Romney Up By Four in Presidential Poll

Helen Whalen Cohen

6/2/2012 11:48:00 AM - Helen Whalen Cohen

Rasmussen Reports shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama 48%-44%, the largest margin that either of them has had in several weeks.

 

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney picking up 48% of the vote, while President Obama attracts 44%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

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This is the first time either candidate has been ahead by more than two points since President Obama held a three-point edge on May 21. As with all such changes, it remains to be seen whether these new numbers reflect a lasting change in the race or are merely statistical noise. See tracking history.

The same poll shows that voters trust Republicans over Democrats to handle the economy by a wide margin. Not a surprising result, given that Rasmussen's consumer confidence index also fell by 5 points this week.

 

For the first time in five-and-a-half years of regular tracking, half of voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to the economy. The GOP now has a 50% to 39% advantage on the economy. And, of course, that's the issue voters rate by far as most important this election season.

Just 38% believe the president has done a good or excellent job on the economy.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown is leading Elizabeth Warren 39% to 37% in a Boston Globe poll, and 60% are happy with the job that he is doing in Washington.

 

The poll shows Brown in a strong position. The incumbent’s job approval rating is at a comfortable 60 percent, with just 31 percent of voters saying they disapprove of the work he is doing in Washington.

Still, the bottom line is that the race remains a toss-up, with Brown leading Warren 39 percent to 37 percent, largely unchanged from the Globe’s March poll that also showed Brown leading by two percentage points.

‘‘Overall, this shows the strengths that Brown has and it shows the problems, obviously, that the Warren campaign has had,’’ said Andrew E. Smith, the Globe’s pollster.

But, with the race virtually tied and demographics that favor Democratic candidates in Massachusetts, ‘‘this will be a really close race all the way through,’’ said Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

After several weeks of brouhaha over her heritage it isn't surprising that Warren is falling behind, but I'd like to think that her almost nomination to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and claim that 'no one got rich on their own' to justify progressive economic policies have more to do with it.