Emily Swanson | December 8, 2009
State of the Country
32% Right Direction, 59% Wrong Track (chart)
Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now?
48% The Economy
20% Health Care
16% The Federal Budget Deficit
10% The War in Afghanistan
3% Climate Change
Six months from now, do you expect the economy to be better, worse, or much the same?
31% Better, 19% Worse, 49% Same
Do you think the economic stimulus passed by Congress earlier this year is helping the economy, is keeping the economy from getting worse, is having no effect, or is hurting the economy?
19% Helping the economy
18% Keeping the economy from getting worse
32% Having no effect
28% Hurting the economy
Do you feel more or less financially secure than you did in January when President Obama took office?
26% More secure, 48% Less secure
President Obama has ordered that 30,000 additional troops be sent to fight the war in Afghanistan. He also proposed a timetable to begin withdrawal of those additional forces in July 2011. Do you approve or disapprove of:
The decision to send additional troops: 62% Approve, 34% Disapprove
The timetable for withdrawal: 45 / 49
President Obama said the troop surge he has ordered in Afghanistan will cost $30 billion. Which of the following four options do you think is the best course to cover this cost?
13% Increase taxes on all Americans
28% Increase taxes on individiuals earning more than $250,000 a year
46% Cut spending on government programs other than entitlements
5% Borrow and add to the deficit
Do you think Sarah Palin is or is not qualified to be president?
25% Is qualified, 67% Is not qualified
As you prepare for the upcoming holidays, do you anticipate you will spend more or spend less than
last year, or spend about the same?
8% Spend more, 47% Spend less, 44% Spend about the same
Generally, do you favor or oppose the proposals now in Congress to create a government-sponsored insurance program giving people an alternative to private health insurance, a so-called public
46% Favor, 45% Oppose
A federal panel recommended that some women get mammograms and pap smears less frequently because more frequent tests can lead to unnecessary procedures and drive up health care costs. Others say women should do everything they can to detect cancer early, even if some will receive procedures when they aren't in danger. Where do you stand?
15% Safe for tests to be done less frequently
80% Early prevention is worth any price
What do you think would be the best way to handle prisoners currently detained at Guantanamo--
21% Put them on trial in U.S. courts
57% Put them on trial before military tribunals
10% Detain them indefinitely
31% Democrat, 25% Republican, 40% independent (chart)