President Bush's Job Performance Continues to be Viewed Negatively

Now that they are in office, Democrats in Congress are viewed much more positively than Republicans

Feb 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from Harris Interactive

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- It may be a new year, but 2007 is starting just as 2006 ended for President George W. Bush. Just under one-third (32%) of U.S. adults give the President positive ratings, while two-thirds view his job performance negatively. These numbers are virtually unchanged from November, 2006 when they were 31 percent positive and 67 percent negative. One reason for the President's low numbers may be that while almost two thirds (64%) of Republicans view his job in a positive light, only about half (52%) of Conservatives give him positive ratings.     While Republican support of the President continues to diminish, we see the positive attitudes toward the direction of the country also decreasing slightly. In November, 31 percent said things in the country were going in the right direction, while 58 percent said things were on the wrong track. Now, 29 percent say things are going in the right direction, while 62 percent say they are on the wrong track.     These are some of the results from the latest Harris Poll of 1,004 U.S. adults surveyed by telephone between February 2 and 5, 2007 by Harris Interactive(R).     This New Year brings with it a new Congress, and for the first time in history, a woman sits in the Speaker's chair. U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi begins her service as Speaker of the House in a more positive light than that of Dennis Hastert at the end of his tenure, but not by much. Representative Hastert had a 27 percent positive and 48 percent negative job performance among U.S. adults in September, 2006, compared to Speaker Pelosi's 38 percent positive job performance and 45 percent negative. Speaker Pelosi's counterpart in the Senate, Harry Reid, fares even worse. As Minority Leader in September 2006, just under one-quarter (23%) had a positive attitude toward his job performance, while 52 percent had a negative attitude. Five months later, and with "Majority" in his title, his numbers are virtually unchanged -- 23 percent positive and 47 percent negative.     Those in the minority do not fare any better. New Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell draws just a 19 percent positive rating and a 42 percent negative one. His House counterpart, John Boehner, has a 23 percent positive and 46 percent negative rating. These numbers are virtually unchanged from September when Harris Interactive asked about then-Majority Leader Boehner, who held a 24 percent positive and a 47 percent negative rating.     These negative attitudes toward specific congressional leaders are surely related to the attitudes toward the institution as a whole, as well as the two parties. Just one-third of adults hold a positive view of the job of Congress, while 62 percent have a negative view. Although this is still low, it is up from September, 2006 when less than one-quarter (24%) had a positive view and 73 percent had a negative view of the job of Congress.     For the Republicans in Congress, attitudes have not changed much -- following the election, the numbers were at 24 percent positive and 72 percent negative. Currently, it is 26 percent positive and 69 percent negative. Democrats in Congress, however, have seen their stock go up. In November, over one-third (36%) had a positive view of their job performance and 57 percent had a negative view. Now following the "first 100 hours" and one month of being in control, more adults seem to like what they are seeing, as 41 percent have a positive view of their performance and 52 percent have a negative view.     Attitudes toward the President's administration have not risen with the dawn of the New Year. Vice President Dick Cheney sees his lowest job performance numbers since the beginning of the administration in 2001 -- only 29 percent have a positive view of his job performance, while 67 percent have a negative view. This is the first time that the Vice President's numbers have gone below 30 percent. In September, 2006, the Vice President's numbers were 30 percent positive and 64 percent negative. In the past, Condoleezza Rice was the "shining star" of the administration and a majority of adults always gave her positive marks. In September, for example, 55 percent viewed her job performance in a positive light while 42 percent viewed it negatively. For the first time as Secretary of State, her numbers have dropped -- 46 percent view her positively while 48 percent view her negatively.     Even the new Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, does not get a honeymoon. In Secretary Gates' first appearance on our survey, one-third (32%) have a positive view of his job, while just over half (52%) have a negative view. This is actually slightly worse than the last time Harris Interactive asked about Donald Rumsfeld; in September, 38 percent of adults had a positive view of the job Mr. Rumsfeld was doing and 58 percent had a negative view.     Pessimistic attitudes across the board might be due to the most important issue for the government to address - Iraq. About three in 10 (29%) say "The War" is one of the two most important issues for the government to address. Add to this the additional 10 percent who say Iraq is one of the most important issues, and about two in five adults rate Iraq as a top issue. This is far higher than the 12 percent who mention health care and the nine percent each who mention the economy and terrorism.                                    TABLE 1     CURRENT RATINGS OF PRESIDENT, SENIOR CABINET MEMBERS AND PARTIES IN CONGRESS "How would you rate the job (READ ITEM) are/is doing - excellent, pretty good,                              only fair, or poor?"      Base: All adults                                      Pretty Only      Not                           Excellent Good   Fair Poor Sure Positive* Negative**                               %      %      %    %    %       %         %     Secretary of State       14     32     28   20    6      46        48     Condoleezza Rice     Democrats in Congress     8     33     32   20    7      41        52     President George W.      Bush                     7     25     22   45    1      32        67     House Speaker Nancy       6     31     28   17   17      38        45     Pelosi     Vice President Dick       6     23     22   45    4      29        67     Cheney     Secretary of Defense      Robert Gates             4     29     35   17   16      32        52     Republicans in      Congress                 4     23     35   34    5      26        69     Congress                  2     31     39   23    5      33        62     Senate Majority Leader    2     21     32   15   30      23        47     Harry Reid     Senate Minority Leader      Mitch McConnell          2     18     30   12   39      19        42     House Minority Leader     John Boehner              1     22     34   12   31      23        46      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor                                       TABLE 2                POSITIVE RATINGS: TRENDS SINCE 9/11/01: SUMMARY      Base: All adults                     Soon     POSITIVE        After   Feb.   