Poll: Obama, Romney Virtually Tied



It's a statistical dead heat between President Obama and Mitt Romney, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday.

If the election were held today, 48 percent of those surveyed say they would vote for the former Massachusetts governor, while 47 percent would vote for the president. Both numbers are well within the 3 percent margin of error.

Obama fares similarly against Texas Rep. Ron Paul, 48 percent to 46 percent. Against Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, the president enjoys a wider margin: 51 percent-45 percent if facing Santorum, 52 percent-43 percent against the former House Speaker.

Both Obama and Romney are seen as strong leaders by those surveyed, with more seeing Romney as a political opportunist, whose values and views change for political reasons.

Fifty-three percent see Romney as more capable of jump-starting the economy, but the majority of those surveyed also see him as out of touch with ordinary Americans. That Romney weakness is an Obama strength among those polled; a majority surveyed see Obama as able to relate to the needs of everyday people more.

Voter enthusiasm, often critical in a close election, is beginning to even out after wildly favoring Republicans three months ago: enthusiasm among Republicans has dropped 10 percentage points to 54 percent, while Democrats' enthusiasm has risen 6 percentage points, to 49 percent.

Just over 1,000 people were surveyed for this poll.

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  • by @Pemurf on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:21 AM
    Well said.
  • by Pemurf Location: Co springs on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    Smoke screen by the media in order to continue to brain wash Americans. And an attempt to mold them to fullfil their corporate funding and warmongering agendas.
  • by Common Sense Location: C/S on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    They both suck.
  • by Arctic Warrior Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:02 AM
    Kirk, unfortunately "common sense" when applied to critical thinking is like "common courtesy" with Colorado Springs drivers. It isn't common!
  • by Kirk Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    I know for sure that a LOT of people voted for Obama simply because he is black! Those people should NEVER be allowed to vote again UNTIL they have had at LEAST a high school-level test covering critical thinking and common sense!
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      by Ed on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to Kirk
      A lot of people voted for Mr Soetoro because they got caught up in the "first black president Oprah crying" HYPE. Suckers. Barry works for the bankers just like the rest of them.
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        by Common Sense on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to Ed
        Hoax and Chains!
  • by Disgusted Location: cs on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    Mr. "Change" Obama turned out to be just a darker skinned version of George W. Bush. I voted for him, but I won't make that mistake again!
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      by hmm on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:10 AM in reply to Disgusted
      Not really Bush was a republican that supports blacks and minorities achieving something in their lives through hard work, not entitlements and welfare(modern democrat slavery. The dems haven't changed, the method of slavery changed but the dems still practice plantation politics. Nothing is free in life and dems know how to keep minorities enslaved with promises of free heaalthcare, welfare, foodstamps and distribution of wealth.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to Disgusted
      That's because they are both globalists. Globalists run the country I mean the world, not us.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    I would be laughing out loud if the propaganda mills weren't taken so seriously by so many voters. If people would make their own decisions instead of subscribing to a herd mentality, the country wouldn't be led by people chosen for us by an elite globalist establishment in control of both major parties.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:19 AM in reply to Nath
      Both major parties? You mean ONE major party. Ask David Rockefeller.
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