As we close in on President Bush’s first 100 days in office, majorities of Americans give him positive ratings on his overall job performance, his personal favorability, and on his handling of the recent conflict with China.

According to the latest FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll, 63 percent approve of the job Bush is doing as president and 64 percent have a favorable opinion of him as a person. Both of these ratings are the highest he’s received since taking office in January. Most people (69 percent) say Bush is meeting the expectations they had for him as president while 21 percent say he’s doing better than expected and 7 percent say worse.

With respect to the detention of 24 U.S. Navy crewmembers after their surveillance plane collided with a Chinese plane, 67 percent think Bush’s actions were "just about right." Only 4 percent thought he was too tough on China and 20 percent said too soft.

However, a significant number of Americans do want to punish China still. Just over one-third would like to see retaliation either by opposing China’s membership in the World Trade Organization (36 percent) or its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2008 (39 percent).

Otherwise, Americans are feeling happy; fully 68 percent say they are either "very happy" or "happy" with their lives. Among groups, Republicans are the happiest with 82 percent compared to 54 percent of Democrats.

Folks may be happy in part because they see the current economic slowdown as temporary (74 percent), not a "long-lasting recession" (16 percent). More are feeling positive about the future of the economy this month than were earlier in the year. Just over half (52 percent) think the economy will be in better shape a year from now and only 27 percent think it will be worse. In January, 36 percent said better and 38 percent said worse.

Future of the Economy

Jan 01 April 01
Better 36% 52%
Worse 38 27

It’s important to note that the Federal Reserve Board reducing long-term interest rates this week while polling was underway and the rally in the stock market may have influenced this optimism, so it could be short-lived.

Cloning

A large majority of Americans opposes human cloning (90 percent), but 60 percent say they actually think it’s likely that a human has already been secretly cloned somewhere in the world. The percentage of the public that is opposed to human cloning remains unchanged since the question was first asked by FOX News in March 1997.

The most acceptable use for cloning is to reproduce endangered species (32 percent), followed by reproducing livestock (27 percent), and reintroducing extinct species (23 percent). Only 16 percent find it acceptable to use cloning to reproduce a family pet.

If cloned, less than 20 percent think they would enjoy spending time with their clone. Maybe thinking it would double their income, those making more than $100,000 are the most likely group (at 29 percent) to think they would enjoy hanging out with a copy of themselves.

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll Results

Polling was conducted by telephone April 18-19, 2001 in the evenings. The sample is 904 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. LV=likely voters

1. Considering how things are today, would you say that the U.S. is generally headed in the right direction, or is it off on the wrong track?

Right direction Undecided Wrong track
20 Apr 01 52% 19 29
23 Feb 01 51% 20 29
12 Jan 01 53% 19 28

2. Considering just the moral climate of the U.S. today, would you say that the U.S. is generally headed in the right direction, or is it off on the wrong track?

Right direction Undecided Wrong track
20 Apr 01 32% 13 55
23 Feb 01 31% 14 55
12 Jan 01 31% 14 55

I'm going to read the names of some political figures. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each. If you've never heard of someone, please just say so.
SCALE: 1. Favorable 2. Unfavorable 3. (Can't say) 4. (Never heard of)

3. George Bush:

  Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
20 Apr 01 64% 27 9 --
30 Mar 01 59% 31 10 --
16 Mar 01 61% 28 11 --

4. Dick Cheney:

  Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
20 Apr 01 63% 19 16 2
30 Mar 01 63% 17 18 2
16 Mar 01 61% 19 18 2

5. Bill Clinton:

Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
20 Apr 01 40% 54 6 --
30 Mar 01 41% 52 7 --
16 Mar 01 40% 54 6 --

6. Hillary Clinton:

Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
20 Apr 01 42% 49 9 --
30 Mar 01 39% 51 10 --
23 Feb 01 44% 46 10 --

7. Laura Bush:

Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
20 Apr 01 61% 10 25 4
23 Feb 01 57% 8 31 4
26 Jan 01 62% 6 25 4

8. Al Gore:

Favorable Unfavorable (Can't Say) (Never Heard)
20 Apr 01 52% 37 11 --
12 Jan 01 55% 38 7 --
1 Dec 00 46% 48 6 --

9. Do you approve or disapprove of the job George W. Bush is doing as president?

Approve Disapprove Don't Know
20 Apr 01 63% 22 15
30 Mar 01 57% 24 19
16 Mar 01 56% 23 21

10. Next week President Bush will have been in office for 100 days. So far, would you say Bush is doing a better job than you expected him to do, a worse job than you expected, or is his job performance about what you expected it to be?

Worse than expected 7%
Better than expected 21%
Same as expected 69%
(Not sure) 3%

11. As you may know, Chinese officials detained 24 U.S. Navy crewmembers for 11 days after their surveillance plane collided with a Chinese plane. Do you think President Bush’s actions in this incident were:

Too soft on China 20%
Too tough on China 4%
Just about right 67%
(Not sure) 9%

12. Do you think the United States should demonstrate its unhappiness with China for its actions by opposing China’s membership in the World Trade Organization?

Yes 36%
No 42%
Not sure 22%

13. Do you think the United States should demonstrate its unhappiness with China for its actions by opposing China’s bid to host the Olympic Games in 2008?

Yes 39%
No 47%
Not sure 14%

14. Taking all aspects of their lives into account, how happy do you think most Americans are today?

Very happy 6%
Happy 32%
Only somewhat happy 47%
Not really happy at all 11%
(Not sure/refused) 4%

15. How about you personally, are you:

Very happy 23%
Happy 45%
Only somewhat happy 24%
Not really happy at all 7%
(Not sure/refused) 1%

16. On a scale of excellent, good, only fair and poor, how would you rate economic conditions today?
SCALE: 1. Excellent 2. Good 3. Only Fair 4. Poor 5. (Not Sure)

Excellent Good Fair Poor (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 4% 35 45 14 2
16 Mar 01 3% 36 42 18 1
23 Feb 01 5% 41 44 9 1

17. A year from now, do you think the economy will be better or worse? Is that a lot (better/worse) or only a little (better/worse)?
SCALE: 1. A Lot Better 2. A Little Better 3. A Little Worse 4. A Lots Worse 5. (Not Sure) 6. (No change/The same)

Better Worse
A Little A Lot A Little A Lot (Not Sure) (No Change)
20 Apr 01 12% 40 19 8 9 12
23 Feb 01 9% 37 23 11 12 8
12 Jan 01 9% 27 25 13 13 13

18. Do you think the current economic problems will become a long-lasting recession, or do you think this will be a temporary economic slowdown?

Long-lasting recession 16%
Temporary slowdown 74%
(Neither) 3%
(Not sure) 7%

19. How about your own personal financial situation. Are you frightened about your personal financial future or do you feel safe and secure?

Frightened 18%
Safe and secure 70%
(Neither) 9%
(Not sure) 3%

20. As you may know both President Bush and the Democrats in Congress have proposed tax cuts. Whose tax cut proposal do you think would do more to stimulate the economy -- Bush's or the Democrats'?

Bush 38%
Democrats 32%
(Not sure)  30%

21. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of premeditated murder?

Favor Oppose (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 66% 23 11
20 June 00 68% 24 8
11 Feb 00 67% 22 11

22. Taking a specific case, Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of committing the Oklahoma City bombing which killed 168 people, is scheduled to be executed next month. Do you think the proper sentence for McVeigh is the death penalty or life in prison?

Death penalty 71%
Life in prison 24%
(Not sure)  5%

23. Timothy McVeigh has asked to have his execution televised. Do you think that the execution should be televised or not?

Yes No (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 17% 78 5
23 Feb 01 18% 78 4

Compare to: What if it was televised on pay TV and the revenue went to a fund for the victims and their families, then do you think it should be televised or not? (23 Feb 01)

Yes 37%
No 59%
(Not sure)  4%

24. What about survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing and the families of those who were killed – should they be allowed to watch McVeigh’s execution on closed circuit television or not?

Yes 78%
No 15%
(Not sure)  7%

25. If McVeigh’s execution were shown on television, do you think most people you know would watch the execution, even if they wouldn’t admit it?

Yes, people would watch 48%
No, people wouldn’t watch 41%
(Not sure) 11%

26. If you could choose the method of execution for McVeigh, what would you choose? (Rotate)

Lethal injection 37%
Firing squad 18%
Gas chamber 4%
Electric chair 13%
(Don’t think he should be executed) 12%
(Not sure)  16%

As you may know, scientists have made advances in cloning, where they can reproduce a whole animal from a single cell. Do you think it is acceptable to use cloning to:
SCALE: 1. Excellent 2. Good 3. Only Fair 4. Poor 5. (Not Sure)

27. Reintroduce extinct species?

Acceptable Not Acceptable (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 23% 69 8
23 Jan 98 19% 73 8
7 Mar 97 19% 70 11

28. Reproduce endangered species?

Acceptable Not Acceptable (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 32% 61 7
23 Jan 98 28% 65 7
7 Mar 97 31% 60 9

29. Reproduce livestock?

Acceptable Not Acceptable (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 27% 66 7
23 Jan 98 25% 67 8
7 Mar 97 28% 62 10

30. Reproduce a beloved pet such as a dog or cat?

Acceptable Not Acceptable (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 16% 79 5

31. Reproduce humans?

Acceptable Not Acceptable (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 6% 90 4
23 Jan 98 6% 89 5
7 Mar 97 5% 89 6

32. How likely do you think it is that somewhere in the world a human has already been secretly cloned?

Very likely 29%
Somewhat likely 31%
Not very likely 18%
Not at all likely 17%
(Not sure) 5%

33. If you were cloned, do you think you would enjoy spending time with that copy of yourself?

Would enjoy Would not enjoy (Not Sure)
20 Apr 01 17% 71 12
7 Mar 97 19% 70 11

34. If you were cloned, would you think of yourself as the clone’s brother or sister, or as the clone’s parent?

Brother or sister 26%
Parent 18%
(Something else) 14%
(Not sure) 42%

35. Would you rather be given a million dollars today or the guarantee of a long and healthy life?

Million dollars 16%
No 80%
(Not sure) 4%