April   Aug.   Feb.   April  Nov.     RATINGS         9/11    2003   2003    2003   2004   2004   2004                      %       %       %       %      %      %      %     President      George W.      Bush            88     52      70     57     51      48      50     Vice      President      Dick      Cheney          69     45      55     42     41      36      48     Secretary      of State      Condoleezza      Rice            **     **      **     **     **      **      **      POSITIVE     RATINGS         Feb.   April   Nov.   Mar.   May    Sept.    Feb.                     2005   2005    2005   2006   2006   2006     2007                      %      %       %      %      %       %        %     President      George W.      Bush            48     44      34     36     29      38      32     Vice      President      Dick      Cheney          45     37      30     30     **      30      29     Secretary      of State      Condoleezza      Rice            52     54      52     51     **      55      46      ** Not Applicable. The question was not asked                                       TABLE 3                      PRESIDENT BUSH'S OVERALL JOB RATING                              Not Sure's Excluded    "How would you rate the overall job President George W. Bush is doing as            president - excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"      Base: All adults                                TREND                   Positive*     Negative**                                                           %              %     2007                     February                     32             67      2006                     November                     31             67                              October (10/25)              34             63                              October (10/13)              34             64                              September                    38             61                              August (8/24)                34             65                              August (8/11)                34             66                              July                         34             65                              June                         33             67                              May                          29             71                              April                        35             63                              March                        36             64                              February                     40             58                              January                      43             56      2005                     November                     34             65                              August                       40             58                              June                         45             55                              April                        44             56                              February                     48             51      2004                     November                     50             49                              October                      51             49                              September                    45             54                              August                       48             51                              June                         50             49                              April                        48             51                              February                     51             48      2003                     December                     50             49                              October                      59             40                              August                       57             41                              June                         61             36                              April                        70             29                              February                     52             46      2002                     December                     64             35                              November                     65             33                              October                      64             35                              August                       63             37                              June                         70             28                              May                          74             25                              April                        75             23                              February                     79             20                              January                      79             19      2001                     December                     82             17                              November                     86             12                              October                      88             11                              August                       52             43                              June                         50             46                              May                          59             35                              March                        49             38                              February                     56             26      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 4               PRESIDENT BUSH'S OVERALL JOB RATING-NOVEMBER 2006                              Not Sure's Excluded    "How would you rate the overall job President George W. Bush is doing as            president - excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"      Base: All adults                                                     February, 2007                                                           %     Excellent/Pretty Good (NET)                           32      Excellent                                             7      Pretty Good                                          25     Only Fair/Poor (NET)                                  67      Only Fair                                            22      Poor                                                 45                                       TABLE 5           PRESIDENT BUSH'S OVERALL JOB RATING-BY PARTY AND IDEOLOGY                              Not Sure's Excluded    "How would you rate the overall job President George W. Bush is doing as            president - excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"      Base: All adults                                        Party                 Total    Republicans   Independents    Democrats                   %           %             %              %     Positive     32          64            31             11     Negative     67          36            68             89                                       Ideology                        Conservatives    Moderates    Liberals                             %               %            %     Positive               52               27           17     Negative               48               73           82                                       TABLE 6                     RATINGS OF VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY                              Not Sure's Excluded  "And how would you rate the job Vice President Cheney is doing - excellent,                        pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults      TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                        %             %     2007                         February             29             67      2006                         September            30             64                                  June                 31             65                                  March                30             67      2005                         November             30             65                                  August               35             60                                  June                 38             56                                  April                37             60                                  February             45             52      2004                         November             48             50                                  October              47             51                                  September            40             54                                  August               40             54                                  June                 42             49                                  April                36             52                                  February             41             48      2003                         December             42             47                                  October              42             44                                  August               42             45                                  June                 49             40                                  April                55             36                                  February             45             44      2002                         December             50             37                                  November             52             39                                  October              54             37                                  September            52             37                                  August               45             43                                  July                 46             41                                  June                 55             34                                  May                  55             33                                  April                55             31                                  March                59             29                                  February             57             31                                  January              55             31      2001                         October              69             20                                  July                 39             52      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 7                 RATINGS OF SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE                              Not Sure's Excluded "And how would you rate the job Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is doing -                  excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                         Positive*     Negative**                                                        %              %     2007                        February              46             48      2006                        September             55             42                                 June                  52             43                                 March                 51             44      2005                        November              52             41                                 August                57             37                                 June                  52             41                                 April                 54             39                                 February              52             40      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 8                  RATINGS OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES                              Not Sure's Excluded  "And how would you rate the job Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is doing -                  excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                         %           %     2007                             February          32          52      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 9          LAST RATINGS OF FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD                              Not Sure's Excluded "And how would you rate the job Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is doing                 - excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       2006     TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                         %           %     September                                          38          58      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 10                     RATINGS OF HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI                              Not Sure's Excluded     "And how would you rate the job House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing -                  excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                           Positive*    Negative**                                                        %           %     2007                         February              38          45      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 11               LAST RATING OF FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER DENNIS HASTERT                              Not Sure's Excluded    "And how would you rate the job House Speaker Dennis Hastert is doing -                  excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                          Positive*    Negative**                                                        %            %     2006                         September             27          48      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 12                  RATINGS OF SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID                              Not Sure's Excluded  "And how would you rate the job Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing -                  excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                       %               %     2007                         February             23             47     2006                         September            23             52                                  June                 19             54                                  March                19             53     2005                         August               24             47      ***Prior to February, 2007, Sen. Reid was the Senate Minority Leader     *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor                                       TABLE 13               RATINGS OF SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL                              Not Sure's Excluded   "And how would you rate the job Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is              doing - excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                       %               %     2007                         February             19             42      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor                                       TABLE 14                 RATINGS OF HOUSE MINORITY LEADER JOHN BOEHNER                              Not Sure's Excluded "And how would you rate the job House Minority Leader John Boehner is doing -                  excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                        %              %     2007                        February              23             46     2006                        September***          24             47                                 June                  22             51                                 March                 23             50      ***Prior to February, 2007, Rep Boehner was the House Majority Leader     *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor                                       TABLE 15                          CONGRESS' OVERALL JOB RATING                              Not Sure's Excluded "How would you rate the overall job the Congress is doing - excellent, pretty                           good, only fair, or poor?"      