Latest Presidential Polls: Romney Ahead Says Real Clear Politics Polls, Obama Ahead Says New York Times

With 23 days to go until the presidential election, all eyes are on the poll numbers. As for who is in the lead? It really depends on who you ask. At this point, nearly across the board, Romney seems to be in the lead; but only marginally so. On Sunday, Rasmussen Reports released their daily Tracking Polls which put Romney in the lead with 49% support to Obama's 47%. According to the polling numbers, 2% of voters prefer another candidate and 2% are undecided. 

Rasmussen numbers in swing states show similar percentages. In the 11 swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin) Rasmussen polls shows Romney with 49% support to Obama's 47%. The same as national polling numbers according to Rasmussen. It should be noted, that Rasmussen is considered to be a right-leaning enterprise. 

RealClearPolitics also puts Romney in the lead with the average polling data on their site showing Romney ahead 47.3% to Obama's 45.9%. According to RealClearPolitics the media outfit that puts Romney furthest in the lead is Pew Research which has Romney up by 4 points; 49% to Obama's 45%. Check out the RealClearPolitics numbers below:


There are some pollster hold-outs that still put Obama in the lead. The New York Times still has electoral vote numbers in favor of Obama with 237 votes for Obama and 191 votes for Romney, with 110 still considered a toss-up; 270 electoral votes are needed to win. Check out the New York Times polling map below. 


The numbers are clearly still in flux and will undoubtedly be scrutinized until election day on November 6. Tuesday night's presidential debate will surely send voters scrambling once again for more polling information.

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Elena Sheppard

Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.

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