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      President Bush and the Bush Administration (p. 2)


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

   
   

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think that, overall, the Bush Administration has been more or less honest and trustworthy than most other presidential administrations, or about the same?"

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More Less Same Unsure  
% % % %  
11/29 - 12/1/05 17 34 48 1  

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"President Bush's approval ratings in the past few months have been among the lowest of his presidency. Do you think that the President can recover from recent setbacks and regain his higher approval ratings in the final three years of his presidency, or is he not likely to recover?"

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Can
Recover
Not Likely
To Recover
Unsure    
% % %    
11/29 - 12/1/05 46 49 5    

 

The Harris Poll. Nov. 8-13, 2005. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think that the Bush Administration generally provides accurate information regarding current issues or do you think they generally mislead the public on current issues to achieve their own end?"

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Accurate Misleading Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 32 64 4
  Republicans 68 28 4
  Democrats 7 91 2
  Independents 25 73 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 10-11, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think Bush can be an effective president during his last three years in office, or that he won't be able to get much done for the rest of his second term?"

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Can Be
Effective
Won't Get
Much Done
Unsure
% % %
11/10-11/05 36 56 8

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"Do you think the phrase 'is honest and ethical' describes George W. Bush, or not?"

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Describes Does Not Unsure
% % %
11/10-11/05 42 50 8
1/22-23/04 57 38 5

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"Do you think the phrase 'is honest and ethical' describes Dick Cheney, or not?"

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Describes Does Not Unsure
% % %
11/10-11/05 29 55 16

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"Now thinking about the role Dick Cheney has played in the Bush Administration: Do you think Vice President Cheney has been given too much power by President Bush, not enough power, or about the right amount?"

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Too Much Not Enough About Right Unsure
% % % %
11/10-11/05 34 10 45 11

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 8-9, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Overall, do you think the Bush Administration is more ethical, less ethical, or about as ethical as other recent presidential administrations?"

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More Less Same Unsure  
% % % %  

11/8-9/05

29 39 28 5  

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Nov. 7-9, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Now I'm going to read you some words that might be used to describe a person. As I read each word, please tell me whether you think the word describes George W. Bush or not . . . ."

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

Stubborn

  11/7-9/05 82 17 1

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Decisive

  11/7-9/05 57 40 3

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Strong
  11/7-9/05 54 46 -
  8/1-3/05 64 35 1
  1/10-12/05 65 34 1

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Likeable

  11/7-9/05 52 47 1
  8/1-3/05 63 36 1
  1/10-12/05 66 33 1

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Ethical

  11/7-9/05 47 51 2

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Honest
  11/7-9/05 42 57 1
  8/1-3/05 48 50 2
  1/10-12/05 53 45 2

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has high ethical standards or not?"

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Does Does Not Unsure
% % %

11/7-9/05

41 57 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2005. N=1,202 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.

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"Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush or not. . . ." Asked of half the sample

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Applies Doesn't
Apply
Unsure
% % %

"He shares your values"

10/30 - 11/2/05

40 58 2

4/21-24/05

47 51 2

1/12-16/05

54 45 1

5/04

49 50 1

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"Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in the Bush Administration: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?"

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A Great
Deal
Quite a Lot Some Very Little None (vol.)
% % % % %

10/30 - 11/2/05

15 14 22 41 8

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"Would you say your confidence in the Bush Administration lately has been increasing, decreasing or has it remained the same?" Options rotated

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Increasing Decreasing Same    
% % %    

10/30 - 11/2/05

2 49 48    

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"How do you personally feel about the Bush Administration's policies: enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?" Options rotated

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Enthusiastic Satisfied Dissat-
isfied
Angry Unsure
% % % % %

10/30 - 11/2/05

8 30 37 25 1

12/03

16 41 29 12 1

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"For each group I name, please tell me if you think it has too much influence in the Bush Administration, too little influence or about the right amount. . . ."

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Too Much Too Little Right
Amount
Unsure  
% % % %  

"People like you"

  10/30 - 11/2/05

1 71 26 1  

  7/01

1 67 30 1  

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"Conservative religious groups"

  10/30 - 11/2/05

41 22 32 5  

  7/01

32 23 42 4  

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"How would you rate Bush's handling of ethics in government: excellent, good, only fair or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %

10/30 - 11/2/05

7 25 29 38 1

10/28-29/05

11 23 29 35 2

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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 Stayed
the Same
Unsure  
% % % %  

10/30 - 11/2/05

17 43 39 1  

10/28-29/05

15 46 37 2  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 28-30, 2005. N=800 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"Since the start of 2001 when George W. Bush became president, in general, would you say his presidency has been a success or failure?"

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Success Failure Unsure
% % %

10/28-30/05

42 55 3

8/28-30/05

47 51 2

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"Now thinking ahead, do you think the remaining three years of George W. Bush's presidency will be a success or failure?"

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Success Failure Unsure
% % %

10/28-30/05

41 55 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 21-23, 2005. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Please tell me whether you agree or disagree that George W. Bush has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have."

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Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %

10/21-23/05

49 50 1

5/20-22/05

52 45 3

10/22-24/04

57 41 2

10/1-3/04

57 42 1

9/3-5/04

59 41 -

7/30 - 8/1/04

55 43 2

7/19-21/04

55 44 1
3/5-7/04 57 40 3
1/9-11/04 66 33 1

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"Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with George W. Bush on the issues that matter most to you."

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Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %

10/21-23/05

41 57 2

5/20-22/05

40 57 3

10/22-24/04

49 49 2

10/1-3/04

50 49 1

9/3-5/04

50 48 2

7/30 - 8/1/04

48 51 1

7/19-21/04

47 50 3
3/5-7/04 48 49 3
1/9-11/04 55 44 1
9/03 46 51 3
6/03 53 46 1
1/02 71 25 4
8/01 52 42 6
6/01 49 47 4

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"Overall, how would you rate the ethical standards of top Bush Administration officials: excellent, good, not good, or poor?" Form A (N=512 adults, MoE ± 5)

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Excellent Good Not Good Poor Unsure
% % % % %

10/21-23/05

11 40 19 29 1

7/22-24/05

8 47 24 18 3

7/26-28/02

15 59 15 8 3

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 6-10, 2005. N=1,500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"In the long run, do you think George W. Bush will be a successful or unsuccessful president, or do you think it is too early to tell?"

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Successful Un-
successful
Too Early
To Tell
Unsure
% % % %
10/6-10/05 26 41 30 3
1/05 36 27 35 2
12/03 39 20 38 3
10/02 40 15 44 1

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"All in all, what effect has George W. Bush had on politics and the way government works in Washington? Has he made things better, made things worse, or hasn't he had much of an effect?" Form 2 (N=742 adults, MoE ± 4)

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Made
Better
Made
Worse
Not Much
Of an Effect
Unsure
% % % %
10/6-10/05 21 41 32 6
3/04 32 39 23 6

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"When it comes to national policy, who do you think George W. Bush is listening to more: conservative members of his party or moderate members of his party?" Options rotated. Form 2 (N=742 adults, MoE ± 4).

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Conser-
vative
Moderate Unsure
% % %
10/6-10/05 57 27 16
7/05 53 23 24
1/05 54 27 19
5/03 49 32 19
1/03 41 35 24
1/02 38 40 22
1/01 48 37 15

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"Looking ahead to the next presidential election, would you like to see a president who offers policies and programs similar to those of the Bush Administration, OR would you like to see a president who offers different policies and programs?"

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Similar
To Bush
Different Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 25 69 6
  Northeast 17 80 3
  Midwest 24 68 8
  South 28 64 8
  West 27 67 6

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 3-5, 2005. N=808 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (for all adults).

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"How much do you think George W. Bush cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself: a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Not
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
10/3-5/05 24 28 28 19 1
9/9-13/05 25 30 24 20 1
9/6-7/05 25 30 23 20 2

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Trend, among registered voters:

7/30 - 8/1/04 29 30 19 20 2
6/23-27/04 27 30 22 20 1

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Among ALL adults:

2/12-15/04 27 35 20 18 0
1/12-15/04 23 36 21 19 1
1/03 28 38 20 13 1
11/02 32 32 22 12 2

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"Do you think George W. Bush has the same priorities for the country as you have, or not?"

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Same Not the
Same
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 32 65 3
  Republicans 69 27 4
  Democrats 11 87 2
  Independents 25 71 4

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Trend:

9/9-13/05 36 61 3
6/10-15/05 35 61 4
5/20-24/05 34 61 5

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Among registered voters:

10/9-11/04 50 47 3
7/30 - 8/1/04 41 55 4
6/23-27/04 41 55 4
4/23-27/04 42 55 3
3/10-14/04 45 52 3

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Among ALL adults:

2/12-15/04 44 50 6
1/12-15/04 41 54 5
9-10/03 41 56 3
4/03 48 46 6
1/03 45 52 3

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"How much confidence do you have in George W. Bush's ability to handle a crisis: a lot, some, a little, or none at all?"

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A Lot Some A Little None
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
10/3-5/05 27 25 24 23 1
9/6-7/05 32 19 25 23 1

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"How much confidence do you have in George W. Bush's ability to appoint qualified people to jobs in his administration: a lot, some, a little, or none at all?"

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A Lot Some A Little None
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
10/3-5/05 22 30 27 20 1

 

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

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"And what about the current Bush Administration? Do you think it will turn out to be more subject or less subject to political corruption than previous administrations -- or about the same?"

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More Less Same Unsure
% % % %
ALL adults 28 25 44 3
  Republicans 10 50 38 2
  Democrats 44 11 44 1
  Independents 28 18 51 3

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Aug. 1-3, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Now I'm going to read you some words that might be used to describe a person. As I read each word, please tell me whether you think the word describes George W. Bush or not . . . ."

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
Intelligent
  8/1-3/05 56 43 1
  1/10-12/05 62 37 1

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Arrogant
  8/1-3/05 56 43 1
  1/10-12/05 49 50 1

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Dependable
  8/1-3/05 55 43 2
  1/10-12/05 57 42 1

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 13-17, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"As I read some pairs of opposite phrases, tell me which one best reflects your impression of George W. Bush so far. Does George W. Bush impress you as trustworthy or not trustworthy?" Form 2 (N=751 adults, MoE ± 4)

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Trustworthy Not
Trustworthy
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
7/13-17/05 49 46 2 3
9/03 62 32 2 4
2/01 60 28 4 8
10/99 63 29 2 6

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"As I read some pairs of opposite phrases, tell me which one best reflects your impression of George W. Bush so far. Does George W. Bush impress you as a strong leader or not a strong leader?" Form 2 (N=751 adults, MoE ± 4)

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A Strong
Leader
Not a Strong
Leader
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
7/13-17/05 55 41 2 2
9/03 68 29 1 2
10/99 68 24 3 5

 

Zogby America Poll. June 27-29, 2005. N=905 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.3 (for all likely voters).

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"Do you agree or disagree that if President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?"

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Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %
ALL likely voters 42 50 8
  Democrats 59 30 10
  Republicans 25 70 5
  Independents 43 49 8
  Libertarians 36 53 12

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.

           

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"Do you feel Bush and the Republican leaders in Congress are making good progress on solving the nation's problems or not?"

           

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    Making
Progress
Not Making
Progress
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/2-5/05

37 61 2    
           

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Asked of those who answered "Not making progress":
"
Whose fault is that mainly: Bush and the Republicans, or the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated

           

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    Bush/
Republicans
Democrats Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/2-5/05

67 13 17 2 1
           

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"Do you think Bush is doing a better job as president in his second term than in his first term, a worse job or what?"

           

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    Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/2-5/05

30 38 30 2  
           

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"Overall do you think Bush has done more to unite the country, or has done more to divide the country?" Options rotated

           

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    Unite Divide Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/2-5/05

43 55 2    
 

4/04

50 48 2    
 

3/04

48 49 3    
 

12/03

58 36 6    
           

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"Do you think Bush is mainly concentrating on things that are important to you personally, or on things that are not important to you personally?"

           

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    Important Not
Important
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/2-5/05

41 58 1    
 

12/02

52 45 3    
 

7/02

53 44 3    
 

7/01

45 53 2    
           

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"How about the [see below]? Do you think they are mainly concentrating on things that are important to you personally, or on things that are not important to you personally?"

           

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      Important Not
Important
Unsure  
      % % %  
  Republicans in Congress 39 59 2  
  Democrats in Congress 46 53 2  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 14-16, 2005. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think the policies being proposed by George W. Bush would move the country in the right direction or the wrong direction?"

