Ipsos/ Reuters Poll: January 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Washington, DC - These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters from January 7th - 10th 2011. For the survey, a nationally representative, randomly selected sample of exactly 1,021 adults aged 18 and older across the United States was interviewed by Ipsos via live telephone interviewing on landlines and cell phones.
Some key findings:
- With the economy showing signs of life, more Americans are likely to say the country is on the right track (36%) than said the same last month (29%).
- Stabilization of the economy has been enough to help boost President Obama’s approval rating to 50% (from 45% in December). Most of the gains have come from Democrats (+6 approval) and Independents (+8 approval).
- Turning to the federal budget and the upcoming vote on the deficit ceiling, most Americans instinctually recoil from the idea of letting the federal government have more money (71% oppose raising the debt ceiling).
- However, few Americans are interested in cutting the big ticket items in the budget like Social Security (20%) or Medicare (23%). A surprising number are willing to examine cutting the military budget (51%) but politicians should stay away from cutting veterans’ healthcare (18%).
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