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LAMBRO: Romney polls overtake Obama-Presidentís approval plummeting
The Washington Times ^ | August 16, 2012 | Donald Lambro

Posted on 08/16/2012 8:45:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s get a few things straight about the presidential race between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It’s not a dead heat anymore.

Everyone knew this was going to be a close race, but as of this week, Mr. Romney moved slightly ahead of President Obama. Not by much, maybe a couple of points, but he clearly has begun to move into the lead.

Heading into July, the race clearly was a tie, with the Gallup Poll showing each candidate at 46 percent in its head-to-head daily surveys. But something happened this week that appears to have changed the political equation.

Perhaps it was Mr. Romney’s choice of veteran Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee. Or more evidence of the Obama economy’s persistent weakness and soaring gasoline prices. Or the tough TV ads Mr. Romney’s campaign has begun running after months of being punched around by an avalanche of negative ads in the battleground states.

Whatever the reason, the numbers began slowly but clearly to edge Mr. Romney’s way, and Mr. Obama’s numbers took a nose dive on his job-approval ratings.

The first indication that Mr. Obama’s shaky presidency was taking a tumble came Monday, when the Gallup Poll’s daily tracking survey showed his job-approval numbers plunging to 43 percent and his disapproval climbing to 50 percent.

Then, on Wednesday, Gallup’s candidate matchup suddenly was leaning in Mr. Romney’s direction, 47 percent to the president’s 45 percent. That’s where things stood heading into Friday.

While a number of factors are contributing to Mr. Obama’s slight decline and Mr. Romney’s rise in the national polls, there is no doubt the economy and jobs are the biggest factors driving this race...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; obama; polls; romney; ryan
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To: tsowellfan

I doubt if a former Speaker of the House (the 2nd or 3rd most powerful position in our government) would accept a job normally given to a reporter.


21 posted on 08/16/2012 9:36:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 1035rep
In 1980 Reagan was behind Carter till the Sunday before the election...I look for a landslide....do not believe the polls till the very end...Obama has never been in a close race ever....If Mittens takes the gloves of watch out..
22 posted on 08/16/2012 9:45:18 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: tsowellfan
You go to damascus for the gold? NO!

Why then do you go to damascus?

Effendi? For L'awrence!!

23 posted on 08/16/2012 9:47:42 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We must work for the Romney, Ryan team. Obama the prince of liars and hate mongers must be defeated or he kills America.
24 posted on 08/16/2012 10:07:12 PM PDT by Armaggedon
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To: RayChuang88

Romney did not connect with movement conservatives, like Ryan has. And you get us ‘broken glass’ conservatives rooting for you, and we will drag Romney over the finish line if we have to.


25 posted on 08/16/2012 10:08:47 PM PDT by CT
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. I was going to add another question “would he feel insulted?” to that for the very reason you mentioned.

I do think Newt would do it. He’s always been in it for America. Not for politics or personal gain. For that reason I think Newt would do it.


26 posted on 08/16/2012 10:11:40 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Armaggedon

I can’t believe that Ryan VP pick really took them off their game.

They didn’t plan for it.

They didn’t plan for Romney to go on offense on Medicare.

Now Romney and Ryan better keep being unpredictable and offense.
That is the way to defeat Obama and Axelrod.


27 posted on 08/16/2012 10:13:09 PM PDT by preamble
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To: tsowellfan

Keep that lying deceitful adulterer away from the national scene. We need men that don’t think with their anatomy but actually use the brains God gave them


28 posted on 08/16/2012 10:16:52 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: tsowellfan

Newt............bah!


29 posted on 08/16/2012 10:17:50 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it’s because of a few things:

-As others have rightly pointed out, picking Paul Ryan was one of the best moves Romney has made so far this campaign. Conservatives on the fence about Romney got a major reassurance, and independents are seeing a guy who is experienced, smart, likable, and serious about the issues.

