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. Jim

    Should rename it the "Liberal Wishful Thinking Pole".

    June 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. REALLY?

    I call this the "Propaganda Poll".

    Did you know it's now illegal to protest in Obamas presence? Another law Obummer sneaked by us last March. This means that, wherever Obama is at, you do not have a right to ask him anything you want to. His secret service can have you arrested, fined, and imprisoned for more than a YEAR if you ask him something he doesn't like.
    Sound like he's more like Hitler than Lincoln!

    June 20, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Republican Not Voting For Romney


    June 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

    Obama will probably win by a similar margin as last time. But that's just the opinion of a non-biased observer.

    June 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. zac

    Media BS... laughable

    June 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. RealityBites

    with 1,002 adults nationwide, including 734 likely voters.

    ie.., Only 73% of the people Bloomberg polled actually vote.., which statistically works well in CNNs so-called Poll of Polls.
    Of course an honest journalist would want to know whats behind that 27% of people that say they support Obama, but won't/can't vote for him. Not that I expect CNN's progressive political arm to follow up on that one either.

    June 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. John

    Go Barack go!

    June 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. BunnyBunny

    Romney hasn't said what he will do if he becomes president. Well, lower taxes on the rich some more. He did say that.

    All he's done on his bus tour is attack the President Obama. Even encouraging his followers to heckle Obama. Well, at least Romney hasn't attacked the President and cut off his hair yet.

    June 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC


    Bloomberg national poll misreports poll results. The poll had initially reported the results reversed. Romney leads the poll.

    There. Is that better for your health? I don't want any of you out there to have a stroke or something worse.

    June 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. thinkergal

    Or it could be named "people coming to their senses" poll.

    June 20, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Doogie Browser

    if Romney were elected President he'd bring us into a surplus and lower unemployment to levels not seen since the early 1950s............................................

    This was so funny, i spit my coffee all over my desk.
    June cleaver cleaning your house in high heels and pearls, i bet.

    June 20, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Larry

    President Obama is a decent person who is smart and well-meaning. He cares about the average person and wants to improve society. The Republicans care about the rich and big corporations. This poll reflects that fact and will ultimately lead to Obama's reelection even though people are not overly happy about the economy.

    June 20, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Hey! What happened to my post? Is CNN afraid of being outed by the info I posted?

    While I'm a dem who will go to the polls for President Obama in November, I know how these surveys work. The questions start out innocently enough, and most of the time they don't even have anything to do with politics: they'll show movie trailers and ask your opinion, or ask about services & household goods purchases. Then they ask about political affiliation and leanings. If you answer "correctly" you continue with the survey. If you answer "incorrectly" you're thanked for your time and you're done.

    June 20, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. rs

    No offense to Mr. Romney, but in public he's an awful lot like Mr. Bush: uneasy with off-the-cuff answers, unable to form sentances, with those inevitable retractions by his minions. Worse, his imperious nature sure does show through, making him worse than the unscripted Bush. Finally American aren't stupid. The Bush years about wrecked American, and laid waste to the middle class. No matter how good Mr. Romney may be in reality, he can neve sell Mr. Ryan's plan to wipe out Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, just so the rich can keep getting tax breaks, and oil companies get incetive funds.

    June 20, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. MM

    It's cute how all you GOP losers hurl insults and sarcasm when you got nothing else.

    June 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. DG

    You have to watch that evil Republicon Gov. Scott in Florida who is trying to purge legal citizens from the voter rolls; and, coincidentally, those legal citizens happen to vote Democratic. We have to stop what occurred when Bush stole the election from Gore and those 5 evil Republicons of the US Supreme Court stopped the count in Florida. And we all know the total devastation and destruction of our economy that occurred when Bush-Cheney and their evil Republicon cohorts took control of our country, all to help their wealthy cronies get wealthier on the backs of the middle class.

    June 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Dance This Mess Around

    This pole is better than the pole we will get from Romney.

    June 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |

    The funny thing is ALL pollsters are missing big groups of voters by just calling home phones.....Mostly everyone in the USA has a cell phone....i imagine the margin would be even bigger if they polled cell carrying folks....Obama 2012!!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Didn't Michael Bloomberg come out and endorse mittens just yesterday?

    June 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. OGR99

    Now Bloomberg's in the tank?

    June 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. cpeters

    What a joke!

    June 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    My personal poll has Obama down 100%-0%. Then again, I don't know any government welfare cases, union thugs or illegal aliens which is where Obama gets his numbers.

    June 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. pfreda

    the cream always comes to the top,the more you know about wooden romney ,you relize he offers all talk and no solutions , all he does is complaine about anything president obama does, he sounds more like hot air and big ego trump

    June 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Derrick, Atlanta

    The realclearpolitics poll shows a virtual tie. It's too early though to get caught up into the polls, especially since they are so close now.

    June 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Realist

    OMG stop the presses! They surveyed 20 people in each state!!!! It's a windfall!!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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