MINNESOTA POLL RESULTS: Presidential race

  • By: DAVE BRAUNGER
  • Updated: September 24, 2012 - 5:54 AM

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 800 likely Minnesota voters Sept. 17-19. The margin of sampling error is +/-3.5 percentage points.

Do you recognize the name ________?

(IF YES) Do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of ________?

RECOGNIZE
FAVORABLE
RECOGNIZE
UNFAVORABLE
RECOGNIZE
NEUTRAL
DON'T
RECOGNIZE
PRESIDENT
Barack Obama 45% 40% 15% -
Mitt Romney 37% 43%20% -
Joe Biden 41% 36% 23%-
Paul Ryan38% 37% 16% 9%

QUESTION: If the 2012 general election for president and vice president were held today, which one of the following tickets would get your vote?

  • the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama & Joe Biden
  • the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan
  • the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson & Jim Gray
  • one of the other party tickets
OBAMAROMNEYJOHNSONUNDECIDED
STATE48%40%5%7%
REGION
Hennepin/Ramsey 58%29%9%4%
Metro Suburbs 42%50%3%5%
Rochester/Southeast44%46%2%8%
Southwest 37%42%6%15%
Northwest 40%46%8%6%
Duluth/ Northeast54%33%2%11%
SEX
Men41%47%6%6%
Women55%33%5%7%
AGE
18-3455%29%10%6%
35-4943%46%4%7%
50-6452%39%5%4%
65+46%41%5%8%
INCOME
<$50,00058%30%6%6%
$50,000+44%48%4%4%
PARTY
Democrat93%2%2%3%
Republican1%96%2%1%
Independent32%39%14%15%

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of Barack Obama's job performance as president?

APPROVEDISAPPROVEUNDECIDED
STATE48%47%5%
REGION
Hennepin/Ramsey 56%40%4%
Metro Suburbs 44%52%4%
Rochester/Southeast43%53%4%
Southwest Minnesota43%49%8%
Northwest Minnesota40%56%4%
Duluth/Northeast53%40%7%
SEX
Men40%55%5%
Women56%39%5%
AGE
18-3455%41%4%
35-4944%51% 5%
50-6450%46% 4%
65+47%48% 5%
INCOME
<$50,000 60% 36% 4%
$50,000+ 42% 54%4%
PARTY ID
Democrat 90% 8% 2%
Republican 6% 91%3%
Independent 33% 59% 8%

QUESTION: Which one of the following issues is most important in determining your vote for president this year:

The economy & jobs48%
Taxes, government spending & the national debt23%
Health Care 21%
National Security6%
Social issues like abortion & same-sex marriage 1%
Other/Not Sure1%

QUESTION: Which ONE of the following candidate qualities is MOST important in determining your vote for PRESIDENT this year?

Positions on major issues47%
Cares about people like you24%
Experience in the private sector20%
Experience in Washington8%
Other/Not Sure 1%

Source: Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, Sept. 17-19, 800 likely voters, margin of error +-3.5 percentage points.

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