Wednesday, September 19, 2012
With just 48 days until the November election, a new Pew Research survey finds President Barack Obama now leads Mitt Romney nationally by eight points among likely voters, 51% to 43%.
Not only does Obama enjoy a substantial lead in the horse race, he tops Romney on a number of key dimensions. His support is stronger than his rival’s, and is positive rather than negative. Mitt Romney’s backers are more ardent than they were pre-convention, but are still not as enthusiastic as Obama’s. Roughly half of Romney’s supporters say they are voting against Obama rather than for the Republican nominee. With the exception of Bill Clinton in 1992, candidates lacking mostly positive backing have lost in November.
The survey was conducted September 12-to-16 and doesn’t reflect any consequences of Mitt Romney’s disaster remarks caught on video claiming 47% of Americans are lazy moochers who look to government for food, housing and healthcare.