Reason-Rupe Poll August 18 Release

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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 direction33%
Wrong direction60%
Neither (VOL.)3%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
2.  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? 
Approve43%
Disapprove52%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
3.  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
Approve37%
Disapprove53%
Don't Know/Refused10%
Total100%
   
4.  Do you approve or disapprove of the job the U.S. Congress is doing?
Approve18%
Disapprove75%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
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 inequality20%
Promote economic growth74%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
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 Much42%
Not Enough21%
Hasn't Expanded Presidential Power30%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
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, registered82%
No, not registered18%
Don't Know/Refused*%
Total100%
   
8.  What are the chances that you will vote in the November midterm elections?
Absolutely certain to vote55%
Very likely to vote20%
Chances are 50/5013%
Unlikely to vote11%
Don't Know/Refused1%
Total100%
   
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 Candidate41%
Democratic Party's Candidate42%
Don't Know15%
Refused2%
Total100%
   
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 Congress33%
Democrats control Congress29%
Neither controls34%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
11.  Of the following issues, which one would you say is MOST important to your vote for Congress this year?
The economy33%
Immigration13%
National security and foreign policy13%
Health care11%
Education18%
Same-sex marriage2%
Abortion2%
The environment4%
Other (VOL.)1%
Not voting/Not registered (VOL.)1%
Don't Know/Refused1%
Total100%
   
12.  What economic issue is most important to your vote this year? (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS)
Taxes9%
The budget deficit13%
Government spending24%
Jobs23%
The gap between rich and poor23%
Regulations on business6%
Other (VOL.)1%
Don't Know/Refused<1%
Total100%
   
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 INVOLVED21%
NET LESS INVOLVED53%
NET CURRENT INVOLVEMENT21%
Be more involved than it has been21%
Be less involved17%
Continue its current level of involvement21%
Stay out of it entirely36%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
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 LIKELY40%
NET UNLIKELY56%
Very likely11%
Somewhat likely29%
Not too likely34%
Not at all likely22%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
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?
Favor50%
Oppose42%
Don't Know/Refused8%
Total100%
   
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.
Favor48%
Oppose45%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
17.  Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget?
Favor74%
Oppose20%
Don't Know/Refused5%
Total100%
   
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?
Favor57%
Oppose36%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
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 favor the amendment, or would you oppose it?
Favor15%
Oppose75%
Don't Know/Refused10%
Total100%
   
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?
Favor84%
Oppose13%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
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?
More47%
Less9%
About the right amount37%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
READ TO ALL: Now I'm going to read a few words that people sometimes use to describe young Americans between 18 and 29 years old. Please tell me how well you think each word describes young people (MILLENNIALS). 
   
22.  First, [Entitled]. Would you say this describes young people ages 18 to 29 very well, somewhat well, not too well, or not well at all?
NET WELL65%
NET NOT WELL30%
Very well28%
Somewhat well37%
Not too well17%
Not well at all13%
Don't Know/Refused5%
Total100%
   
23.  Next, [Tolerant]. Would you say this describes young people ages 18 to 29 very well, somewhat well, not too well, or not well at all?
NET WELL60%
NET NOT WELL38%
Very well22%
Somewhat well38%
Not too well24%
Not well at all14%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
24.  Next, [Hard Working]. Would you say this describes young people ages 18 to 29 very well, somewhat well, not too well, or not well at all?
NET WELL55%
NET NOT WELL43%
Very well16%
Somewhat well39%
Not too well29%
Not well at all14%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
25.  Next, [Responsible]. Would you say this describes young people ages 18 to 29 very well, somewhat well, not too well, or not well at all?
NET WELL55%
NET NOT WELL42%
Very well10%
Somewhat well45%
Not too well28%
Not well at all14%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
26.  Next, [Selfish]. Would you say this describes young people ages 18 to 29 very well, somewhat well, not too well, or not well at all?
NET WELL71%
NET NOT WELL26%
Very well35%
Somewhat well36%
Not too well16%
Not well at all10%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
READ TO ALL: On another topic…TRANSPORTATION
   
27.  Do you think the federal government needs to spend more money, less money or about the same about of money on transportation infrastructure?
More46%
Less21%
About the same30%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
28.  Do you think the government spends existing transportation money efficiently or inefficiently?
Efficiently21%
Inefficiently73%
Don't Know/Refused5%
Total100%
   
29.  If you had to choose one, which of the following should be the top priority for transportation spending…?
Repairing existing and building new Highways and streets55%
Repairing existing and building new Mass transit systems, including trains, subways and buses38%
Repairing existing and building new Bicycle lanes and trails5%
Don't Know/Refused1%
Total100%
   
30.  The federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. Do you favor or oppose raising the federal gas tax?
Favor13%
Oppose85%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
31.  Would you favor or oppose a plan to eliminate the gas tax and instead charge drivers a fee based on the number of miles they drive?
Favor23%
Oppose72%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
32.  To pay for repairing and expanding existing Interstate highways, would you rather raise the gas tax or pay tolls when you drive on them?
Raise gas tax32%
Pay tolls58%
Neither (VOL.)8%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
33.  Which of the following best describes your current employment status?
Employed Full-Time36%
Employed Part-Time9%
Small business owner or self-employed9%
Taking care of home and family6%
Retired22%
Student8%
Unemployed6%
Disabled (VOL.)4%
Don't Know/Refused<1%
Total100%
   
34.  Most days how do you get to work? (Asked of Employed)
By car78%
Walking3%
Riding a Bike2%
Public transportation such as bus, rail, or subway8%
Work from home most days6%
Other (VOL.)2%
Don't Know/Refused0%
Total100%
   
35.  Congress and the Transportation Security Administration recently increased the airport security fees that air travelers pay. Do you think giving the TSA more funding will make air travel…?
More safe21%
Less safe3%
Won't make a difference74%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
36.  If a passenger tries to board an airplane with a gun, knife or bomb, how confident are you the TSA will find it. Are you…?
NET CONFIDENT76%
NET NOT CONFIDENT23%
Very confident24%
Somewhat confident52%
Not too confident14%
Not at all confident9%
Don't Know/Refused*%
Total100%
   
37.  Some airports are now using private security companies to hire, train and run airport security under federal supervision. When it comes to protecting passengers cost-effectively do you think private airport security companies will be…?
More cost effective than the TSA31%
Less cost effective than the TSA18%
About the same as the TSA46%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
38.  How worried are you that terrorists might shoot down a passenger plane within the United States?  Are you…?
Very worried15%
Somewhat worried32%
Not too worried32%
Not at all worried20%
Don't Know/Refused*%
Total100%
   
39.  Would you be willing to pay higher airline ticket prices to equip commercial airplanes with antimissile technology?
Yes42%
No54%
Don't Know/Refused5%
Total100%
   
READ TO ALL: Now, onto another subject…PARENTING
   
40.  In your opinion, should parents be allowed to let their [6 year old children] play at public parks unsupervised? Or should the law require they be supervised at public parks?
Unsupervised14%
Require supervision83%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
41.  In your opinion, should parents be allowed to let their [9 year old children] play at public parks unsupervised? Or should the law require they be supervised at public parks?
Unsupervised28%
Require supervision68%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
42.  In your opinion, should parents be allowed to let their [12 year old children] play at public parks unsupervised? Or should the law require they be supervised at public parks?
Unsupervised53%
Require supervision43%
Don't Know/Refused5%
Total100%
   
43.  Compared to when you were growing up, do kids today face more threats to their physical safety, fewer threats to their physical safety, or is it about the same?
More Threats62%
Fewer Threats7%
About the same30%
Don't Know/Refused<1%
Total100%
   
   
44.  Thinking about how the news media and political leaders talk about the threats to safety that children face in their day-to-day lives…Do you think threats to children's safety are usually over-estimated, usually under-estimated, or usually accurate?
Usually Overestimated27%
Usually Underestimated29%
Usually Accurate41%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
Now, please tell me at what age should children be allowed to…
   
45.  Stay home alone? (ASKED OF FORM A)
MEAN13
MEDIAN13
Never<1%
Don't Know/Refused1%
Total100%
   
46.  Babysit younger children? (ASKED OF FORM A)
MEAN14
MEDIAN14
Never*%
Don't Know/Refused1%
Total100%
   
47.  Walk to and from school without an adult?
 (ASKED OF FORM A) 
MEAN12
MEDIAN12
Never1%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
48.  Wait in the car alone for 5 minutes on a cool day? (ASKED OF FORM A)
MEAN11
MEDIAN12
Never5%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
(CONT.) …At what age should children be allowed to…
   
