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CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 14-16, 2011. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Now here are some questions about the shootings which occurred in Tucson, Arizona, in which Jared Loughner allegedly shot a congresswoman and 18 other people. Please say whether you, personally, have felt each of the following emotions in response to the shootings in Arizona. . . ."

 
    Have Have not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

"Sadness"

 

1/14-16/11

93 7 -    
 
 

"Anger"

 

1/14-16/11

71 29 1    
 
 

"Shock"

 

1/14-16/11

65 35 -    
 
 

"Fear"

 

1/14-16/11

32 68 -    
             

"Which of the following statements comes closer to your overall view? Government and society can take action that will be effective in preventing shootings like the one in Arizona from happening again. Shootings like the one in Arizona will happen again regardless of what action is taken by government and society."

 
    Can
prevent
Will happen
regardless
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/14-16/11

33 66 1    
             

"Have the shootings in Arizona made you more likely to support stricter gun control laws, less likely to support stricter gun control laws, or has your opinion on gun control not changed as a result of the shootings in Arizona?"

 
    More likely Less likely No change    
    % % %    
 

1/14-16/11

28 3 69    
             

"Overall, how much do you blame each of the following for the shooting in Arizona: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all? . . ."

 
    A great deal A moderate
amount
Not much Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The resources available to deal with people who may be mentally ill"

 

1/14-16/11

41 29 13 15 2
 
 

"The laws under which guns are bought and sold in this country"

 

1/14-16/11

30 22 14 33 2
 
 

"The use of harsh rhetoric and violent metaphors by politicians and commentators"

 

1/14-16/11

25 23 17 32 2
 
 

"A map on Sarah Palin's website that marked 20 congressional districts, including the district represented by the congresswoman who was shot, with an image that looked like the crosshairs of a gun"

 

1/14-16/11

19 16 15 44 5
             

"Thinking more generally, do you think it is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely that the use of harsh rhetoric and violent metaphors by politicians and commentators would cause a future incident similar to the shootings in Arizona?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Somewhat
unlikely
Very
unlikely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-16/11

25 29 19 26 1
             

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of how politicians in this country will react to the shootings in Arizona? Politicians will not treat their opponents with more civility than they do now. Politicians will treat their opponents with more civility for a few weeks or months, but that change will not last very long. Politicians will treat their opponents with more civility and the change will last for several years or longer."

 
    No additional
civility
More civility,
but not for
very long
More civility
for years
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-16/11

18 70 10 2  
             

"If Jared Loughner is found guilty of murder in this case, which of the following punishments would you like to see him sentenced to: life in prison without parole, or the death penalty?"

 
    Life in prison Death penalty Other (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-16/11

43 53 2 2  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 14-16, 2011. N=1,032 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"How important should it be for the Republican leaders in Congress to take into account the objectives and positions of the Tea Party movement when it comes to dealing with the problems facing the nation: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

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

ALL

42 29 11 15 3
 

Democrats

26 27 13 31 3
 

Independents

46 26 13 14 2
 

Republicans

53 35 7 2 3

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 13-16, 2011. N=1,053 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"I have some questions about the political discourse in this country -- that is, the way people talk about politics. Overall, do you think the tone of political discourse you hear is very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative or very negative?"

 
    Very
positive
Somewhat
positive
Somewhat
negative
Very
negative
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/13-16/11

2 14 38 44 2
             

"Do you think the tone of political discourse in this country has created a climate that could encourage violence, or has it not gone that far?"

 
    Could
encourage
violence
Already has
encouraged
violence (vol.)
Has not gone
that far
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/13-16/11

37 12 49 2  
             

"For each group I name, please tell me if you think its tone in the political discourse recently has stayed within acceptable boundaries, or has crossed the line in terms of attacking the other side. How about . . . ?" Options rotated

 
    Acceptable Crossed
the line
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"The Democratic Party and its supporters"

 

1/13-16/11

56 39 5    
 
 

"The Republican Party and its supporters"

 

1/13-16/11

50 45 5    
 
 

"The Tea Party political movement and its supporters"

 

1/13-16/11

39 49 12    
 
 

"Conservative political commentators"

 

1/13-16/11

41 51 8    
 
 

"Liberal political commentators"

 

1/13-16/11

40 51 9    
             

"As you may know, a gunman shot a U.S. Congress member and 18 other people in Arizona late last week. Is it your impression that the political discourse in this country did or did not contribute to this incident?"

