 - Voters Say 'Yes We Can' With High Hopes For Obama, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Most Voters Say He Won't Cut Taxes

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American voters believe President-elect Barack Obama when he says, "Yes we can," and say 70 - 11 percent that the economy will get better in Obama's first term, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Even 50 percent of Republicans say things will get better. Voters also say 56 - 28 percent that Obama will restore public trust in government, and believe 69 - 22 percent that his election will lead to improved race relations, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

But voters say 54 - 34 percent that Obama will not cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. Their own taxes will go up, 45 percent say, while 15 percent say they will go down and 35 percent say they won't change.

Obama will be a great president, 28 percent of American voters say, while 34 percent say he will be a good president. Another 14 percent say he will be so-so and 8 percent say he will be a bad president.

"Americans have exceptionally high hopes for President-elect Barack Obama. More than one fourth of Americans think he'll be a great president and more than a third say he'll at least be good," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"But we're not optimistic that Obama can keep his core campaign promise to cut income taxes for 95 percent of Americans. More than half doubt he'll be able to do it.

"In the aftermath of electing the nation's first black President, Americans think race relations are pretty good and that, with Obama in the White House, they'll get better."

In an open-ended question, where voters can give any answer, 68 percent of Americans identify the economy, or related issues such as unemployment, as the single most important problem in the nation today. No other issue rises to double digits.

By a 67 - 19 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Obama. Voters give Michelle Obama a 50 - 17 percent favorability, with 31 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion. Vice President-elect Joe Biden gets a 50 - 23 percent favorability.

Looking at some specific steps for Obama, American voters say:
  • 60 - 36 percent that it's the government's responsibility to make sure everyone in the U.S. has adequate health care;
  • 44 - 29 percent, with 27 percent undecided, that he should not close the prison at Guantanamo;
  • 62 - 28 percent that he should negotiate personally with Iranian leaders to limit their nuclear program. Republicans split 46 - 47 percent on this issue;
  • 56 - 38 percent that the U.S. should keep troops in Iraq until the situation is stable, with no fixed withdrawal timetable.
"It's not all smooth sailing for the President-elect. Closing the Guantanamo Bay prison comes up negative," Carroll said. "And the party-line split that showed in the campaign persists on two big issues. Democrats want to get out of Iraq promptly; Republicans want to stay until the country is stabilized. Democrats think the government should provide health care for everyone; Republicans disagree."

In other expressions of the "Yes we can" spirit, American voters believe:
  • 62 - 27 percent that Obama will make the U.S. more energy independent;
  • 55 - 34 percent that he will be able to significantly improve education;
  • 50 - 40 percent that he will be able to provide health care coverage for most Americans who don't have it now;
  • 70 - 23 percent that he will be able to reach across party lines to get things done.
"Americans believe, 'Yes we can,' or at least 'Yes he can,'" Carroll said.

"Voters believe Obama will get America closer to energy independence; improve education; provide health care for the uninsured and, even in Washington's politically poisonous climate, be able to work successfully across party lines. Did anyone ask if he can part the waters?"

From November 6 -10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,210 registered voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 2.1 percentage points.

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

1. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?
                     Tot
 
Economy Total        68%
 Economy general     42
 Unemployment/jobs   15
 Stock market         4
 Cost of living       3
 Business leaving/
 Outsourcing          2
 Economy other        2
 
War (Iraq)            5%
 
Terrorism Total       3%
 Terrorism general    2
 Security/Safety      1
 
Energy crisis/ Gas
prices general        2%
 
Healthcare/
 Costs/Ins/HMO's      2%
 
Political corruption  1
EDUCATION general     1
Budget general        1
Taxes general         1
Lack of ethics/
 Morality             1
Lack of religion      1
Foreign affairs/
 policy general       1
 
Other                 5%
DK/NA                 2%
 
TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today? * Additional trend columns available.
                           Nov 12  Feb 22  Nov 22  Jun 1   Mar 2   Dec 6   Jul 24
                           2008    2007    2006    2006    2006    2005    2004
 
Economy Total              68%      9%      8%     12%     13%     16%     21%
 Economy general           42       3       5       7       6       7       9
 Unemployment/jobs         15       3       2       3       5       5      10
 Stock market               4       -       -       -       -       -       -
 Cost of living             3       1       -       1       1       1       -
 Businesses leaving/
  Outsourcing               2       2       1       1       1       2       2
 Economy other              2       -       -       -       -       -       -
 
War (Iraq)                  5%     36      31%     16%     23%     31%     25%
 
Terrorism/Security Tot      3%      6%      8%      6%     11%      7%     15%
 Terrorism general          2       4       5       4       7       5      11
 Security/Safety            1       2       3       2       4       2       4
 Terrorism other            -       -       -       -       -       -       -
 
Energy costs Total          2%      1%      2%      8%      5%      3%      -
Ethics/Values/Morality Tot  2%      4%      5%      4%      5%      5%      3%
Healthcare Total            2%      7%      5%      5%      6%      3%      5%
 
Education Total             1%      2%      2%      4%      2%      2%      1%
Foreign affairs/policy Tot  1%      7%      6%      3%      3%      2%      3%
Politicians/Campaigns Tot   1%      6%      6%      5%      8%      5%      4%
Taxes Total                 1%      1%      1%      1%      -       1%      -
 
Budget/Spending Total       1%      2%      2%      2%      1%      1%      1%
Crime Total                 -       1%      1%      1%      2%      1%      1%
Environment/Pollution       -       1       1       2       1       -       1
Immigration                 -       5       6%     11%      3%      4%      1
 
Other                       5       7       6       8       6       9       7
DK/NA                       2       1       2       3       4       3       3
 
 
2. Do you think Barack Obama will be a great president, a good president, a so so president, or a bad president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Great                28%     8%    47%    23%    23%    32%    23%    57%
Good                 34     26     39     36     34     34     33     34
So so                14     28      5     14     15     14     17      1
Bad                   8     18      1      7      9      7      9      1
DK/NA                16     21      8     19     19     13     17      8
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Great                33%    27%    25%    25%    36%
Good                 36     32     35     35     32
So so                16     14     13     15     12
Bad                   7      9      7      8      8
DK/NA                 8     17     20     17     13
 
 
3. Do you think that Barack Obama will or will not be able to restore public trust in government?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Restore              56%    25%    82%    53%    51%    60%    49%    90%
Will not restore     28     52      8     29     32     24     33      3
DK/NA                16     23     10     18     17     16     18      7
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Restore              63%    55%    53%    54%    61%
Will not restore     27     30     26     28     26
DK/NA                10     16     21     18     12
 
 
4. 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
 
Yes                  70%    45%    93%    67%    65%    75%    65%    96%
No                   22     42      4     25     26     19     26      3
DK/NA                 7     13      3      8      9      6      9      1
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  72%    70%    69%    69%    74%
No                   21     24     21     23     20
DK/NA                 6      6      9      8      6
 
 
5. Do you think of Barack Obama as more of a liberal, a moderate or a conservative?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Liberal              52%    81%    32%    53%    56%    49%    57%    32%
Moderate             30     13     44     29     28     31     28     39
Conservative          6      2     10      4      4      8      5     11
DK/NA                12      4     15     14     11     13     10     18
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Liberal              53%    52%    52%    51%    55%
Moderate             32     31     27     27     37
Conservative          5      6      7      8      1
DK/NA                10     11     14     14      6
 
 
6. By the end of Barack Obama's term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               70%    50%    88%    67%    71%    69%    67%    88%
Worse                11     23      1     11     12      9     13      1
Same                 14     22      7     16     13     16     16      5
DK/NA                 5      4      5      6      4      6      4      6
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Better               76%    67%    69%    68%    74%
Worse                 9     13     10     12      9
Same                 14     16     13     15     13
DK/NA                 2      4      8      5      4
 
 
7. Barack Obama has said that he will cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans, do you think he will be able to do this or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  34%    12%    57%    29%    30%    39%    27%    73%
No                   54     80     29     59     61     48     61     16
DK/NA                12      7     14     12     10     13     12     11
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  45%    33%    29%    34%    35%
No                   48     56     57     54     56
DK/NA                 8     11     14     12     10
 
