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CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL

December 4-8, 2015


Q1-Q6 RELEASED SEPARATELY
Q7. Which comes closest to your feelings about the way things are going in Washington enthusiastic, satisfied but not
enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?

Enthusiastic
Satisfied but not enthusiastic
Dissatisfied but not angry
Angry
Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
1
1
2
1
12
4
20
10
53
52
51
54
31
40
24
30
3
2
3
5

Nov15e
%
3
16
48
32
2

Q8. RELEASED SEPARATELY


Q9. How much attention have you been able to pay to the 2016 Presidential campaign -- a lot, some, not much, or no
attention so far?

A lot
Some
Not much
No attention so far
Don't know/No answer

** REGISTERED VOTERS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
45
53
43
40
36
35
34
38
13
8
16
14
6
2
7
8
1
1
*

Nov15a
44
34
16
6
*

Q10. Thinking about the 2016 presidential election, overall, would you say you are very enthusiastic, somewhat
enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all about voting?

Very enthusiastic
Somewhat enthusiastic
Not too enthusiastic
Not at all enthusiastic
Don't know/No answer

Total
%
32
35
22
11
1

Rep
%
40
41
13
5
1

Dem
%
33
31
23
12
1

Ind
%
25
33
26
14
2

Q11. Next year, are you more likely to vote in a Republican presidential primary or caucus, or a Democratic presidential
primary or caucus or aren't you likely to vote in a primary or caucus at all?

Republican primary
Democratic primary
Not likely to vote
Never vote
(Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

** REGISTERED VOTERS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
38
88
4
29
36
3
81
26
15
5
9
26
*
*
1
11
4
7
18

Nov15a
%
39
36
12
1
12

Q12. Which one of these candidates would you like to see the Republican Party nominate for President in 2016?

Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Ben Carson
Marco Rubio
Rand Paul
Jeb Bush
Mike Huckabee
John Kasich
Chris Christie
Carly Fiorina
Rick Santorum
Lindsey Graham
George Pataki
Jim Gilmore
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
35
16
13
9
4
3
3
3
3
1
*
---*
2
7

22
4
26
8
4
7
4
4
1
7
1
2
--2
3
6

*Less than 0.5%

Q13. Is your mind made up or is it still too early to say for sure?

Mind made up
Too early
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters with a Choice*


34
64
2

28
71
1

Q14. Who would be your second choice for the Republican nomination for president?
* Republican Primary Voters with a Choice*
%
Ted Cruz
19
Ben Carson
13
Marco Rubio
13
Donald Trump
12
Jeb Bush
10
Chris Christie
6
Rand Paul
6
Carly Fiorina
4
Mike Huckabee
4
John Kasich
3
George Pataki
1
Lindsey Graham
*
Rick Santorum
*
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
2
Don't know/No answer
7

Oct15d
%
12
19
11
18
8
3
4
9
3
2
1
*
1
*
3
5

Q15. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these Republican presidential candidates would you be
most dissatisfied with as the Republican nominee?

Donald Trump
Jeb Bush
Chris Christie
Lindsey Graham
Carly Fiorina
Rand Paul
Ben Carson
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
George Pataki
Mike Huckabee
Rick Santorum
Jim Gilmore
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
23
18
6
6
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
2
2
2
2
10

21
20
7
7
3
12
3
2
1
3
2
2
2
1
2
1
11

Q16. Regardless of who you support, who do you expect to finally win the Republican nomination for President in 2016?

Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
Ben Carson
Jeb Bush
Chris Christie
John Kasich
Carly Fiorina
Mike Huckabee
George Pataki
Rand Paul
Jim Gilmore
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
51
10
9
7
5
1
1
*
*
*
*
*
*
1
15

Q17. Which one of these candidate qualities is most important to you in deciding who to support for the Republican
nomination for president in 2016?

Is a strong leader
Is honest and trustworthy
Cares about people like me
Has the right experience
Can win in a general election
Don't know/No answer

42
30
12
8
6
3

Oct15d
%
41
37
5
10
4
2

Q18. Thinking about the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2016, which is more important to you -- a nominee
who agrees with your position on most issues, or a nominee who can win the general election in November?

Agrees on issues
Can win in November
Don't know/No answer

62
36
2

Sep15a1
60
35
5

Q19. In general, do you think the Republican Presidential campaign is mostly focusing on issues you care about, or
mostly focusing on issues you dont care much about?
Issues you care about
Issue you don't care much about
Don't know/No answer

80
18
2

Q20. Would you rather have a Republican nominee for President who is willing to compromise some of their positions
with Democrats in Congress in order to get things done, or will stick to their positions even if it means not getting as
much done?

