USA TODAY/GALLUP POLL

 

MAY WAVE 1

 

-- FINAL TOPLINE --

 

May 29-31, 2009

 

Results are based on telephone interviews with –1,015—national adults, aged 18+, conducted May 29-31, 2009.  For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.

 

For results based on the – 495—national adults in the Form A half-sample and –520—national adults in the Form B half-sample, the maximum margins of sampling error are ±5 percentage points.

 

Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones (for respondents with a landline telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell phone only). 

 

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

 


 

First,

 

1.             Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

61

34

5

 

 

 

 

2009 May 7-10

58

35

7

2009 Apr 6-9

64

29

7

2009 Mar 27-29

64

30

6

2009 Mar 5-8

65

28

7

2009 Feb 20-22

62

29

9

2009 Feb 9-12

63

26

11

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1

64

25

11

 

 

2.             Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

 

2009 May 29-31

(sorted by “approve”)


Approve


Disapprove

 

 

 

Overall job approval

61

34

Foreign affairs

59

32

The economy

55

42

Terrorism

55

37

The situation in the Middle East

55

37

The situation with North Korea

47

33

(Asked of a half sample) The federal budget deficit

46

48

(Asked of a half sample) Controlling federal spending

45

51

 

                TREND RESULTS

 

A.      The economy

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

55

42

3

 

 

 

 

2009 Mar 27-29

56

39

5

2009 Feb 9-12

59

30

11

 

 

B.      Foreign affairs

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

59

32

8

 

 

 

 

2009 Mar 27-29

61

28

10

2009 Feb 9-12

54

22

24

 

Q.2 (OBAMA APPROVAL ON ISSUES) CONTINUED

 

C.      Terrorism

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

55

37

8

 

D.      The situation in the Middle East

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

55

37

8

 

E.      The situation with North Korea

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

47

33

20

 

F.       The federal budget deficit

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31 ^

46

48

6

 

 

 

 

2009 Mar 27-29

49

44

6

 

                  ^ Asked of a half sample

 

G.      Controlling federal spending

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31 ^

45

51

4

 

                  ^ Asked of a half sample

 

 


11.          Next, we'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news.  As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them.  How about -- [ITEM A READ FIRST, THEN ITEMS B-D READ IN RANDOM ORDER, THEN ITEMS E-F READ IN RANDOM ORDER]?

 

                A.  Barack Obama

 

 

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard of

No opinion

 

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

67

32

--

1

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Mar 27-29

69

28

--

3

2009 Jan 9-11

78

18

*

5

2008 Nov 7-9

68

27

*

4

2008 Oct 31-Nov 2 †

62

34

*

4

2008 Oct 10-12

62

35

*

2

2008 Oct 3-5

62

34

*

3

2008 Sep 5-7

62

35

*

3

2008 Aug 30-31 †

61

32

1

7

2008 Aug 21-23

63

32

1

4

2008 Jul 25-27

61

35

3

1

2008 Jun 15-19

64

31

1

4

2008 May 30-Jun 1

58

37

*

5

2008 May 1-3

58

37

1

4

2008 Apr 18-20

60

34

1

5

2008 Mar 14-16

62

33

1

5

2008 Feb 21-24

61

32

1

6

2008 Feb 8-10

58

34

3

5

2008 Jan 30-Feb 2

59

32

3

5

2008 Jan 10-13

59

32

3

6

2007 Dec 14-16

57

30

4

9

2007 Nov 30-Dec 2

53

33

7

6

2007 Nov 2-4

53

30

7

10

2007 Oct 12-14

53

32

6

9

2007 Oct 4-7

54

27

11

8

2007 Sep 14-16

56

29

8

7

2007 Sep 7-8

48

32

11

10

2007 Aug 13-16

52

29

9

10

2007 Aug 3-5

48

34

9

9

2007 Jul 12-15

49

26

11

14

2007 Jul 6-8

53

27

11

10

2007 Jun 1-3

53

25

10

13

2007 May 10-13

55

20

16

9

2007 May 4-6

50

24

13

12

2007 Apr 13-15

52

27

10

10

2007 Apr 2-5

49

24

14

12

2007 Mar 23-25

53

24

14

9

2007 Mar 2-4

58

18

15

9

2007 Feb 9-11

53

19

16

12

2006 Dec 8-10 ^

42

11

33

14

 

 

 

 

 

^

WORDING: Illinois Senator, Barack Obama.

USA Today/Gallup poll asked on Gallup tracking survey

 

 

               

Q.11 (FAVORABLES) CONTINUED

 

B.  Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi

 

 

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard of

No opinion

 

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

34

50

8

7

 

 

 

 

 

2008 Nov 7-9

42

41

8

8

2007 Mar 23-25

37

33

19

11

2007 Jan 5-7

44

22

13

21

2006 Nov 9-12 ^

38

24

18

20

2006 Oct 6-8 ^

26

28

29

17

2006 Jun 23-25 ^

31

29

27

13

2003 Jul 25-27 ^

23

19

42

16

2003 Jan 3-5 ^

23

18

39

20

 

 

 

 

 

^

WORDING: House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi

 

               


 

Q.11 (FAVORABLES) CONTINUED

 

C. Dick Cheney

 

 

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard of

No opinion

 

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

37

54

3

6

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Mar 27-29

30

63

2

5

2007 Jul 12-15

30

62

2

6

2007 Feb 9-11

37

58

1

3

2007 Jan 5-7

38

52

1

9

2006 Apr 28-30

34

62

1

2

2005 Dec 16-18

41

50

2

7

2005 Oct 28-30

42

51

2

5

2005 Oct 13-16

43

47

2

8

2005 Jun 24-26

48

44

2

6

2005 Feb 4-6

51

41

2

6

2004 Nov 19-21

53

41

2

4

2004 Oct 9-10

46

46

2

6

2004 Sep 3-5

48

44

2

6

2004 Aug 23-25 ^

44

45

2

9

2004 Jul 19-21 ^

47

43

2

8

2004 Jul 8-11

46

42

3

9

2004 Feb 16-17

45

42

3

10

2003 Oct 24-26

55

33

3

9

2003 Sep 19-21

54

36

3

7

2003 Jun 27-29 ^

54

34

3

9

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2

61

28

2

9

2002 Sep 23-26

65

24

4

7

2002 Jul 26-28

57

30

3

10

2002 Jan 11-14

67

20

3

10

2001 Apr 20-22

64

22

3

11

2001 Mar 5-7

63

18

5

14

2001 Jan 15-16

61

23

5

11

2000 Dec 15-17

61

23

6

10

2000 Dec 2-4

58

23

8

11

2000 Nov 13-15

51

22

9

18

2000 Nov 13-15

53

22

8

17

2000 Sep 15-17

46

24

8

22

2000 Aug 18-19

54

21

5

20

2000 Aug 4-5

48

21

9

22

2000 Jul 25-26

51

14

12

23

 

^ Asked of a half sample.

 

 

D. U.S. Supreme Court Nominee, Sonia Sotomayor

 

 

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard of

No opinion

 

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

43

21

15

21

 

 


 

Now, turning to the U.S. Supreme Court,

 

13.          As you may know, Sonia Sotomayor is the federal judge nominated to serve on the Supreme Court.  Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Sotomayor serving on the Supreme Court, or not?

 

 

Yes, vote in favor

No, not

No opinion

 

 

 

 

Sonia Sotomayor

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

54

28

19

 

 

 

 

Samuel Alito

 

 

 

2006 Jan 20-22

54

30

16

2006 Jan 6-8

49

30

21

2005 Dec 9-11

49

29

22

2005 Nov 7-10

50

25

25

 

 

 

 

Harriet Miers

 

 

 

2005 Oct 21-23

42

43

15

2005 Oct 13-16^

44

36

20

 

 

 

 

John Roberts

 

 

 

2005 Sep 16-18 †

60

26

14

2005 Sep 8-11 †

58

27

15

2005 Aug 28-30

52

26

22

2005 Aug 5-7

51

28

21

2005 Jul 22-24

59

22

19

 

