September 20, 2012 |
The last few days have brought a raft of new polls about the presidential race -- and some sharp conflicts in the data. One widely followed poll, the Rasmussen survey , had Republican Mitt Romney 1 point ahead on Wednesday, but by Thursday had moved to a three-point lead for President Obama, 50%-47%. Two others, the nightly Gallup tracking poll and a survey for the Associated Press , had 1-point leads for Obama on Wednesday. But at least six other surveys this week by Fox News ; NBC and the Wall St. Journal ; the Washington Post ; CBS, the New York Times and Quinnipiac University; Pew Research Center ; and Marquette University in Wisconsin have results nationally or in key battleground states showing Obama leading by significantly larger margins.
October 11, 2013 |
For Republicans, the last 10 days have felt like falling down a darkened elevator shaft: You want to hit bottom, but wonder about the odds of survival. In what has become an almost daily occurrence, Thursday night brought another poll showing the damage the party has suffered as a result of the government shutdown. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that the party's popularity had dropped and Americans were far more likely to blame them for the goings-on in Washington than their Democratic opponents.
September 19, 2012 |
Two new polls of Wisconsin voters bear welcome news for Democrats, suggesting the Paul Ryan effect has worn off on the presidential race in his home state and that an earlier Republican edge in a critical U.S. Senate race has evaporated. A Marquette University Law School survey of 601 likely Wisconsin voters showed Obama opening up a 54% to 40% lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, a survey of 1,485 likely Wisconsin voters by Quinnipiac University, the New York Times and CBS News gave Obama a more modest but still healthy six-point edge over Romney, 51% to 45%. The gap measured by Marquette was the widest recorded in polls this year.
August 31, 2009 |
Daily Kos, an influential liberal website, recently released a poll showing that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was just nine points behind Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary race for governor. Within minutes, the San Francisco Chronicle posted a blog item saying the poll showed the race was "narrowing," comparing it to a June survey, conducted by a different company, that gave Brown a 20-point lead over Newsom. The item was quickly picked up and posted by Rough & Tumble, California's premier political news aggregator.
February 21, 2012 |
Rick Santorum is within striking distance of Mitt Romney in Arizona, a state that was considered reliable Romney territory just weeks ago, according to a new TIME/CNN poll. Thirty-six percent of likely Republican voters back Romney while 32% support Santorum. The poll, which was conducted Sunday through Monday, has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points, meaning the two candidates are in a statistical dead heat. Newt Gingrich ranks third with 18% support, followed by Ron Paul with 6%. It is the second poll this week to find Romney and Santorum running neck-and-neck in Arizona, with just one week before Arizona's GOP presidential primary.
December 23, 2011 |
Although President Obama still enjoys higher job approval ratings from Latinos than he does from the public at large, a new Ipsos-Telemundo poll shows the president's support among Latinos continues to decline. A majority - 56% -- said in late November and early December that they approve of how the president is handling his job. By comparison, 86% of Latinos approved of Obama in April 2009, and 62% approved in June. According to an Ipsos analysis of the poll, the results “suggest that while President Obama's approval has been dropping since he took office, the disillusion among Latinos is more pronounced than among the general public.” The six-percentage-point drop since June is double the drop among the public at large, according to the poll.