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PURPLEPOLL

October 2012 Edition

PURPLE INSIGHTS

WHY THE PURPLEPOLL?
In 2012, a dozen states will decide whether President Obama is elected to a second term. The PurplePoll focuses exclusively on the Purple Electorate - likely voters only in these swing states. Updated regularly throughout the 2012 election cycle, the PurplePoll offers a unique lens through which you can gather original insight into this critical election. The PurplePoll has built a reputation for accurate, unbiased and cutting-edge polling and analysis. It has been cited on television, in print, and online by sources that span the political spectrum, including: MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, Talking Points Memo, Slate, Politico, the National Review and dozens of others. And we will continue to bring you this analysis through the November election, and beyond. Fielded 10/23-10/25, interviews were conducted using a mixed methodology of automated telephone interviews using landline phones and online interviews of voters who predominantly or exclusively use cell phones. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the interviews were conducted via phone, and 25% online with cell phone users. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0. For more information, contact Doug Usher, Ph.D. [doug.usher@purplestrategies.com] or Bruce Haynes [bruce.haynes@purplestrategies.com], at 703-548-7877. To subscribe, e-mail us at poll@purplestrategies.com.

ABOUT PURPLE STRATEGIES
Purple is a fully integrated, bipartisan team that excels at merging red and blue perspectives to find effective strategic solutions. We look to build a consensus that will support a public affairs initiative, influence a debate or stimulate change. Our team includes experts in opinion research, strategic communications, grassroots, government affairs, digital communications and creative. Recognizing the need for a balanced, bipartisan approach to corporate communications and issue advocacy, Alex Castellanos and Steve McMahon merged two well-established Republican and Democratic firms – National Media and Issue & Image – to create Purple Strategies. By joining forces, Purple brings together strategists and communication specialists from across the political spectrum, including veteran political strategists Bruce Haynes, Mark Squier, Rob Collins and Jim Jordan. The PurplePoll is fielded and analyzed by Purple Insights, the research division of Purple Strategies, the bipartisan public affairs firm. For more: www.purplestrategies.com

For more information, contact Doug Usher, Ph.D. [doug.usher@purplestrategies.com] at 703-548-7877.

 PURPLE ANALYSIS

PURPLEPOLL
A razor-thin race in Purple States, with Obama holding a slight advantage.
Much has happened since our last PurplePoll: all three Presidential debates, the Vice Presidential debate, and the September jobs report. The net effect on the PurplePoll is consistent: the race has tightened, with President Obama maintaining a slight lead. Across the 12 Purple States, President Obama currently leads by 2 points, 47% to 45%. This represents a net 3-point change in the lead in Governor Romney’s favor. We see similar movement in the three individual states we polled, with Obama maintaining small leads in Ohio and Colorado, and the race knotted up in Virginia.

October 2012

Ohio (Obama +2): Our result in Ohio shows a small move in Governor Romney’s direction over the last month. Today, President Obama leads 46% to 44%, down from a 4-point lead in September. President Obama has a strong lead among early voters: 26% of Ohio voters say they have already voted, and he leads by 26 points among that group. Romney holds a 2-point lead among independents in the state. Colorado (Obama +1): The critical mountain state has tightened as well. Today, President Obama’s lead is down to 1 point, 47% to 46%, down from a 3-point lead in September. He holds a 6-point lead over Romney among early voters, and the race is tied among independents. Virginia (Even): Governor Romney has gained ground in this state over the past month. Obama led by 3 points in September, and the state is now tied at 47%. Romney holds a 3-point lead among independents.

Two opposite forces at work in Purple States: Romney’s image has improved, while voters’ opinion of the economy has ticked up. Governor Romney has seen a substantial improvement in perceptions around his personal image over the past month. Today, 44% have a favorable view of him, with 49% unfavorable, an improvement from 38%/52% last time. Over the same period, President Obama has seen his personal image tick down slightly (today, 47% favorable, 48% unfavorable, compared to 49%/46% in September). That improvement in Romney’s image is directly related to his improvement in Purple State polling. At the same time, it has been balanced by an uptick in opinions about the economy. In our latest poll, 37% believe the economy is “getting better,” compared to 34% last month. This small change can have an outsized impact on the vote. As we have noted in previous polls, perception of the economy is the strongest attitudinal predictor of the vote. In our current polling, 94% of

