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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

 
 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 11-14, 2009. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"How much do you know about the Tea Party movement? Do you know a great deal about this, a fair amount, just some, very little, or nothing at all?"

.

A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Just Some Very Little Nothing
at All

.

% % % % %

.

12/11-14/09

7 22 23 25 23

.

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"As you may know, this year saw the start of something known as the Tea Party movement. In this movement, citizens, most of whom are conservatives, participated in demonstrations in Washington, DC, and other cities, protesting government spending, the economic stimulus package, and any type of tax increases. From what you know about this movement, is your opinion of it very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative? If you do not know enough to have an opinion, please say so."

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Very
Positive
Somewhat
Positive
Neutral Somewhat
Negative
Very
Negative
No Opinion/
Unsure
% % % % % %

12/11-14/09

20 21 21 10 13 15

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 26-28, 2009. Adults nationwide.

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"As you may know, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford recently admitted that he had committed adultery and reimbursed the state for the cost of a government-funded trip during which he saw the woman with whom he was having an affair. Do you think Sanford should resign his position as governor, or do you think he should continue to serve as governor?" N=507 (Form A), MoE ± 4.5

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Resign Continue
To Serve
Unsure    
% % %    

6/26-28/09

54 44 2    

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"If a person holding high public office committed adultery, do you think that person lacks the personal character and integrity to hold office, or not?" N=519 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

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Lacks
Character,
Integrity
Does Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/26-28/09

50 49 1    

.

"Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement? Whether a politician commits adultery is important for the voters to know." N=519 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

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Strongly
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
Somewhat
Disagree
Strongly
Disagree
Neither
(vol.)
% % % % %

6/26-28/09

39 22 15 22 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 19-22, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, Washington, D.C., has a delegate in Congress, but that person is not allowed to vote on laws. Would you support or oppose new legislation giving D.C. a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

2/19-22/09

58 35 7    

4/22/07

61 28 11    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 26-29, 2008. N=1,026 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think America is ready for a black president or not?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

6/26-29/08

74 25 1    

.

3/26 - 4/2/08

76 22 3    

   Whites

78 20 2    

   Blacks

69 29 2    

.

1/14-17/08

72 26 2    

   Whites

72 26 2    

   Blacks

61 37 3    

.

12/5-7/06

62 34 4    

   Whites

65 31 5    

   Blacks

54 42 4    

.

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"Do you think America is ready for a woman president or not?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

6/26-29/08

67 32 1    

.

3/26 - 4/2/08

63 35 2    

   Whites

65 33 1    

   Blacks

59 39 2    

.

1/14-17/08

65 34 1    

12/5-7/06

60 37 4    

 

CBS News Poll. May 30-June 3, 2008. N=930 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"Do you think America is ready to elect a black president, or not?"

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Yes No Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/30 - 6/3/08

68 23 - 9  

3/15-18/08

62 30 - 8  

1/9-12/08

54 31 - 15  

1/18-21/07

54 36 3 7  

2/6-10/00 Adults

37 52 4 7  

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"Thinking about the number of African Americans who hold high level political office -- such as governors and members of Congress -- would you say that there should be more, should be fewer, or is the number about right?"

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More Fewer About
Right
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/30 - 6/3/08

39 2 42 17  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 8-11, 2008. N=1,122 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about [see below], is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable?"

.

Entirely
Comfortable
Somewhat
Comfortable
Somewhat
Uncomfortable
Entirely
Uncomfortable
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

"An African-American president of the United States"

5/8-11/08

66

22

6

6

1

7/18-21/07

56

30

7

5

1

.

"A woman president of the United States"

5/8-11/08

62

22

9

7

-

7/18-21/07

54

25

9

10

1

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"Someone entering office as president of the United States at age 72"

5/8-11/08

31

29

24

15

1


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 24-25, 2008. N=1,203 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Do you think America is ready to elect a woman president, or not?"

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Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/24-25/08

70 25 5    

7/2-3/07

58 32 10    

12/6-7/06

55 35 10    

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"Do you think America is ready to elect an African-American president, or not?"

