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NEWSWEEK Poll

June 23, 2007: Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

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1.         Do you happen to know the name of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?

11

Yes, Roberts/John Roberts

8

Yes, other name given

81

No/Don’t know/Can’t name anyone

*

Refused


2.         Which of the following is the name of the current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

59

Nancy Pelosi

3

Barbara Boxer

5

Tom DeLay

5

Newt Gingrich

28

Don’t know/Refused


3.         Who was the first person to win the presidency as a member of the Republican party?

37

Abraham Lincoln

6

Rutherford B. Hayes

10

Ulysses S. Grant

7

Theodore Roosevelt

40

Don’t know/Refused


4.        Which of the following do Andrew Jackson and Al Gore have in common? Did they…

36

Both lose a presidential election after winning the most popular votes

28

Both serve as vice president

4

Both achieve the rank of major general in the army (or)

4

Both oppose global warming

28

Don’t know/Refused



5.         From what you know about the situation, do you think the United States is losing the fight against al-Qaeda or radical Islamic terrorism?

52

Yes

37

No

11

Don’t know/Refused


6.        Do you think Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was directly involved in planning, financing, or carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001?

 

Yes

No

Don't Know

Current Total

41

50

9

Trends

     

9/30-10/2/04

36

51

13

9/2-3/04

42

44

14

1/29-30/04

49

39

12

9/18-19/03

47

37

16


7.        To the best of your knowledge, has the U.S. found chemical or biological weapons hidden by Saddam Hussein’s regime since the Iraq war began in 2003?

20

Yes

70

No

10

Don’t know/Refused


8.        As far as you know, has Osama Bin Laden been tracked down and captured by the United States?

11

Yes

85

No

4

Don’t know/Refused


9.        To the best of your knowledge, how many countries in the world have nuclear weapons?

38

Five

29

Nine

21

Eleven

12

Don’t know/Refused



10.        Which one of the following countries did most of the 9/11 hijackers come from?

43

Saudi Arabia

20

Iraq

14

Iran

11

Syria

12

Don’t know/Refused


11.        Who is the current president of Russia?

60

Putin

8

Yeltsin

8

Gorbachev

5

Brezhnev

19

Don’t know/Refused


12.        When did the Korean War officially end?

8

1949

12

1951

33

1953

26

Did it ever end?

21

Don’t know/Refused


13.        How long has Iraq existed as an independent nation?

5

Since 1220 AD

3

Since 1520

7

Since 1820

42

Since 1920

43

Don’t know/Refused


14.        Which of the following world empires came into existence first?

61

Roman

17

Ottoman

6

British

4

American

12

Don’t know/Refused


15.        Which of the following religions is the oldest?

53

Judaism

20

Christianity

21

Islam

6

Don’t know/Refused


16.        Which of the following nations has the largest Muslim population?

23

Indonesia

24

India

10

Turkey

26

Iran

17

Don’t know/Refused


17.        In what year did the Internet stock-bubble burst?

13

1995

22

1998

23

2000

12

2003

30

Don’t know/Refused


18.        Do you happen to know at what level the Dow Jones Industrial average is currently trading? Is it at about…

8

3,000

8

5,000

37

13,000

5

20,000

42

Don’t know/Refused


19.        How much does a barrel of oil cost on the world market today?

11

About 40 dollars

55

About 70 dollars

8

About 100 dollars

14

More than 100 dollars

12

Don’t know/Refused



20.        What is the name of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board?

31

Ben Bernanke

26

Alan Greenspan

11

Paul O’Neill

32

Don’t know/Refused


21.        Which of the following kills one woman every minute each day around the world?

15

Childbirth

28

AIDS

54

Heart attack

3

Don’t know/Refused


22.        At what age do you think the human brain stops producing new neurons and loses the ability to change its basic structure and function?

8

Around age 3

8

Around age 12

21

Around age 30

54

Over 65 years of age

9

Don’t know/Refused


23.        Which of the following does NOT contribute to global warming?

17

Greater output from the sun

8

SUVs, or Sport Utility Vehicles

65

Rice paddies

10

Don’t know/Refused


24.        Which of the following countries do NOT have a border with Iraq?

50

Libya

4

Iran

15

Kuwait

14

Syria

17

Don’t know/Refused



25.        Which of the following countries is closest geographically to Japan?

45

South Korea

16

Vietnam

19

The Philippines

5

Australia

15

Don’t know/Refused


26.        On which of the following continents is the Amazon River located?

64

South America

22

Africa

3

Asia

3

North America

8

Don’t know/Refused


27.        Which of the following is the name of the 19th Century novelist who wrote Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility?

40

Jane Austen

8

Emily Bronte

5

Charlotte Bronte

6

Edith Wharton

41

Don’t know/Refused


28.        Do you happen to know the name of the winner of FOX TV’s American Idol competition this year?

18

Yes, Sparks/Jordin Sparks

4

Yes, other name given

77

No/Don’t know/Can’t name anyone

1

Don’t know/Refused


29.        As far as you know, which of the following is the most popular spectator sport worldwide?

65

Soccer

13

Basketball

17

Baseball

3

Tennis

2

Don’t know/Refused



30.       Do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent?

25

Republican

35

Democrat

34

Independent

3

No party/Not interested in politics

*

Other party

3

Don't know

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,001 adults, 18 and older, conducted June 18-19, 2007.  Results are weighted so that the sample demographics match Census Current Population Survey parameters for gender, age, education, race, region, and population density.  The overall margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.  In addition to sampling error, the practical difficulties of conducting surveys can also introduce error or bias to poll results.

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