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 PURPLE ANALYSIS

those who believe the economy is getting better are voting for Obama, compared to just 5% of those who believe it is getting worse. Taken together, the impact is an improvement for Governor Romney overall. However, buoyed perceptions about the economy are protecting President Obama’s slim lead, and may be critical in the final outcome. A plurality of voters believe the economy will do better under Romney, while Obama holds an edge on national security. Our poll asked Purple State voters whether they believed the economy would do better over the next 4 years under President Obama or Governor Romney. Forty-four percent (44%) of voters said it would do better under Romney, 39% said better under Obama, and 13% said it doesn’t matter (3% weren’t sure). Among independents, Romney’s edge on this question increases to 13 points (45% to 32%).

His advantage is smaller in Ohio (+6) and Virginia (+6) than in Purple States as a whole. In Colorado, he holds the advantage by 9 points. At the same time, President Obama holds a lead on security, reversing traditional party roles on that issue. Overall, 46% believe that President Obama will do a better job keeping us safe, while 43% said the same about Mitt Romney. Romney holds a 1-point lead on that issue in Colorado, while Obama is tied with Romney in Ohio (45%/45%) and has a 1-point lead in Virginia on that measure. Who’s having fun? No surprise here: voters are divided. And a third of voters would pay $100 to stop the ads. We asked voters which candidate is having more fun on the campaign trail. Overall, 34% believe that President Obama was having more fun, while 27% feel that Governor Romney is having more fun on the trail.

Interestingly, there is less partisan divide on this question than nearly every other question we asked. Among Democrats, 47% believe that President Obama is having more fun, while 17% choose Governor Romney. Among Republicans, 41% believe that their nominee is having more fun on the trail, while 22% pick Obama. We also asked voters about the deluge of political advertising – did they feel it was a normal part of the political process that can’t be avoided, or would they be willing to pay $100 to block them out. A third (34%) said they would be willing to pay the money to just stop the advertising for the next two weeks. Perhaps voters from both parties can agree: nonstop advertising, travel, rallies, and fundraising is exhausting for candidates and voters.

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 PURPLE OVERALL

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October 2012

PURPLE TRACKING
Direction of Economy
50

Direction of Country
80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Nov. ‘11 Dec. ‘11 Feb. ‘12 Mar ‘12 June ‘12 Sep. ‘12 Oct. ‘12

71%

69% 60%
Wrong Track Right Direction Not Sure

57%

57%

40

37% 36%

39% 35%

42% 36% 35% 28%

44%

40%

40% 37%

53% 38%

52% 40%
30

29%

34%

32%

36%

36%

20%

22%

20

Getting Better Getting Worse Same

10

0

Feb. ‘11

Mar. ‘12

Apr. ‘12

July ‘12

Aug. ‘12

Sept. ‘12

Oct. ‘12

Obama Job Approval
60 50 40 30 20 10 0

Romney Favorability
60 50

53% 52% 53% 50% 50% 50% 48% 49% 49% 51% 50% 47% 41% 41% 41% 45% 44% 46% 47% 47% 46% 43% 47% 45%

54% 39% 45% 47%

57% 56% 48% 49% 49% 48% 41% 38% 39% 27% 29% 45%

52%

49% 44%

40 30 20 10 0

Disapprove Approve Not Sure

32% 30% 29% 30%

38%
Unfavorable Favorable Not Sure

Sep. 2011

Nov. 2011

Dec. 2011

Jan. 2012

Feb. 2012

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Jun. 2012

July 2012

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 PURPLE OVERALL

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October 2012

PURPLE TRACKING

Obama vs. Romney
50 40 30 20 10 0

46% 43%

45% 45%

47% 43%

46% 44%

47% 43%

48% 44%

48% 44%

48% 46%

47% 45%

47% 46%

49% 44%

47% 45%

Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not Sure

Sep. 2011

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Feb. 2012

Mar. 2012

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 PURPLE OCTOBER 2012 MAIN QUESTIONNAIRE

PURPLEPOLL
October 2012
October 2012 Main Questionnaire %
Total

By State

Gender
Male Female GOP

Party
Ind Dem

Education
Non-Coll

Coll+

Are things in this country generally going in the right direction or are they pretty seriously off on the wrong track? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Barack Obama?

