November 2, 2011 - American Voters Like Obama Better This Week, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Cain And Gingrich Up As Romney Stalls And Perry Fades

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President Barack Obama's job approval rating is up, from a negative 41 - 55 percent October 6, to a split today with 47 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. The president has leads of 5 to 16 percentage points over likely Republican challengers.

Voters also are divided 47 - 49 percent on whether Obama deserves reelection, compared to last month, when voters said 54 - 42 percent he did not deserve reelection.

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain leads the Republican presidential primary field with 30 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 23 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 10 percent and Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 8 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. No other candidate tops 7 percent.

Cain leads a head-to-head GOP race with Romney 47 - 39 percent, coming close to the critical 50 percent mark, even though more Republicans think Romney has the knowledge and experience to be president.

"President Barack Obama seems to be improving in voters' eyes almost across-the-board," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "He scores big gains among the groups with whom he has had the most problems - whites and men. Women also shift from a five-point negative to a four-point positive.

"Whether this is a blip, perhaps because of the death of Moammar Gadhafi and the slight improvement in some of the economic numbers, or the beginning of a sustained upward move in his popularity isn't clear and won't be for some time. Nevertheless, the movement allows the White House a sigh of relief, for the president's approval had been stuck in the low 40s for some time and even a temporary upward move is good news for the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."

Over the past month the president's approval among men improved from 60 - 36 percent disapproval to 53 - 43 percent disapproval today; white voters shift from 62 - 34 percent disapproval to 56 - 40 percent disapproval. Women shift from a 51 - 46 percent disapproval last month to a 50 - 46 percent approval today.

Much the same is true when voters are asked about whether the president deserves a second term. Results among men shift from a 58 - 37 percent 'no' to 52 - 43 percent 'no' and among whites he goes from 62 - 34 percent 'no' to 57 - 39 percent 'no.'

Obama also is looking better in matchups against potential Republican nominees:
  • 47 - 42 percent over Romney, compared to a 46 - 42 percent Romney lead October 5;
  • 52 - 36 percent over Perry, up from a 45 - 44 percent tie last month;
  • 50 - 40 percent over Cain, who was not included in a matchup last month;
  • 52 - 37 percent over Gingrich, who was not matched last month.
Cain is likeable, American voters say 61 - 19 percent, including 82 - 5 percent among Republicans, compared to Romney, who is seen as likeable 61 - 22 percent among all voters and 76 - 13 percent among Republicans.

Voters say 49 - 29 percent, however, that Cain does not have "the knowledge and experience necessary to be a good president." Republicans say 54 - 26 percent he has the knowledge and experience. Romney has the right stuff, voters say 51 - 32 percent, with 75 - 13 percent among Republicans.

By 41 - 14 percent all voters say Cain's never having held public office made them less likely to vote for him, while 43 percent say it makes no difference. Republicans agree 34 - 20 percent, as 44 percent say it makes no difference.

Picking a winner of the GOP debates so far, 25 percent of Republicans pick Gingrich and 24 percent pick Romney. Picking a loser is no contest as 37 percent say Perry did worst.

"Cain's lead in the horse race is built on voters' positive views of him personally, but there are warning signs that his lack of political experience could make it difficult for him to eventually close the sale," said Brown.

From October 25 - 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,294 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.1 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The Republican primary includes 869 voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent

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.

1. If the 2012 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or for the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Republican           34%    83%     3%    33%    37%    31%    39%     3%    25%
Democratic           42      4     83     33     38     46     36     78     59
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      1      5      5      2      3      4      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      -      3      1      2      2      1      -
DK/NA                19     13     13     26     19     19     20     14     12
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Republican           48%    46%    57%    27%    39%    33%    32%    36%
Democratic           29     32     21     47     40     43     41     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      4      3      3      4      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      1      2      2      1
DK/NA                19     17     20     21     17     19     21     16
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Republican           23%    35%    37%    45%    38%
Democratic           47     43     43     39     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      3      2      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      1      1      -      2
DK/NA                24     17     15     13     17
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or for the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Mar 31
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Republican           34      39      38      40
Democratic           42      39      38      37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       2       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2       1
DK/NA                19      19      19      20
 
