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Research 2000 Poll Results, January 19, 2010

A poll was conducted immediately after the election last night of 1000 registered Massachusetts voters who voted for Obama in 2008. Half of the respondents voted in the MA special election for Republican candidate Scott Brown; half of the respondents did not vote at all. The poll definitively shows that voters who stayed home and voters who switched party allegiance share very common frustration and anger at an economy that continues to work better for Wall Street than Main Street.

There's a real populist anger out there. Voters worry that Democrats in power have not done enough to combat the policies of the Bush era. Both sets of voters wanted stronger, more progressive action on health care reform, as well. In summary, the poll shows that the party who fights corporate interests—especially on making the economy work for most Americans—will win the confidence of the voters.

You can see charts showing key findings here.

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

Obama/Brown Voters ALL MEN WOMEN
Economy/jobs 38% 40% 36%
Federal budget deficit 19% 22% 16%
Health care reform 17% 15% 19%
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 15% 12% 18%
Terrorism 5% 6% 4%
Education 3% 2% 4%
Energy and environmental policies 2% 2% 2%
Other/Not Sure 1% 1% 1%
Obama/Brown Voters ALL DEM REP IND
Economy/jobs 38% 36% 32% 39%
Federal budget deficit 19% 15% 14% 20%
Health care reform 17% 22% 6% 18%
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 15% 17% 19% 14%
Terrorism 5% 3% 25% 3%
Education 3% 3% 2% 3%
Energy and environmental policies 2% 3% 1% 2%
Other/Not Sure 1% 1% 1% 1%
Obama/Non-Voters ALL MEN WOMEN
Economy/jobs 31% 34% 28%
Health care reform 28% 25% 31%
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 16% 14% 18%
Federal budget deficit 9% 11% 7%
Education 8% 7% 9%
Energy and environmental policies 5% 5% 5%
Terrorism 2% 3% 1%
Other/Not Sure 1% 1% 1%
Obama/Non-Voters ALL DEM REP IND
Economy/jobs 31% 31% 30% 36%
Health care reform 28% 31% 4% 8%
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 16% 16% 6% 14%
Federal budget deficit 9% 6% 33% 35%
Education 8% 9% 1% 3%
Energy and environmental policies 5% 5% - 1%
Terrorism 2% 1% 25% 2%
Other/Not Sure 1% 1% 1% 1%

Generally speaking do you think Barack Obama and Democrats in Washington, DC are delivering enough on the change Obama promised to bring to America during the campaign?

Obama/Brown Voters YES NO NOT SURE
ALL 31% 57% 12%
MEN 30% 60% 10%
WOMEN 32% 54% 14%
DEMOCRATS 36% 55% 9%
REPUBLICANS 6% 69% 25%
INDEPENDENTS 33% 56% 11%
Obama/Non-Voters YES NO NOT SURE
ALL 37% 49% 14%
MEN 35% 52% 13%
WOMEN 39% 46% 15%
DEMOCRATS 39% 47% 14%
REPUBLICANS 4% 67% 29%
INDEPENDENTS 28% 59% 13%

Generally speaking, do you think Democrats in Washington, DC are fighting hard enough to challenge the Republican policies of the Bush years, aren’t fighting hard enough to change those policies, or are fighting about right?

Obama/Brown Voters NOT ENOUGH TOO HARD ABOUT RIGHT NOT SURE
ALL 37% 15% 21% 27%
MEN 34% 19% 18% 29%
WOMEN 40% 11% 24% 25%
DEMOCRATS 45% 8% 35% 12%
REPUBLICANS 12% 47% 5% 36%
INDEPENDENTS 39% 13% 21% 27%
Obama/Non-Voters NOT ENOUGH TOO HARD ABOUT RIGHT NOT SURE
ALL 39% 12% 25% 24%
MEN 36% 16% 23% 25%
WOMEN 42% 8% 27% 23%
DEMOCRATS 41% 10% 26% 23%
REPUBLICANS 5% 43% 3% 49%
INDEPENDENTS 32% 25% 18% 25%

Is the issue of the economy very important, somewhat important, or not important when deciding how or if to vote?

Obama/Brown Voters VERY SOME NOT VERY NOT SURE
ALL 48% 47% 3% 2%
MEN 50% 46% 3% 1%
WOMEN 46% 48% 3% 3%
DEMOCRATS 51% 44% 2% 3%
REPUBLICANS 37% 50% 7% 6%
INDEPENDENTS 49% 47% 3% 1%
Obama/Non-Voters VERY SOME NOT VERY NOT SURE
ALL 45% 44% 5% 6%
MEN 46% 46% 5% 3%
WOMEN 44% 42% 5% 9%
DEMOCRATS 45% 44% 5% 6%
REPUBLICANS 38% 39% 8% 15%
INDEPENDENTS 46% 48% 3% 3%

Which candidate in Tuesday’s special election for Senate did a better job of representing you and your family on economic issues: Republican Scott Brown or Democrat Martha Coakley?

Obama/Brown Voters COAKLEY BROWN NEITHER
ALL 13% 25% 62%
MEN 10% 29% 61%
WOMEN 16% 21% 63%
DEMOCRATS 16% 17% 67%
REPUBLICANS 6% 42% 52%
INDEPENDENTS 13% 24% 63%
Obama/Non-Voters COAKLEY BROWN NEITHER
ALL 26% 9% 65%
MEN 23% 11% 66%
WOMEN 29% 7% 64%
DEMOCRATS 28% 7% 65%
REPUBLICANS 4% 34% 62%
INDEPENDENTS 15% 24% 61%

If the Democratic Congress passed a bill that laid down stronger rules of the road for Wall Street and cut bonuses for the executives of companies that received government bailouts, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote Democratic in the 2010 general election?

Obama/Brown Voters MORE LESS NO AFFECT
ALL 53% 14% 33%
MEN 50% 15% 35%
WOMEN 56% 13% 31%
DEMOCRATS 61% 7% 32%
REPUBLICANS 21% 27% 52%
INDEPENDENTS 55% 13% 32%
Obama/Non-Voters MORE LESS NO AFFECT
ALL 56% 5% 39%
MEN 54% 6% 40%
WOMEN 58% 4% 38%
DEMOCRATS 59% 4% 37%
REPUBLICANS 24% 14% 62%
INDEPENDENTS 37% 9% 54%

What would do more to improve our nation’s economic conditions: Decreasing government spending OR tightening government regulation of Wall Street and corporate executives?

Obama/Brown Voters TIGHTEN DECREASE NOT SURE
ALL 43% 25% 32%
MEN 40% 29% 31%
WOMEN 46% 21% 33%
DEMOCRATS 54% 21% 25%
REPUBLICANS 21% 56% 23%
INDEPENDENTS 44% 23% 33%
Obama/Non-Voters TIGHTEN DECREASE NOT SURE
ALL 46% 21% 33%
MEN 44% 24% 32%
WOMEN 48% 18% 34%
DEMOCRATS 48% 19% 33%
REPUBLICANS 23% 45% 32%
INDEPENDENTS 42% 31% 37%

Democrats in Washington are more on my side than on the side of the lobbyists and special interests, OR Democrats in Washington are more on the side of the lobbyists and special interests than on the side of people like me.

Obama/Brown Voters LOBBYISTS MY SIDE NOT SURE
ALL 47% 23% 30%
MEN 49% 20% 31%
WOMEN 45% 26% 29%
DEMOCRATS 46% 29% 25%
REPUBLICANS 35% 9% 56%
INDEPENDENTS 48% 24% 28%
Obama/Non-Voters LOBBYISTS MY SIDE NOT SURE
ALL 44% 29% 27%
MEN 47% 27% 26%
WOMEN 41% 31% 28%
DEMOCRATS 43% 30% 27%
REPUBLICANS 56% 7% 37%
INDEPENDENTS 52% 24% 24%

When Democrats took power, they really changed things in Washington, OR
When Democrats took power, they didn’t change much about how Washington works.

Obama/Brown Voters NO CHANGE CHANGE NOT SURE
ALL 52% 23% 25%
MEN 56% 21% 23%
WOMEN 48% 25% 27%
DEMOCRATS 49% 29% 22%
REPUBLICANS 57% 5% 38%
INDEPENDENTS 52% 24% 24%
Obama/Non-Voters NO CHANGE CHANGE NOT SURE
ALL 41% 31% 28%
MEN 44% 29% 27%
WOMEN 38% 33% 29%
DEMOCRATS 40% 32% 28%
REPUBLICANS 55% 8% 37%
INDEPENDENTS 48% 27% 25%

Democrats economic policy is more focused on helping Wall Street than helping main street, OR
Democrats’ economic policy is more focused on helping Main Street than helping wall street.

