CNN Poll of Polls: Race for president remains close
August 22nd, 2012
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Race for president remains close

Washington (CNN) - With just five days to go until the start of the Republican convention in Tampa, the race for the White House remains knotted up between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Wednesday, 47% of registered voters nationwide support the president, with 44% backing Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive GOP nominee.

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The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four national polls of registered voters conducted since August 15: Gallup Daily Tracking (August 15-21), Monmouth University (August 15-19), Wall Street Journal/NBC News (August 16-20), and AP/GfK (August 16-20). All four surveys were conducted entirely after House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt Romney's running mate on the GOP ticket.

While the CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error because it's a mathematical average of multiple surveys. But the margin between the candidates in each poll is within that survey's sampling error, meaning the race is statistically tied.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • CNN Poll of polls • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. TheVoice2

    Mitt Phony's motto " vote me President now, and I'll give you details later"

    August 22, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Obama and Jimmy Carter... one term Democrat disasters. Time for some competence and experience in the Whitehouse. Romney/Ryan, ready on day one. Obama, still as clueless as he was on day one. He hasn't learned a thing in 4 years.

    August 22, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Mike McKenna

    I suspect there may be a statistical problem in averaging polls of registered voters with those of likely voters.

    August 22, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Reggiedw

    How did I know that as usual CNN always have Obama leading? As always using registered voters instead of likely voters. Is CNN trying to get people to believe that Obama is going to win in November? Well, sorry its going to be Romney/Ryan in November/12.

    August 22, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Combover and Rapist PAC

    We support the GOP on their stance on abortion.

    August 22, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. scott

    Funny CNN.......Gallup has it the exact opposite.

    August 22, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Chung

    WJ also has Obama up by 4 points, and now this one.
    Haa, now, the only thing that the Obama haters/GOP/Romneytards can talk about is economy, which has obviously not hurt Obama that much!! Haaaa

    August 22, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Linc

    It will get closer as we approach because voters will realize Obama is not going to do anything more than what we have gotten his first term. That will be wheels off spending, more burdensome regulations, and more government programs that duplicate bureaucracy. Your delusional if you think any of this is going to help....

    August 22, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    '8.3% unemployment – Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Obama and Jimmy Carter... one term Democrat disasters. Time for some competence and experience in the Whitehouse. Romney/Ryan, ready on day one. Obama, still as clueless as he was on day one. He hasn't learned a thing in 4 years."

    Please privde the details and specifics of the policies they would enact, particularly the budget and tax reform DETAILS, the facts and data that support them as the correct choice and a coherent explanation and analysis thereof. Ready? Go.

    /popcorn

    August 22, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Brian

    I like CNN and Real Clear Politics for the way they average national polls like this, and for being news sites that are willing to show both sides of politics. MSNBC panders to the left wing and FOX to the right wing. All of you people who either solely blame Bush or Obama for our economy need get a clue and look deeper into what caused the crash in 2008.

    August 22, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. rastaman44

    The Rethug trolls must be panickingt!!! LOL

    August 22, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. ttt

    If Mitt is not ahead now, he will never be...Maybe untill he releases more of his tax returns. Any how, Mitt's adventure to be President is doomed forever. He is simply very unelectable

    August 22, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. anonoymous

    Since Romney hasnt told us his plan..why are so many people behind him? this is not a black or white issue it's green! Don't be fooled Romney cares nothing about the country just wants to be president. Next stop king of the world!

    August 22, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Expat American

    Romney has proven to be a great at regurgitating misquotes taken out of context…in as far as laying forth his own platform; he has not been so great – apart from his and his party's plan to put rape/incest victims in jail.

    How is Mitt going to help the poor whites who vote for him? The GOP doesn't care about poor people.

    ???

    August 22, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    What planet did they take this poll on ??????????

    August 22, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |