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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 17-21, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

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"Thinking back to when George W. Bush was in office, would you say you approve or disapprove of the way Bush handled his job as president?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

4/17-21/13

47 50 3    

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"Thinking back to when George W. Bush was in office, would you say you approve or disapprove of Bush's decision to invade Iraq?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

4/17-21/13

40 57 3    

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"Thinking back to when George W. Bush was in office, would you say you approve or disapprove of Bush's handling of the economy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

4/17-21/13

43 53 4    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. April 5-7, 2013. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Looking back on George W. Bush's eight years in office, in general, would you say his presidency was a success or a failure?"

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Success Failure Unsure    
% % %    

4/5-7/13

42 55 2    

Democrats

13 86 1    

Independents

43 53 4    

Republicans

80 19 2    

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1/12-15/09

31 68 1    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2009. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, there has been discussion of criminal investigations into possible government actions taken during the Bush administration. For each of the following, please say whether you think there should be a criminal investigation into the matter by the Justice Department, if there should be an independent panel to investigate the matter and issue a report but not bring criminal charges, or if neither should be done. How about for [see below]?"

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Justice
Department
Independent
Panel
Neither Unsure  
% % % %  

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"The possible use of torture when interrogating terrorism suspects"

1/30 - 2/1/09

38 24 34 3  

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"The possible use of telephone wiretaps without obtaining a warrant"

1/30 - 2/1/09

38 25 34 3  

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"Possible attempts to use the Justice Department for political purposes"

1/30 - 2/1/09

41 30 25 4  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 11-15, 2009. N=1,112 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush has handled his job as president over the last eight years?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 22 73 5    
Republicans 57 34 9    
Democrats 6 93 1    
Independents 18 73 9    

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush has handled the [see below] during the last eight years?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

"Economy"

17 77 6    

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"Situation with Iraq"

25 71 4    

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"Campaign against terrorism"

47 48 5    

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"Overall, what kind of president do you think George W. Bush has been: a very good president, a good president, an average president, or a poor president?"

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Very Good Good Average Poor  
% % % %  
ALL adults 5 12 33 50  
Republicans 18 34 36 12  
Democrats 1 3 20 76  
Independents 2 9 44 45  

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 2-4, 2009. N=3,037 adults nationwide. MoE 2 (for all adults).

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"Now I'm going to mention some issues facing the country and ask whether you believe the United States has made progress, stood still, or lost ground in each during the last eight years, since George W. Bush became president. How about in terms of [see below]?" Asked of half the sample (MoE 3), except where noted

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Made Progress Stood Still Lost Ground Unsure  
% % % %  

"Terrorism"

1/2-4/09

40 20 37 3  

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"Race relations"

1/2-4/09

40 31 25 4  

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"National defense and the military"

1/2-4/09

39 21 36 4  

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"Efforts to fight AIDS"

1/2-4/09

38 31 19 11  

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"Education"

1/2-4/09

28 28 42 3  

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"The environment"

1/2-4/09

28 28 42 3  

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"Crime"

1/2-4/09

25 33 39 3  

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"Civil liberties"

1/2-4/09

21 35 38 6  

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"Energy"

1/2-4/09

21 27 49 4  

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"Taxes"

1/2-4/09

16 35 45 4  

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"Immigration"

1/2-4/09

14 28 51 7  

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"Healthcare"

1/2-4/09

13 33 52 2  

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"The United States' position in the world"

1/2-4/09

12 17 69 3  

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"The economy" Full sample

1/2-4/09

5 7 87 1  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 19-21, 2008. N=1,013 adults nationwide.

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"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to George W. Bush. How about [see below]?" Each item asked of half the sample, MoE 4.5

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Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure    
% % %    

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"Is a strong and decisive leader"

12/19-21/08

45 55 -    

3/9-11/07

47 50 4    

12/15-17/06

48 51 2    

8/18-20/06

51 48 1    

4/21-23/06

46 51 3    

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"Cares about people like you"

12/19-21/08

37 62 1    

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"Brought the kind of change the country needed"

12/19-21/08

13 86 -    

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"Is honest and trustworthy"

12/19-21/08

37 62 1    

3/9-11/07

43 52 5    

12/15-17/06

45 53 2    

8/18-20/06

44 54 2    

4/21-23/06

40 55 5    

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"Managed the government effectively"

12/19-21/08

25 75 -    

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"Is a person you admire"

