Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 17 to 20, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults, including landline and cell phone-only respondents. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/20/12    47       26         21      49       13         36         3
4/8/12     50       30         20      45       10         35         6
3/10/12    46       28         18      50       11         39         4
2/4/12     50       29         22      46       11         36         3
1/15/12    48       25         23      48       11         37         4
12/18/11   49       25         24      47       13         34         4
11/3/11    44       22         22      53       15         37         3
10/2/11    42       21         21      54       14         40         4
9/1/11     43       21         22      53       16         38         3
8/9/11*    44       18         26      46        9         37        10
7/17/11    47       25         22      48       14         35         5
6/5/11     47       27         20      49       13         37         4
5/2/11**   56       29         27      38       14         24         6
4/17/11    47       27         21      50       12         37         3
3/13/11    51       27         24      45       12         33         4
1/16/11    54       30         23      43       15         28         3
12/12/10   49       24         25      47       15         32         4
10/28/10   50       27         23      45       11         34         5
10/3/10    50       26         24      47       13         34         3
9/2/10     46       24         22      52       14         38         3
7/11/10    50       28         22      47       12         35         3
6/6/10     52       30         22      45       12         33         4
4/25/10    54       31         23      44       11         33         3
3/26/10    53       34         20      43        8         35         3
2/8/10     51       29         22      46       12         33         3
1/15/10    53       30         24      44       13         32         2
12/13/09   50       31         18      46       13         33         4
11/15/09   56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09   57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09    54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09    57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09    59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09    65       36         29      31       10         22         4
4/24/09    69       42         27      26        8         18         4
3/29/09    66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09    68       43         25      25        8         17         7
*Washington Post
**Washington Post/Pew Research Center

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

5/20/12 - Summary table*

                    -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
                    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
a. The economy      42       20         22      55       11         44         2
b. The situation    
   in Afghanistan   47       23         24      44       17         27         9
c. International     
   affairs          48       30         18      46       15         31         6
*Full sample asked item a; half sample asked item b; other half sample asked item c.

Trend:

a. The economy

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/20/12       42       20         22      55       11         44         2
4/8/12        44       23         21      54       12         42         2
3/10/12       38       20         18      59        9         50         2
2/4/12        44       23         22      53       11         41         3
1/15/12       41       19         22      57       11         46         2
12/18/11      41       17         24      56       13         43         2
11/3/11       38       18         20      61       13         48         2
10/2/11       35       17         19      61       13         48         4
9/1/11        36       15         21      62       15         47         2
7/17/11       39       18         22      57       15         43         3
6/5/11        40       20         20      59       10         49         2
5/2/11*       40       18         22      55       16         39         4
4/17/11       42       23         19      57       11         46         2
3/13/11       43       22         21      55       13         41         2
1/16/11       46       22         24      51       13         38         2
12/12/10      43       21         22      54       15         39         3
10/28/10 RV   44       21         23      54       15         39         3
10/3/10       45       22         23      53       13         41         2
9/2/10        41       20         21      57       13         44         2
7/11/10       43       20         23      54       13         41         4
6/6/10        50       26         24      49       12         37         2
4/25/10       49       24         25      49       10         39         2
3/26/10       45       23         22      52       12         40         3
2/8/10        45       22         23      53       15         38         2
1/15/10       47       22         24      52       13         39         1
12/13/09      46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09      51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09      50       29         22      48       13         35         1
9/12/09       51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09       52       27         25      46       13         33         2
7/18/09       52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09       56       28         28      41       13         27         3
4/24/09       58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09       60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09       60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6
*Washington Post/Pew Research Center

b. The situation in Afghanistan

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/20/12    47       23         24      44       17         27         9
4/8/12     48       23         25      43       14         29         9
3/10/12    46       26         20      47       17         29         7
7/17/11    53       24         29      43       14         29         5
6/5/11     52       23         29      41       15         26         7
5/2/11*    60       28         32      29       15         14        11
4/17/11    44       17         27      49       17         31         7
1/16/11    49       19         30      41       17         24        10
12/12/10   45       17         28      46       16         30        10
7/11/10    45       20         25      45       14         31        10
4/25/10    56       20         36      36       16         20         7
3/26/10    53       25         29      35       15         20        12
1/15/10    50       22         28      45       18         27         6
12/13/09   52       24         28      44       13         32         4
11/15/09   45       23         23      48       16         32         6
10/18/09   45       22         23      47       17         31         7
9/12/09    55       23         33      37       17         21         7
8/17/09    60       25         35      33       14         19         7
7/18/09    62       33         29      30       13         17         8
4/24/09    63       NA         NA      26       NA         NA        11
*Washington Post/Pew Research Center 

