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Post-ABC 2012 election tracking poll, Oct. 18-21

In this poll:

This is the first release from the Washington Post-ABC News 2012 election tracking 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: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that? (Among registered voters)

Q: (IF CERTAIN TO VOTE) Do you think you'll (vote in person at your polling place on Election Day), or (vote before Election Day by early voting or mail-in ballot)? (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?

Q: (IF SUPPORT OBAMA OR ROMNEY) Will you definitely vote for [Obama/Romney], or just probably? (Among likely voters)

Q: (IF SUPPORT OBAMA) Will you definitely vote for Obama, or just probably? (Among likely voters)

Q: (IF SUPPORT ROMNEY) Will you definitely vote for Romney, or just probably? (Among likely 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: (Among registered voters) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president?

Q: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse or staying the same? (Among likely voters)

Q: Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Obama? (Among likely voters)

Q: Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Romney? (Among likely voters)

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

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

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 likely voters, 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)? (Among likely voters, 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)? (Among likely voters, half sample)

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

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling terrorism - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among likely voters, 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)? (Among likely voters)

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think would be a better commander-in-chief of the military - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among likely voters)

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think is more honest and trustworthy - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among likely voters)

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

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

Q: I have a question about the presidential debate between (Obama) and (Romney) Tuesday night. From what you've seen, heard or read about it - who, in your opinion, won the debate? (Among likely voters)

Q: As a result of the two debates, do you have a better opinion of Obama, a worse opinion of him, or haven’t the debates changed your opinion of Obama one way or the other? (Among likely voters)

Q: As a result of the two debates, do you have a better opinion of Romney, a worse opinion of him, or haven’t the debates changed your opinion of Romney one way or the other? (Among likely voters)

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

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