Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone September 19 to 23, 2012, among a random sample of 1,107 adults in Florida and 1,101 adults in Ohio. Interviews were conducted on conventional and cellular telephones, and carried out in English and Spanish by Abt-SRBI of New York. The results from the full Florida and Ohio samples have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The margin of error is four points for the samples of 925 registered voters in Florida and 934 voters in Ohio; it is 4.5 points for the samples of 769 likely voters in Florida and 4.5 points for the sample of 759 likely voters in Ohio.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) How closely are you following the 2012 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not so closely, or not closely at all?

                ---- Closely -----   ---- Not closely -----     No
                NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV   89     58     31     10        6        4        1
9/23/12 OH RV   87     48     39     13        7        6        *
9/16/12 VA RV   89     50     39     11        7        4        *

2. (AMONG 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  
                Certain  Probably  Chances  Less than   will vote    No
                to vote    vote     50/50     that       (vol.)      op.
9/23/12 FL RV     87        6         4         2            *        *
9/23/12 OH RV     85        8         4         2            0        *
9/16/12 VA RV     89        4         4         3            0        *

3. (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? Would you lean toward (Obama) or toward (Romney)?

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – registered voters

                                 Other    Neither    Would not     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opin.
9/23/12 FL RV     52     43        1         2           1          2    
9/23/12 OH RV     52     41        *         3           1          2    
9/16/12 VA RV     50     43        1         3           1          1    

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – likely voters

                                 Other    Neither    Would not     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opin.
9/23/12 FL LV     51     47        1         1           0          1    
9/23/12 OH LV     52     44        *         2           0          2
9/16/12 VA LV     52     44        1         2           0          1    

4. (IF SUPPORT OBAMA OR ROMNEY) Will you definitely vote for (OBAMA/ROMNEY), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (CANDIDATE NOT NAMED)? (IF CHANCE CHANGE MIND) Would you say (there’s 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
Barack Obama:
9/23/12 FL RV       87       12      3        9         1
9/23/12 OH RV       85       14      2       11         2
9/16/12 VA RV       85       14      5        9         1

Mitt Romney:
9/23/12 FL RV       91        9      4        5         1
9/23/12 OH RV       86       13      3       10         1
9/16/12 VA RV       82       17      6       12         1

5. (IF SUPPORT OBAMA OR ROMNEY) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting (Obama/Romney) somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

                 --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ---     No
                 NET   Very   Smwhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
Barack Obama:
9/23/12 FL RV    93     63      29      7       5          2          *
9/23/12 OH RV    90     56      34     10       7          3          *
9/16/12 VA RV    92     61      31      8       7          1          0

Mitt Romney:
9/23/12 FL RV    91     57      34      8       5          3          *
9/23/12 OH RV    88     46      41     12       7          5          *
9/16/12 VA RV    85     45      40     14      10          5          1

6. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) For each item I name, please tell me how important it will be in your vote for President. The first is (ITEM). Will that be extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or less important than that?

a. The economy 

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   92       55        36     8        6        2       *
9/23/12 OH RV   91       54        37     8        8        *       *
9/16/12 VA RV   93       54        39     7        6        1       *

b. Spending on the military         

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   71       30        40    29       23        6       *
9/23/12 OH RV   67       30        37    33       27        5       1
9/16/12 VA RV   70       32        38    29       23        6       1

c. The federal budget deficit       

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   80       42        38    19       14        5       2
9/23/12 OH RV   74       39        35    24       20        4       1
9/16/12 VA RV   78       43        36    20       17        3       1

d. Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors                          

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   80       41        39    20       16        4       *
9/23/12 OH RV   79       40        39    20       17        3       1
9/16/12 VA RV   77       41        36    23       18        5       * 

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

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   69       32        38    30       22        7       1
9/23/12 OH RV   71       34        38    28       21        7       *
9/16/12 VA RV   68       34        34    31       24        7       1

f. Immigration issues (half sample)

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   58       24        34    40       29       11       2
9/23/12 OH RV   51       20        31    49       36       12       *
9/16/12 VA RV   52       19        33    48       36       12       1  

g. Social issues such as abortion and gay marriage (half sample)

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   42       22        20    57       26       31       1
9/23/12 OH RV   47       24        23    52       28       24       1
9/16/12 VA RV   49       28        21    50       22       28       1 

h. The 2010 health care law (half sample)

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   76       41        36    17       14        3       6
9/23/12 OH RV   71       38        32    24       16        7       6

i. International affairs (half sample)    
       
                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   67       30        37    32       25        7       1
9/23/12 OH RV   65       35        31    33       29        4       2
9/16/12 VA RV   71       27        44    27       22        5       2

j. Taxes (half sample)                          

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   72       36        36    27       20        7       1
9/23/12 OH RV   70       35        35    29       24        5       *
9/16/12 VA RV   76       34        41    24       20        4       *

k. The 2010 health care law sometimes called Obamacare (half sample)

                --- More Important ---   --- Less important --     No   
                NET   Extremely   Very   NET   Somewhat   Less   opinion  
9/23/12 FL RV   68       39        30    27       14       13       4
9/23/12 OH RV   71       43        27    27       15       12       2

7. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job [ITEM] – (Obama) or (Romney)?

a. Handling the economy             

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    49       45        1        3         2     
9/23/12 OH RV    50       43        *        4         3   
9/16/12 VA RV    47       45        1        5         2

b. Handling immigration       

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    48       41        1        5         5     
9/23/12 OH RV    48       40        1        5         6   

c. Determining the future of the Medicare program                 

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    53       38        *        4         4     
9/23/12 OH RV    56       37        1        3         2   
9/16/12 VA RV    52       39        *        3         5

d. Determining the future of the Medicaid program                 

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    54       39        *        3         3     
9/23/12 OH RV    56       37        *        4         3   
9/16/12 VA RV    55       37        *        4         4  

e. Dealing with the federal budget deficit (half sample)                  

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    49       45        *        3         3     
9/23/12 OH RV    43       45        2        6         4   
9/16/12 VA RV    44       48        1        5         3

f. Handling military spending (half sample)

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    52       40        1        4         4     
9/23/12 OH RV    48       41        1        3         7   
9/16/12 VA RV*   50       44        1        2         3
*Asked full sample 

g. Advancing the interests of the middle class (half sample)                

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    60       35        *        3         2     
9/23/12 OH RV    54       35        0        4         7   
9/16/12 VA RV    55       36        *        4         4

h. Dealing with social issues such as abortion and gay marriage (half sample)    

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    53       38        2        3         4     
9/23/12 OH RV    61       30        1        4         4   
9/16/12 VA RV    54       34        *        5         6

i. Handling taxes (half sample)                  

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    48       47        1        2         1     
9/23/12 OH RV    56       39        1        2         2   
9/16/12 VA RV    49       46        *        3         2

j. Handling international affairs (half sample)  

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    49       44        1        4         2     
9/23/12 OH RV    58       35        2        1         5   
9/16/12 VA RV    53       42        1        2         3

8. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Regardless of who you may support, who do you think better understands the economic problems people in this country are having – (Obama) or (Romney)?

                                  Both    Neither     No
                Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV     53      39        1        5         2  
9/23/12 OH RV     57      34        1        5         3 
9/16/12 VA RV     54      37        2        7         1  

9. (ASKED OF REGISTERED VOTERS) If [ITEM], how confident are you, if at all, that the country will get back on track economically in the next year or two – very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?

a. Obama is re-elected

                --- Confident ---   --- Not confident ---     No
                NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV   52     24     28    47      12       36        *
9/23/12 OH RV   53     22     30    46      14       33        1

b. Romney is elected

                --- Confident ---   --- Not confident ---     No
                NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV   48     21     27    51      16       35        1
9/23/12 OH RV   48     17     31    51      18       33        1

Compare to national Post-ABC poll 9/9/12:

                         --- Confident ---   --- Not confident ---     No
                         NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Not so   At all   opinion
a. Obama is re-elected   46     19     27    53      17       36        1
b. Romney is elected     49     14     35    50      19       31        1

10. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Now, turning to the U.S. Senate election in (INSERT STATE), if the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate were being held today, would you vote for (INSERT, the Democrat) or (INSERT, the Republican)? Which one are you leaning toward right now?

