March 7, 2013 - Clinton, Christie Lead The Pack In Early Look At 2016, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 88% Support For Universal Gun Background Checks

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Hillary Clinton would defeat three potential Republican presidential candidates if the 2016 presidential election were held today, with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie second in a field of three Democrats and three Republicans selected by Quinnipiac University for a national poll released today.

Vice President Joseph Biden and New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not fare nearly as well, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

The Republicans tested also include Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Clinton wins easily against any of the Republicans, topping Christie 45 - 37 percent; leading Rubio 50 - 34 percent and besting Ryan 50 - 38 percent.

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would start a 2016 presidential campaign with enormous advantages," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "She obviously is by far the best known and her more than 20 years in the public spotlight allows her to create a very favorable impression on the American people. But it is worth noting that she had very good poll numbers in 2006 looking toward the 2008 election, before she faced a relative unknown in Barack Obama."

Christie gets 43 percent to Vice President Biden's 40 percent and tops Cuomo 45 - 28 percent.

Biden tops Rubio 45 - 38 percent and gets 45 percent to Ryan's 42 percent.

Ryan tops Cuomo 42 - 37 percent while Cuomo and Rubio are tied 37 - 37 percent.

"Although some Republicans don't think New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is conservative enough for their taste, he runs best of the three Republicans tested and would defeat two of the top Democrats," Brown said. "He obviously is doing better than the Democrats' rising star, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, despite other indications of anti-Republican sentiment."

The Democratic edge is seen in the poll finding that voters disapprove of the job Democrats in Congress are doing 60 - 32 percent, compared to an overwhelming 71 - 20 percent disapproval for Republicans in Congress.

"The Republican brand is not doing very well these days," said Brown.

The difference between the showing by Mrs. Clinton, Biden and Cuomo shows in her ability and their inability to attract independent voters. For instance, Mrs. Clinton ties Christie 36 - 36 percent among independents while Biden trails Christie 44 - 32 percent among those voters. Cuomo trails Christie 47 - 20 percent among independent voters.

President Barack Obama has a 45 - 46 percent job approval, virtually unchanged from last month's 46 - 45 percent score, but down from his post-election high of 53 - 40 percent in December. The gender gap continues to mark the president's ratings, with women approving 48 - 42 percent, while men disapprove 51 - 41 percent.

The good news for Obama is that voters trust him slightly more on several issues than they do congressional Republicans. They give him the advantage 44 - 40 percent on handling the economy, 46 - 41 percent on handling health care and 45 - 40 percent on handling immigration. Republicans have the trust of 44 percent of voters on gun policy, compared to 42 percent for the president, and 43 percent for handling the budget deficit, compared to 41 percent for Obama.

By an 88 - 10 percent margin, including 85 - 13 percent among voters in households with guns, American voters support background checks for all gun buyers. Voters also support 54 - 41 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons and back 54 - 42 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds.

From February 27 - March 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,944 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 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 and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information or RSS feed, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. 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              45%     9%    85%    35%    41%    48%    37%    89%    60%
Disapprove           46     87     10     52     51     42     55      7     27
DK/NA                 9      4      5     13      7     10      8      4     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              45%    33%    28%    35%    35%    39%    20%    39%    40%
Disapprove           50     57     65     58     58     52     72     53     50
DK/NA                 5      9      7      7      7      9      8      8     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              50%    43%    49%    43%    46%    45%    43%    48%
Disapprove           44     48     41     48     51     42     50     46
DK/NA                 6     10     10      9      3     13      7      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
                     Mar 07  Feb 08  Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 19  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2009*   2011
 
Approve              45      46      53      45      47      59      41
Disapprove           46      45      40      49      48      31      55
DK/NA                 9       9       8       6       5      10       4
 
 
2. 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              32%     7%    64%    22%    26%    38%    26%    65%    44%
Disapprove           60     90     28     69     68     52     67     27     47
DK/NA                 8      2      8      9      6     10      7      8      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              30%    24%    21%    23%    22%    30%    16%    27%    27%
Disapprove           67     67     74     69     74     60     79     65     62
DK/NA                 3      9      4      8      4     10      6      7     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%    31%    36%    30%    32%    29%    34%    33%
Disapprove           61     59     55     63     65     60     59     61
DK/NA                 5     10      9      7      4     11      7      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
                     Mar 07  Feb 08  Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 19  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2009    2011*
 
