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

 
 

ABC News Poll. May 26-30, 2006. N=1,044 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by ICR.

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"The FBI recently got a search warrant and searched a U.S. congressman's office in a corruption investigation. This is believed to be the first time in history federal agents have searched a Congress member's office. Leaders of Congress say this should not be allowed because it violates the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution and could be used by prosecutors to put improper political pressure on lawmakers. Others/Some people say this kind of search should be allowed if a court approves it as part of a criminal investigation. What's your opinion? Do you think the FBI should or should not be allowed to search the office of a member of the U.S. Congress, if it's gotten a search warrant to do so?" Statements rotated

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Should be
Allowed
Should Not be
Allowed
Unsure    
% % %    

5/26-30/06

86 10 5    

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"Would you rate the level of ethics and honesty of members of Congress as excellent, good, not so good or poor?"

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Excellent Good Not so Good Poor Unsure
% % % % %

5/26-30/06

1 26 36 30 7

12/95

2 22 42 30 4

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"And would you rate the level of ethics and honesty of your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress as excellent, good, not so good or poor?"

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Excellent Good Not so Good Poor Unsure
% % % % %

5/26-30/06

9 45 23 13 10

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"When it comes to the level of ethics and honesty among politicians, do you think the Democrats are generally better than the Republicans, the Republicans are generally better than the Democrats, or isn't there much difference between them when it comes to ethics and honesty?" Options rotated

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Democrats
Better
Republicans
Better
Isn't Much
Difference
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/26-30/06

16 9 72 3  
1/5-8/06 15 11 73 1  

10/30 - 11/2/05

16 12 71 1  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 4-8, 2006. N=1,241 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Republicans in Congress are more financially corrupt, or are the Democrats in Congress more financially corrupt?"

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Republicans
In Congress
Democrats
In Congress
Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

5/4-8/06

40 15 30 15  
1/5-8/06 34 18 30 18  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 28-30, 2006. Adults nationwide.

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"Thinking now about the issue of corruption in government: Do you think corruption in Congress is a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not a serious problem at all?" N=501, MoE ± 5 (Form A)

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not Serious
At All

Unsure

% % % % %
4/28-30/06 39 44 15 2 1

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"Thinking now about the issue of corruption in government: Do you think the issue of corruption in Congress should be the top priority for Congress to deal with, a high priority but not the top priority, an important priority but not a high priority, or should it not be an important priority?" N=510, MoE ± 5 (Form B)

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Top
Priority
High
Priority
Not a High
Priority

Not
Important

Unsure

% % % % %
4/28-30/06 15 49 31 4 2

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"How much confidence do you have in Congress to make sure that its members adhere to high ethical standards: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?" N=501, MoE ± 5 (Form A)

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Great Deal Fair Amount Not Much None at All

 

% % % %

 

4/28-30/06 6 35 42 17

 

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"How much confidence do you have in Congress to pass meaningful legislation to deal with the issue of corruption in Congress: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?" N=510, MoE ± 5 (Form B)

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Great Deal Fair Amount Not Much None at All

 

% % % %

 

4/28-30/06 4 28 44 24

 

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"As you may know, some members of Congress travel on fact-finding missions paid for by corporations, trade groups, or other private interests. Some members of Congress also receive meals or gifts from these organizations. In your view, what should Congress do to make sure that such favors do not lead to corruption in government: institute a ban on members receiving any gifts, meals or travel from private interests; or should it allow members to receive gifts, meals or travel, but require full public disclosure of these?" Options rotated. N=1,011, MoE ± 3.

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Institute
a Ban
Require Full
Disclosure

Unsure

 

 

% % %  

 

4/28-30/06 52 47 1  

 


 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 7-16, 2006. Adults nationwide.

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"How concerned are you, if at all, about the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups in Washington these days . . . ?" N=1,501, MoE ± 3

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %
4/7-16/06 46 29 13 9 3

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"Do you think bribery and corruption in Congress is more common now than it used to be, or no different from the past?" N=1,501, MoE ± 3

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More
Common
No
Different
Unsure    
% % %    
4/7-16/06 47 49 4    

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"Congress is considering a law which would place stricter limits on the value of gifts that House and Senate members can accept from lobbyists. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?" N=764, MoE ± 4 (Form 1)

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
4/7-16/06 76 19 6    

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"Congress is considering a law which would place stricter limits on the value of gifts that House and Senate members can accept from lobbyists. Do you think a law like this would help to reduce the influence of special interests, or do you think it wouldn't make much difference?" N=737, MoE ± 4 (Form 2)

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Would
Help
Not Much
Difference
Unsure    
% % %    
4/7-16/06 45 52 3    

 

CBS News Poll. April 6-9, 2006. N=899 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Republicans in Congress are more corrupt, or are the Democrats in Congress more corrupt?"

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Republicans
In Congress
Democrats
In Congress
Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

4/6-9/06

32 13 37 18  

1/5-8/06

36 16 30 18  

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by Financial Dynamics. Feb. 16-19, 2006. N=807 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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

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Ready Not Ready Unsure    
% % %    
2/16-19/06 27 65 8    

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

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Ready Not Ready Unsure    
% % %    
2/16-19/06 52 39 9    

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

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Ready Not Ready Unsure    
% % %    
2/16-19/06 56 37 7    

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Feb. 1-5, 2006. N=1,502 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think recent reports of lobbyists bribing members of Congress are isolated incidents of corruption, or do you think this kind of behavior is common in Congress?"

