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USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll
USA Today
October 21, 2005

Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,008 national adults, aged 18+, conducted Oct. 21-23, 2005. For results based on the total sample of National Adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is +/-3 percentage points

President Bush

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

    Approve Disapprove No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 42 55 3
2005 Oct 13-16 39 58 3
2005 Sep 26-28 45 50 5
2005 Sep 16-18 40 58 2
2005 Sep 12-15 45 52 3
2005 Sep 8-11 46 51 3
2005 Aug 28-30 45 52 3
2005 Aug 22-25 40 56 4
2005 Aug 8-11 45 51 4
2005 Aug 5-7 45 51 4
2005 Jul 25-28 44 51 5
2005 Jul 22-24 49 48 3
2005 Jul 7-10 49 48 3
2005 Jun 29-30 46 51 3
2005 Jun 24-26 45 53 2
2005 Jun 16-19 47 51 2
2005 Jun 6-8 47 49 4
2005 May 23-26 48 47 5
2005 May 20-22 46 50 4
2005 May 2-5 50 45 5
2005 Apr 29-May 1 48 49 3
2005 Apr 18-21 48 49 3
2005 Apr 4-7 50 45 5
2005 Apr 1-2 48 48 4
2005 Mar 21-23 45 49 6
2005 Mar 18-20 52 44 4
2005 Mar 7-10 52 44 4
2005 Feb 25-27 52 45 3
2005 Feb 21-24 51 45 4
2005 Feb 7-10 49 48 3
2005 Feb 4-6 57 40 3
2005 Jan 14-16 51 46 3
2005 Jan 7-9 52 44 4
2005 Jan 3-5 52 44 4
2004 Dec 17-19 49 46 5
2004 Dec 5-8 53 44 3
2004 Nov 19-21 55 42 3
2004 Nov 7-10 53 44 3
2004 Oct 29-31 48 47 5
2004 Oct 22-24 51 46 3
2004 Oct 14-16 51 47 2
2004 Oct 11-14 48 49 3

Please tell me whether you agree or disagree that George W. Bush has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.

Agree Disagree No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 49 50 1
2005 May 20-22 ^ 52 45 3
2004 Oct 22-24 † 57 41 2
2004 Oct 1-3 † 57 42 1
2004 Sep 3-5 † 59 41 *
2004 Jul 30-Aug 1 † 55 43 2
2004 Jul 19-21 † 55 44 1
2004 Mar 5-7 † 57 40 3
2004 Jan 9-11 66 33 1
2003 Sep 19-21 59 40 1
2003 Jun 27-29 64 35 1
2002 Jan 25-27 79 19 2
2001 Aug 10-12 57 41 2
2001 Jun 8-10 54 42 4
2000 Aug 18-19 ‡ 64 32 4
2000 Aug 11-12 ‡ 65 28 7
2000 Aug 4-5 ‡ 70 26 4
2000 Jul 25-26 ‡ 62 32 6
2000 Apr 7-9 ‡ 61 30 9
2000 Jan 17-19 ‡ 65 28 7
^ Asked of a half sample.
† Asked in rotation with John Kerry.
‡ Asked in rotation with Al Gore.

Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with George W. Bush on the issues that matter most to you.

  Agree Disagree No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 41 57 2
2005 May 20-22 ^ 40 57 3
2004 Oct 22-24 † 49 49 2
2004 Oct 1-3 † 50 49 1
2004 Sep 3-5 † 50 48 2
2004 Jul 30-Aug 1 † 48 51 1
2004 Jul 19-21 † 47 50 3
2004 Mar 5-7 † 48 49 3
2004 Jan 9-11 55 44 1
2003 Sep 19-21 46 51 3
2003 Jun 27-29 53 46 1
2002 Jan 25-27 71 25 4
2001 Aug 10-12 52 42 6
2001 Jun 8-10 49 47 4
^ Asked of a half sample.
† Asked in rotation with John Kerry.

Overall, how would you rate the ethical standards of top Bush administration officials — excellent, good, not good, or poor?

BASED ON 512 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A

  Excellent Good Not good Poor No opinion
George W. Bush          
2005 Oct 21-23^ 11 40 19 29 1
2005 Jul 22-24 ^ 8 47 24 18 3
2002 Jul 26-28 15 59 15 8 3
Bill Clinton          
1994 Mar 7-8 4 53 20 21 2
1994 Jan 15-17 6 37 39 16 2
George H.W. Bush          
1989 May 12-16 † 5 54 20 7 13
Ronald Reagan          
1984 Oct 22-23 † ‡ 7 60 17 12 4
1984 Sep 7-11 † ‡ 6 58 19 15 3
1983 Jul 28-Aug 1 † 5 59 22 9 4
^ Asked of a half sample.
† ABC/Washington Post Trend.
‡ Based on registered voters.

As you may know, several members of the Bush administration have been accused of leaking to reporters the identity of a woman working for the CIA. Which of the following statements best describes your view of top Bush administration officials in these matters – some Bush administration officials did something illegal, no Bush administration officials did anything illegal, but some officials did something unethical, or no Bush administration official did anything seriously wrong?

BASED ON 496 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B

  Illegal Unethical Nothing wrong No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 39 39 10 12

Suppose there was an election for president THIS YEAR. If George W. Bush were running for re-election, in general, would you be more likely to vote for Bush or for the Democratic Party's candidate for president?

  Bush Democratic candidate Other (vol.) Not vote (vol.) No opinion
Registered Voters          
2005 Oct 21-23 40 55 1 * 4
National Adults          
2005 Oct 21-23 39 55 1 1 4

Congress

If the elections for Congress were being held today, which party's candidate would you vote for in your Congressional district?

Democratic candidate Republican candidate Undecided/ other
Registered Voters      
2005 Oct 21-23 50 43 7
2005 Aug 28-30 53 41 6
National Adults      
2005 Oct 21-23 50 42 8
2005 Aug 28-30 52 41 7

When you vote for a candidate for the House of Representatives, which is more important to you – his or her ability to do things that help people in your Congressional district (or) that you agree with his or her positions on major national issues?

  Ability to help people in district Agree with positions on issues Both (vol.) No opinion
Registered Voters        
2005 Oct 21-23 45 46 8 1
2002 Oct 3-6 38 53 5 3
2002 Apr 5-7 45 48 6 1
1994 Oct 22-25 50 39 10 1
1992 Apr 22-24 47 41 9 3
National Adults        
2005 Oct 21-23 45 45 8 2
2002 Oct 3-6 39 53 5 3
2002 Apr 5-7 45 48 5 2
1994 Oct 22-25 52 36 10 2
Likely Voters        
2002 Oct 3-6 35 58 6 1
1994 Oct 22-25 46 42 11 1

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling their job?

A. The Republicans in Congress

  Approve Disapprove No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 38 58 4
2005 Apr 29-May 1 42 50 8
2003 Nov 14-16 48 49 3
2003 Oct 10-12 51 44 5
2002 Apr 5-7 59 30 11
2001 Aug 3-5 49 40 11
2001 Jun 8-10 49 43 8
2000 Aug 18-19 45 44 11
2000 Jul 25-26 46 39 15
2000 Apr 28-30 42 46 12
1999 Nov 4-7 38 53 9
1999 Oct 8-10 37 55 8
1999 Aug 16-18 36 53 11
1999 Jun 25-27 40 53 7

B. The Democrats in Congress 

  Approve Disapprove No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 41 53 6
2005 Apr 29-May 1 40 52 8
2003 Nov 14-16 47 50 3
2003 Oct 10-12 45 48 7
2002 Apr 5-7 57 32 11
2001 Aug 3-5 52 38 10
2001 Jun 8-10 54 37 9
2000 Aug 18-19 56 34 10
2000 Jul 25-26 51 36 13
2000 Apr 28-30 46 42 12
1999 Nov 4-7 49 42 9
1999 Oct 8-10 48 44 8
1999 Aug 16-18 48 41 11
1999 Jun 25-27 46 46 8

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Tom DeLay: 

  Favorable Unfavorable Never heard of No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 20 49 17 14
2005 Oct 13-16 18 45 20 17
2005 Apr 29-May 1 ^ 27 38 22 13
2005 Apr 1-2 ^ 27 31 26 16
2005 Feb 4-6 ^ 29 24 24 23
2003 Jul 25-27 ^ 33 19 34 14
1999 Sep 10-14 † 17 11 54 18
^ WORDING: House Republican Leader, Tom DeLay
† WORDING: House Republican Whip, Tom DeLay

Please tell me whether you think each of the following political office-holders deserves to be reelected, or not.

A. The U.S. Representative in your Congressional District

    Yes, deserves No, does not No opinion
Registered Voters      
2005 Oct 21-23 65 24 11
2004 Oct 14-16 63 21 16
2003 Oct 10-12 65 24 11
2002 Sep 20-22 67 19 14
2002 Apr 29-May 1 67 19 14
2001 Aug 24-26 67 20 13
2000 Sep 11-13 66 19 15
2000 Jan 7-10 70 16 14
1998 Oct 9-12 69 17 14
1998 Apr 17-19 65 21 14
1994 Nov 2-6 54 30 16
1994 Oct 22-25 55 32 13
1994 Oct 7-9 55 30 15
1994 Jul 15-17 61 28 11
1994 Mar 25-27 60 23 17
1994 Feb 26-28 59 28 13

B. Most members of Congress

    Yes, deserves No, does not No opinion
Registered Voters      
2005 Oct 21-23 46 44 10
2004 Oct 14-16 51 34 15
2003 Oct 10-12 50 37 13
2002 Sep 20-22 57 29 14
2002 Apr 29-May 1 57 24 19
2001 Aug 24-26 52 30 18
2000 Sep 11-13 54 30 16
2000 Jan 7-10 56 31 13
1998 Oct 9-12 58 27 15
1998 Apr 17-19 55 29 16
1994 Nov 2-6 38 47 15
1994 Oct 22-25 43 45 12
1994 Oct 7-9 37 49 14
1994 Jul 15-17 40 46 14
1994 Mar 25-27 46 38 16
1994 Feb 26-28 42 44 14

How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this November?

2005 Oct 21-23 (sorted by "extremely important") Extremely important Extremely/Very important
  % %
Corruption in government 45 81
Terrorism 45 77
The situation in Iraq 44 81
The economy 43 84
Health care 42 79
Gas prices 41 70
Social Security 38 75
Taxes 35 73

Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems?

2005 Oct 21-23 (sorted by "advantage") Republicans Democrats Advantage
  % % (pct pts)
Terrorism 49 38 R +11
The situation in Iraq 40 46 D +6
Taxes 41 49 D +8
Corruption in government 33 44 D +11
The economy 38 50 D +12
Gas prices 31 51 D +20
Social Security 33 56 D +23
Health care 30 59 D +29

Would you be more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who supports President Bush, or more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes President Bush?

  Supports Opposes No difference (vol.) No opinion
Registered Voters        
(RV) 2005 Oct 21-23 39 55 4 2
National Adults        
(NA) 2005 Oct 21-23 39 54 4 3

Generally speaking, do you think the following are ethical or unethical?

A. Most Democrats in Congress

  Ethical Unethical No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 63 31 6
2005 Apr 29-May 1 55 39 6

B. Most Republicans in Congress

  Ethical Unethical No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 58 36 6
2005 Apr 29-May 1 56 38 6

How well does the Republican Party do each of the following -- very well, moderately well, not too well, or not well at all?

