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Poll: Obama job approval rises; race still tight

Published: Thu, September 20, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Americans are feeling markedly better about the country’s future and about Barack Obama’s job performance, but the president’s re-election race against Republican Mitt Romney remains a neck-and-neck proposition as Election Day creeps ever closer, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Buoyed by good mojo coming out of last month’s national political conventions, Obama’s approval rating is back above 50 percent for the first time since May, and the share of Americans who think the country is moving in the right direction is at its highest level since just after the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

Romney, his campaign knocked off-stride in recent weeks, has lost his pre-convention edge on the campaign’s top issue — the economy.

The poll results vividly underscore the importance that turnout will play in determining the victor in Campaign 2012: Among all adults, Obama has a commanding lead, favored by 52 percent of Americans to just 37 percent for Romney. Yet among those most likely to vote, the race is tight.

Obama is supported by 47 percent of likely voters and Romney by 46 percent, promising an all-out fight to the finish by the two campaigns to gin up enthusiasm among core supporters and dominate get-out-the-vote operations. That’s an area where Obama claimed a strong advantage in 2008.

Americans have been increasingly focused on the presidential race since the two candidates barreled out of their summer conventions into the fall campaign: Nearly three-fourths of adults say they’re paying close attention now, up modestly from earlier in the summer. And with early voting scheduled to be under way in two dozen states by week’s end, just 17 percent of likely voters remain undecided or say that they might change their minds.

The poll shows most Americans say they have a good idea of what each candidate would do if elected, and 59 percent who know a good deal about both men think Obama will win a second term.

The poll was conducted Sept. 13-17, 2012.


1DSquared(1617 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

A dozen US Embassies burning. A raped, tortured and murdered Ambassador. Obama drinks $800.00 a bottle champaign with Beyonce, JayZ and other multi-millionaires. We're being governed by a Court Jester!

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2georgejeanie(1274 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Great job Obama has done concerning the Arab mess. So much for the Arab Spring, and hanging Israel out to dry. 47 million on food stamps,another great accomplishment, Baling out the union and 2 companies that were producing junk for years, no wonder they could not compete. He and his staff lying to the American people concerning how the Ambassador to Libiya was murdered by an organized group of Islamists,

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3IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Bin Laden is DEAD

Show Respect and Re-elect!!!

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1180 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

4 years ago many were losing their jobs, and millions more were worried about losing their jobs. Under Obama more jobs created then under 8 years of Bush Inc. Why in the world would anybody consider going back to a repub white house?

George, you fail to mention the $800 billion Bush handed out in TARP money. You only seem to point out the small percentage of $800 Billion that the auto companies recieved. Oh, it appears you only complain about union companies getting bailed out. Was it the unions fault that $800 BILLION went to non-union wallstreet?

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5IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


Please quit CRYING, you're embarrassing yourself. Obama owns you!!

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676Ytown(1320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

And what's his plan for this? http://www.usdebtclock.org/
On Letterman last week, was asked about the debt when he took office.

Letterman: Do you remember what that number was? Was it $10 trillion?

Obama said he didn't remember. He added that we don't have to worry about it right now. Later, but not now.

But as a presidential candidate, Obama was horrified at the debt of then-President George W. Bush, charging that Bush had taken out a credit card from the Bank of China.

The first 42 presidents had driven the debt to $5 trillion, he said, but Bush "added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child."

"That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic," said candidate Obama.

Under Obama, in just over three years, the debt has ballooned to $16 trillion. He spends and spends.

Where's the media now? I guess it's because it wasn't Romney's comment. Obama was horrified at $30,000 for every man, woman and child back then. Now, 3 years later, it's up to $51,000 for every man woman and child or $141, 311 per taxpayer!

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7IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


What your saying is 100% WRONG. Bush drove the economy into the ditch that we're now slowly coming out of.


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876Ytown(1320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


Enlighten us. Just how are we slowly coming out of the ditch?

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976Ytown(1320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Island Mike must live on an island! LOL

In case you thought I made that up:



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10IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


You need a tissue. QUIT CRYING.

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1176Ytown(1320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Crying so much I didn't see your answer to the question: Just how are we slowly coming out of the ditch?
I'll try not to think about the national debt while I wait for your answer.

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12IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago


Unemployment was over 10% in April of Obama's first term (thanks to Bush), it's now at 8.2%. The stock market is doing well, the housing market is on the upswing, GM is ALIVE and Bin Laden is DEAD, the US is OUT of Iraq.

Did you not hear Bill Clinton's speech at the DNC?

Now please QUIT CRYING!!

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1376Ytown(1320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

True unemployment picture directly from the Dept of Labor: http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS113... and http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsi... Second chart shows "seasonally adjusted" 15% unemployment. The numbers we hear in the news (which do not include those who have given up looking for work) have not dropped below 8% in 43 months.

Do you have money invested in the stock market? Of the 50% of your wealth that you lost, how much has been recouped now that it is doing so well. I'll bet you're still down 25%.

Housing market on the upswing? You mean not as many homes are being foreclosed? Some areas of the country lost more than 1/2 their value. That's money we depended on as part of our wealth. Any plans to downsize & retire...poof!

GM about to go bankrupt again.

Talk to those who have served this great country about our national security.

Did I listen to Clinton's speech...yes. Clinton is a team player. What did you expect him to say at the DNC? He did some good things for our country which Obama chooses to undermine. Clinton isn't running for re-election, Obama is.

Did you listen to Clint Eastwood asking the empty chair why he did not keep the promises he made to the people?

How successful has the President been in “change” on our nation? Obama made it sound like we were doing fine. In fact, he did such a great job in the last three-and-a-half years he made the same promises he made four years ago. Except in 2009 he said “If I don’t have it done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition,”

Oh, I forgot, you live on an island probably not affected.

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14IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Do you have money invested in the stock market? Of the 50% of your wealth that you lost, how much has been recouped now that it is doing so well. I'll bet you're still down 25%.

Yes, my retirement and some other small investments. I lost over 50% under Bush and have gained most of my investment back, but I'd rather make money than lose money like I did under Bush.

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