Approve              32      33      37      29      27      45      24
Disapprove           60      59      54      62      63      45      69
DK/NA                 8       9       9       8      10      10       7
 
 
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              20%    38%     9%    17%    21%    19%    21%    11%    26%
Disapprove           71     53     85     72     72     69     70     84     65
DK/NA                 9      9      6     11      7     12      9      5      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              15%    24%    23%    26%    22%    20%    28%    20%    22%
Disapprove           80     65     69     65     73     67     63     71     67
DK/NA                 5     11      8      9      6     12      9      8     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              16%    22%    20%    21%    19%    20%    21%    20%
Disapprove           79     67     71     74     73     69     69     74
DK/NA                 6     11      9      6      8     11     10      6
 
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, **Low also 19% Nov 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 07  Feb 08  Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 19  Mar 31  Feb 08
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2011*   2013**
 
Approve              20      19      23      24      23      34      19
Disapprove           71      72      69      68      66      55      72
DK/NA                 9       8       8       8      11      11       8
 
 
4. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Clinton              45%    12%    83%    36%    38%    51%    38%    79%    62%
Christie             37     74      9     36     41     32     44      9     23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      -      5      5      1      4      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      1      5      5      2      3      1      5
DK/NA                12      8      7     18     10     14     11     11     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Clinton              42%    36%    33%    33%    33%    44%    25%    40%    41%
Christie             46     43     49     49     48     40     56     44     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      3      1      6      2      3      3      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      3      4      5      2      5      3      6
DK/NA                 8     12     12     13      9     13     12     10     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Clinton              46%    44%    53%    42%    40%    47%    41%    48%
Christie             40     35     30     40     46     29     44     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      2      1      5      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      3      6      4      5      4      3
DK/NA                 9     13     11      9      9     13      9     12
 
 
5. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Marco Rubio the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Clinton              50%    11%    87%    44%    43%    56%    44%    85%    60%
Rubio                34     76      6     32     41     28     41      5     24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      4      4      1      2      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      5      4      2      3      -      3
DK/NA                11     10      6     14      8     13     10     10     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Clinton              48%    42%    37%    41%    37%    50%    28%    46%    46%
Rubio                40     41     48     44     47     35     59     39     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1      1      4      1      2      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      2      2      4      1      3      2      4
DK/NA                 8     11     11     12      8     13      9     11     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Clinton              53%    49%    53%    47%    51%    52%    49%    51%
Rubio                36     34     29     38     40     26     38     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      3      1      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      3      3      2      5      2      2
DK/NA                 8     12     12      9      6     13      9     10
 
 
6. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Paul Ryan the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Clinton              50%    10%    89%    44%    43%    56%    43%    89%    69%
Ryan                 38     81      5     38     44     32     46      4     21
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      1      4      4      1      3      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      4      3      2      2      1      1
DK/NA                 7      6      4     11      6      9      7      6      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Clinton              49%    40%    35%    41%    36%    49%    26%    46%    45%
Ryan                 42     47     55     47     52     40     65     42     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      1      4      2      3      2      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      2      2      1      1      2      3
DK/NA                 4      8      7     10      5      8      6      8      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Clinton              53%    49%    54%    49%    50%    51%    48%    53%
Ryan                 37     38     33     41     41     37     42     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      2      1      3      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      2      2      2      1      2
DK/NA                 5      8      8      6      6      7      6      8
 
 
7. (Split Sample A) If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
                                                                         
Biden                40%     5%    74%    32%    39%    42%    32%    75%
Christie             43     84     16     44     45     41     52     12
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      1      6      4      2      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      4      1      5      8      2      5      2
DK/NA                 9      4      8     13      4     14      9      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Biden                37%    29%    24%    26%    29%    33%    17%    30%    34%
Christie             53     51     62     55     54     49     68     51     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      3      1      4      2      4      3      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      6      4      4      9      1      5      3      8
DK/NA                 6     10      7     14      4     14      6     12     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Biden                42%    39%    47%    37%    37%    43%    41%    40%
Christie             46     42     35     48     54     35     47     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      4      -      4      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      6      5      4      3      7      4      3
DK/NA                 7     10     10      6      6     11      6      9
 