FL Bill Nelson, the Democrat or Connie Mack, the Republican
OH Sherrod Brown, the Democrat or Josh Mandel, the Republican
Compare to: VA Tim Kaine, the Democrat or George Allen, the Republican

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – registered voters

                            Other    Neither    Would not      No
                Dem   Rep   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV   54    36       *         3           2          5
9/23/12 OH RV   51    39       *         4           *          5
9/16/12 VA RV   50    42       *         3           1          4

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – likely voters

                            Other    Neither    Would not      No
                Dem   Rep   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
9/23/12 FL LV   54    40       *         2           1          3
9/23/12 OH LV   53    41       *         3           *          3
9/16/12 VA LV   51    43       *         2           *          4

11. (IF SUPPORT CANDIDATE) Will you definitely vote for (DEM/REP), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (CANDIDATE NOT NAMED)? (IF CHANCE CHANGE MIND) Would you say (there’s a good chance) you'll change your mind, or would you say (it’s pretty unlikely)?

                       Definitely   ------- Change mind -------     No
                          vote      NET  Good chance   Unlikely   opinion
Democrats:
9/23/12 Nelson FL RV       79       17        7           10         4
9/23/12 Mack   FL RV       75       22        9           13         3

9/23/12 Brown  OH RV       76       22        7           15         2 
9/23/12 Mandel OH RV       76       22        7           15         2

9/16/12 Kaine  VA RV       76       21        9           12         3
9/16/12 Allen  VA RV       76       22        4           18         2

12. (IF SUPPORT CANDIDATE) Would you say you are very enthusiastic about supporting (NELSON/MACK/BROWN/MANDEL), somewhat enthusiastic, not so enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

                       --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ---     No
                       NET   Very   Smwhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
9/23/12 Nelson FL RV   86     33      53     14       9         5           *
9/23/12 Mack   FL RV   80     30      51     19      15         4           1 

9/23/12 Brown  OH RV   85     36      49     14      11         3           1
9/23/12 Mandel OH RV   81     34      47     18      13         5           1

9/16/12 Kaine  VA RV   82     39      43     17      14         2           1
9/16/12 Allen  VA RV   82     37      45     16      14         2           2

13. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Again thinking ahead to U.S. Senate race in [Florida/Ohio], what is the single most important issue in your vote between [Brown/Nelson] and [Mandel/Mack]?

9/23/12 – summary table

                                  FL   OH  VA 9/16/12 
Economy                           23   24     29  
Jobs/unemployment                  8   15     10
Education                          4    2      5
Taxes                              3    2      5
Health care/Obamacare              4    4      3
State budget deficit               1    1      3
Abortion                           *    1      2
Beating Obama/electing Romney/
 Supporting the Republicans        3    1      2
Transportation/traffic/roads 
 and transit                       *    *      2
Social Issues                      0    0      2
Spending                           0    0      2
Women’s issues/women’s health      0    0      2
Federal budget deficit             1    1      2
Beating Romney/re-electing Obama/
 Supporting the Democrats          4    2      1
Environment                        *    0      1
Ethics/honesty/corruption 
 in government                     1    4      1
Experience                         *    2      1
Helping the middle class           *    *      1
Medicare                           3    2      1
Gay marriage                       1    0      1
Afghanistan/War in Afghanistan     0    *      *
Banks/Financial institutions       0    *      *
Foreign policy                     0    *      *
Gas/oil prices                     0    *      *
Global warming                     0    0      *
Guns/Gun control                   *    1      *
Iran/Situation in Iran             0    0      *
Immigration/illegal immigration    2    *     *
Morals/family values               1    *      *
Social Security                    *    *      *
Terrorism/national security        *    0      *
Change                             1    1
Housing/Mortgages                  1    0
Stock Market/Wall Street           *    0
Energy Issues                      0    *
Other (SPECIFY)                   15   12     11
No opinion                        22   24     13

14. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) 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)?

