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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:09
Polls: Pre-Presidential debate, Romney, Obama tied, swing-states mixed

romney-obama-newBased upon latest “Your Daily Polling Update” by Ron Faucheux, President of Clarus Research Group, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are even nationwide as they go into tonight’s second debate in front of a town hall environment.



Also, according to Faucheux, the votes in the major swing states appear to be mixed with Obama and Romney even in New Hampshire, Obama leading in Pennsylvania and New Jersey but Romney besting Obama in mega-important-state Florida and in Missouri.

Here is his Daily Polling Update:



(no change from yesterday; down 1 from a week ago)


Obama and Romney EVEN


New Hampshire: Obama and Romney EVEN

Florida: Romney over Obama +1

Pennsylvania: Obama over Romney (a) +4, (b) +4, (c) +7 New Jersey: Obama over Romney +8 Missouri (R poll): Romney over Obama +14


Virginia: Tim Kaine (D) over George Allen (R) +1

Indiana: Richard Mourdock (R) over Joe Donnely (D) +5 Pennsylvania average: Sen. Bob Casey (D) over Tom Smith (R) +5 New Mexico: Martin Heinrich (D) over Heather Wilson (R) +9

Michigan: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) over Pete Hoekstra +12 New Jersey: Sen. Robert Menendez (D) over Joe Kyrillos (R) +18


New Hampshire average: Maggie Hassan (D) over Ovide Lamontagne +1 North Carolina: Pat McCrory (R) over Walter Dalton (D) +14


Virginia-2: Rep. Scott Rigell (R) over Paul Hirschbiel (D) +12


Asked of registered voters: "Do you think there is a need for Congress to go through old laws, regulations and programs on a regular basis to eliminate those that are no longer needed or that may not work as originally intended?"

Yes 87%

No 8%


Asked of registered voters: "Please listen carefully and tell me if you would agree or disagree with the following statement: Complicated

government rules and regulations are major impediments to the creation of new jobs in America.”

Agree 64%

Disagree 31%


The first presidential grandchild born in the White House was named after a future president. Who was the presidential grandfather and who was the grandchild named after?

(see answer below)


Presidential job rating average of the three most recently reported nationwide polls.

* Average based on four most recently released nationwide polls: ABC News/Wash Post, Rasmussen, Gallup, IBD/TIPP.

** PRESIDENTIAL: NH: Suffolk/7News; FL: Gravis Marketing; PA: (a) Morning Call, (b) Quinnipiac, (c) PPP(D); NJ: Quinnipiac; MO: Wenzel Strategies (R).

*** SENATE: VA: Rasmussen; IN: Rasmussen; PA: Quinnipiac, PPP(D), Morning Call; NM: Albuquerque Journal; MI: Rasmussen; NJ: Quinnipiac.

**** GOVERNOR: NH: ARG, Rasmussen, Feldman Group (D), Suffolk/7News.

# U.S. HOUSE: PA: Virginian-Pilot/CNU; NC: Rasmussen.

## Clarus Research Group for Common Good, Oct. 2-4.


Thomas Jefferson's grandchild was born in the White House in 1806.

The son of Jefferson's daughter, Martha, was named after the fourth president, James Madison Randolph.


Clarus Research Group is a nonpartisan polling firm based in Washington, D.C., specializing in survey research for businesses, associations, nonprofits and media organizations. For more information, contact Dr. Faucheux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to our website at www.ClarusRG.com.

Clarus Research Group cannot attest to the reliability or methodology of surveys that it does not conduct.

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