Posts tagged ‘polls’

June 8, 2012

Poll Update: Bain Capital Attacks & Supreme Court

Obama’s Bain Capital attacks may be working with battleground state voters

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has come under fire for its attacks on Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital—with several Democrats, including Bill Clinton and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, suggesting Obama’s focus on private equity companies could backfire.

But if a new poll of voters in key swing states is any judge, the Obama campaign is unlikely to drop its Bain strategy anytime soon.

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May 26, 2012

Poll Update: Romney Wins with Struggling White Voters

Given the ex-governor’s “rich man” image one must respond to this post’s headline with a resounding “WHY?” Throughout the primaries Romney has struggled to relate to the middle class. He’s tried, but those attempts have shown only how incapable he is of comprehending the issues people who make less than a quarter of a million dollars year face daily, let alone what it takes to feed a family of 3 on $30,000 a year. From his $10,000 bet with Rick Perry to his “corporations are people” defense to his lament to NASCAR fans that he doesn’t watch “…as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners”, Mitt simply cannot become that “every-man” the way the middle-class raised Obama can.

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May 8, 2012

Poll Update: Obama leads Romney, independents help

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama extended his lead over Republican Mitt Romney to seven percentage points because of increased support from independent voters and some optimism over the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

Obama was backed by 49 percent of registered voters in a telephone poll conducted from May 3-7, compared to 42 percent who supported his likely rival in November’s presidential election. In April, the poll showed Obama leading Romney 47 percent to 43 percent.

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April 22, 2012

Poll Update: Swing-State Unemployment Drops; Helps Obama

In the wake of Mitt Romney’s attempt to lay the Ohio manufacturing plant’s demise where he was speaking on the President’s shoulder, polls show swing-state are economies are improving, especially in Ohio. The drywall plant where Romney was delivering a campaign speech focused on the theme “Obama Isn’t Working” but was later questioned as the Lorain, Ohio plant actually closed under the Bush administration and Ohio’s unemployment has dropped from  8.8% to 7.5%. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Mr. Romney and the GOP to make credible arguments against the President’s fiscal policies as the economy improves around them. While not without worry, one analyst pointed out how easily things can change pointing to the slowdown during the middle of 2011. True, but there is also a valid argument to be made that the downturn and worries of a double-dip recession were due to the months of debt ceiling battles in Congress between the House Republicans, Tea Party freshmen and the White House and the resulting uncertainty that created.

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April 20, 2012

The Daily Scoop: The Economy & the Election: How Bad for Obama?

The headline on the lead  story in Thursday’s Times reads: “In Wariness on Economy, Poll  Finds Opening for Romney.” Citing the findings from a Times/CBS News  opinion survey carried out earlier this week, the article went on to say that a  lingering concern among Americans “about their own financial circumstances is  allowing Mitt Romney to persuade voters that he could improve their economic  prospects more than President Obama.”

On the face of it, this is highly encouraging news for the presumptive G.O.P.  nominee. In our straitened times, it is a rarely challenged truism that economic  concerns dominate elections. Now that we are well into the third year of a  recovery, however weak, from a deep recession, the incumbent should be getting  some credit. 

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March 23, 2012

The Daily Scoop: 38% of Americans think there’s too much religion in politics

Americans may be more religious than their peers in other Western countries, but  they have their limits when it comes to mixing religion and public life.  According to a new survey conducted by Pew, a 38% plurality of Americans for  the first time say there’s too much expression of faith in politics. That figure  has increased dramatically in the last decade, especially in the last two years,  and currently includes almost half of Democrats and independents. Even roughly a  quarter of Republicans, up from 8% in 2001, feel the same way.
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February 27, 2012

Poll Update: Obama holds double-digit lead over rivals

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama holds double digit leads over the top two GOP presidential candidates, according to a new national survey.

  • A Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday indicates Obama topping Mitt Romney 53% to 43% in a hypothetical matchup,
  • The President leads Rick Santorum 53% to 42% in a similar matchup.
  •  Against a generic GOP opponent in the general election (an unnamed candidate who has not suffered negative attacks during the primary process), Obama has a five-point advantage (50%-45%), up from a dead heat back in November.
  • It’s also telling that the president is at or above 50% in all three general election matchups.
  • Polling from USA Today/Gallup tells a different story with Obama & Romney deadlocked at 47%
  • Santorum holds a 49%-46% margin over the president.
  • The Battleground poll indicates the primary contests have taken a toll on Romney, with 51% of independents holding a unfavorable opinion of him, compared to just 33% who see him in a positive light.
  • Against Obama, Romney trails the President by 22 points among independents.
  • 40% of independents have a favorable view of Santorum, with 32% saying they see him in a negative way.
  • Among GOP voters only the two front runners are evenly matched with Santorum at 36% and Romney at 34%.

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