to results for September-October 2002 Poll
to the results of April 2003 Poll
to the results of November 2003 Poll
to the results of April 2004 Poll
Results of September
poll reflects a random national telephone sample of
223 persons conducted between September 17 and October 1. The margin or
error statistic ranges from 4-7% on individual questions.*
My name is _____________. I'm calling for Retro Poll.
This is not a sales call; we do public opinion polling, and your number
was chosen at random for a brief interview. Would you be able to take
a few minutes of your time to respond to our poll on current U.S. government
(only if asked "how long?": it takes about 10 minutes.)
Are you 16 or over?
1. In your personal opinion which statement best describes the impact
of the U.S. Government's War on Terrorism:
a) It prevents
b) It has had little impact on terrorism (26.5%)
c) It tends to create terrorists (23.3%)
d) none of the above/ not sure (18.8%)
In the rest of
this poll, you will notice that the first half asks for factual information
and the second half asks for your opinions. In the first part it is better
to say you don't know than to guess the answer to any question. Few people
will know all the answers so don't feel bad about saying you don't know.
But please try and be honest and complete the poll. We'll tell you where
to find the right answers to the factual questions later. Ok?
2. Is there evidence that Saddam Hussein worked with Al Qaeda?
yes (29.1%), no
(41.7%), don't know (29.1%)
of Rights, passed in 1791, includes the first 10 amendments to the Constitution
and provides for most of our civil rights. Which of the following are
part of the Bill of Rights:
3. Guarantees accused persons the right to a speedy and public trial.
yes (60.5%), no
(11.7%), don't know (27.8%)
4. Provides that the
Government may force accused persons to testify against themselves.
yes (6.7%), no
(69.5%), don't know (23.8%)
5. Authorizes the Government to detain suspects indefinitely and punish
them as it sees fit without charging them with specific crimes.
yes (9.0%), no
(72.2%), don't know (18.8%)
6. Protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by the Government
in our private lives and homes.
yes (78.9%), no
(9.4%), don't know (11.7%)
7. Guarantees the unrestricted
right of the people to peaceably assemble to express their political views
yes (87.9%), no
(4.0%), don't know (8.1%)
8. Is the following statement true or false or don't know: Sexual abuse
and physical beatings have been systematically inflicted upon South Asians
held on immigration issues in some prisons within the United States as
well as prisoners at Guantanamo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
true (15.3%), false
(21.2%), don't know (63.5%)
9. Since the death penalty was restored in the U.S. how many convicted
murderers awaiting execution have been later proven innocent and set free.
a) 0-10 (17.1%)
b) under 50 (18.9%)
c) overe 110 (16.2%)
d) don't know (47.7%)
c) over 110
10. In response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),
Attorney General Ashcroft ordered all federal agencies to make public
the records on thousands of people arrested after 9/11.
true (22.2%), false
(22.2%), don't know (55.7%)
11. In the Oslo Peace Agreement of 1993 with the Palestinians, Israel
agreed to begin withdrawing its military bases and settlements from Palestinian
lands in the West Bank. Since then Israel has withdrawn from:
a) a few settlements
b) 20% of its settlements (9.5%)
c) built more settlements & bases to defend them (22.1%)
d) don't know (56.8%)
c) Built more settlements and bases to
12. The controlling
relationship of Israel over the lives of millions of Palestinians is exemplified
by the separation wall. Is it true or false that this wall is condemned
by the International Court of Justice and the United Nations as violations
of international law but is endorsed by President Bush?
true (39.6%), false
(11.7%), don't know (48.7%)
13. The U.S.
media has often repeated claims that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
turned down an excellent peace offer from Israel's Ehud Barak during talks
in the U.S. at Camp David in 2000. Actual documents from the meetings
support this view.
true (38.9%), false
(11.3%), don't know (49.8%)
14. Over 346 cities and towns and 4 states have passed resolutions concerning
the USA Patriot Act. Do these resolutions
a) call for vigorous
law enforcement of the Act (4.5%)
that it be strengthened (8.1%)
c) call for the removal of key provisions because they violate our democratic
d) don't know (54.1%)
15. Do you receive
most of your news and information from
a) daily newspaper
c) major TV networks including PBS (46.4%)
d) internet sources (9.5%)
e) alternative media (9.0%)
The following questions ask for your personal opinion. If you have
no opinion or your opinion is not among the choices, please so state.
