Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18756
 
In Missouri, Voter Concern About Possible Super Committee Cuts to Social Security and Medicare May Affect Re-Election of Senator McCaskill:

SurveyUSA interviewed 630 registered voters in the state of Missouri and asked about a number of different ways in which the Super Committee of the U.S. Congress might reduce the national debt.

* 63% of voters say that if U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) backs a plan to cut Social Security benefits, they would be more likely to vote against her.
* 53% of voters say that if McCaskill backs a plan to cut Medicare benefits, they would be more likely to vote against her.
* 49% say that if McCaskill backs a plan to extend permanently the Bush tax cuts, they would be more likely to vote against her.
* 49% say that if McCaskill backs a plan to raise from 65 to 67 the age at which Americans become eligible for Medicare, they would be more likely to vote against her.

By contrast:
* 60% of voters say they would be more likely to vote to re-elect McCaskill if she backs a plan to raise taxes on those making $1 million a year.
* 54% of voters say they would be more likely to vote to re-elect McCaskill if she backs a plan to raise taxes on those making $250,000 or more a year.

Cell-phone respondents and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 700 state of Missouri adults on 11/17/11. Of them, 630 were registered to vote and were asked the substantive questions. This research was conducted multi-mode. Respondents who use a home telephone (78% of registered voters) were interviewed on a home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents who do not use a home telephone (22% of registered voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other electronic device. Research conducted for MoveOn Political Action.

 
1Are you registered to vote in the state of Missouri?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
Yes90%89%91%82%91%96%95%87%96%90%90%90%90%92%93%87%96%85%89%95%89%97%83%90%91%93%
No9%10%9%18%8%4%4%13%4%9%10%9%10%7%7%12%3%14%11%4%10%3%16%10%9%6%
Not Sure0%0%1%0%1%0%0%1%0%0%0%1%0%1%0%1%1%1%0%0%1%0%1%0%0%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%32%20%18%62%38%85%10%22%78%26%26%46%38%42%16%22%76%15%20%19%37%9%
 
 
2Do you approve or disapprove of the job Claire McCaskill is doing as United States Senator?
630 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
Approve35%33%37%33%31%32%49%32%40%34%32%35%35%15%68%28%16%42%65%36%35%32%37%31%35%45%
Disapprove49%58%40%33%52%64%49%44%57%52%27%31%54%74%19%51%71%38%21%54%48%52%45%58%48%38%
Not Sure16%8%23%34%17%4%2%25%3%13%41%34%11%10%13%21%13%20%14%11%17%16%18%11%17%18%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%22%78%26%27%45%40%40%16%23%75%16%18%19%37%10%
 
 
3In Washington, a super committee of the U.S. Congress has one week to find ways to reduce the national debt. If the super committee agrees on a plan to reduce the national debt, the entire U.S. Senate, including Senator McCaskill, will vote on the plan. If Senator McCaskill votes FOR a plan that includes cuts to Medicare benefits, would that make you ... MORE likely to vote to reelect Senator McCaskill? LESS likely to vote to reelect Senator McCaskill? Or, would it make no difference?
630 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
More Likely16%19%13%21%16%9%15%18%12%15%12%17%16%16%14%18%15%16%20%14%17%18%18%14%15%14%
Less Likely53%43%62%49%45%60%65%47%62%52%63%53%53%57%52%50%55%49%48%52%53%58%48%57%52%54%
No Difference31%38%24%29%39%31%20%34%26%33%25%30%31%27%33%33%30%35%31%34%30%23%34%29%33%33%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%22%78%26%27%45%40%40%16%23%75%16%18%19%37%10%
 
 
4If Senator McCaskill votes for a plan that includes cuts to Social Security benefits, would that make you ... MORE likely to vote to reelect Senator McCaskill? LESS likely to vote to reelect Senator McCaskill? Or, would it make no difference?
630 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
More Likely13%16%10%15%14%8%12%15%10%13%5%10%13%10%10%16%13%12%11%12%12%17%16%9%10%16%
Less Likely63%55%70%64%57%69%67%60%68%62%76%72%61%66%65%58%62%62%64%65%63%66%52%71%65%58%
No Difference24%29%20%22%29%23%20%26%22%25%18%18%26%24%24%25%25%26%25%23%25%17%32%20%24%27%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%22%78%26%27%45%40%40%16%23%75%16%18%19%37%10%
 
 
5If Senator McCaskill votes for a plan that raises from 65 to 67 the age at which Americans become eligible for Medicare, would that make you ... MORE likely to vote to reelect Senator McCaskill? LESS likely to vote to reelect Senator McCaskill? Or, would it make no difference?
630 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
More Likely19%24%14%26%15%14%21%20%17%18%13%20%19%18%14%23%21%16%25%15%20%19%18%24%17%16%
Less Likely49%44%53%48%46%56%44%47%51%47%70%52%48%48%52%45%47%49%42%55%46%55%41%49%49%50%
No Difference33%32%33%26%39%30%35%33%32%35%16%28%34%35%34%32%32%35%33%30%34%26%40%27%34%34%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%22%78%26%27%45%40%40%16%23%75%16%18%19%37%10%
 
 
6Let's say the super committee does not cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, but does raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. If Senator McCaskill votes for that plan, would that make you ...
630 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
More Likely54%50%57%62%47%53%54%54%54%54%57%68%50%33%77%51%32%66%79%63%51%56%57%52%51%57%
Less Likely30%35%26%23%30%37%33%27%35%31%25%19%33%47%11%33%49%21%7%26%32%36%26%32%29%33%
No Difference16%14%17%15%23%10%13%19%11%16%18%13%17%20%12%16%19%13%13%11%17%8%17%16%20%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%22%78%26%27%45%40%40%16%23%75%16%18%19%37%10%
 
 
7What if the plan does NOT cut social security or Medicare benefits, but does raise taxes on those making more than $1 million a year. If Senator McCaskill votes for that plan, would that make you ...
630 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
More Likely60%55%64%72%54%55%59%62%57%58%72%76%55%38%84%58%35%74%90%65%58%61%63%60%58%59%
Less Likely22%27%18%14%21%34%23%18%29%24%14%11%25%39%7%22%39%12%6%18%23%27%15%24%22%28%
No Difference18%18%18%14%25%11%18%20%14%19%15%12%19%23%9%20%26%14%5%16%19%12%22%16%20%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%22%78%26%27%45%40%40%16%23%75%16%18%19%37%10%
 
 
8And finally, what if the plan permanently extends the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $1 million a year, rather than allowing tax rates to rise as scheduled next year. If Senator McCaskill votes for that plan, would that make you ...
630 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNorthernKansas CSouthwesSt. LouiSoutheas
More Likely26%27%25%24%21%28%34%23%30%24%34%18%28%25%25%27%25%26%25%25%25%20%28%29%23%33%
Less Likely49%46%53%51%47%53%46%49%50%50%46%58%47%39%56%50%41%53%61%54%48%64%45%45%48%47%
No Difference25%28%22%24%32%19%20%29%20%26%20%23%25%36%19%23%34%22%14%21%27%17%27%25%29%21%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%47%53%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%22%78%26%27%45%40%40%16%23%75%16%18%19%37%10%