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Bush   Gore


Now weíd like to ask you some questions about the major presidential candidates, George W. Bush and Al Gore. First some questions about George W. Bush. If you are unsure of an answer, feel free to say youíre not sure and weíll go on to the next question.

George W. Bush

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Bush Favors or Opposes requiring people to register all guns they own?

  Favors Opposes
(Correct)
Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 22 41 37
10/29/00 24 34 42
10/22/00 25 29 46
10/15/00 20 34 46
10/8/00 15 29 56
10/2/00 20 26 54
9/24/00 20 22 58
9/17/00 16 26 58
9/10/00 31 23 46
9/3/00 21 23 56
8/27/00 22 30 47
8/22/00 19 26 56
8/9/00 18 23 59
7/30/00 19 24 58
7/16/00 24 27 49
7/9/00 17 23 61
7/2/00 24 24 52
6/25/00 21 27 52
6/19/00 20 27 53
6/11/00 22 23 55
6/4/00 16 30 54
5/28/00 20 22 59
5/21/00 23 25 52
5/14/00 23 19 58
5/7/00 18 25 58
4/30/00 14 26 60
4/22/00 18 19 62

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Bush Favors or Opposes a substantial cut in defense spending?

  Favors Opposes
(Correct)
Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 18 40 43
10/29/00 16 44 40
10/22/00 17 42 41
10/15/00 9 45 46
10/8/00 11 36 53
10/2/00 16 39 45
9/24/00 12 30 58
9/17/00 12 30 58
9/10/00 16 36 48
9/3/00 13 36 51
8/27/00 13 40 48
8/22/00 8 35 58
8/9/00 9 38 54
7/30/00 10 28 62
7/16/00 16 28 56
7/9/00 12 24 64
7/2/00 7 29 64
6/25/00 8 25 67
6/19/00 11 26 63
6/11/00 6 34 60
6/4/00 13 23 64
5/28/00 18 20 62
5/21/00 6 28 67
5/14/00 9 22 70
5/7/00 12 23 65
4/30/00 12 24 64
4/22/00 6 22 72

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Bush Favors or Opposes a large cut in personal income taxes?

  Favors
(Correct)
Opposes Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 52 11 37
10/29/00 52 10 38
10/22/00 45 17 39
10/15/00 43 10 48
10/8/00 48 9 43
10/2/00 45 12 43
9/24/00 41 10 50
9/17/00 38 11 52
9/10/00 38 9 53
9/3/00 35 9 56
8/27/00 43 14 44
8/22/00 35 8 57
8/9/00 37 6 58
7/30/00 31 12 58
7/16/00 33 11 57
7/9/00 30 5 66
7/2/00 32 8 60
6/25/00 34 7 59
6/19/00 28 12 60
6/11/00 33 6 61
6/4/00 31 3 66
5/28/00 28 9 63
5/21/00 32 12 56
5/14/00 26 9 65
5/7/00 29 11 60
4/30/00 32 10 58
4/22/00 27 9 65

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Bush Favors or Opposes a ban on very large contributions to political candidates?

  Favors Opposes
(Correct)
Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 22 19 59
10/29/00 20 26 54
10/22/00 20 23 57
10/15/00 22 14 63
10/8/00 15 22 64
10/2/00 26 22 52
9/24/00 17 17 66
9/17/00 18 16 67
9/10/00 15 25 60
9/3/00 14 21 66
8/27/00 16 25 59
8/22/00 16 19 65
8/9/00 13 17 70
7/30/00 11 21 68
7/16/00 19 23 58
7/9/00 13 21 66
7/2/00 14 22 64
6/25/00 17 20 64
6/19/00 15 20 65
6/11/00 22 17 61
6/4/00 11 18 72
5/28/00 15 12 73
5/21/00 18 18 64
5/14/00 15 18 67
5/7/00 11 23 66
4/30/00 16 17 67
4/22/00 14 19 68

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Bush Favors or Opposes placing new restrictions on abortions?

