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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    April 21, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    per A1994 11:07 p.m. April 16, 2012

    "They are also deeply flawed like the gods of Greek mythology (see Bill Clinton, the Kennedy's, etc.)"

    Better to be deeply flawed than to think you are on a mission from God.

    "Time for the mythological Obama recovery to end and time to get a real leader who has real experience."

    Being a management consultant, your whole *working* career screams practicality. sarcasm off?

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    April 20, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    "National" polls are not credible. We don't elect presidents based on "national" elections, but through the electoral college and 50 separate state elections.

    These have zero meanings.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    April 20, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    There is little room here for factual debate. But do we really care about the facts? Are "facts" the truths about the candidates, or the opinions of TV journalists and station owners?

    I am terribly saddened by political journalism today, which is about all we have now to learn about candidates. Journalists used to challenge ALL candidates, revealing those who were dangerous or not competent. Now, most news stations have an axe to grind, so they show only what makes their choices look good or opponent's look bad. This isn't just my opinion; tally the "bias" of messages on the news channels (progressive AND conservative), and you will see. If you are objective, putting aside your opinions, you will discover how serious the situation is, if you believe WE should choose the President, not news channel's biases.

    People judge candidates by TV news reports. That's it. "Man on the street" interviews reveal that few Americans know enough about our country to vote wisely. Fewer still would defend it with their lives, as our forefathers, from President down to dirt-poor farmers, did. 2012 will reveal if Americans are worth the sacrifices their forefathers made for them

  • Franjeado Lambare, Paraguay
    April 20, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    Mitt is the next President of the USA.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 19, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    It's way to early in the process to put much stock in polls at this point.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    April 18, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    williary,

    Do you honestly think Obama helped much? If so, you'd be in disagreement with the economists. All Obama did was add trillions of dollars of debt at an alarmingly fast rate. Don't say "we've created jobs for so-and-so-number of months!". Bull crap. Unemployment staying above 8% (which Obama promised wouldn't happen if his stimulus passed, remember?) and only decreasing ever so slightly because people have given up finding these millions of "jobs" that have been "created" is NOT job creation!

    LValfre,

    If having a president who is in touch with general Americans is your highest priority, then you deserve whatever wreckage this "in-touch" incumbent inflicts on the nation. Results and skills are much more important. If getting surgery, I'd rather have a skilled surgeon even if he was "out of touch" with his patients than one who is in touch but questionably potent (as Obama has proven to be).

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    April 17, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is not going to beat Obama. But Ron Paul can.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    April 17, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    Just remember that 80 percent of the undecided vote went against the incumbent president in the last 60 years So that really gives Mitt a 12 point lead Ouch for Obama

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 17, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    @Mountanman
    “@ Marxist. If the Republicans don’t sweep the elections, you will definitely need your food storage!”
    And yet the last time Republicans were in complete control, they did nothing to avoid a near Depression. Where Millions lost their jobs, homes, retirements, and really had to consider that food storage as a last means of survival.
    How ironic.

  • Canuk SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 17, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    That poll was so much an outlier that it has been disputed. You can check it out and see how they weighted it. It really is kind of funny.
    I am so praying for the end of this administration. The cap the trade, the fast and furious, the solyndra debacle, the secret service, the GSA. If you have someone at the head who has no control over the government, you have someone who has no control over anything. If you want a socialist country - go live in England, Spain, Italy, heci why not go the whole way and jump into N Korea. Have you read how many Americans are giving up their citizenship? Not only because of taxes, but the whole regulation thing is killing them. And yes, it has become uncearable for them.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 17, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    Re: LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    "Also, he's never answered the priesthood ban question."

    The best people to explain the "priesthood ban" would be current African Americans who chose to join the LDS Church and hold the priesthood that you reference. What do you suppose lead to their conversion?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    April 17, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Well, now that the polls tell us what's going on we can go back to life as usual. After all, once those numbers hit the fan, it's all over. Just ask President Dukakis or President Dole.

