June 7, 2012 - Romney Trails Obama By 5 Points In Virginia, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gay Marriage Has Little Impact On Presidential Race

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In the first survey since he clinched the GOP nomination, Gov. Mitt Romney now trails President Barack Obama 47 - 42 percent in Virginia, a lead that would not be affected if Gov. Bob McDonnell were the Republican running mate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Today's results compare to a 50 - 42 percent Obama lead in a March 20 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, conducted when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul were still in the race for the Republican nomination.

With Gov. Bob McDonnell as Romney's running mate, facing Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden, the Democratic ticket wins 48 - 43 percent.

Virginia voters oppose same-sex marriage 49 - 42 percent, but only 25 percent say it is "extremely important" or "very important" in deciding how they will vote for president. President Obama's support for same-sex marriage makes them less likely to vote for him, 24 percent say. Another 14 percent say more likely, while 60 percent say it won't affect their vote.

The gender gap is the key to the president's overall lead as he wins women 51 - 35 percent while men tilt 49 - 44 percent for Romney.

"President Barack Obama remains ahead in Virginia, but he is hearing Gov. Mitt Romney's footsteps. His lead over Romney is built upon a continuing gender gap that favors him - essentially the president stays close among men while he is very strong among women," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "For Romney to take the lead he will need to reverse the gender gap. Often when Republicans win, they use a solid lead among men and narrow their loss among women."

"The gender gap is almost certainly with us for the campaign. The only question will be which side harnesses it for their benefit. Currently, the president is winning that battle," Brown added.

Obama leads 90 - 4 percent among Democrats and 45 - 37 percent among independent voters, while losing Republicans 91 - 6 percent. He also does better among voters under 35 years old, 63 - 23 percent, than he does among those 55 and older, who back Romney 49 - 41 percent. Voters 35 to 54 years old are split 45 - 45 percent.

Virginia voters are divided 48 - 47 percent in their approval of the job Obama is doing, and split 49 - 47 percent on whether he deserves a second term in the Oval Office.

By a 50 - 44 percent margin, Virginia voters have a favorable opinion of Obama and say 80 - 16 percent that he is a likable person.

Romney gets a split 39 - 37 percent favorability, as voters say 61 - 28 percent that he is a likable person.

Virginia voters say 55 - 28 percent that Obama would do a better job than Romney on same-sex marriage.

Because of Romney's opposition to same-sex marriage, 21 percent of voters are more likely to support him while 23 percent are less likely. The issue will not affect their vote, 53 percent say.

Voters are divided on who would do a better job on the economy as 46 percent pick Romney and 44 percent pick Obama.

From May 30 - June 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,282 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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

2. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                47%     6%    90%    45%    44%    51%    37%    82%
Romney               42     91      4     37     49     35     53     10
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      -      1      6      3      3      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      5      1      4      2      -
DK/NA                 6      2      4      7      4      8      5      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                45%    32%    25%    40%    35%    40%    16%    40%    43%
Romney               47     57     65     54     58     48     72     52     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      -      3      3      3      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      4      1      1      3      3      2      2
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      3      6      5      4      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                50%    45%    47%    49%    48%    49%    63%    45%    41%
Romney               42     41     37     38     46     44     23     45     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      4      2      2      4      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      4      4      4      -      1      2      2      2
DK/NA                 5      6      8      5      4      4      7      4      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")
                     Jun 07  Mar 20  Feb 08  Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Obama                47      50      47      42      44      42
Romney               42      42      43      44      45      44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       1       1       3       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       4       3       3       3       2
DK/NA                 6       3       5       7       7       9
 
 
3. Let's say the Democratic ticket is Barack Obama for president and Joe Biden for vice president and the Republican ticket is Mitt Romney for president and Bob McDonnell for vice president. If you were voting today, how would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama/Biden          48%     6%    90%    46%    43%    52%    38%    80%
Romney/McDonnell     43     90      6     38     51     36     54     14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      -      4      2      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      3      1      3      2      -
DK/NA                 6      3      3      8      3      8      6      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama/Biden          46%    33%    25%    41%    35%    41%    16%    41%    44%
Romney/McDonnell     49     57     65     55     59     48     74     52     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      -      1      1      1      -      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      3      1      1      2      3      1      2
DK/NA                 4      6      7      3      3      8      6      6      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama/Biden          50%    46%    50%    49%    48%    49%    64%    46%    41%
Romney/McDonnell     44     43     38     39     48     45     28     46     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      -      3      2      1      3      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      3      3      -      1      2      2      2
DK/NA                 4      6      8      6      3      3      3      5      7
 
