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Poll Results

Anger at federal government at record levels
Scripps Howard News Service

 

August 02, 2006
Wednesday PM


The following are findings from polls conducted by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University. The latest survey of asked 1,010 adult residents of the United States was conducted July 6-24.

Here are a few questions about your feelings about the federal government based in Washington, DC. Generally, do you think the work the government is doing is making your own life better, making it worse, or having no effect upon you?

Year .. Better .. Worse .. No Effect .. Don't Know

1995 .... 18 ...... 42 ....... 31 ......... 9
1997 .... 25 ...... 34 ....... 32 ......... 9
1998 .... 29 ...... 30 ....... 32 ......... 9
2001 .... 48 ...... 12 ....... 32 ......... 8
2006 .... 20 ...... 46 ....... 27 ......... 7

Does it seem to you that the people you know personally are more angry with the federal government these days than they used to be?

Year .. More Angry .. Not More Angry .. Don't Know

1995 .... 68 ............ 22 ............. 10
1997 .... 66 ............ 26 .............. 8
1998 .... 55 ............ 36 .............. 9
2001 .... 25 ............ 71 .............. 4
2006 .... 77 ............ 18 .............. 5

Are you, personally, more angry at the federal government than you used to be?

Year .. More Angry .. Not More Angry .. Don't Know

1995 .... 47 ............ 41 ............. 12
1997 .... 42 ............ 51 .............. 7
1998 .... 34 ............ 57 .............. 9
2001 .... 12 ............ 85 .............. 3
2006 .... 54 ............ 39 .............. 7

 

(ASKED IN 2006 POLL) Here are several serious accusations that some people have made against the federal government in recent years. Please tell me if you think each of these is very likely, somewhat likely or unlikely. "Officials in the federal government were directly responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy." Is this very likely, somewhat likely or unlikely?

Very Likely ............. 12

Somewhat Likely ......... 28

Unlikely ................ 51

Don't Know ............... 9

The federal government is withholding proof of the existence of intelligent life from other planets?

Very Likely ............. 16

Somewhat Likely ......... 22

Unlikely ................ 54

Don't Know ............... 8

There are also accusations being made following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. One of them is: "People in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East."

Very Likely ............. 16

Somewhat Likely ......... 20

Unlikely ................ 59

Don't Know ............... 5

The Pentagon was not struck by an airliner captured by terrorists but, instead, was hit by a cruise missile fired by the U.S. military.

Very Likely .............. 6

Somewhat Likely .......... 6

Unlikely ................ 80

Don't Know ............... 8

The collapse of the twin towers in New York was aided by explosives secretly planted in the two buildings.

Very Likely .............. 6

Somewhat Likely ......... 10

Unlikely ................ 77

Don't Know ............... 7

 

9/11 poll results

The latest poll by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University asked 1,010 adult residents of the United States if they believe that: "People in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East." Thirty-six percent said they this is either "very likely" or "somewhat likely."

Entire nation ................ 36

Men .......................... 37

Women ........................ 35

18-24 ........................ 57

25-44 ........................ 40

45-64 ........................ 30

65 or older .................. 24

Not A High School Graduate ... 55

Graduated High School ........ 41

Attended Some College ........ 39

College Graduate ............. 31

Post Graduate Studies ........ 24

Strong Democrat .............. 54

Lean Toward the Democrats .... 48

Independent .................. 32

Lean Toward the Republicans .. 20

Strong Republican ............ 15

Very Conservative ............ 37

Somewhat Conservative ........ 30

Middle of the Road ........... 33

Somewhat Liberal ............. 45

Very Liberal ................. 54

Single, no children .......... 48

Married, no children ......... 34

Single with children ......... 45

Married with children ........ 28

White ........................ 29

African-American ............. 67

Hispanic ..................... 46

Asian-American/Other ......... 44

Northeast .................... 33

South ........................ 37

Midwest ...................... 37

West ......................... 36

Lives in major city .......... 39

Smaller city ................. 40

Suburb ....................... 27

Rural area ................... 38

Income Below $25,000 ......... 61

25,000 to $40,000 ............ 45

40,000 to $60,000 ............ 30

60,000 to $80,000 ............ 35

80,000 to $100,000 ........... 22

Above $100,000 ............... 22

Attended church recently ..... 29

Not attended church lately ... 41

Protestant ................... 31

Roman Catholic ............... 32

Jewish ....................... 13

No religious preference ...... 46

Is more angry at government .. 46

Not angry at government ...... 24

Reads newspaper every day .... 32

Sometimes or never reads ..... 39

Approves of Bush ............. 17

Disapproves of Bush .......... 49

Source: National survey of 1,010 residents of the United States conducted by Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University from July 6-24.

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