Today is the fifty-first day of Romney-Ryan, The Ticket Time Forgot. Thirty-seven days are left until election day, twenty-seven until early voting starts in Florida, three until the first presidential debate, and two until the first day of the two-day student referendum on renaming the University of Florida’s student union after integration hero Virgil Hawkins.
Yesterday I took part in the Pride March and Pride Festival here in Gainesville. The weather was sunny and beautiful and we had a big turnout as usual. The festival, which is held on the downtown plaza that is named after music legend Bo Diddley, was packed. Wild Iris books had a Pride brunch beforehand, where I had a muffin. The atmosphere was wonderful. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville had a float, which I walked behind, and we all wore bright yellow t-shirts that proclaimed that we were “standing on the side of love”. In that spirt of caring, here are today’s presidential tracking polls:
Rasmussen lv3d: Obama 48%(49%*), Romney 46%(47%*), some other candidate 3%
Gallup rv7d : Obama 49% , Romney 44%
- Presidential Approval
Rasmussen lv3d: Approve 50% (28%**), Disapprove 49% (42%**)
Gallup rv3d: Approve 46% , Disapprove 46%
lv = likely voters, rv = registered voters, 3d = 3-day, 7d = 7-day
The president’s apporval is at 50% in Rasmussen, but dropped to 46% in Gallup.
* = with leaners added, ** = strong
Things are looking good for the president. The fact that he polls more against Romney than his approval in Gallup indicates that some of his support is still soft. His lead over Romney and 50% approval in the rightward-leaning Rasmussen indicated that his supporters are at least as fired up as Romney’s. Also, Rasmuseen has President Obama up four in the 11-state Swing State measure. Most notable is that after Romney held larges edges, 43% are certain to vote for him and 42% for the president. To be even in certain voters with Rasmussen’s sample is saying something.