November 26, 2008 - Pennsylvania Voters Say '08 Hurt And '09 Won't Be Better, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Specter Has Big Lead Over Hardball's Matthews

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A majority of Pennsylvania voters say the economic crisis is hitting them hard in the pocketbook, and they don't expect relief any time soon. Some 54 percent say they're worse off financially than a year ago, while 23 percent are better off and 22 percent say they're treading water, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. A total of 52 percent say their finances are "excellent" or "good" and 47 percent say "not so good" or "poor."

Only 26 percent expect things to get better in the next year, while 23 percent expect them to get worse and 47 percent expect them to stay the same, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Because of the economy, 73 percent of Pennsylvania voters report their retirement plan has lost money in the last year, with 56 percent of those who lost money saying they've lost a lot of money.

Looking at the big picture, 62 percent of Keystone State voters expect the national economy to get better during President-elect Barack Obama's first term, while 15 percent expect things to get worse and 17 percent expect no change.

"There is a lot of financial pain in Pennsylvania today. More than half the people say they are worse off financially than they were a year ago and seven out of 10 don't expect things to get better in the next year," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Three quarters of voters with private retirement plans say they have lost money in those plans recently and half of that number say they have lost a lot. As a result a more than a third say they are delaying retirement plans."

"Voters have mixed feelings about economic recovery: 62 percent say things will get better during President-elect Obama's first term, but voters say only 48 - 38 percent that the Obama administration can solve the economic crisis," Richards added.

A total of 46 percent of Pennsylvania voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the state, compared to 52 percent who are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied.'' This matches the lowest satisfaction rate ever recorded in the state.

Still, Gov. Ed Rendell gets a 55 - 34 percent approval rating, his best score in 18 months. He gets a lower 42 - 38 percent approval rating for his handling of the economic situation. U.S. Senate Race

In an early look at the 2010 U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter leads TV commentator Chris Matthews, a possible Democratic challenger, 45 - 33 percent. Sen. Specter leads 72 - 9 percent among Republicans and 45 - 27 percent among independent voters, while Matthews leads 55 - 25 percent among Democrats.

Specter gets a 62 - 25 percent approval rating and by a 56 - 23 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of him.

For Matthews, 60 percent say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

"Who says the Republicans are dead? Sen. Arlen Specter has the highest job approval rating of any major Pennsylvania Pol and would knock off Chris Matthews by 12 points if the Hardball host decides to run against him," Richards said. "Matthews has been on MSNBC wall to wall during the election season, but is a question mark for 60 percent of the voters. Specter has been relatively invisible the past year and has a strong 56 percent favorable rating.

"And economic crisis or not, Gov. 'Teflon Ed' Rendell's job approval rating remains in the mid-50s, where it has been most of the time he has been governor. Voters, however, give him mixed marks on his handling of the current economic crisis."

From November 19 - 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,487 Pennsylvania voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation 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. MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews is considering running against Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter in 2010, according to news reports. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Chris Matthews the Democrat and Arlen Specter the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Matthews             33%     9%    55%    27%    30%    35%    30%    66%
Specter              45     72     25     45     50     41     49     16
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      1      2      2      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      2      2      1      1      -
DK/NA                19     15     19     25     16     22     18     17
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Matthews             35%    46%    29%    30%    33%    30%    30%
Specter              44     33     44     52     40     46     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      2      1      4      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      1      2      1      2
DK/NA                19     20     23     16     21     20     19
 
TREND: MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews is considering running against Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter in 2010, according to news reports. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Matthews the Democrat and Arlen Specter the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 26  Aug 5
                     2008    2008
 
Matthews             33      36
Specter              45      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2
DK/NA                19      19
 
 
2. Is your opinion of -- Chris Matthews favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            21%    12%    32%    17%    22%    21%    22%    22%
Unfavorable          17     28      7     21     24     11     18      2
Hvn't hrd enough     60     58     60     60     53     67     58     76
REFUSED               1      2      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Chris Matthews favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 26  Aug 5
                     2008    2008
 
Favorable            21      28
Unfavorable          17      15
Hvn't hrd enough     60      55
REFUSED               1       2
 
 
3. Is your opinion of -- Arlen Specter favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            56%    60%    56%    50%    56%    56%    57%    51%
Unfavorable          23     21     23     24     25     21     23     24
Hvn't hrd enough     19     17     19     23     17     20     17     21
REFUSED               3      2      2      3      2      3      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Arlen Specter favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 26  Aug 5
                     2008    2008
 
Favorable            56      55
Unfavorable          23      26
Hvn't hrd enough     19      16
REFUSED               3       3
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ed Rendell is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              55%    35%    75%    48%    57%    53%    53%    76%
Disapprove           34     52     15     40     36     31     36     15
DK/NA                12     13     10     12      7     16     11     10
TABLE 018
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              44%    86%    58%    72%    46%    44%    40%
Disapprove           45     10     28     19     38     46     45
DK/NA                10      5     14      9     16     10     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ed Rendell is handling his job as Governor? * Also 46% on 10/5/2005, 4/22/2004, 3/18/2004 and 12/16/2003
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 26  Aug 5   Feb 28  Nov 7   Aug 22  Feb 7   Apr 5
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2006*
 
Approve              55      54      52      53      53      61      46
Disapprove           34      37      34      36      37      30      37
DK/NA                12       9      13      11      10       9      17
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              39%    36%    45%    32%    40%    38%    38%    41%
Disapprove           42     49     33     50     45     38     43     27
DK/NA                20     15     22     19     15     24     18     32
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              32%    47%    40%    44%    40%    31%    36%
Disapprove           52     22     38     36     38     54     47
DK/NA                16     30     22     20     22     15     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 26  Aug 5   Feb 28  Nov 7   Aug 22  Apr 10  Oct 5
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2003    2005
 
Approve              39      32      37      35      30      49      26
Disapprove           42      51      42      48      55      24      60
DK/NA                20      17      21      17      15      27      14
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Arlen Specter is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              62%    68%    62%    53%    61%    63%    63%    56%
Disapprove           25     22     22     31     28     22     24     29
DK/NA                13     10     15     16     11     15     13     15
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              62%    62%    58%    70%    58%    60%    60%
Disapprove           28     22     26     19     25     24     28
DK/NA                10     16     16     10     17     16     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Arlen Specter is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 26  Aug 5   Feb 28  Nov 8   Aug 22  Nov 26  Apr 22
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2008    2004
 
Approve              62      59      54      54      58      62      47
Disapprove           25      29      31      31      32      25      36
DK/NA                13      12      14      14      10      13      17
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob Casey Jr. is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              55%    40%    69%    50%    53%    56%    53%    62%
Disapprove           20     31      9     20     25     15     21      8
DK/NA                26     28     21     30     21     29     25     30
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              59%    61%    47%    50%    54%    57%    55%
Disapprove           21     14     30     17     17     21     20
DK/NA                21     25     23     33     29     21     25
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob Casey Jr. is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 26  Aug 5   Feb 28  Nov 8   Aug 22  Nov 26  Mar 28
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2008    2007
 
Approve              55      47      50      49      49      55      46
Disapprove           20      25      20      21      23      20      18
DK/NA                26      28      30      30      28      26      35
 
 
8. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvania today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     4%     3%     2%     4%     3%     5%
Smwht satisfied      43     41     49     37     45     42     44     41
Smwht dissatisfied   34     35     32     35     35     34     34     31
Very dissatisfied    18     21     13     22     16     19     18     22
DK/NA                 2      1      1      3      2      1      1      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Very satisfied        1%     4%     2%     4%     0%     6%     3%
Smwht satisfied      43     45     40     48     50     39     40
Smwht dissatisfied   37     37     33     31     26     36     37
Very dissatisfied    19     14     21     14     24     18     18
DK/NA                 -      -      3      2      -      1      2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvania today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Nov 26  Aug 5   Aug 22  May 12  Apr 5   Feb 13  Dec 8
                     2008    2008    2007    2006    2006    2006    2005
 
Very satisfied        3       4       4       5       4       4       4
Smwht satisfied      43      44      51      46      50      49      50
Smwht dissatisfied   34      32      31      28      29      30      33
Very dissatisifed    18      19      13      19      14      15      13
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1       2       1       1
 
 
9. What do you think is the most important problem facing Pennsylvania today?
                     Tot
 
Economy Total        53%
 Economy general     14
 Unemployment/jobs   33
 Stock market         2
 Cost of living       2
 Business leaving/
  Outsourcing         2
 
Taxes Total          10%
 Taxes general        4
 Property tax         4
 Income Tax           1
 Taxes other          1
 
Budget Total          5%
 Budget general       1
 Budget cuts/Cuts in
  services            1
 Budget deficits      1
 Gov too big/Gov
  spending            2
 