12/19-21/08

27 72 1    

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"Shares your values"

12/19-21/08

34 65 1    

12/15-17/06

43 55 2    

8/18-20/06

44 54 2    

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"Generally agrees with you on issues you care about"

12/19-21/08

34 66 -    

12/15-17/06

39 59 2    

8/18-20/06

41 57 1    

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"Inspires confidence"

12/19-21/08

20 80 -    

12/15-17/06

37 61 1    

8/18-20/06

42 58 1    

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"Has united the country and not divided it"

12/19-21/08

17 82 1    

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"Was tough enough for the job"

12/19-21/08

49 51 -    

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"Can get things done"

12/19-21/08

31 69 -    

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"Which comes closer to your view of George W. Bush as he prepares to leave the White House? You're glad he is leaving. OR, You'll miss him when he is gone." N=515, MoE 4.5 (Form A)

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Glad He's
Leaving
Will Miss
Him
Unsure    
% % %    

12/19-21/08

75 23 2    

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey. Dec. 3-7, 2008. N=1,489 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Please tell me what one word best describes your impression of George W. Bush. Tell me just the ONE best word that describes him." Open-ended. Up to two responses accepted. N=766, MoE 4 (Form 1).

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The numbers below represent the number of respondents who offered each response, they are not percentages. Top responses shown..

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Incompetent (43)

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Honest (24)

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Idiot (21)

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Arrogant (18)

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Good (15)

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Failure (12)

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Honorable (12)

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Stupid (12)

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Ignorant (11)

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Selfish (10)

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Mediocre (9)

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"Thinking about the major problems facing the country, would you say President Bush has made progress toward solving these problems, tried but failed to solve these problems, not addressed these problems, or made these problems even worse?"

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Made
Progress
Tried But
Failed
Not
Addressed
Made Even
Worse
Unsure
% % % % %

12/3-7/08

13 34 11 37 5

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 22-23, 2008. N=1,092 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4.

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"At this point in time, do you personally wish that George W. Bush's presidency was over, or don't you feel this way?"

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Wish It
Was Over
Don't Wish It
Was Over
Unsure    
% % %    

10/22-23/08

67 26 7    

1/24-25/07

58 37 5    

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 11-14, 2008. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"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?"

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Respect
Bush
Don't Have
Much Respect
Unsure
% % %
2/11-14/08 24 71 5
2/1-4/07 21 73 5
2/6-9/06 33 63 5
2/7-10/05 35 60 5
2/9-12/04 39 57 4
2/03 40 55 5
2/02 75 21 4
2/01 49 38 13

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Sept. 7-9, 2007. N=1,017 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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

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Right
Direction
Wrong
Direction
Unsure    
% % %    

9/7-9/07

34 61 5    

4/10-12/07

35 59 6    

1/19-21/07

32 61 7    

12/15-17/06

35 59 6    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 6-8, 2007. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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

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Agree Disagree Unsure

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% % %

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8/6-8/07

46 52 2

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9/22-24/06

43 55 2

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

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Agree Disagree Unsure

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% % %

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8/6-8/07

35 62 3

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9/22-24/06

41 57 2

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"Since the start of 2001 when George W. Bush became president, in general, would you say his presidency has been a success or failure?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Success Failure Unsure

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% % %

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8/6-8/07

40 57 3

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1/19-21/07

39 55 6

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"Do you have more confidence in President Bush or in the Democrats in Congress to deal with the major issues facing the country today?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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President
Bush
Democrats
In Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

8/6-8/07

35 48 3 12 2

11/17-19/06

33 54 2 8 3

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 6-8, 2007. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"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?"

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There Is
Justification
There Is Not
Justification
Unsure

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% % %

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7/6-8/07

36 62 3

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CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 20-24, 2007. N=1,052 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"How closely have you been following news about the recent firing of several U.S. attorneys by the Justice Department? Have you been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All
% % % %
4/20-24/07 15 35 36 13
4/9-12/07 11 30 31 27
3/26-27/07 14 36 27 23

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"Do you think Alberto Gonzales should resign or be removed from his job as attorney general as a result of these firings, or should he remain as attorney general?"

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Resign/Be
Removed
Remain Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 44 28 28    
  Republicans 22 48 30    
  Democrats 65 10 25    
  Independents 38 30 32    

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4/9-12/07 36 28 36    
3/26-27/07 40 25 35    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). April 20-23, 2007. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. MoE 4.4.

