Purple Poll: If Obama and Romney were animals, what kind of animals would they be?
posted at 10:08 am on July 17, 2012 by Karl
It is still a bit too early in the campaign to rely much on head-to-head polling. Moreover, there is nothing particularly magical about collective swing state polling; at best, it would be about as representative as a national poll. Thus, the main result of the latest Purple Poll (.pdf) of 12 supposed swing states may not even be Obama’s 2% lead over Romney among likely voters (with a margin of error of +/- 1.6%) may not tell us much more than what other polls have suggested — the numbers are not moving to any significant degree. The poll breaks out results for Colorado (Obama +2), Virginia (Obama +2), Ohio (Obama +3) and Florida (Romney +3), but with a 6% margin of error, one should not be too fixated on the specific results of these sub-samples (although it is intriguing that these key states have worse job approval/disapproval numbers than the overall sample).
Accordingly, it is worth looking at perhaps the most entertaining question in the poll, which asked these swing staters which candidate seemed more like particular animals:
Among all likely voters polled, Obama came out as the fox, the cat and the family dog, while Romney was selected as both snake and lion. However among independents in these swing states, Obama came out as the fox, the cat and the snake, while Romney emerged as the lion and… the family dog. Insert the obligatory “Seamus tied to the luggage rack” vs. “Obama Eats Dogs” joke here. In this Barbara Walters fashion comes more evidence that swing state independents may have a better image of Mitt Romney than his overall favorability ratings suggest.
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