New Poll Shows Obama Improvement

ABC News and the Washington Post released a new poll this morning that highlighted the momentum President Obama is currently experiencing.  The poll includes data taken Friday and Saturday after the latest jobs report, and while his ratings on the economy are improving, they still have ways to go before they become positive.

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 1-4, 2012. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

“Based on his performance in office so far, would you say Obama deserves a second term as president, or not?”

 
    Deserves a
second term
Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/1-4/12

50 48 2    

“If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were Barack Obama, the Democrat, and [see below], the Republican, for whom would you vote?” If unsure: “Would you lean toward Obama or toward [see below]?” Options rotated. Results below are among registered voters.

 
    Barack
Obama (D)
Mitt
Romney (R)
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Wouldn’t
vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/1-4/12

51 45 1 1 1
 

1/12-15/12

46 48 2 2 2
 

12/15-18/11

47 47 2 2 1
 

10/31 – 11/3/11

46 47 3 2 1
 

9/29 – 10/2/11

46 48 2 1 2
 

8/29 – 9/1/11

45 49 2 2 2
 

7/14-17/11

49 47 2 1 1
 

6/2-5/11

46 49 2 1 2
 

4/14-17/11

49 45 3 1 1
    Barack
Obama (D)
Newt
Gingrich (R)
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Wouldn’t
vote (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/1-4/12

54 43 1 1 1
 

1/12-15/12

52 40 3 3 2
 

12/15-18/11

51 43 3 2 1
 

6/2-5/11

50 44 3 1 2
 

4/14-17/11

54 39 4 2 1

 

 

“Based on his performance in office so far, would you say Obama deserves a second term as president, or not?”

 
    Deserves a
second term
Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/1-4/12

50 48 2    

“Thinking about what you’re hearing from the candidates for the Republican nomination for president — overall would you say you approve or disapprove of most of what they’ve been saying?”

 
    Approve Disapprove Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/1-4/12

36 54 4 7  

“How much does it matter to you that a candidate for president shares your religious beliefs? Does it matter a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?”

 
    A great deal Somewhat Not so much Not at all  
    % % % %  
 

2/1-4/12

18 20 16 46  

“In his work as a corporate investor, do you think Mitt Romney did more to create jobs or more to cut jobs?” Options rotated

 
    Create jobs Cut jobs Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/1-4/12

32 36 32    

“Do you think of Romney’s wealth as more of a positive because it suggests he has achieved the American dream or as more of a negative because it suggests he benefited from opportunities that are not available to most people?” Options rotated

 
    Positive Negative Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/1-4/12

43 44 13    

“Romney paid about a 14% federal tax rate on income of about 22 million dollars last year. Do you think he is or is not paying his fair share of taxes?”

 
    Is paying
fair share
Is not paying
fair share
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/1-4/12

30 66 4    

“For each item I name, please tell me if it is a major reason to support that candidate, a major reason to oppose that candidate, or not a major factor. . . .”

 
    Major
reason to
support
Major
reason to
oppose
Not a
major
factor
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

“Obama’s handling of the threat of terrorism”

 

2/1-4/12

56 20 21 3  
 

“Romney’s business experience”

 

2/1-4/12

48 12 34 6  
 

“Obama’s handling of the economy”

 

2/1-4/12

39 47 13 2  
 

“Gingrich’s performance as speaker of the House in the early 1990s”

 

2/1-4/12

21 33 37 9  
 

“Gingrich’s consulting work for companies with an interest in federal policymaking”

 

2/1-4/12

12 44 37 7  
 

“Romney’s Mormon religion”

 

2/1-4/12

4 17 77 2  
 

“Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job [see below]: Obama or Romney?” Results below are among registered voters.

 
    Obama Romney Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

“Handling the economy”

 

2/1-4/12

44 50 1 3 2
 

“Creating jobs” Half sample (Form A)

 

2/1-4/12

46 46 1 3 4
 

“Protecting the middle class” Half sample (Form A)

 

2/1-4/12

56 37 2 5 1
 

“Handling international affairs” Half sample (Form A)

 

2/1-4/12

55 38 1 3 4
 

“Handling taxes” Half sample (Form B)

 

2/1-4/12

49 45 2 4
 

“Handling the federal budget deficit” Half sample (Form B)

 

2/1-4/12

39 52 4 4
 

“Handling terrorism” Half sample (Form B)

 

2/1-4/12

54 38 2 2 4
 

“Regardless of who you may support, who do you think better understands the economic problems people in this country are having: Obama or Romney?” Options rotated

 
    Obama Romney Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/1-4/12

53 36 2 7 3

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