  • Thoughtful Voter Spanish Fork, UT
    April 17, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Even if you're a Romney supporter, I don't understand why you'd be happy with Schulzke cherrypicking sources like these for an article. It doesn't give you a true picture of what needs to be done and it's not "fair and balanced". When I read news, I want to get "the lay of the land". If I support a certain candidate I want to know the good *and* the bad. If you only listen to the "yesmen" then you're much much more likely to lose. I'm disappointed in this article.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 17, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    A1994, "In fact, the analogy is pretty accurate in many ways. Liberals see themselves as 'the gods' of Washington bestowing their gifts of wisdom and knowledge on the commoners. " What has that to do with Sisyphus? Sisyphus was being punished by the Gods..and the point of the story was Sisyphus would never find happiness until he faced the reality that he was going to push that boulder up the hill for eternity.

    The boulder the President is pushing up the hill is the mess the republicans have made of the country for the last 30 years of inequality, financial manipulation, and international warmongering, and yes every time a republican is elected President the boulder rolls back down the hill and crushes the villagers, until a Democrat is elected President and begins the task of pushing the boulder back up the hill, off the backs of the commoners.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    April 17, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    I sure hope Romney does not get in. He's out of touch with the general population. They don't want him pushing his religious agenda on them like he did pre-signing against gay marriage. Also, he's never answered the priesthood ban question. He was 31 when it was banned ... a grown man. He never gave a real answer on that question when interviewed some years back.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    April 17, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    I agree that the real numbers to watch are electoral college votes. Living in one swing state, I can tell you we'd be shocked if Romney won in Ohio. He was the only Republican nominee to come out in open support of the union-busting bills in Ohio and Wisconsin. This has seriously hurt him in the Rust Belt. The repeal of SB5 here in Ohio was record breaking for how easily it was defeated. In fact, it prompted Fox News to put a (D) next to our governors name for several weeks, even though he's (R). While it seems unlikely that this will inspire many rural Ohioans will go out to vote for Obama, it will likely demotivate them from voting at all, thus leaving a heavier influence in Democratic-heavy urban environments.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 17, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    @ Marxist. If the Republicans don’t sweep the elections, you will definitely need your food storage!

  • raybies Layton, UT
    April 17, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    As shocking as it may seem to the press, Mitt can win.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    April 17, 2012 4:10 a.m.

    It is truly amazing that after demonstrating time and again he is not up to the job, Obama is this close.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2012 12:13 a.m.

    Great, great news. If Republicans sweep this fall, oldsters like myself can look forward to a life without social security or health care. Mortuaries will be picking up bodies at places of employment. I tell ya, I can't wait. Having a Mormon in the White House will more than make up for all of this!

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 16, 2012 11:07 p.m.

    Bill Cosby, today, compared Barack Obama to Sisyphus, the King in Greek Mythology who was forced to keep rolling the stone up the hill only to watch it roll back down again. I think Bill Cosby hit the nail right on the head (only, not for the same reasons that I believe.)

    Democratic economic policy parallels perfectly with Greek Mythology. It looks grand and mysterious. It isn't practical and never really happened. In fact, the analogy is pretty accurate in many ways. Liberals see themselves as 'the gods' of Washington bestowing their gifts of wisdom and knowledge on the commoners. They are also deeply flawed like the gods of Greek mythology (see Bill Clinton, the Kennedy's, etc.)

    Time for the mythological Obama recovery to end and time to get a real leader who has real experience.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 16, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    I think it's funny to see the Obama loyalists stick doggedly to their talking points. There are a few facts that cannot be overlooked. First, Romney is a rich, supposedly out of touch, Mormon from Massachusetts running against an incumbent President who happens to also be our first African-American President. He's a guy who had a meteoric rise to the top and, at one point, had an approval rating around 70 percent.

