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USConstitution.net 2010 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 2010. For results from other years, please go to the Main Results Page.

Question 147, December 2010 On December 6, President Barack Obama announced a compromise with congressional Republicans that extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans for two years in exchange for, among other things, an extension of unemployment benefits for 13 months. Good deal or bad deal?

ResponseCount Percentage
The President did the right thing by compromising9537.85
The new Republican majority gave the President no choice but to compromise8333.07
The President should have resisted the tax cut extension - Republicans would not have let the unemployed suffer6325.10
I have no opinion103.98

Question 146, November 2010 What do you feel is the prevailing reason for the Republican wins in the November election?

ResponseCount Percentage
General dissatisfaction with President Obama16631.86
General dissatisfaction with the Democratic Congress12523.99
Rise of the Tea Party7113.63
Military concerns30.58
Economic concerns14227.26
Health care concerns142.69

Question 145, October 2010 What are your plans for the November election? (Note: results of this poll are through November 2.)

ResponseCount Percentage
I will vote on election day106767.70
I will vote, but early35222.34
I'm unsure yet if I will vote291.84
I am not registered to vote140.89
I'm not old enough to vote yet795.01
I will not be voting in November352.22

Question 144, August/September 2010 By the of August, President Barack Obama planned to have pulled all combat troops out of Iraq, leaving 50,000 troops behind for security and training. Is this the right thing to do?

ResponseCount Percentage
Not Sure1389.71

Question 143 (July 2010) 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 liberal).

ResponseCountPercentage Avg EconAvg Soc
Other Parties 863.80
Communist Party 130.576.856.46
Constitution Party 1125.381.902.69
Democratic Party 36616.156.637.69
Green Party 361.596.947.78
Independent 56024.713.514.33
Libertarian 23510.372.074.80
Liberty Union 40.184.502.25
Natural Law
Reform Party 30.134.334.00
Republican Party 80835.661.962.33
Socialist Party 251.107.487.96
Total 2266100.003.304.16

Notable "Other" parties: Tea Party, Conservative, New Whig

Economics ranking:

1 = Very Conservative 72732.0865.09
2 40317.78
3 34515.23
4 1134.9919.03
5 = Moderate 24610.86
6 783.44
7 1797.9015.62
8 783.44
9 = Very Liberal 974.28

Social ranking:

1 = Very Conservative 65028.6852.12
2 28512.58
3 24610.86
4 1175.1619.24
5 = Moderate 24410.77
6 753.31
7 1797.9028.64
8 1566.88
9 = Very Liberal 31413.86

Question 142, June 2010 Whom do you blame most for the on-going Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster?

ResponseCount Percentage
BP - lessor of the oil rig31329.01
Halliburton - contractor, responsible for final cementing of the oil well787.23
Transocean - majority owner of the oil rig343.15
Andarko Petroleum - minority owner of the oil rig00.00
Cameron International - supplier of the failed blow-out preventer433.99
Private Sector Total46843.37
The Government generally14713.62
The Obama Administration generally23421.69
The Minerals Management Service - government regulator of off-shore oil rigs14213.16
Public Sector Total52348.47
No one is to blame888.16

Question 141, May 2010 Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster off the shore of Louisiana, what are your feelings about opening up American offshore drilling sites?

ResponseCount Percentage
I supported it - and support it more now32733.33
I supported it - and still do at the same level31031.60
I supported it - and still do, but less enthusiastically626.32
I supported it - but no longer do434.38
I did not support it - and am just as opposed as before747.54
I did not support it - and now I am vehemently against it14114.37
I have no opinion242.45

Question 140, April 2010 Simple question: The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the Health Care Act) — constitutional or not?

ResponseCount Percentage

Question 139, March 2010 Since its early days, the Senate has allowed unlimited debate. This means that as long as a Senator had something to say on a bill, the bill could not come to a vote. This was eventually used as a tactic to kill a bill — a Senator or group of Senators would take to the floor and "debate" without stopping. Sometimes this debate entailed reading entries from a phone book or recipe book. In 1917, the cloture rule was introduced, allowing debate to be terminated by two-thirds of those casting a vote. The two-thirds rule was changed to two-thirds of all seated Senators in 1949, and in 1975, the number was reduced to three-fifths. Many have argued that the filibuster and cloture rules allow the minority to override the will of the majority. Others argue that these rules protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Who is right?

ResponseCount Percentage
The filibuster is anti-democratic and should be eliminated entirely. 9413.60
Filibuster rules should be changed to ensure all Senators have a chance to speak, but to eventually allow bills to come to a vote. 22332.27
The filibuster is a critical part of the Senate, and eliminating it would destroy the Senate. 37454.12
Total 691100.00

Question 138, February 2010 After the election of 2008, and the seating in the Senate of Minnesota Senator Al Franken, Democrats enjoyed large majorities in both the House and Senate and a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate. Despite this, many Americans were dismayed when Congress could not seem to get any constructive law passed. With the election of Republican Scott Brown to the Senate, the Democrats have lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Do you think this will help Congress get some work done, or not?

ResponseCount Percentage
The election of Scott Brown is going to force Democrats to work with Republicans, and the result will be better law. 13745.82
The election of Scott Brown restores the filibuster to the Republicans, and will make gridlock in Washington even worse. 8929.77
The election of Scott Brown just means Democrats will make more unseemly deals with Republicans, instead of unseemly deals with other Democrats. 7324.41
Total 299100.00

Question 137, January 2010 On Christmas Day in 2009, a terrorist attempted to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit. Liquid explosives has been smuggled onto the plane in a syringe that had not been detected as the man passed through security in Amsterdam. Calls have gone out for increased use of millimeter wave scan technology to do full-body scans of passengers, which allow screeners to "see" what's underneath the passenger's clothing. Privacy advocates, however, decry the increased use of routine scans as unnecessary invasions of personal privacy. What do you think?

ResponseCount Percentage
All passengers should be subjected to the full-body scan. We cannot be too safe. 30134.48
The full-body scan should be used when screeners have questions about an individual passenger. 19221.99
Full-body scanners are an invasion of privacy and could be dangerous — they should not be used on anyone. 17920.50
Full-body scanners are just security theater — they look impressive but will not keep anyone safe, and are a waste of time and money. 20123.02
Total 873100.00

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