Gallup: Romney edges Obama in swing states

posted at 10:25 am on January 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney edges Barack Obama among registered voters in swing states, according to a new Gallup/USA Today pollBy “edge,” I mean barely edges — by a single point.  Even with that, though, Romney fares far better than his competitors in the same polling:

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney essentially ties Barack Obama in the nation’s key battlegrounds, a USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States survey finds, while rival Newt Gingrich now trails the president by a decisive 14 percentage points.

That reflects a significant decline by the former House speaker since early December, when he led Obama by three points. …

In a head-to-head race, Romney leads Obama by a statistically insignificant percentage point, 48%-47%, the survey finds.

But Obama leads Gingrich, 54%-40%. The president’s standing against him has risen nine points since early December; Gingrich has fallen by eight.

Gingrich fares less well than Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who trails Obama by seven points, 50%-43%, and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who also trails by seven points, 51%-44%.

As I’ve written before, this is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison.  While the GOP continues its primary slugfest, it’s natural to have some voters refuse to back primary candidates against Obama as a form of principle protest, at least for the moment.  Democrats are united behind Barack Obama and have no such reservations.

The key to this poll is the fact that Obama as incumbent falls below 50%, especially in a poll of registered rather than likely voters, regardless of which head-to-head matchup it appears.  That’s a soft re-elect number — not fatal to re-election at that level, but a problem that could grow after the Republicans actually pick their nominee.  Since likely voter samples tend to produce less favorable results for Democrats, that problem is probably worse than it seems at the moment.

Gingrich still has a problem, though.  Even though he has regained his top-tier status in the Republican primary, he seems to have alienated a lot of voters to have a 17-point swing in the gap over just six or seven weeks.  Given the tone of the campaign and especially Gingrich’s angry attacks over the past week, that may not be a big surprise.  What might play well with the Tea Party base won’t play well in a general election, and the polling results of the last few days indicates that it doesn’t play well with the Tea Party base, either.

That being said, scroll all the way down to look at the sample sizes in the states Gallup polled.  The overall poll is of 737 registered voters, which is a respectable sample size for a national poll, and should be as well for a subset of a national poll.  Some states in this sample only got as few as 11 or 17 voters included in the survey, though.  The participation seems to be proportional to state population sizes, but I think this poll would have benefited from a healthier sample from some of the swing states involved.


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Mittens rhymes with kittens…do we want a kitten against Obama, or a motha effin’ lion?

Who’s the lion? I don’t know! It’s a metaphor, it only goes so far.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

i know this one: peter o’toole. which rhymes with pool. which starts with P. which stands for PRESIDENT!
all will be revealed…..when moving thru kashmir…..
this is more fun that listening to all the zombies eating each other.

t8stlikchkn on January 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

t8stlikchkn on January 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

hahahaha…brilliant! That was super Zen tasty chicken.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

This is what Gingrich supporters refuse to confront, they simply ignore the data set.

ConservativeLaw on January 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

They can’t argue with facts.

Notice how quickly A. Weasel and angryed skedaddled from this thread when I dared to post some actual facts about Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts?

What’s so scary is that I was able to find those facts in less than 5 minutes total. In fact it actually took me longer to post them here than it did to find them. The fact that the Newt-Bots aren’t interested in doing the same type of research shows they can’t be bothered by the truth.

To be fair, though, it’s not just Newt-Bots. I’m sure the same would happen with supporters of other candidates. For instance, I could send the Rick Perry supporters running out of here screaming if I (correctly) noted that in 10 years as Governor of Texas he grew that State’s government by 10%, or almost twice what O’bama has grown the Federal government by.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I could send the Rick Perry supporters running out of here screaming if I (correctly) noted that in 10 years as Governor of Texas he grew that State’s government by 10%, or almost twice what O’bama has grown the Federal government by.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I supported Perry, but only to get him outta Texas. Now I support Bill Pullman from Independence Day.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

DHChron
Racist lol
Id support Will Smith over Zero!

;-)

angrymike on January 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM

at least Will Smith is 100% black

President mom jeans doesn’t know anything about the black experience :)

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

True
has he ever had to look for a job? I think everybody left for other threads. Dang, you in Texas? Love their gun laws!

angrymike on January 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

at least Will Smith is 100% black

President mom jeans doesn’t know anything about the black experience :)

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I don’t know about that, he did sit in that pew for 20 yrs he must of pick up some of it.