 
    Did Did not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/13-16/11

40 54 6    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way [see below] has responded to this shooting incident?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Barack Obama"

 

1/13-16/11

78 12 10    
 
 

"Sarah Palin"

 

1/13-16/11

30 46 24    
 
 

"The news media"

 

1/13-16/11

53 39 8    

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 13-16, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Thinking about the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, last week: Do you think this shooting reflects broader problems in American society, or are things like this just the isolated acts of troubled individuals?"

 
    Broader
problems
Isolated acts Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/13-16/11

31 58 12    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 10-11, 2011. N=581 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 4.1.

             

"Next we have some questions about the recent shooting in Tucson, Arizona, where six people were killed and 13 others wounded, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Gifford [sic]. How much have you heard or read about the shootings in Arizona? . . ."

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing at all  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-11/11

59 26 11 4  
             

"What do you think is the main reason for the Arizona shooting: failure of the mental health system, lax gun control laws, overheated political rhetoric -- or do you think this is a situation that could not have been prevented?"

 
    Failure of
mental health
system
Lax gun
control laws
Overheated
political
rhetoric
Could not
have been
prevented
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/10-11/11

23 9 15 40 14
             

"Do you think heated political rhetoric drives unstable people to commit violence or don't you think so?"

 
    Drives people
to violence
Don't think
so
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-11/11

52 41 7    
             

"Who do you think is more responsible for using heated political rhetoric: liberals or conservatives?"

 
    Liberals Conservatives Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-11/11

36 32 32    

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 9-10, 2011. N=673 adults nationwide first polled by CBS News Dec. 17-20, 2010. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think it is ever justified for citizens to take violent action against the government, or is it never justified?"

 
    Justified Never
justified
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/9-10/11

16 76 8    
 

Republicans

28 64 8    
 

Democrats

11 81 8    
 

Independents

11 81 8    
 
 

4/5-12/10

16 79 5    
             

"In general, when most Americans debate issues facing the country do you think they are more civil today compared to 10 years ago, less civil, or about as civil as they were 10 years ago?"

 
    More civil Less civil About as civil Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/9-10/11

15 49 33 3  
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

17 50 29 4  
             

"In general, when most members of Congress debate issues facing the country do you think they are more civil today compared to 10 years ago, less civil, or about as civil as they were 10 years ago?"

 
    More civil Less civil About as civil Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/9-10/11

9 52 32 7  
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

11 56 27 6  
             

"How much have you heard or read about the recent shooting in Tucson, Arizona, where Jared Loughner allegedly shot and critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, among others, and killed six other people: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/9-10/11

47 30 15 7 1
             

"Do you think that stricter gun control laws would have done a lot to prevent the violence that occurred this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona, done a little, or had no effect on preventing the violence in Tucson, Arizona?"

 
    A lot A little No effect It depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/9-10/11

18 18 58 1 5
 

Republicans

6 11 76 0 7
 

Democrats

29 25 42 1 3
 

Independents

17 16 61 1 5
             

"Which of these statements is closer to your own opinion about what will happen? In the next year or so, there will be more violent acts like the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded. OR, The shooting in Tucson, Arizona, was a random act and is not to likely to be repeated in the near future."

 
    Will be more Not likely to
be repeated
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/9-10/11

45 47 8    
             

"Some people have said that the harsh political tone of recent political campaigns has encouraged violence. What do you think? Do you think the recent harsh political tone has anything to do with the Arizona shootings, or not?"

 
    Tone has
encouraged
violence
Tone has not
encouraged
violence
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/9-10/11

32 57 11    
 

Republicans

19 69 12    
 

Democrats

42 49 9    
 

Independents

33 56 11    
             

"Do you think members of Congress should or should not be given bodyguards to help protect them?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/9-10/11

48 45 7    
             

"Based on what you've heard or read, do you think political views probably did or probably did not enter into Jared Loughner's reasons for the shooting?"

 
    Probably
did
Probably
did not
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/9-10/11

45 33 22    
 

Republicans

47 31 22    
 

Democrats

51 32 17    
 

Independents

37 36 27    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 17-19, 2010. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think it will be good for the country or bad for the country that the Republican Party will be in control of the U.S. House?"

