Emily Swanson | December 9, 2009
State of the Country
37% Right Direction, 56% Wrong Track (chart)
Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
29% Better, 23% Worse, 47% Same
Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
49% Right thing, 39% Not involved
How likely do you think it is that the U.S. will be able to stop terrorists from using Afghanistan as a safe haven for their attacks against the U.S. and its allies?
11% Very, 37% Somewhat, 26% Not very, 16% Not at all
So far, do you think Barack Obama has clearly explained his plan for Afghanistan, or hasn't he clearly explained his plan?
42% Has explained, 47% Has not explained
As you may know, Barack Obama announced that an additional 30,000 U.S. troops will be sent to Afghanistan in the coming months. Do you approve or disapprove of sending additional troops to Afghanistan?
51% Approve, 43% Disapprove
As you may know, Barack Obama has announced that he will begin bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan starting in the middle of 2011. Do you think it is a good idea for Barack Obama to set a date to begin withdrawing troops, or is it not a good idea to set a date?
41% Good idea, 55% Not a good idea
From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will mostly help you personally, will mostly hurt you personally, or don't you think they will have much of an effect on you personally?
16% Help, 34% Hurt, 42% No effect
Would you favor or oppose the government offering some people who are uninsured the choice of a government administered health insurance plan -- also known as a "public option" -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?
59% Favor, 29% Oppose
36% Democrat, 27% Republican, 37% independent (chart)