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Cbsnytpoll Obama 031212

Cbsnytpoll Obama 031212



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CBS News/NYT poll on President Obama, March 12, 2012
CBS News/NYT poll on President Obama, March 12, 2012

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 CBS News/New York Times PollFor release: March 12, 20126:30 PM ET
The November Election, The President, and the Economy
March 7-11, 2012
Rising gas prices may be weighing on President Obama’s approval ratings: after toppingoff at 50% approval just last month, his rating has dipped to 41% today, the lowest of hispresidency. 47% now disapprove.
As has historically been the case, a majority of Americans (54%) believes a Presidentcan do a lot to control gas prices.
In November matchups, President Obama maintains his lead among registered votersover all would-be Republican challengers - by three points over Mitt Romney and fourover Rick Santorum – but those gaps have narrowed, coinciding with the dip in Obama’sapproval.
Part of Barack Obama’s advantage in those head-to-heads is being seen asunderstanding peoples’ needs and problems. 55% of registered voters say he does – butonly 31% think Mitt Romney does. 40% say Rick Santorum does.
Americans divide over whether the U.S. should get involved in any military conflictbetween Israel and Iran over nuclear weapons. 47% want the U.S. to support Israel inany action it might take; 42% don’t want to get involved.Rising gas prices may be taking a bite out of Americans’ wallets, and perhaps a toll onPresident Obama’s approval ratings. Though his approval rating reached 50% last month for thefirst time since the killing of Osama bin Laden last May, it has now plunged nine points to an all-time low of 41%.
President Obama’s Overall Job Rating
Now 2/2012 12/2011 11/2011 5/2011 1/2011Approve 41% 50% 47% 43% 57% 49%Disapprove 47 43 44 47 37 39Most Americans believe gas prices are something a President can do a lot about – 54% say so.Whether correct or not, Americans have historically felt this way about a President’s control overgas prices. They also felt this way when gas prices spiked during the administration of formerPresident George W. Bush.
Are Gas Prices Something a President Can do a lot About?
Now 2/2012 3/2011 7/2008 5/2006 5/2004Yes 54% 54% 50% 65% 63% 58%No 36 34 41 29 30 33
Continued attacks from the Republicans running to replace President Obama may be having animpact, too. His disapproval rating has risen to 89% among Republicans (from 82% last month),and now more independents disapprove of his job performance than approve – that was not thecase last month. And though his approval rating among Democrats remains high, it hasdropped seven points – from 85% last month to 78% today.
President Obama’s Overall Job Rating
Total Reps Dems IndsApprove 41% 5% 78% 37%Disapprove 47 89 15 45President Obama’s job rating on the economy remains about the same as it was last month -39% approve and 54% disapprove – but his rating on foreign policy has dropped significantly.Now, just 40% approve of his handling of foreign policy – a drop of 10 points from last month – while 41% disapprove. This is the first time since the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011that more Americans disapprove than approve of the job Barack Obama is doing handlingforeign policy.
President Obama’s Job Ratings
Foreign Policy The EconomyNow 2/2012 Now 2/2012Approve 40% 50% 39% 44%Disapprove 41 36 54 50
Looking Ahead to November
Barack Obama maintains his lead over all the Republican hopefuls in hypothetical generalelection matchups, but the gap has narrowed -- reflective, perhaps, of the President’s drop inapproval ratings this week.Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum run closest to the incumbent President, three and four pointsback, respectively. The President maintains a commanding lead if the Republican nomineewere Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul.
Who Would You Vote For in November if the Candidates Were…?
(Among registered voters)Now 2/13/2012 1/18/2012Barack Obama 47% 48% 45%Mitt Romney 44 42 45Barack Obama 48% 49% 49%Rick Santorum 44 41 38Barack Obama 49 50% 46%Ron Paul 39 39 42Barack Obama 52 54% 50%Newt Gingrich 38 36 39
Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have all improved their standings withindependents compared to last month – with Romney making the most gains. Ron Paul’sstanding among independents has dropped slightly.
Who Would You Vote For in November if the Candidates Were…?
(Among independent voters)Now 2/13/2012 1/18/2012Barack Obama 45% 46% 38%Mitt Romney 43 37 46Barack Obama 45% 46% 45%Rick Santorum 42 39 36Barack Obama 46% 44% 39%Ron Paul 36 40 49Barack Obama 50% 51% 46%Newt Gingrich 35 32 38In 2008, Barack Obama won the women’s vote, as Democrats often do in Presidential elections.(He won the men’s vote too.) So far this year there has been a lot of focus on issues of concernto women. Now, Barack Obama has a lead against all Republican challengers among womenvoters. Among men, both Romney and Santorum have wide leads over the President.
Gender Gap: Who Would You Vote For in November if Candidates Were…?
(Among registered voters)Women MenBarack Obama 50% 44%Mitt Romney 39 50Barack Obama 50% 45%Rick Santorum 40 50Barack Obama 49% 49%Ron Paul 38 40Barack Obama 54% 51%Newt Gingrich 34 43
Views of the Candidates
Opinions of the candidates – including President Obama – are mixed. An equal percentage ofvoters have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama as an unfavorable one. The same is true forRick Santorum, though more than a third hasn’t formed an opinion yet. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul,and Newt Gingrich all have net unfavorable ratings. Views have changed little since last month.

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The poll is NOT ACCURATE of average Americans, the information on RON PAUL is EXTREMELY off, as usual, it amazes me at how far "news" agencies are willing to flat out LIE, and publish the numbers they are told to. Main street media is nothing but puppets of the nwo adenda. This was a waste of time reading these so obviously fixed numbers, if your going to lie, make them more believeable next time
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