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Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/24-25/08

74 19 7    

7/2-3/07

59 30 11    

12/6-7/06

56 30 14    

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"Thinking about white voters who say they would have no problem voting for a black presidential candidate, do you think most of them, some of them, or very few of them have reservations about voting for a black candidate that they are not willing to express?"

.

Most Some Very Few Unsure  
% % % %  

4/24-25/08

12 41 36 11  

7/2-3/07

17 47 23 13  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). March 24-25, 2008. N=700 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.7.

           

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"Do you think the voters of this country are ready to elect a qualified [see below] as president, or don't you think so?"

           

.

    Are Ready Don't
Think So
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

African American

   
 

  3/24-25/08

72 18 10    
 

  11/1-5/07 Adults

63 27 10    
         

.

.

 

Woman

   
 

  3/24-25/08

71 20 9    
 

  11/1-5/07 Adults

69 24 7    
         

.

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Person over age seventy

   
 

  3/24-25/08

61 29 10    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). March 7-10, 2008. N=approx. 500 registered voters nationwide.

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"Do you think that the next president should take an approach similar to that of George W. Bush, or should the next president take a different approach than George W. Bush has?"

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Similar Different Unsure    
% % %    

3/7-10/08

17 76 7    

11/1-5/07

21 73 6    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 20-24, 2008. N=1,115 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"In general, what is the best age for a president of the United States: in their 30s, in their 40s, in their 50s, in their 60s, or in their 70s?"

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30s 40s 50s 60s 70s Unsure
% % % % % %

2/20-24/08

2 20 48 18 2 10

3/07

5 26 55 9 0 5

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 8-10, 2008. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Now we have some questions about the general election for president, which will be held in November 2008. Compared to previous elections, are you more enthusiastic than usual about voting, or less enthusiastic?"

.

More
Enthusiastic
Less
Enthusiastic
Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

62 30 7 1  

  Democrats/leaners

79 15 6 -  

  Republicans/leaners

44 48 8 -  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 10-13, 2008. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Would you like to see the next president generally continue with George W. Bush's policies, or would you rather see the next president change direction from Bush’s policies?"

.

Continue Change
Direction
Unsure    
% % %    

1/10-13/08

17 79 4    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 9-12, 2008. N=1,130 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking ahead to November 2008, which of these two statements comes closest to your own views? After eight years of George W. Bush, we need to elect a president who can set the nation in a new direction. OR, We need to keep the country moving in the direction Bush has been taking us." Options rotated

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New
Direction
Bush
Direction
In Between
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

1/9-12/08

79 17 3 - 1

10/29 - 11/1/07

75 23 2 1 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 9-12, 2008. N=995 registered voters nationwide.

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"Which one is more important to you in a presidential candidate: having the right experience, or having fresh ideas?"

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Right
Experience
Fresh
Ideas
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL registered voters

44 42 11 3  

   Dem. primary voters

35 52 10 3  

   Rep. primary voters

59 28 10 3  

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12/5-9/07

49 38 10 3  

8/8-12/07

44 41 13 2  

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"Do you think most people you know would vote for a presidential candidate who is black, or not?"

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Would Would Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/9-12/08

65 21 14    

12/5-9/07

60 25 15    

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"Would you personally vote for a presidential candidate who is black, or not?"

.

Would Would Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/9-12/08

90 6 4    

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"Do you think most people you know would vote for a presidential candidate who is a woman, or not?"

.

Would Would Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/9-12/08

56 34 10    

12/5-9/07

49 40 12    

6/26-28/07

56 34 10    

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"Would you personally vote for a presidential candidate who is a woman, or not?"

.

Would Would Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/9-12/08

81 15 4    

.

"Do you think America is ready to elect a woman president, or not?"

.

Yes No Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

1/9-12/08

54 39 - 7  

1/18-21/07 Adults

54 39 3 4  

1/20-25/06 Adults

55 38 3 4  

12/13-16/99 Adults

48 45 3 4  

 

ABC News/Facebook poll. Dec. 16-19, 2007. N=1,142 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"If it could be made secure from fraud, would you support or oppose a system allowing people to cast their vote for president and other political offices over the Internet?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/16-19/07

44 54 3    

7/14-18/99

42 52 5    

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"Do you think an Internet voting system could be made secure from fraud any time in the near future, or do you think it will be many years before that's possible?"

