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1 POLL April 1-5, 2009 N= 998 All trends are from New York Times/CBS News polls unless otherwise noted. An asterisk indicates registered respondents only.

2 1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? Approve Disapprove DK/NA 2/2-4/09 CBS /18-22/ /12-16/09 CBS /20-22/09 CBS /1-5/ Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track? Right Wrong DK/NA Right Wrong DK/NA 1/27-28/91 CBS /14-18/ /4-6/ /24-28/ /15-18/ /9-14/05 NYT /27-28/94 CBS /13-16/05 CBS /3-6/95 NYT /20-24/05 CBS /8-11/96 NYT /10-15/ /16-18/96 CBS /29-8/2/05 CBS /19-21/ /9-13/ /8-10/ /3-5/05 CBS /12-13/ /30-11/1/05 CBS /26-28/ /2-6/ /10-13/ /5-8/06 CBS /8-12/ /20-25/ /23-25/01 CBS /9-12/06 CBS /14-18/ /28-30/06 CBS /25-28/ /4-8/ /7-10/ /10-11/06 CBS /24-27/ /21-25/ /13-16/ /17-21/ /22-23/02 CBS /27-31/ /6-7/02 CBS /8-10/06 CBS /2-5/ /1-3/07 CBS /3-6/ /18-21/07 CBS /27-31/ /8-11/07 CBS /20-24/ /23-27/ /10-12/ /7-11/ /22/ /18-23/ /11-13/ /26-28/07 CBS /28-10/1/ /9-17/ /13-27/ /4-8/ /10-12/03 CBS /5-9/ /10-13/ /9-12/ /14-15/ /28-4/2/ /12-15/ /30-6/3/08 CBS /12-15/04 CBS /7-14/ /10-14/ /12-16/ /30-4/1/04 CBS /10-13/ /23-27/ /19-22/ /20-23/04 CBS /25-29/ /23-27/ /4-8/08 CBS /11-15/ /11-15/ /15-18/04 CBS /1-5/ /12-16/ /20-22/04 CBS /1-3/ /14-17/ /28-30/ /18-21/

3 3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy? Approve Disapprove DK/NA 2/2-4/09 CBS /18-22/ /1-5/ Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? Approve Disapprove DK/NA 2/2-4/09 CBS /18-22/ /12-16/09 CBS /20-22/09 CBS /1-5/ Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation with Iraq? Approve Disapprove DK/NA 2/18-22/ /12-12/09 CBS /1-5/ Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation with Afghanistan? Approve Disapprove DK/NA 4/1-5/

4 7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job? App Disapp DK/NA App Disapp DK/NA 7/19-25/ /5-6/ /23-26/ /5-6/99 CBS /8-12/ /13-14/99 CBS /3-7/ /1-3/99 CBS /19-23/ /15/99 CBS /25-29/ /3-4/99 CBS /2-7/ /25-30/99 CBS /23-28/ /4-7/ /13-15/ /12-14/ /16-19/ /10-13/ /8-10/ /20-23/ /28-31/ /27-10/1/ /27-28/ /10-12/01 CBS /4-6/ /8-12/ /18-22/ /23-25/01 CBS /5-7/ /10-12/01 CBS /15-18/ /14-18/ /22-25/ /25-28/ /26-3/1/ /07-10/ /26-29/ /21-24/ /8-11/ /24-26/02 CBS /28-31/ /18-20/02 CBS /27-29/ /13-16/ /1-3/ /22-23/02 CBS /2-3/93 CBS /3-6/ /16-19/ /27-31/ /11-14/ /9-12/ /5-7/93 CBS /13-27/ /15-17/ /28-10/1/ /16-17/ /12-15/ /8-11/ /14-17/ /29-11/1/ /14-18/ /10-20/95 CBS /24-28/ /22-25/ /21-22/05 CBS /12-14/ /13-16/05 CBS /1-4/ /20-23/05 CBS /4-6/95 CBS /10-15/ /5-9/ /13-14/05 CBS /22-25/ /9-13/ /9-11/ /3-5/05 CBS /18-20/96 CBS /30-11/1/05 CBS /22-24/ /2-6/ /10-11/96 CBS /5-8/06 CBS /31-4/2/ /20-25/ /31-6/3/ /22-26/06 CBS /20-23/96 NYT /9-12/06 CBS /11-13/ /6-9/06 CBS /3-5/ /4-8/ /2-4/ /10-11/06 CBS /14-17/ /21-25/ /2-5/ /17-21/ /6-8/97 CBS /15-19/ /13-14/97 CBS /5-8/ /2-3/97 CBS /27-31/ /6-8/ /18-21/07 CBS /10-12/ /8-11/07 CBS /18-21/98 CBS /23-27/ /24-25/ /7-11/ /19-21/ /9-12/07 CBS /19-21/98 CBS /18-23/ /19-21/ /26-28/07 CBS /8-10/98 CBS /9-17/ /12-15/98 CBS /20-22/ /22-23/ /8-12/07 CBS /3-4/98 CBS /4-8/ /7-8/98 CBS /12-16/07 CBS /12-13/ /5-9/ /26-28/ /25-29/ /31-11/1/98 CBS /27-30/08 CBS /13-17/ /10-13/ /19-20/ /19-22/ /3-4/99 CBS /2-4/09 CBS /10-13/99 CBS /18-22/ /30-2/1/ /12-16/09 CBS /12/99 CBS /20-22/09 CBS /24/99 CBS /1-5/ /28/99 CBS

