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USConstitution.net 2008 Survey Results

This site has conducted an unscientific survey on various issues since July
of 1998. The results, while interesting in most cases, are to be taken with a
grain of salt – the results can easily be skewed by an individual or group of
individuals; the sample is, by nature, not representative (because it consists
only of Web users who visit my site and bother to view the survey page and
submit an opinion).

This page includes results from 2008. For results from other years, please
go to the Main Results Page.

Question 124, December 2008 In November, and again in
December, the Big Three automakers (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) went to Congress to
request government loans to help them bridge the gap that slow sales would
bring while they gear up to produce more desirable cars in the coming years. Is
this a worthwhile destination for tax dollars?

Response Count Percentage
Our system is supposed to reward success and punish failure – let the
car companies sink or swim on their own.
461 68.40
The automotive industry is too important to our economy and must be
supported. The companies should be given the loans and we should sit back and
wait for the recovery.
36 5.34
The automotive industry is too important to our economy and must be
supported. However, the government should insist on oversight and tight
controls until the money is repaid.
137 20.33
The car companies, or some of them, should be nationalized so that
essential projects like electric vehicles can be developed without needing to
worry about the market.
40 5.93
Total 674 100.00

Question 123, November 2008 The presidential
candidates for the 2008 election, according to OpenSecrets.org, raised over $1
billion for the campaigns. What do you think about this amount of money?

Response Count Percentage
This is just to be expected, and next time will just cost more. 265 24.20
This is one more reason that public financing should be required of all
689 62.92
Though this seems like a lot, this is the presidency of the
United States.
141 12.88
Total 1095 100.00

Question 122, September/October 2008 For whom will you vote
in November? (Note: this survey question combines September’s and October’s

Response Count Percentage
Baldwin/Castle (Constitution) 382 3.25
Barr/Root (Libertarian) 334 2.84
Calero/Kennedy (Socialist Workers) 18 0.15
Keyes/Drake (Independent) 44 0.37
La Riva/Puryear (Socialism and Liberation) 24 0.20
McCain/Palin (Republican) 5680 48.33
McKinney/Clemente (Green) 55 0.47
Moore/Alexander (Socialist) 32 0.27
Nader/Gonzalez (Independent) 157 1.34
Obama/Biden (Democratic) 5007 42.60
Weill/McEnulty (Reform) 20 0.17
Total 11753 100.00

Question 122, October 2008 (part 2) For whom will you vote
in November? (Note: this survey question is repeated from September – these are
results for the month of October only.)

Response Count Percentage
Baldwin/Castle (Constitution) 239 3.32
Barr/Root (Libertarian) 206 2.86
Calero/Kennedy (Socialist Workers) 9 0.12
Keyes/Drake (Independent) 27 0.37
La Riva/Puryear (Socialism and Liberation) 12 0.17
McCain/Palin (Republican) 3587 49.80
McKinney/Clemente (Green) 25 0.35
Moore/Alexander (Socialist) 14 0.19
Nader/Gonzalez (Independent) 97 1.35
Obama/Biden (Democratic) 2974 41.29
Weill/McEnulty (Reform) 13 0.18
Total 7203 100.00

Question 122, September 2008 (part 1) For whom will you
vote in November? (Note: this survey question is repeated in October – these
are results for the month of September only.)

Response Count Percentage
Baldwin/Castle (Constitution) 143 3.14
Barr/Root (Libertarian) 128 2.81
Calero/Kennedy (Socialist Workers) 9 0.20
Keyes/Drake (Independent) 17 0.37
La Riva/Puryear (Socialism and Liberation) 12 0.26
McCain/Palin (Republican) 2093 46.00
McKinney/Clemente (Green) 30 0.66
Moore/Alexander (Socialist) 18 0.40
Nader/Gonzalez (Independent) 60 1.32
Obama/Biden (Democratic) 2033 44.68
Weill/McEnulty (Reform) 7 0.15
Total 4550 100.00

Question 121, August 2008 According to OpenSecrets.org,
Barack Obama raised nearly $340 million by the end of June 2008, and John
McCain raised over $145 million by the end of June. Other major party
candidates raised almost $600 million for the primary races. Predictions are
that McCain and Obama and their parties will have to raise over $500 million
each to win the presidency. What do you think about the spending on the
presidential race?