c. International affairs
          
           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No   
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/20/12    48       30         18      46       15         31         6
4/8/12     47       24         23      44       11         33         9
1/15/12    49       26         23      44       10         33         7
11/3/11    47       26         21      45       13         31         8
11/15/09   60       30         30      37       13         23         3
10/18/09   57       34         23      36       15         21         7
9/12/09    57       32         25      33       12         21        10
6/21/09    61       NA         NA      32       NA         NA         7
4/24/09    67                          27                             6
3/29/09    62        "          "      27        "          "        11

3. 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 so    At all   opinion
5/20/12       77     33     44     23      11        12        *
2/4/12*       76     33     43     24      14         9        *
1/15/12       71     30     42     28      16        12        *
12/18/11      69     26     43     31      18        13        *
11/3/11       65     24     41     34      17        17        *
10/2/11       64     24     40     36      23        13        0
9/1/11        66     25     40     34      20        14        *
7/17/11       61     18     43     39      23        15        *
6/5/11        61     22     39     38      23        15        *

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        *

6/20/04       78     33     45     22      15         7        *
5/23/04       74     33     41     26      17         9        *
4/18/04       75     30     45     25      16         9        0
3/7/04        75     33     42     25      18         7        *
2/11/04       75     30     45     25      15        10        *
1/18/04       66     22     44     35      22        13        *
10/29/03      54     15     39     45      30        15        0
9/13/03       56     16     40     44      27        17        *

6/11/00       49     13     36     51      26        25        0
4/2/00        53     17     36     47      24        23        0
3/11/00       61     21     40     38      21        17        0
2/27/00       70     24     46     30      20        10        *
2/6/00        65     19     48     34      21        13        0
1/16/00       50     11     39     50      26        24        *
12/15/99      45     12     33     55      31        24        *
10/31/99      61     16     45     38      25        13        *
7/17/95       36      7     29     63      33        31        *
7/8/92        76     28     48     24      16         8        *
1/27/92       51     14     37     48      25        23        1
5/25/88       76     25     51     25      19         6        *
9/23/87       50      9     41     49      31        18        *
6/1/87        50     11     39     49      32        17        *
2/4/12 and previous “not too closely” instead of “not so closely”

4. If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote? Would you lean toward (Obama) or toward (Romney)?

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – all adults

                              Other    Neither    Would not      No
             Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
5/20/12       49       45        1         3          2           1
4/8/12        51       43        *         2          3           1
3/10/12       46       47        *         2          3           2
2/4/12        52       43        *         1          2           2
1/15/12       46       47        *         2          3           2
12/18/11      49       46        *         2          2           1
11/3/11       48       45        *         3          2           1
10/2/11       47       46        *         3          1           2
9/1/11        46       47        *         2          3           2
7/17/11       51       44        *         2          1           2
6/5/11        47       47        *         2          1           2
4/17/11       49       45        *         3          1           2

NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE – registered voters

                              Other    Neither    Would not      No
             Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   vote (vol.)   opinion
5/20/12  RV   49       46        *         3          1           1
4/8/12   RV   51       44        *         2          3           1
3/10/12  RV   47       49        *         1          2           2
2/4/12   RV   51       45        *         1          1           1
1/15/12  RV   46       48        *         2          2           2
12/18/11 RV   47       47        *         2          2           1
11/3/11  RV   46       47        *         3          2           1
10/2/11  RV   46       48        *         2          1           2
9/1/11   RV   45       49        *         2          2           2
7/17/11  RV   49       47        *         2          1           1
6/5/11   RV   46       49        *         2          1           2
4/17/11  RV   49       45        *         3          1           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   Somewhat   NET   Not so   Not at all   opinion
Obama 
5/20/12      91     48       43       9       4          5          *
5/20/12 RV   93     51       41       7       4          4          0

Romney 
5/20/12      73     23       50      25      16          9          1
5/20/12 RV   75     26       48      25      15          9          1

Compare to: (Among candidate's 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?

