NEW POLL NUMBERS hit as Team Obama releases an ad to push back against Mitt Romney’s false welfare claims, which are an effort to gain any grand possible with middle class voters that are dragging Romney down. Obama also is stronger with women than Romney, which isn’t hard to understand. The right wing continues to cost Republicans with women, which is one reason the speaking roster at their convention is filled with female stars.
Obama continues to lag behind challenger Mitt Romney with white working class voters, especially among white men, which are those making between $30,000-$100,000. A new New York Times/CBS poll offers the latest summer snapshot. The focus is three battleground states.
Sandra Fluke is introducing Pres. Obama in Colorado today and this poll reveals one reason why.
But while the poll suggests that Mr. Romney is making inroads among women in Colorado, where he is also showing strength against Mr. Obama by several other measures, support for Mr. Obama among women has otherwise held up in the battleground states. As a result, Mr. Obama has so far been able to stave off bigger losses in the most hotly contested states, in particular among independents, who are divided in Colorado and Wisconsin and supporting Mr. Romney in Virginia, and white men, who are supporting Mr. Romney by double digits over the president in all three states.
… “Romney seems to be in touch only with the ultra-wealthy,” said Deb Bracken, of Broomfield, Colo., a registered nurse who identified herself in a follow-up interview as an independent voter. “And at least Obama has a clue about women’s issues.”
Mr. Obama led among women by 8 points in Colorado, by 14 points in Virginia and by 23 points in Wisconsin. But nearly 4 in 10 voters in each state said the national economy was getting worse.
This new poll also shows that people prefer presidential candidates to release more tax returns than Mitt Romney has been willing to offer.
Quinnipiac came out with new numbers as well:
COLORADO: Romney 50 – Obama 45
VIRGINIA: Obama 49 – Romney 45
WISCONSIN: Obama 51 – Romney 45
The polling today also suggests that people are pretty settled in their choices, with the number of voters that could possibly swing one way or another slim.
“There is good reason why Virginia, Colorado and Wisconsin are considered swing states – and this data shows how close they are,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Most voters say they have made up their minds. Nine out of 10 in each state say they are sure they will vote for the candidate they favor, which means that the pool of those who say they can be persuaded is pretty small.” – [CNN]