 
8. (Split Sample A) If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Marco Rubio the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk 
                                                                          
Biden                45%     8%    80%    36%    44%    46%    37%    83%
Rubio                38     83      7     39     42     35     46      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      5      3      1      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      2      6      6      2      3      3
DK/NA                11      6     10     14      5     16     11     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Biden                43%    33%    27%    34%    34%    39%    20%    38%    40%
Rubio                46     46     58     54     51     42     65     46     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      1      4      2      2      4      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      3      2      6      1      4      2      5
DK/NA                 7     13     10      9      5     17      8     11      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Biden                51%    42%    46%    42%    50%    40%    48%    47%
Rubio                38     39     33     43     44     34     37     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      3      -      4      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      5      6      4      1      8      3      2
DK/NA                 7     12     11      8      5     14     10      9
 
 
9. (Split Sample A) If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Paul Ryan the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk 
                                                                          
Biden                45%     5%    84%    36%    44%    47%    38%    79%
Ryan                 42     88      9     45     44     40     50     11
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      -      5      3      2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1      3      4      3      3      1
DK/NA                 7      4      6     10      4     10      7      8
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Biden                45%    33%    28%    35%    36%    39%    21%    37%    40%
Ryan                 47     51     61     56     53     47     69     50     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      -      3      2      3      3      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      2      2      4      2      1      2      4
DK/NA                 3      9      7      6      4     10      6      8      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Biden                53%    42%    46%    47%    50%    44%    47%    47%
Ryan                 40     43     38     44     46     40     44     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      4      3      -      3      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      3      3      1      4      2      2
DK/NA                 3      9      9      3      2      9      5      8
 
 
10. (Split Sample B) If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk   
                                                                            
Cuomo                28%     4%    61%    20%    24%    32%    23%    69%
Christie             45     78     19     47     49     41     52     18
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      2      4      5      1      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      2      5      3      4      4      1
DK/NA                20     13     17     25     19     21     19     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Cuomo                29%    20%    18%    20%    22%    24%    15%    21%    29%
Christie             56     50     53     64     54     49     60     55     47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      3      1      5      1      2      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      4      1      3      4      5      3      4
DK/NA                11     22     22     14     16     22     18     19     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Cuomo                30%    27%    32%    31%    27%    30%    26%    31%
Christie             53     42     39     48     53     37     51     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      4      2      2      6      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      4      3      5      3      5      3
DK/NA                12     23     21     16     14     25     16     18
 
 
11. (Split Sample B) If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Marco Rubio the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk 
                                                                          
Cuomo                37%     6%    74%    30%    32%    41%    32%    72%
Rubio                37     78      6     36     43     32     44      6
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      4      3      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      3      4      5      5      4      4      1
DK/NA                19     13     14     26     16     23     18     20
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Cuomo                41%    28%    26%    30%    30%    34%    18%    35%    36%
Rubio                45     43     48     50     48     39     58     42     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      2      -      3      1      2      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      5      4      3      6      2      3      5      6
DK/NA                10     22     20     16     13     24     19     18     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Cuomo                43%    34%    38%    44%    38%    35%    35%    41%
Rubio                42     36     32     39     44     33     43     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      4      1      1      4      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      5      5      4      6      7      4      3
DK/NA                12     22     22     13     13     21     17     19
 
 
12. (Split Sample B) If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Paul Ryan the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  
                                                                           
Cuomo                37%     7%    74%    30%    33%    40%    33%    73%
Ryan                 42     82     11     42     47     37     49      7
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      3      3      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      3      3      2      2      1
DK/NA                16      9     12     22     13     19     14     18
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Cuomo                46%    27%    26%    30%    31%    35%    19%    36%    33%
Ryan                 42     52     57     53     52     45     66     46     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      1      3      1      1      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      3      3      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                 8     17     15     14     11     17     12     16     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Cuomo                48%    33%    38%    41%    40%    36%    35%    40%
Ryan                 39     44     39     45     43     44     46     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2      1      2      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      2      4      2      2      3
DK/NA                 8     20     19     11     11     15     15     17
 
