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Obama's 199 days: A 50 percent job approval rating

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A new Quinnipiac University poll, taken from July 27 to Aug. 3.......

below, from release...

OBAMA'S APPROVAL DROPS TO 50 PERCENT,
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS;
HALF SAY PRESIDENT ACTED 'STUPIDLY' IN RACE DISPUTE

After 199 days in office, President Barack Obama has a 50 - 42 percent job approval rating from American voters, down from 57 - 33 percent July 2 to its lowest level since Inauguration Day, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters disapprove 49 - 45 percent of the way the President is handling the economy and disapprove 52 - 39 percent of the way he is handling health care, but approve 52 - 38 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy.

Independent voters split 45 - 45 percent in their overall approval of President Obama, down from 52 - 37 percent in a July 2 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Republicans disapprove 77 - 16 percent, while Democrats approve 85 - 9 percent.

American voters disapprove 59 - 29 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job and trust Obama more than these Republicans 47 - 36 percent to fix the economy and 46 - 37 percent to handle health care.

Obama acted "stupidly" in the dispute between a black professor and a white police officer, American voters say 49 - 33 percent. White voters say 54 - 27 percent that he acted stupidly, while black voters disagree 61 - 16 percent. Hispanic voters split 42 - 43 percent.

By a 62 - 26 percent margin, voters say the President should not have intervened in this matter. Black voters split 44 - 42 percent on whether Obama should have intervened.

American voters approve 55 - 35 percent of the way Obama is handling race relations.

"The good news for President Barack Obama is that American voters still see him as better able to handle the economy and health care than Republicans in Congress. The bad news is his margins are shrinking," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The President is right on the magic 50 percent threshold in public approval because of bad grades on the economy and even worse grades on health care."

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Quinnipiac University Poll/August 6, 2009 - page 2
"By a 49 - 33 percent margin, voters think his policies will help the economy, but they believe, 36 - 33 percent, that Obama's policies will hurt their personal financial situation," Brown added.

"And while Congressional Republicans are taking a beating, Democrats are not doing much better, as voters disapprove 55 - 35 percent of the job they are doing, down from a 50 - 38 percent disapproval July 2.
"It's a safe bet that President Obama probably agrees with 62 percent of voters who say he should not have gotten involved in the professor-police officer dispute at a time when he had a much bigger fish to fry - the battle over health care. Despite this, he gets better grades for handling race relations than for his handling of health care or the economy."

Asked about reports that the CIA had created assassination squads to go after Al-Qaeda leaders, voters say 53 - 30 percent that it was a good idea. The assassination idea wins 56 - 26 percent approval from independent voters and 66 - 22 percent backing from Republicans, while Democrats split 40 - 39 percent.
Support among religious groups ranges from 54 - 32 percent among Jews to 60 - 24 percent among white Catholics.
Men support assassinations 62 - 26 percent, while women back the idea 45 - 32 percent with 23 percent undecided.

Voters say 59 - 31 percent that Congress should have been informed about the project, and by a 51 - 28 percent margin voters say the CIA should not have canceled the program.
A total of 93 percent of voters describe the nation's economy as "not so good" or "poor," and only 28 percent say it is getting better, while 29 percent say it is getting worse and 41 percent see no change.
From July 27- August 3, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,409 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.



1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 50% 16% 85% 45% 45% 54% 43% 91% 66%
Disapprove 42 77 9 45 46 38 48 8 22
DK/NA 9 7 6 10 8 9 9 2 12

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 57% 49% 47% 54% 43% 49% 86% 57% 25%
Disapprove 34 44 45 36 50 45 9 33 68
DK/NA 9 7 9 10 7 6 6 10 7

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 49% 53% 26% 33% 46% 66%
Disapprove 42 42 65 57 45 30
DK/NA 10 6 9 9 9 4

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Aug 6 July 2 Jun 4 Apr 29 Apr 1 Mar 4
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Approve 50 57 59 58 58 59
Disapprove 42 33 31 30 31 25
DK/NA 9 10 10 12 11 16


2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 35% 9% 65% 30% 30% 41% 31% 66% 39%
Disapprove 55 85 23 61 64 46 59 22 54
DK/NA 10 6 12 9 6 13 10 13 7

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 41% 34% 32% 39% 31% 33% 59% 41% 19%
Disapprove 49 57 57 50 62 60 31 49 74
DK/NA 10 9 11 12 7 7 10 10 8

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 36% 34% 21% 25% 35% 51%
Disapprove 54 57 70 65 56 41
DK/NA

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?

