Romney what? In the AP-GfK/Roper poll, 70% said they had a good idea of the policies President Obama would pursue if elected to a second term. Fifty-six percent said they had a good idea of the policies Romney would pursue if elected.
Multiple choice: In the latest AP-GfK/Roper poll, only 10% said there is a chance they could change their mind about who they would vote in November. In a later question, 78% said it was easy to make their vote decision. Twenty percent said it was hard. Gary Langer, ABC’s polling analyst, has a different take. He says, “Slightly more than a fifth of registered voters remain persuadable.”
Paul who?: Paul Ryan still remains an unknown to many Americans. In the latest Monmouth University poll, 37% of registered voters said they had no opinion of him. Thirty-three percent had a favorable opinion and 30% had an unfavorable one.
Love lost in Virginia?: Two major polls were released this week from Virginia, one from the Washington Post, the other from Quinnipiac/CBS News/New York Times. Both polls show Obama up, by 4 points in the Quinnipiac poll and 8 points in the Post poll. In the Post poll, Obama leads Romney by 5 points in generally blue Northern Virginia. In the 2008 exit poll, Obama won this region 64% to McCain’s 35%. Obama’s standing among Virginia women also remains unchanged. In the Quinnipiac poll, 54% of women who are likely to vote support Obama. In 2008, Obama received 53% of the female vote.
With interest: Sixty-four percent told NBC/WSJ pollsters that on a scale of one to ten, their interest in November’s election ranks at a ten. This ranks several points lower than interest in the 2008 and 2004 election. At this point in 2008, 72% gave that response. Seventy-one percent said the same in September 2004.
Inflated expectations? Ninety-seven percent of registered voters told Pew in its new poll that they plan to vote. In 2008, 2004, and 2000, rough the same proportion gave this response around this time.
A Walker, not a runner: Democrats are surging in Senate races, but one high-profile Republican governor who isn’t running this fall appears to be holding his own. In the new Quinnipiac/CBS News/New York Times poll, 52% approved of the job Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) was doing and 44% disapproved.
The Senate contest there is in a dead heat.
Comparing the candidates: In Pew’s new poll, 57% said “decisive” described Obama (55% said that in a separate question about Romney), 64% “inspiring” (36% for Romney), and only 24% hard to like (43% for Romney). Half said Obama made them feel hopeful (44% said Romney did), 51% proud (35% Romney), and 31% angry (26% for Romney).