Results of SurveyUSA Mkt Research Study #17100
 
How closely do you follow politics? Very closely? Somewhat closely? Not very closely? Or not at all?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Very51%62%42%45%51%55%55%49%54%60%59%55%38%47%49%59%38%63%60%45%49%63%46%48%56%52%49%51%52%49%50%56%
Somewhat37%31%42%35%39%36%38%39%35%29%27%36%44%44%32%32%49%32%32%44%35%29%42%41%36%37%40%36%36%37%38%37%
Not Very10%6%14%16%8%8%6%10%8%7%13%9%13%8%15%8%12%5%7%9%15%7%11%8%7%10%8%12%12%11%10%6%
Not At All1%1%2%3%1%1%0%1%2%5%1%0%5%1%4%0%0%0%0%1%1%0%1%2%0%1%2%1%1%3%2%0%
Not Sure0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%1%1%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
Where do you get most of your news? Television? The internet? Newspapers? Radio? Magazines? Or somewhere else?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Television53%47%57%47%48%55%66%53%60%50%41%61%59%36%48%46%53%56%55%51%49%55%50%56%51%52%59%47%53%53%57%44%
Internet22%26%18%35%23%15%6%22%20%18%30%15%22%34%27%19%20%20%19%21%28%20%24%19%21%21%18%28%19%23%21%25%
Newspapers13%13%14%8%13%16%18%13%11%18%15%19%12%15%12%15%14%8%8%19%15%8%17%17%12%13%13%14%16%12%11%16%
Radio9%10%8%6%12%10%5%9%4%11%8%4%3%10%7%17%8%12%14%5%4%13%6%5%12%10%7%7%9%8%8%10%
Magazines1%1%0%1%1%1%1%0%3%1%2%0%0%3%1%0%0%1%0%1%0%1%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%0%1%1%
Somewhere Else3%2%3%3%2%2%3%3%1%1%4%1%3%1%4%2%4%2%2%2%4%3%2%1%3%3%2%3%2%3%2%4%
Not Sure1%1%0%0%0%1%1%1%0%0%1%0%1%0%1%0%1%0%1%0%0%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%0%1%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
Since Barack Obama became President, has American politics become more civil? Become less civil? Or has politics stayed about the same?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
More Civil11%9%13%13%10%12%9%7%29%21%22%32%18%11%8%1%4%3%7%11%23%6%16%23%1%10%15%11%12%10%12%11%
Less Civil58%59%56%51%57%59%67%61%48%51%52%34%44%45%51%72%70%81%70%55%38%79%45%37%78%62%53%56%52%58%61%58%
Stayed About The Same28%29%28%33%29%27%21%31%19%26%19%28%34%42%36%27%25%15%21%32%34%15%35%35%20%25%30%30%33%30%24%29%
Not Sure3%2%3%2%4%3%3%2%4%2%7%6%4%2%4%0%1%1%2%2%5%1%3%4%1%2%2%3%3%2%3%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
4Who or what is most responsible for politics becoming less civil in the past few years? Radio talk shows? Television news programs? Late night talk show programs? Conservative television commentators? Liberal television commentators? Political parties? Blogs? The competitiveness of elections? Changes in American culture? Or someone or something else?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Radio Talk Shows8%7%8%5%8%9%10%7%7%10%8%14%10%11%7%3%3%5%4%9%12%3%11%11%5%7%6%9%12%4%6%10%
Television News Programs15%15%16%20%11%13%17%13%27%23%10%18%19%11%18%9%19%12%15%16%11%14%16%19%13%16%15%14%11%17%17%14%
Late Night Talk Show Programs3%2%3%2%2%3%4%3%5%1%2%6%1%2%2%2%3%2%2%2%4%2%2%3%2%2%3%3%3%2%4%1%
Conservative Television Commentators16%16%16%15%16%17%17%15%25%11%13%38%26%38%10%2%5%2%4%21%37%3%28%34%4%13%16%23%16%16%15%17%
Liberal Television Commentators17%19%15%12%18%21%19%20%9%8%19%3%2%5%13%31%19%36%33%8%2%32%6%3%29%22%14%10%17%17%20%12%
Political Parties23%25%21%27%23%24%18%24%18%24%24%11%21%24%31%29%27%22%22%27%20%26%24%18%26%20%27%25%25%25%21%23%
Blogs2%2%2%1%3%1%1%1%1%7%1%3%1%1%0%4%1%2%2%1%3%2%1%2%2%1%1%3%2%0%1%4%
Competitiveness Of Elections4%3%6%5%5%3%4%4%3%4%7%2%11%4%3%1%7%4%4%5%4%4%4%4%4%5%6%2%7%3%4%4%
Changes In American Culture5%5%5%5%7%3%5%5%4%5%5%1%2%2%6%10%9%7%7%4%2%7%4%2%8%6%4%5%3%6%5%6%
Other5%5%5%7%5%3%3%5%2%8%7%2%5%1%7%8%5%6%4%5%5%7%3%2%6%4%6%5%2%5%5%6%
Not Sure2%1%2%1%2%2%2%2%0%0%3%1%2%1%3%1%3%2%2%1%1%1%2%1%2%2%2%1%1%2%2%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
5Compared to previous years, are the political campaigns in your area ... more positive? More negative? Or about the same?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
More Positive9%10%8%11%8%9%7%8%13%11%8%15%6%7%9%7%6%10%10%7%9%10%7%10%9%10%7%8%8%8%9%9%
More Negative41%41%41%36%39%43%51%41%47%41%38%41%46%50%38%39%36%42%40%43%42%43%42%42%41%42%41%39%41%37%41%47%
About The Same49%48%50%53%51%47%41%51%37%47%51%43%47%42%52%54%58%46%49%49%48%46%50%47%50%47%50%53%50%54%48%43%
Not Sure1%1%1%0%2%1%1%1%3%0%3%2%1%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%2%1%1%2%1%1%0%2%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
Does the tone of the political campaigns in your area make you more interested in getting involved in elections? Does it make you less interested? Or does it make no difference?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
More Interested36%39%34%30%37%39%40%33%54%43%29%42%22%26%31%44%30%46%47%29%27%51%26%34%40%40%35%33%31%30%43%36%
Less Interested28%25%32%30%27%30%27%29%19%27%38%20%43%37%33%27%33%18%19%36%30%20%34%31%24%25%31%34%33%29%25%29%
No Difference35%36%33%39%36%30%32%37%26%30%31%37%35%38%36%28%34%36%33%35%42%28%39%34%35%35%34%34%35%40%32%33%
Not Sure1%0%1%1%0%1%2%1%1%0%2%1%0%0%0%0%2%1%0%1%1%0%0%1%1%1%0%0%0%0%1%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
Is the tone of elections these days healthy for our democracy? Does it hurt our democracy? Or does it have little impact on the our democracy?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Healthy For Our Democracy19%20%19%18%20%19%20%19%20%22%19%15%12%14%18%26%18%28%29%13%12%29%13%15%24%19%19%21%22%15%19%22%
Hurts Our Democracy61%62%60%57%61%63%62%62%54%58%58%63%71%73%59%55%61%53%50%67%70%51%69%67%56%61%58%62%58%68%57%61%
Little Impact14%13%15%16%13%14%12%13%19%13%15%18%13%9%18%11%13%13%15%15%12%12%14%14%13%14%16%12%17%10%16%11%
Not Sure6%5%7%8%5%4%6%5%6%8%8%5%4%4%5%9%8%6%6%5%6%8%4%4%6%6%7%4%3%6%7%6%
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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
If the election were held today, would you support mostly Republican or mostly Democratic candidates?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Republican52%57%48%45%59%50%56%58%21%49%49%1%13%8%41%96%90%99%83%39%13%86%28%10%92%58%53%44%51%51%55%50%
Democratic39%35%43%43%33%42%37%33%70%48%39%99%74%81%30%2%5%1%13%51%79%8%65%82%5%34%38%49%42%41%34%42%
Not Sure9%8%9%12%7%8%6%9%9%3%12%0%13%11%29%2%5%0%4%11%7%6%8%8%3%7%9%7%7%8%10%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
Is it possible for candidates to run for office in aggressive, but respectful way, or are nasty, negative campaigns unavoidable?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Aggressive But Respectful Is Possible85%82%88%79%89%87%87%88%74%77%85%88%86%80%77%89%87%88%87%86%83%85%86%85%89%87%81%86%85%87%83%87%
Nasty Is Unavoidable10%14%7%15%9%8%8%8%21%14%12%8%7%15%18%8%9%9%9%12%11%11%10%9%9%8%13%10%10%10%11%9%
Not Sure5%4%5%6%2%5%5%4%4%9%3%3%8%5%6%4%4%3%5%3%6%4%3%5%2%5%5%4%4%4%6%4%
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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
Which do you think is more important in a politician: the ability to compromise to get things done, or a willingness to stand firm in support of principles?
