CNN Poll of Polls: All tied up between Obama and Romney
April 19th, 2012
08:33 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: All tied up between Obama and Romney

Washington (CNN) - It's basically all knotted up between President Barack Obama and all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to an average of the six national surveys conducted entirely after former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his campaign on April 10.

An updated CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Thursday indicates that, on average, 47% of registered voters in the six surveys say they back Obama, with 44% supporting Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is making his second bid for the White House. With Obama's three-point margin over Romney less than the sampling error of the surveys, it's fair to say that the race can be considered a dead heat.

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The announcement by Santorum that he was suspending his campaign was widely seen as the moment when the presidential campaign entered a new phase, moving from a primary fight to a general election battle. Even though former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas continue their long-shot bids for the nomination, Romney is now generally considered the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

The six surveys are from NBC News/Wall Street Journal (April 13-17), Quinnipiac University (April 11-17) CBS News/New York Times (conducted April 13-17), Gallup's daily tracking poll (conducted April 14-18), CNN/ORC International (April 13-15), and Reuters/Ipsos (April 12-15).

As the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of other surveys, there is no sampling error for the results.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • CNN Poll of polls • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    If young people don't vote , Romney will win.
    John McCain would become Secretary of Defense and we will be in an other international conflict within months.
    They got to feed the machine .

    Scary thought !

    April 20, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. sir rehadan yukun

    perhaps this election session all peoples arrond this universe can see and watching a real and the best one result thats no more assassination.

    April 20, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  3. Deborah Alfano

    Mitt is going to win in November.

    April 20, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  4. Laura

    I think that Obama should when . People are not believing in him it take 's time to do damig control it doesn't take over night . 4 years is not enph time for everything to get right . Give him more time and I believe he will try his best please . Thank you Laura

    April 20, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  5. Laura

    P.s. I ment win

    April 20, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  6. omotayo Tosin

    I strongly believe in Barack Obama.

    April 20, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  7. Rick Douglas

    The choice this November boils down to a simple decision: Do we want our country to continue to slide down the disastrous path of government reliance, or do we want our country to return to the day when we were more self-reliant? History has proven that the more we allow government to intrude into our lives, the weaker we become. We became the greatest nation on earth because of our basic principles of hard work, creativity, love of freedom, and a desire to make tomorrow a better day. Let's not throw our values away because some bureaucrat tries to divide us between the haves/havenots. Let's recognize the difference between the do's/do not, will not, and cannot's. The "cannots" need our help, but the "do nots and will nots" need to get their act together.

    April 20, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  8. Marie MD

    CNN, you need to look at a WSJ poll. President Obama is beating what's his rich face hands down.
    I don't think we need these useless polls anyway. The $250M man can't even keep track of his own "humor" (if you want to call telling a room full of people that he is unemployed just like him and laught about it). With Blitzer he and his wife said that he is so funny (barf) in private. On his way to the leno show he tells whoever was in the car with him that he doesn't have a sense of humor.
    Can this man stand his ground on ANYTHING!?!?!?!?!?

    April 20, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    If Americans are stupid enough to even consider voting for Willard Romney, then they deserve all the misery that will surely follow. The man is as out of touch with America as much as he is out of touch with telling the truth.

    April 20, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  10. Dave

    Yeah right. Most polls show Romney winning. The other polls have a bias with the survey respondents in favor of democrats.

    April 20, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  11. Flipper Failure Ahead

    The only poll that matters is Election Day, and voters will have had their fill of Rmoney's lies and promotion of the 1%'s interests over those of average Americans. The choice will be clear between who cares for the greedy and who cares for the needy and for regular Americans.

    April 20, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  12. weR4freedom

    We Believe in America and we Believe Mitt Romney is the best person to lead our country.

    Romney 2012/2016

    April 20, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "According to the poll, 43% say things are going well in the country"
    -----–
    Hate to be a Debbie Downer, CNN... but according to the Real Clear Politics average, the number with a positive view is just under 32% – a full 11 points lower than yours. Therefore, this CNN poll (which is dismal anyway) can only be considered an outlier.

    April 20, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  14. Nobodies Pon

    Cnn stop it with these phony polls last night President Obama had a lead of nine points. If the president leads him by 19 points with women alone how in the hell is it all tied up. He got almost a 30 point lead with latinos. Cnn the two biggest demographic groups the president has these huge leads. Once again Cnn how is it all knotted up. What fake reality are yall trying to create. Mitt Romney is the worst politican in american political history.Hands down the guy is just not a very good politican. He has everything going for him but he is just not impressive on any level. He is not cut out for the job republicans know this and still endorse him. After this election america needs to scrap the whole two.party system. Republicans need to kickout all the little fraction within their party. Let them have their own political party. their o

    April 20, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  15. Ed1

    With all the noise the media is making about Romney's wealth, I don't recall such bluster and hand-wringing over the Kennedy fortune.

    Or, for that matter, John Kerry.

    Or the fact that John Kerry gave virtually nothing to charity while Romneys gave something on the order of $4 million...in addition to his entire inheritance from his father.

    Oh. Wait. I just remembered.

    Romney is Republican.

    Kerry and the Kennedys are Democrats.
    Also, Romney worked for his money.

    Kennedy inherited his.

    And Kerry married it.

    Never mind. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

    April 20, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. pkbkr

    Obama/Biden 2012......the ONLY hope for our country and especially the women of this country!

    April 20, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  17. JWerther

    Please add Gary Johnson in your Presidential polls as he is the leading Libertarian nominee who will be on all ballots along with the Democratic and Republican parties. Thank you.

    April 20, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  18. Dr. Fricke

    So half the people are idiots. But which half?

    April 20, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Puddin

    Which biased poll do you believe......the one that favors your candidate, of course. If I could be hugged by each of them, I could tell who would be the best president. Currently, from what I see on the tube, Pres. Obama is the most approachable. Romney seems to be too aware of himself and holds people at arms length., rather "fidgity," sadistic and doesn't tell the truth.

    April 20, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. sayer

    Obama 2012!

    April 20, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  21. Taran

    Looking more and more like this will be a close election. No landslide in either direction.

    April 20, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Taran

    People are looking forward to cleaning out the white house in november. Romney is not the best candidate, but he will slow the country's progress toward a socialist state.

    April 20, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. caeser

    Wait till after the first debate.
    Romney's goin' down.

    April 20, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Norma Vessels

    It's so simple .. President Obama is helping us as fast as he possibly can, despite the hindering stone wall of the Republican congress. Mr. Romney won't help us, and never will. He has absolutely no idea how to build a house
    back up again, after it has been knocked down into pieces. Our president does, and is.

    April 20, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. for freedom

    WOW, if that's the poll results after CNN applies its curve then Obama should definitely be concerned.

    April 20, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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