April 19, 2012 - Big Lead With Women Gives Obama An Edge On Romney, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Christie, Rubio, Ryan Top GOP Running Mate List

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President Barack Obama holds a thin 46 - 42 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan lead the guess list for possible Romney running mates.

Looking at personal characteristics, 81 percent of American voters think the president is likable, compared to 63 percent for Romney. Obama cares about their needs and problems, 57 percent say, compared to 44 percent for Romney. The Republican has strong leadership qualities, 61 percent say, compared to 60 percent for the president, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll of 2,577 American voters finds.

Romney is seen as better on the economy 47 - 43 percent, better on creating jobs 45 - 42 percent, better on gas prices 44 - 31 percent and better on immigration 43 - 39 percent. The president is viewed 52 - 32 percent as better on women's issues and 46 - 40 percent on foreign policy. The two men are seen equally on taxes and health care.

"The presidential race remains tight. With Gov. Mitt Romney now the de facto Republican nominee, a look at how the two men are perceived by the electorate reflects much of the historic differences between the two parties in close elections, which this seems likely to be," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"President Barack Obama has a big lead among women and is seen as the candidate most in tune with their needs. He is seen as more in touch with average Americans. Republican Romney seems to hold an edge on the economy - the top issue of the campaign - and holds his own against the incumbent on being a strong leader. His opening is that by 56 - 38 percent voters disapprove of the president's handling of the economy."

"The gender gap remains, with Obama leading among women 49 - 39 percent and trailing slightly among men 46 - 43 percent," said Brown. "The racial gap is even wider: Romney leads 52 - 36 percent among whites, while the president is ahead among blacks 94 - 3 percent and among Hispanics 64 - 24 percent."

Obama leads among Democrats 88 - 6 percent, while Romney leads 83 - 8 percent among Republicans and 46 - 39 percent among independent voters.

More voters have an unfavorable opinion of the president, 49 percent, compared to the 45 percent who view him favorably. Romney is viewed favorably by 33 percent and unfavorably by 38 percent.

First Lady Michelle Obama gets a 60 - 22 percent favorability rating. Ann Romney gets a 25 - 9 percent favorability with 64 percent who don't know enough about her to form an opinion.

Obama gets split 47 - 48 percent overall job approval and American voters say 49 - 46 percent that he does not deserve a second term in the Oval Office.

Asked about potential Romney running mates, Christie, by far the best known of the potential picks, runs best with 31 percent calling him a good choice compared to 18 percent saying he would be a bad choice and 49 percent with no opinion yet. Independent voters, the key voting bloc, see Christie as a good choice 33 - 18 percent.

Rubio was labeled a good choice 24 - 14 percent overall and 27 - 14 percent among independents, while Ryan has similar numbers, 23 - 17 percent good choice overall and 25 - 17 percent among independents.

For other possible running mates, the "no opinion" count is 64 percent or higher.

"Even Gov. Christopher Christie evokes a 'no opinion' from half the electorate, with Ryan and Rubio even more so. Other potential running mates who did not rate as highly as the three leaders are quite unknown. At this point Christie, who recently said he would not rule out running with Romney, has an edge with the public, but the vice presidency goes to the winner of an election with one voter - Mitt Romney," said Brown.

From April 11 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,577 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 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.

1. If the 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           39%    88%     4%    37%    43%    36%    47%     8%    33%
Democratic           40      2     89     29     36     44     32     85     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      3      2      -      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      1      3      2      2      2      1      4
DK/NA                17      9      6     28     17     18     18      5     17
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Republican           44%    48%    57%    47%    49%    44%    63%    46%    44%
Democratic           40     28     25     34     30     34     18     34     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      2      3      -      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      1      1      2      3      -      1
DK/NA                13     21     17     16     16     19     16     19     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Republican           39%    40%    31%    41%    42%    49%    35%    40%    41%
Democratic           44     39     44     41     42     36     41     39     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      2      1      1      1      3      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      1      2      1      3      2      1
DK/NA                14     19     21     16     13     13     19     18     15
 
TREND: If the 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? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 02  Oct 05  Aug 31  Mar 31
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Republican           39      40      36      34      39      38      40
Democratic           40      38      40      42      39      38      37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       2       3       2       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       2       2       1       2       1
DK/NA                17      18      20      19      19      19      20
 