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Right Wrong Unsure
% % %

1/14-16/05

51 42 7

1/15-16/01

56 36 8

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"What kind of president do you think George W. Bush will be in his second term: outstanding, above average, below average, or poor?"

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Out-
standing
Above
Average
Average
(vol.)
Below
Average
Poor
% % % % %

1/14-16/05

17 35 5 23 19

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"Would you describe George W. Bush more as a uniter or a divider?" Options rotated

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Uniter Divider Unsure
% % %

1/14-16/05

49 49 2

10/22-24/04

48 48 4

1/15-16/01

58 36 6

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"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to George W. Bush. How about [see below]?" Form A (N=492 adults, MoE ± 5)

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Applies Doesn't
Apply
No
Opinion
% % %

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"Inspires confidence"

1/14-16/05

50 49 1

4/03

70 27 3

1/03

65 34 1

2/01

57 39 4

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"Cares about the needs of people like you"

1/14-16/05

45 53 2

11/14-16/03

49 50 1
6/03 57 42 1
4/03 65 34 1
1/03 56 41 3
11/02 60 38 2
7/02 60 36 4
4-5/02 66 31 3
10/01 69 29 2
7/01 57 40 3
4/01 59 39 2
2/01 56 39 5

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"Is a person you admire"

1/14-16/05

45 54 1

11/14-16/03

50 49 1
6/03 54 45 1
4-5/02 64 33 3
2/01 49 47 4

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"Is in touch with the problems ordinary Americans face in their daily lives"

1/14-16/05

44 56 -

11/14-16/03

42 57 1

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Jan. 10-12, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do any of the following words describe your own feelings as you think ahead to President Bush's second term in office? . . ."

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
Hopeful 60 39 1
Worried 47 53 -
Excited 28 72 -
Angry 21 79 -

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Nov. 18-21, 2004. N=885 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think evangelical Christians have too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence on George W. Bush's decisions?"

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Too
Much
Too
Little
Right
Amount
Have No
Influence
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

ALL adults

31

12

35

3

19

  Republicans

11

10

62

4

13

  Democrats

47

16

15

3

19

  Independents

33

9

32

3

23

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"In the next four years, do you think evangelical Christians will have more influence, less influence, or about the same amount of influence on George W. Bush's decisions as they did during his first term?"

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More Less Same Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 

ALL adults

21

7

59

13

 

  Republicans

11

7

73

9

 

  Democrats

30

6

49

15

 

  Independents

19

8

58

15

 


 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Aug. 24-26, 2004. N=1,026 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"Has George W. Bush done better than you expected as president, worse than you expected, or about as you expected, based on his campaign for president four years ago?"

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Better Worse As
Expected
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/24-26/04

26 29 42 3  

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"Is George Bush today more moderate than you expected compared to what he said in the 2000 presidential campaign, more conservative, or about what you expected?"

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More
Moderate
More Con-
servative
As
Expected
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/24-26/04

9 19 63 9  

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"Has George Bush been more of a UNITER of our country, that is, bringing people from different sides together, or more of a DIVIDER?"

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Uniter Divider Neither
(vol.)
Both
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

8/24-26/04

39 50 2 1 8

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"Has George Bush pretty much kept his campaign promises of four years ago, or not?"

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Has Has Not Unsure    
% % %    

8/24-26/04

45 36 18    

 

CBS News Poll. July 30-Aug. 1, 2004. N=881 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Whether or not you approve of his policies, do you think of George W. Bush as someone you would like personally?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
7/30 - 8/1/04 53 39 8
4/23-27/04 57 37 6

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"Do you have confidence in George W. Bush's ability to deal wisely with an international crisis, or are you uneasy about his approach?"

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Have
Confidence
Uneasy Unsure
% % %
7/30 - 8/1/04 43 55 2
4/23-27/04 44 53 3
3/10-14/04 53 46 1
2/24-27/04 49 48 3

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Among ALL adults:
2/12-15/04 52 45 3
1/12-15/04 49 49 2
9-10/03 45 50 5
4/03 66 31 3
3/03 55 42 4
11/02 53 43 5
6/01 42 52 6
4/23-25/01 47 47 6
4/4-5/01 48 46 6
3/01 52 40 7
2/01 43 45 12

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 23-27, 2004. N=856 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think George W. Bush shares the moral values most Americans try to live by, or doesn't he?"