.

Near Future Many Years Never (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

12/16-19/07

18 67 11 4  

7/14-18/99

24 62 7 7  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 14-17, 2007. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Which of the following statements is closest to your own view of the two-party system today, in terms of how well it defines issues and provides choices for voters? The two-party system works fairly well. The two-party system has real problems, but with some improvements it can still work well. The two-party system is seriously broken, and the country needs a third party."

.

Works
Fairly Well
Has Real
Problems
Is Seriously
Broken
Unsure  
% % % %  

12/14-17/07

20 47 29 4  

12/97

15 55 27 3  

9/95

15 54 28 3  

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 6-9, 2007. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

           

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"Between now and the 2008 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [see below], would you vote for that person?" Trend includes slight variation in wording.

           

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    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

Catholic

   
 

  12/6-9/07

93 4 3    
 

  3/2-4/07

95 4 1    
 

  2/9-11/07

95 4 1    
 

  5/30 - 6/1/03

93 5 2    
 

  2/19-21/99

94 4 2    
 

  2/3-8/37

60 30 10    
         

.

.

 

Black

   
 

  12/6-9/07

93 5 2    
 

  3/2-4/07

93 5 2    
 

  2/9-11/07

94 5 1    
 

  5/30 - 6/1/03

92 6 2    
 

  2/19-21/99

95 4 1    
 

  1/4 - 2/28/97

93 4 3    
 

  7/10-13/87

79 13 8    
 

  7/21-24/78

77 18 5    
 

  4/19-24/67

53 41 6    
 

  9/10-15/58

38 54 8    
         

.

.

 

Jewish

   
 

  12/6-9/07

91 6 3    
 

  3/2-4/07

93 5 2    
 

  2/9-11/07

92 7 2    
 

  5/30 - 6/1/03

89 8 3    
 

  2/19-21/99

92 6 2    
 

  9/10-15/58

63 29 8    
 

  2/10-15/37

46 47 8    
         

.

.

 

A woman

   
 

  12/6-9/07

86 12 2    
 

  3/2-4/07

89 10 1    
 

  2/9-11/07

88 11 1    
 

  5/30 - 6/1/03

87 12 1    
 

  2/19-21/99

92 7 1    
 

  7/10-13/87

82 12 6    
 

  7/21-24/78

76 19 5    
 

  4/19-24/67

57 39 4    
 

  9/10-15/58

54 41 5    
 

  1/27 - 2/1/37

33 64 3    
         

.

.

 

Hispanic

   
 

  12/6-9/07

86 12 2    
 

  3/2-4/07

88 10 2    
 

  2/9-11/07

87 12 1    
         

.

.

 

Mormon

   
 

  12/6-9/07

80 17 3    
 

  3/2-4/07

77 19 4    
 

  2/9-11/07

72 24 4    
 

  2/19-21/99

79 17 4    
 

  4/19-24/67

75 17 8    
         

.

.

 

A homosexual

   
 

  12/6-9/07

56 41 3    
 

  3/2-4/07

55 42 4    
 

  2/9-11/07

55 43 2    
 

  2/19-21/99

59 37 4    
 

  4/29 - 5/2/83

29 64 7    
 

  7/21-24/78

26 66 8    
         

.

.

 

Atheist

   
 

  12/6-9/07

46 48 6    
 

  3/2-4/07

48 48 4    
 

  2/9-11/07

45 53 3    
 

  2/19-21/99

49 48 3    
 

  9/10-15/58

18 77 5    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Nov. 1-5, 2007. N=approx. 750 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.6.

           

.

"Do you think the voters of this country are ready to elect a qualified [see below] as president, or don't you think so?"

           

.

    Are Ready Don't
Think So
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

Italian American

   
 

  11/1-5/07

75 16 9    
         

.

.

 

Hispanic

   
 

  11/1-5/07

46 46 8    
         

.

.

 

Mormon

   
 

  11/1-5/07

38 50 12    

 

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

.

