Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 24-27, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,501 registered voters, including 1,316 likely voters. Interviews were conducted on both landline and cellular telephones. The results from the full survey have margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Error margins for subgroups are larger. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) How closely are you following the presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

 ---- Closely -----   ---- Not closely -----     No
              NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
10/28/08 RV   90     59     31     10        6        4        *
10/27/08 RV   91     60     31      9        5        4        *
10/26/08 RV   90     60     30      9        5        4        *
10/25/08 RV   89     59     30     11        6        5        *
10/24/08 RV   89     60     28     11        6        5        *
10/23/08 RV   88     58     30     12        6        6        *
10/22/08 RV   89     57     32     11        6        5        *
10/21/08 RV   90     58     32     10        6        4        *
10/20/08 RV   90     57     34     10        6        4        *
10/19/08 RV   90     57     33     10        6        3        *  
10/11/08 RV   92     59     33      8        4        4        *
9/29/08  RV   89     58     31     11        7        5        * 
9/22/08  RV   91     55     36      9        5        4        0
9/7/08   RV   89     51     38     10        6        5        *
8/22/08  RV   84     42     42     16       11        5        *
7/13/08  RV   79     36     42     21       12        9        1
6/15/08       75     34     41     25       12       13        *
5/11/08       83     39     44     17       13        5        0  
4/13/08       84     37     47     16       11        5        *  
3/2/08        84     42     42     15       11        4        * 
2/1/08        81     35     46     19       12        7        *
1/12/08       79     32     47     21       15        6        *  
12/9/07       72     21     51     28       19        8        *
11/1/07       67     21     46     33       22       12        0  
9/30/07       69     21     48     30       21       10        * 
7/21/07       70     22     48     30       20       10        *  
6/1/07        66     18     48     34       22       13        *  
4/15/07       66     20     45     34       20       14        *  
2/25/07       65     20     44     35       25       10        *

10/28/04 RV   90     58     32      9        6        3        *

10/28/00 LV   89     47     42     10        7        3        *

Call for full trend.

                        

2. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) 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?

Don't think  Already 
              Certain  Probably  Chances  Less than   will vote    voted   No    
              to vote    vote     50/50     that       (vol.)     (vol.)   op.
10/28/08 RV     77         6        4        1           1          11      1
10/27/08 RV     76         6        4        1           1          11      1
10/26/08 RV     78         6        4        1           1          10      *
10/25/08 RV     78         5        5        2           1          10      *
10/24/08 RV     79         5        5        2           1           8      *
10/23/08 RV     80         5        5        2           1           6      *
10/22/08 RV     81         5        5        2           1           5      *
10/21/08 RV     82         6        5        2           1           4      *
10/20/08 RV     81         6        5        3           1           4      *
10/19/08 RV     83         6        5        3           1           4      *
10/11/08 RV     87         5        4        1           *           2      0
9/29/08  RV     87         6        5        1           1                  *
9/22/08  RV     89         6        4        1           *                  *
9/7/08   RV     85         7        5        1           1                  *     
8/22/08  RV     84        10        4        2           *                  *
7/13/08  RV     79        10        7        3           2                  0
6/15/08         71         9        8        7           4                  *
3/2/08          78         9        7        4           2                  *

3. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) If the 2008 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats) and (John McCain and Sarah Palin, the Republicans), for whom would you vote? (ASKED IF ALREADY VOTED) Confidentially and for statistical purposes only, did you vote for (Barack Obama and Joe Biden) or for (John McCain and Sarah Palin)?

NET LEANED VOTE - LIKELY VOTERS

                            Other    Neither     No
           Obama   McCain   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
10/28/08     52      44       1         1         3
10/27/08     52      45       1         1         2
10/26/08     52      45       *         1         2
10/25/08     52      45       *         1         2
10/24/08     53      44       1         1         2
10/23/08     53      44       *         1         2
10/22/08     54      43       1         1         2
10/21/08     54      43       1         1         1
10/20/08     53      44       1         1         1
10/19/08     53      44       1         1         2
10/11/08     53      43       1         1         2
9/29/08      50      46       *         2         2 
9/22/08      52      43       *         1         3
9/7/08       47      49       1         1         3
8/22/08      49      45       *         2         4
7/13/08      49      46       1         2         2
6/15/08      47      48       1         2         2

