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The Presidency

Trend: Better for President and Congress to Be From Same Party, or From Different Parties?

Trend: Better for President and Congress to Be From Same Party, or From Different Parties?

Trend: How much trust and confidence do you have at this time in the executive branch headed by the president?

Trend: Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one -- a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? The presidency

Trend: Between now and the 2016 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be ______, would you vote for that person?

Trend: Between now and the 2016 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be ______, would you vote for that person?

First, what would you say has been President Obama’s greatest achievement so far in his administration? [OPEN-ENDED] December 2013 results

What would you say has been President Obama’s biggest failure so far in his administration? [OPEN-ENDED] December 2013 results

Trend: Overall, how would you rate the ethical standards of top [...] administration officials -- as excellent, good, not good, or poor?

In his second term as president, do you expect Barack Obama to be -- [ROTATED: more liberal than he was in his first term, about the same, (or) more conservative than he was in his first term]?

Feelings About Obama's Second Term

Will Obama Unite or Divide the Country in the Next Four Years?

Should Barack Obama emphasize programs both parties support, or does he have a mandate?

Will Barack Obama Make a Sincere Effort to Work With the Republicans in Congress to Find Solutions Acceptable to Both Parties?

Will the Republicans in Congress Make a Sincere Effort to Work With Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress to Find Solutions That Are Acceptable to Both Parties??

Will the Democrats in Congress Make a Sincere Effort to Work With the Republicans in Congress to Find Solutions That Are Acceptable to Both Parties??

Will the Obama administration be able to substantially reduce the federal budget deficit?

Will the Obama administration be able to create a strong economic recovery?

Will the Obama administration be able to improve education?

Will the Obama administration be able to improve the quality of the environment?

Will the Obama administration be able to improve conditions for minorities and the poor?

Will the Obama administration be able to avoid raising your taxes?

Will the Obama administration be able to improve the healthcare system?

Will the Obama administration be able to reduce unemployment?

Will the Obama administration be able to control illegal immigration?

Will the Obama administration be able to reduce U.S. dependence on oil?

Will the Obama administration be able to keep U.S. safe from terrorism?

Will the Obama administration be able to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan in a way that is not harmful to the U.S.?

Will the Obama administration be able to heal political divisions in this country?

Trend: Between now and the 2012 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [ITEMS A-H READ IN ORDER], would you vote for that person?

Trend: Between now and the 2012 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [ITEMS A-H READ IN ORDER], would you vote for that person?

Trend: Since the start of [...] when [...] became president, in general, would you say his presidency has been a success or a failure?

Trend: Please tell me whether you agree or disagree that Barack Obama has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.

Trend: Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with Barack Obama on the issues that matter most to you.

Trend: Please say whether you think Barack Obama's political views are too conservative, about right, or too liberal. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Overall, do you think Barack Obama has been a better president, about the same, or a worse president than George W. Bush?

Better

About the same

Worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Sep 15-18

43

22

34

1

Overall, do you think Barack Obama has been a better president, about the same, or a worse president than Bill Clinton?

Better

About the same

Worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Sep 15-18

12

35

50

2


Do you think it is better for the country -- [ROTATED: to have a president who comes from the same political party that controls Congress, (or do you think it is better) to have a president from one political party and Congress controlled by another]?

Same
party

Different
parties

No difference
(vol.)/No
opinion

%

%

%

2011 Sep 8-11 ^

48

36

16

2008 Sep 8-11 ^

40

41

19

2006 Sep 7-10 ^

37

48

15

2005 Sep 12-15 ^

44

43

13

2004 Sep 13-15 ^

43

35

22

2003 Sep 8-10 ^

46

45

9

2002 Sep 5-8 ^

44

41

15

2002 Apr 5-7

43

42

15

2001 Sep 7-10

43

45

12

2000 Oct 6-9

48

40

12

Extended trend: Do you think it is better for the country to have a president who comes from the same political party that controls Congress, or do you think it is better to have a president from one political party and Congress controlled by another?