Compromise
Stick to positions
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
60
38
3

Q21. Would you prefer the Republican nominee for president be someone whose experience has been mostly in politics
and government, or someone whose experience has been mostly in the business or private sector, or doesn't it matter
to you?

Mostly politics & government


Mostly business
Doesn't matter
Don't know/No answer

13
43
42
2

Sep15a1
%
9
48
41
2

Q22. How confident are you in Donald Trumps ability to make the right decisions about the economy are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

51
31
8
10
*

Oct15a
50
33
8
8
1

Q23. How confident are you in Donald Trumps ability to handle the threat of terrorism are you very confident,
somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

40
31
13
15
1

Q24. How confident are you in Ben Carsons ability to make the right decisions about the economy are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

23
42
18
13
4

31
40
14
7
9

Q25. How confident are you in Ben Carsons ability to handle the threat of terrorism are you very confident, somewhat
confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
16
43
21
16
4

Q26. How confident are you in Marco Rubios ability to make the right decisions about the economy are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

16
44
18
11
12

Jul15e
%
13
48
18
10
11

Q27. How confident are you in Marco Rubios ability to handle the threat of terrorism are you very confident,
somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

20
39
19
12
10

Q28. How confident are you in Ted Cruzs ability to make the right decisions about the economy are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

26
44
14
9
8

Q29. How confident are you in Ted Cruzs ability to handle the threat of terrorism are you very confident, somewhat
confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
30
41
13
9
7

Q30. How confident are you in Jeb Bushs ability to make the right decisions about the economy are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

15
37
24
21
3

Jul15e
%
17
46
20
13
4

Q31. How confident are you in Jeb Bushs ability to handle the threat of terrorism are you very confident, somewhat
confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

17
36
22
22
3

Q32. Do you think Donald Trump says what he believes most of the time, or does he say what he thinks people want to
hear?
Yes, says what he believes
No, says what people want
Don't know/No answer

76
21
3

79
20
1

Q33. Do you think Donald Trump has presented specific ideas about how he would accomplish his goals if he were
elected president, or not?
Has
Has not
Don't know/No answer

59
38
3

Q34. Do you think Ben Carson says what he believes most of the time, or does he say what he thinks people want to
hear?

Yes, says what he believes


No, says what people want
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
72
23
5

Q35. Do you think Ben Carson has presented specific ideas about how he would accomplish his goals if he were elected
president, or not?
Has
Has not
Don't know/No answer

47
44
9

Q36. Do you think Marco Rubio says what he believes most of the time, or does he say what he thinks people want to
hear?

Yes, says what he believes


No, says what people want
Don't know/No answer

51
38
11

Jul15e
%
48
36
16

Q37. Do you think Marco Rubio has presented specific ideas about how he would accomplish his goals if he were elected
president, or not?
Has
Has not
Don't know/No answer

49
38
13

Q38. Do you think Ted Cruz says what he believes most of the time, or does he say what he thinks people want to hear?

Yes, says what he believes


No, says what people want
Don't know/No answer

60
30
10

Q39. Do you think Ted Cruz has presented specific ideas about how he would accomplish his goals if he were elected
president, or not?
Has
Has not
Don't know/No answer

58
30
12

Q40. Do you think Jeb Bush says what he believes most of the time, or does he say what he thinks people want to hear?

Yes, says what he believes


No, says what people want
Don't know/No answer

* Republican Primary Voters *


%
41
54
5

Jul15e
%
46
44
10

Q41. Do you think Jeb Bush has presented specific ideas about how he would accomplish his goals if he were elected
president, or not?
Has
Has not
Don't know/No answer

42
49
9

Q42-Q70 SEPARATE RELEASE


Q71. If Donald Trump is elected as President, what best describes your feelings about what he will do in office -- excited,
optimistic, but not excited, concerned, but not scared, or scared?

Excited
Optimistic, not excited
Concerned, not scared
Scared
Don't know/No answer

** REGISTERED VOTERS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
11
25
2
8
24
41
8
23
24
20
25
26
40
13
63
41
2
1
2
2

Q72. If Hillary Clinton is elected as President, what best describes your feelings about what she will do in office -excited, optimistic, but not excited, concerned, but not scared, or scared?
Excited
Optimistic, not excited
Concerned, not scared
Scared
Don't know/No answer

9
33
23
34
1

2
8
24
65
1

22
54
17
6
1

4
35
27
32
1

Unweighted
1,275

Weighted

Total Respondents
Total registered voters
Total Republican Primary Voters

1,053
431

973
369