New poll: Obama has double digit advantage
June 20th, 2012
12:06 PM ET
2 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. Mac

    Hey Jim. It's spelled poll. But I guess you have other "poles' on your mind, and in your mouth.

    June 20, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. rika33

    Maybe – no one with any common sense would want the catastrophe another republican president ans congress would be for the nation. Bout Obama and the dems are working hard to make independents like me stay away from the polls. Pandering to various groups for votes is not for the good of the country either,

    June 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. DLinLA

    Those who can't spell "poll" (not pole) shouldn't comment on it...

    June 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Ed Zepp

    Harrumph!!! Well, we Billionaires simply can't stand for this!!! -All we have to do is write some checks with a bunch of zeroes and we can buy this election easily. Just in case, we better keep up the Suppress-the-vote campaigns so that just the "right" people get to vote. Oh, and tell The Donald to keep regurgitating this Birther crap. -We don't want people to think about REAL issues.

    June 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Jack

    Hahaha!!! Your bitterness is gratifyin republiCONS!! I'm going to bother you so much when President Obama wipes the floor with your evil, satanic party and your cultish leader romney in November. He better wear his magic underwear because hes going to need it. RepubliCANTS!!! Haha they cant govern, they cant think, the cant speak in complete sentences (palin and bush)

    June 20, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Timmy

    Ha, I love it, double digit poll, the only one to come up with this disparity, so CNN figured they could use it to help spread the good word. what a joke CNN is.

    June 20, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Brenda

    Sick of the one sided politics on CNN.

    June 20, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. DLinLA

    "Obama could seal the deal by legalizing hemp"

    Would LOVE to see that if nothing more than to watch the conservative heads EXPLODE! :)

    Clean up on aisles, 3,4,5,7,8....

    June 20, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. John

    I will tell how stupid this poll is. Today other "professional" polls released today include Gallup (Romeny 47-Obama 45), Rasmussen (Romney 47-Obama 45).
    Then you have WWA releasing two polls...Michigan (Romney 45-Obama 43) and Iowa (Obama 45-Romney 44)
    Keep in mind that Obama in 2008 won the election by 7 points yet won Michigan by almost 14 points and won Iowa by over 15 points.
    You do the math.

    June 20, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. WDinDallas

    Taken in Harlem, durng the middle of the day.

    June 20, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Nanci

    Music to my ears. Great news for America ( spelled correctly )!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    June 20, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Romneys Path to Poverty

    Republicans are starting to experience the Tea Party Crumble. Have fun proudly running the ship down to the center of the ocean and smile.

    June 20, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. John Patrick Grace

    Bloomberg is a business organization for starters. No way would this poll tip toward Obama unless the numbers were honest and professionally arrived at. The Republican Party is starting to face reality: they do not have a strong candidate but a classic flip-flopper and a master at the evasive press conference, a spoiled rich kid made good whose favorables as outgoing Massachusetts governor limped in at 34 per cent. People are giving Obama credit for bucking the headwinds of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, reviving the Big Three automakers, wiping out Osama bin Laden and ending the Iraq War. Latent racism is still helping the Romney side – turn Obama from black to white and Romney would be losing right now by 20 points.
    John Patrick Grace
    Huntington, West Virginia

    June 20, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. TONYTOR53

    CNN is the only one that has these polls. Gallup, Rasmussen, etc have Obama beat almost by double digits. How long can CNN hide their head in the sand? Wake up! NBC is tha mouthpiece of the government. CNN had a semblance of inpartiality, that is now long gone. People I spoke to in 9 states over the last 10 days would rather vote for the devil incarnate than Obama. Where do you find these people. Granted my poll of 9 people is does not have an N sufficient, but I really question where these polls are coming from, the motivation is clear, CNN is big time pro-OBAMA

    June 20, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. jim

    You better wake up if you think Romney is any better!!

    June 20, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    No one has every called me or anyone I know to ask who we were voting for.

    June 20, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. gaucho420

    Its too early for polls anyays, but Bloomberg the publication is not exactly liberal...its a finance and stock media site! And a good one at that!

    June 20, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. cacarr

    "Obama is a Socialist and is so far left it will take decades to recover from the damage he would do."

    Where do people come up with this nonsense? Obama is a center-left technocrat.

    June 20, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. JoeFL

    People are wising up that Billionaires should NOT run this country.

    June 20, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. georgewashington

    At this point the polls are not that convincing. Tell me their rankings after Labor Day.

    June 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Irene Clark

    The poll is certainly not representative of the truth. It is doubtful that Obama will have 30% of the vote on election Day. The Leftist clowns only represent 30% of the population and trust me, the 70% will come out to vote Obama out of office. He is a vile man who does not reflect the views of the American people. His lies have been found out.

    June 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I think that Romney is a nice guy and all. I honestly think that he can't be what he needs to because the GOP won't let him. Just like immigration....He knows that Obama has done the right thing and the GOP is being so critical. So what if he's a mormon and a moderate...There were Christian presidents that made decisions that I'm sure GOD won't too happy with.

    The GOP is not bad nor is the Democrats, if they start working together we can get a lot done.

    June 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Niuhc

    "....we have become the very definition of a banana republic.."
    ------------------------------------
    Yes we have, but not for the reasons you cited.

    June 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Lizsys

    This is the beginning of Romney's end.

    June 20, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. gaucho420

    Also keep in midn that certain polls (Gallup) have a disproportianate amount of land line numbers, meaning, they will sway conservative as most liberals are younger and don't own a land line. I'm 35, I own a home, but I haven't owned a landline number in over 8 years. When you do a poll that correctly reflects both cell phone users (liberal) and land lines (conservative), Obama's numbers improve drastically. I'm not saying he's going to win, but that is a problem with Gallup and other polls. They need to update their method of polling and not rely heavily on land lines.

    June 20, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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