Las Vegas — Every political convention needs a straw poll, and Netroots Nation is no different. TPMDC obtained an advance look at most of the questions the netroots will be answering over the next few days, and there are more than a few surprises.
Netroots participants will be answering questions, of course, about how they feel about Obama, which parts of his agenda are most important to them and what they think his greatest accomplishments to date are. They’ll be asked what Congressional races are most important to them, and given choices from a familiar line-up of heavily contested seats. But they’ll also be asked, like CPACers before them, who their preferred candidate is for the top of the Republican ticket in 2012. And, of course, Sarah Palin’s a potential contender on their list, too.
The questions are below:
Q.3 Please indicate if you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
q 1 Strongly approve
q 2 Somewhat approve
q 3 Somewhat disapprove
q 4 Strongly disapprove
Q.4 What race is your top priority this fall?
q 1 Jack Conway vs. Rand Paul (KY Senate)
q 2 Harry Reid vs. Sharron Angle (NV Senate)
q 3 Tarryl Clark vs. Michele Bachmann (MN CD6)
q 4 Joe Sestak vs. Pat Toomey (PA Senate)
q 5 Tom Perriello vs. Robert Hut (VA CD5)
Q.5 Now please read the list below and indicate which ONE you think should be the TOP priority for President Obama and Congress. (RANDOMIZE)
q 1 Immigration reform
q 2 Improve jobs situation
q 3 Finish Afghanistan
q 4 Iraq drawdown
q 5 Reduce deficit
q 6 Repeal DADT
Q.6 Which of the following people would you most like to see as the Republican nominee for president in 2012?
q 1 Sarah Palin
q 2 Mitt Romney
q 3 Mike Huckabee
q 4 Newt Gingrich
q 5 Ron Paul
q 6 Tim Pawlenty
q 7 Rick Santorum
q 8 Mike Pence
Q.7 Which of the following do you think is President Obama’s top accomplishment in his first year and a half in office?
q 1 Health care reform
q 2 Economic recovery plan
q 3 New Afghanistan strategy
q 4 Extend unemployment pay
q 5 Moving toward DADT repeal
q 6 Wall Street reform
Q.8 Compared to the 2006 midterm elections, are you more enthusiastic about voting this year, or less enthusiastic?
q 1 More enthusiastic
q 2 Less enthusiastic
q 3 About the same
1 = FIRST statement STRONGLY
2 = FIRST statement NOT SO STRONGLY
3 = SECOND statement NOT SO STRONGLY
4 = SECOND statement STRONGLY
5 = Both
6 = Neither
____ 9 I would like to see President Obama work more closely with Republicans to get his agenda through Congress. | OR President Obama has tried to work with Republicans in good faith and should not compromise any further.
____ 10 Republicans in Congress are obstructing President Obama’s agenda mainly because they think it is the right political move. | OR Republicans in Congress are obstructing President Obama’s agenda mainly because they have real ideological differences.
____ 11 The economy is in a downturn that will correct itself before too long. | OR The economy has moved into a serious long-term decline.
____ 12 The best way to create jobs is for the government to invest in new industries and help businesses grown in expanding new areas. | OR The best way to create jobs is to cut government spending and cut taxes so business can prosper and the private sector can start creating jobs.
____ 13 The remainder of the federal stimulus should be spent as planned to help create jobs. | OR The remainder of the federal stimulus should be canceled and the money should be used to reduce the budge deficit.
Q.14 Now, some final questions for background and statistical purposes … What is your gender?
q 1 Male
q 2 Female
Q.15 Please choose the term that best describes how you think of yourself in political terms
q 1 Liberal
q 2 Progressive
q 3 Moderate
q 4 Conservative
q 5 (Don’t know/Refuse)
Additional reporting by Megan Carpentier