National Poll — Americans To Congress: Hands Off the Media

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Americans to Presidential Candidates: “Favor Environmental Improvements, Strong Military, Lower Taxes and Have Faith in God”

Americans Provide Reasons for Unfavorable Ratings of Giuliani and Clinton

A nation-wide telephone survey of 1000 Americans shows most would oppose the reinstatement of The Fairness Doctrine, according to the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute.

By more than a two-to-one margin, 54.3% to 23.8%, Americans surveyed suggested that TV, radio, newspapers and the internet be free from government involvement and allow the market to determine demand rather than have government force equal time and space for all sides of issues.  Another 21.9% were unsure.

Large majorities of Americans surveyed said they were likely to support the 2008 U.S. Presidential candidate who…

      Promises action to improve the environment (93.1%)

  •       Promises to maintain a strong military (87.9%)
  •       Embraces religion and has strong faith in God (83.6%)
  •       Will lower taxes (81.3%)

Smaller percentages of Americans said they were likely to support a candidate in 2008 who…

  •       Promises universal healthcare for all Americans (72.8%)
  •       Promises to build a Mexican-U.S. border fence (56.1%)
  •       Supports allowing same-sex couples to marry (29.7%)

“As we approach the start of the 2008 presidential nominating process, the most recent Sacred Heart University Poll indicates in no uncertain terms that national security along with an array of domestic issues is foremost in the minds of the American people,” stated Dr. Gary Rose, chair and professor in the Department of Government and Politics at Sacred Heart University.

“Moreover, the Poll demonstrates quite clearly that the American people will favor presidential candidates who seek strength and guidance from God. Presidential candidates of both political parties who effectively address policy dilemmas, while succinctly articulating the spiritual values of our nation, should fare well in the approaching contest,” he continued.

Jerry C. Lindsley, director of the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute, agreed, stating, “More and more, in poll after poll, we’re seeing Americans reaching for Presidential candidates grounded in religion and holding strong faith in God.”

The Poll also showed September 2007 favorability ratings for the leading Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton, was 53.3%, or 59.7% after removing undecided respondents.

The Republican frontrunner, former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani’s favorability rating was 54.9%, or 73.3% after removing undecided respondents.

The most frequently named reasons for unfavorable ratings of Senator Clinton, in declining order, included:  “can’t trust her,” “she’s abrasive/dislike her,” “don’t need another Clinton,” “her stands on issues,” “women can’t lead the nation,” “too liberal,” “not qualified,” and “her past White House performance.”

The most frequently named reasons for unfavorable ratings of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in declining order, included:  “he took advantage of 9/11,” “not qualified,” “dislike him,” “very dishonest,” “no strong morals,” “his abortion stand,” and “not strong enough.”

EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT

  • Gary Rose, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Government and Politics at Sacred Heart University
  • Jerry Lindsley, director, Sacred Heart University Polling Institute

To speak with these experts, please contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or alpf@sacredheart.edu.

How the Poll Was Conducted
he Sacred Heart University Polling Institute completed 1,000 interviews with residents nationwide between August 27 - September 8, 2007. The sample was generated proportional to population contribution in all 50 states. Statistically, a sample of 1,000 completed telephone interviews represents a margin for error of +/-3.0% at a 95% confidence level.