January 26, 2012 - Romney Stronger Against Obama Than Gingrich, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; President Closes Gap In Florida

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney runs even with President Barack Obama 45 - 45 percent in Florida, while the president holds a strong 50 - 39 percent lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Today's results compare to a 46 - 43 percent Romney lead over Obama January 11 and a 47 - 40 percent Romney lead September 22.

The big difference between Romney and Gingrich in the November matchup is among independent voters, who support Romney against President Obama more than they back Gingrich against Obama, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum trails Obama 49 - 40 percent while Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul trails the president 47 - 39 percent.

Romney also scores substantially better when non-Republicans are asked whether they see a candidate favorably or not.

"At least in Florida and at least at this point in the campaign, the data indicates that Gov. Mitt Romney is clearly the stronger Republican candidate against President Barack Obama," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "As our mothers told us growing up, 'You never get a second chance to make a first impression,' and Speaker Newt Gingrich's initial impression on the overall Florida electorate is not a positive one. It is certainly possible that Gingrich can change the overall unfavorable view that Florida voters have of him, but for him to carry Florida in November he would have to prove mother wrong.

"But Romney has his own problems against Obama as Florida voters say both men are equally competent, but 54 - 39 percent that the president is more inspiring, 50 - 43 percent that Obama would a better job in a crisis and 48 - 42 percent that Obama cares more about them."

Florida voters, however, say 50 - 41 percent that Romney would do a better job on the critical issue of the economy. Voters split 47 - 45 percent on Obama and Gingrich on the economy. Obama and Romney split 46 - 45 percent on who would best handle foreign policy. Obama tops Gingrich 49 - 43 percent on foreign policy. Obama and Romney also split 46 - 45 percent on who is a stronger leader. The president tops Gingrich 51 - 41 percent as a stronger leader. Voters say Obama is more trustworthy than Romney, 47 - 42 percent and 57 - 35 percent over Gingrich.

"On a whole host of measures, the overall electorate sees Romney in a more favorable light vis a vis President Obama than Gingrich," said Brown.

In the Romney-Obama dead heat, Romney has 42 percent of independent voters to Obama's 41 percent. The president has a healthy 50 - 33 percent margin over Gingrich among that key group. Against Obama, Romney wins Republicans 88 - 7 percent, while losing Democrats 86 - 6 percent.

Romney carries men 49 - 40 percent against Obama and loses women 50 - 40 percent. Romney wins white voters 56 - 34 percent, while Obama carries blacks 89 - 2 percent and Hispanics 54 - 35 percent.

On favorability, Romney gets a thumbs up 43 - 37 percent among all Florida voters, compared to Gingrich's negative 32 - 50 percent rating. Among independent voters, Romney is 45 - 38 percent favorable and Gingrich is negative 27 - 56 percent.

"The fact that a big majority of Florida independents have an unfavorable view of Gingrich is an indication of the steep hill he must climb to win in November," said Brown.

The president has a split 49 - 48 percent favorability rating among registered voters. He gets a negative 46 - 52 percent job approval, however. Independent voters give him a negative 43 - 53 percent job rating.

Florida voters split 47 - 49 percent on whether Obama deserves a second term in the Oval Office. Independent voters say no 49 - 44 percent.

From January 19 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,518 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

2. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Obama                45%    44%    46%     7%    86%    41%    34%    89%    54%
Romney               45     44     45     88      6     42     56      2     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2      1      1      5      2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      2      2      1      5      2      1      6
DK/NA                 6      6      5      2      6      7      6      4      4
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                40%    50%    37%    39%    32%    29%    28%    17%    35%
Romney               49     40     50     54     56     63     62     73     54
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      2      1      2      1      3      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      4      3      2      2      2      3      2
DK/NA                 5      7      7      3      7      6      4      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                50%    46%    37%    46%    45%    53%    46%    43%    37%
Romney               40     45     53     47     44     36     45     46     57
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      -      3      2      2      2      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      3      3      3      2      3      3      2
DK/NA                 4      7      5      3      7      7      4      6      2
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election", * Aug 04, 2011 Pre debt deal)
                                                             OBAMA.........
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22  Aug 04  Sep 22
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Obama                45      43      42      42      40      46      40
Romney               45      46      45      45      47      41      47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       3       2       2       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3       4       3       4       2       4
DK/NA                 6       6       6       8       8       9       8
 
 
3. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Rick Santorum the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Obama                49%    47%    51%     9%    90%    48%    39%    92%    55%
Santorum             40     41     40     85      4     34     50      2     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      3      2      1      5      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      3      2      1      6      3      1      3
DK/NA                 5      7      4      2      4      7      5      4      5
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Rick Santorum the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jan 26  Jan 11
                     2012    2012
 
Obama                49      45
Santorum             40      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
4. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Ron Paul the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Obama                47%    46%    47%    10%    89%    41%    36%    90%    56%
Paul                 39     38     41     72      5     41     48      5     31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      3      4      -      4      3      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      6      7      5      9      1      8      7      -      6
DK/NA                 6      6      5      4      5      7      6      4      4
 
 
5. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Newt Gingrich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Obama                50%    47%    52%     8%    91%    50%    40%    92%    55%
Gingrich             39     40     39     83      3     33     48      1     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2      2      -      5      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      3      3      2      6      4      1      4
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      4      6      5      4      4
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Newt Gingrich the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jan 26  Dec 08  Nov 10
                     2012    2011    2011
 
Obama                50      46      45
Gingrich             39      44      42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3       3
DK/NA                 5       5       8
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            43%    43%    44%    69%    18%    45%    52%     9%    31%
Unfavorable          37     39     34     19     53     38     33     49     44
Hvn't hrd enough     17     16     19      9     26     15     12     40     22
REFUSED               3      3      3      3      3      2      3      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Dec 05  Jan 11  Feb 07
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2007    2012    2007
 
Favorable            43      47      39      40      29      47      13
Unfavorable          37      29      28      28      27      29      11
Hvn't hrd enough     17      22      30      29      41      22      75
REFUSED               3       3       2       3       3       3       1
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Rick Santorum favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            31%    33%    28%    54%    12%    28%    36%    11%    30%
Unfavorable          29     28     30     12     43     33     28     31     29
Hvn't hrd enough     38     37     40     32     43     37     34     54     38
REFUSED               2      2      1      1      2      2      1      4      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rick Santorum favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 26  Jan 11
                     2012    2012
 
Favorable            31      31
Unfavorable          29      25
Hvn't hrd enough     38      42
REFUSED               2       1
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Ron Paul favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            30%    26%    34%    36%    16%    39%    32%    14%    33%
Unfavorable          37     40     34     39     41     34     38     37     32
Hvn't hrd enough     30     31     29     23     42     24     27     48     30
REFUSED               3      2      3      3      2      3      2      2      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Ron Paul favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 26  Jan 11
                     2012    2012
 
Favorable            30      26
Unfavorable          37      41
Hvn't hrd enough     30      30
REFUSED               3       2
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            32%    35%    29%    61%     7%    27%    37%    12%    29%
Unfavorable          50     48     53     25     71     56     49     57     47
Hvn't hrd enough     16     15     16     11     20     14     12     30     22
REFUSED               2      2      2      3      2      2      3      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Feb 07
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2007
 
Favorable            32      31      34      34      26
Unfavorable          50      47      38      39      48
Hvn't hrd enough     16      19      25      25      24
REFUSED               2       3       2       2       1
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            49%    47%    51%     8%    90%    48%    38%    97%    59%
Unfavorable          48     49     47     90      8     47     60      3     37
Hvn't hrd enough      1      1      1      1      -      1      1      -      2
REFUSED               2      3      1      1      1      4      2      1      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Feb 03  Feb 19  Feb 07
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2007
 
Favorable            49      45      47      47      49      69      37
Unfavorable          48      50      48      48      47      22      18
Hvn't hrd enough      1       3       3       3       2       6      44
REFUSED               2       2       2       3       2       3       1
 
 
11. Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in this year's presidential election; are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
More                 38%    35%    41%    51%    33%    29%    38%    35%    39%
Less                 20     21     20     15     22     25     21     12     21
About the same       41     43     39     34     44     45     39     51     39
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
More                 43%    33%    44%    37%    39%    40%    43%    44%    39%
Less                 17     24     19     21     21     18     21     17     22
About the same       40     42     36     41     39     41     35     39     38
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
More                 33%    41%    43%    36%    39%    33%    45%    41%    34%
Less                 23     19     19     22     20     23     16     19     21
About the same       44     40     37     42     41     44     38     39     45
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in this year's presidential election; are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
More                 38      37      32      35      40
Less                 20      21      23      21      22
About the same       41      41      44      43      37
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rick Scott is handling his job as Governor?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              36%    35%    38%    67%    14%    28%    42%    19%    26%
Disapprove           49     50     48     20     72     55     46     62     49
DK/NA                15     16     14     13     14     17     12     19     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rick Scott is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 10  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 21  Jan 10  May 25
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012    2011
 
Approve              36      38      33      36      37      38      29
Disapprove           49      50      52      50      50      50      57
DK/NA                15      13      15      14      13      13      14
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              31%    31%    30%    51%    15%    28%    33%    20%    32%
Disapprove           49     49     49     28     66     52     47     58     50
DK/NA                20     20     21     21     19     20     20     22     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 10  Aug 05  May 25  Apr 06  Sep 23  May 25
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2004    2011
 
Approve              31      33      32      27      35      51      27
Disapprove           49      49      51      56      47      34      56
DK/NA                20      18      17      17      18      15      17
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Marco Rubio is handling his job as United States Senator?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              48%    48%    47%    80%    24%    40%    54%    24%    43%
Disapprove           33     33     32      9     52     35     29     49     34
DK/NA                20     19     21     10     24     25     16     27     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Marco Rubio is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                     APPROVE.......
                                                     High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 10  Nov 11  Sep 21  Jan 10  Feb 03
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2012    2011
 
Approve              48      50      49      49      50      42
Disapprove           33      29      29      31      29      20
DK/NA                20      21      22      20      21      37
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              43%    43%    43%    36%    52%    43%    43%    49%    38%
Disapprove           30     32     27     41     19     29     33     19     28
DK/NA                27     25     29     22     29     28     24     32     34
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Nelson is handling his job as United States Senator? (*Low also 42% Aug 2004)
                                                     APPROVE.......
                                                     High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 10  Nov 11  Sep 22  Feb 06  Aug 04
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2007    2011*
 
Approve              43      47      47      45      54      42
Disapprove           30      30      27      32      18      35
DK/NA                27      23      26      23      28      23
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              46%    45%    46%     7%    85%    43%    34%    93%    55%
Disapprove           52     53     51     92     13     53     63      5     44
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      2      4      2      2      1
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Approve              41%    50%    39%    38%    32%    29%    28%    18%    35%
Disapprove           57     48     59     58     66     70     70     81     62
DK/NA                 2      3      2      3      2      2      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              49%    47%    38%    46%    45%    54%    48%    42%    37%
Disapprove           50     51     59     51     53     45     51     56     62
DK/NA                 1      1      4      3      2      2      1      2      1
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22  Feb 19  Sep 22
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              46      42      41      41      39      64      39
Disapprove           52      54      54      52      57      23      57
DK/NA                 2       4       5       7       5      13       5
 
 
17. Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes/Deserves         47%    44%    49%     6%    89%    44%    35%    94%    57%
No/Does not          49     50     48     92      8     49     61      3     40
DK/NA                 4      5      3      2      3      8      4      2      3
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                             DESERVES......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10  Sep 22  May 26  Sep 22
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/Deserves         47      44      44      43      41      50      41
No/Does not          49      52      51      51      53      44      53
DK/NA                 4       4       5       6       6       6       6
 
 
30. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on - the economy; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                41%    40%    42%     5%    81%    40%
Romney               50     51     49     89     13     51
DK/NA                 9      9      8      6      6      9
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                36%    46%    35%    34%    32%    26%    24%    16%    30%
Romney               56     45     54     59     59     66     68     77     61
DK/NA                 8      9     10      7     10      8      8      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                42%    43%    37%    43%    40%    48%    40%    38%    37%
Romney               49     49     54     50     51     46     54     50     61
DK/NA                 9      8      9      7      9      6      5     12      3
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Jan 26  Jan 11  Dec 08  Nov 10
                     2012    2012    2011    2011
 
Obama                41      39      41      39
Romney               50      52      49      49
DK/NA                 9       9      10      12
 
 
31. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on - the economy; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                47%    45%    50%     5%    89%    52%
Gingrich             45     48     41     89      6     39
DK/NA                 8      7      8      6      5      9
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                44%    51%    38%    44%    36%    30%    34%    20%    37%
Gingrich             52     39     54     47     54     62     54     74     52
DK/NA                 4     10      8      9     10      8     12      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                50%    48%    42%    52%    45%    53%    50%    43%    43%
Gingrich             45     43     48     40     48     42     46     48     50
DK/NA                 5      8     10      8      7      5      4      8      7
 
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                     Jan 26  Dec 08  Nov 10
                     2012    2011    2011
 
Obama                47      44      44
Gingrich             45      47      45
DK/NA                 8       9      11
 
