Poll: Romney, Obama dead even in dozen swing states
May 7th, 2012
09:24 AM ET
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Poll: Romney, Obama dead even in dozen swing states

(CNN) - With just under six months before Election Day, a new poll indicates President Barack Obama is nearly dead even with rival Mitt Romney in 12 battleground states.

Obama holds a slight two-percentage point advantage–47%-45%–over Romney among registered voters, according to the USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States Poll. The margin is well within the sampling error.

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The margin is smaller than when the poll was last conducted in March, when Obama held a nine-point lead over Romney. Since then, however, two of Romney's Republican opponents – Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich – dropped out of the race, paving a clear path for Romney to the GOP nomination.

The dozen states surveyed in the poll were Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

In terms of performance, 46% of voters said Romney would do a good job handling the economy, while 34% said the same about Obama.

The president, however, scored higher in favorability ratings, with 58% saying the president is likable and 31% describing Romney as likable.

Also notable, Democrats have made ground in the enthusiasm gap, according to the poll. For the first time in the last five battleground surveys, more Democrats (57%) than Republicans (46%) said they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting.

The results came the same day as a Politico/George Washington University poll showed Romney with a two-percentage point margin over Obama, a difference also well within the sampling error.

For the USAToday/Gallup Poll, 951 registered voters were questioned by telephone in the 12 swing states between April 26 and May 2. The sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. You heard it worst on CNN

    Obama = Romney. Nuff said.

    May 7, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. thomasmajor

    President Obama will be elected in November 2012 because I believe the majority of American's (except-GOP'S) understand we can not return to the FAIL Bush policies that almost destroyed our economy. Mr. Romney is mainly running because that is his long life ambition to become President. What else is there for him to do beside make more money he most likely will never spend. Also as a career military man, I know when I see a true leader in my eyes, I have watched Mr. Romney long enough to realize that he is the not the person to be the Commander-in-Chief and run our nation. I believe Mr. Romney; that he will start a war against Iran if he become President more so than anything else as the new President.

    May 7, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Polls don't mean much at this stage.......they will be flipping and flopping just like Romney. But when we get to the presidential debates, I believe that Obama will eat Mitt's lunch, take his milk and cookies, and send him home crying to his mommy. Then the polls will swing heavily in Obama's favor.

    May 7, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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