6/15/08 - Summary table

            --- Enthusiastic --   ---- Not enthusiastic ----     No
            NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
Obama  RV   91     52      39      9        7          2          *
McCain RV   74     19      55     25       19          6          1

6/20/04 - Summary table

            ----Enthusiastic---    -----Not Enthusiastic-----     No
            NET   Very   Fairly    NET   Not too   Not at all   opinion
Bush        90     48      42      10       8           2          *
Bush  RV    90     50      40       9       7           2          *
Kerry       83     33      50      17      13           4          0
Kerry RV    85     34      51      15      12           3          0

6. What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?

                                                           5/20/12   1/15/12   11/3/11
Economy/jobs                                                 52        51        56
Health care/repealing Obamacare                               7         3         4
Morals/family values                                          5         3         4
Ethics/honesty/corruption in government                       4         6         7
Beating Romney/re-electing Obama/Supporting the Democrats*    1         1         2
Federal budget deficit                                        1         2         2
Taxes                                                         1         2         2
Beating Obama/electing Romney/Supporting the Republicans*     1         1         1
Gay marriage/gay rights                                       1         *         0           
Education                                                     1         1         1
Social Security                                               1         1         1
Terrorism/national security                                   1         2         1
Abortion                                                      1         *         1
Afghanistan/War in Afghanistan                                1         1         *
Experience                                                    1         1         *
Middle class Americans/helping the middle class               1         1        NA
Foreign policy                                                1         1         *
Gas/oil prices/energy/ethanol                                 *         *         *
Iran/Situation in Iran                                        *         *         0
Guns/Gun control                                              *         *         0
Environment                                                   *         *         1
Immigration/illegal immigration                               *         *         1
Leadership/strong leadership/good leader                      0         2         1
Banks/Financial institutions                                  *        NA        NA 
Change                                                        *         *         1
Housing/mortgages                                             0         1         *
Iraq/War in Iraq                                             NA         1         *
Other (SPECIFY)                                              14        10        10
No opinion                                                    4         7         5
*1/15/12 and previous “the/a Republican” instead of “Romney”

7. Thinking specifically about the economy, what is the most important economic issue in your choice for president?

                                     5/20/12
Unemployment and the job market        46
Federal budget deficit                  8
Taxes                                   6
Health care costs                       5
Financial and banking system            3
Home values and the housing market      2
Gas/fuel prices                         2
Rising prices                           1
Student loans                           1
Social Security                         1
Personal debt                           *
Underwater loans                        *
Other                                  16
No opinion                              8

8. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

              ------ Positive ------   ------- Negative -------     No
              NET   Excellent   Good   NET   Not so good   Poor   opinion 
5/20/12       17        1        16    83        47         36       *
2/4/12        11        *        11    89        46         42       *
11/3/11       10        1         9    89        43         47       *
7/17/11       10        1         9    90        40         50       *
6/5/11        11        1        10    89        46         44       *
1/16/11       13        1        12    87        45         41       *
10/28/10       9        *         9    90        41         49       1
10/3/10        9        1         8    90        40         50       *
9/2/10         8        *         7    92        40         53       0
7/11/10       10        1         9    90        44         46       0
6/6/10        12        *        11    88        43         45       0
1/16/09        5        1         5    94        32         62       *
9/22/08        9        *         9    91        34         57       *
4/13/08       10        1         9    90        39         51       *
2/1/08        19        1        18    81        43         38       0
12/9/07       28        3        25    72        40         32       *
11/1/07       35        3        32    64        39         26       *
4/15/07       42        5        37    57        37         20       *
12/11/06      50        7        42    50        36         14       *
10/22/06      55       10        45    45        28         17       *
10/8/06       47        7        40    53        37         16       *
3/5/06        43        5        38    57        37         19       *
1/26/06       40        5        35    60        37         23       *
12/18/05      45        5        39    55        38         17       *
11/2/05       35        3        32    65        36         29       *
9/11/05       40        3        37    59        37         22       1
6/5/05        44        3        40    56        38         19       *
4/24/05       37        2        35    63        44         20       *
9/26/04  RV   46        3        43    53        38         15       1
8/29/04  RV   45        3        41    55        37         18       *
7/25/04       46        4        42    53        39         14       *
6/20/04       45        4        41    55        38         17       *
4/18/04       43        4        39    57        39         18       *
3/7/04        39        2        37    60        38         22       1
1/18/04       42        3        39    58        42         16       0
12/21/03      42        4        39    57        41         16       1
10/29/03      33        1        32    67        45         23       *
9/13/03       30        2        27    70        45         25       *
8/11/03       32        2        30    68        43         25       *
4/30/03       35        1        34    64        46         19       *
2/9/03        28        1        27    72        49         23       *
1/20/03       25        1        25    74        48         26       1
12/15/02      35        1        33    65        44         21       1
11/4/02  LV   28        1        27    72        55         17       1
11/3/02  LV   27        1        26    72        56         17       1
11/2/02  LV   29        1        28    71        54         17       *
9/26/02       31        2        28    69        50         19       *
7/15/02       39        3        36    61        44         17       1
2/21/02       30        1        29    69        51         18       *
1/27/02       31        1        29    69        50         19       *
9/20/01       38        3        35    60        47         14       2
9/9/01        33        1        32    66        47         19       *
7/30/01       50        3        46    50        39         12       *
4/22/01       50        3        47    50        40          9       *
1/15/01       70       10        59    29        24          6       1
10/27/00 LV   86       24        61    14        11          3       *
10/26/00 LV   86       24        61    14        11          3       *
6/11/00       74       17        57    26        19          6       *
2/27/00       80       25        55    20        14          5       *
10/31/99      74       18        56    26        18          7       1
9/2/99        76       19        57    23        16          6       1
3/14/99       80       22        58    19        15          4       1
11/1/98       73       12        61    26        21          5       1
11/1/98  LV   78       13        65    22        19          3       *
10/13/97      61       12        49    39        27         11       *

