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Poll: Romney now leads by one in New Hampshire and Iowa
Hot Air ^ | October 19, 2012 | Allahpundi

Posted on 10/19/2012 6:36:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, yes, I know, this comes from Kos’s pollster. What can I say? If the left can cling bitterly to Rasmussen as a bulwark against terrible numbers from Gallup, I can cling to this.

RCP’s average already had New Hampshire within a point so the new PPP number there isn’t news. The Iowa number is. This is the first poll in a month showing Romney ahead in the state, notwithstanding his blockbuster debate two weeks ago. NBC’s poll last night, in fact, had O up by eight points in Iowa, a ridiculous figure given that Obama’s worried enough to have campaigned there just two days ago but consistent with the CW that it’s his state to lose.

Is it?

PPP’s newest polls in Iowa and New Hampshire find Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama 49-48 in both states. That represents a big decline for Obama compared to last month. Obama had previously led 51-44 in Iowa and 51-43.5 in New Hampshire on polls conducted the final week of September.

Mitt Romney’s seen a big improvement in his image in both states. In Iowa his net favorability has improved 16 points from a -15 spread at 40/55 on our last poll to now 48/47. He’s seen a 10 point ascent on that front in New Hampshire from -5 at 45/50 when we last looked at his favorability in August to now 51/46. Obama’s approval numbers have declined. He was at 49/48 the last time we polled each of these states, but now he’s dropped to 46/50 in Iowa and 47/51 in New Hampshire.

Romney has a big advantage on the economy in both of these states that seems to be driving his lead. In New Hampshire voters prefer Romney 52/45 on that front and in Iowa it’s 49/45.

The surge in Romney’s favorables is consistent with basically every other poll taken since the demolition in Denver. Interestingly, Iowans think O won the second debate, 45/36, but that hasn’t helped him protect his lead, possibly because the insta-polls taken afterward showed Romney winning on the more important question of the economy. Another interesting bit: No gender gap, despite months of “war on women” yammering and three tedious days of “binders” nonsense.

(GRAPH AT LINK)

Obama’s in deep trouble if that margin holds, which is why you’re hearing a lot about abortion (and binders) lately. As for the sample, PPP has it 38R/34D/27I whereas the 2008 exit poll was 34D/33R/33I; everyone’s expecting a redder electorate this year, especially since the GOP’s worked hard on building a registration advantage in Iowa, so the partisan split here doesn’t seem wildly implausible. On the other hand, PPP has O up four points among independents, which cuts sharply against the trend nationally. This is worth watching too:

(GRAPH AT LINK)

Democrats are more enthusiastic to vote than Republicans, even after Romney’s post-Denver surge? If that’s true, it’s a real testament to Obama’s organizational effort in Iowa. Exit quotation: “Now it’s a war on women. Tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that.”


TOPICS: Iowa; New Hampshire; Campaign News; Polls
KEYWORDS: debate; debates; democrats; iowa; newhampshire; obama; polls; romney
So Mitt lost the debate, did he? Hahahahahahaha!
1 posted on 10/19/2012 6:36:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney has been gradually chipping away at the caricature his Republican opponents, Democrat adversaries and the MSM have worked hard to create.

Next Monday is key to completing his re-branding. I wish him well.

2 posted on 10/19/2012 6:50:45 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

According to Kraut and Georgie Will he lost it badly.
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Pray for America


3 posted on 10/19/2012 6:51:44 PM PDT by bray (Islam- A billion medieval savages can't be wrong!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

What Zogby polls have put Obama ahead by 0.1 in the national average? Barf bag alert!


4 posted on 10/19/2012 6:54:19 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I just got PPPd tonight here in Missouri when I answered the phone. Computer driven poll, concerning President, Senator, Governor and a couple of ballot issues. As it finished, it said conducted by PPP. They are probably crying at my responses.


5 posted on 10/19/2012 7:50:21 PM PDT by taterjay
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Good job!!!


6 posted on 10/19/2012 8:08:54 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I’m just hoping and praying for a Rom win....


7 posted on 10/19/2012 8:26:47 PM PDT by cherry
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To: taterjay
Your patience is amirable. I have hung up on every poster, ID'd their number and routed them all to VM. On my wife's phone as well so no Latina input from this household.

Conservatives are intentionally being underrepresented in these poll numbers and we are all going to be voting in numbers. I hear the vote will exceed 20 million conservative votes that did not participate in the last election.

8 posted on 10/20/2012 7:25:40 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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