5 8. How would you rate the condition of the national economy these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad or very bad? Very Fairly Fairly Very Very Fairly Fairly Very good good bad bad DK/NA good good bad bad DK/NA 1/92A /4-6/03 CBS /92B /19-22/ /92A /10-12/ /92B /20-24/ / /11-13/ / /9-12/ / /28-10/1/ /92A /20-21/03 CBS /92A /10-13/ /92A /14-15/ /92C /12-15/ /92D /10-14/ /92E /23-27/ / /20-23/04 CBS / /23-27/ / /15-18/04 CBS / /12-16/ /93A /1-3/ /93B /14-17/ / /18-21/ / /24-28/ / /10-15/ / /29-8/2/05 CBS / /9-13/ / /30-11/1/05 CBS / /2-6/ / /5-8/06 CBS / /20-25/ / /22-26/06 CBS / /9-12/06 CBS / /6-9/06 CBS / /28-30/06 CBS / /4-8/ / /21-25/ / /17-21/ / /15-19/ / /5-8/ / /27-31/ / /8-10/06 CBS / /1-3/07 CBS / /18-21/07 CBS / /8-11/07 CBS /96B /23-27/ / /7-11/ / /9-12/07 CBS / /18-23/ / /9-17/ /96C /8-12/07 CBS / /4-8/ / /12-16/07 CBS / /5-9/ / /9-12/ / /30-2/2/08 CBS / /20-24/ / /15-18/08 CBS / /28-4/2/ / /25-29/ /11-13/ /1-3/ /19-20/ /30-6/3/08 CBS /98A /7-14/ /98B /31-8/5/08 CBS / /15-19/ / /12-16/ /00D* /21-24/ / /27-30/08 CBS / /3-5/08 CBS /00 CBS /10-13/ /01 CBS /19-22/ /8-12/ /25-29/ /01B CBS /4-8/08 CBS /01 CBS /11-15/ /14-18/ /2-4/09 CBS /20-23/ /18-22/ /25-28/ /1-5/ /07-10/ /5-6/02 CBS /15-17/02CBS /21-24/ /24-26/02CBS /13-14/02CBS /18-20/02CBS /13-16/ /22-23/02CBS /6-7/02 CBS /2-5/ /3-6/ /27-31/ /20-24/

6 9. Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? Better Worse Same DK/NA Better Worse Same DK/NA 1/92A /27-31/ /92B /20-24/ /92B /19-22/ / /11-13/ / /9-12/ / /13-27/ /92A /26-28/03 CBS /92A /28-10/1/ /92A /10-13/ /92C /14-15/ /92D /12-15/ /92E /12-15/04 CBS / /10-14/ / /23-27/ / /20-23/04 CBS / /23-27/ /93A /12-16/ /93 CBS /12-16/ / /14-17/ / /18-21/ / /14-18/ / /24-28/ / /10-15/ / /29-8/2/05 CBS / /9-13/ /95 CBS /30-11/1/05 CBS / /2-6/ / /5-8/06 CBS / /20-25/ / /9-12/ / /4-8/ / /21-25/ / /15-19/ / /5-8/ / /27-31/ /96 NYT /8-11/07 CBS / /23-27/ / /9-12/07 CBS /96C /18-23/ / /9-17/ / /4-8/ / /12-16/07 CBS / /5-9/ / /9-12/ /97 CBS /30-2/2/08 CBS / /20-24/ / /15-18/08 CBS /98A /28-4/2/ /98B /25-29/ / /30-6/3/08 CBS /01 CBS /7-14/ /01 CBS /12-16/ /8-12/ /21-24/ /01 CBS /27-30/08 CBS /01 CBS /3-5/08 CBS /14-18/ /10-13/ /20-23/ /19-22/ /25-28/ /25-29/ /07-10/ /4-8/08 CBS /5-6/02 CBS /11-15/ /21-24/ /2-4/09 CBS /13-14/02CBS /18-22/ /13-16/ /1-5/ /3-5/