NET LEANED VOTE - REGISTERED VOTERS

                            Other    Neither   Would not       No
           Obama   McCain   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
10/28/08     51      42       1         2          1            3
10/27/08     51      42       1         2          1            3
10/26/08     51      43       1         1          1            3
10/25/08     51      44       *         1          *            3
10/24/08     52      42       1         2          *            3
10/23/08     52      42       1         1          1            3
10/22/08     54      41       1         2          1            3
10/21/08     53      41       1         1          1            3
10/20/08     52      42       1         1          1            3
10/19/08     52      42       1         1          1            3 
10/11/08     54      41       1         2          *            2
9/29/08      49      45       1         2          *            3
9/22/08      52      42       1         1          *            4
9/7/08       47      46       1         1          1            4
8/22/08      49      43       *         3          2            3
7/13/08      50      42       1         3          1            2
6/15/08      49      45       1         3          1            3
5/11/08      51      44       *         2          1            1
4/13/08      49      44       *         3          3            2
3/2/08       53      40       *         2          1            3 
2/1/08       47      48       1         1          1            2
1/19/07      47      45       *         3          1            4

3b. (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS IF NAMED CANDIDATE) Would you definitely vote for (CANDIDATE), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for someone else? (IF CHANCE CHANGE MIND) Is there a GOOD CHANCE you'll change your mind, or would you say it's PRETTY UNLIKELY?

Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No
               vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
10/28/08 LV       91        9      3        5         *
10/27/08 LV       91        9      3        5         *
10/26/08 LV       91        9      3        6         *
10/25/08 LV       91        9      3        6         *
10/24/08 LV       91        9      4        5         1
10/23/08 LV       91        9      4        5         1
10/22/08 LV       90        9      4        5         1
10/21/08 LV       89       10      5        5         1
10/20/08 LV       89       10      4        6         1
10/19/08 LV       88       10      5        6         1 
10/11/08 LV       88       11      4        7         1
9/29/08  RV       82       17      8        9         1 
9/22/08  RV       83       16      8        8         1
9/7/08   RV       79       20      8       12         1
8/22/08  RV       73       24     11       13         3
7/13/08  RV       72       25     10       15         3
6/15/08  RV       72       26     11       16         2
5/11/08  RV       69       28     15       14         3
9/26/04  RV       82       16      4       12         2
9/8/04   RV       84       14      6        8         2
8/29/04  RV       81       18      7       11         1
8/1/04   RV       80       19      7       12         1
7/25/04  RV       78       20      7       13         2
7/11/04  RV       79       21      7       13         1
6/20/04  RV       73       26     12       14         *

Barack Obama:

              Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No 
               vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
10/28/08 LV       92        7      2        5         *
10/27/08 LV       92        7      2        5         *
10/26/08 LV       92        8      3        5         *
10/25/08 LV       93        7      3        4         *
10/24/08 LV       92        7      3        4         *
10/23/08 LV       91        8      4        4         1
10/22/08 LV       90        8      3        5         1
10/21/08 LV       89        9      4        6         1
10/20/08 LV       90        9      3        6         1
10/19/08 LV       91        9      3        5         1 
10/11/08 LV       90        9      3        6         1
9/29/08  RV       83       16      7        9         1 
9/22/08  RV       85       14      8        7         1
9/7/08   RV       78       21      9       12         1
8/22/08  RV       74       23      7       15         4
7/13/08  RV       72       23      9       14         5
6/15/08  RV       71       26      7       19         3
5/11/08  RV       71       25     13       13         4

John McCain: 

              Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No 
               vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
10/28/08 LV       89       10      4        6         1
10/27/08 LV       90       10      4        6         *
10/26/08 LV       89       11      4        7         *
10/25/08 LV       88       11      3        8         1
10/24/08 LV       89       10      4        6         1
10/23/08 LV       90       10      4        5         1
10/22/08 LV       90        9      4        5         1
10/21/08 LV       89       11      5        5         1
10/20/08 LV       89       11      5        5         1
10/19/08 LV       86       12      6        6         1
10/11/08 LV       86       14      4        9         *
9/29/08  RV       81       18      9        9         1
9/22/08  RV       81       18      9        9         2
9/7/08   RV       80       19      8       11         2
8/22/08  RV       72       25     14       11         2
7/13/08  RV       71       28     12       17         1
6/15/08  RV       72       27     14       12         1
5/11/08  RV       66       32     17       15         2

4. (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS) Have you voted for president in any year before this 2008 election, or is this the first year you'll be voting for president?