 
    Good Bad Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/17-19/10

51 42 4 2  
 

11/11-14/10

52 39 5 3  
             

"Do you think the Republicans will do a better job running the U.S. House than the Democrats did, a worse job than the Democrats, or won't there be much difference?"

 
    Better Worse No difference Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/17-19/10

26 22 52 1  
 

11/11-14/10

33 21 44 2  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Nov. 11-14, 2010. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you know, as a result of the election which was held earlier this month, the Republicans will control the U.S. House of Representatives. Do you think the Republican victories in the House races are more of a mandate for Republican policies or more a rejection of Democratic policies?" N=506 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
    Mandate for
Republican
policies
Rejection of
Democratic
policies
Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/11-14/10

17 70 8 5  
             

"As you know, as a result of the election which was held earlier this month, the Republicans will control the U.S. House of Representatives. Which one of these do you think is most responsible for the Republican victories in House races: voter support for Republican programs, voter opposition to Democratic programs, or voter disapproval of President Obama's handling of his job as president?" N=508 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Support for
Republican
programs
Opposition to
Democratic
programs
Disapproval
of Obama
Other (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/11-14/10

14 35 44 5 2
             

"Would you favor or oppose the Tea Party movement becoming a third political party that would run candidates for president, Congress, and state offices against the Republican and Democratic candidates?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/11-14/10

48 48 4    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 28-31, 2010. N=1,100 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Regardless of whether you support or oppose the Tea Party movement, do you think it has or has not done each of the following? How about . . . ?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Energized people to get more involved in the political process"

 

10/28-31/10

73 21 6    
 
 

"Made the political parties more responsive to the views of ordinary citizens"

 

10/28-31/10

54 37 8    
 
 

"Created deeper political divisions in the U.S. than previously existed"

 

10/28-31/10

55 36 8    

 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 28-31, 2010. N=1,075 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Regardless of which party wins the majority in November or what issues you think are the most important, do you think it is more important for politicians in Congress to stick to their principles and hold to the issues they campaigned on, or for politicians in Congress to work with members of the other party and make consensus policy?" Options rotated

 
    Stick to
principles
Make
consensus
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

ALL

38 56 2 2 2
 

Democrats

29 66 2 1 1
 

Republicans

47 47 2 1 2
 

Independents

39 52 0 5 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Oct. 21-26, 2010. N=1,173 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"When it comes to reforming the way political candidates raise and spend money, how important is it that the amount of money campaigns can spend be limited: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

 

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

10/21-26/10

58 28 5 4 5
             

"How important is it that campaigns be required by law to disclose how much money they have raised, where that money came from, and how they have spent the money: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

 

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

10/21-26/10

81 11 4 2 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 29-30, 2010. N=902 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 4.1.

             

"Have you seen, heard, or read anything about the political movement known as the Tea Party?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29-30/10

73 26 1    
             

"Have you seen, heard, or read anything about the political movement known as the Tea Party?" If yes: "From what you know about the Tea Party and what it stands for, would you say you support it, oppose it or have mixed opinions about it?" Combined responses.

 
    AWARE OF:
Support
AWARE OF:
Oppose
AWARE OF:
Mixed
AWARE OF:
Unsure
Not aware of
    % % % % %
 

9/29-30/10

19 23 29 2 27

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. Sept. 16-19, 2010. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Now thinking about political leaders, all things considered, which do you admire most: political leaders who make compromises with people they disagree with, or political leaders who stick to their positions without compromising?" Options rotated

 
    Make
compromises
Stick to their
positions
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/16-19/10

42 49 9    
             

"Thinking about other kinds of political parties and groups, which of the following groups would you say best reflects your views right now: the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the Tea Party, the Green Party, some other group or none of these?"

 
      9/16-19/10 4/8-11/10    
      % %    
 

The Democratic Party

32 31    
 

The Republican Party

20 17    
 

The Tea Party

15 14    
 

The Green Party

4 4    
 

Some other group

1 3    
 

The Libertarian Party (vol.)

1 1    
 

None of these

22 28    
 

Unsure

5 3    

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Sept. 8-13, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.2.

             

"How much do you know about the Tea Party movement: a great deal, a lot, some, not too much, or nothing at all?"

