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The percentages in the first column, labeled "Total," show the proportion of the electorate that is in each subgroup -- these columns are always read down vertically.

The percentages in all remaining columns are read across horizontally (those to the right of the "Total" column). These percentages show how the particular subgroup of voters divided their vote among the candidates or vote question.

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2012 National Poll

Presidential

Sample: 26,565 respondents
  • Are you:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Male
    47%
    45%
    52%
  • Female
    53%
    55%
    44%
  • Sample: 26,517 respondents
  • In which age group are you?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • 18-29
    19%
    60%
    37%
  • 30-44
    27%
    52%
    45%
  • 45-64
    38%
    47%
    51%
  • 65 or over
    16%
    44%
    56%
  • Sample: 26,413 respondents
  • In which age group are you?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • 18-24
    11%
    60%
    36%
  • 25-29
    8%
    60%
    38%
  • 30-39
    17%
    55%
    42%
  • 40-49
    20%
    48%
    50%
  • 50-64
    28%
    47%
    52%
  • 65 or over
    16%
    44%
    56%
  • Sample: 26,413 respondents
  • Are you:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • White
    72%
    39%
    59%
  • Black
    13%
    93%
    6%
  • Hispanic/Latino
    10%
    71%
    27%
  • Asian
    3%
    73%
    26%
  • Other
    2%
    58%
    38%
  • Sample: 26,200 respondents
  • Age by race
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • White 18-29
    11%
    44%
    51%
  • White 30-44
    18%
    38%
    59%
  • White 45-64
    29%
    38%
    61%
  • White 65+
    14%
    39%
    61%
  • Black 18-29
    3%
    91%
    8%
  • Black 30-44
    4%
    94%
    5%
  • Black 45-64
    4%
    93%
    7%
  • Black 65+
    1%
    93%
    6%
  • Latino 18-29
    4%
    74%
    23%
  • Latino 30-44
    3%
    71%
    28%
  • Latino 45-64
    3%
    68%
    31%
  • Latino 65+
    1%
    65%
    35%
  • All other
    5%
    67%
    31%
  • Sample: 26,091 respondents
  • Sex by race
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • White men
    34%
    35%
    62%
  • White women
    38%
    42%
    56%
  • Black men
    5%
    87%
    11%
  • Black women
    8%
    96%
    3%
  • Latino men
    5%
    65%
    33%
  • Latino women
    6%
    76%
    23%
  • All other races
    5%
    66%
    31%
  • Sample: 26,160 respondents
  • On most political matters, do you consider yourself:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Liberal
    25%
    86%
    11%
  • Moderate
    41%
    56%
    41%
  • Conservative
    35%
    17%
    82%
  • Sample: 24,910 respondents
  • No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Democrat
    38%
    92%
    7%
  • Republican
    32%
    6%
    93%
  • Independent or something else
    29%
    45%
    50%
  • Sample: 25,518 respondents
  • What was the last grade of school you completed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • No high school diploma
    3%
    64%
    35%
  • High school graduate
    21%
    51%
    48%
  • Some college/assoc. degree
    29%
    49%
    48%
  • College graduate
    29%
    47%
    51%
  • Postgraduate study
    18%
    55%
    42%
  • Sample: 25,466 respondents
  • What was the last grade of school you completed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • College graduate
    47%
    50%
    48%
  • No college degree
    53%
    51%
    47%
  • Sample: 25,466 respondents
  • What was the last grade of school you completed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • More than high school graduate
    76%
    50%
    48%
  • High school graduate or less
    24%
    52%
    46%
  • Sample: 25,466 respondents
  • 2011 total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Under $30,000
    20%
    63%
    35%
  • $30,000 - $49,999
    21%
    57%
    42%
  • $50,000 - $99,999
    31%
    46%
    52%
  • $100,000 - $199,999
    21%
    44%
    54%
  • $200,000 - $249,999
    3%
    47%
    52%
  • $250,000 or more
    4%
    42%
    55%
  • Sample: 24,157 respondents
  • 2011 total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Under $50,000
    41%
    60%
    38%
  • $50,000-$99,999
    31%
    46%
    52%
  • $100,000 or more
    28%
    44%
    54%
  • Sample: 24,157 respondents
  • 2011 total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Under $50,000
    41%
    60%
    38%
  • $50,000 or more
    59%
    45%
    53%
  • Sample: 24,157 respondents
  • 2011 total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Under $100,000
    72%
    54%
    44%
  • $100,000 or more
    28%
    44%
    54%
  • Sample: 24,157 respondents
  • How often do you attend religious services?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • More than once a week
    14%
    36%
    63%
  • Once a week
    28%
    41%
    58%
  • A few times a month
    13%
