Results of SurveyUSA Mkt Research Study #17617
 
How closely do you follow politics? Very closely? Somewhat closely? Not very closely? Or not at all?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Very58%65%52%52%55%66%63%53%65%59%52%62%55%62%33%49%63%66%43%70%65%51%66%68%55%54%63%62%57%54%55%63%57%60%
Somewhat32%29%35%32%37%29%31%34%30%33%37%24%31%34%39%46%22%28%44%27%29%38%26%28%35%36%30%32%31%34%36%31%30%33%
Not Very8%5%10%12%8%5%5%10%5%7%10%13%7%4%26%6%10%2%11%3%5%11%6%4%9%9%6%5%10%10%7%5%11%6%
Not At All1%1%2%4%0%1%1%2%1%1%1%1%6%0%1%0%4%3%2%0%1%1%2%0%1%1%1%1%2%2%2%0%2%1%
Not Sure0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
Where do you get most of your news? Television? The internet? Newspapers? Radio? Magazines? Or somewhere else?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Television51%47%54%46%44%56%61%45%58%49%72%52%32%58%49%37%45%44%51%57%55%47%46%53%49%52%52%56%46%46%49%48%60%39%
Internet23%26%19%35%26%17%7%31%13%24%10%23%30%15%22%29%23%28%30%21%22%24%23%23%22%19%23%18%24%30%20%24%18%30%
Newspapers13%12%15%9%12%15%20%10%17%14%8%10%17%18%21%20%14%9%12%5%7%17%21%5%20%19%9%12%16%12%16%14%9%17%
Radio9%10%8%8%13%9%6%10%8%9%5%9%14%6%7%9%8%13%4%15%12%8%7%13%6%6%13%10%10%7%8%10%10%9%
Magazines1%1%1%0%0%1%1%0%1%1%1%0%0%1%0%1%1%1%0%0%1%1%0%0%1%1%0%1%0%1%1%0%0%1%
Somewhere Else3%3%2%1%4%2%4%2%3%2%3%5%6%1%1%4%7%4%2%1%3%2%2%4%2%2%3%3%2%3%4%3%2%2%
Not Sure1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%2%1%0%1%1%0%2%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
Since Barack Obama became President, has American politics become more civil? Become less civil? Or has politics stayed about the same?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
More Civil11%10%11%13%8%10%11%11%10%6%31%14%22%28%14%10%5%2%4%4%8%9%17%4%15%20%2%12%9%9%9%9%12%11%
Less Civil63%68%59%56%65%66%69%60%67%69%39%52%56%44%48%52%56%81%80%81%75%58%51%84%50%46%82%66%64%58%60%66%65%60%
Stayed About The Same24%21%28%28%26%23%18%27%21%23%27%34%21%26%37%36%36%16%15%14%15%32%29%12%34%32%15%21%25%31%28%23%21%28%
Not Sure2%1%2%3%1%1%2%2%2%2%2%0%2%2%1%2%3%1%1%1%1%1%3%1%1%2%1%1%2%2%3%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
4Some organizations spend money to influence the outcome of an election in another part of the country. This is known as ... outside money. Do you support outside money? Oppose it? Or, do you not have strong feelings either way?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Support12%14%10%12%11%13%12%11%12%10%11%24%21%10%3%3%10%15%15%19%20%5%7%20%7%8%17%13%11%12%8%9%14%14%
Oppose59%59%59%48%61%64%68%54%66%64%45%42%53%67%70%75%57%60%62%42%47%66%79%50%66%67%50%59%59%61%65%67%50%62%
Don't Have Strong Feelings26%25%27%36%26%21%19%31%20%24%37%33%26%20%27%23%30%24%22%35%31%26%13%28%24%22%30%26%27%26%26%21%32%24%
Not Sure2%2%3%4%2%2%1%3%1%2%7%2%1%3%0%0%3%1%1%5%3%2%1%2%2%3%2%2%3%2%0%3%4%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
5Which of these 4 statements best describes this year's election? one: the most negative campaign I've ever seen. two: more negative than in the past, but I've seen worse. three: about the same as previous years. four: more positive than previous years.
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Most Negative46%47%45%37%42%50%60%39%54%48%43%38%37%52%45%54%43%44%49%39%44%46%52%44%48%49%44%46%45%47%47%45%44%50%
More Negative26%27%25%30%24%25%24%27%25%25%31%26%23%23%29%24%30%29%24%25%23%29%25%23%27%27%24%24%29%27%28%31%24%21%
About The Same23%21%25%25%30%21%13%28%18%23%18%33%23%18%25%20%21%25%22%29%29%21%16%27%20%18%28%25%23%21%21%20%26%23%
More Positive4%5%3%7%4%3%2%5%2%3%7%1%17%6%0%2%4%2%5%5%4%3%6%5%4%5%3%5%3%4%3%3%4%5%
Not Sure1%0%2%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%0%2%1%1%1%1%1%0%1%1%1%0%1%1%2%0%1%2%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
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?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
More Interested38%40%37%38%34%39%44%36%41%36%62%31%35%45%22%25%26%41%38%52%47%30%39%52%30%35%44%41%40%32%36%36%46%32%
Less Interested30%29%31%32%31%28%30%31%29%32%20%20%44%30%43%37%40%28%28%17%22%36%34%19%37%34%23%30%31%30%29%32%27%34%
No Difference30%29%30%27%34%32%24%31%29%30%17%48%20%24%35%38%28%30%33%30%29%32%27%28%32%29%31%27%28%36%34%29%26%34%
Not Sure2%2%2%3%1%2%2%2%2%2%1%1%1%1%0%0%6%1%1%1%1%2%0%1%1%1%2%2%1%2%2%3%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
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?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Healthy For Our Democracy17%19%16%19%17%18%14%18%17%15%28%22%21%13%7%9%20%23%14%27%25%14%10%28%11%12%23%20%17%13%16%14%21%16%
Hurts Our Democracy64%63%65%58%66%65%70%62%67%67%55%50%62%77%73%79%58%55%65%51%55%65%80%53%72%73%55%65%61%64%63%70%57%70%
Little Impact14%15%13%16%14%14%12%15%13%13%9%25%15%6%18%11%17%20%15%15%15%16%9%16%13%11%17%12%17%16%17%13%15%11%
Not Sure5%2%7%7%4%3%4%5%3%4%8%3%1%4%3%0%5%2%6%8%5%5%1%3%4%5%5%3%5%6%4%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
If the election were held today, would you support mostly Republican or mostly Democratic candidates?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Republican50%54%46%46%56%47%52%51%49%55%20%57%33%1%9%6%49%93%83%95%85%34%6%91%21%10%92%57%49%39%44%53%56%43%
Democratic42%37%47%41%39%46%43%40%45%38%70%32%59%98%82%81%27%2%9%3%12%55%90%5%70%82%5%36%43%52%49%39%37%50%
Not Sure8%8%7%13%5%7%5%9%6%7%11%11%8%0%9%13%24%5%8%2%3%11%3%3%8%8%3%6%9%9%7%8%8%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
Is it possible for candidates to run for office in aggressive, but respectful way, or are nasty, negative campaigns unavoidable?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 1.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Aggressive But Respectful Is Possible90%89%90%89%89%91%90%89%91%90%88%89%87%85%86%94%87%93%90%95%90%91%87%92%89%86%93%91%89%88%89%89%91%88%
Nasty Is Unavoidable7%8%6%8%6%6%6%7%6%7%8%6%8%10%9%4%8%5%7%3%7%6%10%6%7%9%5%5%8%8%8%7%5%8%
Not Sure4%3%4%3%5%3%4%4%4%3%3%5%5%5%5%2%5%2%4%2%3%4%3%2%4%5%2%4%3%4%3%3%4%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
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?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Ability To Compromise46%47%46%48%42%48%48%45%48%44%62%43%45%69%67%76%44%25%39%19%24%63%62%20%65%69%26%39%52%54%54%47%42%46%
Willingness To Stand Firm49%49%49%45%54%49%48%49%48%51%33%50%46%28%26%20%50%66%58%77%72%32%32%76%30%26%70%58%42%40%43%48%53%48%
Not Sure5%4%6%7%4%3%5%6%4%4%6%7%10%3%7%4%6%9%3%4%4%4%5%4%4%6%4%3%6%6%3%5%6%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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
Is it appropriate? Or not appropriate? For political commentators to use language that could be seen as being negative toward Muslim Americans?
