Obama Widens Lead in New Poll
by Jeff Fecke
President Barack Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by 10 percentage points, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
According to the poll, Obama would win 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 41 percent. 10 percent were undecided or supported other candidates.
The improvement for Obama was driven by an increasingly unfavorable view of Romney. According to the poll, only 37 percent of voters view Romney favorably, while 52 percent have an unfavorable view of him. Those numbers showed significant weakening from June, when 41 percent of voters viewed Romney favorably and 47 percent viewed him unfavorably. Obama is viewed favorably by 50 percent of voters, while 45 percent view him unfavorably.
Romney suffered through a series of gaffes in July, including a disastrous foreign trip. Romney has also been stung over attacks on his unwillingness to release more than a couple of personal tax returns.
Romney continues to struggle with women, trailing Obama 56-37. Romney and Obama are essentially tied among male voters, with Romney leading 47-46. Obama leads among voters under 30 by a 58-34 margin. The only age group Romney leads is voters over 65, who back Romney 49-45.
Romney is ahead with white voters, 51-42, but trails Obama badly among African American voters and Hispanic voters. Romney trails 70-26 among Hispanic voters, and a staggering 92-4 among African American voters.
Romney does lead, 49-43, among voters making more than $100,000 per year, but he trails significantly among voters making less than that.
The poll was conducted July 16-26, 2012, of 1,956 registered voters and 2,508 adults. The poll has a margin of error of ±2.8 percent.