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Still more Miscellany

 

 

Ronald Reagan: Right on the Money?

Marist College Marist Poll. March 25-26 & 29, 2010. N=956 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea to take President Ulysses S. Grant off the fifty dollar bill and replace him with President Ronald Reagan?"

.

Good idea Bad idea Unsure
% % %
ALL 12 79 9
Democrats 8 83 9
Republicans 18 71 10
Independents 13 79 8

 

ABC News Poll. June 9-13, 2004. N=1,001 adult nationwide.

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"Thinking about U.S. currency, would you support or oppose removing Alexander Hamilton's portrait from the 10-dollar bill and replacing it with a portrait of Ronald Reagan?" Half-sample (Form A, MoE ± 4.5)

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
6/9-13/04 36 54 11

.

"Thinking about U.S. currency, would you support or oppose removing Franklin Roosevelt's portrait from the dime and replacing it with a portrait of Ronald Reagan?" Half-sample (Form B, MoE ± 4.5)

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
6/9-13/04 31 59 10

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 5-7, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Finally, thinking about U.S. coins: Would you favor or oppose a bill that would remove Franklin Roosevelt's portrait from the dime and replace it with a portrait of Ronald Reagan?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
12/5-7/03 16 82 2

 


Census

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 19-21, 2010. N=1,030 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think the Census is useful or do you think it's a waste of money?"

.

Useful Waste of
money
Unsure
% % %

3/19-21/10

80 20 1

.

"Do you consider the Census an invasion of your privacy, or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

3/19-21/10

16 83 1

.

"Just your best guess -- How accurate do you think this year's Census will be: very accurate, somewhat accurate, somewhat inaccurate, or very inaccurate?"

.

Very
accurate
Somewhat
accurate
Somewhat
inaccurate
Very
inaccurate
Unsure
% % % % %

3/19-21/10

12 55 25 8 1

 

CBS News Poll. April 15-17, 2000. N=1,150 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"This year, the Census Bureau is conducting a census to try to count every person living in the United States. . . . How important do you think it is that you are counted in the census: very important, somewhat important, or not very important?"

.

%
Very important 70
Somewhat important 22
Not very important 7
Don't know 1

.

"Do you believe the Census Bureau when it says the information you give about yourself will be kept confidential, or do you think the Census Bureau will share that information with other government agencies, like the Internal Revenue Service?"

.

%
Will keep it confidential 39
Will share it 49
Don't know 12

.

"Do you think the government has good reason to ask all the questions it does on the census, or do you think it asks for more information than it really needs to know?"

.

%
Has good reason 37
Asks for more than it needs 53
Don't know 10

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 5-6, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Has your household received a Census questionnaire form in the mail?"
%
Yes 89
No/Not sure 11

.

Among respondents who have received a Census questionnaire (N=798; +/- 3.5):
"Did you fill out the questionnaire and return it?"
%
Yes 90
No 10

.

Among respondents who have filled out and returned the questionnaire (N=720; +/- 3.5):
"Did you leave any questions on the Census form blank because you considered them to be too personal in nature?"
%
Yes 12
No 88

.

"Which phrase do you think best describes the Census? (1) It’s a reasonable effort to collect needed data. OR, (2) It’s an invasion of privacy that asks a lot of things no one needs to know."
%
Reasonable effort 66
Invasion of privacy 26
Not sure

8

.

"As far as you know, can an ordinary citizen be penalized for failing to fill out the questionnaire or filling it out dishonestly?"
%
Yes 39
No 61

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Feb. 25-27, 2000. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Were you aware that your household will be receiving in the mail sometime soon a government questionnaire to fill out for the year 2000 Census?"
%
Yes, aware 74
No, not aware 26

.

"Do you plan to fill out the Census questionnaire and send it back?"
%
Yes 96
No 2
No opinion 2

.

"Do you believe the Census Bureau when it says the information you give about yourself will be kept confidential, or do you think the Census Bureau will share the information with other government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service?"
%
Believe Census Bureau 43
Think Bureau will share 50
No opinion 7

.

