Poll: Majority of voters know enough about candidates
July 24th, 2012
12:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Majority of voters know enough about candidates

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are spending millions on television ads presenting their platforms, but a poll released Tuesday suggests most voters feel they know enough already about each man vying for the White House.

The Pew Research Center poll indicated 90% of registered voters nationwide already feel they know what they need to about Obama, who has been in office since January 2009. Sixty-nine percent say they know enough about Romney, who ran for the GOP nomination in 2008 and formally launched his 2012 campaign in June 2011.

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Those numbers compare to the 8% of registered voters who said they need to learn more about Obama, and the 28% who need to learn more about Romney.

Among that group who want to learn more about the presumptive GOP nominee, 41% said they wanted more information about his record as governor of Massachusetts, while 36% wanted information about his personal income tax returns and 35% wanted more information about his tenure as chief executive of Bain Capital.

All three of those issues have been targets of the Obama campaign, which has claimed at various points in the campaign that Romney shipped jobs overseas as a businessman, hurt jobs growth as governor, and concealed relevant information from voters by only releasing two years of income tax information.

When broken down, more Republican voters than Democrats say they want to learn more about Romney. Thirty four percent of Republicans say they need to learn more about the candidate, compared to 21% of Democrats who feel the same way. Three-in-ten independents want to learn more about Romney.

Democrats, however, are more likely to want to learn more about Romney's tax returns. Fifty-six percent said they wanted more tax information, compared to 35% of independents and 18% of Republicans.

Romney has released his tax return from 2010 and an estimate for 2011. He has vowed to release the full tax return from last year when it's finalized by his accountant. He requested a filing extension from the Internal Revenue Service in April.

The Pew Research Poll was conduced by telephone July 19-22 among 1,001 adults, including 798 registered voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Joseph

    Know enough ... duh. With Romney hiding his bank accounts, are you kidding me?

    July 24, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. diane

    Please this article on huffpost " Bain Capital Created 'Demoralizing' Culture of Layoffs At Florida Plant " "There was a tremendous sense of loss and this kind of outpouring of grief and mourning as every day they waited for the announcement of who was going next," At the end of the day, the executives of Bain gathered their golf equipment while the workers sadly look on, probably wondering whose number is coming up tomorrow. The campny apparently made $242 million most likely today sitting in the Cayman's island or in a swiss bank account while many workes lost their little bit of retirement money which is mostly is gone by now. I do not need to know more about Romney.

    July 24, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. AJ

    I agree with you June. Romney can careless about the middle class and poor which is not a secret. The Koch brothers will not spend $400 million on Romney because they like him, they'll spend that kind of money for something in return. I think Romney has too much to hide.

    July 24, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. oh ooooo! Oooops!

    FOCUS on:

    41% wanted more information about his record as governor of Massachusetts, while
    36% wanted information about his personal income tax returns and
    35% wanted more information about his tenure as chief executive of Bain Capital

    Those are large numbers. Suggesting, voters still don't know ANYTHING about Romney. Meaning his support right now stems mostly from those who want to vote against Obama instead. That is unsettling.

    The DEVIL you know is better than ANGEL you don't know.

    July 24, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    Know that Romney is hiding too much by not following his own father's precedence to release tax returns, while Pres. Obama released 10+ years of returns.

    Add the promises kept by the president (largest middle-class tax cut, OBL, START Treaty, End DADT, Iraq, ACA, etc.)

    Yep, know enough–Obama / Biden 2012

    July 24, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. ejktexas

    But they know virtually nothing about Gary Johnson. Educate them CNN!

    July 24, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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