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"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has testified before Congress about his handling of the situation involving eight fired federal prosecutors. Do you think that Alberto Gonzales should resign or not over his handling of this situation? If you do not have an opinion about this situation please say so."

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Should
Resign
Should Not
Resign
No Opinion Unsure

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% % % %

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4/20-23/07

39 30 27 4

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Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 18-22, 2007. N=1,508 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How much, if anything, have you heard about the firing of eight federal prosecutors and questions about how Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the White House handled the firings? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot A Little Nothing Unsure

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% % % %

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4/18-22/07

33 44 22 1

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3/21-25/07

33 43 22 2

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"Do you think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign or otherwise lose his job over the issue of the firings, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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4/18-22/07

34 24 42

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3/21-25/07

30 31 39

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"Do you think Congress is spending too much, too little, or the right amount of time conducting
investigations of possible government wrongdoing in the Gonzales case?"

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Too Much Too Little Right Amount Unsure

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% % % %

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4/18-22/07

34 17 23 26

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USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 13-15, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is handling his job?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure

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% % %

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4/13-15/07

25 48 27

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"How closely have you been following the news about the U.S. Justice Department in Washington dismissing eight U.S. attorneys: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

4/13-15/07

15 38 29 18 -

3/23-25/07

14 32 31 22 1

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"Do you think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should or should not resign over his handling of these dismissals?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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4/13-15/07

41 37 22

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3/23-25/07

38 38 24

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"Do you approve or disapprove of Congress issuing a subpoena forcing the Justice Department to hand over documents in the investigation into these dismissals?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure

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% % %

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4/13-15/07

67 23 10

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 12-15, 2007. N=1,141 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.

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"The Department of Justice recently fired eight chief federal prosecutors. Based on what you know, do you think these eight U.S. attorneys were fired mainly on the basis of their performance, or mainly for political reasons?" Options rotated

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Performance Political
Reasons
Unsure
% % %
4/12-15/07 19 67 14

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has handled this issue?"

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Approve Disapprve Unsure
% % %
4/12-15/07 24 58 18

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"Given this issue do you think Gonzales should lose his job as attorney general, or remain in his position?" Options rotated

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Lose Job Remain Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 45 39 16    
  Democrats 61 27 12    
  Independents 46 36 18    
  Republicans 25 59 16    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 5-9, 2007. N=1,373 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales first said that he did not discuss the firings of some U.S. attorneys, but documents released showed that he had attended meetings and saw recommendations on the subject. Based on what you know about the matter, do you think Alberto Gonzales should resign his post as attorney general, or not?"

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Resign Not Resign Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

53

29

18

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"As you may also know, Alberto Gonzales' chief of staff had conversations with several of George W. Bush's staff to discuss the firing of some U.S. attorneys. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants these staff members to testify under oath. The Bush Administration says the staff members could have a conversation with the committee, but not under oath. What do you think? Should the White House staff members testify under oath or not testify under oath?"

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Under Oath Not
Under Oath
Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

74

20

6

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"As you may also know, Democrats in Congress have launched investigations into other Bush Administration actions including: the leak of the name of a CIA operative to the press; unauthorized wiretapping of U.S. citizens; substandard conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; as well as the firing of U.S. attorneys. In your opinion, is Congress investigating these issues out of concern over government ethics and oversights, or out of a desire to gain political advantage?"

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Ethics and
Oversights
Political
Advantage
Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

28

63

9


 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. March 23-26, 2007. N=1,264 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Eight federal prosecutors were recently fired by the U.S. Justice Department. Based on what you've seen or heard, do you think they were fired for proper reasons, or because they refused to be pressured by politics?" Options rotated

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Proper
Reasons
Refused To
Be Pressured
Both/Neither/
Depends (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

3/23-26/07

22 48 2 28  

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"Do you think that the U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, should resign as a result of the way he's handled the firings of federal prosecutors, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

3/23-26/07

39 36 25    

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"President Bush has said that he would allow members of his administration to talk privately to congressional investigators about the firings, but not under oath and not in congressional hearings. Do you think this is more because he's trying to cover up the reasons for the firings, or more because he wants to preserve the Constitution's separation of powers between Congress and the presidency?" Options rotated

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Trying To
Cover Up
Reasons
Preserve
Separation
Of Powers
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

3/23-26/07

55 33 2 10  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 23-25, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide.

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"Based on what you have heard or read about the case, do you think the U.S. attorneys were dismissed primarily for political reasons or primarily because they were not doing their jobs well?" Options rotated

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Political
Reasons
Not Doing
Jobs Well
Unsure

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% % %

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3/23-25/07

53 26 21

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"Do you think Congress should or should not investigate the involvement of White House officials in this matter?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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3/23-25/07

72 21 7

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"If Congress investigates these dismissals, in your view, should President Bush and his aides invoke executive privilege to protect the White House decision-making process or should they drop the claim of executive privilege and answer all questions being investigated?" Options rotated. N=526, MoE 5 (Form A).

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Invoke
Executive
Privilege
Answer All
Questions
Unsure

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% % %

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3/23-25/07

26 68 6

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"In this matter, do you think Congress should or should not issue subpoenas to force White House officials to testify under oath about this matter?" N=481, MoE 5 (Form B)

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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3/23-25/07

68 24 7

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"Do you think congressional Democrats are investigating these dismissals mostly because they have real ethical concerns about the way the matter was handled or mostly because they want to gain political advantage?" Options rotated

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Ethical
Concerns
Political
Advantage
Unsure

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% % %

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3/23-25/07

30 59 11

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"Do you think the Democrats in Congress are spending too much time, spending the right amount of time, or not spending enough time on this matter?" Options rotated

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Too Much Right
Amount
Not
Enough
Unsure

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% % % %

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3/23-25/07

40 33 15 12

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Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 14-15, 2007. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Turning to recent news reports about possible White House involvement in the firings of eight federal prosecutors: Do you think these firings were most likely politically-motivated, or not?"

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Were Were Not Unaware of
Firings (vol.)
Unsure

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% % % %

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3/14-15/07

58 15 11 16

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"Do you think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign or otherwise lose his job over the issue of the firings, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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3/14-15/07

35 32 33

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"Some people think the Bush Administration has introduced politics into too many areas of government that had been off limits in the past. Others think the Bush Administration has not been more likely to do this than previous administrations. Which comes closer to your opinion?"

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Introduced
Into Too
Many Areas
Not More
Likely Than
Others
Unsure

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% % %

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3/14-15/07

47 36 17

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 22-25, 2007. N=1,082 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

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"Overall, do you feel that you can or cannot trust the Bush Administration to honestly and accurately report intelligence about possible threats from other countries?"

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Can Cannot Unsure

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% % %

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2/22-25/07

35 63 2

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Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 24-25, 2007. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In general, do you think George W. Bush will have enough support over the next two years to make a difference in getting things done in Washington, or not?"

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Will Will Not Unsure
% % %

1/24-25/07

21 71 8

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"Do you think President Bush's decisions about policy in Iraq and other major areas are influenced more by the facts or more by his personal beliefs, regardless of the facts?"

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Facts Personal
Beliefs
Unsure
% % %

1/24-25/07

22 67 11

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"At this point in time, do you personally wish that George W. Bush's presidency was over, or don't you feel this way?"

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Wish It
Was Over
Don't Feel
This Way
Unsure
% % %

1/24-25/07

58 37 5

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Dec. 15-17, 2006. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to George W. Bush. How about understands complex issues?"

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Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure    
% % %    

12/15-17/06

45 53 3    

8/18-20/06

47 51 2    

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Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 2-4, 2006. N=1,234 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.8.

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"Which comes closest to your feelings about the Bush Administration: enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?"

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Enthusiastic Satisfied Dissatisfied Angry Unsure
% % % % %

10/2-4/06

10 29 29 31 1

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Sept. 16-19, 2006. N=1,517 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Would you say the country is better off because of George W. Bush's policies and should proceed in the direction he set out, or do you think the country is not better off and needs to move in a new direction?"

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Better Off/
Bush Direction
Not Better Off/
New Direction
Unsure    
% % %    

ALL adults

35 61 4    

   Democrats

13 84 3    

   Independents

25 69 6    

   Republicans

74 22 4    

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Trend:

6/24-27/06

29 61 10    

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think it would be good for the country or bad for the country if the Democrats in Congress were able to conduct official investigations into what the Bush Administration has done in the past six years?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Good Bad Unsure    
% % %    

8/30 - 9/2/06

57 41 2    

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"Next year, it is possible that the country will have a Republican president and a Democratic Congress. Do you think that is more likely to result in more cooperation between the two parties or more likely to result in more gridlock and stalemate in the government?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Cooperation Gridlock Unsure    
% % %    

8/30 - 9/2/06

27 70 3    

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"Based on what you have read or heard, do you believe that President Bush should be impeached and removed from office, or don't you feel that way?"

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Should Be Should Not Be Unsure    
% % %    

8/30 - 9/2/06

30 69 1    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. June 24-27, 2006. N=1,321 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking now about your opinion of George W. Bush's credibility during his tenure in office, do you have a higher, or lower opinion of his credibility than you used to, or has your opinion not changed one way or the other?"

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Higher Lower

No Change

Unsure

 
% % % %  

6/24-27/06

9 51 39 1  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 16-18, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Regardless of how you plan to vote, if the Democrats win this year's congressional elections do you think it would be right for them to try to impeach President Bush over the Iraq war and weapons of mass destruction, or not?"

.

Would
Be Right
Would Not
Be Right
Unsure    
% % %    
ALL registered voters 30 62 7    
   Democrats 48 43 9    
   Republicans 9 88 3    
   Independents 31 60 9    

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 11-12, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Since George W. Bush was reelected to a second term in 2004, has your opinion of his performance in office gotten better, worse, or stayed about the same?"

.

Better Worse Same Unsure
% % % %
5/11-12/06 4 48 47 1

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 28-30, 2006. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

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

.

Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure
% % %

.

"Picks good people for key leadership positions"

   4/28-30/06

41 56 3

.

"Is honest and trustworthy"

   4/28-30/06

41 56 3

   2/28 - 3/1/06

47 52 1

   1/20-22/06

49 49 2

   11/11-13/05

46 52 2

   10/28-30/05

49 48 3

   9/16-18/05

47 50 3

   8/28-30/05

51 47 2

   7/22-24/05

54 44 2

   4/1-2/05

56 42 2

   1/14-16/05

56 41 3

   2/16-17/04

55 42 3

   11/14-16/03

59 40 1
   6/03 65 33 2
   4/03 73 25 2
   1/03 70 27 3
   7/02 69 26 5
   4-5/02 77 20 3
   7/01 66 31 3
   4/01 67 29 4
   2/01 64 29 7

.

"Shares your values"

   4/28-30/06

40 58 2

   2/28 - 3/1/06

45 52 3

   1/20-22/06

44 54 2

   11/11-13/05

43 55 2

   8/28-30/05

46 54 -

   7/22-24/05

50 48 2

   4/1-2/05

55 43 2

   2/16-17/04

52 45 3

   11/14-16/03

53 46 1
   1/03 54 43 3
   11/02 66 31 3
   7/02 60 36 4
   4-5/02 67 30 3
   8/01 56 41 3
   7/01 56 40 4
   4/01 58 39 3
   2/01 57 39 4

.

"Cares about the needs of people like you"

   4/28-30/06

38 61 1

   1/20-22/06

44 54 1

   9/16-18/05

42 56 2

   9/8-11/05

48 51 1

   8/28-30/05

44 55 1

   4/1-2/05

53 46 1

   1/14-16/05

45 53 2

   11/14-16/03

49 50 1
   6/03 57 42 1
   4/03 65 34 1
   1/03 56 41 3
   11/02 60 38 2
   7/02 60 36 4
   4-5/02 66 31 3
   10/01 69 29 2
   7/01 57 40 3
   4/01 59 39 2
   2/01 56 39 5

.

"Can manage the government effectively"

   4/28-30/06

37 62 1

   2/28 - 3/1/06

40 59 1

   11/11-13/05

43 55 2

   10/28-30/05

43 56 1

   7/22-24/05

53 45 2

   1/10-12/03

67 31 2

   7/26-28/02

66 30 4

   4/29 - 5/1/02

75 21 4

   10/5-6/01

79 19 2

   2/9-11/01

61 31 8

.

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

.

Too
Conservative
About Right Too Liberal Unsure  
% % % %  
4/28-30/06 45 28 19 8  
3/26-28/04 38 40 15 7  
4/20-22/01 35 41 16 8  

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. April 21-23, 2006. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

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

.

Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure    
% % %    

"Competent"

    4/21-23/06

47 47 6    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 8-11, 2006. N=1,357 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

.

"As you may also know, a U.S. senator has called for a Senate resolution to censure George W. Bush, which is a formal expression of disapproval, but does not carry any legal consequences. The senator claims it was illegal for Bush to authorize government agencies to use electronic surveillance to monitor American citizens without a court warrant. What do you think? Do you think that George W. Bush should be censured by the Senate for this, or not?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 46 45 9    
   Democrats 65 23 12    
   Independents 53 38 9    
   Republicans 19 75 6    

.

"If George W. Bush broke the law when he authorized government agencies to use electronic surveillance to monitor American citizens without a court warrant, do you think that is an impeachable offense, or not an impeachable offense?"

.

Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 36 56 8    
   Democrats 53 36 11    
   Independents 37 53 10    
   Republicans 14 80 6    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 6-9, 2006. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"As you may know, Bush authorized wiretaps on telephone calls and e-mails of people suspected of involvement with terrorism, without first getting court approval to do so. Democratic Senator Russ Feingold has called for Congress to censure or officially reprimand Bush for doing this. Do you think Congress should or should not censure or officially reprimand Bush for authorizing these wiretaps?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    
4/6-9/06 45 53 2    

.

"Do you think Feingold is calling for censuring Bush mainly to use the issue for political advantage, or mainly because he believes it is the right thing to do?" Options rotated

.

Political
Advantage
Right Thing
To Do
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
4/6-9/06 56 35 4 4  

.

"Democratic Congressman John Conyers has called for creation of a committee to look into impeaching Bush and removing him from office. Do you think Congress should or should not impeach Bush and remove him from office?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    
4/6-9/06 33 66 1    

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 16-17, 2006. N=1,020 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

.

"Some people think it is time for President Bush to ask some of the top people on his White House staff to step down and bring in new people from the outside to replace them. Others think it would be better for Bush not to make major changes in his White House team right now. Which comes closer to your view?"

.

Bring in
New People
No Major
Changes
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 40 48 12
  Republicans 18 74 8
  Democrats 56 32 12
  Independents 43 44 13

.

"As you may know, Senator Russ Feingold has called for Congress to censure, or formally reprimand, President Bush over the issue of his warrantless wiretapping program. Censure is a way for Congress to express strong disapproval of a President's actions without going so far as impeachment. Would you support the censure of President Bush by Congress, or not?"

.

Support Wouldn't
Support
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 42 50 8
  Republicans 20 75 5
  Democrats 60 30 10
  Independents 42 51 7

.

"Do you think Feingold and other Democrats who support censuring Bush are doing it more for partisan political advantage, or more because they believe it is the right thing to do?"

.

Partisan
Advantage
Right Thing
To Do
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 53 33 14
  Republicans 79 14 7
  Democrats 33 51 16
  Independents 55 31 14

.

"Do you think Congress should take action to impeach President Bush and consider removing him from office, or not?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 26 69 5
  Republicans 5 94 1
  Democrats 49 48 3
  Independents 23 69 8

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 2-5, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush or not. . . ."

.

Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure
% % %

"He is a strong leader"

  3/2-5/06 52 48 -
  1/23-26/06 52 48 -
  12/15-18/05 51 49 -

  10/30 - 11/2/05

47 53 -

  9/8-11/05

50 50 -
  4/04 64 36 1
  2/04 61 38 1
  12/03 67 32 2
  10/03 62 37 1
  9/03 66 34 -
  4/03 74 25 -
  12/02 75 23 2
  7/02 75 24 1
  7/01 55 43 2
  4/01 53 42 5

.

"He is honest and trustworthy"

  3/2-5/06 44 55 1
  1/23-26/06 46 53 -
  12/15-18/05 49 50 1

  10/30 - 11/2/05

40 58 2
  5/04 53 45 2
  4/04 55 44 1
  3/04 54 45 1
  2/04 52 45 2
  10/03 59 40 2
  9/03 60 39 2
  12/02 70 26 4
  7/02 71 26 3
  7/01 63 34 3
  4/01 62 32 6

.

"He understands the problems of people like you"

  3/2-5/06 37 62 1
  1/23-26/06 38 61 1

  10/30 - 11/2/05

34 66 1

  9/8-11/05

38 61 1

  4/21-24/05

40 58 2
  4/04 41 57 2
  2/04 41 57 2
  1/04 43 56 1
  12/03 45 53 2
  10/03 40 58 2
  9/03 48 51 1
  4/03 51 48 1
  12/02 51 47 2
  7/02 57 41 2
  1/02 61 37 2
  7/01 45 54 2
  4/01 47 51 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 28-March 1, 2006. N=1,020 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

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

.

Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure
% % %

.

"Is a strong and decisive leader"

   2/28 - 3/1/06

52 47 1

   1/20-22/06

51 48 1

   10/28-30/05

52 47 1

   9/16-18/05

49 51 -

   9/8-11/05

52 47 1

   8/28-30/05

60 40 -

   7/22-24/05

62 37 1

   1/14-16/05

61 37 2

   2/16-17/04

65 33 2

   11/14-16/03

66 34 -
   6/03 75 24 1
   4/03 80 19 1
   1/03 76 23 1
   7/02 70 27 3
   4-5/02 77 21 2
   10/01 75 23 2
   8/01 55 43 2
   7/01 57 40 3
   4/01 60 37 3
   2/01 61 34 5

.

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

.

Does Does Not Unsure
% % %
2/28 - 3/1/06 73 23 4
4/20-22/01 63 30 7

.

"Do you think President Bush is paying enough attention to what his Administration is doing, or not?"

.

Is Is Not Unsure
% % %
2/28 - 3/1/06 38 58 4

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Feb. 15-16, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think that, overall, the Bush Administration has been more honest and trustworthy than most other presidential administrations, less honest and trustworthy, or about the same?"

.

More Less Same Unsure  
% % % %  

2/15-16/06

19 39 40 2  

11/29 - 12/1/05

17 34 48 1  

.

"Do you think Vice President Cheney is more of an asset to the President or do you think he is damaging to the President?"

.

Asset Damaging Depends/
Neither (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

2/15-16/06

41 37 7 14  

.

"Would you say that Vice President Cheney has too much influence over President Bush, too little influence or just the right amount of influence?"

.

Too Much Too Little Right Amount Unsure  
% % % %  

2/15-16/06

26 19 41 14  

.

"Last Saturday Dick Cheney accidentally shot someone in his hunting party when he was quail hunting on a Texas ranch. The news was disclosed to the media almost 24 hours later, when the ranch owner told a local reporter about the accident. In a televised interview today/yesterday Cheney took responsibility for the accident. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Vice President has handled the situation?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

2/15-16/06

52 42 6    

.

"Do you think the Vice President should have immediately taken public responsibility for the shooting incident, or not?"

.

Should Have Should Not
Have
Unsure    
% % %    

2/15-16/06

65 28 7    

.

"Do you think the Vice President should resign over the shooting incident or his handling of it?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

2/15-16/06

10 85 6    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 23-26, 2006. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush or not. . . ."

.

Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure
% % %

"He can be trusted in a crisis"

  1/23-26/06 53 47 1

  10/30 - 11/2/05

49 49 2

  9/8-11/05

49 49 2

  5/04

60 39 1

  7/01

60 37 3

  4/01

65 32 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 20-25, 2006. N=1,229 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

.

"Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next three years with George W. Bush as president?"

.

Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure
% % %
1/20-25/06 52 45 3

.

"Do you think George W. Bush has strong qualities of leadership, or not?"

.

Does Does Not Unsure
% % %
1/20-25/06 53 45 2
12/2-6/05 49 48 3
10/3-5/05 45 52 3
9/9-13/05 53 45 2
9/6-7/05 48 49 3

.

"Do you think the Bush Administration is trying to increase the powers of the presidency and decrease the powers of Congress and the courts, or don't you think it is trying to do that?"

.

Trying Not Trying Unsure
% % %
1/20-25/06 47 42 11

.

"In general, how much of the time do you think members of the Bush Administration tell the truth: all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?"

.

All of
the Time
Most of
the Time
Only Some
of the Time
Hardly Ever None of the
Time (vol.)
% % % % %
ALL adults 3 36 39 19 1
  Republicans 7 67 21 3 0
  Democrats 0 10 52 36 2
  Independents 2 34 42 17 2

.

"Compared to the way the news media have treated other presidents, have the news media been harder on George W. Bush, easier on George W. Bush, or have they treated him the same as other presidents?"

.

Harder Easier Same Unsure  
% % % %  
ALL adults 35 18 45 2  
  Republicans 61 1 37 1  
  Democrats 11 34 53 2  
  Independents 36 16 45 3  

Earlier polling on President Bush and the Bush Administration


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