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Isolated Common Unsure    
% % %    
2/1-5/06 13 81 6    
1/4-8/06 11 81 8    

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"Do you think that YOUR member of Congress has taken bribes from lobbyists, or not?" N=757, MoE ± 4 (Form 1)

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
2/1-5/06 41 35 24    

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"Do you think bribery and corruption in Congress is more common now than it used to be, or no different from the past?"

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More
Common Now
No Different Unsure    
% % %    
2/1-5/06 36 60 4    

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"Is the Republican Party or the Democratic Party more involved in corruption and bribery in Congress?" Party names rotated

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
2/1-5/06 31 14 34 4 17

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 23-26, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling ethics in government?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %
1/23-26/06 42 56 2
1/5-8/06 45 52 3

12/15-18/05

48 49 3

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"Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job standing up to lobbyists and special interest groups?" Party names rotated

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Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
1/23-26/06 46 27 1 20 5

12/15-18/05

42 34 2 17 5

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"Just your best guess -- How likely do you think it is that Congress will pass tough new regulations on political lobbying in the next year: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely
Unsure
% % % % %
1/23-26/06 11 35 27 24 3

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"Do you think the overall level of ethics and honesty in the federal government has risen, fallen or stayed the same with Bush as president?"

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    Risen Fallen Same Unsure  
% % % %
1/23-26/06 18 43 38 1
10/30 - 11/2/05 17 43 39 1

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"As you may know, a prominent lobbyist in Washington named Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to corruption charges allegedly involving a U.S. congressman. Do you think this case is limited to a few corrupt individuals, or do you think it is evidence of widespread corruption in Washington?" Options rotated

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Limited Widespread Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %
1/23-26/06 38 55 2 5
1/5-8/06 34 58 2 6

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"Do you think the Bush Administration should or should not provide a list of all meetings any White House officials may have had with Abramoff?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %
1/23-26/06 76 18 5

 

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

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

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 92 5 3    
  Republicans 88 9 3    
  Democrats 95 3 2    
  Independents 93 4 3    
  Men 93 5 2    
  Women 92 6 2    

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Trend:

12/13-16/99 91 6 3    

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

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Yes No Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
ALL adults 55 38 3 4  
  Republicans 48 44 2 6  
  Democrats 61 34 1 4  
  Independents 55 37 5 3  
  Men 60 34 3 3  
  Women 51 42 3 4  

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Trend:

12/13-16/99 48 45 3 4  

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"As you may know, there is a political corruption investigation involving Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist who recently pled guilty to charges of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. How closely have you been following news about this case: 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  
% % % %  
1/20-25/06 11 29 29 31  

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"Do you think recent reports that lobbyists may have bribed members of Congress are isolated incidents, or do you think this kind of behavior is the way things work in Congress?"

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Isolated
Incidents
The Way
Things Work
Unsure    
% % %    
1/20-25/06 16 77 7    

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"How many members of Congress do you think accept bribes or gifts that affect their votes: most, about half, some or hardly any?" N=637 (Form A)

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Most About Half Some Hardly Any Unsure
% % % % %
1/20-25/06 27 30 36 5 2

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"Now think about all the members of Congress. How many of them do you think are financially corrupt: most, about half, some, or hardly any?" N=592 (Form B)

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Most About Half Some Hardly Any Unsure
% % % % %
1/20-25/06 18 25 49 6 2

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"Who do you think is more likely to accept bribes or gifts that affect their votes: the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress?"

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Republicans
In Congress
Democrats
In Congress
Both Equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
ALL adults 28 13 36 3 20
  Republicans 4 32 41 3 20
  Democrats 57 3 25 2 13
  Independents 21 8 42 4 25

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"If your own representative in Congress were offered a bribe, do you think he or she would probably accept it or probably refuse it?"

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Accept Refuse Unsure    
% % %    
1/20-25/06 24 55 21    

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by Financial Dynamics. Jan. 12-15, 2006. N=806 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.4 (for all adults).

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"Now I'm going to read you words that people sometimes use to describe political parties. For each word, I want you to tell me which party -- the Republican Party or the Democratic Party -- you think the word describes best. . . ." Parties rotated. Asked of half the sample.

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

"Honest"

17 15 27 35 5
           

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"Ethical"

24 23 29 18 7

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"Corrupt"

22 13 54 5 5

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"Immoral"

22 22 34 13 9

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"If given a choice, which of the following groups of people do you think a member of Congress would be most likely to put first? [See below.]" If "All": If you absolutely had to choose one, which would it be?" Half-sample A

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"If given a choice, which of the following groups of people do you think your member of Congress would be most likely to put first? [See below.]" If "All": If you absolutely had to choose one, which would it be?" Half-sample B

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  A Member
Of Congress
Your Member
Of Congress
   
  % %    

"Donors"

13 9    
"Lobbyists" 18 8    
"Voters/constituents" 12 26    
"Special interests" 21 17    
"Political party leaders" 14 16    

All of the above (vol.)

4 2    

None of the above (vol.)

2 2    

Unsure

15 19    

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"Generally speaking, please tell me how many of each of the following kinds of public officials you think are corrupt? Would you say almost all of them, many, only a few, or none? . . ."

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Almost All Many Only a Few None Unsure
% % % % %

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"Local elected officials, such as mayor or city council" Half-sample A
  1/12-15/06 9 16 61 10 5

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"State elected officials, such as governor or attorney general" Half-sample B
  1/12-15/06 9 18 62 5 7

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"Appointed government officials, such as cabinet members or members of federal agencies" Half-sample A
  1/12-15/06 8 26 55 4 7

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"Federal elected officials, such as members of Congress or senators" Half-sample B
  1/12-15/06 11 35 48 1 6

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"Thinking specifically about members of the U.S. Congress, do you think that corruption and illegal activities are more of a problem among Democrats, more of a problem among Republicans, or equally a problem among members of Congress from both parties?" Options rotated

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Democrats Republicans Both Parties Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
1/12-15/06 6 17 72 1 4

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"As you may know, Jack Abramoff recently pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress. Once the investigation is complete, how likely do you think it is that each of the following will be found to have been involved in illegal activities? . . ."

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

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"Your member of Congress"
  1/12-15/06 17 32 23 13 15

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"Republican members of Congress" Half-sample A
  1/12-15/06 29 42 10 3 16

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"Democratic members of Congress" Half-sample B
  1/12-15/06 14 49 16 5 16

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"From what you've heard about Jack Abramoff, is he connected most closely to the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or don't you associate him with a particular political party?" Options rotated

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
No Party Other (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
1/12-15/06 30 2 37 2 29

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 10-11, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all registered voters).

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"In general, do you think most elected officials in Washington make policy decisions or take actions as a direct result of money they receive from major campaign contributors?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/10-11/06 65 21 14

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"Which political party in Washington do you think is more corrupt: Democrats or Republicans?" Options rotated

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Democrats Republicans Same (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
1/10-11/06 15 33 40 4 8

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"Do you think your own congressional representative has ever taken money or things of value in return for voting a certain way?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/10-11/06 44 33 23

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"Have you heard or read about Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff's guilty plea on federal corruption charges?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/10-11/06 57 40 3

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Asked of respondents who have heard or read about Abramoff's plea (N=509, MoE ± 4)
"If an elected official from your state took a campaign contribution from Jack Abramoff or organizations that he represented, how much of a factor would that be in deciding whether to vote for him or her in the next election . . . ?"

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Major
Factor
Minor
Factor
Not a
Factor At All
Unsure  
% % % %
1/10-11/06 44 33 16 6

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"Who do you think is more at fault for the current corruption and bribery in Washington: elected officials or lobbyists?" Options rotated

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Elected
Officials
Lobbyists Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
1/10-11/06 32 25 33 1 9

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Asked of respondents who have heard or read about Abramoff's plea (N=509, MoE ± 4)
"
Do you think one political party is more closely tied than the other to lobbyist Jack Abramoff?" If Yes: "Which party?"

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Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Both/
Neither (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %
1/10-11/06 5 33 40 22

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"How concerned are you about each of the following? Corruption in Washington . . . ?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Very
Concerned
Not At All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %
1/10-11/06 60 31 5 2 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 6-8, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about corruption in government?"

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Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

1/6-8/06

43 38 15 3 1

10/21-23/05

45 36 15 3 1

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"Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with the issue of corruption in government?"

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Republicans Democrats No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

1/6-8/06

32 44 19 6  

10/21-23/05

33 44 18 5  

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"I'd like to ask you about your member of Congress. Would you say that your member of Congress is corrupt or not corrupt?"

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Corrupt Not Corrupt Unsure    
% % %    

1/6-8/06

22 68 10    

10/22-24/94

27 65 8    

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"I'd like to ask you about most members of Congress. Would you say that most members of Congress are corrupt or not corrupt?"

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Corrupt Not Corrupt Unsure    
% % %    

1/6-8/06

38 55 7    

12/16-18/05

49 46 5    

10/22-24/94

50 44 6    

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"As you may know, a prominent lobbyist named Jack Abramoff admitted that he provided gifts to members of Congress in exchange for official favors. How closely have you been following the news about this case: 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  
% % % %  

1/6-8/06

17 34 24 25  

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"Do you think the Abramoff case is a major scandal, a minor scandal, or not a serious matter?" N=498, MoE ± 5 (Form A)

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Major
Scandal
Minor
Scandal
Not a Serious
Matter
Unsure  
% % % %  

1/6-8/06

53 30 9 8  

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"Just your best guess: Which party will be hurt the most as the details of the Abramoff case are revealed -- the Republicans or the Democrats, or will both parties be hurt equally?" N=505, MoE ± 5 (Form B)

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Republicans Democrats Both Equally Unsure  
% % % %  

1/6-8/06

38 6 43 13  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 5-8, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

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"Generally, do you think members of Congress are more honest than most people, more dishonest, or about the same?"

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More
Honest
More
Dishonest
About the
Same
Unsure  
% % % %
1/5-8/06 2 44 52 2

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"Do you think it should be legal or illegal for registered lobbyists to [see below]?"

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    Legal Illegal Unsure    
% % %

"Make campaign contributions to members of Congress or congressional candidates"

  1/5-8/06 29 67 4

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"Organize fundraisers on behalf of congressional candidates"

  1/5-8/06 41 54 5

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"Give members of Congress gifts, trips or other things of value"

  1/5-8/06 8 90 2

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"Now, thinking about the local government in your area: If it occurs at all, do you think corruption in the local government in your area is limited to a few corrupt individuals or is widespread?" Options rotated

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    Limited Widespread Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %
1/5-8/06 68 27 3 2

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"Now, thinking about your state government: If it occurs at all, do you think corruption in your state government is limited to a few corrupt individuals or is widespread?" Options rotated

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    Limited Widespread Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %
1/5-8/06 60 35 2 2

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 5-8, 2006. N=1,151 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party has higher ethical standards?"

