Obama holds advantage on issues, but Romney remains close

In this poll:

Explore the results of the latest Washington Post-ABC News national poll. Click "Detailed view" on any question to see question results among political and demographic groups.

Poll Questions

Q: How closely are you following the 2012 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not so 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: (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Obama and Biden, the Democrats) and (Romney and Ryan, the Republicans), for whom would you vote?

No opinion

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Obama and Biden, the Democrats) and (Romney and Ryan, the Republicans), for whom would you vote?

No opinion

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

Q: Will you definitely vote for Obama is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Romney? (Among registered voters)

Q: Will you definitely vote for Romney is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Obama? (Among registered voters)

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

No opinion

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

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is Handling international affairs? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: I am going to mention four phrases and ask you which one best describes how you feel about the way the federal government works. (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 handling taxes - (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)? (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 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 Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors? (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 Handling an unexpected major crisis - (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 Seems like the more friendly and likable person - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not? He knows enough about world affairs to serve effectively as president. (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Romney, or not? He knows enough about world affairs to serve effectively as president. (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think the federal government's economic stimulus program has (helped) the national economy, (hurt) the national economy, or hasn't made much difference? (Among registered voters)

Q: How do you feel about the direction of the nation's economy over the next few years - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all? (Among registered voters)

Q: How do you feel about your own family's financial situation - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think government programs to help the poor do more to (make people dependent on such assistance) or do more to (help people in need to get back on their feet)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Do you think government programs to help the unemployed do more to (make people dependent on such assistance) or do more to (help people in need to get back on their feet)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: What do you think is the bigger problem - (unfairness in the economic system favoring the wealthy), or (over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity)? (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: 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 Obama does more to favor the (middle class) or more to favor the (wealthy)? (Among registered voters)

Q: As president do you think Romney would do more to favor the (middle class) or more to favor the (wealthy)? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think of Romney's wealth suggestes: (positive because he achieved the American dream) or (negative because he benefited from opportunities not available to most)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Thinking about the gap between the wealthy and the rest, do you think this gap is larger than it’s been historically, smaller, or about the same? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Many people who don't pay income taxes include seniors on social security, people on disability, students, the unemployed, and the working poor. Should they pay: (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: Romney paid about a 14 percent federal tax rate on income of about 14 million dollars last year. Do you think he is or is not paying his fair share of taxes? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: How interested, if at all, are you in the upcoming presidential debates - very interested, somewhat interested, not so interested or not at all interested? (Among registered voters)

Q: Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think will win the debates - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

Q: Have you personally been contacted by a representative of the Obama campaign, either by phone, in-person, or online asking you for your support, or not? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: (If contacted by Obama) When was the last time you were contacted, within the last week, within the last month or longer ago than that? (Results based on ALL registered voters)

Q: Have you personally been contacted by a representative of the Romney campaign, either by phone, in-person, or online asking you for your support, or not? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

Q: (If contacted by Romney) When was the last time you were contacted, within the last week, within the last month or longer ago than that? (Results based on ALL registered voters)

Q: Just your best guess, who do you think will win the presidential election this year - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

No opinion

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

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

Q: Who would you rather go on an overnight camping trip with, (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample -Among registered voters)

Q: Who would you rather have babysit your children, (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample - Among registered voters)

Q: Whose music playlist would you rather listen to, (Obama)'s or (Romney)'s? (Half sample - Among registered voters)

Q: Who would you rather see as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample - Among registered voters)

Q: (Among registered voters) Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...

 
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