 
8. Do you think that during Barack Obama's presidency the taxes that you pay will most likely go up, go down, or stay about the same.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Go Up                45%    72%    19%    51%    51%    39%    51%    15%
Go Down              15      3     28     11     13     17     10     44
Stay the same        35     22     46     33     31     39     34     31
DK/NA                 5      3      7      5      5      6      5     10
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Go Up                36%    50%    45%    44%    47%
Go Down              22     13     13     15     16
Stay the same        38     34     35     35     34
DK/NA                 3      4      8      6      3
 
 
9. Do you think race relations in the United States today are generally good or generally bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good                 64%    69%    61%    66%    67%    62%    67%    56%
Bad                  22     18     26     20     21     23     19     30
DK/NA                14     13     13     14     12     15     14     14
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Good                 63%    65%    65%    62%    70%
Bad                  26     23     18     24     18
DK/NA                11     12     17     14     13
 
 
10. Do you think that the election of Barak Obama as president will lead to improved race relations in the United States?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  69%    54%    83%    67%    68%    71%    66%    84%
No                   22     36     10     24     25     20     24     14
DK/NA                 9     10      7      9      8      9      9      3
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  75%    67%    69%    67%    74%
No                   19     25     21     24     19
DK/NA                 6      8     10      9      7
 
 
11. Do you think that President Obama will or will not be able to - make the United States more energy independent?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Will             62%    37%    83%    61%    62%    62%    59%    83%
No/Will not          27     51      8     29     31     24     31      9
DK/NA                10     12      9     10      7     14     10      8
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes/Will             66%    62%    60%    60%    67%
No/Will not          25     29     29     29     24
DK/NA                10      9     11     11      9
 
 
12. Do you think that President Obama will or will not be able to - significantly improve education in this country?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Will             55%    29%    80%    50%    48%    61%    48%    91%
No/Will not          34     58     12     38     40     29     40      4
DK/NA                11     14      8     11     11     10     12      4
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes/Will             62%    51%    54%    56%    53%
No/Will not          30     39     32     33     38
DK/NA                 8     10     14     11      9
 
 
13. Do you think that President Obama will or will not be able to - provide health care coverage for most Americans who don't have it now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Will             50%    25%    72%    47%    44%    56%    44%    85%
No/Will not          40     64     19     42     47     33     45      9
DK/NA                10     11      9     11      9     12     11      7
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes/Will             61%    46%    48%    50%    50%
No/Will not          35     44     38     39     41
DK/NA                 5     10     14     11      9
 
 
14. Do you think that President Obama will or will not be able to - reach across party lines to get things done?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Will             70%    44%    88%    73%    66%    73%    66%    94%
No/Will not          23     45      7     21     27     19     26      3
DK/NA                 7     11      5      6      7      7      8      3
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes/Will             71%    70%    69%    69%    71%
No/Will not          24     24     23     23     24
DK/NA                 5      7      8      8      6
 
 
15. Should President Obama close the Guantanamo Bay prison?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  29%    11%    43%    28%    30%    28%    29%    30%
No                   44     67     24     48     54     35     45     29
DK/NA                27     23     33     25     16     37     26     41
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  22%    29%    35%    24%    40%
No                   51     47     36     46     39
DK/NA                27     25     29     29     21
 
 
16. Should President Obama personally negotiate with the leaders of Iran to limit their nuclear program?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  62%    46%    77%    59%    58%    66%    58%    78%
No                   28     47     12     30     36     22     32     11
DK/NA                10      7     10     11      6     13      9     11
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  64%    62%    61%    63%    60%
No                   29     30     26     28     31
DK/NA                 6      8     13     10      9
 
