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Zogby Poll this week

Written by Subject: Domestic Policy
Thank you for participating in this interactive poll. We have questions on a variety of topics.

First, some political questions.

Are you registered to vote in the United States?

Yes

No

Not sure

________________________________________

How likely are you to vote in national elections?

Very likely

Somewhat likely

Not likely

Not sure

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In the 2004 presidential election, the candidates were Democrat John Kerry, Republican George W. Bush, and independent Ralph Nader. For whom did you vote?

Kerry

Bush

Nader

Someone else

Not sure

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In which party are you either registered to vote or do you consider yourself to be a member ...

Democratic

Republican

Independent

Libertarian

Constitution

Green

Natural Law

Reform

Other

Not sure

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In the Congressional race in 2006, for which party's candidate do you intend to vote - Democrat or Republican?

Democrat

Republican

Neither

Not sure

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Overall, how would you rate President Bush's performance on the job?

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Not sure

The following is a list of issues. Please rate President Bush's handling of each as excellent, good, fair, or poor.

Excellent Good Fair Poor Not sure

The war in Iraq

Immigration

Border security

The war on terrorism

Taxes

Foreign policy in general

Gas prices

Medical costs/health insurance

Education

. . 6% complete

Overall, do you think the U.S. is headed in the right direction or are things off on the wrong track?

Right direction

Wrong track

Not sure

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Do you feel safer or less safe with George W. Bush as president?

Safer

Less safe

Not sure

. . 8% complete

Now some questions about laws concerning convicted felons.

Current laws covering convicted felons are covered under the 14th Amendment. It allows states to strip certain citizenship privileges from those convicted of a crime and then decide if any of these privileges should be returned to the person when he or she is released from prison or parole.

For each of the following privileges, please indicate if the privilege should never be returned, should be returned on release from prison, should be returned on completion of parole, should be returned while imprisoned if the conviction is on appeal, should be returned one year after completion of parole, should be returned when the person has made restitution, or should never be taken to begin with.

Owning Guns

Never

On release from prison

On completion of parole

While imprisoned if his/her conviction is on appeal

One year after completion of parole

When they have made restitution

Never taken from them

Not sure

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Right to Vote

Never

On release from prison

On completion of parole

While imprisoned if his/her conviction is on appeal

One year after completion of parole

When they have made restitution

Never taken from them

Not sure

________________________________________

The ability to hold public office

Never

On release from prison

On completion of parole

While imprisoned if his/her conviction is on appeal

One year after completion of parole

When they have made restitution

Never taken from them

Not sure

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The ability to be a teacher

Never

On release from prison

On completion of parole

While imprisoned if his/her conviction is on appeal

One year after completion of parole

When they have made restitution

Never taken from them

Not sure

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The ability to join the Board of Directors of publicly traded companies

Never

On release from prison

On completion of parole

While imprisoned if his/her conviction is on appeal

One year after completion of parole

When they have made restitution

Never taken from them

Not sure

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If rights were returned, should they be returned to everyone who lost them for a while or should they be returned on an individual basis after a review and recommendation by a state commission?

To everyone

Individually

Not sure

. . 14% complete

Please indicate if you agree or disagree that the return of rights should be more strict for each of the following.

Agree Disagree Not sure

Those who use a gun in a crime.

Rapists, pedophiles, and those guilty of sex crimes.

Those who have killed a fellow citizen.

Those who have stolen money and not made restitution.

. . 14% complete

For each of the following, please indicate if you agree or disagree if convicted felons serving time in jail for that particular crime should be allowed to vote.

Agree Disagree Not sure

Murder

A Sex Crime

A Violent Crime

Use of a gun while committing a crime

Assault

A Non-Violent Crime

If the person has not made restitution

If the conviction is on appeal

. . 15% complete

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There are currently five million felons who cannot vote because of various state laws. Some in the Senate and Congress are proposing laws that would allow felons to vote. What do you think is the motive behind these laws - bringing more voters into the process to win elections or a concern about the violation of individual rights.

