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It’s Still About the Economy

It’s Still About the Economy

Doug Schoen’s Perspective: Two new polls present vastly different pictures of the upcoming presidential election. According to Fox News, Obama has a 46 percent to 39 percent advantage over Romney if the election were held today (field work was conducted May 13-15). The national debt clock, as pictured here at a Feb. 24 town hall meeting where Romney spoke. The national debt promises to figure prominently in the presidential election. [...]

Romney And Obama: What The Polls Really Tell Us

Romney And Obama: What The Polls Really Tell Us

Two new polls present vastly different pictures of the upcoming presidential election. According to Fox News, Obama has a 46 percent to 39 percent advantage over Romney if the election were held today (fieldwork was conducted May 13-15). In contrast, the CBS News/NY Times poll had Romney ahead of Obama with 46 percent to 43 percent of the vote (fieldwork May 11-13). How can these disparate results be reconciled? The [...]

Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement hasn’t moved the polls

Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement hasn’t moved the polls

Almost two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, polls provide some measure of the impact – zero. Gallup’s tracking poll average for May 1-7 – the period that ended with Vice President Joe Biden’s statement that he supported same-sex marriage – showed Mitt Romney ahead of Obama by 3 points – 47 percent-44 percent. And the tracking poll average over the past seven days? Romney [...]

Vanderbilt poll: Obama closes gap with Romney

Vanderbilt poll: Obama closes gap with Romney

President Barack Obama has pulled into a virtual tie with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in traditionally conservative Tennessee, according to a new Vanderbilt University pol.. The poll also found that Tennesseans weren’t thrilled with the Republican-led General Assembly’s frequent focus on social, cultural and religious issues this year. But Republican Gov. Bill Haslam managed to remain above the fray, winning approval from 61 percent of poll participants. “Tennessee is [...]