September 2011 Omnibus Week 5 Princeton Survey Research Associates International for National Journal Final Topline Results

October 3, 2011 1,000 adults age 18 and older Margin of error: Plus or minus 3.6 percentage points Interviewing dates: September 29 – October 2, 2011 CC1. As I read the following pair of statements, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own view – even if neither is exactly right:1 Government regulation of business is necessary to protect the public interest [OR] Government regulation of business usually does more harm than good. Government regulation of business is necessary to protect the public interest 43 47 47 50 41 49 59 54 50 Government regulation of business usually does more harm than good 51 45 43 48 50 41 34 36 41

Sept 29-Oct 2, 2011 Feb 22-Mar 14, 20112 Dec 3-8, 20083 Oct 9-12, 20084 Jan 9-13, 20085 Dec 1-16, 20046 Aug 2-Sept 1, 20027 Jul 8-16, 20028 Feb 12-18, 20029

(VOL.) Neither/Both equally 3

(VOL.) Don’t know/ Refused 3 8 10 12 6 10 6 10 9

3 1

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All trends, except Jan 9-13, 2008 and Aug 2-Sept 1, 2002: Responses were based on intensity of agreement with each statement (strongly/not strongly), but are combined above; Neither/Both/Don’t know/Refused responses also combined. 2 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Typology Survey, n = 3,029 3 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political & Economic Survey, n = 1,489 4 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political & Economic Survey, n = 1,485 5 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, n = 1,515 6 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Typology Poll, n = 2,000 7 Washington Post/Kaiser/Harvard University Politics and Policy Survey, n = 2,866 with oversample of 55+ 8 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Media Update Poll, n =1,365 9 Pew News Interest Index Poll, n =1,199

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CC2.

In making decisions about how much to regulate business, who do you trust more: (President Obama) OR (Republicans in Congress)? (ROTATE OPTIONS IN PARENTHESES)

Sept 29-Oct 2 2011 43 37 1 15 4 CC3.

President Obama Republicans in Congress Both (VOL.) Neither (VOL.) Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)

How much do you think that government regulation of business has contributed to the current economic slowdown in the U.S.? Do you think it has been… (READ 1-3)?

Sept 29-Oct 2 2011 55 29 13 3 CC4.

A major factor A minor factor [OR] Not a factor Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)

As you may know, new federal regulations are planned that would limit emissions of mercury, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants from power plants. Supporters say these new rules are necessary because these pollutants cause health problems like asthma and lung disease. Opponents say the regulations will raise the price of electricity and hurt the economy. Do you think Congress should block these new rules, OR allow them to go into effect?

Sept 29-Oct 2 2011 40
10 11

Block new rules

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Typology Survey, n = 3,973 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Pre-Election Survey, n = 1,938 12 People & The Press – Voter Anxiety Dividing GOP Poll (Times Mirror/PSRA), n = 2,000 13 People & The Press – The GOP Congress Survey (Times Mirror/PSRA), n = 1,800 14 People, the Press & Politics Poll – New Political Landscapes (Times Mirror/PSRA), n = 3,800 with oversample of blacks

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47 12 CC5. Allow them to go into effect Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)

As you may know, new federal regulations are also planned that would limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that scientists have linked to global climate change. Supporters say the government must limit these emissions because climate change is damaging the environment. Opponents say the regulations will cost too much and that man-made climate change is an unproven theory. Do you think Congress should block these new rules, OR allow them to go into effect?

Sept 29-Oct 2 2011 39 52 9 CC6.

Block new rules Allow them to go into effect Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)

In 2010 Congress passed a financial reform law that imposed tougher regulations on banks and other financial institutions. Democrats say the law is necessary to protect consumers and prevent another financial crisis. Republicans say it should be repealed because it is making it more difficult for banks to lend money. Do you think Congress should repeal the financial reform law, OR keep it in place?

Sept 29-Oct 2 2011 42 49 10 CC7.

Repeal it Keep it in place Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)

As you may have heard, a few years ago the state of Texas required girls entering sixth grade to receive vaccinations against a virus that can cause cervical cancer in women. These injections were required for all girls unless their parent or legal guardian requested that they not receive them. Do you think Texas was right or wrong to require such vaccinations?

Sept 29-Oct 2 2011 36 57 7    

Right Wrong Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)

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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? 42 13 43 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? 31 67 2 Yes No (DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

AGE

What is your age? 20 34 26 17 4 18 to 29 30 to 49 50 to 64 65 and older (DO NOT READ) Refused

EDUC What is the last grade or class you completed in school? (DO NOT READ) 1 10 32 3 24 18 11 2 None, or grade 1 to 8 High school incomplete (Grades 9-11) High school graduate, Grade 12, or GED certificate Technical, trade or vocational school AFTER high school Some college or university work, but no four-year degree College or university graduate (BA, BS or other four-year degree) Post graduate or professional schooling after college (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? 12 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)? 68 29 11 12 2 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 2010, 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? 24 14 19 33 9 $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? 74 4 20 2 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? 23 30 37 4 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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