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CBS NEWS POLL

Americans Views on Russia, Leaks, the ACA and Congress


February 17-21, 2017

Q1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Feb17a
% % % % %
Approve 39 82 6 37 40
Disapprove 51 11 85 50 48
Don't know/No answer 10 6 9 12 12

Q2-Q10 SEPARATE RELEASE

Q11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Jan17b
% % % % %
Approve 22 30 16 21 24
Disapprove 67 59 75 66 71
Don't know/No answer 12 11 10 13 6

Q12. How about the representative in Congress from your district? Do you approve or disapprove of the way your
representative is handling his or her job?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Oct13d
% % % % %
Approve 49 59 52 42 46
Disapprove 34 27 36 36 38
Don't know/No answer 17 14 13 22 17

Q13. In general, is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable or not favorable?
Oct16b
%
Favorable 39 80 10 35 32
Not favorable 55 16 87 55 61
Don't know/No answer 6 3 4 9 7

Q14. In general, is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable or not favorable?
Oct16b
%
Favorable 40 10 77 32 46
Not favorable 54 87 19 59 47
Don't know/No answer 6 2 4 9 6
Q15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mike Pence is handling his job as vice president?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
Approve 50 82 25 47
Disapprove 35 8 59 34
Don't know/No answer 15 10 15 19

Q16. Do you consider Russia an ally of the United States, friendly but not an ally, unfriendly, or an enemy of the United
States?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Jan17b
% % % % %
Ally 7 9 3 9 8
Friendly but not an ally 31 39 25 31 33
Unfriendly 29 25 30 30 27
Enemy 24 18 37 19 23
Don't know/No answer 9 9 5 11 9

Q17. Do you think the United States gives too much support to Israel, too little support to Israel, or does the U.S. give
the right amount of support to Israel?

Mar15c
%
Too much 22 14 21 27 29
Too little 26 40 17 23 27
Right amount 42 38 47 41 33
Don't know/No answer 10 7 14 9 11

Q20. Which do you think the Democrats in Congress should do? Try to work with Donald Trump and the Republicans in
order to get things done, or Stick to their positions even if it means not getting as much done?

Jan17b
Try to work with the Republicans 73 93 52 75 80
Stick to their positions 23 5 42 20 16
Depends (vol.) 2 1 2 2 1
Don't know/No answer 3 1 4 4 2

Q23. Do you think Donald Trump has strong qualities of leadership, or not?

Jan17b
Yes, has 51 87 20 51 55
No, does not have 47 12 78 45 43
Don't know/No answer 2 1 2 3 2
Q24. How much do you think Donald Trump cares about the needs and problems of people like yourself --a lot, some,
not much, or not at all?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Oct15a
% % % % %
A lot 28 64 3 23 15
Some 19 23 12 21 28
Not much 17 7 23 18 17
Not at all 35 5 60 35 38
Don't know/No answer 2 1 1 2 2

Q25. Do you think Donald Trump understands the complicated problems a president has to deal with, or not?

Does 40 76 13 37
Does not 58 20 86 60
Don't know/No answer 2 3 1 3

Q26. Do you have confidence in Donald Trump's ability to deal wisely with an international crisis, or are you uneasy
about his approach?
Jan17b
%
Have confidence 35 75 6 31 33
Uneasy 62 22 92 65 64
Don't know/No answer 3 3 2 4 3

Q28. Do you think Donald Trump has a clear plan for solving the nation's problems, or doesn't he?

Does 39 80 8 37
Does not 57 18 88 59
Don't know/No answer 3 2 4 4

Q29. In general, would you be more likely to buy a product or service that was associated with Donald Trump or
members of his family, less likely to buy that product or service, or does it make no difference either way?

More likely 7 17 2 4
Less likely 35 6 63 33
No difference 57 76 36 61
Don't know/No answer 1 1 - 1

Q31. In general, do you think people who oppose the Trump Administration and its policies are justified in holding public
protests, or do you think they should give the Trump Administration more of a chance?