 
32. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on foreign policy; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                46%    44%    48%    11%    85%    47%
Romney               45     46     43     84      9     40
DK/NA                 9      9      9      5      6     13
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                41%    51%    40%    43%    34%    28%    34%    14%    39%
Romney               54     37     52     50     54     60     58     73     53
DK/NA                 6     12      8      7     12     11      8     12      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                52%    46%    40%    51%    44%    50%    48%    46%    43%
Romney               41     45     51     41     46     40     47     45     51
DK/NA                 7      9     10      8     10     10      5      9      6
 
 
33. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on foreign policy; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                49%    44%    56%    12%    88%    51%
Gingrich             43     47     38     83      5     38
DK/NA                 8      9      6      5      6     10
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                45%    54%    42%    48%    38%    30%    39%    17%    43%
Gingrich             50     36     52     47     53     62     52     74     50
DK/NA                 5     10      6      5      9      8      9      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                55%    51%    42%    52%    48%    51%    53%    49%    45%
Gingrich             39     42     49     41     44     36     44     46     49
DK/NA                 7      8      9      7      8     13      3      5      6
 
 
34. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is a stronger leader; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                46%    46%    47%     9%    84%    50%
Romney               45     45     45     82     12     41
DK/NA                 8      9      8      9      4      9
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                43%    50%    39%    39%    33%    29%    28%    18%    34%
Romney               50     40     50     55     57     62     65     73     58
DK/NA                 7     10     10      6      9      9      7      9      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                50%    48%    40%    48%    45%    53%    44%    44%    41%
Romney               40     45     51     44     46     39     52     46     52
DK/NA                10      7      9      7      9      8      4     10      7
 
 
35. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is a stronger leader; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                51%    48%    55%    15%    89%    52%
Gingrich             41     44     38     79      7     36
DK/NA                 7      8      7      6      4     11
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                48%    54%    42%    46%    40%    32%    40%    25%    42%
Gingrich             48     36     52     44     52     61     48     69     49
DK/NA                 5     10      6     10      8      6     12      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                55%    51%    46%    53%    50%    59%    45%    50%    48%
Gingrich             37     41     48     38     43     34     47     44     45
DK/NA                 8      8      6      9      7      7      7      6      7
 
 
36. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - cares more about the needs and problems of people like you; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                48%    47%    49%    12%    89%    46%
Romney               42     44     41     83      8     38
DK/NA                10     10      9      5      4     16
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                45%    50%    41%    41%    38%    28%    33%    19%    37%
Romney               46     39     48     50     52     62     58     69     55
DK/NA                 9     10     11      9     10     10      9     12      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                55%    48%    39%    48%    48%    54%    45%    49%    39%
Romney               37     44     48     41     43     38     46     40     53
DK/NA                 8      9     13     11      9      8      8     12      8
 
 
37. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - cares more about the needs and problems of people like you; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                51%    47%    56%    14%    92%    51%
Gingrich             39     42     36     78      3     34
DK/NA                10     11      8      8      5     15
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                47%    55%    42%    45%    42%    33%    39%    24%    42%
Gingrich             45     33     50     44     47     57     49     64     48
DK/NA                 8     12      8     10     11     10     12     13     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                57%    51%    43%    52%    50%    58%    49%    50%    45%
Gingrich             35     38     46     37     40     33     45     39     47
DK/NA                 8     11     12     11     10      9      6     11      8
 
 
38. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is more trustworthy; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                47%    47%    47%    12%    86%    44%
Romney               42     43     42     82      7     41
DK/NA                11     11     11      6      7     15
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                43%    50%    37%    37%    36%    28%    31%    16%    37%
Romney               48     37     49     51     53     62     59     73     53
DK/NA                 9     13     13     12     11     10     10     11     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                52%    48%    38%    46%    47%    51%    48%    47%    39%
Romney               36     44     49     42     43     37     48     42     50
DK/NA                12      8     13     12     10     12      5     11     11
 
 
39. (Split Sample A) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is more trustworthy; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                57%    54%    61%    21%    93%    59%
Gingrich             35     37     33     73      3     30
DK/NA                 8      9      6      6      4     11
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                54%    60%    46%    55%    46%    37%    43%    25%    49%
Gingrich             41     30     46     36     45     54     44     65     42
DK/NA                 5     10      7      9      9      9     13     10      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                62%    60%    47%    61%    55%    60%    55%    59%    57%
Gingrich             31     34     43     31     37     30     38     37     37
DK/NA                 7      6     10      8      8     10      7      4      6
 
