Obama, Romney run close among likely voters after conventions

In this poll:

Obama makes gains on attributes among all registered voters, but is dogged by majority disapproval of his economic performance.

Poll Questions

Q: (Among likely voters) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

No opinion

Q: (Among registered voters) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

No opinion

Q: How closely are you following the 2012 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all? (Among registered voters)

Q: I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the presidential election in November: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that? (Among registered voters)

Q: (Among Obama or Romney supporters) Will you definitely vote for (NAMED CANDIDATE), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (CANDIDATE NOT NAMED)?

Q: (Among Obama supporters) Will you definitely vote for Obama, or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Romney? (IF CHANCE CHANGE MIND) Would you say there’s a good chance you'll change your mind, or would you say it’s pretty unlikely?

Q: (Among Romney supporters) Will you definitely vote for Romney, or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Obama? (IF CHANCE CHANGE MIND) Would you say there’s a good chance you'll change your mind, or would you say it’s pretty unlikely?

Q: (Among Obama supporters) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting Obama somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

Q: (Among Romney supporters) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting Romney somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

Q: (Among Obama supporters) Is your vote more FOR Obama, or more AGAINST Romney?

No opinion

Q: (Among Romney supporters) Is your vote more FOR Romney, or more AGAINST Obama?

No opinion

Q: (Among registered voters) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president?

No opinion

Q: (Among ALL adults) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: (Among those who disapprove of Obama on the economy) Do you think Obama has the wrong economic policies or do you think Obama has the right economic policies but they need more time to work?

No opinion

Q: (IF SUPPORT ROMNEY) Regardless of your support, how do you feel about how Romney would perform as president for the next four years?

Q: (IF SUPPORT OBAMA) Regardless of your support, how do you feel about how Obama would perform as president for the next four years?

Q: How much more information, if any, would you like to have about the candidates and issues before the election? (Among registered voters)

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job dealing with the federal budget deficit - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling health care policy - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job dealing with social issues such as abortion and gay marriage - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling terrorism - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job supporting small business - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling international affairs - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling taxes - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job addressing women's issues - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job advancing the interests of the middle class - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think better understands the economic problems people in this country are having - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think is the stronger leader - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think seems like the more friendly and likable person - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think would work better with both (Democrats) and (Republicans) in Congress - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample. Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: If Obama is re-elected, how confident are you, if at all, that the country will get back on track economically in the next year or two? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If Romney is elected, how confident are you, if at all, that the country will get back on track economically in the next year or two? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think Romney has or has not done enough to provide details about the policies he would pursue as president? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Do you think Obama has or has not done enough to provide details about the policies he would pursue in a second term as president? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Changing topics, would you say you, yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially? (Among registered voters)

Q: (Among those not as well off/the same) How much, if at all, do you blame Obama for the fact that you haven't gotten better off financially since he took office?

Q: If Romney had been president since 2009 instead of Obama, do you think you yourself would be better off financially than you are now, not as well off, or in about the same shape? (Among registered voters)

Q: Now thinking about the country's economy as a whole, would you say the economy has gotten better since Obama became president, gotten worse, or remained about the same? (Among registered voters)

Q: (Among those who say economy is worse/same) How much, if at all, do you blame Obama for the fact that the economy has not gotten better since he took office? (Among registered voters)

Q: If Romney had been president since 2009 instead of Obama, do you think the economy would be better than it is now, worse, or about the same? (Among registered voters)

Q: Would you say the country has become safer from terrorism since Obama became president, less safe, or has safety from terrorism remained the same? (Among registered voters)

Q: If Romney had been president since 2009 instead of Obama, do you think the country would be safer from terrorism than it is now, less safe, or about the same? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think Obama does or does not understand what it takes to build a successful small business in this country? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Do you think Romney does or does not understand what it takes to build a successful small business in this country? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: In general, do you feel that government programs do more to (improve) people's lives, or do more to (interfere with) people's lives? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Do you feel that government programs mainly (help small businesses succeed) or mainly (make it harder for small business to succeed)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Is Romney's work buying and restructuring companies before he went into politics a major reason for you to (support) him, a major reason to (oppose) him, or not a major factor in your vote? (Among registered voters)

Q: Is Obama's handling of the economy a major reason for you to (support) that candidate, a major reason for you to (oppose) that candidate, or not a major factor in your vote? (Among registered voters)

Q: In his work as a corporate investor, do you think Romney did more to (create jobs) or more to (cut jobs) in the United States? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Do you think the Obama campaign is saying things it believes to be true, or is intentionally misleading people? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think the Romney campaign is saying things it believes to be true, or is intentionally misleading people? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think the Romney campaign is using the issue of race in the election, or has been staying away from that as an issue? IF YES: Has the campaign been using it appropriately or inappropriately? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think the Obama campaign is using the issue of race in the election, or has been staying away from that as an issue? IF YES: Has it been using it appropriately or inappropriately? (Among registered voters)

Q: What's more important to you - that you (TRUST what) a political candidate says, or that you (AGREE with what) they say? (Among registered voters)

Q: On a ship in a storm, who would you rather have as the captain (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

Q: Who do you think would make a more loyal friend (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

Q: Who would you prefer to have take care of you if you were sick (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

Q: Who would you rather invite to dinner at your home, (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...

 
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