The latest poll by CNN and ORC International has bad news for the Romney campaign. While national polls this far out can always change, this one spells trouble for Willard because of his favorable/unfavorable ratings, which are less subject to change. The poll gives President Obama a 52% to 45% lead over Romney.
Among independents, a group Romney has to win to get to the White House, the President leads 53% to 42%. This particular poll even shows a lead for Obama among men, along with a huge lead among women, that well-known “gender gap.”
While Romney’s favorable rating has stayed stable, his unfavorable has increased, jumping from 42% in July to 48% now. The president’s 56%-42% favorable-unfavorable rating has not changed. While only 40% of independents viewed Romney unfavorably in May, now 52% have an unfavorable view of him. The poll found that 64% of all Americans, and 68% of independents think Romney favors the rich over the middle class. Also, 63% think Romney should release more tax returns than he has already made public. The poll contacted 1,010 adults nationwide, including 911 registered voters, by telephone. The sampling error is plus or minus 3%.
While things are looking better for the election, don’t forget that there is still a flood of right-wing money ready to continue to inundate the airwaves with negative advertising. Plus, we can’t count on Willard continuing to be as inept as he was on his failure of a foreign adventure. Our best hope is to keep strengthening our ground game.