Super Tuesday Political Roundup

Political climate: angry, and getting angrier

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Super Tuesday Political Roundup

Despite mixed feelings on electing a Washington outsider, majorities of Americans think it’s important that the next President have elected government experience
 
41% give President Obama positive ratings; 9% rate Congress positively

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Happy Super Tuesday! As primary results start streaming in today, there is bound to be plenty of analyzing, spinning, and no small amount of arguing. Nine in 10 Americans (91%) feel political discussions today are angry and bad tempered, with nearly four in 10 adults (38%) describing them as extremely angry and bad tempered. What’s more, most Americans feel this tonality is on the rise:

And if Americans are right, we should expect to see this anger bubbling over into our daily lives as well: three-fourths of adults (76%) believe that the way American politicians treat one another influences how American citizens treat one another.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,219 U.S. adults surveyed online between February 17 and 22, 2016.

The majority of Americans (69%) have negative opinions of politicians they perceive as generally angry and bad tempered; 8% have positive feelings toward such candidates, while 20% feel neither positive nor negative toward them.

But where do the candidates stack up? When asked (in an open ended manner) which candidate’s campaign they believe has been the most angry and bad tempered thus far, over six in ten Americans (62%) point to Donald Trump; 11% choose Hillary Clinton, while 7% cite Ted Cruz.

On the other end of the spectrum, a 22% plurality points to Bernie Sanders as their top pick for the candidate whose campaign has been most civil or even tempered thus far; next up are Hillary Clinton (15%) and Ben Carson (14%).

Electing an outsider 

“Outsider” has been something of a buzzword so far in this election cycle, and a separate Harris Poll, conducted in December, found that Americans have some varied – and even contradictory – points of view on the subject:  

Americans are especially mixed when asked more directly about their feelings on electing a political outsider as the next President of the United States, with 37% in favor, 32% opposed and 8% unsure.

Presidential and Congressional ratings 

Even as much of the country heads to the polls in order to narrow the field of White House contenders, President Obama and Congress still have a responsibility to the electorate and the electorate still has opinions about the respective jobs they’re doing. Four in ten Americans (41%) give President Obama positive ratings on his overall job performance, while 59% rate him negatively. This marks a four point drop from last month’s post State of the Union high (45%), but is also four points up from December ratings (37%). An identical 41% rate the President positively for his performance in relation to the economy.

Congressional ratings have seen some incremental growth in recent months (from 10% in November to 12% in December to 15% in January), but that trend sees a sharp reversal this month, with only 9% of Americans rating Congress positively.

Direction of the country 

One-third of Americans (33%) believe things in the country are going in the right direction, up from 29% in December. In comparison to past election years, this attitude is on par with levels seen leading up to the 2012 Presidential (34% March 2012) and 2014 midterm (34% Feb 2014) elections.  Millennials (43%) are far more likely to feel things are going in the right direction than their elders (32% Gen Xers, 28% Baby Boomers, 24% Matures).

 


TABLE 1a

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JOB RATING - TREND

"How would you rate the overall job President Barack Obama is doing?"

                Base: All adults

 

TREND

Positive*

Negative**

%

%

2016

February

41

59

 

January

45

55

2015

December

37

63

 

November

41

59

October

41

59

September

41

59

August

40

60

July

39

61

June

38

62

May

41

59

April

38

62

March

37

63

February

38

62

Jan (post-SOTU)

42

58

Jan (pre-SOTU)

39

61

2014

December

33

67

 

November

35

65

October

34

66

September

30

70

August

32

68

July

34

66

June

38

62

May

38

62

April

33

67

March

35

65

February

35

65

January

32

68

2013

December

34

66

 

November

32

68

October

35

65

September

34

66

July

39

61

June

41

59

March

38

62

2012

December

45

55

 

September

41

59

April

41

59

March

40

60

January

36

64

2011

December

36

64

 

November

34

66

October

33

67

September

32

68

July

38

62

May

46

54

April

38

62

March

39

61

Feb.

42

58

Jan.

44

56

2010

Dec.

36

64

 

Nov.

38

62

Oct.

37

63

Sept.

38

62

Aug.

40

60

June

39

61

May

42

58

March

41

59

Jan.

40

60

2009

Dec.

41

59

 

Nov.

43

57

Oct.

45

55

Sept.

49

51

Aug.

51

49

June

54

46

May

59

41

April

58

42

March

55

45

*Positive = excellent or pretty good.  **Negative = only fair or poor.

 

 

TABLE 1b

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JOB RATING – By Political Party, Generation, Watched SOTU & GOP Response

"How would you rate the overall job President Barack Obama is doing?"

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE

41

9

75

35

7

78

33

    Excellent

12

2

25

7

2

26

7

    Pretty good

30

7

50

28

5

52

26

NEGATIVE

59

91

25

65

93

22

67

    Only fair

24

25

16

31

24

15

28

    Poor

35

67

8

34

69

7

39

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

* indicates fewer than <0.5% selected this response

 

TABLE 2a

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JOB RATING ON THE ECONOMY - TREND

"Now, turning to something different, how would you rate the overall job that President Barack Obama is doing on the economy?”

Base: All adults

 

2009

2010

2011

March

April

May

June

Aug

Sept

Nov

Dec

Jan

Mar

Apr

May

June

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb*

Mar

May

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE (NET)

47

49

46

43

39

40

34

36

31

32

33

36

32

32

29

27

31

30

33

33

33

32

      Excellent

13

13

10

3

9

7

6

6

5

5

6

6

5

6

5

5

5

5

7

9

5

7

      Pretty good

34

36

36

34

31

33

27

30

25

27

27

30

27

26

24

22

26

25

26

24

28

26

NEGATIVE (NET)

53

51

54

57

61

60

66

64

69

68

67

64

68

68

71

73

69

70

67

62

67

68

      Only fair

30

27

30

27

25

27

30

30

31

30

31

29

32

29

31

33

30

34

30

22

29

28

      Poor

23

24

24

30

36

33

37

34

39

37

36

34

37

39

40

39

39

36

37

39

38

40

 

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

June

July

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Feb

Mar

Apr

June

July

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

 

POSITIVE (NET)

27

26

21

23

22

25

25

32

32

36

33

39

35

33

29

30

30

29

28

31

31

32

35

32

 

  Excellent

5

3

2

3

3

4

2

3

5

4

6

6

5

5

4

5

6

4

5

4

5

5

5

7

 

  Pretty good

22

23

18

20

20

22

22

29

27

32

27

32

31

28

28

25

24

25

23

27

26

27

29

25

 

NEGATIVE (NET)

73

74

79

77

78

75

75

68

68

64

67

61

65

67

71

70

70

71

72

69

69

68

65

68

 

   Only fair

30

33

33

36

32

34

34

30

29

26

26

26

29

29

31

28

29

30

30

29

27

29

26

28

 

   Poor

43

41

46

41

46

41

41

38

39

38

41

35

36

38

40

42

41

41

42

40

42

39

39

40

 

 

 

2014

2015

2016

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan (pre-SOTU)

Jan (Post-SOTU)

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE (NET)

30

30

29

33

35

34

39

42

40

38

38

39

36

38

40

39

41

40

36

43

41

  Excellent

7

6

6

5

8

9

10

10

9

10

10

10

8

6

8

11

12

12

10

10

11

  Pretty good

23

25

24

27

26

25

29

32

31

28

27

29

28

31

32

29

29

28

26

32

29

NEGATIVE (NET)

70

70

71

67

65

66

61

58

60

62

62

61

64

62

60

61

59

60

64

57

59

   Only fair

27

31

31

29

29

30

26

27

28

28

28

25

28

27

24

25

26

24

27

24

24

   Poor

43

39

40

38

36

36

34

31

32

34

35

35

35

36

36

35

33

36

36

33

36

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% due to rounding; *In February 2012 “Not at all sure” was offered as a response choice and 4% responded in that way.


TABLE 2b

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JOB RATING ON THE ECONOMY – By Political Party, Generation, Watched SOTU & GOP Response

"How would you rate the overall job that President Barack Obama is doing on the economy?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE

41

11

72

34

9

75

33

    Excellent

11

2

25

5

2

26

5

    Pretty good

29

9

47

29

7

49

28

NEGATIVE

59

89

28

66

91

25

67

    Only fair

24

23

18

29

24

18

25

    Poor

36

66

9

37

67

8

42

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding  

 

TABLE 3a

CONGRESS’ OVERALL JOB RATING – Trend

"How would you rate the overall job Congress is doing?"

Base: All adults

 

TREND

Positive*

Negative**

%

%

2016

February

9

91

 

January

15

85

2015

December

12

88

 

November

10

90

October

12

88

September

9

91

August

10

90

July

11

89

June

9

91

May

9

91

April

9

91

March

7

93

February

9

91

Jan (post-SOTU)

10

90

Jan (Pre-SOTU)

9

91

2014

December

7

93

 

October

8

92

September

7

93

August

8

92

July

9

91

June

10

90

May

7

93

April

7

93

March

8

92

February

8

92

January

6

94

2013

December

5

95

 

November

7

93

October

4

96

September

7

93

July

9

91

June

9

91

March

6

94

2012

December

8

92

 

April

11

89

March

9

91

January

6

94

2011

December

5

95

 

July

8

92

May

13

87

January

16

84

2010

December

11

89

 

June

14

86

March

10

90

Jan.

16

84

2009

Dec.

17

83

 

Oct.

16

84

June

25

75

March

29

71

2008

October

10

86

 

August

18

77

June

13

83

February

20

76

2007

December

17

79

 

October

20

77

April

27

69

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 3b

CONGRESS’ OVERALL JOB RATING – By Political Party, Generation, Watched SOTU & GOP Response

"How would you rate the overall job Congress is doing?"

  Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE

9

6

12

8

5

12

6

    Excellent

2

2

3

1

2

3

1

    Pretty good

8

5

10

7

4

10

6

NEGATIVE

91

94

88

92

95

88

94

    Only fair

41

47

38

39

46

39

32

    Poor

50

47

49

53

49

48

62

  Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

* indicates fewer than <0.5% selected this response

-- indicates no selections for this response

 

TABLE 4a

RIGHT DIRECTION OR WRONG TRACK – TREND

"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

%

%

2016

February

33

67

2015

December

29

71

 

November

31

69

October

34

66

September

32

68

August

34

66

July

34

66

June

30

70

May

35

65

April

33

67

March

35

65

February

38

62

Jan (Post-SOTU)

44

56

Jan (Pre-SOTU)

38

62

2014

December

30

70

 

November

34

66

October

34

66

September

29

71

August

32

68

July

31

69

June

33

67

May

35

65

April

34

66

March

34

66

February

34

66

January

31

69

2013

December

33

67

 

November

30

70

October

20

80

September

29

71

July

34

66

May

39

61

2012

March

34

66

 

January

27

73

2011

August

16

84

 

May

39

61

2010

December

29

71

 

April

39

61

2009

August

46

54

 

January

19

72

2008

October

11

83

 

February

23

69

2007

December

18

74

 

February

29

62

2006

May

24

69

 

February

32

59

2005

November

27

68

 

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

2000

October

50

41

 

June

40

51

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

1993

June

21

70

 

March

39

50

1992

June

12

81

 

January

20

75

1991

December

17

75

 

January

58

32

 

TABLE 4b

RIGHT DIRECTION OR WRONG TRACK – By Political Party, Registered Voters, Generation & Gender

"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

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Generation

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Millennials (18-35)

Gen X (36-50)

Baby Boomers (51-69)

Matures (70+)

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Right direction

33

12

53

30

10

53

28

43

32

28

24

Wrong track

67

88

47

70

90

47

72

57

68

72

76

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

TABLE 5

THOUGHTS ABOUT POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS TODAY

“On another topic, do you think that political discussions today are...?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Angry and bad tempered (NET)

91

92

92

91

92

93

92

Extremely angry and bad tempered

38

33

45

34

33

47

38

Somewhat angry and bad tempered

53

59

47

56

59

46

54

Not angry and bad tempered (NET)

9

8

8

9

8

7

8

Not very angry and bad tempered

7

5

7

9

5

6

7

Not at all angry and bad tempered

2

3

1

*

3

1

*

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

 

TABLE 6

DO POLITICIANS’ BEHAVIOR TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER INFLUENCE CITIZENS’ BEHAVIOR TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER

“To what extent do you think that how American politicians treat one another influences how American citizens treat one another?”

Base: All adults

 

2011 Total

2014 Total

Mar 2015 Total

Oct 2015 Total

Feb 2016 Total

Political Party

Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Very much/Somewhat (NET)

72

71

73

72

76

72

78

80

     Very much

33

26

29

31

33

30

38

33

     Somewhat

39

44

44

41

43

42

40

47

Not very much/Not at all (NET)

22

24

21

24

21

25

20

17

     Not very much

15

18

16

18

16

19

16

14

     Not at all

7

6

5

6

5

6

4

4

Not at all sure

7

5

7

4

3

2

3

3

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

 

TABLE 7

POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS MORE/LESS ANGRY SINCE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES BEGAN CAMPAIGNS

“Some people have described the current political climate as particularly angry and bad tempered. Do you think that the political climate has more angry and bad tempered since the 2016 Presidential candidates began their campaigns, less angry and bad tempered, or has it remained the same?”

Base: All adults

 

Oct 2015 Total

Feb 2016 Total

Political Party

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

More angry and bad tempered since candidates began their campaigns

52

73

73

77

70

Less angry and bad tempered since candidates began their campaigns

7

3

2

3

4

No change

33

19

19

16

23

Not at all sure

7

4

5

3

4

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

 

TABLE 8

POLITICAL CLIMATE WILL GET MORE/LESS ANGRY ONCE PARTIES HAVE NOMINATED THEIR CANDIDATES

“Do you think that the political climate is likely to get more or less angry and bad tempered once the parties have nominated their Presidential candidates, or do you think it will remain about the same?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

It will get more angry and bad tempered once the parties have nominated their candidates

53

52

56

54

It will get less angry and bad tempered once the parties have nominated their candidates

15

17

12

17

No change

22

23

22

22

Not at all sure

10

8

11

8

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

 

 

 

TABLE 9

POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE OPINION OF POLITICAL CANDIDATES YOU SEE AS ANGRY OR BAD TEMPERED

“Do you have a positive or negative opinion of political candidates who you perceive as generally angry or bad tempered?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

Positive (NET)

8

10

6

6

     Very positive

3

4

3

1

     Somewhat positive

5

5

4

5

Neither positive nor negative

20

26

14

22

Negative (NET)

69

62

77

69

     Somewhat negative

32

38

28

32

     Very negative

37

24

48

37

There are no candidates who I perceive as angry or bad tempered

3

2

3

3

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

 

TABLE 10

WHICH CANDIDATE’S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN THE MOST ANGRY OR BAD TEMPERED THUS FAR

Mentions of 1% or More By Political Party, Generation & Gender

“Of all the candidates currently running for President, whose campaign do you believe has been the most angry or bad tempered thus far?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

Donald Trump

62

50

76

60

Hillary Clinton

11

21

3

10

Ted Cruz

7

8

7

9

Bernie Sanders

2

3

2

3

Jeb Bush

1

2

1

1

Marco Rubio

1

1

1

*

Republicans/GOP (unspecific)

1

1

*

1

All of them/All the same

2

4

1

2

None

2

*

2

4

Don’t know

4

4

3

4

Decline to answer

6

5

4

4

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100 percent due to rounding

* indicates fewer than <0.5% selected this response; -- indicates no selections for this response

 

TABLE 11

WHICH CANDIDATE’S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN THE MOST ANGRY OR BAD TEMPERED THUS FAR

Mentions of 1% or More By Political Party, Generation & Gender

“Of all the candidates currently running for President, whose campaign do you believe has been the most angry or bad tempered thus far?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

Bernie Sanders

22

7

32

25

Hillary Clinton

15

3

31

10

Ben Carson

14

27

4

15

John Kasich

7

10

4

8

Jeb Bush

4

7

3

5

Donald Trump

4

6

3

4

Marco Rubio

4

7

1

6

Ted Cruz

4

8

*

4

All of them/All the same

1

1

1

*

Other

1

*

*

1

None

9

7

9

10

Don’t know

7

8

6

6

Decline to answer

6

7

5

4

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100 percent due to rounding

* indicates fewer than <0.5% selected this response; -- indicates no selections for this response

 

TABLE 12a

FAVOR/OPPOSE POLITICAL OUTSIDER AS PRESIDENT

By Generation, Gender & Ethnicity

“Do you favor or oppose electing someone who is a political outsider (i.e., someone who is not an experienced politician) as the next President of the United States?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Generation

Gender

Ethnicity

Millennials

(18-35) 

Gen X

(36-50) 

Baby Boomers

(51-69) 

Matures

(70+) 

Male

Female

White

Black

Hispanic

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Favor (NET)

37

28

37

43

49

42

33

43

13

30

Strongly favor

17

9

18

21

24

20

14

19

3

13

Somewhat favor

21

19

20

22

24

22

20

23

10

17

Makes no difference

23

22

31

21

16

21

25

24

25

17

Oppose (NET)

32

39

22

32

30

32

31

27

51

43

Somewhat oppose

15

19

10

15

14

18

13

15

19

15

Strongly oppose

16

19

12

16

16

15

18

12

32

28

Not sure

8

11

10

5

6

5

11

7

11

10

Note: Responses may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

TABLE 12b

FAVOR/OPPOSE POLITICAL OUTSIDER AS PRESIDENT

By Political Party & Tea Party Support

“Do you favor or oppose electing someone who is a political outsider (i.e., someone who is not an experienced politician) as the next President of the United States?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Tea Party Support

Republican

Democrat

Independent

Support

Oppose

%

%

%

%

%

%

Favor (NET)

37

56

20

42

61

24

Strongly favor

17

28

6

20

32

8

Somewhat favor

21

29

13

22

29

16

Makes no difference

23

17

23

25

16

24

Oppose (NET)

32

21

50

26

20

48

Somewhat oppose

15

12

19

15

11

22

Strongly oppose

16

9

30

10

9

27

Not sure

8

6

8

8

3

4

Note: Responses may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

TABLE 13

IMPORTANCE OF PRESIDENT HAVING EXPERIENCE AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL

By Political Party & Tea Party Support

“How important do you think it is for the next President of the United States to have had experience as an elected government official?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Generation

Political Party

Millennials

(18-35) 

Gen X

(36-50) 

Baby Boomers

(51-69) 

Matures

(70+) 

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Important (NET)

65

81

58

59

50

47

84

60

Extremely important

25

33

19

24

17

14

42

19

Somewhat important

40

48

39

35

33

33

42

41

Not important (NET)

35

19

42

41

50

53

16

40

Not that important

23

12

29

28

31

31

13

27

Not at all important

12

8

12

13

19

21

3

13

Note: Responses may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

TABLE 14a

IMPORTANCE OF PRESIDENT HAVING SPECIFIC EXPERIENCES

Grid Summary

“In general, how important do you feel it is that the next President be someone who has done each of the following?”

