Washington Post-ABC News Poll

These Washington Post-ABC News polls were conducted by telephone February 16-20, 2008, among a random samples of 611 Ohio adults and 603 Texas adults likely to vote in their state's Democratic primary. The results have sampling error margins of plus or minus four percentage points. In Texas, interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Ohio results include additional interviews with randomly-selected African Americans for a total of 104 black likely Democratic primary voters. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. (FOR SCREENING PURPOSES) Are you registered to vote in (Ohio/Texas) at your present address, or not?

                Yes   No   No opinion
2/20/08 Ohio    100    0         0
        Texas   100    0         0 

2. How closely are you following the presidential campaign: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

---- Closely -----   ---- Not closely -----     No
                   NET   Very   Smwt.   NET   Not too   At all   opinion
2/20/08 Ohio  RV   84     39     45     16      10         6        *
        Ohio  LV   93     52     41      7       5         1        *
        Texas RV   82     43     39     18      12         6        *  
        Texas LV   93     62     31      7       6         1        *  

3. (FOR SCREENING PURPOSES) I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the (Ohio/Texas) presidential primary to be held on March 4th. Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that?

               Cert./                  Less    Will not   
              Already                  than      vote     No
               voted   Prob.   50-50   50-50    (vol.)    op.
2/20/08 Ohio    100      0        0      0        0        0
        Texas   100      0        0      0        0        0 

4. (FOR SCREENING PURPOSES) Will you vote in the (Democratic) primary or in the (Republican) primary?* Democratic Republican No opinion 2/20/08 Ohio 100 0 0 Texas 100 0 0 *Past tense if already voted

5. If the Democratic primary were being held today, would you vote for (Hillary Clinton) or (Barack Obama)?*

NET LEANED VOTE
                Hillary   Barack   Other    None of these     No
                Clinton   Obama    (vol.)      (vol.)       opinion
2/20/08 Ohio      50        43       1           1             6 
        Texas     48        47       1           1             3
*Past tense if already voted

6. (IF NAMED CLINTON/OBAMA AND NOT YET VOTED) Will you definitely vote for (NAME), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (OTHER NAME)? (IF CHANCE CHANGE MIND) Is there a good chance you'll change your mind, or would you say it's pretty unlikely?

2/20/08 - Summary Table 

                  Definitely   -Chance change mind -     No 
                   vote for    NET   Good   Unlikely   opinion
NET     
  Ohio                71       26     12       14         3 
  Texas               76       22     13        9         2 

Hillary Clinton     
  Ohio                72       27     11       16         2 
  Texas               73       24     14        9         3 

Barack Obama     
  Ohio                70       26     14       12         4  
  Texas               79       21     12        9         *

7. (IF SUPPORT CLINTON/OBAMA) How enthusiastic are you/were you about voting for (NAMED CANDIDATE) - very enthusiastic, fairly enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

2/20/08 - Summary Table 

                  -- Enthusiastic ---   -- Not Enthusiastic --    No
                  NET   Very   Fairly   NET   Not too   At all   opin. 
NET     
  Ohio            91     54      37      7       6         1       2 
  Texas           94     64      30      5       3         2       * 

Hillary Clinton     
  Ohio            91     53      38      8       6         2       2 
  Texas           94     65      29      6       3         2       * 

Barack Obama     
  Ohio            92     56      36      6       6         *       2 
  Texas           94     62      32      6       4         2       * 

8. What is the single most important issue in your choice for the Democratic candidate for president?

                              --- 2/20/08 ---   
                              Ohio      Texas
Economy/Jobs                   34        22 
Health care                    30        33 
Iraq/War in Iraq                9        14 
Ethics/Honesty/Corruption 
 in government                  3         3 
Change                          3         2
Education                       2         3 
Terrorism/National security     1         1 
Morals/Family values            1         * 
Federal budget deficit          1         * 
Environment                     *         0  
Immigration/Illegal 
 immigration                    *         4 
Abortion                        *         0 
Housing/Mortgages               *         0 
Global warming                  *         0 
Social Security                 *         1 
Foreign policy                  *         1 
Taxes                           *         * 
None/Nothing                    0         1 
Other                           9         9 
No opinion                      7         6 

9. How would you feel if (INSERT NAME) wins the nomination - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?

2/20/08 - Summary Table

                  --- Satisfied ---   -- Dissatisfied --     No 
                  NET  Very  Smwht.   NET   Smwht   Very   opinion   
Hillary Clinton     
  Ohio            77    42     35     21      13      8       2
  Texas           75    42     33     24      10     14       1

Barack Obama     
  Ohio            71    39     32     27      13     14       2
  Texas           77    44     33     21      10     11       2

10. Regardless of who you support, who do you think (ITEM) - (Clinton) or (Obama)?

2/20/08 - Summary Table
                                                    Both    Neither     No 
                                 Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. is the strongest leader     
             Ohio                  53       36        5        2         4 
             Texas                 51       40        6        1         2 

b. has the best chance of 
   getting elected president 
   in November
             Ohio                  37       48        7        3         5 
             Texas                 36       47       10        3         4 

c. best understands the 
   problems of people like you
             Ohio                  44       40        8        5         3 
             Texas                 43       43        7        5         1 

d. would do the most to bring 
   needed change to Washington    
             Ohio                  41       46        5        4         3 
             Texas                 40       47        7        3         3 

11. Regardless of who you support, who do you trust most to handle (ITEM) - (Clinton) or (Obama)?

2/20/08 - Summary Table
                                                    Both    Neither     No 
                                 Clinton   Obama   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
a. The war in Iraq
             Ohio                  45       39        6        6         4 
             Texas                 43       44        5        6         2 

b. The economy
             Ohio                  53       34        6        5         3 
             Texas                 51       38        4        4         2 

c. Health care
             Ohio                  54       34        5        4         3 
             Texas                 54       37        4        4         1 

d. Immigration issues
             Ohio                  40       38        5        8         8 
             Texas                 42       40        5        7         5 

12. Which of these is more important to you in a candidate for president: (strength and experience) or (a new direction and new ideas)?

                Strength and   New direction    Both    Neither     No 
                 experience    and new ideas   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
2/20/08 Ohio         45             47            7        *         1
        Texas        44             46            9        1         1

13. Regardless of who you support, do you think Barack Obama does or does not have the kind of experience it takes to serve effectively as president?

                Does    Does not    No opinion
2/20/08 Ohio     56        40            4
        Texas    53        43            4

14. Regardless of who you support, do you think Hillary Clinton would or would not do enough to bring needed change to Washington?

                Would   Would not   No opinion
2/20/08 Ohio     69        26            5
        Texas    67        30            3

15. Do you think only (Clinton) could beat the Republican John McCain in November, only (Obama) could beat McCain, either could beat McCain, or neither could?

                 Only     Only
                Clinton   Obama   Either   Neither   No opinion 
2/20/08 Ohio      12       14       63        7           3
        Texas     14       15       62        7           2 

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