To win elections

Concern about individual rights

Not sure

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If laws giving back the right to vote to convicted felons are passed, overall do you think it will be good for the country or do you think it will be bad for the country?

Good

Bad

Not sure

. . 17% complete

Now some questions about consumer habits.

How would you characterize yourself?

Young - just getting started

Married or living with a partner and want a home with roots

Have a family with young children

Empty nesters (or soon will be)

Adults in retirement

Single adult living alone

Not sure

________________________________________

Do you own or rent your home?

Own

Rent

Other/Not sure

Refused

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Thinking of the place where you now live, what does a "home" mean to you?

Place to "keep my stuff" and sleep

A financial investment

A place for me to put down roots

A base for my family

Not sure

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Thinking of your childhood, how many places do you consider to be your childhood home?

One

Two

Three

Four

Five or more

Not sure

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How close to that home do you now live?

Within 20 miles

Within 50 miles

Within 100 miles

Within 500 miles

More than 500 miles

Not sure

. . 22% complete

How far are you willing to commute to work?

Up to 5 miles

6 to 15 miles

16 to 30 miles

30 to 50 miles

Over 50 miles

Do not work/work at home

Not sure

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How far are you willing to travel to church?

Up to 5 miles

6 to 15 miles

16 to 30 miles

30 to 50 miles

Over 50 miles

Do not go to church

Not sure

________________________________________

How far are you willing to travel to shop?

Up to 5 miles

6 to 15 miles

16 to 30 miles

30 to 50 miles

Over 50 miles

Do not shop

Not sure

________________________________________

How far are you willing to travel to school?

Up to 5 miles

6 to 15 miles

16 to 30 miles

30 to 50 miles

Over 50 miles

Do not go to school

Not sure

________________________________________

In deciding on a new place to live, what is more important?

Size of the house or apartment

Amenities or features

Other/Not sure

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What is a deal breaker for you?

Number of bedrooms

Number of bathrooms

Number of closets

Not enough storage space

No workshop area

No laundry

Size of yard

Garage 2 stall

Garage 1 stall

Garage attached

Garage unattached

Not sure

Other-Specify

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Which of the following statements comes closer to your own view when planning on purchasing a home?

Statement A: I would create a budget and look for a home that fits into my means.

Statement B: I would find something that I want and figure out a way to afford it.

Statement A

Statement B

Not sure

. . 65% complete

Now some questions about health care.

How would you rate the quality of health care that you and your family now receives?

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Not sure

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Are you currently covered by a health insurance policy?

Yes

No

Not sure

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What do you think would happen to the quality of health care if all residents were required to purchase private health insurance like they are required to purchase car insurance for their vehicles?

Get much better

Get a little better

Stay about the same

Get a little worse

Get much worse

Not sure

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Massachusetts has passed a law requiring all residents to purchase private health insurance policies, with poor residents receiving policies with reduced or no premiums and low co-pays for doctor office visits and prescriptions. The state will subsidize the premiums for those low-income residents. Would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose making this proposal a law in your state?

Strongly favor

Somewhat favor

Somewhat oppose

Strongly oppose

Not sure

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Would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose making this proposal a national program?

Strongly favor

Somewhat favor

Somewhat oppose

Strongly oppose

Not sure

________________________________________

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has said the health insurance requirement is a good solution to address the financial problems caused by uninsured residents obtaining health care, in part because it keeps private insurance companies as part of the health care equation. Others say the government should establish a single-payer national system of health care to guarantee that everyone is treated equally. Which would you prefer?

Require residents to purchase private insurance

Government single-payer health care plan

Neither

Not sure

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What do you think would happen to the quality of health care if the government established a single-payer national health care system?

Get much better

Get a little better

Stay about the same

Get a little worse

Get much worse

Not sure

________________________________________

Do you agree or disagree that the government should be able to require citizens to purchase health insurance?

Agree

Disagree

Not sure

________________________________________

If the state where you lived adopted a law similar to the one in Massachusetts, what would you do?

