Washington Post-Bloomberg News Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and Bloomberg News by telephone October 6 to 9, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,000 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. For the sample of 391 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents the error margin is six percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

Leaned GOP=self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents

1. If a Republican were president right now, do you think the economy would be better, worse, or about the same as it is now?

             Better   Worse   The same   No opinion
All adults     23      25         45           7

2. Thinking beyond the 2012 presidential election, do you think your own family’s financial situation would be better if (President Obama wins a second term) OR if (a Republican wins the election) or wouldn’t it make much difference either way?

            President Obama     Republican wins    Not make much    (Vol.)      No
          wins a second term      the election    much difference   Depends   opinion
All adults        24                  24                44            *          7 

3a. Of the following possible Republican candidates for president, which one do you think would do the most to improve the economy?

                        All adults   Leaned GOP 
Mitt Romney                17            22
Herman Cain                10            20
Rick Perry                  7            12
Ron Paul                    7             8
Newt Gingrich               4             6
Michele Bachmann            4             3 
Jon Huntsman                2             *
Rick Santorum               1             1
None of these (VOL.)       16             5
Other (VOL.)                1             *
No opinion                 33            22

3b. Of the following possible Republican candidates for president, which one do you think would do the most damage to the economy?

                        All adults   Leaned GOP 
Michele Bachmann           15            14 
Rick Perry                 12             9 
Ron Paul                    7            11 
Newt Gingrich               6             5 
Mitt Romney                 5             7 
Jon Huntsman                2             3 
Herman Cain                 2             2 
Rick Santorum               2             1 
None of these (VOL.)        5             5 
Other (VOL.)                3             1 
No opinion                 42            43 

4. Some U.S. companies say they can’t find enough highly-skilled Americans to fill jobs. One proposal is to increase the number of visas for foreign workers with advanced degrees in math, science and engineering so they can fill those jobs in the U.S. Do you support or oppose this idea?

            Support   Oppose   No opinion
All adults     31       59         10 
Leaned GOP     27       63         10

5. Do you believe middle-class Americans will or will NOT have to make financial sacrifices to decrease the federal budget deficit?

              Will   Will not   No opinion
All adults     81       11          8
Leaned GOP     83       11          6

6. Please tell me if you would support or oppose each of the following to help reduce the nation’s budget deficit.

10/9/11 – Summary table – All adults

                                       Support   Oppose   No opinion
a. Raising taxes on households with 
   incomes of 250 thousand dollars 
   per year and higher                   68        27          5

b. Raising taxes on the middle class     18        79          4

c. Reducing Social Security benefits     13        83          4

d. Reducing Medicare benefits            14        82          4

e. Reducing military spending            51        42          7


10/9/11 – Summary table – Leaned GOP

                                       Support   Oppose   No opinion
a. Raising taxes on households with 
   incomes of 250 thousand dollars 
   per year and higher                   54        41          4

b. Raising taxes on the middle class     14        83          3

c. Reducing Social Security benefits     16        79          5

d. Reducing Medicare benefits            18        77          5

e. Reducing military spending            39        56          5

7. Thinking about the next couple of years, how likely do you think it is that there will be another financial crisis similar to the one that caused a near meltdown of the banking industry in the U.S. in 2008 – very likely, fairly likely, just somewhat likely, or not likely?

               ------ Likely -----   ---- Less/Not likely ----
               NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Somewhat   Not   No opinion
All adults     52     28      24     42       29      13         6
3/22/10* All   42     23      19     57       35      22         1
*Bloomberg 

8. At the end of the Republican nomination contest, whom do you want to be the Republican candidate for president?

10/9/11 – Summary table

                   All adults   Leaned GOP
Mitt Romney            17          24
Herman Cain             8          16
Rick Perry              8          13
Ron Paul                7           6
Michele Bachmann        6           4
Newt Gingrich           3           3
Jon Huntsman            2           0
Rick Santorum           1           1
None of these (VOL.)   14           3
Other (VOL.)            *           0
No opinion             32          29

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