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
1/5-8/06 34 34 4 17 11
12/2-6/05 34 31 6 14 15

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"Do you think the Republicans in Congress are more financially corrupt, or are the Democrats in Congress more financially corrupt?" N=585 adults (Form X)

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Republicans
In Congress
Democrats
In Congress
Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
1/5-8/06 34 18 30 18  

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"How much have you heard or read about the political corruption investigation involving Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist who recently pled guilty to charges of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials? Would you say you have heard or read a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Nothing
At All
 
% % % %  
1/5-8/06 14 31 23 32  

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Asked of respondents who have heard or read a lot, some, or not much about the Abramoff investigation:
"As part of a broader investigation into political corruption, Jack Abramoff agreed to testify about his business dealings, which may involve government officials in Washington. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think Abramoff's testimony will involve mostly Republicans, mostly Democrats, or will his testimony involve both parties equally?"

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Mostly
Republicans
Mostly
Democrats
Both
Equally
Unsure  
% % % %  
1/5-8/06 23 1 62 14  

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 4-8, 2006. N=1,503 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Please tell me if you think the phrase I read better describes the Republican Party and its leaders or the Democratic Party and its leaders. Which party do you think is better described by the phrase [see below]?"

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

"Able to manage the federal government well"

  1/4-8/06

34 40 4 12 10

  7/94

43 31 4 17 5

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"Governs in an honest and ethical way"

  1/4-8/06

30 37 4 19 10

  7/94

32 35 6 21 6

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 16-18, 2005. Nationwide.

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"How many [see below] do you think are corrupt: almost all, many, only a few, or none?" Form B (N=522 adults, MoE ± 5)

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Almost All Many Only a Few None Unsure
% % % % %

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"Democrats in Congress"

  12/16-18/05

17 27 52 2 2

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"Republicans in Congress"

  12/16-18/05

19 28 49 2 2

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"How important will the issue of corruption be to your vote for Congress next year? Will it be the most important issue, very important but not the most important issue, moderately important, or not that important?" N=918 registered voters, MoE ± 4

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Most
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

12/16-18/05

11 44 32 12 1

 

National Public Radio Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D). Dec. 15, 17-18, 2005. Likely voters nationwide.

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"Now I would like to read you a list of issues and for each one please tell me whether you think the Republican Party or Democratic Party would do a better job handling that particular issue. Improving ethics in Washington, D.C." Options rotated. Form A (N=398).

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
12/15, 17-18/05 35 42 1 15 7

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"Now I would like to read you a list of issues and for each one please tell me whether you think George W. Bush or the Democratic Party would do a better job handling that particular issue. Improving ethics in Washington, D.C." Options rotated. Form B (N=402).

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George
W. Bush
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
12/15, 17-18/05 43 41 1 9 5

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"When it comes to ethics in Washington, D.C., do you think that the ethics and corruption issues with the current Congress are more than usual, about the same as usual, or fewer than usual?" Form A (N=398)

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More Same Fewer Unsure  
% % % %  
12/15, 17-18/05 27 63 7 4  

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"In Washington, D.C., today, do you think the problems with ethics and corruption are more with the Republicans or more with the Democrats today or about equally with both parties?" Form B (N=402)

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More With
Republicans
More With
Democrats
About Equal Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
12/15, 17-18/05 19 14 65 1 1

.

"Thinking more about ethics -- I am going to read you two different viewpoints on ethics and after I read them please tell which statement comes closest to your own opinion.
 
"
Democrats say that Republicans have created a culture of corruption in Washington today, with lobbyists winning favors as never before. The number of lobbyists has doubled in five years, the Republican leaders of the House and Senate are under indictment or investigation, and up to ten Republican members of Congress are also under investigation for taking lobbyist-paid trips and favors. Democrats say it is time to clean up this corrupt Congress. While, Republicans say there are a few individuals in both political parties who have been caught up in scandals. Republicans say Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have ethics problems of their own. Republicans say ethical problems are the fault of the individual in both parties who do wrong, not the fault of one political party or the other. Republicans say individual congressmen should be punished, but the election should be decided on issues, not a few bad cases.
 
"Which statement comes closest to your own point of view?" Options rotated. N=800, MoE ± 3.5.

.

Culture of
Corruption
A Few
Bad Cases
Unsure    
% % %    
12/15, 17-18/05 38 56 6    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 15-18, 2005. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling ethics in government?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %

12/15-18/05

48 49 3

.

"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job handling ethics in government?"

.

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

12/15-18/05

47 38 2 10 3

.

"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job standing up to lobbyists and special interest groups?"

.

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

12/15-18/05

42 34 2 17 5

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Dec. 5-7, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"How serious a problem is political corruption in the United States today? Would you say very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?"

.

Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not At All
Serious
Unsure
% % % % %
12/5-7/05 51 37 8 3 1

.

"How widespread do you think corruption is in public service in America? Would you say hardly anyone is involved, a small number of people are involved, a moderate number of people are involved, a lot of people are involved, or almost everyone is involved?"

.

Hardly
Anyone
A Small
Number
A Moderate
Number
A Lot Of
People
Almost
Everyone
% % % % %
12/5-7/05 1 20 39 28 10

.

"In general, which elected officials would you say are more ethical: [see below]?"

.

