Washington Post Ohio 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 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? (Among registered voters)

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 military spending - (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among registered voters)

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 OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for (Sherrod Brown, the Democrat) or (Josh Mandel, the Republican)?

Q: (Among likely voters) If the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for (Sherrod Brown, the Democrat) or (Josh Mandel, the Republican)?

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

Q: (AMONG BROWN SUPPORTERS) Brown Support Definitely/Good chance change mind/unlikely change mind NET

Q: (AMONG MANDEL SUPPORTERS) Mandel Support Definitely/Good chance change mind/unlikely change mind NET

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

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

Q: (AMONG OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS) Again thinking ahead to U.S. Senate race in Ohio, what is the single most important issue in your vote between Brown and Mandel?

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: (AMONG OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS) The federal government gave loans to General Motors and Chrysler during the financial market problems in 2008. Do you think this was mostly (good) or mostly (bad) for your state's economy?

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 OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich 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 OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS) Sherrod Brown. Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression?

Q: (AMONG OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS) Josh Mandel. 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: (AMONG OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS) Would you describe the state of Ohio's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

Q: (AMONG OHIO ECONOMY EXCELLENT OR GOOD) How much credit, if any, do you think Obama deserves for the state of Ohio's economy? A lot of credit, some, a little or none at all?

Q: (AMONG OHIO ECONOMY EXCELLENT OR GOOD) How much credit, if any, do you think Governor John Kasich deserves for the state of Ohio's economy? A lot of credit, some, a little or none at all?

Q: (AMONG OHIO ECONOMY NOT SO GOOD OR POOR) How much, if at all, do you blame Obama for the state of Ohio's economy? A lot, some, a little or not at all?

Q: (AMONG OHIO ECONOMY NOT SO GOOD OR POOR) How much, if at all, do you blame Governor John Kasich for the state of Ohio's economy? A lot, some, a little or not at all?

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)

Q: Do you think it should be LEGAL or ILLEGAL for gay and lesbian couples to get married? (Among registered voters)

Q: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases? (Among registered voters)

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

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