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    White House CIA Leak Investigation


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

   
   

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 6-8, 2006. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"How closely are you following the news about President Bush's decision to commute the prison sentence of former vice presidential aide, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

7/6-8/07

20 36 24 19 1

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"From what you have heard or read, do you think President Bush was right to commute Libby's sentence, do you think he should have gone further and granted him a full pardon, or do you think he should not have intervened at all on Libby's behalf?"

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Right to
Commute
Should Have
Granted Full
Pardon
Should Not
Have
Intervened
Unsure
% % % %

7/6-8/07

13 6 66 15

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"Has George W. Bush's recent handling of this matter caused you to gain confidence in Bush, has it not affected your opinion either way, or has it caused you to lose confidence in Bush?" Options rotated. N=394 Republicans and Republican leaners, MoE ± 5.

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Gain
Confidence
Not Affected
Opinion
Lose
Confidence
Unsure
% % % %

7/6-8/07

9 71 16 3

 

Gallup Poll. March 11-14, 2007. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"How closely have you been following the news about the recently completed trial of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, the former vice presidential aide: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

3/11-14/07

13 30 26 29 1

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"As you may know, a jury found Libby guilty on four out of five criminal counts. Do you think George W. Bush should or should not issue a presidential pardon for Lewis 'Scooter' Libby?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

3/11-14/07

21 67 12

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. March 9-12, 2007. N=1,711 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, Louis 'Scooter' Libby, was convicted last week of lying to a grand jury and to FBI agents investigating the leak of the name of a secret CIA operative in 2003. Do you think that President Bush should give Libby a presidential pardon, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

3/9-12/07

18 72 11    

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"Do you think that President Bush should ask Vice President Cheney to resign, over the Libby conviction and other matters, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

3/9-12/07

40 48 11    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 9-11, 2007. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Dick Cheney's former top aide, was recently found guilty of obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with the CIA leak investigation. Do you think George W. Bush should or should not give a presidential pardon to Libby?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

3/9-11/07

18 69 13

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"Do you think Dick Cheney was part of a cover-up to try to prevent the special prosecutor from getting to the truth about who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name to the news media, or was not part of any cover-up?"

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Part of
Cover-up
Not Part of
Cover-up
Unsure
% % %

3/9-11/07

52 29 20

 

CBS News Poll. May 16-17, 2006. N=636 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"How much have you heard or read about the special investigation into the possible leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity to reporters in 2003? Would you say you have heard or read a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Nothing Unsure
% % % % %
5/16-17/06 18 31 23 28 0
10/30 - 11/1/05 27 37 22 14 0
7/29 - 8/2/05 19 35 22 23 1

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"A special prosecutor has been investigating whether a crime was committed when a CIA officer's identity was revealed to reporters. How important do you think the matter is to the nation: of great importance, some importance, or very little importance?"

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Great Some Very
Little
None
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
5/16-17/06 39 42 14 4 1
10/30 - 11/1/05 51 35 12 0 2

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 7-16, 2006. N=1,501 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Last week, documents were released indicating that President Bush may have authorized his staff to leak pre-war intelligence about Iraq to the press in order to undermine war critics. How much have you heard about this: a lot, a little or nothing at all?"

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A Lot A Little Nothing    
% % %    
4/7-16/06 32 46 22    

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Asked of those who have heard "a lot" or "a little":
"From what you've read and heard about this, do you think President Bush acted improperly, or don't you think so?"

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Improperly Not
Improperly
Too Early
To Tell (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
4/7-16/06 57 34 2 7  

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 8-11, 2006. N=1,357 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"As you may know, a former senior White House aide testified that George W. Bush authorized a leak of classified information to support the case for war in Iraq. Do you believe that Bush authorized the leak, or not?"

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Yes,
Authorized
No, Did Not
Authorize
Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 46 22 32    
   Democrats 64 14 22    
   Independents 37 19 44    
   Republicans 28 35 37    

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"Regardless of whether or not you believe George W. Bush authorized a leak of classified information to support the case for war in Iraq, do you think it was an appropriate or inappropriate action for the President to take?"

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Appropriate Inappropriate Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 22 66 12    
   Democrats 5 90 5    
   Independents 23 58 19    
   Republicans 43 43 14    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 7-9, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"How closely have you been following the news about George W. Bush's possible involvement with the leaking of certain intelligence information to reporters: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All
% % % %

4/7-9/06

25 39 22 14

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"Which of the following statements best describes your view of George W. Bush in these matters? He did something illegal. He did not do anything illegal, but did something unethical. OR, He did not do anything seriously wrong."

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Illegal Unethical Nothing
Wrong
Unsure
% % % %

4/7-9/06

21 42 28 9

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Feb. 15-16, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Several months ago, a special prosecutor charged one of Vice President Cheney's top advisers, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, with lying to a grand jury and obstructing an investigation into who leaked the name of a former undercover CIA officer whose husband publicly opposed the war in Iraq. Based on what you've seen or heard about this case, do you think the Vice President had anything to do with the leaking of the CIA officer's name?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
2/15-16/06 36 34 30    

 

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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"Several weeks ago, a special prosecutor charged a top White House adviser, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, with lying to a grand jury and obstructing an investigation into who leaked the name of a former undercover CIA officer whose husband publicly opposed the war in Iraq. Do you think the charges against Libby are serious, or just a technicality and not that serious?"

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Serious Not That
Serious
Unsure    
% % %    
11/29 - 12/1/05 59 27 14    

 

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

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"As you may know, former vice-presidential chief of staff Lewis 'Scooter' Libby was indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements. In your own personal opinion, do you think he is innocent of these charges or do you think he is guilty?"

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Innocent Guilty Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 18 56 26
  Republicans 35 35 30
  Democrats 7 72 22
  Independents 16 60 23

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"Do you think that the current situation with former vice-presidential chief of staff Lewis 'Scooter' Libby is an isolated incident or is this an indication of a larger problem in the Bush Administration?"

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Isolated
Incident
Larger
Problem
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 35 55 10
  Republicans 70 20 10
  Democrats 12 82 5
  Independents 29 58 13

 

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

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"As you may know, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Dick Cheney’s former top aide, was recently indicted for obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with the CIA leak investigation. Do you think Dick Cheney was part of a cover-up to try to prevent the special prosecutor from getting to the truth about who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name to the news media, or was not part of any cover-up?"

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Part of
Cover-up
Not Part of
Cover-up
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 52 27 21
  Republicans 23 56 21
  Democrats 71 12 17
  Independents 55 23 22

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"Thinking more broadly about the case involving the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's name: Do you think anyone in the Bush Administration acted unethically in this matter, or not?"

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Did Did Not Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 54 24 22
  Republicans 30 47 23
  Democrats 71 12 17
  Independents 57 19 24

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"Do you think anyone in the Bush Administration broke the law and acted criminally in this matter, or not?"

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Did Did Not Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 45 30 25
  Republicans 22 56 22
  Democrats 60 18 22
  Independents 47 24 29

 

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

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"Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, was indicted by a special prosecutor in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officer's identity. Which of the following do you think is most likely to happen? A plea agreement will be reached. He will be found innocent. He will be found guilty."

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Plea
Agreement
Found
Innocent
Found
Guilty
Pardoned
(vol.)
Other/
Unsure
% % % % %

11/8-9/05

32 21 22 8 17

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Nov. 4-7, 2005. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (for all adults).

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"As you may know, a grand jury has been investigating the leaking of a CIA officer's name to the press. Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, has been indicted in this case for perjury and obstruction of justice. Do you believe that this is a serious matter or not that serious a matter?"

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Serious Not That
Serious
Unsure
% % %
11/4-7/05 79 17 4

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"Which of the following comes closer to what you think about this investigation and indictment? Lewis Libby is the only person in the Bush Administration who may have acted illegally. Others in the Bush Administration may have acted illegally as well."

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Only Libby Others,
As Well
Unsure
% % %
11/4-7/05 8 78 14

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"Do you think that there should be a public investigation and hearings by Congress into the leaking of the CIA officer's name to the press, or do you think that a public investigation and hearings by Congress are not necessary?" Half sample (Form A)

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Should Be
Hearings
Not
Necessary
Unsure
% % %
11/4-7/05 60 35 5

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"How personally responsible, if at all, do you think President Bush is for what has happened in this situation: very responsible, somewhat responsible, not too responsible, or not responsible at all?" Half sample (Form B)

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Very
Responsible
Somewhat
Responsible
Not Too
Responsible
Not At All
Responsible
Unsure
% % % % %
11/4-7/05 22 32 18 22 6

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"How personally responsible, if at all, do you think Vice President Cheney is for what has happened in this situation: very responsible, somewhat responsible, not too responsible, or not responsible at all?" Half sample (Form B)

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Very
Responsible
Somewhat
Responsible
Not Too
Responsible
Not At All
Responsible
Unsure
% % % % %
11/4-7/05 32 37 11 13 7

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 3-6, 2005. N=1,201 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5 (for all adults).

