Battleground Tracker 2014: National attitudes

September 07, 2014, 2:25 PM GMT+0

Topline results of the New York Times / CBS News / YouGov Battleground Tracker. Go here fore more information on the methodology behind the Battleground Tracker.

1. How likely is it that you will vote in the election this November?
Definitely will vote 67%
Probably will vote 13%
Maybe will vote8%
Probably will not vote4%
Definitely will not vote5%
Don’t know 2%
2. If the election for U.S. Senator from your state were being held today and these were the candidates, who would you vote for?
Democratic candidate 33%
Republican candidate 35%
Independent candidate1%
Not sure 16%
Won’t vote5%
Lean Democratic 4%
Lean Republican 4%
Questions 3-4 are being withheld for later release.
5. How enthusiastic are you about voting in the elections for Congress in November?
Very enthusiastic 37%
Somewhat enthusiastic 29%
Only a little 19%
Not at all 15%
6. Have you discussed the upcoming your state elections with your friends or family?
Often 23%
A few times 37%
Hardly at all 23%
Never 17%
7. As you know, President Obama will not be on the ballot in this year’s Congressional midterms. Will you consider your vote in the 2014 Congressional elections to be...
A vote in support of President Obama and his policies 24%
A vote against President Obama and his policies 44%
President Obama and his policies not be a factor in my vote 32%
8. Which party would you like to see control Congress after the election?
Democrats 42%
Republicans 42%
Don’t care 16%
9. In deciding how to vote for Congress, how important is it to you which party controls Congress after the election?
Very important 58%
Somewhat important 31%
Not important 12%
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
Strongly Approve 14%
Somewhat Approve 24%
Somewhat Disapprove 14%
Strongly Disapprove 43%
Not Sure 5%
11. How do you feel about the Tea Party movement?
Support the Tea Party movement 24%
Oppose the Tea Party movement 34%
Neither support or oppose 43%
12. Overall, do you think the economy is getting better or worse?
Getting better 22%
About the same 37%
Getting worse 36%
Not sure 4%
13. How about the economy in your state? Do you think the economy in your state is getting better or worse?
Getting better 22%
About the same 42%
Getting worse 31%
Not sure 5%
14. Do you think the US economic system favors the wealthy or is fair to most Americans?
Favors the wealthy 61%
Is fair to most Americans 27%
Not sure 12%
15. Do you generally favor or oppose affirmative action programs for women and racial minorities?
Favor 38%
Oppose 34%
Not sure 28%
16. Which of the following things do you think should be done to reduce the federal budget deficit?
Cut spending 52%
Raise taxes 8%
Both cut spending and raise taxes 24%
None of the above 6%
Not sure 10%
17. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S.?
They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and apply for citizenship.39%
They should be allowed to stay in the U.S., but not become citizens. 10%
They should be required to leave the U.S.50%
18. What do you think should happen to the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) enacted in 2010?
Expand it 26%
Leave it as is 8%
Repeal some of it 17%
Repeal all of it 38%
Not sure 11%
19. Do you favor or oppose raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour (from its current level of $7.25 per hour)?
Favor 57%
Oppose 31%
Not sure 13%
20. Do you favor or oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?
Favor 48%
Oppose 38%
Not sure 14%
21. When do you believe abortion should be legal?
Always 21%
Until the fetus can live outside the womb 8%
In the first trimester of a pregnancy 17%
Only in special cases (such as rape, incest, or when the health of the mother is at risk) 39%
Never 15%
22. Do you think gun control laws should be made more or less strict than they are now?
Guns should be banned completely8%
More strict 38%
Kept the same 23%
Less strict 14%
There should be no restrictions on gun ownership12%
Not sure 5%
23. How serious a problem do you think global warming is?
Very serious 37%
Somewhat serious 23%
Not very serious 14%
Not a problem 19%
Not sure 6%

24. Gender
25. Age
26. Highest level of education completed
High school or less35%15%
Some college34%36%
College graduate19%29%
Postgraduate degree12%21%
27. What racial or ethnic group best describes you?
28. Party identification
Don't know5%2%
29. Ideology
Very liberal8%9%
Very conservative12%11%
Not sure10%5%