Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18435
 
Do you understand the concept of a "debt ceiling" ... perfectly? Sort of? Or not really?
1075 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Perfectly44%55%33%39%46%47%44%42%46%45%39%44%39%45%35%55%66%43%54%42%43%52%43%46%35%
Sort Of34%28%38%35%33%32%35%34%33%37%28%25%40%30%37%30%25%35%23%37%37%32%32%31%41%
Not Really23%16%29%26%21%21%21%24%21%17%33%31%21%25%28%15%9%22%23%21%20%16%25%23%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%35%31%20%15%66%34%51%6%28%15%26%41%32%7%83%27%40%26%21%42%17%20%
 
 
2Have political leaders done a good job? Or a bad job? Of explaining the debt ceiling issue to Americans?
1075 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Good13%13%14%16%11%12%14%14%13%13%17%13%11%11%16%12%12%13%14%11%15%13%12%19%11%
Bad74%77%71%71%78%79%66%74%73%75%71%77%66%76%68%78%83%73%77%77%69%77%75%69%71%
Not Sure13%10%16%13%11%10%20%12%14%12%12%10%22%13%15%10%5%14%8%12%16%10%12%12%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%35%31%20%15%66%34%51%6%28%15%26%41%32%7%83%27%40%26%21%42%17%20%
 
 
3Congress and the White House say they have agreed to a budget deal. Are you familiar? Or not familiar? With the terms of this latest deal?
1075 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Familiar37%42%32%31%38%47%38%34%43%41%40%28%39%34%36%42%54%38%36%43%38%40%32%34%48%
Not Familiar56%53%59%63%57%47%48%60%47%53%49%65%51%60%56%53%38%56%58%52%57%54%60%57%48%
Not Sure7%5%8%6%5%6%14%5%10%6%10%6%10%6%8%5%8%6%6%5%5%6%7%9%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%35%31%20%15%66%34%51%6%28%15%26%41%32%7%83%27%40%26%21%42%17%20%
 
 
4Based on what you know, is this a good deal? Or a bad deal?
400 Familiar With Terms Of Latest DealAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Good24%24%25%32%19%22%24%26%23%21%20%44%13%20%33%17%10%27%13%26%33%22%24%32%23%
Bad57%59%54%58%56%59%52%57%56%63%58%42%55%60%44%70%84%54%72%57%50%57%61%53%54%
Not Sure19%17%21%9%24%19%24%17%21%16%22%14%32%20%23%13%6%19%15%17%17%21%15%15%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%
Composition of Familiar With Terms Of Latest Deal100%56%44%29%31%25%15%60%40%57%7%22%15%23%40%36%10%84%25%45%26%23%36%16%25%
 
 
5Which of these 4 statements best describes this latest deal. One: Everybody wins. Two: Republicans win, Democrats lose. Three: Democrats win, Republicans lose. Four: everybody loses.
400 Familiar With Terms Of Latest DealAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Everybody Wins10%7%12%13%7%9%8%10%9%9%17%9%11%9%13%3%4%10%3%11%7%9%10%7%12%
Republicans Win, Democrats Lose20%22%17%19%20%24%18%19%22%19%12%24%24%14%30%13%15%22%12%21%30%18%23%12%24%
Democrats Win, Republicans Lose11%8%15%14%8%9%14%11%11%11%6%19%3%15%10%9%22%9%16%12%6%13%13%18%2%
Everybody Loses53%58%47%54%54%53%49%54%51%58%54%44%45%55%39%69%55%53%66%54%42%56%47%59%54%
Not Sure6%5%9%0%11%6%10%6%7%4%11%5%18%6%8%5%3%6%2%2%14%5%7%4%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%
Composition of Familiar With Terms Of Latest Deal100%56%44%29%31%25%15%60%40%57%7%22%15%23%40%36%10%84%25%45%26%23%36%16%25%
 
 
6Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the way Barack Obama has handled the budget negotiations?
1075 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Approve42%37%47%45%40%38%44%43%40%36%57%48%43%19%66%30%8%47%12%50%62%30%40%40%61%
Disapprove45%49%41%40%46%49%49%43%49%53%27%37%41%69%19%59%84%41%76%38%25%59%43%53%27%
Not Sure13%14%12%15%14%13%8%14%11%11%16%15%16%11%15%12%9%12%11%12%13%11%17%7%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%35%31%20%15%66%34%51%6%28%15%26%41%32%7%83%27%40%26%21%42%17%20%
 
 
7Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the way John Boehner has handled the budget negotiations?
1075 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Approve21%24%19%17%23%20%29%20%24%24%12%16%27%30%11%28%31%20%39%21%10%27%20%24%16%
Disapprove61%65%57%61%60%64%58%61%61%62%74%63%47%51%71%55%53%65%48%65%71%57%59%55%74%
Not Sure18%11%24%22%17%17%13%20%15%14%14%21%26%19%18%17%16%15%13%14%19%16%21%21%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%35%31%20%15%66%34%51%6%28%15%26%41%32%7%83%27%40%26%21%42%17%20%
 
 
8Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the way Harry Reid has handled the budget negotiations?
1075 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Approve23%23%22%20%16%28%34%18%31%23%22%19%27%12%36%15%6%26%8%25%36%20%21%16%34%
Disapprove56%61%51%57%61%53%49%59%51%59%52%57%47%67%38%70%78%56%72%58%42%55%58%64%47%
Not Sure21%16%27%23%23%19%18%23%18%18%26%24%26%21%25%16%16%18%19%17%23%25%22%20%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%35%31%20%15%66%34%51%6%28%15%26%41%32%7%83%27%40%26%21%42%17%20%
 
 
9Is theTea Party movement good for America? Or bad for America?
1075 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Good For America32%37%27%26%35%38%33%30%36%37%22%27%29%53%14%38%87%27%61%29%14%38%35%35%17%
Bad For America49%46%52%48%49%50%53%48%51%51%51%48%44%29%70%40%8%58%19%59%74%37%45%50%71%
Not Sure19%17%21%26%16%13%14%22%13%13%27%24%27%18%16%22%5%14%20%12%12%26%20%16%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%35%31%20%15%66%34%51%6%28%15%26%41%32%7%83%27%40%26%21%42%17%20%