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. Dean

    Mitt Romney's wife's horse is polling higher than Obama.

    June 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. VVVV

    It's starting to get ridiculous that this site will never lead on a poll that Romney is ahead. Rasmussen has had Romney ahead for many days. They were one of the most accurate in 2008.

    June 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. setnommarih

    Since Political Ticker won't post anything I comment on, I can only say to this poll look at the source?

    June 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. FLIndependent

    Well folks, it's the electoral college that counts and, guess what, President Obama has been ahead of Romney all the way. The President has many paths to get to 270, whereas Romney's are very limited. Unless something really unexpected happens, or the Repubs pull another 2000 steal, President Obama will get a second term.

    June 20, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. scott

    CNN poll finds that stimulis reduced unemployment to 5.5% in late 2009. Solar and wind reduced oil consumption by 80% and Afghan war was over in Q2 2010 after destruction of Taliban. 2 trillion surplus in record 4th balanced budget under Obama. Attorney General gets Nobel peace prize for fast and furious gun control program.

    June 20, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Sean From Atlanta

    now all of a sudden, repubs don't like polls. I guess I wouldn't like them either if MY TEAM was in line to getting our butts kicked come Nov.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    June 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. sophie

    People know that even though we are not so happy with Obama with are more unhappy with the GOP and understand that they will rather see America fail than support programs that could make Obama look good. Having another super rich guy in charge who can not understand the struggles of the typical middle class family is not in our best interest.

    June 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Recovering Republican

    Come on America, give Mitt a chance. he has Big Business Experience, which he can use to sell Minnesota to Canada, and Texas to Mexico. He can then lease Florida to Cuba, kick California out of the Union. This is what Mitt does, he fixes things by getting rid of the challenges. Mitt can't fix the economy, but he can lower taxes for his wealthy buddies, and God likes that. Mitt will also force gays back into the closet, a nice freshly painted closet so it's nice. Mitt will then get women back in the kitchen, preferably after some cooking lessons. And all hispanics can go back to being low paid lawn care professionals, except for his VP, which Mitt will have clean the oval office. It's ok, God is ok with this, because according to the GOP, God don't like non-whites much anyhow. Vote for Mitt. It's the Christian thing to do.

    June 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Jay

    The Romney plan is the same ole Bush Plan, which is end bank Regulations and give tax cuts to the so called job creators. It didn't work then and it won't work now.

    June 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. stephen

    "Given the economic challenges facing the country, we believe that House Republicans should work with the rest of Congress and the president to create more jobs, not more political theater

    June 20, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. GREGORY ADAMSON

    Most Americans belong to the middle class and therefore are not wealthy. Obama comes from the middle class whereas Romney comes from the wealthy class. I myself am from the middle class. So I ask, if you are in the middle class group, which one do you think will likely do things as Pres. to help you? The wealthy Americans out there have many advantages that the middle class does not have – money and influence for starters. Middle class Americans need someone as Pres. who will give them some help and eaven the balance. Right now things are totally one-sided.

    June 20, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Dustie

    I HOPE that is not true, and that the "transparent: Obama administration is voted out. My vote is going to be a vote against Obama and his "transparency", his foreign policy, and failed domestic policies. He criticizes the wealthy, but guess who he associates with and who is supporting him? The very rich.

    June 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. rich

    In november we will see record # of Americans showing up at the voting booths !
    OBAMA dosnt have a chance to win office again.
    At this point it will be anyone but OBAMA. So ROMNEY IT WILL BE !! Not who i would like myself but it is what it is !
    Obama does not know what he is doing !

    June 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. USSTRUTH

    According to the poll, a quarter of those polled are not likely voters. How is this poll even close to scientific. If they are not polling registered likely voters it means nothing.

    What a crock

    June 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Tony Short

    This is such an outlier. This is rediculous and should be reported as such. The RCP avg. apart from this stupid pole is .5 Obama and no current national polling is so far out as this Bloomberg pole. Throw it out!

    June 20, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Fish

    If everyone would think objectivly our President has performed outstanding considering everything he has tackled depite the radical right fighting his every move. He makes me proud to be an American to have a President with such character. He personifies the American Spirit with his adapt and overcome spirit never quitting never saying never. Thank goodness for him else the radicals would destroy everything!!!

    June 20, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. lgortman

    Please not another 4 of Obama, The true American People and Veterans have had enough. History was made, but the change promised was not! Move Out and do the American People a favor!

    Let the American Soldiers be the only ones to vote since they give us all the right to vote to begin with!

    Retired US Army Veteran!

    June 20, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    Why would a poor or middle class person vote for Romney? Everything Romney talks about benefits the rich. The poor and middle class may not be rich, but most are not fools.

    June 20, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. David

    Take that fascist GOP!

    June 20, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. chilly g

    this is one poll i like because im voting for the president, mitt just go and enjoy the money you and your partner
    cheated for.

    June 20, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. eddieb

    I think it is closer be Obama has and edge. the people relize that the house that was voted in has stop all good plans to move ahead.

    June 20, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. manyote

    And it's going to get worse for Willy Chameleon. One can elude questions as to his policies for only so long.

    June 20, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. DocInCA

    The poll reflects "Romney as more out of touch with average Americans than Obama" And that is Romneys BIG problem.
    The repubs can bash President Obama all they want. But they can NOT MAKE the American people like Romeny. And thats a fact, jack.

    June 20, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Casey

    If you read the poll's .pdf you will see that its sample has a 38/33% split of those who identify themselves as democrats and republicans. Additionally, if you look at the favorability ratings, you can tell that the sample size includes a majority of left leaning independents. This, while every poll shows a tight race, this one is an outlier in favor of the president.

    June 20, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. drod

    The Reps can't stand it.

    June 20, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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