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CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL Republicans Express Deep Concerns about the Federal Government October 21-25, 2015

Q1. Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Oct15a

%

%

%

%

%

Right direction

26

12

41

24

30

Wrong track

64

84

48

63

63

Don't know/No answer

10

4

12

13

6

Q2. What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?

Jul15e

Economy & jobs

19

19

17

22

22

Immigration/illegal immigrants

5

10

2

4

7

Racism/race relations

4

1

6

3

3

Barack Obama/the president

3

6

1

3

3

Budget/national debt/deficit/surplus

3

5

3

3

3

Miscellaneous government issues

3

5

2

4

2

Income gap/disparity between

3

*

7

3

2

Guns/protect our 2nd amendment

3

*

5

2

1

Health care/health insurance/coverage

2

2

3

2

4

Foreign policy/foreign affairs

2

2

1

1

3

Moral values/family values (not in gov't) 2

3

2

3

3

Poverty/homelessness/hunger

2

1

4

2

2

Education/school loans/better quality

2

1

4

2

2

Crime/violence (general)

2

3

2

1

2

Welfare/AFDC mention/ public dole

2

1

*

4

1

Politicians/corrupt politicians

2

1

1

3

1

Partisan politics/negativity/nastiness

2

1

3

1

1

Community/lack of unity

2

2

1

2

1

Religious values/prayer in schools

2

3

1

3

1

Miscellaneous economic issues

2

1

2

1

*

Other

27

29

27

23

29

Don't know/No answer

6

4

6

8

7

Q3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Rep. Reg. Vtrs

Oct15a

%

%

%

%

%

%

Approve

13

12

15

12

11

12

Disapprove

75

80

74

73

83

79

Don't know/No answer

12

8

11

14

6

9

Q4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?

*********** REPUBLICANS *******

 

Total

Rep. Reg. Vtrs

%

%

Strongly approve

7

8

Somewhat approve

23

21

Somewhat disapprove

35

39

Strongly disapprove

26

28

Don't know

8

4

Q5. In general, is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable or not favorable?

 

Oct15a

%

Favorable

76

74

64

Not favorable

22

24

31

Don't know/No answer

2

2

6

Q6. Which comes closest to your feelings about the way things are going in Washington enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Jul15e

Enthusiastic

2

*

2

2

2

Satisfied but not enthusiastic

17

10

28

14

20

Dissatisfied but not angry

53

54

50

55

48

Angry

23

34

17

22

28

Don't know/No answer

4

2

3

7

3

Q7. How would you rate the condition of the national economy these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?

 

Oct15a

Very good

4

1

6

4

6

Fairly good

34

27

49

27

40

Fairly bad

33

40

26

33

31

Very bad

27

31

17

32

22

Don't know/No answer

3

*

2

5

2

Q8. Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?

Better

23

10

41

17

24

Worse

30

38

21

32

29

Same

45

51

36

47

45

Don't know/No answer

2

*

2

4

1

Q9-Q29 Released separately

Q30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Boehner is handling his job as Speaker of the House of Representatives?

 

*

REPUBLICAN REGISTERED VOTERS *

Oct15a

 

%

%

Approve

38

21

Disapprove

46

61

Don't know/No answer

16

17

Q30A. Is your opinion of George W. Bush favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven’t you heard enough about George W. Bush yet to have an opinion?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

Apt15d

%

%

%

%

%

Favorable

29

67

7

23

30

Not favorable

36

8

65

32

46

Undecided

16

10

16

19

16

Haven't heard enough

14

11

7

20

7

Don't know/No answer

5

3

4

6

1

Q31. Is your opinion of Paul Ryan favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Paul Ryan yet to have an opinion?

 

*

REPUBLICAN REGISTERED VOTERS *

Oct12c

 

%

%

Favorable

40

67

Not favorable

12

7

Undecided

15

7

Haven't heard enough

32

17

Don't know/No answer

1

2

Q32. Would you describe the Republican Party today as united or divided?

Apr11a

United

22

51

Divided

75

45

Don't know/No answer

3

4

Q33. When you think about the future of the Republican Party, do you feel mostly hopeful or mostly discouraged?

 

Jun14d

Mostly hopeful

64

55

Mostly discouraged

34

41

Both (Vol.)

*

2

Neither

(Vol.)

1

1

Don't know/No answer

1

2

Q34 Blank

Q35. Which of these comes closer to your view? The US political system is working the way it is supposed to work with both sides fighting hard for what they believe is right. The US political system is not working because of all the fighting and gridlock.

 

* REPUBLICAN REGISTERED VOTERS *

Oct13d

%

%

Political system is working

22

18

Political system is not working

74

81

Neither (Vol.)

2

*

Don't know/No answer

2

1

Q36. BLANK

Q37. These days, how much do you blame the Republicans in Congress for gridlock in Washington--a lot, some, not much or not at all?

 

Jul13b

A

lot

17

16

Some

53

47

Not much

18

23

Not at all

11

9

Don't know/No answer

1

5

Q38. These days, how much do you blame Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress for gridlock in Washington -- a lot, some, not much or not at all?

A

lot

63

56

Some

29

30

Not much

5

10

Not at all

1

1

Don't know/No answer

2

3

Q39. Which do you think the Republicans in Congress should do compromise some of their positions in order to get things done, or stick to their positions even if it means not getting as much done?

Compromise

56

68

Stick to their positions

39

27

Depends (vol.)

3

2

Don't know/No answer

2

3

Q40-Q41 BLANK

Q43. Do you consider the federal government mostly a protector of your life and liberty or mostly a threat to your life and liberty?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

 

Total

Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

Protector

53

47

68

47

Threat

33

48

18

35

Neither (vol.)

5

3

2

7

Both (vol.)

3

*

5

4

Don't know/No answer

6

2

7

8

Q44. BLANK

Q45. Do you think any plan to reduce the federal budget deficit should include only tax increases, or only spending cuts, or a combination of both tax increases and spending cuts?

 

Feb14c

Only tax increases

4

1

6

4

4

Only spending cuts

27

42

16

26

29

Both

63

55

73

62

65

Don't know/No answer

6

2

6

8

3

Q42. Do you think the federal government in Washington is violating any of your constitutional rights, or not?

 

Dec01a*

Yes

47

60

36

46

24

No

46

34

57

46

71

Don't know/No answer

7

6

7

8

5

*wording change: “…violating any of your constitutional rights these days…”

Q46. Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among more people?

 

Jul15e

Fair

28

52

10

27

30

Should be more even

65

42

85

63

63

Don't know/No answer

7

6

5

10

7

Q47. Do you think it is ever justified for citizens to take violent action against the government, or is it never justified?

 

Jan11b

Justified

23

22

18

27

16

Never justified

69

70

76

64

76

Don't know/No answer

8

8

6

9

8

Q47a. Do you think it should be legal or not legal for same sex couples to marry?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

 

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

Sep15a1

%

%

%

%

%

Legal

56

37

66

61

55

Not legal

34

56

26

27

37

Don't know/No answer

10

7

8

13

8

Q48. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S.? 1. They should be allowed to stay in the U.S and eventually apply for citizenship, 2. They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, but not be allowed to apply for citizenship or 3. They should be required to leave the U.S.

Stay & apply for citizenship

58

44

75

55

58

Stay in the U.S. legally, but not apply

11

15

9

11

10

Required to leave the U.S.

26

37

12

29

27

Don't know/No answer

5

4

4

5

5

Q47b. How concerned are you about the federal government interfering with the ability of people to freely practice their religion very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?

Very concerned

34

49

21

34

Somewhat concerned

22

21

23

22

Not very concerned

18

14

22

17

Not at all concerned

25

16

33

25

Don't know/No answer

1

*

1

2

Q49. In general, do you think laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?

 

Jul15e

More strict

58

41

79

53

52

Less strict

8

14

2

8

13

Kept as they are

31

45

15

36

32

Don't know/No answer

3

1

3

4

2

Q50. Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?

Favor

92

87

98

90

88

Oppose

7

12

2

7

10

Don't know/No answer

1

1

*

2

1

Q51. How much do you think stricter gun laws would do to help prevent gun violence? Would stricter laws help a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

 

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

Jul15e

%

%

%

%

%

A lot

29

14

46

26

27

Some

30

25

36

28

25

Not much

15

17

9

18

16

Not at all

25

42

8

27

31

Don't know/No answer

1

1

1

1

Q52. How much do you think better mental health screening and treatment would do to help prevent gun violence? Would better mental health screening and treatment help a lot, some, not much, or not at all?

 

Dec13b

A lot

50

47

56

47

44

Some

33

34

33

32

33

Not much

9

11

6

10

13

Not at all

7

7

3

9

8

Don't know/No answer

1

1

1

2

2

Q53. Do you favor or oppose allowing more teachers and school officials to carry guns in schools?

Favor

38

64

19

38

Oppose

57

34

79

55

Don't know/No answer

4

2

2

7

Q54. How likely do you think it is that stricter gun laws will eventually lead to the federal government trying to take away guns from Americans who legally own them very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?

Very likely

29

43

14

31

Somewhat likely

23

25

23

22

Not very likely

23

20

29

21

Not at all likely

23

11

32

23

Don't know/No answer

2

1

2

2

Q57. Do you think the Tea Party movement has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence in the Republican Party?

 

* REPUBLICAN REGISTERED VOTERS *

Apr13d

%

%

Too much

18

26

Too little

25

25

Right amount

45

43

Don't know/No answer

12

7

tea. Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement, or not?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

 

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

Oct15a

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

19

43

7

13

23

No

66

45

82

67

68

Don't know/No answer

15

12

11

20

9

Unweighted

Weighted

Total Respondents

1,289

Total Republicans

529

323

Total Democrats

349

402

Total Independents

411

564

Total Registered Voters

1,136

996