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Ipsos/Reuters Poll: Republican National Convention Day 1

Monday, August 27, 2012

Washington, D.C. - In the first poll of the Republican National Convention, Ipsos provides ‘benchmark’ metrics for a host of variables which will be tracked over the course of the Conventions this week and next. It will be interesting to see how these measures shift over the course of the Conventions. One of our questions from today’s poll asks about traits of the two candidates:

  • Obama far outstrips Romney on ‘eloquent’ (51% vs. 21%), ‘likeable’ (54% vs. 26%), ‘is a good person’ (47% vs. 29%), and ‘would be fun to meet in person’ (48% vs. 21%)
  • The one trait where Romney leads by a large margin is ‘a man of faith’ (40% Romney vs. 28% Obama)
  • The two candidates are within four points of each other on ‘will protect American jobs’ (36% Obama vs. 33% Romney) and ‘can be effective in Washington’ (36% vs. 33%)
  • Obama also leads on ‘Presidential’ (45% vs. 36%), ‘understands people like me’ (39% vs. 26%), ‘tough enough for the job’ (41% vs. 36%), represents America’ (43% vs. 35%), ‘smart enough for the job’ (44% vs. 36%), and ‘has the right values’ (43% vs. 34%)

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters from August 24-27, 2012. For the survey, a sample of 857 American registered voters was interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for all respondents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. 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.

For more information on this news release please contact:

Julia Clark
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

Clifford Young
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Ipsos/Reuters Poll: Republican National Convention Day 1

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CliffordYoung Clifford Young
President, US Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs

JuliaClark Julia Clark
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs