Mitt Romney's unfavorable rating is up, most Americans think the Republican presidential challenger favors the rich, and it appears the number of people who believe that the economy will not get better if Romney is elected has edged up slightly, according to a new national poll...It all adds up to a seven point advantage for President Barack Obama over the former Massachusetts governor, with 52% of registered voters questioned in the survey saying that they'd vote to re-elect the president and 45% backing Romney.
"Among independent voters, the poll indicates President Obama has a 53%-42% lead," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
The president would take 49 percent of the vote compared to Romney's 40 percent in a head-to-head matchup if the election were held today, the poll found. Last month, Obama had a four percentage-point edge of 45 percent to 41 percent. This marks the second time this year the president has had a lead outside the poll’s margin of sampling error.
Obama’s advantage comes largely from increased support among independents, who now pick him over Romney by 11 percentage points.
But let me repeat for the thousandth time, lest anyone accuse me of being jinxy: National polls are meaningless. What matters is the electoral college. And polls this far out don't indicate anything. Democrats will be outspent this November, and Republicans keep trying to make it more difficult for Democrats to get to the polls. So: back to work, everybody. Donate 'til it hurts, volunteer your time and expertise, do your part to help get out the vote. Nothing to see here.