Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18754
 
In Ohio, Voter Concern About Possible Super Committee Cuts to Social Security and Medicare May Affect Re-Election of Senator Brown:

SurveyUSA interviewed 615 registered voters in the state of Ohio and asked about a number of different ways in which the Super Committee of the U.S. Congress might reduce the national debt.

* 69% of voters say that if U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) backs a plan to cut Social Security benefits, they would be more likely to vote against him.
* 62% of voters say that if Brown backs a plan to cut Medicare benefits, they would be more likely to vote against him.
* 56% say that if Brown backs a plan to extend permanently the Bush tax cuts, they would be more likely to vote against him.
* 51% say that if Brown backs a plan to raise from age 65 to 67 the age at which Americans become eligible for Medicare, they would be more likely to vote against him.

By contrast:
* 69% of voters say they would be more likely to vote to re-elect Brown if he backs a plan to raise taxes on those making $1 million a year.
* 63% of voters say they would be more likely to vote to re-elect Brown if he 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 OH adults on 11/17/11. Of them, 615 were registered to vote and were asked the substantive questions. This research was conducted multi-mode. Respondents who use a home telephone (79% 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 (21% 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 Ohio?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
Yes88%85%91%78%91%91%96%85%93%88%86%80%90%95%92%83%89%90%83%93%88%84%93%85%92%86%**
No11%14%9%21%8%9%3%15%6%11%14%20%9%5%7%17%9%10%17%5%11%15%6%15%7%13%**
Not Sure1%1%0%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%0%0%1%1%1%0%1%0%0%1%0%1%1%0%1%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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%31%31%21%18%62%38%86%10%23%77%26%30%43%32%46%18%28%69%10%11%14%20%41%4%
 
 
2Do you approve or disapprove of the job Sherrod Brown is doing as United States Senator?
615 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
Approve33%31%35%26%35%34%38%31%36%30%56%23%36%20%53%26%18%37%51%41%30%24%32%24%34%37%**
Disapprove45%55%36%43%38%54%48%40%51%45%39%39%46%57%29%48%60%41%25%42%45%45%53%47%48%40%**
Not Sure22%14%30%30%27%12%15%29%13%25%5%39%18%23%18%26%22%22%24%17%25%31%16%29%18%23%**
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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%46%54%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%21%79%28%31%40%32%47%17%29%69%10%12%13%21%40%4%
 
 
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 Brown, will vote on the plan. If Senator Brown votes FOR a plan that includes cuts to Medicare benefits, would that make you ... MORE likely to vote to reelect Senator Brown? LESS likely to vote to reelect Senator Brown? Or, would it make no difference?
615 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
More Likely16%23%10%22%13%18%12%17%15%16%13%17%16%17%11%19%19%17%10%20%15%21%14%22%12%16%**
Less Likely62%57%66%55%67%55%71%61%63%62%70%62%62%62%71%55%57%64%63%62%61%60%59%59%68%59%**
No Difference22%20%23%23%20%27%17%22%22%22%16%20%23%21%19%26%25%20%27%19%24%18%26%18%20%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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%46%54%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%21%79%28%31%40%32%47%17%29%69%10%12%13%21%40%4%
 
 
4If Senator Brown votes for a plan that includes cuts to Social Security benefits, would that make you ... MORE likely to vote to reelect Senator Brown? LESS likely to vote to reelect Senator Brown? Or, would it make no difference?
615 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
More Likely12%16%8%15%12%11%8%14%10%12%8%11%12%14%8%14%17%10%5%14%11%10%11%16%9%14%**
Less Likely69%63%75%66%71%65%76%69%70%69%80%73%69%70%76%64%60%73%76%67%70%70%69%66%70%69%**
No Difference18%21%16%19%16%24%16%18%20%19%12%16%19%16%16%23%23%17%19%18%19%20%21%18%21%17%**
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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%46%54%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%21%79%28%31%40%32%47%17%29%69%10%12%13%21%40%4%
 
 
5If Senator Brown 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 Brown? LESS likely to vote to reelect Senator Brown? Or, would it make no difference?
615 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
More Likely20%25%15%25%16%18%20%20%19%20%18%21%19%18%13%26%27%18%10%16%22%24%18%24%18%19%**
Less Likely51%51%50%51%50%56%45%51%51%51%51%52%50%54%56%44%47%54%47%52%50%54%57%37%55%49%**
No Difference30%24%35%24%34%26%35%29%30%30%31%27%30%28%31%30%26%29%44%31%28%22%25%40%27%32%**
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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%46%54%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%21%79%28%31%40%32%47%17%29%69%10%12%13%21%40%4%
 
 
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 Brown votes for that plan, would that make you ...
615 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
More Likely63%61%65%65%70%61%53%67%58%64%63%65%63%53%81%58%38%73%87%75%59%63%60%56%63%65%**
Less Likely24%29%21%21%19%27%34%20%30%24%26%18%26%32%11%29%46%16%6%19%27%21%26%30%22%25%**
No Difference12%10%14%14%11%11%13%13%12%12%11%17%11%15%8%13%16%12%7%6%14%16%13%14%14%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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%46%54%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%21%79%28%31%40%32%47%17%29%69%10%12%13%21%40%4%
 
 
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 Brown votes for that plan, would that make you ...
615 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
More Likely69%63%74%68%78%65%59%73%62%69%70%72%68%56%86%64%45%79%87%75%66%74%60%60%71%70%**
Less Likely18%24%14%17%16%17%26%16%21%18%18%13%20%28%7%22%37%10%5%16%19%12%19%29%16%18%**
No Difference13%14%12%16%6%18%15%10%17%13%11%15%12%16%7%15%18%11%8%9%14%13%21%11%12%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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%46%54%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%21%79%28%31%40%32%47%17%29%69%10%12%13%21%40%4%
 
 
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 Brown votes for that plan, would that make you ...
615 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyUnion Member?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackCell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoToledo ADayton ACincinnaColumbusClevelanSE Ohio
More Likely26%30%23%27%18%36%28%22%32%27%23%17%29%30%23%26%37%22%17%26%27%26%32%42%18%24%**
Less Likely56%54%57%59%68%40%48%64%44%54%67%65%53%46%61%59%42%62%68%60%53%51%49%45%63%59%**
No Difference18%16%20%14%14%23%24%14%24%19%9%18%18%24%16%15%21%16%15%14%20%23%19%14%19%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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%46%54%27%32%21%19%59%41%86%10%21%79%28%31%40%32%47%17%29%69%10%12%13%21%40%4%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.