Obama holds edge over Romney in general election matchup, poll finds

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: (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?

No opinion

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

No opinion

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

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

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

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

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)?

No opinion

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

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

No opinion

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)

No opinion

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

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

 
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