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. melvin

    How is romney going to win if he is only getting about 18% of the minority vote?..this bloomberg poll do seem like an outliar,but obama is leading by between 3% in 6%.romney in the gop have got a serious problem with the minorities.the gop can pass all these voter in registration laws all they want,but the truth is minorities do vote in presidential elections in i dont see romney getting over 62% of the white vote to overcome the dismal figures he is going to get from minorities.

    Romney is going to need at least 63% of the white vote to squeak out a victory over Obama,and that has only happened 2 times in this country history.

    June 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This poll has to be sqewed somehow.

    June 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Jon

    way to spell Poll wrong Jim . . . of course that's expected from a repub

    June 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    Who cares about polls...they don't mean Shiite. Next week the same polls probably say he's behind by 13 points. Don't trust any polls or dem in gop clothing. Just vote Democrats. Just vote. Act like Obama is a huge underdog ...which he is. Don't watch faux news or MSNBC ...., just vote.

    June 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. irunner

    It's safe to say that everyone that has enough money to get into national politics is out of touch with average Americans, regardless of party.

    June 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. aalisa31

    This is great news..... majority of Americans knows Mitt is not the one.... and this is everytime he runs.. his attempts fail... maybe he need to stick with one position and then Americans can know which Mitt they want to support....

    June 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Margo

    Romney and whoever...Rubio, Pawlenty or whoever else he is vetting is a scary thought.

    June 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. joe

    wait till November.. We will do Mitt like we did his boy Mccain..... We got your back Mr. president

    June 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Mark

    Best of luck Mr. Romney. My condolences. I suppose the GOP attempt at installing neofeudalism may have to wait for the 2016 election.

    June 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Debbie

    1002 people came to this conclusion. I find polls to be a joke. I wish they would call me.

    June 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Steve

    Actually the most accurate site is which has been spot on for previous presidential forcasts has Obama with 291 electoral votes versus 247 for Romney. Doesn't mean anything for November but does show most likely finish if voting was today.

    June 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. JoeT

    "Dewey Defeats Truman" was based on polling data.

    June 20, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Hank

    In other news, 53% of likely American voters were confirmed to be idiots.

    June 20, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. James

    I looked at the internals of this poll, and 51% of the sample are Democrats. The poll also oversamples minority voters by 11%. The polling company should be sued for malpractice. Rasmussen, Gallup, Pew, Zogby, and We ask America are reputable pollsters, and they essentially have the race tied. I don't know if the results of this poll were intentionally biased or if it was a matter of poor sampling, but these are outlier results.

    June 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    That 55-39 "out of touch" percentage tells me Mittens first impression has been solidified and not in good way.

    Just keep those "dressage" photo ops coming Mr. 1%!!

    June 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. jimmy seven

    Look at the poll, they over sample democrats by 8%. And guess what the results say? Democrats prefer 0bama to Romeny. Stunning. Rassmussen and Gallup both have Romney ahead by 1 or 2%.

    June 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Obama is running against a "headless horseman", nobody knows who Romney is and nobody knows other than Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor because Romney adopted the Paul Ryan Budget Plan so there's nothing more for him to tell Americans. Paul Ryan and the GOP have already told you once and all you are expected to do is not ask questions and just vote Romney. That's all folks and remember no questions asked.

    June 20, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Obama will beat Bishop Flip-Flop

    At the end of the day the American people may not be 100% happy with Obama but he is 1000 TIMES better than the radical right-wing rubber stamp, Bishop Flip-Flop, who is running against him. Republican ideas are what got us into the mess we are in now. Their hate and negativity will not win this election for them. Their lack of ideas will loose it for them.

    June 20, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. GordonGecko

    Ha. No love for the Mormon and the dancing horse. I love it!

    June 20, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Brian G

    If you read between the lines, it sounds like those polled are really fed up with the House and Senate, who can't seem to get anything done except bicker back and forth. The POTUS isn't the problem, but partisan politics on both sides. The worst strategy ever was the GOP making the decision to purposely, publicly state that they were going to make Obama a one term President. And Romney won't stand up to his own party, and he's unable to get them in line. He's column fodder. GOP will eventually bail on him if the polls continue this way, and instead, make sure they can maintain control in the House and Senate.

    June 20, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. purnellmeagrejr

    Jim The Liberal media is myth which owes its kongevity to two basic factors:
    1.) THe paranoia which afflicts manyu on the RIght
    2.) AMong the more mentallly agile it's a form of gamesmanhip -similar to how Phil Jackson used to work the refs before a big eries.After alll,i t doesn't cost a thing and might even get you a all or two.

    June 20, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Just keep catering to the GOP "base" mittens, and you will never get past 40%!

    June 20, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. cathy Forster

    What a bunch of rubish!!! Like Jim, Wishful thinking.... You are going for a huge surprise in November when we, the independents will vote. We don't need a dictator

    June 20, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. NFL1

    I'm not surprised – what has Romney given America to believe in?? Lots of back to the Bush years or ask Congress – I agree with them! He has not established his own definitive position on anything – because his positions keep changing... look at the primary races, and now...nada – how can America believe in someone who ONLY wants to live in the White House but won't tell you really what HE stands for!

    June 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Ron

    Typical republican comment Jim. Purely critical with obvious error in intelligence. (FYI – the article is about "polls", not "poles".

    June 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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