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. 4pease

    We can't take this for granted. Need to keep building the enthusiasm for Obama. Romney will grwo the deficits, exempt the rich from taxation and get us into another war.

    June 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Tsimbi

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

    June 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Tsimbi

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

    June 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. patrick

    its not just mitt reomny its the republican party on a whole only when they dont have the presidency or control of congress or seneate they talk about defeict like its holy grail to them DIDNT THEY JUST HAD THE PRESIDENCY HOW MUCH OF THE DEFEICT DID THEY GOT UNDER CONTROL. now they would to tell us mitt reomny and gov norquest and their friends who makes their money from captial gain they dont have a bussiness that hire anybody but the gov cant raise revune in the form of taxes and close some of these lopehole because they are now called job creators THE ONLY JOBS MITT ROMNEY CREATING NOW ARE IN CAYMAN AND SWIZELAND

    June 20, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    I have absolutely no faith in polls but I sure hope this is true.

    Obama 2012 ALL the way.

    June 20, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. farleyjc

    Agree, the poll was taken at the welfare office and the Customs office on the border of Mexico. I cannot believe the results of the poll, which are mostly useless anyway. Also, I cannot believe the typical American is so dumb to vote for Obama again!

    June 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Me IN HOUSTON

    POLLS MEAN NOTHING!
    This is a race to the finish
    WE have to work to get the candidate elected
    We cannot afford to rest or even celebrate a poll that has our guy in the lead
    WE MUST FIGHT!
    We must continue to work until the victory is won.
    We aren't just going against Romney...it's him and billions of dollars that's behind him
    One poll has Obama in the lead. GREAT! let's make it 10 polls that have Obama in the lead
    and we have to work to make it happen

    My name is Kelby Pierson, and I approve this message

    June 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Ambrose Smith

    Obama has my vote. My sister in Colorado (who is a Republican) also will be voting for Obama. Mitt is as phony as a 3 dollar bill.

    June 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. hemplover

    Obama could seal the deal by legalizing hemp.

    June 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. James

    Just another way CNN is full of opinionated media and stray from facts. You want to know what is ruining the country?? Left winged media groups such as this....

    June 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. bob

    A president that will tax the rich and provide health coverage for people, or a president that will cut the taxes on the rich and lead us into another "war"? Hmmm...

    June 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Alex

    The only poll that counts is held on Nov 6. All others are just predictions. Take no vote for granted.

    June 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

    no hope for Romney
    the "awakening" ones are struggling to keep the brightest light burning for another 4 years. too bad its not 100.

    June 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. ARqueen

    dream on CNN...are you taking lessons in manufacturing "news" like your buddies over at MSNBC??

    June 20, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. CONservative

    I only like polls when my guy is winning.

    June 20, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Great Saphenous

    If one piece of data falls way outside of the norm, it is usually suspect. CNN should not have reported this.

    June 20, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. 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!

    June 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. CNN Is a Joke

    What a joke CNN has become no credible poll has Obama ahead let alone that far.

    June 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Jim

    I like Obama too, if we were going to hang out or play some golf I'd pick him over Romney. Unfortunately, Obama is an incompetent boob, and does not know how to be president. If I was picking a surgeon, I would pick the best surgeon even though I like Obama better, Romney is a better leader, and would be a smarter president

    June 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Malcolm

    Vote for the President romney's a slick talking business man who's just making the american people look like suckers. The Republicans are distracting us from all that the president has done for this country.

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. JonfromLI

    Those surveyed give low marks to Obama's handling of the economy; because they know if Romney were elected President he'd bring us into a surplus and lower unemployment to levels not seen since the early 1950s.

    June 20, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. GRoz - CT

    Interesting that CNN has chosen to focus on only the Bloomerg poll which puts Obama ahead 53% – 40%. If the average of the three surveys puts Obama ahead only 48% to 43% it suggests that in remaining two polls Romney leads by an average of 46.5% to Obama's 44.5%.

    June 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. bill

    Anyone who is reasonably sane would doubt this poll.

    June 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Hogarth

    Tsimbi writes:
    "Rasmusen poll- Romney 47%, Obama 45%. Gallup poll- Romney 46%, Obama 46%. CNN's "Bloomberg" poll obviously stinks."
    So what you're saying is that the polls you don't agree with "stink". Wouldn't it be more logical to simply conclude that polls differ, and that the outcome is uncertain? Of course it would, but that wouldn't carry any water for your side, would it?

    June 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. 4 More Years!!!

    Obama/Biden will win a second term in office!!!

    June 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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