Obama, Dems Hold Narrow Lead in CNN Poll

President Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over his Republican challenger, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. The poll also showed a narrow preference for Democratic members of Congress.

Obama would win the votes of 49 percent of registered voters to Romney’s 46 percent. 5 percent of respondents said they were undecided or would support a different candidate.

The poll showed a narrowing of Obama’s support from mid-April, when Obama led Romney 52 to 43 among registered voters.

In addition to his narrow lead, Obama held a significant advantage in one important metric: depth of support. 62 percent of Obama supporters said they strongly supported Obama, compared to only 47 percent of Romney supporters. 53 percent of Romney supporters said they supported their candidate only moderately.

While Obama’s lead has narrowed since April, the race has also begun to come into focus. 74 percent of respondents say they are certain to vote for their preferred candidate, up from 67 percent in April.

Democrats also held an advantage on the “generic ballot,” which measures overall party preference for control of Congress. 48 percent of registered voters said they would like Democrats to control the House and Senate, while 45 percent supported Republicans. This showed a marginal change from April, when Democrats held a 50-46 edge.

While the race has narrowed somewhat, the approval rating of President Obama actually increased, to 52 percent, up from 49 percent in April, and his highest mark since May of 2011.

While much has been made of the gender gap in polling, the poll showed men and women in rough agreement, with 48 percent of men and 49 percent of women supporting Obama. The largest difference was in support from white voters and nonwhite voters. 56 percent of white voters support Romney, while 73 percent of nonwhite voters back Obama.

The poll of 895 registered voters and 1,009 adults was conducted May 29-31 by ORC International for CNN. The poll has a margin of error of ±3.5%

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Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse6 years ago

This is far more important than a metaphorical analysis to a horse race. The Democratic party must push through and start exploiting what the Republicans actually stand for. Do the Americans not remember what Bush did for them? What about the 1% who brainwash people and take advantage of them? Time to start taking to the streets and protesting the Republican mantra which resembles the, dare I say it, the Communists. The first example is for the Americans to look North and look at democracy going down in fire because of neo-cons.

Anne K.
Anne K6 years ago

Maybe so Kamryn, as it is Belmont Stakes week with a Triple Crown on the line. Got my attention!

Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

Honestly since Bain is part owner of CNN I'm sure that their is a bigger margin of err.

Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

This should not surprise anyone since we are narrowly divided country. I still think the good always prevails.

Chris Cole
Chris C6 years ago

Green start to Troy G - you said it! AMEN!

Troy G.
Troy Grant6 years ago

Obama is treading carefully through the Republican-Blue Dog-Wall Street minefield. He is a good chess player.

donald baumgartner
donald B6 years ago


Kamryn M.
Kay M6 years ago

is this an attempt at subliminal messaging with the horse-race photo?