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Toplines - Massachusetts Special Election - January 4, 2010

Massachusetts State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted January 4, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* Election 2010: Massachusetts Senate Special Election

Brown

41%

Coakley

50%

Some other candidate

1%

Not sure

7%

2* Favorable Ratings for Candidates in 2010 Senate Special Election

Brown

Coakley

Very Favorable

26%

21%

Somewhat Favorable

32%

39%

Somewhat Unfavorable

20%

13%

Very Unfavorable

5%

22%

Not Sure

17%

4%

3* 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?

27% Strongly favor
26% Somewhat favor
9% Somewhat oppose
36% Strongly oppose
2% Not sure

4* What is the biggest problem with health care - the lack of universal coverage, the cost, the inconvenience of scheduling or the quality of care?

24% Lack of universal coverage

54% Cost

3% Inconvenience of scheduling

11% Quality of care

8% Not sure

5* Do you favor or oppose a single payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone?

43% Favor
45% Oppose
13% Not sure

6* If the health care reform plan passes, should individual states have the right to opt out of the entire plan?


39% Yes
45% No
15% Not sure

7* Overall, how would you rate President Obama’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan…Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

14% Excellent
30% Good
31% Fair
24% Poor
1% Not sure

8* Who is winning the War on Terrorism…the United States and its allies or the terrorists?

31% United States and its allies

32% Terrorists

32% Neither

6% Not sure

9* Over the next six months will the situation in Afghanistan get better or worse?

19% Better
45% Worse
23% Stay about the same
13% Not sure

10* Some people say that there is a natural tension between protecting individual rights and national security. In the United States today, does our legal system worry too much about protecting individual rights, too much about protecting national security, or is the balance about right?

37% Legal system worries too much about protecting individual rights
26% Legal system worries too much about protecting national security
25% Balance is about right
12% Not sure

11* 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?

35% Strongly approve
22% Somewhat approve
12% Somewhat disapprove
30% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

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

9% Strongly approve
32% Somewhat approve
17% Somewhat disapprove
40% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

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