  Favors
(Correct)
Opposes Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 48 12 40
10/29/00 39 17 44
10/22/00 37 18 45
10/15/00 33 16 51
10/8/00 43 12 45
10/2/00 40 14 46
9/24/00 27 14 59
9/17/00 26 13 62
9/10/00 31 13 56
9/3/00 27 15 58
8/27/00 37 17 46
8/22/00 31 15 54
8/9/00 32 11 57
7/30/00 26 10 64
7/16/00 28 17 55
7/9/00 24 7 68
7/2/00 29 16 55
6/25/00 22 10 67
6/19/00 21 10 68
6/11/00 24 11 65
6/4/00 24 12 64
5/28/00 22 9 69
5/21/00 27 9 64
5/14/00 25 9 67
5/7/00 32 10 58
4/30/00 20 12 68
4/22/00 23 8 69

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Bush Favors or Opposes giving low-income people a tax credit that they can use to buy private health insurance?

  Favors
(Correct)
Opposes Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 32 20 48
10/29/00 32 17 51
10/22/00 30 21 49
10/15/00 31 11 58
10/8/00 24 14 63
10/2/00 26 14 60
9/24/00 28 12 61
9/17/00 24 12 64
9/10/00 34 14 52
9/3/00 24 9 68
8/27/00 29 13 58
8/22/00 22 16 63
8/9/00 25 8 67
7/30/00 20 13 67
7/16/00 23 13 64
7/9/00 18 10 72
7/2/00 25 9 65
6/25/00 24 13 63
6/19/00 19 12 70
6/11/00 24 7 69
6/4/00 15 7 78
5/28/00 26 8 67
5/21/00 21 11 68
5/14/00 22 6 73
5/7/00 19 11 70
4/30/00 21 13 66
4/22/00 17 11 72


Al Gore

Now we have some questions about Al Gore. Again, If you are unsure of an answer, feel free to say youíre not sure and weíll go on to the next question.


(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Gore Favors or Opposes allowing parents to use tax dollars to send their children to a private or parochial school?

  Favors Opposes
(Correct)
Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 21 39 41
10/29/00 27 27 45
10/22/00 27 33 40
10/15/00 24 25 52
10/8/00 23 32 45
10/2/00 23 30 47
9/24/00 23 24 53
9/17/00 20 20 61
9/10/00 21 31 48
9/3/00 18 25 57
8/27/00 19 27 55
8/22/00 13 26 61
8/9/00 14 20 67
7/30/00 16 24 61
7/16/00 21 23 56
7/9/00 16 14 70
7/2/00 20 21 60
6/25/00 19 20 62
6/19/00 16 19 65
6/11/00 16 18 66
6/4/00 18 16 67
5/28/00 15 21 65
5/21/00 21 14 64
5/14/00 18 15 67
5/7/00 20 16 64
4/30/00 14 20 66
4/22/00 14 14 72

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Gore Favors or Opposes expanding Medicare for retirees to cover the costs of prescription drugs?

  Favors
(Correct)
Opposes Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 58 8 34
10/29/00 65 5 30
10/22/00 62 4 35
10/15/00 59 3 39
10/8/00 58 4 39
10/2/00 65 4 31
9/24/00 52 4 43
9/17/00 56 2 42
9/10/00 52 8 40
9/3/00 52 4 45
8/27/00 55 5 40
8/22/00 47 5 48
8/9/00 47 4 49
7/30/00 52 2 45
7/16/00 60 5 36
7/9/00 50 3 48
7/2/00 50 6 44
6/25/00 45 4 51
6/19/00 48 2 51
6/11/00 46 4 51
6/4/00 42 2 55
5/28/00 43 4 53
5/21/00 46 4 50
5/14/00 48 2 50
5/7/00 48 2 50
4/30/00 43 4 53
4/22/00 43 2 55

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Gore Favors or Opposes a ban on offshore oil drilling in federal waters as a way of protecting the environment?

