July 11, 2012 - Big Marriage Gap Keeps Obama Ahead By A Nose, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; American Voters Give Supreme Court Best Scores In DC

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Driven by a yawning marriage gap, and a 2-1 lead among single women, President Barack Obama gets 46 percent of American voters to 43 percent for Gov. Mitt Romney, largely on the support of singles, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Married voters back Romney 51 - 38 percent, while unmarried voters back President Obama 54 - 34 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Among married voters, Romney leads 54 - 35 percent among men and 49 - 42 percent among women. Among single voters, Obama leads 47 - 38 percent among men and 60 - 31 percent among women.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts gets a higher job approval rating, 46 - 34 percent, than the president, who logs a negative 45 - 49 percent score.

The Supreme Court itself gets a 47 - 41 percent approval rating. Voters disapprove 62 - 29 percent of the job Democrats in Congress are doing, and turn thumbs down on congressional Republicans 68 - 24 percent.

"Although much has been made about the gender gap and how President Barack Obama's lead among women fuels his campaign, the marriage gap is actually larger and more telling," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Overall, President Obama has a 20-point lead among single voters compared to Romney's 13- point margin among married voters.

"The marriage gap may be related to the different priorities and economic situations of married and single people," said Brown. "Married people are more likely to be older, more financially secure and more socially conservative than unmarried voters. The married column includes more Republicans and more white voters."

"Married voters are more likely to focus on the economy and health care, while single voters are more focused on issues such as gay rights and reproductive issues," Brown added.

Obama leads among Democrats 89 - 4 percent, while Romney takes Republicans 89 - 5 percent. Independent voters split with 43 percent for Romney and 41 percent for Obama.

Men go Republican 47 - 40 percent, while women go Democratic 51 - 39 percent. Romney leads 51 - 38 percent among white voters while Obama leads 92 - 2 percent among black voters and 59 - 30 percent among Hispanic voters.

White Catholics back Romney 53 - 38 percent.

The president leads 51 - 41 percent among voters with college degrees, while voters without degrees split 43 - 44 percent.

Both candidates have negative favorability ratings, 45 - 48 percent for Obama and 37 - 41 percent for Romney.

American voters disapprove 55 - 40 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy, but split 45 - 46 percent on whether Obama or Romney would do a better job on the economy. Romney would be better for their own economic future, 47 percent say, while 44 percent pick Obama. By a 50 - 44 percent margin, voters have an unfavorable opinion of Obama's plans for the economy, compared to 46 - 40 percent unfavorable for Romney.

By a small 47 - 44 percent margin, voters approve of the way the president is handling foreign policy. He gets a negative 39 - 52 percent on illegal immigration and a negative 43 - 52 percent on health care.

Romney gains no traction on Obama's negatives as 45 percent say he would do a better job on immigration, compared to 43 percent for Obama. The president would do a better job on health care, 45 percent say, compared to 44 percent for Romney.

Voters say 56 - 41 percent Obama cares about their needs, compared to the 50 - 42 percent who say Romney does not care. By 79 - 16 percent registered voters say Obama is likeable compared to the 65 - 27 percent who say that about Romney.

From July 1 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,722 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           40%    90%     4%    37%    44%    37%    47%     7%    29%
Democratic           43      3     91     33     38     47     35     84     56
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      3      3      -      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      -      3      2      1      1      -      1
DK/NA                15      7      5     25     14     15     15      9     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Republican           46%    48%    58%    51%    51%    44%    68%    46%    45%
Democratic           40     32     26     35     31     38     18     37     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      -      2      -      1      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      2      1      1      1      2
DK/NA                12     17     14     13     14     17     12     16     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Republican           41%    40%    33%    38%    45%    45%    39%    39%    43%
Democratic           46     41     46     45     42     40     44     42     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      2      1      2      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      2      1      -      2      2      1
DK/NA                12     16     18     13     11     13     14     15     13
 
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", * High also 40% Mar 2011, Feb 2012)
                                                             REPUBLICAN....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 02  Jul 11  Nov 02
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2012*   2011
                                                                     
Republican           40      39      40      36      34      40      34
Democratic           43      40      38      40      42      43      42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       2       2       3       1       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                15      17      18      20      19      15      19
 
 
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%     5%    89%    41%    40%    51%    38%    92%    59%
Romney               43     89      4     43     47     39     51      2     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      2      5      4      2      3      -      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      1      3      3      1      2      1      1
DK/NA                 6      5      4      7      6      6      6      6      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                46%    33%    27%    38%    33%    42%    18%    40%    39%
Romney               47     53     63     53     54     48     72     50     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      2      2      4      2      3      3      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      2      2      1      2      1      3
DK/NA                 5      7      6      5      6      6      6      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                51%    43%    51%    47%    42%    44%    49%    44%    45%
Romney               41     44     36     41     48     47     39     43     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      2      5      4      3      5      4      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      3      2      1      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                 5      7      8      5      6      4      5      7      5
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
                                                           
Obama                38%    35%    42%    54%    47%    60%
Romney               51     54     49     34     38     31 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      4      6      2 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      2      3      1 
DK/NA                 6      6      7      6      5      6 
 
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
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Nov 02  Oct 05
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Obama                46      46      46      45      47      47      42
Romney               43      42      44      44      42      42      46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       2       2       2       2       2       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       4       3       4       4       2
DK/NA                 6       7       4       7       5       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                 35%    47%    32%    30%    37%    34%    36%    39%    29%
Less                 22     19     17     28     24     21     24     15     17
About the same       41     32     50     41     38     44     38     46     50
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      2      1      1      1      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More                 37%    36%    40%    34%    38%    34%    42%    36%    39%
Less                 21     26     22     25     25     23     24     24     24
About the same       41     37     38     39     35     42     34     40     35
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
More                 38%    34%    28%    36%    39%    40%    34%    32%    38%
Less                 21     23     21     25     23     19     22     24     21
About the same       40     41     50     39     36     39     42     43     40
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      1      3      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")
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 5
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
More                 35      32      32      29      31      30
Less                 22      24      23      23      23      22
About the same       41      43      44      47      45      46
DK/NA                 1       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            37%    75%     8%    35%    41%    33%    43%     6%    27%
Unfavorable          41      9     70     40     39     44     38     63     39
Hvn't hrd enough     19     14     21     21     18     20     17     28     30
REFUSED               3      2      2      4      3      3      3      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 05  May 03
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2007
 
Favorable            37      33      35      36      35      39      17
Unfavorable          41      38      43      31      35      28      16
Hvn't hrd enough     19      26      19      31      27      31      65
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       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%     8%    86%    41%    39%    51%    38%    87%    55%
Unfavorable          48     88      8     50     54     42     56      6     33
Hvn't hrd enough      4      2      4      4      3      4      3      4      8
REFUSED               4      2      2      5      3      4      3      3      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Nov 12  Oct 05
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2008    2011
 
Favorable            45      45      47      47      49      67      42
Unfavorable          48      49      48      46      46      19      53
Hvn't hrd enough      4       3       2       4       2      11       3
REFUSED               4       3       2       4       2       3       3
 
 
6. 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              45%     9%    85%    40%    39%    50%    38%    91%    52%
Disapprove           49     88     11     52     55     43     57      6     37
DK/NA                 6      3      3      8      5      6      5      3     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              47%    33%    29%    36%    33%    43%    20%    40%    39%
Disapprove           49     61     66     59     64     51     76     55     57
DK/NA                 4      5      4      5      4      6      4      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              51%    42%    49%    44%    41%    46%    48%    45%    43%
Disapprove           44     52     44     49     54     50     46     48     52
DK/NA                 5      6      7      7      5      4      5      7      4
 
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
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              45      47      45      44      47      59      41
Disapprove           49      48      49      50      49      31      55
DK/NA                 6       5       5       6       4      10       4
 
 
7. 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              29%     8%    63%    19%    25%    33%    23%    65%    41%
Disapprove           62     88     27     74     68     57     69     25     47
DK/NA                 8      4      9      8      7      9      7     10     11
 
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
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              29      27      26      24      26      45      24
Disapprove           62      63      67      69      70      45      69
DK/NA                 8      10       7       7       5      10       7
 
 
8. 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              24%    52%     8%    18%    24%    24%    27%    10%    20%
Disapprove           68     40     86     74     70     66     65     82     69
DK/NA                 8      8      6      8      6      9      8      8     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
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Mar 31  Nov 23
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011*   2011
 
Approve              24      23      22      19      20      34     19
Disapprove           68      66      71      74      76      55     74
DK/NA                 8      11       6       7       4      11      7
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Supreme Court is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    35%    64%    45%    46%    47%    45%    62%    47%
Disapprove           41     54     24     44     44     38     43     23     44
DK/NA                12     11     12     10     10     14     12     16      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Supreme Court is handling its job? (* High also 62% May 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 20  Apr 21  Jun 04  May 29  Jun 04  Jul 17
                     2012    2012    2010    2009    2009    2009*   2008
 
Approve              47      52      49      62      62      62      39
Disapprove           41      31      33      22      22      22      43
DK/NA                12      18      18      16      16      16      18
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Roberts is handling his job as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              46%    33%    62%    46%    48%    44%    44%    61%    47%
Disapprove           34     51     19     32     35     32     36     16     30
DK/NA                20     16     19     22     16     24     19     23     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Roberts is handling his job as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
                     Jul 11  Apr 21
                     2012    2010
 
Approve              46      49
Disapprove           34      21
DK/NA                20      30
 
 
11. 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%     8%    89%    42%    41%    51%    38%    92%    60%
No/Does not          49     89      9     53     55     43     57      4     37
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      4      5      5      5      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes/Deserves         46%    34%    29%    38%    33%    43%    20%    40%    40%
No/Does not          50     61     67     58     63     52     75     55     57
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      4      6      5      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Deserves         51%    44%    51%    50%    42%    46%    51%    46%    45%
No/Does not          44     51     43     45     55     52     46     49     50
DK/NA                 4      5      6      4      3      3      3      4      5
 
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, Nov 2011)(**Low also 40% Mar 2010)
                                                             YES/DESERVES..
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Jul 11  Jul 21
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2012*   2010**
 
Yes/Deserves         47      46      45      45      47      47      40
No/Does not          49      49      50      48      49      49      48
DK/NA                 5       5       5       7       4       5      12
 
 
12. 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        4%     2%     8%     2%     4%     4%     2%    14%     5%
Smwht satisfied      25      9     47     21     23     28     21     51     31
Smwht dissatisfied   29     26     29     31     29     29     30     23     29
Very dissatisfied    41     63     15     44     44     38     46     10     33
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     3%     1%     2%     3%     3%     2%     4%
Smwht satisfied      23     20     18     25     20     22     14     24     18
Smwht dissatisfied   34     28     27     28     29     31     23     31     29
Very dissatisfied    40     49     51     46     49     43     60     44     47
DK/NA                 -      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+
 
Very satisfied        2%     5%     6%     3%     3%     3%     5%     5%     4%
Smwht satisfied      28     24     29     25     25     23     29     26     23
Smwht dissatisfied   32     27     27     30     30     32     35     27     25
Very dissatisfied    37     43     37     42     41     41     31     42     47
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      -      -      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
                     Jul 11  Apr 20  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 02  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        4       3       4       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      25      28      26      16      17      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   29      29      28      31      30      19      38
Very dissatisfied    41      40      42      50      51      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              40%     8%    79%    34%    37%    43%    33%    86%    51%
Disapprove           55     90     19     60     59     52     63      7     45
DK/NA                 4      2      2      6      4      5      4      7      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              39%    30%    25%    31%    30%    35%    18%    34%    36%
Disapprove           59     66     71     66     67     60     79     63     61
DK/NA                 3      4      4      3      3      4      3      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              43%    39%    44%    41%    39%    39%    43%    40%    39%
Disapprove           54     56     50     56     57     59     54     56     57
DK/NA                 4      5      6      3      4      2      2      4      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 03  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2009    2011*
 
Approve              40      38      41      33      37      57      32
Disapprove           55      56      55      61      60      33      64
DK/NA                 4       6       4       6       4      10       4
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    18%    80%    44%    45%    49%    42%    81%    53%
Disapprove           44     72     13     48     48     39     49     10     34
DK/NA                 9     10      8      8      6     12      9      9     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              52%    37%    33%    43%    40%    44%    25%    45%    43%
Disapprove           43     52     58     48     54     44     66     46     49
DK/NA                 5     11      9      9      6     12      9      9      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              55%    43%    45%    50%    46%    53%    47%    49%    46%
Disapprove           40     46     42     42     48     42     44     44     45
DK/NA                 5     11     13      8      6      5     10      8      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 23  Nov 23  Nov 03  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              47      44      46      49      52      57      41
Disapprove           44      47      46      42      42      32      47
DK/NA                 9       9       8      10       6      11      12
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - illegal immigration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%    10%    70%    35%    37%    41%    32%    74%    48%
Disapprove           52     84     21     54     56     48     59     14     42
DK/NA                 9      6      9     10      7     12      9     11     11
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              42%    27%    24%    33%    30%    33%    16%    35%    34%
Disapprove           51     63     67     61     63     55     75     57     60
DK/NA                 7     10      9      7      6     11      8      8      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              46%    35%    37%    43%    37%    43%    43%    40%    36%
Disapprove           46     55     50     48     56     52     45     52     55
DK/NA                 8     10     14      8      7      5     12      8      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling illegal immigration?
                     Jul 11  Nov 03  Jan 13  Sep 13  Jul 21
                     2012    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              39      30      30      28      30
Disapprove           52      53      55      60      58
DK/NA                 9      16      15      12      12
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%     5%    82%    38%    40%    45%    34%    87%    54%
Disapprove           52     91     15     55     56     49     61      9     41
DK/NA                 5      3      3      7      4      5      5      5      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              44%    29%    25%    32%    32%    37%    16%    36%    35%
Disapprove           52     65     72     62     64     58     80     59     60
DK/NA                 4      5      4      5      4      5      4      5      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              49%    39%    47%    42%    39%    43%    46%    43%    40%
Disapprove           47     55     47     52     57     54     51     52     55
DK/NA                 4      5      5      6      4      3      3      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care? (*Low also 35% Jan 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Feb 23  Mar 30  Mar 03  Jan 18  Jul 02  Feb 11*
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2010
 
Approve              43      40      38      40      44       46      35
Disapprove           52      56      55      56      51       42      58
DK/NA                 5       5       7       4       5       13       6
 
 
17. 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%    75%     6%    28%    35%    32%    39%    10%    24%
Unfavorable          50     16     77     52     51     49     48     67     46
Hvn't hrd enough     14      8     16     16     11     16     12     22     25
REFUSED               3      2      1      4      3      3      2      1      5
 
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
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 02  Nov 22  Oct 8
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2010    2009*
 
Favorable            33      33      32      31      28      40      25
Unfavorable          50      49      53      54      57      45      53
Hvn't hrd enough     14      16      12      13      13      13      18
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       2       3       4
 
 
18. 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%    79%    27%    31%    42%    30%    74%    45%
Unfavorable          50     87     10     54     57     43     58     10     32
Hvn't hrd enough     11      7     10     15      9     13     10     14     19
REFUSED               2      1      1      4      3      2      2      1      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 23  Nov 02  Nov 12  Apr 21
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2008    2010
 
Favorable            37      37      37      35      36      55      32
Unfavorable          50      46      49      51      49      35      52
Hvn't hrd enough     11      15      11      11      13       6      12
REFUSED               2       2       3       3       3       4       3
 
 
19. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of - Barack Obama's plans for the economy? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Strongly favorable   20%     2%    46%    11%    17%    22%    14%    61%    22%
Smwht favorable      24      7     37     27     23     26     23     26     30
Smwht unfavorable    13     16      6     18     15     12     15      2     13
Strongly unfavorable 37     71      5     37     41     33     43      3     24
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      4      8      5      7     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Strongly favorable   16%    13%    10%    16%    12%    15%     7%    15%    20%
Smwht favorable      28     20     19     20     21     24     14     22     18
Smwht unfavorable    12     17     15     14     17     14     14     16     11
Strongly unfavorable 40     45     52     46     48     40     61     42     43
DK/NA                 4      6      4      5      2      8      4      5      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Strongly favorable   20%    19%    22%    21%    18%    18%    17%    21%    20%
Smwht favorable      28     22     26     26     22     24     28     23     23
Smwht unfavorable    12     14     15     13     13     14     19     14     10
Strongly unfavorable 35     38     27     34     42     41     31     37     40
DK/NA                 5      6     10      6      4      3      6      5      7
 
