The general election unofficially began this week, with Rick Santorum dropping out of the primary and leaving Mitt Romney without any serious opposition and able to turn his attention full time for campaigning against President Barack Obama.
And it’s possible that in just that short of time, and with all of the focus directed at the incumbent, the Romney campaign is making a difference. According to a new Fox News poll, Romney and Obama are in a statistical tie, with Romney leading Obama 46 to 44 percent (well within the margin of error), and the President’s approval at its lowest point for 2012.
As Politico notes, this a fairly drastic swing from the ABC News/Washington Post poll from last week that showed Obama leading Romney 51 to 44. “The differences in results suggest either a very volatile race or very different polling methodologies.”
One place likely to have created a difference? The response of women and Independents. According to Fox, women supported Obama over Romney by 8 points, and Independents broke for Romney 43 to 37. In the WP/ABC poll, Obama leads Romney by 19 points, and Romney leads Obama with Independents by just two points.
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