Does Does
Not
Unsure
% % %
4/23-27/04 68 25 7
3/10-14/04 75 21 4

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"Do you think George W. Bush has a vision of where he wants to lead the country, or not?"

Does Does
Not
Unsure
% % %
4/23-27/04 77 19 4
3/10-14/04 75 21 4

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2004. N=1,221 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you have confidence in George W. Bush's ability to make the right decisions about the nation's economy, or are you uneasy about his approach?"

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Have
Confidence
Uneasy Unsure
% % %
2/12-15/04 45 52 3
1/12-15/04 39 57 4
9-10/03 40 56 4
5/03 47 49 4
4/03 54 42 4
1/03 47 50 2
11/02 47 48 5

 

Time/CNN Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Feb. 5-6, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (total sample).

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"Do you think George W. Bush is a leader you can trust, or do you have some doubts and reservations?"

Can
Trust
Have
Doubts
Not
Sure
% % %
ALL adults 44 55 1
Republicans 77 22 1
Independents 38 61 1
Democrats 18 82 -
11/03 44 54 2
7/03 47 51 2
3/03 56 41 3
12/02 50 48 2
10/02 52 46 2
1/02 62 36 2
5/01 45 53 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 14-16, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to George W. Bush. How about [see below]?"

Applies Doesn't
Apply
No
Opinion
% % %

"Generally agrees with you on issues you care about"

11/03 48 51 1
4-5/02 64 33 3
2/01 53 43 4

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"Can get the economy moving"

11/03 48 50 2

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 10-12, 2003. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"In general, do you think the policies of the Bush Administration favor the rich, favor the middle class, favor the poor, or do they treat all groups the same?"

Rich Middle
Class
Poor All the
Same
Don't
Know
% % % % %
11/03 63 9 1 23 4
9-10/03 60 10 1 26 3
5/03 54 14 3 22 7
1/03 58 10 1 26 5

 

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

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"Since becoming president, do you think George W. Bush has done more to unite the country or more to divide the country?"

Unite Divide Not Sure
% % %
9/03 49 41 10

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"As you may know, during his campaign for president George W. Bush described himself as a compassionate conservative. Do you think the label 'compassionate conservative' describes George W. Bush, or don't you think it describes him?"

Describes Does Not
Describe
Not Sure
% % %
9/03 44 50 6

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"In your view, is George W. Bush one of our greatest presidents, a good but not great president, an average president, or a poor president?"

One of
Our
Greatest
Good Average Poor Too Soon
To Tell
(vol.)
% % % % %
9/03 9 28 39 23 1
12/01 15 40 35 6 3

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"Do you think George W. Bush is honest and trustworthy or don't you think so?"

He Is Don't
Think So
Not Sure
% % %
9/03 56 38 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 30-July 1, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"In general, do you think President Bush is honest and trustworthy?"

Yes No Unsure
% % %
6-7/03 69 25 6
7/01 69 20 11

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 27-29, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to George W. Bush. How about: has a clear plan for solving this country's problems?"

Applies Doesn't
Apply
No
Opinion
% % %
6/03 50 47 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 9-10, 2003. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the country was better off with Bill Clinton as president, or is better off with George W. Bush as president?" Options rotated

Clinton Bush No
Opinion
% % %
6/03 46 49 5

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 28, 2003. N=440 adults nationwide who watched the State of the Union address. MoE ± 5. Per Gallup: "Survey respondents were first interviewed as part of random national adult samples by Gallup between Jan. 20-27, 2003, at which time they indicated they planned to watch the President’s 2003 State of the Union address and were willing to be re-interviewed by Gallup after the speech. . . . The sample consists of 40% of respondents who identify themselves as Republicans, 28% who identify themselves as Democrats, and 31% who identify themselves as independents."