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"Last week a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA agent's identity indicted the Vice President's adviser Lewis Libby on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. ... How important an issue do you think this whole situation is to the nation . . . ?"

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Great
Importance
Some
Importance
Very Little
Importance
None (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
11/3-6/05 44 35 18 1 2

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"From what you've heard and read, do you think Lewis Libby is guilty or not guilty of the charges brought against him?"

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Guilty Not Guilty Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 42 15 43
  Republicans 25 27 48
  Democrats 57 7 36
  Independents 45 12 43

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"Do you think news organizations are giving too much, too little, or the right amount of coverage to the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity?"

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Too Much Too Little Right
Amount
Unsure
% % % %
11/3-6/05 31 21 39 9

 

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

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"As you may know, a federal grand jury has indicted Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with the case in which the identity of an undercover CIA agent was disclosed to news reporters. Libby has resigned his White House position. In your opinion, do you think the charge against Libby represents a serious crime, or a minor or technical one?" Options rotated

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Serious Minor/
Technical
Unsure    
% % %    

10/30 - 11/2/05

70 26 4    

10/28-29/05

69 26 5    

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"Do you think the prosecutor has brought this case against Libby on the basis of the facts of the case, or out of political motivations?" Options rotated

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Facts Politics Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

10/30 - 11/2/05

54 31 6 8  

10/28-29/05

55 30 6 8  

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"It's been reported that another subject of the investigation has been Karl Rove, a close adviser to Bush. Given what you've heard or read, do you think Rove did anything wrong in connection with this case, or not?" If "Wrong": "Do you think he did something unethical but not illegal, or do you think he did something illegal?" Options rotated

________________________

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Wrong:
Not Illegal
Wrong:
Illegal
Not Wrong Unsure  
% % % %  

10/30 - 11/2/05

23 26 26 24  

10/28-29/05

28 18 29 24  

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"Do you think Rove should remain in his position or resign from the White House?" Options rotated

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Remain Resign Unsure    
% % %    

10/30 - 11/2/05

30 59 11    

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"Given what you've heard or read, do you think Vice President Cheney did anything wrong in connection with this case, or not?" If "Wrong": "Do you think he did something unethical but not illegal, or do you think he did something illegal?" Options rotated

________________________

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Wrong:
Not Illegal
Wrong:
Illegal
Not Wrong Unsure  
% % % %  

10/30 - 11/2/05

24 21 41 14  

10/28-29/05

21 20 44 15  

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"Given what you've heard or read, do you think Bush did anything wrong in connection with this case, or not?" If "Wrong": Do you think he did something unethical but not illegal, or do you think he did something illegal?" Options rotated

________________________

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Wrong:
Not Illegal
Wrong:
Illegal
Not Wrong Unsure  
% % % %  

10/30 - 11/2/05

20 13 54 13  

10/28-29/05

21 12 55 12  

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"Do you think this case is an isolated incident or do you think it indicates broader problems with ethical wrongdoing in the Bush Administration?" Options rotated

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Isolated
Incident
Broader
Problems
Unsure    
% % %    

10/30 - 11/2/05

43 52 5    

10/28-29/05

41 55 4    

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2005. N=936 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think this investigation is a very serious matter involving the honesty of the Bush Administration, or do you think it is mostly politics?"

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Very
Serious
Mostly
Politics
Unsure
% % %
10/30 - 11/1/05 43 51 6

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"Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, has been indicted on five felony charges of lying to investigators and misleading the grand jury in the CIA leak case. From what you've heard or read, do you think the charges are probably true, or probably not true, or don't you know enough about it yet to say?"

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Probably
True
Probably
Not True
Don't Know
Enough
Unsure
% % % %
10/30 - 11/1/05 39 4 54 3

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"Do you think anything that Lewis 'Scooter' Libby may have done is serious enough to deserve criminal prosecution, or not serious enough?"

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Serious
Enough
Not Serious
Enough
Unsure
% % %
10/30 - 11/1/05 61 14 25

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"Based on what you've heard or read, do you think Karl Rove, George W. Bush's deputy chief of staff, personally did anything wrong in this matter?" If Yes: "Do you think Rove's activities were unethical or illegal?"

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%

Yes -- Unethical

14

Yes -- Illegal

8

Yes -- Unsure if illegal (vol.)

1

Yes -- Illegal and unethical (vol.)

7

No, nothing wrong

19

Unsure

51

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"Do you think anything that Karl Rove may have done is serious enough to deserve criminal prosecution, or not serious enough?"

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Serious
Enough
Not Serious
Enough
Unsure
% % %
10/30 - 11/1/05 36 24 40

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"Do you think someone in the Bush Administration was responsible for leaking the CIA officer's identity to reporters, or not?"

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Was Was Not Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 62 14 24
  Republicans 40 23 37
  Democrats 80 6 14
  Independents 59 15 26

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Trend:
7/29 - 8/2/05 52 21 27

 

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

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"As you may know, a special prosecutor has investigated the leak of the name of a CIA employee by White House officials. On Friday, a grand jury indicted Lewis Libby on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. From what you have heard or read about Libby's involvement in this matter, which of the following statements best describes your view of his actions? He did something illegal. He did something unethical but nothing illegal. OR, He did not do anything seriously wrong." Options rotated

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Illegal Unethical Nothing
Wrong
Other
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

10/28-30/05

45 31 8 1 15

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"Do you think these charges are a sign that the Bush Administration in general has low ethical standards, or do you think these charges are based on an isolated incident?"

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Sign of Low
Standards
Isolated
Incident
Unsure
% % %

10/28-30/05

38 56 6

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"How well do you, personally, understand this case: very well, somewhat well, not too well, or not at all?"

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Very Well Somewhat
Well
Not Too
Well
Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

10/28-30/05

22 46 22 9 1

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"Based on what you have heard or read, do you think Dick Cheney was aware of Lewis Libby's actions in this matter, or was Cheney not aware?"

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Was Aware Was Not
Aware
Unsure
% % %

10/28-30/05

55 29 16

 

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

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"Do you think the investigation into the alleged leak of a CIA agent's name is just politics as usual or is it a serious criminal investigation?" Options rotated

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Just
Politics
Serious Unsure
% % %
ALL voters 39 47 14
  Democrats 31 59 11
  Republicans 52 32 16
  Independents 34 51 16

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 21-23, 2005. N=496 adults nationwide. MoE ± 5.

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"As you may know, several members of the Bush Administration have been accused of leaking to reporters the identity of a woman working for the CIA. Which of the following statements best describes your view of top Bush Administration officials in these matters? Some Bush Administration officials did something illegal. No Bush Administration officials did anything illegal, but some officials did something unethical. OR, No Bush Administration official did anything seriously wrong."

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Illegal Unethical Nothing
Wrong
Unsure
% % % %

10/21-23/05

39 39 10 12

 

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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"Now thinking about reports that White House advisor Karl Rove may have leaked classified information about Valerie Plame, a CIA agent: From what you've heard or read about Karl Rove's involvement in this case, do you think he is guilty of a serious offense, or is NOT guilty of a serious offense?"

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Guilty Not Guilty Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 37 22 41
  Republicans 21 36 43
  Democrats 51 10 39
  Independents 39 25 36

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Trend:

8/2-4/05 45 18 37

 

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 2, 2005. N=1,222 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"There is currently a grand jury investigating whether a crime was committed when a CIA officer's identity was revealed to reporters. How important do you think the investigation is to the nation -- of great importance, some importance, or very little importance?"

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Great Some Very
Little
None
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
7/29 - 8/2/05 41 39 15 1 4

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"George W. Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, spoke with reporters about the CIA officer in 2003. Do you think Karl Rove personally did anything wrong in this matter?" If Yes: "Do you think Rove's activities were unethical or illegal?"

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%

Yes -- Unethical

20

Yes -- Illegal

7

Yes -- Unsure if illegal

1

Yes -- Illegal and unethical

11

No, nothing wrong

27

Unsure

34

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"In their statements about the possible leak of the CIA officer's identity, do you think members of the Bush Administration are telling the entire truth, are mostly telling the truth but are hiding something, or are mostly lying?"

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Entire
Truth
Hiding
Some-
thing
Mostly
Lying
Unsure
% % % %
7/29 - 8/2/05 12 55 22 11

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 22-24, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"How closely have you been following the news reports that Karl Rove and other Bush Administration officials may have leaked classified information about a CIA employee to reporters: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

7/22-24/05

17 34 28 20 1

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"From what you have heard or read about Karl Rove's involvement in this matter, which of the following statements best describes your view of his actions: he did something illegal, he did something unethical but nothing illegal, or he did not do anything seriously wrong?" Options rotated

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Illegal Unethical,
Not Illegal
Not
Seriously
Wrong
Other
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

7/22-24/05

25 37 15 1 22

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"Do you think George W. Bush should or should not fire Karl Rove?" Form A (N=497 adults, MoE ± 5)

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Should Should
Not
Unsure    
% % %    

7/22-24/05

40 39 21    

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"Do you think Karl Rove should or should not resign from the Bush Administration?" Form B (N=509 adults, MoE ± 5)

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Should Should
Not
Unsure    
% % %    

7/22-24/05

49 31 20    

 

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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"Thinking again about news stories -- How closely have you followed reports that White House adviser Karl Rove may have leaked classified information about a CIA agent: very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely?" N=1,502 adults, MoE ± 3

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Very
Closely
Fairly
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not At All
Closely
Unsure
% % % % %
7/13-17/05 23 25 26 25 1

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think that Karl Rove should resign his position, or don't you think so?" Form 1 (N=751 adults, MoE ± 4 for all adults)

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Should
Resign
Don't
Think So
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 39 23 38
  Republicans 19 39 42
  Democrats 55 14 31
  Independents 45 20 35

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"From what you've heard or read about Karl Rove's involvement in this case, do you think that he is guilty of a serious offense or don't you think so?" Form 2 (N=751 adults, MoE ± 4)

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Guilty of
Serious
Offense
Don't
Think So
Unsure
% % %
7/13-17/05 32 23 45

 

ABC News Poll. July 13-17, 2005. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by ICR.

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"As you may know, a federal prosecutor is investigating whether someone in the White House may have broken the law by identifying an undercover CIA agent to some news reporters. One reporter has gone to jail rather than reveal her source. How closely are you following this issue: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not Closely
At All
% % % %
7/13-17/05 21 32 18 29

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"Do you think this is a very serious matter, somewhat serious, not too serious or not serious at all?"

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not Serious
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
7/13-17/05 42 33 11 8 6

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"Do you think the White House is or is not fully cooperating with this investigation?"

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Is Is Not Unsure
% % %
7/13-17/05 25 47 28

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"It's been reported that one of George W. Bush's closest advisers, Karl Rove, spoke briefly with a reporter about this CIA agent. If investigators find that Rove leaked classified information, do you think he should or should not lose his job in the Bush Administration?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 75 15 10
  Republicans 71 17 12
  Independents 74 17 9
  Democrats 83 12 5

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"Do you think the reporter who has gone to jail is doing the right thing or the wrong thing in not identifying her confidential source in this case?"

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Right
Thing
Wrong
Thing
Unsure
% % %
7/13-17/05 60 26 14

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 9-13, 2003. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether someone in the White House broke the law by identifying a former diplomat's wife as an undercover CIA agent. The former diplomat claims this was done to punish him for criticizing U.S. policy on Iraq. Do you think this is a very serious matter, somewhat serious, not too serious or not serious at all?"

Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not
Serious
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
10/9-13/03 46 36 9 4 4
9/30/03 48 34 7 9 3

.

"Do you think this investigation should be handled by the U.S. Justice Department, which is part of the Bush Administration, OR, should it be handled by an outside investigator known as a special counsel, that is not part of the Bush Administration?" Options rotated

Justice
Dept.
Special
Counsel
No
Opinion
% % %
10/9-13/03 27 69 4
9/30/03 29 69 3

.

"Do you think the White House is or is not fully cooperating with this investigation?"

Is Is Not No
Opinion
% % %
10/9-13/03 39 41 20
9/30/03 47 37 16

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 10-12, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, a Bush Administration official recently revealed the identity of a CIA operative to a journalist who then published her name in a newspaper, which blew her cover. Which comes closer to your view: a special prosecutor, independent of the Justice Department, should be appointed to investigate this matter, OR, the Justice Department is capable of handling the investigation of this matter itself?" Options rotated

Special
Prosecutor
Justice
Dept.
No
Opinion
% % %
10/03 52 44 4

.

"How much does this matter bother you: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not
Much
Not
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
10/03 36 30 24 9 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 30, 2003. N=505 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

.

"The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether someone in the White House broke the law by identifying a former diplomat's wife as an undercover CIA agent. The former diplomat claims this was done to punish him for criticizing U.S. policy on Iraq. Have you heard or read anything about this situation, or not?"

Yes No
% %
9/03 68 32

.

"Just your best guess, how likely or unlikely do you think it is that someone in the White House leaked this classified information: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?"

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely
No
Opinion
% % % % %
9/03 34 38 13 10 5

.

"Just your best guess, how likely or unlikely do you think it is that George W. Bush knew in advance that someone in the White House was going to leak this classified information? Is it very likely that Bush knew about it, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?"

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely
No
Opinion
% % % % %
9/03 10 24 26 36 4

.

"If the investigation finds that someone in the White House leaked classified information, do you think that person should or should not lose their job?"

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/03 91 5 4

.

"If the investigation finds that someone in the White House leaked classified information, do you think that person should or should not face criminal charges?"

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/03 82 10 8

 


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