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Presidential Polls: Obama Leads Projections With Three Days To Election

Presidential Polls: Obama Maintains Lead With Three Days Left

Presidential polls have been relatively stable since Mitt Romney’s post-debate bounce sent his prospects of a win soaring. With three days until Election Day, nearly all projections show Obama with a small but comfortable lead, seemingly giving him a path to re-election.

A slew of battleground presidential polls released in the last few days shows President Obama maintaining a lead in the states necessary to put him above the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election. HuffPost Pollster‘s projection now gives Obama 277 electoral votes in states either solid or leaning his way.

In the pivotal state of Ohio, HuffPost Pollster shows that an aggregate of presidential polls have Obama ahead 49 percent to 46 percent. Ohio is seen as the pivotal point of the 2012 election, with the candidate who wins the Buckeye State more than likely to win the election.

Mitt Romney has run into some trouble in Ohio, as criticism of his Jeep ad claiming that Chrysler was moving production of the vehicles to China was met with criticism. Democrats called the ad misleading, and Chrysler executives even stepped in to decry the ad as untrue, hurting Romney’s standing in a state where the auto industry is a key part of the economy.

Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight now has Obama as having a more than 80 percent chance of winning on Tuesday. Though Silver has come under fire from pundits who criticize the certainly of his mathematical formula, he has held firm to his model and its prediction.

Silver wrote:

“President Obama is now better than a 4-in-5 favorite to win the Electoral College, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. His chances of winning it increased to 83.7 percent on Friday, his highest figure since the Denver debate and improved from 80.8 percent on Thursday.

“Friday’s polling should make it easy to discern why Mr. Obama has the Electoral College advantage. There were 22 polls of swing states published Friday. Of these, Mr. Obama led in 19 polls, and two showed a tie. Mitt Romney led in just one of the surveys, a Mason-Dixon poll of Florida.”

Silver argues that the sheer number of polls showing Obama ahead in these swing states crushes the conventional wisdom that the race is a “toss-up.”

Presidential Polls: Obama Leads Projections With Three Days To Election

With only a few days until election, it is not clear if Mitt Romney has the time to make up the ground that presidential polls suggest. In many states early voting has been going on for weeks, allowing Obama to build an advantage against a late surge that appeared to never materialize.

Obama has a number of other factors in his favor that may not have time to show up in presidential polls. His response to Hurricane Sandy has allowed him to show to voters that he is a strong leader, and a strong jobs report on Friday could also push undecided voters his way.

On Friday the jobs report for October showed that employers added 170,000 new jobs in the month, with the unemployment rate rising to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent as more people entered the labor force to begin looking for work.

Even in nationwide presidential polls, where Romney had shot ahead after his strong performance in the first debate, Obama has regained his strong standing. The GOP challenger who once led in a number of these polls now clings to only a few clear leads. Even the Republican-leaning Rasmussen daily tracking presidential poll now shows the candidates tied.

Scott Rasmussen himself was pushing the notion that the race was a toss-up, against the presidential polls and predictions of many other pollsters.

“It’s somewhat surprising that heading into the final weekend of the election season, we are unable to confidently project who is likely to win the White House,” Scott Rasmussen wrote in his latest weekly newspaper column. “But the race for the White House remains close because of the economy. Most Americans do not feel better off than they were four years ago, but most are not feeling worse off either.”

Nate Silver, however, stands by his model of presidential polls, writing: “But the state polls may not be right. They could be biased. Based on the historical reliability of polls, we put the chance that they will be biased enough to elect Mr. Romney at 16 percent.”

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19 Responses to “Presidential Polls: Obama Leads Projections With Three Days To Election”

  1. Sheila Ames Le Roy

    Seems unfair.. Romney has to just worry about himself and campaigning.. Meanwhile.. Obama has no time to campaign as he is running the country while also staying actively involved and present with a disaster in Hurricane Sandy. I hope people take that into consideration.

  2. Geo Mar de Cota

    Sheila the president is finalley doing his job about sandy and with the press on his side taking photo opps where was he about Libia in Nevada.

  3. Anonymous

    Even the right wing lie machine can't save Romney. Invest three minutes and enjoy the awesome Youtube progressive anthem/video "Dumb Like a Fox" by the Crow Knees. Here's a link:

  4. David Enz

    It kills me that Romney stooped so low to advise that Jeep was sending jobs to china. I'm an ohioan, us ohioans don't believe in that Bulls@#@… Romeny needs to step away from the campaigning and move on with his rich self, and leave us middle class people that pay taxes alone.

  5. Jim Loughrey

    what? You don't make sense. And go take an English class and learn how to spell.

  6. David Enz

    If Mittens was such a good GOV in MASS, why is OBAMA in the LEAD @ 59 % of voters? and MITTENS is at 39 %.. should tell some folks something… Hmmmm

  7. Kary Hicklin

    I have been asking this same question…smh…Obama/Biden 2012!!!

  8. David Enz

    And if Romney is re-elected you can kiss your womans rights good-bye… Among other things! … So take that and shove that in your pie hole! … Get educated, You really think that Romney is going to create 12 million jobs? Really ?? Do you really think he going to cut our deafcit?? Really ??? Really ?? You must be rich and have alot of money their Ruth Carleton!!! ….. "SMH"

  9. Carol E Craver

    David Enz She is one of those ditto head ,when asked why she thinks Romney will help her out ,she has to run and get her pre written script , she and those like her are a bunch of idiots

  10. Carol E Craver

    Why the hell every right wing nuts job bring up 'libia'labia'lybia' when they want to bash Obama? BTW it sounds like a womans private area-learn how to spell nitwit, its LIBYA!

  11. David Enz

    This election needs to end. Mittens has did nothing but embarassed this country..
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  12. David Enz

    There was a video that I seen yesterday it was a rally for Mittens, and in that video they asked Ohioans why do you like Mittens. And they couldnt validate anything about Mittens. The reporter caught them off guard… "lol" They you have Meatloaf singing and it was a horrible rendition of whatever the song it was, but sounded like hounds moaning… Just an embrassaed moment for our country and also for Mittens..

  13. Carol E Craver

    Yep, they bring out all these old has been singers and bands from 20-30 yrs ago ,that shows how outdated their views are, they are grasping at an America that has long gone,we are more progressive,more informed,more tolerant than yrs ago and there is no turning back now – this president has done more for Native Americans than all the past presidents,they named him 'Black Eagle' there is alot of house cleaning that needs to be done in the US and ALL will be welcomed-He isnt the president for just a few ,he is all of our president …like it or not he will win! OBAMA 2012!

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