Aug 6 July 2 Jun 4 Apr 29 Apr 1 Mar 4
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Approve 35 38 43 43 40 45
Disapprove 55 50 45 46 49 45
DK/NA 10 12 11 11 11 10


3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 29% 48% 18% 26% 26% 31% 29% 24% 26%
Disapprove 59 44 69 62 67 53 58 64 63
DK/NA 12 9 13 12 8 16 12 12 11

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 30% 30% 26% 26% 31% 36% 17% 27% 37%
Disapprove 56 60 61 60 59 58 73 60 53
DK/NA 14 10 13 14 10 6 10 13 11

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 29% 28% 33% 30% 33% 29%
Disapprove 58 63 53 57 55 56
DK/NA 13 9 14 13 12 15

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?

Aug 6 July 2 Jun 4 Apr 29 Apr 1 Mar 4
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Approve 29 29 30 27 30 30
Disapprove 59 57 56 59 59 58
DK/NA 12 14 15 14 11 11

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 45% 13% 78% 41% 41% 49% 38% 87% 59%
Disapprove 49 83 16 53 54 45 56 10 31
DK/NA 6 3 6 7 5 7 6 4 10

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 46% 44% 46% 49% 37% 43% 78% 51% 23%
Disapprove 48 50 48 45 57 54 17 43 73
DK/NA 6 5 6 6 6 3 5 6 5

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 44% 49% 23% 30% 43% 70%
Disapprove 50 47 72 63 52 27
DK/NA 6 4 5 6 5 3

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?

Aug 6 July 2 Apr 29 Apr 1 Mar 4
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Approve 45 52 53 55 57
Disapprove 49 42 38 37 33
DK/NA 6 6 9 8 10


5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 52% 24% 81% 49% 52% 52% 48% 83% 56%
Disapprove 38 66 10 41 40 35 41 13 29
DK/NA 10 10 9 11 8 13 11 4 15

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 57% 50% 51% 54% 46% 57% 80% 62% 30%
Disapprove 31 40 40 33 44 38 12 28 60
DK/NA 12 10 9 12 10 5 8 10 11

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 50% 57% 32% 40% 52% 56%
Disapprove 38 36 59 50 37 39
DK/NA 11 8 10 10 11 5


TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?

Aug 6 July 2 Apr 29 Apr 1 Mar 5
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Approve 52 55 57 56 56
Disapprove 38 35 32 25 21
DK/NA 10 9 11 19 23


6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 39% 12% 69% 34% 36% 41% 32% 76% 54%
Disapprove 52 83 20 60 56 49 59 13 42
DK/NA 9 4 11 7 8 9 9 11 4

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 44% 38% 38% 43% 34% 34% 69% 42% 21%
Disapprove 48 55 52 47 60 61 23 48 73
DK/NA 8 7 10 10 6 5 8 10 6

Insurance Type...... WHITE.............
NoHlth M'care/ NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 51% 49% 36% 39% 39% 22% 26% 30% 54%
Disapprove 36 42 58 52 55 69 66 61 31
DK/NA 13 9 6 9 6 8 8 10 15

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?

Aug 5 July 2
2009 2009

Approve 39 46
Disapprove 52 42
DK/NA 9 13

7. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Very satisfied 4% 2% 7% 3% 4% 4% 2% 13% 8%
Smwht satisfied 31 14 49 29 29 33 28 48 34
Smwht dissatisfied 30 34 29 28 30 30 30 24 41
Very dissatisfied 34 50 14 40 37 32 38 14 17
DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Very satisfied 4% 4% 5% 4% 3% 5% 7% 4% 3%
Smwht satisfied 35 29 30 33 28 32 49 37 17
Smwht dissatisfied 35 29 27 29 31 32 28 31 29
Very dissatisfied 25 38 37 33 38 30 16 26 50
DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 - - 1 1

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Very satisfied 4% 4% 1% 2% 4% 1%
Smwht satisfied 30 34 22 22 33 41
Smwht dissatisfied 29 32 30 32 29 32
Very dissatisfied 35 30 46 43 34 26
DK/NA 1 - - 1 1 1

TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

VERY+SMWHT SAT
High Low
Aug 6 July 2 Apr 29 Apr 1 Nov 13 Dec 11 Nov 13
2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2001 2008

Very satisfied 4 5 6 4 2 21 2
Smwht satisfied 31 34 30 26 14 47 14
Smwht dissatisfied 30 29 29 31 38 19 38
Very dissatisfied 34 31 34 37 44 10 44
DK/NA 1 1 1 1 2 3 2


8. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Excellent - - - - - - - 1% 1%
Good 6 4 11 5 6 7 5 11 9
Not so good 49 49 55 44 48 50 47 63 42
Poor 44 47 34 52 46 42 47 25 49
DK/NA - - - - - - - - -

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Excellent - - - - - - - - 1%
Good 6 6 7 7 5 7 9 8 5
Not so good 52 49 47 47 55 50 51 54 43
Poor 42 45 45 46 41 43 41 38 52
DK/NA - - - - - - - - -

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Excellent - - - - - -
Good 6 7 4 6 5 1
Not so good 47 55 45 46 53 56
Poor 46 38 50 47 43 43
DK/NA - - - - - -

TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

EXLNT+GOOD....
High Low
Aug 6 July 2 Apr 29 Apr 1 Mar 4 Dec 10 Mar 4
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2003 2009

Excellent - 1 - 1 - 3 -
Good 6 7 6 4 3 37 3
Not so good 49 44 41 39 28 42 28
Poor 44 47 52 56 68 16 68
DK/NA - 1 1 - - 1 -


9. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Better 28% 17% 43% 25% 30% 27% 27% 43% 20%
Worse 29 39 14 36 31 28 30 18 31
The same 41 42 43 38 38 43 42 35 47
DK/NA 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 4 2

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Better 28% 28% 29% 27% 28% 34% 44% 35% 15%
Worse 30 30 27 31 29 24 14 24 42
The same 41 41 41 40 43 40 41 40 41
DK/NA 2 1 3 2 1 2 1 1 2

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Better 25% 36% 18% 23% 29% 34%
Worse 32 23 41 34 24 20
The same 41 40 39 42 45 42
DK/NA 2 2 2 1 1 5

TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
Aug 6 July 2 Apr 29 Apr 1
2009 2009 2009 2009

Better 28 27 24 19
Worse 29 29 33 32
The same 41 42 42 47
DK/NA 2 2 2 2

10. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

President Obama 47% 10% 87% 42% 42% 52% 40% 91% 61%
Reps in Cong 36 77 6 33 40 32 42 4 17
DK/NA 17 13 7 25 18 16 18 5 22

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

President Obama 49% 47% 48% 52% 40% 44% 85% 53% 23%
Reps in Cong 35 36 36 30 43 43 7 28 59
DK/NA 16 17 16 17 17 13 7 19 18

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

President Obama 47% 48% 27% 32% 41% 67%
Reps in Cong 35 36 55 50 44 26
DK/NA 18 15 17 18 15 6
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?

Aug 6 July 2 Apr 29 Apr 1 Mar 4
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

President Obama 47 54 54 55 56
Reps in Con 36 32 27 27 26
DK/NA 17 14 18 18 18

11. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Helped 37% 11% 63% 34% 35% 39% 31% 74% 43%
Hurt 29 53 6 31 29 28 33 5 15
No difference 31 35 26 31 32 29 33 17 38
DK/NA 4 2 5 4 4 4 4 4 5

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Helped 38% 35% 39% 39% 30% 39% 66% 40% 20%
Hurt 23 30 31 24 34 31 6 18 50
No difference 36 32 25 32 32 29 23 38 27
DK/NA 4 4 5 5 4 1 5 4 3

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Helped 35% 41% 19% 24% 34% 40%
Hurt 29 28 44 38 28 23
No difference 31 28 34 35 35 29
DK/NA 4 3 3 3 3 8

12. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Will help 49% 16% 86% 42% 42% 55% 42% 87% 71%
Will hurt 33 63 5 36 38 29 38 4 20
No difference 14 17 6 17 16 11 15 5 7
DK/NA 4 3 2 5 4 5 4 4 2

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Will help 54% 47% 49% 56% 39% 45% 84% 55% 27%
Will hurt 25 37 35 26 43 39 5 24 57
No difference 18 12 12 14 14 12 9 16 13
DK/NA 3 5 4 4 4 4 2 5 3

Cont'd
12. (cont'd) Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Will help 50% 48% 29% 34% 47% 64%
Will hurt 32 35 52 47 34 13
No difference 14 13 15 14 16 16
DK/NA 4 4 3 4 3 7


13. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Helped 13% 4% 27% 8% 12% 14% 9% 41% 14%
Hurt 23 38 6 25 24 21 26 3 15
No difference 63 57 66 65 63 63 65 52 70
DK/NA 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 1

