HART/McINTURFF

May 2012

Study #12412 --page 1
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Interviews: 1000 adults, including 250 cell phone only respondents

Date: May 16-20, 2012

48 Male
52 Female

Study #12412
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Please note: all results are shown as percentages unless otherwise stated.
The margin of error for 1,000 interviews is ±3.1%
Unless otherwise noted by a “+”, all previous data shown reflects responses among all adults.
(ASK Q1 ONLY OF CELL PHONE ONLY RESPONDENTS.)
Q1
Do you have a landline in addition to your cell phone, or is your cell phone the only telephone you have?
Have a landline .................................
Cell phone is only telephone .............
Not sure ..........................................

Q2a

100
-

For statistical purposes only, would you please tell me how old you are? (IF “REFUSED,” ASK:) Well,
would you tell me which age group you belong to? (READ LIST.)
18-24 ................................................
25-29 ................................................
30-34 ................................................
35-39 ................................................
40-44 ................................................
45-49 ................................................
50-54 ................................................
55-59 ................................................
60-64 ................................................
65-69 ................................................
70-74 ................................................
75 and over .......................................
Not sure/refused .............................

Q2b

11
7
9
10
10
8
10
10
10
5
4
5
1

To ensure that we have a representative sample, would you please tell me whether you are from a Hispanic
or Spanish-speaking background?
Yes, Hispanic ....................................
No, not Hispanic ...............................
Not sure/refused .............................

Q2c

TERMINATE
CONTINUE
TERMINATE

11
89
1

And again, for statistical purposes only, what is your race--white, black, Asian, or something else?
White .................................................
Black .................................................
Asian .................................................
Other .................................................
Hispanic (VOL) ................................
Not sure/refused..............................

73
12
2
4
6
1

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
Q3

Study #12412 --page 2
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

All in all, do you think things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel things
are off on the wrong track?
High

Headed in the right direction .....
Off on the wrong track ..............
Mixed (VOL) ...........................
Not sure ..................................

3/12
33
58
5
4

1/12
30
61
5
4

12/11
22
69
6
3

11/11
19
73
5
3

10/11
17
74
5
4

8/11
19
73
5
3

9/01
72
11
11
6

Low
10/1720/08+
12
78
7
3

7/11
25
67
5
3

6/11
29
62
6
3

5/11
36
50
10
4

4/11
28
63
6
3

2/11
31
60
6
3

1/11
35
56
5
4

12/10
28
63
6
3

11/10
32
58
6
4

10/2830/10+
31
60
5
4

10/1418/10+
32
59
6
3

9/10
32
59
5
4

8/2630/10
30
61
6
3

8/59/10
32
58
6
4

6/10
29
62
5
4

5/611/10
34
56
6
4

3/10
33
59
5
3

1/23 25/10
32
58
7
3

1/1014/10
34
54
10
2

12/09
33
55
10
2

10/09
36
52
9
3

9/09
39
48
10
3

7/09
39
49
9
3

6/09
42
46
9
3

4/09
43
43
10
4

2/09
41
44
9
6

1/09
26
59
9
6

5/12
33
58
5
4

4/12
33
59
6
2

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

Q4

In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?

Approve .................
Disapprove.............
Not sure ...............

5/12
48
46
6

4/12
49
46
5

3/12
50
45
5

1/12
48
46
6

12/11
46
48
6

11/11
44
51
5

10/11
44
51
5

8/11
44
51
5

High
4/09
61
30
9

Low
8/11
44
51
5

7/11
47
48
5

6/11
49
46
5

5/11
52
41
7

4/11
49
45
6

2/11
48
46
6

1/11
53
41
6

12/10
45
48
7

11/10
47
47
6

10/2830/10+
45
50
5

10/1418/10+
47
49
4

9/10
46
49
5

8/2630/10
45
49
6

8/59/10
47
48
5

6/10
45
48
7

5/2023/10
48
45
7

5/611/10
50
44
6

3/10
48
47
5

1/2325/10
50
44
6

1/1014/10
48
43
9

12/09
47
46
7

10/09
51
42
7

9/09
51
41
8

8/09
51
40
9

7/09
53
40
7

6/09
56
34
10

4/09
61
30
9

2/09
60
26
14

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
Q5

Study #12412 --page 3
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Do you generally approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing in handling the economy?

Approve................
Disapprove ...........
Not sure .............

5/12
43
52
5

4/12
45
52
3

3/12
45
51
4

1/12
45
50
5

12/11
39
57
4

11/11
40
57
3

10/11
39
57
4

8/11
37
59
4

High
2/09
56
31
13

Low
8/11
37
59
4

7/11
43
54
3

6/11
41
54
5

5/11
37
58
5

4/11
45
52
3

2/11
46
49
5

1/11
45
50
5

12/10
42
54
4

11/10
42
54
4

10/1418/10+
43
53
4

9/10
42
54
4

8/2630/10
39
56
5

8/59/10
44
52
4

6/10
46
50
4

5/611/10
48
46
6

3/10
47
50
3

1/2325/10
47
49
4

1/1014/10
43
49
8

12/09
42
51
7

10/09
47
46
7

9/09
50
42
8

7/09
49
44
7

6/09
51
38
11

4/09
55
37
8

2/09
56
31
13

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

Q5b

Do you generally approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing in handling foreign policy?

Approve ..............................
Disapprove ..........................
Not sure ............................

5/12*
51
42
7

1/12
51
41
8

11/11
52
41
7

8/11
50
45
5

6/11
50
44
6

5/11
57
35
8

4/11
49
46
5

11/10
48
44
8

1/10
50
37
13

12/09
49
42
9

10/09
51
39
10

9/09
50
36
14

7/09
57
33
10

6/09
54
36
10

4/09
56
31
13

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 4
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

I’d like to ask you a question about the November 2012 presidential election…
Q6
Please tell me how interested you are in November's elections, using a scale from one to ten, on which a
"ten" means that you are very interested in November's elections and a "one" means that you are not at all
interested. You may choose any number from one to ten. (IF "NOT SURE," RECORD AS "DK.")

10, very interested ........
9 ....................................
8 ....................................
7 ....................................
6 ....................................
5 ....................................
4 ....................................
3 ....................................
2 ....................................
1, not at all interested....
Cannot rate .................