    On paper, Obama is supposed to win re-election in a landslide. Just a couple of problems though. Unemployment is stuck at over 8% now for the longest period of time since WW II. Gas prices are hurting 'the working class' both driving and in increase food costs. And to top it off, the only thing the President is focused on right now is getting the 'Buffet Rule' passed so he can say taxes are now 'fair.' Everyone knows he has no plan. The fact that he is losing or tied in many polls points to a landslide LOSS for Barack Obama in November. Romeny will be the next president of the United States.

  • l.cee Ridgefield, WA
    April 16, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    @Patriot

    "Mr. Teleprompter" could be Obama; could be Romney; could be any of the General Authorities or many other speakers who use teleprompters. Come on, come up with a better description that makes sense. Teleprompter as a put down is just silly.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 16, 2012 8:59 p.m.

    The real game hasn't even started yet. It is a little early to be putting money down on either of them. A lot can happen in 6 months.... a lot.

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 16, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    Obama supporters should do their homework and read a few books about the man they praise so highly. I recommend two books: The Roots of Obama's Rage, and the Anti-American President Barack Hussein Obama. Both books actually quote a lot of Obama's own words, remind us of his anti-American mishaps (for example, not showing respect to the flag of our country, and bowing to the leaders of our enemies). Also consider the futures of your children, grandchildren, etc. who will be paying for years to get our country back on track financially, not to mention returning our country to a land of freedom, less government control, respect from other countries, and back to a democracy, not a dictatorship.

  • David L AMERICAN FORK, UT
    April 16, 2012 8:39 p.m.

    I found it interesting how a CNN news anchor went on and on about how CNN was not liberal. It is interesting to see their poll on Romney vs. Obama - see CNN under Politics.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 16, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Wait until next week’s polls when more people learn about the GSA scandal, the Fast and furious scandal, the Secret Service prostitution scandal and add that to the Solynda scandal especially when so many investigations are being stonewalled by Obama’s administrators claiming the 5th amendment when asked questions!

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    April 16, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    At least Obama gets to golf every month. Didn't Bush get chastized for golfing like 5 times in a year, where Obama has been vacationing just about every month. Selective memories for a lot of people I guess.

  • MGB Saint George, UT
    April 16, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    @ClarkHippo
    "I have a brother who lives in North Carolina and personally knows more than a couple people who have already said they plan to stay home on Election Day. They hate Obama, but they'll eat pig swill before they'll vote for a Mormon".

    If that is indeed the case then they deserve the pig swill that they will in fact eat.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    April 16, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    Funny how the headline over at CNN.com reads that Obama has a 9 point advantage over Romney, believe who you want to believe. This much is for sure, Romney will win Utah. But Obama will win big!

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    April 16, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    "Romney will lose big, probably 15 points, he's just got too much baggage and the incumbent is too strong."

    I didn't know that being successful in business and economics was considered "too much baggage" and that if one consistently plans for $1+ trillion deficits, has no budget, and adds about $6 trillion to the national debt in 3 years, then he is considered "too strong".

    If this nation chooses Obama over Romney, that is a sure sign of the decline of this great nation. I love America too much to vote for Obama.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 16, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    Meanwhile a CNN poll released today that shows the President ahead by 9 points isn't mentioned in the article...

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    April 16, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    I'm a big Mitt supporter. However, I have to laugh and the survey data/info. included by the DN. After I reading this article and the associated survey's indentified, I came across a CNN/Gallop pull that shows Obama 9 points ahead. I guess it's all in the eyes of the beholder.

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    April 16, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    I personally, do not know anyone in Carlsbad who wants Mr. Obama back in office. Of course, we are just a bunch of over the hill, beyond the baby boomers and the career students; old hippies and some farmer types who still have a vote! My 90 year old Wyoming cowboy neighbor wouldn't vote for Mr. O if he were offered new legs and a pass to a few of the big parties the Obama reign has offered up on our collective dime. You should hear the old folks opine in our retirement paradise. As of today, nobody has polled us. Maybe they should. After all. We ain't dead yet!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 16, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    Obama will triumph in the end.