Healthcare Total      3%
 Healthcare/Costs/
  Ins/HMO's           3
 
Education Total       3%
 Education general    2
 Funding education    1
 
Energy crisis/
 Gas prices general   1%
 
Politicians Total     3%
 Politicians/
  Campaigns general   1
 Political corruption 1
 Governor/State
  leadership          1
 
Mass Transit Total    2%
 Poor conditions
  roads/highways      2
 
Crime Total           2%
 Crime/Violence
  general             2
 
Senior issues         1%
 
Casinos/Gambling      1%
 
 Lack of ethics/
  Morality            1%
 
Other                 3%
DK/NA                 6%
 
TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing Pennsylvania today?
                                    Nov 26  Aug 22  Feb 13  Jul 14  Feb 17  Feb 20  Jun 5
                                    2008    2007    2006    2005    2005    2003    2002
 
Budget/Spending Total                5%      2%      2%      3%      3%      4%      -
 Budget general                      1       1       1       1       1       3       -
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services        1       -       -       -       1       -       -
 Budget deficits                     1       -       -       -       -       1       -
 Government too big/Gov spending     2       -       -       1       1       -       -
 
Casinos/Gambling                     1       1       2       2       2       -       1
 
Crime Total                          2%     10%      5%      3%      2%      2%      4%
 Crime/Violence general              2       7       4       2       1       1       2
 
Economy Total                       53%     16%     27%     25%     29%     33%     25%
 Economy general                    14       3       4       3       2       7       3
 Unemployment/jobs                  33      10      19      18      24      24      20
 Stock market                        2       -       -       -       -       -       -
 Cost of living                      2       1       -       1       -       -       -
 Businesses leaving/Outsourcing      2       2       2       2       2       1       -
 
Education Total                      3%     10%      5%      9%      8%     10%     20%
 Education general                   2       6       3       4       5       7      16
 Funding education                   1       4       2       5       3       1       1
 
Energy costs Total                   1%      -       2%      1%      -       -       -
 Energy costs general                1       -       1       -       -       -       -
 
Ethics/Values/Morality Total         1%      1%      -       1%      1%      -       -
 Lack of ethics/Morality             1       1       -       1       1       -       -
 
Healthcare Total                     3%      9%      9%      6%      7%     13%      5%
 Healthcare/Costs/Insurance/HMO's    3       8       6       4       4       7       4
 
Politicians/Campaigns Total          3%      4%      6%      4%      4%      2%      1%
 Politicians/Campaigns general       1       1       2       1       2       2       1
 Political corruption                1       1       1       1       1       -       -
 Governor/State leadership           1       2       3       1       1       -       -
 
Senior issues                        1       1       1       1       1       2       2
 
Taxes Total                         10      19%     20%     17%     15%     13%     10
 Taxes general                       4       9      10       8       9       8       7
 Property tax                        4       9      10       7       6       3       2
 Income Tax                          1       1       -       1       -       -       -
 Taxes other                         1       -       -       1       -       2       1
 
Mass Transit Total                   2%      8%      1%      2%      4%      -       3%
 Poor condition of roads/highways    2       5       1       1       1       -       3
 
Other                                3       2       5       4       6       2       6
DK/NA                                6       7       8      10       9       8      11
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ed Rendell is handling the current economic situation?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              42%    27%    58%    36%    45%    39%    41%    53%
Disapprove           38     54     23     43     39     37     39     31
DK/NA                20     20     19     21     16     24     20     16
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Approve              36%    60%    37%    52%    31%    37%    37%
Disapprove           44     22     37     28     48     51     41
DK/NA                20     19     26     20     22     12     22
 
 
11. For the first time in its history, following the death of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, Pennsylvania has a governor and lieutenant governor of different political parties. Do you think the state constitution should be amended to prevent this from happening again, or doesn't it make any difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Amended              10%     5%    15%    10%     9%    11%     9%    21%
Doesn't make diff    83     89     77     84     87     79     85     67
DK/NA                 7      6      7      6      4     10      6     12
 
 
12. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             5%     6%     4%     4%     7%     3%     5%     1%
Good                 47     56     40     50     54     41     49     31
Not so good          32     28     37     32     27     37     32     35
Poor                 15      9     19     13     12     18     13     31
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      2      1      2
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Excellent            11%     4%     4%     5%     1%     1%     5%
Good                 50     33     47     51     50     46     48
Not so good          34     28     28     31     31     36     34
Poor                  4     35     18     11     17     14     13
DK/NA                 2      -      2      2      1      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Excellent             5%     5%     2%     6%    13%
Good                 51     44     30     66     73
Not so good          28     35     41     24     12
Poor                 15     15     26      4      1
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -
 