 
    A great deal A lot Some Not too much Nothing at all
    % % % % %
 

9/8-13/10

10 12 38 24 17
 

8/11-16/10

8 7 41 23 20
 

6/9-14/10

10 11 34 23 22
 

5/7-11/10

7 11 33 31 18
 

4/7-12/10

6 9 32 26 26
             

"From what you know about the Tea Party movement, would you say you generally agree, disagree or neither agree nor disagree on [sic] the Tea Party movement's positions on political issues?"

 
    Agree Disagree Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/8-13/10

34 31 30 5  
 

8/11-16/10

34 30 32 3  
 

6/9-14/10

35 27 33 5  
 

5/7-11/10

35 26 35 4  
 

4/7-12/10

33 26 36 5  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"Whether or not you agree with them, do you think the Republicans are or are not offering the country a clear direction that's different from the Democrats?"

 
    Are Are not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/30 - 9/2/10

46 47 7    

 

Ipsos/Reuters Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Aug. 19-22, 2010. N=1,063 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"How strongly do you agree or disagree that Washington no longer works effectively because the fighting between parties and branches of government means that nothing can be accomplished? Would you say you strongly agree, tend to agree, tend to disagree, or strongly disagree?"

 
    Strongly agree Tend to agree Tend to
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/19-22/10

53 25 11 8 2
             
 

Among those who strongly agree or tend to agree (N=842):
"And which party do you think has done more to cause this situation: the Democrats or the Republicans?"
Options rotated

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

8/19-22/10

28 36 28 3 5

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 6-10, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Which of the following statements best describes you? You are an active member of the Tea Party movement. You support the Tea Party movement but you are not an active member. You have no view of the Tea Party one way or the other. You oppose the Tea Party movement."

 
    Active member Support,
not active
Have no view Oppose Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/6-10/10

2 26 49 21 3

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. July 29-Aug. 1, 2010. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

               

"Thinking about the elections for Congress this year, please tell me whether you would be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate with each of the following characteristics, or whether it would make no difference in your vote either way. . . ."

 
    More likely Less likely No difference Unsure    
    % % % %    
 
 

"If a candidate has a record of bringing government projects and money to your district"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

53 12 33 2    
 
 

"If Barack Obama campaigns on a candidate's behalf"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

27 28 43 2    
 
 

"If a candidate is a supporter of the Tea Party movement"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

22 31 41 6    
 
 

"If Sarah Palin campaigns on a candidate's behalf"

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

18 38 42 3    
 
 

If a candidate is neither a Republican nor a Democrat" Options rotated

 

7/29 - 8/1/10

15 21 61 3    

 

Pew Research Center. June 16-20, 2010. N=1,802 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

               

"How much, if anything, have you heard or read about the Tea Party movement that has been involved in campaigns and protests in the U.S. over the past year? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

6/16-20/10

30 43 26 1    
 

5/20-23/10

38 38 24 1    
               
 

"How much, if anything, have you heard or read about the Tea Party movement that has been involved in campaigns and protests in the U.S. over the past year? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?" If heard a lot or a little: "From what you know, do you strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree with the Tea Party movement, or don't you have an opinion either way?" Combined responses

 
    Strongly
agree
Agree Disagree Strongly
disagree
No opinion
either way
Haven't
heard of
Tea Party/
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

6/16-20/10

9 15 10 8 30 27
 

5/20-23/10

10 15 8 10 31 25

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 3-6, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

               

"Regardless of your other political views, overall which party do you think has better ideas about the right size and role of the federal government: the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?" Options rotated

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

6/3-6/10

45 40 1 10 4  
               

"How do you personally feel about the policies offered by the Republicans in Congress: enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?"

 
    Enthusiastic Satisfied Dissatisfied Angry Unsure  
    % % % % %  
 

6/3-6/10

3 35 44 16 2  
               

"Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the political movement known as the Tea Party?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure      
    % % %      
 

6/3-6/10

36 50 14      
 

3/23-26/10

41 39 20      
 

2/4-8/10

35 40 25      

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 21-23, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Do you think the country would be better off if the Republicans controlled Congress, if the Democrats controlled Congress, or would the country be the same regardless of which party controlled Congress?"

