Mitt Romney carves out slim lead over President Barack Obama in national polls

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  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    May 9, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    To "LDS Liberal" so you are admitting your hypocrisy when it comes to holding a liberal accountable vs. a conservative.

    Why should Romney be held to a higher standard than Obama? By saying that Obama can be held to a lower standard means that it is more acceptable to you for Obama to lie, cheat, or do questionable things to achieve his adgenda.

    If flip-flopping is bad for a conservative, why is it good for a liberal?

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    May 9, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Re: LDS Liberal

    LDS Liberal, when will you ever learn? It's not about Romney. It is about OBAMA. Any Republican will/would likely win in these circumstances. The fact that Obama is even close to the challenger shows he is in trouble. Now the only way for Obama to win this election is if something extreme happens that either destroys Romney or enhances Obama. The Oklahoma City bombing did it for Clinton. We'll just wait and see what does happen in the next 5 months.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 9, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Deep Space 9, Ut
    To "LDS Liberal" and how is that any different than Obama,
    If the problem is flipflopping, then why only attack Romney, Obama is equally guilty if not more so.


    Mitt Romney is LDS.
    I hold him to Higher standard.

    per Pres. Hinckley --
    He should "Stand For Something", show Integrity and stop Flip-Flopping to appease.

  • RBW 2012 Canby, OR
    May 8, 2012 11:09 p.m.

    Good grief, you are already celebrating the coronation of Mitt Romney when he hasn't even won the nomination. Ron Paul beats Obama by an even larger percentage according to some polls. By the time the election comes around just about anyone could beat Obama. But why choose someone who would do the same things? Obama does the same things Bush did. Romney's policies aren't that much different than Obama's. The poll is probably so close because it is hard to distinguish the two. Like flipping a coin, the odds are 50/50.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    May 8, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    To "LDS Liberal" and how is that any different than Obama, Mr "I won't hire any lobbyists" who hired multiple lobbyists, and countless other instances of hypocrisy and flip-flopping. One of my favorites was how Senator Obama said that deficits were criminal and should be eliminated, then President Obama authorized the largest deficits in history.

    If the problem is flipflopping, then why only attack Romney, Obama is equally guilty if not more so.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 8, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    This is why Mitt Romney will loose:

    Romney: 'I'll take a lot of credit' for auto recovery
    By Justin Sink - 05/08/12 09:18 AM ET

    Mitt Romney said Monday that he deserves credit for the recovery of the auto industry, arguing President Obama essentially followed his advice on the auto bailout. That drew a sharp rebuke from the Obama campaign, which called Romney's comments "a new low in dishonesty, even for him."


    Mitt Romney is a Flip-Flopper who shows no integrity, and will say or do anything to win.

    IMHO - That one statement alone by Bro. Romney doesn't meet the criteria of;
    "Are you honest in your dealings with your fellow men?" question.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 8, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    This is hilarious…..

    This is the 1st poll Romney has ever been on top.

    It just seems like yesterday when Herman Cain was leading the polls,
    and Tim Pawlenty,
    and Rick Perry,
    and Michelle Bachmann,
    and Rick Santorum,
    and Newt Gingrich,
    And, and, and….

    What happened?
    Where are they now?

    Polls mean absolutely nothing right now.

    Let’s talk polls come Mid-October.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 8, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    @ Counter Intelligence, Romney now takes credit for the successful auto bailout? Who's pompous? And he has no shame.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 8, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    No matter who is leading at this stage, it means nothing. Come back to me in September and October, then I'll care.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 8, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    Riverton Cougar..when Bush was President;

    lets see..

    America was attacked on her own soil for the first time, and over 3000 civilians were killed.

    America went after the organizer of the attack and lost him.

    America invaded a soverign nation based on a blatant..known lie and spent billions of dollars while thousands more Americans were killed.

    The economy created an enormous housing bubble that burst and crashed the world economy

    The last 5 quarters of the Bush administration had GDP loses of 2% each, with the last quarter before Obama took over losing 9%..absolutely unprecedented.

    And the economy only added 3million private sector jobs during 8 years.

    Bushs last budget 1.2 trilliion dollars.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    May 7, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    What would be most interesting is to see a poll of Economics professors. Who do they favor? Romney or Obama?