"Idaho Senator Larry Craig recently announced his intention to resign after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly making sexual advances to an undercover police officer. He now says he is not guilty and might not resign. Should Senator Craig resign or should he stay in the Senate?"

.

Resign Stay in
Senate
Unsure    
% % %    

9/7-9/07

67 26 7    

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas. Aug. 1-18, 2007. N=3,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2.

           

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"Regardless of the specific candidates who are running for president, we'd like to know how you generally feel about some different traits. First, would you be more likely or less likely to support a candidate for president who [see below], or wouldn’t this matter to you? How about if a candidate [see below]?" Items rotated

           

.

    More Likely Less Likely Wouldn't
Matter
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

Is Muslim

   
 

8/1-18/07

3 45 49 3  
 

2/7-11/07

1 46 49 4  
           

.

 

Is an evangelical Christian

   
 

8/1-18/07

19 16 60 5  
           

.

 

Is Catholic

   
 

8/1-18/07

13 7 79 1  
           

.

 

Is Jewish

   
 

8/1-18/07

9 11 79 1  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 18-21, 2007. N=1,125 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about a/an [see below] president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable?"

.

Entirely
Comfortable
Somewhat
Comfortable
Somewhat
Uncomfortable
Entirely
Uncomfortable
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

African American

56

30

7

5

1

Woman

54

25

9

10

1

Jewish

49

32

10

7

2

Hispanic

44

31

11

13

2

Mormon

34

29

16

18

4


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 2-3, 2007. N=905 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"If your party nominated a WOMAN for president, would you vote for her if she were qualified for the job?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

7/2-3/07

85 10 5    

12/6-7/06

86 8 6    

.

"If your party nominated a BLACK or AFRICAN AMERICAN for president, would you vote for that person if he or she were qualified for the job?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

7/2-3/07

92 4 4    

12/6-7/06

93 3 4    

.

"How about if your party nominated a HISPANIC for president? Would you vote for that person if he or she were qualified for the job?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

7/2-3/07

80 14 6    

.

"Do you think America is ready to elect a Hispanic president, or not?"

.

Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    

7/2-3/07

40 47 13    

.

"What if your party nominated a MORMON for president, that is, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints? Would you vote for that person if he or she were qualified for the job?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

7/2-3/07

65 28 7    

12/6-7/06

66 25 9    

.

"Do you think America is ready to elect a Mormon president, or not?"

.

Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    

7/2-3/07

35 48 17    

12/6-7/06

34 48 18    

 

CBS News Poll. June 26-28, 2007. N=750 registered voters nationwide.

.

"Do you think most people you know would vote for a presidential candidate who is Mormon, or not?"

.

Would Would Not Unsure

%

%

%

6/26-28/07

32

43

25


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 5-6, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States whose residents are United States citizens. Which one of the following options do you prefer for the status of Puerto Rico? It should become the 51st state. It should become an independent nation. It should continue as a U.S. territory."

.

51st State Independent
Nation
U.S.
Territory
Unsure  
% % % %  

6/5-6/07

30 11 46 13  

 

Washington Post Poll. April 22, 2007. N=788 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"One proposed law would give overwhelmingly Democratic D.C. a full voting member in the House, while also giving the heavily Republican state of Utah another congressional seat. Would you support or oppose this proposal?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

4/22/07

49 37 14    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 13-15, 2007. Adults nationwide.

.

"Turning now to the issue of campaign finance: As you may know, to fund their campaigns, candidates for president can receive public financing from the federal government if they agree to limits on spending, or they can opt not to take public financing and spend whatever money they can raise on their own. What do you think candidates should do: agree to take public financing and accept spending limits, or opt not to take public financing and spend whatever money they can raise on their own?" Options rotated. N=506, MoE ± 5 (Form A)

.

Take Public
Financing
Opt Not To
Take Public
Financing
Unsure    
% % %    

4/13-15/07

39 56 4    

.

"Which of the following do you think would be the best way to finance presidential campaigns: a system of public financing funded by the federal government, a system of private financing funded by donations from individuals and political groups as well as the candidate's own money, or a combination of the two?" Options rotated. N=501, MoE ± 5 (Form B)

.

