Obama and Romney general election, August 2012 Post-ABC poll

In this poll:

Obama vs. Romney, trust to handle issues and Paul Ryan's budget and Medicare changes

Poll Questions

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?

Q: (Among registered voters) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats) and (Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Republicans), for whom would you vote? Which candidates are you leaning toward?

Q: (Among all adults) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats) and (Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Republicans), for whom would you vote? Which candidates are you leaning toward?

Q: (IF SUPPORT OBAMA/ROMNEY) Will you definitely vote for (OBAMA/ROMNEY), 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: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy?

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: (IF SUPPORT ROMNEY) Regardless of your support, how do you feel about how Romney 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 - would you like a lot more information, some, a little, or do you have enough information as it is?

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)?

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 dealing with the federal budget deficit - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample)

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)

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)

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling energy policy - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Half sample)

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think Seems like the more friendly and likable person - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: He has strong personal character?

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Romney, or not: He has strong personal character?

Q: Do you think Obama's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

Q: Do you think Romney's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

Q: Do you think Paul Ryan's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

Q: Do you think Joe Biden's views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?

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

Q: Who do you think is more responsible for the country's current economic problems - (Barack Obama) or (George W. Bush)?

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?

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?

Q: Generally speaking, would you say you favor (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?

Q: What about Obama - would you say Obama favors (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?

Q: What about Romney - would you say Romney favors (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?

Q: What do you think is a better way for the government to try to create jobs - (by cutting taxes); or (by spending money on projects like roads, bridges and technology development)?

Q: What do you think is the bigger problem in this country - (unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy), or (over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity)?

Q: Do you think Obama does more to favor the (middle class) or more to favor the (wealthy)?

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

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate?

Q: Does Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for vice president make you more likely to vote for Romney, less likely, or won't it make any difference in your vote?

Q: As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan proposed a budget that would cut federal spending; cut taxes, including those paid by wealthy Americans and corporations; and restructure the Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs. Given what you know about this budget plan, would you say you...

Q: Under Ryan's Medicare plan, starting in 10 years people no longer would receive specific Medicare benefits when they turn 65. Instead they would receive a credit for money that they could use to buy insurance, either from the private market or from the government. How do you feel about this proposal to restructure Medicare?

Q: So far during this campaign, do you think a. Obama has been mainly (attacking his opponent) or mainly (addressing the issues)?

Q: So far during this campaign, do you think b. Romney has been mainly (attacking his opponent) or mainly (addressing the issues)?

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?

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?

Q: Romney has released his tax returns for the past two years. Do you think he should release his tax returns from previous years, or is two years enough?

Q: Will Obama's handling of the economy be a major factor in your vote, a minor factor, or not a factor?

Q: Will Romney's position on releasing his tax returns be a major factor in your vote, a minor factor, or not a factor?

Q: Will Paul Ryan's proposal to restructure Medicare be a major factor in your vote, a minor factor, or not a factor?

Q: Will differences between the (Democrats) and the (Republicans) on women’'s issues be a major factor in your vote, a minor factor, or not a factor?

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

Q: 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?

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

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