Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #15305
 
1Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Approve58%55%61%59%55%58%60%57%59%52%85%74%47%31%86%47%33%63%88%60%62%54%57%
Disapprove38%40%36%38%38%39%37%38%38%44%15%20%40%64%12%47%63%32%9%36%35%41%39%
Not Sure4%6%3%3%7%3%4%5%3%4%1%6%12%5%2%5%3%5%3%4%3%5%5%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
2Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joseph Biden is doing as Vice President?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Approve51%48%52%45%52%52%55%49%53%44%80%61%51%23%76%45%22%61%77%51%52%51%48%
Disapprove40%43%37%42%38%40%38%40%39%46%17%22%42%67%15%47%68%32%12%37%36%45%40%
Not Sure9%9%10%12%10%7%7%11%7%10%3%16%7%10%9%8%10%7%11%12%12%5%12%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
3Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the job the United States Congress is doing?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.7 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Approve28%25%30%31%25%29%25%28%27%24%54%27%21%13%48%16%17%28%46%35%28%26%23%
Disapprove66%70%62%63%69%65%68%66%66%69%40%69%67%82%44%79%79%66%44%59%64%68%70%
Not Sure6%6%7%6%7%6%7%6%7%7%6%4%11%5%8%4%4%6%10%6%8%6%6%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
4In general, are things in the United States headed in the right direction? Or are they off on the wrong track?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Right Direction42%38%47%36%43%46%47%39%47%38%65%44%43%19%67%33%21%48%69%47%45%39%42%
Wrong Track51%57%46%56%52%47%47%54%47%55%31%41%55%77%24%61%75%45%24%43%47%57%52%
Not Sure7%5%8%8%5%7%6%7%7%6%4%14%2%4%9%6%3%7%7%11%8%4%6%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
5Are you mostly optimistic? Or mostly pessimistic about the future?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.6 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Mostly Optimistic71%71%72%83%70%65%60%77%63%67%83%89%67%60%84%66%61%75%86%74%71%67%76%
Mostly Pessimistic23%24%21%10%24%29%34%17%31%27%12%7%14%33%12%27%35%18%12%19%23%27%19%
Not Sure6%5%7%6%5%6%6%6%6%6%5%3%19%8%5%6%5%7%2%7%6%6%6%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
6Is Barack Obama more of a talker or more of a doer?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Talker39%40%38%37%40%37%42%38%39%45%18%16%36%65%15%46%59%35%12%33%35%42%42%
Doer51%49%54%48%52%56%50%50%53%46%74%62%51%27%74%44%30%58%73%56%56%52%43%
Not Sure10%12%9%15%7%7%9%12%8%8%8%21%13%8%11%10%11%7%15%12%9%6%16%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
7So far, are Barack Obama's policies more liberal than you thought they would be? More conservative than you thought they would be? Or, about what you thought they would be?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
More Liberal29%31%27%22%35%28%33%28%30%32%14%17%40%39%15%36%41%27%15%31%31%28%26%
More Conservative9%8%10%12%5%9%10%9%9%8%15%13%5%5%13%9%7%11%8%7%7%10%10%
What You Thought60%58%61%63%58%61%57%60%59%58%68%69%54%55%70%52%48%61%78%59%59%59%63%
Don't Know Enough2%3%2%3%2%2%1%3%2%3%4%2%1%2%2%3%4%1%0%3%3%3%1%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
8Is Barack Obama more liberal than you are? More conservative than you are? Similar to you? Or, do you not know enough to say?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
More Liberal47%52%42%44%51%46%46%47%46%50%29%42%51%79%18%52%78%40%12%43%46%48%49%
More Conservative8%8%8%12%8%6%5%10%5%8%6%15%3%2%15%5%3%8%19%19%5%8%3%
Similar30%28%32%27%31%34%31%29%32%28%46%20%42%11%51%23%8%36%55%27%35%29%30%
Don't Know Enough15%13%18%18%10%15%18%14%16%14%19%23%3%8%16%19%11%16%13%11%15%15%19%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
9Is Barack Obama fundamentally ... honest? Or dishonest?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.7 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Honest66%68%65%69%64%67%64%67%66%60%87%81%70%43%87%64%45%73%90%68%71%62%66%
Dishonest23%23%24%23%24%22%25%24%23%28%11%9%24%45%8%24%44%17%5%22%19%26%26%
Not Sure10%9%11%8%12%11%11%10%11%12%2%9%6%12%5%12%11%11%5%10%10%12%7%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
10Based on what you know, does the United States treat prisoners of war ... too gently? Too harshly? Or just right?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Too Gently30%35%25%32%33%31%20%32%26%30%26%26%35%35%25%32%39%29%16%27%36%31%24%
Too Harshly20%19%21%17%20%20%25%18%22%21%20%21%5%6%31%18%8%18%49%24%19%17%21%
About Right44%42%45%46%39%43%48%43%45%42%42%49%51%55%34%46%47%46%28%45%39%45%46%
Not Sure7%5%9%5%8%7%7%7%7%7%11%3%9%5%9%4%6%7%6%5%5%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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%
 
11If there was a do-over election for president of the United States today, would you vote for Barack Obama the democrat? Or John McCain the republican?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.9 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Obama54%52%55%57%50%54%52%54%53%46%85%75%50%18%87%46%26%60%87%60%56%51%51%
McCain39%40%38%37%40%38%43%38%40%46%14%24%30%74%10%42%66%33%8%35%37%42%41%
Not Sure7%8%6%6%10%8%5%8%7%8%1%1%20%7%3%12%8%7%5%5%8%8%8%
Total100%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%32%27%24%18%59%41%72%11%11%6%29%39%30%32%48%17%19%23%35%22%