Poll: Obama holds double digit leads over Romney and Santorum
February 27th, 2012
07:25 AM ET
2 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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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Goofyfoot2001

    There are a lot of ignorant people in this country for sure. Most of Obama's supporters can't or don't read, otherwise his numbers would be far lower. Note that it isn't a racist comment, but it is a true comment. There is a difference. I certainly don't vote for white people because they are white. I liked Herman Cain, coincidental only that he was black. I love my country and don't want it destroyed. If Obama wins another term then this country will be transformed into something other than what you liberal moms and flower children think you want.

    February 27, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. David

    This is very typical for this time of an election. Everyone is hammering at the GOP candidates and the focus isn't one on one. The GOP is a bloodbath right now and that is hurting all the candidates.

    February 27, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Good

    Keep it coming. Love it love it love. IT.
    You are either part of the solution, or part of the GOP.

    February 27, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Ana

    I cannot imagine any woman voting for ANY of those candidates from the American Taliban...I mean, GOP.

    February 27, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Samwise

    The GOP candidates are dangerously immature and weird. They scare Wall St as much as they scare the rest of us. They'd sell their souls to Satan for votes.

    February 27, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Cody

    I never want to hear about a surge of Santorum again.

    February 27, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Filtered

    Obama doesn't even need to campaign that diligently at this point – the Republican candidates are doing it for him by tearing each other down and making foolish comments.

    February 27, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Brian Katcher

    Obama victory party at my place!

    February 27, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. ron paul 2012

    nope! fake poll. noone buys his crap for a 2nd time. come on,now. americans cant,(not possible),be that dumb twice.
    ron paul 2012

    February 27, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. R. Purnell

    The average american that get up every day, put on there pants and go to work are the ones who make this country work. If ur poor and call your a republican then something must be very wrong with you., because they only care about them self and the millionairs who line there pockets

    February 27, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. ShawnDH

    The more Americans get to see and hear the GOP candidates, the more we dislike them and the better Obama looks. Obama 2012 for sure.

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

    In your dreams CNN......

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

    Come on CNN, quit lying..........I've seen many polls that say the opposite.

    February 27, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. tnwoman1948

    After watching the Republican "debates" and just generally observing the actions AND statements of the present candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, is anyone who is SANE SURPRISED at the results of these polls? I am NOT!

    February 27, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. JiminNM

    Yes, the country has many takers and users, and more and more are joining their ranks daily.

    February 27, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. AngryBob

    Obama has the SCOTUS to thank for this. The fact is, unlimited super PACs have managed to totally destroy all of the Republican candidates. Romney in particular has managed to destroy Gingrich, but in the process demonstrated what a vicious, lying, spoiled bully he truly is. We'll the rest of the campaign should be interesting. More and more PAC money, most of it corporate, is being poured into the coffers of the Republican super PACs. That money is being spent. Obama and his super PAC have banked nearly thirty million so far haven't had to spend any of it. Well Republicans, you should have been careful what you wished for. LMAO!!!

    February 27, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Chris

    Of course he does. The GOP has become the joke of our country.

    February 27, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Jeremy

    I expect the attack ads to really get nasty 3-4 months before November. it is going to be nasty. and a lot of people will buy the propaganda, as they always do.

    February 27, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. MaryM

    What a surprise. Did the GOP/TP obstructionist really believe they had a chance in hell.
    Just keep talking, GOP/TP, just keep talking. You are heading for obscurity.

    February 27, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. realitybites

    Surprise!!! No, not really.

    February 27, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. Josaphat Daniels

    These g.o.p loosers are toast come november. The have nothing to offer the american public. romney always runs on what he says and never what he stands for, santorum runs on his extreme views and opposes anyone who doesn't think
    like him, gingrich runs on the way he runs his mouth and ron paul runs on looking like the next ralp rader. It doesn't matter
    who gets the g.o.p nomination because President Obama will have a field day come november and easily get re-elected.

    February 27, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. DC Johnny

    The president cannot dance away from his record forever. Once the spotlight is truly on him, he will have to answer for his job-killing, energy price-hiking, unconstitutional power-grabbing record.

    I am confident that enough American voters will see through the charade that has been his presidency.

    February 27, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. Blondie

    Well that's no surprise. Ya know,he has some problems but he also has some good points. He didn't make the mess we are in and has some good ideas to bring to the table. But the GOP candidates are like a bad acid trip or worse. They have nothing constructive to bring to the table idea wise. Rick Santorum is the anti-Christ. Newt? I can't even go there. Romney is a narcisstic megalomaniac and Ron Paul, well he's like my senile Uncle. I am AGOG by the GOP right now. Literally stilted in both brain hemispheres.

    February 27, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. spenteco

    Rick Santorum is the most delusional, unhappy, and insulting candidate in GOP history of negative politics. Usually Christians are more positive and upbeat in their warped view of government and life in general, but not this dude. He really is creepy. Even more creepy than Mittens if that is possible.

    February 27, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    That simply proves the public at large are complete fools.

    February 27, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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