"Do you think the Census Bureau will be able to protect the information you gave about yourself, or do you think computer hackers will be able to get that information?"
%
Will be able to protect 32
Hackers will have access 60
No opinion 8

.

.

"Do you think it really matters whether you fill out the questionnaire or not?"
%
Yes, really matters 82
No, does not 16
No opinion 2

.

.

"Do you think the Census is useful, or do you think it's a waste of money?"
%
Useful 83
Waste of money 14
No opinion 3

.

"Have you happened to see any television ads in recent weeks by the Census encouraging citizens to return their Census forms, or have you not seen these ads?"
%
Yes, have seen 37
No, have not 62
No opinion 1

 


California Octuplets

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 14-15, 2009. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, a single woman in California with six children recently gave birth to octuplets, or eight babies, after undergoing in-vitro fertilization. From what you know about this case, how do you feel toward this woman: very sympathetic, somewhat sympathetic, somewhat unsympathetic, or very unsympathetic?"

.

Very
sympathetic
Somewhat
sympathetic
Somewhat
unsympathetic
Very
unsympathetic
Unsure
% % % % %

2/14-15/09

10 16 21 49 5

.

"Do you think these children will or will not receive adequate care, or don't you know enough to say?"

.

Will Will not Don't know
enough
No answer
% % % %

2/14-15/09

19 30 50 1

.

"What actions do you think the state of California should take in this matter? Should it remove some or all of the children from her care, provide her with some type of special assistance, or should it not do anything special in this matter?" Options rotated

.

Remove
children
Provide
assistance
Nothing
special
Unsure
% % % %

2/14-15/09

21 37 32 10

 


U.S. Postal Service

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

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"As you may know, the U.S. Postal Service is an independent agency of the U.S. government that has not received taxpayer funds since 1982. Now that the postal service is currently experiencing financial difficulties, which of the following would you most like to see done: provide government funding for the postal service, raise stamp prices significantly, or cut back on services, such as Saturday mail delivery and closing post offices?" Options rotated

.

Government
funding
Raise stamp
prices
Cut back
on services
Unsure
% % % %

1/30 - 2/1/09

27 14 57 3

 


Supernatural

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 16-18, 2007. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"In general, do you believe in or do you not believe in [see below]?"

.

Believe in Do not
believe in
Unsure    
% % %    

.

"Extra-sensory perception or ESP"

    10/16-18/07

48 49 3    

.

"Unidentified flying objects or UFOs"

    10/16-18/07

34 63 3    

.

"Ghosts"

    10/16-18/07

34 65 1    

.

"Spells or witchcraft"

    10/16-18/07

19 80 1    

.

"Have you, personally, as an adult or as a child, ever [see below]?"

.

Yes No      
% %      

.

"Woken up from sleep with sense of a strange presence in the room"

    10/16-18/07

30 70      

.

"Seen or believed yourself to be in the presence of a ghost"

    10/16-18/07

23 77      

.

"Seen an unidentified flying object"

    10/16-18/07

14 85      

.

"Seen a monster in the closet of your bedroom"

    10/16-18/07

5 95      

 


Terri Schiavo

Pew Research Center survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 9-27, 2005. N=1,500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"In March, Congress passed a bill that required the federal courts to hear the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain damaged Florida woman who later died after her feeding tube was removed. Do you believe that Congress did the right thing in getting involved in the case, or do you think Congress should have stayed out of the case?"

.

Did right
thing
Should have
stayed out

Unsure

 

 

% % %  

 

11/9-27/05 17 72 11  

 

7/13-17/05 20 74 6  

 


 

The Harris Poll. April 5-10, 2005. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following handled the case involving Terri Schiavo? . . ."

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

"Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael Schiavo"

55 39 7

.

"Terri Schiavo's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler"

53 41 6

.

"The federal and Supreme Courts"

49 46 4

.

"The Florida courts"

46 48 6

.

"Florida Governor Jeb Bush"

41 51 8

.

"President George W. Bush"

41 54 5

.

"U.S. Congress"

35 58 6

.