TREND: Let's say the Democratic ticket is Barack Obama for president and Joe Biden for vice president and the Republican ticket is Mitt Romney for president and Bob McDonnell for vice president. If you were voting today, how would you vote?
                     Jun 07  Mar 20
                     2012    2012
 
Obama/Biden          48      50
Romney/McDonnell     43      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       3
DK/NA                 6       3
 
 
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
 
Favorable            39%    79%    13%    31%    48%    31%    47%    13%
Unfavorable          37      6     61     43     32     42     34     43
Hvn't hrd enough     21     16     23     21     18     24     16     42
REFUSED               3      -      3      5      3      3      3      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            50%    45%    57%    48%    55%    39%    62%    45%    44%
Unfavorable          38     32     23     33     31     38     17     33     33
Hvn't hrd enough      9     20     18     16     13     18     19     18     20
REFUSED               3      3      3      3      1      4      2      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            45%    36%    28%    36%    44%    45%    27%    41%    44%
Unfavorable          41     35     39     42     37     38     43     36     35
Hvn't hrd enough     12     27     32     19     16     13     25     22     18
REFUSED               3      3      1      3      3      3      4      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 07  Mar 20  Feb 08  Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011
 
Favorable            39      36      43      37      38
Unfavorable          37      43      39      27      29
Hvn't hrd enough     21      18      15      33      31
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       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
 
Favorable            50%     9%    92%    47%    47%    53%    39%    89%
Unfavorable          44     86      5     45     48     41     54      8
Hvn't hrd enough      4      4      2      5      3      4      4      1
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      2      3      2      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            48%    33%    29%    41%    36%    42%    17%    45%    47%
Unfavorable          48     59     66     51     58     51     76     50     49
Hvn't hrd enough      2      6      4      5      3      5      6      4      4
REFUSED               2      3      2      2      2      2      2      2      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            54%    47%    47%    53%    51%    53%    66%    48%    42%
Unfavorable          43     45     38     45     46     44     28     47     51
Hvn't hrd enough      2      5     12      1      1      3      4      4      3
REFUSED               1      3      3      1      2      -      2      1      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 07  Mar 20  Feb 08  Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011
 
Favorable            50      51      50      45      45
Unfavorable          44      44      47      47      49
Hvn't hrd enough      4       3       1       3       2
REFUSED               2       2       2       4       3
 
 
6. Is your opinion of Bob McDonnell favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            39%    71%    18%    34%    46%    33%    46%    25%
Unfavorable          25      1     43     30     25     24     24     30
Hvn't hrd enough     35     28     37     34     28     41     29     43
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            45%    46%    55%    45%    52%    40%    59%    46%    39%
Unfavorable          30     20     17     22     25     23     11     23     19
Hvn't hrd enough     24     32     27     31     24     34     28     30     40
REFUSED               1      2      1      2      -      2      1      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            40%    39%    34%    33%    44%    43%    26%    43%    44%
Unfavorable          32     21     19     24     28     30     22     25     26
Hvn't hrd enough     27     39     47     40     26     26     51     30     28
REFUSED               2      2      1      3      2      1      1      2      2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            39%     7%    75%    34%    36%    42%    33%    67%
Unfavorable          38     70      6     43     47     31     47      9
Hvn't hrd enough     20     21     17     21     15     25     17     23
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      2      2      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Favorable            43%    27%    23%    42%    30%    36%    15%    39%    38%
Unfavorable          44     50     55     44     56     39     63     41     41
Hvn't hrd enough     11     21     20     12     11     22     19     18     19
REFUSED               2      3      2      2      2      2      3      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            47%    35%    34%    36%    40%    46%    37%    42%    38%
Unfavorable          41     37     28     42     41     42     28     41     42
Hvn't hrd enough     11     26     36     22     16      9     33     15     17
REFUSED               2      2      1      -      2      3      1      2      3
 
 
8. 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
 
More                 31%    46%    29%    21%    33%    28%    32%    31%
Less                 25     15     17     40     21     29     25     16
About the same       44     39     54     38     45     43     43     53
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More                 30%    33%    34%    30%    35%    29%    35%    32%    33%
Less                 22     27     23     30     20     30     25     25     25
About the same       48     39     42     40     44     41     39     43     41
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      1      -      1      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
More                 30%    31%    25%    27%    31%    34%    22%    31%    37%
Less                 21     27     27     33     24     19     29     25     20
About the same       49     41     48     40     45     47     48     44     43
DK/NA                 -      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")
                     Jun 07  Mar 20  Feb 08  Dec 21  Oct 11
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011
 
