Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone July 26 to 29, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,010 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. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. How much, if anything, have you heard about increased spending in this yearís presidential election by outside groups not associated with the candidates or campaigns? A lot, a little, or nothing at all?

          A lot   A little   Nothing at all   No opinion
7/29/12    25        36            39              1 

2. What do you think the main effect of this increased spending by outside groups will be on the election?

24 Negative reaction NET 
  5 Corrupt electoral process/biased election/buy election/favors who has most money
  4 Bad/negative/annoying/against it
  2 Too much money/money source unknown/waste of money/overspending
  2 Negatively influence voters/repress voter turnout/skew outcome
  2 Unfair advantage for special interest/benefit media, corporations, rich
  1 More negative ads/propaganda
  1 Change things/impact things in a bad way
  1 Misleading/false information/confusion
  1 Will increase taxes/debt/deficit
  1 Takes money from other things/should go elsewhere
  1 Hurt job growth/hurt economy
  4 Other

 2 Positive reaction NET
  1 Change things/impact things in a good way/encourage voting
  1 Other

27 Neutral reaction NET
  7 Not change things/little impact or difference/not change those with minds made up
  6 Change things/impact things/change voters or election
  1 Benefit Romney/benefit Republicans/benefit conservatives
  1 A lot/a lot more
  1 More ads
  1 Help both sides/depends on side spending/who has the money
  1 None/nothing
 10 Other

48 No opinion 

3. And just in general, do you think increased spending by outside groups in the presidential election will (help Obama more than Romney), (help Romney more than Obama), or (not help one candidate more than the other)?

          Help Obama more   Help Romney more   Not help one candidate     No
            than Romney         than Obama       more than the other    opinion
7/29/12         15                  16                   51               18

4. What does the term Super-PAC refer to (a group able to accept unlimited political donations), (government clean-up projects at hazardous waste sites), (a Congressional committee on the budget deficit), or (a popular video game for smartphones)?

          A group able to     Govít clean-up   Congressional      Video
          accept unlimited     at hazardous   committee on the   game for      No
         political donations   waste sites     budget deficit   smartphone   opinion
7/29/12          40                 4                 9              1         46  

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