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Bloomberg News National Poll, Sept. 26, 2012

Bloomberg News National Poll, Sept. 26, 2012

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Bloomberg News National Poll
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ELZER
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OMPANY
Study #20621,007 general population 18 and over September 21-24, 2012Margin of error: ±3.1 percentage points Weighted by race, education, and marital statusIncludes 789 likely voters:Margin of error on likely voter questions: ±3.5 percentage points
MethodologySeptember 25 (Bloomberg) --
The Bloomberg National Poll, conducted Sep 21-24 for Bloomberg Newsby Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, IA, is based on interviews with 1,007 U.S. adults ages 18 or older.Interviewers contacted households with randomly selected landline and cell phone telephone numbers.Percentages based on the full sample may have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.1percentage points. Percentages based on the subsample of 789 likely voters may have a maximum marginof error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage pointsResponses were weighted by race, education, and marital status to reflect the general population based onrecent census data. Results based on smaller samples of respondents—such as by gender or age—have alarger margin of error. Republishing the copyrighted Bloomberg National Poll without credit toBloomberg News is prohibited.
Poll Questions
In general, do you think things in the nation are headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off on thewrong track?
 
RightdirectionWrongtrack Not sure
33
 
60
 
7
 
Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now?
(Read list.Rotate.)
 
3
 
Immigration11
 
Health care
 
14
 
The federal deficit3
 
Terrorism
 
4
 
Taxes
 
6
 
The situation in the Middle East
 
7
 
Gas prices
 
43
 
Unemployment and jobs
 
4
 
Other (VOL) (specify:)1
 
None of these (VOL)
 
4
 
Not sure
 
 
Now, I’m going to mention some people and groups in the news recently.
 
For each, please tell me if yourfeelings are very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable. If you don’t knowenough to answer, just say so.
(Record “don’t know” as “not sure.” Rotate list.)
 
NetFavorableNetUnfavorableVeryFavorableMostlyFavorableMostlyUnfavorableVeryUnfavorableNotSureBarack Obama,
president of theUnited States
52
 
44
 
29
 
23
 
13
 
31
 
4
 
The Republican Party
41
 
49
 
14
 
27
 
25
 
24
 
10
 
The Democratic Party
46
 
45
 
19
 
27
 
20
 
25
 
9
 
Mitt Romney,
Republicancandidate for president andformer governor of Massachusetts
43
 
50
 
19
 
24
 
19
 
31
 
7
 
Ben Bernanke,
chairman of theFederal Reserve
 
29
 
28
 
6
 
23
 
15
 
13
 
43
 
George W. Bush,
former presidentof the United States
46
 
49
 
17
 
29
 
19
 
30
 
5
 
Bill Clinton,
former president of the United States
64
 
29
 
34
 
30
 
15
 
14
 
7
 
The Mormon Church
33
 
27
 
8
 
25
 
13
 
14
 
40
 
Paul Ryan,
the Republicancandidate for vice-president
41
 
41
 
20
 
21
 
17
 
24
 
18
 
Joe Biden,
the vice-president
42
 
45
 
16
 
26
 
21
 
24
 
13
 
Ann Romney,
wife of presidentialcandidate Mitt Romney
49
 
29
 
21
 
28
 
16
 
13
 
22
 
Michelle Obama,
wife of President Barack Obama
63
 
29
 
35
 
28
 
12
 
17
 
8
 
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?
 
(Follow with:)
Do you approve or disapprove of the job he is doing:
 
Approve Disapprove Not Sure
As president
 
49
 
46
 
5
 
With the economy
 
41
 
53
 
6
 
In politics as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or independent?
(If independent,ask:)
Do you lean more toward the Republicans or more toward the Democrats, or are you totallyindependent?
 
RepublicanLeanRepublicanTotallyindependentLeanDemocrat DemocratOther(VOL)Refused/ Not sureAmong all
22
 
11
 
25
 
10
 
27
 
1
 
4
 
Among likely voters
24
 
12
 
21
 
8
 
30
 
1
 
4
 
In thinking about the upcoming election in November, would you describe yourself as very enthusiastic, fairlyenthusiastic, just somewhat enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic?
(Asked of likely Nov. 2012 voters only; n=789. MoE: ± 3.5 percentage points.)
 
VeryenthusiasticFairlyenthusiasticJust somewhatenthusiasticNotenthusiastic Not sure
50
 
19
 
21
 
9
 
1
 
Among Obama supporters
52 18 20 9 1
Among Romney supporters
52 18 22 6 2
 
If the general election for president were held today and the candidates were [Barack Obama for the Democrats]and [Mitt Romney for the Republicans], for whom would you vote?
(Rotate candidates.)
(Asked of likely Nov. 2012 voters only; n=789. MoE: ± 3.5 percentage points.)
 
Obama RomneySomeoneelse (VOL)Would notvote (VOL) Not sure
49
 
43
 
1
 
-
 
7
 
Would you say your mind is made up, or could you still be persuaded to vote for another candidate?
(Asked of likely Nov. 2012 voters only who support Obama, Romney, or someone else; n=745. MoE: ± 3.6 percentagepoints.)
 
AllAmongObamasupporters(n=402)AmongRomneysupporters(n=332)
87
 
89
 
86
 
Mind is made up
 
12
 
11
 
13
 
Could still be persuaded to vote for another candidate
 
1
 
-
 
1
 
Not sure
 
The candidates are both saying the other is out of touch with average Americans. Who do you think is more outof touch—[Barack Obama] or [Mitt Romney]?
(Rotate names.)
(Asked of likely Nov. 2012 voters only; n=789. MoE: ± 3.5 percentage points.)
 
40
 
Barack Obama
 
49
 
Mitt Romney
 
11
 
Not sure
 
For each of the following, please tell me which candidate do you think would be best—[Barack Obama]or [Mitt Romney]?
(Rotate candidate names. Rotate list.)
(Asked of likely Nov. 2012 voters only; n=789. MoE: ± 3.5 percentage points.)
 
BarackObamaMittRomneyNotSure
In understanding your problems and struggles51
 
38
 
11
 
In creating jobs
 
45
 
47
 
8
 
In handling immigration46
 
42
 
12
 
In appearing regularly on your TV or computer screen for thenext four years
 
48
 
39
 
13
 
On health care
 
49
 
43
 
8
 
On women’s issues
 
54
 
34
 
12
 
On improving the economic situation for the middle class
 
49
 
44
 
7
 
On making the U.S. energy independent
 
45
 
43
 
12
 
On dealing with gasoline prices
 
39
 
46
 
15
 
On reviving the housing market
 
44
 
44
 
12
 
Do you think Mitt Romney’s background as a private equity executive does or does not make him betterprepared to create jobs as president?
(Asked of likely Nov. 2012 voters only; n=789. MoE: ± 3.5 percentage points.)
 
Does makehim betterpreparedDoes not makehim betterprepared Not sure
49
 
43
 
8
 

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