Of course, four points isn’t that much of a lead, but it somewhat undercuts the argument for halting polls there. However, the more interesting result in the poll is that 37% of likely voters haven’t yet formed an opinion on Paul Ryan, further upping the stakes for tomorrow’s vice presidential debate. Also, on the question of who Floridians trust to strengthen Medicare, Obama leads by 14 points.
I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite, because, you know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying, ‘And what you’re saying isn’t true.’ It gets repetitive. But, you know, the good news is, is that’s just the first onePresident Obama • During an interview with Tom Joyner on Tuesday, discussing his widely-panned performance in the first 2012 Presidential Debate last week. The President compared the campaign to a best of seven playoff series, saying that he went into the debate 2-0, and assured Joyner that he didn’t think one loss was as bad some people believe. “We’ve got four weeks left in the election,” said the President, adding, “And we’re going to take it to him.” source
The first few times I said `let’s move on’ and they wanted to keep talking, the inclination of course is to stop them so I could cover all the subjects I wanted to cover. But I’m sitting there thinking, `Wait a minute, they’re talking to each other, leave `em alone.’ So I backed off.Jim Lehrer - Responding to criticism of his performance moderating the first 2012 Presidential Debate at the University of Denver last week. Many have said that Lehrer should have been more aggressive with both President Obama and Mitt Romney, and that he didn’t appear to have much control over the debate at all. Lehrer doesn’t see anything wrong with the runover answers though, because the candidates were at least staying on topic. ”It would have been different if they were talking about tiddlywinks or baseball,” he said. “They were talking about the things that really matter.” source
The decline in unemployment under Mr. Obama this year since December is the largest in an election year since Ronald Reagan’s re-election bid.Nate Silver, chewing over the new jobs report. Silver notes that “there has been no relationship at all between the unemployment rate on Election Day and the incumbent’s performance” at the polling booths, which is why he focuses instead on the overall change in unemployment during election year. Unemployment has gone down by a total of .7% in 2012 so far, just shy of the 1% decrease Reagan saw in 1984. “For the first time in a long while, Mr. Obama should be happy if the discussion turns toward the economy,” Silver writes. “Especially with the Friday jobs report, the economic numbers now seem just strong enough to make the incumbent a favorite for re-election, based on the way the public has evaluated their presidents historically.” source
8 point uptick in Obama’s favorability amongst independents since the debate source
Meanwhile, Romney’s favorability didn’t change. Most of the numbers in the poll, however, are rather positive for Romney; this is somewhat of an outlier. Obama’s lead in a head-to-head got cut in half, from 8 to 4 points, though he does still lead. Also, just for kicks:
10% of respondents would rather literally watch paint dry than watch Romney and Obama debate each other.
That was actually polled, yes.