The margin between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney continues to grow, two new polls released this week showed.
According to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday, Obama is leading Romney 52-45 percent among all registered voters and 53-42 among all respondents, marking a three point boost for Obama since June and a 1-3 point loss for Romney.
This widening lead was confirmed by a new Fox News poll also released Thursday which showed Obama leading Romney 49-40 percent. Both polls showed a jump up in the president's numbers - CNN +43, Fox +4 - in the past two months.
And there was other good news for Obama. Overall, CNN poll respondents approved more heartily of Obama, giving him a 50 percent approval rating for his job as president and a 56 percent personal approval rating. Fox respondents gave the president an even better score of 54 percent overall approval. Their job performance approval rating was slightly lower, at 49 percent.
Romney, on the other hand, has never had his approval rating above 49 percent according to CNN, sitting around 47-48 in the last two months. Fox's numbers were even lower, with Romney's approval back to June levels of 46 percent.
Romney is still scoring consistently better on economic policy than the president while Obama continues to dominant on issues like foreign policy, gay rights and relatability.
But the most surprising number of the lot could be the one given when CNN respondents were asked, "Regardless of whom you support, and trying to be as objective as possible, who do you think will win the election in November - Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?"
Of the total responses, a whopping 63 percent said they think the president will win a second term. Only 33 percent said they thought Romney would unseat Obama.
This is the widest margin for this question category in a CNN poll since former President Bill Clinton beat Kansas Senator Bob Dole in 1996. In August of 1996, Clinton held a 69-24 percent lead over Dole.
In the 2008 election, Obama only held a 52-44 percent lead over Arizona Sen. John McCain. In 2004, former president George W. Bush and Mass. Senator John Kerry were actually tied at 47-47.
by RTT Staff Writer
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