Same
party

Different
parties

No difference
(vol.)/No
opinion

%

%

%

2002 Apr 5-7 ^

41

43

16

2001 Sep 7-10 ^

42

46

12

2000 Oct 6-9 ^

45

42

13

1998 Apr 17-19

40

42

18

1997 Sep 25-28

31

45

24

1997 Aug 22-25

42

41

17

1994 Oct 7-9

45

37

18

1994 Jan 15-17

46

36

18

1993 Aug 8-10

48

37

15

CBS/New York Times poll trend:

1992 Sep

47

31

22

1989 Sep

35

45

20

^ Asked of a half sample

(vol.) = Volunteered response


Overall, has Barack Obama done better than you expected as president, worse than you expected, or about as you expected?

Better

Worse

About as
expected

None/
Other
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 May 12-15

14

24

61

1

1

2011 Apr 20-23

12

35

53

*

*

2009 Apr 20-21 ^

24

13

62

*

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

Has Barack Obama been -- [ROTATED: a stronger leader than you expected him to be, about what you expected, (or has he been) a weaker leader than you expected him to be]?

Stronger
leader

About as
expected

Weaker
leader

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 May 12-15

21

42

36

1

2011 Apr 20-23

17

38

44

1

Has Barack Obama been -- [ROTATED: a more conservative president than you expected, about as you expected, (or has he been) a more liberal president than you expected]?

More
conservative

About as
expected

More
liberal

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Apr 20-23

19

43

35

4

Who do you regard as the greatest United States president?

Feb
2-5,
2011

Feb
7-10,
2005

Nov
10-12,
2003

Apr
5-6,
2003

Feb
9-11,
2001^

Feb
14-15,
2000^

Feb
1999

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Ronald Reagan

19

20

13

10

18

11

12

Abraham Lincoln

14

14

17

15

14

18

18

Bill Clinton

13

15

9

11

9

5

12

John Kennedy

11

12

17

13

16

22

12

George Washington

10

5

7

7

5

5

12

Franklin Roosevelt

8

12

11

9

6

12

9

Barack Obama

5

--

--

--

--

--

--

Theodore Roosevelt

3

2

3

2

2

3

3

Harry Truman

3

2

3

4

6

3

4

George W. Bush

2

5

3

11

--

--

--

Thomas Jefferson

2

2

3

2

1

3

2

Jimmy Carter

1

3

3

3

4

3

3

Dwight Eisenhower

1

1

2

1

1

3

2

George H.W. Bush

1

1

2

2

3

3

5

Andrew Jackson

*

*

*

--

--

--

--

Lyndon Johnson

*

*

*

*

--

--

--

Richard Nixon

*

1

1

1

1

2

2

Other

1

1

2

2

5

3

1

None

1

1

*

1

2

*

1

No opinion

5

3

4

6

7

4

2

^ Asked of half sample

Do you think President Obama will do a better job in the next two years than he has in his first two years, a worse job, or do you think he will do about the same?

Better

Worse

About the same

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

39

10

50

1

Over the next two years, do you think President Obama should pursue policies that are -- [ROTATED: more liberal, about the same, (or) more conservative]?

More
liberal

About
the same

More
conservative

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

17

30

50

3

From what you have heard, read, or remember about some of our past presidents, please tell me if you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following handled their job as president. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