 
13. 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        2%     1%     4%     1%     2%     2%     1%     6%     6%
Smwht satisfied      23      9     41     19     22     24     18     47     40
Smwht dissatisfied   28     21     36     26     27     28     28     34     22
Very dissatisfied    46     70     19     54     47     45     52     14     33
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      1      1      1      -      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Very satisfied        1%     2%     2%     -      2%     1%     1%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      18     18     14     19     16     19     11     20     18
Smwht dissatisfied   35     25     25     30     28     28     23     29     26
Very dissatisfied    47     55     58     50     53     51     65     49     52
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very satisfied        1%     3%     3%     1%     2%     2%     1%     3%
Smwht satisfied      23     23     24     21     27     26     25     21
Smwht dissatisfied   33     26     31     30     25     35     24     27
Very dissatisfied    43     47     42     47     46     36     49     49
DK/NA                 -      1      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
                     Mar 07  Feb 08  Dec 06  Jul 11  Apr 20  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       3       3       4       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      23      28      32      25      28      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   28      28      26      29      29      19      38
Very dissatisfied    46      40      38      41      40      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
14. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                44%     7%    85%    36%    40%    48%    37%    87%    61%
Reps in Congress     40     85      7     42     44     37     48      6     24
DK/NA                15      8      8     23     16     15     15      8     16
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                45%    33%    29%    34%    34%    39%    20%    39%    41%
Reps in Congress     46     50     56     54     51     46     66     46     40
DK/NA                 9     18     14     12     15     15     15     15     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                49%    42%    47%    43%    46%    45%    43%    46%
Reps in Congress     41     40     34     46     44     38     43     40
DK/NA                10     18     18     11     10     16     14     14
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (* Low also 41% Jul 2010, Jun 2011)
                                                             OBAMA.........
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 07  Feb 11  Apr 20  Feb 23  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011*
 
Obama                44      47      43      46      44      48      41
Reps in Congress     40      41      43      41      41      39      43
DK/NA                15      12      15      13      15      12      16
 
 
15. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the federal budget deficit, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                41%     8%    81%    30%    37%    45%    33%    86%    59%
Reps in Congress     43     85      9     47     46     40     52      5     30
DK/NA                16      8     10     23     17     15     15      9     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                42%    29%    28%    28%    30%    36%    19%    34%    36%
Reps in Congress     47     54     58     58     54     50     67     50     44
DK/NA                11     17     13     14     16     14     14     15     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                46%    39%    45%    40%    42%    41%    40%    44%
Reps in Congress     42     44     37     46     49     41     47     41
DK/NA                12     17     18     13      9     18     13     15
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the federal budget deficit, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (*the budget deficit)
                                                     BIN LADEN DEATH
                                                     Post    Pre
                     Mar 07  Feb 11  Feb 23  Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 3
                     2013    2013    2012    2011    2011*   2011*   2011*
 
Obama                41      44      44      39      42      42      43
Reps in Congress     43      42      46      46      44      46      46
DK/NA                16      15      10      15      14      11      11
 
 
16. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                46%     8%    85%    37%    42%    49%    38%    88%    64%
Reps in Congress     41     84      9     43     45     38     49      6     24
DK/NA                13      8      7     20     13     13     13      6     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                49%    32%    30%    34%    35%    40%    19%    40%    43%
Reps in Congress     43     52     57     54     52     47     67     47     41
DK/NA                 8     15     13     12     13     13     14     13     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                53%    42%    49%    45%    46%    43%    44%    49%
Reps in Congress     38     43     35     46     47     44     44     38
DK/NA                 9     15     16     10      7     12     12     13
 
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (*Low also 42% Jan 2010 & Mar 2010)
                                                             BETTER PRES...
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 07  Feb 11  Mar 03  Nov 17  Apr 21  Jul 1   Apr 21
                     2013    2013    2011    2010    2010    2009    2010*
 
Obama                46      48      46      44      42      53      42
Reps in Congress     41      40      43      45      39      33      39
DK/NA                13      12      12      10      19      14      19
 
 
17. Who do you trust to do a better job handling gun policy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                42%    10%    79%    33%    36%    48%    35%    83%    55%
Reps in Congress     44     82     11     50     51     38     51     10     37
DK/NA                14      8     10     17     13     14     14      7      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                48%    29%    29%    37%    31%    40%    20%    38%    35%
Reps in Congress     44     55     60     49     56     46     70     47     48
DK/NA                 8     16     12     14     13     14     10     15     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......  Gun
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+  HsHld
 