 
2. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Herman Cain, for whom would you vote?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS.............
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                 8%     7%     9%
Gingrich             10     11     10
Romney               23     21     25
Bachmann              4      3      5
Santorum              1      1      1
Paul                  7     10      3
Huntsman              2      1      2
Cain                 30     33     27
DK/NA                16     13     19
 
                     WHITE............... EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  degree degree
 
Perry                 9%     4%     8%     8%     7%
Gingrich             12     14     12     10      9
Romney               18     25     16     19     30
Bachmann              3      5      3      5      2
Santorum              1      1      -      1      1
Paul                  6      6      5      7      6
Huntsman              2      1      2      1      2
Cain                 33     29     35     31     29
DK/NA                17     16     19     17     14
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Tea    Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  Party  HsHlds
 
Perry                 4%     8%     6%     8%     7%     6%
Gingrich             14     12      6      8     13     11
Romney               18     19     29     23     14     24
Bachmann              8      6      2      1      6      4
Santorum              1      1      1      -      1      -
Paul                  6      6      9      7      5      6
Huntsman              -      4      1      3      1      1
Cain                 33     25     30     36     43     35
DK/NA                16     19     15     14     10     12
 
TREND: (If Republican or Republican Leaner) If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Herman Cain, for whom would you vote? (na=not asked)
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS........................
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Jul 13  Jun 08  May 04  Nov 22
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Perry                 8      14      24      10      na      na      na
Gingrich             10       8       3       5       8       5      15
Romney               23      22      18      25      25      18      18
Bachmann              4       3      10      14       6       4      na
Santorum              1       3       1       1       4       1      na
Paul                  7       6       9       5       8       5      na
Huntsman              2       1       1       1       1       1      na
Cain                 30      17       5       6       9      na      na
 
McCotter             na      na       1       -      na      na      na
Barbour              na      na      na      na      na      na       2
Daniels              na      na      na      na      na       5       2
Huckabee             na      na      na      na      na      15      17
Johnson              na      na      na      na       -       1      na
Palin                na       9      11      12      15      15      19
Pawlenty             na      na      na       3       5       4       6
Thune                na      na      na      na      na      na       2
Trump                na      na      na      na      na      12      na
DK/NA                16      18      16      18      20      15      17
 
 
3. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Suppose the primary came down to a choice between Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, for whom would you vote?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS.............
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Cain                 47%    51%    43%
Romney               39     38     41
DK/NA                14     11     17
 
                     WHITE............... EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  degree degree
 
Cain                 50%    44%    49%    49%    44%
Romney               34     46     33     36     44
DK/NA                16     10     18     15     11
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Tea    Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  Party  HsHlds
 
Cain                 49%    52%    42%    54%    66%    55%
Romney               30     33     46     39     25     37
DK/NA                21     15     12      7      9      8
 
 
4. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote in the primary, what is the main thing about Herman Cain that might make you consider voting for him in the primary?
                            REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                            Tot    Men    Wom
 
Tax plan/Fiscal plan        10%    14%     6%
Economic plan                2      2      2
Jobs plan                    2      1      2
 
Policies/Platform (general)  4      2      6
Stand on abortion            1      -      1
 
New ideas/Fresh way of
 looking at things/Change    3      4      3
Clear ideas/Plain speaking   1      2      1
 
Capable/Will get things done 1      -      1
 
Business experience         13     15     11
 
Not politician/Political
 outsider                    8      9      6
 
Smart/Intelligent            1      1      1
Common sense/Sensible        1      1      1
 
Good speaker                 2      1      3
 
Honest/Straightforward       8      7      8
 
Down to earth/Regular guy    3      3      4
 
Personality/Just like him    2      3      1
 
Conservative/Political
 philosophy                  2      4      1
Republican                   1      1      -
 
He's not Romney              1      1      1
 
Like everything              1      -      1
Like nothing/Nothing would
 make me vote for him        6      4      8
 
Other                        5      5      5
DK/NA                       22     20     25
 
 
5. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote in the primary, what is the main thing about Herman Cain that might make you consider voting against him in the primary?
                            REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                            Tot    Men    Wom
 
Tax plan/Fiscal plan        10%    10%    11%
Economic plan                1      2      1
 