More                 31      33      31      30      35
Less                 25      25      23      23      20
About the same       44      41      46      46      44
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       1
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              48%     9%    89%    45%    43%    53%    39%    82%
Disapprove           47     89      8     49     52     43     57     13
DK/NA                 5      3      3      6      5      4      4      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              45%    35%    30%    42%    36%    43%    19%    45%    44%
Disapprove           52     60     67     56     61     53     78     52     51
DK/NA                 3      5      3      2      4      4      3      3      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              51%    47%    48%    46%    51%    50%    65%    45%    42%
Disapprove           47     48     47     47     47     48     30     51     53
DK/NA                 2      6      6      7      3      2      5      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Jun 07  Mar 20  Feb 08  Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15  Jun 30
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              48      49      46      42      45      40      48
Disapprove           47      47      49      51      52      54      48
DK/NA                 5       4       5       7       3       6       4
 
 
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
 
Yes/Deserves         49%     9%    90%    46%    45%    52%    37%    85%
No/Does not          47     88      7     48     51     42     59      9
DK/NA                 5      3      4      7      4      6      4      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes/Deserves         44%    32%    26%    40%    35%    40%    17%    42%    45%
No/Does not          52     64     69     58     63     55     81     54     50
DK/NA                 3      4      5      2      3      5      2      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Deserves         50%    48%    49%    51%    50%    48%    66%    47%    41%
No/Does not          46     47     43     46     47     49     31     49     54
DK/NA                 4      5      8      3      3      3      3      4      6
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Jun 07  Mar 20  Feb 08  Dec 21  Oct 11  Sep 15  Jun 30
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/Deserves         49      49      46      41      44      41      47
No/Does not          47      47      48      53      51      51      47
DK/NA                 5       4       5       6       5       8       6
 
 
20. Would you say Barack Obama is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  80%    59%    97%    84%    79%    81%    76%    96%
No                   16     35      1     12     17     15     19      1
DK/NA                 4      6      2      4      4      4      4      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  78%    75%    70%    84%    76%    76%    63%    82%    79%
No                   18     21     24     14     20     19     30     15     16
DK/NA                 4      5      6      2      4      5      7      3      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  81%    79%    81%    83%    80%    82%    88%    81%    74%
No                   15     16     17     12     13     16      8     15     21
DK/NA                 4      5      2      5      7      2      3      3      6
 
 
21. Would you say Mitt Romney is a likable person or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  61%    83%    42%    60%    65%    57%    65%    48%
No                   28     10     46     30     24     32     25     37
DK/NA                11      7     13     10     12     11     10     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  64%    66%    70%    71%    68%    62%    75%    67%    58%
No                   30     22     18     25     23     27     14     25     28
DK/NA                 7     12     11      5      9     11     12      8     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  61%    60%    60%    61%    58%    64%    59%    61%    63%
No                   31     26     26     30     30     29     34     28     25
DK/NA                 8     13     14      9     11      7      8     11     12
 
 
22. 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
 
Obama                44%     8%    84%    41%    39%    48%    34%    76%
Romney               46     87      7     46     52     39     56     12
DK/NA                11      5      9     13      8     13     10     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                41%    30%    24%    39%    31%    37%    16%    38%    38%
Romney               54     58     66     57     62     50     75     54     49
DK/NA                 5     13     10      4      6     13      9      8     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                46%    42%    44%    47%    43%    45%    57%    42%    38%
Romney               48     44     41     41     49     50     35     48     50
DK/NA                 6     14     15     12      8      5      8     10     13
 
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?
                     Jun 07  Mar 20  Feb 08  Dec 21
                     2012    2012    2012    2011
 
Obama                44      47      44      41
Romney               46      45      47      46
DK/NA                11       8       9      13
 
 
23. In general, do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              42%    14%    64%    47%    37%    47%    40%    35%
Oppose               49     82     27     41     53     46     51     54
DK/NA                 9      4      9     12     10      8      8     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Support              54%    31%    26%    53%    38%    43%     9%    50%    37%
Oppose               38     60     68     39     53     50     85     41     51
DK/NA                 7      9      6      9      9      7      5      9     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              53%    36%    35%    43%    43%    53%    68%    40%    29%
Oppose               38     56     55     48     49     41     25     52     62
DK/NA                 9      8     10      9      7      6      7      8      8
 
