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
to the results of September 2004 Poll
Results of April
poll reflects a random national telephone sample of
205 persons conducted between Apil 16 and May 4. The margin or error statistic
ranges from 5.6-7% on individual questions.*
My name is _____________.
Im 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
Are you 16 or over?
In your personal opinion
which statement best describes the impact of the U.S. Government's War
a) It prevents terrorism (28.3 %)
b) It has had little impact on terrorism (29.3 %)
c) It tends to create support for terrorism (21.5 %)
d) none of the above/ not sure (21.0 %)
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 dont know than to guess the answer to any question. Few
people will know all the answers so dont feel bad about saying you
dont know. But please try and be honest and complete the poll. Well
tell you where to find the right answers to the factual questions later.
2. Is there evidence
that Saddam Hussein worked with Al Qaeda?
yes (32.2%), no
(31.2%), dont know (36.6%)
The results to
questions 3-7 on the USA Patriot Act and the Bill of Rights of the U.S.
Constitutions are being omitted because we have determined that these
were confusing compound questions. They can not be evaluated as a single
question since respondents first have to know what is in the Bill of Rights
and second whether or not the Patriot Act removes a particular right.
The U.S.A. Patriot
act and newer provisions strike down which of the following Rights from
the United States Constitutions Bill of Rights, passed in 1791:
3. The guarantee that
accused persons have the right to a speedy and public trial.
yes, no, dont
Correct answer: Yes.
4. The right to be charged with specific crimes or be released.
yes, no, dont
Correct answer: Yes
5. The right to take up arms against the government.
yes, no, dont
Correct answer: No
6. Protection against unreasonable searches and seizures by the Government
in our private lives
yes, no, dont
Correct answer: yes
7. The right of the people to peaceably assemble anywhere to express political
yes, no, dont know
8. The torture of people held in captivity is a war crime under U.S.
law and international treaties which the U.S. has signed? (t/ f/ d)
true (67.3%), false (10.7%), don't know (22.0%)
9. The International Committee of the Red Cross (in confidential reports
to the United States Government) charged that the American military has
intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion tantamount
to torture on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
true (47.3%), false (13.7%), don't know (39.0%)
10. Torture of prisoners within prisons in the U.S. is a) absent b) rare
c) not uncommon d) dont know.
absent (4.4%), rare (35.1%), not uncommon (34,6%), don't know (25.9%)
C, not uncommon.
11. Since the death penalty was restored in the U.S. over 115 convicted
murderers awaiting execution have been later proven innocent and set free.
If death penalties were quickly and efficiently executed in a timely fashion
most of these innocent people would have
a) been set free
b) had their cases re-opened (12.7%)
c) been executed (63.4%)
d) dont know (18.0%)
Correct answer: C) been executed.
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 (37.6%), false
(10.7%), don't know (51.7%)
Correct answer: True
13.A top secret process called rendition has been used by the CIA to fly
suspects to Egypt, Morocco, Syria, or Jordan, each of which is known to
use torture in their interrogations.
true (32.7%), false
(5.9%), don't know (61.5%)
14. Over 367 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 (5.4%)
b) ask that it be strengthened (10.7%)
c) call for the removal of key provisions because they violate our democratic
d) dont know (50.7%)
Correct answer: C
15. The mainstream corporate media such as NBC, ABC, CNN and the New York
Times are owned by
news organizations (10.2%)
b) a group of rich liberals (13.2%)
c) major U.S. corporations (47.3%)
d) dont know (29.3%)
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 (51.7%), no
(42.0%), dont know (6.3%)
17. U.S. soldiers and private contractors
have tortured prisoners in prisons in Iraq, Cuba and Afghanistan. Do you
believe that these are the acts of a few bad apples?
yes (57.6%), no
(31.2%), dont know (11.2%)
18. A legal review in California
showed 76 system problems in death penalty procedures (similar to 85 problems
found in an Illinois review) 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 (56.6%), no
(23.9%), dont know (19.5%)
19. In your opinion the US government is currently
a) having no impact
on our civil rights (8.8%)
b) protecting our right to dissent and strengthening civil rights (19.0%)
c) removing important rights and Constitutional guarantees (42.9%)
d) not sure (29.3%)
20. Do you approve or disapprove
of the appointments of John Negroponte as National Intelligence Chief
and Albert Gonzales as Attorney General in view of their support for the
use of torture?
disapprove (52.7%), dont know (30.2%)
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 their actions?
oppose (53.7%), dont know (20.5%)
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 (67.8%), dont know (10.2%)
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 (86.3%), dont know (5.4%)
24. Should Israel abide by the United
Nations resolutions that require Israel to return all Israeli settlers
to within its UN established borders?
yes (46.1%), no
(17.6%), dont know (36.3%)
25. 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 government?
yes (13.2%), no
(58.5%), dont know (28.3%)
Do you support or oppose that the following policies be carried out
by the U.S. government:
26. 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 (24.5%), dont know (10.3%)
27. The U.S. should support international attempts to prosecute war crimes
and crimes against humanity.
oppose (16.1%), dont know (10.7%)
28. Lengthy detention for anyone whom the U.S. government decides to arrest
without their providing any criminal charges, evidence, proofs or trials.
oppose (75.1%), dont know (15.1%)
29. Expanding the U.S. global war to attack more nations such as Iran,
Korea, Syria, Venezuela and Cuba.
oppose (65.4%), dont know (19.5%)
Please provide your
(42.9%), female (57,1%)
Grades 1-11 (6.0%), High School Grad (25.5%), College without a degree
(26.0%), 2 year degree ((6.5%), Any 4 year degree ((24.0%), Advanced or
professional degree (12.0%);
Native American (4.4%), Asian/Pacific Islander (2.4%), African American
(15.6%), Latin American (11.7%), European-American (57.6%), Decline to
State (5.9%), Biracial (2.4%)
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. 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).