Policies (general)           1      1      2
Stand on abortion            1      -      1
 
Lack of knowledge
 on foreign affairs          8      8      9
Lack of political
 experience                 15     20     10
Not smart/Ignorant/Lack
 of knowledge                1      1      1
 
Not Good speaker/Can't
 communicate                 1      1      -
 
Not serious/Too simplistic   1      1      -
 
He's not Romney              1      1      1
 
Can't beat Obama             2      2      2
 
Dislike nothing/No reason
 to vote against him        13     12     13
 
Other                        6      6      5
DK/NA                       36     32     40
 
 
6. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote in the primary, what is the main thing about Mitt Romney that might make you consider voting for him in the primary?
                            REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                            Tot    Men    Wom
 
Tax plan/Fiscal plan         2%     3%     2%
Economic plan                3      3      4
Jobs plan                    2      2      1
 
Policies/Platform(general)   5      5      6
Stand on Healthcare          1      1      1
 
Foreign policy experience/
 knowledge                   1      1      -
Political experience/
 Strong background           8     10      7
Reputation as Governor       2      2      1
Business experience         12     15      8
Well rounded experience
 in many areas               2      3      1
 
Smart/Intelligent            1      -      2
Common sense/Sensible        1      1      1
 
Presidential/Demeanor/
 How he handles himself      2      2      1
 
Honesty/Integrity            2      4      1
Values                       1      -      1
 
Conservative/Political
 philosophy                  2      3      1
Republican                   1      2      -
Moderate                     1      2      -
 
Can beat Obama               5      6      4
 
Like nothing/Nothing would
 make me vote for him       10      9     12
 
Other                        6      4      8
DK/NA                       27     22     33
 
 
7. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote in the primary, what is the main thing about Mitt Romney that might make you consider voting against him in the primary?
                            REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                            Tot    Men    Wom
 
Tax plan/Fiscal plan         1%     2%     1%
Economic plan                1      1      1
Jobs plan                    1      1      -
 
Policies/Platform(general)   1      1      2
Stand on Immigration         1      1      1
Stand on Healthcare/
 Romney care                15     18     12
 
People pleaser/Flip flops
 on issues                   9     11      7
 
Foreign policy experience/
 knowledge                   1      1      1
Political experience/
 Political insider           3      4      2
Reputation as Governor       1      1      1
 
Not good speaker/
 Communicator/Not clear      1      1      1
 
Not Presidential/Demeanor    1      1      2
 
Mormon/Religion              4      2      5
 
Not honest/Don't trust him   2      2      2
Not sincere/Fake /Lacks
 character                   1      2      -
 
Lacks substance              1      1      1
 
Stuffy                       1      -      1
 
Not Conservative enough/
 Political philosophy        6      9      3
 
Can't beat Obama             1      -      1
 
Dislike everything           2      2      3
Dislike nothing/ No reason
 to vote against him         5      5      6
 
Other                        7      9      4
DK/NA                       33     24     42
 
 
8. (If Republican or Republican leaner) How important have the Republican Presidential debates been in helping you decide how to vote in the Republican primary - Very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Very important       22%    19%    26%
Smwht important      42     41     43
Not too important    16     20     13
Not important at all 17     19     15
DK/NA                 2      2      2
 
 
9. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Have you watched any of this year's Republican Presidential debates?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  66%    68%    64%
No                   33     32     35
DK/NA                 -      -      -
 
 
10. (If watched Republican primary debates) Regardless of how you intend to vote, do you think Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, or Herman Cain, did the best job in the debates?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS (WATCHED DEBATES Q9)
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                 3%     4%     3%
Gingrich             25     24     25
Romney               24     23     24
Bachmann              4      3      5
Santorum              1      1      1
Paul                  8     11      5
Huntsman              -      -      -
Cain                 22     22     23
DK/NA                13     11     14
 
 
11. (If watched Republican primary debates) Regardless of how you intend to vote, do you think Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, or Herman Cain, did the worst job in the debates?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS (WATCHED DEBATES Q9)
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                37%    38%    36%
Gingrich              2      2      2
Romney                3      2      3
Bachmann             13     14     12
Santorum              6      5      7
Paul                  9     11      7
Huntsman              8      8      9
Cain                  3      4      2
DK/NA                18     14     23
 
 
12. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Rick Perry the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                52%    10%    88%    49%    50%    54%    45%    91%    65%
Perry                36     83      6     37     40     34     44      2     24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      4      3      2      2      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      3      5      4      4      4      3      6
DK/NA                 5      4      2      5      3      6      5      4      3
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Obama                37%    40%    24%    59%    51%    51%    51%    56%
Perry                52     50     65     26     41     37     36     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      3      2      2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      4      7      2      4      5      2
DK/NA                 4      5      5      5      3      5      5      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                56%    53%    54%    51%    45%
Perry                30     36     37     44     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      3      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      7      4      2      1      3
DK/NA                 5      5      4      3      4
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Rick Perry the Republican for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Jul 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Obama                52      45      45      50
Perry                36      44      42      37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       3       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3       2       2
DK/NA                 5       7       8      10
 
13. If the 2012 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                47%     8%    85%    39%    45%    50%    39%    88%    62%
Romney               42     88      9     44     46     38     50      5     23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      -      5      2      2      2      -      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      2      4      4      4      3      3      2
DK/NA                 5      2      4      7      3      7      5      4      8
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Obama                32%    33%    21%    53%    46%    47%    46%    50%
Romney               59     58     70     34     45     42     41     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      3      2      3      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      3      3      3      3      4      2
DK/NA                 4      5      4      7      4      5      6      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                51%    48%    47%    46%    41%
Romney               34     41     45     48     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      3      1      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      6      2      2      1      3
DK/NA                 6      8      3      3      3
 
TREND: If the 2012 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?
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Jul 13  Jun 08  Nov 22
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Obama                47      42      45      47      47      44
Romney               42      46      45      41      41      45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       3       2       2       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       2       2       2       2       2
DK/NA                 5       7       6       7       6       7
 
 
14. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Herman Cain the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                50%     8%    86%    44%    48%    52%    42%    91%    63%
Cain                 40     87      8     43     44     37     48      3     27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      1      4      3      1      2      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      4      3      3      3      3      4
DK/NA                 5      3      3      6      2      7      5      4      4
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Obama                33%    38%    24%    57%    48%    50%    49%    53%
Cain                 57     54     68     31     45     40     40     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      2      2      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      5      2      3      4      2
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      4      5      5      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                54%    50%    51%    45%    43%
Cain                 33     41     41     50     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      3      1      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      2      1      3
DK/NA                 6      6      3      3      2
 
 
15. If the 2012 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                52%    10%    87%    48%    50%    54%    45%    90%    64%
Gingrich             37     82      7     37     40     34     44      2     25
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      1      5      3      2      3      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      2      6      4      4      4      3      2
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      3      7      4      5      7
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Obama                36%    40%    24%    58%    50%    52%    50%    56%
Gingrich             52     53     62     27     41     37     36     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      4      3      3      3      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      2      5      5      3      4      5      3
DK/NA                 4      3      5      7      4      5      5      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Obama                54%    52%    53%    51%    45%
Gingrich             31     35     38     44     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      3      1      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      6      3      3      2      4
DK/NA                 6      7      2      2      3
 
 
16. Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in the 2012 presidential election next year - are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More                 31%    45%    24%    30%    31%    31%    30%    33%    34%
Less                 23     14     24     27     21     24     25     17     17
About the same       45     39     52     43     47     43     44     49     49
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in the 2012 presidential election next year - are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Nov 02  Oct 5
                     2011    2011
 
More                 31      30%
Less                 23      22
About the same       45      46
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
17. Is your opinion of - Herman Cain favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            33%    63%    10%    34%    37%    28%    38%     3%    21%
Unfavorable          31      7     51     29     32     30     28     51     33
Hvn't hrd enough     35     29     39     35     29     41     32     44     44
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      2      1      1      2      2
 
