Two new national polls of likely voters released Monday show Republican nominee Mitt Romney with a comparatively smaller disadvantage than other polls released over the past week. In both a new Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll and a Washington Post/ABC survey, President Barack Obama leads Romney by just 2 points among likely voters — 49 per cent to 47 per cent.
The numbers are virtually unchanged from the last time each was taken. But that’s good news for the Republican nominee, who trailed Obama in most other national polling last week. Politico’s James Hohmann even suggests that Romney could swing into the lead with a good enough performance in Wednesday’s first presidential debate.
Though the race remains largely unchanged, there are some good internal movements for Romney:
- In the Politico/GW poll, Romney leads by 4 points with Independents, a bigger gap than their last survey a couple weeks ago.
- Romney has retaken his advantage — albeit a slim one — on which candidate would be best on handling the economy and jobs.
- The WaPo/ABC poll also shows that voters are more confident a Romney administration would improve the economy within the next two years. 50-one per cent of voters are confident the economy would improve under Romney, compared with 46 per cent that say the same of Obama.
- The WaPo poll finds that voters are still sour on the state of the economy, as only 18 per cent rate it as “excellent” or “good.” Meanwhile, 81 per cent say it’s “not so good” or “poor.”
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