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NEWSWEEK POLL: Fifty-Three Percent of Americans Feel Collecting a Database of U.S.-Based Calls Goes Too Far in Invading Privacy

57 Percent Say Administration Has Gone Too Far in Expanding Presidential Power; 50 Percent Say History Will View Bush as a Below

NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A majority of Americans polled, 53 percent, believe that reports that the NSA has been secretly collecting the phone records of U.S. citizens since the 9/11 terrorist attacks to create a database of calls goes too far in invading people's privacy, according to the new Newsweek Poll, while 41 percent feel it is a necessary tool to combat terrorism. In light of this news and other actions by the Bush-Cheney administration, 57 percent of Americans say they have gone too far in expanding presidential power, while only 38 percent say they have not.

Only 35 percent of Americans approve of the way the president is handling his job -- down one percentage point since the last Newsweek Poll. Seventy-one percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time, an all time high in the Newsweek Poll, while only 23 percent are satisfied. When asked how history will view George W. Bush, an overwhelming 50 percent of Americans polled said he will be viewed as a below average president. Since his re-election in 2004, 47 percent feel his performance has stayed the same, while 48 percent feel it has gotten worse.

Eighty-six percent of those polled identified the situation in Iraq and new information about the decision to go to war as an important reason why they think Bush's job performance has gotten worse. Eighty-four percent feel the size of the federal budget is an important factor. Eighty percent of Americans polled say the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina had an adverse effect on his performance. Seventy-six percent of Americans attribute Bush's worsening job performance to the recent increase in gas prices. Seventy-three percent feel that the administration's handling of immigration issues were to blame. Seventy-two percent feel that the authorization of a warrantless wiretapping program has made his performance worse. Fifty-nine percent of Americans polled say that criminal charges against Bush political allies like Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff influenced his performance. And 52 percent say that the indictment of Scooter Libby and the continuing investigation of Karl Rove in the Valerie Plame case negatively affected their opinion of Bush's job performance level.

Since the March 16-17, 2006 Newsweek Poll, Bush's approval ratings on the domestic front have dropped considerably on certain issues. On the way Bush handles taxes, 56 percent expressed disapproval, a twelve percent point drop since the last Newsweek Poll; 39 percent approve. Americans believe that Bush is doing better in his handling of the situation in Iraq; in the last Newsweek Poll, 65 percent disapproved of Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq; 29 percent approved. Now, 32 percent approve, 62 percent disapprove. Fifty-nine percent of those polled disapprove of the way he is handling the economy; 37 percent approve. When asked how Bush handles immigration policy, only 25 percent of those polled approved; 61 percent did not approve. Seventy-six percent disapprove with the way Bush handles gas prices; only 17 percent approve. Fifty percent of those polled disapprove of the way Bush handled terrorism and homeland security; 44 percent approve. Seventy percent disapprove of Bush's handling of the federal budget deficit; only 19 percent approve.

When asked if they believed whether a Democratic president would do a better job than Bush in handling the same issues, 48 percent of those polled believe that a Democratic president would handle gas prices better. Forty-five percent feel that a Democratic president would do a better job handling the economy, 44 percent think that a Democratic president would do a better job handling the situation in Iraq, 43 percent said they would do better with the environment. Only 35 percent of those polled believe that a Democratic president would do a better job with terrorism and homeland security and only 35 percent believe a Democrat would do a better job with immigration policies.