  • The Politics of Listening A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    April 16, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    For the past three years, President Obama has been promising a better economy. But rather than hold the GOP accountable (like he said he would), Obama is deflecting the blame from himself and GOP failed policies. On the eve of Tax Day, I'm sure everyone can agree that the state of the economy is forefront on the minds of voters. Well Mr. GOP, excuses don't pay the mortgage, lower skyrocketing gas prices, or cover the cost of those tax estimates. Americans are worse off than they were 8 years ago, so if Republican's won't hold themself accountable come November, we certainly will. We love the Buffett Rule for the same reason Mitt Romney opposes it. It levels the playing field in America by closing tax loopholes and ensuring that millionaires aren't paying a tax rate that's lower than what many middle-class families are paying. Mitt Romney leads President Obama in 3 new polls ?. Says who, DNews?. Or real poor and middleclass humans that vote also.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 16, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    Gallup, Rasmussen, and Fox...really?? Another poll today showed Obama winning over 230 electoral votes with Romney at 170 something. Obama wins Florida and it's over.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    @Palintram

    Romney won't lose by 15. At this time I think he loses by 2 +/- 5 (obviously he wins in the -0.01 to -3 cases).

    Right now RCP has Obama strong/leaning in 227 electoral votes, Romney in 170. That leaves the following as tossups: Arizona, Colorado, Florida Iowa Missouri Nevada New Hampshire North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Virginia.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 16, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    re:Palintram

    Remember the 2010 mid term elections? Yes that was the GOP landslide resulting from peoples discontent with Obama. That discontent has festered some over the past 2 years for most folks.. especially independent voters. Obama is deploying the politics of distraction and deception for 2012 - how long do think that is going to hold up?? The man's record is a disaster and with gas prices set to hit $5 a gallon by fall I would say Mr Teleprompter is in BIG trouble with everyone with the obvious exception of his loyal clueless zombie base.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    April 16, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    This will be another "total" landslide! When the big business sides of Mitt is "really" exposed he will go down like the titanic. The only thing he hasn't changed on in his whole life is his religion, and that will not get him elected for sure. Another republican jokester thats all.Doesn't one of the 10 commandments say something about not lying? Go figure!

  • Palintram Holladay, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Romney will lose big, probably 15 points, he's just got too much baggage and the incumbent is too strong.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    Which Mitt Romney? He changes his positions so often it's hard to tell who he is this week.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    @caprice
    "It's difficult to imagine that people can't see what a disaster Obama has created for America."

    We were losing 700k jobs a month when Bush packed his bags and yet you consider gaining private sector jobs 24+ consecutive months to be a disaster? You must work for Bain or some other corporation that feeds off of devouring failed companies.

    "His lack of loyalty to true American values and pride are disconcerting"

    And this is where I stopped taking you seriously.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    The best possible result for this election would be for Mitt to win the popular vote and the President to win the electoral college. Then the best guy would be President AND we would get rid of this stupid system of voting since both parties would have been bitten by in within a 12 year span.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    I hope the Obama Campaign keeps up the mis-steps they have been making the last several weeks.

    After taking such a beating during the Republican primaries, Romney should be way down.....but he's NOT. Great news for the Romney Campaign and I hope they can keep it up.

    Go Mitt!!!!!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    "Respondents were slightly more likely to trust Obama and much more likely to think Obama was smarter and more optimistic."

