Romney Catches Up With Obama Following GOP Convention: Reuters Poll Has Candidates Tied

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Since the best theater is that whose 100% assured outcome is not absolutely obvious, Reuters/Ipsos is happy to advise the 47% or so of American eligible voters who will actually participate in the upcoming presidential election that following the GOP convention, Hurricane Issac and the Invisible Obama, Romney has managed to cut Obama's 4 point lead and is now neck and neck with the incumbent. From Reuters: "President Barack Obama enters an important campaign week tied with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Sunday, leaving the incumbent an opportunity to edge ahead of his opponent at the Democratic National Convention. With the Democrats set to nominate Obama for a second term this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, the race to the presidential election on November 6 is all knotted up at 45 percent for Obama and 45 percent for Romney among likely voters, the survey found." Of course, this being America, all that is needed is for the Democrats to invite Jason Biggs to deliver the Eastwood counter, and Obama's victory will be assured.

From Reuters:

The findings were from the seventh day of a rolling online poll conducted for Reuters by Ipsos to judge voters' attitudes around the political conventions.


A week ago, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said Obama led Romney 46 percent to 42 percent. The Republican's own convention last week in Tampa, Florida, gave him a small boost, vaulting him into an even position with Obama but no further.


Now Obama, who is to accept the nomination on Thursday, is poised to get his own convention bounce. Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said she was confident Obama's numbers would improve during his convention.


"The fact that Obama and Romney are still tied signals to me that we're not going to see any sort of sustained bump for Romney," Clark said. "As we go into next week's convention, Romney will struggle to maintain even footing with the president - we'll likely see a shift back towards Obama."


While each candidate won overwhelming support from voters in his own political party, Romney was leading Obama among all-important independent voters by 33 percent to 28 percent, the poll found.

Naturally, since the US president is merely a figurehead, or an actor if you will, it is far more important if he or she is "likable", "eloquent" or "personable" - which is good: hopefully, by now nobody harbors hope that the next president will be able to do anything about America's crash course with the iceberg of mathematics and insolvency.

Republicans used their convention to play up the former private equity executive's family and personal life.


"To be honest the convention was pretty good for Romney," said Clark. "I think one of the big tests of the Republican convention was to make him more of a human, make him a little more personable, make him more likable. I think they succeeded there."


There has been no real movement in terms of candidate perceptions on any substantive policy areas such as healthcare, or even on which candidate is better in protecting American jobs. This underlines the notion that conventions are about style rather than substance, Clark said.


The poll suggested voters are waiting to hear what Obama has to say about the most pressing issue of the campaign, the U.S. economy and 8.3 percent unemployment.


The survey said 76 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track and 73 percent have a similar belief about jobs in the United States.


On the president's signature issue of his first term, healthcare, 62 percent believe the healthcare system is on the wrong track. Obama led an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system that Republicans deeply opposed.


Interest in the political conventions is high. The poll found 82 percent of registered voters have seen, heard, or read at least something about the Republican convention.


But this dropped to 73 percent among independents and 66 percent among non-aligned registered voters, those who are undecided about how to vote or who say they will not vote.


This suggests that the groups candidates most need to target are not yet engaging with the electoral process, Clark said.

Of course, those "groups" perhaps are the few left who still have access to bread, and thus are not in dire need of circuses. On the other hand, with food prices set to explode following yet more easing out of the ECB and the Fed, the cost of a loaf of bread will be so prohibitive, that the circuses better step up, if the status quo wishes to keep the electorate if not fat, then at least distracted.

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Ahmeexnal's picture

Time to step on the gas pedal on that Choomwagon!

F O R W A R D ! !

AssFire's picture

The empty chair was lodged on the gas pedal by Bush. Now, over the cliff!


Isn't our best hope to Balkanize this bitch and move away from the centralized federal system??


Aziz's picture

Forget Romney; I wanna know when reality is gonna catch up with Obama.

ZerOhead's picture


What a joke campaign slogan... sounds more like a command to the masses actually.

Unless of course Afghanistan was war "A", Iraq was war "B", Pakistan was drone war "C" and Iran will be war "D"...

Personally I'm AGAINSTWARD.

francis_sawyer's picture

Let the baby hugging games begin...

ZerOhead's picture

Mitt might be wise to take a pass on the whole baby hugging/kissing thing...

just sayin'...

Muppet Pimp's picture

Belgium has over 90% participation but no sitting government.  Not sure what to make of that.  They still don't have a government right?

redpill's picture

Well if you vote in Belgium, most local restaurants give you extra mayo for your fries for FREE.  So, there's an incentive.

Suraj Corominas's picture

They have compulsory voting... which doesn't seem to help either.

flacon's picture

They probably voted for compulsory voting laws. Never underestimate the intelligence of the Belgian. 

NumNutt's picture

FORWARD?  Wasn't that the last thing General Custer said as he led his men into the Little Bighorn river basin? 

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

When the government boot is on your neck, it does not matter left or right.

Abitdodgie's picture

If you vote for Rommney or Obama , you should be tried for treason .

post turtle saver's picture

Well thank the Lords of Kobol I'm not voting for 'Rommney' this election...

WezTheJuic's picture


What are you going to do?



Winston Churchill's picture

The States theoretically have that right.

Did not work out too well in 1861 though.


HelluvaEngineer's picture

My public skool tot me that was all about slavery!

francis_sawyer's picture

They may have been right...

It's DEFINITELY about slavery since 1913...

Chuck Walla's picture


?????? ??????????!


not fat not stupid's picture

Heads you lose, tails you lose

writingsonthewall's picture



You're all fucked no mater who wins - even if superman won by a landslide - he couldn't stop the storm which cometh.

dbomb12's picture

Quoting the great Gerald Celente "My freak is better than your freak"

foodstampbarry's picture

Celente is a hack. He endorsed the occupy filth and his predictions have the accuracy of a weatherman.

