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Toplines - 2010 California Senate - September 23, 2009

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California State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted September 23, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

41% Strongly approve
19% Somewhat approve
8% Somewhat disapprove
31% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Arnold Schwarzenegger has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

8% Strongly approve
25% Somewhat approve
32% Somewhat disapprove
31% Strongly disapprove
4% Not sure

3* 2010 California Senate Race

Carly Fiorina (R)

39%

Barbara Boxer (D)

49%

Some other candidate

4%

Not sure

8%

Chuck DeVore (R)

37%

Barbara Boxer (D)

46%

Some other candidate

7%

Not sure

10%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the CA Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Boxer

27%

24%

14%

28%

7%

DeVore

7%

24%

28%

9%

32%

Fiorina

8%

24%

23%

12%

33%

5* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

35% Strongly favor
20% Somewhat favor

6% Somewhat oppose

35% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

6* If the health care reform plan passes, will the quality of health care get better, worse, or stay about the same?

31% Better
40% Worse
24% Staying the same
5% Not sure

7* If the health care reform plan passes, will the cost of health care go up, go down, or stay about the same?

42% Cost of health care will go up

23% Cost will go down

24% Stay the same

10% Not sure

8* Is the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress likely to increase the deficit, reduce the deficit, or have no impact on the deficit?

54% Increase the deficit

16% Reduce the deficit
18% No impact on the deficit

12% Not sure

9*To cover the cost of health care reform, how likely is it that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class?

51% Very likely
21% Somewhat likely
20% Not very likely
5% Not at all likely
3% Not sure

10* In reacting to the nation’s current economic problems, what worries you more….that the federal government will do too much or that the federal government will not do enough?

52% Federal government will do too much

40% Federal government will not do enough

8% Not sure

11*Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

1% Excellent
5% Good
42% Fair
52% Poor
1% Not sure

12* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

29% Better
43% Worse
19% Stay the same
9% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence