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.


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  1. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Poll: Obama holds double digit leads over Romney and Santorum◄
    Okay Democrats – Don't get cocky – We are at a low point and in the middle of Republican boredom!!

    Obama 2012 – We must continue to campaign and NOT let our guards down – it's too early!!

    February 27, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  2. meme

    Ernest Hemingway said, "The richer a nation becomes, the fewer its children, and the sooner it begins to die."

    Obama and his elite East Coast snobs have an agenda to destabilize America, to pander to the middle east(gas price gouging!), to halt the dominance of European ancestry in the USA, to eliminate as many births as possible, and to keep the media firmly in the pocket of the left wing radicals.

    February 27, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. Just Say No To Flipper

    So much for the myth of the "right-leaning independent." Pretty tough luck for Karl Rove, since his Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot is premised on independent voters actually like Rmoney and voting for him. Not very likely!

    February 27, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. Robert

    Look for the GOP to mount a "Swift Boat" style attack on Obama in the next three months

    February 27, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  5. Marc Taylor

    Really kind of a shame. Obama, who I support, has done little to increase his lead of late, yet here he is. All the action is with the GOP and it's all negative. What that says to me, and why this is a "shame", is that we seem to react best to the negative rancor and seem to have very short term memories. It also says that a well placed negative ad campaign by a well funded PAC combined with a relatively silent GOP contender could swing it back... too bad.

    February 27, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. Living in the REAL world

    Not to worry, Obama's last 4 years of failure have yet to be documented. The media pretty much protects him from the truth with their biased and rosy reporting. 4 years and the unemployment is higher than said it would ever get if they just borrowed and spent a trillion dollars. Now we're a trillion more in debt and still record unemployment. Democrats think things are great when the real unemployment rate is over 15% and now gas prices are sky rocketing. Last time it happen it triggered a recession. Only a Democrat would define record unemployment as a recovery but I doubt the rest of America will.

    February 27, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  7. diridi

    Any one who has head, will support this president. The best president and Nation's caretaker. GOP is idiotic not to understand him. Unfortunate GOP and Greedy GOP.

    February 27, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  8. iBod

    All Democrats will stand firm in saying,
    The President is doing a good job. Elect him to a second term so we can finally say he did a great job.

    America is listening; and America agrees.

    February 27, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I think that the criticism by Romney and Santorum of President Obama's apology over the burning of holy books is not only putting our troops in danger, but is also getting them killed. Their unapologetic remarks have been followed by ever increasing crowds, demonstrations and violence.

    February 27, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  10. IM singing all the way to the BANK

    OBAMA propaganda MACHINE FOR OIL
    exxon is losing money on NAT GAS
    ans also was about to on oil
    ALONG CAME OBAMA SINGING
    Iran mumbo jumbo
    pop goes crude
    GET THE PICTURE
    OBAMA is tha what we pay you for to sing?
    while USA IS IN THE HOLE!!!
    ever since you came in the cost of living poped
    16 trill in debt
    another 35000 on the chopping block jobs
    ATA BOY

    February 27, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  11. Willy100

    Prediction – No credible person will run against Obama – so just give him 4 more years -

    February 27, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. bullock w

    I'm belived that people are keep play game vote for against santorunn but I know that roomey are keep strong than presdient obama
    People are used money from frauad scam with afrcain amercian so people are keep cheat suppport vote for presdient obama

    February 27, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  13. carla

    Great news for POTUS!

    February 27, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  14. Tanesha Jackson

    I know the GOP field isnt much to look at.....BUT how in the world does Obama have a that big a lead?? He really has not been that good of a president, and with gas prices rising he wants to deny any pipelines and or ANYTHING to help the american people.......IM BLACK by the way and all i have to say is OH PLEASE!!!! People wake up!

    February 27, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  15. drcanuck1

    Excellent! Release the hounds!

    February 27, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  16. Emps

    Until/unless the GOP starts paying attention and putting Ron Paul in the lead, Obama will have a second term.

    February 27, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  17. Mike D

    The silent majority speaks.

    February 27, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. fred

    You keep printing these lies just hoping the stupid people that elected him the 1st time will do it again! He is absolutely the WORST president ever! Apologizes to other countries for ANY reason and he does not stand up for America! Then add in his thousands of new regulations STOPPING hiring and add on his NO WE CAN'T PRODUCE OUR OWN ENERGY agenda and he is toast! Can't wait for 2012 to stop this man from ruining the middle class! After all we have the WORST recovery ever, wonder why???? His policies! Smile, wave and collect $ is his agenda, that and get rid of middle america and make them hold their hands out for freebies! LOSER!

    February 27, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. Walter

    Of course he does. Right now the Republicans are fighting each other. Once the nominee is in place, the focus will be on the horrible three years we've had under Obama.

    February 27, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. Core Republican Values

    I don't get. Obama has integrity, character, courage, and he cares about disadvantaged, poor people. The republicans are ignorant, hypocritical, homophobic, bigoted misogynists who only care about the wealthy. Someone explain it to me.

    February 27, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. duke5343

    NO way on Gods green earth i believe this Story-

    February 27, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. Brandy

    Sure hope the poll is correct. If the President would receive some help from Congress, the country would be in excellent shape, but when you have to fight over everything he has done excellent job.

    February 27, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  23. Dr. Bill

    I'm an Obama supporter, but let's be honest; Daffy Duck could hold a double digit lead over the clowns the republicans have come up with. What a sad group of misfits...

    February 27, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  24. JoeT

    BFD, for two reasons:
    1. The election is a tad over 8 months away
    2. The GOP hate machine has been focused in itself; once it switches its sound bits to attack the president, the gullible will take the bait, hook and all.

    February 27, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  25. Susan

    I just can't believe how unprofessional and silly all the republican candidates look. It's too bad that they are the best that party can come up with. Between hating different minorities (gays, for instance), and lying about what the president has said or done, I don't know how they can even look in the mirror.

    February 27, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
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