Skip to comments.Polls: All Tied Up, With Emerging Romney Advantages
Posted on 10/08/2012 5:04:21 PM PDT by Kaslin
Many of us assumed Mitt Romney would earn a considerable polling bounce following his debate victory last week. Early indications were that the Republican made a splash in some key swing states, and now it looks as though a national bounce has emerged. The question is whether this phenomenon represents a flash in the pan or a more lasting shift in public opinion. Let's examine three new polls and see what conclusions we might be able to draw:
(1) Rasmussen - The race is tied, 48/48, among likely voters. For those Americans who are locked in to their choice, Romney leads by two points. New data from Rasmussen also shows statistical ties in Iowa and Colorado.
(2) Gallup - In the days leading up to the first presidential debate, President Obama appeared to be pulling away from his challenger, leading by as many as seven points. Now? Knotted again -- among registered, not even likely, voters:
Gallup's write-up offers an instructive piece of analysis, including the revelation that the public viewed Mitt Romney as the debate winner by a record-setting 52-point margin:
Gallup typically reports voter presidential preferences in seven-day rolling averages; the latest such average as of Saturday interviewing shows Obama with an average three-point edge, 49% to 46%, among registered voters. This Sept. 30-Oct. 6 field period includes three days before the Oct. 3 debate, the night of the debate itself, and three days after the debate. Even on this basis, the race has become somewhat more competitive compared with before the first debate. Obama held four- to six-point leads in Gallup's seven-day tracking results in the eight days prior to the Oct. 3 debate. Should Mitt Romney's momentum continue in the coming days, that gap in the seven-day rolling average would narrow further.
(3) Politico/GWU - This survey contains the best news for Republicans. The race is statistically tied among likely voters (more on that in a minute), with enthusiasm spiking among GOP-leaners:
President Barack Obama has a worsening enthusiasm problem. A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of likely voters shows Obama ahead of Mitt Romney 49 percent to 48 percent nationally, a statistical tie and a percentage point closer than a week ago. The head-to-head numbers have held remarkably steady through the past three weeks, but there’s been a notable shift of intensity from the Democrats to the Republicans since the party conventions over a month ago. Most of the poll’s calls were made before Romney’s strong performance at the first presidential debate in Denver. Only 73 percent who support Obama say they are “extremely likely” to vote, compared to 86 percent who back Romney. Likewise, 84 percent of Republicans say they are extremely likely to vote, compared to 76 percent of Democrats. Among those extremely likely to vote, Romney actually leads Obama 52 percent to 46 percent. That’s up from a 2-point lead last week. Obama led 50 percent to 47 percent among this group three weeks ago.
The Politico story reports that fully *85 percent* of this poll was conducted before Romney's debate win, yet he still leads by six points among the likeliest voters. This also indicates that the R vs D enthusiasm gap was widening prior to the destruction in Denver. But Obama leads by a statistically-insignificant percentage point. Problematic? Maybe, but what does the partisan sample look like? Over to you, Ed Morrissey:
It has a D/R/I of 38/30/32, for a D+8. That’s more Democratic than 2008′s D+7, which took place in a cycle with much more Democratic enthusiasm than this poll demonstrates. If Obama trails in a D+8 poll by 6 among the extremely likely voters with four weeks to go, he’s in deep trouble — and his debate performance certainly won’t boost him.
With a less preposterously skewed sample, Romney would be winning outright. Before the debate. I'll leave you with NBC's Chuck Todd
fretting over analyzing similar enthusiasm trends on Meet the Press:
Parting quote: "And by the way, all of this, pre-debate."
UPDATE - Another morsel from the Politico poll: Romney leads independents by...16 points. The only way the poll gets Obama into the lead is via the D+8 sample.
Mr. Big Stuff needs a gang of thugs to pull him back up.
Let’s see.... oh here it is:
4 weeks: Obama reelection at risk.
3 weeks: Serious blow to Romney prospects.
2 weeks: Obama’s the comeback kid, no hope for Romney.
1 week: Campaign tightens.
Yep, we’re right on time with the MSM story line. Can’t wait to see how the Biden/Ryan debate becomes a “serious blow”, though. Maybe they’ll try that “he was m-e-a-n to such a nice old man” thing that worked so well for Hillary.
On Nov 2, the Friday b4 the election, the DOL will put unemployment back over 8 percent and the bottom will fall out from Obama.
MI, PA, WI, IA, OH, NC, VA, CO, FL, will all fall to Romney.
This is no Romney bounce. This is a surge with ongoing momentum. Romney is going to win this race going away. Look for him to win Pa and Michigan. No Republican has done that since Bush 41 in 1988. He is going to drag others—Allen, McMahon, Akin—over the victory line with his massive coattails. The time to put a stake in the Kenyan’s heart is now. Contribute tonight to your favorite candidate.
Yes, every one of those states will vote for Romney. Look for him to also steal a few “likely Obama” states such as Conn., NM, Minn., or even NJ. Obama has been unmasked as the weak leader who has done nothing good in his first term. There is no stopping Romney now unless Obama starts a war and we win it in a few days.
Nope, Romney’s going to be ahead by mid-October.
MI, PA, WI, IA, OH, NC, VA, CO, FL, will all fall to Romney.
I like your optimism. Romney can get it done with OH, IA, VA, CO, NC and throw in MO and IN.
MI and PA? The Obamunist will be dead in the water.
From your lips to God’s ears.
You guys are freaking me out! I won’t sleep for the next month!
And if Romney DOES all of that, I may not sleep till 2013!!!!