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Political Report May 2010: AEI's Monthly Poll Compilation

Political Report May 2010: AEI's Monthly Poll Compilation

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Highlights of the May 2010 edition of Political Report include:

* The effects of the recession
* Continuing economic anxiety
* Falling ratings for the President
* Delays in retirement
* The pain of continued unemployment
* The Tuesday primaries
* The Supreme Court
* Too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?
* What people are looking for in the next nominee
* Doe sex matter?
* Atheists, libertarians, Biblical literalists, and socialists on the Court
* First reactions to Elena Kagan
* Oil companies, the Gulf accident, and offshore drilling
* An isolated incident or a bigger problem?
* Drilling Down on Drilling Attitudes
* Immigration and Arizona’s new law
* Attitudes about commencement speakers, Goldman Sachs, GM, and more
Highlights of the May 2010 edition of Political Report include:

* The effects of the recession
* Continuing economic anxiety
* Falling ratings for the President
* Delays in retirement
* The pain of continued unemployment
* The Tuesday primaries
* The Supreme Court
* Too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?
* What people are looking for in the next nominee
* Doe sex matter?
* Atheists, libertarians, Biblical literalists, and socialists on the Court
* First reactions to Elena Kagan
* Oil companies, the Gulf accident, and offshore drilling
* An isolated incident or a bigger problem?
* Drilling Down on Drilling Attitudes
* Immigration and Arizona’s new law
* Attitudes about commencement speakers, Goldman Sachs, GM, and more

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Volume 6, Issue 5 • May 2010
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THE ECONOMYRecession Effects
In this issue of 
Political Report 
, we look at opinions about the Supreme Court, oil companies, immigration, and more. Allof these issues are attracting substantial public attention, but worries about the economy are still dominating concernson Main Street. There is substantial anxiety about a variety of day-to-day concerns such as having enough money to pay normal monthly bills and being able to pay the rent or mortgage. More people are saying that they will delay their retire-ment past age 65, and more are saying that they will have to rely on Social Security and not private sources of retirementincome. We also look at the pain of prolonged unemployment.
Q: What do you think is . . . ?
The most important problem facing this country today
(Top 5, volunteered responses)
May 2010 May 2009
Economy in general 26% 47%Unemployment 22 14Poor health care/hospitals;high cost of health care 15 9Dissatisfaction with government/ Congress/politicians; Poor leadership;corruption; Abuse of power 12 8Immigration/illegal aliens 10 2
Source: The Gallup Organization, latest that of May 2010.
Q: Do you think . . . ?
The nation’s economy is getting better 49%Getting worse 37Staying about the same (vol.) 11
Note: The University of Michigan’s survey of consumer confidenceshows a preliminary May 2010 rating of 72.2, up from 68.7 in May 2009.Source: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, May 2010.
Q: For you and your family, does it . . . ?
Feels like the economy is getting betterfor you and your family 36%Getting worse 38Staying the same (vol.) 24
Source: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, May 2010.
Q: Thinking of the last six months—that is, since November of last year—have . . . ?
I or someone in my family has lost a jobin the last six months as a result ofeconomic conditions 29%Has not 69
Note: In May 2009, those responses were 28 and 70 percent,respectively.Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of May 2010.
Q: And thinking of the last six months—that is, sinceNovember of last year—has . . . ?
Someone I know personallyother than a family memberhas lost a job in the last six months 63%Has not 36
Note: In May 2009, those responses were 60 and 39 percent,respectively.Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of May 2010.
(continued on the next page)
 
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Q: Which one of the following items do you think . . . ?
Most important for the federal governmentto be working on right now
The economy and jobs 47%The deficit and government spending 15Terrorism and national security 8Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 7Immigration 5
Source: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, May 2010.
(continued from the previous page)
Obama and the Economy 
Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (CBS/ 
New York Times
, Quinnip-iac, Gallup/ 
USA Today
)Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy? (ABC/ 
Washington Post
)Q: And please tell me if you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is han-dling each of the following issues. How about the economy? (AP-GfK/Roper)Q: Do you generally approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing in handling the economy? (NBC/ 
WallStreet Journal
)
Approve DisapproveCBS/
New York Times
February 2009 55% 24%AprilMay 2010 48 47
ABC/
Washington Post 
February 2009 60% 34%April 2010 49 49
Quinnipiac
FebruaryMarch 2009 57% 33%April 2010 40 55
Approve DisapproveAP-GfK/Roper
April 2009 58% 35%May 2010 45 52
NBC/
Wall Street Journal 
February 2009 56% 31%May 2010* 48 46
Note: *Asked of a half sample.
Karlyn Bowman
, Senior Fellow;
John Fortier
, ResearchFellow;
Norman Ornstein
, Resident Scholar;
Michael Barone
, Resident Fellow.Research Assistants:
Jennifer Marsico
, Editor;
Andrew Rugg 
, Editor.
AEI POLITICAL REPORT CONTRIBUTORS
 
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Anxieties about the Econom
People are more worried about a variety of economic factors than they were in 2001. In 2001 for example, a third wereworried about not being able to pay normal monthly bills. Today, more than four in ten are worried. A quarter in 2001were worried about not being able to pay their mortgages or rent; in Gallup’s latest poll, 38 percent gave that response.
Q: Next, please tell me how concerned you are right now about each of the following financial matters, based on your current financial situation. Are you . . . ?
Very/Moderately worried Not too worried/Not worried at allNot having enough moneyfor retirement
66% 2010 32%53 2001 43
Not being able to pay medicalcosts in the event of a seriousillness or accident
61% 2010 37%50 2001 49
Not being able to maintain thestandard of living you enjoy
54% 2010 45%43 2001 56
Not being able to pay medicalcosts for normal health care
48% 2010 48%44 2001 55
Not having enough money to payyour normal monthly bills
44% 2010 54%32 2001 68
Not being about to pay your rent,mortgage, or other housing costs
38% 2010 56%24 2001 72
Not being able to make theminimum payments on yourcredit card bills
24% 2010 58%18 2001 63
Source: The Gallup Organization, latest that of April 2010.

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