Right direction Wrong track Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Approve Disapprove Not sure Yes, already voted No, have not yet voted Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure

40 52 8 47 48 5 44 49 7 45 49 6 20 80 1 48 44 4 4 46 46 8

40 53 7 47 50 3 46 49 5 45 51 4 40 59 0 50 44 3 2 45 48 7

41 53 7 46 48 6 43 50 7 45 49 6 26 74 1 58 32 5 5 42 49 9

40 51 9 48 47 5 45 47 7 45 48 7 9 90 1 47 51 0 3 47 46 7

40 55 5 45 52 3 46 47 8 42 54 4 20 78 1 46 44 5 5 42 48 10

40 50 10 49 45 7 42 51 7 47 45 8 19 81 0 51 44 3 3 50 43 7

7 88 5 7 91 2 86 9 5 7 91 2 22 78 0 7 89 4 1 6 90 4

37 58 6 42 52 5 41 49 10 38 54 8 16 84 0 40 46 9 6 42 45 14

74 16 10 87 8 5 9 86 5 84 9 7 21 77 1 92 2 1 4 87 9 4

39 53 8 46 49 5 45 48 7 44 50 6 21 79 1 46 46 5 4 45 46 8

41 51 7 48 48 4 42 50 8 45 49 6 18 81 0 53 42 3 2 47 45 9

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Mitt Romney?

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?

Have you already voted, either through absentee ballot or early voting?

IF VOTED EARLY: Who did you vote for?

IF HAVEN’T VOTED: If the 2012 election were held today, for whom would you vote?”

Fielded 10/23-10/25, using automated telephone and online interviews. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0.

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 PURPLE OCTOBER 2012 MAIN QUESTIONNAIRE

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October 2012
October 2012 Main Questionnaire %
Total

By State

Gender
Male Female GOP

Party
Ind Dem

Education
Non-Coll

Coll+

TOTAL VOTE: Obama vs. Romney
Are you certain to vote that way, or is it possible that you will change your mind before Election Day?

Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Certain Might change mind Don’t Know Getting better Getting worse Staying about the same Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure Barack Obama

47 45 1 7 92 6 1 37 40 20 3 46 43 12 39 44 13 3 34 27 39 55 34 11

47 46 1 5 91 7 2 39 42 18 1 45 46 9 39 48 11 2 33 28 40 51 39 10

46 44 1 8 93 6 1 38 40 21 1 45 45 10 39 45 14 2 34 29 37 52 38 10

47 47 0 7 96 3 1 37 38 23 3 45 44 11 38 44 15 3 39 24 37 58 31 11

43 47 1 9 90 8 1 38 41 20 2 43 45 12 37 47 13 2 36 30 34 55 34 11

50 43 1 6 93 5 2 36 40 20 4 48 40 11 41 42 13 4 33 24 43 54 34 11

6 90 1 4 95 4 1 8 72 19 2 7 85 8 6 87 5 2 22 41 37 66 24 10

41 45 1 12 87 11 2 35 41 22 1 43 42 16 32 45 20 3 33 25 42 46 43 11

88 7 0 4 95 4 2 66 12 19 3 84 7 9 76 7 13 3 47 17 36 54 35 11

45 46 1 7 93 5 1 34 44 18 4 45 43 12 41 46 9 4 35 25 40 58 28 14

48 44 1 7 91 8 1 41 36 22 2 47 42 11 37 43 18 3 34 29 37 50 42 8

Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse or staying about the same?

Which candidate is more likely to keep the country safe?

Do you think the economy will improve more if Obama Mitt Romney wins re-election, more if Romney wins the election, Doesn’t matter or do you think it doesn’t matter which one wins?
Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure

Which candidate do you think is having more fun on the campaign trail?

Which of the following comes closer to your view about political ads?

Just part of the process Would pay $100 to make them go away Not sure

Fielded 10/23-10/25, using automated telephone and online interviews. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0.