Democrats Republicans Both
Equally
Neither
Is Ethical
Unsure
% % % % %
12/5-7/05 36 33 10 15 6

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 29-30, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (among all adults).

.

"Do you think the ethical conduct of members of Congress has improved in recent years, declined, or stayed about the same?"

.

Improved Declined Same Unsure
% % % %
9/29-30/05 7 34 56 3

.

"From what you know now, do you think the current Republican-controlled Congress will turn out to be more subject or less subject to political corruption than the previous Democratic-controlled Congress -- or about the same?"

.

More Less Same Unsure
% % % %
ALL 23 15 56 6
  Republicans 12 30 54 4
  Democrats 33 8 54 5
  Independents 21 11 62 6

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 8-11, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"Would you, personally, vote for a qualified woman for president, or not?" Form A (N=533, MoE ± 5)

.

Would Would Not Unsure    
% % %    

9/8-11/05

86 13 1    

.

"Do you think most of your neighbors would vote for a qualified woman for president, or not?"Form B (N=472, MoE ± 5)

.

Would Would Not Unsure    
% % %    

9/8-11/05

61 34 5    

.

"Overall, how long do you think it will be before a woman is elected president: within the next 10 years, within the next 25 years, within the next 100 years, sometime longer than that, or never?" N=1,005 adults, MoE ± 3

.

Within
10 Years
Within
25 Years
Within
100 Years
Longer
Than That
Never
% % % % %

9/8-11/05

46 41 5 1 6

1/15-16/01

40 42 7 2 8

.

"Do you think a man or a woman president would better handle national security?" Options rotated. N=1,005 adults, MoE ± 3.

.

Man Woman No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/8-11/05

42 23 30 5  

.

"Do you think a man or a woman president would better handle domestic policy?" Options rotated. N=1,005 adults, MoE ± 3.

.

Man Woman No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/8-11/05

22 45 29 4  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 20-22, 2005. N=437 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 5.

.

"If a woman were to run for president in 2008, how likely would you be to vote for her: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

.

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

5/20-22/05

32 41 9 11 7

 

Westhill Partners/Hotline Poll. Feb. 24-27, 2005. N=800 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"The United States Constitution now prevents any foreign-born person from being elected president. Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that would allow a U.S. citizen born in another country to be elected president?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/24-27/05 29 65 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 25-26, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all registered voters).

.

"Do you think the United States is ready to elect a woman president?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/25-26/05 56 39 5
6/30 - 7/1/98 51 43 6

.

"If your party nominated a woman for president, would you vote for her?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %
ALL 61 14 25
  Democrats 76 7 17
  Republicans 48 20 32
  Independents 59 15 26
  Men 59 15 25
  Women 61 14 25

.

Trend:

6/30 - 7/1/98 55 16 29

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 5-9, 2005. N=1,503 adults nationwide, MoE ± 3. (Form 1=740 adults, MoE ± 4. Form 2=763 adults, MoE ± 4.)

.

"Usually, at the start of a new presidential term, certain groups gain influence in Washington, while other groups lose influence. As I read from a list, tell me if you think these groups will gain influence, lose influence or not be affected by Bush being in office for another term. . . ."

Gain Lose Not
Affected
Unsure
% % % %
The military Form 2 63 13 18 6
Business corporations Form 2 56 9 28 7
Conservative Christians 54 11 26 9
Washington lobbyists Form 1 40 14 30 16
Hispanics 39 24 29 8
Older people Form 1 29 40 26 5
Blacks 26 31 35 8
People like yourself 22 34 40 4
Poor people Form 2 20 49 26 5
Union leaders Form 1 18 38 32 12
Environmentalists Form 1 18 44 30 8

 

National Public Radio Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D). July 18-20, 2004. N=800 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"And changing topics to talk about the election this November: How much confidence do you have in the system in which votes are cast and counted in this country? Do you have a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?"

.

Great
Deal
Quite
A Lot
Some Very
Little
Unsure
% % % % %
7/04 30 28 26 14 2

.

"And, thinking about your own vote, how much confidence do you have that your vote will be properly and accurately counted? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not confident at all?"

.

Very Some-
what
Not
Very
Not
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
7/04 64 30 4 2 1

.

"And how likely do you think it is that there could be serious problems with the voting equipment or some other part of the voting process where you vote? Is it very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

.

Very Some-
what
Not
Very
Not
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
7/04 5 20 38 35 2

 

ABC News Poll. June 2-6, 2004. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"In a few countries every eligible citizen is required by law to vote in national elections. Those who don't have a good excuse for not voting are subject to a small fine. Do you think this would be a good law or a poor law to have in this country?"

.

Good
Law
Poor
Law
No
Opinion
% % %
6/04 21 72 7

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 9-10, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Some people think this country's political system is so controlled by special interests and partisanship that it cannot respond to the country's real needs. Do you agree or disagree?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %
10/03 70 25 5

.

"The United States Constitution now prevents any foreign-born person from being elected president. Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that would allow a U.S. citizen born in another country to be elected president?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
10/03 29 64 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 19-21, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Some Democrats have charged that recent events such as the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the recall election in California, and the Florida recount following the 2000 presidential election are part of a Republican strategy to attempt to overturn the results of elections which don’t go their way. Do you believe these charges to be true or not true?"

True Not
True
No
Opinion
% % %
9/03 38 58 4

 

Time/CNN Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Sept. 3-4, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

“As you may know, last year Congress passed and President Bush signed into law a bill which restricted the way candidates and political parties could raise and spend money. Based on what you have read or heard about this bill, do you think it is a good thing for the country, or a bad thing for the country?”

