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CNN: Obama 50%, Romney 47% (Dems +8%)

From CNN:

Battle for presidency remains close in new CNN poll

Mon October 1, 2012

Washington (CNN) – Two days before the first presidential debate, a new national survey indicates a very close contest between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.

And according to a CNN/ORC International poll, neither candidate appears to have an edge on the economy, which remains the top issue on the minds of Americans and which may dominate Wednesday night’s debate on domestic issues in Denver.

Which is a laugh in itself.

Fifty-percent of likely voters questioned in the CNN survey, which was released Monday, say that if the election were held today, they would vote for the president, with 47% saying they would support Romney, the former Massachusetts governor. The president’s three point margin is within the poll’s [3.5%] sampling error.

And this is in a poll in which CNN oversampled Democrats by 8%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 37/29/34%.) In fact, they even claim there are 5% more Independents than Republicans.

Three other national polls of likely voters released in the past 24 hours also indicate a tight race. The other surveys are from ABC News/Washington Post, Politico/George Washington University, and American Research Group. A CNN Poll of Polls which averages all four surveys plus a Fox News poll released late last week puts Obama at 49% and Romney at 46% among likely voters.

Of course, the polls aren’t tightening up because people are changing their minds. But because the pollsters want to be believed the next time around.

In the CNN/ORC poll, the national horse race stands pretty much where it was just before the two back-to-back party conventions in late August and early September…

Even though Bill Clinton has spoken?

When it comes to issues, the survey indicates that Obama and Romney are effectively tied when likely voters are asked which candidate would best handle the economy. Romney, however, appears to have an edge on the top two economic issues: unemployment and the budget deficit.

Huh? What other issues economic answers did they ask about?

Obama, by contrast, has the advantage on a variety of non-economic domestic issues such as education, Medicare and health care, and also polls strongly on taxes, traditionally a GOP issue. All of these issues will most likely be debated by the candidates Wednesday night.

The president has a 52%-45% advantage over Romney on foreign policy, which will be the focus of the third and final showdown between the two candidates on October 22.

Which is also a laugh.

By the way, we love it that the foreign policy debate was put last. Obviously, the thinking was to put Obama’s strongest subject last so voters would be left with that as their last impression of him.

But debates are not just about issues; voters judge the candidates’ personal qualities as well…

No, voters will judge which candidate they would most like to see on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’

Among likely voters, Obama’s personal favorability rating is 52%, with 48% saying they view the president in an unfavorable way. The president’s numbers are basically unchanged since mid August, before the conventions…

And yet six paragraphs later we are told:

The president’s approval rating in the new poll stands at 49% among all adults, with 48% saying they disapprove of how Obama handling his duties in the White House. The president’s approval rating stood at 50%-44% before the conventions…

So the more people know about Obama, the less they like how he is doing his supposed job.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “CNN: Obama 50%, Romney 47% (Dems +8%)”

  1. GetBackJack

    November 7 … Romney 63%, Obama 35%, 2% other candidates

  2. canary

    CNN has done nothing but reported negative things on Romney. Not one thing positive.

    The media has never been so slanted before a presidential election in history.


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