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. Thinkstr8

    Perhaps people are beginning to realize that a government bought and ran by coporations is not such a good idea...!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. SciFiFan

    Romney is a parasite.

    June 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. MC

    Yeah, we need the magic-underwear flipflop man in charge, and we'll keep those gays from getting married and destroying our fragile democracy in the process. Besides, Obama is a raging communist who wants things like affordable tuition and healthcare. The 1% can't allow stuff like that to happen – we need that money to start another war and lose thousands of our kids in Iran – can't wait!

    June 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Bloomberg Poll is flawed...nice try though

    June 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. dolores Ann Kelty

    I question your poll since if anyone if out of touch with economy, etc is Obama – not Romney – get new blood in there – he's taking it down a dismal path if re-elected. His first stimulus did nothing and for two and a half years he was concentrating on the health reform bill and ignored unemployment figures, growth rate, etc. Those 1000 such people polled must be idiots. The blame game is over. He needs to take responsibility. The country is going down the tubes with him.

    June 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. MCJNY

    I love listening to these people who think that mitt romney will bring in this golden age. It's laughable but then again 46% of us believe that man kind and the earth are 6000 years old. bottom line: I want a better obama 2.0 or a superior replacement for him. Mitt romney, who's only positions so far (more tax breaks for corporations and wealthy people, helping to repeal the HRA and replace it with nothing, war with iran to keep them from developing nuclear weapons) have little chance of doing anything but digger our hole deeper.

    June 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Russ

    In the end most intelligent people will see past Romney's fake facade. He tries to act like a normal guy but can't hide his need to show off his money and the need to pander to his rich friends. You can't be anymore obvious that you are only going to help the wealthy Americans if you get into office. Sheldon Adelson donated up to 100 million dollars? What does that tell you. Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. zippy

    Hmmmm. I'm not sure that I believe this poll. Obama might have a lead, but this poll is so off from the rest.

    June 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Bill

    Quick: name one thing - one! - that Romney would do differently than GWB.

    His answer to solve our financial problems is to do more of exactly what got us in the ditch in the first place. Genius!

    June 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Matt

    You spelled poll wrong Jim...so you must be working for the Romney campaign.

    June 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Rajinder Goyal

    Obama would have a much higher rating if he was not an Afro-American President. Romney courted a jerk like Trump to raise funds even when Trump was openly challenging Obama';s credibility as a citize. Romney is gutless to take a stand on such issues. He comes across as a fake who has now hired a consultant to teach him how to smile and look more humane. He needs one.

    June 20, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. David

    Dude-this is a "Bloomberg"-died in the wool--Liberal funded--opinion poll--U R
    surprised

    June 20, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Boo

    Romney has not said one thing about how he will fix the economy or any other issues...anyone who votes for this guy is dead from the neck up.

    June 20, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Jason

    I have no data on the validity of this poll... but just about any criticism you could level at Obama, Romney's stance is even worse.

    June 20, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Drew

    This isn't a reflection on Romney so much as the Republican Party. Americans are tired of all the vitriol

    June 20, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Nuihc

    Make no mistake: this is classic sleight-of-hand, designed to get the country roiled up about something - make that anything - that will obscure the monumental failure best labeled Obamanomics. It is the proverbial boob bait for the masses, delivered by an administration that desperately needs Americans distracted away from the reality of a double-dip recession, record numbers of people on food stamps, millions of un- and under-employed workers, and no plan whatsoever for dealing with our impending fiscal Armageddon, other than blaming Republicans for their failures.

    June 20, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Notice all of the grammatical errors in ALL of the right-winger posts? Funny how they wear their stupidity like a badge of honor. Very telling.

    June 20, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Matt

    Jim, your candidate needs to come up with some ideas on how to move us forward. All I hear from him is the same old stuff that's been tried again and again and has only left us in the ditch. George H Bush correctly called it Voodoo Economics decades ago. What is that quote again regarding the definition of insanity???

    June 20, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. David

    NOBAMA___nobama–Nobama---repeat til true!!!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Marty

    No more Obama !

    June 20, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. A True Centrist

    Survey USA: Obama 47% – Romney 46%
    Reuters: Obama 47% – Romney 46%
    Gallup: Obama 45% – Romney 47%
    Rasmussen: Obama 45% – Romney 47%
    BLOOMBERG: Obama 53% – Romney 40%

    HAHAHAHAHHA...nice poll Bloomberg!! Very trustworthy and well worth the money spent

    June 20, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    "we can't let a little thing like Obama invoking executive privilege deter us from Obama relection now can we..."

    It is not nearly the news today that was when the shrub trotted out "executive privilege" so the Raven and Myers could be protected.

    At least Holder honored the subpoena, Myers and Rove simply ignored that as well.

    And yes, you are welcome for the brief history lesson that set the "precedence" of President Obama's actions today.

    You tea baggers need to watch what you praise under the GOP as it may come back to bite you under the Dem's.

    June 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Greekj

    I think all Americans deep down know that President Barack Obama is doing all that can possibly be done during these very difficult times. History will Show President Obama as one of the great ones. Mitt Romney is too much like cheney and Bush. I hope and pray we don't go down that road again. Romney is against President Obama for sure, but what is he for? He is for him self obviously and he has and can buy anything he wants. Please don't let him buy your vote!

    June 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. louise

    Hopefully the people will have the final say, in spite of republicans and their repulsive money donors.....such as the Karl Rove, Rush, Koch brothers super pack money donors. Thanks Supreme Court for stricking down campaign finance laws...That was a true injustice to the people...

    June 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. John

    Gallup has 47% Romney and 45% Obama.... Drink the Kool-Aid.

    June 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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