Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #14460
 
America's 2nd Reaction, Having Slept On It -- Friday Debate Should Be Held On Friday: 24 hours after John McCain suspended his campaign for president and asked to postpone tomorrow's (Friday 09/26/08) scheduled presidential debate, SurveyUSA today Thursday 09/25/08 conducted a 2nd nationwide survey, that tracked a number of questions from SurveyUSA's 1st nationwide survey conducted Wednesday 09/24/08 immediately after McCain's announcement. Key findings from nationwide 09/25/08 survey of 1,200 adults:

3 of 4 Americans say the Friday debate should be held on Friday.
23% today Thursday say the debate should be postponed, up from 10% yesterday Wednesday.
The movement is primarily among Republicans, who, learning of McCain's intentions, now align as follows:

37% of Republicans now say the debate should be postponed, up from 14%.
32% of Republicans now say the debate should be held as scheduled, down from 56%.
27% of Republicans now say the debate should held with a focus on the economy, unchanged.
See the interactive tracking graph, here. 3 of 4 Americans say presidential campaigning should continue. Just 16% say presidential campaigning should be suspended, largely unchanged from Wednesday.

60% of Americans have No Confidence in President Bush's ability to lead during these economic times.
50% have No Confidence in John McCain's ability to lead during these economic times.
43% have No Confidence in Barack Obama's ability to lead during these economic times.

Half of Americans are now concerned that the bank whey they have their money will fail.
Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke remain largely unknown. Alan Greenspan is viewed slightly more favorably than unfavorably.

 
Caveats: This survey was completed in middle of unprecedented economic and political turbulence -- before agreement had been reached about whether debate would or would not be postponed, before an economic rescue for Wall Street had been announced. This survey should be viewed as a freeze-frame snapshot of public opinion at a unique moment in American history. Opinions can and should be expected to change as news events unfold. There are advantages and disadvantages to research conducted with a short field period.
 