1242 Registered VotersAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Ability To Compromise44%42%45%48%39%43%43%41%52%55%42%60%62%72%44%33%41%16%25%57%61%21%61%66%27%38%44%53%47%39%43%46%
Willingness To Stand Firm52%54%49%47%55%52%53%54%42%41%54%36%34%21%48%63%54%82%72%39%33%74%35%30%68%58%48%42%48%58%50%51%
Not Sure5%3%6%5%6%5%4%5%6%3%4%5%3%7%8%5%5%2%4%4%6%4%4%4%5%4%7%4%5%3%7%3%
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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%29%28%25%18%74%11%10%6%17%12%8%18%12%12%21%40%38%17%38%51%39%47%49%26%26%20%24%35%21%
 
 All Questions Crosstabbed By All Questions
 
1How closely do you follow politics? Very closely? Somewhat closely? Not very closely? Or not at all?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
Very51%-----50%49%48%66%92%52%18%42%58%43%29%49%41%38%59%68%49%75%28%42%49%25%59%56%46%33%68%36%46%29%65%50%45%38%55%49%38%51%60%35%49%54%38%
Somewhat37%-----38%37%43%24%6%32%71%44%34%41%34%40%45%40%32%27%42%19%53%38%23%47%32%35%39%55%27%47%40%48%27%40%40%36%36%39%38%38%31%33%38%36%41%
Not Very10%-----9%13%7%10%0%16%11%9%7%16%29%9%8%22%8%5%8%6%20%20%22%28%8%7%13%12%4%13%13%20%8%8%14%23%8%11%16%10%6%20%11%8%17%
Not At All1%-----2%1%1%0%0%0%0%5%1%1%9%2%4%1%1%0%1%0%0%0%6%0%0%1%2%0%1%3%1%0%0%2%1%3%1%1%6%1%1%11%2%1%2%
Not Sure0%-----0%0%1%0%2%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%3%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%1%0%0%0%3%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
2Where do you get most of your news? Television? The internet? Newspapers? Radio? Magazines? Or somewhere else?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
Television53%52%54%49%87%59%-------65%52%48%55%56%59%85%45%56%49%24%66%43%49%46%62%53%51%69%59%50%47%60%59%49%58%53%52%54%50%53%52%52%54%52%45%
Internet22%21%22%29%8%0%-------17%23%22%19%13%18%6%24%19%29%27%13%28%29%21%18%21%23%11%16%24%25%28%18%25%17%15%22%22%22%21%24%28%20%23%28%
Newspapers13%13%15%10%5%36%-------15%13%14%16%21%11%5%21%9%13%19%11%10%6%10%8%16%12%8%9%18%14%5%7%15%14%9%11%17%10%13%16%12%18%10%8%
Radio9%11%6%8%0%0%-------1%9%11%6%8%10%2%7%12%5%22%4%14%11%14%7%7%10%1%12%4%9%3%12%8%7%11%11%4%11%9%5%3%4%12%15%
Magazines1%1%0%0%0%6%-------0%1%1%0%1%0%0%2%1%0%0%0%2%0%0%0%1%1%0%1%0%1%0%0%0%2%2%1%1%0%1%2%0%1%1%1%
Somewhere Else3%3%2%4%0%0%-------1%2%4%1%1%2%3%2%2%3%6%5%2%5%2%5%2%3%2%3%2%3%4%4%2%1%8%3%1%4%3%1%3%3%3%2%
Not Sure1%0%1%1%0%0%-------0%1%0%3%0%0%0%0%1%0%2%2%1%0%7%0%1%0%9%0%1%1%0%0%1%0%2%0%0%3%1%0%3%0%1%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
3 Since Barack Obama became President, has American politics become more civil? Become less civil? Or has politics stayed about the same?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
More Civil11%9%13%10%39%50%14%9%12%1%0%5%9%----22%20%18%17%5%4%28%14%1%10%6%25%11%9%32%15%8%10%0%12%10%14%18%3%23%9%10%15%19%14%9%13%
Less Civil58%66%54%38%24%50%57%61%55%61%49%51%51%----38%46%53%47%81%67%40%45%56%61%36%47%69%51%34%67%55%51%47%59%62%42%47%76%39%34%59%57%35%50%66%45%
Stayed About The Same28%24%31%44%20%0%26%28%30%36%51%42%24%----38%31%25%33%12%26%32%38%42%28%42%23%18%38%16%15%33%38%37%26%26%41%26%20%34%50%28%26%38%33%23%37%
Not Sure3%2%2%8%17%0%3%2%3%2%0%1%16%----3%3%4%4%2%3%0%3%1%1%16%6%3%2%18%3%3%2%16%3%2%4%9%1%4%7%2%2%9%3%2%5%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