49.  Cook? (ASKED OF FORM B)
MEAN12
MEDIAN12
Never<1%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
50. Mow the lawn? (ASKED OF FORM B)
MEAN12
MEDIAN12
Never<1%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
51.  Have a part-time job? (ASKED OF FORM B)
MEAN15
MEDIAN15
Never<1%
Don't Know/Refused<1%
Total100%
   
52.  Play in front of the house unsupervised?
(ASKED OF FORM B)
MEAN11
MEDIAN10
Never1%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
53.  Do you think all kids who play sports should receive a trophy for their participation, or should only the winning players be awarded trophies?
All kids get trophy40%
Only winning players57%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
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 FAVORABLE35%
NET UNFAVORABLE58%
Very favorable9%
Mostly favorable26%
Mostly Unfavorable27%
Very Unfavorable31%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
56. Capitalism
NET FAVORABLE55%
NET UNFAVORABLE38%
Very favorable22%
Mostly favorable33%
Mostly Unfavorable21%
Very Unfavorable17%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
57.  Free Market System
NET FAVORABLE69%
NET UNFAVORABLE21%
Very favorable28%
Mostly favorable41%
Mostly Unfavorable13%
Very Unfavorable8%
Don't Know/Refused9%
Total100%
   
58.  Government-managed economy
NET FAVORABLE31%
NET UNFAVORABLE66%
Very favorable6%
Mostly favorable25%
Mostly Unfavorable31%
Very Unfavorable35%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
59.   In just a few words, how would you define socialism?
Government Control20%
Equality/Sharing8%
Govt Taking Care of/Helping People7%
Redistribution/Makers v Takers/Handouts7%
Working Together/For the People3%
Being Social/Getting Along3%
Communism/Similar to2%
Associated w/ Leaders/Dictator2%
To Each According to Needs/Capacity1%
Govt Control of Health Care1%
Favor it/It Works2%
Against It/Doesn't Work9%
Other5%
Don't Know What Socialism Is25%
Refused2%
Total100%
   
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/Refused4%
Total100%
   
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        values47%
Government should not favor any particular set of values49%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
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 services54%
Larger government providing more services42%
Don't Know/Refused5%
Total100%
   
63.  GENDER
Male49%
Female51%
Total100%
   
64.  AGE
18-2413%
25-3416%
35-4416%
45-5418%
55-6417%
65+17%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
   
65.  In politics today, do you consider yourself a:
Republican23%
Democrat33%
Independent (Includes Leaners)35%
Something Else6%
Don't Know/Refused3%
Total100%
   
66.  Party Identification (DERIVED, Independent Leaners Sorted)
Democrat33%
Independent-Lean Democrat15%
Independent  (Excludes Leaners)11%
Independent-Lean Republican14%
Republican23%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
67.  Thinking about your overall political philosophy, would you describe yourself as:
Conservative31%
Moderate25%
Liberal18%
Libertarian5%
Progressive7%
Or something else?9%
Don't Know/Refused4%
Total100%
   
68.  Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement, or not?
Supporter23%
Not a supporter69%
Don't Know/Refused8%
Total100%
   
69.  What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?
High school or less40%
Some college32%
College16%
Post-Grad11%
Don't Know/Refused1%
Total100%
   
70.  Are you the parent or guardian of any children under 18 now living in your household?
Yes27%
No73%
Don't Know/Refused<1%
Total100%
   
71.  Race/Ethnicity
White66%
African-American11%
Hispanic14%
Other7%
Don't Know/Refused2%
Total100%
 
72.  What is your household income category?
<$30,00024%
$30,000 but less than $45,00016%
$45,000 but less than $60,00014%
$60,000 but less than $75,00014%
$75,000 but less than $90,0009%
$90,000 but less than $110,0007%
$110,000 but less than $150,0005%
$150,000 but less than $250,0002%
$250,000 or more2%
Don't Know/Refused7%
Total100%
   
73.  Region
Northeast18%
Midwest22%
South37%
West23%
Total100%
   
74.  Community Type
Rural20%
Suburban45%
Urban35%
Total100%