September 30, 2016
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Poll: US Voters Support Women In Combat

 

HAMDEN, CT - American voters support 67 – 29 percent allowing women “to serve in ground units that engage in close combat,” with voters in military households supporting the move 61 – 36 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

There is no gender gap as men support women in combat 69 – 29 percent and women support it 66 – 29 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.  Support ranges from 81 – 17 percent among voters 18 – 34 years old to 55 – 38 percent among voters over 55 years old.

On energy policy, American voters:

·         Support by a narrow 48 – 45 percent building new nuclear plants, but oppose 58 – 38 percent building new plants in their town or city;

·         Support 67 – 28 percent new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico;

·         Oppose 56 – 38 percent releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

“Americans have become accustomed to women in the armed forces, and apparently are ready for them to serve in combat units. It will be interesting to see how the public feels if, God forbid, there is combat with large numbers of women casualties,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Some might find it surprising that despite the spike in gasoline prices American voters don’t think tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a smart idea.  They apparently are buying the argument that the current situation is not so serious that the big pool of petroleum the country has set aside for emergencies should be used.  And there is strong support for lifting the ban on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.”

By a narrow 40 – 37 percent margin, American voters would vote for a Republican rather than a Democrat in the 2012 congressional elections.  Another 20 percent are undecided.

      The GOP lead in the generic ballot stems from its 36 – 27 percent margin among independent voters, whose strong swing to the GOP in 2010 was a major reason for the Republican landslide.

            The three-point GOP lead in the 2012 ballot comes along with a slightly higher – although still strongly negative – rating for Republicans in Congress:  Voters disapprove 55 – 34 percent of the job Republicans are doing and disapprove 58 – 31 percent of the job Democrats are doing.

“We have a long way to go and the wrangling over the federal budget and possible government shutdown certainly will have an unknown effect on public opinion.  But at this point the Republicans are doing slightly better on the generic congressional ballot,” Brown said.  

There is no partisan split on the petroleum reserve issue with 54 percent of Republicans, 54 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independent voters against tapping the reserve. 

On nuclear power, 25 percent of voters are “very concerned” that the United States could have a nuclear crisis similar to what occurred in Japan; 37 percent are “somewhat concerned;” 24 percent are “not very concerned” and 13 percent are “not at all concerned.”

“The thing that comes through on nuclear power is the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) effect is alive and well in public opinion,” said Brown.

Voters oppose 52 – 34 percent cutting federal funding to National Public Radio.  Republicans support a cutoff 44 – 38 percent.  Backing NPR are Democrats 69 – 20 percent and independent voters 48 – 37 percent.   Men oppose the cutoff 50 – 40 percent and women oppose the idea 53 – 28 percent.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 47 percent of voters say the economy is the most important problem facing the nation today, followed by 13 percent who cite the budget, with 6 percent each for “war,” “healthcare” and “politicians.”

From March 22 – 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,069 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. 

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. 

 

 


2. If the 2012 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate, or the Democratic candidate in your district?

 

                        Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk

 

Republican              40%    86%     3%    36%    44%    36%    45%     8%

Democrat                37      1     87     27     34     40     31     85

SMONE ELSE(VOL)          2      1      -      4      2      2      2      -

WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)         1      -      -      2      1      1      1      1

DK/NA                   20     12      9     31     18     22     21      6

 

                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........

                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con

 

Republican           36%    41%    42%    35%    44%    48%    12%    29%    65%

Democrat             42     35     36     40     37     37     76     41     16

SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      3      2      2      2      3      1      2      2

WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      1      -      -      -      -      1

DK/NA                20     20     19     22     17     13     11     27     17

 

                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............

                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn

                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath

 

Republican           30%    40%    41%    61%    56%    45%

Democrat             50     35     42     19     23     30

SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      3      1      2      1

WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      -      -      1

DK/NA                18     22     14     19     18     23

 

 

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?

 

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk

 

Approve              31%    11%    62%    24%    28%    34%    27%    60%

Disapprove           58     81     28     66     64     53     63     24

DK/NA                11      9     10     11      8     13     10     17

 

                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........

                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con

 

Approve              39%    31%    26%    33%    29%    29%    58%    30%    19%

Disapprove           47     60     64     53     64     66     34     56     73

DK/NA                13      9     10     14      7      6      8     14      8

 

                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............

                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn

                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath

 

Approve              36%    30%    34%    19%    21%    29%

Disapprove           55     58     58     74     70     61

DK/NA                 9     12      7      7      9     10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?

 

                                                             APPROVE.......

                                                             High    Low

                     Mar 31  Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Mar 4   Nov 17

                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2010

 

Approve              31      33      33      27      30      45      27

Disapprove           58      57      58      66      60      45      66

DK/NA                11      10       9       7      10      10       7

 

 

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?

 

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk

 

Approve              34%    57%    18%    32%    34%    34%    35%    23%

Disapprove           55     32     74     58     58     53     55     61

DK/NA                11     11      8     11      8     13     10     16

 

                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........

                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con

 

Approve              38%    34%    30%    33%    32%    39%    20%    27%    47%

Disapprove           51     56     59     55     59     55     75     62     42

DK/NA                11     10     11     12      9      6      5     12     11

 

                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............

                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn

                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath

 

Approve              28%    36%    30%    45%    39%    35%

Disapprove           64     53     62     46     50     51

DK/NA                 7     11      9      9     11     14

 

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (*High also 34 Mar 03, 2011 & Mar 2010)

 

                                                             APPROVE.......

                                                             High    Low

                     Mar 31  Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Mar 31  Oct 08

                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2011*   2009

                                                                    

Approve              34      34      30      27      29      34      25

Disapprove           55      54      57      63      59      55      64

DK/NA                11      12      13      10      12      11      11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?

 

                             Tot

 

Economy Total                47%

 Economy general             16

 Unemployment/jobs           26

 Stock market                 1

 Cost of living               3

 Business leaving/

  Outsourcing                 1

 

Budget Total                 13%

 


STORY TAGS: women in combat , Quinnipiac , Women News, Minority News, Discrimination, Diversity, Female, Underrepresented, Equality, Gender Bias, Equality



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