 
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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                46%     8%    88%    39%    43%    49%    36%    94%    64%
Romney               42     83      6     46     46     39     52      3     24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      4      3      1      3      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      3      2      2      2      -      3
DK/NA                 7      6      4      8      6      8      6      3      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                45%    32%    26%    40%    34%    38%    20%    37%    43%
Romney               47     55     63     51     55     50     67     52     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      2      4      2      2      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      2      2      3      3      2      2
DK/NA                 4      8      7      5      5      8      8      6      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                51%    45%    51%    44%    49%    43%    52%    45%    45%
Romney               41     42     33     45     44     49     36     43     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      3      5      1      1      4      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      2      2      2      3      2      2
DK/NA                 4      8      9      5      5      5      4      8      7
 
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" / *High also 47% Jun 2011, Jul 2011)
                                                             OBAMA......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 05  Nov 02  Oct 05
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Obama                46      46      45      47      42      47      42
Romney               42      44      44      42      46      42      46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       2       2       3       2       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       4       3       4       2       4       2
DK/NA                 7       4       7       5       7       5       7
 
 
3. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More                 32%    42%    28%    30%    37%    28%    32%    40%    24%
Less                 24     24     14     30     23     25     26     11     26
About the same       43     32     57     38     39     46     41     49     48
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More                 33%    31%    34%    31%    38%    27%    34%    34%    40%
Less                 22     29     26     28     23     29     27     25     26
About the same       45     39     38     41     38     43     38     41     33
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
More                 33%    31%    27%    32%    33%    35%    27%    31%    35%
Less                 21     26     26     25     24     22     26     24     23
About the same       45     42     45     42     42     42     45     45     41
DK/NA                 1      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")
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 5
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
More                 32      32      29      31      30
Less                 24      23      23      23      22
About the same       43      44      47      45      46
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1
 
 
4. 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            33%    62%     8%    35%    36%    30%    39%     8%    24%
Unfavorable          38     12     65     33     36     39     35     48     40
Hvn't hrd enough     26     23     24     28     24     28     22     41     35
REFUSED               3      3      2      4      3      3      3      3      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            41%    38%    45%    39%    43%    36%    47%    40%    39%
Unfavorable          43     31     27     34     34     36     22     35     35
Hvn't hrd enough     14     27     24     22     20     24     27     22     22
REFUSED               2      4      3      4      3      3      4      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            36%    31%    23%    35%    34%    42%    23%    33%    38%
Unfavorable          46     34     38     33     41     42     37     38     39
Hvn't hrd enough     15     31     35     28     23     14     38     26     19
REFUSED               2      3      3      4      2      2      2      2      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 05  Oct 05  May 03
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007
 
Favorable            33      35      36      35      39      39      17
Unfavorable          38      43      31      35      28      28      16
Hvn't hrd enough     26      19      31      27      31      31      65
REFUSED               3       3       3       2       2       2       2
 
 
5. 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            45%     9%    86%    37%    42%    49%    36%    92%    58%
Unfavorable          49     86     10     56     53     45     59      5     33
Hvn't hrd enough      3      2      3      3      3      3      2      3      4
REFUSED               3      3      1      4      3      3      2      1      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            46%    31%    28%    40%    34%    38%    21%    38%    41%
Unfavorable          50     63     68     54     62     57     74     57     54
Hvn't hrd enough      1      3      2      2      2      3      3      2      2
REFUSED               2      3      2      3      2      3      2      3      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            51%    43%    49%    42%    47%    43%    50%    44%    44%
Unfavorable          45     50     43     53     50     54     46     50     49
Hvn't hrd enough      2      3      5      2      2      1      3      3      3
REFUSED               2      3      4      3      2      1      2      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 05  Nov 12  Oct 05
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2008    2011
 
Favorable            45      47      47      49      42      67      42
Unfavorable          49      48      46      46      53      19      53
Hvn't hrd enough      3       2       4       2       3      11       3
REFUSED               3       2       4       2       3       3       3
 
 
6. Is your opinion of Ann Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            25%    42%    11%    26%    27%    23%    29%     8%    19%
Unfavorable           9      5     15      5      9      9      6     16     14
Hvn't hrd enough     64     52     71     66     61     66     62     75     65
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      2      2      2      2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Michelle Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            60%    34%    85%    57%    53%    67%    56%    91%    57%
Unfavorable          22     41      6     24     27     18     25      3     25
Hvn't hrd enough     15     21      9     17     18     13     16      6     16
REFUSED               3      5      1      3      3      2      3      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Michelle Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Apr 19  Sep 09  Jul 21  Nov 12
                     2012    2010    2010    2008
 
Favorable            60      49      55      50
Unfavorable          22      22      19      17
Hvn't hrd enough     15      25      23      31
REFUSED               3       4       3       3
 
 
8. Suppose Mitt Romney selects - Ohio Senator Rob Portman as his vice presidential running mate. Do you think that would be a good choice or a bad choice, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good choice           8%    12%     5%     8%    11%     6%     9%     2%    11%
Bad choice            9      6     11      9     11      6      9      7      7
No opinion           79     77     80     78     74     83     77     89     76
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      4      5      5      2      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Good choice           9%     8%     9%     8%    11%     7%     9%     8%     8%
Bad choice           10      9      9      6     12      6      8      9      9
No opinion           76     78     75     81     73     81     78     77     80
DK/NA                 6      5      7      5      4      6      5      6      4
 
 
9. Suppose Mitt Romney selects - Florida Senator Marco Rubio as his vice presidential running mate. Do you think that would be a good choice or a bad choice, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good choice          24%    40%    10%    27%    32%    18%    28%     6%    30%
Bad choice           14      7     19     14     17     11     14     13     16
No opinion           58     50     67     55     49     66     55     77     51
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      2      5      4      4      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Good choice          35%    24%    31%    28%    35%    21%    30%    28%    30%
Bad choice           17     12     11     12     17     11      9     13     13
No opinion           47     59     53     59     46     63     57     53     54
DK/NA                 2      4      5      2      2      5      3      5      3
 
 
10. Suppose Mitt Romney selects - New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez as his vice presidential running mate. Do you think that would be a good choice or a bad choice, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good choice          14%    13%    13%    15%    14%    13%    13%    11%    22%
Bad choice           15     15     14     14     19     11     14     13     20
No opinion           68     68     70     66     63     72     68     74     54
DK/NA                 4      3      3      5      4      4      4      2      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Good choice          14%    13%    13%    14%    14%    13%    15%    13%    15%
Bad choice           15     14     15     11     16     12     16     12     13
No opinion           66     70     67     72     65     71     65     69     69
DK/NA                 6      4      5      4      5      4      4      5      3
 
 
11. Suppose Mitt Romney selects - Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Do you think that would be a good choice or a bad choice, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good choice          23%    34%    11%    25%    28%    17%    26%     8%    17%
Bad choice           17      9     25     17     22     13     17     17     19
No opinion           58     54     62     57     48     67     55     73     60
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      2      3      2      2      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Good choice          30%    23%    29%    26%    32%    20%    31%    24%    26%
Bad choice           27     12     13     15     21     14      9     18     17
No opinion           41     62     54     57     46     63     58     55     56
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      2      3      2      3      1
 
 
12. Suppose Mitt Romney selects - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as his vice presidential running mate. Do you think that would be a good choice or a bad choice, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good choice          18%    29%     9%    19%    22%    15%    21%     6%    14%
Bad choice           15     10     18     16     17     13     15     14     16
No opinion           64     58     70     60     58     68     60     77     66
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      3      4      3      3      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Good choice          25%    19%    24%    24%    26%    17%    25%    22%    23%
Bad choice           23     11     12     12     17     13     10     14     15
No opinion           49     66     60     61     54     66     62     59     59
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      3      3      2      5      3
 
 
13. Suppose Mitt Romney selects - Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell as his vice presidential running mate. Do you think that would be a good choice or a bad choice, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good choice          10%    14%     6%     9%    12%     8%    11%     6%     5%
Bad choice           11      6     14     13     13      9     10     11     11
No opinion           76     76     76     74     72     79     75     82     77
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      4      4      4      1      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Good choice          13%    10%    12%    12%    13%     8%    13%    12%    12%
Bad choice           15      8      8      9     12      9      7      9     11
No opinion           68     78     75     75     70     79     76     74     74
DK/NA                 4      4      5      4      4      4      4      5      3
 
 
14. Suppose Mitt Romney selects - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his vice presidential running mate. Do you think that would be a good choice or a bad choice, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good choice          31%    44%    21%    33%    37%    26%    34%    22%    29%
Bad choice           18     10     24     18     22     14     18     16     19
No opinion           49     44     53     47     40     57     46     61     47
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      2      1      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Good choice          41%    31%    35%    39%    40%    29%    34%    38%    36%
Bad choice           24     15     16     17     21     15     14     17     16
No opinion           34     52     47     44     37     54     50     44     46
DK/NA                 1      2      2      -      2      1      2      1      2
 
 
15. 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%    11%    86%    39%    43%    50%    37%    92%    60%
Disapprove           48     83     10     56     52     44     58      3     34
DK/NA                 5      5      4      5      5      6      5      5      7
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              46%    33%    28%    42%    34%    40%    21%    38%    40%
Disapprove           51     62     68     55     62     55     75     56     53
DK/NA                 2      5      4      4      4      5      4      5      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              52%    45%    51%    44%    49%    44%    54%    46%    44%
Disapprove           44     49     44     53     46     53     42     47     51
DK/NA                 4      6      5      4      5      3      4      6      5
 
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
                     Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Oct 06  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              47      45      44      47      41      59      41
Disapprove           48      49      50      49      55      31      55
DK/NA                 5       5       6       4       4      10       4
 
 
16. 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              27%     5%    59%    18%    23%    31%    20%    63%    33%
Disapprove           63     89     31     72     68     58     72     24     55
DK/NA                10      6     10     10      9     11      9     13     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              25%    18%    15%    22%    18%    21%    12%    20%    23%
Disapprove           70     72     77     72     75     68     80     73     67
DK/NA                 5     10      8      6      7     10      8      8     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              28%    27%    31%    25%    29%    23%    27%    28%    26%
Disapprove           66     61     55     67     66     72     58     64     64
DK/NA                 6     12     14      9      5      5     15      7      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 24% Sep 2011, Oct 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Oct 06  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              27      26      24      26      24      45      24
Disapprove           63      67      69      70      71      45      69
DK/NA                10       7       7       5       5      10       7
 
 
17. 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              23%    47%    10%    19%    24%    23%    25%    14%    22%
Disapprove           66     42     82     70     66     65     65     78     64
DK/NA                11     11      8     11     10     12     10      9     14
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              21%    26%    28%    27%    25%    24%    34%    23%    23%
Disapprove           72     62     61     64     67     64     55     68     66
DK/NA                 6     12     11      9      8     12     11      9     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              20%    24%    23%    24%    24%    22%    24%    23%    22%
Disapprove           74     63     63     66     69     70     63     67     67
DK/NA                 6     13     13     10      8      8     12     10     11
 
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
                     Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Oct 06  Mar 31  Nov 23
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Approve              23      22      19      20      23      34     19
Disapprove           66      71      74      76      71      55     74
DK/NA                11       6       7       4       6      11      7
 
 
19. 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         46%     8%    88%    37%    41%    49%    36%    92%    61%
No/Does not          49     87      9     58     54     46     60      5     35
DK/NA                 5      5      3      5      5      5      4      4      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes/Deserves         45%    32%    26%    40%    34%    39%    20%    38%    41%
No/Does not          52     64     69     57     63     57     76     59     55
DK/NA                 3      5      4      3      4      4      4      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Deserves         50%    44%    50%    42%    47%    43%    48%    46%    44%
No/Does not          46     51     44     54     50     54     47     49     51
DK/NA                 4      5      5      3      3      4      5      5      4
 
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
                     Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Oct 05  Nov 02  Jul 21
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2010**
 
Yes/Deserves         46      45      45      47      42      47      40
No/Does not          49      50      48      49      54      49      48
DK/NA                 5       5       7       4       4       4      12
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              38%     7%    77%    28%    34%    42%    30%    81%    48%
Disapprove           56     90     17     67     60     52     66     15     43
DK/NA                 6      3      6      5      5      6      4      4     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              40%    25%    24%    30%    28%    32%    17%    30%    33%
Disapprove           57     70     73     65     68     63     79     65     60
DK/NA                 3      5      4      5      4      5      4      4      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              44%    36%    41%    36%    41%    38%    40%    38%    38%
Disapprove           52     58     51     60     55     60     54     58     56
DK/NA                 4      6      8      4      4      2      6      4      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 03  Oct 06  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              38      41      33      37      32      57      32
Disapprove           56      55      61      60      64      33      64
DK/NA                 6       4       6       4       4      10       4
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              44%    15%    77%    38%    42%    46%    38%    80%    46%
Disapprove           47     78     15     54     50     44     55     10     41
DK/NA                 9      7      8      7      8      9      7     10     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              50%    33%    29%    44%    38%    39%    22%    42%    40%
Disapprove           46     59     64     49     56     53     71     50     53
DK/NA                 4      8      7      7      6      8      6      8      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              55%    40%    42%    46%    46%    48%    41%    46%    45%
Disapprove           40     50     46     48     49     48     46     46     49
DK/NA                 5     10     13      6      5      4     13      8      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 03  Oct 06  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              44      46      49      52      44      57      41
Disapprove           47      46      42      42      48      32      47
DK/NA                 9       8      10       6       8      11      12
 
 
23. 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            33%    71%     8%    29%    36%    29%    38%    10%    29%
Unfavorable          49     16     77     49     48     50     46     63     48
Hvn't hrd enough     16     10     15     18     13     19     13     25     21
REFUSED               3      2      1      4      3      3      3      1      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
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 02  Sep 01  Nov 22  Oct 8
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2010    2009*
 
Favorable            33      32      31      28      32      40      25
Unfavorable          49      53      54      57      53      45      53
Hvn't hrd enough     16      12      13      13      13      13      18
REFUSED               3       3       3       2       2       3       4
 
 
24. 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            37%     5%    78%    27%    34%    39%    31%    70%    43%
Unfavorable          46     80     10     53     53     40     55      9     33
Hvn't hrd enough     15     13     11     17     11     18     12     20     25
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      2      3      2      2      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 02  Sep 01  Nov 12  Apr 21
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2008    2010
 
Favorable            37      37      35      36      35      55      32
Unfavorable          46      49      51      49      51      35      52
Hvn't hrd enough     15      11      11      13      12       6      12
REFUSED               2       3       3       3       2       4       3
 
 
31. 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    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                43%     7%    83%    33%    38%    46%    33%    91%    51%
Romney               47     85     10     55     52     43     58      5     31
DK/NA                10      8      7     12      9     11      9      3     17
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                41%    30%    24%    36%    32%    35%    19%    34%    40%
Romney               51     61     66     56     62     54     72     58     51
DK/NA                 7     10     10      8      7     11      9      9      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                47%    41%    48%    39%    44%    39%    46%    42%    42%
Romney               45     48     38     52     50     54     45     47     48
DK/NA                 8     11     13      9      7      7      9     11     10
 
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?
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Obama                43      44      41      46      39      42
Romney               47      45      46      43      49      46
DK/NA                10      11      13      11      11      12
 
 
32. 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    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                42%     8%    80%    34%    38%    45%    33%    89%    53%
Romney               45     81     10     50     49     40     54      7     29
DK/NA                14     11     10     16     13     14     13      4     18
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                39%    29%    24%    34%    31%    35%    20%    33%    40%
Romney               50     56     63     54     58     51     69     54     48
DK/NA                11     14     12     12     11     15     11     13     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                45%    41%    47%    40%    43%    39%    45%    43%    40%
Romney               43     45     36     48     48     52     41     44     48
DK/NA                12     14     17     12      9      9     15     13     12
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job creating jobs, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Apr 19  Nov 02
                     2012    2011
 
Obama                42      45
Romney               45      44
DK/NA                14      12
 
 
33. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on foreign policy, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                46%    11%    83%    40%    44%    48%    38%    86%    62%
Romney               40     76      7     45     44     37     49      6     25
DK/NA                14     13     10     15     13     15     13      9     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                48%    33%    28%    40%    36%    39%    23%    39%    43%
Romney               42     52     59     46     53     46     65     48     45
DK/NA                10     15     13     14     12     15     12     13     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                53%    44%    49%    47%    46%    46%    48%    47%    46%
Romney               37     41     32     43     45     46     40     39     42
DK/NA                10     15     19     10      9      8     12     14     12
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on foreign policy, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Apr 19  Oct 06
                     2012    2011
 
Obama                46      43
Romney               40      43
DK/NA                14      13
 
