Now that the general election is officially upon us, we can all begin our continuous handwringing over the polling results that we will be obsessively monitoring and trying to decipher for the next half a year.
And, just to get things off to an interesting start, Gallup has provided us with a statistical tie! How fun!
Mitt Romney is supported by 47% of national registered voters and Barack Obama by 45% in the inaugural Gallup Daily tracking results from April 11-15. Both Obama and Romney are supported by 90% of their respective partisans…
These results are the first from Gallup Daily tracking of registered voters' general election preferences, which began on April 11 and will be reported daily on Gallup.com on the basis of continuous five-day rolling averages. This initial report is based on interviews with 2,265 registered voters, and highlights the potential closeness of this year's race, with Romney and Obama essentially in a statistical tie. Gallup's previous general election trial heat, from a national poll conducted March 25-26, showed Obama with a slight 49% to 45% lead over Romney.
Just to add to today's general angst within liberal spheres, BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller points out that "modern presidents who got re-elected were all leading in the polls at this point in their presidencies."
This is definitely going to be a horse race. Which, I guess, is kind of another advantage for Mitt Romney.
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