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Questions - Massachusetts President - April 9, 2012

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Massachusetts Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted April 9, 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* In thinking about the 2012 presidential election, suppose you had a choice between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama. If the election were held today, would you vote for Republican Mitt Romney or Democrat Barack Obama?


Mitt Romney

Barack Obama


2* Suppose the Republicans nominate Rick Santorum. If the 2012 election for president were held today, would you vote for Republican Rick Santorum or Democrat Barack Obama?


Rick Santorum

Barack Obama


3* 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.


Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum


4* Generally speaking, How would you rate your own personal finances these days?  Excellent, good, fair, or poor?


5* Are your personal finances getting better these days, or worse?


6* Is the United States currently in a recession?


7* As a nation, is America overtaxed?


8* Should any increase in federal taxes be approved by a vote of the American people?

9* Should health insurance companies be required by law to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges to the patient?

10* Has health care reform in Massachusetts been a success or a failure?

11* How closely have you followed recent news reports about President Obama's health care law and the U.S. Supreme Court?

12* Would you like to see the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the health care law or uphold its legality?

13* Which do you think the U.S. Supreme Court is more likely to do – overturn the health care law or uphold its legality?


14* The health care law requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a federal law that requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance?


15* Does the federal government have the constitutional authority to force everyone to buy health insurance?


16* 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