 
13. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better off           23%    27%    23%    16%    25%    21%    22%    32%
Worse off            54     46     56     64     51     56     54     44
SAME(VOL)            22     26     21     20     24     21     22     23
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      -      2      1      -
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Better off           28%    14%    25%    23%    28%    26%    21%
Worse off            45     64     51     55     48     50     57
SAME(VOL)            27     22     23     20     22     23     21
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Better off           34%    15%    17%    33%    31%
Worse off            49     58     58     50     48
SAME(VOL)            17     26     24     17     21
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -
 
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Nov 26  Jul 13  Apr 22  Mar 17  Feb 18  Dec 16  Apr 10
                     2008    2004    2004    2004    2004    2003    2003
 
Better off           23      39      38      38      36      38      37
Worse off            54      35      38      36      39      35      36
SAME(VOL)            22      24      24      24      23      27      26
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       1       1       1
 
 
14. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Get better           26%    23%    27%    25%    27%    24%    23%    44%
Get worse            23     23     22     22     20     24     24     18
Stay the same        47     49     46     48     47     46     49     34
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      5      5      4      5
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Get better           34%    31%    27%    25%    19%    20%    25%
Get worse            19     24     20     26     25     22     21
Stay the same        45     40     46     44     47     54     49
DK/NA                 2      5      7      5      8      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Get better           37%    16%    24%    30%    27%
Get worse            16     28     25     17     25
Stay the same        43     51     46     50     46
DK/NA                 4      5      5      3      2
 
 
15. 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               62%    39%    83%    61%    59%    64%    60%    81%
Worse                15     28      2     19     18     12     16      2
Same                 17     25     11     12     16     17     17     11
DK/NA                 7      9      4      8      7      7      7      7
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Better               66%    80%    62%    65%    53%    55%    56%
Worse                11      5     17     12     23     17     17
Same                 17     12     14     17     17     19     18
DK/NA                 6      3      7      6      7     10      9
 
 
16. Do you think the Obama administration will be able to solve the nation's economic crisis or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  48%    24%    73%    41%    43%    53%    46%    71%
No                   38     64     15     42     43     33     40     21
DK/NA                14     12     12     17     13     14     14      9
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Yes                  59%    68%    43%    48%    46%    34%    45%
No                   30     23     36     34     43     51     43
DK/NA                11      9     21     17     10     15     12
 
 
17. About how many years will it take to solve the nation's economic crisis?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
1                     1%     2%     1%     2%     2%     1%     1%     3%
2                     9      8     10      8     10      7      9      7
3                     9      8     10      8      9      8      9     10
4                    12      8     17     11     11     13     12     17
5                    10     11     11     10     10     10     11      6
6                     8     11      7      6     10      6      8      8
7                     3      3      2      3      3      2      3      3
8                    12     11     13     13     12     12     13     10
9                     -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
10                    9     10      9      7      8     10      9      6
More than 10 years   10     11      7     14     11     10     10     17
DK/NA                16     17     13     17     13     19     16     14
 
 
18. Are you currently employed, employed part time, retired, not working but looking for a job or not working and not looking for a job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Employed             51%    52%    48%    57%    64%    40%    51%    46%
Part time             8      9      8      7      5     11      8      7
Retired              27     27     29     24     23     30     28     25
Looking               5      2      7      6      4      6      4     16
Not looking           7      9      6      5      3     11      7      3
DK/NA                 2      1      3      1      2      2      1      2
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Employed             61%    39%    49%    61%    52%    45%    49%
Part time             5      9      8      6      6     10     10
Retired              24     32     31     21     25     33     26
Looking               4     10      4      3      6      5      6
Not looking           6      7      7      7      7      4      8
DK/NA                 -      4      1      2      3      3      1
 
 
19. (If working full or part time q18) Because of what's going on in the economy today, how worried are you about losing your job - Very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     WORKING Q18..................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
Very worried         10%     9%    12%    11%     7%    15%     9%
Smwht worried        24     21     28     23     24     24     24
Not too worried      28     28     30     25     30     27     30
Not worried at all   37     41     30     42     40     34     37
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Very worried          9%    12%    14%     7%     9%
Smwht worried        26     21     28     21     18
Not too worried      27     31     30     31     27
Not worried at all   38     35     28     41     46
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -
 
 
20. (All except retired q18) Do you have a 401k or some other type of retirement plan?
                     ALL EXCEPT RETIRED Q18.......................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
Yes                  68%    74%    63%    70%    75%    61%    70%
No                   32     26     36     29     24     39     29
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  63%    76%    48%    81%    91%
No                   37     23     51     19      9
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -
 
