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

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Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2007. N=1,245 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"What issue or problem do you consider the top priority for candidates running for president to address this election? Is it the war in Iraq, or protecting the country from terrorist attacks, or the economy, or education, or the environment, or health care issues, or illegal immigration, or other social issues, such as abortion and gay rights, or is there another issue?" Two replies accepted

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%

War in Iraq

32

Economy

25

Health care

19

Terrorism

18

Illegal immigration

15

Education

10

Environment

5

Other social issues

5

Other

4

None/All (vol.)

10

Unsure

1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2007. N=1,002 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4.

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"In deciding which presidential candidate to support in 2008, which one of the following issues is most important to you: [see below]?" Options rotated

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  ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
  % % % %
The economy and jobs 22 14 30 19
Iraq 19 13 26 19
Health care 17 14 22 15
Terrorism and national security 15 27 5 14
Taxes and government spending 10 16 4 11
Immigration 7 10 3 8
The environment and global warming 5 1 7 8

Other/None of these (vol.)

1 2 - 1

Unsure

4 3 3 5

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 12-16, 2007. N=1,143 registered voters nationwide.

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"Which one issue would you most like to hear the candidates for president discuss during the 2008 presidential campaign?" Open-ended

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%

War in Iraq

26

Health care

25

Economy/Jobs

11

Immigration

6

Education

3

Environment

2

Social Security

2

Defense/Military

2

Terrorism (general)

2

Abortion

1

Other

12

Unsure

8

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. July 9-17, 2007. N=1,554 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In deciding who you would like to see elected president next year, which ONE of the following issues will be most important to you: [see below], or something else?" N=1,398 registered voters

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%

The war in Iraq

20

Terrorism and national security

17

The economy and jobs

17

Health care

16

Immigration

10

Education

8

The environment and global warming

7

Something else

5

 

The Harris Poll. July 6-9, 2007. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"What do you think are the two most important issues for the government to address?" Open-ended

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Top
Responses
%
The war 27
Health care (not Medicare) 19
Immigration 13
Iraq 10
The economy (non-specific) 10
Education 7
Terrorism 7
Foreign policy (non-specific) 7
Taxes 5
Gas and oil prices 5
Employment/Jobs 5

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for president next year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? . . ."

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

The situation in Iraq

51 37 9 2 -

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Terrorism

45 35 14 6 -

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Education

44 37 16 3 -

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Health care

43 35 18 4 -

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Gas prices

43 31 16 10 1

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Corruption and ethical standards in government

41 36 17 7 -

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The situation in Iran

38 39 17 5 1

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Social Security and Medicare

38 37 20 4 -

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The economy

33 46 16 4 -

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Illegal immigration

31 32 26 10 1

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Taxes

30 40 23 6 1

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The federal budget deficit

30 34 26 9 2

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Global warming

27 26 27 19 1

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Abortion

27 24 24 24 1

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Gun policy

26 26 29 17 2

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Stem cell research

20 28 28 21 3

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Policies toward gays and lesbians

13 15 30 41 1

 

Gallup Poll. April 23-26, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide, drawn from Gallup's household panel, which was originally recruited through random selection methods. MoE 4.

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"In your view, what one or two issues should be the top priorities for the President and Congress to deal with at this time?" Open-ended. Multiple responses accepted.

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  %
Situation in Iraq/War 66
Poor health care/Cost of health care 20
Economy in general 14
Immigration/Illegal aliens 14
Fuel/Oil prices/Energy crisis 7
Environment/Pollution 5
National security 4
Education/Poor education/Access to educ. 4
Terrorism 4
Federal deficit/Federal debt 3
Social Security 3
Other 22
Unsure 1

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by Financial Dynamics. March 29-April 1, 2007. N=800 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.5.

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"Now I'm going to read to you a list of issues that the U.S. Congress may address. Which one of the following issues do you think should be the top priority for the U.S. Congress to address: [see below]?" If "All": "If you absolutely had to choose, which one issue would you say should be the top priority?"

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%

War in Iraq

26

Health care

13

Immigration

9

Economy/Jobs/Unemployment

9

Social Security/Medicare

8

Terrorism/Homeland security

8

Education

6

Gas prices

4

The actions of the executive branch/the President

3

The environment

1

All of the above (vol.)

13

Unsure

1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 19-21, 2007. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How important is it to you that the President and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year? Is it extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? . . ."

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

The situation in Iraq

59 31 5 4 1

Terrorism

54 32 11 3 -

Health care policy

44 36 16 4 1

The economy

38 41 18 3 1

The federal budget deficit

37 37 20 4 1

Energy policies

34 39 22 3 2

Illegal immigration

32 29 29 10 1

Taxes

31 35 27 5 1

Global warming

29 30 23 16 2

Stem cell research

18 27 33 17 4

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Dec. 15-17, 2006. Adults nationwide.

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"Here are some of the proposals which the Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have promised to address in the first weeks of 2007. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose legislation that would attempt to do each of the following. . . ." N=approx. 500 adults, MoE 4.5

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

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Allowing the government to negotiate with drug companies to attempt to lower the price of prescription drugs for some senior citizens

   12/15-17/06

87 12 1    

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Raising the minimum wage

   12/15-17/06

85 14 1    

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Cutting interest rates on federal loans to college students

   12/15-17/06

84 15 1    

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Creating an independent panel to oversee ethics in Congress

   12/15-17/06

79 19 2    

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Making significant changes in U.S. policy in Iraq

   12/15-17/06

77 20 3    

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Reducing the amount of influence lobbyists have in congressional decisions

   12/15-17/06

75 21 4    

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Implementing all of the anti-terrorism recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission

   12/15-17/06

64 26 10    

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Maintaining the current Social Security system to prevent the creation of private investment accounts

   12/15-17/06

63 32 6    

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Funding embryonic stem cell research

   12/15-17/06

62 32 6    

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Reducing some federal tax breaks for oil companies

   12/15-17/06

49 49 2    

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Changing the rules to allow Congress to create new spending programs only if taxes are raised or spending on other programs is cut

   12/15-17/06

41 54 5    

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"Here are some of the proposals which the Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have promised to address in the first weeks of 2007. For each one, please tell me whether you think that is extremely important for Congress to address, very important, somewhat important, or not important at all. . . ." N=approx. 500 adults, MoE 4.5

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Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Important
At
All
Unsure
% % % % %

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Allowing the government to negotiate with drug companies to attempt to lower the price of prescription drugs for some senior citizens

   12/15-17/06

42 40 11 8 0

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Making significant changes in U.S. policy in Iraq

   12/15-17/06

40 37 15 7 2

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Raising the minimum wage

   12/15-17/06

37 34 17 12 0

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Reducing the amount of influence lobbyists have in congressional decisions

   12/15-17/06

34 28 25 10 3

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Cutting interest rates on federal loans to college students

   12/15-17/06

32 36 22 9 1

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Maintaining the current Social Security system to prevent the creation of private investment accounts

   12/15-17/06

32 35 20 11 2

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Implementing all of the anti-terrorism recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission

   12/15-17/06

27 40 22 8 2

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Creating an independent panel to oversee ethics in Congress

   12/15-17/06

27 34 25 13 1

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Reducing some federal tax breaks for oil companies

   12/15-17/06

23 21 17 36 3

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Funding embryonic stem cell research

   12/15-17/06

22 30 25 20 2

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Changing the rules to allow Congress to create new spending programs only if taxes are raised or spending on other programs is cut

   12/15-17/06

15 24 37 21 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 7-11, 2006. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"What would you say is the one most important problem you would like to see Bush and the Congress deal with next year?" Open-ended

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%

Iraq/War in Iraq

44

Economy

10

Health care

6

Immigration

5

Terrorism/Homeland security

4

Education

4

Jobs/Unemployment

3

Gas prices/Energy prices

3

Other

18

Unsure

4

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Nov. 17-19, 2006. N=1,025 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Who do you have more confidence in when it comes to handling the following issues: President Bush or the Democrats in Congress? . . ."

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President
Bush
Democrats
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
Terrorism

   11/17-19/06

46 45 2 5 2

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Foreign affairs

   11/17-19/06

39 53 1 4 2

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Taxes

   11/17-19/06

38 52 1 6 2

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The situation in Iraq

   11/17-19/06

38 53 1 6 2

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The economy

   11/17-19/06

36 57 2 4 1

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Health care

   11/17-19/06

30 61 2 6 2

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Social Security

   11/17-19/06

30 61 1 6 2

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The federal budget deficit

   11/17-19/06

27 61 1 7 3

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 9-10, 2006. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As I read you some things the new Democratic Congress might do over the next two years, please tell me if you think each should be one of their top priorities, a lower priority, or should not be done at all. What about [see below]? Should this be one of their top priorities, a lower priority, or should this not be done?"
10/06 wording: "As I read you some things the Democrats might do over the next two years if they take control of Congress . . . .
"

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One of Top
Priorities
A Lower
Priority
Not Done
at All
Unsure
% % % %
Allowing the government to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices for seniors

   11/9-10/06

75 17 7 1

   10/19-20/06

74 18 6 2

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Increasing the minimum wage

   11/9-10/06

68 21 10 1

   10/19-20/06

68 21 9 2

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Investigating government contracts in Iraq

   11/9-10/06

60 29 10 1

   10/19-20/06

58 29 8 5

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Investigating charges of impropriety or wrong-doing by members of Congress

   11/9-10/06

55 34 9 2

   10/19-20/06

62 27 7 4

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Cutting the interest rate on federal student loans

   11/9-10/06

53 38 8 1

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New rules to limit the influence of lobbyists

   11/9-10/06

52 34 10 4

   10/19-20/06

52 29 9 10

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Enacting all the recommendations of the 9/11 commission

   11/9-10/06

50 36 6 8

   10/19-20/06

52 30 7 11

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Investigating questions about the decision to go to war with Iraq

   11/9-10/06

49 26 23 2

   10/19-20/06

52 25 19 4

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Broadening the kinds of stem cell research that can receive federal funding

   11/9-10/06

48 31 17 4

   10/19-20/06

44 31 19 6

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Rolling back some of the Bush tax cuts

   11/9-10/06

40 32 24 4

   10/19-20/06

38 28 28 6

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Impeaching George W. Bush

   11/9-10/06

25 23 50 2

   10/19-20/06

28 23 44 5

 

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

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"Which of the following will be/was the SINGLE MOST important issue in your vote for Congress this year: the U.S. campaign against terrorism, the war in Iraq, the economy, immigration, ethics in government, health care or something else?" Items rotated

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%

Iraq

31

Economy

21

Health care

12

Terrorism

11

Immigration

9

Ethics in government

6

Something else

7

Unsure

2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 2-3, 2006. N=1,045 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4.

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"In deciding your vote for Congress this year, which ONE of the following issues is most important to you? . . ." Options rotated

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  11/2-3/06 10/26-27/06    
  % %    
The situation in Iraq 32 29    
The economy 19 21    
Terrorism 12 14    
Health care 11 14    
Immigration 10 11    
Abortion 5 4    
Stem cell research 3 3    

Other/None of these (vol.)

3 2    

Unsure

5 2    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Oct. 27-31, 2006. N=598 likely voters nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Of all the problems facing this country today, which one do you most want the new Congress to concentrate on first?" Open-ended

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  ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
  % % % %
War in Iraq 39 25 53 36
Illegal immigration 9 15 3 10
Economy and jobs 7 4 6 10
Defense/Military 5 8 4 5
Health care 5 2 8 5
Terrorism (general) 5 10 1 4
Education 2 1 2 2
Foreign policy 2 1 2 2
Taxes/IRS 2 2 1 1
Environment 2 3 1 1
Other 15 22 14 15
Unsure 7 7 5 9

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 26-27, 2006. Nationwide.

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"In deciding your vote for Congress this year, which ONE of the following issues is most important to you? . . ." Options rotated. N=875 registered voters, MoE 4.

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  ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
  % % % %
The situation in Iraq 29 14 40 30
The economy 21 21 24 18
Health care 14 12 14 17
Terrorism 14 28 6 10
Immigration 11 14 6 12
Abortion 4 7 2 2
Stem cell research 3 1 4 6

Other/None of these (vol.)

2 1 2 3

Unsure

2 2 2 2

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 17-22, 2006. N=1,552 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Of the following six issues, which ONE would you say is MOST important to your vote for Congress this year? . . ." Options rotated

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  %
The situation in Iraq 27
The economy 20
Health care 18
Terrorism 14
Immigration 11
Energy policy 4

Other (vol.)

2

Unsure

4

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 19-20, 2006. N=903 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4.

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"In deciding your vote for Congress this year, which ONE of the following issues is most important to you? . . ."

.

  %
The situation in Iraq 31
The economy 18
Health care 16
Terrorism 13
Gas and oil prices 7
Immigration 7
Local issues in your area 2

Other/None of these (vol.)

2

Unsure

4

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Oct. 13-15, 2006. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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

.

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

The situation in Iraq

   10/13-15/06

43 38 13 5 1

   9/22-24/06

46 36 14 2 1

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Terrorism

   10/13-15/06

43 37 16 5 1

   9/22-24/06

49 33 14 5 -

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The economy

   10/13-15/06

33 45 18 4 1

   9/22-24/06

32 42 21 4 -

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The situation in North Korea

   10/13-15/06

32 34 23 9 2

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The charges that a former congressman named Mark Foley behaved inappropriately toward teenage boys

   10/13-15/06

27 28 21 22 2

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Values issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion Half sample, MoE 4.5

   10/13-15/06

22 27 25 26 1

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 10-11, 2006. N=900 likely voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this fall . . . ?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not at All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

The situation in Iraq

   10/10-11/06

45 40 13 1 1

   9/26-27/06

52 36 9 3 1

.

The economy

   10/10-11/06

39 47 12 2 1

   9/26-27/06

48 40 11 1 1

.

Terrorism

   10/10-11/06

39 36 19 5 1

   9/26-27/06

52 33 12 1 1

.

Political corruption

   10/10-11/06

36 36 17 8 3

   9/26-27/06

41 32 20 5 2

.

Immigration

   10/10-11/06

29 35 24 10 1

   9/26-27/06

35 28 26 10 1

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The Mark Foley congressional page scandal

   10/10-11/06

11 15 26 42 5

 

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

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

.

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

Corruption in government

   10/6-8/06

48 38 11 2 1

   1/6-8/06

43 38 15 3 1

.

The situation in Iraq

   10/6-8/06

48 38 11 2 1

   1/6-8/06

45 40 11 3 1

.

Moral standards in the country

   10/6-8/06

36 34 18 11 1

.

Gas prices

   10/6-8/06

34 31 25 10 -

   1/6-8/06

33 33 26 8 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 5-8, 2006. N=1,204 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"For each item I name, please tell me how important it will be in your vote for Congress this year. Will it be one of the single most important issues, very important, somewhat important or less important than that? . . ." Among registered voters

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Single Most
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Less
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

The situation in Iraq

   10/5-8/06

15 68 16 2 -

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The U.S campaign against terrorism

   10/5-8/06

11 67 19 4 -

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The economy

   10/5-8/06

12 65 20 3 -

.

Health care

   10/5-8/06

11 61 22 6 -

.

Ethics in government

   10/5-8/06

9 56 27 7 1

.

Local issues where you live

   10/5-8/06

8 51 32 8 1

.

Immigration issues

   10/5-8/06

7 47 29 16 1

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 2-4, 2006. N=1,234 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.8.

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"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this fall . . . ?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Slightly
Important
Not at All
Important
% % % % %

The situation in Iraq

   10/2-4/06

39 48 10 2 1

.

Terrorism

   10/2-4/06

39 45 11 4 1

.

The economy

   10/2-4/06

32 52 12 3 1

.

Health care

   10/2-4/06

36 45 12 4 2

.

Social Security

   10/2-4/06

30 44 17 7 2

.

Political corruption

   10/2-4/06

29 41 18 9 3

.

Taxes

   10/2-4/06

24 45 21 8 2

.

Gas prices

   10/2-4/06

25 42 22 7 4

.

Immigration

   10/2-4/06

19 38 25 12 6

.

Same-sex marriage

   10/2-4/06

17 20 12 11 39

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Sept. 22-24, 2006. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. MoE 4.5.

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

.

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

Health care

   9/22-24/06

33 42 19 6 -

.

Illegal immigration

   9/22-24/06

31 30 23 15 1

.

Gas prices

   9/22-24/06

28 33 28 11 -

.

Moral issues such as same-sex marriage and stem cell research

   9/22-24/06

24 29 26 20 2

.

Local issues that only affect the people in your community

   9/22-24/06

21 39 28 11 1

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 15-17, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which ONE of the following issues is MOST important to you when you think about your vote for Congress this year: economic conditions, health care, the situation in Iraq, illegal immigration, terrorism or education?" Items rotated

.

  ALL
Adults
Likely
Voters
  % %
Situation in Iraq 27 27
Economic conditions 18 18
Terrorism 16 19
Illegal immigration 13 14
Health care 11 10
Education 9 7
Other (vol.) 2 3
None (vol.) 1 1
Unsure 2 2

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Sept. 8-11, 2006. N=approx. 500 registered voters nationwide.
RV = registered voters. Except where noted, results below are among all adults.

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"Generally speaking do you feel that [see below] has the same priorities for the country as you do, or do you think that [see below] has different priorities for the country than you do?"

.

Same Different Depends/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

President Bush

   9/8-11/06 RV 34 59 6 1  
   11/4-7/05 29 65 4 2  
   5/12-16/05 35 57 7 1  

.

The Democrats in Congress

   9/8-11/06 RV 31 49 13 7  
   11/4-7/05 26 54 12 8  
   5/12-16/05 34 48 14 4  

.

The Republicans in Congress

   9/8-11/06 RV 28 55 12 5  
   11/4-7/05 24 58 11 7  
   5/12-16/05 33 55 9 3  

.

Congress

   9/8-11/06 RV 15 70 10 5  
   11/4-7/05 19 65 10 6  

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In general, do you think that the federal government's policies on issues that matter to you needs a complete overhaul, major changes, minor changes, or no change at all?"

.

Complete
Overhaul
Major
Changes
Minor
Changes
No Change
at All
Unsure
% % % % %

8/30 - 9/2/06

21 41 30 7 1

.

"Which of the following will be MOST important to your vote for Congress this year: terrorism, the situation in Iraq, the economy, immigration, or moral issues such as same-sex marriage and stem cell research?" Items rotated

.

Economy Iraq Terrorism Moral Issues Immigration
% % % % %

8/30 - 9/2/06

28 25 18 15 14

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 29-30, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As of today, which one of the following issues will be the most important in deciding your vote for Congress this fall: [see below]?" Items rotated

.

8/29-30/06 6/27-28/06
% %

The economy

23 19

Iraq

14 16

Terrorism

12 12

Health care

11 10

Immigration

9 11

Gas prices

8 7

Social Security

7 7

Ethics in Washington

6 6

Other (vol.)

5 8

Unsure

4 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Aug. 17-21, 2006. N=1,206 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"If you had to say, which of these six issues do you think is MOST important for political leaders to concentrate on right now? (1) Fighting terrorism. (2) Strengthening the economy. (3) Dealing with the war in Iraq. (4) Lowering gas prices. (5) Reducing the cost of heath care. OR, (6) Dealing with the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah."

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  ALL Adults Republicans Democrats Independents
  % % % %
Fighting terrorism 24 41 12 21
Dealing with war in Iraq 22 15 29 22
Strengthening economy 20 16 20 23
Reducing health care costs 18 11 20 20
Lowering gas prices 9 8 11 7
Dealing with Israel, Hezbollah 6 7 7 5
Unsure 1 2 1 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 13-14, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which one of the following issues do you think should be the top priority for Congress to work on this summer: [see below]?" Items rotated

.

%

Iraq

35

Gas prices

28

Immigration

26

Same-sex marriage

5

Flag burning

-

Other (vol.)

5

Unsure

1

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Sept. 16-18, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide.

.

"I'm going to read you a list of eight issues and I'm going to read the list twice. Please tell me which ONE should be the highest priority for President Bush and the U.S. Congress in the next few months. [See below.]" Asked of half the sample (Form A)

.

  9/16-18/05 8/29-31/05
  % %
The economy and jobs 25 14
The situation in Iraq 19 29
Energy and gas prices 17 24
Terrorism 11 9
Health care 10 7
Education 7 5
Social Security 5 5
Taxes 2 3
Recovery from Hurricane Katrina (vol.) 1 -
Other (vol.) 1 3
Unsure 2 1

.

"I'm going to read you a list of nine issues and I'm going to read the list twice. Please tell me which ONE should be the highest priority for President Bush and the U.S. Congress in the next few months. [See below.]" Asked of half the sample (Form B)

.

  %
Recovery from Hurricane Katrina 29
The situation in Iraq 19
The economy and jobs 16
Energy and gas prices 14
Terrorism 6
Health care 5
Social Security 4
Education 3
Taxes 1
Other (vol.) 2
Unsure 1

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 13-14, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Which one of the following do you think should be the top domestic priority for President Bush right now: [see below]?" Items rotated

.

%
Hurricane relief 27
The economy 17
Homeland security 14
Gas prices 10
Health care 9
Social Security 8
Education 5
Something else (vol.) 5
Unsure 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Which of these should be the highest priority for Bush and Congress this year: the U.S. campaign against terrorism, the war in Iraq, the economy and jobs, health care, Social Security, or something else?" Options rotated

.

  6/2-5/05 4/21-24/05
  % %

The economy and jobs

30 32

The war in Iraq

24 22
Health care 16 15
Social Security 13 11
U.S. campaign against terrorism 12 12

Something else

4 6

Unsure

1 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 12-16, 2005. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"Generally speaking do you feel that, [see below] has the same priorities for the country as you do, or do you think that [see below] has different priorities for the country than you do?"

.

  Same Different Mixed/
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
  % % % %

President Bush

35 57 7 1

The Democrats in Congress **

34 48 14 4

The Republicans in Congress **

33 55 9 3
Congress * 17 65 14 4

.

* Half-sample (Form A)
** Half-sample (Form B)

.

"I'm going to list some issues, and for each one, please tell me whether you think that President Bush and his administration are placing too much emphasis on this issue, too little emphasis, or the right amount of emphasis . . . ." Half-sample (Form A)

.

  Too
Much
Too
Little
Right
Amount
Unsure
  % % % %

Iraq

49 12 34 5

Issues related to moral values

30 27 39 4

Social Security

27 40 27 6
Afghanistan 26 24 41 9
Terrorism 19 25 52 4
Homeland security 17 28 52 3
Immigration 14 56 21 9
Gas prices 9 64 22 5
Education 8 57 31 4
Health care 3 75 20 2
Jobs and the economy 1 65 31 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 4-6, 2005. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How important is it to you that the President and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year? Is it extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about [see below]?"

.

Extremely/
Very
Important
%
Terrorism 89
The situation in Iraq 89
Health care costs 88
The economy 88
Education 85
Social Security 79
Taxes 71
Limits on lawsuits 50
Same-sex marriages or civil unions 40

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Oct. 19-21, 2004. N=1,059 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

     

"Which of the following issues is most important to you in deciding how you might vote for president in November? . . ."

10/19-21/04 10/14-15/04 9/21-23/04 8/31 -
9/2/04
% % % %
The economy 24 26 26 25
The war on terrorism 24 22 23 24
The situation in Iraq 18 20 20 17
Health care costs 14 14 12 11
Moral values issues, such as gay marriage and abortion 14 12 15 16
Other (vol.) 3 2 2 3
Unsure 3 5 3 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 26-29, 2004. N=945 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"What will be the single most important issue in your vote for president this year: the U.S. campaign against terrorism, the war in Iraq, the economy and jobs, education, health care, or something else?" Items rotated

.

  %
The economy and jobs 31
Iraq 19
Campaign against terrorism 19
Health care 12
Education 6
Other 11
No opinion 2

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 25-28, 2004. N=1,025 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Please tell me which ONE of the following issues will be most important to you personally in your voting for Congress and president this year." Read list. If "All": "Well, if you had to choose, which one will be MOST important?"

.

%
The war in Iraq 25
Terrorism and homeland security 22
Jobs and unemployment 21
Health care and prescription drug coverage 11
The federal budget deficit 9
Taxes 4
Energy and gasoline prices 5
Other (vol.) 2
Not sure 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 5-7, 2004. N=503 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

.

"Thinking ahead to the elections for president in 2004, if you had to choose, which of the following issues will be more important to your vote: economic conditions or terrorism?" Items rotated

Economic
Conditions
Terrorism Both
Equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % % %
3/04 65 26 8 1 -
1/03 53 32 13 1 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Feb. 19-20, 2004. N=873 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4.

 

"Now Im going to read you a list of issues. Please tell me how important you think each will be in determining your vote for president this year. What about [see below]? Will this issue be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important in determining your vote?" Items rotated

 

Very
Important
%
The economy 77
Education 72
Health care, including Medicare 70
Terrorism and homeland security 69
American jobs and foreign competition 68
The situation in Iraq 63
Taxes 55

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-8, 2004. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Now I am going to read a list of some of the issues that will probably be discussed in next year's presidential election campaigns. As I read each one, please tell me how important the candidates' positions on that issue will be in influencing your vote for president -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important. How about [see below]?"

.

Extremely/
Very Important
%
Education 86
The economy 86
Terrorism 85
Health care 82
The situation in Iraq 80
Taxes 74
The federal budget deficit 72
Foreign affairs 65
The environment 62
Corporate corruption 60
Immigration 55
Gun policy 53
Abortion 52
Same-sex marriage 44

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 9-10, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"What do you think is the most important issue for the federal government to address today?"

%
Economy/Jobs/Unemployment 38
Terrorism, other than Iraq 14
Defense/Military/Homeland security 8
Education 7
Health care/Prescription drugs 7
War/Iraq/Saddam Hussein 6
Domestic issues/Take care of U.S. 3
Balanced budget/Deficit 3
Taxes 2
Social Security/Medicare 2
Other 5
Don't know 5

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Nov. 7-8, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"In general, which do you think should be a bigger priority for Congress and the President over the next two years: the economy and jobs or terrorism and national security?"

2002 Vote for Congress
ALL Repub-
lican
Demo-
crat
Didn't
Vote
  % % % %
Economy and jobs 41 24 58 42
Terrorism and national security 23 36 12 24
Both equally (vol.) 35 38 28 33
Don't know 1 2 2 1

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 2-4, 2002. N=1,867 likely voters nationwide. MoE 2.

.

"Which ONE of the following issues will matter / mattered most to you when you decide(d) how to vote in the race for U.S. House of Representatives in your district on Tuesday . . . ?"

.

%
Economy 28
Education 14
Terrorism 13
Health care 13
Social Security 11
Iraq 10
Corporate reform 4
Don't know/No answer 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 21-22, 2002. N=1,018 adults nationwide (MoE 3), including 550 likely voters (MoE 5).

.

"Thinking ahead to the elections for Congress this November, if you had to choose, which of the following issues will be more important to your vote: [rotate] economic conditions, or the possibility of war with Iraq?"

.

Economic
Conditions
War with
Iraq
Both
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % %

Among likely voters:

10/21-22/02 39 47 12 2

Among all adults:

10/21-22/02 47 40 11 2
9/20-22/02 42 49 7 2
9/2-4/02 57 34 7 2
8/19-21/02 55 36 7 2

 


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