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Two New Polls Show Race Still Neck and Neck

Barack Obama has a 2 point lead over Mitt Romney in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll of voters in twelve swing states, down from his 9 point lead over Romney in March. But there’s also bad news for the GOP: Republican enthusiasm has decreased significantly, while Democrats’ enthusiasm has grown. The high point of Republican enthusiasm about voting was in late January, when 62 percent were excited about voting. Now, only 46 percent are. Meanwhile, Democrats have gone from having a mere 47 percent excited to vote in December to having 57 percent enthused now. 

In the Politico/George Washington University poll of likely voters, Romney leads Obama by 1 point, 48 percent to 47 percent, thanks to some boosting from independent voters:

The former Massachusetts governor has opened up a 10-point lead, 48 percent to 38 percent, among independents in a poll conducted Sunday, April 29 through Thursday, May 3 and a 6-point lead among those who describe themselves as “extremely likely” to vote in November. 

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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