    55%
    44%
  • A few times a year
    27%
    56%
    42%
  • Never
    17%
    62%
    34%
  • Sample: 5,131 respondents
  • How often do you attend religious services?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Weekly
    42%
    39%
    59%
  • Occasionally
    40%
    55%
    43%
  • Never
    17%
    62%
    34%
  • Sample: 5,131 respondents
  • Are you:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Protestant
    29%
    37%
    62%
  • Catholic
    25%
    50%
    48%
  • Mormon
    2%
    21%
    78%
  • Other Christian
    23%
    50%
    49%
  • Jewish
    2%
    69%
    30%
  • Muslim
    1%
    -
    -
  • Other
    7%
    73%
    24%
  • None
    12%
    70%
    26%
  • Sample: 9,753 respondents
  • Religion, combined Protestant and other Christian
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Protestant or other Christian
    53%
    42%
    57%
  • Catholic
    25%
    50%
    48%
  • Jewish
    2%
    69%
    30%
  • Something else
    7%
    74%
    23%
  • None
    12%
    70%
    26%
  • Sample: 9,753 respondents
  • Religion among whites
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • White Protestant/Other Christian
    39%
    30%
    69%
  • White Catholic
    18%
    40%
    59%
  • White Jewish
    2%
    71%
    29%
  • White something else
    4%
    61%
    35%
  • White none
    9%
    63%
    31%
  • Non-white
    28%
    80%
    18%
  • Sample: 9,731 respondents
  • Church attendance by Religion
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Protestant/Attend weekly
    15%
    29%
    70%
  • Protestant/Do not attend weekly
    14%
    44%
    55%
  • Catholic/Attend weekly
    11%
    42%
    57%
  • Catholic/Do not attend weekly
    13%
    56%
    42%
  • All Others
    46%
    58%
    39%
  • Sample: 5,131 respondents
  • White evangelical or white born-again Christians
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • White evangelical or white born-again Christian
    26%
    21%
    78%
  • All others
    74%
    60%
    37%
  • Sample: 5,114 respondents
  • Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Legal in all cases
    29%
    76%
    22%
  • Legal in most cases
    30%
    58%
    40%
  • Illegal in most cases
    23%
    22%
    76%
  • Illegal in all cases
    13%
    19%
    79%
  • Sample: 5,131 respondents
  • Which comes closest to your position? Abortion should be:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Legal
    59%
    67%
    31%
  • Illegal
    36%
    21%
    77%
  • Sample: 5,131 respondents
  • How do you feel about the Tea Party movement?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Support
    21%
    11%
    87%
  • Neutral
    42%
    42%
    57%
  • Oppose
    30%
    89%
    9%
  • Sample: 5,131 respondents
  • Which ONE of these four issues is the most important facing the country? (CHECK ONLY ONE)
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Foreign policy
    5%
    56%
    33%
  • Federal budget deficit
    15%
    32%
    66%
  • The economy
    59%
    47%
    51%
  • Health care
    18%
    75%
    24%
  • Sample: 10,798 respondents
  • Which ONE of these four candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted for president? (CHECK ONLY ONE)
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Shares my values
    27%
    42%
    55%
  • Is a strong leader
    18%
    38%
    61%
  • Cares about people like me
    21%
    81%
    18%
  • Has a vision for the future
    29%
    45%
    54%
  • Sample: 10,798 respondents
  • Which ONE of these four is the biggest economic problem facing people like you? (CHECK ONLY ONE)
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • The housing market
    8%
    63%
    32%
  • Unemployment
    38%
    54%
    44%
  • Taxes
    14%
    32%
    66%
  • Rising prices
    37%
    49%
    49%
  • Sample: 5,359 respondents
  • What should happen to the 2010 health care law?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Expand it
    26%
    92%
    5%
  • Leave it as is
    18%
    80%
    19%
  • Repeal some of it
    24%
    27%
    72%
  • Repeal all of it
    25%
    3%
    93%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • What should happen to the 2010 health care law?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Expand it or leave it as is
    44%
    87%
    11%
  • Repeal some of it or repeal all of it
    49%
    15%
    83%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Should income tax rates:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Increase for all
    13%
    52%
    44%
  • Increase only on income over $250,000
    47%
    70%
    29%
  • Not increase for anyone
    35%
    23%
    75%
  • Sample: 5,179 respondents
  • Should most illegal immigrants working in the United States be:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Offered a chance to apply for legal status
    65%
    61%
    37%
  • Deported to the country they came from
    28%
    24%
    73%
  • Sample: 5,131 respondents
  • Who is more in touch with people like you?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Barack Obama
    53%
    91%
    7%
  • Mitt Romney
    43%
    1%
    98%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Who would better handle the economy?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Barack Obama
    48%
    98%
    1%
  • Mitt Romney
    49%
    4%
    94%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Who would better handle Medicare?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Barack Obama
    52%
    92%
    6%
  • Mitt Romney
    44%
    2%
    96%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Who would better handle the federal budget deficit?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Barack Obama
    47%
    98%
    1%
  • Mitt Romney
    49%
    3%
    95%
  • Sample: 5,179 respondents
  • Which is closer to your view:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Government should do more to solve problems
    43%
    81%
    17%
  • Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals
    51%
    24%
    74%
  • Sample: 5,439 respondents
  • Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Excellent
    2%
    -
    -
  • Good
    21%
    90%
    9%
  • Not so good
    45%
    55%
    42%
  • Poor
    31%
    12%
    85%
  • Sample: 5,359 respondents
  • Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Excellent or good
    23%
    90%
    9%
  • Not so good or poor
    77%
    38%
    60%
  • Sample: 5,359 respondents
  • Is the U.S. economy:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Getting better
    39%
    88%
    9%
  • Getting worse
    30%
    9%
    90%
  • Staying about the same
    29%
    40%
    57%
  • Sample: 5,359 respondents
  • Economic Conditions Are...
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Getting better
    39%
    88%
    9%
  • Good and staying the same
    4%
    71%
    27%
  • Poor and staying the same
    25%
    35%
    62%
  • Getting worse
    30%
    9%
    90%
  • Sample: 5,359 respondents
  • Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Better today
    25%
    84%
    15%
  • Worse today
    33%
    18%
    80%
  • About the same
    41%
    58%
    40%
  • Sample: 5,439 respondents
  • Do you think things in this country today are:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Generally going in the right direction
    46%
    93%
    6%
  • Seriously off on the wrong track
    52%
    13%
    84%
  • Sample: 4,869 respondents
  • Who is more to blame for current economic problems?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Barack Obama
    38%
    5%
    94%
  • George W. Bush
    53%
    85%
    12%
  • Sample: 5,359 respondents
  • Do you think the U.S. economic system generally:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Favors the wealthy
    55%
    71%
    26%
  • Is fair to most Americans
    39%
    22%
    77%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Should taxes be raised to help cut the budget deficit?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    33%
    73%
    24%
  • No
    63%
    37%
    61%
  • Sample: 5,359 respondents
  • Which comes closest to your feelings about the Obama administration:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Enthusiastic
    25%
    98%
    2%
  • Satisfied, but not enthusiastic
    24%
    87%
    11%
  • Dissatisfied, but not angry
    30%
    9%
    86%
  • Angry
    19%
    1%
    97%
  • Sample: 5,510 respondents
  • Which comes closest to your feelings about the Obama administration:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Positive
    49%
    93%
    6%
  • Negative
    49%
    6%
    91%
  • Sample: 5,510 respondents
  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Strongly approve
    29%
    97%
    2%
  • Somewhat approve
    24%
    80%
    18%
  • Somewhat disapprove
    13%
    9%
    88%
  • Strongly disapprove
    33%
    1%
    96%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Approve
    54%
    89%
    9%
  • Disapprove
    45%
    3%
    94%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Is your opinion of Barack Obama:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Favorable
    53%
    93%
    6%
  • Unfavorable
    46%
    3%
    94%
  • Sample: 4,869 respondents
  • Is your opinion of Mitt Romney:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Favorable
    47%
    6%
    93%
  • Unfavorable
    50%
    92%
    5%
  • Sample: 4,869 respondents
  • Do Barack Obama’s policies generally favor:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • The rich
    10%
    9%
    89%
  • The middle class
    44%
    86%
    12%
  • The poor
    31%
    25%
    74%
  • Sample: 4,869 respondents
  • Would Mitt Romney’s policies generally favor:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • The rich
    53%
    87%
    10%
  • The middle class
    34%
    6%
    93%
  • The poor
    2%
    -
    -
  • Sample: 4,869 respondents
  • Do you trust Barack Obama to handle an international crisis?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    57%
    85%
    13%
  • No
    42%
    2%
    96%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Do you trust Mitt Romney to handle an international crisis?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    50%
    13%
    86%
  • No
    46%
    90%
    7%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Do you trust _____ to handle an international crisis?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Only Barack Obama
    42%
    97%
    1%
  • Only Mitt Romney
    36%
    1%
    98%
  • Both of them
    13%
    46%
    51%
  • Neither of them
    4%
    13%
    72%
  • Sample: 5,043 respondents
  • Which best describes your vote for president today?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • I strongly favor my candidate
    65%
    54%
    45%
  • I like my candidate but with reservations
    23%
    42%
    57%
  • I dislike the other candidates
    10%
    41%
    51%
  • Sample: 5,273 respondents
  • When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Just today
    3%
    51%
    44%
  • In the last few days
    6%
    50%
    45%
  • In October
    11%
    49%
    48%
  • In September
    9%
    45%
    53%
  • Before that
    69%
    53%
    46%
  • Sample: 5,439 respondents
  • When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Just today or in the last few days
    9%
    50%
    44%
  • In October or in September or before that
    89%
    51%
    47%
  • Sample: 5,439 respondents
  • When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Just today or in the last few days or in October
    21%
    50%
    46%
  • Before that
    78%
    52%
    47%
  • Sample: 5,439 respondents
  • Are you currently married?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    60%
    42%
    56%
  • No
    40%
    62%
    35%
  • Sample: 20,714 respondents
  • Gender by marital status
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Married men
    29%
    38%
    60%
  • Married women
    31%
    46%
    53%
  • Non-married men
    18%
    56%
    40%
  • Non-married women
    23%
    67%
    31%
  • Sample: 20,681 respondents
  • Do you have any children under 18 living in your home?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    36%
    51%
    47%
  • No
    64%
    50%
    47%
  • Sample: 15,079 respondents
  • Married with children:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Married with children
    27%
    45%
    54%
  • All others
    73%
    53%
    45%
  • Sample: 15,106 respondents
  • Parents
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Men with children
    16%
    45%
    53%
  • Women with children
    20%
    56%
    43%
  • Men without children
    30%
    47%
    50%
  • Women without children
    34%
    54%
    45%
  • Sample: 15,053 respondents
  • Does anyone in your household belong to a labor union?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    18%
    58%
    40%
  • No
    82%
    49%
    48%
  • Sample: 4,798 respondents
  • Do you work full-time for pay?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    60%
    49%
    49%
  • No
    40%
    53%
    45%
  • Sample: 4,923 respondents
  • Should your state legally recognize same-sex marriage?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    49%
    73%
    25%
  • No
    46%
    25%
    74%
  • Sample: 5,273 respondents
  • Are you gay, lesbian or bisexual?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Yes
    5%
    76%
    22%
  • No
    95%
    49%
    49%
  • Sample: 9,319 respondents
  • In your vote for president, how would you rate the importance of __________________?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • The most important factor
    15%
    73%
    26%
  • An important factor
    27%
    65%
    33%
  • A minor factor
    22%
    51%
    46%
  • Not a factor at all
    31%
    28%
    70%
  • Sample: 4,745 respondents
  • In your vote for president, how would you rate the importance of __________________?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Important
    42%
    68%
    31%
  • Not important
    54%
    37%
    60%
  • Sample: 4,745 respondents
  • In your vote for president, how would you rate the importance of __________________?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Factor
    64%
    62%
    36%
  • Not a factor
    31%
    28%
    70%
  • Sample: 4,745 respondents
  • Population of area, five categories
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Over 500,000
    11%
    69%
    29%
  • 50,000 - 500,000
    21%
    58%
    40%
  • Suburbs
    47%
    48%
    50%
  • 10,000 - 50,000
    8%
    42%
    56%
  • Rural
    14%
    37%
    61%
  • Sample: 26,565 respondents
  • Population of area, three categories
  • Total
  • Obama
  • Romney
  • City over 50,000
    32%
    62%
    36%
  • Suburbs
    47%
    48%
    50%
  • Small city and Rural
    21%
    39%
    59%
  • Sample: 26,565 respondents