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       Democrats vs. Republicans  (p. 2)

 
 

Pew Research Center. Dec. 7-11, 2011. N=1,521 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

["What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?"]
Asked of those who named a problem: "Which political party do you think can do a better job of handling the problem you just mentioned: the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?"  N=1,443

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
No differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/7-11/11

32 38 20 11

 

             

"Thinking about the political parties: Please tell me if you think each phrase I read better describes the REPUBLICAN Party and its leaders or the DEMOCRATIC Party and its leaders (First,) which party do you think is better described by the phrase [see below]?"

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %

 

 

"Governs in a more honest and ethical way"

 

12/7-11/11

28 45 2 16 9

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. June 16-20, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.1. Trend includes surveys conducted with CNBC.

             

"Who do you trust to do a better job of [see below]: the Democrats or the Republicans?" Options rotated

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

"Handling health care"

 

6/16-20/11

50

38

9

2

-

 

5/5-9/11

53

35

10

3

-

 

3/24-28/11

53

36

8

2

-

 

1/5-10/11

49

37

12

2

-

 

11/18-22/10

47

39

10

4

1

 

10/13-18/10

48

43

7

1

-

 

9/8-13/10

49

40

9

1

-

 

8/11-16/10

50

40

8

1

-

 

6/9-14/10

51

38

10

1

1

 

5/7-11/10

47

39

12

2

-

 

4/7-12/10

48

40

11

2

-

 

3/3-8/10

48

37

11

3

-

 

1/12-17/10

48

38

10

3

1


 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. May 5-9, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.2.

             

"Who do you trust to do a better job of [see below]: the Democrats or the Republicans?" Options rotated

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

"Handling Social Security"

 

5/5-9/11

52

34

11

3

-

 

10/13-18/10

47

41

10

2

-


 

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.

             

"Who do you trust to do a better job of [see below]: the Democrats or the Republicans?" Options rotated

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

"Keeping the United States a leader in the world economy"

 

3/24-28/11

43

46

8

3

-


 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 2-5, 2010. N=601 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Please tell me if you think the Democratic Party or the Republican Party could do a better job in each of the following areas. Which party could do a better job of [see below]?" Options rotated

 
    Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Improving the educational system"

 

12/2-5/10

38

30

18

10

5

 

12/3-6/09

45

30

11

10

3

 

11/20-23/08

59

24

7

7

3

 
 

"Dealing with the economy"

 

12/2-5/10

34

37

17

9

4

 

12/3-6/09

40

39

8

10

3

 

11/20-23/08

58

27

5

8

3

 
 

"Dealing with the terrorist threat at home"

 

12/2-5/10

27

37

20

10

6

 

12/3-6/09

35

42

11

7

4

 

11/20-23/08

47

38

6

6

3

 
 

"Improving morality in this country"

 

12/2-5/10

28

34

17

15

5

 

12/3-6/09

37

36

10

14

4

 

11/20-23/08

51

31

4

10

4

 
 

"Dealing with taxes"

 

12/2-5/10

33

38

16

8

5

 

12/3-6/09

39

41

8

8

4

 

11/20-23/08

52

35

5

6

2

 
 

"Protecting the environment"

 

12/2-5/10

44

22

19

10

5

 

12/3-6/09

52

27

10

8

3

 

11/20-23/08

64

20

6

6

3

 
 

"Making wise decisions about what to do in Iraq"

 

12/2-5/10

33

29

15

16

7

 

12/3-6/09

39

34

10

12

5

 

11/20-23/08

54

33

5

5

3

 
 

"Reforming the U.S. health care system"

 

12/2-5/10

38

34

14

11

3

 

12/3-6/09

40

36

7

13

4

 

11/20-23/08

62

23

4

8

4

 
 

"Reducing the federal budget deficit"

 

12/2-5/10

30

39

15

13

4

 

12/3-6/09

34

41

8

14

3

 

11/20-23/08

56

26

5

10

4

 
 

"Making America more respected in the world"

 

12/2-5/10

35

33

17

11

4

 

12/3-6/09

43

35

10

9

3

 

11/20-23/08

58

27

5

7

3

 
 

"Generating economic growth"

 

12/2-5/10

30

40

16

9

5

 

12/3-6/09

38

41

9

8

4

 

11/20-23/08

58

28

6

6

3

 
 

"Making America more competitive in the world economy"

 

12/2-5/10

31

38

17

9

6

 

12/3-6/09

40

37

11

9

3

 

11/20-23/08

53

33

4

7

3

 
 

"Making wise decisions about foreign policy"

 

12/2-5/10

34

32

18

9

7

 

12/3-6/09

40

39

8

8

5

 

11/20-23/08

53

33

6

5

3


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 20-21, 2010. N=848 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 4.2.  RV = registered voters. Among all adults, except where indicated.

             

"Please tell me which political party -- the Republicans or the Democrats -- you trust to do a better job handling each of the following. First, what about . . . ?"

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

"The war in Afghanistan"

 

10/20-21/10 RV

32

43

6

11

8

 

9/29-30/10

32

38

8

15

7

 
 

"The economy"

 

10/20-21/10 RV

42

43

3

8

4

 

9/29-30/10

34

44

8

11

3

 

10/26-27/06

34

47

4

6

9

 

10/24-25/02

38

37

7

7

11

 
 

"Health care"

 

10/20-21/10 RV

39

48

2

7

4

 

9/29-30/10

34

48

5

9

4

 

10/26-27/06

26

53

4

8

9

 
 

"Immigration"

 

10/20-21/10 RV

41

38

5

9

7

 

9/29-30/10

37

39

8

11

5

 

10/26-27/06

32

40

4

11

13

 
 

"Federal spending and the deficit"

 

10/20-21/10 RV

44

40

3

8

5

 

9/29-30/10

36

40

6

14

4

 

10/26-27/06

31

47

3

10

9

 
 

"Taxes"

 

10/20-21/10 RV

39

46

3

8

4

 

9/29-30/10

37

42

7

11

3

 

10/24-25/02

40

36

5

8

11

 
 

"Unemployment"

 

10/20-21/10 RV

38

45

3

8

6

 

9/29-30/10

33

45

6

11

5


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 29-30, 2010. N=1,025 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.8.

             

"Please tell me which political party -- the Republicans or the Democrats -- you trust to do a better job handling each of the following. First, what about . . . ?"

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

"Terrorism"

 

9/29-30/10

40

34

11

10

5

 

10/24-25/02

47

24

9

8

12

 
 

"Social Security"

 

9/29-30/10

31

45

7

13

4

 

10/24-25/02

32

42

5

7

14

 
 

"Reform of the financial and banking industries"

 

9/29-30/10

29

43

7

13

8

 
 

"Energy and the environment"

 

9/29-30/10

29

48

10

9

4

 
 

"Education"

 

9/29-30/10

28

47

10

11

4

 

10/24-25/02

36

38

8

5

13


 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. Sept. 16-19, 2010. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Please tell me if you think the REPUBLICAN Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party could do a better job in each of the following areas. First, which party could do a better job of . . . ?"

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Taking steps to make the Social Security system financially sound"

 

9/16-19/10

35

35

9

11

11

 
 

"Reforming the Medicare system"

 

9/16-19/10

33

38

7

9

12


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Sept. 1-2, 2010. N=1,024 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

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

 
    Republicans Democrats No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"Terrorism"

 

9/1-2/10

54

34

10

2

 
 

3/25-28/10

50

40

8

2

 
 

8/28-31/09

52

39

7

2

 
 
 

"Illegal immigration"

 

9/1-2/10

53

35

10

3

 
 
 

"Foreign affairs"

 

9/1-2/10

47

44

7

2

 
 

3/25-28/10

44

48

6

1

 
 

8/28-31/09

44

47

7

2

 
 
 

"The federal budget deficit"

 

9/1-2/10

46

40

12

1

 
 

3/25-28/10

46

44

9

1

 
 

8/28-31/09

46

46

6

2

 
 
 

"The economy"

 

9/1-2/10

46

43

10

1

 
 

3/25-28/10

48

45

7

-

 
 

8/28-31/09

39

52

8

1

 
 
 

"Taxes"

 

9/1-2/10

46

43

9

1

 
 

3/25-28/10

48

45

6

1

 
 

8/28-31/09

47

47

6

-

 
 
 

"The situation in Afghanistan"

 

9/1-2/10

45

42

11

2

 
 

3/25-28/10

44

46

9

1

 
 

8/28-31/09

40

48

10

2

 
 
 

"Health care"

 

9/1-2/10

45

46

8

1

 
 

3/25-28/10

46

48

5

-

 
 

8/28-31/09

42

51

6

1

 
 
 

"Social Security and Medicare"

 

9/1-2/10

43

45

11

1

 

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 27-30, 2010. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems? How about . . . ?"

 
    Republicans Democrats No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"Terrorism"

 

8/27-30/10

55

31

11

4

 
 
 

"Immigration"

 

8/27-30/10

50

35

10

5

 
 
 

"Federal spending"

 

8/27-30/10

50

35

11

4

 
 
 

"The economy"

 

8/27-30/10

49

38

10

3

 
 
 

"The situation in Afghanistan"

 

8/27-30/10

45

38

12

5

 
 
 

"Jobs"

 

8/27-30/10

46

41

9

4

 
 
 

"Corruption in government"

 

8/27-30/10

38

35

20

6

 
 
 

"Health care"

 

8/27-30/10

43

44

8

4

 
 
 

"The environment"

 

8/27-30/10

31

54

9

5

 

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Aug. 11-16, 2010. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"Who do you trust to do a better job of [see below]: the Democrats or the Republicans?" Options rotated

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

"Handling illegal immigration"

 

8/11-16/10

43

45

10

2

1

 

6/9-14/10

41

47

10

1

1

 

5/7-11/10

36

46

15

3

-


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 24-25, 2010. N=1,049 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

               

"Do you think the Democratic Party or Republican Party would do a better job of dealing with [see below]?"

 
    Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Same/No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure    
    % % % %    
 
 

"The environment, including global warming"

 

5/24-25/10

58 28 9 6    
 
 

"Discrimination against minority groups"

 

5/24-25/10

57 28 9 6    
 
 

"Unemployment"

 

5/24-25/10

48 40 8 4    
 
 

"The size and power of large corporations"

 

5/24-25/10

48 37 9 6    
 
 

"Health care costs"

 

5/24-25/10

47 40 8 5    
 
 

"The situations in Iraq and Afghanistan"

 

5/24-25/10

44 41 8 6    
 
 

"Illegal immigration"

 

5/24-25/10

40 45 9 5    
 
 

"Federal government debt"

 

5/24-25/10

39 46 10 5    
 
 

"The size and power of the federal government"

 

5/24-25/10

37 48 10 5    
 
 

"Terrorism"

 

5/24-25/10

36 49 10 4    

Democrats vs. Republicans continued


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