    HA!!!! This is too funny. Trust Obama?? Who trusts Obama? This man has proven to be about as un-trusting as any president since Nixon. Holy cow I am guessing any poll based solely on how much do your trust Obama would be in the tank - bottom of the tank!! Smarter and optimistic?? Again - what a joke!! Smarter in what - the NCAA basketball brackets?? As far as optimistic - does that go along with his class warfare banter and name ONE thing that Obama has shown optimism other than arrogantly bashing the Supreme Court for even considering overturning his health care law. I think Obama was given high marks in 2008 for smarts based solely on his smooth teleprompter speeches but the one thing the past 4 years have revealed about Obama is how "uninformed" and "over his head" this guy really is when you drill down to specifics. Smart?? Sorry but I don't think anyone paying attention to the man is going to buy that. A better description would be inexperienced and very deceptive.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    If Obama managed to win reelection, it is more telling about the stupidity of Americans than anything else. This country is doomed. Bush's problems will need fixing. However, Obama opted to ADD to the problems rather than fix the problems (record high deficits, national debt increasing at an alarming rate).

    People can't come up with a good reason why Obama is better than Bush; they'll mention job creation (yeah right; ask the soldiers how that's working for them, and look at unemployment rates), or the wars (which cost much less than Obama, and Obama has followed Bush's war timetable anyway), or "women's rights" (while ignoring babies' rights). But no real reason that shows that Bush was bad and Obama was good. The most telling facts show Bush was bad but Obama is way worse.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    April 16, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    @williary

    Even though I'm a registered Republican, I agree with you.

    When one sees what states Romney did and did not win in the Republican primaries, he will definitely have his work cut out for him in the south.

    I have a brother who lives in North Carolina and personally knows more than a couple people who have already said they plan to stay home on Election Day. They hate Obama, but they'll eat pig swill before they'll vote for a Mormon.

    @Roland Kayser

    Another Trivia Note: The longest period in our nation's history in which a President did not die in office was from George Washington's inauguration to W.H. Harrison's death which was 51 years and 1 month. Currently it has been about 49 1/2 years since JFK's death, so that's another record which will likely be broken too.

    Of course, if you include Nixon's resignation, that drops it down to almost 28 years since a President left office early.

    And "NO" I do NOT want to see Obama leave office early by ANY means. Vote Obama out? "Yes" Anything else? "NO!"

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    April 16, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    It's difficult to imagine that people can't see what a disaster Obama has created for America. His lack of loyalty to true American values and pride are disconcerting at best. I find Romney to be by far the superior candidate in every way. Romney has the business experience and the love of America that Obama doesn't have and can't buy. I'm standing behind Romney 100%.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 16, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    I forgot that only Republicans create jobs, so it is a good thing Romney is leading in the polls.

    The stimulus should have been bigger and have not included 300 billion dollar worth of tax cuts and 100% of it should went to infrastructure projects.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 16, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    Intrade has the best track record at predicting presidential elections because people actually put down money on their positions. Intrade currently gives President Obama a 61% chance of being reelected.

    Trivia note: If Obama is reelected it will be only the second time in our history that we have had three consecutive two-term presidents. The last three were Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 16, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    Good thing they left out the CNN poll released today. Obama leads by 9, 5 with Ind. Voters.

    And these polls mean little. Mitt has a huge amount of ground to makeup in the Electoral College map. He’d better focus on Florida because if Obama wins that, the race is over before polls even close across the country. Then he can start worrying about Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico. Tall task ahead for Mitt.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 16, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    Why do we continue to hear that "Gore won the popular vote" when there were a million ballots that were not counted in California? No one knows for sure who won the popular vote but they do remember that Gore didn't want to count absentee ballots from our militray servicemen. (And he didn't carry his home State of Tennessee, either, if you were wondering.)

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 16, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    The only poll that counts in on election day in November, cast by actual voters in the booth. That would be the best time for Romney to lead Obama.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 16, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    too soon to get excited, but we have room for optimism.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    "We need to act quickly in passing these stimulus funds(first "stimulus plan" of 787 billion) to prevent unemployment from reaching 8%

    Unemployment soared to over 11%

    Unemployment is STILL over 8%

    Three

    Years

    Later.