For this Newsweek Poll, Princeton Survey Research Associates International interviewed 1,007 adults age 18 and older on May 11-12, 2006. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. This poll is part of the May 22 issue of Newsweek, on newsstands Monday, May 15. To interview Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Daniel Klaidman on the poll, call Natalia Labenskyj at (212) 445- 4078 or Andrea Faville at (212) 445-4859.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12771821/site/newsweek/ Newsweek Poll Bush's Ratings/Democrats' Prospects Princeton Survey Research Associates International Final Topline Results (5/13/06) N = 1,007 national adults, 18 and over Margin of error: plus or minus 4 Interviewing dates: 5/11-12/06 SAMPLE SIZE/MARGIN OF ERROR FOR KEY SUBGROUPS: 278 Republicans (plus or minus 7) 366 Democrats (plus or minus 6) 325 Independents (plus or minus 7) 505 Form A random half sample (plus or minus 5) 502 Form B random half sample (plus or minus 5) 501 Those who think Bush's job performance has gotten worse (Q10) (plus or minus 5) SAMPLE SIZE/MARGIN OF ERROR FOR REGISTERED VOTERS SUBGROUPS: 897 Registered voters (plus or minus 4) 261 Republicans (plus or minus 7) 327 Democrats (plus or minus 6) 286 Independents (plus or minus 7) NOTES:

Data is weighted so that sample demographics match Census Current Population Survey parameters for gender, age, education, race, region, and population density.

Reported sample sizes are unweighted and should not be used to compute percentages.

An asterisk (*) indicates a value less than 1%. 1a/b. To begin, suppose the elections for U.S. CONGRESS were being held TODAY ... Would you vote for the Republican Party's candidate or the Democratic Party's candidate (ROTATE) for Congress in your district? [IF OTHER/UNDECIDED, RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED] As of TODAY, do you LEAN more toward... the Republican or the Democrat (ROTATE)? BASED ON REGISTERED VOTERS Rep/Lean Rep Dem/Lean Dem Undecided/Other Current Total 39 50 11 =100 Republicans 92 3 5 =100 Democrats 3 92 5 =100 Independents 35 45 20 =100 2006 Trend (RVs) (3/16-17/06) 39 50 11 =100 2005 Trends (RVs) (11/10-11/05) 36 53 11 =100 (9/29-30/05) 42 47 11 =100 (9/8-9/05) 38 50 12 =100 2002 Trends (RVs) (10/24-25/02) 46 43 11 =100 (10/10-11/02) 43 43 14 =100 (9/26-27/02) 40 47 13 =100 (9/12-13/02) 43 41 16 =100 (8/28-29/02) 40 45 15 =100 June 2002[1] 44 46 10 =100 February 2002 46 45 9 =100 1998 Trends (RVs) (10/8-9/98) 43 45 12 =100 (9/24-25/98) 43 48 9 =100 (9/10-11/98) 43 45 12 =100 (8/20-21/98) 41 47 12 =100 [1] June and February 2002 trends from Pew Research Center. Questions 2 and 3 were asked in random order. 2. Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time? Satisfied Dissatisfied DK Current Total 23 71 6 =100 Trends[2] (3/16-17/06) 30 64 6 =100 (11/10-11/05) 26 68 6 =100 (9/29-30/05) 31 61 8 =100 (9/8-9/05) Hurricane Katrina 28 66 6 =100 (8/2-4/05) 36 54 10 =100 (12/2-3/04) 46 46 8 =100 (10/27-29/04) 39 56 5 =100 (10/21-22/04) 40 56 4 =100 (10/14-15/04) 40 55 5 =100 (9/30-10/2/04) 38 57 5 =100 (9/9-10/04) 39 53 8 =100 (9/2-3/04) 43 49 8 =100 (7/29-30/04) 36 58 6 =100 (7/8-9/04) 40 54 6 =100 (5/13-14/04) Prisoner abuse scandal 30 62 8 =100 (4/8-9/04) 36 59 5 =100 (1/22-23/04) 43 52 5 =100 (1/8-9/04) 46 47 7 =100 (12/18-19/03) Saddam's capture 46 47 7 =100 (10/9-10/03) 40 54 6 =100 (4/03) Iraq War 50 41 9 =100 (9/02) 41 55 4 =100 (7/02) 46 46 8 =100 (9/01) Terrorist attacks 57 34 9 =100 (6/01) 43 52 5 =100 (3/01) 47 45 8 =100 (1/01) 55 41 4 =100 (6/00) 47 45 8 =100 (3/00) 56 36 8 =100 (8/99) 56 39 5 =100 (9/98) 54 42 4 =100 (1/97) 38 58 4 =100 (3/96) 28 70 2 =100 (6/95) 25 73 2 =100 (8/94) 24 71 5 =100 (6/92) Recession 14 84 2 =100 (3/91) Gulf War Victory 66 31 3 =100 (9/90) 37 58 5 =100 (9/88) 56 40 4 =100 (11/85) 51 46 3 =100 (12/81) Recession 27 67 6 =100 (7/79) Energy/Economic Crisis 12 84 4 =100 [2] Trends from 4/03, 9/02, 6/00-6/01 and 6/95-8/99 from Pew Research Center; 7/79-6/92 from Gallup. 3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? Approve Disapprove DK Current Total 35 59 6 =100 Trends[3] (3/16-17/06) 36 58 6 =100 (11/10-11/05) 36 58 6 =100 (9/29-30/05) 40 53 7 =100 (9/8-9/05) 38 55 7 =100 (8/2-4/05) 42 51 7 =100 (3/17-18/05) 45 48 7 =100 (2/3-4/05) 50 42 8 =100 (12/2-3/04) 49 44 7 =100 (10/27-29/04) 46 47 7 =100 (10/21-22/04) 46 47 7 =100 (10/14-15/04) 47 46 7 =100 (9/30-10/2/04) 46 48 6 =100 (9/9-10/04) 48 44 8 =100 (9/2-3/04) 52 41 7 =100 (7/29-30/04) 45 49 6 =100 (7/8-9/04) 48 46 6 =100 (5/13-14/04) 42 52 6 =100 (4/8-9/04) 49 45 6 =100 (3/25-26/04) 49 45 6 =100 (3/18-19/04) 48 44 8 =100 (2/19-20/04) 48 44 8 =100 (2/5-6/04) 48 45 7 =100 (1/29-30/04) 49 44 7 =100 (1/22-23/04) 50 44 6 =100 (1/8-9/04) 54 41 5 =100 (12/18-19/03) 54 38 8 =100 (11/6-7/03) 52 40 8 =100 (10/9-10/03) 51 42 7 =100 (8/21-22/03) 53 36 11 =100 (7/10-11/03) 55 37 8 =100 (5/29-30/03) 61 28 11 =100 (5/1-2/03) 65 26 9 =100 (4/10-11/03) 71 23 6 =100 (3/27-28/03) 68 26 6 =100 (3/13-14/03) 53 37 10 =100 (2/6-7/03) 61 31 8 =100 (1/16-17/03) 56 33 11 =100 (11/7-8/02) 60 30 10 =100 (10/11-12/02) 61 29 10 =100 (9/12-13/02) 70 23 7 =100 (8/28-29/02) 61 30 9 =100 (6/27-28/02) 70 19 11 =100 (3/21-22/02) 74 16 10 =100 (1/31-2/1/02) 83 12 5 =100 (10/11-12/01) 88 8 4 =100 (9/20-21/01) 86 10 4 =100 (9/13-14/01) 82 11 7 =100 (8/25-9/5/01) 51 34 15 =100 [3] Full trendline from 1/04 to present; earlier trends selected. Approval figures for 8/25-9/5/01 from Pew Research Center. Lowest Approval Ratings for Past Presidents President % Approve Clinton 36 5/26-27/93 Newsweek G.H.W. Bush 29 7/31-8/2/92 Gallup Reagan 35 1/28-31/83 Gallup Carter 28 6/29-7/2/79 Gallup Ford 37 1/10-13/75 & 3/28-31/75 Gallup Nixon 23 1/4-7/74 Gallup Johnson 35 8/7-12/68 Gallup Kennedy 56 9/12-17/63 Gallup Eisenhower 48 3/27-4/1/58 Gallup Truman 22 2/9-14/52 Gallup Roosevelt 48 8/18-24/39 Gallup Source: The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research iPoll database. 4. How important is your view of George W. Bush in determining your vote for U.S. Congress this year? Is it...(READ) BASED ON REGISTERED VOTERS Not Not at Very Somewhat too all DK Current RVs 36 25 13 24 2 =100 Bush-Approve 33 30 15 21 1 =100 Bush-Disapprove 40 21 13 25 1 =100 2002 Trend (9/26-27/02) Total RVs 30 28 15 24 3 =100 Bush-Approve 30 32 14 21 3 =100 Bush-Disapprove 34 19 13 32 2 =100 1994 Trend (10/27-28/94) Total RVs 33 24 15 23 5 =100 Clinton-Approve 32 30 16 19 3 =100 Clinton-Disapprove 38 19 13 25 5 =100 5. Which of the following outcomes would you most like to see for this year's Congressional elections? Would you rather see ... (RESPONSE CATEGORIES ROTATED) the Republicans keep control of Congress or the Democrats win enough seats to take over Congress? Reps Dems Keep Control Take Over DK Current Total 35 52 13 =100 Republicans 89 6 5 =100 Democrats 2 93 5 =100 Independents 30 47 23 =100 Trend (3/16-17/06) 34 50 16 =100 6. Now thinking ahead to the next PRESIDENTIAL election in November 2008 ... In general, would you rather see ... (RESPONSE CATEGORIES ROTATED) a Republican or a Democrat elected as our next president in 2008? Total Rep Dem Ind 31 Republican 84 1 24 50 Democrat 3 91 45 2 Other party (VOL.) 1 0 3 17 Don't know 12 8 28 100 100 100 100 7. Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job... Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling... (INSERT-READ AND RANDOMIZE)? Approve Disapprove DK a. The economy Current Total 37 59 4 =100 Trends[4] (3/16-17/06) 36 58 6 =100 (11/10-11/05) 32 60 8 =100 (9/29-30/05) 35 60 5 =100 (9/8-9/05) 35 60 5 =100 (8/2-4/05) 40 52 8 =100 (3/17-18/05) 42 51 7 =100 (4/8-9/04) 41 55 4 =100 (3/25-26/04) 40 54 6 =100 (2/19-20/04) 41 52 7 =100 (1/8-9/04) 46 48 6 =100 (12/18-19/03) 41 49 9 =100 (12/11-12/03) 45 46 9 =100 (11/6-7/03) 44 48 8 =100 (10/9-10/03) 38 56 6 =100 (9/11-12/03) 41 51 8 =100 (7/24-25/03) 43 48 9 =100 (5/29-30/03) 46 45 9 =100 (4/10-11/03) 44 46 10 =100 (3/27-28/03) 53 40 7 =100 (1/16-17/03) 45 46 9 =100 (10/10-11/02) 50 41 9 =100 (8/28-29/02) 48 45 7 =100 b. The situation in Iraq[5] Current Total 32 62 6 =100 Trends (3/16-17/06) 29 65 6 =100 (11/10-11/05) 30 65 5 =100 (9/29-30/05) 33 62 5 =100 (9/8-9/05) 36 60 4 =100 (8/2-4/05) 34 61 5 =100 (3/17-18/05) 41 54 5 =100 (4/8-9/04) 44 51 5 =100 (3/25-26/04) 44 50 6 =100 (2/19-20/04) 45 47 8 =100 (1/8-9/04) 50 43 7 =100 (12/18-19/03) 53 39 8 =100 (12/11-12/03) 45 50 5 =100 (11/6-7/03) 42 51 7 =100 (10/9-10/03) 44 49 7 =100 (9/11-12/03) 51 42 7 =100 (7/24-25/03) 58 36 6 =100 (5/29-30/03) 65 29 6 =100 (4/10-11/03) 74 22 4 =100 (3/27-28/03) 70 27 3 =100 c. Terrorism and homeland security[6] Current Total 44 50 6 =100 Trends (3/16-17/06) 44 50 6 =100 (11/10-11/05) 45 49 6 =100 (9/29-30/05) 51 44 5 =100 (9/8-9/05) 46 48 6 =100 (8/2-4/05) 51 41 8 =100 (3/17-18/05) 57 35 8 =100 (4/8-9/04) 59 35 6 =100 (3/25-26/04) 57 38 5 =100 (2/19-20/04) 65 28 7 =100 (1/8-9/04) 70 22 8 =100 (12/18-19/03) 67 24 9 =100 (12/11-12/03) 64 28 8 =100 (11/6-7/03) 64 27 9 =100 (10/9-10/03) 66 26 8 =100 (9/11-12/03) 65 27 8 =100 (7/24-25/03) 68 26 6 =100 (5/29-30/03) 72 20 8 =100 (4/10-11/03) 78 17 5 =100 (9/26-27/02) 73 21 6 =100 (8/28-29/02) 72 23 5 =100 (5/16-17/02) 71 23 6 =100 (1/31-2/1/02) 82 14 4 =100 d. Health care[7] Current Total 29 62 9 =100 Trends (3/16-17/06) 28 62 10 =100 (3/17-18/05) 34 56 10 =100 (2/19-20/04) 37 50 13 =100 (1/8-9/04) 37 50 13 =100 (12/18-19/03) 37 49 14 =100 (12/11-12/03) 35 52 13 =100 (11/6-7/03) 36 50 14 =100 (10/9-10/03) 34 51 15 =100 (9/25-26/03) 38 47 15 =100 (9/18-19/03) 37 51 12 =100 (9/11-12/03) 38 47 15 =100 (7/24-25/03) 39 45 16 =100 (5/29-30/03) 40 43 17 =100 (5/1-2/03) 39 46 15 =100 (4/10-11/03) 40 45 15 =100 (9/26-27/02) 44 43 13 =100 e. Medicare Current Total 33 55 12 =100 Trend (1/8-9/04) 37 47 16 =100 f. Social Security Current Total 31 60 9 =100 Trends (8/2-4/05) 32 58 10 =100 (3/17-18/05) 33 59 8 =100 g. Education Current Total 41 51 8 =100 Trends (2/19-20/04) 46 39 15 =100 (1/8-9/04) 50 39 11 =100 (12/18-19/03) 47 37 16 =100 (11/6-7/03) 50 37 13 =100 (10/9-10/03) 48 40 12 =100 (9/25-26/03) 48 37 15 =100 (9/18-19/03) 46 43 11 =100 (9/11-12/03) 48 37 15 =100 (7/24-25/03) 50 36 14 =100 (5/29-30/03) 53 33 14 =100 (5/1-2/03) 51 35 14 =100 (4/10-11/03) 50 36 14 =100 (4/12-13/01) 56 27 17 =100 h. The environment Current Total 38 53 9 =100 Trends (8/2-4/05) 39 48 13 =100 (3/17-18/05) 41 45 14 =100 (1/8-9/04) 44 40 16 =100 (12/18-19/03) 43 41 16 =100 (11/6-7/03) 44 42 14 =100 (10/9-10/03) 43 41 16 =100 (9/25-26/03) 45 40 15 =100 (9/18-19/03) 43 44 13 =100 (7/24-25/03) 47 38 15 =100 (5/29-30/03) 48 36 16 =100 (5/1-2/03) 47 37 16 =100 (4/10-11/03) 47 34 19 =100 (9/26-27/02) 51 33 16 =100 (8/28-29/02) 52 36 12 =100 (5/3-5/4/01) 45 41 14 =100 (4/12-13/01) 42 39 19 =100 i. Taxes Current Total 39 56 5 =100 Trends (2/19-20/04) 45 44 11 =100 (1/8-9/04) 45 47 8 =100 (12/18-19/03) 43 47 10 =100 (12/11-12/03) 46 45 9 =100 (11/6-7/03) 45 46 9 =100 (10/9-10/03) 43 47 10 =100 (9/25-26/03) 40 50 10 =100 (9/18-19/03) 42 50 8 =100 (9/11-12/03) 43 46 11 =100 (7/24-25/03) 48 45 7 =100 (5/29-30/03) 51 41 8 =100 (5/1-2/03) 47 43 10 =100 (4/10-11/03) 47 44 9 =100 (9/26-27/02) 49 38 13 =100 (8/28-29/02) 49 42 9 =100 (5/3-5/4/01) 53 37 10 =100 (4/12-13/01) 48 40 12 =100 j. The federal budget deficit Current Total 19 70 11 =100 Trends (1/8-9/04) 32 53 15 =100 (12/18-19/03) 28 56 16 =100 (12/11-12/03) 31 55 14 =100 (9/11-12/03) 32 54 14 =100 (7/24-25/03) 34 52 14 =100 k. Immigration policy Current Total 25 61 14 =100 Trend (1/8-9/04) 32 51 17 =100 l. Gas prices[8] Current Total 17 76 7 =100 Trend (11/11-12/05) 20 73 7 =100 [4] Full trendline from 1/04 to present for items a through c; earlier trends selected. [5] Trend wording from 3/03 and 4/03 read "The war with Iraq." [6] Trend wording from January 2002 to January 2004 read "Policies to prevent and minimize terrorism at home." [7] Trend wording from February 2004 to March 2006 read "Health care, including Medicare." [8] Trend wording from November 2005 read "Oil prices." 8. Please tell me whether or not you think a DEMOCRATIC president would do a better job than Bush of handling each of the following. Do you think a Democratic president would do a better job of handling ... (INSERT-READ AND RANDOMIZE), or not? (ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO DISAPPROVE OF BUSH'S JOB PERFORMANCE IN EACH AREA) Percent who disapprove AND think a Democratic president would do a better job handling ... 