Justified in protests 44 12 74 42
More of a chance 53 86 24 54
Don't know/No answer 3 2 2 5
Q32. From what youve seen or read, do you think the Trump administration is more organized than most
administrations were at this point in their presidencies, more disorganized than most administrations were at this point,
or is it about the same as most administrations at this point in their presidencies?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
More organized 17 34 6 14
More disorganized 49 20 79 45
About the same 31 43 13 36
Don't know/No answer 4 3 1 6

Q33. As president, do you think Donald Trump is too friendly toward Russia, too hostile toward Russia, or is his approach
about right?

Jan17b
Too friendly 43 10 75 39 43
Too hostile 5 2 4 8 6
About right 44 81 13 44 45
Don't know/No answer 8 7 8 9 6

Q34. Do you think it is necessary for Donald Trump to publicly release his tax returns, or don't you think that is
necessary?

Necessary 56 22 88 53 57
Not necessary 43 77 11 44 41
Don't know/No answer 2 1 1 3 2

Q35. So far, do you think Donald Trump has done enough to prevent any conflicts of interest he may have between his
business interests and his job as president, or has he not done enough to prevent conflicts of interest?

Done enough 36 69 13 33
Not done enough 55 22 82 56
No conflicts of interest (vol.) 2 3 1 1
Don't know/No answer 7 7 5 9

Q36. Since becoming president, Donald Trump has issued a number of executive orders to implement his policies. In
general, do you approve or disapprove of the executive orders Donald Trump has issued so far?

Approve 40 84 9 37
Disapprove 54 13 87 54
Depends (vol.) 1 * 2 1
Don't know/No answer 4 3 2 7
Q37. How confident are you that Donald Trumps policies will create jobs--very confident, somewhat confident, not very
confident, or not at all confident?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
Very confident 32 67 7 28
Somewhat confident 27 25 23 31
Not very confident 22 5 35 24
Not at all confident 17 3 33 16
Don't know/No answer 1 * 2 1

Q38. How confident are you that Donald Trumps policies will keep the United States safe from terrorism--very
confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident 24 54 4 20
Somewhat confident 26 35 14 29
Not very confident 20 5 27 24
Not at all confident 29 5 53 26
Don't know/No answer 2 2 2 2

Q21. In general, how much of the time do you think members of the Trump Administration tell the truth - all of the time,
most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?

All of the time 6 16 1 3


Most of the time 28 55 10 26
Some of the time 35 20 39 40
Hardly ever 28 7 49 26
None of the time (vol.) * - - 1
Don't know/No answer 3 3 2 3

Q22. In general, how much of the time do you think the news media tell the truth - all of the time, most of the time, only
some of the time, or hardly ever?

All of the time 4 1 8 3


Most of the time 34 12 53 33
Some of the time 41 49 29 43
Hardly ever 21 36 9 20
None of the time (vol.) * 1 * -
Don't know/No answer 1 * 1 1
Q43. From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010? IF
APPROVE: Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve? IF DISAPPROVE: Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly
disapprove?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind Jan17b
% % % % %
Strongly approve 27 6 50 23 24
Somewhat approve 19 7 29 19 24
Somewhat disapprove 14 14 9 18 15
Strongly disapprove 35 68 8 34 32
Don't know/No answer 5 5 5 6 5

Q44. Which comes closest to your view about the 2010 Health Care Law? The law is working well and should be kept in
place as is, there are some good things in the law, but some changes are needed to make it work better, the law has so
much wrong with it that it needs to be repealed entirely?

Working well and kept in place 9 3 17 8 10


Good things, but changes needed 64 45 74 68 66
Needs to be repealed entirely 23 48 6 20 22
Don't know/No answer 4 3 3 4 2

Q45. So far, do you think the 2010 health care law has made the health care system in the U.S. better than it was before,
worse than it was before, or dont you think there has been much of a difference either way?

Better than before 37 10 67 33


Worse than before 35 66 9 35
No difference 25 22 21 29
Don't know/No answer 3 3 3 3

Q46. Do you think the 2010 health care law should be repealed immediately even if Congress hasnt agreed on a new
law to replace it, or do you think the 2010 health care law should be repealed only after Congress has agreed on a new
health care law to replace it?