 
20. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of - Mitt Romney's plans for the economy? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Strongly favorable   14%    32%     3%    10%    14%    13%    16%     2%    17%
Smwht favorable      26     43     10     29     29     24     29      8     23
Smwht unfavorable    17      7     23     18     16     17     15     22     23
Strongly unfavorable 29      5     52     26     27     30     26     51     22
DK/NA                15     12     13     16     13     16     14     18     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Strongly favorable   16%    16%    18%    19%    16%    16%    19%    17%    16%
Smwht favorable      28     30     37     30     32     27     44     28     25
Smwht unfavorable    12     16     12     14     15     14     11     15     15
Strongly unfavorable 32     23     17     25     25     27     11     27     26
DK/NA                12     15     15     12     12     16     14     13     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Strongly favorable   14%    13%    12%    10%    15%    16%     8%    12%    18%
Smwht favorable      25     27     25     25     29     28     32     27     23
Smwht unfavorable    14     18     21     16     15     16     21     17     15
Strongly unfavorable 34     26     26     32     29     30     24     29     30
DK/NA                13     16     17     17     11     10     15     14     14
 
 
21. 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                45%     6%    88%    39%    41%    49%    37%    92%    54%
Romney               46     88      8     48     50     41     53      4     34
DK/NA                 9      6      5     13      9     10      9      4     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                43%    34%    27%    37%    34%    40%    18%    40%    39%
Romney               50     55     63     57     58     49     72     52     51
DK/NA                 7     11     10      6      8     11     11      7     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                49%    43%    50%    46%    43%    43%    48%    43%    44%
Romney               44     46     36     46     50     52     44     46     47
DK/NA                 7     11     15      8      7      5      8     11      9
 
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?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Nov 02  Oct 06  Sep 01
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Obama                45      43      44      41      46      39      42
Romney               46      47      45      46      43      49      46
DK/NA                 9      10      11      13      11      11      12
 
 
22. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would - be better for your personal economic future, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                44%     5%    85%    40%    40%    48%    37%    91%    51%
Romney               47     89     10     48     51     43     55      4     37
DK/NA                 9      6      5     11      9      9      9      5     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                42%    34%    27%    37%    34%    39%    18%    39%    37%
Romney               52     57     65     58     59     51     72     54     52
DK/NA                 7     10      8      5      8      9     10      6     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                47%    43%    49%    48%    42%    38%    48%    42%    44%
Romney               46     48     39     42     51     57     46     48     48
DK/NA                 7     10     12      9      7      5      7     10      8
 
 
23. 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                47%    11%    83%    46%    45%    49%    41%    84%    57%
Romney               40     79      8     38     44     36     46      3     34
DK/NA                13     10      9     16     11     15     13     13      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                49%    37%    32%    41%    40%    42%    23%    44%    40%
Romney               40     49     54     49     49     43     64     44     46
DK/NA                11     14     14     10     11     16     13     12     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                54%    44%    47%    49%    46%    51%    47%    49%    46%
Romney               36     42     35     38     44     41     41     38     42
DK/NA                10     14     19     13     10      8     12     13     13
 
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?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Oct 06
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Obama                47      46      43
Romney               40      40      43
DK/NA                13      14      13
 
 
24. 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                43%     6%    81%    39%    39%    47%    35%    81%    62%
Romney               45     84     10     46     51     38     53      8     26
DK/NA                12     10      9     15     10     14     12     11     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                45%    30%    26%    35%    31%    38%    19%    35%    36%
Romney               45     57     62     54     59     47     69     52     52
DK/NA                10     13     12     11      9     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                49%    40%    46%    49%    40%    41%    48%    43%    41%
Romney               41     47     39     42     50     48     45     45     45
DK/NA                10     13     15      9     10     11      7     12     14
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on immigration, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19
                     2012    2012
 
Obama                43      39
Romney               45      43
DK/NA                12      18
 
 
25. 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                45%     5%    85%    41%    41%    48%    38%    85%    52%
Romney               44     87      8     45     48     41     52      9     31
DK/NA                11      7      7     14     11     11     10      6     17
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                46%    33%    26%    38%    35%    40%    17%    40%    37%
Romney               46     55     64     53     55     49     71     51     50
DK/NA                 7     11     10     10     10     10     11     10     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                51%    42%    47%    48%    41%    45%    46%    45%    44%
Romney               41     46     39     42     49     49     48     42     46
DK/NA                 8     12     14     10     10      7      6     13     10
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on health care, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19
                     2012    2012
 
Obama                45      44
Romney               44      43
DK/NA                11      13
 
 
26. Would you say that - Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  59%    29%    89%    57%    57%    60%    52%    93%    70%
No                   39     69      9     41     41     37     45      3     25
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      2      3      2      4      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  60%    49%    45%    51%    51%    54%    38%    54%    50%
No                   39     49     52     47     47     43     60     44     48
DK/NA                 1      3      2      1      2      3      2      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  64%    56%    59%    63%    54%    61%    70%    60%    51%
No                   35     41     35     36     44     38     27     38     46
DK/NA                 1      3      6      1      2      1      3      2      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Oct 05  Sep 01  Jan 13  Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Yes                  59      60      49      50      64      59      66
No                   39      36      49      48      33      38      32
DK/NA                 3       4       2       3       3       3       2
 
 
27. Would you say that - Mitt Romney has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  59%    82%    38%    62%    61%    58%    64%    30%    58%
No                   32     10     53     30     32     32     28     57     30
DK/NA                 9      8      8      8      7     10      8     13     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  64%    64%    70%    65%    64%    63%    75%    64%    61%
No                   31     27     21     28     30     27     16     29     31
DK/NA                 5      9      9      7      6      9      9      7      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  60%    59%    57%    60%    59%    65%    68%    59%    55%
No                   33     31     31     31     34     30     25     31     36
DK/NA                 6     10     12      9      7      5      7      9      9
 
TREND: Would you say that Mitt Romney has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Oct 05
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Yes                  59      61      55
No                   32      24      24
DK/NA                 9      15      21
 
 
28. 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                  56%    25%    90%    54%    53%    60%    50%    94%    67%
No                   41     72      8     42     45     37     48      2     30
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      2      4      3      5      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  59%    45%    43%    49%    47%    52%    33%    52%    50%
No                   40     52     55     48     51     44     64     46     47
DK/NA                 1      4      2      3      2      4      3      3      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  63%    53%    56%    62%    54%    59%    60%    58%    53%
No                   35     43     39     34     44     40     37     39     44
DK/NA                 2      4      5      3      2      1      3      4      2
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Oct 05  Sep 01  Nov 12
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2008
 
Yes                  56      57      58      54      54      70
No                   41      39      40      43      42      22
DK/NA                 3       4       2       3       3       7
 
 
29. 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                  42%    75%    15%    41%    43%    41%    48%    13%    38%
No                   50     18     78     50     50     50     45     75     53
DK/NA                 8      7      7      9      7      9      7     12      9
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  50%    46%    57%    50%    49%    47%    61%    49%    43%
No                   45     46     35     42     46     45     31     44     51
DK/NA                 5      8      8      8      6      9      8      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  44%    41%    38%    38%    42%    51%    40%    42%    44%
No                   49     51     51     54     52     44     52     50     49
DK/NA                 6      9     11      8      6      5      8      8      7
 
TREND: Would you say that Mitt Romney cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Oct 05
                     2012    2012    2012    2011
 
Yes                  42      44      40      43
No                   50      43      50      35
DK/NA                 8      13      11      22
 
 
30. Would you say Barack Obama is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  79%    64%    95%    79%    79%    80%    75%    97%    87%
No                   16     32      3     16     17     15     20      -     10
DK/NA                 5      5      2      5      4      5      5      3      3
 
TREND: Would you say Barack Obama is a likable person or not?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Nov 02
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Yes                  79      81      80
No                   16      14      18
DK/NA                 5       5       2
 
 
31. Would you say Mitt Romney is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  65%    85%    46%    68%    68%    62%    69%    45%    62%
No                   27      9     46     24     25     28     23     42     33
DK/NA                 8      7      8      8      7     10      8     12      5
 
TREND: Would you say Mitt Romney is a likable person or not?
                     Jul 11  Apr 19  Nov 02
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Yes                  65      63      61
No                   27      24      22
DK/NA                 8      13      17
 
 

Demographic Summary