 
40. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - handling a crisis; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                50%    49%    51%     9%    92%    46%
Romney               43     42     43     85      6     39
DK/NA                 7      8      6      5      3     15
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                43%    56%    45%    43%    35%    34%    28%    23%    40%
Romney               49     38     48     55     54     60     57     72     48
DK/NA                 9      6      7      2     11      6     15      5     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                53%    51%    42%    50%    50%    62%    51%    48%    37%
Romney               39     44     50     48     41     30     43     47     56
DK/NA                 8      5      8      3      9      8      6      5      7
 
 
41. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - handling a crisis; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                54%    52%    57%    14%    93%    55%
Gingrich             39     39     39     80      4     35
DK/NA                 6      8      4      6      3     10
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                52%    57%    45%    46%    38%    35%    31%    24%    44%
Gingrich             43     36     48     50     52     58     57     70     46
DK/NA                 5      8      6      4     10      6     12      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                61%    55%    43%    55%    54%    66%    58%    48%    46%
Gingrich             37     37     48     41     38     26     37     49     50
DK/NA                 3      8      9      4      7      8      5      4      3
 
 
42. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - most shares your values; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                48%    46%    51%     7%    92%    45%
Romney               43     45     42     87      4     41
DK/NA                 8      9      7      6      4     14
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                41%    55%    41%    41%    34%    30%    29%    19%    41%
Romney               50     38     51     53     57     60     67     71     52
DK/NA                 9      8      8      6      9     10      4     10      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                54%    48%    40%    47%    49%    59%    52%    45%    36%
Romney               38     47     50     47     42     31     43     47     58
DK/NA                 8      5      9      6      9     10      5      8      6
 
 
43. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - most shares your values; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                52%    49%    56%    11%    93%    54%
Gingrich             37     39     35     81      3     30
DK/NA                11     12      9      8      5     17
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                47%    57%    45%    47%    38%    35%    37%    21%    49%
Gingrich             43     33     45     48     49     55     49     69     39
DK/NA                11     10     10      5     13     10     15     10     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                58%    50%    45%    53%    52%    63%    56%    47%    44%
Gingrich             34     38     44     40     36     27     31     45     51
DK/NA                 8     12     11      7     12     11     13      8      5
 
 
44. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is more inspiring; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                54%    54%    55%    15%    93%    53%
Romney               39     39     38     79      3     35
DK/NA                 7      7      7      6      3     12
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                50%    58%    46%    46%    41%    37%    34%    23%    47%
Romney               42     36     47     50     50     55     59     68     44
DK/NA                 8      6      7      4     10      8      7      9      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                60%    55%    44%    54%    55%    65%    59%    50%    45%
Romney               34     38     48     41     38     29     37     44     48
DK/NA                 6      6      8      6      7      6      4      5      8
 
 
45. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is more inspiring; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                57%    54%    60%    18%    93%    58%
Gingrich             36     37     33     75      3     30
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      4     12
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                52%    61%    50%    48%    43%    38%    40%    27%    50%
Gingrich             42     30     44     47     46     53     48     65     39
DK/NA                 6      9      6      5     10      9     12      8     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                64%    57%    45%    54%    58%    69%    61%    51%    50%
Gingrich             32     34     46     39     34     25     32     43     46
DK/NA                 4     10      9      7      8      6      7      7      3
 
 
46. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is more competent; Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                47%    49%    46%     8%    88%    43%
Romney               47     46     48     88      7     48
DK/NA                 6      6      6      4      5      8
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                41%    53%    41%    41%    31%    31%    26%    20%    37%
Romney               56     39     53     57     62     63     68     74     57
DK/NA                 3      8      6      2      8      6      6      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                50%    47%    40%    46%    48%    60%    48%    45%    32%
Romney               45     47     52     50     45     33     47     51     62
DK/NA                 5      5      8      4      7      7      5      4      5
 
 
47. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think - is more competent; Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich?
                            SC PRIMARY
                     Tot    Post   Pre    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Obama                53%    50%    56%    11%    93%    53%
Gingrich             40     41     38     82      4     36
DK/NA                 7      8      6      7      3     11
 
                                          WHITE.................................
                                   Mltry  COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgnEvng
                     Men    Wom    HsHld  Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No
 
Obama                48%    57%    43%    44%    38%    34%    30%    23%    43%
Gingrich             45     35     50     51     52     58     59     70     47
DK/NA                 6      8      7      4     10      8     12      7     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME..
                     18-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                59%    53%    43%    52%    54%    66%    57%    48%    40%
Gingrich             37     38     49     42     39     27     33     48     56
DK/NA                 4      9      8      6      7      6     10      4      4
 

Demographic Summary