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Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU. 8/2-5. Registered voters. MoE ±3.1% (7/26-29 results):

Q: If the candidates for President this fall were Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, who would you vote for?

Barack Obama: 48 (48)
Mitt Romney: 46 (47)
Undecided: 7 (5)

A couple of weeks ago, Obama reached his lowest mark ever in Daily Kos/SEIU polling, a 46-46 tie with Romney. You never want to read too much into shifts of just a point or two, but obviously it's not a bad thing that Obama's moved back into the lead more recently.
Q: Did Mitt Romney's behavior on his recent trip overseas make you think he is more or less ready to be President, or did it not change your opinion?

More ready: 18
Less ready: 44
No change: 36
Unsure: 2

I've been following the Olympics pretty closely, and except for the occasional early glitch, it seems like our friends across the pond have done a bang-up job putting it all together. So yeah, not only was Romney a mega-douche when he slagged the Brits about the games on their own turf, but he was also wrong. And here's a bit of trivia: Among voters undecided between Obama and Romney, approximately half said Romney's overseas adventures made them think him less ready; ~5-10 percent said more. The sample size is only 56, but that difference is big enough to mean something.
Q: When Mitt Romney chooses a candidate for Vice President, do you think he will be more concerned with picking someone who will be qualified to serve as President in an emergency or picking someone who will give him a better chance of winning the election?

Qualified as president: 29
Better chance to win: 61
Both equally: 8
Unsure: 3

Sometimes you shake your head in wonderment about the things Americans believe; other times, the electorate knows exactly what's up. In this case, we've got the latter situation on our hands, since a wide majority of voters rightly anticipate that Romney is simply looking for an electoral edge with his VP pick, qualifications be damned. Call it the Curse of Sarah Palin.

P.S. As always, you can find all of our questions and results at our weekly trends page.


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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:02 AM PDT.

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