Ipsos/Reuters Poll: April 2012
Washington, D.C. - These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters from April 12th-15th, 2012.
- Americans remain concerned about the direction of the economy, however we are still doing better than observed in late 2011.
- Obama’s job approval remains closely split. Currently even numbers approve of his performance (49%) as disapprove (49%).
- Now that Romney has (mostly) closed-out the Republican contest, he performs much stronger against Obama. Currently Obama holds a 4 point lead over Romney among registered voters, our closest margin in several months.
- When asked the most important issue for this election, a majority of registered voters (53%) say jobs and the economy.
- This is problematic for Obama since a Romney leads the president on this attribute (45% to 43%).
- “Jobs and the economy” was among Obama’s stronger attributes against john McCain in 2008 indicating the president has lost some ground in this area.
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters from April 12th-15th, 2012. For the survey, a nationally representative, randomly selected sample of exactly 1,044 adults aged 18 and older across the United States was interviewed by Ipsos via live telephone interviewing on landlines and cell phones. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire adult population in the U.S. been polled.
All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. These data were weighted to ensure that the sample composition reflects that of the actual U.S. population according to U.S. Census figures. Respondents had the option to be interviewed in English or Spanish. Please note that throughout this document, figures based on Independent voters are indicative only due to small sample size. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half
of a per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. Responses are based on the full sample of adults unless otherwise noted.
More data and full technical details are available in the topline document attached.
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