Views of Homosexuality Differ Greatly by Region

Russia does not technically criminalize same-sex relationships, but it passed a measure last year banning gay-rights advocacy. Although China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, a majority of the population says society should not accept same-sex relationships. Correction: Russia poll numbers were reversed in a previous version.
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Jan. 23, 2014, 4 a.m.

Con­duc­ted 10/5-8; sur­veyed 829 adults; mar­gin of er­ror +/- 3.4% (re­lease, 10/9).

Obama As POTUS

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 8/31 7/28 7/12 6/16 5/12 4/26 Ap­prove 56% 87% 20% 52% 56% 56% 58% 57% 63% 63% 68% Dis­ap­prove 34 8 69 35 33 35 30 32 26 26 23

Cong. Job Ap­prov­al

- All Dem GOP Ind 8/31 7/12 4/26 4/5 3/22 3/16 2/22 Ap­prove 22% 29% 20% 19% 26% 22% 28% 26% 30% 30% 26% Dis­ap­prove 65 59 72 66 58 65 55 64 56 56 63

‘10 House Gen­er­al Elec­tion Match­up

- All Dem GOP Ind Gen­er­ic Dem 46% 87% 3% 37% Gen­er­ic GOP­er 33 4 80 28 Oth­er 1 0 1 2 Won’t vote 1 0 1 1 Un­dec 19 9 15 32

Obama Hand­ling Eco­nomy

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 8/31 7/12 6/16 5/12 4/26 4/5 Ap­prove 54% 85% 21% 47% 50% 53% 51% 57% 56% 61% 56% Dis­ap­prove 38 10 76 41 40 41 41 35 33 29 34

Obama Hand­ling Situ­ation With Afgh­anistan

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 8/31 4/26 4/5 Ap­prove 42% 54% 20% 44% 44% 48% 56% 58% Dis­ap­prove 34 16 58 36 35 30 21 21

Obama Hand­ling Ir­an

- All Dem GOP Ind Ap­prove 43% 63% 25% 37% Dis­ap­prove 35 14 54 41

Do You Think Obama Has Strong Qual­it­ies Of Lead­er­ship?

- All Dem GOP Ind 8/31 2/4 Has 72% 92% 46% 69% 73% 85% Does not have 24 6 48 25 25 10

Do You Think Obama Has The Same Pri­or­it­ies For The U.S. As You Have?

- All Dem GOP Ind 7/30 2/22 Has 58% 85% 26% 54% 62% 65% Does not have 38 11 70 42 31 28

Con­di­tion Of U.S. Eco­nomy

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 8/31 7/28 7/12 6/16 5/12 Very good 1% — 1% 1% 1% 3% 1% 1% 1% 1% Fairly good 15 19 11 15 21 18 17 13 14 17 Fairly bad 49 53 51 44 49 43 47 42 48 45 Very bad 35 28 37 39 28 36 35 44 36 36

Do You Think The Eco­nomy Is Get­ting Bet­ter/Get­ting Worse/Stay­ing About The Same?

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 8/31 7/28 7/12 6/16 5/12 4/26 Bet­ter 31% 44% 25% 25% 36% 36% 32% 21% 27% 32% 26% Worse 18 10 26 21 17 25 22 33 25 23 25 Same 50 46 49 53 46 38 45 45 46 44 48

What Do You Think Is The Most Im­port­ant Is­sue Fa­cing U.S. Today?

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 7/28 Eco­nomy and jobs 45% 40% 53% 44% 41% 56% Health care 20 29 13 18 19 12 War/peace (gen­er­al) 7 9 2 8 2 1 War in Afgh­anistan 3 2 5 4 1 — Budget de­fi­cit/nat’l debt 3 3 2 3 3 3 Ir­aq 2 4 1 — 2 — Oth­er 17 10 22 20 24 23

Do You Think The U.S. Is Do­ing The Right Thing By Fight­ing The War In Afgh­anistan Now, Or Should The U.S. Not Be In­volved There?

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 Right thing 51% 37% 76% 47% 47% Not in­volved 39 49 21 41 42

Should The U.S. In­crease/De­crease The Num­ber Of Troops In Afgh­anistan?

- All Dem GOP Ind 9/23 8/31 4/26 4/5 2/22 1/15 In­crease 37% 27% 57% 34% 29% 25% 36% 39% 42% 34% Keep same 17 15 20 16 27 23 23 18 23 28 De­crease 38 52 16 39 32 41 29 33 24 26

Is Ir­an A Threat To The U.S. That Re­quires Mil­it­ary Ac­tion Now, A Threat That Can Be Con­tained With Dip­lomacy Now, Or Not A Threat To The U.S. At This Time?

- All Dem GOP Ind 2/22 9/08 Re­quires ac­tion now 19% 14% 23% 20% 13% 10% Can be con­tained 57 63 61 51 58 61 Not a threat now 13 15 9 14 19 20

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