9. Would you say you, yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?

             Better off   Not as well off   About the same   No opinion
5/20/12          16             30                53              1
1/15/12          15             30                54              1
11/3/11          13             34                52              1
9/1/11           15             35                50              *
7/18/09           8             27                64              *

G.W. Bush
10/5/04 LV       30             30                40              1
10/29/03         22             27                50              1
9/13/03          21             30                49              *
8/11/03          17             25                58              1

Clinton:
6/11/00          34             14                50              2
7/19/98          30             15                52              3
3/1/98           32              9                57              1
6/23/96          29             22                49              0
2/27/94          12             17                71              *

G.H.W. Bush:
1/17/93          27             28                44              1
8/9/92           22             32                45              1
6/7/92           19             32                49              *
3/11/92          20             33                46              1
2/2/92           19             31                49              *
12/15/91         17             33                49              *
10/21/91         20             27                53              1
3/4/91           19             18                63              1

Reagan:
1/16/89          42             18                39              1
1/18/87          37             23                40              1
9/8/86           41             20                39              1

10. Who do you think is more responsible for the country's current economic problems - (Barack Obama) or (George W. Bush)?

                          Both    Neither    No
          Obama   Bush   (vol.)   (vol.)   opinion
5/20/12     34     49       8        7        3
1/15/12     29     54       9        6        2

11. If Romney had been president since 2009 instead of Obama, do you think you yourself would be better off financially than you are now, not as well off, or in about the same shape financially?

         
         Better off   Not as well off   About the same   No opinion 
5/20/12      19             22                48             10

12. Thinking about [ITEM], would you describe yourself as more (hopeful), or as more (anxious)? Is that very (hopeful/anxious) or somewhat (hopeful/anxious)?

5/20/12 - Summary Table

                         ---- Hopeful ----   ---- Anxious ----    Both   Neither   No   
                         NET   Very   Smwt   NET   Smwt   Very   (vol.)   (vol.)   op.
a. Your personal 
   finances in the   
   next few years        58     24     34     38     20    18       1       2      1
b. The national   
   economy in the next   
   few years             54     21     33     42     20    21       1       1      1

13. In the past few years, have you or has anyone living in your household been laid off or lost their job?

            Yes   No   No opinion

5/20/12     35    65        *
7/17/11*    29    71        *
12/12/10    34    65        *
11/15/09    30    70        *
9/12/09     27    73        *
4/24/09**   23    77        0
2/22/09     18    82        *
12/14/08    18    82        *
*7/17/11 and previous: “last year…”
**4/24/09 and previous: "In the last few months..."

14. Thinking beyond your own household, do you have any close friends or immediate family members who have been laid off or lost their job in the last few years?