Obama                51%    38%    44%    41%    47%    34%    41%    50%    25%
Reps in Congress     40     46     39     51     44     52     47     38     62
DK/NA                 9     15     16      8      9     14     12     13     14
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling gun policy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Mar 07  Feb 07
                     2013    2013
 
Obama                42      45
Reps in Congress     44      43
DK/NA                14      12
 
 
18. Who do you trust to do a better job handling immigration, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                45%    10%    80%    40%    41%    49%    38%    78%    67%
Reps in Congress     40     83     10     39     44     37     48     12     20
DK/NA                15      7     10     21     15     14     14     10     14
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                50%    32%    30%    35%    34%    41%    21%    39%    41%
Reps in Congress     39     52     56     51     50     46     66     47     44
DK/NA                11     16     14     13     15     13     13     14     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                53%    41%    45%    46%    49%    50%    41%    45%
Reps in Congress     36     42     37     43     42     36     45     40
DK/NA                11     17     18     11      9     14     13     15
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling immigration, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                    Mar 07  Feb 07
                    2013    2013
 
Obama               45       46
Reps in Congress    40       41
DK/NA               15       13
 
 
19. Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              51%    24%    79%    46%    45%    57%    47%    69%    66%
Oppose               42     68     17     48     50     35     47     25     29
DK/NA                 7      8      4      6      5      8      6      5      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              55%    43%    41%    50%    41%    53%    30%    52%    47%
Oppose               41     49     53     43     54     40     63     41     45
DK/NA                 4      8      6      6      5      8      7      6      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......  Gun
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+  HsHld
 
Support              59%    47%    52%    48%    57%    42%    51%    58%    35%
Oppose               36     45     41     47     39     51     44     35     59
DK/NA                 5      7      7      5      4      8      5      6      6
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?
                     Mar 07  Feb 07  Jul 17
                     2013    2013    2008
 
Support              51      52      54
Oppose               42      43      40
DK/NA                 7       5       5
 
 
20. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              54%    34%    77%    48%    44%    63%    51%    74%    56%
Oppose               41     59     20     46     52     30     44     22     37
DK/NA                 6      6      4      6      4      7      6      4      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              58%    47%    48%    53%    41%    61%    40%    55%    49%
Oppose               39     46     47     40     55     32     55     39     45
DK/NA                 3      7      6      7      4      7      5      6      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......  Gun
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+  HsHld
 
Support              60%    51%    56%    48%    60%    40%    51%    65%    39%
Oppose               37     42     38     49     36     54     46     28     56
DK/NA                 4      7      6      3      4      6      4      7      5
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                     Mar 07  Feb 07
                     2013    2013
 
Support              54      56
Oppose               41      39
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
21. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              54%    33%    76%    48%    47%    60%    51%    73%    57%
Oppose               42     62     22     46     50     34     44     23     39
DK/NA                 5      6      3      5      3      6      5      4      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              59%    47%    48%    53%    43%    58%    41%    56%    48%
Oppose               38     47     46     43     53     36     55     40     47
DK/NA                 3      6      6      3      3      6      5      4      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......  Gun
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+  HsHld
 
Support              60%    51%    56%    48%    61%    44%    49%    64%    38%
Oppose               37     44     39     50     37     53     46     31     59
DK/NA                 3      6      5      2      2      3      4      5      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?
                     Mar 07  Feb 07
                     2013    2013
 
Support              54      56
Oppose               42      40
DK/NA                 5       4
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              88%    83%    96%    88%    85%    91%    89%    88%    88%
Oppose               10     15      3     10     13      6     10     10      9
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      3      1      2      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              89%    89%    86%    91%    85%    93%    82%    93%    86%
Oppose               10      9     12      9     14      5     15      6     12
DK/NA                 1      2      2      -      1      2      2      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......  Gun
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+  HsHld
 
Support              89%    88%    89%    89%    91%    85%    90%    91%    85%
Oppose                9     10      9     11      8     13      9      7     13
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -      1      2      1      2      2
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                     Mar 07  Feb 07
                     2013    2013
 
Support              88      92
Oppose               10       7
DK/NA                 2       1
 
 

Demographic Summary