-Obama is out of excuses. He’s four years into a four year term, and people are tired of hearing about what he inherited. They’re tired of bad jobs growth, high fuel prices, and high food prices (something that isn’t get a lot media attention, but matters a lot to families on a budget). Voters are looking for solutions, not empty promises, and Obama has none (solutions, that is).

-Obama/Biden are scaring the heck out of people with their “base rallying” statements, and ticking off people with their increasingly shrill attacks. I’m not going to say negative campaign is ineffective, because history has shown otherwise. But there is a big difference between pummeling someone on the issues and the sort of spew we’re getting out of the Hopey-Changey team these days. I still believe that the overwhelming majority of American voters are, by and large, are a fair-minded bunch. And I believe a lot of those fair-minded folks have a growing disgust for the kinds of things Obama and his team are putting out there.


30 posted on 08/16/2012 10:26:50 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: RayChuang88

“Ryan’s selection has HUGELY energized the Conservative voter base and even strongly swung “swing voters” in favor of Romney/Ryan.”

Well, Maybe. However, Palin energized the whoha outta conservatives. Heck, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven; but then on election day I was sure I’d died and gone to hell.

The MSM will do everything in its power to drag Zero over the line ahead of Romney, and lots of voters still think the color of Obama’s skin is the most important consideration in the race. It will take lots of work and money for Romney/Ryan to make a race out of this thing.


31 posted on 08/16/2012 10:31:40 PM PDT by olrtex
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“plummeting” is pretty optimistic. On Real Clear Politics there is only one recent poll of likely voters: Rasmussen with Romney +1.


32 posted on 08/16/2012 10:33:20 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: dandiegirl
To top it off, the dem convention will be nothing but a freak show of the bottom dwellers of society.

And the media will celebrate the freaks as if these people are mainstream.
33 posted on 08/16/2012 11:06:41 PM PDT by snarkytart (http://www.freerepubli224%2C1)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I like that- it would make a great campaign line: After all of Obama’s vacations, America needs a little R&R.


34 posted on 08/16/2012 11:19:16 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: olrtex

Ryan should brace himself for the Palin Treatment from the MSM. They are going to get desperate. And nasty.


35 posted on 08/16/2012 11:21:12 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Steelfish
All the big bi-coastal states are NOT going for Obama: Virginia is nosing into the too close to call, Florida is going for Romney / Ryan, North Carolina is solidly red.

Traditional solid red states which went for Obaama in 2008 are now returning to the fold; it is the purple and blue states which are switching to Romney.

WTF are you doing listening to the NY Slimes for?

The tine 3% "undecideds" are those who are too chicken-sh*t cowed to admit they got scammed by Hopey-Changey and are afraid of being called "raaaacist."

Turn-out? Look at Chik-Fil-A day. I got your turnout right there.

And SEIU and ADFL-CIO have people on the ground, but a LOT of union rank-and-file are going to vote Romney-Ryan. (Look at the coal miners for example; or the auto workers whose jobs have been disappearing...)

Nice try, troll-boy.

Cheers!

36 posted on 08/17/2012 12:15:18 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: expat1000

RealClearPolitics seems to be a lagging indicator, about 5 days behind because their averages take into account polls from way-back-when that nobody else even remembers. Look at the polls since Congressman Ryan was announced as the VP pick by Governor Romney, especially those since Monday. Different picture, isn’t it?


37 posted on 08/17/2012 1:50:41 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: taterjay; 2ndDivisionVet

Both of you are right. “You didn’t build that” probably will be the four words that ended the Obama regime. The other micro evidence that people are ignoring I think is impt: the northern VA poll that only had Zero up 4 in a region he won by 23; the seniors poll in FL showing Mitt leading among the Medicare set; the swing state poll showing Romney leading in OH, VA, and FL.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 3:24:49 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: RayChuang88
Romney will "let Ryan be Ryan," and that will promptly make one Joe Biden look even less intellectual in comparison.


39 posted on 08/17/2012 3:44:08 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

40 posted on 08/17/2012 3:50:32 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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