The first debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Should the debate be held as scheduled? Should the debate be held, but the format changed to focus on the economy? Or, should the debate be postponed?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Held As Scheduled43%42%44%46%41%43%40%44%42%37%66%60%36%32%56%38%33%47%53%28%56%34%46%42%44%40%43%46%
Held With Focus On Economy31%30%32%36%29%30%27%33%29%34%17%21%44%27%33%35%24%30%35%26%34%37%33%29%31%30%30%34%
Postponed23%25%20%15%27%24%28%20%26%25%12%17%17%37%9%25%40%21%10%43%8%18%17%27%24%26%22%18%
Not Sure3%3%4%3%3%3%4%3%3%3%6%2%3%5%2%2%3%2%2%3%2%11%5%2%2%3%5%2%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
Is the right response to the turmoil on Wall Street to suspend the campaigns for president? To continue the campaigns as though there is no crisis? Or, to re-focus the campaigns with a unique emphasis on the turmoil on Wall Street?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Suspend Campaigns16%18%14%13%15%19%20%14%19%17%14%15%7%22%10%16%25%13%11%26%8%14%16%15%20%18%16%11%
Continue Campaign25%26%24%28%22%24%25%26%24%25%25%23%32%18%30%31%18%27%29%24%28%17%29%22%25%21%21%37%
Re-focus The Campaign53%51%55%54%57%52%46%55%50%52%50%57%56%54%54%50%51%54%57%45%59%56%48%57%53%54%54%51%
Not Sure6%4%7%5%6%5%9%5%6%5%11%5%5%6%6%2%5%5%4%5%6%13%7%5%3%7%9%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
3Do you have confidence? Or no confidence? In President Bush's ability to lead the nation during these economic times?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Confidence30%33%28%27%33%29%34%30%31%36%9%19%17%62%9%27%61%24%15%59%9%26%27%33%27%37%30%27%
No Confidence60%59%60%62%59%62%54%61%58%53%84%72%75%28%85%61%31%65%77%29%84%53%62%58%63%52%59%66%
Not Sure10%8%12%11%8%9%12%10%11%11%7%9%8%10%6%13%8%11%8%12%7%20%11%9%10%11%11%7%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
4Do you have confidence? Or no confidence? In John McCain's ability to lead the nation during these economic times?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Confidence41%43%38%35%44%41%45%39%43%49%13%18%31%79%16%38%74%36%15%80%11%36%40%41%38%46%42%36%
No Confidence50%50%50%58%46%51%43%52%48%40%84%79%65%17%77%50%19%54%81%14%81%35%50%51%55%44%49%56%
Not Sure9%7%11%7%11%9%11%9%10%11%3%3%4%5%7%12%7%10%5%6%8%29%10%8%8%11%9%8%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
5Do you have confidence? Or no confidence? In Barack Obama's ability to lead the nation during these economic times?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Confidence46%45%46%47%42%50%42%45%47%36%82%61%63%14%74%39%18%53%69%7%78%34%45%46%50%39%45%49%
No Confidence43%45%41%43%45%40%45%44%41%51%12%34%22%79%16%47%75%34%19%84%13%39%43%44%40%43%45%42%
Not Sure11%10%13%9%13%10%14%11%12%13%6%5%15%8%10%14%7%13%12%10%9%27%12%9%9%18%10%9%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
6Is your opinion of Henry Paulson ... favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of Henry Paulson?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Favorable10%13%6%4%11%12%16%7%13%10%3%10%20%10%8%12%11%12%9%10%9%7%7%12%14%6%8%12%
Unfavorable26%31%21%28%24%29%19%26%25%23%33%45%8%23%27%29%27%29%32%25%29%18%22%30%20%22%29%31%
Neutral36%35%37%30%35%37%48%32%42%37%36%28%38%37%36%37%33%38%32%35%37%34%36%36%39%37%38%30%
No Opinion28%20%36%37%31%22%17%34%20%30%28%16%35%30%28%22%29%20%26%31%25%41%34%23%27%36%25%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
7Is your opinion of Ben Bernanke ... favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of Ben Bernanke?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Favorable10%15%6%7%10%12%16%8%13%11%4%4%21%11%8%14%13%13%7%12%9%10%9%11%13%9%8%13%
Unfavorable21%24%19%21%19%26%18%20%23%19%28%30%27%20%21%22%21%24%24%20%23%15%20%22%18%18%26%20%
Neutral34%34%34%27%35%35%43%31%38%33%38%34%32%33%37%31%32%36%35%29%38%29%30%36%38%33%35%29%
No Opinion35%27%41%45%36%27%24%41%26%37%30%32%20%36%34%33%34%26%33%38%31%47%41%30%30%41%31%38%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
8If your opinion of Alan Greenspan is...
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Favorable30%33%28%17%37%32%42%26%36%33%25%14%34%33%30%31%34%38%23%33%28%28%26%33%34%35%27%28%
Unfavorable24%29%19%20%23%32%20%22%27%23%17%39%27%19%24%27%26%25%31%20%28%16%21%27%26%18%26%25%
Neutral25%24%27%24%25%26%28%25%27%27%34%13%18%28%25%24%23%24%27%26%25%28%25%26%26%23%28%23%
No Opinion20%14%26%38%14%10%10%28%10%17%25%34%21%20%21%18%17%13%18%21%19%28%28%15%15%25%19%24%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%
 
 
How concerned are you that the bank where you keep your money will fail? Very concerned? Somewhat concerned? Not very concerned? Or not at all concerned?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot Sure< $50K> $50KNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Very22%22%23%34%15%19%15%26%17%16%32%48%29%16%23%24%14%18%30%18%26%19%27%18%26%17%25%21%
Somewhat29%23%34%19%37%31%31%27%31%31%34%17%15%27%31%24%27%33%22%26%30%32%25%31%27%28%34%22%
Not Very31%33%30%32%29%30%35%31%32%34%20%24%32%35%30%36%35%34%31%33%30%32%27%34%31%35%27%36%
Not At All17%22%13%15%18%19%18%16%19%18%13%11%23%22%15%16%24%15%17%22%13%17%19%16%16%20%14%21%
Not Sure0%0%1%0%0%1%1%0%1%0%2%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%26%25%17%58%42%72%11%11%6%30%39%21%25%36%20%41%52%8%44%56%20%23%37%21%