Likstane's picture

...and he got pissed his gol got taken after preaching not to store it with crooks.

Dr Benway's picture

Yeah but I loved his excuse for not following his own advice of physical possession; he was only temporarily storing it with crooks and didn't expect it to be stolen, you see.


Anyhoos the election is Kang vs Kodos.

Pseudolus's picture

LMBFHAO...start the revolution without of your best

Duke of Con Dao's picture


but I still prefer my own CREATION, william. 

YouTube - "You Didn't Build That Frankenstein!' sez President Obama


what? was that like 26 minutes of Photoshop work? 

Jendrzejczyk's picture

That sucked. What, was that 26 seconds of 3rd grade video edit freeware?

StychoKiller's picture

Debt Brutha always cracks me up! :>D

DosZap's picture

You're all fucked no mater who wins - even if superman won by a landslide - he couldn't stop the storm which cometh.

Yep, but I would like to choose the one I leave the bar with, and not at the last call closing with the Red lights.

We ALL have had a super dose of Exlax from THE ONE,plus he (Ramney) gets to blame the Bamster,nice change.

Personally if I am going to be continually Franked, I would like a change in partners.

We already KNOW what the #1 assaWHole has done, and has planned.................I prefer a different position,and potentially more time b4 the SHTF.

WezTheJuic's picture

Well, the Americans can still run the odds.  They still have 34+ states confirmed for the third.   


Will 34 states in popular vote, win the election?


After all, what are those odds?


"Best prospect", that is.


It would Still, Slow, that direction.  How many independents will be getting in as well?


Then again, what do I know?






AND STILL, IT STILL IS, Usually in plain sight.  Interesting on how those people are waking up to such facts.

MassDecep's picture

Great propaganda!

Make sure those sheeple realize it's a close race and their vote really does count.

LOL, dumbass sheeple. Divide and conquer the masses.

Keep feeding the lies...

ArmchairRevolutionary's picture

Polls are not meant to tell you what people are thinking; they are meant to tell you what to think.

HardAssets's picture

yep, 'get out the vote' - - you could be the difference between the end of the country . . .

and the end of the country

Hugh G Rection's picture

The Turd Sandwich is good but the Diarrhea Soup is less filling...Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

Go Galt, don't vote, don't work, don't watch their bullshit or listen to their lies.  Starve the beast.

Michael's picture

Paul supporter voters not tracked. Viruually all of them are voting for Obama or Gary Johnson to break the Matrix.

TheSilverJournal's picture

Whoever Paul supporters vote for, it won't make a hoot of a difference in breaking the Matrix.

The only votes that make a difference are with wallets, feet, and putting shame on those who want to steal from others through central planning, debt, and money printing.

NewWorldOrange's picture

True, and the entire Romney campaign smacks of controlled opposition anyway. But if I even bothered to vote, which I won't and I won't even register for that Dog and Pony Show -- I'd vote for Johnson just to say FU to the GOP. What I will do though is, now and then when blogging or talking to people, is SAY that I'm voting for Obama, or Johnson, just to say FUCK YOU to any wingnut idiot who's listening.

Redhotfill's picture

Its TRUE!  I'm Voting for Gary Johnson.  I'm not trading in my debt brutha for a Magic Underwear Brother.   Besides to support Mittens is like affirming there is a difference between Douchebag and Turd Sammich!

Clowns on Acid's picture

Actually Romney up by 4%.

Monday, September 03, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 48% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 44% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

myshadow's picture

rasmussen is a republican leaning post.  If you half their figures then you have a real sense of the race. 
That said, there isn't a media outlet that isn't owned by a republican or republican leaning corporation.  The real polling figures will always veer right.

LMAOLORI's picture




Donations by Media Companies Tilt Heavily to Obama



All the major media companies, driven largely by their Hollywood film and television businesses, have made larger contributions to President Obama than to his rival, former Gov. Mitt Romney, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit, nonpartisan Washington-based research group that publishes the Open Secrets Web site.

The center’s numbers represent donations by a company’s PAC and any employees who listed that company as their employer.

Even companies whose news outlets are often perceived as having a conservative bias have given significantly more money to Mr. Obama. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, for example, has contributed $58,825 to Mr. Obama’s campaign, compared with $2,750 to Mr. Romney. The conglomerate, which owns Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and the 20th Century Fox studios, gave roughly the same amount to Mr. Romney’s Republican primary competitors Rick Perry and Ron Paul as it did to Mr. Romney.


News Corporation has donated $504,162 to individuals, Super PACs and candidates in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’s OpenSecrets Web site. Eight of the 10 top recipients of that cash are Democrats. (Mr. Murdoch’s personal contributions largely favor Republicans, though his wife, Wendi Murdoch, has donated to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York.) 

In 2008, News Corporation contributed $380,558 to Mr. Obama’s campaign, compared with $32,740 to the Republican nominee John McCain.

Other media companies have contributed more significantly to Mr. Obama, including Time Warner, owner of CNN and the magazine publishing house Time Inc. The company, which is based in New York and also owns Warner Brothers and HBO, has contributed $191,834 to Mr. Obama in the 2012 election cycle, compared with $10,750 to Mr. Romney. The Walt Disney Company, owner of ABC and ESPN, donated $125,856 to Mr. Obama and $9,950 to Mr. Romney.

Philadelphia-based Comcast Corporation, owner of NBCUniversal and one of the biggest spenders in lobbying money in Washington, has given $206,056 to Mr. Obama and $20,500 to Mr. Romney.

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