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Romney Rising in the Polls, but Is It Sustainable?

Polls show momentum is now with Gov. Mitt Romney, but will they swing back in the president's favor in time for the election?

Just three weeks ago, Gov. Mitt Romney was trailing in the polls and President Barack Obama looked all but set for a second term – or so many of the political pundits thought. On Sept. 20, The New York Times reported that Romney “faced a daunting task,” if he hoped to win the presidency. 

But then came the first debate and things look a little different now.

After new polls released on Oct. 9, Romney had pulled ahead in the RealClearPolitics average at 47.6 to 46.1 and Politico was the only one of the traditional polls that gave Obama a lead at 48 to 49. Gallup had them tied at 48 each, but the Fox News Poll had Romney ahead at 46 to 45. Rasmussen also had Romney ahead at 48 to 47 and Pew Research had the strongest lead for Romney at 49 to 45. USAToday reported that the change is an indication that the race is going to be close right up until the very end.

So do you think this is just a bounce as a result of Romney’s strong debate performance or do you think is this a permanent change in the direction of the race?

Karsten Torch October 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
And let me be clear about something. something that Tammy touched on. Nobody blames Obama for the recession. We blame him for us still being so deeply entrenched in it. He's had over three years now, two of those with a Democrat controlled congress that would have given him anything he wanted. He couldn't even get his budget or any of his jobs bills passed. And it wasn't just because of an obstructionist Republican congress - not even Dems voted on his stuff! He's been an abject failure on any measurable scale. The only reason the unemployment rate dropped at all was because so many people have given up looking. If we still had the same size work force now that we had three years ago, we would be at about 11% unemployment. So while he didn't cause the mess in the first place, he sure has done a good job of keeping us here.
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Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Do not reward Obama for this epic failure… Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012

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