  Favors
(Correct)
Opposes Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 35 16 48
10/29/00 36 15 49
10/22/00 31 18 50
10/15/00 30 14 56
10/8/00 30 16 54
10/2/00 26 14 60
9/24/00 29 11 61
9/17/00 23 12 65
9/10/00 25 14 61
9/3/00 27 8 65
8/27/00 28 14 58
8/22/00 25 9 67
8/9/00 23 9 68
7/30/00 18 13 70
7/16/00 28 12 60
7/9/00 26 6 69
7/2/00 23 13 64
6/25/00 20 9 72
6/19/00 22 11 68
6/11/00 24 9 67
6/4/00 20 10 70
5/28/00 20 10 70
5/21/00 23 13 64
5/14/00 18 9 73
5/7/00 22 9 69
4/30/00 21 8 71
4/22/00 21 9 70

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Gore Favors or Opposes allowing workers to invest a portion of their payroll taxes in private retirement accounts rather than having all of it go towards social security?

  Favors Opposes
(Correct)
Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 19 43 39
10/29/00 20 32 48
10/22/00 22 32 46
10/15/00 17 28 55
10/8/00 21 31 48
10/2/00 27 22 51
9/24/00 17 24 60
9/17/00 20 19 60
9/10/00 21 27 53
9/3/00 23 20 57
8/27/00 22 26 53
8/22/00 19 23 58
8/9/00 21 17 62
7/30/00 18 18 64
7/16/00 30 14 56
7/9/00 17 14 69
7/2/00 28 19 53
6/25/00 22 15 64
6/19/00 18 17 65
6/11/00 16 16 69
6/4/00 14 20 66
5/28/00 12 18 70
5/21/00 20 19 62
5/14/00 13 15 72
5/7/00 18 13 68
4/30/00 14 13 73
4/22/00 18 8 74

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Gore Favors or Opposes affirmative action policies that would allow the use of race as a consideration in college admissions and government contracts?

  Favors
(Correct)
Opposes Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 37 10 53
10/29/00 38 14 48
10/22/00 33 13 54
10/15/00 25 11 64
10/8/00 26 8 66
10/2/00 34 13 53
9/24/00 26 10 64
9/17/00 29 11 61
9/10/00 31 12 57
9/3/00 27 12 61
8/27/00 32 12 56
8/22/00 28 10 62
8/9/00 28 8 64
7/30/00 23 7 70
7/16/00 31 11 59
7/9/00 23 7 70
7/2/00 25 10 65
6/25/00 23 5 72
6/19/00 26 6 68
6/11/00 22 4 74
6/4/00 14 9 77
5/28/00 19 12 69
5/21/00 23 8 69
5/14/00 20 8 71
5/7/00 23 7 70
4/30/00 21 11 69
4/22/00 19 7 74

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Do you happen to know whether Gore Favors or Opposes placing substantial restrictions on trade with China because of its human rights record?

  Favors Opposes
(Correct)
Havenít heard/donít know
11/5/00 18 14 68
10/29/00 21 21 58
10/22/00 21 16 63
10/15/00 14 18 69
10/8/00 12 17 70
10/2/00 17 21 62
9/24/00 17 16 68
9/17/00 12 11 78
9/10/00 15 14 71
9/3/00 17 11 72
8/27/00 10 16 75
8/22/00 13 17 70
8/9/00 13 16 72
7/30/00 14 16 70
7/16/00 22 16 63
7/9/00 14 14 73
7/2/00 16 17 67
6/25/00 15 16 69
6/19/00 16 19 65
6/11/00 20 11 70
6/4/00 18 13 69
5/28/00 17 13 70
5/21/00 13 12 75
5/14/00 17 12 71
5/7/00 16 16 68
4/30/00 15 14 70
4/22/00 12 12 76


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