 
    Republicans Democrats Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

28 27 44 1  
 

11/3-5/06

20 39 37 3  
             

"Would you be more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who President Obama supports, or more likely to vote for a candidate who President Obama opposes?" N=935 registered voters, MoE 3

 
    Supports Opposes Equal/No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

43 43 13 1  
             

"Would you be more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who the Tea Party movement supports, or more likely to vote for a candidate who the Tea Party movement opposes?" N=935 registered voters, MoE 3

 
    Supports Opposes Equal/No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

44 41 10 5  
             

"Now I'd like you to think about all political offices at the federal, state and local level. Often when you vote for these offices, you must choose between an incumbent who is running for reelection to an office he or she already holds, and a challenger who does not hold that office. In general, are you more likely to vote for the incumbent running for reelection or more likely to vote for the challenger who does not hold that office?"

 
    Incumbent Challenger No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

30 47 20 3  
 

1/8-10/10

32 46 18 4  

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. May 20-23, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

               

"Thinking about the elections for Congress this year, please tell me whether you would be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate with each of the following characteristics, or whether it would make no difference in your vote either way. (First,) a candidate who [see below]?"

 
    More likely Less likely No difference Unsure    
    % % % %    
 
 

"Will make compromises with people he or she disagrees with"

 

5/20-23/10

42 22 29 6    
 
 

"Supported the health care law passed earlier this year"

 

5/20-23/10

39 35 22 4    
 
 

"Has never held elective office"

 

5/20-23/10

24 28 43 6    
 
 

"Is an incumbent running for reelection"

 

5/20-23/10

15 27 51 8    
 
 

"Supported the government providing major loans to banks during the 2008 financial crisis"

 

5/20-23/10

14 49 32 5    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 22-25, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

               

"Overall would you say you support the political movement known as the Tea Party, you oppose the Tea Party, or that you neither support nor oppose it?" If neither: "Would you say you lean towards supporting or opposing the Tea Party movement?"

 
    Support Oppose Neither
support nor
oppose
Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

4/22-25/10

27 24 44 5    
               
 

"Overall would you say you support the political movement known as the Tea Party, you oppose the Tea Party, or that you neither support nor oppose it?" If neither: "Would you say you lean towards supporting or opposing the Tea Party movement?" If support Tea Party movement: "Do you consider yourself to be an active participant in the Tea Party movement, or a supporter but not an active participant?" Combined responses

 
    Active
participant
Support/
Not active
Oppose Neither
support nor
oppose
Unsure  
    % % % % %  
 

4/22-25/10

2 25 24 44 5  
               

"Which group -- the Democrats, the Republicans, or the Tea Party -- do you think [see below]?" Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Tea Party All (vol.) None (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % % %
 
 

"Best represents your own personal values"

 

4/22-25/10

48 24 14 1 9 3
 
 

"Is most concerned with the needs of people like you"

 

4/22-25/10

49 23 17 1 7 4
 
 

"Best understands the economic problems people in this country are having"

 

4/22-25/10

48 22 17 2 8 4
               

"Say a candidate for Congress associates him or herself with the Tea Party. Would that make you more likely to support that candidate for Congress, more likely to oppose that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?" Among registered voters

 
    More likely
to support
More likely
to oppose
Not much
difference
Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

4/22-25/10

15 24 58 3    
               

"To what extent, if at all, do you think support for the Tea Party movement is based on [see below]: a great deal, a good amount, just some or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
A good
amount
Just some Not at all Unsure  
    % % % % %  
 
 

"Concern about the economy"

 

4/22-25/10

40 16 22 14 7  
 
 

"Dissatisfaction with the Republican Party"

 

4/22-25/10

21 18 37 17 8  
 
 

"Opposition to Obama and the Democratic Party's policies"

 

4/22-25/10

39 19 24 11 7  
 
 

"Racial prejudice against Obama"

 

4/22-25/10

19 9 21 43 9  
 
 

"Distrust of government overall"

 

4/22-25/10

40 21 23 9 7  

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 14-19, 2010. N=1,930 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.2.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend without limit in attacking or boosting candidates for federal office?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

14 79 7    
 

Republicans

15 78 7    
 

Democrats

10 82 8    
 

Independents

15 79 5    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 9-11, 2010. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"What is your view of the Tea Party? Would you say you strongly support it, moderately support it, moderately oppose it, or strongly oppose it, or don't you know enough about the Tea Party to say?"

 
    Strongly
support
Moderately
support
Moderately
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Don't know
enough
    % % % % %
 

4/9-11/10

12 15 6 21 45
 

2/12-15/10

15 20 8 11 45
             

"Please tell me whether you have or have not done each of the following. . . ."

