Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone January 5 to 8, 2012, 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 four percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. I’m going to name some people and organizations. If you heard that one of them was supporting a presidential candidate would you be more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely to vote for that candidate or wouldn't it make any difference?

1/8/12 – Summary table
                                More likely   Less likely   Wouldn’t make     No 
                                  to vote       to vote     a difference    opinion
a. Your local newspaper              12            11             75           2
b. Your minister, priest or rabbi    18             9             70           2
c. The governor of your state        15            16             67           2
d. Donald Trump                       8            26             64           2
e. John McCain                       13            22             63           2  
f. Michele Bachmann                   7            21             68           4
g. Sarah Palin                       10            29             60           1
h. George W. Bush                    13            28             57           1
i. Herman Cain                        7            19             70           3


Trend where available:

a. Your local newspaper 

          More likely   Less likely   Wouldn’t make     No 
            to vote       to vote     a difference    opinion
1/8/12         12            11             75           2
9/17/07*       14            14             69           3 
1/4/04          7             7             83           3 
1/16/00        11            10             76           3
*2007 and previous: Pew Research Center

b. Your minister, priest or rabbi 

          More likely   Less likely   Wouldn’t make     No 
            to vote       to vote     a difference    opinion
1/8/12         18             9             70           2
9/17/07        18            12             67           3 
1/4/04         13             4             80           3 
1/16/00        18             7             70           5

c. The governor of your state 

          More likely   Less likely   Wouldn’t make     No 
            to vote       to vote     a difference    opinion
1/8/12         15            16             67           2
9/17/07        19            18             61           2

d. Donald Trump 

          More likely   Less likely   Wouldn’t make     No 
            to vote       to vote     a difference    opinion
1/8/12          8            26             64           2
9/17/07         5            20             73           2

e-i no trend. 

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