Base: All adults       TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                       %               %     2007                       February               33             62     2006                       September              24             73                                May                    18             80                                February               25             71                                January                25             72      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor                                       TABLE 16                       RATINGS OF REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS                              Not Sure's Excluded "And how would you rate the job Republicans in Congress are doing - excellent,                        pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults     TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                       %               %     2007                       February               26             69      2006                       November               24             72                                September              24             71                                June                   25             72                                May                    20             76                                March                  27             68      2005                       November               27             69                                August                 32             64                                June                   37             58                                April                  36             61      2004                       September              38             56                                August                 40             54                                June                   39             53                                April                  35             55                                February               40             52      2003                       December               37             51                                October                40             50                                August                 41             51                                June                   45             47                                April                  52             41                                February               43             49      2002                       December               47             47                                November               47             45                                October                46             45                                September              47             42                                August                 41             49                                June                   46             45                                April                  49             39                                February               50             40                                January                58             34      2001                       October (high)         67             24                                August (low)           37             52      2000                       May (low)              33             60                                February (high)        38             55      1999                       October (low)          32             58                                September (high)       39             55      1998                       June (low)             31             62                                February (high)        44             53      1997                       June (low)             31             67                                February (high)        38             58      1996                       May (low)              29             69                                January (high)         33             66     1995                       November (low)         35             63                                April (high)           42             56      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor                                       TABLE 17                        RATINGS OF DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS                              Not Sure's Excluded  "And how would you rate the job Democrats in Congress are doing - excellent,                        pretty good, only fair or poor?"      Base: All adults     TREND                                          Positive*     Negative**                                                        %              %     2007                     February                 41             52     2006                     November                 36             57                              September                29             67                              June                     26             70                              May                      23             72                              March                    24             70     2005                     November                 25             70                              August                   31             65                              June                     33             61                              April                    34             64     2004                     September                34             60                              August                   35             58                              June                     31             59                              April                    32             57                              February                 33             58     2003                     December                 28             61                              October                  34             56                              August                   30             60                              June                     41             51                              April                    39             52                              February                 38             54     2002                     December                 36             55                              November                 40             52                              October                  