Good
Thing
Bad
Thing
Not
Sure
% % %
9/03 58 18 24

.

“As you may know, the first amendment to the Constitution gives all Americans the right to free speech. Do you think the first amendment also gives Americans the right to contribute as much money as they want to political parties and candidates, or don't you think so?”

Does Give
That Right
Don't
Think So
Not
Sure
% % %
9/03 40 52 8

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 11-12, 2003. N=798 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"Thinking about your own state, would you vote to recall your state's governor if you had the chance?"

Yes No Unsure
% % %
8/03 34 59 7

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 29-30, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"California officials have received enough signatures demanding the recall of Governor Gray Davis that a special recall election has been scheduled for October. . . . Regardless of what you think about the current situation in California, if a significant number of citizens support a recall, do you think that voters should be allowed to remove elected officials between regular elections or should they have to wait for regularly scheduled state elections?"
Remove Wait Unsure
% % %
7/03 54 30 16

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 25-27, 2003. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, some states allow voters to remove elected officials from office before their elected term expires if they can gather enough signatures on a petition in support of holding a special recall election. Do you think it is a good idea or bad idea for people to be able to recall elected state governors solely on the basis of their performance in office?"
Good
Idea
Bad
Idea
No
Opinion
% % %
7/03 74 24 2

.

"If you had the chance, would you vote to recall the governor of your state, or not?"

Would Would
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
7/03 31 66 3

 

The Los Angeles Times Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2003. N=1,197 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Suppose a Jewish person were a candidate for president of the United States. Just thinking about the candidate's religion, do you think you could vote for a Jewish candidate for president, or not?"

%
Could 90
Could not 5
Don't know 5

.

"Again, thinking only about a presidential candidate's religion, do you think your neighbors could vote for a Jewish candidate for president, or not?"

%
Could 59
Could not 12
Don't know 29

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 14-15, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

         

.

 
"Over the years there has been debate over whether a presidential candidate's religion is an obstacle or an advantage to getting elected. I'm going to read you some religious affiliations and I'd like you to tell me whether you think that affiliation is a positive thing that might make you more likely to vote for the candidate or a negative thing that might make you less likely to vote for the candidate. . . ."
    Positive Negative Doesn't
Matter
(vol.)
Not
Sure
    % % % %
  The candidate is a Protestant 25 5 67 3
  The candidate is a member of the Christian Coalition 21 24 46 9
  The candidate is Roman Catholic 19 11 67 3
 

The candidate is Jewish

14 12 70 4
  The candidate is a Muslim 3 49 44 4

 

Bloomberg News Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. July 31-Aug. 5, 2001. N=1,206 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Congress is now considering campaign finance reform legislation proposed by Senator John McCain that would ban unregulated contributions to the political parties, even though some leading Republicans oppose this bill. Do you favor or oppose such legislation?"
8/01 4/01 3/01 1/01
% % % %
Favor 56 59 64 60
Oppose 26 28 24 30
Don't know/Refused 18 13 12 10

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 22-25, 2001. N=903 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

.

"Do you support or oppose stricter laws controlling the way political campaigns can raise and spend money?"
3/01 4/00
% %
Support 74 66
Oppose 23 28
No opinion 3 7

.

"Do you think stricter campaign finance laws would reduce the influence of money in politics, or not?"
3/01 4/00
% %
Would reduce 66 63
Would not 31 33
No opinion 3 4

.

"Do you think politicians do special favors for people and groups who give them campaign contributions, or not?" If "Yes": "Do you think that happens often or only sometimes?"
%
Yes -- often 80
Yes -- sometimes 13
No 6
No opinion 1

.

Asked of those who think politicians do special favors for contributors:
"Do you think this is a problem or not a problem?"
If "Yes": "Would you call it a big problem or not?"
%
A problem -- big 67
A problem -- not big 20
Not a problem 11
No opinion 1

.

Asked of those who think politicians do special favors for contributors:
"When politicians do special favors for contributors, do you think those favors tend to be ethical or unethical?"
%
Ethical 20
Unethical 74
No opinion 6

.

Asked of those who think politicians do special favors for contributors:
"Do you think those favors tend to be legal or illegal?"
%
Legal 48
Illegal 46
No opinion 7

.

"What do you think is the best way to reduce improper campaign fundraising: passing stricter campaign finance laws, or the enforcement of existing laws?"
%
Stricter laws 54
Enforcement 42
No opinion 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 9-11, 2001. N=1,015 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How closely have you followed the debate over campaign finance: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?"
%
Very closely 10
Somewhat closely 39
Not too closely 31
Not closely at all 20

.

"When it comes to dealing with campaign finance reform, whose approach do you prefer: [rotate] George W. Bush or John McCain?"
%
Bush 33
McCain 43
Same/Both (vol.) 1
Neither (vol.) 3
No opinion 20

.

"Would you favor or oppose new federal laws limiting the amount of money that any individual or group can contribute to the national political parties? ... Do you feel strongly or moderately about that?"
%
Strongly favor 51
Moderately favor 25
Moderately oppose 10
Strongly oppose 9
No opinion 5

.

"In general, if new campaign finance reform legislation were passed, do you think it would make our democratic form of government work [rotate] much better than it does now, just a little better, about the same, just a little worse, or much worse than it does now?"
%
Much better 22
A little better 37
About the same 32
A little worse 3
Much worse 2
No opinion 4

.