 
17. Do you think the government will work better now that the President and the majority of Congress both belong to the same political party, or don't you think it will work better?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Will work better     60%    35%    86%    55%    56%    63%    55%    81%
Will NOT             32     59      8     37     37     28     38     10
DK/NA                 7      6      7      8      6      8      7      8
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Will work better     68%    58%    59%    59%    63%
Will NOT             27     34     33     34     29
DK/NA                 5      8      8      7      8
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Bush has handled his job as President during the last four years?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              23%    53%     3%    20%    24%    23%    26%     5%
Disapprove           71     40     94     74     71     72     68     88
DK/NA                 5      7      3      6      5      6      5      7
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              21%    24%    23%    25%    19%
Disapprove           75     72     70     69     77
DK/NA                 4      4      7      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President? * also 28% on 6/13/2007
                                                              Highest Lowest
                                                              Approve Approve
                     May 14  Oct 31  Aug 15   Jun 13  May 3   Dec 11  May 14
                     2008    2007    2007     2007    2007    2001    2008 *
 
Approve              28      35      29       28      35       83     28
Disapprove           67      59      64       65      60       11     67
DK/NA                 5       7       7        7       6        6      5
 
 
19. Overall, what kind of a president do you think George Bush has been - a great president, a good president, a so so president, or a bad president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Great                 3%     9%     -      2%     4%     3%     4%     -
Good                 22     49      5     19     21     24     26      6
So so                31     31     25     37     30     31     32     32
Bad                  42     10     68     40     43     41     38     57
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      2      1      1      5
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Great                 3%     4%     4%     4%     2%
Good                 19     23     23     24     17
So so                34     30     30     31     30
Bad                  44     43     40     39     50
DK/NA                 1      -      3      2      1
 
 
20. Is your opinion of -- Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            12%     4%    21%     9%    13%    11%    10%    21%
Unfavorable          21     36      7     25     28     15     25      4
Hvn't hrd enough     63     58     68     64     56     70     62     69
REFUSED               3      2      4      2      3      4      3      6
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            12%    12%    13%    10%    16%
Unfavorable          13     21     27     19     27
Hvn't hrd enough     72     65     56     67     53
REFUSED               3      3      4      3      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Harry Reid favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            12       9       9       7
Unfavorable          21      22      18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     63      68      71      75
REFUSED               3       2       2       1
 
 
21. Is your opinion of -- Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            26%     8%    45%    21%    26%    27%    24%    40%
Unfavorable          41     73     14     44     46     36     48     11
Hvn't hrd enough     31     19     38     33     26     35     27     44
REFUSED               2      -      3      2      2      2      2      5
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            26%    25%    30%    23%    35%
Unfavorable          28     44     46     39     44
Hvn't hrd enough     45     29     21     36     18
REFUSED               1      2      3      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Nancy Pelosi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Nov 12  Oct 31  May 25  Feb 21
                     2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            26      22      29      25
Unfavorable          41      35      29      31
Hvn't hrd enough     31      41      40      43
REFUSED               2       2       2       1
 
 
22. Is your opinion of -- Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            67%    35%    93%    66%    62%    71%    62%    97%
Unfavorable          19     42      2     19     22     17     23      1
Hvn't hrd enough     11     18      4     12     13      9     12      1
REFUSED               3      6      1      3      3      3      3      1
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            73%    65%    66%    64%    73%
Unfavorable          19     21     18     20     17
Hvn't hrd enough      5     11     13     12      8
REFUSED               2      3      3      4      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  May 14  Oct 31  Aug 15  Jun 13  May 3   Feb 21
                     2007    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            67      49      50      48      48      46      44
Unfavorable          19      33      26      22      21      18      14
Hvn't hrd enough     11      15      21      28      29      34      40
REFUSED               3       3       2       3       2       2       1
 
 
23. Is your opinion of -- Michelle Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            50%    23%    73%    47%    43%    56%    44%    81%
Unfavorable          17     33      4     16     18     15     19      2
Hvn't hrd enough     31     39     22     34     36     26     34     16
REFUSED               3      5      1      2      3      3      3      1
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            54%    48%    49%    47%    58%
Unfavorable          15     17     17     18     14
Hvn't hrd enough     30     31     31     33     26
REFUSED               1      3      2      3      2
 
