More Bad News: President Obama’s Numbers Are Plummeting in Two Key Swing States
A Pew poll released yesterday shows Romney has overtaken President Obama in the polls. According to the poll, 49 percent of likely voters support Mitt Romney compared to just 45 percent who support President Obama. Six percent of those polled remain undecided. President Obama had an eight point lead among likely voters in the same poll prior to the debate.
Not only are Obama’s numbers falling in general, they’re also falling in swing states that Obama must win if he hopes to be reelected.
New polls in both Michigan and Pennsylvania show Obama’s lead narrowing to only 3 points. Worst of all, the Michigan poll is from Democratic pollster Foster McCollum White Baydoun, which means the poll does not skew Republican. The Pennsylvania poll is a non-partisan poll from Siena College.
The Siena poll shows President Obama’s favorability numbers dropping below 50 percent. President Obama’s favorability rating had been 54 percent before he lost the first presidential debate to Mitt Romney. Presidents with favorability rankings below 50 percent aren’t usually reelected.
Previously, some pundits have said that voters don’t make decisions based on debates, but that logic is proving to be false. Mitt Romney clearly got a noticeable bump after his debate with President Obama. What we’re seeing is that, prior to the debate, Romney had been his own worst enemy. But now that Romney has come out swinging, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Americans don’t seem to mind that most of what Romney said during the debate was yet another flip flop. Romney’s lies may not have mattered had Obama been willing to point them out during the debate, but he didn’t.
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