Public
Financing
Private
Financing
Combination Other (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

4/13-15/07

22 46 28 2 3

.

"All in all, do you think the record amounts of money being raised by candidates for the 2008 presidential election means the United States will elect a better president, a worse president, or will it not make a difference?" N=1,007, MoE ± 3

.

Better Worse No
Difference
Unsure  
% % % %  

4/13-15/07

9 20 68 3  

 

Gallup Poll. March 26-29, 2007. N=1,006 adults nationwide, drawn from Gallup's household panel, which was originally recruited through random selection methods. MoE ± 4.

           

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"Do you think the political leaders in Washington pay too much attention, about the right amount, or too little attention to the needs of each of the following groups? How about [see below]?"

           

.

    Too Much About Right Too Little Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

Big corporations

   
 

  3/26-29/07

76 16 6 1  
         

.

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Hollywood movie executives

   
 

  3/26-29/07

74 19 4 4  
         

.

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Trial lawyers

   
 

  3/26-29/07

55 31 10 4  
         

.

.

 

Defense contractors

   
 

  3/26-29/07

53 27 16 4  
         

.

.

 

Religious conservatives

   
 

  3/26-29/07

48 33 17 2  
         

.

.

 

Gays and lesbians

   
 

  3/26-29/07

46 27 24 2  
         

.

.

 

Labor unions

   
 

  3/26-29/07

34 38 26 2  
         

.

.

 

Hispanics

   
 

  3/26-29/07

25 40 32 3  
         

.

.

 

Doctors

   
 

  3/26-29/07

22 49 26 3  
         

.

.

 

Blacks

   
 

  3/26-29/07

16 48 34 2  
         

.

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Senior citizens

   
 

  3/26-29/07

5 28 66 1  
         

.

.

 

The poor

   
 

  3/26-29/07

5 18 77 -  
         

.

.

 

Small business owners

   
 

  3/26-29/07

3 28 68 1  
         

.

.

 

Military veterans

   
 

  3/26-29/07

2 16 81 1  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 27-28, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

           

.

"Do you think the United States is ready to elect a [see below] president or not?"

           

.

    Is Ready Is Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

Black

   
 

  2/27-28/07

69 24 7    
         

.

.

 

Twice-divorced

   
 

  2/27-28/07

65 21 13    
         

.

.

 

Woman

   
 

  2/27-28/07

60 35 4    
         

.

.

 

Mormon

   
 

  2/27-28/07

40 48 12    
         

.

.

 

Third-party

   
 

  2/27-28/07

33 59 9    
         

.

.

 

Gay or lesbian

   
 

  2/27-28/07

13 82 4    

 

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

           

.

"I'm going to read a few attributes that might be found in a candidate for president. Please tell me if each would make you more likely to vote for that candidate for president, or less likely to vote for that candidate, or if it wouldn't matter. . . ." Options rotated

           

.

    More
Likely
Less
Likely
Wouldn't
Matter
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

Someone who is a woman

   
 

  2/22-25/07

14 13 72 1  
 

  12/7-11/06

17 14 69 -  
         

.

.

 

Someone who is black

   
 

  2/22-25/07

7 6 87 -  
 

  12/7-11/06

9 7 84 -  
         

.

.

 

Someone who is a Mormon

   
 

  2/22-25/07

4 29 66 1  
 

  12/7-11/06

3 35 61 1  
         

.

.

 

Someone who is over age 72

   
 

  2/22-25/07

3 58 39 -  
         

.

.

 

Someone who has been divorced twice

   
 

  2/22-25/07

3 26 71 1  
         

.

.

 

Someone who smokes cigarettes

   
 

  2/22-25/07

2 21 77 -  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-11, 2007. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

           

.

"Between now and the 2008 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [see below], would you vote for that person?" Trend includes slight variation in wording.

           

.

    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

Married for the third time

   
 

  2/9-11/07

67 30 3    
         

.

.

 

Seventy-two years of age

   
 

  2/9-11/07

57 42 1    

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 8-11, 2007. N=1,015 registered voters nationwide.

.

"If the Republican Party nominated a Mormon for president, would you vote for that person if he or she were qualified for the job?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

2/8-11/07

63 27 10    

.

"If the Democratic Party nominated a Mormon for president, would you vote for that person if he or she were qualified for the job?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

2/8-11/07

66 24 10    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 2-5, 2006. N=1,516 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking now about the campaigns this year, would you say most of the television commercials that you have seen for candidates for political office this year are: extremely positive, very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, very negative, or extremely negative?" Options rotated
10/06 intro: "Thinking again about the November elections for Congress. . . ."

.

Positive Negative Unsure    
% % %    

11/2-5/06

15 77 8    

10/6-8/06

26 63 11    

10/21-22/02

35 58 7    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 1-4, 2006. N=1,205 adults nationwide. Results below are among registered voters.

.

"How confident are you that your own vote in this election will be accurately counted this year: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?"

.

Very
Confident

Somewhat
Confident

Not Too
Confident

Not at All
Confident

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

11/1-4/06 49 34 9 6 2

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International and Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas. Nov. 1-4, 2006. N=2,369 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 2.5.

.

"How confident are you that your vote will be accurately counted in the upcoming election . . . ?"

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %
11/1-4/06 57 28 8 4 3
10//04 62 26 7 4 1

.

"Compared to past elections, would you say there has been MORE mud slinging or negative campaigning this year, or LESS mud slinging or negative campaigning this year?"

.

More Less Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
11/1-4/06 65 14 16 5  
11/02 51 24 20 5  
10/98 52 23 20 5  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Oct. 27-31, 2006. N=932 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How common do you think corruption is in Washington D.C. -- is it widespread, or is it limited to a few isolated incidents?"

.

Widespread

Limited

Unsure

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

10/27-31/06 58 39 3

 

 

.

"Which political party do you think has more corrupt politicians: the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?"

.

Republican
Party

Democratic
Party

Both
Equal (vol.)

Neither
(vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

10/27-31/06 35 15 37 1 12

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 20-22, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

.

"How confident are you that, across the country, the votes will be accurately cast and counted in this year's election: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" N=476, MoE ± 5 (Form A)

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
 
% % % %  

10/20-22/06

28 47 17 8  

.

"How confident are you that, at the voting facility where you vote, the votes will be accurately cast and counted in this year's election: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" N=526, MoE ± 5 (Form B)

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
 
% % % %  

10/20-22/06

66 25 6 2  

.

"As you may know, at some voting facilities, the votes are cast using paper ballots, and in others, they are cast using electronic or computerized ballots. How much would you, personally, trust that your vote would be accurately recorded if you voted by [see below]: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or not at all?" N=1,002, MoE ± 3

.

A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Not Much Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

Electronic or computerized ballot

   10/20-22/06

46 34 12 7 1

.

Paper ballot

   10/20-22/06

38 39 15 7 1

.

"How confident are you that the workers at voting facilities across the country will be capable of resolving any problems with voting that arise on Election Day: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" N=476, MoE ± 5 (Form A)

.

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

10/20-22/06

25 56 15 3 1

.

"How confident are you that the workers at the voting facility where you vote will be capable of resolving any problems with voting that arise on Election Day: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?" N=526, MoE ± 5 (Form B)

.

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

10/20-22/06

51 40 7 2 1

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Oct. 13-15, 2006. N=1,012 adults nationwide.

.

"As you may know, most states now use electronic voting machines, which rely on computers to record and count all the votes cast on election day. How likely do you think it is that technical problems accidentally caused by election workers or the companies that make the machines will cause a significant number of these machines to produce inaccurate results on election day? Do you think that is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?" Half sample (MoE ± 4.5)

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not Likely
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

10/13-15/06

24 37 28 10 1

.

"As you may know, most states now use electronic voting machines, which rely on computers to record and count all the votes cast on election day. How likely do you think it is that technical problems created on purpose by computer hackers or people working for political candidates will cause a significant number of these machines to produce inaccurate results on election day? Do you think that is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?" Half sample (MoE ± 4.5)

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not Likely
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

10/13-15/06

32 34 23 10 2

.

"How confident are you that, across the country, the votes will be accurately counted in this year's election: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?" Half sample (MoE ± 4.5)

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
 
% % % %  

10/13-15/06

31 47 14 9  

.