 
21. (If retired q18) Are you living on some kind of retirement plan?
                     RETIRED Q18..................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
Yes                  75%    77%    76%    79%    83%    70%    74%
No                   23     21     23     21     15     28     24
DK/NA                 2      2      1      -      2      2      2
 
 
22. (If have retirement plan - Retired or Not) Because of what's going on in the economy today has that plan lost money in the last year?
                     RETIREMENT PLAN Q20 or Q21...................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
Yes                  73%    78%    66%    78%    77%    68%    74%
No                   23     18     29     19     20     25     22
DK/NA                 5      3      5      4      3      7      5
 
 
23. (If yes q22) Would you say your plan has lost a lot of money, some money, or only a little money?
                     LOST MONEY Q22...............................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
A lot                56%    56%    57%    57%    62%    49%    58%
Some                 33     32     31     38     29     39     32
Only a little         8     10     10      3      7     10      8
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      2
 
 
24. (If have retirement plan - Retired or Not) Because of what's going on in the economy today have you had to borrow or take money out of that retirement plan to make ends meet?
                     RETIREMENT PLAN Q20 or Q21...................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
Yes                  15%    13%    18%    11%    12%    17%    13%
No                   85     87     82     89     88     82     86
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
 
24. (If have retirement plan - Retired or Not) Because of what's going on in the economy today have you had to borrow or take money out of that retirement plan to make ends meet?
                     RETIREMENT PLAN Q20 or Q21...................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
Yes                  15%    13%    18%    11%    12%    17%    13%
No                   85     87     82     89     88     82     86
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                   8%    19%    24%     7%     5%
No                   92     81     76     93     95
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -
 
 
25. This year are you going to spend more on holiday gifts, less or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More                  3%     3%     3%     3%     4%     2%     3%     -
Less                 53     47     57     56     45     60     52     67
Same                 43     49     38     40     51     36     44     28
DK/NA                 2      -      2      1      1      2      1      5
 
 
27. (If less q25) Would you say a lot less, somewhat less, or only a little less?
                     SPEND LESS Q25...............................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
A lot                44%    33%    46%    52%    38%    47%    41%
Smwht                37     46     34     36     41     34     40
Only a little        19     21     19     12     20     18     19
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      1
 
 
28. Because of what's going on in the economy today, how worried are you that you will not have enough money to live on in retirement - Very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very worried         25%    19%    29%    25%    19%    30%    24%    31%
Smwht worried        38     38     39     38     37     39     39     33
Not too worried      20     24     18     20     23     17     21     13
Not worried at all   15     18     12     15     18     13     14     21
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Very worried         26%    24%    32%    18%    15%
Smwht worried        35     41     40     39     35
Not too worried      21     20     15     25     29
Not worried at all   17     14     12     17     21
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      -
 
 
29. (All except retired q18) Because of what's going on in the economy today, are you planning on delaying your retirement?
                     ALL EXCEPT RETIRED Q18.......................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht
 
Yes                  35%    31%    38%    34%    33%    37%    34%
No                   54     62     51     51     56     52     54
DK/NA                11      6     11     14     11     12     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  29%    46%    43%    29%    27%
No                   58     46     42     63     66
DK/NA                12      8     15      8      7
 
 
30. Are you now covered by some kind of health insurance plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  91%    94%    89%    93%    91%    91%    93%    85%
No                    8      6     10      7      9      8      7     14
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Yes                  89%    87%    93%    95%    90%    93%    89%
No                   10     11      7      5     10      7     10
DK/NA                 1      2      -      -      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  88%    94%    85%    97%    99%
No                   12      5     14      3      1
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -
 
 
31. (If yes q30) Because of what's going on in the economy today how worried are you about losing your health care coverage - Very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE Q30...........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very worried         12%     9%    13%    12%     9%    14%    11%    16%
Smwht worried        25     23     27     28     22     28     25     28
Not too worried      27     29     29     23     27     28     28     16
Not worried at all   35     39     31     37     41     30     35     39
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Very worried          4%    18%     9%    13%    10%    15%    11%
Smwht worried        27     27     27     25     33     23     22
Not too worried      30     24     23     25     35     25     29
Not worried at all   37     32     40     36     22     34     37
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      3      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Very worried          8%    15%    16%     6%     6%
Smwht worried        23     26     31     20     17
Not too worried      31     25     25     34     29
Not worried at all   37     32     26     40     48
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -