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AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. March 24-28, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.2.

             

"Do you think the amount of taxes you pay is fair or unfair?"

 
    Fair Unfair Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-28/11

54 46 1    

 

CBS News Poll. March 18-21, 2011. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of these should be the higher priority for the nation right now: cutting government spending or creating jobs?"

 
    Cutting
spending
Creating
jobs
Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

26 63 11 0  
 

Republicans

48 41 11 0  
 

Democrats

12 80 7 1  
 

Independents

23 63 13 1  
             

"How serious a problem do you think the budget deficit is for the country right now: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not too
serious
Not at all
serious
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/18-21/11

68 26 5 1 0
 

2/11-14/11

70 25 3 1 1
             

"When it comes to the federal budget, which do you think Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress should do: compromise some of their positions in order to pass a budget and keep the federal government running, or stick to their positions even if it means not passing a budget and shutting the federal government down?"

 
    Compromise Stick to their
positions
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/11

81 13 1 5  
             

"When it comes to the federal budget, which do you think the Republicans in Congress should do: compromise some of their positions in order to pass a budget and keep the federal government running, or stick to their positions even if it means not passing a budget and shutting the federal government down?"

 
    Compromise Stick to their
positions
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/11

79 17 1 3  

 

Pew Research Center. March 8-14, 2011. N=1,525 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Considering what the president and Congress need to deal with, do you think reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority, important but lower priority, not too important, or does it not need to be addressed this year?"

 
    Top
priority
Important,
but lower
priority
Not too
important
Does not
need to be
addressed
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/8-14/11

53 33 3 7 4
             

"Would you favor or oppose [see below] as a way to reduce the budget deficit?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Lowering domestic spending"

 

3/8-14/11

61 30 9    
             
 

"Lowering defense and military spending"

 

3/8-14/11

49 47 4    
             
 

"Changes to Social Security and Medicare"

 

3/8-14/11

30 65 4    
             
 

"Raising taxes"

 

3/8-14/11

30 67 3    
             

"Who has the better approach to the budget deficit: Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress, or is there not much difference?"

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/8-14/11

20 21 52 7  
             

"If the government makes major cuts in federal spending this year in an effort to reduce the budget deficit, do you think these cuts will help the job situation, hurt the job situation, or not have much of an effect either way?"

 
    Help Hurt Not much
of an effect
Mixed
effect (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/8-14/11

18 34 41 1 6

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 11-13, 2011. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Think about all the money that the federal government spent last year. I'm going to name a few federal programs and for each one, I'd like you to estimate what percentage of the federal government's budget last year was spent on each of those programs. Just give me your best guess. You can pick any number from one percent to a hundred percent, or if you think it was less than one percent, you can say that too. . . ." N=508 (Version A), MoE 4.5

 
    Percentage of
the budget:
MEDIAN
RESPONSE
       
             
 

"Military spending by the Department of Defense"

 

3/11-13/11

30        
             
 

"Medicare -- the federal health program for the elderly"

 

3/11-13/11

20        
             
 

"Social Security"

 

3/11-13/11

20        
             
 

"Medicaid -- the federal health program for the poor"

 

3/11-13/11

15        
             
 

"Pensions and benefits for retired government workers"

 

3/11-13/11

10        
             
 

"Aid to foreign countries for international development and humanitarian assistance"

 

3/11-13/11

10        
             
 

"Food and nutrition assistance for the poor, including the program that used to be known as food stamps"

 

3/11-13/11

10        
             
 

"Federal funding for elementary, secondary and higher education"

 

3/11-13/11

10        
             
 

"Housing assistance for the poor"

 

3/11-13/11

7        
             
 

"Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding for public television and public radio stations"

 

3/11-13/11

5        
             

"I'm going to name a few federal programs and for each one, I'd like you to tell me whether you think federal spending on that program should be increased, kept the same, decreased a little, or decreased a lot, or if you think that program should be eliminated entirely. . . ." N=515 (Version B), MoE 4.5

 
    Increased Kept the
same
Decreased
a little
Decreased
a lot
Eliminated
entirely
    % % % % %
             
 

"Federal funding for elementary, secondary and higher education"

 

3/11-13/11

63 22 7 3 4
             
 

"Medicare -- the federal health program for the elderly"

 

3/11-13/11

48 39 10 4 -
             
 

"Social Security"

 

3/11-13/11

41 46 8 3 1
             
 

"Medicaid -- the federal health program for the poor"

 

3/11-13/11

34 41 16 7 1
             
 

"Housing assistance for the poor"

 

3/11-13/11

34 38 17 8 2
             
 

"Food and nutrition assistance for the poor, including the program that used to be known as food stamps"

 

3/11-13/11

34 38 15 10 2
             
 

"Military spending by the Department of Defense"

 

3/11-13/11

30 33 23 13 1
             
 

"Pensions and benefits for retired government workers"

 

3/11-13/11

15 33 26 21 5
             
 

"Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding for public television and public radio stations"

 

3/11-13/11

14 39 19 11 16
             
 

"Aid to foreign countries for international development and humanitarian assistance"

 

3/11-13/11

10 27 29 24 7

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2011. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Who do you think better understands the economic problems people in this country are having: Obama or the Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/10-13/11

47 35 3 12 2
             

"Thinking about the federal government's economic stimulus program, do you think the economic stimulus program has helped the national economy, hurt the national economy, or hasn't made much difference?"

 
    Helped Hurt No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/10-13/11

28 21 49 2  
 

6/3-6/10

30 20 49 1  
 

11/12-15/09

37 23 39 1  
 

9/10-12/09

32 19 47 2  
 

6/18-21/09

28 19 52 2  
 

4/21-24/09

33 16 49 2  
             

"Do you think large cuts in federal spending would do more to create jobs or do more to cut jobs in this country?" Options rotated

 
    Create jobs Cut jobs Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/10-13/11

41 45 7 7  
             

"As you may know, the federal government might have to partially shut down later this month if the Obama administration and the Republicans in Congress cannot agree on a plan to keep it running while they work on a new budget. Who do you think is mainly responsible for this situation: the Obama administration or the Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/10-13/11

31 45 17 2 4
             

"Considering everything, do you think the partial shutdown of the federal government would be a good thing or a bad thing?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/10-13/11

31 63 6    

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 4-7, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which of the following do you see as the more important priority for the federal government right now: creating jobs or cutting spending?" Options rotated

 
    Creating
jobs
Cutting
spending
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-7/11

56 42 2    
             

"Do you think it is or is not possible to bring down the deficit substantially without raising taxes?"

 
    Is possible Is not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-7/11

61 37 2    
             

"If taxes need to be raised to reduce the deficit, do you think enough revenue can be raised by taxing only those with household incomes of $250,000 a year or more, or do you think all taxpayers will have to pay more?"

 
    $250K or
more only
All
taxpayers
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-7/11

34 61 5    
             

"Do you think President Obama does or does not have an effective strategy for improving the long-term strength of the U.S. economy?"

 
    Does Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-7/11

40 51 9    
             

"Who do you think has laid out a better vision for a successful economic future for the U.S.: President Obama or the Republicans?"

 
    Obama Republicans Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/4-7/11

45 33 14 8  
             

"Which of the following better describes your opinion about the battle in Congress over cutting spending to bring down the deficit? Deep cuts need to be made, even if it means shutting down the government for a while to get that done. Cuts need to be made, but compromises should be reached to avoid a government shutdown."

 
    Even if it
means a
shutdown
Compromises
should be
reached
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-7/11

20 77 3    
             

"Which party do you think will benefit more if the federal government shuts down: Republicans for taking a strong stand against government spending, or Democrats for trying to keep the government open?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans Democrats Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-7/11

45 34 21    

 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. March 3-6, 2011. N=1,040 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"The two main ways of reducing the budget deficit are to cut existing programs and to raise taxes. If you had to choose, which approach would you prefer?"

