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Bloomberg poll: Obama leads Romney 53 to… 40?

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By Doug Powers  •  June 20, 2012 08:00 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

As I was reading this story about the most recent Bloomberg poll, I searched carefully for an “I’M MAKING THIS UP” notation, but was unable to find it:

Barack Obama has opened a significant lead over Mitt Romney in a Bloomberg National Poll that reflects the presumed Republican nominee’s weaknesses more than the president’s strengths.

Obama leads Romney 53 percent to 40 percent among likely voters, even as the public gives him low marks on handling the economy and the deficit, and six in 10 say the nation is headed down the wrong track, according to the poll conducted June 15- 18.

The survey shows Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has yet to repair the damage done to his image during the Republican primary. Thirty-nine percent of Americans view him favorably, about the same as when he announced his presidential candidacy last June, while 48 percent see him unfavorably — a 17-percentage point jump during a nomination fight dominated by attacks ads. A majority of likely voters, 55 percent, view him as more out of touch with average Americans compared with 36 percent who say the president is more out of touch.

Did they find a good portion of their polling sample at one of Andrea Mitchell’s production meetings? A lot of things could happen in November, but it’s generally agreed that “landslide for Obama” is unlikely.

The Bloomberg poll disparity helps nudge the RCP average in Obama’s favor.

Is it just me, or does this news video that accompanied the article have a “The Onion” feel to it?

**Written by Doug Powers

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