President Barack Obama has jumped to a big lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney, according to the results of a Bloomberg News poll released Wednesday, although the wide gap is at odds with other recent national surveys.
The poll showed that 53 percent of likely voters would vote for Obama if the election were held today, while 40 percent would vote for Romney. Another 5 percent said they were not sure.
However, Obama's double-digit lead in the Bloomberg survey compares to just a 2.3-point advantage for the president in latest polling average compiled by political Web site RealClearPolitics.
The Bloomberg survey suggests that Obama benefits from having a stronger favorability rating, as 55 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the president compared to 39 percent that have a favorable view of Romney.
Fifty-three percent of Americans also said they approve of the job Obama is doing as president, although the same percentage said they disapprove of his handling of the economy.
The poll also showed that 55 percent think Romney is more out of touch with average Americans, while 36 percent said Obama is more out of touch.
Bloomberg's story on the survey noted that the results reflect a 5-point Democratic advantage in terms of party identification, below the 7-point Democratic advantage seen in 2008 exit polls and below the Democratic advantage seen in other national surveys.
The story also noted that 53 percent of those surveyed were women and 67 percent were white, which Bloomberg said is in line with other national polls.
The survey of 1,002 adults was conducted June 15th through 18th and included 734 people that qualified as likely voters. The poll was conducted for Bloomberg News by Selzer & Co.
The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points on general population questions and 3.6 percentage points on likely voter questions.
by RTT Staff Writer
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