D-fusit on January 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

angrymike on January 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I love ‘em too Mike. I got a glock, two 30-06′s, a twelve gauge, a 4-10, and two 22 pistols. Not to mention my special kill room on a secluded 40 acres. Ahhhh, Texas :)

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I don’t know about that, he did sit in that pew for 20 yrs he must of pick up some of it.

D-fusit on January 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

He says he did…I tend not to believe things he says.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Now I support Bill Pullman from Independence Day.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

hold the phone for a minute, DH. ole bill i hear was a LIBERAL once. yeah. he was a bundler for gore i think AND to top it off he was a p*ssy in aliens when the crap hit the fan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xm1XErUvXo

so yeah by indep day he was all cool…but he has a squishy moderate pansy past! in my book he is therefore disqualified and is now being released to the zombies.

t8stlikchkn on January 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

He says he did…I tend not to believe things he says.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

yeah. the problem with that meme is the muslim devout christian actually SHOWED UP about one sunday a year.

t8stlikchkn on January 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

That’s okay. Nobody’s been able to refute my assertion that these numbers in swing states are largely from low-information voters who still see Mitt Romney as “Generic Republican.”

Sekhmet on January 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

t8stlikchkn on January 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

That was Bill Paxton in Aliens :) Bill Pullman is the charming private eye from Zero Effect. I stand resolutely behind his presidential ambitions, whatever they may be.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Democrats will target low-information voters with shibboleths and dog whistles to transform Mitt Generic Republican Romney into Da Eeevul One Percenter Mormon What Is Comin’ To Git You.

Sekhmet on January 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Gingrich has done that already.

Gelsomina on January 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

That’s okay. Nobody’s been able to refute my assertion that these numbers in swing states are largely from low-information voters who still see Mitt Romney as “Generic Republican.”

Sekhmet on January 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Even if that’s true (and I haven’t seen any evidence that your supposition is true or not) it doesn’t change the fact that those same low-information voters do seem to know who Newt Gingrich is and have decided they don’t care for him. Given the choice I’d rather have to make the Bamster do the work to drive Romney’s numbers down than us to have to do the work to bring Newt’s numbers up.

alchemist19 on January 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

If USA Today and Gallup say that Romney is leading by 1 point it must mean that he is actually winning by 8 points. This is great news, we are removing the liberal Obama who is accelerating toward the cliff at 150 mph to put liberal Romney in who will slow down our cliff jump to a respectable 100 mph. Exciting huh?

Dollayo on January 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Yeah! To He@@ with ethics and values! They’re all relative anyway, aren’t they?///

kingsjester on January 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

How’s the prayer police doing today?

Gelsomina on January 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

If you win with Romney, what have you won? The only positive I can envision is moderate instead of Marxist advisors and appointments.

flyfisher on January 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The horror.

Go RBNY on January 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM
And that’s just not good enough for a nation on the brink.

flyfisher on January 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

OK, the nation is on the brink financially, because it is being poorly run by people who don’t understand (or don’t care about) the importance of a balanced budget. Romney made his fortune right sizing failing companies. I would be thrilled if he would do something like that to the U.S. and the federal government. Gingrich has been campaigning by continuing to make promises of things we can’t afford-with the moon colony being the most egregious example.
Other than Ron Paul, Romney is the most likely to try to get the U.S. budget in better order. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Romney would do a much better job than Obama on this issue, which IMO is the critical issue facing the US today.

talkingpoints on January 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

That’s okay. Nobody’s been able to refute my assertion that these numbers in swing states are largely from low-information voters who still see Mitt Romney as “Generic Republican.”

Sekhmet on January 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

i.e. typical voters

talkingpoints on January 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Even if that’s true (and I haven’t seen any evidence that your supposition is true or not) it doesn’t change the fact that those same low-information voters do seem to know who Newt Gingrich is and have decided they don’t care for him. Given the choice I’d rather have to make the Bamster do the work to drive Romney’s numbers down than us to have to do the work to bring Newt’s numbers up.

alchemist19 on January 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

It can be pretty easy to reintroduce a candidate to the public, and prove s/he doesn’t have a tail and horns. Difficult is overcoming public-school-fostered ideas about conservatism where the libs only need to prove how the GOP candidate actually does fit the template.

