2012 election landscape

One year out from the 2012 presidential election, a Washington Post-ABC News Poll analyzes Obama's approval and how he would fare against the top GOP candidates.

Washington Post-ABC News Poll

Americans don't think the country is going in the right direction . . .

Poll of Americans

. . . But Obama still has the edge if the election were today . . .

Poll of Americans

. . . Even though people are not satisfied with the job he's done.

Poll of Americans

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13 states that matter

A look at the states that will likely decide the 2012 election.

State
Voted for presidentPct. voting
for Democrat

*Pew Research Center, Sept. 22-Oct. 4, 2011
SOURCE: This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults, including landline and cellphone-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.
GRAPHIC: Dan Balz, Jon Cohen, Peyton Craighill, Scott Clemons, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Nov. 6, 2011.