          Yes    No   No opinion
5/20/12*   71    29        *
7/17/11    71    29        *
12/12/10   72    28        0
4/24/09    63    36        *
2/22/09    60    40        1
*5/20/12 added “in the last few years”

15. Would you describe yourself as working class, middle class, upper middle class, or better off than that?

           Worse off than     Working    Mid.     Upper      Better off    No
         work. class (vol.)    class    class   mid. class   than that    opin.
5/20/12          2               32       50        13           2          1
4/8/12           2               33       44        15           3          2
3/2/10*          2               36       45        11           3          2
*ABC News

16. (IF WORKING CLASS, MIDDLE CLASS OR UPPER MIDDLE CLASS) Would you say you are struggling to remain in the (working/middle/upper middle) class, comfortable in the (working/middle/upper middle) class, or moving up beyond the (working/middle/upper middle) class?

          Struggling     Comfortable            Moving up           No
          to remain    in current class   beyond current class   opinion
5/20/12       42              47                   9                1

WORKING CLASS:

          Struggling     Comfortable            Moving up           No
          to remain    in working class   beyond working class   opinion
5/20/12       52              32                  13                3

MIDDLE CLASS:

          Struggling    Comfortable         Moving up          No
          to remain    in mid. class   beyond middle class   opinion
5/20/12       39             53                 7               1
4/8/12        36             58                 5               1
3/2/10*       41             52                 6               *
*ABC News 

UPPER MIDDLE CLASS:

          Struggling      Comfortable           Moving up            No
          to remain    in up. mid. class   beyond up. mid. class   opinion
5/20/12       33              62                    5                 1

15/16 NET:
 
                                      5/20/12
Worse off than working class (vol.)      2       
NET Working class                       32        
 Struggling to remain                   17       
 Comfortable                            10      
 Moving up                               4        
 No opinion                              1       
NET Middle class                        50
 Struggling to remain                   19
 Comfortable                            26
 Moving up                               4
 No opinion                              *
NET Upper middle class                  13        
 Struggling to remain                    4
 Comfortable                             8
 Moving up                               1
 No opinion                              *
Better off than that                     2         
No opinion                               1         

17. Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job [ITEM] - (Obama) or (Romney)?

5/20/12 - Summary table – all adults
                                            Both    Neither     No
                          Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. Handling the economy    46       47       *         3         3
b. Creating jobs           47       44       1         6         3

5/20/12 - Summary table – registered voters

                                            Both    Neither     No
                          Obama   Romney   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. Handling the economy    47       47       *         3         3
b. Creating jobs           46       45       1         6         3

Trend:

a. Handling the economy

                            Both    Neither     No
          Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
5/20/12    46       47        *        3         3
4/8/12     43       47        1        5         5
2/4/12     45       48        1        4         2

b. Creating jobs

                            Both    Neither     No
          Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
5/20/12    47       44        1        6         3
4/8/12     46       43        1        5         4
2/4/12     45       47        1        3         4

18. Regardless of who you may support, who do you think [ITEM] - (Obama) or (Romney)?

5/20/12 - Summary table – all adults

                                                  Both    Neither     No      
                                Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion 
a. better understands the   
   economic problems people                
   in this country are having     48      40        2         7        3
b. better represents your own
   personal values                47      43        1         7        3
c. has the better personal
   character to serve as
   president                      52      38        2         4        4 
d. is more likely to stand
   up for what he believes in     51      38        3         4        4

5/20/12 - Summary table – registered voters

                                                  Both    Neither     No      
                                Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion 
a. better understands the   
   economic problems people                
   in this country are having     48      40        2         8        2
b. better represents your own
   personal values                47      44        1         6        2
c. has the better personal
   character to serve as
   president                      52      39        3         4        3 
d. is more likely to stand
   up for what he believes in     50      39        4         4        3

Trend:

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

                                Both    Neither     No
              Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
5/20/12        48       40        2        7         3
4/8/12         49       37        2        9         4
2/4/12         53       36        2        7         3

b. better represents your own personal values

                                Both    Neither     No
              Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)   opinion
5/20/12        47       43        1        7         3

Compare to:
                               Both    Neither     No 
              Obama   McCain   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion

10/19/08 LV    53       43       1        2          1
9/7/08   LV    51       43       2        3          1
8/22/08  RV    50       43       2        3          2
6/15/08  RV    49       41       1        6          2

c-d No trend. 

19. Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of [ITEM] - (Obama) or (Romney)?

