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. Anonymous

    Come on ; what do you all expect ? these guys don't mind lying, and the bad part about it they look strait in the camera and do it. tells me they will do anything to get into the corruption in d.c. .

    February 27, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. JMO

    Bravo Republicans! You have proven the old saying that if you build a campaign for idiots, only and idiot would buy it.

    February 27, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Bryan

    Isn't it curious that CNN's link to this story merely touts a single poll that says Obama as a BIG lead, while buried halfway into the story, one finds there is another poll by the well-respected Gallup organization that says exactly the opposite?

    February 27, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Fla Pete

    O,I forgot,SUPERPACS,are people too.The wealthiest ones who want a leg up politically on the poor,middle class.Their money drowns out anything the 99%ers are shouting for,you've created a monster that's gonna turn on its creator...

    February 27, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Albert Zaza

    This President (President Obama) deserves to be re-elected! He is doing all the heavy lifting as President to bring the worst economic period of our time to an end. On the other hand, the other party is doing everything in their power to defeat him no matter what it takes – even if the country goes down with them. This is dishonest to the American people and that is what we are seeing the polls.

    Our President is honest, brave and courageous and the American people will do everything to make sure he is re-elected to make America great again.

    February 27, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. bob

    SATANtorum Is such a CRY-BABY WINY HYPOCRITE SNOB! He is the most DANGEROUS candidate in this election........ Conservative = STIFF, RIGID, INTOLLARANT, SNEAKY, DOGMATIC (and contrary to popular belief there is nothing Christian about these modern day Pharisees) Not a label to be proud of .......OBAMA...2012 LIBERAL & PROUD!

    February 27, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Jonathan

    This would be a perfect time to mention the polls that Ron Paul does very well in polls matching him up against obama, but it's Ron Paul of course, and the MSN is supposed to be ignoring him.

    February 27, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. TOOHARD

    what do you expect? these guys are crazy. they are doing and saying everything to get up there with the rest of the corrupt.

    February 27, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. us1776

    See ya in 2016, GOP.

    That is if you're still around.

    .

    February 27, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Ken

    It's a long way to November. Anything can happen. Not sure what the price og gas will be 4-6 months from now, because that might swing voters.

    Ken

    February 27, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Mark L.

    Four more years, President Obama, four more years !! Just like Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted !! YES !!

    February 27, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. gg

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    February 27, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Alois

    Looks like the deadbeat obama propaganda machine is in full mode. This will most likely be the only time in U.S. history that this country has been without a legitimate president .

    February 27, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. aaron

    just wait until he actually gets to debate one of these fools.

    February 27, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Charlie

    Obama still has several months to blow it. You think $5 gas will help him?

    February 27, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Gary

    Why would anyone in thir right mind vote for this guy again!

    February 27, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. TonyF

    Did anyone even read further down that another poll has Obama deadlocked with Santorum and Romney? This is one of the most deceitful headlines I've seen on the subject...but I guess it worked.

    February 27, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Jason Jones

    What about Ron Paul?

    February 27, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Jaun in El Paso

    Over the last week I have read ten or more Obama is leading, or Obama ahead in polls, or Obama by a landslide stories and just have to wonder – why are they being written now. All of these stories are written as if they are trying to convince someone that Obama is doing so well and more than 80% of the poeple I meet here in El Paso is very anti-Obama. Don't know where they do thier polling data, but it isn't in El Paso.

    February 27, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Rev. Schaeffer

    The Battleground poll doesn't even ask about hypothetical match-ups between Obama and Gingrich or Paul. Nobody has even ten percent of the delegates they need yet, the race is far from over.

    Real Clear Politics average of February polls (general election):

    Obama vs Romney – Obama +5.2%
    Obama vs Santorum – Obama +6.1%
    Obama vs Gingrich – Obama +13.7%
    Obama vs Paul – Obama +8.3%

    February 27, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. TwM

    We shall see in November. $5 gas, possibly in a military action with Iran Fun stuff still to come. Exactly how many Obamaites will forgo voting if this President puts us into another war? if they vote for him then we can call them hypocrits.

    February 27, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Letstry

    People have started to see these clowns for what they really are, representatives of a biblethumping extreme right wing that may have 30% of the vote on a good day. Mr. Obama has nothing to worry about.

    February 27, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Freddo

    Of course he holds a commanding lead. As much as people sling mud at the incumbent, the Clown Party over on the GOP side of the fence is just a nightmare. Would anyone really vote in someone from that mess?

    No, they won't. The GOP is toast for 2012 – they just haven't read the email on it yet.

    And denial is such a powerful drug.

    February 27, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. GODblessAMERICA77

    God is on our side. Obama2012

    February 27, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Jaun in El Paso

    Paragraph #4 reads – "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." --– So it seems as though the headline is a complete and total unethical attempt to spin things. It should read "Santorum holding a 49% to 46% margin over Obama." __________ People must only read the first three paragraphs and the headlines for thier news in the liberal world. Facts are at the bottom.

    February 27, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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