CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Tuesday, August 28, 20127:00 am EDT*** Embargoed until Tuesday, August 28 at 7am EDT***The Race for the Presidency: It’s Still Tight
August 22-26, 2012Heading into the political parties’ conventions, President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romneyare in a tight race among registered voters who lean towards a candidate; Mr. Obama has just aone point lead (within the survey’s margin of error).
2012 Vote for President
(Among leaned registered voters)Barack Obama46%Mitt Romney45Undecided 6Won’t vote 2The President continues to lead among women -- by 10 points in this poll -- while Romney has anine point lead among men. In 2008, Barack Obama won women voters by 13 points (Obama56%, McCain 43%), but the race was much narrower among men. Mr. Obama edged out JohnMcCain among men by just one point (Obama 49%, McCain 48%), according to CBS News ExitPolls.
Who Would You Vote for if the Candidates Were…?
(Among leaned registered voters)ObamaRomneyTotal46%45%Men40%49Women51%41 As Mitt Romney prepares for his party’s convention, voters nationwide view him a bit moreunfavorably (36%) than favorably (31%), but 32% are undecided or don’t know enough abouthim to offer an opinion at this point. Independents are more likely than partisans to not have anopinion of Romney.
Views of Mitt Romney
(Among registered voters)TotalRepsDemsIndsFavorable 31% 67% 4% 26%Not favorable 36 5 64 37Undecided/Don’t know3227313741% have a positive opinion of the President, while 44% view him negatively. Perhaps notsurprisingly, he is better known to voters than his Republican opponent.