 
18. Is your opinion of - Rick Perry favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            18%    40%     5%    16%    21%    15%    21%     4%    15%
Unfavorable          45     24     59     48     48     43     45     54     39
Hvn't hrd enough     35     35     35     33     29     41     33     41     45
REFUSED               1      2      1      2      2      1      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rick Perry favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Favorable            18      22      22
Unfavorable          45      35      23
Hvn't hrd enough     35      42      55
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
19. Is your opinion of - Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            35%    63%    18%    37%    40%    31%    42%    13%    17%
Unfavorable          35     15     49     35     38     33     33     52     35
Hvn't hrd enough     27     21     31     26     20     34     24     34     46
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      2      2      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Nov 22  Mar 25  Oct 05  May 03
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2011    2007
 
Favorable            35      39      36      38      28      39      17
Unfavorable          35      28      27      26      25      28      16
Hvn't hrd enough     27      31      35      35      45      31      65
REFUSED               2       2       2       2       2       2       2
 
 
20. Is your opinion of - Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            26%    54%     6%    27%    31%    21%    31%     6%    13%
Unfavorable          47     21     64     48     47     47     46     60     39
Hvn't hrd enough     26     24     29     24     20     31     22     32     48
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      2      1      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 02  Nov 22  Feb 21
                     2011    2010    2007
 
Favorable            26      30      22
Unfavorable          47      43      47
Hvn't hrd enough     26      25      30
REFUSED               1       2       2
 
 
21. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            49%     9%    84%    44%    45%    53%    41%    93%    60%
Unfavorable          46     88     13     50     51     42     54      4     36
Hvn't hrd enough      2      2      2      2      2      3      3      2      2
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      2      2      2      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Nov 22  Sep 09  Nov 12  Oct 05
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2008    2011
 
Favorable            49      42      47      48      47      67      42
Unfavorable          46      53      47      48      45      19      53
Hvn't hrd enough      2       3       3       2       5      11       3
REFUSED               2       3       3       2       3       3       3
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    10%    81%    39%    43%    50%    40%    90%    56%
Disapprove           49     89     16     54     53     46     56      6     39
DK/NA                 4      1      3      7      4      4      4      4      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              32%    34%    23%    57%    44%    45%    47%    47%
Disapprove           65     63     74     39     53     50     49     49
DK/NA                 3      3      3      5      3      5      4      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              52%    45%    47%    42%    41%
Disapprove           42     51     50     54     57
DK/NA                 5      4      2      3      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              47      41      42      47      47      59      41
Disapprove           49      55      52      46      46      31      55
DK/NA                 4       4       6       7       7      10       4
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              26%     6%    49%    17%    23%    28%    21%    47%    37%
Disapprove           70     92     46     76     74     66     74     47     59
DK/NA                 5      2      5      6      3      6      5      6      4
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              19%    21%    16%    32%    22%    26%    27%    24%
Disapprove           77     77     78     63     73     69     68     72
DK/NA                 4      3      6      5      4      5      5      5
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              33%    24%    22%    23%    23%
Disapprove           63     71     74     74     75
DK/NA                 4      5      4      3      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 24% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 4   Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              26      24      24      28      28      45      24
Disapprove           70      71      70      64      64      45      71
DK/NA                 5       5       6       8       8      10       5
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              20%    44%     8%    15%    20%    19%    22%     5%    17%
Disapprove           76     50     89     79     76     75     73     92     77
DK/NA                 4      5      3      5      3      5      5      3      5
 
                     WHITE............... AGE IN YRS.......    EDUCATION.....
                                   BrnAgn                      No col College
                     Prot   Cath   Evngl  18-34  35-54  55+    degree degree
 
Approve              26%    29%    31%    22%    19%    19%    20%    20%
Disapprove           69     67     62     73     77     76     75     78
DK/NA                 6      4      8      5      3      5      5      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  Military
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  HsHlds
 
Approve              16%    21%    18%    26%    24%
Disapprove           76     75     79     73     73
DK/NA                 8      5      3      1      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (*High also 34% Mar 3, 2011 & Mar 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Mar 31  Nov 02
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Approve              20      23       22      26      30      34     20
Disapprove           76      71       71      65      61      55     76
DK/NA                 4       6        7       9       9      11      4
 
 
25. Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         47%     6%    83%    40%    43%    50%    39%    92%    58%
No/Does not          49     92     14     54     52     46     57      2     41
DK/NA                 4      2      3      7      5      4      5      6      1
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected? (*High also 47% Jul 2011)(**Low also 40% Mar 2010)
                                                             YES DESERVES..
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Jul 13  Jun 08  Nov 02  Jul 21
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2010**
 