              Voted before   First time   No opinion
10/28/08 LV        88            12            *
10/27/08 LV        89            11            0
10/26/08 LV        88            12            0
10/25/08 LV        88            12            0
10/24/08 LV        88            12            0
10/23/08 LV        87            13            *
10/22/08 LV        87            13            *
10/21/08 LV        87            12            *
10/20/08 LV        88            11            *
10/19/08 LV        89            11            *
10/11/08 LV        90            10            0
9/29/08* RV        92             8            *
9/22/08  RV        92             8            0

10/31/04 RV        90            10            *
*9/29/08 and previous: "(Was this/will this be) the first time you've voted in a presidential election, 
or have you voted in previous presidential elections?"

5. (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS) What [was/is] the SINGLE most important issue in your choice for president: (The economy), (the war in Iraq), (terrorism), (energy policy), (health care), or something else?

                                             Energy   Health   Something   No 
              Economy    Iraq    Terrorism   policy    care       else     op.
10/28/08 LV     54         9         4          3        9         20       1
10/27/08 LV     54         8         4          4       10         19       1
10/26/08 LV     53         8         5          4       10         19       1
10/25/08 LV     52         8         6          5       11         18       1
10/24/08 LV     51         8         5          4       11         19       1
10/23/08 LV     51         8         5          4       10         21       1
10/22/08 LV     51         8         5          4       10         20       1
10/21/08 LV     51         9         5          4       10         20       1
10/20/08 LV     52         8         6          5        9         19       1
10/19/08 LV     53         7         6          4        9         19       2   

6. (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS; ITEMS B AND C ASKED 10/26-28 ONLY) Regardless of who you may support, who do you trust more to handle [ITEM] - (Obama) or (McCain)?

10/28/08 - Summary Table

                                           Both    Neither     No
                         Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The economy            52       42        1        3         2
b. An unexpected major    47       48        1        2         3
   crisis
c. Taxes                  52       41        1        4         2

Trend:

a. The economy

                                Both    Neither     No 
              Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/28/08 LV    52       42        1        3         2
10/27/08 LV    52       43        1        3         2
10/26/08 LV    52       42        1        3         3
10/25/08 LV    53       42        *        3         2
10/24/08 LV    55       40        1        2         2
10/23/08 LV    56       39        1        2         2
10/22/08 LV    56       38        1        3         2
10/21/08 LV    55       38        1        4         2
10/20/08 LV    55       38        1        4         2
10/19/08 LV    55       39        1        4         1
10/11/08 LV    54       37        1        6         2
9/29/08  RV    50       43        1        3         2
9/22/08  RV    53       39        1        4         3
9/7/08   RV    47       42        1        4         6
8/22/08  RV    50       39        2        5         4
7/13/08  RV    54       37        2        6         3
6/15/08  RV    52       37        2        5         4 
5/11/08  RV    48       38        2        8         4
3/2/08   RV    50       37        2        6         5

Compare to:
                                Both    Neither     No
              Kerry    Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/30/04 LV    48       45        1        3         3

                                Both    Neither     No
              Gore     Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/25/00 LV    48       45        2        3         3

                                Both    Neither     No
             Clinton   Dole    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/4/96   RV    48       42        2        6         3

                                       All      None      No
             Clinton   Bush   Perot   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
10/4/92  LV    43       26     20        1        5        5

                                Both    Neither     No
             Dukakis   Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
11/1/88  LV    40       51      NA        NA         9           

b. An unexpected major crisis
10/28/08 LV    47       48        1        2         3
10/27/08 LV    46       48        2        2         3
10/19/08 LV    49       45        1        2         2
10/11/08 LV    52       43        1        3         1
9/29/08  RV    44       50        1        2         3
9/22/08  RV    46       47        2        2         3
9/7/08   RV    37       54        2        3         3
8/22/08  RV    41       52        2        2         3
7/13/08  RV    42       51        3        2         3

Compare to:
                                Both    Neither     No       
              Kerry    Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
6/20/04        41       53        1        2         2
*"Please tell me whether the following statement applies more to (Bush) or more to (Kerry): He can be trusted in a crisis."

