The Mitt Romney campaign, while pleasantly surprised by President Obama’s lackluster prime-time performance, said the post-convention bounce they hoped for fell well short of expectations and privately lament that state-by-state polling numbers — most glaringly in Ohio — are working in the president’s favor, reports Politico.
“Their map has many more routes to victory,” a top Republican official said.
According to Reuters, the latest daily tracking poll showed Obama with a lead of 4 percentage points over Romney. 47 percent of 1,457 likely voters surveyed online over the previous four days said they would vote for Obama if the November 6 elections were held today, compared with 43 percent for Romney.
“The bump is actually happening. I know there was some debate whether it would happen… but it’s here,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark, referring to the “bounce” in support that many presidential candidates enjoy after nominating conventions.
Both campaigns anticipate little movement in national polls before the first debate on Oct. 3, which both see as the most important day of this campaign.
Two officials involved in the Republican campaign said Ohio leans clearly in Obama’s favor now, with a high single-digit edge, based on their internal tracking numbers of conservative groups. Romney can still win the presidency if he loses Ohio, but it’s extremely difficult.
President Obama already increased his lead over Romney in certain favorable characteristics. Asked who was more “eloquent,” 50 percent of the 1,720 registered voters questioned in the poll favored Obama, compared to 25 percent for Romney. Asked about being “smart enough for the job,” 46 percent sided with Obama compared to 37 percent for Romney.
Moreover, Obama led Romney in a dozen such favorable characteristics, such as “represents America” or “has the right values.” The only such category in which Romney had an advantage was being “a man of faith,” as 44 percent picked Romney, who is Mormon, compared to 31 percent for Obama, who is Christian.
According to ABS-CBN News, Romney thrust God to the center of the White House race Saturday, in a culture war strike that prompted Barack Obama’s team to brand him extreme and divisive.
The Republican presidential nominee appeared with televangelist Pat Robertson in the key swing state of Virginia, and seized upon the row at last week’s Democratic convention sparked when delegates removed language about God from their platform.
After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Romney told the crowd: “I will not take God out of… our platform. I will not take God out of my heart. We are a nation that’s bestowed by God.”
Romney also implied that Democrats wanted to remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from US currency.
He said that Americans needed a new president who will “commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we, the American people, were given our rights not by government but by God himself.”
The Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith accused the Republican nominee of launching “extreme and untrue attacks against the president and associating with some of the most strident and divisive voices in the Republican Party.”