Obama Widens Lead in New Polls
Two polls released Tuesday showed President Barack Obama with a solid lead over his Republican challenger, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.
Both polls showed an increase in Obama’s lead. The May PPP poll showed Obama with a 49-44 lead over Romney, while the April Pew Poll showed Obama with a 49-45 advantage.
Both polls showed a continued, large gender gap. Obama leads Romney by just 2 percent in the poll, 47-45, among men. Among women, however, Obama has a commanding 52-40 lead. The Pew poll shows similar results, with Obama winning 46-44 among men, and 51-40 among women.
The polls did have some variance. The Pew poll showed Obama winning Hispanic voters handily, 67-21, while the PPP poll showed the race much closer among Hispanics, with Obama leading 49-45.
Both polls showed Obama leading handily among voters under 65. The PPP poll showed Obama and Romney tied among voters over 65, while the Pew poll showed Romney leading Obama, 49-42. Romney also did relatively well with white voters and voters making more than $75,000 per year.
The polls gave mixed reviews on the job President Obama is doing. In the Pew poll, 46 percent of respondents approved of Obama’s job performance, the same as in April. 42 percent disapproved, down from 45 percent in April. In the PPP poll, 46 percent approved of Obama’s performance, but 48 percent disapproved.
The Pew poll also had some bad news for Obama. The number of voters saying they were hearing mostly bad news about the economy tracked up, to 37 percent. While that’s still far below last October, when nearly 60 percent of respondents said they were hearing bad news most often, it is higher than in March, when only 24 percent of respondents were hearing bad news more than good.
The Pew poll was conducted May 9-June 3, 2012. 3,003 adults were interviewed, including 2,338 registered voters. The margin of error was ± 2.3 percent. The PPP/Daily Kos/SEIU poll was conducted May 31-June 3, 2012. 1,000 registered voters were interviewed. The margin of error was ±3.1 percent.
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