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Bloomberg Survey

Bloomberg Survey

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10/13/2010

 
Bloomberg National Poll
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ELZER
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OMPANY
Study #19991,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and over October 7-10, 2010Margin of Error: ± 3.1 percentage points
Weighted by age and race
Includes 721 likely votersMargin of Error for likely voters: ± 3.7 percentage points
MethodologyOctober 13 (Bloomberg) --
The Bloomberg National Poll, conducted October 7-10 for Bloomberg Newsby Selzer & Co. Inc. of Des Moines, IA, is based on interviews with 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 or older, of whom 721 qualified as likely voters in the 2010 general election.Interviewers contacted households with randomly selected landline and cell phone telephone numbers.Percentages based on the full sample of 1,000 U.S. adults may have a maximum margin of error of plus orminus 3.1 percentage points. Many questions are reported based on likely voters only. Percentages basedon the subsample of 721 likely voters may have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.7percentage points.Responses were weighted by age and race to reflect the general population based on recent census data.Results based on smaller samples of respondents—such as by gender or age—have a larger margin of error. Republishing the copyrighted Bloomberg National Poll without credit to Bloomberg News isprohibited.
Poll Questions
In general, do you think things in the nation are headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off onthe wrong track?
(Based just on those who say they will definitely vote or have already voted in the 2010 generalelection; n=721.)
 
31
Right direction
64
Wrong track 
5
Not sureWhich of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now?
(Read list.Rotate.)
(Based just on those who say they will definitely vote or have already voted in the 2010 general election; n=721.)
Sorted.
 
49
Unemployment and jobs
27
The federal deficit and government spending
10
Health care
7
The war in Afghanistan
5
Immigration
1
Other (VOL) (specify:)
1
Not sure
 
 
 
Which of the following best describes your view of your economic situation compared to thebeginning of 2009?
 
(Based on all adults in the survey, n = 1,000.)
25
Things have improved for me recently
34
Things have not improved, but I know things will get better
12
Things are worse
22
I’m mad at how bad things are and do not expect things will not get better anytime soon
7
Not sureThinking about your future, how confident are you in each of the following—very confident, fairlyconfident, just somewhat confident, or not confident? If this does not apply to you, just say so.
(Rotatelist.
)
 
(Based on all adults in the survey, n = 1,000.)
 
VeryConfidentFairlyConfidentJustSomewhatConfidentNotConfidentDoes notApply Not sure
You will have enough moneyin retirement
19 20 16 39 4 2
You will not have to keepworking beyond the age youwant to retire
19 15 12 37 16 1
(Asked only of those <age 65;n=621)
 
Social Security andMedicare will pay youbenefits equivalent to whatseniors get today
7 11 17 57 6 2
The children in your life willhave a better life than youhave
22 15 18 33 11 1
 
 
The U.S. avoided what many experts said could have been a major economic collapse in 2008 and thereare signs of recovery, though unemployment remains high and many people are still struggling. Foreach of the following people and institutions, I’d like you to tell me if you think they did more to help ormore to hurt the U.S. economy. Just answer “helped” or “hurt.” If you don’t know enough to answer, just say so.
(Read list. Rotate.)
Helped Hurt Not sureLikely voters
33 34 33
Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the FederalReserve
U.S. adults
29 31 40
Likely voters
23 40 37
Timothy Geithner, the secretary of the Treasury
U.S. adults
20 34 46
Likely voters
45 47 8
President Barack Obama
U.S. adults
44 45 11
Likely voters
24 66 10
Former President George W. Bush
U.S. adults
22 66 12
Likely voters
6 82 12
Wall Street financial firms and banks
U.S. adults
8 78 14
Likely voters
33 53 14
The Democrats in Congress
U.S. adults
34 47 19
Likely voters
25 57 18
The Republicans in Congress
U.S. adults
23 54 23
Likely voters
6 88 6
The mortgage industry
U.S. adults
7 83 10
Which of the following best describes your attitude toward the federal budget deficit?
(Read list.)
 
LikelyvotersU.S.adults
55 53
It is dangerously out of control and threatens our economic future
39 40
It is a manageable burden that will require some sacrifice down the road
4 4
It will cause no lasting harm
2 3
Not sureA few weeks ago, the Republicans in Congress issued a platform for the midterm elections calledthe Pledge to America. It calls for cutting taxes and reducing
 
some government spending,excluding Social Security, Medicare, and defense. Do you think this plan is a good idea or a badidea?
(Based just on those who say they will definitely vote or have already voted in the 2010 general election;n=721.)
 
48
Good idea
39
Bad idea
13
Not sure

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