Another day, another batch of completely contradictory poll results when it comes to the presidential general election. A new poll out from McClatchy-Marist shows that President Barack Obama and GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney are nearly tied at 46 and 44 points respectively. According to the poll, “A key reason [Romney and candidate Rick Santorum] are both close: Each edges the president among independent voters by 1 point. Another: The president, while enjoying an uptick of support on his handling of the economy and foreign affairs, nevertheless has the overall job approval of fewer than half of American voters at 48 percent, with 47 percent disapproving and 5 percent unsure. He fares a tad better when voters were asked whether they have favorable or unfavorable impressions of him: Fifty percent are favorable, 46 percent unfavorable and 3 percent unsure.”
Contrast those findings with a Suffolk University poll also released yesterday, which shows the President leading Mitt Romney by 10 points. Although the job approval rating was nearly identical, the President’s favorables were 15 points higher than that of Romney.
Also published yesterday? A Rasmussen Poll showing Obama and Romney three points from each other at 46 to 43. Once more, job approval ratings on the President are very close to what the other two polls show.
So is Suffolk the outlier this week? It could be. After all, the idea that so many more people view the president favorably but apparently disapprove of the job he is doing in office doesn’t make a lot of sense.
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