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1 www.pewresearch.org Appendix B: Topline Questionnaire PEW RESEARCH CENTER FEBRUARY 2014 POLITICAL SURVEY FINAL TOPLINE February 14-23, 2014 N=1,821 ASK ALL: Q.1 Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? [IF DK ENTER AS DK. IF DEPENDS PROBE ONCE WITH: Overall do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? IF STILL DEPENDS ENTER AS DK] Dis- (VOL.) Approve Approve DK/Ref Feb 14
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  1 www.pewresearch.org Appendix B: Topline Questionnaire PEW RESEARCH CENTER FEBRUARY 2014 POLITICAL SURVEY FINAL TOPLINE February 14-23, 2014 N=1,821 ASK ALL: Q.1 Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? [IF DK ENTER AS DK. IF DEPENDS PROBE ONCE WITH:  Overall do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? IF STILL DEPENDS ENTER AS DK] Dis- (VOL.)  Approve Approve DK/Ref Feb 14-23, 2014 44 48 8 Jan 15-19, 2014 (U) 43 49 8 Dec 3-8, 2013 (U) 45 49 6 Oct 30-Nov 6, 2013 41 53 6 Oct 9-13, 2013 43 51 6 Sep 4-8, 2013 (U) 44 49 8 Jul 17-21, 2013 46 46 7 Jun 12-16, 2013 49 43 7 May 1-5, 2013 51 43 6 Mar 13-17, 2013 47 46 8 Feb 13-18, 2013 (U) 51 41 7 Jan 9-13, 2013 52 40 7 Dec 5-9, 2012 55 39 6 Jun 28-Jul 9, 2012 50 43 7 Jun 7-17, 2012 47 45 8 May 9-Jun 3, 2012 46 42 11 Apr 4-15, 2012 46 45 9 Mar 7-11, 2012 50 41 9 Feb 8-12, 2012 47 43 10 Jan 11-16, 2012 44 48 8 Dec 7-11, 2011 46 43 11 Nov 9-14, 2011 46 46 8 Sep 22-Oct 4, 2011 43 48 9 Aug 17-21, 2011 43 49 7 Jul 20-24, 2011 44 48 8 Jun 15-19, 2011 46 45 8 May 25-30, 2011 52 39 10 May 5-8, 2011 50 39 11 May 2, 2011 (WP) 56 38 6 Dis- (VOL.)  Approve Approve DK/Ref Mar 30-Apr 3, 2011 47 45 8 Feb 22-Mar 1, 2011 51 39 10 Feb 2-7, 2011 49 42 9 Jan 5-9, 2011 46 44 10 Dec 1-5, 2010 45 43 13 Nov 4-7, 2010 44 44 12 Oct 13-18, 2010 46 45 9 Aug 25-Sep 6, 2010 47 44 9 Jul 21-Aug 5, 2010 47 41 12 Jun 8-28, 2010 48 41 11 Jun 16-20, 2010 48 43 9 May 6-9, 2010 47 42 11 Apr 21-26, 2010 47 42 11 Apr 8-11, 2010 48 43 9 Mar 10-14, 2010 46 43 12 Feb 3-9, 2010 49 39 12 Jan 6-10, 2010 49 42 10 Dec 9-13, 2009 49 40 11 Oct 28-Nov 8, 2009 51 36 13 Sep 30-Oct 4, 2009 52 36 12 Sep 10-15, 2009 55 33 13 Aug 20-27, 2009 52 37 12 Aug 11-17, 2009 51 37 11 Jul 22-26, 2009 54 34 12 Jun 10-14, 2009 61 30 9 Apr 14-21, 2009 63 26 11 Mar 31-Apr 6, 2009 61 26 13 Mar 9-12, 2009 59 26 15 Feb 4-8, 2009 64 17 19 See past presidents’ approval trends:  George W. Bush, Bill Clinton  NO QUESTIONS 2-3   ASK ALL:  Q.4 Does Barack Obama   make you feel [INSERT FIRST ITEM; RANDOMIZE]  or not? Does Obama make you feel [NEXT ITEM] or not? (VOL.) Yes No DK/Ref a. Disappointed Feb 14-23, 2014 51 46 3 Sep 12-16, 2012 ( RVs ) 49 50 1 Sep 22-Oct 4, 2011 53 45 2 Mar 10-14, 2010 44 53 3 b. Optimistic Feb 14-23, 2014 38 57 5  2 www.pewresearch.org Q.4 CONTINUED… (VOL.) Yes No DK/Ref c. Proud Feb 14-23, 2014 42 54 4 Nov 8-11, 2012 ( Voters ) 53 45 2 Sep 12-16, 2012 ( RVs ) 51 45 3 Sep 22-Oct 4, 2011 45 52 4 Mar 10-14, 2010 49 47 5 November, 2008 (Voters)  65 32 3 March, 2008 1   (RVs)  42 53 5 d. Angry Feb 14-23, 2014 27 70 3 Nov 8-11, 2012 ( Voters ) 21 78 1 Sep 12-16, 2012 (RVs) 31 68 1 Sep 22-Oct 4, 2011 29 70 1 Mar 10-14, 2010 30 68 2 