September 26, 2007 - Clinton, Giuliani Neck And Neck In New Jersey Pres Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More See Giuliani As More Principled Than Democrat

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New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican front-runner, are locked in a tight 2008 presidential matchup in New Jersey, with 45 percent for Mayor Giuliani and 44 percent for Sen. Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 47 - 44 percent Giuliani lead July 5.

New Jersey voters say 56 - 27 percent that Giuliani makes decisions based on his principles rather than on what the voters think is best. Voters say 42 - 41 percent that Clinton votes based on voter opinion rather than her principles, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University poll finds.

In a Democratic primary matchup, Clinton has opened up at 46 - 15 percent lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, with 11 percent for former Vice President Al Gore and 7 percent for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.

Among Republicans, Giuliani leads with 45 percent, followed by 12 percent for former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, 8 percent for Arizona Sen. John McCain and 6 percent for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"New Jersey voters say Sen. Hillary Clinton is more 'political,' while Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is more 'principled.' But Sen. Clinton has been gaining steadily on the Republican front- runner," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"She also has increased her primary lead over Sen. Barack Obama to more than 30 points.

"Giuliani is also up about 30 points in the race for the GOP nomination and it's going to be hard for any other candidates to beat the two New Yorkers in the Garden State."

"Just as important for Sen. Clinton, her positives among all voters are slowly inching up while her negatives are inching down, a shift that could prove important in the general election," Richards added.

In other presidential matchups:
  • Clinton tops McCain 46 - 41 percent, Thompson 48 - 36 percent and Romney 52 - 33 percent;
  • Giuliani beats Obama 49 - 40 percent and Edwards 50 - 39 percent;
  • Obama tops McCain 44 - 41 percent, Thompson 49 - 34 percent and Romney 51 - 31 percent;
  • Edwards beats McCain 44 - 40 percent, Thompson 48 - 34 percent and Romney 51 - 30 percent.
New Jersey voters give Clinton a 51 - 41 percent favorability rating. Favorability ratings for other contenders are:
  • 61 - 29 percent for Giuliani;
  • 47 - 28 percent for McCain;
  • 47 - 41 percent for Gore;
  • 50 - 23 percent for Obama;
  • 47 - 27 percent for Edwards;
  • Negative 22 - 27 percent for Romney;
  • 26 - 20 percent for Thompson.
Bush Approval

New Jersey voters disapprove 68 - 27 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing, compared to an all-time low 74 - 21 percent disapproval July 5.

From September 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,230 New Jersey voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. The survey includes 408 Republicans, with a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percentage points, and 406 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for research. For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x271.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. (If registered Democrat) If the 2008 Democratic primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Al Gore, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson for whom would you vote?

                        Tot     Men     Wom


Biden 3% 5% 1% Clinton 46 35 53 Dodd - 1 - Edwards 7 10 5 Gore 11 12 9 Gravel - - - Kucinich 1 1 - Obama 15 17 13 Richardson 1 2 1 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 3 2 DK/NA 12 12 12

TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2008 Democratic primary for President were being held today and the candidates were Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Al Gore, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson, for whom would you vote? (na = not asked)

                        REGISTERED DEMOCRATS..................
                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Biden 3 2 3 3 6 Clark na na 1 1 2 Clinton 46 37 38 41 30 Dodd - 1 - - - Edwards 7 6 9 5 8 Gore 11 18 12 10 11 Gravel - - - na na Kucinich 1 - - 1 - Obama 15 15 16 19 16 Richardson 1 4 2 1 1 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 2 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 2 - 2 1 DK/NA 12 13 16 15 17



2. (If registered Republican) If the 2008 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Sam Brownback, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson for whom would you vote?

