Zogby/O’Leary Report 100-Days Poll Shows That Taxpayers are More Opposed to President Obama’s Policies Than Non-taxpayers

May 4, 2009

However, the President’s support among non-taxpayers appears to be slipping.

WASHINGTON, May 4 /PRNewswire/ — During the 2008 presidential campaign, polls showed that President Obama drew enthusiastic support from an often overlooked demographic: Americans who have no federal income tax liability (who total 30 percent of the electorate). Conversely, Americans who pay federal income taxes (70 percent of the electorate) were more skeptical of Obama’s policy proposals – particularly on issues that deal with the economy.

Recently, Zogby International and The O’Leary Report conducted a 100-Days Poll (which surveyed 3,937 people who voted in the 2008 presidential election) to revisit these two demographics and gauge their opinions on the Obama Administration’s actions and proposals. The results show that non-taxpayers are still more likely to support President Obama’s agenda than taxpayers. Interestingly, however, enthusiasm for the President appears to be dwindling among non-taxpayers – even on economic issues.

    Taxes & Spending

    Q. Thinking about the Tea Party demonstrations that took place on April
    15th to protest the growth in taxes and federal government spending, do
                                                     Paid           Paid
                                                     Federal        No Federal
                                                     Taxes          Taxes
                                                     -----          -----
      Strongly support the beliefs
       of the organizers..                           47%            38%
      Somewhat support them                          11%            15%
      Somewhat oppose their beliefs                  12%            13%
      Strongly oppose them                           27%            29%
      Not sure                                        3%             6%


    Q. Which of the following do you think is a better economic system -
    A or B?

      A: A system in which the public or the state have ownership and
      administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

      B: A system in which wealth and the means of producing wealth are
      privately owned and controlled rather than state owned or controlled
      with the state regulating them.

                                                     Paid           Paid
                                                     Federal        No Federal
                                                     Taxes          Taxes
                                                     -----          -----
      Statement A                                    12%            29%
      Statement B                                    76%            55%
      Not sure                                       12%            16%


    Q. Which course of action should America take with regards to energy

                                                    Paid           Paid
                                                    Federal        No Federal
                                                    Taxes          Taxes
                                                    -----          -----
      Make energy cheaper by developing all
       sources of U.S. energy, including coal,
       nuclear power, offshore drilling and
       drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
       Refuge                                        57%            48%
      Reduce America's production of fossil
       fuels that might cause global warming         38%            46%
      Not sure                                        5%             7%

    First Amendment

    Q. Senator Durbin recently offered an amendment in the U.S. Senate that
    requires the Federal Communications Commission to take actions to
    encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership.
    Opponents say the move would threaten the breakup of radio networks that
    largely carry conservative talk radio shows like Glenn Beck, Rush
    Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.  Do you support or oppose this legislation?

                                                     Paid           Paid
                                                     Federal        No Federal
                                                     Taxes          Taxes
                                                     -----          -----
      Support                                        36%            47%
      Oppose                                         57%            43%
      Not sure                                        7%            10%

    Q. The Federal Communications is entertaining the idea of re-instituting
    advisory boards to determine the needs and interests of their communities,
    to promote localism and diversity.  These boards, appointed by the FCC and
    would monitor what is said over the radio and report back if they were
    offended by the talk show hosts and their guests.  Critics argue that such
    a proposal is nothing more than a back door implementation of the Fairness
    Doctrine.  Do you support or oppose the FCC's efforts to reinstitute
    advisory boards?

                                                     Paid           Paid
                                                     Federal        No Federal
                                                     Taxes          Taxes
                                                     -----          -----
      Support                                        19%            27%
      Oppose                                         69%            58%
      Not sure                                       12%            15%


    Q. President Obama's health secretary nominee, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is a
    supporter of abortion on demand. President Obama indicated that he would
    appoint someone who was neutral on the issue, but pro-life forces find
    Gov. Sebelius' pro-choice record unacceptable.  Do you support or oppose
    Gov. Sebelius is a good choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services?

                                                     Paid           Paid
                                                     Federal        No Federal
                                                     Taxes          Taxes
                                                     -----          -----
      Support                                        44%            52%
      Oppose                                         48%            35%
      Not sure                                        8%            13%

    Second Amendment

    Q.  Do you think new gun laws should be passed or do you think we should
    enforce the laws already on the books.

                                                     Paid           Paid
                                                     Federal        No Federal
                                                     Taxes          Taxes
                                                     -----          -----
      New gun laws should be passed                  24%            31%
      Enforce the laws already on the books          73%            66%
      Not sure                                        4%             4%


    Q.  While visiting Turkey recently, President Obama said America is not a
    Christian nation.  Do agree or disagree that the US is a Christian

                                                     Paid           Paid
                                                     Federal        No Federal
                                                     Taxes          Taxes
                                                     -----          -----
      Agree                                          38%            47%
      Disagree                                       54%            47%
      Not sure                                        7%             6%

The O’Leary Report/Zogby poll was conducted April 24-27, surveyed 3,937 voters nationwide, and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 1.6 percentage points. Only voters who voted in the 2008 presidential election were surveyed, and the sample was weighted to reflect the outcome of the 2008 Presidential Election (i.e. 53% Obama voters and 46% McCain voters).

Brad O’Leary is publisher of “The O’Leary Report,” a bestselling author, and is a former NBC Westwood One talk show host. His new book, “Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech,” is now in bookstores. To see more poll results, go to www.olearyreport.com. To interview Brad, contact Heather Philpot at (703) 272-1508 or heatherphilpot@pm-direct.com.

SOURCE The O’Leary Report

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