Washington Post Florida poll, Sept. 19-23, 2012

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 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? (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 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) Obama Support Definitely/Good chance change mind/unlikely change mind NET

Q: (AMONG ROMNEY SUPPORTERS) Romney Support Definitely/Good chance change mind/unlikely change mind NET

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: 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, the government health insurance program for seniors. Please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. (Among registered voters)

Q: Medicaid, the government health insurance and long term care program for certain low-income adults and children. 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)

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: The 2010 health care law. 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: The 2010 health care law, sometimes called Obamacare. 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 immigration - (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 handling military spending - (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 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 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: 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? (Among registered voters)

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? (Among registered voters)

Q: (AMONG FLORIDA REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for(Bill Nelson, the Democrat) or (Connie Mack, the Republican)?

Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) If the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for (Bill Nelson, the Democrat) or (Connie Mack, the Republican)?

Q: (AMONG NELSON OR MACK SUPPORTERS) Will you definitely vote for (NELSON/MACK), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (CANDIDATE NOT NAMED)?

Q: (AMONG NELSON SUPPORTERS) Nelson Support Definitely/Good chance change mind/unlikely change mind NET

Q: (AMONG MACK SUPPORTERS)Mack Support Definitely/Good chance change mind/unlikely change mind NET

Q: (Asked of Nelson supporters) Thinking about his candidacy for U.S. Senate so far, how enthusiastic are you about (Ben Nelson)?

Q: (Asked of Mack supporters) Thinking about his candidacy for U.S. Senate so far, how enthusiastic are you about (Connie Mack)?

Q: (AMONG FLORIDA REGISTERED VOTERS) Again thinking ahead to U.S. Senate race in Florida, what is the single most important issue in your vote between Mack and Nelson?

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? (Among registered voters)

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: (AMONG FLORIDA REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rick Scott is handling his job as governor?

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

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

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

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

Q: (AMONG FLORIDA REGISTERED VOTERS) Bill Nelson. Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression?

Q: (AMONG FLORIDA REGISTERED VOTERS) Connie Mack. Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression?

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) changes 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 - (right changes could reduce the federal budget) or (need to reduce Medicare spending)? (Among registered voters)

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