Obama Edges Romney In New Poll

By: KKTV/CBS
By: KKTV/CBS
A new poll shows President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney in a general election matchup.

AP

As the jabs between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich grew harsher, many prominent Republicans wondered if the ugly turn the GOP race was taking would hurt the Republican candidate in the general election.

Based on a new poll, they could be onto something.

The president leads Mitt Romney 51 percent to 45 percent, based on a new poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News. This is not only the first time President Obama has led in this poll, but the first time either candidate has had a majority in a hypothetical general election matchup.

Obama's job approval rating rose in the poll to its highest level in Washington Post/ABC polls since just after Osama bin Laden was killed. About 50 percent approve of the job he is doing as president.

Obama's gains in the new poll come as Romney's grip on the GOP nomination is strengthening, with a commanding victory in Florida, followed by an easy win in Nevada. While rival Newt Gingrich insists the pendulum will swing back in his favor once the Southern states start voting in March, a sense of inevitability is once again swirling around Romney's campaign.

The poll also found that the more voters get to know Romney, the more they dislike him. But that is even more true for Gingrich.

By about 2 to 1, respondents said they disapprove of Romney as they get to know him but Gingrich has 3 to 1 disapproving.

The Romney campaign said Monday said the former Massachusetts governor's numbers were unfairly depressed because the poll used flawed questioning.

The results of the Obama-Romney matchup are "clearly tainted by the questions asked immediately prior to the ballot, resulting in what some would call a "pushed" ballot. A pollster can't ask or suggest specific negatives on a candidate immediately prior to a ballot test and expect to get anything other than a biased result," said Neil Newhouse, a well-known Republican pollster working for the Romney campaign.


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  • by I VOTE Location: Co Spgs on Feb 7, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    I Didn't want to vote for Obama, but I hate to admit, I did vote for him. What makes all this worse, I don't want to vote for Obama again but these clowns give no other choice (again!)
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      by Common Sense on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:32 AM in reply to I VOTE
      Anything would be better than Obama. Now watch someone see this as a "racial" comment.
  • by Common Sense Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:09 AM
    I believe Colorado needs to make a decision. Do we want to vote for the establishment (Romney and Gingrich)and receive 4 more years of Obama? Or do we want to vote for the We The People, Liberty and Peace (Paul) and finally turn this country around?
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      by Common Sense on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:30 AM in reply to Common Sense
      Ron Paul doesn't have a snowball's chance.....
  • by Bradman on Feb 6, 2012 at 07:59 PM
    By the way. My errorors are deliberate because I'm hating and I will vote Republican because Democrats are out to ruin Amercan.
  • by Bradman on Feb 6, 2012 at 07:51 PM
    To The Springs: you talk about black people excelling in everything you do, go back and read your posts. You can't even spel Obama, much less you atroshish punctuation and vocabulary.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    Time's running out folks. You really need to let go of the left/right, rep/dem diversion. Funny how people believe this political BS and automatically reject the New World Order as silliness. Which is siller and what plan is closer to its fruition?
  • by Truth on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    God help us all if Obama wins another 4 years. I love how the left wing still blames Bush. Pathetic.
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      by the springs on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:07 PM in reply to Truth
      There is going to be another 4 yrs with PRESIDENT OBAHMA QUIT HATING AND RECOGNIZE he his the man as are people excel in every thing we do, take ur prejudice thoughts and vanish.
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        by Common Sense on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:17 AM in reply to the springs
        I feel sorry for you "the springs". Prejudice thoughts? How did you see that in the post you replied to? NO WHERE in the post was anything about race, religion or anything that could be considered a "prejudice" comment, yet you somehow say one. Very sad....perhaps you are the one with the racial issue.
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        by What? on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:19 AM in reply to the springs
        "he his the man as are people excel in every thing we do" WTF is that suppose to mean? LOL....another highly educated Obama supporter I guess.
  • by the springs Location: springs on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:33 PM
    It really iiritates me the way the media and others refer to the president as obahma people the man is the president give him his respect an d address him as president obahma don't let the fact that he is black astonish u remember we as black people excel in everything we do, it's time u and others who disrespect understand we are second to none, and show some respect, that is are commander in cheif.
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      by Common Sense on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:05 AM in reply to the springs
      I don't understand why you insist on making it a race issue. Didn't the people proof that they are not racists by voting for Obama in 2008? His failed policies, raising the debt ceiling and his inability to change this country around and to unite the people are the reasons the people do not want him for another 4 years. Making a race issue out of it says a lot about your tolerance.
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      by What? on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:23 AM in reply to the springs
      LOL! YOU can even spell his name right! "obahma" !!! Nice way to "represent"... Keep excelling in everything you do! LOL
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    And at the end of the day, Mitt and Barry laugh about how gullible Americans are.
  • by J Location: Pueblo on Feb 6, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    Obama at least is trying to clean up the Republican mess form 4 years ago, it takes time and Republicans do not understand. Thay have to be bitter at some one. Republicans LIKE MONEY Romney and Gingrich!!!
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      by hmm on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to J
      No budget for three years as well as (D)Harry Reid saying the senate has no plans of passing a budget this year as of last week. Republicans did not make this entire mess you are false, some of this can go back to Clinton era policies as well. After all back in 2008 Obama said "raising the debt ceiling is unpatriotic". His quote fits him well. He has increased the debt of this nation more than all other presidents combined. Also we are now in Obamas recession and Obamas economy for over 3 years and yet he can't be responsible and claim his mess. Just a typical liberal punk with no clue outside of racial politics that he loves to play. You can only cry wolf for so long........
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      by RF on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:41 PM in reply to J
      heh heh heh. He's trying his best gosh darnit. It usually takes about 8 years to discover nothing is going to change.
  • by nina Location: cs,co on Feb 6, 2012 at 01:33 PM
    4 more years of Obama! I can't wait to campaign again for him.
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      by Common Sense on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:26 AM in reply to nina
      LOL, you can't wait to campaign for him? He's been doing it for 3 years, and if you had a clue you would realize his campaign is under way in full swing with volunteers already in place. WHAT are YOU waiting for?
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