c. Taxes

10/28/08 LV    52       41        1        4         2
10/27/08 LV    51       41        1        4         3
10/21/08 LV    51       43        1        3         2
10/20/08 LV    50       43        1        4         2
10/19/08 LV    52       42        1        4         2
10/11/08 LV    52       42        1        5         1
9/29/08  RV    48       46        *        3         3
9/7/08   RV    45       44        *        4         7
8/22/08  RV    44       45        1        5         5
6/15/08  RV    47       42        1        6         5

Compare to:

                                Both    Neither     No
              Kerry    Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/17/04 LV    42       50        1        4         4

                                Both    Neither     No
              Gore     Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/26/00 LV    37       50        2        9         4
                                Both    Neither     No
             Clinton   Dole    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/4/96   RV    35       48        3       10         4

                                       All      None      No
             Clinton   Bush   Perot   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
10/4/92  LV    41       30     15        1        6        7

                                Both    Neither     No
             Dukakis   Bush    (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/19/88  LV    30       57        2        5         7


7. (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS; 10/27-28 ONLY) Regardless of who you may support, who do you think [ITEM] - (Obama) or (McCain)? 

10/28/08 - Summary Table

                                                       Both    Neither    No
                                     Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opin.
a. better understands the economic
   problems people in this country
   are having                         56       38        2        3        1
Items b and c held for future release.

Trend:

a. better understands the economic problems people in this country are having

                                Both    Neither     No 
              Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/28/08 LV    56       38       2        3          1
10/19/08 LV    55       36       2        6          2
10/11/08 LV    59       28       3        9          1
9/29/08  RV    55       36       3        5          1
9/22/08  RV    57       33       2        7          2
10/28/08 - Summary Table

                                                       Both    Neither    No
                                     Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opin.
b. would do more to bring needed
   change to Washington               60       34        1        4        2
c. is the stronger leader             49       46        1        2        1

Trend:

b. would do more to bring needed change to Washington         

10/28/08 LV    60       34       1        4          2
10/19/08 LV    56       35       1        4          2
10/11/08 LV    62       28       2        6          2
9/29/08  RV    61       33       1        3          2
9/22/08  RV    58       33       1        5          3
9/7/08   RV    51       39       *        5          5
6/15/08  RV    59       27       2        8          4
5/11/08  RV    60       28       3        6          4
3/2/08   RV    58       31       2        6          5

Compare to:
                                                     No        No    
             Clinton   Bush    Perot    Neither    opinion  difference
10/4/92  RV*   46       20      23         5          5         5

*1992: "Which candidate for president do you think would do the best job dealing with ... Bringing needed changes to government."

c. is the stronger leader
10/28/08 LV    49       46       1        2          1
10/19/08 LV    51       43       2        2          2
10/11/08 LV    56       39       1        2          2
9/29/08  RV    49       45       1        2          2
9/22/08  RV    47       46       2        1          4
9/7/08   RV    44       48       2        1          5
8/22/08  RV    49       44       3        2          2
6/15/08  RV    44       47       3        1          4
5/11/08  RV    42       47       3        2          5
3/2/08   RV    40       53       1        1          5 

Compare to:
                                Both   Neither     No
              Bush    Kerry     (vol.) (vol.)      op.
10/17/04 LV*   57       35        3       2         3

                                Both   Neither     No
              Gore     Bush    (vol.)  (vol.)      op.
6/11/00 RV**   37       52        2       3         6

*2004: "Please tell me whether the following statement applies more to (Bush) or more to (Kerry)... 
He is a strong leader."**2000: "Which candidate, (Bush) or (Gore) do you think... Is a stronger leader?"

8. (ASKED OF LIKELY LEANED OBAMA/MCCAIN SUPPORTERS) Thinking about his candidacy for president so far, how enthusiastic are you about [NAME] - very enthusiastic, fairly enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

10/28/08 - Summary Table - Among Likely Leaned Obama/McCain Supporters

            --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ----     No
            NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
a. Obama    96     65      31      3        2          1          1
b. McCain   85     37      48     15       12          3          1

