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   Poll Finds Obama in Better Shape Than Any Nominee Since Clinton

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9/19/2012 4:00 pm

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Jonathan D. Salant

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Entered 9/19/2012, Updated 9/19/2012

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President Barack Obama is in a better position to win November’s election than any presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996, according to a nationwide poll released today that shows him with an eight-percentage- point lead among likely voters. In the survey by the Pew Research Center, Obama is ahead of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 51 percent to 43 percent, the largest advantage in September the survey has shown for any presidential nominee among likely voters since 1996, when Clinton -- then seeking re-election -- led Republican challenger Bob Dole, 50 percent to 38 percent. At the same point in 2008, Obama and Arizona Senator John McCain, the Republican, were tied in the Pew poll at 46 percent. Obama went on to win the White House, getting 53 percent of the vote to McCain’s 46 percent. “It’s a substantial lead for Obama” in the latest poll, said Carroll Doherty, associate director of the Washington-based Pew Research Center. “His image is stronger at this point and he’s doing better on most, but not all, issues.”


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