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MSNBC - McClatchy Rhode Island Poll October 2006

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This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from October 18 through October 20, 2006. A total of 625 registered Rhode Island voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or regional grouping.

Do you recognize the name ______?

(IF YES) Do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of ________?

If the 2006 Governor’s election were held today, would you vote for:

FOGARTY 39%

CARCIERI 49%

UNDECIDED 12%

If the 2006 Senate election were held today, would you vote for:

WHITEHOUSE 48%

CHAFFEE 43%

UNDECIDED 9%

Will your vote for Senate mainly be:

FOR CANDIDATE 66%

AGAINST OPPONENT 31%

NOT SURE 3%

Do you approve or disapprove of George W. Bush’s overall job performance as President? (Is that, strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove?)

STRONGLY APPROVE 8%

SOMEWHAT APPROVE 15% (TOTAL APPROVE: 22%)

SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 18%

STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 59% (TOTAL DISAPPROVE: 77%)

NOT SURE 1%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job? (Is that, strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove?)

STRONGLY APPROVE 1%

SOMEWHAT APPROVE 15% (TOTAL APPROVE: 15%)

SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 30%

STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 49% (TOTAL DISAPPROVE: 78%)

NOT SURE 6%

Generally speaking, would you say things in the country are heading in the right direction, or are they are off on the wrong track?

RIGHT DIRECTION 17%

WRONG TRACK 75%

NOT SURE 7%

Which ONE of the following issues will be MOST important in determining your vote for Senate this year: (ORDER ROTATED)

IRAQ 36%

TERRORISM/SECURITY 9%

ECONOMY/JOBS 14%

HEALTH CARE 15%

IMMIGRATION 1%

TAXES/GOVT SPNDG 12%

MORAL/FAMILY 5%

GAS PRICE/ENERGY 1%

OTHER/DK 8%

In general, do you approve or disapprove of the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq? (Is that strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove?)

STRONGLY APPROVE 5%

SOMEWHAT APPROVE 15% (TOTAL APPROVE: 20%)

SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE 19%

STRONGLY DISAPPROVE 60% (TOTAL DISAPPROVE: 79%)

NOT SURE 2%

What should the U.S. do in Iraq: Send more troops, keep the same number of troops, withdraw some troops, or withdraw all troops?

SEND MORE 6%

KEEP SAME 5%

WITHDRAW SOME 30%

WITHDRAW ALL 44%

NOT SURE 16%

How worried are you about the direction of the nation’s economy in the next few years? (Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?)

VERY WORRIED 30%

SOMEWHAT WORRIED 46% (TOTAL APPROVE: 76%)

NOT TOO WORRIED 15%

NOT WORRIED 10% (TOTAL DISAPPROVE: 24%)

NOT SURE 0.2%

How worried are you that there will be another major terrorist attack in the U.S.? (Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?)

VERY WORRIED 19%

SOMEWHAT WORRIED 56% (TOTAL APPROVE: 75%)

NOT TOO WORRIED 18%

NOT WORRIED 6% (TOTAL DISAPPROVE: 24%)

NOT SURE 1%

Do you think the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, should step down as speaker because of the way the Mark Foley issued was handled, or should he remain in his job? (ROTATED)

STEP DOWN 49%

REMAIN 33%

NOT SURE 18%

Which of the following best describes your family's financial situation in the past few years: You have had enough money to maintain your standard of living, or you feel as if you have fallen behind?

HAVE ENOUGH 67%

FALLING BEHIND 32%

NOT SURE 1%

DEMOGRAPHICS:

What is your current official party voter registration? Are you registered to vote as a:

DEMOCRAT 37%

REPUBLICAN 19%

INDEPENDENT 45%

Would you describe your personal political views as liberal, moderate, or conservative?

LIBERAL 30%

MODERATE 43%

CONSERVATIVE 26%

DK/REF 1%

What is your age?

18-34 14%

35-49 30%

50-64 31%

65+ 25%

REF 1%

Which of the following best describes your race or ethnicity?

WHITE 90%

BLACK 3%

HISPANIC 5%

OTHER 1%

REFUSED 1%

SEX:

MALE 49%

FEMALE 51%

REGION:

BRISTOL COUNTY 6%

KENT COUNTY 18%

NEWPORT COUNTY 9%

PROVIDENCE COUNTY 53%

WASHINGTON COUNTY 14%

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