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NPR Poll: Obama's First Year

One week before President Obama's first State of the Union address, an NPR poll took a snapshot of voter attitudes about his administration, Congress, and the challenges facing the United States. The national telephone survey of 800 likely voters was completed Jan. 20-21 and 23, 2010.

Job Approval

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?


And, do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is handling its job?



If the 2010 elections for United States Congress were being held today, for whom would you vote: the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in this district?


Republicans and Independents express significantly more dissatisfaction with Congress than do Democrats


Top Issues

Which ONE of the following issues do you think the president and Congress should be paying most attention to? Is it ...


Progress and Priorities

Is President Obama making progress addressing the problems facing the country, or is Obama not making progress addressing the problems facing the country?


And, do you think the changes President Obama is seeking are mainly the right changes or mainly the wrong changes for the country?


Health Care

As you may have heard, President Obama has proposed a plan to change the health care system that recently passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate. From what you have heard about this plan, do you favor or oppose Obama's health care proposal?



Now I am going to read you two statements, and please tell me which one comes closest to your opinion: People say that former President Bush is more responsible for the current state of the economy, while people say that President Obama is more responsible for the current state of the economy. Which statement comes closest to your own opinion?



Do you think the policies of the Obama administration have made the United States safer or less safe from terrorism?



Percentages may not total 100 because of rounding.

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