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Our Poll, Your Questions


The CBS News Poll has been asking questions of the public for over thirty years, and it seemed about time for us to ask the people who follow our polls what they would like to know.

To that end, solicited suggestions from the public for topics to ask about in our CBS News/New York Times 100 days poll that was released last night. We received so many good suggestions -- far more than we could accommodate in a single poll. We included quite a few of these reader suggestions in our poll, and hope to include more in the future.

The wording of the questions was determined by the CBS News Polling Unit, wherever possible matching that of questions previously asked in CBS News Polls to facilitate trend comparisons.

So here are the results to questions we received from users:

Question: Compared to the way the news media have treated other presidents, have the news media been harder on Barack Obama, easier on Barack Obama, or have they treated him the same as other presidents?

Harder: 18%
Easier: 40%
The same: 38%
Don't know/No answer: 4%

Question: Many Republican members of Congress have the Obama Administration's economic plans on taxes and government spending. Do you think they are opposed to these plans mostly because they think they are bad for the economy or mostly for political reasons?

Bad for the economy: 23%
Political reasons: 70%
Both (Vol.): 3%
Don't know/No answer: 4%

Question: Which comes closest to your view? Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry, OR gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry, OR there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship?

Allowed to legally marry: 42%
Civil unions: 25%
No legal recognition: 28%
Don't know/No answer: 5%

Question: Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently working in the U.S.? 1) They should be allowed to stay in their jobs, and to eventually apply for US citizenship, or 2) They should be allowed to stay in their jobs only as temporary guest workers, but not to apply for U.S. citizenship, or 3) They should be required to leave their jobs and leave the U.S.

Allowed to stay and apply: 44%
Stay as guest worker: 21%
Required to leave jobs and US: 30%
Don't know/No answer: 5%

Question: Which of these THREE domestic policy areas do you want the President and Congress to concentrate on MOST right now health care, energy, or education?

Health care: 39%
Energy: 18%
Education: 36%
Something else/Combination: 5%
Don't know/No answer: 2%

Question: Do you want Congress to hold hearings to investigate whether the Bush Administration's treatment of detainees, the use of wiretaps and other Justice Department practices broke the law, or don't you think that is necessary?

Want hearings: 34%
Don't think necessary: 62%
Don't know/No answer: 4%

Question: Do you think the federal government is doing all that it could be expected to do to care for the needs and problems facing U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, or not?

Doing all it could: 20%
Not: 71%
Don't know/No answer: 9%

Click here to read more analysis of the poll and the results divided by party affiliation (PDF)

Here are links to our poll stories from last night:

100 Days In, High Marks For Obama

Blacks See Improved Race Relations

Support For Same Sex Marriage Grows

Public Does Not Want Torture Probe

Video: CBS News Director Of Surveys Sarah Dutton

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