Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A pair of polls released Monday have very different views of the pending presidential election between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
According to Gallup’s first daily tracking poll matching up President Obama and Romney gave the former Massachusetts governor a two point lead over the president. That was well within the margin of error of the poll, meaning the race was a statistical tie. It’s still a significant accomplishment for the Romney camp.
Late Monday afternoon, CNN released its latest poll that showed Obama with a commanding lead over Romney. In the CNN poll, Obama led Romney 52-43 percent. The CNN poll aligns with similar polls in recent weeks. Daily tracking polls lean Romney, but other polls favor Obama.
Deeper in the CNN poll, the data revealed some potentially problematic areas for Romney and the Republican Party.
Respondents said Obama agreed with them on the issues that mattered the most by a 49-37 percent margin. By a 51-33 percent margin, respondents to the poll said Obama is “in touch with the problems facing middle class Americans today.”
The GOP’s perceived war on women was very apparent in the CNN poll. By a 28 percent margin, Obama was said to be more in touch with the problems facing women today. In addition, by a 16 point margin, a majority said Obama can better handle the responsibilities of being commander in chief.
And after a bruising primary that saw Romney move far to the right to counter the ultra-conservative appeal of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Romney now has to try to backtrack some of his policies to appeal to independents and some conservative Democrats.
So far, that is not helping with Romney’s need to alleviate a perceived flip-flopping on multiple issues throughout the Republican primaries.
When asked by pollsters who they thought would more likely change his position on issues for political reasons, 39 percent chose Barack Obama while 47 percent chose Romney.