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Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to Barack Obama. How about -- [ROTATED]?

Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to Barack Obama. How about -- [ROTATED]?

Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to George W. Bush. How about -- [ROTATED]?

Is honest and trustworthy

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Apr 28-30

41

56

3

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

47

52

1

2006 Jan 20-22

49

49

2

2005 Nov 11-13

46

52

2

2005 Oct 28-30

49

48

3

2005 Sep 16-18

47

50

3

2005 Aug 28-30

51

47

2

2005 Jul 22-24

54

44

2

2005 Apr 1-2

56

42

2

2005 Jan 14-16

56

41

3

2004 Feb 16-17

55

42

3

2003 Nov 14-16

59

40

1

2003 Jun 27-29

65

33

2

2003 Apr 5-6

73

25

2

2003 Jan 10-12

70

27

3

2002 Jul 26-28

69

26

5

2002 Apr 29-May 1

77

20

3

2001 Jul 10-11

66

31

3

2001 Apr 20-22

67

29

4

2001 Feb 9-11

64

29

7

2000 Mar 10-12

64

28

8

1999 Sep 10-12

62

29

9

Shares your values

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Apr 28-30

40

58

2

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

45

52

3

2006 Jan 20-22

44

54

2

2005 Nov 11-13

43

55

2

2005 Aug 28-30

46

54

*

2005 Jul 22-24

50

48

2

2005 Apr 1-2

55

43

2

2004 Feb 16-17

52

45

3

2003 Nov 14-16

53

46

1

2003 Jan 10-12

54

43

3

2002 Nov 8-10

66

31

3

2002 Jul 26-28

60

36

4

2002 Apr 29-May 1

67

30

3

2001 Aug 10-12

56

41

3

2001 Jul 10-11

56

40

4

2001 Apr 20-22

58

39

3

2001 Feb 9-11

57

39

4

2000 Mar 10-12

52

41

7

2000 Jan 17-19

55

32

13

1999 Sep 10-14

56

34

10

1999 Mar 12-14

58

31

11

* Less than 0.5%

Can manage the government effectively

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Apr 28-30

37

62

1

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

40

59

1

2005 Nov 11-13

43

55

2

2005 Oct 28-30

43

56

1

2005 Jul 22-24

53

45

2

2003 Jan 10-12

67

31

2

2002 Jul 26-28

66

30

4

2002 Apr 29-May 1

75

21

4

2001 Oct 5-6

79

19

2

2001 Feb 9-11

61

31

8

2000 Mar 10-12

64

28

8

2000 Jan 17-19

66

22

12

1999 Sep 10-14

72

19

9

1999 Mar 12-14

77

15

8

Is a strong and decisive leader

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Feb 28-Mar 1

52

47

1

2006 Jan 20-22

51

48

1

2005 Oct 28-30

52

47

1

2005 Sep 16-18

49

51

*

2005 Sep 8-11

52

47

1

2005 Aug 28-30

60

40

*

2005 Jul 22-24

62

37

1

2005 Jan 14-16

61

37

2

2004 Feb 16-17

65

33

2

2003 Nov 14-16

66

34

*

2003 Jun 27-29

75

24

1

2003 Apr 5-6

80

19

1

2003 Jan 10-12

76

23

1

2002 Jul 26-28

70

27

3

2002 Apr 29-May 1

77

21

2

2001 Oct 5-6

75

23

2

2001 Aug 10-12

55

43

2

2001 Jul 10-11

57

40

3

2001 Apr 20-22

60

37

3

2001 Feb 9-11

61

34

5

2000 Mar 10-12

63

30

7

2000 Feb 25-27

61

32

7

2000 Feb 20-21

58

33

9

2000 Feb 4-6

62

30

8

2000 Jan 17-19

66

24

10

1999 Mar 4

60

14

26

* Less than 0.5%

Cares about the needs of people like you

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Apr 28-30

38

61

1

2006 Jan 20-22

44

54

1

2005 Sep 16-18

42

56

2

2005 Sep 8-11

48

51

1

2005 Aug 28-30

44

55

1

2005 Apr 1-2

53

46

1

2005 Jan 14-16

45

53

2

2003 Nov 14-16

49

50

1

2003 Jun 27-29

57

42

1

2003 Apr 5-6

65

34

1

2003 Jan 10-12

56

41

3

2002 Nov 8-10

60

38

2

2002 Jul 26-28

60

36

4

2002 Apr 29-May 1

66

31

3

2001 Oct 5-6

69

29

2

2001 Jul 10-11

57

40

3

2001 Apr 20-22

59

39

2

2001 Feb 9-11

56

39

5

2000 Mar 10-12

51

42

7

2000 Jan 17-19

56

33

11

1999 Sep 10-14

59

32

9

1999 Mar 12-14

59

32

9

Picks good people for key leadership positions

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2006 Apr 28-30

41%

56

3

Has a clear plan for solving this country's problems

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2006 Jan 20-22

