Obama +3 in 12-State Battleground Poll — USA Today

Interesting and counter-intuitive results in the USA Today poll released this morning.  While President Obama leads by 3 in the twelve battleground states surveyed, he trails by 2 in the other 38 states leaving the candidates ties at 44 a piece nationwide:

In USA TODAY/Gallup survey nationwide and in the 12 top battleground states, most voters say the situation for them and their families hasn’t improved over the past four years, the first time that has happened since Ronald Reagan famously posed the question in his debate with President Carter in 1980 — a contest Carter lost.

Even so, President Obama, who in 2008 became the first African-American elected president, maintains a lead over challenger Mitt Romney in the battleground states likely to decide the election, 47%-44%. That’s better than his standing in the non-battleground states, where Romney leads 47%-45%.

Despite airing millions of dollars in TV ads and taking a high-profile trip abroad, Romney has failed to budge in the swing states, stuck at 44% or 45% since April. In that time, Obama has maintained a steady 47% despite a string of disappointing monthly jobs reports and an 8.3% unemployment rate.

The president’s vulnerabilities on the economy have opened the door to a re-election rebuke, analysts of all stripes agree, but so far Romney has failed to walk through that opening. In the survey and follow-up interviews, voters say they have lost much of their faith that Obama can fix the economy but aren’t convinced they can trust Romney to watch out for them and their interests.

In the Swing States poll, just 14% call the current economy good. The overwhelming majority describe it as “only fair” (44%) or poor (41%). Economic woes are fueling unease about the country’s direction. Seven of 10 in the swing states and 72% nationwide say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States. Just 28% in the swing states and 26% nationwide are satisfied.

The battleground states surveyed are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — competitive states most likely to swing the Electoral College.

3 Comments

  1. Romney will rise
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    November will show Romney has it, no problem..

  2. Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    Rommney is weak, and will say, and do anything to try and take the Presidency. The people know that and November will
    Favor Obama, because he stands for the youth, minorities and women. and that’s a hell of a lot of votes more than
    the old white guys trying to get the Negro out of office. they need to be a part of the sollution and not a part of the problem.

    • Posted August 24, 2012 at 5:40 am | Permalink | Reply

      Sad that you expose your own racists attitudes in an effort to support someone for President. Everybody deserves better.

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