                  Right     Wrong     No
                direction   track   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV      43        55        2 
9/23/12 OH RV      41        56        2
9/16/12 VA RV      41        56        3

15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

                -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
                NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV   55       36         19      44        10        34          1
9/23/12 OH RV   56       32         24      43        10        33          1
9/16/12 VA RV   53       32         21      46         9        37          1

16. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy?

                  -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
                NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV   52       31         21      47         7        39          1
9/23/12 OH RV   53       27         26      46        12        33          1
9/16/12 VA RV   51       29         22      48         8        40          2

17. OHIO ONLY: (AMONG 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?

               Mostly   Mostly   Neither   Kept economy from       No 
                good      bad     (vol.)   getting worse (vol.)  opinion
9/23/12 OH RV    64       29        2              1                4

18. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Have you personally been contacted by a representative of the [CANDIDATE] campaign, either by phone, in-person, or online asking you for your support, or not?

a. Obama 
                Yes   No   No opinion 
9/23/12 FL RV   26    72        2
9/23/12 OH RV   36    63        1
9/16/12 VA RV   33    65        1

b. Romney
                Yes   No   No opinion 
9/23/12 FL RV   28    71        1
9/23/12 OH RV   29    70        1
9/16/12 VA RV   31    68        1

Turning back to the state,

19. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you approve or disapprove of the way (INSERT STATE GOVENOR) is handling his job as governor?

FL Rick Scott
OH John Kasich
VA Bob McDonnell
                         -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------    No   
                         NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opin.
9/23/12 Scott     FL RV  46       19        27       45        10        35        9
9/23/12 Kasich    OH RV  52       19        33       37        12        25       11
9/16/12 McDonnell VA RV  58       24        34       27        13        14       15

20. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Generally speaking, do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of (NAME)?

9/23/12 – Summary Table 

                  ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
                  NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. Barack Obama   
   9/23/12 FL RV  59       42         17      40        7         33         1
   9/23/12 OH RV  59       39         20      39       12         27         2
   9/16/12 VA RV  57       40         17      42       10         32         1

b. Joe Biden      
   9/23/12 FL RV  50       24         26      43       13         29         8
   9/23/12 OH RV  51       22         29      40       13         28         9
   9/16/12 VA RV  50       24         26      44       12         32         6

c. Mitt Romney    
   9/23/12 FL RV  50       30         19      48       13         34         3
   9/23/12 OH RV  47       23         24      50       13         37         3
   9/16/12 VA RV  47       25         21      49       14         34         5

d. Paul Ryan      
   9/23/12 FL RV  46       28         18      40       11         29        14
   9/23/12 OH RV  46       25         21      38       14         24        16
   9/16/12 VA RV  46       25         21      42       15         27        12

FLORIDA REGISTERED VOTERS ONLY:

e. Bill Nelson    55       19         36      30       13         17        15
f. Connie Mack    39       13         26      43       20         23        18

OHIO REGISTERED VOTERS ONLY:

g. Sherrod Brown  48       20         28      38       17         20        14
h. Josh Mandel    41       14         27      43       18         24        16

Compare to VA registered voters 9/16/12: 

a. George Allen   51       17         34      35       16         19        14
b. Tim Kaine      54       22         32      34       16         18        11

21. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) 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?

                Support   Opposition   Obama not a factor   No opinion
9/23/12 FL RV     28          17                53               2
9/23/12 OH RV     28          15                53               3
9/16/12 VA RV     28          20                50               2

22. OHIO ONLY: (AMONG OHIO VOTERS ONLY) Would you describe the state of Ohio’s economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                ------ Positive ------   ------- Negative -------     No
                NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion 
9/23/12 OH RV   38        1        37    61        46         15       1

23a. OHIO ONLY: (IF OHIO ECONOMY EXCELLENT/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?

                --- A lot/some ---   ------- Little/None -------     No   
                NET   A lot   Some   NET   A little  None at all   opinion
9/23/12 OH RV   68     32      36    31       15          16          *

23b. OHIO ONLY: (IF OHIO ECONOMY EXCELLENT/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?

                --- A lot/some ---   ------- Little/None -------     No   
                NET   A lot   Some   NET   A little  None at all   opinion
9/23/12 OH RV   59     20      39    39       19          19          3

24a. OHIO ONLY: (IF OHIO ECONOMY NOT SO GOOD/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?

                --- A lot/some ---   ------- Little/None -------     No   
                NET   A lot   Some   NET   A little  None at all   opinion
9/23/12 OH RV   48     18      30    51       21          31          *

24b. OHIO ONLY: (IF OHIO ECONOMY NOT SO GOOD/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?

                --- A lot/some ---   ------- Little/None -------     No   
                NET   A lot   Some   NET   A little  None at all   opinion
9/23/12 OH RV   51     19      32    46       22          24          3

25. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) 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? Is that a very [favorable/unfavorable] or somewhat [favorable/unfavorable] opinion?)

                 ------- Favorable -------   ------ Unfavorable ------     No   
                 NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV    46       27         18      44       10         34        10
9/23/12 OH RV    41       19         22      48       17         31        11
9/16/12 VA RV    46       28         19      47       15         32         7

Next, I have a few questions about the Medicare program, the government health insurance program for seniors

26. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Would you say the current Medicare program is working well for most seniors, or not?

                Medicare is     Medicare is not     No
                working well     working well    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV        70                22           8
9/23/12 OH RV        65                28           8
9/16/12 VA RV        64                27          10

27. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) 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)?

               Medicare needs to be changed     Medicare is fine       No
                  to keep it sustainable      if we leave it as is   opinion 
9/23/12 FL RV                71                          25              4
9/23/12 OH RV                76                          20              4
9/16/12 VA RV                76                          18              6

28. (AMONG THOSE WHO SAY CHANGES NEEDED) Do you think we need to make (major) changes or (minor) changes to Medicare to keep it sustainable for the future?

                Major changes   Minor changes   No opinion
9/23/12 FL RV        48               47             4
9/23/12 OH RV        48               47             5
9/16/12 VA RV        53               41             6

29. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like in the future? (OPTION A: Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing all seniors the same set of health insurance benefits), or (OPTION B: Medicare should be changed to a system in which the government guarantees each senior a fixed amount of money to help them purchase coverage either from traditional Medicare or from a list of private health plans)?

                  Option A             Option B         Other      No
               Medicare continue   Medicare privatize   (vol.)   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV         65                   29              2        4
9/23/12 OH RV         59                   33              2        6
9/16/12 VA RV         56                   35              2        6

30. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Which comes closer to your opinion – (if policymakers made the right changes, they could reduce the federal budget deficit without reducing Medicare spending) or (in order to significantly reduce the federal budget deficit policymakers will need to reduce Medicare spending)?

                Policymakers can reduce    Medicare spending needs    
                deficit without reducing   to be reduced in order     No
                   Medicare spending       to reduce the deficit    opinion
9/23/12 FL RV              74                        18                8
9/23/12 OH RV              78                        17                6
9/16/12 VA RV              73                        21                7

31. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you think it should be LEGAL or ILLEGAL for gay and lesbian couples to get married?

                --------- Legal ---------   -------- Illegal --------     No
                NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV   54       35         19      33        7         26        13
9/23/12 OH RV   52       36         17      37        7         30        10
9/16/12 VA RV   49       33         16      40        8         32        12

32. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

                  ------ Legal ------   ----- Illegal -----
                         All    Most          Most     All      No
                  NET   cases   cases   NET   cases   cases   opinion
9/23/12 FL RV     65     28      37     31     19      12        4
9/23/12 OH RV     58     27      32     38     26      12        4
9/16/12 VA RV     60     29      31     36     24      12        4

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

                                                           
              Democrat   Republican   Independent   Other   No opinion  
9/23/12 FL       35          25            32          5        4     
9/23/12 FL RV    35          29            31          3        2     
9/23/12 FL LV    33          32            31          3        *

9/23/12 OH       35          26            35          3        2     
9/23/12 OH RV    35          27            34          3        1   
9/23/12 OH LV    37          30            30          2        1     

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