Poll Questions

The Roanoke College Poll Questions 2008

Q.1 Are you registered to vote in Virginia?

Yes100%
No0%

Q.2 How likely is it that you will vote in the upcoming election in November? Would you say it is

Very likely94.1%
Somewhat likely5.9%
Not very likely0%
Not likely at all/NA0%

Q.3 If the election for President was held today, would you vote for [responses rotated]

Barack Obama47.7%
John McCain39.3%
Bob Barr0.5%
Ralph Nader0.5%
Cynthia McKinney0.7%
Undecided11.3%

Q.4 How certain are you that you will vote for [ANSWER TO Q. 3] . Would you say you are very certain, somewhat certain, or not very certain?

Very certain93.2%
Somewhat certain6.0%
Not very certain0.8%

Q.5 Are you leaning toward voting for [responses rotated]

Barack Obama20.3%
John McCain16.8%
Bob Barr1.3%
Ralph Nader1.3%
Cynthia McKinney0%
Undecided60.4%

Q.6 What is the most important issue to you in this election? [choices not read]

Economy58.3%
Iraq6.2%
Terrorism2.8%
Jobs1.6%
Experience3.4%
Health care9.0%
Change3.8%
Character/Moral values2.5%
Education0.7%
Race0.4%
Political party0.9%
Abortion2.3%
Crime0.2%
Gun Control/Second Amendment0.2%
Immigration0.5%
Trust/honesty2.5%
Unsure4.9%


Q.7 If the election for the U.S. Senate was held today, would you vote for [responses rotated]

Mark Warner56.8%
Jim Gilmore21.8%
William Redpath0.3%
Gail Parker0.5%
Undecided20.6%

Q.8 In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Kaine is handling his job as Governor of Virginia?

Approve56.7%
Disapprove22.0%
Mixed21.3%

Q.9 In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President of the United States?

Approve21.3%
Disapprove68.0%
Mixed10.7%

Q.10 How interested are you in this Presidential campaign? Are you very interested, somewhat interested, not very interested, or not at all interested?

Very interested81.8%
Somewhat interested15.1%
Not very interested2.6%
Not at all interested0.5%

Q.11 How much attention have you paid to this campaign? Would you say a lot, some, not very much, or no attention at all?
A lot77.3%
Some18.6%
Not much4.1%
No attention0%

Q.12 Overall, do you think the news media during the Presidential campaign have been neutral, biased in favor of John McCain, or biased in favor of Barack Obama?

Neutral53.5%
For McCain4.3%
For Obama42.2%

Q.13 Please tell me if each of the following news media have been an important source of political news for you during this campaign. Just answer yes or no.

The Washington Post27.9%
Radio news50.7%
ABC News44.5%
NBC News53.5%
CBS News44.3%
CNN60.7%
Fox News58.4%
MSNBC42.1%
The Internet48.2%

Q.14 Have you visited the internet home page of Barack Obama?

Yes 27.5%
No72.5%

Q.15 Have you visited the internet home page of John McCain?

Yes22.2%
No77.8%

Q.16 Have you contributed money, personally attended a rally, or done any volunteer work for the McCain campaign?

Yes11.8%
No88.2%

Q.17 Have you contributed money, personally attended a rally, or done any volunteer work for the Obama campaign?

Yes18.7%
No81.3%

Q.18 Have you heard any relative, friend, or acquaintance say they would vote for or against John McCain because of his age? [IF ANSWER IS YES, ASK IF VOTE FOR, AGAINST OR BOTH]

For5.5%
Against16.9%
Both1.9%
No75.7%

Q.19 Did hearing that make you more likely to vote for McCain, less likely to vote for him, or did it make no difference?

More likely6.8%
Less likely17.8%
No difference75.4%

Q.20 Have you heard any relative, friend, or acquaintance say they would vote for or against Sarah Palin because of her sex? [IF ANSWER IS YES, ASK IF VOTE FOR, AGAINST OR BOTH]

For2.5%
Against3.8%
Both0.9%
No92.8%

Q.21 Did hearing that make you more likely to vote for Palin, less likely to vote for her, or did it make no difference?

More likely17.0%
Less likely10.7%
No difference72.3%

Q.22 Have you heard any relative, friend, or acquaintance say they would vote for or against Barack Obama because of his race? [IF ANSWER IS YES, ASK IF VOTE FOR, AGAINST OR BOTH]

For4.4%
Against16.1%
Both2.9%
No76.6%

Q.23 Did hearing that make you more likely to vote for Obama, less likely to vote for him, or did it make no difference?

More likely12.0%
Less likely3.3%
No difference84.8%

Q.24 Please tell me if you think each of the following candidates is qualified to be President of the United States? John McCain

Yes80.7%
No19.3%

Q.25 Barack Obama

Yes67.1%
No32.9%

Q.26 Joe Biden

Yes77.2%
No22.8%

Q.27 Sarah Palin

Yes35.1%
No64.9%

Q.28 Which candidate do you think would be better at handling the economic situation in the U.S.--Obama or McCain?

Obama54.0%
McCain36.4%
Neither/both9.6%

Q.29 Which candidate do you think would be better at handling the War on Terror--Obama or McCain?

Obama43.4%
McCain50.4%
Neither/both6.1%

Q.30 Which candidate do you think better understands the problems of people like yourself--Obama or McCain?

Obama55.7%
McCain32.0%
Neither/both12.3%

Q.31 Please tell me if you think the following groups bear significant responsibility for the current economic situation in the U.S. [CHOICES READ]

Elected officials in Washington89.7%
CEOs of large corporations82.9%
Home owners who have subprime mortgages60.4%
Banks and mortgage brokers who handled subprime mortgages83.8%

Q.32 Now, I'd like to ask some questions about you. How old are you?

18-298.1%
30-4424.3%
45-6449.5%
65 or older18.0%

Q.33 CODE RESPONDENT'S SEX

Male39.9%
Female60.1%

Q.34 How much education have you completed?

Less than high school1.2%
High school17.0%
Some college/technical school24.9%
Associate's degree13.9%
Bachelor's degree23.3%
Advanced degree19.6%

Q.35 I'm going to read several income groups. When I come to the group that includes your annual family income, please stop me. [CHOICES READ]

Less than $20,0007.2%
$20,000-$35,00011.9%
$35,000-$50,00016.5%
$50,000-$75,00021.5%
$75,000-$100,00018.8%
More than $100,00023.9%

Q.36 What race do you consider yourself?

White77.4%
African-American17.6%
Hispanic/Latino2.0%
Asian-American1.3%
Other1.8%

Q.37 In which city or county do you live? (categorized into regions)

Northern Va.21.6%
Tidewater22.3%
Shenandoah Valley6.1%
Southwest Va.17.3%
Southside11.3%
Central/Richmond21.5%

Q.38 Politically speaking, do you consider yourself to be liberal, moderate or conservative?

Liberal23.1%
Moderate33.2%
Conservative39.1%
Other4.7%

Q.39 And would you describe your political party affiliation as Democrat, Republican, Independent, some other party or no affiliation?

Democrat33.9%
Republican28.8%
Independent31.9%
Other5.4%

Q.40 Do you recall in the Presidential election of 2004 if you voted for George W. Bush, John Kerry, someone else, or if you didn't have a chance to vote in that election?

Bush49.3%
Kerry36.0%
Someone else3.8%
Don't recall1.6%
Didn't vote9.3%