Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey

Reason-Rupe 2014 August Survey

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REASON-RUPE POLL TOPLINE RESULTS

RELEASED: AUGUST 2014

The Reason-Rupe August 2014 Poll interviewed 1,000 adults on both mobile (500) and landline (500) phones, including 291 respondents without landlines, from August 6-10, 2014 from the continental United States and the District of Columbia using live telephone interviews. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.7%. For Form A respondents (n=500), the margin of error is +/- 5.2%. For Form B respondents (n=500), the margin of error is +/- 5.2%. Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) conducted the survey. Interviews were done in English by Braun Research Incorporated. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. When feasible, answer choices within questions were rotated or randomized. For more methodological information, please visit https://reason.com/reason-rupe-poll-methodology.. 

The poll questionnaire, crosstabs, and analysis can be found at reason.com/poll

Don't know/Refused responses are voluntary.

Due to rounding, accumulated responses may not total 100%.

Responses less than 1% are denoted by a "*".


1.   Generally speaking, would you say things in this country are heading in the right direction or in the wrong direction?

Right direction

33%

Wrong direction

60%

Neither (VOL.)

3%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
2.  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? 

Approve

43%

Disapprove

52%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
3.  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?

Approve

37%

Disapprove

53%

Don't Know/Refused

10%

Total

100%

   
4.  Do you approve or disapprove of the job the U.S. Congress is doing?

Approve

18%

Disapprove

75%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
5.  When it comes to priorities, would you rather see Congress prioritize policies aimed at reducing income inequality OR policies aimed at promoting economic growth?)

Reduce income inequality

20%

Promote economic growth

74%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
6.  Do you think Barack Obama has expanded the power of the presidency too much, not enough, or has he not expanded the power of the presidency?

Too Much

42%

Not Enough

21%

Hasn't Expanded Presidential Power

30%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
READ TO ALL: Thinking about the next congressional elections that will be coming up later this year…

   
7.  Are you registered to vote in your precinct or election district or haven't you been able to register so far?

Yes, registered

82%

No, not registered

18%

Don't Know/Refused

*%

Total

100%

   
8.  What are the chances that you will vote in the November midterm elections?

Absolutely certain to vote

55%

Very likely to vote

20%

Chances are 50/50

13%

Unlikely to vote

11%

Don't Know/Refused

1%

Total

100%

   
9.  If the election for the US House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate OR the Democratic candidate in your district? (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS)

Republican Party's Candidate

41%

Democratic Party's Candidate

42%

Don't Know

15%

Refused

2%

Total

100%

   
10.  Which of the following outcomes would you most want to see happen as a result of the Congressional elections being held later this year (2014)?… Republicans control Congress, Democrats control Congress, or neither Republicans nor Democrats control Congress? (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS)

Republicans control Congress

33%

Democrats control Congress

29%

Neither controls

34%

Don't Know/Refused

3%

Total

100%

   
11.  Of the following issues, which one would you say is MOST important to your vote for Congress this year?

The economy

33%

Immigration

13%

National security and foreign policy

13%

Health care

11%

Education

18%

Same-sex marriage

2%

Abortion

2%

The environment

4%

Other (VOL.)

1%

Not voting/Not registered (VOL.)

1%

Don't Know/Refused

1%

Total

100%

   
12.  What economic issue is most important to your vote this year? (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS)

Taxes

9%

The budget deficit

13%

Government spending

24%

Jobs

23%

The gap between rich and poor

23%

Regulations on business

6%

Other (VOL.)

1%

Don't Know/Refused

<1%

Total

100%

   
READ TO ALL: Changing topics…

   
13.  When it comes to negotiating a long-term peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, do you think the United States should..?

NET MORE INVOLVED

21%

NET LESS INVOLVED

53%

NET CURRENT INVOLVEMENT

21%

Be more involved than it has been

21%

Be less involved

17%

Continue its current level of involvement

21%

Stay out of it entirely

36%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
14.  As you may know, some US citizens have contracted Ebola in Africa. How likely do you think an Ebola outbreak is in a US city?  Would you say it is…?

NET LIKELY

40%

NET UNLIKELY

56%

Very likely

11%

Somewhat likely

29%

Not too likely

34%

Not at all likely

22%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
READ TO ALL: Throughout its history, America has passed amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Recently there has been discussion of some new amendments.

   
15.  Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that would give states the power to repeal a federal law or regulation if half of the state legislatures representing half the national population vote to repeal the law?

Favor

50%

Oppose

42%

Don't Know/Refused

8%

Total

100%

   
16.  Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment to allow the president to veto certain parts of a bill, including spending, without vetoing everything in the bill, also known as a line-item veto.

Favor

48%

Oppose

45%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
17.  Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget?

Favor

74%

Oppose

20%

Don't Know/Refused

5%

Total

100%

   
18.  Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that allows Congress and state governments to regulate campaign contributions to and spending by candidates for office?

