CBS NEWS POLL For release: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 7:00 am EDT *** Embargoed until Tuesday, August 28 at 7am EDT

*** The Race for the Presidency: It’s Still Tight August 22-26, 2012 Heading into the political parties’ conventions, President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney are in a tight race among registered voters who lean towards a candidate; Mr. Obama has just a one point lead (within the survey’s margin of error). 2012 Vote for President (Among leaned registered voters) Barack Obama 46% Mitt Romney 45 Undecided 6 Won’t vote 2 The President continues to lead among women -- by 10 points in this poll -- while Romney has a nine point lead among men. In 2008, Barack Obama won women voters by 13 points (Obama 56%, McCain 43%), but the race was much narrower among men. Mr. Obama edged out John McCain among men by just one point (Obama 49%, McCain 48%), according to CBS News Exit Polls. Who Would You Vote for if the Candidates Were…? (Among leaned registered voters) Obama Romney Total 46% 45% Men Women 40% 51% 49 41

As Mitt Romney prepares for his party’s convention, voters nationwide view him a bit more unfavorably (36%) than favorably (31%), but 32% are undecided or don’t know enough about him to offer an opinion at this point. Independents are more likely than partisans to not have an opinion of Romney. Views of Mitt Romney (Among registered voters) Total Reps Dems 31% 67% 4% 36 5 64 32 27 31

Favorable Not favorable Undecided/Don’t know

Inds 26% 37 37

41% have a positive opinion of the President, while 44% view him negatively. Perhaps not surprisingly, he is better known to voters than his Republican opponent.

Favorable Not favorable Undecided/don’t know

Views of Barack Obama (Among registered voters) Total Reps Dems Inds 41% 5% 81% 35% 44 85 7 43 14 9 12 19

Fewer than half of voters think either candidate has a clear plan for creating jobs, but more think Romney has a plan (43%), than say that about President Obama (35%). The President, however, has a clear advantage on compassion. 54% of voters think he understands their needs and problems, compared to 41% who say that about Romney. Obama vs. Romney: Creating Jobs and Empathy (Among registered voters) Barack Obama Mitt Romney Has clear plan for creating jobs Yes 35% 43% No 58 45 Understands problems of people like you Yes No 54% 42 41% 50

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This poll was conducted by telephone from August 22-26, 2012 among 1,218 adults nationwide, including 1,051 registered voters. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample and the sample of registered voters could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

CBS NEWS POLL The Race for the Presidency: It’s Still Tight August 22-26, 2012 q2/q3 If the 2012 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were Barack Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President, the Democrats, and Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President, the Republicans, would you vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden or Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan? IF “DEPENDS” or “DON’T KNOW”: Well as of today, do you lean more toward Barack Obama and Joe Biden or more toward Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan? ** REGISTERED VOTERS ** INCLUDING LEANERS *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % Obama/Biden 46 5 89 40 Romney/Ryan 45 90 7 41 Won't vote (Vol.) 2 2 1 4 Other (Vol.) 2 1 0 3 DK/NA 6 2 3 12 *Asked without the names of the VP candidates.

Jul12a* % 46 47 1 2 4

q27 Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Barack Obama yet to have an opinion? Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused 41 44 12 2 1 5 85 8 1 1 81 7 11 1 0 35 43 16 3 2 36 48 12 3 1

q28 Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Mitt Romney yet to have an opinion? Favorable Not favorable Undecided Haven't heard enough Refused 31 36 17 15 1 67 5 17 10 1 4 64 16 15 1 26 37 19 18 1 32 36 21 10 1

q55 Do you think Barack Obama understands the needs and problems of people like yourself? Does Does not Don't know/No answer 54 42 4 22 75 3 87 11 2 51 43 6 Mar12a* 55 42 3

*varied wording: “…does or does not understand…”

q56 Do you think Barack Obama does or does not have a clear plan for creating jobs? ** REGISTERED VOTERS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 35 9 64 31 58 87 28 59 7 3 8 10

Does Does not DK/NA
*among all Americans

Oct11a1* % 38 56 6

q57 BLANK q58 Do you think Mitt Romney understands the needs and problems of people like yourself? Does Does not Don't know/No answer 41 50 8 75 17 8 13 82 5 39 50 12 Mar12a* 31 59 10

*varied wording: “…does or does not understand…”

q59 Do you think Mitt Romney does or does not have a clear plan for creating jobs? Does Does not DK/NA 43 45 12 75 15 10 17 75 8 39 43 18

Total Respondents Total Republicans Total Democrats Total Independents Total Registered Voters Registered Voters – Republicans Registered Voters – Democrats Registered Voters – Independents

Unweighted 1218 337 392 489 1051 322 343 386

Weighted 316 389 513

300 324 352

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.