George W. Bush, president from 2001-2009

2010 Nov 19-21

47

51

1

Bill Clinton

2010 Nov 19-21

69

30

1

2006 Jun 1-4

61

38

1

2002 Mar 18-20

51

47

2

George H.W. Bush, president from 1989-1993

2010 Nov 19-21

64

34

2

2006 Jun 1-4

56

42

3

2002 Mar 18-20

69

26

5

2000 Feb 14-15

74

23

3

1999 Feb 8-9

76

22

2

1993 Nov 15-16

58

40

2

Ronald Reagan

2010 Nov 19-21

74

24

2

2006 Jun 1-4

71

27

2

2002 Mar 18-20

73

22

5

2000 Feb 14-15

66

32

2

1999 Feb 8-9

71

27

2

1993 Nov 15-16

52

45

3

1992 Jun 4-8

50

47

3

1990 Nov 8-11

54

44

2

Jimmy Carter

2010 Nov 19-21

52

42

6

2006 Jun 1-4

61

34

5

2002 Mar 18-20

60

28

12

2000 Feb 14-15

64

31

5

1999 Feb 8-9

69

27

4

1993 Nov 15-16

45

50

5

1992 Jun 4-8

48

46

6

1990 Nov 8-11

45

52

3

Gerald Ford

2010 Nov 19-21

61

26

13

2006 Jun 1-4

60

26

14

2002 Mar 18-20

60

19

21

2000 Feb 14-15

66

25

9

1999 Feb 8-9

71

22

7

1993 Nov 15-16

50

33

17

1992 Jun 4-8

56

29

15

1990 Nov 8-11

55

34

11

Richard Nixon

2010 Nov 19-21

29

65

5

2006 Jun 1-4

28

65

6

2002 Mar 18-20

34

54

12

2000 Feb 14-15

31

65

4

1999 Feb 8-9

34

63

3

1993 Nov 15-16

37

56

7

1992 Jun 4-8

35

59

6

1990 Nov 8-11

32

62

6

Lyndon Johnson

2010 Nov 19-21

49

36

15

2006 Jun 1-4

41

41

18

2002 Mar 18-20

39

34

27

2000 Feb 14-15

48

39

13

1999 Feb 8-9

45

45

10

1993 Nov 15-16

35

43

22

1992 Jun 4-8

35

45

20

1990 Nov 8-11

40

43

17

John F. Kennedy

2010 Nov 19-21

85

10

6

2006 Jun 1-4

84

9

7

2002 Mar 18-20

83

7

10

2000 Feb 14-15

86

10

4

1999 Feb 8-9

85

13

2

1993 Nov 15-16

78

13

9

1992 Jun 4-8

76

14

10

1990 Nov 8-11

84

9

7

Regardless of which presidential candidate you preferred, do you think the Obama administration will or will not be able to do each of the following? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Increase respect for the United States abroad

Yes, will

No, will not

No opinion

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Oct 16-19

60

38

2

2008 Nov 7-9

76

22

1

George W. Bush

2005 Jan 14-16 ^ †

50

48

2

2001 Jan 15-16 †

58

38

4

Bill Clinton

1992 Nov 10-11

50

40

10

George H.W. Bush

1989 Jan 24-25

74

15

11

1988 Nov 14-Dec 4

64

24

12

Ronald Reagan

1980 Nov 21-24

62

24

14

^ Asked of a half sample

† WORDING: Improve respect for the United States abroad

Control federal spending

Yes, will

No, will not

No opinion

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Oct 16-19

31

67

2

2008 Nov 7-9

52

46

2

Bill Clinton

1993 Feb 12-13

52

43

5

1992 Nov 10-11

40

54

6


Bring U.S. troops home from Iraq in a way that is not harmful to the U.S.

Yes, will

No, will not

No opinion

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Oct 16-19

56

41

3

2008 Nov 7-9

66

33

2

Improve conditions for minorities and the poor

Yes, will

No, will not

No opinion

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2008 Nov 7-9

80

19

1

George W. Bush

2001 Jan 15-16 ^

44

51

5

Bill Clinton

1992 Nov 10-11

68

27

5

George H.W. Bush

1988 Nov 14-Dec 4

39

48

13

^ WORDING: Improve conditions for the disadvantaged and the poor

Do you think the policies that Barack Obama has pursued as president have been mostly liberal, mostly moderate, or mostly conservative?(If "liberal" or "conservative," probe:) Do you think they have been very [liberal/conservative] or only somewhat [liberal/conservative]?