 
24. Is your opinion of -- Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            50%    23%    73%    51%    50%    51%    46%    75%
Unfavorable          23     50      4     22     26     21     27      4
Hvn't hrd enough     25     25     22     26     22     27     25     21
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            55%    46%    52%    46%    60%
Unfavorable          18     25     26     23     23
Hvn't hrd enough     28     27     20     29     15
REFUSED               -      2      2      2      2
 
 
25. Is your opinion of -- Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            34%    52%    19%    38%    36%    32%    38%    17%
Unfavorable          20     13     26     20     24     17     20     15
Hvn't hrd enough     43     34     53     40     37     48     39     62
REFUSED               3      2      2      2      3      3      2      6
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            28%    35%    37%    33%    38%
Unfavorable          18     22     19     16     29
Hvn't hrd enough     53     40     40     48     31
REFUSED               1      3      4      3      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Oct 31  Aug 15  Jun 13  May 3   Feb 21
                     2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Favorable            34      28      20      18      17      17
Unfavorable          20      25      22      20      16      15
Hvn't hrd enough     43      45      55      60      65      67
REFUSED               3       2       2       2       2       1
 
 
26. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            55%    16%    89%    51%    50%    59%    49%    83%
Unfavorable          35     76      5     35     42     29     42      6
Hvn't hrd enough      6      4      4      8      4      7      5      8
REFUSED               4      4      2      5      4      5      4      3
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            61%    51%    55%    54%    57%
Unfavorable          30     37     36     36     35
Hvn't hrd enough      6      6      4      7      3
REFUSED               2      5      5      4      5
 
 
27. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            36%    77%     9%    33%    35%    36%    40%    13%
Unfavorable          52     18     79     52     56     49     49     64
Hvn't hrd enough      7      2      9      8      5      9      5     15
REFUSED               5      3      4      6      5      6      5      8
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Favorable            36%    37%    34%    37%    32%
Unfavorable          51     53     54     49     60
Hvn't hrd enough      9      5      7      9      3
REFUSED               5      5      6      5      5
 
 
29. Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Right thing          36%    75%     9%    36%    41%    32%    42%    11%
Wrong thing          58     22     86     57     54     61     53     82
DK/NA                 6      3      6      7      4      7      5      7
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Right thing          41%    38%    32%    38%    32%
Wrong thing          54     58     62     55     65
DK/NA                 5      4      6      7      3
 
TREND: Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Right   Right
                     Nov 12  May 14  Oct 31  Aug 16  Jun 13  Sep 17  May 14
                     2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2003    2008
 
Right                36      33      38      35      37      58      33
Wrong                58      62      55      59      57      37      62
DK/NA                 6       5       6       6       7       5       5
 
 
30. What would you prefer President Obama do about the war in Iraq - A) Begin immediately a withdrawal of American troops, with a fixed date to have them all out within 18 months. OR B) Keep troops in Iraq until the situation is more stable, and then begin to withdraw them, without a fixed date for full withdrawal.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Begin immediate
 withdrawal/18 mos   38%    13%    56%    39%    35%    41%    33%    58%
Stay until stable/
 No fixed dates      56     84     36     55     59     53     61     33
DK/NA                 6      2      7      6      6      6      5     10
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Begin immediate
 withdrawal/18 mos   45%    37%    35%    37%    40%
Stay until stable/
 No fixed dates      51     58     57     57     54
DK/NA                 4      5      9      6      6
 
 
31. Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure that everyone in the United States has adequate health-care, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  60%    34%    84%    56%    56%    64%    55%    84%
No                   36     63     12     39     40     32     41     10
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      4      4      4      6
 
                                          EDUCATION.....
                     AGE IN YEARS......   Nocoll College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Yes                  62%    60%    60%    60%    61%
No                   35     36     35     35     37
DK/NA                 3      4      5      5      2
 
TREND: Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure that everyone in the United States has adequate health care, or don't you think so?
                     Nov 12  May 15  Nov 1   Feb 22
                     2008    2008    2007    2007
 
Yes                  60      61      57      64
No                   36      35      38      31
DK/NA                 4       4       5       4