"Which comes closer to your point of view about campaign finance reform? [Rotate] It is important to the way our democracy works for the Congress and the President to pass new campaign finance reform laws. OR, Congress and the President should not take the time to address campaign finance reform when there are more pressing problems to deal with. ... Do you feel strongly or moderately about that?"
%
Important to pass new reform laws -- Strongly 30
Important to pass new reform laws -- Moderately 24
There are more pressing problems -- Moderately 20
There are more pressing problems -- Strongly 21
No opinion 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 14, 2000. N=603 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

.

"Do you think voting rules in presidential elections should continue to be set individually by states and counties, or should the federal government establish voting rules for all states and counties?"
%
Set by states and counties 36
Set by federal government 61
No opinion 3

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 9-10, 2000. N=1,114 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of the following three statements come closest to expressing your overall view of the way elections are run and votes are counted in this country? (1) On the whole, the system works pretty well and only minor changes are necessary to make it work better. OR, (2) There are some good things in our system, but fundamental changes are needed. OR, (3) Our system has so much wrong with it that we need to completely rebuild it."
%
Only minor changes 33
Fundamental changes 45
Completely rebuild it 20
Don't know 2

.

"Some people have suggested reforms to the election process. Would you favor or oppose setting a uniform poll closing time on election night, so that all polling places across the country close at the same time?"
%
Favor 73
Oppose 23
Don't know 4

.

"Do you think that, on the whole, the methods we have for voting and counting the votes in this country are as accurate as possible, or do you think we need to find ways to make them more accurate?"
%
Accurate as possible 19
Need to make more accurate 80
Don't know 1

.

"Would you be willing to have the government spend a lot of money improving the way votes are cast and counted, or not?"
%
Willing 54
Not willing 40
Don't know 6

.

"Should the government institute a uniform method for voting that would be used in every voting place in the country, or should states and counties be allowed to choose the way people in their area vote?"
%
Uniform method 71
Localities choose 25
Don't know 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 6-9, 2000. N=1,052 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Next, we’d like to ask some questions about campaign finance. Some people say major changes to the laws governing campaign finance could succeed in reducing the power of special interests in Washington. Other people say no matter what new laws are passed, special interests will always find a way to maintain their power in Washington. Which comes closer to your point of view?"
10/00 3/98 10/97
% % %
Major changes could succeed 28 31 36
Special interests will find a way 64 63 59
Neither/Other (vol.) 2 2 1
No opinion 6 4 4

.

"Thinking about any new campaign finance laws that might be passed, which of the following is more important to you: protecting the freedom of individuals to support political candidates and parties financially, OR, protecting government from excessive influence by campaign contributors?"
10/00 10/97
% %
Protecting freedom of individuals 34 39
Protecting government from influence 61 56
No opinion 5 5

.

"As you may know, 'soft money' is the amount of money that individuals, businesses and labor unions are legally allowed to contribute to the national political parties. Would you favor or oppose new federal laws limiting the amount of soft money that any individual or group can contribute to the national political parties?"
%
Favor 72
Oppose 24
No opinion 4

.

"Do you think campaign laws limiting soft money would [rotate:] hurt the Republican Party more than the Democratic Party, or hurt the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party, or affect the two parties equally?"
%
Hurt Republican Party more 13
Hurt Democratic Party more 12
Affect parties equally 69
No opinion 6

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 14-18, 2000. N=870 registered voters nationwide.

.

"If your party nominated a woman for president, would you vote for her if she were qualified for the job?"
%
Yes 87
No 7
Depends (vol.) 5
Not sure 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 10-13, 2000. N=947 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

.

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
"Do you think the current method of nominating presidential candidates gives too much power to the very first states to vote, or not?"
Yes, does 50 53 48 50
No, does not 36 34 38 36
Don't know/No answer 14 13 14 14

.

"Some people favor the system of presidential primary elections as it is now -- where different groups of states hold their primaries on different days. Other people say it would be better if ALL states held their primaries on the SAME day. Which would you prefer: different primary days, or one single primary day?"
Different days 19 18 24 16
Same day 75 74 71 80
Don't know/No answer 6 8 5 4

.

.

"Do you think the primary election campaign this year went on for too long, should it have lasted longer, or was the time it took about right?"
Too long 41 41 37 44
Should have been longer 6 5 9 4
About right 48 50 49 46
Don't know/No answer 5 4 5 6

.

.

"Under the current system of presidential primary elections, states hold their primaries or caucuses on whatever dates they choose. Some people have proposed a new nominating system for the year 2004. The smallest states would hold their primaries on the same day in March, the small states would go on the same day in April, medium-sized states on the same day in May, and big states on the same day in June. Do you think that would be a better system than the one we have now, or not?"
Better 38 38 37 38
Not better 47 46 47 47
Don't know/No answer 15 16 16 15

.


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 10-11, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"I'm going to read you a list of behaviors. Please tell me whether you think the public has the right to know the answers to these questions about politicians who currently hold office and candidates running for office. Do you think the public has the right to know whether an officeholder or candidate has ever . . . ?"
Does
Have
Right
Does
Not
Not
Sure
% % %
Cheated on their taxes 80 17 3
Lied on their resume 74 21 5
Used cocaine 71 25 4
Been treated for mental illness 65 29 6
Abused alcohol 57 38 5
Used marijuana 56 40 4
Had a homosexual relationship 37 59 4
Had an extramarital affair 32 63 5

.

