Obama vs Romney Polls: Obama is Winning in So Many Polls It Might As Well Not Be a Race Any More

Barack Obama is still holding a considerable polling edge over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

He’s polling high … he’s winning the swing states … and now he’s even seen by the rest of the world as the candidate they trust the most.

First this: Obama is winning in the key swing states, necessary to give him the electoral college lead in terms of delegates. As U.S. News reports, with less than two months to go before the November election, President Obama has built a "structural advantage" in key swing states which makes him the favorite to defeat Romney, says a prominent Democratic strategist.

As the story reports, Obama's strength among African Americans, Latinos, unmarried women and young people is translating into a powerful asset in the nine swing states that will decide the election — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. These states have 110 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

Ohio is the deathblow in that list: many pundits believe Ohio is critical if Romney has any chance at winning.


Then there’s this, and Democrats will really eat this up: A Mitt Romney presidency would destroy the reputation of the United States abroad, a new international poll finds.

And we’re talking George W. Bush-era levels of unpopularity.

Only around 1 in 20 (!) of those surveyed in Britain, France and Germany by a recent YouGov poll held a positive view of the Republican presidential nominee. That’s really crushing.

According to The Guardian, "The poll of more than 12,000 people across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and China was prepared for the YouGov-Cambridge forum this week."

The results show that affection for Obama has diminished little since his 2008 epic Berlin speech — in which he promised to restore America's reputation on the world stage.

"But while Europeans had a strongly negative reaction to Romney, the prospect of him winning the White House was greeted with less dismay in Pakistan, where about 13% of respondents said it would make them more favorable to the U.S., compared to just 9% who said it would make them less favorable," reports The Guardian.

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Chris Miles

Chris has worked for media outlets including the Associated Press and Stars and Stripes. He worked with the Clinton Foundation, the United Nations, and with the Kentucky state legislature. He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Louisville, and a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Kentucky. He is originally from Lexington, Ky. Kentucky basketball occupies a majority of his free time.

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