New poll: Obama has double digit advantage
June 20th, 2012
12:06 PM ET
3 years ago

New poll: Obama has double digit advantage

Washington (CNN) - A new national survey indicates President Barack Obama has opened up a double digit lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the race for the White House, an advantage for Obama that no other major poll released this month has found.

According to a Bloomberg National Poll released Wednesday, 53% of people likely to vote in the November presidential election say they support the president, with 40% saying they back Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive GOP nominee.

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The survey indicates Obama has a 13-point lead over Romney even though those questioned gave him low marks on his handling of the economy and the deficit. Six in ten said the nation is headed down the wrong track.

According to the poll, by a 55%-36% margin, likely voters view Romney as more out of touch with average Americans than Obama. And only 39% have a favorable view of Romney, with 48% saying they see him in a negative light. Fifty-five percent say the have a favorable opinion of the president, with 36% saying they view him in an unfavorable way.

The Bloomberg poll was conducted June 15-18, with 1,002 adults nationwide, including 734 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for questions only of likely voters is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

The Bloomberg horse race numbers are very different than most of the other national polls released over the past month, which indicated the race was tied or showed Obama with a slight advantage.

A new CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the three latest national horserace surveys, puts Obama at 48% and Romney at 43%. The three surveys included in the CNN Poll of Polls are Bloomberg (June 15-18), Gallup Daily Tracking Poll (June 12-18) and Reuters/Ipsos (June 7-11). The CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. chefdugan

    If you're going to beat an incumbent you better have something special to offer. The only think Romney has are those Tea Party supporters, a sure way to lose any election. Don't those wing nuts realize how utterly stupid they sound?

    June 20, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. demwit

    53% Wow, higher than any other poll yet! Great addition to your poll of poll CNN!!!

    June 20, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. demwit

    Way to push out the stories today CNN.., we can't let a little thing like Obama invoking executive privilege deter us from Obama relection now can we...

    June 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. James - St Petersburg FL

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! Real Guy vs Captain Plastic!

    June 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. AmericanSam

    I hope it's accurate.

    June 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. RealityBites

    Meanwhile..,. in other dishonest attempts at makeing news.

    The Doonesbury poll has Romney ahead by 15 points!!

    June 20, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Cody

    People are realizing that Romney's plans = Bush's plans from 2000

    June 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. charlesName

    Michigan how fast they forget, romney wanted u all to go down. No auto plants, no jobs. Romney will never get how we the workers live. He don't care. He lies, says any thing, he never has a real plan, he talks in circles, he never says what he would do with this and that, he just gos around and round. Ask yourself what is his plane, has he ever gave a plan, all he wants is tax cuts for him and his rich buddys. They say they worked hard to get rich. Well I have worked hard too!!! Just trying to make a life for my family. Where's all the people that worked hard to make them rich tax break?? Obama 2012 hillery Clinton 2016

    June 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. cali girl

    oh, wait for it. The rightys today will say polls don't matter.

    June 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Dennis

    I guess we can add incompetent pollster to Michael Bloomberg's resume, alongside mediocre financial journalist and enemy of the Big Gulp. This results of this poll (and the accompanying Obama job approval poll) are so far beyond even the most left-leaning polls, i.e., PPP and CBS News, that to call it an "outlier" would insult outliers. Clearly Bloomberg's goal was to invent poll results out of whole cloth that would skew the average polling numbers, like the RCP Average, and give the "anointed one's" campaign some undeserved "good news." One can only imagine that Bloomberg restricted the poll to the 212 Area Code and assumed that the rest of the country thinks like New Yorkers.

    June 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Name JR

    My polling reflects 100% likely voter. 100% no vote for Obama. That's my poll.

    June 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. kakaraka

    Romney is running to protect the rich, give more tax break to them while trowing the middle class under the bus by cutting vital social programs that benefit the most vulnerable. A rational person just can't vote for him.

    June 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. B

    You will never hear about this poll on FOX NOISE.

    June 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. mikle

    I don't trust this "poll" . They bias.

    June 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. charles dansby

    Obama will win.

    June 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    Romney is too out of touch representing the elites instead of everyday Americans.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 20, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Sam

    Only people that believe that are the same people with their hand out all the time. You know Obama voters.

    June 20, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Me Again

    Was this poll, by any chance, conducted at the US/Mexico border? Don't understand otherwise how this man could be leading in the polls!

    June 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Ok, these polls seriously need to stop. 734 likely voters? Really? Seven HUNDRED and thirty four? Not thousand, or million, but hundred. As much of good news as this is, it is very inaccurate.

    Earlier there was an article on here that claimed 60% of Florida agreed with Gov. Scott's voter purge. Again, they sample less than 1000 people and tell us that they represent the entire state.

    How about we just stop polling people until we vote?

    June 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. josh

    Hopefully it is true..we cannot make the same mistake we made with Bush and elect Mitt who seems to promise to do exactly the same things that ruined our economy ...Mitt is hiringall the old losers in the Bush administration...unfortunately it is difficult to believe that any poll, news story, election results will ever be true again with the ideological slanr and all the money thanks to Citizens United and the repubs trying to twist our election with their mythical voter fraud accusations...we have become the very definition of a banana republic..

    June 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Expected news, Romney has noting to do with this polls numbers, Blame on republicans

    1) Paul Ryan, Eric cantor and Darrell Issa distracting the nation
    2) State after state republicans discriminating women, minorities and poor
    Now rich Romney is confused where to stand

    June 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Michael Murphy

    works for me

    June 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. FrankA

    Can you really believe that a poll conducted by an organization owned by Bloomberg and reported by CNN can be considered reliable?

    June 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. keith

    Hopefully this is a new trend, but until I start seeing it reflected in other polls I am going to assume it is just an outlier like Rasmussen's' usually are.

    June 20, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Whome

    The fast and Furious,what did obama know and when did he know it?

    June 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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