Poll Update

National - 2012 President - Obama 47%, Romney 47% (NBC News/Wall Street Journal 10/17-10/20/12)

Population 1,000 Registered Voters
Margin of Error ±3.1 percentage points
Polling Method Live Phone
Source NBC/WSJ [PDF]
This poll asked respondents 13 questions tracked by HuffPost Pollster. Read our FAQ.

2012 General Election: Romney vs. Obama

Asked of 816 likely voters
Barack Obama I 47%
Mitt Romney 47%
Undecided 3%
Other 3%
Depends 1%

US Right Direction Wrong Track

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Wrong Track 53%
Right Direction 41%
Mixed (vol) 4%
Undecided 2%

Obama Job Approval

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Approve 49%
Disapprove 48%
Undecided 3%

Obama Job Approval - Economy

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Disapprove 52%
Approve 46%
Undecided 2%

Obama Job Approval - Foreign Policy

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Approve 49%
Disapprove 46%
Undecided 5%

Barack Obama Favorable Rating

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Very Positive 34%
Very Negative 31%
Somewhat Positive 15%
Somewhat Negative 12%
Neutral 8%

Mitt Romney Favorable Rating

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Negative 44%
Positive 43%
Neutral 12%
Undecided 1%

Joe Biden Favorable Rating

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Very Negative 29%
Very Positive 21%
Somewhat Positive 19%
Neutral 15%
Somewhat Negative 13%
Don't Know Name/Not Sure 3%

Paul Ryan Favorable Rating

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Strongly Unfavorable 25%
Strongly Favorable 23%
Somewhat Favorable 16%
Neutral 16%
Somewhat Unfavorable 12%
Undecided 8%

2012 National House Race

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Democrat 45%
Republican 43%
Undecided 12%

Party Identification

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
SD Strong Democrat (D) 23%
SR Strong Republican (R) 19%
independent 15%
LR Lean Republican (R) 12%
LD Lean Democrat (D) 12%
Democrat 9%
Republican 7%
Other 2%
Undecided 1%

Republican Party Favorable Rating

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Very Negative 25%
Somewhat Positive 21%
Neutral 20%
Somewhat Negative 18%
Very Positive 15%
Don't Know Name/Not Sure 1%

Democratic Party Favorable Rating

Asked of 1,000 registered voters
Very Negative 23%
Very Positive 21%
Somewhat Positive 21%
Somewhat Negative 17%
Neutral 17%
Undecided 1%