Polls show race tightening in swing states
Breaking down latest numbers
- Duration 3:53
- Date Oct 31, 2012
Breaking down latest numbers
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We are down the final six days of this 2012 campaign a new poll numbers show the race remains extremely close in Ohio Florida and Virginia three of the big battleground states.
This poll conducted by quinnipiac university for the new York New York Times and CBS news.
It shows President Obama had fifty to 45 among likely voters in Ohio that is unchanged from last week.
The race has gotten a lot closer in Florida where support for governor Romney is surging higher.
The race there now -- virtual tie 48 to 475.
Weeks ago the president was winning by nine.
In Virginia the president is leading by two points 49473.
Weeks ago he was ahead by five.
Let's talk about these numbers with Charlie -- he's a columnist for The Washington Times so if -- -- one of these candidates which would you rather be given the trend lines -- I think they've given the fact that that that that all of these Poulter are closing which by the way is not very surprising the polls opposing.
At this point in the race but they're all sort of closing in a row Mitt Romney's favor -- I would rather be Mitt Romney at this at this exact moment.
But obviously you know when you look at at -- is such as Ohio which is.
You know historically -- a must win state for either candidate.
You know you you you know.
Obama still faring pretty well according to the polls you know it and I guess the big question is how much.
Faith we can put in those polls at this point so what's up with Ohio why is the president doing so well there.
I think that the big reason is because the one part of the economy that that President Obama has really sort of touted.
Is this is the massive bailout that.
For of the auto industry.
And that -- if you listen to the ads that run our run in Ohio which is a lot of automated for manufacturing.
-- almost sounds like President Obama is running for president of the auto industry.
As opposed to pres the United States he really has brought that home and I think that that has been I have -- as bigger reason as any.
For why those his numbers of that have remained somewhat steady.
Or steady year than that -- than in other states.
That also you know -- did the union support is still you unions.
We're so pretty powerful a place like Ohio and I think that that you know that that is probably helping.
Obama to some degree is well.
Some interesting numbers this quinnipiac poll said victim of a three quarters of the voters roughly.
Say the economy is either their first or second concern another quarter of the voters.
Say that the budget deficit is there top concern.
Those groups of voters said that they feel that governor Romney is better -- -- better prepared to deal with those two issues.
If that's the case again I ask why are the president's numbers so high.
And John -- This is the most mystifying thing to me and it and quite frankly if there's one of the reasons why.
I've sort of fill I have a lot of reservations about a lot of these polls because if you were talking about any other time.
Where you had the unemployment as high as it is today.
The -- is as high as as huge as it is today.
I would tell you that that the incumbent was gonna lose in a landslide.
And I still think it may be that may be possible.
You know we we don't know how reliable these -- you never know how reliable the polls are until until Election Day.
But it it's just absolutely mystifying to me -- and either this guy has an amazing staying power that is never been seen in politics before.
You know come next Tuesday he's gonna get is -- of the doors.
Gone off well 32 years ago October 27 in the national polls Jimmy Carter was beating Ronald Reagan fifty to 45% so anything and that's them.
That's right that's the most important number to think about right now Charlie -- from The Washington Times thanks.
Backed -- right.