U S Elections 2012: Obama-Romney - who stands where today
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U S Elections 2012: Obama-Romney - who stands where today

Washington : DC : USA | Sep 19, 2012 at 7:33 AM PDT
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U S Elections 2012: Obama-Romney - who stands where today

In spite of blundering his way around in the US Elections 2012 arena, and making comments unfit for a President of the USA, Mitt Romney appears to have influenced a section of voters.

The latest Gallup poll shows that Obama’s popularity is on the decline – from a 7% difference just after the DNC in Charlotte, it is now advantage Obama by 1% - 47%- 46%.

A Gallup poll shows that the Republican nominee has been able to generate a following among the low-income Americans – this section is made up of household whose annual income is less than $24000 and Romney has one-third of voters on his side.

Barack Obama is at 58% and Mitt Romney at 34%.

However, Obama reportedly enjoys the support of 4 out of 10 (or 40%) of Americans whose annual incomes are more than $180000 – Obama 43%, Romney 52%.

As far as the age factor goes, there is no set pattern – while by and large the younger ones (18 to 39 age group) would vote for Obama, the elders (more than 60 years of age) prefer Romney.

When one studies the results of the latest Rasmussen polls, one gets a feeling that Romney is slowly but steadily making up for lost ground.

He now scores 47% over Obama’s 45%.

However, when ‘leaners’ are taken into account, both continue to remain in a neck-to-neck struggle at 48%.

On the question of handling the situation in the Middle East, 48% of voters are feel Obama is better suited compared to 45% who root for Romney.

Last time around in 2008, Rasmussen Reports had projected that Barack Obama would defeat John McCain by a 52% to 46% margin – it actually was 53% to 46%.

The methodology adopted by Rasmussen involves telephone surveys of 500 likely voters every night, reported on a 3-day rolling average basis.

As far as the Reuters/Ipsos poll goes – Romney’s reactions on the US Embassy case in Benghazi did not go down well with the voters.

He had issued a statement in which he had accused Barack Obama of sympathizing with Islamists who had carried out the attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt and Libya in which the Ambassador of Libya was killed along with three other US diplomats in Benghazi.

A poll of 972 voters revealed that 37% of them felt more favorable toward Obama after hearing about Romney’s. In contrast, 29% felt favorable about Romney after hearing about his statement.

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