"Let’s go through the list again. This time, please tell me, if you were considering a candidate whom you would otherwise support and you discovered they had done this, would still vote for them, probably vote against them, or definitely vote against them? . . ."
Still
Vote
For
Probably
Vote
Against
Definitely
Vote
Against
Not
Sure
% % % %
Had an extramarital affair 64 14 13 9
Abused alcohol 61 15 11 13
Used marijuana 59 15 17 9
Had a homosexual relationship 53 14 26 7
Been treated for mental illness 35 25 25 15
Used cocaine 29 25 37 9
Lied on their resume 28 27 34 11
Cheated on their taxes 24 30 38 8

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 30-April 2, 2000. N=1,083 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How important will reforming election campaign finance laws be to you in deciding how to vote in the 2000 presidential election in November: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"
4/00 10/99 9/99
% % %
Very important 34 40 30
Somewhat important 36 38 40
Not too important 16 14 17
Not important at all 11 5 11
No opinion 3 3 1

 

CBS News Poll. March 19-21, 2000. N=909 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think the current method of nominating presidential candidates allows the people to get a real chance to learn enough about the candidates, or not?"

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
Does allow 46 51 48 38
Does not 48 43 45 57
Don't know/No answer 6 6 7 5

.

"Do you think the current method of nominating presidential candidates costs too much money, or not?"

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
Costs too much 79 74 81 81
Does not 14 18 13 11
Don't know/No answer 7 8 6 8

.

"Do you think the current method of nominating presidential candidates generally produces the best candidates for president, or not?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
Produces the best 29 35 31 21
Does not 62 58 55 74
Don't know/No answer 9 7 14 5

.

"Which of the following three statements comes closest to expressing your overall view of the way political campaigns are funded in the United States? (1) On the whole, the system for funding political campaigns works pretty well and only minor changes are necessary to make it work better. OR, (2) There are some good things in the system for funding political campaigns but fundamental changes are needed. OR, (3) The system for funding political campaigns has so much wrong with it that we need to completely rebuild it."
%
Minor changes 11
Fundamental changes 43
Completely rebuild 42
Don't know/No answer 4

.

"Regardless of whom you intend to support for president, who do you think would do a better job reforming the campaign finance system: Al Gore or George W. Bush?"
%
Al Gore 39
George W. Bush 38
Neither (vol.) 7
Don't know/No answer 16

.

"As you may know, Al Gore has proposed that he and George W. Bush eliminate campaign television advertisements and instead hold issue debates twice a week until the election. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?"
%
Good idea 65
Bad idea 30
Don't know/No answer 5

.

"Al Gore has also proposed that he and George W. Bush refuse to allow their parties to spend soft money donations -- that is, unlimited contributions to the parties -- on their behalf. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?"
%
Good idea 61
Bad idea 28
Don't know/No answer 11

.

"Do you think Al Gore really wants to change campaign finance laws, or do you think he wants to keep campaign finance laws the same as they are now?"
%
Change 41
Keep the same 39
Don't know/No answer 20

.

"Do you think George W. Bush really wants to change campaign finance laws, or do you think he wants to keep campaign finance laws the same as they are now?"
%
Change 23
Keep the same 57
Don't know/No answer 20

.

"Thinking back to the 1996 presidential campaign, do you think Al Gore personally did anything wrong in his 1996 campaign fundraising activities?" If "Yes," ask: "Do you think Gore's activities were unethical or illegal?"
%
Nothing wrong 38
Wrong -- unethical 15
Wrong -- illegal 14
Don't know/No answer 33

.

"Al Gore has said he made mistakes in fundraising during the 1996 campaign, but that he has learned from those mistakes and is now going to make campaign finance reform a priority in his presidential campaign. If he were elected president, do you think Gore would work hard to reform the campaign finance system, or is he just talking about it?"
%
Would work hard 42
Just talking about it 49
Don't know/No answer 9

 

ABC News.com Poll. March 1-5, 2000. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by ICR.

.

"How satisfied are you with the current system used by the Democratic and Republican parties to pick their presidential nominees: very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not too satisfied, or not satisfied at all?"
3/00 7/92
% %
Very satisfied 9 8
Somewhat satisfied 49 43
Not too satisfied 17 30
Not satisfied at all 16 18
No opinion 9 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 21-22, 1999. N=755 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"We'd like your opinion about some possible problems that might keep this country's political system from working as well as it should. What about this: Good people being discouraged from running for office by the high cost of campaigns? Is this a major problem for this country's political system today, somewhat of a problem, or is it not much of a problem?"
%
A major problem 63
Somewhat of a problem 24
Not much of a problem 9
Don't know 4

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"What about this: Political contributions having too much influence on elections and government policy? Is this a major problem for this country's political system today, somewhat of a problem, or is it not much of a problem?"
%
A major problem 59
Somewhat of a problem 31
Not much of a problem 7
Don't know 3

 

ABC News.com Poll. Oct. 13-17, 1999. N=1,020 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by ICR.

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"As you may know, federal law limits the amount of money people can contribute to any presidential candidate's campaign, but people can give as much money as they want to any political party. Do you think the amount of money people can contribute to political parties should be limited, or unlimited?"
%
Limited 63
Unlimited 33
No opinion 4

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). March 4-7, 1999. N=1,000 adults nationwide.

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"Do you think the voters of this country are ready to elect a woman as president, or don’t you think so?"
%
Voters are ready 55
Don't think so 39
Depends (vol.) 4
Not sure 2

 


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