5/12+
62
7
12
6
4
5
1
1
1
1
-

4/12+
61
6
12
7
3
5
2
2
1
2
-

3/12+
48
11
14
9
5
6
2
1
1
2
1

1/12+
57
10
11
7
3
6
2
2
1
1
-

10/45/08+
72
7
10
4
1
3
1
2
-

9/1922/08+
70
8
9
5
2
3
1
1
1
-

9/68/08+
69
10
10
3
2
2
1
1
1
1
-

8/08+
65
8
11
5
2
3
1
1
1
3
-

7/08+
64
8
12
5
3
4
1
1
2
-

6/08+
67
7
11
5
2
4
1
1
2
-

4/08+
65
9
11
4
3
3
1
2
2
-

3/08+
67
8
10
5
2
3
1
1
2
1

1/08+
66
10
10
4
3
4
1
1
1
-

12/07+
65
8
12
5
2
4
1
1
2
-

11/07+
62
9
11
6
3
5
1
1
2
-

10/04+
74
8
9
3
2
2
1
1
-

9/04+
71
7
9
5
2
4
1
1
-

8/04+
63
10
12
6
2
4
1
1
1
-

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
Q7

Study #12412 --page 5
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Now I'm going to read you the names of several public figures and groups and I'd like you to rate your
feelings toward each one as very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative.
If you don't know the name, please just say so. (RANDOMIZE EXCEPT BARACK OBAMA)

Barack Obama
May 2012 .....................................
April 2012 .....................................
March 2012 ..................................
January 2012 ...............................
December 2011 ............................
November 2011 ............................
October 2011 ...............................
August 2011 .................................
June 2011 ....................................
May 2011 .....................................
April 2011 .....................................
February 2011 ..............................
January 2011 ...............................
December 2010 ............................
November 2010 ............................
October 28-30, 2010+ ..................
October 14-18, 2010+ ..................
September 2010 ...........................
August 26-30, 2010 ......................
August 5-9, 2010 ..........................
June 2010 ....................................
May 20-23, 2010 ..........................
May 6-11, 2010 ............................
March 2010 ..................................
January 23-25, 2010 ....................
January 10-14, 2010 ....................
December 2009 ............................
October 2009 ...............................
September 2009 ...........................
July 2009 ......................................
June 2009 ....................................
April 2009 .....................................
February 2009 ..............................
January 2009 ...............................
December 2008 ............................
October 17-20, 2008+ ..................
October 4-5, 2008+ ......................
September 19-22, 2008+ .............
September 6-8, 2008+ .................
August 2008+ ...............................
July 2008+ ....................................
June 2008+ ..................................
April 2008+ ...................................
March 2008+ ................................
January 2008 ...............................

Very
Positive

Somewhat
Positive

Neutral

Somewhat
Negative

Very
Negative

Don't
Know
Name/
Not Sure

32
30
28
28
22
26
23
24
27
33
28
28
29
25
28
29
29
29
26
27
27
28
29
31
29
29
29
36
38
37
41
45
47
43
45
37
30
29
33
28
27
25
23
24
19

17
18
21
22
23
19
23
20
22
21
22
21
23
23
21
18
19
18
20
19
20
19
20
19
23
23
21
20
18
18
19
19
21
23
22
19
22
19
20
22
21
23
23
25
30

10
13
14
10
13
15
14
12
14
14
14
15
15
14
12
12
9
12
12
13
13
15
12
11
14
12
13
11
11
10
11
12
12
17
15
10
12
15
13
13
16
17
16
18
22

12
13
12
14
15
13
12
14
13
13
13
15
14
14
13
15
17
14
14
14
15
14
14
14
14
16
15
12
14
14
12
10
9
8
8
10
12
14
12
17
11
11
17
16
11

29
26
25
25
27
27
28
30
24
18
23
20
18
24
26
27
26
27
27
27
25
24
24
24
20
19
22
21
19
20
17
13
10
6
8
23
23
22
20
19
23
22
20
16
14

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
2
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
1
4

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 6
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Barack Obama (cont'd)
Very
Positive
17
15
15
16
19
18

Somewhat
Positive
29
28
27
26
26
19

Somewhat
Negative
14
12
13
12
8
11

Very
Negative
12
12
12
10
6
6

Neutral
December 2007 ............................
22
November 2007 ............................
24
September 2007 ...........................
23
July 2007 ......................................
24
April 2007 .....................................
25
March 2007 ..................................
26
Barack Obama
High
February 2009 ..............................
47
21
12
9
10
Presidential Term Low
August 2011 .................................
24
20
12
14
30
All-time Obama Low
October 28-30, 2006+ ..................
14
17
18
5
6
NBC-WSJ All-time Presidential Tracking High/Low within Presidential Term
High
March 1991
(George H.W. Bush) ....................
50
30
9
6
4
Low
October 17-20, 2008+
(George W. Bush) .......................
11
18
11
15
45
The Democratic Party
May 2012 ...................................
17
22
19
21
19
April 2012 ...................................
15
24
21
19
19
March 2012 ................................
15
23
24
18
18
January 2012 ............................
15
23
23
21
18
December 2011 .........................
9
23
25
23
19
November 2011 .........................
15
25
22
18
19
October 2011 ............................
12
25
19
20
22
August 2011 ..............................
11
22
21
19
25
June 2011 .................................
13
25
21
19
20
May 2011 ..................................
15
26
22
18
17
April 2011 ..................................
12
26
22
18
21
January 2011 ............................
15
24
25
19
16
December 2010 .........................
9
28
20
18
23
November 2010 .........................
14
26
18
18
23
October 28-30, 2010+ ...............
16
23
17
19
23
October 14-18, 2010+ ...............
14
24
16
19
26
September 2010 ........................
15
22
20
20
22
August 26-30, 2010 ...................
11
25
19
19
24
August 5-9, 2010 .......................
11
22
22
18
26
June 2010 .................................
11
24
21
20
24
May 20-23, 2010 .......................
15
26
18
18
22
May 6-11, 2010 .........................
11
26
19
18
24
March 2010 ...............................
9
28
19
19
24
January 23-25, 2010 .................
14
25
22
17
21
January 10-14, 2010 .................
11
27
20
18
23
December 2009 .........................
10
25
19
19
26
October 2009 ............................
14
28
20
14
22
September 2009 ........................
14
27
18
17
22
July 2009 ...................................
13
29
19
17
20
June 2009 .................................
19
26
16
16
21
April 2009 ..................................
17
28
19
15
19

Don't Know
Name/
Not Sure
6
9
10
12
16
20

1
40

1

1
1
2
1
1
2
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

The Democratic Party (cont'd)
February 2009 ...........................
December 2008.........................
October 17-20, 2008+ ...............
October 4-5, 2008+ ...................
September 19-22, 2008+ ..........
September 6-8, 2008+ ..............
August 2008+ ............................
July 2008+.................................
June 2008+ ...............................
April 2008+ ................................
March 7-10, 2008+ ....................
January 2008 ............................
November 2007.........................
September 2007........................
July 2007 ...................................
January 2007 ............................
October 28-30, 2006+ ...............
July 2006 ...................................
January 2006 ............................
May 2005 ..................................
February 2005 ...........................
October 2004+ ..........................
High
January 2000 ............................
Low
July 2006 ...................................
The Republican Party
May 2012 ...................................
April 2012 ...................................
March 2012 ................................
January 2012 .............................
December 2011..........................
November 2011..........................
October 2011 .............................
August 2011 ...............................
June 2011 ..................................
May 2011 ...................................
April 2011 ...................................
January 2011 ..............................
December 2010...........................
November 2010...........................
October 28-30, 2010+ ................
October 14-18, 2010+ ................
September 2010.........................
August 26-30, 2010 ....................
August 5-9, 2010 ........................
June 2010 ..................................
May 20-23, 2010 ........................
May 6-11, 2010 ..........................
March 2010 .................................
January 23-25, 2010 ...................
January 10-14, 2010 ...................
December 2009...........................
October 2009 .............................
September 2009.........................
July 2009 ....................................
June 2009 ..................................
April 2009 ...................................

Study #12412 --page 7
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Neutral
18
22
22
20
20
17
21
18
24
22
18
19
24
27
21
26
25
27
28
26
28
22

Somewhat
Negative
14
15
17
18
16
19
16
18
13
15
16
18
18
22
20
16
18
22
20
20
16
16

Very
Negative
17
13
21
19
20
14
19
19
19
17
19
15
17
16
15
14
17
17
15
14
13
19

Don't Know
Name/
Not Sure
2
1
1
2
2
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
1
2
1
1

30

23

15

10

2

7

25

27

22

17

2

9
11
8
8
6
9
11
8
8
8
7
7
11
11
12
8
8
7
6
6
10
8
6
7
7
5
6
5
9
6
7

23
22
24
23
21
21
22
24
22
24
24
27
27
23
22
23
23
23
18
24
23
22
25
25
23
23
19
23
19
19
22

23
23
23
24
23
23
21
21
24
22
24
24
23
24
24
25
25
25
28
26
26
26
24
27
27
27
27
27
29
29
25

19
19
19
19
23
18
18
23
23
21
22
21
17
20
18
19
21
22
24
23
21
22
20
18
24
24
23
22
21
23
22

24
24
24
25
25
26
26
23
21
23
22
19
20
19
23
23
22
21
22
19
19
20
23
20
18
19
23
21
20
21
22

2
1
2
1
2
3
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
3
1
2
1
2
2
2
1
2
2
3
1
2
2
2
2
2
2

Very
Positive
20
17
16
15
19
24
17
15
16
17
20
22
12
8
15
13
14
7
11
12
14
17

Somewhat
Positive
29
32
23
26
23
25
26
28
27
27
25
25
27
26
27
29
25
25
25
26
28
25

20

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

The Republican Party (cont'd)
February 2009 ............................
December 2008..........................
October 17-20, 2008+ ................
October 4-5, 2008+ ....................
September 19-22, 2008+ ...........
September 6-8, 2008+ ...............
August 2008+ .............................
July 2008+..................................
June 2008+ ................................
April 2008+ .................................
March 7-10, 2008+ .....................
January 2008 .............................
November 2007..........................
September 2007.........................
July 2007 ....................................
January 2007 .............................
Oct 28-30, 2006+ .......................
July 2006 ....................................
January 2006 .............................
May 2005 ...................................
February 2005 ............................
October 2004+ ...........................
High
December 2001..........................
Low
August 5-9, 2010 ........................
Mitt Romney
May 2012 ..................................
April 2012 ...............................
March 2012 ............................
January 2012 .........................
December 2011......................
November 2011......................
October 2011 .........................
August 2011 ...........................
June 2011 ..............................
February 2011 ........................
December 9-13, 2010 ............
September 2010.....................
March 2010 ............................
July 2009 ................................
April 2008+ ............................
January 2008 .........................
December 2007......................
November 2007......................
September 2007.....................
June 2007 ..............................
March 2007 ............................
December 2006......................

Study #12412 --page 8
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Neutral
24
20
18
17
18
15
22
20
24
23
15
26
24
20
19
21
16
18
20
17
19
18

Somewhat
Negative
25
26
23
21
19
18
19
22
22
22
21
19
20
27
23
23
20
21
20
19
18
15

Very
Negative
22
26
25
26
28
25
23
26
25
26
28
18
22
20
23
21
28
25
22
22
18
22

Don't Know
Name/
Not Sure
3
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
1
3
1
2
1
1

36

18

13

9

3

6

18

28

24

22

2

10
10
6
6
4
5
6
5
7
6
10
6
7
10
9
7
9
4
6
5
4
3

24
23
22
25
20
21
21
19
20
19
18
15
20
18
19
21
16
18
18
16
11
8

23
26
28
26
30
32
30
32
30
30
30
29
29
30
31
24
26
27
26
23
24
22

19
18
20
21
21
17
17
18
16
13
10
20
16
12
17
19
16
17
14
13
11
7

19
18
19
15
11
13
12
11
10
12
10
10
9
8
11
13
11
12
11
7
6
4

5
6
5
7
14
12
14
15
17
20
22
20
19
22
13
16
22
22
25
36
44
56

Very
Positive
7
7
11
12
13
18
10
8
7
8
10
13
8
8
8
10
15
11
13
13
17
20

Somewhat
Positive
19
20
21
23
21
22
25
23
21
19
24
21
24
23
25
23
20
22
24
27
27
24

21

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 9
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Q7 (cont'd)

Joe Biden
May 2012 ...............................
December 2010.......................
August 26-30, 2010 .................
January 10-14, 2010 ...............
July 2009 .................................
January 2009 ..........................
December 2008.......................
October 17-20, 2008+ .............
October 4-5, 2008+ .................
September 19-22, 2008+ ........
September 6-8, 2008+ ............
September 2007......................
December 2006.......................
June 2004+ .............................
Bain Capital
May 2012* ..............................
J.P. Morgan Chase
May 2012**.............................

Neutral

Somewhat
Negative

Very
Negative

Don't Know
Name/
Not Sure

20
24
21
23
25
27
25
23
22
20
22
13
14
11

21
25
21
25
20
22
25
19
24
25
23
26
23
25

16
15
15
15
17
12
12
12
12
13
13
11
10
6

21
18
20
14
19
9
11
14
15
16
12
11
6
4

7
8
9
8
6
10
7
4
6
9
12
35
44
49

3

6

19

10

9

53

2

9

26

20

29

14

Very
Positive

Somewhat
Positive

15
10
13
15
13
20
20
28
21
17
18
4
3
5

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

SUMMARY TABLE OF IMAGES – BY D/S (POSITIVE – NEGATIVE)
TOTAL
TOTAL
D/S
POSITIVE
NEGATIVE
Barack Obama .......................................
49
41
8
The Democratic Party ............................
39
40
-1
Joe Biden ...............................................
35
37
-2
Mitt Romney ...........................................
34
38
-4
Bain Capital............................................
9
19
-10
The Republican Party ............................
32
43
-11
J.P. Morgan Chase ................................
11
49
-38

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
And…
Q8a

Study #12412 --page 10
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Do you feel confident or not confident that life for our children's generation will be better than it has been for
us?

Feel confident ....................................
Do not feel confident .........................
Not sure...........................................

5/12*
30
63
7

8/2630/10
27
66
7

12/09
27
66
7

6/09
31
57
12

9/1922/08+
34
56
10

1/07
33
60
7

7/06
27
65
8

12/01
49
42
9

9/93
25
68
7

12/92
41
52
7

12/91+1
44
51
5

10/90+
50
45
5

1

In December 1991, the question was phrased, “Do you feel very confident, fairly confident, or not at all
confident that life for our children will be better than it has been for us?”
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.
* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).