 
    Cut existing
programs
Raise taxes Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/3-6/11

56 30 3 8 3
 

Democrats

41 46 4 8 1
 

Independents

49 21 4 17 9
 

Republicans

79 14 3 3 2
             
 

Asked of those who answered "Cut existing programs" or "Both":
"The following three programs account for over 60% of the total federal budget. In which of the following areas would you recommend cuts in order to reduce the federal budget deficit: defense spending, Medicare/Medicaid, or Social Security?"
Multiple responses accepted.

 
      %      
 

Defense spending

51      
 

Medicare/Medicaid

28      
 

Social Security

18      
 

Other (vol.)

4      
 

None (vol.)

10      
 

Unsure

2      
             

"Republicans in Congress have proposed cutting 61 billion dollars from the budget. Some people believe that cuts of this size are essential to balance the budget. Others believe that cuts of this size could cause job losses. Which of these comes closer to your personal view?"

 
    Essential Could cause
job losses
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/3-6/11

45 48 7    
 

Democrats

27 67 6    
 

Independents

45 39 15    
 

Republicans

67 28 5    
             

"As you may know, the federal government may shut down because Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been unable to agree on a budget for the rest of 2011. In your view, to what extent would a government shutdown affect you personally? Would it affect you a lot, some, a little, or not at all?"

 
    A lot Some A little Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/3-6/11

36 22 20 19 3

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Feb. 21-28, 2011. N=1,887 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.3.

             

"If Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, the government will be shut down except for those workers deemed essential. Some people say shutting down the government except for essential personnel would be a bad thing because many federal services would be unavailable. Others say it would be a good thing because it would stop the government from going further into debt. Which comes closer to your point of view?"

 
    Bad thing Good thing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/21-28/11

44 46 10    
             

"If the federal government shuts down, who would you hold more responsible: President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?"

 
    Obama Republicans Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/21-28/11

38 47 15    
             

"There is a bill that would prohibit members of Congress and the president from being paid during a government shutdown. Do you think that bill is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/21-28/11

78 18 5    
             

"In order to reduce state budget deficits, would you support or oppose making public employees pay more for their benefits and retirement programs?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/21-28/11

63 31 6    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-27, 2011. N=984 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"If you HAD to choose ONE, which of the following would you be willing to do in order to reduce your STATE'S budget deficit: increase taxes, decrease benefits of public employees like teachers or police officers, decrease funding for roads and public transportation, OR decrease funding for education?" Options rotated

 
    Increase
taxes
Decrease
benefits
Decrease
funding
for roads
Decrease
funding for
education
No state
deficit (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/24-27/11

40 22 20 3 15
             

"In order to reduce state budget deficits, do you favor cutting the pay or benefits of public employees, or do you oppose that?" Options rotated

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/24-27/11

37 56 7    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 21, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"As you may know, many U.S. state governments are facing large budget deficits this year. Please say whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose each of the following ways state officials could reduce their budget deficits. How about [see below]?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Reducing or eliminating certain state programs"

 

2/21/11

15 32 36 12 5
             
 

"Reducing pay or benefits the state provides for government workers"

 

2/21/11

15 29 39 14 3
             
 

"Increasing state sales, income or other taxes"

 

2/21/11

4 23 44 27 2
             

"As you may know, one way the legislature in Wisconsin is seeking to reduce its budget deficit is by passing a bill that would take away some of the collective bargaining rights of most public unions, including the state teachers' union. Would you favor or oppose such a bill in your state?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/21/11

33 61 6    
             

"Based on what you know or have read, is your state facing a budget crisis this year, is it not facing a budget crisis, or are you unsure?"

 
    Is Is not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/21/11

64 5 31    

 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University. Jan. 27-Feb. 9, 2011. N=1,959 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How much blame, if any, do you think each of the following should get for the economic challenges facing this country today? First/Next do you blame [see below] a lot, some, only a little, or not at all for the economic challenges facing the country?"

 
    A lot Some Only a little Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The government in Washington"

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

54 30 9 6 1
             
 

"Wall Street financial institutions"

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

46 29 13 7 4
             
 

"Consumers who spent more than they could afford"

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

45 33 13 8 1
             

"Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you think better understands the economic problems people in this country are having?" Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/27 - 2/9/11

35 30 3 22 9
             

"When it comes to looking out for the economic interests of [see below], do you think that the Obama administration is doing too much, too little or about the right amount?"

