As the general election campaign heats up, 43% of voters are paying a lot of attention to it, butthat’s down from 55% at this time four years ago. Similar percentages of Republicans andDemocrats are paying attention to the campaign.
Attention to the Campaign
(among registered voters)Now 4/2008A lot 43% 55%Some 35 37Not much/not at all 22 8
The Candidates on the Issues
On the economy, the most pressing issue for voters, more than half have at least someconfidence in both President Obama (51%) and Mitt Romney (55%) to make the right decisionson the issue. More, however, are very confident in Obama (20%) on the economy than say thatabout Romney (14%). During the 2008 campaign, Mr. Obama led his opponent John McCainon this key question.
Confidence in Economic Decisions: Obama vs. Romney
(Among registered voters)Obama RomneyVery 20% 14%Somewhat 31 41Not too 17 20Not at all 31 20Majorities are at least somewhat confident in both Obama and Romney to be an effectivecommander-in-chief, but just 13% are very confident in Romney, compared to 30% who say thatabout the President.
Confidence as Commander-In-Chief: Obama Vs. Romney
(Among registered voters)Obama RomneyVery 30% 13%Somewhat 29 43Not too 15 17Not at all 25 20
Republicans Unite Behind Romney
Now that Rick Santorum has suspended his bid for the Presidency, most Republican primaryvoters – whether they voted in the primaries already or not – have rallied behind Republicanfrontrunner Mitt Romney. 54% of Republican primary voters now say they want to see MittRomney become the Republican nominee, far ahead of Newt Gingrich (20%) or Ron Paul(12%). Just 30% backed Romney in March, when Santorum was still in the race.
Republican Nomination Preference
(Among Republican Primary Voters)Mitt Romney 54%Newt Gingrich 20Ron Paul 12