Very
liberal

Liberal

Moderate

Conserv-
ative

Very
conserv-
ative

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2009 Oct 16-19

34

20

34

4

3

5

2009 Jul 17-19

33

16

41

3

3

3

2009 Apr 20-21

27

20

40

5

3

5

Do you think Barack Obama is -- [ROTATED: moving too fast, doing about right, or not moving fast enough] -- in addressing the major problems facing the country today?

Too fast

About right

Not fast
enough

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2009 Jul 17-19

33

45

20

2

2009 Feb 20-22

27

59

10

4

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1

22

63

10

5

Do you think Barack Obama is relying too much on the federal government to solve the country's problems, not enough, or about the right amount?

Is relying
too much

Right
amount

Not
enough

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2009 Apr 20-21

40

48

8

3

For comparison (2008 election campaign): Do you think … Barack Obama … would rely too much on the federal government to solve the country's problems, not enough, or about the right amount?

Would rely
too much

Right
amount

Not
enough

No
opinion

2008 Oct 23-26 ^

34%

47

14

5

^ Asked in rotation with John McCain

Now I'd like you to think about Barack Obama's ability to handle a number of things over the next four years. Please tell me whether you are very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident that Barack Obama can -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Handle an international crisis

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not at all
confident

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Jan 9-11

34

39

15

10

1

2008 Nov 7-9

36

31

18

14

*

George W. Bush

2005 Jan 14-16

36

28

17

18

1

2001 Jan 15-16

32

39

19

9

1

Bill Clinton

1997 Jan 10-13

27

45

16

11

1

1993 Jan 8-11

20

50

19

9

2

* Less than 0.5%

B. Use military force wisely

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not at all
confident

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Jan 9-11

34

37

17

10

1

2008 Nov 7-9

37

32

17

14

*

George W. Bush

2005 Jan 14-16

34

22

19

24

1

2001 Jan 15-16

41

37

14

7

1

C. Defend U.S. interests abroad as president

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not at all
confident

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Jan 9-11

37

38

15

8

2

2008 Nov 7-9

37

34

18

10

1

Bill Clinton

1992 Nov 10-11

23

42

23

9

2

D. Prevent major scandals in his administration

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not at all
confident

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Jan 9-11

34

40

16

8

2

George W. Bush

2005 Jan 14-16

30

37

18

14

1

2001 Jan 15-16

39

38

13

8

2

E. Work effectively with Congress to get things done

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not at all
confident

No
opinion

Barack Obama

%

%

%

%

%

2009 Jan 9-11

44

45

6

4

1

George W. Bush

2005 Jan 14-16

26

44

17

12

1

2001 Jan 15-16

27

47

17

8

1

F. Fulfill the proper role of the United States in world affairs

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not at all
confident

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Jan 9-11

42

38

13

6

1

George W. Bush

2005 Jan 14-16

31

31

18

20

*

2001 Jan 15-16

31

41

18

9

1

* Less than 0.5%

G. Manage the executive branch effectively

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not at all
confident

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

Barack Obama

2009 Jan 9-11

44

40

9

6

1

George W. Bush

2001 Jan 15-16

33

44

15

7

1

Would you describe Barack Obama more as a -- [ROTATED: uniter (or a) divider]?

Uniter

Divider

No opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

80%

16

4

Thinking generally, how much influence do you think the president can have on each of the following? Would you say that the president can a great deal, fair amount, only a little, or none at all on -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. The nation's prosperity

