Conducted August 20, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports
*Please note that we split the survey to rotate the order of the candidates, so while half will hear the Republican first, the other half hears the Democrat mentioned first.
1* If the presidential election were held today, would you vote for Republican Mitt Romney or Democrat Barack Obama?
2* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the news. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.
3* Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?
4* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?
5* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Medicare?
6* When it comes to the future of Medicare, which scares you more…President Obama’s health care law or Paul Ryan’s proposal?
7* In political terms, is Barack Obama very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?
8* In political terms, is Mitt Romney very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?
9* If President Obama is reelected president and Democrats regain control of the Congress, will government spending go up, go down or stay about the same?
10* If Mitt Romney is elected president and Republicans win control of Congress, will government spending go up, go down or stay about the same?
11* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as president…do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence