Friday, January 27, 2006

Poll Positions

Several major polls out in the last couple of days. Let me pull together some highlights:


Bush: still not popular, tarred with ethics problems
Job approval: 42% (one year ago: 49%) - NYT/CBS
46% (52%) - WP/ABC
43% (51%) - Gallup/CNN/USA Today
41% (50%) - Fox

Country's on the right track: 32% (39%) - NYT/CBS

Disapprove of the way that Bush is handling ethics in government: 56%, up 7 percentage points in the past five weeks. - WP/ABC

Honest and trustworthy: 49% (Jan 2005: 56%) - CNN/Gallup
Strong and decisive: 51% (61%) - CNN/Gallup
Shares your values: 44% (Apr 2005: 55%) - CNN Gallup
Clear plan for solving country's problems 34% (Feb 2005: 42%) - CNN/Gallup
Uniter/divider 41%/51% (Jan 2005: 49%/49%) - CNN/Gallup
Presidency to-date a success 46% (Clinton comparable: 70%, Bush just before 9/11: 56%) - CNN/Gallup


Congress: GOP tanking, tarred by Bush; Dems doing fine
Unfavorable: 61%, the highest in 10 years. - NYT/CBS
Republican Party unfavorable: 51%, worst since Bush took office. - NYT/CBS
Democrats favorable: 53% - NYT/CBS
Generic D/R: 43%/34% (2002 comparable: 39% 37%) - NYT/CBS
Will vote for if opposes Bush: 51% (Clinton April 98: 41%) - CNN/Gallup



Surveillance of Americans: Split on whether it's proper, much trust of the government:
Approve of eavesdropping without a warrant: 46% - NYT/CBS
Approve of eavesdropping without warrant "in order to reduce the threat of terrorism": 53% - NYT/CBS
Acceptable "in investigating terrorism": 51% - WP/ABC

"Government" won't go far enough with laws/will go too far taking civil iberties: 40%/48% - NYT/CBS
"Bush" wont do enough/will go too far: 48%/44% - WP/ABC
Wiretapping is "ONLY to fight terrorism"/to expand the presidency: 61%/29% - NYT/CBS
Trust gov. a great deal/fair amount to surveill the right people: 58% - NYT/CBS


Abramoff: Corruption is widespread -- but especially among Republicans
Corruption is widespread: 58% - WP/NYT
Bush should disclose contacts between aides and Abramoff: 76% Two in three Republicans joined with eight in 10 Democrats and political independents in favoring disclosure. - WP/NYT

More likely to take bribes R/D: 28%/13% - NYT/CBS
Better at standing up to lobbyists and special interest groups R/D: 27%/46% (year ago: 34%/42%) - WP
Better with corruption D/R: 40%/31% - CNN/Gallup

Iraq War: Split whether it was right, what to do now, unsure if it made us safer
Right/wrong to invade 47%/50% (Jan 2005: 45%/49%) - NYT/CBS
Going well: 45% (41%) - NYT/CBS
Stay as long as it takes/get out ASAP: 50%/45% (Jan. 2005: 51%/42%) - NYT/CBS
Made us safer: 39% - NYT/CBS
Not worth it: 55% - WP/ABC

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