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Fox Poll: Romney Leads Obama By 1% (D+1)

From Fox News:

Fox News poll: Romney erases Obama’s lead nationally after first debate

By Dana Blanton | October 10, 2012

Mitt Romney now holds a narrow advantage over Barack Obama in the race for the White House — 46 percent to 45 percent, if the election were held today, according to a Fox News national poll of likely voters released Wednesday.

Note that this is a poll of likely voters.

For the record, even though Fox says they don’t weight for party affiliation, according to their own questionnaire, they oversampled Democrats by 1%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 40/39/18%.)

That’s a six-point turnaround and a three-point “debate bounce” for Romney. Before the first presidential debate in Denver last Wednesday, Romney had 43 percent to Obama’s 48 percent (September 24-26, 2012).

Romney’s edge comes mainly from independents, white voters and men. Just over half of men (51 percent) back Romney now, the highest level of support he’s received among this group.

The poll shows independents side with Romney by 44-32 percent. That’s a reversal from before the debate when it was 43-39 in Obama’s favor…

So Romney has gained 16 points among Independents since the debate.

Support for Obama is down a bit across the board — most notably among young voters: 50 percent of voters under age 30 back Obama, down from 58 percent two weeks ago…

Meanwhile, more people like Romney after the debate. Fifty-two percent have a favorable opinion of him, up from 48 percent two weeks ago. This is not only his highest favorable rating among likely voters, but also the first time it’s been over 50 percent. Plus, it’s the first time he has had a higher favorable rating than Obama — albeit by just one percentage point

Also for the first time, by an 8-point margin, more likely voters trust Romney than Obama to improve the economy and create jobs (51-43 percent). Two weeks ago, Obama had a one-point edge on dealing with the economy.

Romney’s chipping away on other issues as well. Obama had an 11-point edge over Romney on handling foreign policy two weeks ago. That’s down to a 6-point advantage now.

And you would have to think that Obama’s number here can only go down.

Similarly on health care, Obama’s previous 9-point lead is down to 2 points.

More voters trust Romney to reduce the deficit (+13 points), manage their tax dollars (+7 points) and handle illegal immigration (+3 points). More trust Obama to protect Medicare (+8 points), handle foreign policy (+6 points) and deal with terrorism (+4 points)…

Speaking of terrorism, there’s more, from the same Fox News poll:

Fox News poll: 53 percent say Obama failed on economy, Libya ‘troubling’

By Dana Blanton | October 10, 2012

Slim majorities of American voters say the Obama administration has mostly failed to grow the economy and create jobs. And while a majority says President Obama has mostly succeeded at making America safer, two-thirds of voters are concerned about the administration’s initial false statements on the September 11, 2012 attacks in Libya.

Fifty-two percent of likely voters think the Obama administration has mostly succeeded at making the country safer. That’s the only positive rating for the White House on the issues tested.

Which is bizarre, especially after the last weeks. But that too could be changing as more information becomes known.

Two-thirds of voters (67 percent) find it “troubling” that the White House initially made false public statements about the attacks. For 26 percent “it’s not much of a concern.”

Almost all Republicans (90 percent) and a majority of independents (70 percent) call the administration’s actions troubling. For Democrats, 43 percent say “troubling” and 45 percent say it’s “not much of a concern.”

So even the precious Independents find this troubling.

Why did the administration give misleading info in their early statements? A 37-percent plurality of voters thinks it was to “help the president’s campaign.” Another 26 percent say it was for “diplomatic reasons,” and 23 percent think it was just a “mistake.” …

As we learn more about the cover-up, more people will realize it was always to help his campaign.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Fox Poll: Romney Leads Obama By 1% (D+1)”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Real World? Romney leads Obama by 17 points

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