                        Tot    Men     Wom


Brownback - - - Gingrich 4% 7% 2% Giuliani 45 45 46 Huckabee 2 2 3 Hunter - - 0 McCain 8 6 10 Paul 3 5 - Romney 6 7 5 Tancredo - - - Thompson, F. 12 14 10 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 3 2 DK/NA 14 9 20

TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2008 Republican primary for President were being held today and the candidates were Sam Brownback, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, and Fred Thompson, for whom would you vote? (na = not asked)

                        REGISTERED REPUBLICANS................
                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Brownback - 1 1 - 1 Gilmore na - - 1 1 Gingrich 4 6 4 5 11 Giuliani 45 46 49 58 39 Hagel na na - 1 1 Huckabee 2 1 - - 1 Hunter - - - - 1 McCain 8 11 18 15 21 Pataki na na 2 1 3 Paul 3 1 - - na Romney 6 7 5 2 5 Tancredo - - 1 1 na Thompson, F. 12 9 6 na na Thompson, T. na 1 1 - - SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 4 1 2 3 DK/NA 14 12 10 10 13



3. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Rudy Giuliani the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Clinton 44% 7% 84% 37% 38% 50% Giuliani 45 88 12 47 50 41 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - 2 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 - 1 4 3 2 DK/NA 7 4 3 9 6 7

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Rudy Giuliani the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Clinton 44 44 40 41 41 Giuliani 45 47 49 50 48 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 2 2 2 DK/NA 7 6 8 6 8



4. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Rudy Giuliani the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Obama 40% 6% 73% 36% 36% 44% Giuliani 49 88 20 49 54 45 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 1 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 1 3 6 4 3 DK/NA 7 5 4 8 6 8

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Rudy Giuliani the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1
                        2007    2007    2007    2007


Obama 40 40 38 39 Giuliani 49 48 48 50 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 2 2 2 DK/NA 7 7 10 9



5. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were John Edwards the Democrat and Rudy Giuliani the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Edwards 39% 5% 71% 38% 35% 42% Giuliani 50 90 20 47 55 44 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - 1 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 1 4 4 3 3 DK/NA 7 4 4 9 5 9



6. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Clinton 46% 10% 84% 40% 38% 53% McCain 41 83 8 42 47 35 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 1 2 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 2 3 8 6 3 DK/NA 7 4 3 9 6 7

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1 Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Clinton 46 47 45 45 43 McCain 41 41 41 45 44 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 2 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 3 2 2 2 DK/NA 7 7 9 6 10



7. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Obama 44% 9% 79% 38% 40% 47% McCain 41 81 12 41 46 37 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 2 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 4 3 8 6 4 DK/NA 9 6 5 12 7 10

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Obama 44 44 43 45 39 McCain 41 40 41 41 42 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 2 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 4 3 2 2 DK/NA 9 9 11 10 15



8. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were John Edwards the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Edwards 44% 9% 79% 41% 39% 49% McCain 40 80 10 40 47 34 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 1 2 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 3 5 7 6 5 DK/NA 9 5 5 11 7 10

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today and the candidates were John Edwards the Democrat and John McCain the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Apr 19  Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007


Edwards 44 42 39 McCain 40 41 45 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 3 2 DK/NA 9 11 12



9. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Fred Thompson the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Clinton 48% 11% 88% 42% 40% 57% Thompson 36 79 4 35 42 30 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 1 3 5 5 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 2 3 7 6 3 DK/NA 8 8 3 11 8 9

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Fred Thompson the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5
                        2007    2007


Clinton 48 50 Thompson 36 37 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 3 DK/NA 8 9



10. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Fred Thompson the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Obama 49% 12% 83% 46% 44% 53% Thompson 34 75 6 29 40 28 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 3 3 8 5 5 DK/NA 11 9 6 15 9 13

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Fred Thompson the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5
                        2007    2007


Obama 49 49 Thompson 34 32 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 4 DK/NA 11 13



11. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were John Edwards the Democrat and Fred Thompson the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Edwards 48% 15% 78% 46% 40% 55% Thompson 34 72 8 31 43 26 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 2 3 2 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 3 4 8 5 5 DK/NA 11 9 7 13 9 13



12. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Clinton 52% 14% 89% 47% 45% 58% Romney 33 75 3 32 39 27 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 2 2 5 4 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 2 3 8 6 4 DK/NA 7 7 3 9 6 9

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Apr 19  Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007


Clinton 52 50 53 Romney 33 31 29 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 3 3 DK/NA 7 12 13



13. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Obama 51% 16% 82% 50% 48% 54% Romney 31 71 4 27 37 26 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 2 3 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 3 2 8 5 5 DK/NA 11 9 9 13 8 14

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Apr 19
                        2007    2007


Obama 51 50 Romney 31 26 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 4 DK/NA 11 17



14. If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were John Edwards the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Edwards 51% 15% 84% 51% 46% 56% Romney 30 70 4 25 36 23 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 - 4 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 6 3 5 9 7 5 DK/NA 11 11 7 11 10 13

TREND: If the 2008 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were John Edwards the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Sep 26  Apr 19
                        2007    2007


Edwards 51 51 Romney 30 26 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 6 3 DK/NA 11 17

TREND: Is your opinion of -- favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him/her? na = not asked

Score = %Favorable (%Haven't Heard Enough)

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Clinton, Hillary 51( 6) 50( 6) 49( 5) 47( 8) 53( 6) Edwards, John 47(23) 39(28) 53(21) na 44(30) Giuliani, Rudy 61( 9) 61( 8) 62( 9) 66(12) 63(12) Gore, Al 47( 9) 55( 9) na na na McCain, John 47(23) 46(21) 52(20) 48(25) 52(21) Obama, Barack 50(25) 49(29) 48(34) 42(45) 41(49) Romney, Mitt 22(49) 16(63) 16(65) na 11(76) Thompson, Fred 26(52) 27(55) 18(71) na na



15. Is your opinion of -- Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 51% 15% 85% 46% 43% 59% Unfavorable 41 79 7 46 47 35 Hvn't hrd enough 6 5 6 6 7 4 REFUSED 2 1 2 1 2 2

TREND: Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Favorable 51 50 49 47 53 Unfavorable 41 42 43 43 38 Hvn't hrd enough 6 6 5 8 6 REFUSED 2 2 3 2 2



16. Is your opinion of -- John Edwards favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 47% 24% 66% 49% 44% 50% Unfavorable 27 51 7 29 34 21 Hvn't hrd enough 23 22 26 20 20 27 REFUSED 2 3 1 1 2 2

TREND: Is your opinion of John Edwards favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007


Favorable 47 39 53 44 Unfavorable 27 30 22 23 Hvn't hrd enough 23 28 21 30 REFUSED 2 2 3 2



17. Is your opinion of -- Rudy Giuliani favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 61% 89% 38% 61% 63% 58% Unfavorable 29 5 50 28 29 29 Hvn't hrd enough 9 5 11 9 6 11 REFUSED 2 1 1 1 1 2

TREND: Is your opinion of Rudy Giuliani favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Favorable 61 61 62 66 63 Unfavorable 29 29 27 20 24 Hvn't hrd enough 9 8 9 12 12 REFUSED 2 2 3 2 1



18. Is your opinion of -- Al Gore favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 47% 18% 72% 49% 44% 49% Unfavorable 41 71 18 39 47 36 Hvn't hrd enough 9 9 8 8 6 12 REFUSED 3 2 2 4 3 3

TREND: Is your opinion of -- Al Gore favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Sep 26  Jul 5
                        2007    2007


Favorable 47 55 Unfavorable 41 35 Hvn't hrd enough 9 9 REFUSED 3 2



19. Is your opinion of -- John McCain favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 47% 66% 30% 51% 55% 39% Unfavorable 28 17 37 27 28 28 Hvn't hrd enough 23 14 32 18 14 31 REFUSED 3 2 2 3 3 3

TREND: Is your opinion of John McCain favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Favorable 47 46 52 48 52 Unfavorable 28 30 24 24 24 Hvn't hrd enough 23 21 20 25 21 REFUSED 3 3 4 4 2



20. Is your opinion of -- Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 50% 31% 66% 50% 45% 54% Unfavorable 23 41 7 24 30 16 Hvn't hrd enough 25 27 25 24 22 28 REFUSED 2 2 2 2 3 2

TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Favorable 50 49 48 42 41 Unfavorable 23 21 15 11 9 Hvn't hrd enough 25 29 34 45 49 REFUSED 2 1 2 2 1



21. Is your opinion of -- Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 22% 46% 5% 22% 28% 17% Unfavorable 27 11 37 31 32 23 Hvn't hrd enough 49 41 57 47 39 59 REFUSED 2 2 1 - 2 2

TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Jan 25
                        2007    2007    2007    2007


Favorable 22 16 16 11 Unfavorable 27 20 16 12 Hvn't hrd enough 49 63 65 76 REFUSED 2 2 3 1



22. Is your opinion of -- Fred Thompson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 26% 46% 12% 24% 31% 21% Unfavorable 20 7 31 22 22 19 Hvn't hrd enough 52 46 57 52 44 60 REFUSED 2 1 - 1 2 1

TREND: Is your opinion of Fred Thompson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19
                        2007    2007    2007


Favorable 26 27 18 Unfavorable 20 16 8 Hvn't hrd enough 52 55 71 REFUSED 2 2 3



23. Sometimes government officials and the voters disagree. When this happens do you think most government officials make decisions based on their principles, or do most government officials do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Their principles 58% 57% 60% 57% 51% 64% What vtrs think best 25 28 23 24 27 23 DK/NA 17 15 17 19 22 13



24. In such situations, does Rudy Giuliani make decisions based on his principles, or does he do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


His principles 56% 66% 50% 57% 58% 54% What vtrs think best 27 24 30 27 26 27 DK/NA 18 10 20 16 16 19



25. In such situations, does Hillary Clinton make decisions based on her principles, or does she do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Her principles 41% 37% 45% 44% 40% 42% What vtrs think best 42 48 41 39 42 41 DK/NA 17 15 14 18 18 16



26. In such situations, does Fred Thompson make decisions based on his principles, or does he do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


His principles 30% 38% 29% 27% 34% 26% What vtrs think best 15 16 14 15 18 11 DK/NA 56 47 58 58 48 63



27. In such situations, does John McCain make decisions based on his principles, or does he do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


His principles 57% 63% 49% 63% 61% 53% What vtrs think best 16 15 16 17 17 14 DK/NA 28 22 35 20 21 33



28. In such situations, does Mitt Romney make decisions based on his principles, or does he do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


His principles 32% 38% 28% 33% 33% 31% What vtrs think best 18 17 17 22 23 14 DK/NA 50 45 55 46 44 55



29. In such situations, does Barack Obama make decisions based on his principles, or does he do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


His principles 40% 35% 45% 44% 38% 42% What vtrs think best 27 29 29 25 30 25 DK/NA 32 36 26 31 32 33



30. In such situations, does John Edwards make decisions based on his principles, or does he do what the voters think is best?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


His principles 37% 33% 41% 39% 36% 38% What vtrs think best 35 39 35 35 36 33 DK/NA 29 29 24 26 28 29



31. When a government official makes a decision based on principle, rather than what the voters think is best, do you regard that as leadership or arrogance?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Leadership 50% 63% 42% 51% 52% 49% Arrogance 36 25 45 36 36 36 DK/NA 14 12 13 13 13 15



37. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 27% 66% 5% 20% 30% 24% Disapprove 68 27 93 76 65 72 DK/NA 5 7 2 4 5 4

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Mar 1   Jan 25  Oct 18  Jul 5
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007    2001    2007


Approve 27 21 25 26 26 90 21 Disapprove 68 74 70 70 69 7 74 DK/NA 5 4 5 5 5 3 4