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

40%

38

17

3

1

2001 Jan 15-16

30%

45

20

4

1

B. Respect for the nation abroad

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

54%

30

11

3

1

2001 Jan 15-16

50%

34

12

3

1

C. The quality of education in the U.S.

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

39%

38

17

5

1

2001 Jan 15-16

36%

41

19

4

*

* Less than 0.5%

D. Race relations

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

46%

33

14

5

1

2001 Jan 15-16

27%

41

22

9

1

E. Moral values in the U.S.

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

35%

33

22

9

1

2001 Jan 15-16

39%

33

20

7

1

F. The quality of healthcare in the U.S.

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

37%

37

20

5

1

2001 Jan 15-16

27%

44

23

5

1

G. The mood of the country

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

54%

34

8

2

2

2001 Jan 15-16

38%

41

15

5

1

H. Promoting democracy around the world

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Only
a little

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Jan 9-11

41%

35

18

5

1

Just your best guess, do you think the policies that Barack Obama will pursue as president will be mostly liberal, mostly moderate, or mostly conservative?

(If "liberal" or "conservative," probe:) Do you think they will be very [liberal/conservative] or only somewhat [liberal/conservative]?

Very
liberal

Liberal

Moderate

Con-
serva-
tive

Very
con-
serva-
tive

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2008 Nov 7-9

24

19

45

5

4

3

As you may know, impeachment is the first step in the constitutional process for removing a president from office, in which possible crimes are investigated and charges are made. Do you think there is or is not justification for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush at this time?

Yes, is

No, is not

No opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

36%

62

3

(Asked of those who say there is sufficient justification for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush at this time) In your view, what are the specific things President Bush has done that make you think impeachment proceedings should begin? [OPEN-ENDED]

2007
Jul 6-8

%

The war in Iraq (nonspecific)/his handling of it

39

Lying about the war in Iraq/Going to war under false pretenses/Starting an unjust war

31

Lying to the public (nonspecific)

16

His attitude/approach to governing/doesn't listen to others/his way or the highway

16

Disregards laws/constitution (nonspecific)

11

Intervention in the Scooter Libby case

10

Wiretapping/Surveillance/Spying on Americans

6

Too close to big corporations (oil)/Secret deals with corporations

3

Other

14

Nothing

1

Everything

1

No opinion

4

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Compared with the situation when George W. Bush took office in January 2001, do you think the Bush administration has made the situation better, has made no difference, or has made the situation worse in each of the following areas? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2007 Jul 6-8
(sorted by "made better")

Made
better

Made no
difference

Made
worse

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Terrorism

31

18

49

1

Public education

26

36

37

2

Unemployment

26

30

41

3

The economy

25

21

53

2

Federal taxes

22

32

44

3

The situation in Iraq

18

11

69

2

Race relations

17

49

31

3

Immigration

12

26

60

2

The reputation of the United States around the world

10

17

72

1

Social Security

8

44

45

3

The budget deficit

6

15

76

4

The gap between rich and poor

6

28

65

1

Now, please think about what conditions for the U.S. are likely to be when the next president takes office in January 2009. Compared with what other new presidents have generally faced when they took office, do you think the situation will be better, the same, or worse for the next president?

Better

Same

Worse

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

16%

30

53

1

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: the problems the next president will face will mainly be the result of failures on the part of President Bush, (or) the problems the next president will face will mainly be due to circumstances beyond what any president could control]?

Failures of
President Bush

Circumstances
beyond control

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

53%

43

4

Generally speaking, do you think President Bush should pay -- [ROTATED: more attention to Pope Benedict than he pays to other world leaders, the same amount of attention, or should President Bush pay less attention to Pope Benedict than he pays to other world leaders]?

BASED ON A HALF SAMPLE

More
attention

Same
amount

Less
attention

No
opinion

2007 Jun 1-3

10%

59

27

3

Generally speaking, how much attention should President Bush pay to Pope Benedict's ideas and pronouncements about policy -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all?

BASED ON A HALF SAMPLE

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

2007 Jun 1-3

18%

46

21

11

4

Do you think leaders of other countries around the world have respect for George W. Bush, or do you think they don't have much respect for him?

Respect
him

Don't have
much respect
for him

No
opinion

%

%

%

George W. Bush

2007 Feb 1-4

21

73

5

2006 Feb 6-9

33

63

5

2005 Feb 25-27

38

57

5

2005 Feb 7-10

35

60

5

2004 Jul 19-21 ^

43

52

5

2004 Feb 9-12

39

57

4

2003 Apr 14-16

46

48

6

2003 Mar 22-23

44

48

8

2003 Feb 17-19

40

55

5

2003 Feb 3-6

46

48

6

2002 Apr 29-May 1

63

31

6

2002 Feb 4-6

75

21

4

2001 Jul 19-22

45

47

8

2001 Jun 8-10

40

46

14

2001 Feb 1-4

49

38

13

^ Asked of a half sample

Over the next two years, do you think George W. Bush will be a more powerful president than he has been so far, a less powerful president, or will there be no change?

More
powerful

Less
powerful

No
change

No
opinion

2006 Dec 8-10

13%

42

44

1

Do you think George W. Bush's political views are too conservative, about right, or too liberal?

Too
conservative

About
right

Too
liberal

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2006 Apr 28-30

45

28

19

8

2004 Oct 14-16 ^

40

41

14

5

2004 Sep 3-5 ^

40

42

13

5

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1 ^

41

41

12

6

2004 Mar 26-28 ^

38

40

15

7

2004 Jan 29-Feb 1 ^

39

36

18

7

2001 Apr 20-22

35

41

16

8

2000 Aug 18-19 ^

40

41

12

7

2000 Aug 4-5 ^

30

50

13

7

2000 Jul 25-26 ^ †

30

45

12

13

2000 Mar 10-12 ^

30

47

14

9

2000 Feb 25-27 ^

33

38

16

13

2000 Jan 17-19 ^

27

45

12

16

1999 Oct 8-10 ^

27

50

16

7

^ Rotated with Al Gore (1999-2000) or John Kerry (2004)

† Asked of a half sample

Would you describe George W. Bush as a -- [ROTATED: strong president (or a) weak president]?

Strong
president

Weak
president

No
opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

47%

51

2

2005 Nov 11-13

49%

49

2

If you had to choose, which of the following do you think George W. Bush's presidency will be most remembered for -- [ROTATED: the war in Iraq, tax cuts, his U.S. Supreme Court appointments, his efforts against terrorism, (or) the government response to Hurricane Katrina]?

Iraq

Tax
cuts

Supreme
Court
appoint-
ments

Efforts
against
terrorism

Hurri-
cane
Katrina
response

No
opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

64%

2

5

18

10

1

Would you describe George W. Bush more as a -- [ROTATED: uniter (or a) divider]?

Uniter

Divider

No opinion

2006 Jan 20-22

41%

54

4

2005 Jan 14-16

49%

49

2

2004 Oct 22-24

48%

48

4

2001 Jan 15-16

58%

36

6

How would you describe your overall opinion of George W. Bush? Would you say you -- [ROTATED: like Bush a lot, like him a little, dislike him a little, (or) dislike Bush a lot]?

Like
a lot

Like
a little

Dislike
a little

Dislike
a lot

No
opinion

2005 Nov 11-13

27%

21

17

33

2

2003 May 30-Jun 1

40%

28

16

15

1

How would you describe your overall opinion of George W. Bush? Would you say you -- [ROTATED: like Bush a lot, like him a little, dislike him a little, (or) dislike Bush a lot]?

Would you say you hate Bush, or would you say you dislike Bush but do not hate him?

COMBINED RESPONSES

Like
a lot

Like
a little

Dislike
a little

Dislike
a lot

Hate
Bush

No
opinion

2005 Nov 11-13

27%

21

17

27

6

2

2003 May 30-Jun 1

40%

28

16

13

2

1

Would you say you trust what George W. Bush says -- [ROTATED: more, about the same, or less] -- than you trusted what previous presidents said while in office?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

More

About
the same

Less

No
opinion

2005 Nov 11-13 ^

30

16

53

1

2003 Jun 27-29

41

25

32

2

^ Asked of a half sample

Would you say you trust what George W. Bush says -- [ROTATED: more, about the same, or less] -- than you trusted what Bill Clinton said while he was president?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE


More

About
the same


Less

No
opinion

2005 Nov 11-13

36%

15

48

1

Now thinking ahead, do you think the remaining three years of George W. Bush's presidency will be a success or failure?

Success

Failure

No opinion

2005 Oct 28-30

41%

55

4

Please tell me whether you agree or disagree that George W. Bush has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.

Agree

Disagree

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Oct 21-23

49

50

1

2005 May 20-22 ^

52

45

3

2004 Oct 22-24 †

57

41

2

2004 Oct 1-3 †

57

42

1

2004 Sep 3-5 †

59

41

*

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1 †

55

43

2

2004 Jul 19-21 †

55

44

1

2004 Mar 5-7 †

57

40

3

2004 Jan 9-11

66

33

1

2003 Sep 19-21

59

40

1

2003 Jun 27-29

64

35

1

2002 Jan 25-27

79

19

2

2001 Aug 10-12

57

41

2

2001 Jun 8-10

54

42

4

2000 Aug 18-19 ‡

64

32

4

2000 Aug 11-12 ‡

65

28

7

2000 Aug 4-5 ‡

70

26

4

2000 Jul 25-26 ‡

62

32

6

2000 Apr 7-9 ‡

61

30

9

2000 Jan 17-19 ‡

65

28

7

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

† Asked in rotation with John Kerry

‡ Asked in rotation with Al Gore

Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with George W. Bush on the issues that matter most to you.

Agree

Disagree

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Oct 21-23

41

57

2

2005 May 20-22 ^

40

57

3

2004 Oct 22-24 †

49

49

2

2004 Oct 1-3 †

50

49

1

2004 Sep 3-5 †

50

48

2

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1 †

48

51

1

2004 Jul 19-21 †

47

50

3

2004 Mar 5-7 †

48

49

3

2004 Jan 9-11

55

44

1

2003 Sep 19-21

46

51

3

2003 Jun 27-29

53

46

1

2002 Jan 25-27

71

25

4

2001 Aug 10-12

52

42

6

2001 Jun 8-10

49

47

4

^ Asked of a half sample.

† Asked in rotation with John Kerry

Overall, how would you rate the ethical standards of top Bush administration officials -- excellent, good, not good, or poor?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE


Excellent


Good

Not
good


Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

George W. Bush

2005 Oct 21-23 ^

11

40

19

29

1

2005 Jul 22-24 ^

8

47

24

18

3

2002 Jul 26-28

15

59

15

8

3

Bill Clinton

1994 Mar 7-8

4

53

20

21

2

1994 Jan 15-17

6

37

39

16

2

George H.W. Bush

1989 May 12-16 †

5

54

20

7

13

Ronald Reagan

1984 Oct 22-23 † ‡

7

60

17

12

4

1984 Sep 7-11 † ‡

6

58

19

15

3

1983 Jul 28-Aug 1 †

5

59

22

9

4

^ Asked of a half sample

† ABC/Washington Post Trend

‡ Based on registered voters

As you may know, several members of the Bush administration have been accused of leaking to reporters the identity of a woman working for the CIA. Which of the following statements best describes your view of top Bush administration officials in these matters -- some Bush administration officials did something illegal, no Bush administration officials did anything illegal, but some officials did something unethical, or no Bush administration official did anything seriously wrong?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

Illegal


Unethical

Nothing
wrong

No
opinion

2005 Oct 21-23

39%

39

10

12

Would you, personally, vote for a qualified woman for president, or not?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2005 Sep 8-11

86%

13

1

Do you think most of your neighbors would vote for a qualified woman for president, or not?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2005 Sep 8-11

61%

34

5

Overall, how long do you think it will be before a woman is elected president -- within the next 10 years, within the next 25 years, within the next 100 years, sometime longer than that, or never?

