Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18436
 
Do you understand the concept of a "debt ceiling" ... perfectly? Sort of? Or not really?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Perfectly41%57%26%33%46%41%41%38%39%**46%30%48%73%39%26%51%39%28%
Sort Of39%31%46%41%35%42%40%37%37%**40%44%32%15%43%37%31%44%41%
Not Really20%12%27%26%19%17%19%24%25%**14%26%20%13%18%37%18%16%31%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%35%32%11%77%13%32%45%18%
 
 
2Have political leaders done a good job? Or a bad job? Of explaining the debt ceiling issue to Americans?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Good10%13%8%7%14%9%10%16%11%**11%13%8%13%10%9%10%11%12%
Bad75%77%72%76%72%76%76%59%75%**80%68%76%80%76%64%79%75%68%
Not Sure15%10%20%17%14%14%14%26%15%**9%19%16%7%14%27%11%14%19%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%35%32%11%77%13%32%45%18%
 
 
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?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Familiar40%48%33%35%41%42%40%39%41%**40%41%40%49%43%17%41%41%37%
Not Familiar53%45%59%61%55%46%53%55%48%**54%50%53%43%51%69%51%52%53%
Not Sure7%7%8%4%4%12%7%6%11%**6%9%7%9%6%13%8%7%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%35%32%11%77%13%32%45%18%
 
 
4Based on what you know, is this a good deal? Or a bad deal?
400 Familiar With Terms Of Latest DealAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Good23%27%19%29%23%21%20%33%47%**15%32%22%17%25%8%13%28%33%
Bad56%57%54%53%62%53%58%43%37%**59%49%61%76%54%44%67%53%51%
Not Sure21%16%27%18%16%26%21%25%16%**26%20%17%7%21%47%20%19%16%
Total100%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%21%35%45%81%8%9%2%32%36%31%13%82%5%33%46%17%
 
 
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 DealAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Everybody Wins14%16%11%21%9%14%11%34%18%**17%13%10%10%14%20%17%13%6%
Republicans Win, Democrats Lose17%15%20%14%21%16%20%4%8%**9%27%14%4%19%22%10%18%35%
Democrats Win, Republicans Lose13%12%14%10%14%13%14%14%4%**19%10%11%14%13%4%11%17%8%
Everybody Loses52%55%48%52%53%50%52%35%66%**49%44%63%68%49%52%59%51%39%
Not Sure4%3%7%3%3%7%4%13%4%**5%6%2%4%5%2%4%2%13%
Total100%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%21%35%45%81%8%9%2%32%36%31%13%82%5%33%46%17%
 
 
6Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the way Barack Obama has handled the budget negotiations?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Approve36%35%37%44%32%35%34%61%33%**9%59%40%9%44%14%14%43%56%
Disapprove56%60%52%50%60%56%59%30%54%**85%32%52%91%49%67%81%47%32%
Not Sure8%5%11%6%8%9%7%9%13%**6%9%8%0%7%19%5%9%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%35%32%11%77%13%32%45%18%
 
 
7Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the way John Boehner has handled the budget negotiations?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Approve25%28%23%25%22%27%26%20%24%**44%13%19%49%22%25%44%19%6%
Disapprove61%64%58%66%59%59%60%67%59%**38%75%68%39%68%34%38%69%82%
Not Sure14%8%20%9%19%14%14%13%17%**18%12%13%12%10%41%18%12%11%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%35%32%11%77%13%32%45%18%
 
 
8Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the way Harry Reid has handled the budget negotiations?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Approve21%26%17%19%19%24%21%30%16%**7%35%22%9%26%4%10%27%28%
Disapprove56%60%53%55%54%58%56%48%65%**67%45%57%85%55%41%71%50%51%
Not Sure22%14%30%26%26%18%23%22%19%**26%20%21%6%19%55%20%22%22%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%35%32%11%77%13%32%45%18%
 
 
9Is theTea Party movement good for America? Or bad for America?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoNot SureConservaModerateLiberal
Good For America37%40%34%29%42%37%39%15%38%**60%13%41%92%28%43%64%28%15%
Bad For America47%47%47%48%43%50%44%65%53%**23%70%47%7%59%5%20%58%69%
Not Sure16%12%20%23%15%14%17%20%9%**18%17%13%1%12%51%16%14%15%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%34%43%80%8%9%2%32%35%32%11%77%13%32%45%18%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.