Skip to main content

There's been some consternation lately about the race getting tighter. What's the polling say? The national numbers the past two months:

Yes, Pres. Barack Obama is off a point from his early-August high of 47.5 percent. Mitt Romney is up a point from his low two weeks ago of 44.5 percent. On the other hand, today's Gallup daily tracker numbers were the first in several weeks in which Romney didn't lead (it had been stuck at 47-45 for seemingly forever), and Rasmussen is still unable to fake a Romney lead like it used to do pre-Paul Ryan selection.

A few more results like that from Gallup and Rasmussen should open up the gap again, because they are the only reason the race looks that close. Take them out, and Obama's got a much nicer 47.4-45 lead.

But who cares about the national polling. I don't. Let's look at the states that actually matter.

Note -- I excluded this weird pollster Foster McCullum from the numbers above. A couple of their polls hit the scene this week with simply crazy results, like Romney winning Florida 54-40. Suffice it to say, they're bunk. The zeros mostly mean that a state hasn't been polled since the last time I checked in, except for Michigan, where the numbers shifted slightly but Obama's margin remained the same.

Missouri suddenly tightened last week thanks to a SUSA poll that had the state 45-44 Romney. No other polling has confirmed it, and the same PPP poll that gave Todd Akin a one-point lead against Sen. Claire McCaskill (helping to convince him to stay in the race) also gave Romney a 52-42 lead in the state.

Nevada hasn't seen much polling lately, so the numbers tightened thanks to a single SUSA poll showing Obama's lead at 47-45. It was SUSA's first Nevada poll of the year, so we have no trends to compare it to.

Wisconsin has legitimately tightened as the Republican ticket gets a hometown boost from Ryan's addition.

That's the bad news. Now the good news.

Obama's lead in Ohio continues to slowly stretch out. Quinnipiac has Obama winning the state 50-44 compared to ... 50-44 a month ago. Being stuck at 50 is great news for Team Blue. A University of Cincinnati poll just pegged the race at 49-46. Rasmussen and the conservative folks at Purple Strategies are keeping the trendlines closer than would otherwise be the case. Take them out, and it's Obama 49.1-44.6.

Pennsylvania is as competitive as Missouri, which is to say, not very. Virginia and Florida are both tight, but things continue to look encouraging.

A couple of additional points:

  • Republican groups outspent the Democrats 3-1 in television last week. Perhaps without this spending disparity the numbers would be much different, with Obama winning easily, but I suspect that wouldn't be the case. I continue to believe that TV Super PAC spending at the presidential level (and Senate level too) has been wasted.
  • Romney continues to suffer from low numbers -- something no Super PAC can help him with. He hits 46 percent in just six of the 13 states above. Obama hits 46 in 11 of the 13. And while Romney hits 48 percent just twice, Obama hits that number in nine of the 13 states.
  • Unless there's a rash of new polling out Friday (not a popular poll dump day) or over the weekend (very rare), consider this the pre-GOP convention baseline. We'll have Gallup and Rasmussen trackers to gauge the GOP's convention bounce, as well as inevitable snap polling from other outfits. I doubt even Rasmussen will be able to pretend to meet the Romney campaign's expectations of an 11-point bounce.

    Don't expect much in the way of state-level polling until after the Democratic convention, during the second week of September.

So do this week's numbers tell us? That the only place the Romney ticket got a legitimate Ryan bounce was in his home state of Wisconsin. Other than that, there's little here to be worried about, and plenty to be excited about.

Originally posted to kos on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

GainesT1958, Sylv, TXdem, PLS, PrahaPartizan, daninoah, greenbird, Shockwave, Vico, eeff, dpc, cskendrick, Melquiades, kitebro, rioduran, Redfire, RLF, ninothemindboggler, Nag, ranger995, wdrath, FlyingToaster, peterj911, Sembtex, mungley, tomjones, lyvwyr101, Frank Vyan Walton, Gowrie Gal, vcmvo2, ExStr8, maybeeso in michigan, Ckntfld, jfdunphy, laforge, auditor, revbludge, Alice Venturi, Brooke In Seattle, Navy Vet Terp, reflectionsv37, Beetwasher, Viceroy, jane123, davidslane, coolbreeze, Gallatin, Reality Bites Back, hlee1169, BachFan, chicagoblueohio, tonyahky, HoundDog, redstatedemocrat, zesty grapher, TalkieToaster, erratic, JVolvo, plf515, CTLiberal, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, blueoregon, ms badger, bear83, Habitat Vic, camlbacker, EdSF, Msinformed, deepeco, bnasley, mbh1023, jayden, Wreck Smurfy, Rumarhazzit, christianlsv, uciguy30, crystalboy, gloryous1, Mighty Ike, TruthFreedomKindness, Steve15, Involuntary Exile, bythesea, elwior, roadlion, Laughing Vergil, jamess, TomFromNJ, tofumagoo, hwmnbn, smartdemmg, Gemina13, palantir, greengemini, rem123, JesseCW, followyourbliss, manucpa, MKSinSA, realwischeese, stevenwag, maxzj05, jan0080, Larsstephens, Lefty Ladig, Clyde the Cat, Railfan, FogCityJohn, willynel, NJpeach, fidellio, alguien, womankind, JoanMar, gulfgal98, laserhaas, The Poet Deploreate, ericlewis0, stevenaxelrod, Actbriniel, JanG, annieli, Jasel, kerflooey, EcosseNJ, Buckeye Nation, THirt, OhioNatureMom, PorridgeGun, Cinnamon Rollover, BarackStarObama, MRA NY, antooo, Vatexia, Auriandra, allergywoman, quill, Only Needs a Beat, ridemybike, gnostradamus, anodnhajo, Siri, IndieGuy, a2nite, Farkletoo, 2thanks, Trotskyrepublican, redstella, arizonablue, Marjmar, databob, Ron Ebest, live1, GoGoGoEverton, poopdogcomedy

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site