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Poll: Romney narrowly leads Obama among registered voters in a head-to-head race

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Mitt Romney would tie President Obama in a head-to-head contest, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday. Among registered voters, the survey showed Romney would narrowly lead.

Romney ties Obama with 47 percent of the vote among adult Americans. When weighted to only look at registered voters, he edges Obama 49 percent to 46 percent.

Romney is the only Republican candidate who keeps pace with Obama. The president comes in at least 10 percentage points ahead of the other candidates tested – Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, and Sarah Palin.

Romney’s ascendance comes alongside disappointing poll numbers for the president, whose approval rating has dropped to 47 percent, down from 56 percent on May 2 of this year. The Washington Post suggests that this shows the end of his bump in approval rating after killing Osama bin Laden, though Gallup and other polls have not yet shown a significant downturn.

Obama fares poorly when people are asked whether they approve or disapprove of his handling of the economy or the budget deficit. Fifty-nine percent of people disapprove of how he is handling the economy and 61 percent disapprove of his handling of the federal budget deficit.

Additionally, 66 percent of respondents said that things in the country have “gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track.”

  • billsebe

    Romney narrowly leads Obama among registered voters in a head-to-head race… among democrats???

  • lookshop

    I’d really like to see the poll, notice the poll did not include Ron Paul. Hmmm, must be because Ron Paul beat Romney in the last poll against Obama. But because Ron Paul is not owned by any special interest group and cannot be bought by corporate media, they have no interest in promoting him.

  • Li

    I’m glad to see that the electorate is favoring the candidate that is best prepared to address the hydra-headed monster that is high unemployment, high gas prices, an out of control national debt, and an outrageous foreclosure rate.

    If the guy can give us Staples, Dominos, Sports Authority, and the Winter 2002 Olympics, I’m anxious to see if he can use his turn-around skills to give us 5% unemployment. I hope this guys get a shot.

  • writeblock

    In previous Harris and Quinnipiac polls, Rudy beat Obama by several points. This poll did not include a head-to-head with Giuliani. Interesting too that Romney has now embraced the global warming myth. This is bound to weaken him further with conservatives. Barbour did well to remind us not to demand purity from our best candidates. We’ll need the reminder.

  • teapartypatriot

    Looks like when you’re a (phony) conservative (when talking to conservatives) and a BIG GOVERNMENT socialist (when in office) you can get votes from all over the spectrum.

    BUT, who can stomach having such a despicable person elected to a responsible position (besides the AMNESTY-JOHN mccain supporters, of course.) ?

  • HardRightTurn

    Romney will probably not win the nomination. He leans too much towards progressivism. Health care mandates and climate hoaxes will bring him down.

  • JL1999

    If you spend much time among Tea Partiers, you will find Romney has more support than the Ron Paul types and the other social issues folks will admit. We just want someone to get the economy on track create jobs and stop the socialists in the White House from continuing to destroy our nation. Romney at least has a track record of fixing broken institutions where the Ron Pauls and Michelle Bachmans, Sarah Palins and the others only only talk about doing something, someday, maybe, sort of that may or may not work. It boils down to who has actrually done it versus those who have not.

  • kingfish

    Who cares? The MSM and DC keeps “touting” Romney, who is a thief according to White Hat Reports #3 and #12.
    http://tdarkcabal.blogspot.com/2011/02/white-hat-report-12-february-22-2011.html

    Romney seems to LACK ANY CONVICTIONS that would satisfy conservative voters to the point of:
    1) Getting the country back to a LAWFUL one
    2) Stopping the continual bailouts to banksters
    3) Stopping the FED’s next QE3 money printing
    4) Firing Geithner and getting rid of Bernanke
    5) Refusing to sign UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS
    6) Halving the Federal Government
    7) Returning education to the states where it actually “worked”
    8) Refusing to sign funding for ObamaCare and Cap & Trade
    9) Consolidating all the Intel agencies to save trillions
    10) STOPPING ALL THE WARS and invasions of sovereign countries
    11) Cutting the severely BLOATED military budget and their wasteful spending. The $4.9 TRILLION the Pentagon “lost” one day prior to 911 could’ve funded the military for a long while. WHERE DID IT GO? ISRAEL, ALONG WITH DOV ZAKHEIM, THE PENTAGON COMPTROLLER AT THE TIME?

    BLOATED MILITARY SPENDING
    http://www.tbyil.com/Military_Spending.htm

    ROMNEY will NOT do ANY of these things. He’s “just another politician”, NOT a leader. He inspires no trust nor has he provided a roadmap to exit the MIRE we’re in.