Poll: Obama, Romney still locked in tight race
A look at latest election numbers
- Duration 4:16
- Date May 23, 2012
A look at latest election numbers
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For the White House today according to a new NBC Wall Street Journal -- the president and governor Mitt Romney are locked in a tight race.
But the president edging the presumptive Republican nominee 4743%.
Among registered voters that's little change from last month to take a good look at those numbers and well within the poll's margin of air we should mention.
-- Scott Rasmussen is an independent pollster is president of Rasmussen Reports dot com and he joins us now with senate.
His new poll numbers as well so nice take a look at all of this got nice to see you again.
-- great to see you and look the race is very close no matter how you look at and are -- our daily presidential tracking poll.
Shows President Obama at 46%.
Governor Romney had 45%.
I'm Robert I don't -- -- you know over the last months two months or so it that more or less what we've been seen or you've been seeing in -- pulling.
The numbers bounce around a little bit a couple of weeks ago governor Romney had a good week and he was up a little bit a couple of weeks before that President Obama was up by -- fair -- But generally both candidates are stuck in this mid 40% range.
You know we talk about all the demographics.
The president does better among younger voters and women in and Romney has his core groups white working class Democrats are swing constituency.
But the real numbers we should be focusing on are the economy.
That the changes in the economy what's happening in the stock market what's happening in the employment market these are going to determine who wins in November.
Yeah that's really interesting you mention that in fact that we can show where the stock market is today -- -- get that up on the screen is down a 180 points so we're seeing the stock market -- we are seeing a relief when it comes to gas prices -- it's an interesting time.
To -- reaction to.
The economy right now -- you asked the question.
Which is more likely do occur first that the federal budget will be balanced or that the federal government will go -- crabs and be unable to pay its -- And remarkably or maybe not depends on how you look at it the majority people say the federal government will go bankrupt and be unable to pay.
Its debt I wanna combine that with another one -- pulls us got the president's tracking poll.
Shows that he still has the majority approval.
When it comes to whether or night -- total totally approve virtually disapprove of the president's so.
How does two things seem to -- -- because obviously some negative thoughts in the economy and the president still has.
An overall approval rating.
In the president's job approval right now is as good as it's been in the last year 51% -- -- holes at that level he probably will be reelected.
But it slipped back into the mid forty range she probably will lose.
There is concern about the president's handling of the economy but many people continue to support his policies and other areas.
But when you talk about those numbers will -- country go bankrupt.
That is just the deep -- skepticism of a nation where government spending has dropped on up every single year since 1954.
A majority of Americans don't believe -- either political party -- put forth a plan to to rein in spending.
And you know -- or something comes up like they make a deal on the debt ceiling and I promise to cut spending.
Most Americans just do not trust political leaders to actually follow.
NBC Wall Street Journal poll that kind of shadow that's hanging over everybody.
And I wonder when it comes to the very important swing states.
What that means four for the the election had because obviously the shadows -- -- everybody when you look at the national polling but there's some very key swing states.
That could determine this election what are you seeing and those -- your -- got.
Our latest polling in North Carolina one of the key states shows that Mitt Romney is doing a little bit better he's opened up -- -- there.
And is probably a modest favorite to win in North Carolina right now.
The toughest of -- swing states are likely to be Virginia.
And one of the reasons for that is that influx of federal government workers in the Northern Virginia.
Brings a little different attitude towards -- state.
I think the key for Mitt Romney is if you can win Virginia he probably wins the White House.
However permit Barack Obama if he wins Florida there's probably no way that Mitt Romney can move into the white.
-- -- into seeing Scott thank you so much as always it was great to get a look at your new polling and and we look for to have you back.
Look forward to a --