Ipsos' latest poll carried out on behalf of Reuters and published today shows that while Romney continues to lead in the Republican Presidential Primary, Herman Cain now coming in a close second.
Supporters of Sarah Palin, who recently announced she would not seek the 2012 Republican nomination, have not yet coalesced behind a single candidate (Romney, Cain, Paul, and Perry have all seen an increase in vote share since Palin’s exit).
The poll also asked the public about the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that have sprung up across the nation. Among those who have heard of the protests (82% of Americans), almost two in five (38%) feel ‘favorable’ towards them. A quarter (24%) are unfavorable, and over a third (35%) are undecided.
Democrats express the greatest favorability towards the protests (51%) followed by Independents (37%). Just 22% of Republicans indicate they have a favorable view of the protests.
Other key findings from the poll are included below:
- When it comes to several facets of managing the American economy, Americans are divided on which party they think will do a better job:
- Republicans appear to have the lead on reducing the deficit (44% vs. 35%), making American globally competitive (43% vs. 36%), and generating economic growth (43% vs. 38%)
- However, both parties receive about the same ratings on job creation (41% Republican vs. 41% Democrat), taxes (41% vs. 42%), and dealing with the economy overall (42% vs. 40%)
- President Obama’s job approval rating is at 47%, unchanged from last month. However, the proportion of Americans who indicate that they ‘strongly’ disapprove of the way he is doing his job has increased six points to 34% since last month (the highest figure for ‘strongly disapprove’ since Obama’s election).
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters from October 6th through 10th, 2011. For the survey, a nationally representative, randomly selected sample of exactly 1,113 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 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire adult population in the U.S. been polled.
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Washington, DC - October 2011