Obama’s Lead Grows According to Latest Polls
According to the latest poll, President Obama got his largest lead since Mitt Romney became the Republican presidential nominee. Romney faced rough roads on the campaign trail in previous weeks. Obama campaign released campaign ads that attacked Romney and at the same time faced negative news coverage regarding his overseas trip and his tax returns.
President Obama got 49 percent of vote compared to Romney’s 40 percent in the poll made by Fox News. Last month, Obama got a four percentage point lead over his Republican rival. This is the second time this year that the president got a lead outside of the poll’s margin of sampling error.
The president’s lead came as a result of increased support from independents, who said will vote for him over Romney by 11 percentage points. 30 percent of independents remained undecided. Last month, President Obama got a four percentage point lead among independents. Romney had the lead from April to early June.
There was also an increase in support for President Obama among blacks, women and Democrats. The Obama campaign spent a lot on advertising as it released ads attacking Romney’s time at Bain Capital and his tax returns. It looks like their strategy is working as Romney’s favorable rating dropped six percentage points compared to last month. It now sits at 46 percent, which is down from 52 percent in mid-July.
At the same period, Romney’s unfavorable rating went up five points. His favorable rating remained steady among the Republicans but it is down eight percentage points among independents and seven points among Democrats.
54 percent of voters got a positive view of President Obama, which is his highest favorable rating in more than a year. Last month, it was 52 percent. Obama’s rating is as high as it was four years ago when 59 percent of voters viewed him positively.