7 10. What do you think is the most important ECONOMIC problem facing the country today? 3/28-4/2/08 2/18-22/09 4/1-5/09 Jobs / Unemployment Greed/People on Wall Street 5 Home Mortgage Crisis Failure of financial institutions 7 4 Fuel costs Health care / health insurance Taxes Housing Trade deficit 1 2 Too much government spending 1 2 Budget / National Debt Jobs going overseas/ outsourcing of jobs Government interference in business 1 2 Auto companies bailout 1 2 Foreign Trade / balance of trade Personal finances / making ends meet No credit /credit market frozen 1 1 Inflation 1 Economic stimulus plan 1 Income gap Stock Market problems/return on investments Welfare Immigration Defense spending /spending on war 5 2 Everything Other Don't know/no answer How much longer do you think the current recession will last six months, a year, two years or more than two years? Six months A year Two years More than 2 years DK/NA 1/11-15/ /2-4/09 CBS /18-22/ /12-16/09 CBS /1-5/ Question read How long do you think 12. The national debt is the total amount of money the government owes individuals, banks and other countries. How concerned are you that increasing the national debt will create hardships for future generations of Americans very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all? Very Somewhat Not very Not at all DK/NA 2/18-22/ /1-5/

8 13. Who do you think is mostly to blame for the current state of the nation's economy 1. the Bush administration, 2. the Obama administration, 3. Wall Street and financial institutions, 4. Congress, or 5. someone else? IF SOMEONE ELSE, ASK: Who do you think is mostly to blame? ANSWER OPTIONS WERE ROTATED. 4/1-5/09 Bush administration 33 Obama administration 2 Wall Street and financial institutions 21 Congress 11 Someone else American people/consumers 1 Clinton administration 2 Other 4 All of the above (vol..) 7 Combination (vol.) 14 DK/NA Besides the economy, which of these domestic policy areas do you want the President and Congress to concentrate on MOST right now health care, energy, education, or Social Security? ANSWER OPTIONS WERE ROTATED. 2/18-22/09 1 4/1-5/09 Health care Energy 5 15 Education Social Security Something else/combination (vol.) 4 9 DK/NA Question read: Beside the economy, which of these domestic policy areas do you want the President and Congress to concentrate on MOST right now health care, global warming, education, or Social Security? 15. If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services? Smaller Bigger Depends(vol.) DK/NA 10/15-18/ /22-25/ /14-18/99 CBS /29-31/00* CBS /1-4/00* /15-17/01 CBS /25-28/ /21-24/ /13-27/ /10-13/03 CBS /28-4/2/ /1-5/

9 16. Do you think it is still possible to start out poor in this country, work hard, and become rich? Possible Not possible DK/NA 1/ /22-24/ /20-21/96 CBS /6-10/00 CBS /13-27/ /26-28/07 CBS /1-5/ Think back before the recession began. During the last ten years, who had the greatest opportunity for financial gain upper income people, middle income people, lower income people or did all people have an equal opportunity for financial gain? Upper Middle Lowe r All people DK/ NA 4/1-5/ Regardless of how you usually vote, who do you think is more likely to make the right decisions about the nation's economy Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress? Obama Republicans in Congress Both(vol.) Neither(vol.) DK/NA 4/1-5/ Regardless of how you usually vote, who do you think is more likely to make the right decisions about keeping the nation safe Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress? Obama Republicans in Congress Both(vol.) Neither(vol.) DK/NA 4/1-5/ Which comes closer to your view: 1. The federal government should spend money to stimulate the national economy, even if it means increasing the budget deficit and the national debt, OR 2. The federal government should not spend money to stimulate the national economy and should focus instead on reducing the budget deficit and the national debt? Stimulate the economy Reduce budget deficit DK/NA 4/1-5/ Is your opinion of Michelle Obama favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Michelle Obama yet to have an opinion? Not Haven t Favorable Fav Undecided heard enough Refused 4/25-29/08* /7-14/08* /29-31/08* CBS /19-22/08* /11-15/ /18-22/ /12-16/09 CBS /1-5/

10 22. Do you think the United States is respected around the world today, or not? QUESTIONS WERE ROTATED. Respected Not respected By some/not others (Vol.) DK/NA 6/26-28/07 CBS /1-5/ Do you think leaders of other countries around the world have respect for Barack Obama, or not? QUESTIONS WERE ROTATED. Have respect Do not have respect By some/not others (vol.) DK/NA 4/1-5/ Compare to George W. Bush: Do you think leaders of other countries around the world have respect for George W. Bush, or not? Have respect Do not DK/NA 6/14-18/ /24-26/02 CBS /24-25/03 CBS /7-9/ /11-13/ /28-10/1/ /20-21/ /12-15/ /1-3/04* /21-25/ How concerned are you that the United States may lose its position as the world's economic leader very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned? Very Somewhat Not very Not at all DK/NA 7/31-8/5/08 CBS /1-5/ Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: In order to fix the problems of the U.S. economy, the United States first needs to work with other countries to fix the problems facing the global economy? Agree Disagree DK/NA 4/1-5/ On balance, do you think trade with other countries both buying and selling products is good for the U.S. economy, or is it bad for the U.S. economy, or does it have no effect? Good Bad No effect DK/NA 11/11-14/ /23-27/96 CBS /20-25/ /23-27/ /28-4/2/ /1-5/

11 27. Which of the following statements comes closer to your opinion trade restrictions are necessary to protect domestic industries, OR free trade must be allowed, even if domestic industries are hurt by foreign competition? Restrictions Allow necessary free trade DK/NA 5/14-18/ /26-29/ /5-8/ /3-6/ /22-24/ /3-5/96* /23-27/ /13-16/ /20-25/ /28-4/2/ /1-5/ In general, is your opinion of the Republican party favorable or not favorable? QUESTIONS WERE ROTATED. Fav Not fav DK/NA Fav Not fav DK/NA 12/85 NYT /00L /88B /8-12/ / /14-18/ / /21-24/ / /13-16/ /92 CBS /3-5/ / /27-31/ /92* /20-24/ /92* /19-22/ / /9-12/ / /13-27/ / /28-10/1/ /94 CBS /10-13/ /95 CBS /14-16/ / /12-15/ / /10-14/ / /11-15/ /96* /14-17/ /96* /18-21/ /96B* CBS /14-18/ /96C* /2-6/ /96D* CBS /20-25/ /96* /9-12/06 CBS / /6-9/06 CBS / /4-8/ /17/ /21-25/ /19/ /15-19/ /20/ /5-8/ /99 CBS /27-31/ / /23-27/ /99 CBS /7-11/ /99 CBS /18-23/ /99 CBS /9-17/ / /5-9/ / /25-29/ /00* /10-13/ /00B* /19-22/ /00D* /1-5/

12 32. In general, is your opinion of the Democratic party favorable or not favorable? QUESTIONS WERE ROTATED. Fav Not fav DK/NA Fav Not fav DK/NA 12/85 NYT /00L /88B /8-12/ / /14-18/ / /21-24/ / /13-16/ /92 CBS /3-5/ / /27-31/02* /92* /20-24/ /92* /19-22/ / /9-12/ / /13-27/ / /28-10/1/ /94 CBS /10-13/ /95 CBS /14-16/ / /12-15/ / /10-14/ / /11-15/ /96* /14-17/ /96* /18-21/ /96B* CBS /14-18/ /96C* /2-6/ /96D* CBS /20-25/ /96* /9-12/06 CBS / /6-9/06 CBS / /4-8/ /17/ /21-25/ /19/ /15-16/ /20/ /5-8/ /99 CBS /27-31/ / /23-27/ / /7-11/ / /18-23/ / /9-17/ / /5-9/ / /25-29/ /00* /10-13/ /00B* /19-22/ /00D* /1-5/

13 35. Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican party or the Democratic party is more concerned with the needs and problems of people like yourself? Republican Democratic Both(vol.) Neither(vol.) DK/NA 10/84A* /85 NYT / /86* / / / / /5-9/ /26-28/96 CBS* /26-27/96 CBS* /1-5/ Question read: "Who do you think cares more about the needs and problems of people like yourself, the Republican party or the Democratic party?" 2 Question read: "...cares more about the needs..." 3 Question read without introductory, "Regardless of how you usually vote..." 36. Do you think big business has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence on the Republican party? QUESTIONS WERE ROTATED. Too much Too little Right amount None(vol.) DK/NA 7/13-16/ /1-5/ Do you think big business has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence on the Democratic party? QUESTIONS WERE ROTATED. Too much Too little Right amount None(vol.) DK/NA 7/13-16/ /1-5/ In his first few months in office, do you think Barack Obama has been trying to accomplish too much, trying to accomplish too little or trying to accomplish about the right amount? Too much Too little About right DK/NA 4/1-5/ In general, which best describes your feelings about the Obama Administration's approach to addressing the nation's economic problems enthusiastic, OR satisfied but not enthusiastic, OR dissatisfied but not angry, OR angry? Enthusiastic Satisfied not enthusiastic Dissatisfied not angry Angry DK/NA 4/1-5/

14 42. Do you think Barack Obama cares more about protecting the interests of ordinary working people or cares more about protecting the interests of large corporations? Ordinary people Large corporations Both(vol.) Neither(vol.) DK/NA 9/22-24/08* /27-30/08* /1-5/ In general, do you think the policies of the Obama Administration favor the rich, favor the middle class, favor the poor, or do they treat all groups equally? Favor rich Favor middle class Favor poor Treat equally DK/NA 4/1-5/ How much have you heard or read about Barack Obama's proposed budget plan a lot, some, not much so far, or nothing at all? A lot Some Not much so far Nothing DK/NA 4/1-5/ From what you've seen or heard, do you think Barack Obama's budget plan has the right priorities for the country, or not? BASED ON THOSE WHO SAID A LOT, SOME OR NOT MUCH IN Q44. Has the right priorities Does not have the right priorities DK/NA 4/1-5/ Do you think the new taxes proposed in the Obama Administration's budget will help the economy, hurt the economy, have no effect on the economy, or haven't you heard enough about the proposed taxes to say? Help Hurt No effect Haven t heard enough DK/NA 4/1-5/ Do you think the spending proposed in the Obama Administration's budget will help the economy, hurt the economy, have no effect on the economy, or haven't you heard enough about the proposed spending to say? Help Hurt No effect Haven t heard enough DK/NA 4/1-5/ The Obama administration has proposed increasing federal income taxes for households making more than $250,000 a year. Some of the money raised by these new taxes would be used to help improve access to healthcare and provide tax cuts for households making less money. Do you think this proposal is a good idea or a bad idea? Good idea Bad idea DK/NA 4/1-5/ What if raising taxes on upper income people hurts the economy? Then, would you favor or oppose raising income taxes on households and businesses that make more than $250,000 a year? BASED ON THOSE WHO SAID GOOD IDEA OR DON T KNOW IN Q48. Favor Oppose Depends(vol.) DK/NA 4/1-5/

15 50. Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration's proposals to provide financial aid to the banking industry? Approve Disapprove DK/NA 4/1-5/ When it comes to government regulation of banks and financial institutions, which comes closer to your opinion: 1. The government should increase regulations on these institutions now to help prevent more financial crises from happening again in the future, OR 2. The government should NOT increase regulations on these institutions now, because that will discourage private investors and slow down economic growth. Should increase regulations Should not increase regulations DK/NA 4/1-5/ Do you think the Obama administration's proposals to help the banking system will benefit all Americans by addressing a broad economic problem, or will it only benefit bankers? All Americans Bankers DK/NA 2/18-22/ /1-5/ Question read addressing a big economic problem 53. How much have you heard or read about the Obama Administration's recent proposals to deal with the financial problems of the auto industry a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all? A lot Some Not much Nothing at all DK/NA 4/1-5/ Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration's recent proposals to deal with the financial problems of the auto industry? Approve Disapprove DK/NA 4/1-5/ As a condition for receiving additional aid from the federal government, President Obama has imposed varying degrees of control over financial institutions and automakers. Do you think in order to receive federal funds, companies should have to accept instructions from the government on how to run their business, or should they be able to run their companies as they see fit? Companies should accept Companies should run government instructions as they see fit Depends(vol.) DK/NA 4/1-5/ How important do you think it is for the federal government to provide financial aid to the auto industry in order to save jobs is it very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important? SPLIT HALF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED EITHER Q56 OR Q57. Very Somewhat Not too Not at all DK/NA 4/1-5/

16 57. How important do you think it is for the federal government to provide financial aid to the auto industry in order to correct the mismanagement of auto companies is it very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important? SPLIT HALF RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED EITHER Q56 OR Q57. Very Somewhat Not too Not at all DK/NA 4/1-5/ How much have you heard or read about the 165 million dollars in bonuses that the insurance company AIG, one of the companies that received money from the federal government, has paid to some of its executives a lot, some, not much or nothing at all? A lot Some Not much Not at all DK/NA 3/20-22/09 CBS /1-5/ Question read is paying to some of its exexutives 59. Do you think Congress has spent too much time, too little time, or the right amount of time on the bonuses paid to AIG executives? Too much Too little Right amount DK/NA 1 3/20-22/09 CBS /1-5/ Question read Do you think Congress is spending 60. Do you think the Obama administration has spent too much time, too little time, or the right amount of time on the bonuses paid to AIG executives? Too much Too little Right amount DK/NA 3/20-22/09 CBS /1-5/ Question read Do you think Congress is spending 61. Do you think the tax code should be changed so that middle and lower income people pay less in taxes than they do now and upper income people pay more in taxes than they do now, or don't you think the tax code should be changed? Should be changed Should not DK/NA 4/1-5/ The U.S. government has given loans to some U.S. auto makers and to some financial institutions. The government required automakers to restructure their companies. The financial institutions were not required to meet the same kinds of conditions. Do you think the auto industry and financial institutions should be subject to the same conditions from the government, or are the problems faced by the auto industry and financial institutions so different that they should be subject to different conditions, or don t you know enough to really say? Same conditions Different conditions Don t know enough DK/NA 4/1-5/ Do you think the government is treating the financial institutions better than the U.S. automakers, or is the government treating the U.S. automakers better than the financial institutions, or are they treating neither one better than the other? Financial institutions better Automakers better Neither treated better DK/NA 4/1-5/

17 64. How would you say things are going for the U.S. in its efforts to bring stability and order to Iraq? Would you say things are going very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly? Very Smwhat Smwhat Very Very Smwhat Smwhat Very well well badly badly DK/NA well well badly badly DK/NA 5/27-28/03 CBS /30-6/3/08 CBS /8-9/03 CBS /7-14/ /11-12/03 CBS /31-8/5/08 CBS /26-28/03 CBS /15-20/ /15-16/03 CBS /12-16/ /20-21/03 CBS /21-24/ /10-12/03 CBS /10-13/ /10-13/ /25-29/ /14-15/ /4-8/08 CBS /21-22/03 CBS /18-22/ /8/04 CBS /12-16/09 CBS /23-27/ /1-5/ /20-23/04 CBS /23-27/ /11-15/ /15-18/ /12-16/ /14-17/ /28-30/ /18-21/ /14-18/ /24-28/ /13-16/05 CBS /20-24/05 CBS /10-15/ /13-14/05 CBS /29-8/2/05 CBS /29-31/05 CBS /3-5/05 CBS /30-11/1/05 CBS /2-6/ /5-8/06 CBS /20-25/ /22-26/06 CBS /9-12/06 CBS /6-9/06 CBS /28-30/06 CBS /4-8/ /21-25/ /11-13/06 CBS /17-21/ /15-19/ /5-8/ /27-31/ /8-10/06 CBS /1-3/07 CBS /18-21/07 CBS /8-11/07 CBS /24-27/ /7-11/ /9-12/07 CBS /18-23/ /26-28/07 CBS /9-17/ /20-22/ /8-12/07 CBS /4-8/ /14-16/07 CBS /12-16/07 CBS /5-9/ /9-12/ /30-2/2/08 CBS /20-24/ /25-29/

18 65. What is your impression of how the war in Afghanistan is going for the United States right now - very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly? Very well Somewhat well Somewhat badly Very badly DK/NA 10/25-28/ /7-10/ /5-6/02 CBS /15-17/02 CBS /21-24/ /13-14/02 CBS /18-20/02 CBS /8-9/02 CBS /2-5/ /22-23/02 CBS /20-24/ /15-19/ /21-24/ /4-8/08 CBS /12-16/09 CBS /1-5/ From what you have seen or heard about the situation in Afghanistan, what should the United States do now should the U.S. increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, keep the same number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan as there are now or decrease the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan? Increase Keep same Decrease DK/NA 1/11-15/ /18-22/ /1-5/ If the government were to guarantee health insurance for all Americans, what effect would that have on the national economy? Would it improve the national economy, hurt the national economy, or wouldn't it affect the national economy? Improve economy Hurt economy No effect Depends(vol.) DK/NA 4/1-5/ If you had to say, which do you think is a more serious problem right now keeping health care costs down for average Americans, OR providing health insurance for Americans who do not have any insurance? Keeping costs down Providing for uninsured DK/NA 2/23-27/ /1-5/ How concerned are you about the health care costs you and your family might face in the coming years very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? Very concerned Somewhat concerned Not at all concerned DK/NA 2/23-27/ /28-4/2/ /1-5/

19 71. Would you be willing or not willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans have health insurance that they can't lose no matter what? Willing Not willing DK/NA 9/16-19/ /11-14/ /14-17/ /23-27/ /1-5/ Compared to other household expenses in recent years, has the cost of your health care gone up, gone down, or been about the same compared to other household expenses? Gone up Gone down About same DK/NA 4/1-5/ Compared to your parents when they were the age you are now, do you think your own standard of living now is much better, somewhat better, about the same, somewhat worse, or much worse than theirs was? Much better Somewhat better Same Somewhat worse Much worse DK/NA 3/9-14/ /21-25/ /28-4/2/ /1-5/ Do you have any children? IF YES, ASK: Are any of your children under 18? Yes, under 18 Yes, over 18 No 4/1-5/ IF PARENT: When your children are the age you are now, do you think their standard of living will be much better, somewhat better, about the same, somewhat worse, or much worse than yours is now? Much better Somewhat better Same Somewhat worse Much worse DK/NA 3/9-14/ /21-25/ /28-4/2/ /1-5/ How would you rate the financial situation in your household these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad or very bad? Very good Fairly good Fairly bad Very bad DK/NA 11/10-16/ /8-10/ /21-25/ /20-24/ /20-24/ /28-4/2/ /7-14/ /15-19/ /11-15/ /18-22/ /1-5/

20 88. When you think about your current financial situation, what, if anything, worries you the most? 3/9-12/95 4/1-5/09 Retirement/Social security 10 9 Losing job Economy getting worse 6 Rising interest rates 2 - Can't pay bills Housing costs 7 Health care costs 7 14 Paying for college 4 3 National debt 2 1 Fear of spouse dying - - Uncertain future 5 2 Credit cards and other debt 4 2 Taxes 3 2 Investments 1 Everything - 1 Nothing 12 2 Other 2 7 DK/NA Think about your household income, would you say that it is more than enough so that you can save and buy some extras, just enough to meet your bills and obligations, or it is not enough to meet your bills and obligations? Can save and Just enough to pay Not enough to buy extras bills and obligations pay bills etc. DK/NA 3/31-4/2/ /31-6/3/ /14-18/ /21-25/ /15-19/ /5-8/ /27-31/ /24-27/ /20-24/ /5-9/ /30-2/2/08 CBS /20-24/ /25-29/ /30-6/3/08 CBS /12-16/ /21-24/ /10-13/ /19-22/ /4-8/08 CBS /11-15/ /18-22/ /1-5/ When you think about economic conditions in this country over the next few months, do you feel very confident, somewhat confident, somewhat uneasy, or very uneasy? Very confident Somewhat confident Somewhat uneasy Very uneasy DK/NA 3/12-16/09 CBS /1-5/

21 91. How concerned are you that in the next 12 months you or someone else in your household might be out of work and looking for a job very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not concerned at all? Very Somewhat Not at all DK/NA 3/31-4/2/ /2-4/ /3-5/ /23-27/ /20-23/04 CBS /23-27/ /12-16/ /14-15/04* /10-15/ /12-16/ /10-13/ /19-22/ /25-29/ /11-15/ /2-4/09 CBS /18-22/ /12-15/09 CBS /1-5/ In the past year, have you made cutbacks in your day-to-day spending? IF YES, ASK: Did you cut back on luxury items or necessities? Both Luxuries & Yes, luxuries Yes, necessities No Necessities(vol.) DK/NA 4/1-5/ Are you currently employed, or are you temporarily out of work, or are you not in the market for work at all? IF NOT IN MARKET FOR WORK, ASK: Are you currently retired, or not? Currently Temporarily Not in the employed out of work market for work Retired DK/NA 4/1-5/ How concerned are you about not having enough money for retirement very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? Very concerned Somewhat concerned Not at all concerned DK/NA 2/23-27/ /28-4/2/ /1-5/ These last few questions are for background only. If you were asked to use one of these five names for your social class, which would you say you belong in upper class, upper-middle class, middle class, working class, or lower class? Upper Upper-middle Middle Working Lower DK/NA 4/1-5/ Some people are registered to vote and others are not. Are you registered to vote in the precinct or election district where you now live, or aren't you? Yes No DK/NA 4/1-5/