 
    Have Have not      
    % %      
 
 

"Given money to any organization associated with the Tea Party movement"

 

4/9-11/10

4 96      
 

2/12-15/10

2 97      
 
 

"Attended a rally or meeting held by any organization associated with the Tea Party movement"

 

4/9-11/10

4 96      
 

2/12-15/10

5 95      
 
 

"Took any other active steps to support the Tea Party movement, either in person or through e-mail or on the internet"

 

4/9-11/10

7 93      
 

2/12-15/10

7 92      

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 6-7, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"I'm going to read you the names of several individuals. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one. If you've never heard of someone, please just say so. The Tea Party Movement."

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Can't say Never
heard of
 
    % % % %  
 

4/6-7/10

36 34 16 13  
 

Democrats

15 51 15 19  
 

Republicans

62 15 14 9  
 

Independents

35 35 22 8  
             
 

2/2-3/10

35 22 20 22  
 

Democrats

15 36 24 26  
 

Republicans

55 9 18 18  
 

Independents

34 23 20 24  
             

"Right now, how interested are you in the November elections: extremely interested, very interested, somewhat interested, or not at all interested?"

 
    Extremely
interested
Very
interested
Somewhat
interested
Not at all
interested
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/6-7/10

31 27 30 11 1
 

Democrats

24 26 34 15 1
 

Republicans

39 30 24 6 1
 

Independents

33 22 34 11 -
             
 

2/2-3/10

28 29 32 10 1
 

Democrats

22 28 40 10 -
 

Republicans

38 32 22 8 -
 

Independents

22 28 36 14 1
             

"Which one of the following best shares your values: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or the Tea Party Movement?" Options rotated

 
    Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Tea Party
Movement
Mixed/All
(vol.)
None (vol.)
    % % % % %
 

4/6-7/10

40 25 19 7 6
 

Democrats

86 3 5 4 1
 

Republicans

2 59 31 5 2
 

Independents

24 10 25 16 20

 

Washington Post Poll. March 23-26, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

               

"Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the political movement known as the Tea Party?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure      
    % % %      
 

3/23-26/10

41 39 20      
 

Democrats

22 56 22      
 

Republicans

62 19 19      
 

Independents

45 37 18      
 
 

2/4-8/10

35 40 25      
               

"Given what you know about the Tea Party's positions on the issues, would you say that overall you agree with them strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or disagree strongly?"

 
    Agree
strongly
Agree
somewhat
Disagree
somewhat
Disagree
strongly
Unsure  
    % % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

18 28 21 19 14  
 

2/4-8/10

14 31 22 14 19  
               

"Do you think the Tea Party movement is having too much influence, too little influence or about the right amount of influence over the Republican Party?"

 
    Too much Too little About right Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

3/23-26/10

23 24 38 15    
 

Democrats

35 14 35 16    
 

Republicans

10 31 45 13    
 

Independents

20 26 38 15    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Would you favor or oppose having a third political party that would run candidates for president, Congress and state offices against the Republican and Democratic candidates?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/12-15/10

64 34 2    
             

"Would you favor or oppose having a third political party that would run candidates for President, Congress and state offices against the Republican and Democratic candidates?" If favor: "Suppose that having a third political party would mean that the winner of some elections would be a candidate who disagrees with you on most issues that matter to you. Would you favor or oppose having a third political party under those circumstances?" Combined responses

 
    Favor
Under Those
Circumstances
Oppose
Under Those
Circumstances
Oppose - From
Preceding
Question
Unsure - From
Preceding
Question
 
    % % % %  
 

2/12-15/10

38 26 34 2  
             

"What is your view of the Tea Party? Would you say you strongly support it, moderately support it, moderately oppose it, or strongly oppose it, or don't you know enough about the Tea Party to say?"

 
    Strongly
Support
Moderately
Support
Moderately
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Don't Know
Enough
    % % % % %
 

2/12-15/10

15 20 8 11 45
             

"Please tell me whether you have or have not done each of the following. . . ."

