November 2012 Omnibus Week 4 Princeton Survey Research Associates International for National Journal Final Topline Results

December 3, 2012 Total: 1,003 adults age 18 and older Margin of error: Plus or minus 3.6 percentage points

Interviewing dates: November 29 – December 2, 2012 LANDLINE INTRO: Hello, my name is ________ and I'm calling for Princeton Survey Research. We’re conducting a study about some important issues today, and would like to include your household. RANDOMIZE RESPONDENT SELECTION - DO NOT RANDOMIZE BY FORM: “May I please speak with the YOUNGEST ADULT MALE, age 18 or older, who is now at home?” AND “May I please speak with the YOUNGEST ADULT FEMALE, age 18 or older, who is now at home?” IF NO MALE/FEMALE ASK: May I please speak with the YOUNGEST ADULT FEMALE/MALE, age 18 or older, who is now at home? CELL PHONE INTRO: Hello, I am ___ calling for Princeton Survey Research. We are conducting a national study of cell phone users. I know I am calling you on a cell phone. This is not a sales call. (IF R SAYS DRIVING/UNABLE TO TAKE CALL: Thank you. We will try you another time...) CELL PHONE SCREENING INTERVIEW: S1. Are you under 18 years old, OR are you 18 or older? 1 Under 18 2 18 or older 9 Don’t know/Refused IF S1=2, CONTINUE WITH MAIN INTERVIEW IF S1=1,9, THANK AND TERMINATE: This study is limited to adults age 18 and over. I won’t take any more of your time... READ TO ALL CELL PHONE - INTRODUCTION TO MAIN INTERVIEW: We’re interested in learning more about people with cell phones. If you are now driving a car or doing any activity requiring your full attention, I need to call you back later. The first question is... Notes: Due to rounding, percentages may not add to 100. An asterisk (*) indicates values less than 0.5%. READ TO ALL: Now I have a few questions about some issues before the U.S. Congress in Washington…

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ASK ALL CC1. As you may know, Congress is considering ways to reduce the federal deficit over the next decade. Which ONE of the following three options to reduce the deficit would you most prefer? [READ; RANDOMIZE OPTIONS 1 AND 2 ONLY] Nov 29Dec 2 2012 38 16 38 4 4

Have about two-thirds of the money come from spending cuts and one-third from tax increases [OR] Have about two-thirds of the money come from tax increases and one-third from spending cuts [OR] Have about half the money come from tax increases and half from spending cuts [VOL. DO NOT READ] None of these/Other [VOL. DO NOT READ] Don’t know/Refused

ASK ALL CC2. As you may know, both Democrats and Republicans are talking about raising more tax revenue from families earning at least $250,000 per year as part of a long-term plan to reduce the federal deficit. Which ONE of the following three options would you most prefer to raise additional tax revenue from high income families… [READ IN ORDER] Nov 29Dec 2 2012 21 29 39 11

Reduce their ability to benefit from tax deductions like those for mortgage payments and state and local taxes but do NOT increase their tax rates [OR] Increase their tax rates but do NOT change their ability to benefit from tax deductions [OR] BOTH increase their tax rates AND reduce their ability to benefit from tax deductions [VOL. DO NOT READ] Don’t know/Refused

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ASK ALL CC3. As you may know, the top tax rate for taxpayers with the highest incomes is now 35 percent. President Obama says this top rate should rise to 39.6 percent, its level during Bill Clinton's presidency. Congressional Republicans say returning the top rate to that level would weaken the economy by discouraging job creation and hurting small businesses. Which ONE of the following four statements best describes your view of how this change in the top rate would affect the economy… [READ IN ORDER] Nov 29Dec 2 2012 8 27 22 38 6

It would not hurt the economy at all It would hurt the economy somewhat It would hurt the economy a lot OR It would actually HELP the economy by reducing the deficit [VOL. DO NOT READ] Don’t know/Refused

ASK ALL CC4. I’m going to read you some government programs whose spending could be cut to help reduce the federal budget deficit. As I read each one, please tell me if you think spending should be cut back a lot, some, or not at all to help reduce the deficit. (First/Next), what about [INSERT ITEM; RANDOMIZE] [READ FOR FIRST ITEM, THEN IF NECESSARY “Should spending on this area be cut back a lot, some, or not at all to help reduce the deficit?”] (VOL.) Don’t know/ Refused 2 2

A lot a. Social Security Nov 29- Dec 2, 2012 Feb 9-12, 2012 Medicare, the medical program for the elderly Nov 29- Dec 2, 2012 Feb 9-12, 2012 Food stamps and housing vouchers that go to low income families Nov 29- Dec 2, 2012 Feb 9-12, 2012 Medicaid for low income families Nov 29- Dec 2, 2012 Feb 9-12, 2012 Defense spending Nov 29- Dec 2, 2012 Feb 9-12, 2012 3 3

Some 19 19

Not at all 77 76

b.

3 2

17 16

79 80

1 2

c.

13 9 7 5 17 18

37 37 28 28 47 42

49 51 63 65 33 35

2 2 3 2 3 5

d.

e.

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ASK ALL CC5. As you may know, President Obama is considering nominating Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to be Secretary of State. Some Republicans oppose her nomination because they say she provided misleading information about the role of terrorists in the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Democrats say Rice was only relying on information about the attack provided to her at the time and that the president is entitled to place his own choice in the position. If the president nominates Rice as Secretary of State do you think the Senate should… [READ AND RANDOMIZE] Nov 29Dec 2 2012 51 35 14

Confirm her nomination [OR] Reject her nomination [VOL. DO NOT READ] Don’t know/Refused

ASK ALL CC6. As you may know, the Senate operates under procedures that effectively require 60 votes, out of 100, for most legislation to pass. This allows a minority of as few as 41 senators to block a majority. Do you think this procedure should remain in place, or do you think it should be changed so that legislation is passed with a simple majority? Nov 29Dec 2 2012 42 49 9 Feb 5-10 20101 44 50 6

Should remain Should be changed [VOL. DO NOT READ] Don’t know/Refused

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CBS News/New York Times Poll. “THE PRESIDENT, CONGRESS AND DISSATISFACTION WITH GOVERNMENT” N=1,084.

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DEMOGRAPHICS I have one last set of questions to help us better understand the people who took part in our survey. SEX Respondent’s Sex 48 52 Male Female

EMPLOY Are you now employed full-time, part-time, or not employed? 43 12 44 1 PAR Employed full-time Employed part-time Not employed (DO NOT READ) Don’t know/ Refused

Are you the parent or guardian of any children under 18 years of age? 30 69 1 Yes No (DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

AGE

What is your age? 21 31 27 17 4 18 to 29 30 to 49 50 to 64 65 and older (DO NOT READ) Refused

EDUC What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received? 3 7 31 17 12 17 2 10 2 Less than high school (Grade 1-8 or no formal schooling) High school incomplete (Grades 9-11 or Grade 12 with NO diploma) High school graduate (Grade 12 with diploma or GED certificate) Some college, no degree (includes community college) Two year associate degree from a college/university Four year college or university degree/Bachelor’s degree Some postgraduate or professional schooling, no postgraduate degree Postgraduate or professional degree, including master’s, doctorate, medical or law degree (DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

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HISP Are you of Hispanic or Latino background, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban or other Spanish background? 13 86 2 Yes No (DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

RACE What is your race? Are you white, black, Asian, or some other race? [IF R SAYS HISPANIC OR LATINO, PROBE: Do you consider yourself a WHITE (Hispanic/Latino) or a BLACK (Hispanic/Latino)? 66 30 11 13 3 3 3 INC INC1 INC2 INC3 White non-Hispanic Total non-White Black non-Hispanic Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander Other non-Hispanic (DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

Last year, that is in 2011, approximately what was your total family income before taxes – just tell me when I get to the right category. (IF “DON’T KNOW” OR “REFUSED”) Keeping in mind that this is a completely confidential survey, can you please tell me if your total household income BEFORE taxes last year was over or under $75,000? (IF UNDER $75,000) Was it over or under $50,000? (IF UNDER $50,000) Was it over or under $30,000? 25 14 21 31 8 $75,000 or more $50,000 to under $75,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 Under $30,000 Undesignated

REG

Which of these statements best describes you? 79 2 17 3 Are you ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that you are registered to vote at your current address Are you PROBABLY registered, but there is a chance your registration has lapsed [OR] Are you NOT registered to vote at your current address? (DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

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PARTY In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? 22 35 36 3 1 4 Republican Democrat Independent No preference (VOL.) Other party (VOL.) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

That completes the interview. Thank you very much for your time and cooperation. Have a nice day/evening.

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