16. Should the U.S. fully withdraw its troops from Iraq?
yes (41.4%), no
(50.5%), don't know (8.1%)
17. U.S. soldiers and private contractors have tortured prisoners in prisons
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do you believe that these are the acts of a few
(no results, see
18. A legal review
in California showed 76 system problems in death penalty procedures (similar
to 85 problems found in Illinois) that led to unjust convictions. Should
other states do as Illinois has done and put a moratorium on executions
until unfairness in application of the death penalty has been addressed?
yes (55.9%), no
(24.8%), don't know (19.4%)
19. In your opinion
is the USA Patriot Act
a) having no impact
on our civil rights (8.6%)
b) protecting our right to dissent and strengthening civil rights (17.2%)
c) removing important rights and Constitutional guarantees (34.8%)
d) not sure (39.4%)
20. If, as alleged, President Bush and his staff have films and photos
showing U.S. troops sodomizing children in Iraq does the suppression of
this information from scrutiny constitute collaboration in criminal activity?
yes (42.1%); no
(13.1%); question is leading, speculative, and unfair (23.1%); don't know
21. Do you support
or oppose the U.S.A. Patriot Act provision requiring the cooperation of
local business people and professionals to turn over records of their
clients and customers to federal agents and be sworn to silence about
oppose (57.9%), don't know (18.1%)
22. The Federal Bureau
of Prisons issued an emergency surveillance order permitting conversations
between prisoners and their lawyers to be recorded without a warrant.
Do you support or oppose this removal of confidentiality rights?
oppose (64.3%), don't know (7.7%)
23. Do you support
or oppose the USA Patriot Act authorizing government agents to enter your
home and otherwise investigate you without cause, recording and copying
any materials they wish to, and never telling you?
oppose (80.5%), don't know (6.3%)
24. 24. Should Israel
abide by the UN resolutions that require Israel to return all Israeli
settlers to within its UN established borders?
yes (44.3%), no
(27.6%), don't know (28.1%)
25. In your personal
opinion which statement best describes the intentions of the Israeli government
toward the Palestinians and the territories they currently live in (i.e.
the West Bank and Gaza).
a) To work
with the Palestinians to form a fully independent country called Palestine
living in peace next door to Israel. (34.5%)
b) To convince the Palestinians that any Palestinian government will be
under Israeli military control. (10.9%)
c) To eventually seize all the Palestinian lands to continue expanding
Israeli settlements and military control. (12.7%)
d) None of these or dont know. (41.8%)
26. Today Israel controls the lives of over 3 million Palestinians most
of whom are not its citizens, have no basic human rights and can not vote
in Israeli elections. Is this relationship consistent with democratic
yes (11.8%), no
(70.0%), don't know (18.2%)
Do you support or oppose that the following policies be carried out by
the U.S. government:
27. Creation of a national health fund providing total health care coverage
for every American at all medical institutions, with the elimination of
health insurance company profits and out of pocket patient costs.
oppose (26.0%), don't know (12.4%)
28. The U.S. should support international attempts to prosecute war crimes
and crimes against humanity.
oppose (14.1%), don't know (12.3%)
29. Lengthy detention for anyone whom the U.S. Government decides to arrest
without their providing any criminal charges, proofs or trials.
oppose (73.6%), don't know (15.9%)
30. Treating those who oppose or resist U.S. government policies and military
actions as terrorist supporters or terrorists.
oppose (62.7%), don't know (22.7%)
your age (31)___________
sex (32) female (57.4%), male (42.6%)
highest educational level(33)______
(G=grades 1-11, HS=high school grad, SC=some college, degrees: AA, BA,
BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, LLD);
Native American (4.5%), Asian/Pacific Islander (5.4%), African American
(7.2%), Latin American (6.8%), European-American (71.2%), Decline to State
(1.4%), Biracial (3.6%)
To those polled:
Thank you so much for participating in our poll and for caring enough
to share your views. For answers to the factual questions, please go to
the answers page.
a truly random sample. As elaborated in our article from Z Magazine found
elsewhere on this web site, this
is always a refutable assumption (though made by major polling organizations)
in light of the typically high rate of refusal to participate by most
people actually contacted. We are not providing results of questions 17
and 33 in our analysis as the questions were worded or coded badly and
thus the answers are not interpretable. Correlations between factual questions
and opinion questions were tested using the Chi-squared statistic and
are reported out elsewhere in our analysis only if they are highly significant
(at the 95-100% probability level depending on the specific correlation).