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Romney and Santorum close in Michigan and Arizona, narrow Gap with Obama

by | Feb 22, 2012

By Dave Andrusko
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Rick Santorum

Today’s wrap up of election news will be both brief and encouraging. Rasmussen Reports, which conducts telephone polling daily, reported, “In potential Election 2012 matchups, both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have pulled to within two points of the president. Obama leads Romney 45% to 43% and, if Santorum is the Republican nominee, the president leads 46% to 44%.”

Probably more important long-term  is what voters told Rasmussen about what Rasmussen calls the “Presidential Approval Index.” (This is the difference between those who strongly approve versus strongly disapprove.)

President Obama currently stands at a minus 15. That is, 40% strongly disapprove of the way Obama “is performing his role as President” to 25% who strongly approve.

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In the battle for ascendency in Michigan, Rick Santorum’s advantage over Mitt Romney has vanished. In four recent polls, Santorum’s average lead  is 1.5 points. Michigan holds its presidential primary February 28.

In Arizona, which holds its presidential primary the same day, Romney leads by 6.2 points (also reflecting an average of four polls). But “With a week to go, there is still time for the race to swing in either direction,” TIME magazine reported, referring to its own poll that had Romney up by 4 points. “Just 58% of respondents in the TIME/CNN/ORC poll said they would definitely support their preferred candidate, while 34% suggested they were open to changing their mind.”

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Gallup’s new national tracking poll of Republican registered voters found Santorum with a ten point lead over Romney, 36% to 26%. This represents a gain of 20 points for Santorum in the last two weeks, and a drop of 11 points for Romney.

But there was good news for Romney as well.

“In a separate USA Today/Gallup survey conducted Feb. 16-19, all Americans were asked which of the two candidates — Romney or Santorum — they believed would have the best chance of beating Barack Obama in November. Overall, 54% of Americans named Romney and 29% chose Santorum.”

Among Republicans 58% “say Romney has the best chance of beating Obama, while 32% choose Santorum.”

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