 
    Have Have Not      
    % %      
 

"Given money to any organization associated with the Tea Party movement"

 

2/12-15/10

2 97      
 
 

"Attended a rally or meeting held by any organization associated with the Tea Party movement"

 

2/12-15/10

5 95      
 
 

"Took any other active steps to support the Tea Party movement, either in person or through e-mail or on the internet"

 

2/12-15/10

7 92      
             

"Now suppose the elections for Congress were being held today and a third candidate were running who was endorsed by the Tea Party movement. Which candidate would you vote for in your congressional district: the Democratic Party's candidate, the Republican Party's candidate, or the Tea Party's candidate?" If unsure: "As of today, who do you lean more toward?" Options rotated. N=954 registered voters, MoE 3

 
    Democratic
Candidate
Republican
Candidate
Tea Party
Candidate
Other (vol.) Won't Vote
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/12-15/10

45 33 16 3 3

 

Harris Poll. Feb. 16-21, 2010. N=1,010 adults nationwide.

             

"And now a question about the power of different groups in influencing government policy, politicians, and policymakers in Washington. Do you think [see below] have/has too much or too little power and influence in Washington?"

 
    Too Much Too Little About Right
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"Big companies"

 

2/16-21/10

87 9 2 2  
 

2/10-15/09

85 10 2 3  
 

2/5-11/08

86 8 2 3  
 
 

"Banks and financial institutions"

 

2/16-21/10

83 9 3 4  
             
 

"Political lobbyists"

 

2/16-21/10

83 11 1 5  
 

2/10-15/09

81 14 1 4  
 

2/5-11/08

80 13 1 6  
             
 

"Political action committees, which give money to political candidates"

 

2/16-21/10

83 11 1 6  
 

2/10-15/09

85 9 2 5  
 

2/5-11/08

83 9 2 5  
             
 

"The news media"

 

2/16-21/10

66 23 4 7  
 

2/10-15/09

75 18 3 5  
 

2/5-11/08

74 17 4 6  
             
 

"Entertainment and sports celebrities"

 

2/16-21/10

61 24 5 10  
 

2/10-15/09

70 20 4 6  
 

2/5-11/08

69 20 4 7  
             
 

"Trial lawyers"

 

2/16-21/10

60 24 3 13  
             
 

"Labor unions"

 

2/16-21/10

57 34 3 7  
 

2/10-15/09

54 40 3 4  
 

2/5-11/08

51 39 4 6  
             
 

"Trade associations"

 

2/16-21/10

57 24 3 16  
 

2/10-15/09

55 30 2 12  
 

2/5-11/08

57 24 4 15  
             
 

"TV and radio talk shows"

 

2/16-21/10

55 33 5 7  
 

2/10-15/09

59 29 5 7  
 

2/5-11/08

57 32 5 7  
             
 

"Churches and religious groups"

 

2/16-21/10

35 54 3 8  
 

2/10-15/09

34 57 4 5  
 

2/5-11/08

40 52 4 5  
             
 

"Racial minorities"

 

2/16-21/10

32 52 6 10  
 

2/10-15/09

33 53 6 8  
 

2/5-11/08

33 51 5 11  
             
 

"Opinion polls"

 

2/16-21/10

31 55 4 9  
 

2/10-15/09

38 51 5 6  
 

2/5-11/08

44 46 4 7  
             
 

"Nonprofit organizations"

 

2/16-21/10

21 67 3 8  
 

2/10-15/09

19 71 3 7  
 

2/5-11/08

23 65 4 8  
             
 

"Public opinion"

 

2/16-21/10

13 82 2 3  
 

2/10-15/09

18 76 3 2  
 

2/5-11/08

20 74 3 4  
             
 

"Small business"

 

2/16-21/10

4 93 1 2  
 

2/10-15/09

5 90 3 3  
 

2/5-11/08

4 90 3 3  

 

Pew Research Center Poll. Feb. 3-9, 2010. N=1,383 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"How much, if anything, have you read or heard about the Supreme Court's decision on campaign finance rules that now allows corporations to spend on behalf of candidates in elections? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/3-9/10

19 46 35 1  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision that allows corporations to spend on behalf of candidates in elections?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

17 68 15    
 

Republicans

22 65 14    
 

Democrats

13 76 11    
 

Independents

19 66 15    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 4-8, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

               

"How much do you feel you know about what the Tea Party stands for: a great deal, a good amount, just some or very little?"