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 PURPLE MAIN QUESTIONNAIRE: TRACKING

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October 2012
October 2012 Main Questionnaire %
Total September August July June

2012
April March February January

2011
December Novemeber September

Are things in this country generally going in the right direction or are they pretty seriously off on the wrong track? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Barack Obama?

Right direction Wrong track Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Approve Disapprove Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Certain Might change mind Don’t Know

40 52 8 47 48 5 44 49 7 45 49 6 47 45 1 7 92 6 1 37 40 20 3

38 53 9 49 46 5 38 52 10 47 47 6 49 44 -6 91 8 1 34 40 25 1

---47 49 4 45 48 7 43 51 6 46 47 -6 91 7 2 29 44 25 2

------41 49 10 46 49 4 47 45 -8 ---28 42 29 1

36 57 7 ---39 49 12 47 49 4 48 46 -7 --------

------38 48 15 47 48 5 48 44 -8 ---36 35 26 1

36 57 7 ---29 56 14 46 50 4 48 44 -8 ---39 35 24 1

32 60 9 ---27 57 16 44 50 6 47 43 -10 ---36 37 26 1

------30 54 16 45 50 6 46 44 -10 --------

22 69 9 ---29 47 24 41 53 6 47 43 -11 --------

20 71 9 ---30 45 25 41 52 6 45 45 -11 --------

------32 39 29 41 53 7 43 46 -11 --------

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Mitt Romney?

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?

TOTAL VOTE: Obama vs. Romney
Are you certain to vote that way, or is it possible that you will change your mind before Election Day?

Getting better Do you think the economy is getting better, getting Getting worse worse or staying about the same? Staying about the same Not sure

Fielded 10/23-10/25, using automated telephone and online interviews. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0.

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 PURPLE OCTOBER 2012 STATE RESULTS

COLORADO
Are things in this country generally going in the right direction or are they pretty seriously off on the wrong track? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Barack Obama?
Right direction Wrong track Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Approve Disapprove Not sure Yes, already voted No, have not yet voted Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Getting better Getting worse Staying about the same Not sure

%
Total

%
Sep ’12

%
Aug ‘12

%
July ‘12

%
June ‘12

%
April ‘12

Gender
Male Female GOP

Party
Ind Dem

Education
Non-coll Coll+

40 53 7 47 50 3 46 49 5 45 51 4 40 59 0 50 44 3 2 45 48 7 47 46 1 5 39 42 18 1

40 52 8 50 46 4 42 49 9 45 49 7 -------48 45 7 48 45 -7 38 38 22 2

---46 50 4 46 50 4 45 48 8 -------49 46 5 49 46 -5 27 44 27 2

------37 55 9 45 51 4 -------45 44 11 45 44 -11 30 42 27 1

37 57 6 ---42 50 7 48 48 5 -------48 46 5 48 46 -5 -----

------36 51 14 43 53 4 -------47 47 6 47 47 -6 37 35 26 1

39 56 5 45 52 2 50 44 5 42 54 4 41 59 1 48 47 3 3 39 53 9 42 50 1 6 37 43 19 1

41 51 8 49 48 4 42 53 5 47 48 5 40 59 0 53 42 4 1 50 43 6 51 43 1 4 40 42 17 1

5 91 4 8 91 1 91 7 2 5 93 1 39 61 0 7 91 2 0 6 92 3 6 92 1 2 4 85 10 1

37 56 7 43 53 4 40 51 9 41 51 8 35 63 1 39 48 8 5 44 39 16 42 42 3 12 39 37 23 1

77 15 8 88 9 2 10 88 2 86 11 4 47 53 0 92 6 1 1 88 10 2 90 8 0 2 72 8 19 1

34 59 7 38 59 4 51 43 6 37 58 5 41 59 0 39 51 6 3 40 52 7 40 52 3 6 30 51 18 1

44 50 6 54 44 2 42 54 5 50 46 3 40 60 0 58 40 1 1 48 45 7 52 43 0 4 45 36 18 1

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Mitt Romney?

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?

Have you already voted, either through absentee ballot or early voting?

IF VOTED EARLY: Who did you vote for?

IF HAVEN’T VOTED: If the 2012 election were held today, for whom would you vote?

TOTAL VOTE: Obama vs. Romney

Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse or staying about the same?

Fielded 10/23-10/25, using automated telephone and online interviews. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0.

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 PURPLE OCTOBER 2012 STATE RESULTS

OHIO
Are things in this country generally going in the right direction or are they pretty seriously off on the wrong track? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Barack Obama?
Right direction Wrong track Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Approve Disapprove Not sure Yes, already voted No, have not yet voted Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Getting better Getting worse Staying about the same Not sure

%
Total

%
Sep ’12

%
Aug ‘12

%
July ‘12

%
June ‘12

%
April ‘12

Gender
Male Female GOP

Party
Ind Dem

Education
Non-coll Coll+

41 53 7 46 48 6 43 50 7 45 49 6 26 74 1 58 32 5 5 42 49 9 46 44 1 8 38 40 21 1

37 54 9 47 48 5 36 52 12 46 47 7 -------48 44 8 48 44 -8 35 36 28 1

---45 50 5 42 52 6 42 52 6 -------44 46 10 44 46 -10 26 45 28 2

------37 50 13 46 49 5 -------48 45 7 48 45 -7 33 39 26 2

31 62 6 ---38 48 13 43 52 5 -------45 48 8 45 48 -8 -----

------34 54 12 47 47 5 -------49 44 7 49 44 -7 36 34 29 0

40 54 6 44 52 4 47 46 6 42 53 5 26 74 0 62 25 6 8 36 55 9 43 47 1 9 37 41 21 1

42 51 7 48 44 8 39 53 8 48 45 6 25 74 1 54 40 4 2 48 43 9 49 42 1 8 40 39 20 1

10 89 1 6 91 3 87 8 5 6 93 0 25 75 0 6 90 0 4 5 94 1 5 93 0 2 4 74 21 1

32 60 8 39 52 10 41 48 11 37 53 9 18 81 1 62 26 8 4 35 46 18 40 42 1 16 33 42 23 1

76 15 9 88 9 3 10 86 4 86 9 5 35 65 0 85 4 6 5 87 11 2 86 8 2 3 72 10 17 1

43 52 5 48 47 6 42 51 7 48 47 5 27 73 0 58 32 6 5 43 49 8 47 45 2 7 39 44 17 0

38 54 9 44 50 6 45 47 8 42 51 7 24 75 1 58 33 4 5 41 47 11 45 44 1 10 37 35 25 2

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Mitt Romney?

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?

Have you already voted, either through absentee ballot or early voting?

IF VOTED EARLY: Who did you vote for?

IF HAVEN’T VOTED: If the 2012 election were held today, for whom would you vote?

TOTAL VOTE: Obama vs. Romney

Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse or staying about the same?

Fielded 10/23-10/25, using automated telephone and online interviews. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0.

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 PURPLE OCTOBER 2012 STATE RESULTS

VIRGINIA
Are things in this country generally going in the right direction or are they pretty seriously off on the wrong track? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Barack Obama?
Right direction Wrong track Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Favorable Unfavorable Not sure Approve Disapprove Not sure Yes, already voted No, have not yet voted Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Not sure Barack Obama Mitt Romney Third party candidate Refused/Not sure Getting better Getting worse Staying about the same Not sure

%
Total

%
Sep ’12

%
Aug ‘12

%
July ‘12

%
June ‘12

%
April ‘12

Gender
Male Female GOP

Party
Ind Dem

Education
Non-coll Coll+

40 51 9 48 47 5 45 47 7 45 48 7 9 90 1 47 51 0 3 47 46 7 47 47 0 7 37 38 23 3

36 54 10 49 46 5 38 52 10 45 48 7 -------46 43 11 46 43 -11 35 40 24 1

---46 49 4 47 48 5 42 52 6 -------45 48 8 45 48 -8 32 42 25 1

------41 49 11 45 50 5 -------46 44 10 46 44 -10 30 41 27 2

36 58 6 ---43 49 8 45 51 5 -------49 46 5 49 46 -5 -----

------36 48 16 45 50 6 -------48 46 6 48 46 -6 39 35 25 1

41 53 6 47 49 3 47 46 8 46 49 5 11 88 1 44 56 0 1 45 47 9 45 48 0 8 36 39 22 3

39 49 12 48 46 6 44 49 7 45 47 8 8 91 1 50 45 0 5 48 46 6 48 46 0 6 37 36 23 3

5 91 4 6 89 6 84 7 9 7 91 2 10 90 0 13 80 0 7 3 93 4 4 91 0 5 4 66 26 4

37 55 8 45 51 4 50 45 4 41 50 9 7 92 0 31 69 0 0 46 46 8 45 48 0 8 32 44 21 2

77 13 11 89 8 3 9 84 7 87 9 4 10 89 1 88 11 0 1 87 7 6 87 8 0 5 72 7 19 2

34 57 10 42 53 5 51 43 6 38 54 7 9 90 1 24 71 0 5 42 50 7 41 52 0 7 29 42 26 3

47 45 8 54 42 4 40 52 9 52 42 6 10 89 1 69 31 0 1 51 42 7 53 41 0 6 44 34 20 2

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Mitt Romney?

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?

Have you already voted, either through absentee ballot or early voting?

IF VOTED EARLY: Who did you vote for?

IF HAVEN’T VOTED: If the 2012 election were held today, for whom would you vote?

TOTAL VOTE: Obama vs. Romney

Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse or staying about the same?

Fielded 10/23-10/25, using automated telephone and online interviews. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0.

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 PURPLE OCTOBER 2012 DEMOGRAPHICS

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Demographics %
Total

By State

Are you male or female?

Male Female Democrat

47 53 35 31 32 2 78 11 7 3 1 18 29 37 16 1 55 44 1

47 53 34 33 32 1 81 4 11 3 1 15 32 37 15 1 44 55 1

48 52 34 27 38 1 82 11 4 2 1 19 29 36 15 1 59 40 1

46 54 36 31 30 3 70 20 4 5 1 19 26 29 23 3 50 49 1

Republican Do you consider yourself to be a Democrat, Republican, or Independent? Independent Other/Don’t know White Black

What is your race?

Hispanic/Latino Other Don’t know/Refused 18-29

Into which of the following categories does your age fall?

30-44 45-64 65+ Don’t know/Refused No college degree College degree or higher Don’t know/Refused

What is the highest level of education you have completed?

Fielded 10/23-10/25, using automated telephone and online interviews. Total weighted N size=1000 likely voters, margin of error +/-3.1. CO, OH, and VA have been oversampled to N=600 per state, margin of error +/-4.0.

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 PURPLE OCTOBER 2012 MAIN QUESTIONNAIRE

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October 2012 Main Questionnaire

1.

Are things in this country generally going in the right direction or are they pretty seriously off on the wrong track? 1) Right direction 2) Wrong track 3) Not sure Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Mitt Romney? 1) Favorable 2) Unfavorable 3) Not sure Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Barack Obama? 1) Favorable 2) Unfavorable 3) Not sure Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president? 1) Approve 2) Disapprove 3) Not sure Have you already voted, either through absentee ballot or early voting? 1) Yes 2) No 3) Don’t know [IF VOTED EARLY]: Who did you vote for? 1) Barack Obama 2) Mitt Romney 3) Some other candidate 4) Can’t recall [IF DID NOT VOTE EARLY OR NOT SURE]: If the 2012 presidential election were held today and the candidates were: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, for whom would you vote? 1) Barack Obama 2) Mitt Romney 3) Not sure

8.

[IF CANDIDATE SELECTED IN Q7]: Are you certain to vote that way, or is it possible that you will change your mind before Election Day? 1) Certain 2) Might change mind 3) Not sure Do you think the economy is getting better, getting worse or staying about the same? 1) Getting better 2) Getting worse 3) Staying about the same 4) Not sure

2.

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10. Which candidate is more likely to keep the country safe? 1) Barack Obama 2) Mitt Romney 3) Not sure 11. Do you think the economy will improve more if Obama wins re-election, more if Romney wins the election, or do you think it doesn’t matter which one wins? 1) Barack Obama 2) Mitt Romney 3) Doesn’t matter 4) Nor sure 12. Which candidate do you think is having more fun on the campaign trail? 1) Obama 2) Romney 3) Not sure 13. Which of the following comes closer to your view? 1) Political ads are just part of the process, and while there are a lot of them I understand why they’re on television 2) Political ads are annoying, and I would be willing to pay somebody $100 just to make them go away 3) Not sure

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