MBLC November 2011 Opinion Survey

Conducted November 14, 2011
By Pulse Opinion Research

1* In thinking about the 2012 Presidential Election suppose you had a choice between a Republican candidate and Democrat Barack Obama.  If the election were held today would you vote for the Republican candidate or Democrat Barack Obama?

60% The Republican candidate
32% Democrat Barack Obama
  9% Not sure

2* When general elections are held, do you always vote for the Republican candidate, usually vote for the Republican candidate, usually vote for the Democratic candidate, always vote for the Democratic candidate or do you regularly split your vote between Republicans and Democrats?

11% You always vote for the Republican candidate
32% You usually vote for the Republican candidate
20% You usually vote for the Democratic candidate
  7% You always vote for the Democratic candidate
27% You regularly split your vote between Republicans and Democrats
  3% Not sure

3* Thinking about the election for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, do you prefer electing Republicans who will provide a check and balance on President Obama and Congressional Democrats, or electing Democrats who will help President Obama pass his agenda?

58% You prefer electing Republicans who will provide a check and balance on President Obama and Congressional Democrats
29% You prefer electing Democrats who will help President Obama pass his agenda
13% Not sure

4* Generally speaking, do you feel things in this country are going in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?
11% Going in the right direction
79% They gotten off on the wrong track
10% Not sure

5* Are economic conditions in Montana getting better or worse?

22% Better
61% Worse
17% Not sure


6* Thinking about your personal economic situation, would you say that you are better off, worse off, or about the same as you were in 2008?

17% Better off than you were in 2008
49% Worse off
34% About the same
  1% Not sure

7* Which political party do you trust more to handle the issue of the economy -- Republicans or Democrats?

51% Republicans
31% Democrats
19% Not sure

8* Plans are currently underway to build an oil pipeline called the Keystone XL pipeline from oil fields in Canada to refineries in Texas. Part of this pipeline would run through Eastern Montana. Do you favor or oppose the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline?

71% Favor
19% Oppose
10% Not sure

9* A Congressional Super Committee is currently examining ways to reduce the national debt, including raising taxes and cutting spending. To reduce the debt, do you favor mostly tax increases, mostly spending cuts, or an even mix of tax increases and spending cuts?

  6% You favor mostly tax increases to reduce the debt
56% Mostly spending cuts
36% An even mix of tax increases and spending cuts
  3% Not sure

10* Would you favor or oppose legislation by the upcoming Congress to permanently designate more public land in Montana as wilderness?

31% Favor
47% Oppose
22% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence