Public opinion ahead of first debate

Among likely voters, most think President Obama will win Wednesday’s opening debate with Mitt Romney, even as the two are closely matched in their race for the White House. Obama’s job approval rating is at 50 percent, at or lower than those of the previous two presidents to win reelection but also well above the last two who lost. Read related article.

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 26-29, among a random sample of 1,101 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the sample of 929 registered voters. It is four percentage points for sample of 813 likely voters. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York. | The Washington Post September 30, 2012
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