As gasoline prices rise, Obama's ratings fall

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Disapproval of President Obama’s handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president “strongly” negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign’s most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Increasingly pessimistic views of Obama’s performance on the economy — and on the federal budget deficit — come despite a steadily brightening employment picture and other signs of economic improvement, and they highlight the political sensitivity of rising gas prices.

Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (Asked of half sample.)

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the possibility of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling The federal budget deficit? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation with gas prices? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling energy policy? (Half sample)

No opinion

Q: Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you think better represents your own personal values?

Q: Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you think is more concerned with the needs of people like you?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the state of the national economy?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about your own family's financial situation?

Q: Regardless of whether or not the recession is over, in terms of your own personal experience, do you feel the economy has or has not begun to recover?

No opinion

Q: (IF ECONOMY HAS BEGUN TO RECOVER) Do you think the economy's recovery so far has been a strong one or a weak one?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Obama's economic program is making the economy (better), making it (worse) or having no real effect?

Q: How would you describe your feelings about the recent rise in gasoline prices - are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?

Q: Just your best guess, do you think gas prices will (go higher and stay high), or do you think they will (go up and down)?

No opinion

Q: Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? IF YES: Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?

Q: Do you think there's anything the Obama administration reasonably can do to reduce gasoline prices, or do you think gas prices have risen because of factors beyond the administration's control?

No opinion

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Who would you like to see win the Republican nomination for president this year? Which candidate do you lean towards?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Who would your second choice be? Which candidate do you lean towards?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Suppose that Romney wins the Republican nomination for president. Overall, how satisfied would you be with Romney as the nominee?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Suppose that Santorum wins the Republican nomination for president. Overall, how satisfied would you be with Santorum as the nominee?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Just your best guess, who do you think will win the Republican nomination for president?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you trust most to handle the economy?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you trust most to handle social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Again, regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think best reflects the core values of the Republican Party?

Q: (ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Again, regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think has the best chance to defeat Barack Obama in the general election?

Q: 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: If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Rick Santorum, 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 (Rick Santorum, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

No opinion

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

No opinion

Q: Which political party would you say cares more about issues that are especially important to women - the (Democrats) or the (Republicans)?

Q: Do you think health insurance companies should or should not be required to cover the full cost of birth control for women? Do you feel that way STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT?

Q: (IF SHOULD BE REQUIRED) What if the insurance is provided through an employer who is affiliated with a religious institution that opposes birth control. This could be a religious-affiliated university or hospital, for example. In this case do you think health insurance companies should or should not be required to cover the full cost of birth control for women?

No opinion

Q: On another subject, what is your view of the tea party political movement - would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly?

No opinion

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

 
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