1252 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyID W Tea Party2008 VoteAttend Religious ServiceRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong DDemocratIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaRepublicStrong RConservaModerateLiberalYesNoObamaMcCainRegularlOccasionAlmost NNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Appropriate28%35%22%30%32%26%22%31%24%27%18%45%26%6%10%7%36%44%36%48%48%17%6%55%11%8%48%29%26%27%24%25%33%26%
Not Appropriate57%52%62%56%52%59%65%54%61%56%74%45%60%86%83%85%48%33%43%33%35%68%87%28%78%82%33%53%60%61%64%56%51%62%
Not Sure15%13%16%14%16%16%13%15%15%16%9%10%13%8%7%8%16%23%21%19%17%15%7%17%11%11%19%17%14%11%12%19%15%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%74%11%10%6%22%10%8%15%13%10%22%42%35%18%37%55%46%43%48%26%26%18%24%36%22%
 
 
 All Questions Crosstabbed By All Questions
 
1How closely do you follow politics? Very closely? Somewhat closely? Not very closely? Or not at all?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Very58%-----56%62%55%62%51%73%65%50%64%49%30%78%59%47%59%63%55%51%78%23%72%46%55%47%74%56%59%33%65%54%42%60%50%41%53%64%48%71%53%55%
Somewhat32%-----33%31%38%28%29%19%10%38%29%39%28%18%34%35%21%30%33%39%16%34%23%41%36%20%19%37%28%33%30%36%28%32%41%37%36%30%28%23%37%33%
Not Very8%-----9%6%7%6%0%8%13%11%5%11%19%4%5%16%7%6%10%9%6%5%5%10%9%13%7%6%12%26%4%9%23%7%9%14%10%5%8%5%9%9%
Not At All1%-----1%1%0%4%20%0%12%1%1%1%23%0%1%2%13%1%2%0%0%36%1%2%0%20%0%1%1%8%1%1%6%1%0%8%1%1%15%2%1%2%
Not Sure0%-----0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%2%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
2Where do you get most of your news? Television? The internet? Newspapers? Radio? Magazines? Or somewhere else?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Television51%49%52%60%43%71%-------70%50%43%68%49%50%52%70%55%49%43%50%74%57%45%48%56%55%50%39%76%52%50%46%49%59%72%53%49%49%52%49%53%
Internet23%24%22%17%12%0%-------12%23%27%0%24%22%25%2%19%23%27%35%7%20%25%23%30%19%23%27%12%23%21%30%23%20%11%20%26%16%24%21%26%
Newspapers13%13%16%12%1%29%-------12%12%19%12%14%16%9%5%14%14%13%5%2%10%18%14%2%10%14%19%4%9%19%12%14%12%10%18%9%14%6%18%7%
Radio9%10%8%7%27%0%-------5%11%7%8%9%8%11%16%8%10%12%6%9%9%8%10%1%12%9%10%4%12%6%5%10%5%3%6%12%12%13%7%9%
Magazines1%1%1%0%9%0%-------0%1%1%1%1%1%0%0%1%1%0%0%3%0%1%1%2%0%1%1%1%1%1%0%1%0%1%0%1%1%0%1%0%
Somewhere Else3%3%2%3%0%0%-------2%3%3%6%2%3%3%4%2%3%3%4%5%2%3%3%4%4%2%3%2%3%2%5%3%4%3%2%3%1%3%2%4%
Not Sure1%1%0%1%8%0%-------0%1%1%5%1%1%1%2%1%1%0%0%0%1%1%1%5%0%1%1%1%1%1%3%1%0%0%0%1%7%1%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
3 Since Barack Obama became President, has American politics become more civil? Become less civil? Or has politics stayed about the same?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
More Civil11%9%12%15%9%26%15%6%9%5%3%6%3%----15%9%14%2%11%7%9%38%10%16%9%5%10%15%10%7%18%3%20%10%10%19%16%14%7%9%5%14%6%
Less Civil63%70%57%45%47%49%62%65%55%74%72%64%66%----67%67%56%37%75%63%46%43%27%70%63%57%50%63%68%50%45%83%44%42%65%49%40%51%77%40%76%55%72%
Stayed About The Same24%20%29%36%17%25%21%29%34%19%23%26%21%----18%23%29%39%13%28%44%18%15%13%27%37%13%21%22%42%23%14%34%41%24%30%34%33%15%37%18%30%17%
Not Sure2%1%1%4%27%0%2%0%2%1%2%4%10%----0%1%2%23%1%2%0%1%48%1%1%2%27%2%1%1%14%1%1%7%1%2%11%1%1%14%1%1%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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