 
    Too much Too little About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"You and your family"

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

10 47 37 5  
             
 

"African Americans"

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

11 26 46 17  
             
 

"Hispanic Americans"

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

17 29 36 18  
             
 

"Wall Street financial institutions" N=979 (Form A)

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

41 20 27 13  
             
 

"Small businesses" N=979 (Form A)

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

5 54 32 9  
             
 

"Middle class Americans" N=980 (Form B)

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

7 50 39 5  
             
 

"Wealthy Americans, the upper class" N=980 (Form B)

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

40 19 34 8  
             
 

"Working class Americans" N=980 (Form B)

 

1/27 - 2/9/11

8 53 36 4  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 26, 2011. N=1,004 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily tracking. Margin of error 4.

             

"Which proposal for government spending do you favor more: President Obama's proposal to freeze discretionary domestic spending for the next five years or congressional Republicans' proposal to cut discretionary domestic spending back to 2008 levels?" Options rotated

 
    Obama's
proposal
Republicans'
proposal
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/26/11

39 41 7 13  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 21-23, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you favor or oppose a legislative agenda that would reduce the size of the government?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/21-23/11

71 25 4    
             

"In your view, do current Republican proposals to cut spending go too far, or not?"

 
    Go too far Not too far Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/21-23/11

40 56 4    
             

"As you know, Congress may try to cut federal programs in order to reduce the budget deficit. For each of the following programs, please tell me whether you think it is more important to reduce the federal budget deficit, or more important to prevent that program from being significantly cut. . . ."

 
    Reduce the
deficit
Prevent
significant
cut
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Aid to foreign countries"

 

1/21-23/11

81 18 1    
 
 

"Pensions and benefits for retired government workers"

 

1/21-23/11

61 39 1    
 
 

"Welfare programs in general"

 

1/21-23/11

56 44 1    
 

11/11-14/10

55 43 2    
 
 

"Defense spending"

 

1/21-23/11

50 49 1    
 

11/11-14/10

48 49 2    
 
 

"Programs to build and maintain roads, bridges and mass transit"

 

1/21-23/11

39 61 1    
 
 

"Assistance to unemployed workers"

 

1/21-23/11

38 61 1    
 

11/11-14/10

38 61 1    
 
 

"Medicaid -- the federal health program for the poor"

 

1/21-23/11

29 70 1    
 

11/11-14/10

28 69 3    
 
 

"Education programs"

 

1/21-23/11

25 75 1    
 
 

"Social Security"

 

1/21-23/11

21 78 1    
 

11/11-14/10

19 78 3    
 
 

"Medicare -- the federal health program for the elderly"

 

1/21-23/11

18 81 -    
 

11/11-14/10

19 79 2    
 
 

"Veterans benefits"

 

1/21-23/11

14 85 1    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 15-19, 2011. N=1,036 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"So far, do you think the government's stimulus package has made the economy better, made the economy worse, or has it had no impact on the economy so far?"

 
    Better Worse No impact Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/15-19/11

29 21 44 6  
 

10/1-5/10

29 21 45 5  
 

9/10-14/10

30 20 46 5  
 

7/9-12/10

23 18 56 3  
 

4/5-12/10

32 18 44 6  
 

12/4-8/09

32 15 46 7  
 

9/19-23/09

36 13 46 5  
 

7/24-28/09

25 13 57 5  
 

7/9-12/09

21 15 60 4  
             

"So far, do you think the government's stimulus package has made the job situation better, made the job situation worse, or has it had no impact on the job situation so far?"

 
    Better Worse No impact Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/15-19/11

26 15 55 4  
             

"Do you think it is necessary to take immediate action to lower the budget deficit or do you think it's possible to wait for better economic times?"

 
    Immediate
action
Possible
to wait
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

56 38 6    
             

"In general, which comes closer to your view of the government's budget deficit? It is generally okay for the government to run whatever deficits it needs, if that's what it takes to provide important services to people. It is sometimes okay for the government to run deficits, such as in emergencies or if the size of the deficit is kept manageable. It is never okay for the government to run deficits, under any circumstances."

 
    Generally
okay
Sometimes
okay
Never
okay
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/15-19/11

6 75 16 3  
 

1/5-9/11

7 72 18 3  
             

"In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you think it will be necessary or not necessary to increase taxes on people like you?"

 
    Necessary Not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

41 56 3    
             

"In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you think it will be necessary or not necessary to cut back on government programs that benefit people like you?"

 
    Necessary Not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

55 39 6    
             

"If you HAD to choose ONE, which would you prefer in order to reduce the federal budget deficit: raising taxes on people like you or reducing spending on government programs that benefit people like you?"

 
    Raising
taxes
Reducing
spending
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

29 62 9    
             

"If you HAD to choose ONE, which of the following domestic programs would you be willing to reduce in order to cut government spending: education, OR roads, bridges and other infrastructure, OR science and medical research, OR aid to the unemployed and poor?"

 
    Roads,
bridges
Science,
research
Aid to the
unemployed
Education Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/15-19/11

34 26 21 8 11
             

"As you may know, the largest items in the federal budget are Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors; Social Security; and the military. If you HAD to choose ONE, which of the following programs would you be willing to change in order to cut government spending: Medicare, Social Security, or the military?"

 
    The military Medicare Social
Security
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/15-19/11

55 21 13 11  
             

"Currently, most Americans receive Medicare benefits once they turn 65. But the money Medicare takes in from taxpayers is not enough to pay for the program as it exists now. If you HAD to choose ONE in order to reduce the federal budget deficit, which would you prefer: reduce the future benefits of Medicare recipients or raise Medicare taxes on people paying into the system?"

 
    Reduce
benefits
Raise taxes Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

24 64 12    
             

"If you HAD to choose ONE, which of the following changes to military spending would you prefer in order to reduce the federal budget deficit: reducing the size of the army and other branches of the military; OR reducing the number of American troops stationed in Europe and Asia; OR eliminating some major weapons programs; OR reducing the pay and benefits of non-combat military personnel and veterans?"

 
    Reducing
troops in
Europe, Asia
Eliminating
weapons
programs
Reducing
non-combat
military pay
Reducing
size of the
military
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/15-19/11

55 19 12 7 7

 

Washington Post Poll. Jan. 13-17, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"How much confidence do you have in President Obama when it comes to making the right decisions about the country's economic future: a great deal, a good amount, just some or none at all?"

 
    A great deal A good amount Just some None Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/13-17/11

19 24 31 24 2
             

"How much confidence do you have in the Republicans in Congress when it comes to making the right decisions about the country's economic future: a great deal, a good amount, just some or none at all?"

 
    A great deal A good amount Just some None Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/13-17/11

12 23 37 25 3

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 14-16, 2011. N=1,032 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"I'm going to read a list of actions Congress could take this year. Please say whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose Congress doing each of the following this year. How about pass a bill to overhaul the federal tax code?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-16/11

39 37 9 5 10
             

"Please say whether you favor or oppose cutting government spending in each of the following areas. How about . . . ?"  N=516 (Form A), MoE 5

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Foreign aid"

 

1/14-16/11

59 37 4    
 
 

"Funding for the arts and sciences"

 

1/14-16/11

46 52 2    
 
 

"Aid to farmers"

 

1/14-16/11

44 53 3    
 
 

"Homeland security"

 

1/14-16/11

42 56 3    
 
 

"The military and national defense"

 

1/14-16/11

42 57 1    
 
 

"Anti-poverty programs"

 

1/14-16/11

39 55 6    
 
 

"Medicare"

 

1/14-16/11

38 61 1    
 
 

"Social Security"

 

1/14-16/11

34 64 2    
 
 

"Education"

 

1/14-16/11

32 67 2    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 4-11, 2011. N=1,647 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.4.

             

"Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?"

 
    Helped Hurt Haven't made
a difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/4-11/11

38 28 31 2  
 

7/13-19/10

33 34 31 3  
 

5/19-24/10

39 29 28 4  
 

12/15-20/09

37 28 31 4  
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

37 29 31 4  
             

"Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?"

