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. Codepwned

    The problem with Mitt Romney is that he doesn't represent all of the republican party. They are very split. It's like picking the lesser of two evils. There is no motivation. The other issue is that the republican party is so diverse that it should really be two parties. The reason it hasn't happened is that the Tea Party knows it would dissolve if it happened.

    I vote independent. Always will so this message is only biased by the fact I don't think anyone should vote party lines. You should vote for who could do the job best. To me, that is NOT Mitt Romney.

    June 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Raven

    Jim, you are a prime exsample that even God can have a bad day making the ignorant likes of you! Sorry Mr White, we're not going to re-inact slavery for you! Hitler would have loved to have called you his best Camp Captain!

    June 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. JayVMN

    I'm not positive that Mitt Romney can fix our problems, but I'm positive Obama cannot. He's proven that. I'll take a chance on Mitt.

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

    Sam

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

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    That's a sad little strawman you have there Sam. You really should give him a rest. Truth be told, the "blue" states – you know, the ones that vote for Dems – float the "red" states. Blue states are "giver" states, meaning they give more to the Federal Government than they receive in benefits & services. Red states are "taker" states, meaning they take more from the Federal Government than they pay in. The truth hurts but it is what it is.

    June 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Terry

    What a joke! Obama is finished and the main stream media just cannot accept it!

    June 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. spynnal

    Every poll shows him leading Jim. Every one. I'd call that reality.

    June 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Brandon

    yeah right... maybe in California he has a double digit lead.

    June 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    At some point Willard will have to promote his plans with specifics. The tired schtick of blaming the President for everything and giving no credit for anything is falling on deaf ears. Trying to hide the fact that he's likely running as Bush 3.0 is not working. Lying about Detroit and running away from the ACA is a losing proposition.
    Sadly, he's just an etch-a-sketch wearing some bad looking jeans.
    After 5 plus years of not having a job, come November Willard can apply for a gig as a Wawa spokesperson.

    June 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    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!

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    Because thinking Americans don't get their information from faux soundbites.

    June 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Elizabeth's Mom

    That poll sounds about right. Me and my family will be voting for President Obama this year...and we have never voted for a Democrat before. We have always pride ourselves for our Republican background, but over the years, we have become dis-satisfied with all the fighting In Wahington with people we helped put in office. Also, President Obama has not done that bad of a job if you looked at the congress he had to work with. President Obama will become the President of the USA again, because there are other Republicans out there who thinks just like my family...and we are a huge family that are scattered all across America...and we all vote!

    June 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    FrankA

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

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    bloomberg is endorsing mittens. Faux noise must not want you to know that little tidbit!

    June 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Tarvin

    This poll is meaningless since the Electoral College actually picks the President.

    June 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Oscar Pitchfork

    It's like they used to say in drag racing years ago: "When the flag drops, the BS stops" and it's the same with this ridiculous political race. You'd have to be a completely unthinking idiot to think that Romney, who, lets be honest, hasn't had to actually work a day in his life, is going to help middle Americans. He's going to pander to the rich; the same rich that have funneled A BILLION DOLLARS to the Retardican coffers (thanks to our bought and paid for Supreme Court) to make sure this return to normalcy will be stopped. If the average people to complain all the time will actually get up and VOTE!, we can keep in office a man, who at least has started to turn this billion-ton ship of insanity around toward calmer waters.

    June 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. jcarter

    Not likely. Gallup has Romney up by 2 points. Still a long time between now and November though.

    June 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Christine

    Cool beans!

    June 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Elizabeth's Mom

    That poll sounds about right. Me and my family will be voting for President Obama this year...and we have never voted for a Liberal before. We have always pride ourselves for our anti-liberal background, but over the years, we have become dis-satisfied with all the bickering on Capital Hill with people we helped put in office. Also, President Obama has not done that bad of a job if you looked at the congress he had to work with. President Obama will become the President of the USA again, because there are other people out there who think just like my family...and we are a huge family that are scattered all across America...and we all vote!

    June 20, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Mike in Texas

    Maybe people are starting to realize Romney is Bush 3.0. Tax cuts, increase defense spending. Blowing up the deficit. War monger, etc.

    Remember, the tax cuts didn't create jobs, it was the housing and credit market. Most of the spending being done by consumers was borrowed spending.......credit cards, cash out refinances and Home Equity Lines of Credit. All that has dried up. Like Obama, Romney won't have a unsustainable housing market to mask our problems a la Bush.

    Romney offers up nothing but criticism. No solutions, nada.

    However, Obama supporters need to vote. Don't take anything for granted. These voter suppression laws disguised as laws to protect from voter fraud could disenfranchise many voters.

    June 20, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. HolyChrist

    Why do people listen to ANY of these polls?! For awhile there, polls showed Perry as leading the Republican nod. Ridiculous. Wake me up when it's time to vote out the cowardly, fear-mongering Right.

    June 20, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. sayitisn'tso

    What a load of crap. Funny how Obama is doing so well on this site but in others he sucks. Funny how not a word of NBC's editing of a Romney speech hasn't one mention on this site either. Such a joke

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

    Since F.0 .x. has decided free speech is just an idea that they don't have to support and done away with their comment boards, I'll comment here for the ignoratti: "Uh, that there whole survey is just a librul lamestream media LIE, God Bless 'Merica! "

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

    Not really surprising considering people realize just how out of sync Romney is with the world. It's a pity too. A half-decent not crazy candidate might have put up a good fight vs Obama. But alas, the Republican party put up that parade of candidates in the primary.

    June 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. ladyjag

    Anyone but Romney, anyone but a Republican. they are out of step

    June 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. v_mag

    People like to ignore the fact that the popular vote does not count. If you live in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, or one of the other privileged states, your vote will count, somewhat. If you live in Texas, it's totally symbolic, as we saw in 2000. It would be nice for people to realize that the mob is backing Rob-money, through Adelson and other corporate crooks, but money will probably decide the race in the end. Our country is toast. It belongs to the criminals.

    June 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. laughingatyou

    When will Republicans learn how to spell? Although public displays of ignorance are rather amusing, it's Poll, not pole.

    June 20, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. WIMPY38

    Who ARE these polls polling?! Certainly not me in my 53 years.

    June 20, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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