New poll shows Romney and Obama nearly tied
November 4th, 2011
03:59 PM ET
11 years ago

New poll shows Romney and Obama nearly tied

(CNN) - A second national poll released Friday showed President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney virtually tied in a hypothetical contest for the presidency.

According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos National Poll, Romney edged out Obama by a one-percentage point margin at 44% to 43% among registered voters, echoing similar results from recent major polls. The margin falls well within the survey's sampling error.

Romney made big gains against Obama since the poll was last conducted in September. At that time, Obama led Romney 49% to 43% among registered voters.

While Herman Cain now polls closely with Romney in national surveys, the former Godfather's Pizza executive didn't fare as well in a potential matchup with Obama. According to the poll, Obama holds a 46% to 41% margin over Cain, and a 47% to 41% advantage over Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The poll was conducted after news broke of sexual harassment allegations against Cain when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Romney also held a one-percentage point advantage over Obama in 12 swing states, according to results from a national Gallup survey released Friday.

In recent weeks, Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have focused their resources on attacking Romney, signaling Democratic fears the former Massachusetts governor will likely take the GOP nomination.

The Reuters/Ipsos National Poll surveyed 937 registered voters by telephone from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, with a sampling error of 3.2 percentage points.

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Poll: Obama and Romney all tied up in influential states

Has Cain controversy hurt him in the polls?

Poll: It's a lead for Obama in PA

Youngest voters back Obama; Oldest back Romney

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
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  1. Willy Loman

    Who supports Romney... seriously? I mean he's the best of an absolutely terrible GOP offering, but still. "I want to increase the worlds largest defense budget at a time when our infrastructure is crumbling and we can't seem to find money for it." The US spends more on defense than the next highest 17 countries combined but we can't possibly afford to provide health care for all, even though a public system would cost roughly half of what we currently pay. This guy is another total idiot and how he has any support baffles me.

    November 4, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Michael

    Obama hasn't even opened his mouth yet. Most likely Romney will emerge from the fray as the Republican candidate. Romney doesn't have the tools, resourses, or overall support to challenge Obama. First he flip flops around so much that people aren't sure exectly where he stands on issues. Secondly the tea party is basically a disenfranchised fraction of the Republican Party and they aren't enthusiastic about supporting ROmney. Third the vast majority of people with in the Republican Party are conservative "christian" people who would find it VERY difficult to cast their vote for someone of Morman faith (a religion that most of them consider a cult of sorts). Romney has to appeal to so many different people within the Republican party. The issue for him though is that most of them have contrasting views which contradict the other. That will be his downfall.

    Oh the fact that Romney comes off like a sleasy used car salesman trying to sell you a lemon doesn't help him either.

    November 4, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Len

    President Obama will win in 2012. The American people made a tremendous mistake in 2010. They finally realize they must vote in every election not just the presidental election. Americans have seen what a GOP/Tea Party administration will do for the middle class and the poor. Nothing! Obama/Biden in 2012.

    November 4, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Tony from California

    The Media historically provides Presidential election polls that split 50/50 even with included margin of error within the calculation. This is because the Media does not want to present themselves as biased one way or the other. Last Campaign, the Media had reported Obama and Mccain were in a dead heat. Yet the final results were Obama 55.6% and Mccain 44.4%. In reality, the GOP has NO chance of beating Obama because of their stupidity and selfishness for the rich...........

    November 4, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Bob

    Hard to believe that there are people out there stupid enough to vote for Obama.

    November 4, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    To SNIFFIT....... Can you ,,,,, the voice of reason.......see any way that we can retrieve the beautiful country we used to have where we cared about the leaders and they cared about us??? This is getting so very scary and I'm trying hard not to give up !!

    November 4, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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