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February 27, 2013

Budget politics -- MD favors death penalty -- Walker re-elect tested in WI -- Quinn tops NYC race

YOUR DAILY POLLING UPDATE

OBAMA APPROVAL: CLARUS AVERAGE 51%
(down 2 from yesterday; down 1 from a week ago)

HANDLING FEDERAL SPENDING*
(among adults nationwide)

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way _____ are handling federal spending?"

Barack Obama: 43% approve, 52% disapprove
Republicans in Congress: 26% approve, 67% disapprove

FEDERAL BUDGET**
(among adults nationwide)

"Thinking about President Obama and Republicans in Congress and their negotiations about the budget, does it make you feel more confident or less confident about the economy getting better or does it not made a difference in your opinion one way or the other?"

More confident 16%
Less confident 51%
No difference 29%

"Do you think this set of automatic spending cuts in the military and non-military programs are a good idea, a bad idea, or do you not know enough about this issue to have an opinion at this time?"

Good idea 21%
Bad idea 52%
Don't know 25%

"To deal with the deficit, which of the following three options would you favor Congress moving ahead with: the current set of automatic spending cuts, a plan that has more spending cuts, or a plan that has fewer spending cuts?

The current automatic cuts 14%
A plan that has more cuts 39%
A plan that has less cuts 37%

WISCONSIN: 2014 GOVERNOR***
(among Wisconsin voters)

Russ Feingold (D) over Gov. Scott Walker (R) +2
Gov. Walker over Ron Kind (D) +4
Gov. Walker over Peter Barca (D) +5
Gov. Walker over Jon Erpenbach (D) +6
Gov. Walker over Steve Kagen (D) +7
Gov. Walker over Mahlon Mitchell (D) +9

Gov. Walker's job rating:
48% approve, 49% disapprove

MARYLAND: DEATH PENALTY****
(among Maryland adults)

"Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for people convicted of murder?"

Favor 54%
Oppose 41%

"Critics of the death penalty in Maryland say it is immoral, has been unfairly applied and should be abolished - replaced by life in prison with no chance for parole. Supporters of the death penalty in Maryland say it should remain an option for those convicted of committing the most terrible crimes. Which view is closer to your own, that Maryland law should allow for the death penalty or should the death penalty be abolished and replaced with life in prison with no chance of parole?"

Allow death penalty 60%
Abolish death penalty 34%

NEW YORK CITY: 2013 MAYOR#
(among NYC voters)

Democratic primary:
Christine Quinn 37%
Bill de Blasio 14%
William Thompson 11%
John Liu 9%

General election:
Christine Quinn (D) over Joseph Lhota (R) +44
Bill de Blasio (D) over Joseph Lhota (R) +40
William Thompson (D) over Joseph Lhota (R) +35
John Liu (D) over Joseph Lhota (R) +31

SOURCES:
Presidential job rating average based on the three most recently reported nationwide polls.
* Washington Post/ABC News, Feb. 20-24
** NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Feb. 21-24
*** PPP(D), Feb. 21-24
****  Washington Post, Feb. 21-24
# Quinnipiac, Feb. 20-25