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 7, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    It's no secret now that Mitt Romney is nothing then a DNews and same old Republican Mormon fantasy. But when one talks about "their poster child" it's like "why Facebook thinks your comment is irrelevant or inappropriate" and won't post it. Does Romney have a chance to take down Obama in 2012?. Obama launched his re-election campaign with two back to back rallies in key battleground states of Ohio and Virginia wherein he introduced the slogan of "Forward" in an attempt to recreate his magic of four years ago that made him the first non-White US president. Obama Haters are evading any proven facts Romney does not have. Now when Obama does take him down, its all puffery. Romney gave Obama credit for his role in bringing down the top al Qaeda, something Romney would never do. President Obama visited Afghanistan unplanned, unannounced, just went right to Afghanistan. Not to be outdone, Mitt Romney got in his car and drove through the rough part of Beverly Hills. He'll kill the campaign like Palin and McCain did.

    I don't trust Romney and Obama.

    Who do they give is to vote for?.

    My views.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    May 7, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    Biden is holding Obama down too. Let's see how Romney does on his first presidential decision picking his VP. It could leap the polls. Or kill the campaign like McCain did.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 7, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    Re: "Personally, I think the GOP insanity has got to stop and they need to start solving problems . . . ."

    Heaven forbid!

    Every time politicians claim to "solve" a problem, it turns out they're actually catering to some electioneering consituency, and the problem they claim to "solve," gets worse.

    What we need are politicians with the guts to repeal EVERYTHING Obama did, then do NOTHING of substance for at least 2 years. Let the economy rebound. Let us catch our breath. Let small businesses make plans and come back. Give us a two-year break from tree-hugger insanity. Let us heal morally.

    Then, we'll have the strength to fend off the inevitable socialist assault.

    But today, we're on the ropes.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 7, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    "Mitt Romney is George W Bush (except Mitt would be more timid on foreign policy). Why would be want to elect what is essentially a 3rd Bush?"

    Let's see....
    With Bush as President, unemployment averaged about 5.4%, deficits were less than $1 trillion, and the national debt was between $5 and $10 trillion, with debt being added at a rate of about $0.625 trillion per year.

    Now we have Obama, unemployment that hasn't dropped below 8% (despite promises that if the stimulus was passes, it wouldn't go over 8%), annual deficits of over $1 trillion, and national debt is $15.7 trillion, increasing at a rate of approximately $2 trillion per year.

    According to CBS News, "(CBS News) The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency." 3/19/2012.

    So, you ask, "Why would we want a third term of Bush?" Obama based his 2008 campaign on "Voting for McCain gives us 4 more years of Bush". Facts show that a 3rd Bush would better than Obama.

    Why would we want more Obama?

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    May 7, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    What I feel sorry about for all the Mitt Romney supporters is that the polls don't really tell it like it is, that most people are faced with a choice, vote for someone you dislike or for someone you don't like.

    So when I look at the past few years and hear all the blame Pres. Obama gets for all the problems our country is facing, I wonder what part of the blame the GOP is responsible for when all they've done is say NO to everything. I also wonder if what the GOP did in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states will be repeated on a National level if they win the presidency and both houses.

    Personally, I think the GOP insanity has got to stop and they need to start solving problems instead of positioning themselves to be the authors of fear without real solutions or solutions that only benefit the rich. So while I may not like all the things that have happened during the Obama administration, I don't trust the GOP to fix them.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    ute alumni wonders "could someone please tell me who those are that are voting for obama? it is hard to believe that anyone would vote for this guy again. how much more damage will result in a second term?"

    Look at a projected electoral map. Most people in Utah will follow orders and vote Republican. But outside of the state there are independent thinking people who remember the real damage George W Bush did to this country. Mitt Romney is George W Bush (except Mitt would be more timid on foreign policy). Why would be want to elect what is essentially a 3rd Bush?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 7, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    "Companies will hire when they need to hire. When they have demand for more of their product/service. To think companies will suddonly go on a hiring binge if we lower their taxes, same old Republican fantasy. Keep feeding the beast and the beast will take care of everything!"

    So williary suggests that we tax those companies, and that will create jobs. *facepalm* Why didn't we think of this before? Raising taxes is what entices companies to hire!

    "If you really believe that it's within the capability of the president alone to manipulate the economy and gas prices and illegal immigration then you've got four years. Fix it."

    Here we have another converted liberal confess that Bush could not have been responsible for the economic collapse. He might say that Congress helped, then stick his foot in his mouth when he realizes that Democrats took control of the House in 2006, and things started looking bad after all that. Oops!

    "Not surprising considering the President just officially kicked off his campaign yesterday."