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Helped 12% 15% 12% 16% 9% 11% 24% 13% 7%
Hurt 16 24 26 20 25 25 7 18 35
No difference 70 59 62 63 65 64 68 68 56
DK/NA 2 2 - 2 1 - 1 1 2

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Helped 14% 12% 6% 7% 9% 7%
Hurt 22 23 33 28 27 23
No difference 63 64 60 64 63 64
DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 7

14. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Will help 33% 9% 59% 28% 30% 36% 27% 70% 40%
Will hurt 36 65 8 39 39 33 41 8 18
No difference 28 24 30 30 28 28 29 18 39
DK/NA 3 2 3 3 3 4 3 4 4

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Will help 38% 33% 29% 36% 30% 29% 60% 36% 16%
Will hurt 26 41 37 27 44 47 8 27 59
No difference 34 23 30 33 24 23 28 34 23
DK/NA 2 3 4 3 2 1 4 3 2

Cont'd
14. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Will help 33% 33% 19% 22% 25% 41%
Will hurt 34 40 50 48 39 28
No difference 30 24 29 26 33 27
DK/NA 3 3 2 3 3 4


15. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

President Obama 46% 10% 85% 41% 43% 49% 40% 84% 62%
Reps in Cong 37 78 7 36 40 35 44 7 20
DK/NA 16 12 8 23 17 16 16 8 18

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

President Obama 53% 43% 46% 52% 40% 40% 84% 50% 25%
Reps in Cong 35 39 38 31 45 48 10 31 59
DK/NA 12 17 16 16 15 12 6 19 15

Insurance Type...... WHITE.............
NoHlth M'care/ NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

President Obama 64% 55% 41% 46% 46% 28% 32% 39% 73%
Reps in Cong 24 22 43 37 39 59 53 45 25
DK/NA 12 22 16 17 15 13 15 17 2

TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?

Aug 5 July 1
2009 2009

President Obama 46 53
Reps in Con 37 33
DK/NA 16 14


34. How much have you heard or read about a CIA plan to kill Al-Qaeda leaders? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

A lot 9% 8% 7% 11% 13% 5% 8% 7% 12%
Some 24 24 22 27 28 20 26 15 25
Not much 27 30 25 28 24 30 29 23 23
Nothing at all 38 37 44 33 33 43 36 54 41
DK/NA 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 -

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

A lot 7% 8% 11% 8% 8% 13% 12% 7% 9%
Some 17 27 28 19 29 32 24 24 25
Not much 26 26 28 27 32 23 27 30 25
Nothing at all 49 37 31 45 31 32 36 38 39
DK/NA - 1 2 2 - 1 1 - 3

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

A lot 8% 13% 7% 8% 8% 11%
Some 21 31 24 26 24 25
Not much 28 24 31 29 27 30
Nothing at all 41 32 39 36 38 33
DK/NA 2 - - 1 2 1


35. Do you think having the CIA kill Al-Qaeda leaders is a good idea or a bad idea?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Good idea 53% 66% 40% 56% 62% 45% 57% 29% 47%
Bad idea 30 22 39 26 26 32 26 47 40
DK/NA 18 11 21 18 12 23 17 24 13

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Good idea 54% 56% 50% 50% 58% 63% 39% 55% 60%
Bad idea 31 28 31 33 26 24 44 28 24
DK/NA 15 16 19 17 15 14 17 17 16

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Good idea 53% 53% 59% 58% 60% 54%
Bad idea 30 29 26 26 24 32
DK/NA 17 17 16 16 16 14

36. Do you think the CIA should have informed the Congress about this plan or not?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 59% 44% 75% 57% 57% 60% 56% 75% 65%
No 31 47 16 33 34 28 34 16 30
DK/NA 10 9 9 11 8 11 10 10 4

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 62% 57% 60% 64% 52% 55% 79% 62% 48%
No 31 34 29 27 37 37 16 29 42
DK/NA 7 9 11 9 11 8 5 9 11

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Yes 59% 58% 54% 54% 55% 61%
No 31 32 35 35 37 29
DK/NA 10 11 10 11 8 10


37. Do you think the CIA should have cancelled this plan or not?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 28% 20% 37% 27% 26% 30% 26% 37% 43%
No 51 63 40 53 60 43 53 37 41
DK/NA 21 17 24 20 15 27 21 26 16

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 27% 29% 29% 31% 27% 24% 44% 27% 22%
No 57 51 46 51 51 59 40 52 58
DK/NA 16 20 25 18 22 18 16 21 20