Nothing. I already am insured and it doesn't apply to me

I would move to another state

I would ignore the law because I cannot afford insurance

I would ignore the law because I never see a doctor

I would ignore the law because I have enough money to pay for my own health care

I would purchase the insurance as required by the new law

Not sure

. . 73% complete

Thank you. Please give us some information about yourself.

What is your age?

Age

________________________________________

Have you served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11?

Yes

No

Not sure

________________________________________

Which of the following best describes your highest level of education?

Less than high school graduate

High school graduate

Some college

College graduate

Refused

________________________________________

Which of the following best represents your race or ethnic group?

White, non-Hispanic

Hispanic

African American

Asian/Pacific

Arab American

Other-Specify

Refused

________________________________________

Which of the following best represents where you live?

Large city (100,000 or more residents)

Small city (less than 100,000 residents)

Suburbs

Rural area

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Which description best represents your political ideology?

Progressive/very liberal

Liberal

Moderate

Conservative

Very conservative

Libertarian

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Which of the following best represents your religious affiliation?

Roman Catholic

Protestant/other non-denominational Christian

Jewish

Muslim

Mormon

Atheist/realist/humanist

No affiliation

Other-Specify

Refused

. . 80% complete

Are you or is anyone in your household a member of a union?

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Are you a parent or guardian of a child under 17 who is living at home?

Yes

No

Refused

________________________________________

Which of the following best describes your marital status?

Married

Single, never married

Divorced/widowed/separated

Civil union/domestic partnership

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Are you or is any member of your family a member of the Armed Forces?

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Do you consider yourself a NASCAR fan?

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

Please tell me if you regularly attend any of the following sporting events?

(Choose all that apply.)

NASCAR

Any high school sport

Little League

None

Not sure

Refused

. . 86% complete

How often do you attend church, mosque, synagogue or other place of worship?

More than once a week

About once a week

Once or twice a month

Only on religious holidays

Rarely

Never

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

How often do you pray?

Every day

At least once a week

At least once a month

Only on special occasions

Only during a crisis

Never

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

How often do you read the Bible?

Every day

At least once a week

At least once a month

Only when at church

Only on special occasions

Only during a crisis

Never/not Christian

Not sure

Refused

. . 89% complete

Which of the following best describes the types of stocks you own that are traded on either the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ?

(Choose all that apply.)

Own stock personally

Own stock through 401 (k)

Own stock through other pension plan

None

Not sure

Refused

Would you consider yourself to be a member of the "investor class?"

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Do you or does anyone in your household keep a gun for personal protection or hunting at your home, place of business, or at a vacation home or club?

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Before you vote, do you listen to the message of the National Rifle Association all of the time, most of the time, some of the time, or never?

All of the time

Most of the time

Some of the time

Never

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

How often do you shop at Wal-Mart?

Every week

A few times a month

A couple times a year

Never

Other

Not sure

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Which of the following best represents your household income last year before taxes?

Less than $15,000

$15,000-24,999

$25,000-34,999

$35,000-49,999

$50,000-74,999

$75,000 or more

Refused

________________________________________

Do you currently have a valid passport?

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Are you male or female.

Male

Female

Refused

. . 97% complete

Would you consider yourself to be a member of the "investor class?"

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Do you or does anyone in your household keep a gun for personal protection or hunting at your home, place of business, or at a vacation home or club?

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Before you vote, do you listen to the message of the National Rifle Association all of the time, most of the time, some of the time, or never?

All of the time

Most of the time

Some of the time

Never

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

How often do you shop at Wal-Mart?

Every week

A few times a month

A couple times a year

Never

Other

Not sure

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Which of the following best represents your household income last year before taxes?

Less than $15,000

$15,000-24,999

$25,000-34,999

$35,000-49,999

$50,000-74,999

$75,000 or more

Refused

________________________________________

Do you currently have a valid passport?

Yes

No

Not sure

Refused

________________________________________

Are you male or female.

Male

Female

Refused

. . 97% complete

What state do you live in?

State

. . 99% complete

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