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Most important Characteristics in a President

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What is the single most important reason you are supporting Barack Obama (for president in 2012)?...Better for middle class/poor, doing a good job/trying, don't like (Mitt) Romney/Republicans, shares my views/Democrat, like him/personal qualities, reproductive issues/social policy, economic policies, education/environment, immigration, health care, progress/change, other
%
8     Better for middle class/poor
9     Doing a good job/Trying
15     Don't like Romney/Republicans
16     Shares my views/Democrat
7     Like him/Personal qualities
4     Reproductive issues/Social policy
4     Economic policies
2     Education/Environment
2     Immigration
7     Health care
4     Progress/Change
12     Other
8     Refused/Not sure
Sample: National youth age 18-25
Note: Those who said they would vote for Obama (56%)
Millennial Values & Voter Engagement Survey, [Aug, 2012]




What is the single most important reason you are supporting Mitt Romney (for president in 2012)?...Economy/budget, change/move in better direction, don't like (Barack) Obama/Democrats, shares my views/Republican, like him/personal qualities, other
%
13     Economy/Budget
10     Change/Move in better direction
34     Don't like Obama/Democrats
21     Shares my views/Republican
5     Like him/Personal qualities
8     Other
9     Refused/Not sure
Sample: National youth age 18-25
Note: Those who said they would vote for Romney (33%)
Millennial Values & Voter Engagement Survey, [Aug, 2012]




In selecting a president, which of the following is most important to you?...A candidate who comes closest to your views on issues, a candidate who has the right personal style and strong leadership qualities
%
56     A candidate who comes closest to your views on issues
40     A candidate who has the right personal style and strong leadership qualities
2     None/Other (Vol.)
2     Not sure
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [May, 2012]



Confidence in the Presidency

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(I am going to name some institutions in this country. As far as the people running these institutions are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them?)...Executive branch of the federal government
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Aug, 2013]




(Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?)...The presidency
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?)...The presidency
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2012]



Divided Government or Single Party Control

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Do you think it is better for the country to have a President who comes from the same political party that controls Congress, does it make no difference either way, or do you think it is better to have a President from one political party and Congress controlled by another?
Gallup Poll, [Oct, 2013]




Do you think it is better for the country to have a president who comes from the same political party that controls Congress or do you think it is better to have a president from one political party and Congress controlled by another?
CBS News Poll, [Jul, 2013]




As you may know, the control of the Congress is currently divided, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, while a Democrat is President. Which of the following statements is closer to your point of view? I would like to see a Congress and President of the same party because they will get more things done. I would like to see a Congress and President of different parties because they will balance each other out.
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Apr, 2013]



The Presidency and the Constitution

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Do you favor or oppose changing the US (United States) Constitution and removing the limitation so a president could be elected to more than two terms?
Sample: National registered voters
Note: Asked of half sample
Fox News Poll, [Jan, 2013]




Now for something a little different. In February (2013), the federal government will reach its debt limit. Unless Congress raises the amount of money the government can borrow, the government will not be able to borrow more to fund its operations and pay its debts. Currently, Congress is considering whether to raise the debt ceiling. But some think the US (United States) Constitution simply does not allow the US to default. The Fourteenth Amendment says this: Quote. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. End quote. Do you approve or disapprove of the president (Barack Obama) raising the debt ceiling and the government continuing to pay its bills regardless of what Congress does? (If Approve/Disapprove, ask:) (Is that strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?)
Sample: National voters
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Jan, 2013]




Presidents are elected by the Electoral College, in which each state gets as many votes as it has members of Congress and can cast all of them for whoever wins in that state. Do you think we should keep the Electoral College, or should we amend the Constitution and elect as President whoever gets the most votes in the whole country?
CBS News Poll, [Sep, 2012]



Require Congressional Approval for Use of Troops

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If Congress does not authorize military air strikes against the Syrian government, should President (Barack) Obama go ahead with military airstrikes if he thinks that is the right thing to do, or not?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Sep, 2013]




In general, do you think President (Barack) Obama should--or should not--get the consent of Congress before authorizing US military action?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Sep, 2013]




President (Barack) Obama says he has the authority to take military action against Syria without Congressional approval, but has still asked Congress to authorize the action. Do you think Obama would still have the authority to order US military action in Syria on his own--even if Congress votes against authorizing it?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Sep, 2013]



From the Archives


In your opinion, do you think Reagan should have fired (Budget Director, David) Stockman because of the magazine article (in which he's quoted as saying that he has doubts about the Reagan economic program), or not?
Note: Heard/read about Stockman article (66%)
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Nov, 1981]




As you know, President Carter has announced a new federal program to control inflation. That program calls for cuts in the federal budget, cuts in federal hiring, voluntary controls on price increases and wage increases, and a plan to give employees a tax credit for the difference between a 7 percent wage rise and any rise in the cost-of-living over 7 percent. Now let me ask you whether you favor or oppose...Cuts in federal hiring?
Harris Survey, [Nov, 1978]




How likely do you think it is that President (George) Bush would develop health problems serious enough to require Dan Quayle to take over? Do you think it is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely?
Note: See note
Gallup/Newsweek Poll, [Jul, 1992]




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answered Budget deficit/spending/national debt when asked "Thinking about the new session of Congress that is starting this month (January), which two issues would you most like the president (Barack Obama) and Congress to address in 2013? (If Respondent just offers one, probe for second:) Is there another issue you'd like them to address?"
Kaiser/Harvard/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The Public's Health Care Agenda for the 113th Congress Survey, [Jan, 2013]


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