Favor

57%

Oppose

36%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
19.  Suppose this amendment also allowed Congress and states to regulate activities by individuals and groups, such as blogging or publishing a book that support or oppose a political candidate. Would you still favor the amendment, or would you now oppose it?

Still favor

15%

Now oppose

75%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
20.  As you may know, Congress sometimes exempts itself and its members from some of the laws it passes. Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that would require members of Congress be subject to ALL laws they pass?

Favor

84%

Oppose

13%

Don't Know/Refused

2%

Total

100%

   
21.  Do you think judges have interpreted the US Constitution in a way that gives the government more power than it should have, less power than it should have, or about the right amount of power?

More

47%

Less

9%

About the right amount

37%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
Would you say you have a very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable opinion of the following words and phrases…

   
55.  Socialism

NET FAVORABLE

36%

NET UNFAVORABLE

58%

Very favorable

9%

Mostly favorable

26%

Mostly Unfavorable

27%

Very Unfavorable

31%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
56. Capitalism

NET FAVORABLE

55%

NET UNFAVORABLE

38%

Very favorable

22%

Mostly favorable

33%

Mostly Unfavorable

21%

Very Unfavorable

17%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
57.  Free Market System

NET FAVORABLE

69%

NET UNFAVORABLE

21%

Very favorable

28%

Mostly favorable

41%

Mostly Unfavorable

13%

Very Unfavorable

8%

Don't Know/Refused

9%

Total

100%

   
58.  Government-managed economy

NET FAVORABLE

31%

NET UNFAVORABLE

66%

Very favorable

6%

Mostly favorable

25%

Mostly Unfavorable

31%

Very Unfavorable

35%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
59.   In just a few words, how would you define socialism?

Government Control

20%

Equality/Sharing

8%

Govt Taking Care of/Helping People

7%

Redistribution/Makers v Takers/Handouts

7%

Working Together/For the People

3%

Being Social/Getting Along

3%

Communism/Similar to

2%

Associated w/ Leaders/Dictator

2%

To Each According to Needs/Capacity

1%

Govt Control of Health Care

1%

Favor it/It Works

2%

Against It/Doesn't Work

9%

Other

5%

Don't Know What Socialism Is

25%

Refused

2%

Total

100%

   
READ TO ALL: Next…as I read the following pairs of statements, please tell me which comes closer to your own opinion.

   
60.   Please tell me which comes closer to your own opinion…

"We need a strong government to handle today's complex economic problems"

40%

"People would be better able to handle today's problems within a free market with less government involvement."

56%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
61.   Some people think the government (should promote traditional values in our society.) Others think the government (should not favor any particular set of values.) Which comes closer to your own view?

Government should promote traditional        values

47%

Government should not favor any particular set of values

49%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
62. If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services?

Smaller government providing fewer services

54%

Larger government providing more services

42%

Don't Know/Refused

5%

Total

100%

   
63.  GENDER

Male

49%

Female

51%

Total

100%

   
64.  AGE

18-24

13%

25-34

16%

35-44

16%

45-54

18%

55-64

17%

65+

17%

Don't Know/Refused

2%

Total

100%

   
65.  In politics today, do you consider yourself a:

Republican

23%

Democrat

33%

Independent (Includes Leaners)

35%

Something Else

6%

Don't Know/Refused

3%

Total

100%

   
66.  Party Identification (DERIVED, Independent Leaners Sorted)

Democrat

33%

Independent-Lean Democrat

15%

Independent  (Excludes Leaners)

11%

Independent-Lean Republican

14%

Republican

23%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

   
67.  Thinking about your overall political philosophy, would you describe yourself as:

Conservative

31%

Moderate

25%

Liberal

18%

Libertarian

5%

Progressive

7%

Or something else?

9%

Don't Know/Refused

4%

Total

100%

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

Supporter

23%

Not a supporter

69%

Don't Know/Refused

8%

Total

100%

   
69.  What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?

High school or less

40%

Some college

32%

College

16%

Post-Grad

11%

Don't Know/Refused

1%

Total

100%

   
70.  Are you the parent or guardian of any children under 18 now living in your household?

Yes

27%

No

73%

Don't Know/Refused

<1%

Total

100%

   
71.  Race/Ethnicity

White

66%

African-American

11%

Hispanic

14%

Other

7%

Don't Know/Refused

2%

Total

100%

 
72.  What is your household income category?

<$30,000

24%

$30,000 but less than $45,000

16%

$45,000 but less than $60,000

14%

$60,000 but less than $75,000

14%

$75,000 but less than $90,000

9%

$90,000 but less than $110,000

7%

$110,000 but less than $150,000

5%

$150,000 but less than $250,000

2%

$250,000 or more

2%

Don't Know/Refused

7%

Total

100%

   
73.  Region

Northeast

18%

Midwest

22%

South

37%

West

23%

Total

100%

   
74.  Community Type

Rural

20%

Suburban

45%

Urban

35%

Total

100%

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