Response Count Percentage
Presidential campaigns should be publicly funded, and no funds beyond
what the public gives should be allowed.
133 60.45
The amount is regrettable, because it means minor parties have no
chance – but that’s just the way it is.
40 18.18
This is a free country – candidates should be able to raise and spend
whatever they want.
47 21.36
Total 220 100.00

Question 120 (July 2008) Each July, this survey will be
offered, allowing us to track, over time, the political persuasion of our
visitors. Questions are asked about party affiliation as well as economic and
social ranking on a scale of 1 to 9 (1 being very conservative and 9 being very

Response Count Percentage Avg Econ Avg Soc
Other Parties 18 1.47
Communist Party 8 0.65 4.88 5.00
Constitution Party 98 7.98 2.11 2.24
Democratic Party 243 19.97 6.30 7.50
Green Party 38 3.09 7.05 8.08
Independent 220 17.92 3.73 4.68
Libertarian 149 12.13 2.42 5.08
Liberty Union 3 0.24 6.67 6.33
Natural Law 3 0.24 1.67 5.00
Reform Party 1 0.08 5.00 5.00
Republican Party 433 35.26 2.14 2.36
Socialist Party 14 1.14 8.43 8.43
Total 1228 100.00 3.55 4.41

Notable “Other” parties: Conservative, Pro-Christ, BPP

Economics ranking:

Response Count Percentage Grouped
1 = Very Conservative 358 29.15 59.28
2 177 14.41
3 193 15.72
4 81 6.60 23.54
5 = Moderate 154 12.54
6 54 4.40
7 106 8.63 17.18
8 38 3.09
9 = Very Liberal 67 5.46

Social ranking:

Response Count Percentage Grouped
1 = Very Conservative 348 28.34 49.02
2 139 11.32
3 115 9.36
4 50 4.07 17.10
5 = Moderate 114 9.28
6 46 3.75
7 115 9.36 33.87
8 111 9.04
9 = Very Liberal 190 15.47

Question 119, June 2008 Barack Obama was again under fire
for comments made at the pulpit at his Chicago church, this time by a visiting
priest criticizing Hillary Clinton. There was a time when a candidate’s
religion and religious views were not fodder for the media. Are things better
today than they used to be?

Response Count Percentage
The time for “politeness” has passed – the increase in interest in a
candidate’s religion is a valid area of inquiry.
133 28.00
The candidates’ religious views are private and raising them or calling
them into question is wrong.
177 37.26
The apparent change in interest in the candidates’ religion is an
illusion – this has always been an important area of inquiry.
165 34.74
Total 475 100.00

Question 118, May 2008 A poll released on May 1 indicates
that President George Bush has the lowest approval rating of any modern
president. What do you think? What is your opinion of how George Bush is doing
right now?

Response Count Percentage Grouped
Strongly Approve 139 13.38 24.16
Approve 112 10.78
Neutral 51 4.91
Disapprove 79 7.60 70.93
Stongly Disapprove 658 63.33
Total 1039 100.00

Question 117, April 2008 This primary season has been one
of the most contentious in recent memory. The race between Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton has been jovial at times, but mostly rancorous of late. Is this
good, bad, or neither?

Response Count Percentage
Democrats: The process is hurting the party, and it should be changed
so that the nomination can be settled quicker.
100 24.33
Democrats: The process is working as it should, with time for issues to
be discussed.
66 16.06
Republicans: The ongoing bickering can only help my party’s presumptive
51 12.41
Republicans: The ongoing bickering is indicative of what’s wrong with
the Democrats.
68 16.55
Republicans: The ongoing bickering is indicative of what’s wrong with
our political system.
67 16.30
Third Party: I don’t care what the Democrats or Republicans do, my
party is doing just fine.
18 4.38
Indifferent: Who cares – I don’t even pay attention to the process
until October anyway.
41 9.98
Total 411 100.00

Question 116, March 2008 The military strategy known as
“The Surge” has been underway in Iraq for a year. The strategy sent extra
troops to Iraq to allow the military to accomplish specific goals in Iraq. U.S.
troops, the military reports, have al Qaeda in Iraq forces on the run and that
has allowed levels of violence in the country to diminish. American casualties
have fallen, as have the number of violent attacks in the country. Critics have
said, though, that the security gains are temporary and unless the U.S. is
prepared to stay in Iraq indefinitely, there is little in permanent gains.
Without a strong and stable government in Iraq and a strong and trusted
military, Iraq will not be able to fend for itself. What do you think?

Response Count Percentage
The success of the surge proves that Bush was right all along. 171 28.36
The success of the surge proves that our troops can accomplish any goal
given to them.
103 17.08
The surge has been successful in spite of President Bush, not because
of him.
31 5.14
All the surge has done is ensure that the war in Iraq will go on past
the Bush presidency.
149 24.71
Successful or not, it is time to bring all of our troops home. 149 24.71
Total 603 100.00

Question 115, February 2008 As you look at the presidential
race this year, what issue is the one that is the most important to you at this

Response Count Percentage
The War in Iraq 157 20.79
The Economy and Jobs 144 19.07
Health Care 44 5.83
Terrorism 66 8.74
Immigration 117 15.50
Energy 15 1.99
The Envionment 34 4.50
Foreign Policy 49 6.49
Taxes and Spending 129 17.09
Total 755 100.00

Question 114, January 2008 Representative Robert Wexler
(D-FL) has launched an Internet campaign to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney,
charging that Cheney has violated the Constitution. Though the charges are
vague, Wexler says “The serious charges against Cheney involve alleged crimes
that are central to his duties of Vice-President; namely war and peace, the
widespread violations of civil liberties, and the security of the United States
and our covert agents.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that
impeachment is “off the table.” What do you think?