Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #12435
 
Of Americans Paying Attention to Alberto Gonzales, 58% Have 'No Confidence'; 70% Say Congress Should Investigate: 46% of Americans are following news stories about U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Those following the Gonzales story were included in this 50-state poll by SurveyUSA. 58% have "No Confidence" in Gonzales. 43%, including a majority of Democrats, Independents, Moderates and Liberals, say Gonzales is "Fundamentally Dishonest." 70% say it is right for Congress to investigate Gonzales. Examining the results by political party: Republicans are 3 times more likely than Democrats to have Confidence in Gonzales; Republicans are 3 times more likely than Democrats to say Gonzales is fundamentally honest; Republicans are 4 times more likely than Democrats to say it is "wrong" for Congress to investigate Gonzales.
 
Filtering: 2,200 adults from all 50 United States were interviewed by SurveyUSA 7/30/07. Of them, 46% were following news stories about the Attorney General and were allowed to respond to the substantive questions of this survey. Interviews for this survey were completed before a resolution by Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee, from Washington's 1st Congressional District, calling for the Judiciary to look into the impeachment of Gonzales, had been introduced onto the floor of the House of Representatives.
 
1Are you following news stories about U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales?
2200 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Yes46%52%40%23%48%67%48%40%44%34%44%49%49%47%54%53%45%45%45%48%
No53%47%58%75%51%31%51%58%54%63%55%50%50%51%45%47%53%54%54%51%
Not Sure1%1%2%2%1%1%1%1%2%3%1%1%1%2%1%1%2%1%1%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%40%28%72%11%11%6%31%38%26%27%37%16%20%22%36%22%
 
 
2Do you have confidence in Alberto Gonzales? No confidence in Gonzales? Or do you have no opinion of Gonzales?
1004 Who Are Following Gonzales StoriesAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Confidence25%30%20%26%23%27%26%25%20%**47%13%20%50%18%12%23%25%29%22%
No Confidence58%55%60%57%58%57%59%51%58%**35%71%63%32%67%72%59%61%51%62%
No Opinion16%13%19%16%18%14%15%23%18%**17%15%16%18%14%13%16%14%18%15%
Not Sure1%1%1%1%2%1%1%0%5%**0%1%1%0%1%2%1%0%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Gonzales Stories100%55%45%16%42%42%75%10%10%4%30%40%28%28%43%18%19%22%36%23%
 
 
3Is Gonzales fundamentally honest? Fundamentally dishonest? Or do you not know enough to say?
1004 Who Are Following Gonzales StoriesAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Honest26%31%19%24%24%28%25%26%29%**44%16%20%50%18%15%22%22%33%21%
Dishonest43%44%42%54%43%39%45%32%44%**25%51%53%22%50%58%42%46%39%48%
Not Sure31%25%39%21%33%33%30%41%27%**30%34%27%28%32%27%36%33%28%32%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Gonzales Stories100%55%45%16%42%42%75%10%10%4%30%40%28%28%43%18%19%22%36%23%
 
 
4Is Congress right? Or wrong? ... to investigate Gonzales?
1004 Who Are Following Gonzales StoriesAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Right70%66%74%72%71%68%71%72%68%**49%85%71%46%76%86%72%71%66%72%
Wrong25%28%20%26%22%27%25%19%20%**45%12%23%48%19%8%24%25%26%23%
Not Sure6%5%6%1%7%5%4%9%12%**6%3%7%6%5%5%4%4%8%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Gonzales Stories100%55%45%16%42%42%75%10%10%4%30%40%28%28%43%18%19%22%36%23%
 
 
5Is the Bush Administration less corrupt than previous American administrations? More corrupt than previous American administrations? Or no different than previous American administrations?
1004 Who Are Following Gonzales StoriesAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Less Corrupt21%24%17%16%19%25%21%22%20%**41%13%13%48%12%11%20%21%26%16%
More Corrupt51%49%55%58%50%50%51%58%50%**22%71%56%22%57%73%57%52%46%54%
No Different26%26%27%26%29%24%27%20%24%**36%15%30%29%30%12%22%27%26%29%
Not Sure1%1%1%0%2%1%1%0%6%**0%1%1%1%0%3%1%0%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Gonzales Stories100%55%45%16%42%42%75%10%10%4%30%40%28%28%43%18%19%22%36%23%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.