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Yes 28% 28% 25% 26% 21% 43%
No 51 50 55 51 60 42
DK/NA 21 22 20 23 19 15


38. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling race relations?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 55% 32% 82% 52% 53% 58% 51% 84% 65%
Disapprove 35 57 11 38 39 31 38 13 28
DK/NA 10 11 8 10 8 12 11 3 7

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 59% 53% 56% 59% 51% 55% 81% 62% 38%
Disapprove 30 36 36 30 39 40 13 28 53
DK/NA 11 10 8 11 9 5 7 10 9

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 56% 54% 42% 46% 53% 77%
Disapprove 34 37 47 42 39 14
DK/NA 10 9 11 12 8 9


39. Who do you think was most at fault in the case of the black Harvard professor who was in a confrontation with a white police officer - the professor, or the police officer?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Professor 37% 52% 21% 41% 39% 35% 41% 16% 28%
Police officer 22 10 34 20 22 21 17 43 43
BOTH(VOL) 13 9 17 13 13 12 13 14 8
DK/NA 29 29 29 26 26 31 30 27 21

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Professor 28% 38% 41% 30% 46% 43% 18% 38% 47%
Police officer 24 22 20 26 15 19 38 20 15
BOTH(VOL) 10 13 15 11 15 16 15 15 9
DK/NA 38 26 23 33 23 23 28 28 29

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Professor 36% 39% 46% 44% 46% 28%
Police officer 22 20 16 15 11 23
BOTH(VOL) 12 16 11 13 11 21
DK/NA 30 25 28 29 32 29


40. Would you say that President Obama has acted "stupidly" in this matter?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 49% 69% 28% 53% 56% 43% 54% 16% 42%
No 33 14 50 32 31 34 27 61 43
DK/NA 19 17 22 15 14 23 19 23 15

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 40% 49% 56% 41% 59% 59% 26% 49% 63%
No 32 36 29 36 29 32 53 35 19
DK/NA 28 15 15 24 12 10 20 16 17

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Yes 47% 54% 62% 57% 58% 59%
No 32 35 20 24 24 30
DK/NA 21 11 19 19 17 12


41. Would you say that the police officer has acted "stupidly" in this matter?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 36% 23% 49% 35% 37% 34% 31% 50% 58%
No 42 55 30 46 44 40 46 27 28
DK/NA 22 22 22 19 18 25 22 23 14

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 43% 37% 30% 40% 32% 34% 56% 36% 26%
No 28 44 53 36 50 50 23 44 52
DK/NA 29 20 17 25 19 16 21 20 21

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Yes 36% 35% 27% 27% 30% 39%
No 41 47 51 50 49 37
DK/NA 23 18 22 23 21 24


42. Would you say that the professor has acted "stupidly" in this matter?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 51% 62% 38% 55% 55% 48% 56% 26% 47%
No 27 15 39 25 27 27 22 47 37
DK/NA 23 23 22 20 19 26 22 27 16

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 42% 52% 57% 45% 56% 62% 40% 55% 55%
No 26 29 25 30 23 25 37 25 22
DK/NA 31 20 18 25 21 14 22 20 22

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Yes 49% 55% 59% 54% 62% 56%
No 27 26 19 22 16 25
DK/NA 24 18 22 23 22 19


43. Do you think the president should have publicly addressed this matter or not?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 26% 14% 37% 26% 26% 26% 22% 44% 35%
No 62 77 48 65 67 58 67 42 49
DK/NA 12 10 15 9 7 16 11 15 15

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 29% 25% 25% 27% 23% 25% 35% 26% 20%
No 54 65 66 57 70 70 52 63 70
DK/NA 17 10 9 16 7 6 13 11 10

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Yes 27% 24% 19% 22% 20% 30%
No 60 69 73 68 67 62
DK/NA 13 7 9 10 12 8

44. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama, the police officer, and the professor meeting at the White House for a beer?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 47% 31% 57% 53% 49% 45% 45% 49% 57%
Disapprove 43 63 32 37 44 42 45 36 35
DK/NA 10 7 10 10 7 13 10 14 8

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 46% 49% 45% 45% 47% 52% 64% 54% 32%
Disapprove 39 44 46 42 45 41 29 38 57
DK/NA 15 8 9 12 8 7 8 9 11

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew

Approve 43% 55% 36% 42% 52% 49%
Disapprove 46 36 56 49 38 47
DK/NA 11 9 9 9 10 3

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