Washington: A presidential race between
incumbent Barack Obama and leading Republican candidate Mitt Romney would end up in a very tight finish, two different
polls have said.
A CNN/ORC International Poll said Obama, who is seeking
re-election in the November elections, and Romney, the former
Governor of Massachusetts, are statistically tied in a
hypothetical general election matchup.
In the poll, Obama shows signs of weakness on the
economy, while Romney is seen by some as out of touch with
ordinary Americans, it said.
Obama is also virtually tied with Ron Paul, another
Republican presidential contender, but has a solid lead over
Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in hypothetical head-to-head
Santorum and Gingrich are the other two Republican
The CNN/ORC International poll said that more respondents
think Romney is better suited to get the economy back on track
than Obama, 53 per cent to 40 per cent.
The poll was conducted on January 11-12 after Romney won
the New Hampshire primary.
In another poll, Fox News said that in a potential
Obama-Romney election, 46 per cent of voters would back Obama
and 45 per cent Romney if the election were held today.
Obama`s narrow advantage is well within the poll`s three
percentage-point margin of sampling error, the news agency
All in all, 51 per cent of voters have a favorable
opinion of Obama and 46 per cent unfavorable.
For Romney, 45 per cent view him favorably and 38 per
cent unfavorably, it said.
The CNN said Obama`s approval rating was largely
unchanged since mid-December, with 47 per cent now approving
of how Obama is handling his job, compared with 49 per cent a
"Currently 45 per cent of voters approve and 47 per cent
disapprove of the job President Obama is doing. That`s little
changed from December when 44 per cent approved and 51 percent
disapproved," Fox News said.