 
34. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on health care, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                44%     9%    82%    38%    42%    46%    35%    88%    61%
Romney               43     78      9     48     46     40     53      6     23
DK/NA                13     13      9     14     13     13     12      6     16
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                44%    30%    25%    37%    35%    35%    18%    37%    39%
Romney               47     56     62     51     55     51     70     52     47
DK/NA                 8     14     12     12     10     13     12     11     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                50%    42%    49%    40%    46%    41%    50%    43%    43%
Romney               41     44     34     50     44     50     40     43     45
DK/NA                10     14     17     10     10      9     10     14     12
 
 
35. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on gas prices, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                31%     7%    61%    22%    27%    34%    23%    68%    42%
Romney               44     79     13     48     46     41     52     12     27
DK/NA                26     15     27     30     26     25     25     20     31
 
 
36. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on taxes, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                43%    10%    80%    36%    40%    46%    36%    85%    49%
Romney               43     80     10     49     48     39     52      8     29
DK/NA                14     10     10     15     12     15     12      7     22
 
 
37. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on immigration, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                39%    10%    72%    33%    36%    42%    32%    76%    53%
Romney               43     76     12     48     48     38     51     11     24
DK/NA                18     14     17     20     16     20     18     13     24
 
 
38. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on issues especially important to women, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                52%    20%    84%    48%    52%    53%    44%    89%    65%
Romney               32     61      6     33     33     30     39      3     17
DK/NA                16     19     10     18     15     17     17      8     17
 
 
39. Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  60%    37%    88%    54%    55%    65%    53%    94%    68%
No                   36     61      8     43     41     32     43      4     29
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      4      3      4      2      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Apr 19  Oct 05  Sep 01  Jan 13  Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Yes                  60      49      50      64      59      66
No                   36      49      48      33      38      32
DK/NA                 4       2       3       3       3       2
 
 
40. Would you say that Mitt Romney has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  61%    81%    45%    64%    64%    59%    67%    45%    52%
No                   24      7     38     23     24     24     21     37     25
DK/NA                15     11     17     13     12     16     12     18     23
 
TREND: Would you say that Mitt Romney has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Apr 19  Oct 05
                     2012    2011
 
Yes                  61      55
No                   24      24
DK/NA                15      21
 
 
41. Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  57%    31%    86%    52%    53%    61%    50%    92%    69%
No                   39     65      9     45     42     35     46      4     27
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      5      4      4      4      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  58%    46%    41%    55%    48%    52%    35%    53%    51%
No                   40     49     55     42     49     44     61     43     45
DK/NA                 3      5      4      3      3      5      4      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  62%    55%    59%    55%    60%    58%    61%    58%    55%
No                   35     40     36     42     36     40     35     38     41
DK/NA                 3      5      5      3      4      2      4      4      4
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Oct 05  Sep 01  Nov 12
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2008
 
Yes                  57      58      54      54      70
No                   39      40      43      42      22
DK/NA                 4       2       3       3       7
 
 
42. Would you say that Mitt Romney cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  44%    72%    21%    47%    47%    41%    50%    18%    41%
No                   43     18     65     42     43     44     40     64     43
DK/NA                13     10     14     12     10     15     11     18     17
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  48%    51%    56%    50%    53%    47%    61%    50%    46%
No                   46     36     32     40     39     40     27     40     44
DK/NA                 7     13     11     10      8     13     11     10     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  43%    44%    34%    48%    45%    54%    42%    46%    44%
No                   50     41     51     43     43     39     43     42     45
DK/NA                 7     15     15      9     12      7     15     12     11
 
TREND: Would you say that Mitt Romney cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Apr 19  Feb 22  Oct 05
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Yes                  44      40      43
No                   43      50      35
DK/NA                13      11      22
 
 
43. Would you say Barack Obama is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  81%    67%    93%    82%    81%    81%    78%    99%    85%
No                   14     29      4     14     14     15     18      1      7
DK/NA                 5      5      3      4      6      4      4      -      9
 
TREND: Would you say Barack Obama is a likable person or not?
                     Apr 19  Nov 02
                     2012    2011
 
Yes                  81      80
No                   14      18
DK/NA                 5       2
 
 
44. Would you say Mitt Romney is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  63%    80%    49%    65%    63%    63%    69%    46%    48%
No                   24     10     36     23     24     23     21     36     31
DK/NA                13     10     16     12     13     14     10     17     21
 
TREND: Would you say Mitt Romney is a likable person or not?
                     Apr 19  Nov 02
                     2012    2011
 
Yes                  63      61
No                   24      22
DK/NA                13      17
 
 

Demographic Summary