4Some organizations spend money to influence the outcome of an election in another part of the country. This is known as ... outside money. Do you support outside money? Oppose it? Or, do you not have strong feelings either way?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Support12%16%7%6%0%29%12%13%12%11%16%7%16%17%13%9%2%----11%11%12%29%14%18%5%12%4%27%7%18%7%17%7%2%12%14%5%8%17%3%22%7%11%
Oppose59%60%63%37%49%45%58%58%69%54%68%58%62%48%63%57%39%----70%55%49%33%28%55%68%55%57%35%72%41%28%49%72%58%60%55%46%67%53%52%42%69%56%
Don't Have Strong Feelings26%22%28%55%31%26%27%29%18%31%15%31%16%34%23%31%27%----18%33%36%30%29%23%27%31%22%35%20%40%45%32%20%30%26%29%30%24%29%30%34%22%29%
Not Sure2%2%2%2%20%0%3%0%1%4%0%4%5%0%1%4%32%----1%1%3%9%30%3%0%2%17%3%1%0%21%2%2%9%2%2%19%2%2%15%2%2%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
5Which of these 4 statements best describes this year's election? one: the most negative campaign I've ever seen. two: more negative than in the past, but I've seen worse. three: about the same as previous years. four: more positive than previous years.
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Most Negative46%49%43%34%40%20%50%39%49%40%43%38%69%46%54%25%39%43%54%31%23%-----52%52%32%48%26%57%25%31%43%52%33%47%35%38%50%44%33%38%51%39%
More Negative26%25%26%34%34%0%25%27%27%27%40%25%20%18%26%30%29%24%24%32%15%-----23%29%29%7%21%26%33%24%27%23%30%26%25%19%27%25%25%27%25%27%
About The Same23%20%28%28%1%54%20%28%23%30%13%29%11%20%17%42%2%22%19%31%35%-----17%18%37%15%38%15%39%25%25%20%25%22%30%28%21%25%27%30%19%27%
More Positive4%5%2%3%0%0%4%6%2%3%0%6%0%15%3%3%2%10%2%5%15%-----8%2%2%3%14%2%2%9%4%4%8%4%9%3%2%5%8%5%4%3%
Not Sure1%0%1%1%24%26%1%0%0%1%4%2%0%1%0%1%28%1%0%1%13%-----0%0%1%27%1%0%1%10%1%1%4%1%1%12%1%1%7%1%0%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
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?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
More Interested38%47%27%22%16%0%43%34%28%40%13%32%46%58%42%21%29%58%36%34%56%44%34%28%73%12%----65%34%26%40%43%36%19%38%38%38%34%44%21%46%36%32%
Less Interested30%24%39%41%50%20%27%34%41%26%41%30%18%26%30%34%12%12%35%30%5%34%33%23%11%10%----7%40%21%5%25%35%36%30%29%26%36%24%32%22%35%26%
No Difference30%28%33%34%9%80%28%30%31%34%41%35%25%14%27%45%32%30%28%35%26%21%33%47%14%30%----27%25%52%39%30%28%38%30%33%24%29%30%36%30%28%36%
Not Sure2%1%1%3%24%0%2%2%0%0%4%3%10%2%1%1%27%1%2%1%13%2%0%1%1%48%----1%1%1%17%2%1%7%1%0%13%1%2%10%1%1%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
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?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Healthy For Our Democracy17%22%10%16%1%20%19%15%13%22%11%25%2%24%17%15%16%39%10%23%20%10%14%28%60%14%30%4%16%6%----24%12%8%18%14%14%10%25%7%27%12%18%
Hurts Our Democracy64%61%73%47%65%25%64%66%65%60%61%56%80%60%68%57%40%37%78%48%37%80%64%43%24%19%56%85%54%42%----55%75%61%65%58%61%71%58%58%49%73%58%
Little Impact14%14%12%22%9%55%11%17%20%15%21%16%14%9%11%24%5%22%10%21%2%8%18%24%5%19%9%10%24%9%----17%10%18%13%23%11%14%14%16%20%12%13%
Not Sure5%3%5%15%24%0%7%2%1%2%8%4%4%8%3%4%39%3%2%8%41%3%4%5%11%48%5%1%6%44%----4%3%13%4%5%14%4%3%20%4%3%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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