November, 2008 ( Voters ) 9 91 * March, 2008 (RVs)  26 71 3 NO QUESTIONS 5-9 ASK ALL: Q.10 Please tell me if you think each of the following trends is generally a good thing for American society, a bad thing for American society, or doesn’t make much difference? (First/Next) [INSERT ITEM; RANDOMIZE] [READ IF NECESSARY : Is this generally a good thing for American society, a bad thing for American society, or doesn’t it make much difference? ] Good thing Bad thing Doesn’t make (VOL.) for society for society much difference DK/Ref a. More children being raised by a single parent Feb 14-23, 2014 6 61 31 2 b. More gay and lesbian couples raising children Feb 14-23, 2014 25 33 38 4 April, 2013 (RPL) 21 35 41 3 Mar 8-14, 2011 14 35 48 3 October, 2010 (SDT) 2  12 43 41 4 January, 2010 (SDT) 13 42 40 4 February, 2007 (SDT) 11 50 34 5 c. More people of different races marrying each other Feb 14-23, 2014 37 9 51 2 April, 2013 (RPL) 37 10 51 2 Mar 8-14, 2011 25 9 64 2 October, 2010 (SDT) 25 14 60 2 January, 2010 (SDT) 24 13 61 3 d. More young adults living with their parents Feb 14-23, 2014 20 42 36 2 e. More people continuing to work beyond age 65 Feb 14-23, 2014 30 39 29 3 f. More people who are not religious   Feb 14-23, 2014 11 45 42 3 April, 2013 (RPL) 11 48 39 3 1 In March 2008, the question read “Has Barack Obama ever made you feel [INSERT ITEM] or not?” 2 Trends from October 2010 and before asked about “our society” instead of “American society.”  3 www.pewresearch.org NO QUESTIONS 11-14   ASK ALL: Q.15 Thinking about how the federal government spends its money, which do you think should be the higher priority … [READ AND RANDOMIZE]  (SDT) Feb 14-23 Nov 2014 2012 40 Programs that benefit older adults [OR] 47 37 Programs that benefit younger adults 27 16 Both are equally important (VOL.) 17 7 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) 8 ASK ONLY IF AGE 34 OR OLDER [N=1,192]:  Q.16 Thinking about the young adults you know today, do you think they face MORE economic challenges, FEWER economic challenges or about the same number of economic challenges you faced when you were first starting out? [ INTERVIEWER NOTE: IF RESPONDENT ASKS WHAT AGE “YOUNG ADULTS” ARE, IT’S OKAY TO SAY  “Adults in their twenties or early thirties.”] Feb 14-23 2014 70 More challenges 7 Fewer challenges 21 About the same 1 Different challenges (VOL.)  2 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)   ASK ONLY IF AGE 33 OR YOUNGER [N=617]: Q.17 Thinking about people you know who are about your age, do you think they face MORE economic challenges, FEWER economic challenges or about the same number of economic challenges as your parents’ generation faced when they were first starting out? Feb 14-23 2014 71 More challenges 12 Fewer challenges 15 About the same 1 Different challenges (VOL.)  2 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.)   ASK ALL: Q.18 Next, is your overall opinion of [INSERT ITEM; RANDOMIZE] very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable? How about [NEXT NAME] ? [IF NECESSARY: Just in general, is your overall opinion of [NAME]  very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable? ] [INTERVIEWERS: PROBE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN “NEVER HEARD OF” AND “CAN’T RATE.”]   (VOL.)   (VOL.) -------Favorable------- ------Unfavorable------ Never Can’t Total Very    Mostly   Total Very    Mostly   heard of rate/Ref ITEM a PREVIOUSLY RELEASED b. Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Feb 14-23, 2014 33 7 26  20 8 12  25 22 Sep 4-8, 2013 (Ben Bernanke)  38 6 31  31 10 20  17 14 March, 2008 (Ben Bernanke)  24 4 20  20 7 13  31 25 ITEM c HELD FOR FUTURE RELEASE  4 www.pewresearch.org NO QUESTIONS 19-22 QUESTION 23 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED NO QUESTIONS 26-29 ASK ALL: Next, I have some questions about immigrants who are now living in the U.S. illegally. We will use the term  “undocumented immigrants” to refer to people in this situation. ASK ALL: Q.24 Which comes closer to your view about how to handle undocumented immigrants who are now living in the U.S.? [READ AND RANDOMIZE] ASK IF ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY (Q.24=2): Q.25 And do you think immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally and meet the requirements should [READ AND RANDOMIZE] Feb Jun May Mar   14-23 12-16 1-5 13-17   2014 2013 2013 3  2013   24 They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally 27 25 27   There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements 73 to stay in the country legally 71 73 71   46 Be able to apply for U.S. citizenship -- 44 43   24 Be able to apply for permanent residency, but not U.S. citizenship -- 25 24   3 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) -- 4   4 3 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) 2   3   2  QUESTION 30 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED NO QUESTIONS 31-35, 40-44 QUESTIONS 36-39 HELD FOR FUTURE RELEASE ASK ALL: Q.45 Next, I'm going to read you some words and phrases and ask you to rate how well each describes you. Please use a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 represents a description that is PERFECT for you, and 1 represents a description that is TOTALLY WRONG for you. (First,) on this scale of 1 to 10, how well does... [READ ITEM; RANDOMIZE ITEMS] describe you? [OPEN END ENTER NUMBER 1-10] [INTERVIEWER, IF RESPONDENT STRUGGLES WITH PRECISE NUMBER YOU CAN SAY:  “you can just give me a number close to what you think”  ]   [IF NECESSARY: RE-READ SCALE DESCRIPTION: 10 represents a description that is PERFECT for you, and 1 represents a description that is TOTALLY WRONG for you. You can choose any number between 1 and 10. ] Description Description totally wrong perfect (VOL.)   1-3 4-7 8-10 DK/Ref a. A religious person Feb 14-23, 2014 16 34 49 1 September, 1999 12 33 55 * March, 1994 14 34 51 1 April, 1987 11 39 49 1 b. An environmentalist Feb 14-23, 2014 10 48 39 3 September, 1999 12 44 43 1 March, 1994 13 41 43 3 May, 1990 9 43 42 6 April, 1987 9 49 39 3 NO ITEM c. 3  In May 2013 and March 2013, question read “Which comes closer to your view about how to handle immigrants who are now living in the U.S. illegally?” and the second answer choice read “There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally.”
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