Fresh off of last week’s very lackluster debate (if you’re an Obama fan, that is), national polls are indicating a tighter race for the White House now compared to before the debate.
According to newly-released national polls from the Pew Research Center, Mitt Romney has surged ahead of Barack Obama in the last few days, with his support jumping from 43% to 49% among likely voters. Obama, meanwhile slid from being the choice of 51% of likely to voters to just 45%. The poll was taken in thenthree days following last week’s televised debate.
There is, however, some good news from these numbers. In Pew’s earlier poll, which Obama lead, the party identification of the people polled was 39% Democrat, 29% Republican and 30% Independents. In its most recent poll, the one released today showing Romney in the lead, the make-up was as follows: 31% Democrats, 36% Republicans, 30% Independents.
Knowing that, is Romney actually in the lead? Or, did someone at Pew Research just want to show Romney as leading? Hard to say either way, but it does strike me as odd that an organization as large and complex as Pew would purposefully release two polls with such drastic differences in the people surveyed.
Regardless of what Pew’s polls have shown, there are other polling organizations to which we can refer. Take the Gallup Poll as an example.
According to their latest release, Obama is still in a healthy lead over Romney, ahead 50%-45% among likely voters. Before all you Obama fans jump up and down for joy (as I did initially!!), we need to dissect this poll for a moment, as well. While Obama is in a clear, commanding 5% lead, the Gallup poll was based on voter surveys from September 30 – October 6. In other words, much of the polling data for Gallup’s information was taken BEFORE the first presidential debate. And we all know how that debate turned out!!! Romney lied through his teeth at every possible moment, completely contradicting EVERYTHING that he has said publicly for the last year and a half. Obama, however, just sat back and let Romney take over the stage. Obama came off as uninterested and passive to even his most ardent supporters.
Let me just take a second to expand upon my assertion that Romney did nothing but lie throughout the entire debate. I challenge my readers (both of you!!!, haha) to listen to Romney’s responses from the debate and compare them to Romney’s own statements over the course of the last few years:
**He went from saying he would “act to repeal” every single part of Obamacare to saying at the debate that there are certain parts he would keep. Don’t forget that Obamacare is modeled on Romney’s healthcare plan for Massachusetts, for crying outloud!
**He went from saying that he would enact an across-the-board 20% reduction in taxes for everyone (incl those pesky millionaires and billionaires who already pay lower taxes than the rest of us) to saying at the debate that he would only lower taxes for the middle and lower income classes.
And those aren’t all of Romney’s pandering moments. He has had quite a few since deciding to first run for President way back in 2006 or so:
**As a candidate for both the U.S. Senate and for Governor (both from Massachusetts), Romney was once very much a supporter of civil unions, stating that he would “make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern” and that “all citizens deserve equal rights regardless of sexual orientation”. To win the Republican nomination for President, though, he now states that he intends to alter the United States Constitution to amend it so that only men and women who are straight can marry.
**While still involved in Massachusetts politics, Romney wholeheartedly supported abortion rights for women, going so far as to state “I sustain and support the right of a woman to make that decision”. Now? He has said many times in public that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
**Again, while still a part of Massachusetts political life (where he served as Governor), Romney was a vocal supporter of strict gun laws meant to keep dangerous weapons off the street, saying that he supported “tough gun laws” and that he “won’t chip away at them. I believe they help protect us, and provide for our safety.” He even went as far as to raise the gun tax in Massachusetts 200%! What do you think he is NOW saying about gun laws???? Believe it or not, even after all of the tragic gun-related deaths in America, Romney has shown his true colors by declaring that he would not “support any gun control legislation” and that “the effort for a new assault weapons ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose” Hhhmmm…I guess by that he thinks we need MORE semi-automatic and assault weapons on the streets.
Alright, everyone, that’s all I’ve got for now. I think I’m going to head out to my local gun shop, buy a military-style assault weapon and go put a few bullets in Big Bird’s head. Romney would be so proud of me!!!! Let’s just hope that I can get to Big Bird before Romney has a chance to fire him, leaving him without the health insurance coverage he would need to recover.