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"What was your overall reaction to Bush’s speech tonight: very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?" Options were rotated

Very
Positive
Somewhat
Positive
Somewhat
Negative
Very
Negative
Both/
Mixed (vol.)
% % % % %
1/28/03 50 34 11 3 2
1/29/02 74 20 3 2 1
2/27/01 66 26 6 1 -

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"As a result of tonight's speech, do you have more confidence that the U.S. will be able to deal with the problems it has to face, about the same amount of confidence, or less confidence that the U.S. will be able to deal with the problems it has to face?" Options were rotated

More Less Same No
Opinion
% % % %
1/28/03 44 7 47 2

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"Do you think the policies being proposed by George W. Bush will move the country in the right direction or the wrong direction?"

Right
Direction
Wrong
Direction
No
Opinion
% % %
1/28/03 71 20 9
1/23-27/03 52 40 8

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 19-22, 2003. N=997 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think George W. Bush is in charge of what goes on in his Administration most of the time, or do you think other people are really running the government most of the time?"
Bush in
Charge
Others in
Charge
Both
Equal (vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % %
1/03 53 41 2 4
7/02 45 45 4 6
6/02 43 46 4 7
1/02 52 42 3 3
4/01 43 52 1 4
3/01 42 50 3 5

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"Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next two years with George W. Bush as president?"

1/03 1/02
% %
Optimistic 64 75
Pessimistic 31 18
Don't know 5 7

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"Do you think big business has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence on the Bush Administration?"

Too
Much
Too
Little
Right
Amount
None
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % % %
1/03 64 4 24 1 7
7/02 66 6 18 0 10

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"Do you think the religious right has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence in the Bush Administration?"

Too
Much
Too
Little
Right
Amount
None
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % % %
1/03 21 21 44 3 11
11/02 22 20 39 2 17

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 19-20, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think President Bush's positions on the issues are too conservative, not conservative enough, or about right?"

Too Con-
servative
Not Con-
servative
Enough
About
Right
Not
Sure
  % % % %
11/02 20 11 55 14
1/02 19 6 70 5
6/01 29 13 48 10
3/01 26 12 45 17

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. July 13-16, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

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"Do you think George W. Bush cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself?" Half sample (Form A)
Yes No Unsure
% % %
7/02 68 27 5
6/02 61 33 6
1/02 68 25 7

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"Do you think most members of the President's Administration care about the needs and problems of people like yourself?" Half sample (Form B)
Yes No Unsure
% % %
7/02 46 49 5
6/02 45 48 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 29-May 1, 2002. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Since he took office, do you think President Bush has or has not increased respect for the presidency?"
%
Has increased respect 79
Has not increased respect 17
No change (vol.) 1
Has decreased respect (vol.) 1
No opinion 2

 

Bloomberg News Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Jan. 8-13, 2002. N=1,201 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking now about George W. Bush's work as president, would you say he has done a better job as president than you expected, has he done a worse job than you expected, or has he performed about as expected?"
    1/02 11/01 8/01    
    % % %    
  Better than expected 55 45 17    
  Worse than expected 3 2 10    
  About as expected 39 50 68    
  Don't know 3 3 5    

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"George W. Bush has been president for nearly one year. Would you say that Bush's first year in office has been very successful, somewhat successful, not too successful, or not at all successful?"
    %        
  Very successful 39        
  Somewhat successful 46        
  Not too successful 9        
  Not at all successful 4        
  Don't know 2        

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"Now thinking ahead to this year, do you think 2002 will be more successful for Bush than 2001, less successful, or will it be about the same?"
    %        
  More successful 38        
  Less successful 10        
  About the same 46        
  Don't know 6        

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"During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush made a number of promises about the policies he would pursue as president. Overall, do you think President Bush is keeping most of his campaign promises or is he failing to keep his promises?"
    1/02 6/01 4/01    
    % % %    
  Keeping his promises 68 56 55    
  Failing to keep his promises 18 28 27    
  Don't know 14 16 18    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 19-22, 2001. N=1,350 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2.5. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

.

"Would you say Bush is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what?"
%
Better 39
Worse 21
About as expected 37
No opinion 3

.

"How confident are you that Bush has the experience and ability needed to meet the challenges of the presidency: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"
%
Very confident 31
Somewhat confident 32
Not too confident 20
Not at all confident 16

.

"Do you think Bush relies on his advisers too much, too little, or about the right amount?"
%
Too much 20
Too little 11
About right amount 62
No opinion 6

.

"Do you think Bush has reduced the political partisanship in Washington, or not?"
%
Yes 34
No 54
No opinion 11

.

"Do you think Bush's views on most issues are too liberal for you, too conservative for you, or just about right?"
%
Too liberal 10
Too conservative 31
Just about right 55
No opinion 3

.

"Do you think Bush cares more about protecting the interests of ordinary working people or cares more about protecting the interests of large business corporations?"
%
Ordinary working people 28
Large business corporations 60
Both (vol.) 5
Neither (vol.) 1
No opinion 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 14-15, 2001. N=904 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Overall, how would you rate the quality of the people President Bush has selected to be in his Cabinet?"
3/01 1/01 *
% %
Excellent 24 16
Good 39 37
Fair 21 22
Poor 7 8
Not sure 9 17

.

* Wording: "...President-elect Bush..."

 

Los Angeles Times Poll. March 3-5, 2001. N=1,449 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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“Overall, do you approve or disapprove of most of the people George W. Bush has appointed to his Cabinet?”
%
Approve 67
Disapprove 18
Don't know 15

.

“George W. Bush has said that he wants to be a president who unites the country. Based on what you know about his Cabinet appointments, generally speaking, do you think Bush has chosen people who are likely to contribute to uniting the country, or has Bush chosen people who are likely to contribute to dividing the country?”
%
Unite country 59
Divide country 24
Don't know 17

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“Would you say that on political matters, George W. Bush is more conservative than you are, or more liberal than you are, or would you say that you and Bush think the same way about political matters?”
%
More conservative 45
More liberal 16
Same 28
Don't know 11

.

“Would you say that on social matters, George W. Bush is more conservative than you are, or more liberal than you are, or would you say that you and Bush think the same way about political matters?”
%
More conservative 42
More liberal 16
Same 31
Don't know 11

.

“Would you say that you have a good idea where George W. Bush wants to lead the country, or would you say his goals are not very clear?”
%
Have a good idea 56
Goals are not very clear 36
Don't know 8

.

“George W. Bush lost the popular vote in the presidential election and won by a slim majority in the electoral college. Based on this, do you think President Bush has the mandate from the American people to push through many of his campaign promises on such issues as an across-the-board tax cut, school vouchers and privatizing a small portion of Social Security, or should he work to compromise with Democrats on many of these issues?”
%
Push through promises 27
Compromise 64
Don't know 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 27, 2001. N=399 adults nationwide who watched President Bush's Feb. 27 speech before Congress. MoE ± 5. These respondents were first interviewed by Gallup Feb. 25-26. The sample is 49% Republican, 28% Democratic, 23% independent.

.

"What was your overall reaction to Bush's speech tonight: very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?"
%
Very positive 66
Somewhat positive 26
Somewhat negative 6
Very negative 1
No opinion 1

.

"Thinking about the policies of President Bush and his Administration, in your view, is George W. Bush leading the country in the right direction or in the wrong direction?"
2/27 2/25-26
% %
Right direction 84 73
Wrong direction 12 12
No opinion 4 15

.

"Do you generally support or oppose the proposals that President Bush outlined tonight?"
%
Support 85
Oppose 12
No opinion 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-11, 2001. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year: George W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress?"
%
Bush 48
Democrats in Congress 41
Both/Neither (vol.) 8
No opinion 3

.

"How important is it that the Bush Administration does each of the following? Is it a top priority, high priority, low priority, or not a priority at all?
Top
Priority
High
Priority
Low
Priority
Not a
Priority
No
Opinion
% % % % %
"Improving education" 49 44 6 1 -

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"Keeping America prosperous"
43 50 5 1 1

.

"Dealing with the energy problems facing the nation"
38 48 10 3 1

.

"Keeping the federal budget balanced"
36 50 11 2 1

.

"Providing military security for the country"
36 46 15 2 1

.

"Cutting federal income taxes"
28 39 25 7 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Feb. 8-9, 2001. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"From what you've seen or heard in the news about President Bush's first three weeks in office, is he doing a better job or a worse job than you expected -- or is his performance about what you expected?"
%
Better 24
Worse 7
As expected 61
Don't know 8

.

"From what you've seen or heard in the news, please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of each of the following. What about . . . ?"
Approve Disap-
prove
Don't
Know
% % %
"Bush's education reform proposals, which would require regular student testing in math and English and reward schools that show improved test scores with increased federal funding"
73 22 5

.

"Bush's plan to reduce federal income tax rates across the board"
67 28 5

.

"Bush's proposal to use federal funds to support social service programs like day care and drug rehabilitation run by churches and other faith-based organizations"
65 28 7

.

"Bush's proposal to develop a high-tech anti-missile shield to protect the U.S. from nuclear attack"
60 29 11

.

"Bush's proposal to open up some protected Alaskan wilderness areas for oil exploration"
43 48 9

.

"Bush's executive order blocking all U.S. funding to overseas family planning groups that offer abortion counseling"
42 50 8

.

"The Bush Administration's indications that they will close the White House offices on AIDS and race relations that Bill Clinton had created, shifting their responsibilities elsewhere"
30 53 17

.

"From what you've seen or heard in the news, how do you think congressional Democrats have responded to the new Bush Administration so far? Have they been too confrontational and partisan, not confrontational enough in standing up for the interests and values of the people they represent, or has their response been about right?"
%
Too confrontational 21
Not confrontational enough 23
About right 47
Don't know 9

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Jan. 10-12, 2001. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

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"In general, do you approve or disapprove of Bush's choices to fill Cabinet-level positions in his new Administration?"
%
Approve 57
Disapprove 28
Don't know 15

.

"In making appointments to Cabinet-level positions, do you think George W. Bush has sacrificed quality and competency in favor of conservative ideology, has sacrificed quality and competency in favor of racial and ethnic diversity, or has NOT sacrificed quality and competency?"
%
Has sacrificed for ideology 22
Has sacrificed for diversity 12
Has sacrificed for both (vol.) 1
Has not sacrificed 50
Don't know 15

.

"Has the number of women and minorities Bush has picked for his Cabinet made you personally think better of him, or not?"
ALL Men Women Whites Non-
whites
% % % % %
Yes 35 39 31 39 23
No 51 48 54 47 64
Don't know 14 13 15 14 13

.

"Do you think Congress should approve Bush's choice of John Ashcroft for Attorney General, or reject Ashcroft as too far to the right on issues like abortion, drugs, and gun control to be an effective Attorney General?"
%
Should approve 37
Should reject 41
Don't know 22

.

"Do you think the Democrats in Washington have been too partisan in their early opposition to Bush appointments OR that they have been correctly representing the views of half the public that did NOT support Bush for president?"
%
Too partisan 42
Correctly representing views 40
Don't know 18

.

"Do you think George W. Bush is as personally involved as he should be in making decisions about his Cabinet and other aspects of his new Administration OR that he is leaving too many of these decisions to Vice President-elect Dick Cheney and other advisers?"
%
As involved as he should be 50
Leaving too much to others 36
Don't know 14

.

"Do you think Bush should scale back his political agenda because he lost the popular vote nationwide and has such a narrow margin in the Electoral College, OR that he should go ahead and pursue his plans for the country regardless of these factors?"
%
Should scale back 26
Should pursue plans 68
Don't know 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 10-11, 2001. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the scrutiny of President-elect Bush's Cabinet nominees is being done fairly, and with sincere concern for the high-level of office the nominees will hold, or is it being done in a partisan fashion in an effort to gain political advantage and harm Bush?"
%
Fairly 39
Partisan fashion 39
Not sure 22

.

"Do you think President-elect Bush's Cabinet selections are too conservative, too liberal, or pretty much in the mainstream?"
%
Too conservative 21
Too liberal 3
Mainstream 49
Too soon to tell (vol.) 15
Not sure 12

.

"Based on Bush's Cabinet selections and his other appointees so far, do you think the Bush Administration will be more effective or less effective than the Clinton Administration?"
%
More effective 42
Less effective 29
Same (vol.) 7
Too soon to tell (vol.) 13
Not sure 9

.

"Based on Bush's Cabinet selections and his other appointees so far, do you think the Bush Administration will be more ethical or less ethical than the Clinton Administration?"
%
More ethical 59
Less ethical 16
Same (vol.) 7
Too soon to tell (vol.) 7
Not sure 11

 


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