Romney 49, Obama 47. Poll conducted Wed.-Sat., March 7-10, 2012
3/12/12, "Gas prices sink Obama’s ratings on economy, bring parity to race for White House," Washington Post, Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
"Disapproval of President Obama’s handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president “strongly” negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign’s most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll....
"The survey — conducted Wednesday through Saturday — finds 59 percent of Americans giving Obama negative ratings on the economy, up from early last month. Now, 50 percent give him intensely low marks, the most yet in a Post-ABC News poll, and a jump of nine percentage points.
The negative movement has also stalled what had been a gradual increase since the fall in the president’s overall approval rating. In the new poll, 46 percent approve of the way Obama is handling his job; 50 percent disapprove. ...The downshift is particularly notable among independents — 57 percent of whom now disapprove — and among white people without college degrees, with disapproval among this group now topping approval by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, at 66 versus 28 percent.
These groups are also the ones whose shifting support has re-shuffled prospective general-election matchups. Among registered voters, Obama is now on par with Romney (47 percent for the president, 49 percent for Romney) and Santorum (49 to 46 percent).
- Previously, Obama held significant advantages over both."...
Latest CBS News-NY Times poll, Obama approval sinks to all time low
3/12/12, "Poll: Obama's approval rating sinks to new low," CBS News, Stephanie Condon
3/12/12, "Obama Fares Worse Among Women after Month-Long Contraception Mandate Battle," Weekly Standard, McCormack
Ed. note. The Washington Post defines Obama losing in a poll to Romney as Obama being "on par" with him. Their headline defines this development as "parity." Batchelor's radio show Monday night broadcast the news as nothing more than independents "taking a break" from Obama. (Meaning they'll be back). Where is Michael Moore's movie blaming gas prices on Obama selling out to the Saudis? Why a movie about Bush golfing to excess but none about Obama? Why the double standard?