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Among likely voters, Obama-Romney close
Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2012 | By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen

Posted on 09/11/2012 8:11:31 AM PDT by lasereye

Last week’s Democratic National Convention helped President Obama improve his standing against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but did little to reduce voter concern about his handling of the economy.

The survey shows that the race remains close among likely voters, with Obama at 49 percent and Romney at 48 percent, virtually unchanged from a poll taken just before the conventions.

But among a wider sample of all registered voters, Obama holds an apparent edge, topping Romney at 50 percent to 44 percent, and has clear advantages on important issues in the campaign when compared with his rival.

The survey highlights why Obama continues to try to frame the election as a choice between himself and Romney, while Romney would like it to be a referendum on the president’s record.

The poll represents the initial public reaction to the two back-to-back conventions, and the results underscore how critical get-out-the vote efforts will be to the outcome of the contest.

With only Labor Day weekend separating the conventions in Tampa and Charlotte, and the ­barrage of television advertising and campaign activity preceding them, the events’ impact on the campaign may be less than in previous years.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; election; poll; wapo
The survey highlights why Obama continues to try to frame the election as a choice between himself and Romney, while Romney would like it to be a referendum on the president’s record.

My impression is the Romney campaign needs run two kinds of ads, one that drives home just how bad the economy is, and one that highlights Romney's proposals for things like energy. The Democrats were saying at their convention that Romney-Ryan don't tell you what they're proposing.

They probably also need to run a bunch of commercials rebutting the Mediscare lies. Okay that's three kinds of commercials. I sound like Monty Python...

1 posted on 09/11/2012 8:11:38 AM PDT by lasereye
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To: lasereye; All

Breakdown: rats/33%, GOP/23%, Ind/37% at bottom of graphic...


2 posted on 09/11/2012 8:29:54 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: lasereye

also- no breakdown of D/R/I per question...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/09/11/National-Politics/Polling/release_126.xml


3 posted on 09/11/2012 8:31:30 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: God luvs America

Breakdown: rats/33%, GOP/23%, Ind/37% at bottom of graphic...

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Aren’t those numbers out of date? I thought GOP registration had surpassed Democrats.


4 posted on 09/11/2012 8:33:34 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early believers put their hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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Yes...in fact they are more than out of date. They are made up. In 2008, there was a 7% advantage for Democrats, which was an unusual high. It will likely by about 2% this time, maybe 3% if things aren’t going well.

This poll tells us the real story. We are in fine shape...need to do more to win, but in fine shape for mid-September.


5 posted on 09/11/2012 8:44:06 AM PDT by ilgipper
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it could actually be even it not a 1% GOP advantage...i think there was a 2%-3% voting advantage for the GOP in the 2010 midterms...


6 posted on 09/11/2012 9:09:50 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: God luvs America

Oversampling RATS by 10%?

Wow! I want to thank the Washington COMPost for making me feel so much better. If Romney is tied when oversampling RATS by 10%, this election will still be the landslide I expect.

Thanks, COM(munist)Post!


7 posted on 09/11/2012 9:12:17 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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I think lots of Freepers are hanging their daily emotions on what this or that poll says. Rush L is right, all of the honest polling is at best a small snapshot, a statistical guess based on past metrics, and at worst which is about 1\2 the polling outfits, meant to generate public momentum for the demonic forces of evil... Polling threads are for entertainment purposes only at this point. If one week out, all the battleground state polls show Satan’s Minion and the Moron winning by 4-6 points across all polls then it maybe time to accept reality like 2008. Some here accuse Romney of mailing it in and not be aggressive enough. I could not disagree more, Obama’s team is McCain\Palin 2008, flailing around looking for traction, looking for something to stick. The reality right now is the voter sentiment is more like 2010 than 2008. Democrat voter enthusiasm is down, not even debatable. If Romney can focus on the Ohios, Floridas and Virginias the next 7 weeks he will win. He starts panicking by listening to leftists propaganda like McCain did, and yes MN could eek out a win.


8 posted on 09/11/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT by pburgh01 (No more GWBs, say no to Perry.)
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To: lasereye

yeah - but I like Monty Python...


9 posted on 09/11/2012 11:20:07 AM PDT by GOPJ (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading - T. Jefferson)
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