 
    Help Hurt Won't make
a difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/4-11/11

46 28 23 4  
 

7/13-19/10

41 36 19 4  
 

5/19-24/10

45 32 18 5  
 

12/15-20/09

49 29 17 5  
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

49 33 14 4  
             

"Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?"

 
    Helped Hurt Haven't made
a difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/4-11/11

19 29 51 1  
 

7/13-19/10

14 30 54 1  
 

5/19-24/10

16 29 54 2  
 

12/15-20/09

15 26 58 1  
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

13 23 63 1  
             

"Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?"

 
    Help Hurt Won't make
a difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/4-11/11

29 32 36 3  
 

7/13-19/10

26 36 35 3  
 

5/19-24/10

28 36 32 4  
 

12/15-20/09

31 37 30 2  
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

33 36 28 3  

 

Ipsos/Reuters Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Jan. 7-10, 2011. N=1,021 adults nationwide.

             

"I am going to tell you about the U.S.' debt situation. At the moment, the U.S. is $13.9 trillion in debt. The current debt 'ceiling' -- or limit set by Congress -- is $14.3 trillion. It is likely that we will hit this ceiling this spring. Congress will soon vote on whether or not to raise this debt ceiling. Do you personally favor or oppose increasing the U.S.' debt limit?" Half sample (Form A)

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/7-10/11

17 71 12    
             

"I am going to tell you about the U.S.' debt situation. At the moment, the U.S. is $13.9 trillion in debt. The current debt 'ceiling' -- or limit set by Congress -- is $14.3 trillion. It is likely that we will hit this ceiling this spring. As you may know, not raising the debt limit would damage the U.S.' sovereign debt rating, which is like our credit rating. It would seriously damage our credibility abroad, would make it much more difficult for us to borrow in the future, and would likely push up interest rates. Congress will soon vote on whether or not to raise this debt ceiling. Do you personally favor or oppose increasing the U.S.' debt limit?" Half sample (Form B)

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/7-10/11

19 71 10    

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 5-9, 2011. N=1,178 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, which comes closer to your view of the government's budget deficit? It is generally okay for the government to run whatever deficits it needs, if that's what it takes to provide important services to people. It is sometimes okay for the government to run deficits, such as in emergencies or if the size of the deficit is kept manageable. It is never okay for the government to run deficits, under any circumstances."

 
    Generally
okay
Sometimes
okay
Never
okay
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

7 72 18 3  
 

Republicans

3 69 27 1  
 

Democrats

10 76 12 2  
 

Independents

7 71 17 5  
             

"Do you think the recent extension of the tax cuts which were passed by Congress and signed by the President last month will be good for the national economy, bad for the national economy, or will extending the tax cuts not have much of an effect on the national economy?"

 
    Good Bad Not much
effect
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

38 22 28 12  
 

Republicans

53 13 25 9  
 

Democrats

34 27 27 12  
 

Independents

31 23 31 15  
             

"Do you think the recent extension of the tax cuts which were passed by Congress and signed by the President last month will increase the budget deficit, reduce the budget deficit, or will extending the tax cuts not have much of an effect on the budget deficit?"

 
    Increase Reduce Not much
effect
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

34 13 42 11  
 

Republicans

27 14 48 11  
 

Democrats

39 12 40 9  
 

Independents

34 13 39 14  
             

"Some people say that the way to reduce the federal budget deficit is to cut back government spending. Others say that the way to do it is to increase taxes. Which solution would you favor: cutting government spending, or increasing taxes?"

 
    Cutting
spending
Increasing
taxes
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

77 9 9 3 2
 

Republicans

88 3 6 3 0
 

Democrats

67 18 12 1 2
 

Independents

77 7 9 4 3
             

"In order to reduce the federal budget deficit, do you think it will be necessary or not necessary to cut back on government programs that benefit people like you?"

 
    Necessary Not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

47 41 12    
 

Republicans

64 27 9    
 

Democrats

35 51 14    
 

Independents

45 41 14    

Budget, taxes, economic policy continued


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