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Obama and Romney in an early dead heat

Early polling shows President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat.
Early polling shows President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat.

As President Obama kick's off his "official" reelection effort, the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows the incumbent and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a virtual tie among likely voters.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 4: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at Sauereisen construction materials company on May 4, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the speech Romney spoke about the economy, the unemp
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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Mitt Romney earning 47% of the vote and President Obama attracting 46% support. Three percent of those polled said they would vote for a third party challenger and the final 4% remain undecided.

While we are still six months from election day, the Rasmussen poll found other interesting numbers:

  • Currently, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove. According to Rasmussen, this is the best indicator of how a President will do in his reelection bit. His approval rating tends to be very close to the percentage he receives in the general election;
  • Forty percent (40%) of voters believe the president’s policy views are extreme, while 35% say the same of Romney. Half believe the views of both are in the mainstream.
  • Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

Check back for Election 2012 updates.


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