22 Did you vote in the 2008 presidential election, did something prevent you from voting, or did you choose not to vote? IF VOTED, ASK: Did you vote for Barack Obama, John McCain, or someone else? Voted, won t Obama McCain Someone else say whom(vol.) Didn't vote DK/NA 4/1-5/09* Some people think of themselves as evangelical or born again Christians. think of yourself in either of these ways? Yes No DK/NA 4/1-5/ Do you ever What is your religious preference today? Prot estant Catholic Jewish Other None DK/NA 4/1-5/ Are you now married, widowed, divorced, separated, or have you never been married? Never Married Widowed Divorced Separated married DK/ NA 4/1-5/

23 Generally speaking, do you usually consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or what? Rep Dem Ind DK/NA Rep Dem Ind DK/NA 1/92A /00B /92B /00A /92A /00D /92B / / / / /00L /92A /8-12/ / /14-18/ / /25-28/ /92B /7-10/ /92A /21-24/ /92D /28-5/1/ /92E /13-16/ /92A /2-5/ /92A /3-5/ /92C /27-31/ /92D /20-24/ /92E /19-22/ / /10-12/ / /7-9/ / /11-13/ / /13-27/ /93A /28-10/1/ /93A /10-13/ /93B /14-15/ / /12-15/ / /10-14/ / /23-27/ / /23-27/ / /11-15/ / /12-16/ / /1-3/ / /14-17/ / /28-30/ / /18-21/ / /14-18/ / /24-28/ / /10-15/ / /9-13/ / /2-6/ / /20-25/ / /4-8/ / /21-25/ / /17-21/ / /15-19/ / /5-8/ /96 NYT /27-31/ / /24-27/ / /7-11/ /96C /20-24/ / /18-23/ / /9-17/ /96C /20-22/ / /4-8/ / /5-9/ / /9-12/ / /20-24/ / /28-4/2/ /98B /25-29/ / /1-3/ / /7-14/ / /15-20/ / /12-16/ / /21-24/ /98B /10-13/ /98C /19-22/ /98A /25-29/ /98B /11-15/ / /18-22/ / /1-5/ / / / /

24 How would you describe your views on most political matters? Generally, do you think of yourself as liberal, moderate, or conservative? Lib Mod Con DK/NA Lib Mod Con DK/NA 1/92A /00B /92B /00A /92A /00D /92B /7-10/ / /21-24/ / /28-5/1/ /92A /13-16/ / /2-5/ / /3-5/ /92B /27-31/ /92A /20-24/ /92D /19-22/ /92A /10-12/ /92C /7-9/ /92D /11-13/ /92E /13-27/ / /28-10/1/ / /10-13/ / /14-15/ / /12-15/ /93A /10-14/ /93A /23-27/ /93B /23-27/ / /11-15/ / /12-16/ / /1-3/ / /14-17/ / /28-30/ / /18-21/ / /14-18/ / /24-28/ / /10-15/ / /9-13/ / /2-6/ / /20-25/ / /4-8/ / /21-25/ / /17-21/ / /15-19/ / /5-8/ / /27-31/ / /24-27/ / /7-11/ / /20-24/ / /18-23/ / /9-17/ / /20-22/ / /4-8/ /96C /5-9/ / /9-12/ / /20-24/ /96C /28-4/2/ / /25-29/ / /1-3/ / /7-14/ / /15-20/ / /12-16/ / /21-24/ / /10-13/ / /19-22/ / /25-29/ / /11-15/ / /18-22/ / /1-5/ /98C /98B / / / / / / /

25 How old are you? Over 64 4/1-5/ What was the last grade in school you completed? Not a Some College H.S. grad H.S. grad college grad Post Grad Refused 4/1-5/ Are you of Hispanic origin or descent, or not? Hispanic Not Hispanic DK/NA 4/1-5/ Are you white, black, Asian or some other race? White B lack Asian Other Refused 4/1-5/ Was your total family income in 2005 UNDER or OVER $50,000? IF UNDER, ASK: Was it under $15,000, between $15,000 and $30,000, or between $30,000 and $50,000? IF OVER, ASK: Was it between $50,000 and $75,000 or between $75,000 and $100,000 or was it over $100,000? Under $15,000- $30,000- $50,000- $75,000- Over $15,000 $29,999 $49,999 $74,999 $100,000 $100,000 Refused 4/1-5/ Was it over $250,000, or not? Yes, over $250,000 No DK/NA 4/1-5/ Male Female 4/1-5/

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