Sunday, August 26, 2012

Poll Watch: Tarrance Group (R) 2012 Presidential Survey

Tarrance Group (R) 2012 Presidential Poll
  • Barack Obama 47%
  • Mitt Romney 46%
  • Undecided 7% 
Survey of 801 likely voters was conducted August 19-23, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Inside the numbers:
President Obama’s approval rating is mostly negative, with 46% approving and 50% disapproving of his job performance.

Voters give President Obama weak ratings when it comes to the economy. A plurality
(45%) say his economic policies have made the economy worse, and a majority (54%) say Obama does not fully understand how to fix the economy. When asked this of Romney, a plurality (46%) also say he does not fully understand how to fix the economy.

When it comes to plans for lowering the debt, a majority say Obama does not have a plan to lower the debt, while a plurality say Romney does.

Half (49%) of voters have seen, read, or heard something about Paul Ryan’s economic
budget plan. Among those who are aware of it, a majority (52%) favor the plan, while
42% oppose it. Support for the plan is at majority level among Independents (55%) and seniors (54%).

Voters are also pessimistic about the impact of President Obama’s healthcare law on
Medicare. A plurality (46%) say the law will make Medicare worse, while only 34% say it will make Medicare better. At least a plurality of seniors (49%), women (45%), households with children (50%), and Independents (51%) say Obama’s healthcare law will make Medicare worse.

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