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Oct. 22 Muhlenberg College/Morning Call Poll

Oct. 22 Muhlenberg College/Morning Call Poll

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Muhlenberg College/ 
 Morning
Call 
 2012 Pennsylvania Presidential Election
Survey
 Release
Date
 October 22,
2012
 Survey
Methodology
 Number of Interviews
: 444 Likely Voters in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Margin of Error
: +/-5% at a 95% level of confidence
Fielding Dates
: October 17-21, 2012
Method of Interviewing
: Live telephone interviewers
Method of Sampling
: The sample for this study was drawn randomly fromboth a list of registered voters in the state of Pennsylvania and from theuniverse of wireless numbers in the Commonwealth. First, voters wererandomly selected from a list of registered voters in Pennsylvania that isprovided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This list has been updated toreflect changes in phone numbers for voters since their initial registration.However since the list updating procedure will not match voters to wirelessphone numbers a supplemental sampling procedure is employed. Thesupplemental sample includes a random selection of wireless numbers for cellphones in Pennsylvania. While the proportion of registered voters inPennsylvania who exclusively use cell phones is undetermined, it is estimatedthat approximately a quarter of Americans use only cell phones. We thussupplement the sample drawn from voter files with a sample drawn randomlyfrom wireless phone numbers in Pennsylvania. Respondents from the cellphone sample were asked to identify if they used only cell phones for theirpersonal use, with those using both cell phones and landlines excluded formparticipation in the survey. The overall sample included 331 responses from thelist of registered voters and 113 responses from the cell phone sample.
 
Likely Voter Screens
: To identify likely voters a multiple stage process isutilized. For the sample drawn from the Pennsylvania voter registration filesonly individuals who voted in at least 1 of the last 8 general or primaryelections in Pennsylvania OR who had registered to vote in the state since 2009were included in the sampling frame. For the cell phone sample respondentswere asked if they had voted in 1 of the last 8 elections in the state or hadregistered to vote since 2009. Among those that met the voting historyrequirement, two follow up questions were asked to determine voter likelihood.First respondents were asked to confirm their voter registration status (Question1) with those indicating that they were either not registered or unsure abouttheir registration status being excluded from participation. Finally, individualswere asked to express the likelihood that they will vote (Question 2) in theNovember election, with only those indicating that they will definitely or mostlikely vote allowed to participate in the full survey.
Weighting
: The data was weighted by gender and region of the state.Totals may not equal 100% due to roundingInstrument Design: Dr. Christopher P. Borick of the Muhlenberg College Instituteof Public Opinion in conjunction with staff members of the
 Morning Call
.
CONTACT:
 
Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion 484-664-3066
 
 
FREQUENCY REPORT AND SURVEY INSTRUMENT
 INTRODUCTIONQ1: Thank you. Which of the following categories best describes your current votingstatus? Are you registered as a ? (READ LIST)August2012EarlySeptember2012LateSeptember2012October10-15
October17-21
Democrat 49% 49% 47% 47%
46%
Republican 40% 39% 39% 42%
40%
Independent 10% 8% 12% 10%
12%
Other Party 2% 4% 2% 2%
2%
Not Registered (ENDSURVEY)Na Na Na Na
Na
Not Sure (END SURVEY) Na Na Na Na
Na
Q2: How likely are you to vote in the elections this November? Are you definitelygoing to vote, very likely to vote, not too likely to vote or definitely not voting in theNovember Election?August2012EarlySeptember2012LateSeptember2012October10-15
October17-21
Definitely Going toVote84% 82% 85% 90%
91%
Very Likely To Vote 16% 18% 15% 10%
9%
Very Likely To Vote(END SURVEY)Na Na Na Na
Na
Definitely not voting(END SURVEY)Na Na Na Na
Na
Not Sure (ENDSURVEY)Na Na Na Na
Na
Q3: Next, I would like for you to rate the performance of a few political officials. Foreach name that I read, please tell me if you approve or disapprove of the way he isdoing his job.First, President Barack Obama?August2012EarlySeptember2012LateSeptember2012October10-15
October17-21
Approve 43% 47% 47% 47%
46%
Disapprove 47% 44% 45% 46%
46%
No Opinion 10% 9% 8% 6%
7%

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