Q8b

All in all, thinking about where the United States is today, do you feel we are experiencing the kind of tough
times the country faces from time to time, or is this the start of a longer-term decline where the US is no
longer the leading country in the world?

Experiencing a tough time ...........................................................
Start of a longer-term decline........................................................
A little of both (VOL) ...................................................................
Neither (VOL) .............................................................................
Not sure ......................................................................................

5/12**
45
48
2
1
4

11/11
40
54
3
1
2

** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).

Now…(Q9 & Q10 ROTATED)
Q9
In selecting a president, which of the following is most important to you? (ROTATE)
A candidate who comes closest to your views on issues ......................................... 56
A candidate who has the right personal style and strong leadership qualities .......... 40
None/other (VOL) ................................................................................................ 2
Not sure ................................................................................................................ 2

Q10

Do you believe that it is more important to have––a president who stands up for his convictions, OR a
president who seeks common ground? (IF "BOTH," ASK:) Well, between the two, which do you think is
MORE important?

Stands up for convictions .................
Seeks common ground .....................
Depends (VOL)...............................
Not sure ..........................................

5/12
56
38
3
3

6/07
46
43
8
3

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 11
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Now, thinking again about this November’s elections…
Q11
What is your preference for the outcome of this year's congressional elections -- (ROTATE:) a Congress
controlled by Republicans or a Congress controlled by Democrats?

Republican-controlled Congress ..........
Democrat-controlled Congress .............
Not sure ..............................................

5/12+
43
44
13

4/12+
44
46
10

3/12+
41
46
13

1/12+
41
47
12

12/11+
43
45
12

11/11+
43
46
11

10/11+
41
45
14

8/11+
47
41
12

6/11+
44
44
12

9/10+
44
44
12

8/2630/10+
43
43
14

8/59/10+
42
43
15

6/10+
45
43
12

5/2023/10+
44
43
13

5/611/10+
44
44
12

3/10+
42
45
13

1/2325/10+
42
44
14

1/1014/10+
41
41
18

12/09+
41
43
16

10/09+
38
46
16

9/09+
40
43
17

7/09+
39
46
15

4/09+
39
48
13

11/08+
36
48
16

10/08+
36
49
15

9/08+
37
50
13

8/08+
36
47
17

7/08+
36
49
15

6/08+
33
52
15

4/08+
34
49
17

3/08+
35
49
16

11/07+
37
46
17

9/07+
35
47
18

10/06+
37
52
11

9/06+
39
48
13

7/06+
38
48
14

6/06+
38
49
13

4/06+
39
45
16

3/06+
37
50
13

1/06+
38
47
15

12/05+
38
46
16

11/05+
37
48
15

10/05+
39
48
13

7/05+
40
45
15

5/05+
40
47
13

10/04+
43
44
13

9/04+
42
46
12

6/04+
42
44
14

5/04+
41
44
15

3/04+
42
45
13

1/04
42
43
15

12/13/03
42
42
16

10/02+
43
42
15

9/02
42
42
16

7/02
43
41
16

6/02
42
41
17

1/02
44
40
16

12/01
42
40
18

12/99
40
44
16

10/99
39
41
20

7/99
39
43
18

6/99
42
41
17

4/99
41
40
19

3/99
37
43
20

10/98+
41
43
16

9/98
40
39
21

7/98
41
40
19

6/98
39
40
21

2/98
41
37
22

1/98
40
42
18

12/97
41
37
22

9/97
41
39
20

7/97
45
39
16

4/97
44
38
18

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

10/10+
44
46
10

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 12
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Thinking about the presidential race for a moment…
Q12
And, if the next election for president were held today, and (ROTATE) Mitt Romney were the Republican
candidate and Barack Obama were the Democratic candidate, for whom would you vote?

Mitt Romney ........................
Barack Obama ....................
Depends (VOL) .................
Neither/other (VOL)...........
Not sure ............................

5/12+
43
47
1
6
4

4/12+
43
49
1
4
2

3/12+
44
50
1
4
1

1/12+
43
49
1
4
3

12/11+
45
47
1
4
3

11/11+
43
49
1
4
3

10/11+
44
46
1
5
4

8/11+
45
46
2
4
3

6/11+
43
49
1
3
4

2/11+
40
49
6
5

12/10
40
47
1
6
6

1/08
35
48
2
7
8

11/07
36
48
1
6
9

9/07
34
51
1
7
7

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

(ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO MAKE A CHOICE IN Q12)
Q13
Would you definitely vote for (CANDIDATE CHOSEN IN Q12), probably vote for (CANDIDATE CHOSEN IN
Q12) but are still thinking about it, or are you just leaning toward voting for (CANDIDATE CHOSEN IN Q12)?
RESULTS SHOWN AMONG VOTERS WHO CHOSE EACH CANDIDATE

Definitely vote for candidate ...........................................
Probably vote for candidate ...........................................
Just leaning toward voting for candidate ........................
Not sure .......................................................................

Romney Voters+
5/12
4/12
72
65
14
16
14
19
-

Definitely vote for candidate ...........................................
Probably vote for candidate ...........................................
Just leaning toward voting for candidate ........................
Not sure .......................................................................

Obama Voters+
4/12
5/12
73
74
13
13
13
12
1
1

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

RESULTS SHOWN OFF BASE OF ALL REGISTERED VOTERS

Definitely vote for candidate ...........................................
Probably vote for candidate ...........................................
Just leaning toward voting for candidate ........................
Not sure .......................................................................
TOTAL VOTE (Q12) ...................................................

Romney Voters+
4/12
5/12
31
28
6
7
6
8
43
43

Definitely vote for candidate ...........................................
Probably vote for candidate ...........................................
Just leaning toward voting for candidate ........................
Not sure .......................................................................
TOTAL VOTE (Q12) ...................................................

Obama Voters+
4/12
5/12
34
37
6
6
7
6
47
49

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 13
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

(Q14A/B & Q15 ROTATED)
Q14a
Do you think Barack Obama has mostly brought the right kind of change to the country, mostly brought the
wrong kind of change, or has not really brought much change either way?

Has brought right kind of change ....................
Has brought wrong kind of change ..................
Has not brought much change either way .......
Not sure.........................................................

1/12
35
32
31
2

5/12*
36
33
29
2

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).

Q14b

Do you think if Barack Obama is re-elected as president he will mostly bring the right kind of change to the
country, mostly bring the wrong kind of change, or will not really bring much change either way?**
Will bring right kind of change .........................
Will bring wrong kind of change ......................
Will not bring much change either way............
Not sure ........................................................

35
31
33
2

** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).

Q15

Do you think if Mitt Romney wins the presidency he will mostly bring the right kind of change to the country,
mostly bring the wrong kind of change, or will not really bring much change either way?
Will bring right kind of change .........................
Will bring wrong kind of change ......................
Will not bring much change either way............
Not sure ........................................................

Q16

32
25
37
6

Please tell me whether Barack Obama has a background and set of values that you can identify with, or
whether he does NOT have a background and set of values that you can identify with.

Has background/set of values I identify with.........................
Does NOT have background/set of values I identify with .....
Not sure ..............................................................................

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

5/12
48
46
6

12/08
57
34
9

10/1720/08+
55
40
5

9/1922/08+
50
44
6

9/68/08+
53
40
7

8/08+
50
42
8

7/08+
47
43
10

6/08+
50
42
8

4/08+
45
46
9

3/2425/08+
50
39
11

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 14
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Moving on…
Q17
For each of the following, please tell me if you think this is an area that Barack Obama’s approach has made
things better, made things worse or has Barack Obama’s approach not made much of a difference either
way in this area? (RANDOMIZE)
THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE PERCENTAGE WHO SAY OBAMA HAS MADE BETTER

Obama
Has Made
Better

Obama
Has Made
Worse

Obama
Not Made
Much
Difference

Not
Sure

54

13

30

3

48

18

31

3

47

18

29

6

38

34

28

1

33

37

29

1

32

43

21

4

31

37

29

3

24

32

40

4

18

39

36

7

17

47

33

3

17

31

50

3

11

37

50

2

The war in Iraq
May 2012* ................................................
The war in Afghanistan
May 2012** ...............................................
The American automobile industry
May 2012** ...............................................
Looking out for the middle class
May 2012** ...............................................
America’s standing in the world
May 2012** ...............................................
The health care issue
May 2012..................................................
The economic downturn
May 2012..................................................
The housing market
May 2012..................................................
The division and partisanship in politics
May 2012* ................................................
The budget deficit problem
May 2012..................................................
The gap between the rich and poor
May 2012* ................................................
Gas prices
May 2012* ................................................
* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).

(Q18 & Q19 ROTATED)
Q18
And how confident are you that Barack Obama has the right set of goals and policies to improve the
economy--extremely confident, quite confident, only somewhat confident, or not at all confident?

Extremely confident ......................
Quite confident ..............................
Only somewhat confident ..............
Not at all confident ........................
Not sure ......................................

Q19

5/12
13
19
26
41
-

8/10
16
21
24
39
-

1/1014/10
16
19
31
33
1

12/09
13
20
29
36
2

9/09
18
22
27
32
1

7/09
16
23
28
32
1

6/09
20
26
24
29
1

And how confident are you that Mitt Romney has the right set of goals and policies to improve the
economy--extremely confident, quite confident, only somewhat confident, or not at all confident?
Extremely confident .......................
Quite confident ..............................
Only somewhat confident ..............
Not at all confident .........................
Not sure .......................................

7
12
40
36
5

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 15
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Changing topics…
Q20
When it comes to the idea of having (READ ITEM) as president, is this something that raises concern for
you and your family personally, something that raises concern for people in your neighborhood or who you
work with, or something that does not raise any concerns with anyone you know? (RANDOMIZE)

A person who is gay
May 2012 ............................
A Mormon
May 2012 ............................
A Hispanic
May 2012 ............................
A woman
May 2012 ............................
An African American
May 2012 ............................

Total
Raises
Concerns

Raises concerns for
me and my family

Raises concerns for
neighbors/co-workers

Does not raise
concerns

Not
Sure

41

24

16

56

3

27

16

11

71

2

16

6

10

82

2

14

6

8

85

1

12

3

9

87

1

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
Q21

Study #12412 --page 16
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Now I'm going to list some institutions in American society, and I'd like you to tell me how much confidence
you have in each one--a great deal, quite a bit, some, very little, or none at all? (RANDOMIZE)
THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE PERCENTAGE WHO SAY A GREAT DEAL OR QUITE A BIT

Confidence

The military
May 2012*............................................
January 2011 .......................................
August 26-30, 2010..............................
December 20096 ..................................
January 2009 ......................................
July 2007 .............................................
July 2002 .............................................
January 2002 .......................................
December 2000 ...................................
June 19981 ...........................................
May 19961 ............................................
January 19962 ......................................
December 19913 ..................................
December 1988 4 .................................
October 19864 ......................................
November 19814 ..................................
January 19774 ......................................
June 19754 ...........................................
The high-tech industry
May 2012** ..........................................
January 2011 .......................................
January 2009 .......................................
July 2002 .............................................
December 2000 ...................................
The Presidency
May 2012 .............................................
The Supreme Court
May 2012** ..........................................
January 2009 .......................................
July 2007 .............................................
December 2000 ...................................
The automobile industry
May 2012** ..........................................
January 2011 .......................................
August 26-30, 2010..............................
January 2009 ......................................

A Great
Deal

Quite
A Bit

Some

Very
Little

None
At All

Not
Sure

54
46
48
53
42
45
54
54
36
33
30
32
47
15
29
22
23
27

22
25
24
24
27
22
28
31
27
31
36
38
31
31
34
28
34
31

17
23
21
16
22
22
14
11
25
25
25
22
15
33
24
29
25
25

3
5
4
3
5
6
3
2
7
9
7
7
6
15
10
14
11
11

3
1
1
3
2
4
1
1
3
1
NA
NA
1
6
1
1

1
2
1
2
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
7
2
2
6
5

22
28
21
19
26

25
24
30
22
28

41
34
30
38
31

7
8
8
11
9

2
2
5
5
2

3
4
6
5
4

26

16

31

11

14

1

14
16
15
27

19
23
21
25

45
36
39
32

14
13
17
8

6
8
7
5

2
4
1
3

11
12
7
6

17
13
12
7

53
50
49
34

10
18
21
32

6
5
9
19

3
2
3
2

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).
PLEASE NOTE: Comparative data shown does not necessarily reflect all of the existing data for an item. It is possible that
an institution received higher or lower confidence ratings in a survey that is not shown.
2
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research for the Kaiser Foundation, Harvard University,
and the Washington Post.
3
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by ABC News.
4
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
5
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/Teeter for the Council for Excellence in Government.
6
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/McInturff for CNBC.
7
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 17
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE PERCENTAGE WHO SAY A GREAT DEAL OR QUITE A BIT

Confidence

Your state government
May 2012*............................................
July 2007 .............................................
July 2002 .............................................
December 2000 ...................................
Religious leaders and organizations
May 2012*............................................
January 2011 .......................................
January 2009 .......................................
July 2007 .............................................
July 2002 .............................................
Professional sports
May 2012*............................................
January 2009 .......................................
July 2007 .............................................
Online social networking websites
such as Facebook or LinkedIn
May 2012*............................................
January 2011 .......................................
Online social networking websites
such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn
May 2012** ..........................................
Large corporations
May 2012*............................................
January 2011 .......................................
August 26-30, 2010..............................
January 2009 ......................................
September 19-22, 2008+ .....................
July 2007 .............................................
July 2002 .............................................
January 2002 .......................................
December 2000 ...................................
July 1998 ............................................
January 19962 ......................................
December 19913 ..................................
December 19884 ..................................
October 19864 ......................................
November 19814 ..................................
January 19774 ......................................
June 19754 ...........................................

