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February 28, 2013

Keep U.S. military #1 -- NYC's large soda ban, plastic-foam containers -- Ds vs. Rs: unity, issues

YOUR DAILY POLLING UPDATE

OBAMA APPROVAL: CLARUS AVERAGE 52%
(up 1 from yesterday; no change from a week ago)

HISTORIC COMPARISONS

Clinton at this point: 57%
Reagan at this point: 56%
Bush 43 at this point: 52%

SEQUESTRATION*
(among adults nationwide)

"Would you tell your representative in Congress to vote to pass legislation this week to avoid the scheduled budget sequestration or let the budget sequestration go into effect as scheduled?"

Avoid scheduled sequestration 45%
Let sequestration go into effect 37%

UNITY v. PARTISANSHIP**
(among adults nationwide)

"Now, based on what you have seen, heard, or read recently do you feel that ____ is emphasizing unifying the country in a bipartisan way or emphasizing a partisan approach in a way that does not unify the country?"

Unifying/Not unifying:
Barack Obama 48%/43%
The Democratic Party 37%/49%
The Republican Party 22%/64%

ISSUES: DEMOCRATS v. REPUBLICANS**
(among adults nationwide)

"When it comes to _____ which party do you think would do a better job -- the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or both about the same? If you think that neither would do a good job, please just say so"

Looking out for the middle class: Democrats +22
Dealing with Medicare: Democrats +22
Dealing with Healthcare: Democrats +16
Reducing gun violence: Democrats +15
Dealing with Social Security: Democrats +14
Dealing with energy policy: Democrats +10
Dealing with immigration: Democrats +7
Dealing with taxes: Democrats +3
Dealing with the economy: Democrats +2
Reducing the federal deficit: Republicans +6
Controlling government spending: Republicans +16
Ensuring a strong national defense: Republicans +26

U.S. MILITARY: NUMBER ONE***

"Do you feel that it's important for the United States to be number one in the world militarily, or that being number one is not that important, as long as the U.S. is among the leading military powers?"

All:
Is important 62%
Is not important 37%

Democrats:
Is important 48%
Is not important 51%

Republicans:
Is important 80%
Is not important 19%

Independent:
Is important 62%
Is not important 37%

NEW YORK CITY****

Mayor Bloomberg's job rating:
53% approve, 40% disapprove

"As you may know, Mayor Bloomberg has a plan to ban large servings of soda and sugary drinks in an effort to help fight obesity in New York City. Bloomberg's proposal would prohibit the sale of soda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces that are sold in places regulated by the city's health department like restaurants, movie theaters, and food carts. Do you support or oppose Bloomberg's plan?"

Support 46%
Oppose 51%

"As you may know, the Bloomberg administration is considering banning plastic-foam food and drink containers to reduce waste that can't be recycled or reused. Do you think plastic-foam food and drink containers should or should not be banned?"

Should be banned 69%
Should not be banned 26%

SOURCES:
Presidential job rating average based on the two most recently reported nationwide polls.
Historic comparisons based on nearest chronological data points from Gallup surveys.
* Gallup, Feb. 25-26
** NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Feb. 21-24
*** Gallup, Feb. 7-10
**** Quinnipiac, Feb. 20-25