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Political Report April 2011: AEI's Monthly Poll Compilation

Political Report April 2011: AEI's Monthly Poll Compilation

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In April’s American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Political Report senior fellow and public opinion expert Karlyn Bowman along with AEI scholars, Michel Barone, John Fortier, Norman Ornstein and with researchers Andrew Rugg and Jennifer Marsico examines American public opinion on a variety of topics now in the news:

* President Obama: off and running. According to new polls, President Obama is still a formidable candidate despite falling approval on many issues.
* Libya: polls show doubts about the end game
* The environment: as Earth Day approaches, public opinion looks like this:
* Energy: drill now, drill here
* Nuclear: safe, but not in my back yard
* Global warming: real, but exaggerated
* Taxes/tax reform: 1986 and today – this Political Report highlights differences in views about federal income taxes and confidence and faith in institutions.

On a glamorous (or not) note:
* The Royals: polls show that the British still strongly prefer their monarchy to a republic
* The Royal Wedding: polls detect more boredom than excitement right now.
In April’s American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Political Report senior fellow and public opinion expert Karlyn Bowman along with AEI scholars, Michel Barone, John Fortier, Norman Ornstein and with researchers Andrew Rugg and Jennifer Marsico examines American public opinion on a variety of topics now in the news:

* President Obama: off and running. According to new polls, President Obama is still a formidable candidate despite falling approval on many issues.
* Libya: polls show doubts about the end game
* The environment: as Earth Day approaches, public opinion looks like this:
* Energy: drill now, drill here
* Nuclear: safe, but not in my back yard
* Global warming: real, but exaggerated
* Taxes/tax reform: 1986 and today – this Political Report highlights differences in views about federal income taxes and confidence and faith in institutions.

On a glamorous (or not) note:
* The Royals: polls show that the British still strongly prefer their monarchy to a republic
* The Royal Wedding: polls detect more boredom than excitement right now.

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Published by: American Enterprise Institute on Apr 08, 2011
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Volume 7, Issue 4 • April 2011
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President Obama and Campaign 2012
President Obama officially launched his 2012 re-election bid this week. His approval rating is hovering around 50 percentin most polls and about that many say he deserves to be re-elected or that they would like to see him re-elected.
Obama on the Issues
Q: How important are the following issues to you personally . . . ?Q: And please tell me if you . . . the way Barack Obama is handling each of the following issues?
Extremely/Very Approve of the way First askingimportant to you personally Barack Obama is handling Approve
90% The economy 47% 58%86 Education 61 6182 Unemployment 49 5980 Health care 52 5377 Gas prices 36 5176 Federal budget deficit 41 4974 Energy 59 6073 Terrorism 61 5968 Taxes 47 5468 The situation in Japan 75 N/A66 The environment 63 6064 Relations with other countries 62 6955 Immigration 50 4755 The situation in Afghanistan 55 6052 The situation in Iraq 55 5944 The situation in Libya 54 N/A
Note: First asking for all issues was April 2009, except education, which was first asked in May 2010.Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of March 2011.
Q: Regardless of how you might vote, do you think . . . ?
March Jan. Nov.2011 2011 2010
President Barack Obamadeserves to be reelected 50% 50% 39%Deserves to be voted outof office 47 45 54
Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of March 2011.Note: In a March 2011 Pew poll, 47 percent said they would like tosee Barack Obama re-elected; 37 percent said they would prefer aRepublican candidate to win.
Q: Do you . . . ?
Job approval rating for presidents in April of theirthird year in office
George W. Bush 70%Bill Clinton 48George H.W. Bush 79Ronald Reagan 42Jimmy Carter 40Richard Nixon 50Barack Obama (March) 47
Source: Gallup, latest that of March 2011.
 
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Report ShortsThe Country 
Q: Generally speaking, would you say . . . ?
March 2011 March 2010
Things in the country are headingin the right direction 35% 38%Heading in the wrong direction 62 54
Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of March 2011.
Congress
Q: Do you . . . ?
Approve of the way Republicans in Approve of the way Democrats inCongress are handling their job 31% Congress are handling their job 32%
Source: Gallup, March 2011.
Me, Personally 
Q: When you think about how things are going in your own life in general, would you say you are . . . ?
March 2011 March 2010
Very/somewhat happy 80% 80%Neither happy nor unhappy 5 6Unhappy 15 13
Source: AP-GfK/Roper, latest that of March 2011.
Thinking about Libya
Q: All things considered, do you think that . . . ?
The U.S. and its allies made the rightdecision to conduct military air strikesin Libya 50%Wrong decision 37
Source: PSRA/Pew Research Center, March-April 2011.
Q: Do you think the U.S. and its allies . . . ?
Have a clear goal in taking military actionin Libya 30%Do not 57
Source: PSRA/Pew Research Center, March-April 2011.
Q: How confident are you that . . . ?
Extremely/very confident that the militaryaction in Libya will result in the establishmentof a stable, democratic government there 7%Somewhat confident 34Not too/not at all confident 59
Source: AP-GfK/Roper, March 2011.
Q: Do you think . . . ?
The United States should provideLibyan rebels with weapons 15%Should not 77
Source: Fox/Robbins/Shaw, April 2011.
 
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Earth Day 2011: What Americans Think About Energy,Nuclear Power, Global Warming, and More
Many pollsters release updates on public attitudes about the environment and energy before the annual April 22nd EarthDay celebration. Given concerns about high gas prices and turmoil in the oil-rich Middle East, it isn’t surprising thatAmericans give priority today to developing energy resources. It’s also no surprise that President Obama’s rating onhandling energy policy in Gallup’s polls is lower than his rating on handling the environment.Most polls conducted after the Japanese tsunami and problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor show moresupport than opposition for using nuclear power to generate electricity. But the public remains skeptical of building newpower plants in the United States.As for global warming, the proportion saying they worry a great deal or somewhat about it is similar to what it was lastyear (25 percent in 2011 and 28 percent in 2010), but down sharply from earlier years. Although most Americans believeglobal warming is real, slightly more than four in ten believe it is exaggerated in the news, a conviction that has risensharply over the past decade. There are strong partisan differences. Sixty-seven percent of Republicans compared to22 percent of Democrats say its seriousness is exaggerated in the news.
Mega-Watt Concerns about Energy 
Q: With which one of these statements about the environment and energy production do you most agree—protectionof the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of limiting the amount of energy supplies—such as oil, gasand coal—which the United States produces, or development of U.S. energy supplies—such as oil, gas and coal—should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent?
Source: Gallup, latest that of March 2011.
Protection of the environmentshould be given priority41%Development of U.S. energy suppliesshould be given priority50%
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