A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll shows that the race for the White House remained in a dead heat at the time right before Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate.
No mechanics available, so Democrats were still almost certainly oversampled, yet the poll of likely voters shows Mitt Romney and Barack Obama statistically tied, with Obama at 48% and Romney at 47%, well within the margin of error.
The poll shows Romney’s favorability split at 46-46; Obama, who’s always enjoyed a high level of personal likability, was viewed favorably by exactly half of those surveyed, compared with 47 percent who view him unfavorably.
On Obama’s handling of the economy: 44 percent said they approve, while 54 percent said they disapprove. On his handling of the federal budget and spending the gap is huge: 61 percent disapprove of Obama, compared with 37 percent who approve.
And remember, this poll was conducted before the Ryan pick.
It's exactly as I told you...the polls of likely voters by Gallup and Rasmussen tell a very different story than the joke polls of registered voters by CNN, Reuters and yes, FOX showing the president up by a substantial margin.