Base: All adults

 

IMPORTANT [NET]

Extremely important

Somewhat important

NOT IMPORTANT [NET]

Not that important

Not at all important

%

%

%

%

%

%

Worked in business for most of his or her career

57

20

37

43

26

17

Had considerable experience working in government in Washington

57

18

38

43

28

15

Been a governor of a state

49

12

37

51

32

19

Served for some years as a Senator

49

12

37

51

31

20

Served for some years in the House of Representatives

45

11

34

55

34

21

Run a large technology company

27

7

19

73

34

39

Run a large real estate company

23

8

15

77

30

47

Been a medical doctor

13

5

9

87

29

57

Note: Responses may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

TABLE 14b

IMPORTANCE OF PRESIDENT HAVING SPECIFIC EXPERIENCES

Summary of “Important [NET]”

By Political Party & Tea Party Support

“In general, how important do you feel it is that the next President be someone who has done each of the following?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Generation

Political Party

Millennials

(18-35) 

Gen X

(36-50) 

Baby Boomers

(51-69) 

Matures

(70+) 

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Worked in business for most of his or her career

57

55

56

58

63

74

41

61

Had considerable experience working in government in Washington

57

68

50

53

48

42

75

51

Been a governor of a state

49

62

43

42

49

45

57

48

Served for some years as a Senator

49

62

42

43

39

38

65

42

Served for some years in the House of Representatives

45

61

37

39

31

37

57

42

Run a large technology company

27

29

22

23

38

34

19

30

Run a large real estate company

23

29

17

20

26

32

14

26

Been a medical doctor

13

25

9

7

7

18

10

13

 

 

TABLE 15a

FEELINGS TOWARDS STATEMENTS ON FUTURE PRESIDENT

Grid Summary

“How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?”

Base: All adults

 

AGREE [NET]

Strongly agree

Somewhat agree

DISAGREE [NET]

Somewhat disagree

Strongly disagree

%

%

%

%

%

%

Running the country is so difficult that we need a President who really understands how to get things done in Washington.

82

47

35

18

13

5

We need a President who is not a career politician to clean up the mess made by politicians.

68

32

35

32

23

10

I am angry at both political parties and their candidates.

68

31

37

32

24

9

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are capable of getting this country going in the right direction.

60

22

38

40

26

14

The President needs to have a lot of experience in politics and government in order to be effective.

55

21

34

45

31

14

Someone who has spent most of his or her life in politics and government cannot be trusted to run the country.

50

19

31

50

34

16

Note: Responses may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

TABLE 15b

FEELINGS TOWARDS STATEMENTS ON FUTURE PRESIDENT

Summary of “Agree [NET]”

By Political Party & Tea Party Support

“How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Generation

Political Party

Millennials

(18-35) 

Gen X

(36-50) 

Baby Boomers

(51-69) 

Matures

(70+) 

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Running the country is so difficult that we need a President who really understands how to get things done in Washington.

82

87

76

82

81

76

89

79

We need a President who is not a career politician to clean up the mess made by politicians.

68

67

67

67

72

80

52

74

I am angry at both political parties and their candidates.

68

60

73

68

77

70

54

82

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are capable of getting this country going in the right direction.

60

60

64

57

62

62

46

72

The President needs to have a lot of experience in politics and government in order to be effective.

55

70

50

48

47

41

75

49

Someone who has spent most of his or her life in politics and government cannot be trusted to run the country.

50

51

54

47

50

64

33

59


 

 

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between February 17 and 22, 2016 among 2,219 U.S. adults and between December 9 and 14, 2015 among 2,252 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. 

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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The Harris Poll® #17, March 1, 2016

By Larry Shannon-Missal, Managing Editor, The Harris Poll

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