Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #18989
 
9 Mos to Election Day in WA State: Obama Net Approval Minus 5; Voters Split on Same-Sex Marriage:

9 months from Election Day, Barack Obama has a net approval rating of Minus 5 in Washington State, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KING-TV Seattle. 42% today approve of the job he is doing as president, 47% disapprove. But: the number of Washington voters who say Obama has been a worse president than they expected is 2.5 times greater than the number who say Obama has been better than they expected. On specific aspects of his administration, Obama is:

* Plus 14 on his handling of Iraq.
* Minus 1 on his handling of Afghanistan.
* Minus 19 on his handling of the economy.
* Minus 20 on his handling of health care.
* Minus 26 on his handling of the federal deficit.

Voters are split on whether the current state of the economy is more Obama's responsibility or more the responsibility of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Voters are split on whether the U.S. Government was right to bail out U.S. auto makers, 47% saying it was wrong, 36% saying it was right.

Voters are also divided on how they would react if Washington's new law allowing same-sex couples to marry were put to public referendum. 50% say they would vote to approve the law, 45% say they would vote to reject the law. Young and old are on opposite sides of this issue.

Cell phone respondents and home phone respondents included in this research. 650 registered voters from the state of WA were interviewed by SurveyUSA 02/13/12 through 02/15/12. Of them, 572 were registered to vote and asked the questions that appear here. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (75% of registered voters) were interviewed on a home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents unreachable on a home telephone (25% of registered voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device. In this research, cell phone and home phone respondents vote differently on key issues. Examples: on Washington's new law allowing same-sex marriage, home phone respondents are 7 points opposed, cell phone respondents are 40 points in favor, a 47-point difference. Excluding cell phone respondents, as many pollsters continue to do, indefensibly, would create false learning on this topic. Obama's approval rating among home phone respondents is Minus 10. Obama's approval rating among cell phone respondents is Plus 8, an 18-point difference.