Sekhmet on January 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

How’s the prayer police doing today?

Gelsomina on January 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

heh

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

That was Bill Paxton in Aliens :) Bill Pullman is the charming private eye from Zero Effect. I stand resolutely behind his presidential ambitions, whatever they may be.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

shame. i am shamed. thanks for the correction. i am turning in my fast times phoebe cates poster.

t8stlikchkn on January 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

t8stlikchkn on January 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

you should be! Start tasting like beef already…

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

i.e. typical voters

talkingpoints on January 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

If you read the rest of my post, you would note that the Democrats have made a science out of convincing this type of voter that “Generic Republican Who Probably Sucks Less Than The Democrat” is actually “Scary Racist Guy Who Wants To Take My Condoms Away” by the time they turn off the reality TV and drive to the polls.

“Scary Guy Who is Scary But I’m Too Young To Remember Why Or It’s Been A Long Time” can be reintroduced sans horns and tail, especially if that candidate has a good, workable alternative plan to what the incumbent Democrats are doing.

Newt can grow with low-info voters. Romney will shrink.

Sekhmet on January 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

It can be pretty easy to reintroduce a candidate to the public, and prove s/he doesn’t have a tail and horns. Difficult is overcoming public-school-fostered ideas about conservatism where the libs only need to prove how the GOP candidate actually does fit the template.

Sekhmet on January 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Ok well then we wait for the libs to try to make Romney fit their public-school-fostered iseas about conservatism and then we reintroduce Mitt to the public and prove he doesn’t have a tail and horns. It’s easy, right?

Back to your original point, if there was a candidate in the race who really represented “Generic Republican” it would be Santorum and not Mitt. Santorum is much less well-known nationally than Romney is so if we wanted to equate one of our candidates to how a warm body with a name and an R next to it polls then the Santorum vs. Obama head-to-head is the best metric available. Santorum does better against Obama than Newt does but nowhere near as well as Romney.

alchemist19 on January 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

OT, Just wondering, did I miss a HA post on the FL GOP (via Obamney surrogates) trying to redistrict Alan West out of his seat? I’m hoping I missed it, as this would amount to a grassroots earthquake that HA is ingoring.

Western_Civ on January 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Romney Explains Why He Can’t Beat Obama

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/01/30/romney-explains-why-he-cant-be

DON’T BELIEVE THE POLLS: UNLEASH GINGRICH IN 2012!

Czar of Defenestration on January 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

DHChron
Your crazier than most! Its a great thing!
Ohio isn’t bad with gun laws, but id love Texas!
I got k98, ar, bursa, and working to get a chinese ak. The chinese ak’s are way better then the junk their putting together now, just so ya know. I’ve had a few so ……..

angrymike on January 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

OT, Just wondering, did I miss a HA post on the FL GOP (via Obamney surrogates) trying to redistrict Alan West out of his seat? I’m hoping I missed it, as this would amount to a grassroots earthquake that HA is ingoring.

Western_Civ on January 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

There hasn’t been one, probably because the story being presented is old and now is being reframed with a great deal of innuendo by a blog that has gone off the deep end with Romney Derangement Syndrome as some big eeeevil conspiracy.

alchemist19 on January 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

This illustrates that Rick Santorum is the conservative with the best chance of being elected.

Voters don’t vote for candidates they view as “unlikable.” If Newt and Callista are anything, it’s “unlikable.”

bw222 on January 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Further proof that Romney is the most electable candidate.

netster007x on January 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Poles being conducted right now that compare each individual Republican primary candidate one at a time against Obama, have less value than the dog excrement on the bottom of my shoe.

Only poles comparing the eventual Republican nominee against Obama, conducted AFTER the convention, are worth anything.

listens2glenn on January 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Headline:

Gallup: Romney edges Obama in swing states

Last sentence:

Some states in this sample only got as few as 11 or 17 voters included in the survey, though. The participation seems to be proportional to state population sizes, but I think this poll would have benefited from a healthier sample from some of the swing states involved.

On the day before the FL primary HotAir has nothing but negative headlines for Newt. Even Drudge would be embarrassed by this.

Rush to Newt: Stop whining about negative campaigning

Gingrich in 2009: We need a must-carry law on health insurance

Herman Cain: Finishing second in Florida would be a “win” for Gingrich

Survey USA shows Romney up 15; Update: Suffolk poll shows Romney up … 20

Final polls show Romney with comfortable lead in Florida

And each headline is accompanied by a very unflattering picture of Newt. Hot Air joins the MSM. How sad.

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

And each headline is accompanied by a very unflattering picture of Newt. Hot Air joins the MSM. How sad.

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Please direct us to the flattering pictured of Newt.

But you are right they don’t want Newt. Expect this blog to be filled with links to other people’s work showing how in some way Obama is a MARXIST DEVIL!!!!!! Because they are going to be sorely pressed to find any other reason to vote for the slimiest dude to run for President since Nixon. Another committed liberal.

tommyhawk on January 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Only poles comparing the eventual Republican nominee against Obama, conducted AFTER the convention, are worth anything.

listens2glenn on January 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Not sure what people from Poland have to do with Republican electability.

netster007x on January 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Those general elections polls are so meaningless at this point that it is totally stupid to even look at them let alone discuss them. If Romney is the nominee, Obama is going to politcally put the chain of Bain Capital around his and maps the floor with him. It will be so pathetic and so painful to watch. Obama is going to utterly destroy Romney.

mnjg on January 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Here’s a poll from Insider Advantage that is reported on Real Clear Politics which is a poll from 1/29, yesterday, that has not received a headline on HotAir:

Latest FL Poll Shows Newt Within 4.6 Points: RCP (PDF)

There are a couple of others that show the race is tightening. At least be fair in the reporting. How about some negative Romney quotes with bad pictures of Romney? There are plenty of them out there.

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

OK, the nation is on the brink financially, because it is being poorly run by people who don’t understand (or don’t care about) the importance of a balanced budget. Romney made his fortune right sizing failing companies. I would be thrilled if he would do something like that to the U.S. and the federal government. Gingrich has been campaigning by continuing to make promises of things we can’t afford-with the moon colony being the most egregious example.
Other than Ron Paul, Romney is the most likely to try to get the U.S. budget in better order. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Romney would do a much better job than Obama on this issue, which IMO is the critical issue facing the US today.

LOL… yeah Bain Capital is going to be such an asset for Romney in the general elections…

mnjg on January 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Here’s a poll from Insider Advantage that is reported on Real Clear Politics which is a poll from 1/29, yesterday, that has not received a headline on HotAir:

Latest FL Poll Shows Newt Within 4.6 Points: RCP (PDF)

There are a couple of others that show the race is tightening. At least be fair in the reporting. How about some negative Romney quotes with bad pictures of Romney? There are plenty of them out there.

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Good post, “Kaffa.” I’m with you, brother (or, sister).

jfs756 on January 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

How come RomneyAir doesn’t mention this poll?

Rasmussen Reports 1/27 – 1/29 1500 LV 47 41 Obama +6

Oh but wait Rasmussen is a liberal. Or something.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

How is Mitt going to win the black vote from Obama?

. . .or does he care about that?

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

LOL… yeah Bain Capital is going to be such an asset for Romney in the general elections…

mnjg on January 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Wait you mean to tell me a Wall St CEO worth $300M who loves to fire people won’t sell to the American people in the midst of a recession?

I’m shocked.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Here’s a poll from Insider Advantage that is reported on Real Clear Politics which is a poll from 1/29, yesterday, that has not received a headline on HotAir:

Latest FL Poll Shows Newt Within 4.6 Points: RCP (PDF)

There are a couple of others that show the race is tightening. At least be fair in the reporting. How about some negative Romney quotes with bad pictures of Romney? There are plenty of them out there.

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM
Good post, “Kaffa.” I’m with you, brother (or, sister).

jfs756 on January 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Mega dittos!

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Latest FL Poll Shows Newt Within 4.6 Points: RCP (PDF)

this poll has been discussed on another thread. Newt has not increaed since thurday on this poll but mitt has dropped 5 points.
what make this seem like an outlier is the internals show newt beating romney by 20 points among hispanics

gerrym51 on January 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Those general elections polls are so meaningless at this point that it is totally stupid to even look at them let alone discuss them. If Romney is the nominee, Obama is going to politcally put the chain of Bain Capital around his and maps the floor with him. It will be so pathetic and so painful to watch. Obama is going to utterly destroy Romney.

mnjg on January 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Romney has nothing to offer the American people. At least McLame had the POW angle. What does Romney have? The $300M net worth angle? The “I LOVE TO FIRE PEOPLE” angle? The Mormon angle? The flip flop angle?