Trend:

a. Obama

              --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ----     No
              NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
10/28/08 LV   96     65      31      3        2          1          1
10/27/08 LV   96     65      31      3        3          1          1
10/26/08 LV   96     66      30      3        2          1          1
10/25/08 LV   97     68      29      3        3          1          *
10/24/08 LV   97     71      26      3        3          1          0
10/23/08 LV   95     70      25      5        4          1          0
10/22/08 LV   94     67      28      5        5          1          *
10/21/08 LV   95     64      31      5        4          1          *
10/20/08 LV   95     65      31      5        4          1          *
10/19/08 LV   96     64      32      4        3          1          *
10/11/08 LV   96     66      30      4        3          1          *
9/29/08  RV   95     61      34      4        4          *          1
9/22/08  RV   94     62      32      6        4          1          *
9/7/08   RV   96     64      32      4        3          1          0
8/22/08  RV   95     52      43      5        2          3          *
6/15/08  RV   91     52      39      9        7          2          *

b. McCain

10/28/08 LV   85     37      48     15       12          3          1
10/27/08 LV   83     35      49     16       13          3          * 
10/26/08 LV   87     36      51     13       11          2          *
10/25/08 LV   86     38      48     14       11          3          *
10/24/08 LV   88     39      49     11        9          2          1
10/23/08 LV   89     39      50     10        8          2          1
10/22/08 LV   88     40      48     12       10          2          1
10/21/08 LV   88     37      51     11       10          1          *
10/20/08 LV   88     38      50     12       11          2          *
10/19/08 LV   87     40      47     13       11          2          *
10/11/08 LV   87     31      57     13       10          2          0
9/29/08  RV   90     38      52     10        7          2          *
9/22/08  RV   89     34      55     10        8          2          1
9/7/08   RV   92     46      46      8        6          2          0
8/22/08  RV   86     28      58     13       11          2          1
6/15/08  RV   74     19      55     25       19          6          1

Compare to:

10/26/04 - Summary Table - Among Likely Voters, Leaned Bush/Kerry Supporters

              --- Enthusiastic --    ---- Not Enthusiastic ----     No
              NET   Very   Fairly    NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
a. Bush       91     55      36       9       8          1          *
b. Kerry      92     46      47       7       6          1          1

10. (ASKED OF LIKELY VOTERS) Do you think of [NAME] as a very safe choice for president, somewhat safe, somewhat risky, or very risky?

------- Safe ------   ------ Risky ------     No
            NET   Very   Smewht   NET   Smewht   Very   opinion
a. Obama    54     31      23     45      16      29       1
b. McCain   53     27      26     46      23      23       1

Trend:

a. Obama
              ------- Safe ------   ------ Risky ------     No
              NET   Very   Smewht   NET   Smewht   Very   opinion
10/28/08 LV   54     31      23     45      16      29       1
10/11/08 LV   56     31      25     43      21      23       *
9/29/08  RV   55     27      28     44      23      21       1
6/15/08  RV   50     18      33     48      29      19       2

b. McCain

10/28/08 LV   53     27      26     46      23      23       1
10/11/08 LV   49     20      30     50      24      27       *
9/29/08  RV   51     23      28     48      28      20       *
6/15/08  RV   57     16      40     41      25      16       2


901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)?

---Non-Partisans--
                                                                   Lean   Lean    No
            Democrat   Republican   Independent   Other   No op.   Dem.   Rep.   Lean
10/28/08 LV    37          31            29         2       1       14     10      8 
10/27/08 LV    36          33            28         3       1       13     10      8 
10/26/08 LV    37          32            27         3       1       13     10      7 
10/25/08 LV    37          30            29         3       *       13     13      6 
10/24/08 LV    37          29            30         3       *       13     13      7 
10/23/08 LV    37          29            31         3       *       14     12      8 
10/22/08 LV    36          27            33         3       1       15     13      9 
10/21/08 LV    36          29            31         3       1       15     12      8 
10/20/08 LV    36          29            31         3       1       15     12      8 
10/19/08 LV    35          28            33         3       1       15     13      9 
10/11/08 LV    39          30            27         3       1       12     12      7

908a. Would you say your views on most political matters are liberal, moderate, or conservative?

Don't think in      No
            Liberal    Moderate    Conservative    those terms (vol.)    op.
10/28/08 LV    22         41            34                  2             1
10/27/08 LV    21         40            35                  2             1
10/26/08 LV    22         38            37                  2             1
10/25/08 LV    23         37            36                  2             1
10/24/08 LV    22         38            35                  2             2
10/23/08 LV    21         40            35                  2             2
10/22/08 LV    21         42            34                  2             2
10/21/08 LV    20         43            34                  2             2
10/20/08 LV    21         41            35                  1             1
10/19/08 LV    21         41            35                  2             2

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