5/20/12 - Summary Table

                                              Both    Neither      No 
                            Obama   Romney   (vol.)    (vol.)    opinion
a. Middle class Americans    51       42       1         4          2       
b. Wealthy Americans         24       65       2         3          6
c. You and your family       46       43       *         6          5
d. Financial institutions    32       56       2         4          6
e. Small businesses          45       47       1         3          4

Compare to: Who do you think cares more about protecting the economic interests of [ITEM] - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

a. Middle class Americans
                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/2/11     52      32       1       12         3
7/17/11     53      35       1        9         2

b. Wealthy Americans
                           Both    Neither     No
           Obama   Reps   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
10/2/12     17      70       5        6         2

c-e No trend.

20. What do you think is the bigger problem in this country - (unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy), or (over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity)?

                          Over-      Both    Neither  
          Unfairness   regulation   (vol.)   (vol.)    No opinion
5/20/12       56           34          5        2           3
4/8/12        52           37          4        2           5
1/15/12       55           35          5        2           4

21. Thinking about your own personal financial prospects, do you feel more like the system (gives you a fair chance), or do you feel more like the system (does not give you a fair chance)?

                               Neither  
          Fair      Not fair   (vol.)    No opinion
5/20/12    48          47          2         3           

22. Do you think the new federal regulations on banks and other financial institutions go too far in regulating these businesses, don’t go far enough, or are about right?

          Too far   Not far enough   About right   No opinion
5/20/12     23            38             28            10

23. On another subject, do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             --------- Legal ---------   -------- Illegal --------     No  
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/20/12      53       39         14      39        7         32         8
3/10/12      52       36         17      43        7         36         5
7/17/11      51       32         19      45        9         36         4
3/13/11      53       36         17      44        9         35         3
2/8/10       47       31         16      50        9         42         3
4/24/09*     49       31         18      46        7         39         5
6/4/06       36       24         13      58        7         51         5
8/28/05      39       NA         NA      58       NA         NA         3
8/29/04 RV   32       18         14      62       10         52         5 
3/7/04       38       24         14      59       11         48         3 
2/22/04      39       25         13      55        6         49         6 
1/18/04      41       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         4 
9/7/03       37       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         7 
*2009 "gay and lesbian" and "homosexual" wordings half sampled. 2005 "gay and lesbian", others "homosexual".

24. Do you think (each state should make its own laws) on same-sex marriage, or do you think (the federal government should make one law for all states) on this issue?

          States should    Federal govt.      No
          make own laws   should make law   opinion
5/20/12         49              46             5

25. Do you approve or disapprove of Obama’s recent announcement that he personally supports same-sex marriage? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

           -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
5/20/12    51       36         15      41        7         35         8

26. Do you yourself have a friend, family member, or acquaintance who is gay or lesbian, or not?

          Yes   No   No opinion
5/20/12   71    28        1 
2/8/10    63    36        1
8/27/98   59    40        1

27. Switching topics, there have been reports recently that Romney bullied another student when he was in high school in the 1960s. Do you think this incident is a serious matter, or not serious?

          Serious   Not serious   No opinion
5/20/12     22          74             3

28. Do you think it is or is not fair to bring up things that a political candidate did in high school?

          Fair   Not fair   No opinion
5/20/12    22       75           3

29. Do you think this incident does or does not provide relevant information about Romney’s personal character?

          Does   Does not   No opinion
5/20/12    25       72           3

30. And how about Obama – do you think things he did in high school do or do not provide relevant information about his personal character?

          Do   Do not   No opinion
5/20/12   24     70          6

31. For each item I name, please tell me if it is a major reason for you to (support) that candidate, a major reason for you to (oppose) that candidate, or not a major factor in your vote?

5/20/12 - Summary Table
                                              Major       Major     Not a
                                            reason to   reason to   major    No
                                             support     oppose     factor   op.
a. Obama’s support for allowing gays 
   and lesbians to get married                 20          23         55      2
b. The report that Romney bullied                       
   another student in high school               1           8         90      1
c. Romney’s work buying and restructuring
   companies before he went into politics      21          21         54      4

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what?

          Democrat   Republican   Independent   Other (vol.)   No opinion
5/20/12      32          22           38              7             2
4/18/12      34          23           34              5             3
3/10/12      31          27           36              3             3
2/12/12      34          23           37              5             1
1/15/12      32          25           36              5             2

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

                                               Don't think in 
          Liberal   Moderate   Conservative   those terms (vol.)   No opinion
5/20/12     22         35           37                3                 3  
4/18/12     22         44           29                2                 3
3/10/12     23         37           37                2                 1
2/12/12     21         39           37                1                 2
1/15/12     19         42           37                1                 2

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