A. Represent your values

    Very well Moderately well Not too well Not well at all No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 24 33 19 22 2
1999 Feb 12-13 15 43 25 15 2
1994 Nov 28-29 20 46 19 12 3
1994 Oct 22-25 11 43 26 18 2

B. Represent your attitude about the role of government

    Very well Moderately well Not too well Not well at all No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 21 36 21 20 2
1999 Feb 12-13 14 41 30 13 2
1994 Nov 28-29 18 46 21 11 4
1994 Oct 22-25 10 42 30 16 2

C. Share your attitudes about the role of religion in politics

    Very well Moderately well Not too well Not well at all No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 22 31 22 23 2
1994 Nov 28-29 13 40 24 17 6
1994 Oct 22-25 8 38 25 21 7

How well does the Democratic Party do each of the following — very well, moderately well, not too well, or not well at all?

A. Represent your values

    Very well Moderately well Not too well Not well at all No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 22 36 22 18 2
1999 Feb 12-13 17 43 21 17 2
1994 Nov 28-29 13 36 29 20 2
1994 Oct 22-25 9 39 28 22 3

B. Represent your attitude about the role of government

    Very well Moderately well Not too well Not well at all No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 18 41 22 17 2
1999 Feb 12-13 18 44 23 14 2
1994 Nov 28-29 11 36 29 21 3
1994 Oct 22-25 7 39 29 22 3

C. Share your attitudes about the role of religion in politics

    Very well Moderately well Not too well Not well at all No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 20 33 21 22 4
1994 Nov 28-29 12 35 28 20 5
1994 Oct 22-25 10 36 24 24 6

Supreme Court

As you may know, Harriet Miers is the person nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Miers serving on the Supreme Court, or not?

  Yes, vote in favor No, not No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 42 43 15
2005 Oct 13-16^ 44 36 20
^ Asked of a half sample.

Trend for Comparison:

John Roberts: As you may know, John Roberts is a federal judge who has been nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Roberts serving on the Supreme Court, or not?

  Yes, vote in favor No, would not No opinion
2005 Sep 16-18 ^ 60 26 14
2005 Sep 8-11 ^ 58 27 15
2005 Aug 28-30 52 26 22
2005 Aug 5-7 † 51 28 21
2005 Jul 22-24 † 59 22 19
^ WORDING: As you may know, John Roberts is a federal judge who has been nominated to serve as chief justice on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Roberts serving as chief justice on the Supreme Court, or not?
† WORDING: As you may know, John Roberts is the person nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Roberts serving on the Supreme Court, or not?

Regardless of how you think the Senate should vote, would you say you are pleased or disappointed with George W. Bush's choice of Harriet Miers as the nominee to the Supreme Court?

Pleased Disappointed No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 40 50 10

Iraq

In view of the developments since we first sent our troops to Iraq, do you think the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq, or not?

  Yes, a mistake No, Not No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 49 49 2
2005 Sep 16-18 59 39 2
2005 Sep 8-11 53 46 1
2005 Aug 28-30 53 46 1
2005 Aug 5-7 ^ 54 44 2
2005 Jul 22-24 46 53 1
2005 Jun 24-26 53 46 1
2005 Apr 29-May 1 ^ 49 48 3
2005 Mar 18-20 ^ 46 51 3
2005 Feb 25-27 47 51 2
2005 Feb 4-6 45 55 *
2005 Jan 14-16 52 47 1
2005 Jan 7-9 50 48 2
2004 Nov 19-21 47 51 2
2004 Oct 29-31 ^ 44 52 4
2004 Oct 22-24 47 51 2
2004 Oct 14-16 47 52 1
2004 Oct 9-10 ^ 46 53 1
2004 Oct 1-3 48 51 1
2004 Sep 24-26 42 55 3
2004 Sep 3-5 ^ 38 57 5
2004 Aug 23-25 ^ 48 50 2
2004 Jul 30-Aug 1 47 51 2
2004 Jul 19-21 50 47 3
2004 Jul 8-11 ^ 54 45 1
2004 Jun 21-23 ^ 54 44 2
2004 Jun 3-6 ^ 41 58 1
2004 May 7-9 ^ 44 54 2
2004 Apr 16-18 ^ 42 57 1
2004 Jan 12-15 ^ 42 56 2
2003 Nov 3-5 ^ 39 60 1
2003 Oct 6-8 ^ 40 59 1
2003 Jul 7-9 ^ 27 72 1
2003 Mar 24-25 ^ 23 75 2

In general, how would you say things are going for the U.S. in Iraq?

  Very well Moder-ately well Moder-ately badly Very badly No opinion Total well Total badly
2005 Oct 21-23 7 35 29 28 1 42 57
2005 Aug 5-7 5 38 28 28 1 43 56
2005 Apr 29-May 1 6 36 31 25 2 42 56
2005 Mar 18-20 8 44 24 21 3 52 45
2005 Feb 4-6 13 40 28 18 1 53 46
2005 Jan 7-9 5 35 29 30 1 40 59
2004 Dec 5-8 6 34 26 33 1 40 59
2004 Sep 24-26 4 42 27 25 2 46 52
2004 Aug 9-11 ^ 5 40 28 25 2 45 53
2004 Jul 8-11 5 35 30 29 1 40 59
2004 Jun 3-6 6 34 35 25 * 40 60
2004 May 21-23 7 35 26 31 1 42 57
2004 May 2-4 4 33 32 30 1 37 62
2004 Apr 5-8 5 30 31 33 1 35 64
2004 Mar 5-7 9 46 28 15 2 55 43
2003 Nov 3-5 † 4 34 34 27 1 38 61
2003 Oct 6-8 ^† 6 36 34 24 * 42 56
2003 Sep 8-10 † 6 41 31 21 1 47 52
2003 Aug 25-26 † 6 44 30 19 1 50 49
2003 Jul 25-27 † 10 46 28 15 1 56 43
2003 Jul 18-20 † 6 48 30 15 1 54 45
2003 Jun 27-29 † 5 51 29 13 2 56 42
2003 May 30-Jun 1 † 11 59 22 7 1 70 29
2003 May 5-7 ^† 30 56 10 3 1 86 13
2003 Apr 22-23 ^† 21 64 12 2 1 85 14
^ Asked of a half sample.
† WORDING: How would you say things are going for the U.S. in Iraq now that the major fighting has ended?

Do you think the United States will – or will not – be able to establish a stable democratic government in Iraq?

  Yes, will No, will not No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 40 56 4
2005 Jul 22-24 37 58 5
2004 Nov 19-21 46 49 5
2004 Apr 16-18 37 57 6

Hurricanes

Thinking about the increase in the number and strength of hurricanes in recent years, do you think global warming has been a major cause, a minor cause, or not a cause of the increase in hurricanes?

Major cause Minor cause Not a cause No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 36 29 30 5

As you may know, Hurricane Wilma is expected to hit Florida. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the federal government is prepared or not prepared to handle the damage that this hurricane will cause?

  Prepared Not prepared Depends (vol.) No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 65 32 1 2

Thinking now about news reporters who enter hurricane areas that have been evacuated in order to cover the story, which comes closer to your view of these reporters?

BASED ON 512 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A

  Performing valuable public service Taking unnecessary risks   No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 44 52 4

Do you think the information reporters provide when they broadcast live from outdoors in the middle of a hurricane is worth the risk to their safety, or not?

BASED ON 496 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B

  Worth the risk Not worth the risk No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 21 77 2

If you were living in the path of a hurricane or other major natural disaster, would you be more likely to evacuate your home (or) stay in your home?

Evacuate Stay No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 88 11 1

Have you, personally, ever evacuated your home because you were in the path of a hurricane or other natural disaster, or not?

Yes, have No, have not No opinion
2005 Oct 21-23 19 81 --

Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,008 National Adults, aged 18+, conducted October 21-23, 2005. For results based on the total sample of National Adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points.

For results based on the 512 national adults in the Form A half-sample and –496—national adults in the Form B half-sample, the maximum margins of sampling error are +/- 5 percentage points.

For results based on the sample of 933 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points.

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

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