 

 

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

 

 

1993 Jun 18-21 ‡

53

14

33

 

 

 

 

Clarence Thomas

 

 

 

1991 Oct 14

58

30

12

1991 Oct 10-13

53

30

17

1991 Sep 13-15

54

25

21

1991 Aug 8-11

56

23

21

1991 Jul 11-14

52

17

31

 

 

 

 

Robert Bork

 

 

 

1987 Sep 1-13 • ♠

38

35

26

1987 Aug 24-Sep 2 •

31

25

44

 

        ^ Asked of a half sample

 

        † WORDING: As you may know, John Roberts is a federal judge who has been nominated to serve as chief justice on the Supreme Court.Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Roberts serving as chief justice on the Supreme Court, or not?

 

                ‡ WORDING: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal judge who has been nominated by President Clinton to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Ginsburg serving on the Supreme Court, or not?

 

WORDING: Robert Bork is a federal judge who has been nominated by President Reagan to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Bork serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, or not?

 

                ♠ Gallup for Times Mirror.

 


 

Q.14/15 SPLIT SAMPLED

 

14.          (Asked of a half sample) From what you know about Sonia Sotomayor, do you think she would be too liberal, too conservative, or just about right as a Supreme Court Justice?

 

            BASED ON –495—NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A

 

 

Too
liberal

Too conservative

About
right

No
opinion

 

 

 

 

 

Sonia Sotomayor

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31 ^

28

3

48

20

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Alito

 

 

 

 

2006 Jan 6-8 ^

6

29

49

15

 

 

 

 

 

John Roberts

 

 

 

 

2005 Aug 28-30

8

24

48

20

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

 

 

 

1993 Jun 18-21

14

4

47

35

 

 

 

 

 

Clarence Thomas

 

 

 

 

1991 Jul 11-14

7

20

46

27

 

            ^ Asked of a half sample

           

 

15.          (Asked of a half sample) Based on what you have heard or read about her, do you think Sonia Sotomayor’s views on important issues are in the mainstream or do you think they are too extreme?

 

BASED ON –520—NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B

 

               

Mainstream

Too extreme

No opinion

 

 

 

 

Sonia Sotomayor

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31 ^

49

30

21

 

 

 

 

Samuel Alito

 

 

 

2006 Jan 6-8 ^

52

30

19

2005 Nov 1

51

26

23

 

 

 

 

^

Asked of a half sample.

 

 

16.          How closely are you following the news about Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

 

 

Very
closely

Somewhat closely

Not too closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

20

40

22

18

--

 

 


 

 

Turning to something else,

 

17.          As you may know, since 2001, the United States has held people from other countries who are suspected of being terrorists in a prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.  Do you think the United States should – or should not – close this prison and move some of the prisoners to U.S. prisons?

 

 

Yes, should

No, should  not

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

32

65

3

 

 

18.          (Asked of those who say the United States should close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba) If the United States DOES close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base and move prisoners to U.S. prisons, would you be very upset, somewhat upset, not too upset, or not at all upset?

 

19.          (Asked of those who say the United States should not close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba) If the United States DOES close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base and move prisoners to U.S. prisons, would you be very upset, somewhat upset, not too upset, or not at all upset?

 

                COMBINED RESPONSES (Q.17-19): BASED ON FULL SAMPLE

 

 

Should,
upset if
does not

Should,
not upset if does not

Should not,

not upset if does

Should not, upset if does


No

Opinion

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

18

14

11

54

3

 

 

20.          What effect do you think the Guantanamo Bay prison has had on U.S. national security?  Do you think the prison has– [ROTATED: strengthened U.S. national security, has not had much effect, (or has the prison) weakened U.S. national security]?

 

 

 

Strengthened

Not had

much effect

 

Weakened

No
opinion

 

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

40

37

18

5

 

 

21.          Suppose the prison at Guantanamo Bay is closed.  Would you favor or oppose moving some of those prisoners to a prison in your state?

 

 

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

 

 

 

 

2009 May 29-31

23

74

2