The Axelrod/Soros machine is going to pummel him with no mercy. And as all good RINOs, Willard will sit there and take it.

It will be delicious.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Those general elections polls are so meaningless at this point that it is totally stupid to even look at them let alone discuss them. If Romney is the nominee, Obama is going to politcally put the chain of Bain Capital around his and maps the floor with him.

It will be so pathetic and so painful to watch. Obama is going to utterly destroy Romney.

mnjg on January 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM
Romney has nothing to offer the American people. At least McLame had the POW angle. What does Romney have? The $300M net worth angle? The “I LOVE TO FIRE PEOPLE” angle? The Mormon angle? The flip flop angle?

The Axelrod/Soros machine is going to pummel him with no mercy. And as all good RINOs, Willard will sit there and take it.

It will be delicious.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Thanks! Enjoyed reading your post! I agree; if Romney is the nominee, we’re history. Might as well go ahead and pencil in Obama as being re-elected if Romney is the nominee.

jfs756 on January 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

It will be delicious.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Aw, angryed found a new friend.

Now, do you care to respond to my fact-filled posts from 11:08, 11:29 and 11:44?

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

If Mitt “Milquetoast/Romneycare/Obamacare” Romney does, in fact, become the nominee, I will proudly display the following bumper sticker (and I usually NEVER display bumper stickers):
a. Barack Obama
b. Mitt Romney
c. NONE OF THE ABOVE (Pick this one)

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Those general elections polls are so meaningless at this point that it is totally stupid to even look at them let alone discuss them. If Romney is the nominee, Obama is going to politcally put the chain of Bain Capital around his and maps the floor with him.

It will be so pathetic and so painful to watch. Obama is going to utterly destroy Romney.

mnjg on January 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM
Romney has nothing to offer the American people. At least McLame had the POW angle. What does Romney have? The $300M net worth angle? The “I LOVE TO FIRE PEOPLE” angle? The Mormon angle? The flip flop angle?

The Axelrod/Soros machine is going to pummel him with no mercy. And as all good RINOs, Willard will sit there and take it.

It will be delicious.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Delicious and nutritious, too!

Yummmy!

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:22 PM

The next admin, maybe.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Boys, Anger is often a sympton that is masking depression. Just sayin here.
.
Perhaps you are mad at something else guapos, and you are taking it out on Mittens ??

FlaMurph on January 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

My you are clever.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

So none of the Mittbots will comment on these Romney/Obama polls, eh?

Rasmussen Reports 1/27 – 1/29 1500 LV 47 41 Obama +6

NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 1/22 – 1/24 RV 49 43 Obama +6

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I’ll comment. Mitt has the best chance of,Romney,gingrich,Santorum

thats no guarantee he will win.

gerrym51 on January 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

How come RomneyAir doesn’t mention this poll?

Rasmussen Reports 1/27 – 1/29 1500 LV 47 41 Obama +6

Oh but wait Rasmussen is a liberal. Or something.

angryed

How about this one?

Rasmussen Reports 1/27 – 1/29 1500 LV Obama 52 Newt 35 Obama +17

xblade on January 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Mitt is/will be a loser . . . good thing he has so much money already . . .he’ll never get a penny of mine!

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Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

To: xblade

Why are you supporting a Democrat (Romney)? Please provide specifics.

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:44 PM

So none of the Mittbots will comment on these Romney/Obama polls, eh?

What is there to comment on? The same poll has Newt losing by 17. The reality is all our candidates suck, and there’s a very good chance Obama is going to be re-elected.

xblade on January 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Here is a suggested headline for HotAir:

Mitt Romney, Damon Corp, Medicare Fraud,& Blood Money

That is if you want to be fair. Let’s see an associated picture of Mitt’s palm face on this one.

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This might make a good headline for HotAri:

Romney Spokesman Behind Plan to Redistrict Allen West out of Office

It is Romney who wants to get rid of West. How much evidence do we need that Romney is a RINO? It is unbelievable to me that he is even in consderation as a Republican candidate

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

looks like Hotair.com is experiencing a preciptous dropoff in traffic. . .if Romney is the nominee it will be even worse . . .

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Mitt Romney is a Democrat trying to buy the Republican nomination . . . it’s a travesty!

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

To: xblade

Why are you supporting a Democrat (Romney)? Please provide specifics.

Pragmatic

To Pragmatic: Try being pragmatic, and show one post where I have stated I support Romney. Please provide specifics.

FYI: Supporting the truth doesn’t mean I support Romney OR Gingrich. The truth is the same Ras. poll showing Romney trailing by 7 shows Gingrich trailing by 17. That’s not me supporting Romney, that’s me supporting the truth, something angryed has no desire to do.

xblade on January 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM

How come RomneyAir doesn’t mention this poll?

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Since when is Romney “hot”?

WhatNot on January 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

s/b RomneyGas

WhatNot on January 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I agree with the other poster who said you should change your user name. you are many things but pragmatic is not one of them

gerrym51 on January 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

How is Mitt going to win the black vote from Obama?

He could pick Condi Rice for vp. but i still think they would vote for Obama.

gerrym51 on January 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Are you going to continue to whine like a little girl until next November?

csdeven on January 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Pragmatic on January 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Are you going to continue to whine like a little girl until next November?

csdeven on January 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I will be happy to “whine like a little girl” along with pragmatic as long as it takes to get rid of the rinos. Our real enemy are the republicans. We have to get past them before we can even attack the dims.

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

So none of the Mittbots will comment on these Romney/Obama polls, eh?

Rasmussen Reports 1/27 – 1/29 1500 LV 47 41 Obama +6

NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 1/22 – 1/24 RV 49 43 Obama +6

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Care to tell us why YOU left a more recent poll out, simply because it doesn’t fit your template? You’re getting more intellectually dishonest by the hour.

Here’s the one you deliberately left out.

USA Today/Gallup 1/27 – 1/28 907 RV 48 48

Tie

Care to comment?

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Hey, people love more of the same

popularpeoplesfront on January 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

shhhh everyone. This poll is obviously a biased RINO fake poll. HG is all about the establishment man.

kage on January 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

None of the polls mean much now because the candidates are attacking each other. There is not a clear message or a single leader.

However, if we actually elect Mitt Romney, it will be proof that the Tea Party is dead and conservatism is dead. Our constitutional form of government is on life support. The plug, I fear, will be pulled with either Obama or Romney being elected.

Yes, I dearly hope I am wrong on Romney. If I am, I will apologize and admit it on future threads repeatedly. I have no problem admitting when I am wrong… but I just don’t see it. He is going to be worse than McCain would have been.

JellyToast on January 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Mitt Romney as FLIPPER…hilarious!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5WdkEc4mZF0

Czar of Defenestration on January 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

If Palin and others say that “the math is the math” when they try to shove Newt down our collective throats, then why shouldn’t these numbers matter?

Selective indignation and fuzzy math?

fight like a girl on January 30, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Care to tell us why YOU left a more recent poll out, simply because it doesn’t fit your template?

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

That would be a YES!

Debbie Wasserman angryeyed disregards ALL data that doesn’t fit her ABRtard template.

Sometimes she just FABRICATES stuff.

Gunlock Bill on January 30, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Hot Air joins the MSM. How sad.

Seems a little over the top, though it sure seems that Ed has given up on Perry for Mitt. I guess when you’re hosting Hugh Hewitt’s show from time-to-time, the unbridled shilling for Mitt that goes on over there is bound to rub off.

Anyway, all the current “electability” arguemnts won’t matter much when Governor Romney is down by 15 points to the President in August. It’ll be gloomy around here through year’s end, but at least there will be an opportunity to wrestle control of the party from the establishment starting next year.

newtopia on January 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

newtopia on January 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Eeyore. Eeyore.

MJBrutus on January 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Sometimes she just FABRICATES stuff.

Gunlock Bill on January 30, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Would that sometimes be when her mouth is open?

Sultanofsham on January 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM

This might make a good headline for HotAri:

Romney Spokesman Behind Plan to Redistrict Allen West out of Office

It is Romney who wants to get rid of West. How much evidence do we need that Romney is a RINO? It is unbelievable to me that he is even in consderation as a Republican candidate

Kaffa on January 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Dont know if its what Romney wants or what his lackey Weatherford does. I will say your known by the company you keep and this doesnt reflect well on Romney at all.