Obama/Brown Voters MAIN WALL NOT SURE
ALL 31% 51% 18%
MEN 30% 53% 17%
WOMEN 32% 49% 19%
DEMOCRATS 45% 50% 5%
REPUBLICANS 17% 31% 52%
INDEPENDENTS 31% 53% 16%
Obama/Non-Voters MAIN WALL NOT SURE
ALL 38% 37% 25%
MEN 40% 40% 20%
WOMEN 36% 34% 30%
DEMOCRATS 40% 36% 24%
REPUBLICANS 17% 39% 44%
INDEPENDENTS 22% 51% 27%

Is the issue of national health care reform very important, somewhat important, or not important when deciding how or if to vote?

Obama/Brown Voters VERY SOME NOT NOT SURE
ALL 32% 35% 13% 20%
MEN 30% 34% 15% 21%
WOMEN 34% 36% 11% 19%
DEMOCRATS 37% 41% 7% 15%
REPUBLICANS 25% 28% 25% 22%
INDEPENDENTS 32% 35% 12% 21%
Obama/Non-Voters VERY SOME NOT NOT SURE
ALL 36% 38% 9% 17%
MEN 32% 35% 13% 20%
WOMEN 40% 41% 5% 14%
DEMOCRATS 38% 40% 7% 15%
REPUBLICANS 14% 16% 29% 41%
INDEPENDENTS 26% 28% 18% 28%

Do you favor or oppose the health care reform proposal recently passed by the U.S. Senate?

Obama/Brown Voters FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE
ALL 32% 48% 20%
MEN 29% 52% 19%
WOMEN 35% 44% 21%
DEMOCRATS 42% 46% 12%
REPUBLICANS 11% 68% 21%
INDEPENDENTS 33% 47% 20%
Obama/Non-Voters FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE
ALL 34% 43% 23%
MEN 32% 46% 22%
WOMEN 36% 40% 24%
DEMOCRATS 36% 41% 23%
REPUBLICANS 7% 71% 22%
INDEPENDENTS 21% 55% 24%

If oppose, do you think it goes too far or doesn’t go far enough?

Obama/Brown Voters NOT ENOUGH TOO FAR NOT SURE
ALL 36% 23% 41%
MEN 34% 26% 40%
WOMEN 38% 20% 42%
DEMOCRATS 49% 18% 33%
REPUBLICANS 11% 61% 28%
INDEPENDENTS 38% 20% 42%
Obama/Non-Voters NOT ENOUGH TO FAR NOT SURE
ALL 53% 8% 39%
MEN 51% 11% 38%
WOMEN 55% 5% 40%
DEMOCRATS 57% 3% 40%
REPUBLICANS 7% 56% 37%
INDEPENDENTS 44% 27% 29%

Would you favor or oppose the national government offering everyone the choice of a government administered health insurance plan — something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get — that would compete with private health insurance plans?

Obama/Brown Voters FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE
ALL 82% 14% 4%
MEN 79% 18% 3%
WOMEN 85% 10% 5%
DEMOCRATS 89% 7% 4%
REPUBLICANS 68% 24% 8%
INDEPENDENTS 83% 13% 4%
Obama/Non-Voters FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE
ALL 86% 7% 7%
MEN 84% 8% 8%
WOMEN 88% 6% 6%
DEMOCRATS 88% 6% 6%
REPUBLICANS 63% 22% 15%
INDEPENDENTS 78% 14% 8%

Would you favor or oppose requiring all Americans to buy health insurance from private companies — the so-called mandate — even if they find insurance too expensive or do not want it?

Obama/Brown Voters FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE
ALL 30% 59% 11%
MEN 32% 57% 11%
WOMEN 34% 53% 13%
DEMOCRATS 38% 51% 11%
REPUBLICANS 9% 82% 9%
INDEPENDENTS 31% 58% 11%
Obama/Non-Voters FAVOR OPPOSE NOT SURE
ALL 33% 55% 12%
MEN 32% 57% 11%
WOMEN 34% 53% 13%
DEMOCRATS 35% 53% 12%
REPUBLICANS 8% 79% 13%
INDEPENDENTS 19% 69% 12%

This poll was co-sponsored by MoveOn.org Political Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Democracy for America.