A Great
Deal

Quite
A Bit

Some

Very
Little

None
At All

Not
Sure

12
10
10
13

15
17
20
25

37
44
42
42

19
21
19
15

16
7
8
4

1
1
1
1

12
11
13
11
12

13
11
16
16
13

38
45
38
35
38

17
21
17
20
21

18
10
13
15
13

2
2
3
3
3

11
9
6

10
11
8

33
29
26

18
21
28

19
20
26

9
10
6

10
11

9
6

29
34

18
23

23
17

11
9

9

9

34

18

20

10

7
6
5
6
2
5
4
8
9
13
6
11
6
7
6
11
10

10
7
7
7
9
6
8
14
17
18
15
15
16
21
14
21
24

37
42
42
31
33
37
37
44
42
42
45
47
39
40
36
35
36

26
29
26
35
33
30
32
23
22
22
30
26
32
26
29
25
23

18
15
16
20
21
19
17
9
8
2
2
NA
NA
2
11
2
2

2
1
4
1
2
3
2
2
2
3
2
2
8
4
3
6
5

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).
PLEASE NOTE: Comparative data shown does not necessarily reflect all of the existing data for an item. It is possible that
an institution received higher or lower confidence ratings in a survey that is not shown.
2
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research for the Kaiser Foundation, Harvard University,
and the Washington Post.
3
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by ABC News.
4
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
5
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/Teeter for the Council for Excellence in Government.
6
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/McInturff for CNBC.
7
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 18
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE PERCENTAGE WHO SAY A GREAT DEAL OR QUITE A BIT

Confidence

The federal government
May 2012** ..........................................
January 2011 .......................................
August 26-30, 2010..............................
January 2009 .....................................
September 19-22, 2008+ .....................
July 2007 .............................................
July 2002 .............................................
December 2000 ...................................
February 19975 ....................................
May 19944 ............................................
May 19904 ............................................
The national news media
May 2012** ..........................................
January 2011 .......................................
August 26-30, 2010..............................
January 2009 .......................................
September 2008+ ................................
July 2007 .............................................
July 2002 .............................................
December 2000 ...................................
February 19975 ....................................
January 19962 ......................................
December 19913 ..................................
The entertainment industry
May 2012** ..........................................
January 2009 ......................................
December 2000 ...................................
Health insurance companies
May 2012*............................................
January 2011 .......................................
August 26-30, 2010..............................
December 20096 ..................................
January 2009 ......................................
July 2007 .............................................

A Great
Deal

Quite
A Bit

Some

Very
Little

None
At All

Not
Sure

7
8
7
6
5
7
13
9
6
4
10

9
10
11
13
14
9
21
19
16
16
26

43
46
38
47
45
41
47
52
45
44
45

23
26
27
23
23
29
13
14
32
35
18

16
9
15
10
12
13
5
5
NA
NA
NA

2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2

8
8
5
8
7
9
9
7
5
6
16

7
10
8
11
10
9
18
13
15
14
21

39
39
32
38
38
39
37
39
39
40
38

22
28
28
24
26
24
23
25
40
37
25

23
14
23
18
18
18
12
15
NA
2
NA

1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

7
10
8

6
14
9

38
27
31

22
18
26

24
25
23

3
6
3

7
4
7
5
6
5

6
5
5
12
11
5

32
29
30
33
31
26

28
39
36
26
30
37

26
23
20
23
21
25

1
2
1
1
2

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).
PLEASE NOTE: Comparative data shown does not necessarily reflect all of the existing data for an item. It is possible that
an institution received higher or lower confidence ratings in a survey that is not shown.
2
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research for the Kaiser Foundation, Harvard University,
and the Washington Post.
3
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by ABC News.
4
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
5
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/Teeter for the Council for Excellence in Government.
6
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/McInturff for CNBC.
7
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 19
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE PERCENTAGE WHO SAY A GREAT DEAL OR QUITE A BIT

Confidence

The financial industry
May 2012*............................................
January 2011 .......................................
August 26-30, 2010..............................
December 20096 ..................................
January 2009 .......................................
September 19-22, 2008+ .....................
July 2007 .............................................
July 2002 .............................................
December 2000 ...................................
Your local government
May 2012** ..........................................
July 2007 ............................................
December 2000 ...................................
Wall Street
May 2012** ..........................................
January 2011 .......................................
January 2009 ......................................

A Great
Deal

Quite
A Bit

Some

Very
Little

None
At All

Not
Sure

6
4
4
2
4
5
5
5
11

6
5
6
8
6
5
11
10
25

35
39
33
29
28
33
48
49
45

29
35
33
31
34
37
21
27
13

23
16
20
26
26
18
9
8
4

1
1
4
4
2
2
6
1
2

11
12
18

17
22
20

44
38
38

14
17
14

12
10
8

2
1
2

4
4
6

5
6
7

37
41
25

26
32
31

25
14
28

3
3
3

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).
PLEASE NOTE: Comparative data shown does not necessarily reflect all of the existing data for an item. It is possible that
an institution received higher or lower confidence ratings in a survey that is not shown.
2
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research for the Kaiser Foundation, Harvard University,
and the Washington Post.
3
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by ABC News.
4
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
5
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/Teeter for the Council for Excellence in Government.
6
Comparative data comes from a survey conducted by Hart/McInturff for CNBC.
7
Comparative data comes from surveys conducted by Gallup.
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 20
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Thinking again about the election for president…
(ASK ONLY OF REG VOTERS (F1a:1) VOTING FOR OBAMA (Q12:2)
Q22a
When it comes to your decision to support Barack Obama, does his position favoring same-sex marriage
reinforce the reason to support him, give you concern about supporting him, or really not make much
difference either way?
RESULTS SHOWN AMONG OBAMA VOTERS

Obama
Voters+
31
7
62
-

Reinforces support ..........................................
Gives concerns about support.........................
Does not make much difference either way ....
Not sure.........................................................

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

(ASK ONLY OF REG VOTERS (F1a:1) VOTING FOR ROMNEY (Q12:1)
Q22b
When it comes to your decision to support Mitt Romney does his position opposing same-sex marriage
reinforce the reason to support him, give you concern about supporting him, or really not make much
difference either way?
RESULTS SHOWN AMONG ROMNEY VOTERS

Reinforces support ..........................................
Gives concerns about support ........................
Does not make much difference either way ....
Not sure ........................................................

Romney
Voters+
32
8
59
1

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

Q22c

Would you be more likely to vote for…(ROTATE) Barack Obama because he supports same-sex marriage,
Mitt Romney because he opposes same-sex marriage – or does this not make much difference in how you
might vote? (IF “Obama” OR “Romney”, THEN ASK:) And, would you be much more likely to vote for
(Barack Obama because he supports/Mitt Romney because he opposes) same-sex marriage, or just
somewhat more likely?+
Much more likely vote for Barack Obama..........................
Somewhat more likely vote for Barack Obama .................
Somewhat more likely vote for Mitt Romney .....................
Much more likely vote for Mitt Romney .............................
No difference in vote .......................................................
Depends (VOL) ...............................................................
Not sure...........................................................................
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

13
4
6
14
62
1

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 21
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Now turning to the economy...
Q23
During the next twelve months, do you think that the nation's economy will get better, get worse, or stay
about the same?

Economy will get better .....................
Economy will get worse ....................
Economy will stay about the same....
Not sure ..........................................

5/12
33
19
46
2

7/09
44
21
32
3

4/12
38
19
42
1

3/12
40
23
35
2

1/12
37
17
44
2

12/11
30
22
47
1

11/11
25
28
47
-

10/11
21
32
45
2

8/11
22
30
47
1

7/11
26
31
41
2

6/11
29
30
39
2

4/11
33
21
46
-

2/11
29
29
41
1

1/11
40
17
42
1

12/10
32
24
42
2

11/10
37
15
46
2

10/1418/10+
37
20
41
2

9/10
32
24
41
3

8/2630/10
26
26
45
3

8/59/10
34
25
39
2

6/10
33
23
43
1

5/610/10
40
20
38
2

3/10
41
22
36
1

1/1014/10
41
19
38
2

10/09
42
22
33
3

9/09
47
20
30
3

6/09
46
22
29
3

4/09
38
30
30
2

10/08+
38
20
37
5

910/06+
22
22
51
5

10/04+
43
10
33
14

10/02+
41
20
34
5

10/98+
17
24
54
5

10/94
31
24
40
5

1

Prior to April 2001, the question was phrased, “Over the next year…”
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

Q24

Now, thinking about what you have seen, read, and heard in the last few weeks about our country's
economy, in general, would you say it has made you feel more optimistic or less optimistic about the
direction of the economy?

More optimistic ................................
Less optimistic..................................
Mixed (VOL) .....................................
Not Sure .........................................

5/12*
42
53
3
2

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).

1/12
46
44
5
5

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
Q25

Study #12412 --page 22
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

The government agency that follows the job market recently found that in the month of April one hundred
and fifteen thousand (115,000) jobs were created and the unemployment rate was eight point one percent
(8.1%) Do you think that these statistics are a reason for optimism about the economic conditions in the
country, or do you not think that these statistics are a reason for optimism about the economic conditions in
the country?**
Reason for optimism ....................................
Not a reason for optimism .............................
Mixed (VOL)..................................................
Not Sure......................................................

44
50
1
5

** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).

Moving on…
Q26
Mitt Romney has been a business executive for most of his professional life. How much difference do you
feel that his background and experience would make in dealing with each of the following kinds of issues if
he is elected president—would his background be a major advantage in this area, a minor advantage, a
minor disadvantage, a major disadvantage, or would it not matter either way? (RANDOMIZE)
THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE PERCENTAGE WHO SAY MAJOR ADVANTAGE

Improving the country’s
overall economic and job
conditions
May 2012..................................
Reducing the federal budget
deficit
May 2012..................................
Making sure corporations
pay their fair share in taxes
May 2012** ...............................
Dealing with trade
agreements with foreign
countries
May 2012* ................................
Making sure that worker’s
rights and working
conditions are protected
May 2012** ...............................
Making sure companies live
up to environmental
standards
May 2012* ................................

Major
Advantage

Minor
Advantage

Minor
Disadvantage

Major
Disadvantage

No
Difference

Not
Sure

35

24

8

8

23

2

33

26

6

8

24

2

29

16

12

20

22

2

28

29

6

8

25

4

27

21

11

15

23

3

20

24

9

13

31

3

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 23
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Now, thinking about something different…
Q27
When it comes to (READ ITEM), which party do you feel is most attuned and sensitive to issues that affect
this group—(ROTATE) the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, both parties are about the same, or
neither party is good here. (RANDOMIZE)
THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE PERCENTAGE WHO GIVE THE ADVANTAGE TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Religious conservatives
May 2012.........................................
Men and women in the military
May 2012.........................................
Small business owners
May 2012.........................................
Retirees
May 2012.........................................
You and your family
May 2012.........................................
Stay-at-home moms
May 2012.........................................
The middle class
May 2012.........................................
Working women
May 2012.........................................
Young adults under 30 years old
May 2012.........................................
Hispanics or Latinos
May 2012.........................................
Gays and lesbians
May 2012.........................................

Party
Advantage

Republican
Party

Democratic
Party

Both About
The Same

Neither

Not
Sure

R-51

60

9

14

11

6

R-8

31

23

31

10

5

R-6

37

31

15

12

5

D-2

29

31

20

16

6

D-7

30

37

15

16

2

D-8

23

31

24

16

6

D-13

27

40

17

14

2

D-26

16

42

24

14

4

D-29

14

43

21

15

5

D-35

11

46

21

16

6

D-58

5

63

13

14

5

Now, thinking about another topic…
Q28a
Do you feel more confident or less confident that the war in Afghanistan will come to a successful
conclusion?

More confident ..................................
Less confident ...................................
Depends (VOL) ...............................
Not sure ..........................................

5/12*
43
51
2
4

5/11
38
50
6
6

4/11
31
60
2
7

12/09
30
58
5
7

9/09
28
59
6
7

* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).

Q28b

The current US plan in Afghanistan calls for almost all combat troops to be removed by 2014. Now, would
you approve or disapprove of a proposal that would keep some US troops in Afghanistan to continue in
targeted counter-terrorism efforts and training of Afghan troops for another ten years after 2014? (If
Approve/Disapprove, then ask:) And, would you strongly (approve/disapprove) or just somewhat
(approve/disapprove) of that proposal?**
Strongly approve ...........................................
Somewhat approve .......................................
Somewhat disapprove ...................................
Strongly disapprove .......................................
Depends (VOL) ..........................................
Not sure ......................................................
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).

17
25
15
38
1
4

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 24
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Now, thinking about something else…
Q29
If a law passed that allowed same-sex marriages to become legal in your state, would you actively support
such a law, be in favor but not actively support it, be opposed to it but not actively try to have it overturned,
or be opposed to such a law and actively work to overturn it?
Actively support ..........................................................
Favor but not actively support it ...................................
Opposed but not actively try to have it overturned ......
Opposed and actively work to overturn it.....................
Not sure ...................................................................

24
30
23
17
6

Now I am going to ask you a few questions for statistical purposes only.
QF1a Are you currently registered to vote [LANDLINE: at this address; CELL: in (state from Q1x)]?
Registered ........................................
Not registered ...................................
Not sure ..........................................

84
16
-

QF1b/c A lot of people are unable to get out and vote for many reasons. Did you happen to vote in last November's
election for president? (IF “YES,” ASK:) For whom did you vote––Barack Obama, John McCain, or someone
else?
Yes, Voted
Voted for Barack Obama ................
Voted for John McCain ...................
Voted for someone else .................
Not sure ..........................................
No, Did Not Vote .............................
Not sure ........................................

QF1d

41
31
6
3
18
1

And did you happen to vote in the 2010 election for U.S. Congress?+
Yes, Voted ........................................................
No, did not vote ................................................
Not sure ..........................................................

68
28
4

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

QF2

Are you currently employed? (IF "CURRENTLY EMPLOYED," ASK:) What type of work do you do?
(RECORD UNDER "6--OTHER.") (IF "NOT CURRENTLY EMPLOYED," ASK:) Are you a student, a
homemaker, retired, or unemployed and looking for work?
Currently Employed
Professional, manager.............................
White-collar worker ..................................
Blue-collar worker ....................................
Farmer, rancher .......................................
Not Currently Employed
Student ....................................................
Homemaker .............................................
Retired .....................................................
Unemployed, looking for work .................
Other .......................................................
Not sure .................................................

