President Obama expanded his lead over Mitt Romney after their back-to-back nominating conventions and has leads in eight of the top nine battleground states, giving him an advantage but not a lock on the race.
Tracking polls by Gallup and Rasmussen gave Obama a 5-point edge on Monday. A CNN/ORC poll on Monday gave Obama a 6-point lead among likely voters, up from a tie before the Democratic convention, Reuters reports.
52 percent of likely voters support Obama, and 46 percent back Romney (2 percent responded neither, and 1 percent had no opinion).
That’s a four-point bump since a poll taken before the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., when the two candidates were tied at 48 percent. Prior to both conventions, Obama had 49 percent to Romney’s 47 percent.
“Clearly, heading into the final 60 days of the campaign the president has opened up an edge, and that includes in the swing states, too,” pollster Peter Brown of Quinnipiac University said. “But Romney just needs to move the needle a few points and the race would be right back to even,” he said.
According to The Huff Post, Obama took the lead as the candidate better trusted to handle the economy, with 50 percent of likely voters saying he’d do a better job on the issue, compared to 49 percent who favored Romney (1 percent said neither).
Republicans are desperately trying not to panic. Romney’s camp released a memo from its internal pollster on Monday telling supporters not to panic about the latest polls — which led some to speculate that Romney’s advisers are the ones panicking.
“Don’t get too worked up about the latest polling,” wrote Neil Newhouse in his memo about Obama’s edge in post-convention surveys.
“While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly,” he said. “The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama Presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race.”
Earlier, an unnamed Romney source talking to the National Review also slammed reports that Romney’s campaign “knows it’s losing, and that Ohio is slipping out of reach.”
The source said that Obama’s convention bounce will quickly evaporate.
“Sometimes I think there’s a conscious effort between the media and Chicago to get Republicans depressed,” he told Richard Lowry. “And I hope our friends realize that all these media analysts out there are Democrats who want us to lose.”
“It’s horseshi*t. Nobody in Boston thinks we’re going to lose.”
Daily News reports that the Romney campaign got more bad news Monday, when the Obama camp announced it had topped the GOP’s fundraising haul for the first time since April.
The president’s campaign, combined with the Democratic National Committee, raised more than $114 million in August, compared with $111.6 million raised by Romney and the GOP.