Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter /
Walter Mondale
Carter: electoral vote 297, popular vote 40,826,000; Ford: electoral vote 240, popular vote 39,148,000
Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford /
Robert Dole

Pre-Election Polling Available in iPOLL

Direction of Country

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How do you feel that things are going in the country these days–very well, fairly well, pretty badly, or very badly?
Sample: Registered voters
Time/Yankelovich, Skelly & White Poll, [Oct 16-Oct 19, 1976]

Most Important Problem

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What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?
43 Inflation/High cost of living/High prices/Economic situation
33 Unemployment/Recession
7 International problems/Foreign aid/ Foreign affairs
7 Dissatisfaction with government/Poor national leadership/Govt not meeting peoples needs/Unresponsive govt.
5 Crime
4 Moral decline in society/Morality/ Lack of religion
3 Govt spending too much for social programs/Welfare
Note: Top responses shown only.
Gallup Poll (AIPO), [Oct 8-Oct 11, 1976]

State of the Economy

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Thinking of economic conditions in the country as a whole, during the past 12 months do you expect the country will have good times financially, or bad times, or what?
Gallup Economic Service Poll, [Nov 1-Nov 1, 1976]

Personal Financial Situation

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We are interested in how people’s financial situations may have changed. Would you say that you are financially better off now than you were a year ago, or are you financially worse off?
Gallup Economic Service Poll, [Nov 1-Nov 1, 1976]

Election Resources

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