22
23
16
4
5
23
6
1

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 25
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

(IF EMPLOYED IN F2, THEN ASK)
QF2a And, do you own or operate your own small business?
Yes .......................................
No .........................................
Not sure ..............................
Not Employed (QF2) ............
QF2b

12
49
1
38

And, are you currently serving in the US military, are you a military veteran, or have you never been in the
military?
Total Military .....................................................
Yes, Currently in the Military...........................
Yes, Military Veteran ......................................
No, Never been in the Military ..........................
Not sure ..........................................................

QF3

What is the last grade that you completed in school? (DO NOT READ CHOICES.)
Grade school .......................................................
Some high school ................................................
High school graduate ..........................................
Some college, no degree.....................................
Vocational training/2-year college .......................
4-year college/bachelor's degree.........................
Some postgraduate work, no degree ..................
2-3 years postgraduate work/master's degree.....
Doctoral/law degree ............................................
Not sure/refused ................................................

QF4a

13
1
12
86
1

1
5
24
18
10
24
2
12
4
-

Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as (ROTATE:) a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, or
something else? (IF "DEMOCRAT" OR "REPUBLICAN," ASK:) Would you call yourself a strong
(Democrat/Republican) or not a very strong (Democrat/Republican)? (IF "NOT SURE," CODE AS "NOT
VERY STRONG DEMOCRAT/REPUBLICAN.") (IF "INDEPENDENT," ASK:) Do you think of yourself as
closer to the Republican Party, closer to the Democratic Party, or do you think of yourself as strictly
independent? (IF "NOT SURE," CODE AS "STRICTLY INDEPENDENT.")
Strong Democrat ...........................
Not very strong Democrat .............
Independent/lean Democrat ..........
Strictly Independent.......................
Independent/lean Republican ........
Not very strong Republican ...........
Strong Republican .........................
Other (VOL) ...................................
Not sure.......................................

21
8
15
16
14
7
15
3
1

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012

Study #12412 --page 26
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Now, thinking about something else…
QF4b Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Tea Party Movement?

Yes ................................
No ..................................
Depends (VOL) ...........
Not sure .......................

5/12+
30
60
2
8

4/12+
25
64
2
9

3/12+
28
63
2
7

1/12+
27
66
2
5

12/11+
27
65
3
5

11/11+
25
69
2
4

10/11+
26
64
3
7

8/11+
27
62
4
7

6/11+
26
63
3
8

5/11+
26
62
2
10

4/11+
25
67
3
5

2/11+
29
61
3
7

1/11+
27
62
3
8

12/10+
29
61
3
7

11/10+
30
59
4
7

10/2830/10+
28
61
3
8

10/1418/10+
30
59
2
10

9/10+
28
61
3
8

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters

ASK ONLY RESPONDENTS WHO SUPPORT THE TEA PARTY (QF4b:1) AND ARE REPUBLICAN (QF4a:5-7).
QF4c
Which better describes you, (ROTATE:) a supporter of the Tea Party Movement or a Republican?

Supporter of the Tea Party Movement.........................
Republican ..................................................................
Both (VOL) ................................................................
Not sure ....................................................................
Not Republican and Tea Party Supporters ..................

All
Reg
Voters+
11
11
1
1
76

GOP and Tea Party
Supporters
45
46
6
3
n/a

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters

QF5

Thinking about your general approach to issues, do you consider yourself to be liberal, moderate, or
conservative? (IF "LIBERAL" OR "CONSERVATIVE," ASK:) Do you consider yourself to be very
(liberal/conservative) or somewhat (liberal/conservative)?
Very liberal ......................................
Somewhat liberal .............................
Moderate .........................................
Somewhat conservative ..................
Very conservative ............................
Not sure .........................................

11
13
35
22
16
3

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
QF6a

Study #12412 --page 27
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

What is your religion?
Protestant (includes Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal,
Presbyterian, and other Christians) ..........................................
Catholic .....................................................................................
Jewish .......................................................................................
Muslim .......................................................................................
Mormon/LDS/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ........
Other .........................................................................................
None ..........................................................................................
Not sure/refused ......................................................................

45
24
2
1
1
11
13
3

(ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAY PROTESTANT, OTHER, NONE, OR NOT SURE IN QF6a.)
QF6b Would you describe yourself as either a fundamentalist or an evangelical Christian, or would you not
describe yourself that way?
Fundamentalist/evangelical ................................. 14
Neither fundamentalist nor evangelical ............... 54
Not sure ............................................................ 4
Catholic/Jewish/Muslim/Mormon (QF6a) ............. 28

QF7a/b Are you a current or retired labor union member? (ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAY "NO" OR
"NOT SURE" IN QF7a.) Is anyone else in your household a current or retired labor union member?
Labor union member.........................
Union household ...............................
Non-union household........................
Not sure ..........................................

QF8

Are you married, widowed, separated, divorced, single and never been married, or are you unmarried and
living with a partner?
Married .................................................
Widowed ................................................
Separated .............................................
Divorced ...............................................
Single/never been married ....................
Unmarried and living with a partner .......
Refused ...............................................

QF9

12
9
78
1

51
8
3
11
20
6
1

If you added together the yearly income of all the members of your family who were living at home last year,
would the total be less than ten thousand dollars, between ten thousand dollars and twenty thousand
dollars, between twenty thousand dollars and thirty thousand dollars, between thirty thousand dollars and
forty thousand dollars, between forty thousand dollars and fifty thousand dollars, between fifty thousand
dollars and seventy-five thousand dollars, between seventy-five thousand dollars and one hundred thousand
dollars, or would the total be more than that?
Less than $10,000 ....................................
Between $10,000 and $20,000 .................
Between $20,000 and $30,000 .................
Between $30,000 and $40,000 .................
Between $40,000 and $50,000 .................
Between $50,000 and $75,000 .................
Between $75,000 and $100,000 ...............
More than $100,000 ..................................
Not sure/refused ......................................

5
10
8
9
9
15
15
21
8

HART/McINTURFF
May 2012
F10a

Study #12412 --page 28
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Do you personally know or work with someone who is gay or lesbian?

Yes..............................
No ...............................
Not sure ....................

5/12
67
30
3

3/12
64
33
3

3/04
62
35
3

(ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO SAY YES IN QF10a.)
F10b
Is that person yourself, a member of your family, a close friend, a co-worker, or an acquaintance? (ACCEPT
MULTIPLE RESPONSES)

Self .......................................................................
Family member .....................................................
Close friend ..........................................................
Co-worker .............................................................
Acquaintance ........................................................
Other (VOL) ........................................................
Not sure/refused .................................................
Do not if know or work with anyone who is gay
or lesbian or not sure (QF10a) ........................

5/12
3
16
27
28
24
1

3/12
3
15
23
26
22
1
1

3/04
1
12
18
20
25
-

32

36

38

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