New poll shows Romney and Obama nearly tied
November 4th, 2011
03:59 PM ET
3 years ago

New poll shows Romney and Obama nearly tied

(CNN) - A second national poll released Friday showed President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney virtually tied in a hypothetical contest for the presidency.

According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos National Poll, Romney edged out Obama by a one-percentage point margin at 44% to 43% among registered voters, echoing similar results from recent major polls. The margin falls well within the survey's sampling error.

Romney made big gains against Obama since the poll was last conducted in September. At that time, Obama led Romney 49% to 43% among registered voters.

While Herman Cain now polls closely with Romney in national surveys, the former Godfather's Pizza executive didn't fare as well in a potential matchup with Obama. According to the poll, Obama holds a 46% to 41% margin over Cain, and a 47% to 41% advantage over Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The poll was conducted after news broke of sexual harassment allegations against Cain when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Romney also held a one-percentage point advantage over Obama in 12 swing states, according to results from a national Gallup survey released Friday.

In recent weeks, Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have focused their resources on attacking Romney, signaling Democratic fears the former Massachusetts governor will likely take the GOP nomination.

The Reuters/Ipsos National Poll surveyed 937 registered voters by telephone from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, with a sampling error of 3.2 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. LegendRx

    Yeah right? Obama is so far beyond Romney and whomever you polled that favored Romney are either natural Obama haters no matter what or just plain idiots! Period

    November 4, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. liberal

    Well, that would be fun: Romney trying to explain his pro choice / pro life conversion; closing loopholes on corporations as governor to balance his state budget (i.e. 'raise taxes' in Republispeak); his health plan; having illegal immigrants working on his property and being upset because 'for Pete's sake! I'm running for office' (Romney at one of the last Republican dog and pony shows). The guy's a fraud. W, who was and is an idiot, at least stuck to his principles.

    November 4, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Tish

    Romney doesn't stand a chance against Obama. He flip flops all over the place and the reality is Obama cares about ALL people while all Romeny cares about corporations. He doesn't represent the interest of all Americans just the rich ones like himself and I would rather take my chance the Obama

    November 4, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. SC

    Well it looks like flipper can flip flop all he wants to. Who was polled the 1 percent like Romney is.

    November 4, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "In recent weeks, Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have focused their resources on attacking Romney, signaling Democratic fears the former Massachusetts governor will likely take the GOP nomination. "

    Huh? Fears? Ummmm, no. It's just pretty obvious that's who Obama's going to have to run against. It's 100% spin to attribute some sort of motivational factor other than "you attack the guy you're running against". CNn is doing nothing more than editorializing for the sake of throwing the GOP/Teatrolls a bone.

    November 4, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    @LegendRx
    Yeah right? Obama is so far beyond Romney and whomever you polled that favored Romney are either natural Obama haters no matter what or just plain idiots! Period

    Unfortunately, our country is full of natural Obama haters no matter what or just plain idiots. Cutting education probably isn't going to help this problem.

    November 4, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    Oh please...Mitt is trying to be a Reagan want to be for the GOP party and he is not...lol
    The President is going to wax the floor with him and the GOP in Congress should get ready for a new job!! They have proven they are not about helping this Country at all!!! VOTE them out!!! OBAMA 2012!!!

    November 4, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. mojo

    I think that's the way it's going to shape up. Romney has the experience and personality to compete, but I see him as 2 touchdown underdog.

    November 4, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Sniffit: You beat me to it ... and said it much better than I would (or could) have!

    November 4, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Risteard

    I have serious doubts about the accuracy of this poll, but having said that the fact that Obama is where he is a find a plus for him. He has been hammered for a very long time and if this is the beat damage they can do to him they better run for cover when he strikes back.

    November 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    THIS GOT TO KIDDING 937 PEOPLE IS SPEAKING FOR THE HOLD UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SO SAY The Reuters/Ipsos National Poll surveyed 937 registered voters by telephone from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, with a sampling error of 3.2 percentage points

    November 4, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Charlie from the North

    I will say it again. As long as the tea party is in charge of the GOP whatever candidate makes it out of their nomination process will have to have appeared radically stupid enough to get their support. He or she will then have to turn around and try to appear more moderate to get the independent vote. This GOP tea bagger is "gonna have a lot of splanin to do".

    November 4, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Rex Little

    Oh how I would love to be in a fly on the wall in a voter booth in Texas if Obama and Cain are the candidates!!!!!!

    November 4, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Andy M

    ROMNEY will crush OBAMA when they go head-to-head.

    November 4, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. nate

    Sounds about right. The economy one yr from today will be the deciding factor.

    November 4, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Obama is consistenly polling at or over 50% of the people who disapprove of the job he's doing. If ANYBODY deserves to be fired for lack of performance, it is Barack Hussein Obama. He's been the anti-Midas. Four more years of this clown in the Whitehouse and there will be no saving this country.

    November 4, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. George

    ROMNEY has my vote. The media circus would rather crucify him... but honestly, He has way more class and brains than Obama. Do yourself a favor America and get a real leader with a real cabinet in office. ROMNEY 2012.

    November 4, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Dan5404

    I worked in a business whose income depended on sampling about 1100 people 4 times a year. We learned that one poll is virtually unreliable, because one non-scientific sample can occasionally be greatly skewed, so an average of several over time gives a truer answer.

    November 4, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Lenmsith

    President Obama for four more years. The Republicans are trying their best to bring down this country. Just observe what they do each day in the Congress of the United States of America.

    November 4, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Tracy E. Trent

    Not Only am I gonna support this Herman Cain noe, im going to start watching fox ,it is very apparent u are trying to smear this man ,hoping for a smoking gun,let your news media be cursed!!

    November 4, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. ACGOBSESSED

    why are there so many stupid people in the USA? MITT PHONEY!?..oh boy i give up on you brainless lot!..not to mention the incredible amnesia epidemic!!

    November 4, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Truth will prevail

    No person should walk into that voter booth without thouroughly doing their homework. Mitt has made some changes, and thankfully we have people like that (Regan, and others) who eventually see the light. Look at the resume. I rest my case.
    Willard Mitt Romney has my vote!

    November 4, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. normajean @ verizon ,com

    If this headline weren't so laughable it would be ludicrous. Multi millionaire Romney has done nothing but run and run while our president has faced up to the Repubs ever since his inauguration. No comparison !!! As far as the polls are concerned they are a joke. It depends on where they are taken and by whom and whether it was raining or not... I personally don't know anyone who has been polled and I have NEVER been polled, ever!!!!

    November 4, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    You people are so funny in the Media...Obama i s a world apart from Mitt...Obama will win by a Landslide and that is ONE thing you can take to the Bank.....polls mean nothing. have you not learned that from lhe last elections...Polls do not matter...what matters is VOTES and OBAMA will win by a landslide....you can bet your cookies on that too.

    November 4, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Mikey

    The Tea-Troll is showing his true colors with the use of the President's middle name. The only way to make it more obvious would have been to spell HUSSEIN in all caps.

    I'll bet supporting Romney is going to be very distasteful for you. He's pro-choice, acknowledges global warming, and supports socializing health care, among many other left leaning stances, unless you believe his new positions since trying to run in the Tea Party primary. Your screen name is too long. Can I shorten it and just call you LOSER?

    November 4, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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