34%

64

2

2004 Feb 16-17

42%

55

3

2003 Jun 27-29

50%

47

3

2002 Nov 8-10

53%

42

5

Is a person you admire

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Aug 28-30

43

56

1

2005 Jan 14-16

45

54

1

2003 Nov 14-16

50

49

1

2003 Jun 27-29

54

45

1

2002 Apr 29-May 1

64

33

3

2001 Feb 9-11

49

47

4

2000 Feb 20-21

45

49

6

Inspires confidence

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Sep 8-11

46

53

1

2005 Aug 28-30

47

52

1

2005 Jan 14-16

50

49

1

2003 Apr 5-6

70

27

3

2003 Jan 10-12

65

34

1

2002 Jul 26-28

66

31

3

2001 Oct 5-6

75

24

2

2001 Apr 20-22

55

42

3

2001 Feb 9-11

57

39

4

2000 Mar 10-12

56

37

7

2000 Jan 17-19

60

29

11

Displays good judgment in a crisis

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2005 Sep 8-11

47%

52

1

Is in touch with the problems ordinary Americans face in their daily lives

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2005 Jan 14-16

44%

56

--

2003 Nov 14-16

42%

57

1

Generally agrees with you on issues you care about

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2004 Feb 16-17

47

50

3

2003 Nov 14-16

48

51

1

2002 Apr 29-May 1

64

33

3

2001 Feb 9-11

53

43

4

2000 Mar 10-12

49

44

7

2000 Feb 25-27

51

41

8

1999 Mar 12-14

54

35

11

Did his duty for the country during the Vietnam War

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2004 Feb 16-17

42%

40

18

Has strong moral character

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2004 Feb 16-17

72%

25

3

Stands up to special interest groups

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2004 Feb 16-17

45%

47

8

Can get the economy moving

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2003 Nov 14-16

48%

50

2

Works well with both parties to get things done in Washington

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2003 Jan 10-12

64%

31

5

2002 Jul 26-28

65%

30

5

2002 Apr 29-May 1

73%

23

4

2000 Feb 25-27

55%

37

8

Understands complex issues

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2002 Nov 8-10

64

31

5

2002 Jul 26-28

60

36

4

2002 Apr 29-May 1

68

27

5

2001 Oct 5-6

69

27

4

2001 Apr 20-22

56

38

6

2001 Feb 9-11

55

38

7

2000 Jan 17-19

60

26

14

Has a vision for the country's future

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2003 Jan 10-12

68

29

3

2001 Apr 20-22

74

23

3

2000 Mar 10-12

68

27

5

2000 Feb 20-21

61

31

8

2000 Jan 17-19

71

20

9

Is willing to make hard decisions

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2003 Jan 10-12

83%

15

2

Brought dignity back to the White House

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2003 Jan 10-12

67%

30

3

Is sincere in what he says

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

%

%

%

2002 Apr 29-May 1

76

21

3

2001 Oct 5-6

84

15

1

2001 Aug 10-12

66

31

3

Is not a typical politician

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2002 Apr 29-May 1

54%

41

5

2000 Feb 25-27

35%

59

6

2000 Feb 20-21

36%

58

6

1999 Mar 12-14

41%

53

6

Puts the country's interests ahead of his own political interests

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2002 Apr 29-May 1

72%

22

6

Provides good moral leadership

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2002 Apr 29-May 1

84%

15

1

Is tough enough for the job

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2001 Jul 10-11

69%

28

3

Can get things done

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2001 Apr 20-22

69%

25

6

2000 Feb 20-21

64%

26

10

Keeps his promises

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

2001 Aug 10-12

59%

31

10

2001 Apr 20-22

57%

33

10

I'm going to read off some personal characteristics and qualities. As I read each one, tell me if you think it strongly applies to Bill Clinton, somewhat applies, or doesn't apply. First ... . Next,

Can get things done

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1999 Jan 15-17

82

17

1

1998 Aug 21-23

76

22

2

1998 Aug 7-8

76

22

2

1998 Mar 20-22

77

21

2

1998 Jan 25-26

68

28

4

1998 Jan 24-25

68

28

4

1998 Jan 23-24

66

31

3

1997 Feb 24-26

60

34

6

1996 Oct 26-29

65

31

4

1996 Aug 30-Sep 1

62

35

3

1996 Aug 16-18

54

43

3

1996 Aug 5-7

55

41

4

1996 Mar 15-17

48

50

2

1996 Jan 12-15

42

55

3

1995 Feb 3-5

45

51

4

Honest and trustworthy

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1999 Jan 15-17

24

74

2

1998 Aug 21-23

31

67

2

1998 Aug 7-8

34

62

4

1998 Mar 20-22

33

61

6

1998 Jan 30-Feb 1

44

53

3

1998 Jan 25-26

33

62

5

1998 Jan 24-25

35

58

7

1998 Jan 23-24

37

57

6

1997 Feb 24-26

49

46

5

1996 Oct 26-29

45

50

5

1996 Aug 30-Sep 1

46

49

5

1996 Aug 16-18

44

51

5

1996 Aug 5-7

45

51

4

1996 Jun 18-19

46

49

5

1996 Mar 15-17

45

52

3

1996 Jan 12-15

42

53

5

1995 Feb 3-5

46

49

5

Shares your values

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1999 Jan 15-17

35

62

3

1998 Aug 21-23

37

61

2

1998 Aug 7-8

43

53

4

1998 Mar 20-22

38

57

5

1998 Jan 25-26

40

56

4

1998 Jan 24-25

43

51

6

1998 Jan 23-24

43

52

5

1997 Feb 24-26

49

46

5

1996 Aug 30-Sep 1

54

44

2

1996 Aug 16-18

50

47

3

1996 Aug 5-7

51

45

4

1996 Jun 18-19

53

42

5

1996 Mar 15-17

47

51

2

1996 Jan 12-15

42

55

3

1995 Feb 3-5

45

51

4

Cares about the needs of people like you

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1999 Jan 15-17

65

33

2

1998 Aug 21-23

62

36

2

1998 Aug 7-8

65

33

2

1998 Jan 25-26

59

39

2

1998 Jan 24-25

62

36

2

1998 Jan 23-24

62

35

3

1997 Feb 24-26

62

35

3

1996 Aug 30-Sep 1

63

34

3

1996 Aug 16-18

60

37

3

1996 Aug 5-7

62

36

2

1996 Jun 18-19

64

32

4

1996 Mar 15-17

57

41

2

1996 Jan 12-15

57

41

2

A man of strong convictions

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1999 Jan 15-17

49

48

3

1996 Mar 15-17

51

47

2

1996 Jan 12-15

49

46

5

Has a clear plan for solving this country's problems

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1998 Feb 24-26

49

45

6

1998 Jan 24-25

48

45

7

1998 Jan 23-24

47

46

7

1997 Feb 24-26

46

49

5

1996 Oct 26-29

49

46

5

1996 Aug 30-Sep 1

46

50

4

1996 Aug 16-18

33

62

5

1996 Aug 5-7

34

62

4

1996 Mar 15-17

30

66

4

1996 Jan 12-15

30

65

5

Puts the country's interests ahead of his own political interests

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

1996 Mar 15-17

50%

45

5

1996 Jan 12-15

51%

46

3

Tough enough for the job

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1998 Aug 7-8

71

28

1

1998 Jan 25-26

70

28

2

1998 Jan 24-25

70

28

2

1998 Jan 23-24

66

32

2

1997 Feb 24-26

66

31

3

1996 Jan 12-15

51

46

3

1994 Dec 2-5

50

48

2

Keeps his promises

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1998 Jan 25-26

45

50

5

1998 Jan 24-25

45

49

6

1998 Jan 23-24

45

50

5

1997 Feb 24-26

43

49

8

1996 Jan 12-15

34

61

5

Effective manager

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1998 Mar 20-22

72

23

5

1996 Jan 12-15

43

54

3

1994 Mar 7-8

49

46

5

1994 Jan 15-17

58

37

5

1993 Nov 19-21

55

40

5

1993 Nov 2-4

50

45

5

1993 Aug 8-10

45

50

5

Can bring about the changes this country needs

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1998 Jan 30-Feb 1

69

29

2

1998 Jan 25-26

53

42

5

1998 Jan 24-25

55

41

4

1998 Jan 23-24

54

42

4

1997 Feb 24-26

51

44

5

1996 Aug 30-Sep 1

53

43

4

1996 Aug 16-18

44

52

4

1996 Aug 5-7

48

49

3

Does a good job representing America to the world

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1998 Aug 21-23

54

44

2

1998 Mar 20-22

64

34

2

1994 Jan 6-8

64

34

2

1993 Jun 29-30

61

36

3

Shows good judgment

Applies

Does not apply

No opinion

%

%

%

1998 Aug 21-23

35

64

1

1998 Aug 7-8

40

58

2

1998 Mar 20-22

42

54

4

1998 Jan 25-26

40

56

4

1998 Jan 23-24

43

52

5

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