48 Gas prices 46 Health care 46 The federal budget deficit 45 The economy 44 The situation in Iraq 43 Social Security 43 The environment 42 Medicare 42 Taxes 39 Education 35 Terrorism and homeland security 35 Immigration policy 9. As time passes, how do you think history will see George W. Bush as president? Do you think Bush will be seen as an average president, above average, or below average? Current 9/29-30/05 9/8-9/05 10/9-10/03 32 Average 35 35 40 16 Above average 19 19 29 50 Below average 43 42 26 2 Don't know 3 4 5 100 100 100 100 10. Since George W. Bush was re-elected to a second term in 2004, has your opinion of his performance in office gotten better, worse, or stayed about the same? Total Rep Dem Ind 4 Better 8 1 3 48 Worse 23 63 53 47 Same 69 35 31 1 Don't know * 1 3 100 100 100 100 11. Please tell me which of the following, if any, are IMPORTANT reasons why your opinion of Bush's job performance has gotten worse. (First,) what about this ... (INSERT-READ AND RANDOMIZE)? (Is this an important reason why your opinion of Bush's job performance has gotten worse, or not?) BASED ON THOSE WHO THINK BUSH'S JOB PERFORMANCE HAS GOTTEN WORSE Important reasons why think Bush's job performance has gotten worse 86 The situation in Iraq and new information about the decision to go to war 84 The size of the federal budget deficit 80 The administration's response to Hurricane Katrina 76 The recent increase in gas prices 73 The administration's handling of the immigration issue 72 The warrantless wiretapping program that Bush authorized 70 The administration's efforts to change Social Security 59 Criminal charges against Bush political allies like Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff 58 The new Medicare prescription drug benefit 52 The indictment of Scooter Libby and continuing investigation of Karl Rove in the the Valerie Plame case 12. Now I'm going to read you some phrases and ask if you think each one better describes ... (RESPONSE CATEGORIES ROTATED) the Republican Party and its leaders OR the Democratic Party and its leaders? Rep. Dem. Party Party Both[9] Neither DK a. Well organzied Current Total 41 34 6 11 8 =100 Trends[10] (8/27-9/8/98) 39 26 10 14 11 =100 (8/7-10/97) 39 30 6 16 9 =100 (7/25-28/96) 40 35 9 9 7 =100 b. Selects good candidates for office Current Total 36 40 4 11 9 =100 Trends (8/27-9/8/98) 34 33 9 12 12 =100 (3/25-29/98) 32 33 12 12 11 =100 c. Is concerned with the needs and interests of the disadvantaged Current Total 22 63 3 6 6 =100 Trends (7/8-18/04) 23 57 5 6 9 =100 (8/27-9/8/98) 20 57 5 5 13 =100 (3/25-29/98) 16 64 6 6 8 =100 (7/25-28/96) 23 63 3 5 6 =100 d. Able to manage the federal government well Current Total 30 47 4 12 7 =100 Trends (7/8-18/04) 37 40 4 9 10 =100 (8/27-9/8/98) 37 32 8 12 11 =100 (8/7-10/97) 39 33 4 16 8 =100 (7/25-28/96) 45 32 4 12 7 =100 e. Can bring about the kind of changes this country needs Current Total 30 53 3 8 6 =100 Trends (7/8-18/04) 35 46 3 7 9 =100 (8/27-9/8/98) 34 40 7 8 11 =100 (3/25-29/98) 32 45 7 8 8 =100 (8/7-10/97) 38 40 4 11 7 =100 (7/25-28/96) 39 46 2 7 6 =100 f. Is concerned with the needs and interests of business and other powerful groups Current Total 59 24 7 3 7 =100 Trends (7/8-18/04) 61 22 6 3 8 =100 (8/27-9/8/98) 57 23 8 2 10 =100 (3/25-29/98) 63 20 7 2 8 =100 (7/25-28/96) 65 19 8 2 6 =100 g. Is concerned with the needs of people like you Current Total 31 54 3 7 5 =100 Trends (7/8-18/04) 30 50 5 8 7 =100 (8/27-9/8/98) 31 46 5 9 9 =100 (3/25-29/98) 30 51 4 8 7 =100 (8/7-10/97) 31 49 3 10 7 =100 (7/25-28/96) 35 50 2 7 6 =100 h. Governs in an honest and ethical way Current Total 29 41 6 17 7 =100 Trends (7/8-18/04) 34 37 5 15 9 =100 (8/27-9/8/98) 31 28 6 23 12 =100 (3/25-29/98) 28 32 7 24 9 =100 (8/7-10/97) 28 33 5 26 8 =100 (7/25-28/96) 38 37 2 18 5 =100 [9] "Both" and "Neither" are volunteered response categories. [10] Trends are from Pew Research Center. 13. We'd like your overall opinion of some Democrats in politics today. As I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of this person - or if you had never heard of them before this interview. What about... (INSERT-READ AND RANDOMIZE) Never Can't heard Rate/ Favorable Unfavorable of DK a. Hillary Clinton 53 42 1 4 =100 b. Howard Dean 33 36 19 12 =100 c. John Edwards 49 24 15 12 =100 d. Al Gore 49 43 2 6 =100 e. Ted Kennedy 43 45 4 8 =100 f. John Kerry 49 40 4 7 =100 Items g-j based on Form A random half sample g. Joe Biden 24 16 49 11 =100 h. Russ Feingold 15 15 56 14 =100 i. Nancy Pelosi 21 20 51 8 =100 j. Bill Richardson 24 7 54 15 =100 Items k-n based on Form B random half sample k. Wesley Clark 26 16 40 18 =100 l. Barack Obama 31 9 50 10 =100 m. Harry Reid 15 14 55 16 =100 n. Mark Warner 14 9 61 16 =100 14. Now on another subject ... As you may know, there are reports that the NSA, a government intelligence agency, has been collecting the phone call records of Americans. The agency doesn't actually listen to the calls but logs in nearly every phone number to create a database of calls made within the United States. Which of the following comes CLOSER to your own view of this domestic surveillance program ... (READ) Total Rep Dem Ind 41 It is a necessary tool to combat terrorism 69 21 41 53 It goes too far in invading people's privacy 26 73 56 6 Don't know 5 6 3 100 100 100 100 15. In light of this news and other executive actions by the Bush-Cheney administration, in general, do you think they have gone too far in expanding presidential power, or not? Total Rep Dem Ind 57 Yes, gone too far 25 81 61 38 No, have not 73 14 35 5 Don't know 2 5 4 100 100 100 100 D2. Now I have just a few more questions so we can describe the people who took part in our survey ... Regardless of how you might have voted in recent elections, in politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent? 27 Republican 37 Democrat 32 Independent 1 No party/Not interested in politics (Vol) 1 Other party (Vol.) 2 Don't know 100

END OF INTERVIEW. THANK RESPONDENT: That completes the interview. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

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