Poll: Obama holds double digit leads over Romney and Santorum
February 27th, 2012
07:25 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Obama holds double digit leads over Romney and Santorum

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds double digit leads over the top two GOP presidential candidates, according to a new national survey.

A Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday indicates Obama topping former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 53% to 43% in a hypothetical general election matchup, with the president leading former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania 53% to 42%.

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Matched up against a generic GOP opponent in the general election (an unnamed candidate who has not suffered negative attacks during the primary process), Obama has a five-point advantage (50%-45%), up from a dead heat back in November. It's also telling that the president is at or above 50% in all three general election matchups.

A new national poll from USA Today/Gallup tells a different story. According to the survey, which was also released Monday, Obama and Romney are deadlocked at 47% in a hypothetical matchup, with Santorum holding a 49%-46% margin over the president.

The Battleground poll indicates that the debates, caucuses and primaries appear to be taking a toll on Romney, with 51% of independent voters holding a unfavorable opinion of him, compared to just 33% who see him in a positive light. Among independents, Romney trails the president by 22 points in the hypothetical general election matchup. Forty percent of independents have a favorable view of Santorum, with 32% saying they see him in a negative way.

Among Republicans only, the battle for the GOP nomination appears to be all tied up, with Santorum at 36% and Romney at 34%. Santorum's two-point margin is within the poll's sampling error. The survey is similar to the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll's numbers on the Republican horse race.

Four out of ten say that Romney has run the most negative campaign, followed by Gingrich at 33% and Santorum and Paul each at 4%, with nearly one in five unsure.

The Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll was conduced between February 19 and February 22, with 1,000 likely voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted between February 20 and February 21, with 881 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. ObamaJoe

    God bless America,,,,,,,,,

    God bless President Obama,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    February 27, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. ObamaJoe

    Mitt Romney / Michele Bachmann

    best for GOP ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 2012,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    February 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. blake

    Eliminate the entitlement crowd, the labor unions, illegal aliens, environmental wackos, folks that vote more than once, and all you are left with is a handful of hardcore socialists supporting Obama.

    February 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. ObamaJoe

    I don't trust polls.2222222222222222222222222222222222

    February 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Woody

    Truth b told is that if Obama gets re-elected he is still a crook...... A republican wins it is just another crook in office..... Congress is full of crooks..... It is a matter of which one is less of a crook if that is even possible..... LOL

    February 27, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Dr Knowitall

    @Ronnie12345 "I bet some republican will cry cnn is bias, and wants the presidents numbers to look better"

    No but an independent will point out the "double digits lead" headline and then encourage you to click on the links and read the poll.

    February 27, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Rob

    God help America if PBO is re-elected! His skewed approach to governing and his vision for this country is antithetical to the founding principles and will destroy our country as a world leader and the shining light on the hill. I just don't understand how anyone can justify his initial election, let alone re-election. Sad, very sad . . .

    February 27, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Antoine

    I already knew this was inevitable, my president despite all the negative things Republicans try to pull out, he shows through his leadership that he is moving the country in the right direction, not listening to the foolish antics of Republicans. Also because this GOP Election is dragging out which is inevitably hurting the GOP each and every week they have to campaign and spend more money just to prove their selves worthy. They can't compete against Obama at all.... OBAMA 2012!!!!!

    February 27, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. BD70

    I cannot believe anyone would view Santorum in a favorable light. Must be the polls for Independents were done in the red states because I sure don't see anything favorable about Santorum.

    February 27, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Jilli

    Jules wrote: "Of course Obama will have a double-digit lead when the GOP has someone like Santorum as a front-runner. Personally, I think the Republicans are more fiscally responsible..."

    What on earth – based on history or facts would lead you to believe that "Republicans are more fiscally responsible"? There is no verifiable proof of that – in fact, the opposite is true. The borrow and spend republican administrations have contributed more to our current problems with the debt and deficit than democrats. I'm glad you have the sense to vote for Pres. Obama, but claiming that republicans are fiscally conservative is just completely inaccurate and is sheer propaganda – you bought the tripe.

    February 27, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. logicnLA

    It not over yet but people are beginning to see that the Republicans are offering them nothing. Instead of running on what they will do they are trying to run agianst him- evenbefore they have the nomination and that is not going to work.
    Wait until they actually select one of the guys- it will get closer but they will not beat him.

    February 27, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. al ribnick

    Saw this phony poll on Real Clear- it is so out of kilter- compared to all other polls- there is nothing close to reality.

    February 27, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. chuckly

    Democrats place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. Republicans place their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

    February 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Josef Bleaux

    The GOP has sunk to new lows in the calibre of people they're putting forth for election. Religious fanatics and clueless clowns. Obama should win easily in November.

    February 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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