 
    A great
deal
A good
amount
Just some Very little Nothing
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

2/4-8/10

13 22 21 37 6 1
               

"Do you support or oppose the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that says corporations and unions can spend as much money as they want to help political candidates win elections? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"

 
    Support
strongly
Support
somewhat
Oppose
somewhat
Oppose
strongly
Unsure  
    % % % % %  
 

2/4-8/10

6 11 15 65 2  
               

"Would you support or oppose an effort by Congress to reinstate limits on corporate and union spending on election campaigns? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"

 
    Support
strongly
Support
somewhat
Oppose
somewhat
Oppose
strongly
Unsure  
    % % % % %  
 

2/4-8/10

52 20 9 14 4  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 2-3, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"In the last few months there have been three statewide elections where an office that had been held by a Democrat was won by a Republican. In general, do you think the voters in those states were voting based on the individual candidates and the issues in the state, or were they voting to send a message to President Obama and Democrats in Washington?"

 
    Candidates/
State Issues
Sending a
Message
Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

22 59 11 8  
 

Democrats

26 55 8 11  
 

Republicans

17 64 13 6  
 

Independents

21 59 14 6  
             

"If you were voting in an election and all you knew about the two competing candidates was that one was the current officeholder and the other candidate would be new to the office, who would you be more inclined to vote for?"

 
    Officeholder New
Candidate
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/2-3/10

19 38 34 9  
 

8/11-12/09

30 35 27 9  
             

"Which one of the following do you think better describes the Tea Party Movement? It's a serious group of people who believe government is too big and taxes are too high and it should be taken seriously. OR, It's a fringe group of people with extreme right-wing views about government that should not be taken seriously."

 
    Serious
Group
Fringe
Group
Combination
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

51 20 5 24  
 

Democrats

34 35 5 27  
 

Republicans

69 6 2 22  
 

Independents

52 17 11 21  
             

"Recently the U.S. Supreme Court reversed certain campaign finance laws on the basis that they violated free speech, and ruled the first amendment allows unrestricted corporate and union spending on campaign advertisements. Do you approve or disapprove of the Supreme Court decision?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

27 53 19    
 

Democrats

20 61 19    
 

Republicans

34 44 22    
 

Independents

30 57 14    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 23-25, 2010. N=800 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"Some people have said the election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts to complete the term of the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate was aimed at sending a message to Washington. Do you believe this was aimed at sending a message to Washington, was it not about sending a message to Washington, or do you not have an opinion about this?"

 
    Sending a
message
Not sending
a message
Don't have
an opinion
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/23-25/10

48 15 36 1  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 20, 2010. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"As you may know, Republican Scott Brown won the special election to the U.S. senate seat from Massachusetts formerly held by Ted Kennedy. Which comes closest to your view of what this result means? It reflects political conditions in Massachusetts and doesn't have a larger meaning for national politics. OR, It reflects frustrations shared by many Americans, and the President and members of Congress should pay attention to it." Options rotated

 
    Reflects
Conditions In
Massachusetts
Reflects
Americans'
Frustrations
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/20/10

18 72 10    

 

Pew Research Center survey. Jan. 14-17, 2010. N=1,003 adults nationwide.
Note: Correct answers shown in red.

             

"Next I'd like to ask about some things that have been in the news. Please answer as best you can. If you don't know the answer just tell me and we'll move to the next question.

"How many Republican senators voted to pass the health care reform bill in its vote on the Senate floor: 0, 5, 10 or 20?"

 
    0 5 10 20 Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-17/10

32 13 8 8 39
             

"In the United States Senate, opponents to legislation can delay a vote by filibustering. Do you know how many senators are needed to break a filibuster and bring a bill to the floor: 51, 60, 67, or 75?"

 
    51 60 67 75 Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-17/10

25 26 7 5 37
             

"Do you happen to know the name of the current majority leader of the U.S. Senate? Is it Harry Reid, Al Franken, Mitch McConnell, or Hillary Clinton?" Options rotated

 
    Harry
Reid
Hillary
Clinton
Mitch
McConnell
Al
Franken
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-17/10

39 10 5 3 44
             

"Can you name the chairperson of the Republican National Committee? Is it Michael Steele, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, or Howard Dean?" Options rotated

 
    Michael
Steele
Newt
Gingrich
Howard
Dean
Sarah
Palin
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-17/10

32 9 8 3 49
             

"Do you happen to know how many women, if any, sit on the U.S. Supreme Court? Is it zero, one, or more than one?"

 
    Zero One More Than
One
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-17/10

2 29 56 13  

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