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MPR Poll Results - The Bush presidency

Minnesota Public Radio
September 27, 2006

QUESTION: : How would you rate the performance of George W. Bush as president?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Excellent
5%
6%
4%
-
9%
6%
Good
25%
25%
25%
4%
57%
14%
Fair
23%
22%
24%
15%
28%
29%
Poor
47%
47%
47%
81%
6%
51%
Undecided
-
-
-
-
-
-

QUESTION: Would you say things in the country are on the right track or the wrong track?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Right track
28%
31%
25%
4%
59%
23%
Wrong track
62%
62%
62%
88%
26%
69%
Not sure
10%
7%
13%
8%
15%
8%

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Approve
26%
28%
24%
4%
54%
21%
Disapprove
63%
63%
63%
90%
26%
71%
Not sure
11%
9%
13%
6%
20%
8%

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of President Bush's handling of homeland security and the war on terrorism?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Approve
47%
48%
46%
21%
79%
42%
Disapprove
45%
42%
48%
69%
15%
50%
Not sure
8%
10%
6%
10%
6%
8%

QUESTION: Do you feel the U.S. should or should not establish a timetable for the withdrawl of troops from Iraq?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Should
55%
49%
61%
71%
35%
57%
Should not
35%
44%
26%
17%
56%
33%
Not sure
10%
7%
13%
12%
9%
10%

QUESTION: Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job of handling:

Option
Dems
GOP
Neither
Don't know
The war in Iraq
41%
34%
16%
0%
The war on terrorism
37%
36%
15%
12%


HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED

The Mason-Dixon Minnesota Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from September 18 through September 20, 2006. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

SAMPLE FIGURES:

Region

Men 305 (49%) Women 320 (51%)
Hennepin/Ramsey Counties 210 interviews
Twin Cities Suburbs 150 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 70 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 60 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 65 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 70 interviews