Reporting Tim Kephart
Legislative Session Coverage
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are months away from the voters’ final decision, but a new Bloomberg poll found President Obama has opened up a sizable lead among likely voters.
According to the Bloomberg poll, Obama leads Romney 53 percent to 40 percent among likely voters. Other polls have the race much closer, so the Bloomberg poll may end up being an outlier of the real sentiment amongst voters.
Still, realclearpolitics.com’s polling average has Obama with a 2.3 percent lead against Romney.
Bloomberg’s poll results favoring Obama came despite low marks on the economy, the deficit, and 60 percent saying the country is heading in the wrong directions.
The poll found 55 percent of likely voters found Romney out of touch with average Americans, compared to 36 percent who say Obama is more out of touch.
“Taken together, the results suggest an unsettled political environment for both Obama and Romney five months from the November election with voters choosing for now to stick with a president they say is flawed rather than backing a challenger they regard as undefined and disconnected,” Bloomberg wrote.