Romney beating Obama at polls

2011-06-07 22:28

Washington - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney pulled ahead of President Barack Obama in a poll of registered voters on Tuesday, as public disapproval over the faltering US economy grows.

By 49 to 46%, Romney outpolled Obama in a head-to-head election, according to the survey by The Washington Post and ABC News.

That margin was within the 3.5% sampling error, but nevertheless suggests that the incumbent president could be vulnerable as he tries to win re-election next year.

Obama led all other potential Republican challengers in the survey, coming out on top in hypothetical head-to-head showdowns against Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Sarah Palin.

Romney, the putative frontrunner in a field of several Republican contenders, lost the party's presidential nomination to Senator John McCain in 2008.

The millionaire businessman, who has made America's foundering economy a central campaign theme, has been campaigning for the 2012 nomination ever since.

He officially launched his presidential campaign last week at a rally held in the key state of New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Not producing jobs

Obama said at a press conference on Tuesday that he knows there is "enormous work to do" to strengthen the recovery after the worst recession in decades.

"I'm concerned that the recovery we're on is not producing jobs as quickly as I wanted [it] to happen," he said at the press event marking this week's summit with Germany's Angela Merkel.

Romney and other Republican challengers have lambasted the president for remarks last week that they said trivialized the economic pain felt by jobless Americans.

Obama last week said that the economy had hit a "bump" on the road to recovery, as put the best spin possible on disappointing employment figures that showed lower than anticipated jobs growth.

Tuesday's poll found Americans broadly pessimistic mood with fuel prices nearly at all-time highs, home values on the decline and concern growing over the pace of the economic recovery.

By a two-to-one margin, Americans said the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 rated the economy in negative terms.

Obama scores negative

Meanwhile, nearly six in 10 said they felt that the economy has not yet started to recover, despite official data showing that an economic rebound is under way.

Overall, about six Americans in 10 gave Obama negative marks on his handling of the economy and the deficit, and nearly two-thirds of political independents disapprove of the president's handling of the economy.

The Post-ABC telephone survey randomly polled 1 002 adults, between June 2 and June 5, and had a plus or minus 3.5% sampling error.

The poll found voters - especially the critically important independent voters not allied with either Democrats or Republicans - unhappy with the president's performance.

His relatively low poll numbers are in stark contrast to early May, when a "bin Laden bounce" raised his job approval level to nearly the highest of his presidency.

US Navy SEALs shot and killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2 in the northern Pakistani town of Abbottabad, leading to spontaneous outbursts of dancing in the street in America and that sizable up tick in Obama's poll numbers.

  • grootgertnw - 2011-06-07 22:47

    Huh, really? The ABCNews poll actually shows Romney and Obama polling the same, at 46%.

  • Bill - 2011-06-07 23:38

    Obama is a fraud, a lair and a cheat and needs to be removed from office! You go Mitt Romney...!

  • JJRR - 2011-06-08 09:18

    O hel wat nou! Al hulle aandag was op Palin, om haar swart te smeer (sonder sukses). Nou moet hulle uivind dat Romney is die vyand! hahahah Wat gaan die liberal media en liberal democrats nou maak!

  • daaivark - 2011-06-08 09:31

    Ten minste het Romney 'n brein. Enigiemand is beter as Palin. Sy is 'n idioot.

  • jareddrak - 2011-06-08 09:35

    Please dont call him like that, Obama is the powerful president of the world. :)

  • PMG - 2011-06-08 09:38

    Obama before the election - Yes,we can. Obama today - Actually,no I can not.

  • JJRR - 2011-06-08 09:49

    Palin is n idioot? sy steel nie, pleeg nie bedrog nie, is nie n krimineel nie, waar bly ons nou weer? SA!!!!!!!!

      daaivark - 2011-06-08 11:17

      Dom wees het boggerol te doen met diefstal.... en ons praat nie nou van SA nie. Jou obsessies is tragies verby. Ek kry jou jammer. Jou lewe moet aaklig wees.

      Irené - 2011-06-08 12:25

      Jy weet skeinbaar niks van Amerikaanse politiek nie- ek lei af jy hou van Palin omdat sy in die 'yummy mummy' category val- en nie weens enige politieke drang nie. she is just a yank with no idea of how birthcontrol works and believes the universe was created in 7days- lets look at her daughter for example (the one she is so proud of)- if shes such a great Xtian mother- explain all this- her daughter who fell pregnant even though they are holier than thou Xtians who are supposed to abstain before marriage, at the age of 17- then the daughter went on and had a very public break up with her equally retarded 'fiance' then she appeared on Dancing with the Stars- cause shes just a working girl, more recently she had a chin reduction surgery - specially for her new reality show that is about to start filming- wow that looks like one wholesome family with their head screwed on straight!! I can just see what a huge priority public spending, the economy and politics in general, is to them. Stealing and being stupid have nothing to do with one another. However not knowing where Russia is, or that Africa is in fact made up of more than one country does get you on the stupidest friggen politician of the 21 century.

  • trunkbutt - 2011-06-08 15:15

    white americans finally starting to wake up and realize a primitive black savage like Obongo has no place running a white country

      Irené - 2011-06-08 17:18

      If i ever met you in person I would break your trachea you pathetic waste of oxygen. All I have ever read from you is hateful racist bile- either you are the worst troll in the world or a really sad man. A person's skin colour does not say anything about how they are on the inside- but a useless cretin like yourself obviously doesnt even have the logic to figure that out. its thanks to hateful bastards like you (of all races) that is keeping the rest of the human race back. What a sad existence you must lead- thinking ayone who does not share your KKK mentality and milky white skin is somewoh worth less than you. You probably havent added anything to society except for our landfills.

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