Next 10
years

Next 25
years

Next 100
years

Longer
than
that

Never

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

National adults

2005 Sep 8-11

46

41

5

1

6

1

2001 Jan 15-16

40

42

7

2

8

1

Men

2005 Sep 8-11

40

49

5

1

4

1

2001 Jan 15-16

42

41

7

2

7

1

Women

2005 Sep 8-11

51

34

5

1

8

1

2001 Jan 15-16

38

43

6

2

10

1

1999 Feb 3-7

40

41

7

2

10

*

* Less than 0.5%

Do you think George W. Bush has spent too much time dealing with foreign policy problems, not enough time, or the right amount of time?

Too
much

Not
enough

Right
amount

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

George W. Bush

2005 Aug 28-30

29

29

40

2

2004 Jan 2-5

23

16

59

2

2002 Oct 21-22

28

15

53

4

Bill Clinton

1994 Sep 23-25

27

25

44

5

1994 Jun 11-12

22

25

46

7

1994 Jan 6-8

19

28

50

3

George H.W. Bush

1992 Jan 3-6

50

7

40

3

Do you think George W. Bush has spent too much time dealing with economic problems, not enough time, or the right amount of time?

Too
much

Not
enough

Right
amount

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

2%

70

26

2

2004 Jan 2-5

1%

55

42

2

2002 Oct 21-22

2%

62

34

2

Do you think big business does -- or does not -- have too much influence over the decisions made by the Bush administration?

Yes, does

No, does not

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Aug 28-30

70

25

5

2004 Oct 9-10 ^

61

35

4

2002 Jul 26-28 ^

69

24

7

2002 Jun 28-30 ^

63

32

5

2002 Jan 11-14

63

31

6

2001 Jul 10-11

67

26

7

2001 Apr 20-22

63

30

7

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think the ethical practices of the Bush administration are worse than previous administrations, or not?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

Yes, worse

No, not worse

No opinion

George W. Bush

2005 Jul 22-24 ^

39%

58

3

2002 Jul 26-28

16%

80

4

Bill Clinton

1996 Oct 16

41%

56

3

^ Asked of a half sample

1996 WORDING: Do you think the ethical practices of the Clinton administration are worse than previous administrations, or not?

Do you think the religious right has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence in the Bush administration?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

Too
much

Too
little

Right
amount

No
influence
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Apr 1-2

39%

18

39

1

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think the religious right has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence over the Republicans in Congress?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

Too
much

Too
little

Right
amount

No
influence (vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Apr 1-2

39%

23

33

*

5

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think the policies being proposed by George W. Bush would move the country in the right direction or the wrong direction?

Right direction

Wrong direction

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Feb 4-6

55

42

3

2005 Jan 14-16

51

42

7

2004 Sep 24-26 ^

55

42

3

2001 Apr 20-22 †

55

34

11

2001 Jan 15-16

56

36

8

2000 Aug 18-19 ^

55

36

9

2000 Apr 7-9 ^

51

31

18

1999 Oct 8-10 ^

64

27

9

^ Asked in a rotation with presidential candidates Al Gore in 1999-2000 and John Kerry in 2004.

† WORDING: Do you think the policies being proposed by George W. Bush will move the country in the right direction or the wrong direction?

Which one of the following characteristics is the most important one to you in rating how a president is handling his job -- [ROTATED: his moral values, his positions on issues, (or) his ability to manage the government]?


Moral
values

Position
on issues

Manage
gov't

None
(vol.)

All
equally
(vol.)

Other
(vol.)

No
opinion

2002 Apr 29-May 1

26%

25

37

*

10

*

2

1998 Jan 30-Feb 1

16%

22

55

--

--

--

7

1996 Oct 7-13

23%

21

42

--

--

--

14

1996 May 9-12

18%

24

51

--

--

--

7

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

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