Sultanofsham on January 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Not seeing the re-elect Obama bumper stickers out there…Obama supporters were very very visible here in Charleston SC in the 2008 election cycle. Not seeing them now. None…It’s clear that upscale suburbanites down here are looking for someone else…Anecdotal I know, but I’m sensing a democrat malaise out there…

Nozzle on January 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Breaking news this should make Paul a top tear candidate look out Romney (SNOOP DOGG endorses Paul)

logman1 on January 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

If USA Today and Gallup say that Romney is leading by 1 point it must mean that he is actually winning by 8 points. This is great news, we are removing the liberal Obama who is accelerating toward the cliff at 150 mph to put liberal Romney in who will slow down our cliff jump to a respectable 100 mph. Exciting huh?

Dollayo on January 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

It is exciting. 100mph might be survivable with grace and luck, 150mph not so much.

haner on January 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Romney will pick Souter Kagen judges. To paraphrase Bob Dole, you know it, I know it, the American people know it.

angryed on January 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Stop being ignorant.

Seriously, there are so many loudmouths spouting nonsense on Hot Air it is aggravating as all get out.

Romney has Robert Bork as one of his judicial advisers.

Bush Sr. accidentally gave us Souter, shame on him. He also gave us Thomas which has been a success.
Bush Jr. gave us Alito and Roberts. It was risky to elect him but he came through for us because he also had a Republican Senate.
Romney will give us Alitos and Roberts’ if we vote for a Republican Senate, otherwise we only have ourselves to blame.

scotash on January 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I could send the Rick Perry supporters running out of here screaming if I (correctly) noted that in 10 years as Governor of Texas he grew that State’s government by 10%, or almost twice what O’bama has grown the Federal government by.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

With respect, I’d ask everyone to look beyond one single data point. Didn’t the population in Texas grow by 20 % in that same decade? How much of the State’s budget is influenced by the number of residents? I’m not jumping in here to defend Perry, but I’m not convinced from that one datum that he should be criticized for a 10 % growth. Doesn’t it depend on what grew and why? E.G., If Pres Obama was growing the size of the Border Patrol or our Special Forces, I wouldn’t be complaining.

Red State State of Mind on January 30, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Anecdotal I know, but I’m sensing a democrat malaise out there…

Nozzle on January 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I had a very similar conversation with a friend earlier today. I live in one of the more conservative, rural areas of a very liberal state (Maryland) and I see and meet a broad swath of people and I travel out fifty miles in any direction. Just based on anectdotal (sp?) observation, the number of Obama 2012 bumper stickers is less than the 08s (but it’s early).
Also, I meet people who say they voted for Pres Obama in 08 but won’t this time. I have yet to meet anyone who voted for McCain in 08 who says they’ll now support Obama. Based on the ‘feel’ of people’s conversations, I’d throw out a guess that Obama is actually attracting around 45 to 47 % against a Republican challenger.

Red State State of Mind on January 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Let’s not forget that the Republican brand is literally being kicked in the groin during these nasty primaries. With all the negative news out there about these very dirty primaries and the large number of debates, I am surprised Romney still beat Obama by a point. Before the primaries got nasty a few months back, there were quite a few polls showing Romney with an edge over Obama (and no other GOP candidates showing such an edge) These were one of the major reasons why Romney seemed far more electable than the others. When Romney finally wins the nomination and the rhetoric from the right calms down, the american people will be able to focus soley on the Romney resume and Obama’s failures – the matchups will start trending again in Romney’s favor and the republican brand will heal itself. (Hopefully)

BabysCatz on January 31, 2012 at 12:04 AM

s/b RomneyGas

WhatNot on January 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Don’t make fun of Ann Coulter. :P

Myron Falwell on January 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Romney has Robert Bork as one of his judicial advisers.

scotash on January 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I feel bad for Bork. He deserves better than THAT.

Myron Falwell on January 31, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Now I support Bill Pullman from Independence Day.

DHChron on January 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Id support Will Smith over Zero!

;-)

angrymike on January 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I’m all for the mummified corpse of Rasputin.

Myron Falwell on January 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

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