Virginia 2012 election Washington Post poll. Sept. 12-16

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: (Among registered voters)

Q: (Among likely 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?

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?

Q: (Among Obama/Romney supporters) Will you definitely vote for (NAMED CANDIDATE), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (CANDIDATE NOT NAMED)? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG OBAMA SUPPORTERS) Will you definitely vote for Obama, or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Romney? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG ROMNEY SUPPORTERS) Will you definitely vote for Romney, or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Obama? (Among registered 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? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG ROMNEY SUPPORTERS) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting Romney, somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) How about if the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were {(Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats), (Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Republicans)}, {(Gary Johnson and James Gray, from the Libertarian Party), (Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer, from the Constitution Party), and (Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, from the Green Party)}, for whom would you vote?

Q: The economy. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters)

Q: Spending on the military. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters)

Q: The federal budget deficit. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters)

Q: Medicare. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters)

Q: Medicaid. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters)

Q: Immigration issues. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters, half sample)

Q: Social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters, half sample)

Q: International affairs. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters, half sample)

Q: Taxes. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters, half sample)

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

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

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job determining the future of the Medicare program - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job determining the future of the Medicaid program - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

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

Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job advancing the interests of the middle class - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered 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 registered voters, half sample)

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

Q: (Among likely voters) If the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for (Tim Kaine, the Democrat) or (George Allen, the Republican)?

Q: (Among registered voters) If the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for (Tim Kaine, the Democrat) or (George Allen, the Republican)?

Q: (AMONG KAINE/ALLEN SUPPORTERS) Will you definitely vote for (KAINE/ALLEN), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (CANDIDATE NOT NAMED)? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG KAINE SUPPORTERS) Will you definitely vote for Kaine, or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Allen? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG ALLEN SUPPORTERS) Will you definitely vote for Allen, or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for Kaine?(Among registered voters)

Q: (Among Kaine supporters) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting Kaine, somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

Q: (Among Allen supporters) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting Allen, somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

Q: Again thinking ahead to U.S. Senate race in Virginia, what is the single most important issue in your vote between Kaine and Allen? (Among registered voters)

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)? (Among registered voters)

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? (Among registered voters).

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? (Among registered voters)

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? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling his job as governor? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of George Allen? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of Tim Kaine? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of Barack Obama? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of Joe Biden? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of Mitt Romney? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of Paul Ryan? (Among registered voters)

Q: How about Kaine's work as chairman of the Democratic National Committee -- please tell me if it is a major reason for you to (support/oppose) that candidate for U.S. Senate or not a major factor? (Among registered voters)

Q: How about Kaine's performance as governor -- please tell me if it is a major reason for you to (support/oppose) that candidate for U.S. Senate or not a major factor in your senate vote? (Among registered voters)

Q: How about Allen's performance as governor -- please tell me if it is a major reason for you to (support/oppose) that candidate for U.S. Senate or not a major factor in your senate vote? (Among registered voters)

Q: How about Allen's work in the private sector on behalf of energy companies -- is it a major reason for you to (support/oppose) that candidate for U.S. Senate or not a major factor? (Among registered voters)

Q: Will one reason for your vote for U.S. Senate be to express (support for) President Obama, to express (opposition to) Obama, or is Obama not a factor in your choice? (Among registered voters)

Q: As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally (favorable) or generally (unfavorable) opinion of it? (Among registered voters)

Q: Would you say the current Medicare program is working well for most seniors, or not? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think (changes need to be made to the Medicare program to keep it sustainable for the future), or do you think (the Medicare program will basically be fine if we leave it as is)? (Among registered voters)

Q: (Ask if Medicare needs to be changed) Do you think we need to make major changes or minor changeds to Medicare to keep it sustainable for the future? (Among registered voters)

Q: Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like in the future? (Among registered voters)

Q: Which comes closer to your opinion? (Among registered voters)

Q: If Terry McAuliffe were the Democratic nominee for governor, would you definitely vote for him in November 2013, would you consider voting for him or would you definitely not vote for him? (Among registered voters)

Q: If Mark Warner were the Democratic nominee for governor, would you definitely vote for him in November 2013, would you consider voting for him or would you definitely not vote for him? (Among registered voters)

Q: If Ken Cuccinelli were the Republican nominee for governor, would you definitely vote for him in November 2013, would you consider voting for him or would you definitely not vote for him? (Among registered voters)

Q: If Bill Bolling were the Republican nominee for governor, would you definitely vote for him in November 2013, would you consider voting for him or would you definitely not vote for him? (Among registered voters)

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

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