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Polling Roundup: More Primaries Means More Points For Obama

Polling Roundup: More Primaries Means More Points For Obama

I have to be honest — when I left for maternity leave at the end of January, I was a little sad, thinking that by the time I returned to Care2, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have the endorsement contest pretty much wrapped up, and I would have missed the entire process.

Boy was I wrong.

Instead, we’re about to go into a Michigan primary that should have been a gimmee for Romney, and instead is leaning towards being a squeaker.  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has used his social conservative stances to cash in on Romney’s inability to connect with average Republican voters, and, up until the most recent debate, was projected to provide a likely upset in Romney’s “home” state.

Santorum and Romney have been trading leads nationally for weeks now, and once more the national edge is trending back to Romney.  According to new Gallup numbers, Romney is once more in front – barely — after lagging far behind the Pennsylvania Republican.

Romney is also looking stronger in upcoming contests.  Arizona polling shows him with a very small lead over Santorum in that state, too, at 39 percent to 35.

But not willing to be counted out, we still have to contend with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  Gingrich has a mere 11 percent in Arizona, but that doesn’t seem to be affecting his plans. Apparently vying for a third and final surge, Gingrich is clinging onto his campaign for dear life, and hoping that a double digit lead in Georgia might provide him with the momentum he needs to come back yet again.  Or, at the very least, give him some delegates to play kingmaker with at the party’s convention.

Can Gingrich really make it back into the competition, making the whole thing even more long and complicated than it already is?  Even if he can’t, and it’s just Romney and Santorum continuing to slug away at each other, who’s the biggest winner?  It looks like the answer to that is President Barack Obama.  The latest polling from Politico shows the President with a 53 percent approval rating, and he is leading both Republican challengers by at least 10 percent in head to head matchups.

With the nomination contest looking far from over, one can only wonder whether that lead will continue to grow, and whether inevitable shortening of the general election season means losing precious months the eventual nominee will need in order to recover.

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11:19PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Steve R...RON PAUL?!? LOL!! How much crack have you been smoking today?!?

4:04PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

The reason we are dealing with the subjugating of women and having religious bashing, is Because the repubs are fanatical christians.
They are deliberately focusing on those matters, as they destroy health and jobs. It is a old ploy to divert attention on where they want to really act on.
There is a person behind the curtain. Those people do not want to be known, because they will then be stopped. We haven't seen they yet....but we are getting closer
We are not supposed to see the puppet master. Remember ..... what you see is not all of the picture.

12:23PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

The more these GOPers open their mouths the more I want Obama!

11:19AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

If like Ron Paul's foreign policy, USA should not step into too deep into world issue, there are many internal affairs this nation should be focused. Alternative is needed in 2012 with leadership, who has today - no, but hope 2016.

10:50AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Audrey, I find your choice of Newt quite contrary to the remedy of what the USA needs to reestablish it's economic life. You mentioned that one of the biggest problems was the shipping of jobs overseas, too true, yet the republicans in total continue to support tax breaks for all of the multinational corporations that do exactly that. If you truly want to create more jobs and opportunietes for the American workers, start with standing with the 99%, and stop giving your support to the 1%. Newt policies will only support the 1%

10:33AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

audrey B. So when Pres. Newt invades Iran, the economy will get better on the deficit will be reduced to zero. Get you head out of the sand.

9:06AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

I can't stand any of the Republican candidates.

8:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

55 Interesting Facts About The U.S. Economy In 2012
February 23, 2012

How is the U.S. economy doing in 2012? Unfortunately, it is not doing nearly as well as the mainstream media would have you believe. Yes, things have stabilized for the moment but this bubble of false hope will not last for long. The long-term trends that are ripping our economy and our financial system to shreds continue unabated. When you step back and look at the broader picture, it is hard to deny that we are in really bad shape and that things are rapidly getting worse. Later on in this article you will find a list of interesting facts that show the true state of the U.S. economy. Hopefully many of you will find this list to be a useful tool that you can share with your family and friends. Each day the foundations of our economy crumble a little bit more, and we need to wake up as many Americans as we can to what is really going on while there is still time. We have accumulated way too much debt, we consume far more wealth than we produce, millions of our jobs are being shipped overseas, our big cities are decaying, family budgets are being squeezed more than ever, poverty is rampant and we have raised several generations of Americans that expect the government to fix all of their problems. The U.S. economy is at a crossroads, and the decisions that the American people make in 2012 are going to be incredibly important.
The statistics listed below are presented without much commentary. Th

8:35AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

55 Interesting Facts About The U.S. Economy In 2012
February 23, 2012

How is the U.S. economy doing in 2012? Unfortunately, it is not doing nearly as well as the mainstream media would have you believe. Yes, things have stabilized for the moment but this bubble of false hope will not last for long. The long-term trends that are ripping our economy and our financial system to shreds continue unabated. When you step back and look at the broader picture, it is hard to deny that we are in really bad shape and that things are rapidly getting worse. Later on in this article you will find a list of interesting facts that show the true state of the U.S. economy. Hopefully many of you will find this list to be a useful tool that you can share with your family and friends. Each day the foundations of our economy crumble a little bit more, and we need to wake up as many Americans as we can to what is really going on while there is still time. We have accumulated way too much debt, we consume far more wealth than we produce, millions of our jobs are being shipped overseas, our big cities are decaying, family budgets are being squeezed more than ever, poverty is rampant and we have raised several generations of Americans that expect the government to fix all of their problems. The U.S. economy is at a crossroads, and the decisions that the American people make in 2012 are going to be incredibly important.
The statistics listed below are presented without much commentary. Th

8:34AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Mr. Hope and Blame has been nothing but Shame. Sooooo looking forward to his departure. Hope he gives us an apology for all he has done to mess up this country.

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