Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone August 31 to September 3, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,008 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. What ONE WORD best describes your impression of Ė [INSERT]? Just the one word that best describes him.

a. Barack Obama

         Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion
9/3/12      39         13        38          10
8/30/09     49          8        35           8
       
b. Joe Biden         

         Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion
9/3/12      18         29        29          24

Barack Obama - unweighted word counts:

Good/good man/good job           38
Trying/Tried/Tries               30
President                        27
Failed/Failure                   25
Incompetent                      24
Great/greater                    21
Honest/Honesty                   17
Intelligent                      17
Disappointed/Disappointing/
  Disappointment                 14
Liar                             14
Socialist                        13
Leader                           12
Loser                            12
Like him/likable                 11
OK                               11
Nice                             10
Arrogant                          8
Excellent                         8
Bad                               7
Idiot                             7
Trustworthy                       7
Awesome                           6
Best                              6
Charismatic                       6
Competent                         6
Fantastic                         6
Sh**/Horse sh**                   6
Sincere                           6
Alright                           5
Capable                           5
Deceitful/Deceiving               5
Dedicated                         5
Fair                              5
Favorable                         5
Fine                              5
Inexperienced                     5
Joke                              5
Presidential                      5
Sorry                             5
Terrible                          5
A**hole/Jacka**                   4
Black                             4
Clueless                          4
Confident                         4
Courageous                        4
Dishonest                         4
Dislike/Don't like                4
Smart                             4
Ignorant                          4
Ineffective/Ineffectual           4
Inept                             4
Interesting                       4
Lousy                             4
Not good                          4
Positive                          4
Scary                             4
Stinks/sucks                      4
Wonderful                         4
Selfish/Self-centered/
  Self-absorbed                   4
Brave                             3
Change                            3
Communist                         3
Confusing                         3
Crook/Crooked                     3
Dangerous                         3
Decent                            3
Determined                        3
Diligent                          3
Doing his best                    3
Evil                              3
Family/family man                 3
Fraud                             3
Honorable                         3
Hope/Hopeful                      3
Inadequate                        3
Not impressed                     3
Patient                           3
Puppet                            3
Stupid                            3
Undecided                         3
Unfavorable                       3
Useless                           3
Weak                              3
Trouble/Troubled/Troublesome      3
Unsure                            3
Adequate                          2
Amateur                           2
Attempting                        2
Brilliant                         2
Caring                            2
Compassionate                     2
Consistent                        2
Cool                              2
Criminal                          2
Devious                           2
Disgusting/Disgusted              2
Dissatisfied                      2
Dreamer                           2
Exceptional                       2
Fake                              2
Friendly                          2
Gone                              2
Lovable                           2
Intellectual                      2
Ridiculous                        2
Hard working                      2
Horrible                          2
Incredible                        2
Inspired/Inspirational            2
Lacking                           2
Liberal                           2
Lost                              2
Mediocre                          2
Misguided                         2
Misunderstood                     2
Neutral                           2
Non-leader                        2
Out of touch                      2
Poor                              2
Productive                        2
Steady                            2
Strong                            2
Traitor                           2
Unqualified                       2
Unsatisfactory                    2
Wishy-washy                       2
Yes                               2
Committed/Commitment              2
Crap/Crappy                       2
NaÔve                             2
Respect/Respectable               2
Re-elect/Re-electable             2
Unfit                             2
Commander                         2
Other                           236
No opinion                       85

Joe Biden - unweighted word counts:

Good                             43
Idiot                            40
Okay                             21
Vice/Vice President              20
Honest                           18
Incompetent                      14
Old                              14
A Clown/Clown                    13
Stupid                           13
Joke/Joker                       10
Funny                            10
Useless                           9
Unknown                           9
Goof/Goofy                        8
Great, Great Job                  8
Quiet                             8
Alright                           7
Buffoon                           7
Dumb/Dumba**                      7
Comical                           6
Jerk                              6
Loser                             6
Politician                        6
Arrogant                          5
Bad                               5
Capable                           5
Donít Like Him                    5
Experienced                       5
Fine                              5
Follower/Following                5
Friendly                          5
Intelligent                       5
Knowledgeable                     5
Moron                             5
Ridiculous                        5
Awful                             4
Crook                             4
Fool/Foolish                      4
Trying                            4
Inept                             4
Like Him/Likeable                 4
Loose Cannon                      4
Nice                              4
Not Impressed/Unimpressed         4
Talkative                         4
Boring                            4
A**/A**Hole                       3
Confused                          3
Courage/Courageous                3
Crazy                             3
Disgusted/Disgusting              3
Fair                              3
Fake                              3
Helpful                           3
Ignorant                          3
Ineffective                       3
Interesting                       3
Invisible                         3
Laughable/A Laugh                 3
Liberal                           3
Not Good/Not Great                3
Out Of Touch                      3
Sorry                             3
There                             3
Truthful                          3
Undecided                         3
Unfavorable                       3
Unsure                            3
White                             3
Wise                              3
Worse                             3
Worthless                         3
Gaffe                             3
Sh**/Horse Sh**                   3
Absent                            2
Adequate                          2
Average                           2
Cheerful                          2
Clueless                          2
Competent                         2
Confident                         2
Cool                              2
Democrat                          2
Dense                             2
Determined                        2
D**K/D**K Head                    2
Disappointed/Disappointing        2
Dishonest                         2
Dislike                           2
Dull                              2
Embarrassed/Embarrassment         2
Energetic                         2
Excellent                         2
Fantastic                         2
Favorable                         2
Fiery                             2
Gone                              2
Governor                          2
Honorable                         2
Horrible                          2
Humorous                          2
Joe/Joey                          2
Leader                            2
Liar                              2
Loopy                             2
Neutral                           2
No                                2
Nonexistent                       2
Nothing                           2
Pitiful                           2
Qualified                         2
Real                              2
Reliable                          2
Sad                               2
Silly                             2
Smart                             2
Steady                            2
Supportive                        2
Typical Politician/VP             2
Uninformed                        2
Unqualified                       2
Loyal                             2
Who                               2
Doofus                            2
Weasel                            2

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