4Who or what is most responsible for politics becoming less civil in the past few years? Radio talk shows? Television news programs? Late night talk show programs? Conservative television commentators? Liberal television commentators? Political parties? Blogs? The competitiveness of elections? Changes in American culture? Or someone or something else?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
Radio Talk Shows8%7%8%7%8%6%8%5%12%7%8%2%4%14%5%10%8%-----------5%9%7%5%7%9%8%0%9%8%6%3%5%12%4%8%4%8%10%6%2%
Television News Programs15%12%19%13%46%50%17%12%13%17%2%13%4%27%12%17%16%-----------24%15%14%28%20%12%14%31%16%15%17%16%13%16%23%15%17%26%17%14%18%
Late Night Talk Show Programs3%2%3%6%1%0%4%1%1%0%0%3%0%4%2%2%4%-----------7%3%2%5%3%2%3%13%5%2%3%2%2%3%2%3%1%7%3%2%2%
Conservative Television Commentators16%18%14%12%6%14%14%18%25%13%41%10%10%23%13%19%21%-----------9%17%17%3%13%18%18%11%9%18%19%7%2%37%5%17%15%3%27%6%19%
Liberal Television Commentators17%23%12%8%0%30%18%15%12%25%25%13%28%7%24%7%10%-----------19%19%16%7%25%10%15%3%21%16%17%16%30%2%9%18%16%10%8%26%11%
Political Parties23%23%26%18%19%0%22%31%24%14%7%31%4%8%27%22%22%-----------16%24%24%22%18%32%22%20%18%27%15%18%27%17%29%23%28%14%22%25%23%
Blogs2%2%1%1%0%0%1%2%2%4%0%4%5%4%1%2%0%-----------4%2%1%6%2%1%2%0%3%1%1%0%2%2%1%2%3%0%1%2%2%
Competitiveness Of Elections4%2%6%9%0%0%5%2%4%2%0%8%17%5%3%6%5%-----------1%5%5%3%2%9%3%0%3%4%7%7%4%4%9%4%3%6%5%4%7%
Changes In American Culture5%4%5%10%0%0%4%7%4%8%18%5%8%0%5%8%2%-----------7%3%7%2%6%5%5%2%7%3%7%15%8%2%4%4%8%13%3%7%7%
Other5%5%3%11%21%0%5%7%2%6%0%9%0%4%5%5%1%-----------5%3%6%2%3%2%8%10%5%4%6%9%6%3%8%5%4%7%3%6%6%
Not Sure2%1%2%5%0%0%2%2%1%3%0%2%20%1%1%3%10%-----------1%1%3%16%1%1%3%9%3%1%3%6%1%1%6%2%1%7%1%2%6%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
5Compared to previous years, are the political campaigns in your area ... more positive? More negative? Or about the same?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
More Positive9%10%8%7%0%30%10%8%5%8%4%16%0%20%7%7%19%6%14%25%5%10%6%23%3%11%10%4%----18%0%7%13%22%5%9%7%8%10%9%9%10%9%9%10%5%
More Negative41%45%39%27%36%61%41%40%49%36%53%26%44%40%49%26%39%48%41%41%44%45%43%42%43%27%26%14%----44%60%23%15%29%50%26%26%41%42%41%42%43%29%44%39%36%
About The Same49%43%52%64%64%9%47%52%45%57%43%57%40%37%43%67%35%46%43%32%51%45%50%31%53%61%63%73%----36%39%69%60%48%44%64%64%50%47%48%49%45%59%47%50%56%
Not Sure1%1%2%1%0%0%1%1%1%0%0%1%16%3%1%1%7%1%2%2%0%0%1%3%1%0%1%9%----2%1%1%12%1%1%1%3%1%1%2%1%2%3%1%1%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
6Does the tone of the political campaigns in your area make you more interested in getting involved in elections? Does it make you less interested? Or does it make no difference?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
More Interested36%48%26%14%26%30%41%27%24%50%35%38%14%48%42%19%42%32%46%41%30%52%27%47%16%41%25%19%72%39%27%57%----62%30%29%34%42%30%26%36%37%30%30%42%32%
Less Interested28%20%36%38%48%55%27%32%39%14%9%18%48%21%27%33%32%33%22%18%31%16%39%19%61%25%14%14%1%41%23%14%----7%39%20%8%25%31%40%29%25%29%34%24%23%
No Difference35%31%37%46%26%6%31%40%37%36%56%43%38%30%31%47%21%35%31%38%38%31%33%34%23%34%59%63%25%20%50%21%----31%30%50%56%32%39%33%34%37%41%35%34%44%
Not Sure1%0%1%1%0%9%1%1%0%0%0%1%0%0%1%1%4%0%1%4%0%0%1%0%0%0%1%3%1%0%1%8%----0%1%0%3%1%1%1%1%0%1%1%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
7Is the tone of elections these days healthy for our democracy? Does it hurt our democracy? Or does it have little impact on the our democracy?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
Healthy For Our Democracy19%25%14%15%4%0%22%16%11%27%9%30%5%21%20%18%23%23%21%37%11%24%15%33%15%25%21%28%47%14%19%11%33%4%17%9%----25%13%14%20%16%11%16%23%15%
Hurts Our Democracy61%59%65%52%73%100%57%69%70%54%28%44%70%53%65%56%40%64%58%43%69%57%71%53%52%41%52%32%34%74%55%62%50%84%53%62%----55%68%61%62%51%52%64%58%60%
Little Impact14%12%15%20%9%0%15%11%15%12%48%8%5%17%10%20%18%11%15%16%17%14%9%12%23%18%16%21%15%9%18%8%11%10%20%8%----12%16%14%12%26%23%16%13%9%
Not Sure6%4%6%13%13%0%6%4%4%8%15%18%20%9%5%5%19%2%6%4%3%6%4%2%10%17%10%19%4%4%8%19%5%2%9%21%----7%3%11%5%7%14%4%6%15%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%52%39%9%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
8If the election were held today, would you support mostly Republican or mostly Democratic candidates?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
Republican52%57%50%43%23%36%51%52%43%70%51%64%41%13%69%38%19%32%46%45%8%90%60%61%45%81%63%37%49%52%54%43%62%46%48%53%68%48%47%61%---53%51%43%32%70%45%
Democratic39%37%41%43%39%14%40%39%50%20%49%22%14%80%26%47%60%63%41%49%90%5%29%35%37%12%23%32%43%40%38%38%32%42%44%40%26%44%45%22%---39%39%39%59%23%27%
Not Sure9%6%9%14%37%50%8%9%6%11%0%14%46%7%5%15%21%5%13%6%3%4%11%4%18%7%14%31%8%9%8%20%6%12%8%7%6%9%9%17%---8%11%18%9%6%28%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%85%10%5%44%52%5%
 
9Is it possible for candidates to run for office in aggressive, but respectful way, or are nasty, negative campaigns unavoidable?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
Aggressive But Respectful Is Possible85%85%87%84%59%50%85%83%83%92%70%89%80%79%87%84%77%89%81%83%89%88%85%82%88%72%86%76%84%86%85%63%86%86%84%90%89%87%73%76%86%85%77%---87%84%76%
Nasty Is Unavoidable10%12%9%7%8%50%10%11%13%6%30%6%0%14%10%9%9%6%11%6%10%10%12%18%6%17%7%7%12%11%10%24%11%9%11%6%8%9%19%13%10%10%13%---8%12%13%
Not Sure5%3%4%9%34%0%5%6%4%2%0%5%20%8%3%6%14%5%8%11%1%3%3%0%6%11%6%17%5%3%5%13%4%5%5%4%3%4%8%11%4%5%10%---4%4%11%
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%44%52%5%
 
10Which do you think is more important in a politician: the ability to compromise to get things done, or a willingness to stand firm in support of principles?
1242 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaResponsibleThis Year's CampaignsTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore Important
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsVerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureRadio TaTelevisiLate NigConservaLiberal PoliticaBlogsCompetitChanges OtherNot SureMore PosMore NegAbout ThNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot Sure
Ability To Compromise44%41%45%48%52%20%45%40%60%22%46%43%22%55%37%51%49%59%47%56%73%20%40%30%48%24%30%29%42%46%42%28%36%52%44%63%35%46%48%32%27%66%46%45%35%43%---
Willingness To Stand Firm52%55%50%44%42%30%51%54%37%70%50%54%62%40%59%43%42%40%48%40%21%77%55%65%45%70%65%55%55%49%53%61%60%44%50%31%61%49%48%56%69%31%39%51%59%46%---
Not Sure5%4%5%8%6%50%4%6%3%8%4%4%16%5%4%6%9%1%5%3%6%3%5%5%7%6%6%15%3%4%5%11%4%4%6%6%4%5%3%12%4%3%15%4%6%11%---
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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%37%10%1%0%53%22%13%9%1%3%1%11%58%28%3%8%15%3%16%17%23%2%4%5%5%2%9%41%49%1%36%28%35%1%19%61%14%6%52%39%9%85%10%5%