"The Florida legislature"

33 57 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 1-2, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the Terri Schiavo case?" N=1,040, MoE ± 3.

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

4/1-2/05

34 53 13

.

"Turning now to Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who had been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990, and whose parents and husband disagreed over whether she should be kept alive. As you may know, the feeding tube that was keeping Terri Schiavo alive was removed on March 18th, and she died this past Thursday. Based on what you have heard or read about the case, do you think that the feeding tube should or should not have been removed?" Form A (N=519, MoE ± 5)

.

Should
have
Should
not have
Unsure
% % %

4/1-2/05

53 41 6

.

"Turning now to the case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed on March 18th and who died this past Thursday. Based on what you have heard or read about the case, do you think that the feeding tube should or should not have been removed?" Form B (N=521, MoE ± 5)

.

Should
have
Should
not have
Unsure
% % %

4/1-2/05

52 42 6

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of Congress' involvement in the Terri Schiavo case?" N=1,040, MoE ± 3.

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

4/1-2/05

20 76 4

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 29-30, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you agree or disagree with the decision to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/05 42 38 20

.

"If you were in Terri Schiavo's place, what would you want your guardian to do? Would you have your guardian remove the feeding tube or keep the feeding tube inserted?"

.

Remove Keep Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/05 61 24 15
3/1-2/05 74 15 11
10/28-29/03 74 16 10

.

"Some people say that removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was an act of murder, while other people say it was an act of mercy. Which is closer to your opinion?" Options rotated. If "neither" or "unsure": "Which is closer to your opinion?"

.

Murder Mercy Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/05 29 54 7 11

.

"The feeding tube that was keeping Terri Schiavo alive was removed about 10 days ago. If Schiavo's feeding tube had been kept inserted, do you believe there is any chance that down the road she could have improved?"

.

Could have
improved
Could not
have
improved
Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/05 23 60 16

.

"If it were up to you, who would you put in control of Terri Schiavo's care as her legal guardian: her spouse or her parents?"

.

Spouse Parents Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/05 46 43 4 8

.

"Do you believe Terri Schiavo told her husband she would not want to be kept alive under these types of circumstances?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/05 43 25 32

.

"Do you think the actions Republicans took in the Terri Schiavo case will help them or hurt them in the next election?"

.

Help Hurt Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/05 16 37 25 22

.

"Do you think the actions Democrats took in the Terri Schiavo case will help them or hurt them in the next election?"

.

Help Hurt Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/05 16 25 33 26

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. March 22-24, 2005. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How closely have you been following the case of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a national legal battle over her life? . . ."

.

Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all  
% % % %  
3/22-24/05 33 43 14 10  

.

"Terri Schiavo has been in what doctors call a persistent vegetative or coma-like state for 15 years, with no higher brain activity. Her husband says that Terri would not want to be kept alive artificially in this state. He has asked that the feeding tube that keeps her alive be removed. Her parents disagree, saying that Terri would not want to die this way, and contend that her condition could be improved. A Florida judge upheld her husband's request to remove the feeding tube. Do you agree or disagree with the decision to remove her feeding tube?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    
3/22-24/05 59 35 7    

.

"Congress met in a special session this past weekend to pass legislation moving the Schiavo case from the Florida state courts, which have repeatedly ruled to remove the feeding tube, to the federal court system. Regardless of your opinion on the Schiavo case, do you think it was right for Congress to intervene in this matter, or not?"

.

Right Not right Unsure    
% % %    
3/22-24/05 20 75 5    

.

"How about President Bush, who signed the legislation this weekend moving jurisdiction to the federal courts? Was it right for him to intervene, or not?"

.

Right Not right Unsure    
% % %    
3/22-24/05 24 70 6    

.

"Do you think that Congress and the President's intervention had more to do with their values and principles, or more to do with politics?"

.

Value and
principles
Politics Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
3/22-24/05 25 65 4 1 5

.

"If your congressman voted to move the Schiavo case to the federal courts, would this make you more likely to vote for him or less likely?"

.

More likely Less likely Doesn't
matter (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
3/22-24/05 21 54 18 7  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 22, 2005. N=620 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"As you may know, Terri Schiavo is a Florida woman in a persistent vegetative state who was being kept alive through the use of a feeding tube. The feeding tube was removed on Friday, an action that will result in her death within about two weeks. A federal judge made a ruling in the case today. First: Do you agree with the federal judge's decision that resulted in the feeding tube being left unattached, or do you disagree and think the federal judge should have ordered the feeding tube to be re-attached?"

.

Agree
with judge
Disagree
 with judge
Unsure
% % %

3/22/05

52 39 9

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following has handled the case involving Terri Schiavo? How about [see below]?"

.

  Approve Disapprove Unsure
  % % %

The media

43 46 11

George W. Bush

31 52 17
The Democrats in Congress 28 42 30
The Republicans in Congress 26 47 27

.

"Just your best guess -- If the feeding tube that was helping to keep Terri Schiavo alive were reinserted on a permanent basis, how much of a chance do you think there is that she would eventually show significant improvement in her brain activity: a very good chance, a good chance, a slight chance, or no chance whatsoever?"

.

Very good Good Slight None Unsure
% % % % %

3/22/05

4 9 29 54 4

.

"As you may know, Michael Schiavo said his wife, Terri, told him that she would not want to be kept alive by artificial means. Do you think he is definitely telling the truth, probably telling the truth, probably not telling the truth, or definitely not telling the truth?" Options rotated

.

Definitely
truth
Probably
truth
Probably
not truth
Definitely
not truth
Unsure
% % % % %

3/22/05

21 43 17 8 11

 

CBS News Poll. March 21-22, 2005. N=737 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"Terri Schiavo has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990. Terri's husband says his wife would not want to be kept alive under these circumstances and he wants her feeding tube removed. Terri's parents believe her condition could improve and they want the feeding tube to remain. How closely have you been following news about the case? Have you been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

.

Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
% % % % %
3/21-22/05 32 44 17 6 1

.

"What do you think should have happened in this case? Should the feeding tube have been removed or should it have remained?" Partial sample (N=321)

.

Removed Remained Unsure    
% % %    
3/21-22/05 61 28 11    

.

"What should happen now? Should the feeding tube be re-inserted, or not?" Partial sample (N=321)

.

Re-inserted Not
re-inserted
Unsure    
% % %    
3/21-22/05 27 66 7    

.

"Do you think this case ought to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, or not?"

.

Ought to be Ought
not to be
Unsure    
% % %    
3/21-22/05 37 61 2    

.

"Do you think Congress and the President should be involved in deciding what happens to Terri Schiavo, or is this a matter Congress and the President should stay out of?"

.

Should be
involved
Should
stay out
Unsure    
% % %    
3/21-22/05 13 82 5    

.

"Regardless of your opinion about the Terri Schiavo case, in general, do you think the federal government should decide whether it is legal for family members to remove a patient from life support, or should each state government decide, or are these issues something the government should stay out of?"

.

Federal State Government
stay out
Unsure  
% % % %  
3/21-22/05 9 13 75 3  

.

"Congress has passed a bill that would require Terri Schiavo's case to be heard in U.S. federal court. Do you think Congress passed this bill because they really care about what happens in this case, or do you think they passed the bill to advance a political agenda?"

.

Really care Political
agenda
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
3/21-22/05 13 74 3 1 9

.

"Do you think that Congress' actions in this case would make it easier for Congress to intervene in the lives of individual Americans in the future?" If Yes: "Are you concerned about that, or not?"

.

Easier/
concerned
Easier/Not
concerned
Not easier Unsure  
% % % %  
3/21-22/05 68 9 17 6  

 

ABC News Poll. March 20, 2005. N=501 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5.

.

"How closely have you been following the case of Terri Schiavo, the woman at the center of a life-support controversy in Florida? Have you been following this issue very closely, somewhat closely, not so closely or not closely at all?"

.

Closely Not closely
% %

3/20/05

56 44

.

"Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her husband and her parents disagree about whether she would have wanted to be kept alive. Florida courts have sided with the husband and her feeding tube was removed on Friday. What's your opinion on this case? Do you support or oppose the decision to remove Schiavo's feeding tube?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

3/20/05

63 28 9

.

"If you were in this condition, would you want to be kept alive, or not?"

.

Kept alive Not kept alive Unsure
% % %

3/20/05

16 78 6

3/10-13/05

8 87 4

.

"Florida state courts have heard the Schiavo case. Federal courts have said they don't have jurisdiction because it involves Florida law only. Would you support or oppose a new federal law requiring the federal courts to review the Schiavo case? This probably would mean reinserting the feeding tube until the case goes through the federal courts."

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

3/20/05

35 60 5

.

"Regardless of your preferences in the Schiavo case, do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate for Congress to get involved in this way?"

.

Appropriate Inappropriate Unsure
% % %

3/20/05

27 70 3

.

"Do you think the political leaders who are trying to keep Schiavo alive are more concerned about her and the principles involved, or more concerned about using her case for political advantage?" Options rotated

.

Schiavo/
Principles
Political
advantage
Both (vol.) Other (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

3/20/05

19 67 4 3 7

.

"As a direct result of your hearing about the Schiavo case, have you yourself had any discussions with friends or family members about what you would want done if you were in this condition, or not?"

.

Yes No
% %

3/20/05

49 51

.

"Have you had any friends or family members who passed away in a hospital or other care facility after life support was discontinued, or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

3/20/05

33 66 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 18-20, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"How closely have you been following the news about Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990, and whose parents and husband disagree over whether she should be kept alive: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?" N=909, MoE ± 4

.

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

3/18-20/05

27 39 21 12 1

.

"As you may know, on Friday the feeding tube keeping Terri Schiavo alive was removed. Based on what you have heard or read about the case, do you think that the feeding tube should or should not have been removed?" N=909, MoE ± 4

.

Should have Should
not have
Unsure
% % %

3/18-20/05

56 31 13

.

"Suppose you had a child who was in the same condition as Terry Schiavo, and it were up to you to decide whether to keep that child alive through the use of a feeding tube. What would you, personally, decide to do in that situation: remove the feeding tube or keep the feeding tube in place?" Options rotated. Form A (N=443, MoE ± 5).

.

Remove Keep in
place
Unsure
% % %

3/18-20/05

56 34 10

.

"Suppose you had a spouse who was in the same condition as Terry Schiavo, and it were up to you to decide whether to keep your spouse alive through the use of a feeding tube. What would you, personally, decide to do in that situation: remove the feeding tube or keep the feeding tube in place?" Options rotated. Form B (N=466, MoE ± 5).

.

Remove Keep in
place
Unsure
% % %

3/18-20/05

61 30 9

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you personally have a so-called living will or health care proxy to deal with your wishes for medical treatment if you're unable to do so, or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

3/10-13/05

42 57 1
8/02 42 57 1

.

"As you may know, a woman in Florida named Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her parents and her husband disagree on whether or not she should be kept on life support. In cases like this who do you think should have final say, the parents or the spouse?" Options rotated

.

Parents Spouse Other (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

3/10-13/05

25 65 2 2 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 1-2, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"If a patient has been in what doctors call a 'persistent vegetative' or a coma-like state with no higher brain activity for a significant amount of time, who do you think should make the decision whether the patient should be kept alive or not: the person's parents or other family members, the person's spouse, or the government?"

.

3/05 10/03

.

% %

.

Parents or other family members 38 31

.

The person's spouse

45 50

.

The government

2 2

.

The person’s doctor (vol.)

3 4

.

Not sure

12 13

.

.

"Terri Schiavo has been in a so-called 'persistent vegetative state' since 1990. Terri's husband says his wife would rather die than be kept alive artificially and wants her feeding tube removed. Terri's parents believe she could still recover and want the feeding tube to remain.  If you were Terri's guardian, what would you do? Would you remove the feeding tube or would you keep the feeding tube inserted?"

.

%

.

Remove the feeding tube 59

.

Keep the feeding tube 24

.

Not sure 17

.


 


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