Trend: Do You Approve or Disapprove of the Way the Republicans in Congress/the Democrats in Congress Are Handling Their Job?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?

Trend: Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems?

Trend: Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems?

Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year -- [ROTATED: Barack Obama (or) the Republicans in Congress]?


Obama

Republicans
in Congress

Both/Neither
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Sep 15-18

46

41

10

3

2011 Jan 14-16

45

42

8

4

2010 Nov 4-7

41

49

7

2

2010 Aug 27-30

43

48

6

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think the Republicans in Congress are -- [ROTATED: too willing to make concessions to the Democrats in Congress, are about right, (or are the Republicans in Congress) not willing enough to make concessions to the Democrats in Congress]?

Too
willing

About
right

Not willing
enough

No
opinion

2011 Apr 20-23

14%

22

61

4

Do you think the Democrats in Congress are -- [ROTATED: too willing to make concessions to the Republicans in Congress, are about right, (or are the Democrats in Congress) not willing enough to make concessions to the Republicans in Congress]?

Too
willing

About
right

Not willing
enough

No
opinion

2011 Apr 20-23

17%

23

55

5

Do you think the government will work better now that the Republicans are in charge of the House of Representatives, will work worse, or will be about the same?

Better

Worse

About the same

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

29

19

50

2

Over the next two years, do you think President Obama should -- [ROTATED: work to pass legislation most Democrats want whether Republicans agree with it or not (or) work to pass legislation Democrats and Republicans can agree on, even if it's not what most Democrats want]?

Legislation most
Democrats want

Legislation Democrats and
Republicans agree on

No
opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

13

80

8

Democrats

26

70

5

Independents

11

79

10

Republicans

2

93

5

Now that the Republicans are in control of the House of Representatives, how important do you think each of the following goals should be for the Republican leadership -- extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Working with President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate to pass new legislation that both parties can agree on

Extremely
important

Very
important

Moderately
important

Not that
important

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

42

41

13

4

1

Democrats

49

41

7

2

1

Independents

38

43

14

3

1

Republicans

42

35

16

7

*

* Less than 0.5%

Preventing President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate from passing legislation that Republicans disagree with

Extremely
important

Very
important

Moderately
important

Not that
important

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

15

24

30

28

3

Democrats

12

17

28

41

2

Independents

12

23

31

30

3

Republicans

24

31

31

12

2

How important should it be for the Republican leaders in Congress to take into account the objectives and positions of the Tea Party movement when it comes to dealing with the problems facing the nation -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

Very
important

Somewhat
important

Not too
important

Not at all
important

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

42

29

11

15

3

Democrats

26

27

13

31

3

Independents

46

26

13

14

2

Republicans

53

35

7

2

3

Now that the Republicans have won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in this November's elections, do you think the country will be better off, worse off, or will it not make any difference?

Better
off

Worse
off

No
difference

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 19-21

37

22

39

1

1994 Nov 28-29 ^

43

18

35

4

^ WORDING: Now that the Republicans have won control of Congress in this November's elections, do you think the country will be better off, worse off, or will it not make any difference?

Thinking about Republican efforts to reverse the policies enacted by Democrats in the past two years, which concerns you more about the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives -- [ROTATED: it will go too far in trying to reverse the Democrats' policies, (or) it will not go far enough in trying to reverse the Democrats' policies]?

Will go
too far in
reversing
policies

Will not go
far enough

Neither/Not
concerned (vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 19-21

50

43

5

2

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think the country would be better off if the Republicans controlled Congress, if the Democrats controlled Congress, or would the country be the same regardless of which party controlled Congress?


Republicans


Democrats

Same
regardless

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Oct 28-31

32

23

40

4

2006 Nov 2-5

25

34

35

6

2006 Jun 23-25

18

32

48

3

2004 Mar 5-7

25

31

39

5

2002 Nov 8-10

28

22

47

3

2002 Oct 31-Nov 3

25

27

42

6

1998 Oct 23-25

24

22

48

6

Overall, how much do you think Congress has accomplished this year -- a great deal, a good amount, not too much, or nothing at all?