8If the election were held today, would you support mostly Republican or mostly Democratic candidates?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Republican50%56%46%28%46%20%51%51%32%67%44%58%41%12%65%28%30%73%42%60%40%47%53%55%47%38%57%42%50%50%68%43%60%48%---52%39%28%25%75%36%86%28%67%
Democratic42%39%48%49%19%51%42%38%61%29%56%28%34%81%29%59%38%25%51%31%28%48%38%37%39%27%40%49%40%19%28%50%30%30%---41%52%56%66%21%34%10%63%23%
Not Sure8%6%7%23%35%29%7%10%7%4%0%13%25%7%5%13%33%2%7%9%32%6%9%8%14%34%4%9%10%32%3%7%10%22%---7%9%16%9%4%31%4%9%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%90%7%4%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
9Is it possible for candidates to run for office in aggressive, but respectful way, or are nasty, negative campaigns unavoidable?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 1.7%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Aggressive But Respectful Is Possible90%92%87%86%78%100%87%92%91%95%96%86%100%83%93%87%67%90%91%88%65%92%91%87%83%48%90%90%90%73%92%90%86%81%93%87%84%---90%90%79%92%90%84%
Nasty Is Unavoidable7%6%8%8%0%0%8%6%6%4%0%10%0%12%5%8%9%8%6%7%4%5%7%9%14%6%7%6%7%0%5%6%11%8%5%8%8%---7%7%10%7%7%6%
Not Sure4%3%4%6%22%0%5%2%3%1%4%4%0%5%2%5%23%1%3%4%31%3%3%5%3%46%4%3%3%27%3%3%3%12%2%5%8%---3%3%12%1%3%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%46%49%5%28%57%15%
 
 
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?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Ability To Compromise46%42%51%61%26%54%48%41%61%32%33%41%18%63%38%62%33%30%52%42%31%50%48%41%28%25%41%56%45%15%28%51%46%45%23%72%52%46%45%43%---26%60%30%
Willingness To Stand Firm49%54%45%34%21%46%47%55%34%61%60%58%44%33%59%30%28%69%44%53%37%46%48%53%62%38%56%39%49%56%70%44%49%34%73%24%29%49%48%42%---70%36%60%
Not Sure5%4%4%5%53%0%5%3%5%6%7%1%38%4%3%7%40%1%4%6%32%4%5%6%10%37%3%5%6%29%2%4%5%21%3%4%20%4%7%15%---4%4%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%28%57%15%
 
 
11Is it appropriate? Or not appropriate? For political commentators to use language that could be seen as being negative toward Muslim Americans?
1252 Registered VotersAllFollow PoliticsGet Most NewsPolitics Since ObamaOutside MoneyThis Year's ElectionTone Makes YouTone Is...SupportRun For OfficeMore ImportantAppropriate?
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%VerySomewhatNot VeryNot At ANot SureTelevisiInternetNewspapeRadioMagazineSomewherNot SureMore CivLess CivStayed ANot SureSupportOpposeDon't HaNot SureMost NegMore NegAbout ThMore PosNot SureMore IntLess IntNo DiffeNot SureHealthy Hurts OuLittle INot SureRepublicDemocratNot SureAggressiNasty IsNot SureAbility WillingnNot SureAppropriNot ApprNot Sure
Appropriate28%34%20%17%33%29%29%30%13%41%16%33%39%13%34%21%15%52%20%36%27%23%29%36%31%20%34%21%29%18%44%22%39%23%48%7%13%29%28%8%16%40%24%---
Not Appropriate57%52%65%65%41%71%56%54%78%45%78%45%47%78%49%69%39%34%66%48%48%64%55%47%58%24%54%67%53%28%40%65%47%40%32%85%69%57%58%52%74%42%46%---
Not Sure15%14%15%17%26%0%16%17%8%14%7%22%14%9%17%10%46%14%14%16%25%13%16%17%11%56%12%13%18%54%15%13%13%37%20%8%18%14%14%39%10%18%30%---
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%
Composition of Registered Voters100%58%32%8%1%0%51%23%13%9%1%3%1%11%63%24%2%12%59%26%2%46%26%23%4%1%38%30%30%2%17%64%14%5%50%42%8%90%7%4%46%49%5%