February 2012 Monthly

In this poll:

Boosted by improved public confidence in his economic stewardship, President Obama for the first time holds a clear edge over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general-election matchup, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Poll Questions

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

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

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

Q: How closely are you following the presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

Q: (Asked of Leaned Republicans) If the Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, and the candidates were: For whom would you vote?

Q: (Asked of Leaned Republicans who named a candidate) Do you support (NAMED CANDIDATE) strongly, or somewhat?

Q: (Asked of non-Romney supporters) Is/Was your vote more for (NAMED CANDIDATE) or more against Romney?

Q: (Asked of Romney supporters) Is/was your vote more for Romney, more against Gingrich, or what?

Q: (Asked of leaned Republicans) Who would your second choice be?/Which candidate do you lean towards?

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) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you trust most to handle the federal budget deficit?

Q: (Asked of leaned Republicans) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think best understands the problems of people like you?

Q: (Asked of leaned Republicans) 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) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think is the most honest and trustworthy?

Q: (Asked of leaned Republicans) 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: (Asked of leaned Republicans) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think has the best experience to be president?

Q: (Asked of leaned Republicans) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think is the most likely to stand up for what he believes in?

Q: (Asked of leaned Republicans) Regardless of who you may support, which of the Republican candidates do you think has the best personality and temperament to serve effectively as president?

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?

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?

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

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job Creating jobs - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Asked of half sample)

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)?

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

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