United States President Barack Obama is leading his challenger, Mitt Romney, by as much as 3 percentage points in some new presidential polls released this week.
But Democratic supporters should not find much solace in these numbers just yet, as the fact remains the battle for the White House is still very tight. Other polls give Romney the advantage, although a much smaller one.
Of the nine most recent polls, Real Clear Politics’ average is indicating it is still a statistical dead heat. With Obama favored 48.8 percent to win the general election and Romney favored 48.1 percent, the 2012 presidential election is anyone’s for the taking at this time.
What Each Poll Is Saying
The incumbent is leading in four of the nine polls making up the RCP average. Romney is leading in two while both are tied in the remaining three presidential polls.
- Politico’s results show Romney and Obama tied at 47 percent.
- Rasmussen Reports gives Romney a 1-percentage-point advantage at 49 percent.
- Obama is ahead in the IBD/TIPP poll -- 50 percent to Romney’s 49 percent.
- CNN locks both nominees in at 49 percent.
- Gallup pushes Romney ahead by one point with his 50 percent.
- But ABC News has Obama at a 3-percentage-point lead at 50 percent and so does Pew Research.
- Monmouth/SurveyUSA/Braun says not so -- it’s a tie at 48 percent.
- NBC News says Obama has got this 48 to 47 percent.
Regardless of what the polls are saying at the moment, it is the voters who are getting the chance to speak on Election Day, Tuesday, after approximately a year of listening to campaign rhetoric.
Already this election year has been filled with a lot of firsts: Obama is the first incumbent president to cast his vote before Election Day. The tiny New Hampshire town that is traditionally the first to vote in the nation, Dixville Notch, recorded its first-ever tie in a general election presidential vote. Both the president and his challenger got five votes.
Record-setting numbers of voters across the nation have cast early ballots. Record turnouts were recorded in Florida and Nevada.
Laura is a U.S. politics reporter for the International Business Times. She was always fascinated by the BBC World News each morning on the radio in Jamaica. That, and a love...