A new Bloomberg poll gives President Barack Obama a whopping 13-point lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney, a stark contrast to other surveys that put the president's lead at just 1 or 2 points.
Obama leads Romney 53 percent to 40 percent among likely voters in the poll conducted June 15-18, even as the public gives him low marks on handling the economy and the deficit, and six in 10 say the nation is headed down the wrong track, Bloomberg reported.
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But a majority of likely voters -- 55 percent -- view Romney as more out of touch with average Americans. About 36 percent say the president is more out of touch. And more voters view Romney unfavorably now than they did when he announced his presidential bid last June, according to the poll.
“You can see in these data how important turnout will be,” J. Ann Selzer of Des Moines of Iowa-based Selzer & Co. who directed the poll, told Bloomberg. “Those most enthusiastic about the election are more supportive of Romney, but Obama’s voters are more locked into their candidate than Romney’s. Building resolve to vote and making the vote stick is job one, and both candidates face obstacles toward getting that done.”
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Other recent polls indicate this survey may be a statistical glitch.
The latest RealClearPolitics rolling average of major polls has Obama up by just 2.3 points. And that average includes the Bloomberg results, the Christian Science Monitor reported.
Gallup’s daily tracking poll had Romney up by one point Wednesday morning.
Another poll released Wednesday showed Obama and Romney running neck-and-neck in Iowa and Michigan, both key swing states that have typically voted Democrat, The Hill reported.