"How confident are you that your vote and the votes cast by people in your family will be accurately counted in this year's election: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?" Half sample (MoE ± 4.5)

.

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

10/13-15/06

44 36 13 5 1

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 6-8, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Generally speaking, how much of what is said in commercials for or against political candidates do you believe: all or almost all, a fair amount, not much, or nothing at all?"

.

All or
Almost All
A Fair
Amount
Not Much Nothing
at All
Unsure
% % % % %

10/6-8/06

5 23 49 20 3

.

"As you may know, some of the commercials in favor of political candidates are sponsored by the candidates themselves, and some are sponsored by advocacy groups. Which comes closer to your view: the commercials sponsored by the candidates are more trustworthy, the commercials are about equally trustworthy, or the commercials sponsored by advocacy groups are more trustworthy?" Options rotated

.

Candidates'
More
Trustworthy
Equally
Trustworthy
Advocacy
Groups' More
Trustworthy
Unsure  
% % % %  

10/6-8/06

27 41 20 12  

 

Gallup Poll panel survey. Sept. 21-24, 2006. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Sample was randomly drawn from Gallup's nationally representative household panel, which was originally recruited through random selection methods.

           

.

"Generally speaking, do you think Americans are ready to elect a/an [see below] as president, or not?"

           

.

    Ready Not Ready Unsure    
    % % %    
 

Woman

   
 

  9/21-24/06

61 38 1    
         

.

.

 

African American or black

   
 

  9/21-24/06

58 40 2    
         

.

.

 

Jew

   
 

  9/21-24/06

55 42 3    
         

.

.

 

Hispanic

   
 

  9/21-24/06

41 58 1    
         

.

.

 

Asian

   
 

  9/21-24/06

33 64 2    
         

.

.

 

Latter-Day Saint or Mormon

   
 

  9/21-24/06

29 66 5    
         

.

.

 

Atheist

   
 

  9/21-24/06

14 84 2    
         

.

.

 

Gay or lesbian

   
 

  9/21-24/06

7 91 2    

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. July 13-17, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"With the presidential elections coming up in 2008, in general, these days, would you prefer to have a man as president, a woman as president, or doesn't it matter to you?"

.

A Man A Woman Doesn't
Matter
Unsure  
% % % %  

7/13-17/06

19 11 69 1  

.

"By 2008, members of the Bush and Clinton families will have been president for 20 years straight. Members of these two families, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, are contenders for their partys' nominations in 2008. How concerned are you that these two families, the Bushes and Clintons, have seemed to dominate presidential politics for so many years? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or doesn't it matter to you?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Very
Concerned
Doesn't
Matter
Unsure
% % % % %

7/13-17/06

19 28 24 28 1

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. June 24-27, 2006. N=1,170 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Just thinking about a candidate's religion, do you think you could vote for [see below] for president, or not?"

.

  Yes No Unsure  
  % % %  

"A Catholic candidate"

83 9 8  

.

"A Jewish candidate"

78 14 8  

.

"An evangelical Christian candidate"

65 22 13  

.

"A Mormon candidate"

53 35 12  

.

"A Muslim candidate"

34 53 13  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 9-12, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (for all adults).

.

"When it comes to dealing with ethics in government, which party do you think would do a better job: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or both about the same? If you think that neither would do a good job, please just say so." Half-sample (Form A)

.

Democratic Republican Same Neither Unsure
% % % % %

6/9-12/06

24 17 24 32 3

3/10-13/06

25 19 29 22 5

.

"As you may know, there have been a number of allegations of ethics violations and misconduct by members of Congress. Do you think this Congress has had more ethical problems than those in the past, fewer ethical problems than those in the past, or about the same number of ethical problems as those in the past?" Half-sample (Form A)

.

More Fewer Same Unsure  
% % % %  
6/9-12/06 33 3 60 4  

.

"Which party do you think is more influenced by special interests and lobbyists: the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?" Half-sample (Form B)

.

Democratic Republican Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
6/9-12/06 21 33 38 8  
1/26-29/06 22 36 33 9  

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