40             52                              September                42             49                              August                   38             54                              June                     45             46                              April                    47             42                              February                 49             41                              January                  52             40     2001                     October (high)           68             24                              May (low)                40             51     2000                     September (high)         48             44                              June (low)               38             52     1999                     October (low)            42             50                              January (high)           50             47     1998                     September (high)         49             47                              June (low)               41             53     1997                     June (low)               36             60                              February (high)          43             54     1996                     May (high)               36             62                              January (low)            31             68     1995                     November (high)          34             64                              July (low)               30             66     1994                     December                 28             70      *Positive = excellent or pretty good; **Negative = only fair or poor.                                       TABLE 18                         RIGHT DIRECTION OR WRONG TRACK           No Opinion's, Not Sure's and Decline to Answer's Excluded     "Generally speaking, would you say things in the country are going in the right direction or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?"     Base: All adults     TREND                                    Right Direction  Wrong Track                                                    %              %     2007                   February               29             62      2006                   November               31             58                            October (10/25)        27             63                            October (10/13)        29             62                            September              31             59                            August                 26             64                            July                   28             61                            June                   28             64                            May                    24             69                            April                  27             65                            March                  31             60                            February               32             59                            January                33             54      2005                   November               27             68                            August                 37             59                            June                   38             55                            January                46             48      2004                   September              38             57                            June                   35             59      2003                   December               35             57                            June                   44             51      2002                   December               36             57                            June                   46             48      2001                   December               65             32                            June                   43             52                            January                46             39     2000                   October                50             41                            June                   40             51                            January                50             38      1999                   June                   37             55                            March                  47             45     1998                   December               43             51                            June                   48             44     1997                   December               39             56                            April                  36             55     1996                   December               38             50                            June                   29             64     1995                   December               26             62                            June                   24             65     1994                   December               29             63                            June                   28             65                                       TABLE 19                MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR GOVERNMENT to address   "What do you think are the two most important issues for the government to                                   address?"                        Spontaneous, unprompted replies      Base: All Adults                                 '96  '97  '98  '99 '00     '01  '02  '03  '04                                April May Jan  Feb  Aug     Dec  Dec June  Oct                                  %    %    %    %    %       %    %    %    %     (The) war                    X    X    X    X    X      12   18    8   35     Healthcare (not Medicare)   16   10   11   12   15       5   10   14   18     Iraq / (Saddam Hussein)      *    *    *    1    -       -   11    3    9     The economy (non-specific)  14    8    9    7    5      32   34   25   28     Terrorism                    X    X    X    X    X      22   17   11    7     Education                   14   15   14   21   25      12   11   13    7     Immigration                  2    2    1    *    1       1    1    2    2     Taxes                       11   14   16   12   13       6    5   11    8     Budget/Government spending   X    X    X    X    X       X    X    X    X     Employment/jobs              9    5    3    4    4       7    8    8   10     Environment                  1    3    2    3    3       1    3    2    1     Foreign policy      (non-specific)              3    3    5    4    3       2    4    2    3     Drugs                        4    8    6    2    5       2    3    3    *     Social security              X    6    6   24   16       3    2    4    4     Military/defense             1    2    2    2    4       4    1    5    3     Homeland/domestic      security/public safety      X    X    X    X    X       8    9    3    6     National security            X    X    X    2    2       6    3    6    5     Crime/violence              16   19   13    8   10       1    2    3    1     Homelessness                 3    4    4    3    3       2    2    1    *     Human/civil/women's rights   2    2    1    *    1       1    1    *    1     Religion (decline of)        *    *    1    *    1       2    1    1    1     Inflation                    X    X    X    X    X       X    X    X    X     Election/Voter reform        X    X    X    X    X       X    1    1    *     Energy                       X    X    X    X    X       X    X    1    1     AIDS                         1    *    1    x    *       *    *    2    x     (Programs for) the poor/      poverty                     2    3    2    2    3       1    2    3    *     Medicare                     3    4    5    5    6       1    1    4    3     Abortion                     4    2    2    2    6       1    1    1    4     Peace/world peace/nuclear      arms                        3    1    3    3    1       2    2    3    *     Gas and oil prices           X    X    X    X    X       X    X    1    1     Welfare                     13   14    8    4    2       1    1    3    *     Family values (decline of)   2    2    1    2    1       *    *    1    1     Disaster relief/Hurricane      Relief                      x    x    x    x    X       X    x    x    X     Same sex rights              X    X    X    X    X       X    X    X    1     Downsizing government        X    X    X    X    1       *    X    X    1     Medical research             X    X    X    X    X       X    X    2    2     Domestic/social issues (non-      specific)                   4    2    3    2    2       2    2    1    2     Judicial/Legal Issues        X    X    X    X    X       X    X    X    *     Honesty/Integrity/Moral      Values                      X    X    X    X    X       X    X    X    2     Ethics in government         *    *    *    *    *       1    1    1    1     Middle East peace process      between Palestinians and      Israel                      X    X    X    X    X       2    2    2    *     FEMA                         x    x    x    x    X       X    x    x    X     Bush/president               x    x    x    x    X       X    x    x    X     Air Travel Safety            -    -    -    -    -       1    *    *    X     School safety                X    X    X    X    X       X    X    2    *     North Korea                  X    X    X    X    X       X    X    X    X     Other(1)                     7    8   19    2   19       3    8    8    8     Not sure/refused/no issue    7    9   12   16   18      11   10   12    9                                   '05  '06  '06  '06   '06   '06   '06  '07                                 Aug  Feb June  Aug  Sept   Oct   Nov  Feb                                   %    %    %    %     %     %     %    %     (The) war                    41   27   27   28    22    29    33   29     Healthcare (not Medicare)    11   20   12   12    12    13    15   12     Iraq / (Saddam Hussein)       6    5    8    7     6     8    10   10     The economy (non-specific)   19   15   14   16    13    15    12    9     Terrorism                     7    6    4    9     9     7     3    9     Education                     8    8    7    8     7     9     7    7     Immigration                   3    5   20   10    12    12    11    7     Taxes                         5    6    4    4     4     5     5    7     Budget/Government spending    X    X    5    2     2     3     3    5     Employment/jobs               3    5    7    6     6     6     7    4     Environment                   3    2    3    2     3     2     2    4     Foreign policy      (non-specific)               2    3    2    2     1     3     2    4     Drugs                         2    1    1    2     3     1     1    3     Social security              10    7    5    2     4     5     4    3     Military/defense              1    3    4    3     4     3     3    3     Homeland/domestic      security/public      safety                       2    3    2    4     4     3     2    3     National security             2    2    2    3     3     2     2    2     Crime/violence                3    1    2    3     2     2     2    2     Homelessness                  1    1    1    2     1     1     1    2     Human/civil/women's rights    1    1    1    1     1     1     1    2     Religion (decline of)         *    *    1    1     *     1     1    2     Inflation                     1    1    2    1     2     1     2    2     Election/Voter reform         1    1    *    1     *     *     *    2     Energy                        4    4    4    4     4     2     1    2     AIDS                          *    *    *    1     1     *     *    2     (Programs for) the poor/       poverty                     4    5    4    3     3     5     3    2     Medicare                      2    5    1    1     2     2     3    1     Abortion                      2    1    1    1     1     2     1    1     Peace/world peace/nuclear      arms                         1    1    1    2     2     1     1    1     Gas and oil prices           10    2    8    8     4     4     1    1     Welfare                       3    1    1    X     *     1     1    1     Family values (decline of)    1    *    1    1     *     1     1    1     Disaster relief/Hurricane      Relief                       x    1    1    *     *     *     *    1     Same sex rights               1    *    2    *     *     1     *    1     Downsizing government         *    *    1    *     *     *     *    1     Medical research              1    2    *    1     *     *     1    1     Domestic/social issues (non-      specific)                    2    *    3    1     1     *     1    1     Judicial/Legal Issues         2    1    1    *     1     *     1    1     Honesty/Integrity/Moral      Values                       2    *    1    1     *     1     *    1     Ethics in government          1    1    1    1     1     1     2    *     Middle East peace process      between      Palestinians and Israel      1    1    *    1     1     *     1    *     FEMA                          x    *    *    1     X     X     x    *     Bush/president                x    1    X    *     1     1     x    *     Air Travel Safety             *    X    *    1     1     X     *    *     School safety                 1    1    1    1     1     *     *    *     North Korea                   X    X    X    *     X     *     *    X     Other(1)                      1    5    6    5     4     8     8    6     Not sure/refused/no issue     8    6    6    6     6    10     9    9      * = Less than 0.5%, X = Not mentioned as specific issue     (1) Including government/politics (nonspecific), housing, Foreign Aid, trade, disability, promoting democracy, race relations, campaign finance, youth and programs for the elderly (not Medicare/Social Security) The August column refers to the August 24th release     Methodology     The Harris Poll(R) was conducted by telephone within the United States between February 2 and 5, 2007 among a nationwide cross section of 1,004 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, number of adults in the household, size of place (urbanicity) and number of phone lines in the household were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.     All surveys are subject to several sources of error. These include: sampling error (because only a sample of a population is interviewed); measurement error due to question wording and/or question order, deliberately or unintentionally inaccurate responses, nonresponse (including refusals), interviewer effects (when live interviewers are used) and weighting.     With one exception (sampling error) the magnitude of the errors that result cannot be estimated. There is, therefore, no way to calculate a finite "margin of error" for any survey and the use of these words should be avoided.     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