    ParkCityAggie, I think you mean to say he "officially" kicked off his campaign. Obama has been campaigning since 2008.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 7, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    PS. folks national polls don't elect a President. Even the popular vote doesn't elect a President. The only calculation of electorial college votes that is really close is if you soley consider unemployment rates and that caluculation is close. But guess what Obama still dream on Repbus.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    May 7, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Not surprising considering the President just officially kicked off his campaign yesterday. Late summer early fall may give us a better understanding of where the people are in terms of who they think the president should be, and I’m sure the debates will go a long way towards that end as well. The problem for Romney is also an answer to some of your questions as to why anyone would vote for Obama again. You see if you live in Utah you might be unaware that MOST American’s don’t think like you. Most Americans are moderates, middle-of-the-road types, much like me. They don’t appreciate their party getting hijacked by extremist or people too far off in one direction, regardless of what they say on Fox News or the Drudge Report. Romeny also needs to overcome the fact that he is not as likeable as President Obama (personality wise). If the people wont buy that Romeny could do a better job fixing the economy, then he's going to be on the losing end come November.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 7, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    Romney carved out slim lead over Obama, in national polls, because in MA. he supported gay marriage to. And Mormon's don't like it. But it's ok now?. IF the "Education Secretary Backs Gay Marriage" it's time to shut down the Dept. of Education and get back to Home Schooling. Obama's education secretary entered the gay marriage debate, giving his unequivocal support to the idea that same-sex couples should have the right to wed. Arne Duncan's (radical feminist) intervention comes just one day before a crucial vote to amend the North Carolina state constitution to ban gay marriage, and was seen as a far stronger endorsement of the issue than that given by Vice President Joe Biden over the weekend. Duncan becomes the third member of the administration to come out in favor of the issue. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan was the first sitting cabinet member to back same-sex unions in November. The Klingon Joe Biden on Sunday gave his support to gay marriage but was not as direct as Duncan. THEN Biden pointed out that it is Obama who sets policy.

    Can ANY of them be trusted?.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 7, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    Wait until Ron Paul's general election numbers are in.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    May 7, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    The bigger question is not answered by this type of survey is how do the Electoral votes come out? This is nice for a simple popularity contest, but unfortunately the US presidency is based on winning in each separate state and territory.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 7, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    To the Deseret News: Let me save you some trouble. You can run this headline everyday until November: Race Close, Polls go Back and Forth. Sure beats talking about real issues, doesn't it?

  • justired Fillmore, UT
    May 7, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    it's much to early to call the election; voters have short memeories, and there will be lots of up and downs before november.

    at least these pollsters have guaranteed employment until after the second tuesday in november.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 7, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    This is very encouraging. However, the campaign is fought on a state-by-state basis. National numbers are not as indicative. A candidate can get 100% of the vote in California and still only get 52 electoral votes. The number that really counts is "likely voters" in the battleground states. Currently, those polls are also looking encouraging for Romney.

    Go Mitt

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    May 7, 2012 11:26 a.m.


    But Reagan had to take a bullet to do it. If he had not been shot, there is no way that he could have pushed his proposals through the Democratic congress.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    May 7, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    What a big change it would be if Romney was elected president.(sarcasm) It will be more of the same that we already have now. Why bother voting for Romney when he is already in office in the form of Obama? We will have increasing national debt, expansion of the patriot act, war, TSA gropedowns etc etc.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    This is like the third article of this nature on this site within the past 1-2 weeks and the only way that happens is because after the last time there was one of these, both Gallup and Rasmussen flipped back to where all RCP polls had Obama ahead again. Are we going to get one of these articles every time Romney takes a lead in any poll but never any when Obama leads in polls?

  • Ex-Pat of Zion Lititz, PA
    May 7, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    If there is a "Sadducee" class within the LDS ranks (plenty of circumstantial evidence to support this ... particularly in Utah), then Romney represents that class and that attitude toward the "publican".

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    May 7, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    @ Hutterie,
    Well to quote the current President " If I can not turn this economy around in four years, then this will be a one term proposition" Well he did not turn this economy around so Come November he should be fired! Oh Reagan had a far worst Economy then Obama had inherited. Unemployment was double digits inflation was a rocket sled on rails interest rates we 21% and rising. Reagan turned that Economy around with a Democrat held congress remember Speaker of the house Tip O'Neil? They worked together and fixed the Economy over 20 million new jobs were created. Obama has had zero Job's growth. The only reason why Unemployment numbers are down is because people have fallen off the records or have given up looking for work. so the real unemployment numbers is around 17-20 percent.

  • Whos Life RU Living? Ogden, UT
    May 7, 2012 10:21 a.m.


    That would be fun if Romney was the next President. I just hope that these same people who are so critical of Obama stay consistent with their scrutiny. Hmm... But for some reason I highly doubt that will be the case.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 7, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    Here's what DN don't want you to know about, why Romney carved out slim lead over President Barack Obama, in national polls over false promises. Ask yourself this question, if the AP wire story is true, and, Oil plunges below $97 on US demand, then why is gas at the pumps still about $4 a gal.?. We know the GOP won't answer that, because all they care about is guns for the hunters, (remember the NRA says that "Guns are inanimate objects" and don't kill people hogwash, and subsidies for the Koch Brother's and their "Rich and Famous" and more tax breaks for them alone. Yes their "welfare for the rich" government subsidies to big business, pork-barrel Pentagon contracts to weapons makers, huge tax breaks for wealthy individuals, and most recently, colossal contracts for post-Katrina reconstruction to politically connected companies like Halliburton. Blame the GOP and their deregulated commodities modernization act. We can't afford a situation where some speculators can reap millions, while millions of American families get the short end of the stick at the pumps, can we now?.

    I don't like Romney or/and Obama.

    My truthful views.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 7, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    In a way, I hope mittney wins. Because everyone here is so sure republicans have somehow found the magic cure to all our ills in the last four years that I will have one expectation of his administration. Fix it. All. If you really believe that it's within the capability of the president alone to manipulate the economy and gas prices and illegal immigration then you've got four years. Fix it.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    May 7, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    What these polls do not show is the undecided voter. they have historically went for the challenger in every presidential race for the past 60 years so with that number puts Romney ahead 52% to Obama's 46%

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    Willary, it is small businesses that do the bulk of the hiring, so yes, when you lower taxes they can hire more.

  • ticoloco Tooele, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    I am Latino and for sure 110% I won't vote for President Obama, he really let me down and the country Can't effort 4 more years with him it will be a Monumental disaster.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    The slumbering masses of ignorant voters are beginning to awaken to a realization that the current left-wing government is ruining America. Indeed, future polls will show the public moving solidly away from left-wing candidates.

    The current administration has been relentless in its attempt to turn this Country into a welfare state in which government controls all aspects of life, from birth to the grave. What is more, the left will hesitate at nothing to silence all who oppose it.

    The left uses the tax structure to take and take, and then expects gratitude and applause when it gives a few morsels back through entitlement programs. Far too many have been fooled by this practice for far too long. Only those who continue to be fooled would even consider keeping the current leadership in power.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 7, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    @ IMAN. Everything I stated is fact! As Sir Winston Churchill said, “truth is incontrovertible, ignorance will deride it, malice will attack it, but in the end, there it is”!

  • IMAN Marlborough, MA
    May 7, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Mountainman, you are hilarious! Do you come up your own material or do you have a staff of writers? Are Fitness Freak and Rifleman on the writing staff? ROTFL!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    Tin foil hats are out this morning!

    Good to see the same group of posters whinning day after day.

    Cut taxes, that will fix everything! Money is bound to start trickling down the ladder eventually, right!

    Companies will hire when they need to hire. When they have demand for more of their product/service. To think companies will suddonly go on a hiring binge if we lower their taxes, same old Republican fantasy. Keep feeding the beast and the beast will take care of everything!

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    "ute alumni" There are close to 50% of the population that are, in some form or another, dependent upon the government. Obama will try to convince them that his way is the only way for them to stay "afloat". Lets hope those people without jobs will vote for Romney and REAL jobs, not just government jobs or handouts.

    There's also a sizable chunk of the population that think they won't get healthcare without having Obama in charge.

    Also, the "polls" are usually pd. for by the mainstream media who are, WITHOUT QUESTION, cheerleading for an Obama re-election.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 7, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Obama owns most of the news media that spins his economic and administrative failures into “successes”. Obama sits at the head of the most scandal ridden administration in the history of America (fast and furious, GSA parties, secret service melt down, Solyndra Scam and on and on). Americans on food stamps are at an all time high, more American’s homes are underwater than ever before and our national debt has grown more under Obama than all other presidents combined. Obama has more than 8 times more money than does Romney for their respective campaigns. Nearly half the population of America pays no federal income taxes while nearly 80% of all federal income taxes are paid by the wealthiest Americans. Obama wins because half the population believes they have a right to take the property of other Americans and Obama is never held accountable and has more money!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 7, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Oh for heaven's sake!! Romney hasn't even gotten the GOP nomination yet, hasn't selected a running mate, and we haven't seen where our economy is headed this summer. I've heard Condoleezza Rice's name mentioned as a possible running mate. That would make Obama break out in hives.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    May 7, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    could someone please tell me who those are that are voting for obama? it is hard to believe that anyone would vote for this guy again. how much more damage will result in a second term? i shudder at the thought.