Yes/Deserves         47      42      42      47      46      47      40
No/Does not          49      54      51      47      48      49      48
DK/NA                 4       4       7       7       6       4      12
 
 
26. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        2%     -      3%     1%     1%     2%     1%     5%     4%
Smwht satisfied      17      7     29     13     17     17     14     38     22
Smwht dissatisfied   30     23     39     27     28     31     30     32     29
Very dissatisfied    51     69     28     58     53     49     55     24     46
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                     VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                     High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       2       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      17      16      17      24      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   30      28      29      32      19      38
Very dissatisfied    51      53      51      40      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       3       2
 
 
35. Is your opinion of the - Republican Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            28%    69%     7%    23%    31%    25%    32%     4%    26%
Unfavorable          57     21     79     60     58     56     54     79     55
Hvn't hrd enough     13      8     13     15      9     16     11     15     17
REFUSED               2      2      1      3      2      2      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it? (*Low also 25% Jul 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Jul 21  Nov 22  Oct 8
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009*
 
Favorable            28      32      40      35      33      40      25
Unfavorable          57      53      45      43      42      45      53
Hvn't hrd enough     13      13      13      19      21      13      18
REFUSED               2       2       3       3       4       3       4
 
 
36. Is your opinion of the - Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            36%     7%    69%    25%    31%    40%    31%    61%    42%
Unfavorable          49     81     19     56     55     43     55     23     33
Hvn't hrd enough     13     11     10     15     10     15     12     11     23
REFUSED               3      2      1      4      3      2      2      5      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Sep 01  Nov 22  Sep 09  Jul 21  Nov 12  Apr 21
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2008    2010
 
Favorable            36      35      38      34      34      55      32
Unfavorable          49      51      50      47      49      35      52
Hvn't hrd enough     13      12      10      15      14       6      12
REFUSED               3       2       3       3       3       4       3
 
40. (If Republican or Republican Leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think would do the best job handling - creating jobs: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, or Herman Cain?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                11%    12%    10%
Gingrich             10     10      9
Romney               22     21     24
Bachmann              3      2      4
Santorum              1      1      -
Paul                  5      7      2
Huntsman              1      1      -
Cain                 31     34     28
DK/NA                16     11     22
 
41. (If Republican or Republican leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think would do the best job handling the issue of - illegal immigration: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, or Herman Cain?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                15%    18%    12%
Gingrich             14     18     11
Romney               12     10     13
Bachmann              8      7      9
Santorum              1      1      1
Paul                  7     10      3
Huntsman              1      3      -
Cain                 17     17     17
DK/NA                24     16     33
 
 
42. (If Republican or Republican leaner) Regardless of how you intend to vote for President, which Republican candidate do you think would do the best job handling - taxes Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, or Herman Cain?
                     REPUBLICANS/REPUBLICAN LEANERS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                10%    12%     8%
Gingrich             12     14     11
Romney               17     15     19
Bachmann              3      1      4
Santorum              1      1      -
Paul                 10     13      7
Huntsman              1      1      1
Cain                 31     33     28
DK/NA                16     10     23
 
 
43. In your view, does - Mitt Romney have the knowledge and experience necessary to be a good president, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  51%    75%    36%    55%    56%    46%    58%    25%    28%
No                   32     13     45     30     32     32     26     55     49
DK/NA                17     13     19     16     11     23     15     20     23
 
 
44. In your view, does - Herman Cain have the knowledge and experience necessary to be a good president, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  29%    54%    10%    32%    34%    25%    33%     7%    27%
No                   49     26     68     47     51     48     46     69     54
DK/NA                22     20     22     21     16     27     21     24     19
 
 
45. In your view, does - Rick Perry have the knowledge and experience necessary to be a good president, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  27%    49%    13%    28%    32%    23%    31%    14%    22%
No                   54     32     70     53     55     53     51     66     57
DK/NA                19     19     18     19     13     25     18     19     20
 
 
46. In your view, does - Newt Gingrich have the knowledge and experience necessary to be a good president, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  43%    71%    20%    47%    50%    36%    49%    20%    24%
No                   45     19     69     39     43     46     40     67     55
DK/NA                12     10     12     13      7     17     11     13     21
 
 
47. Would you say - Mitt Romney is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  61%    76%    52%    65%    64%    59%    66%    40%    52%
No                   22     13     28     20     24     20     19     33     26
DK/NA                17     11     20     15     12     21     14     28     22
 
 
48. Would you say - Herman Cain is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  61%    82%    44%    64%    66%    56%    66%    33%    55%
No                   19      5     32     17     20     19     16     40     24
DK/NA                20     13     23     19     14     25     18     27     21
 
 
49. Would you say - Rick Perry is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  45%    62%    34%    47%    50%    41%    47%    35%    43%
No                   37     21     49     35     37     36     36     44     33
DK/NA                18     17     18     18     13     23     17     21     24
 
 
50. Would you say - Newt Gingrich is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  39%    61%    24%    40%    42%    36%    42%    27%    31%
No                   47     28     62     45     48     46     45     55     49
DK/NA                14     11     13     15     10     18     13     18     19
 
 
51. Would you say - Barack Obama is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  80%    61%    93%    81%    80%    80%    78%    94%    84%
No                   18     36      6     16     18     18     19      3     16
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      2      2      2      3      -
 
 
52. As you may know, Herman Cain has never served in public office. Does the fact that Herman Cain has never served in public office make you more likely to vote for him for President, less likely to vote for him for President, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely          14%    20%     4%    18%    19%     9%    15%     9%     6%
Less likely          41     34     53     37     36     46     40     53     45
No difference        43     44     41     44     44     43     43     37     47
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      2      1      1      2
 
 
53. As you may know, Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Does the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon make you more likely to vote for him for President, less likely to vote for him for President, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More likely           1%     4%     -      -      1%     2%     1%     1%     -
Less likely          15     13     21     12     13     18     14     24     20
No difference        82     82     78     87     85     79     84     76     77
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      1      -      3
 
 
54. (Split Sample A) Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                48%     6%    83%    42%    44%    52%
Reps in Congress     39     90      8     39     44     35
DK/NA                12      4      9     19     12     12
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (* Low also 41% Jul 2010, Jun 2011)
                                                             OBAMA.........
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01  Jul 14  Jun 09  Nov 02  Oct 06
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*
 
Obama                48      41      44      45      41      48      41
Reps in Congress     39      43      41      38      43      39      43
DK/NA                12      16      15      17      15      12      16
 
 
55. (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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                46%     6%    80%    38%    40%    51%
Romney               43     88     12     47     50     37
DK/NA                11      6      8     15      9     12
 
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?
                     Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Obama                46      39      42
Romney               43      49      46
DK/NA                11      11      12
 
 
56. (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 Herman Cain?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                50%    11%    82%    43%    47%    53%
Cain                 39     80      9     46     44     35
DK/NA                11     10      9     11      9     12
 
 
57. (Split Sample B) Who do you trust to do a better job creating jobs - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                46%     6%    81%    41%    45%    47%
Republicans          40     84     10     40     43     38
DK/NA                14     10      9     19     12     15
 
 
58. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job creating jobs - Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                45%     4%    82%    38%    46%    44%
Romney               44     90      9     45     47     40
DK/NA                12      5      9     16      7     16
 
 
59. (Split Sample B) Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job creating jobs - Barack Obama or Herman Cain?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                49%     8%    82%    47%    47%    51%
Cain                 39     82      9     39     43     36
DK/NA                12     10      9     14     10     14
 
 
60. Herman Cain is proposing to change the current tax system. His 9-9-9 plan would eliminate all current federal taxes and replace them with a 9 percent personal income tax, a 9 percent corporate income tax and a 9 percent federal sales tax. How much have you heard or read about Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                27%    27%    25%    29%    33%    22%    28%    21%    20%
Some                 37     41     33     38     37     36     40     22     29
Not much             23     24     24     21     21     25     21     30     31
Nothing at all       13      8     17     12      8     18     11     26     19
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      -      -      2      2
 
 
61. Do you think Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            32%    53%    13%    34%    39%    25%    35%    13%    23%
Bad idea             47     25     66     45     44     49     43     64     56
DK/NA                22     22     22     21     16     27     21     24     21
 
 

Demographic Summary