Post-ABC poll - Obama, election, economy - May 2012

In this poll:

Jobs and the economy are voters’ top concerns, and neither Obama nor Romney holds a decisive advantage on who can fix issues, Post-ABC poll shows.

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?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan? (Half sample)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling international affairs? (Half sample)

Q: How closely are you following the 2012 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not so closely, or not closely at all?

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: (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: What is the single most important issue in your choice for president? (Open ended)

Q: Thinking specifically about the economy, what is the most important economic issue in your choice for president? (Open ended)

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

Q: Would you say you, yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?

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

Q: If Romney had been president since 2009 instead of Obama, do you think you yourself would be better off financially than you are now, not as well off, or in about the same shape financially?

Q: Thinking about your personal finances in the next few years, would you describe yourself as more (hopeful), or as more (anxious)?

Q: Thinking about the national economy in the next few years, would you describe yourself as more (hopeful), or as more (anxious)?

Q: In the past few years, have you or has anyone living in your household been laid off or lost their job?

Q: Thinking beyond your own household, do you have any close friends or immediate family members who have been laid off or lost their job in the last few years?

Q: Would you describe yourself as working class, middle class, upper middle class, or better off than that?

Q: (If Working/middle/upper middle class) Would you say you are struggling to remain in (that class), comfortable in the (working/middle/upper middle) class, or moving up beyond the (working/middle/upper middle) class?

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)?

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 better represents your own personal values - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think has the better personal character to serve as president - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Regardless of who you may support, who do you think is more likely to stand up for what he believes in - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of middle class Americans - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of wealthy Americans - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of you and your family - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of financial institutions - (Obama) or (Romney)?

Q: Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of small businesses - (Obama) or (Romney)?

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: Thinking about your own personal financial prospects, do you feel more like the system (gives you a fair chance), or do you feel more like the system (does not give you a fair chance)?

Q: Do you think the new federal regulations on banks and other financial institutions go too far in regulating these businesses, don't go far enough, or are about right?

Q: Do you think it should be legal or Illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?

Q: Do you think (each state should make its own laws) on same-sex marriage, or do you think (the federal government should make one law for all states) on this issue?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of Obama's recent announcement that he personally supports same-sex marriage?

Q: Do you yourself have a friend, family member, or acquaintance who is gay or lesbian, or not?

Q: There have been reports recently that Romney bullied another student when he was in high school in the 1960s. Do you think this incident is a serious matter, or not serious?

Q: Do you think it is or is not fair to bring up things that a political candidate did in high school?

Q: Do you think this incident does or does not provide relevant information about Romney's personal character?

Q: And how about Obama - do you think things he did in high school do or do not provide relevant information about his personal character?

Q: Is Obama's support for allowing gays and lesbians to get married a major reason for you to (support) that candidate, a major reason to for (oppose) that candidate, or not a major factor in your vote?

Q: Is The report that Romney bullied another student in high school a major reason for you to (support) that candidate, a major reason for you to (oppose) that candidate, or not a major factor in your vote?

Q: Is Romney's work buying and restructuring companies before he went into politics a major reason you to (support) that candidate, a major reason you to (oppose) that candidate, or not a major factor in your vote?

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

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