 
1Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Approve42%39%46%43%47%38%44%45%40%42%**40%42%43%42%5%15%9%36%66%81%93%11%85%37%18%44%16%16%41%81%73%16%41%74%30%41%47%46%37%44%39%42%44%
Disapprove47%51%44%36%42%58%52%39%56%50%**24%49%35%52%95%81%80%37%22%15%5%85%11%47%82%45%78%76%46%8%25%77%46%15%55%45%47%41%52%50%54%53%42%
Not Sure10%11%10%21%11%5%4%16%4%8%**36%8%23%6%0%5%10%27%13%4%2%3%3%16%0%11%6%8%13%11%2%7%13%10%15%14%6%13%11%7%8%5%14%
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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
2Overall, has Barack Obama been a better president than you expected? A worse president than you expected? Or, the same as you expected?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Better18%19%17%26%24%10%11%25%10%16%**30%24%33%13%6%11%5%23%18%27%41%9%32%15%16%18%15%13%17%26%21%14%17%22%17%18%18%22%16%15%14%17%20%
Worse43%47%39%33%31%57%46%32%53%43%**38%46%31%47%77%62%62%43%31%17%7%67%13%46%60%42%65%62%40%19%34%63%40%24%52%41%43%37%44%48%47%47%39%
About The Same37%32%42%34%44%32%43%38%36%40%**19%27%30%39%18%27%31%23%50%56%52%24%55%35%24%38%16%25%39%55%45%22%39%51%28%38%39%36%39%36%37%36%38%
Not Sure2%3%2%7%1%0%0%4%0%1%**14%3%6%1%0%0%2%11%1%0%0%0%0%4%0%2%5%0%3%0%0%1%3%2%3%4%1%5%0%1%2%0%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
3Do you approve? ... Or disapprove? ... of President Obama's handling of ... the economy?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Approve37%36%38%38%38%34%39%38%36%36%**40%42%41%36%7%13%8%30%53%70%92%11%78%30%16%39%16%13%36%66%68%14%36%64%26%36%41%34%38%39%35%35%39%
Disapprove56%57%55%47%53%64%56%50%61%58%**40%50%44%60%93%86%88%46%39%23%8%88%17%58%82%54%82%81%54%26%29%81%54%28%67%51%56%54%56%57%58%59%53%
Not Sure7%8%7%15%9%2%5%12%3%6%**20%8%15%5%0%1%5%24%8%7%1%0%4%11%2%7%3%5%10%8%2%5%10%7%8%12%3%12%6%4%7%6%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
4Do you approve? ... Or disapprove? ... of President Obama's handling of ... the federal deficit?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Approve32%30%34%29%35%33%32%31%33%32%**31%28%31%32%7%13%7%21%42%67%87%11%74%23%14%34%17%11%28%59%67%13%28%61%24%28%38%31%28%38%28%27%36%
Disapprove58%62%54%54%55%62%59%55%61%58%**50%65%53%59%91%84%86%58%45%22%8%87%17%63%86%56%79%83%61%26%26%82%61%26%64%57%57%54%64%55%60%65%54%
Not Sure10%8%12%17%10%5%9%14%6%10%**19%7%16%8%2%3%7%21%14%11%5%3%9%14%0%10%5%6%11%14%7%6%11%13%12%15%5%15%8%7%12%7%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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
5Do you approve? ... Or disapprove? ... of President Obama's handling of ... health care?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Approve36%32%40%35%42%30%41%38%34%36%**33%36%37%36%6%11%7%33%48%76%80%9%78%29%11%38%13%13%35%64%66%13%35%64%29%29%44%36%32%38%32%34%39%
Disapprove56%60%52%51%52%63%54%52%60%56%**55%51%48%58%94%88%89%51%33%18%12%90%16%58%89%53%84%85%55%22%31%84%55%24%60%58%52%50%61%57%60%61%51%
Not Sure8%9%8%14%6%7%6%10%6%8%**12%12%15%6%0%1%4%15%18%6%8%1%6%12%0%8%3%3%11%14%4%3%11%11%10%13%3%14%6%5%8%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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
6Do you approve? ... Or disapprove? ... of President Obama's handling of ... Iraq?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Approve51%51%50%46%54%48%58%50%52%52%**42%43%44%53%12%27%38%49%67%66%94%22%76%52%24%53%23%32%54%72%70%29%54%71%43%45%58%46%46%60%49%46%54%
Disapprove37%36%38%36%33%40%38%35%39%37%**34%41%34%38%81%50%51%28%23%29%4%61%20%34%66%35%63%56%33%16%24%59%33%19%48%35%36%36%43%34%36%44%35%
Not Sure12%13%12%18%12%11%4%16%9%11%**24%16%22%9%7%22%10%23%10%5%2%17%4%14%10%12%13%12%13%11%6%12%13%11%9%20%7%18%11%7%16%9%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
7Do you approve? ... Or disapprove? ... of President Obama's handling of ... Afghanistan?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Approve42%43%41%42%48%36%47%44%40%44%**48%27%43%42%15%30%29%35%49%64%79%25%70%38%20%44%25%28%42%57%59%27%42%59%39%37%47%41%40%44%40%48%41%
Disapprove43%44%43%34%38%54%44%36%51%42%**27%63%30%48%82%56%61%36%32%27%16%65%23%43%75%41%64%60%41%25%32%61%41%26%44%43%43%39%46%45%47%43%42%
Not Sure15%13%16%24%15%10%9%20%10%14%**25%10%27%11%4%14%11%29%19%9%5%11%7%19%5%15%10%11%17%17%9%11%17%15%16%19%10%20%13%11%13%9%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
8Is the national economy now headed in the right direction? Or the wrong direction?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Right Direction37%34%40%34%44%33%41%38%36%36%**43%40%39%36%3%18%10%36%45%72%87%13%77%30%12%39%17%14%39%67%57%15%39%60%29%33%43%32%34%45%38%34%38%
Wrong Direction49%51%46%42%44%58%48%43%54%51%**27%47%39%52%92%75%79%43%25%19%7%81%15%49%84%46%77%75%47%12%25%75%47%20%51%48%49%47%53%46%51%57%44%
Not Sure14%15%14%25%12%9%11%19%10%13%**29%14%22%12%5%7%11%21%30%9%6%6%8%20%4%15%5%11%14%21%18%9%14%20%20%20%8%21%12%9%11%10%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
9Who is more responsible for the current state of the U.S. economy? Barack Obama? Or George W. Bush?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Barack Obama40%46%33%36%39%41%42%38%42%39%**42%44%37%40%89%61%52%36%18%24%13%70%20%35%72%37%72%59%37%17%13%63%37%17%39%38%41%32%46%42%40%44%37%
George W. Bush50%46%55%50%49%49%54%50%51%50%**51%48%49%51%8%24%28%51%78%70%85%18%76%53%19%53%25%26%50%78%83%26%50%78%49%50%51%57%44%49%51%51%50%
Not Sure10%8%13%13%12%10%4%13%8%11%**7%8%14%9%2%16%20%13%3%6%2%11%4%12%9%10%3%15%13%5%5%11%13%5%11%12%8%11%10%10%9%5%13%
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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
10Was the United States right? ... Or wrong? ... to spend money to bail out U.S. auto makers?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Right36%38%34%28%37%39%43%32%40%38%**28%31%31%38%9%31%24%30%39%58%71%23%63%31%20%38%33%21%37%54%57%24%37%50%24%32%44%30%37%43%39%28%39%
Wrong47%48%46%41%45%51%51%43%51%47%**50%48%41%49%91%61%60%43%37%30%15%71%24%47%75%46%59%67%43%30%23%64%43%33%57%47%44%45%51%45%49%60%41%
Not Sure16%13%19%30%18%10%6%25%8%15%**22%21%28%12%0%9%15%27%25%12%15%6%13%22%5%16%8%13%20%16%20%11%20%17%19%21%12%25%12%12%13%12%20%
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%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
11A new law will allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington state. If you were asked to approve or reject the law, how would you vote?
572 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanPartyPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.2 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtCell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KW WAE WAMetro Se
Approve50%45%55%62%54%46%35%58%42%50%**39%53%66%45%12%18%29%57%73%75%83%16%78%53%18%52%17%20%53%81%90%19%53%82%46%48%54%51%45%54%47%38%57%
Reject45%50%40%29%41%52%62%34%56%46%**44%44%26%52%86%82%66%32%21%23%16%83%21%40%81%44%78%79%41%14%8%79%41%13%49%45%44%41%51%43%49%58%38%
Not Sure5%5%5%9%5%1%3%7%2%3%**18%3%9%3%2%0%5%11%6%2%1%1%2%7%1%4%5%1%6%5%2%2%6%5%5%7%2%7%4%2%4%4%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%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%51%49%27%22%34%17%49%51%78%3%8%11%25%75%8%15%19%17%19%14%8%23%23%55%6%91%10%22%40%17%7%32%40%28%13%41%45%33%34%33%27%21%51%
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.