New poll: Obama has double digit advantage
June 20th, 2012
12:06 PM ET
6 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. Brian in DC

    Yeah, please keep believing polls like these and sit back and relax Dems, no need to panic. lol

    June 20, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. DB in HS


    Rasmusen poll- Romney 47%, Obama 45%. Gallup poll- Romney 46%, Obama 46%. This "Bloomberg" poll obviously stinks.


    Quoting a stat from Rassmusen is like quoting a fact from a forwarded email. Seriously.

    June 20, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. AmesIA

    Romney's problem is deminishing returns on what money can buy. Obama has been under more or less the same assault and negativity from the GOP for about 6 years. Through it all he is the same man and people know what to expect – the rightmost 3rd are lost to him anyhow so his poles will be consistent. Romney has been slickly packaged and marketed. Along with that advertising campaign he has gone wherever he needs to be on issues and wears whatever costume (flannel shirts in Iowa etc.). An interesting study would be whether people like Romney more or less as they learn more about him. I had some mixed ticket interest in him early on but that has become a strong level of contempt. If others follow the same trajectory his chances look grim.

    June 20, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. mrgarysrii

    Don't understand otherwise how this man could be leading in the polls!

    Why, when you seriously take a look at the alternative?

    June 20, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. terry

    The Democrats couldn't have chosen a better opponent for their candidate. It's like the Republicans have shot themselves in the foot again. Romney doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning.

    June 20, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Another socialist support rant from CNN, typical...


    Thank god this country can't survive another Bush administration under Romney


    Like it even matters, OBROMNEY is no choice at all


    June 20, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Grumpster

    I don't much like Obama, but will not cave on the pushing of overturning Roe-V-Wade and promoting intelligent design in schools. I also think that if he continues down the "corporations are people" avenue, the corporations will 100% control everything, everybody and all the wealth everywhere....even the last scraps they leave for us now. He should be embarrassed by his tax stance for wealthy.

    June 20, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. brad

    I would not classify Bloomberg as liberal, but it does seem to differ from other polls in that it surveys "likely voters" as opposed to registered voters. Figuring out who is likely is really the secret sauce of all these polls, but is a subject of debate until the votes actually get counted....

    June 20, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. MrJaybo11

    oh yes. please think this way, with your tainted ridiculous 'polls'. Hey umm exactly WHERE was this poll taken..? oh yes thats right no mention just 'national poll' where they poll certain neighborhoods etc... I wonder maybe San Fran or pathetic Chi town.. what a bunch of moro,ns

    THis fk, n pathetic news org is going to have it's blind eyes opened in a few months.

    Lib, ta, rds ... hilarious!!

    June 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. mrgarysrii

    I really dislike polls, particularly this early on, but if this one is even CLOSE to being correct...WOOOO HOOO!!!

    June 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Luke,AZ

    Gov. Robme is not a leader,that's why he is the perfect candidate for the 1%. He seems like a nice enough guy, but he's not made of presidential material. President Obama on the other hand will be known as one of the best presidents the United States has ever elected.

    June 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Romney can priss his was back to one of his mansions and sulk all he wants.

    He's a liar and has no policies other than the Ryan Death Panels.

    June 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. realitybites

    Or, Jim, we could call the "See I told ya so Poll" By the way not the spelling of Poll. Pole indicates a person from Poland or a bar or some such support mechanism. Honestly we don't need a Liberal Wishful Thinking 'Pole'. Looks like we've got all the support we need. Told ya so.

    June 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Joh

    Everyone knows this poll is absurd. Even the PPP (Democratic poll) admits as much. Today, in their daily polls both Gallup and Rasmussen both have the race at 47-45 Romney.
    This Bloomberg poll is to be either catergorized as either 'out of touch', incompetent, or a 'hack' job. Or maybe all three.
    Throw it away.

    June 20, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Chris

    I wonder who they sampled and what the error is on this poll. Too good to be true.

    June 20, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. DB in HS

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    A poll nobody ever heard of is reporting that nobody else is... yeah, very believeable! Looks like the looney left is trotting out all the tricks in the book!


    Actually Bloomberg Polls are generally considered to be among the most accurate of all non-partisan polls. But of course if the numbers don't fit your narative of the current state of the race then it make sense to attempt to discredit them. Your much better off sticking with reading the Fox Nation page and quoting numbers from the Rasmussen Report.

    June 20, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. So shoot me

    I am one of those people who say I am going to vote for Obama, just not to appear to be racist. That IS what you are called even if you like the man, but dislike his policies or record. I am actually going to vote for Romney. Perhaps this is why the poll favors Obama. Like the rock band "Who" sang......"We won't get fooled again".

    June 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. parentof6

    What a joke. I did a survey of my office too and Obama only got one vote out of 50. CNN, you are ridiculous.

    June 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Now they're quite desperate

    "... that no other major poll released this month has found." Well I wonder why not? Could it be that this poll was contrived?

    June 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Just Another Guy

    I'm just happy they included the sampling size, sampling error, and included who are "likely voters." I can actually respect the poll and the article that way.

    June 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. n

    The eyes have ears. Romney will eventually self destruct. For one thing, Romney talks to much. And the things he have to say is a bit troublesome. Romney Richie Rich, the annoying lil rich kid, want to play follow the leader off the cliff, but you go first, No substance, just an empty shell, nobodies home inside Romney except the little boy, who never grew up. Who wants peter pan, man child, the boy that cried wolf to have access to that powerful red button? I know I don't.

    June 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Wake up people

    While this news is good, it means nothing. The election is not until November and the GOP is gangsta. For those that don't know what that means. It means the GOP/baggers will lie, steal and cheat to put Mittens in the White House. Dems, you better wake up and start fighting fire with fire. The GOP/baggers don't care about ANYTHING else except making President Obama a one term POTUS.


    June 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. hal

    Really? Ha, ha! What a joke!!

    June 20, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Jerry

    Who took this poll? Look at Rasmussen Polls.

    June 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. How many Republican States are in the top 25 states?


    They're all at the bottom.

    Where they've been for DECADES.

    Guess Republicans aren't the economic geniuses they claim they are, huh?

    June 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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