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 14 questions tracked by HuffPost Pollster. Read our FAQ.

2012 General Election: Romney vs. Obama

Asked of 816 Likely Voters
Depends 1%
Obama I 47%
Other 3%
Romney 47%
Undecided 3%

US Right Direction Wrong Track

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Right Direction 41%
Wrong Track 53%
Mixed (vol) 4%
Undecided 2%

Obama Job Approval

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Approve 49%
Disapprove 48%
Undecided 3%

Obama Job Approval - Economy

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Approve 46%
Disapprove 52%
Undecided 2%

Obama Job Approval - Foreign Policy

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Approve 49%
Disapprove 46%
Undecided 5%

Barack Obama Favorable Rating

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Very Positive 34%
Somewhat Positive 15%
Neutral 8%
Somewhat Negative 12%
Very Negative 31%

Mitt Romney Favorable Rating

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Positive 43%
Neutral 12%
Negative 44%
Undecided 1%

Joe Biden Favorable Rating

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
1 Very Positive 21%
2 Somewhat Positive 19%
3 Neutral 15%
4 Somewhat Negative 13%
5 Very Negative 29%
6 Don't Know Name/Not Sure 3%

Paul Ryan Favorable Rating

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Strongly Favorable 23%
Somewhat Favorable 16%
Neutral 16%
Somewhat Unfavorable 12%
Strongly Unfavorable 25%
Undecided 8%

2012 National House Race

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
Democrat 45%
Republican 43%
Undecided 12%

Party Identification

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
1 Strong Democrat 23%
2 Democrat 9%
3 Lean Democrat 12%
4 independent 15%
5 Lean Republican 12%
6 Republican 7%
7 Strong Republican 19%
8 Other 2%
9 Undecided 1%

Democratic Party Favorable Rating

Republican Party Favorable Rating

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
1 Very Positive 15%
2 Somewhat Positive 21%
3 Neutral 20%
4 Somewhat Negative 18%
5 Very Negative 25%
6 Don't Know Name/Not Sure 1%

Democratic Party Favorable Rating

Asked of 1000 Registered Voters
1 Very Positive 21%
2 Somewhat Positive 21%
3 Neutral 17%
4 Somewhat Negative 17%
5 Very Negative 23%
6 Undecided 1%