 
24. Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Marry                39%    14%    60%    41%    35%    42%    38%    33%
Civil unions         29     38     17     33     31     27     31     25
No recognition       25     42     17     19     26     24     25     36
DK/NA                 7      6      6      7      7      6      6      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Marry                48%    32%    24%    48%    37%    39%    11%    44%    35%
Civil unions         34     29     35     37     32     30     31     38     30
No recognition       14     32     34      9     25     25     50     12     28
DK/NA                 5      7      7      6      7      6      8      5      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Marry                46%    35%    38%    35%    38%    46%    64%    36%    26%
Civil unions         35     26     21     32     31     34     18     35     30
No recognition       14     32     31     28     25     17     12     24     35
DK/NA                 6      7     10      5      7      3      5      5      9
 
 
25. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on same-sex marriage, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                55%    26%    81%    56%    50%    59%    49%    72%
Romney               28     56      8     26     34     23     34     14
DK/NA                17     19     11     19     16     18     16     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                58%    44%    37%    59%    45%    53%    24%    57%    52%
Romney               28     39     44     28     41     28     55     29     29
DK/NA                15     17     19     14     14     19     20     15     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                60%    51%    54%    50%    59%    60%    73%    57%    42%
Romney               26     30     28     29     28     31     15     32     36
DK/NA                14     19     19     21     13      9     13     12     22
 
 
26. How important will the issue of same-sex marriage be in your vote for President this year; extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Extremely important  12%    20%     8%     9%     8%    15%    11%     9%
Very important       13     13     12     13     10     15     13     13
Somewhat important   30     26     32     32     30     30     29     29
Not important        44     40     48     45     50     39     46     48
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      2      1      1      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Extremely important   7%    14%    14%     7%     9%    13%    22%     5%    10%
Very important       10     15     14      7     10     16     19      7     11
Somewhat important   29     29     28     30     29     29     28     29     31
Not important        54     40     43     56     51     41     29     59     46
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      2      1      1      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
Extremely important   7%    15%    15%    13%    12%     6%    16%     7%    14%
Very important       10     14     12     17     12      9     10     10     16
Somewhat important   29     31     33     26     31     31     37     30     27
Not important        54     39     38     44     43     53     37     53     42
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      2      1      -      -      2
 
 
27. As you may know, Barack Obama supports same-sex marriage. Does Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage make you more likely to vote for him for President, less likely to vote for him for President, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely          14%     1%    24%    15%    11%    16%    12%    11%
Less likely          24     49      5     21     25     23     29      9
No difference        60     48     70     62     62     59     57     78
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2      2      2      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More likely          17%     9%     6%    11%     9%    16%     2%    12%     6%
Less likely          19     36     40     16     28     29     54     19     24
No difference        63     53     53     72     61     53     43     68     67
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      2      2      1      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
More likely          16%    12%    15%    14%    10%    18%    30%    10%     7%
Less likely          18     28     27     27     23     18      9     24     32
No difference        65     58     57     58     66     63     60     65     56
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      1      1      5
 
 
28. As you may know, Mitt Romney opposes same-sex marriage. Does Mitt Romney's opposition to same-sex marriage make you more likely to vote for him for President, less likely to vote for him for President, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely          21%    46%     4%    17%    23%    19%    25%     9%
Less likely          23      3     43     24     19     27     22     16
No difference        53     50     52     56     56     51     51     72
DK/NA                 2      1      1      3      2      2      2      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More likely          16%    31%    36%    14%    25%    24%    53%    14%    23%
Less likely          29     17     12     24     18     26      4     24     17
No difference        54     50     51     61     55     48     42     60     55
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      2      2      1      2      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
More likely          15%    24%    21%    21%    23%    17%    11%    19%    28%
Less likely          26     22     24     26     20     29     46     18     16
No difference        56     52     53     50     53     55     41     62     52
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      3      -      2      1      4
 
 
29. As you may know, Mitt Romney opposes civil unions for same-sex couples. Does Mitt Romney's opposition to civil unions for same-sex couples make you more likely to vote for him for President, less likely to vote for him for President, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely          14%    32%     2%    11%    16%    12%    17%     5%
Less likely          28      4     48     29     24     31     25     22
No difference        56     60     49     57     58     53     55     73
DK/NA                 3      4      1      2      2      3      3      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv  Miltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
More likely          10%    22%    25%     8%    18%    16%    38%     7%    17%
Less likely          34     20     15     28     22     28      7     28     20
No difference        55     55     57     63     58     52     52     63     60
DK/NA                 1      3      3      1      2      3      3      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100   18-34  35-54  55+
 
More likely           9%    17%    15%    17%    14%     9%     7%    11%    22%
Less likely          33     24     24     30     26     34     49     23     20
No difference        57     55     57     52     57     56     43     65     54
DK/NA                 1      3      4      2      3      -      2      2      4
 
 

Demographic Summary