Great
deal

Good
amount

Not too
much

Nothing
at all

No
opinion

2007 Oct 12-14

4%

19

55

21

1

(Asked of those who say Congress has not accomplished very much or nothing at all this year) Do you think this is mostly the fault of -- [ROTATED: the Democrats in Congress, the Republicans in Congress] -- or do you think both are equally at fault?

Democrats

Republicans

Both
equally

Neither (vol.)

No
opinion

2007 Oct 12-14

12%

13

73

1

1

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think the policies being proposed by -- [ROTATED: the Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate/the Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and Senate] -- would move the country in the right direction or in the wrong direction?

A. The Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate

Right direction

Wrong direction

No opinion

%

%

%

2007 Jan 5-7 ^

35

54

11

2006 Jan 6-8

40

50

10

2005 Feb 4-6

50

36

14

2001 Aug 24-26

49

38

13

1999 Oct 8-10

54

35

11

1998 Nov 13-15

43

40

17

1998 Oct 23-25

47

33

20

1998 Jul 7-8

43

28

29

1997 Dec 18-21

44

36

20

1997 Apr 18-20

46

39

15

1996 Apr 9-10

45

41

14

1995 Dec 15-18

44

44

12

1995 Nov 6-8

44

41

15

1995 Sep 22-24

41

44

15

1995 Mar 27-29

53

37

10

1995 Feb 24-26

52

33

15

1994 Nov 28-29

55

27

18

^ Asked of a half sample

1994-1999: Asked as a stand-alone question

B. The Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and Senate

Right direction

Wrong direction

No opinion

%

%

%

2007 Jan 5-7 ^

59

27

14

2006 Jan 6-8

44

43

14

2005 Feb 4-6

41

43

16

2002 Nov 8-10

47

36

17

2001 Aug 24-26

51

36

13

^ Asked of a half sample

Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year -- [ROTATED: George W. Bush (or) The Democrats in Congress]?

Bush

Democrats
in Congress

Both/
Neither
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2007 Jan 5-7 ^

32

63

4

2

2006 Nov 9-12

31

61

6

2

2002 Jan 11-14 ^

59

36

2

3

2001 Jul 10-11

50

38

9

3

2001 Jun 8-10

48

41

6

5

2001 Feb 9-11

48

41

8

3

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think the country would be better off if the Republicans controlled Congress, or if the Democrats controlled Congress?


Republicans


Democrats

Neither
(vol.)

Same
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2005 Nov 11-13

34

46

12

2

6

2005 Oct 13-16

32

45

12

4

7

2005 May 20-22

36

47

9

2

6

2004 Oct 22-24 ^

41

45

4

3

7

2004 Mar 26-28

39

41

7

4

9

2002 Jul 29-31

38

39

9

5

9

2002 Jul 5-8

40

39

11

3

7

2002 Jan 11-14

44

43

3

3

7

2001 Oct 5-6

38

37

11

7

7

2001 Aug 3-5

34

43

10

6

7

2001 Apr 20-22

41

43

6

3

7

2001 Jan 5-7

39

41

7

5

8

1999 Jul 16-18

37

42

12

2

7

1999 Jun 25-27

41

41

11

2

5

1999 May 23-24

36

37

14

4

9

1998 Dec 15-16

30

41

13

5

11

1998 Sep 23-24

35

41

11

3

10

1997 Aug 22-25

37

40

11

4

8

1997 Jul 25-27

37

39

11

5

8

1997 Jun 26-29

34

40

12

4

10

1996 Oct 26-29 ^^

39

42

7

2

10

1995 Dec 15-18

41

41

8

2

8

1995 Mar 27-29

45

33

10

4

8

1994 Oct 18-19

42

39

10

2

7

(vol.) = Volunteered response

^ Asked of a half sample

^^ Based on likely voters

Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?

Gallup http://www.gallup.com/poll/24649/Parties-Congress.aspx Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F Street, Washington, D.C., 20001, U.S.A +1 202.715.3030