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May 1, 2012

Rasmussen Survey: Obama Viewed As More Extreme Than Romney

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Put another way ... the center is Romney's to lose.

A new Rasmussen survey shows that voters see the 2012 presidential candidates as offering a choice between the political left and the political right. But they view President Obama as much more committed to the political left than Mitt Romney is to the right.

Mark B. Lowe sums up the poll results over at Race 4 2012, and provides the following analysis:

Very Conservative182
Somewhat Conservative425
Somewhat Liberal725
Very Liberal543

This national survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on April 26-27, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

About the same number see Obama as leaning liberal (68%) as see Romney leaning conservative (60%). However, more than twice as many likely voters see Obama as “Very Liberal” as see Romney as “Very Conservative”.

If we examine the center (the somewhat conservative and liberal numbers plus the moderate ones) we see Romney is well positioned to appeal to centralists everywhere:

Somewhat Conservative + Somewhat Liberal + Moderate

  • Romney 73%
  • Obama 53%

Somewhat Conservative + Moderate

  • Romney 66%
  • Obama 28%

More than twice as many people see Romney as being “Center-Right” as they do Obama.

The hard left and the hard right will surely disagree, but all in all it appears that Romney is in great shape going into this election.

Looking at today's presidential tracking polls, Rasmussen survey of likely voters shows Mitt Romney and President Obama earning 46% of the vote each while Gallop's survey of registered voters also has Romney and Obama tied at 46% each.

Given the battering Romney took during the primary, the fact that he is already now tied with the president says much about his chances in November.

Posted by Hyscience at May 1, 2012 12:39 PM

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