* IF ANSWERED YES TO REPEAL ACA ENTIRELY *


Total Rep Dem Ind Jan17b
% % % % %
Repeal immediately w/o replacement 43 47 30 40 47
Repeal only if replacement 54 50 68 56 50
Don't know/No answer 3 3 2 5 3

Q47-Q50 SEPARATE RELEASE


Q51. Is your opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin favorable, not favorable, undecided, or havent you heard
enough about Vladimir Putin yet to have an opinion?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind May14c
% % % % %
Favorable 6 9 2 6 6
Not favorable 49 38 63 46 48
Undecided 18 26 10 19 17
Haven't heard enough 27 27 25 28 28
Don't know/No answer 1 1 * 1 2

Q54. Earlier this year, the Obama administration enacted new economic sanctions against Russia in response to Russias
efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign. Do you think these sanctions should remain in place, or do you
think these sanctions should be lifted?

Remain in place 62 48 83 56
Should be lifted 26 39 11 29
Don't know/No answer 12 14 6 15

Q54a. As you may know, some of the information about possible improper communications between associates of
Donald Trump and agents of the Russian government were made public through leaks to the media by members of the
U.S. intelligence community. Do you think releasing this information is okay because the public needs to know about
matters like this or not okay because it puts the country at risk?

Okay 57 35 75 58
Not okay 37 58 20 36
Depends (vol.) 2 1 2 2
Don't know/No answer 4 6 3 4

Q54b. Which bothers you more? 1. That associates of Donald Trump may have had improper communications with
agents of the Russian government, or 2. That members of the U.S. intelligence community may have leaked classified
information to the news media?

Improper communications 51 20 79 51
U.S. intelligence leaks 38 72 13 36
Both equally (vol.) 4 4 3 4
Neither (vol.) 1 1 * 2
Don't know/No answer 6 4 5 7

Q55. Do you think Congress should investigate whether any associates of Donald Trump had improper communications
with agents of the Russian government, or do you think an investigation by Congress isnt necessary?

Should investigate 72 51 91 71
Not necessary 25 44 8 26
Don't know/No answer 3 5 1 3
Q55a. Do you think Congress should investigate whether any members of the U.S. intelligence community have leaked
classified information to the news media, or do you think an investigation by Congress isnt necessary?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
Should investigate 69 78 65 66
Not necessary 26 18 29 29
Don't know/No answer 5 3 6 5

Q56. Do you favor or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian homeland in the occupied territories of the West Bank
and Gaza Strip?

Favor 31 20 35 33
Oppose 35 48 30 32
Don't know/No answer 34 32 35 35

Q57a. Since Donald Trump became president, have you donated any money to a group or organization that opposes the
policies of the Trump administration, or not?

Yes, donated 8 1 19 6
No, not donated 91 99 81 93
Don't know/No answer 1 * * 1

Q57b. Since Donald Trump became president, have you attended a rally or a meeting as part of a group or organization
that opposes the policies of the Trump administration, or not?

Yes, attended 9 1 18 7
No, not attended 91 99 82 92
Don't know/No answer * - * *

Q57a/Q57b Combo Table

Donated money/attended meeting 13 1 27 12


No/Don't know/No answer 87 99 73 88

Q58. Since Donald Trump became president, have you ever shared quotes, articles, or other information in opposition to
the policies of the Trump administration through a social-networking site like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or not?

Yes, shared 22 9 36 20
No, not shared 77 90 62 79
Don't know/No answer 1 * 2 2
Q59. President Donald Trumps Address to Congress is scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening, February 28th. How
likely is it you will watch the president's address Tuesday evening, February 28th--very likely, somewhat likely, not very
likely, or not at all likely?

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep Dem Ind
% % % %
Very likely 44 60 38 39
Somewhat likely 27 24 29 27
Not very likely 11 6 11 14
Not at all likely 18 10 21 19
Don't know/No answer 1 - 1 1

Unweighted Weighted
Total Respondents 1,280

Republicans 355 326


Democrats 386 383
Independents 539 571