According to a poll Reuters / Ipsos, the Democratic president widens the gap dramatically with Mitt Romney, from a delay of one point in early November with a lead of eight points on Wednesday (48% against 40%). If duel against Newt Gingrich, who is now leading the race for the Republican nomination, Barack Obama is credited with an advantage of 13 points (51% against 38%).
The popularity of the president, now 47%, has changed little since the beginning of the year. It is the Republicans who are struggling, indicating that their internal struggle for the right to challenge Barack Obama seems to hang over each of them on November 6.
The race for the Republican nomination has received extensive media coverage because of televised debates between contenders. Throughout the year, it was marked by constant change in trend. Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich have now in turn became a favorite along with the removable Mitt Romney.
Mistakes, blunders, or in the case of Herman Cain, accusations of adultery have systematically tarnished their country and probably influenced voters’ perceptions of all the Republican candidates.
“As voters have a better idea of their choice, Obama is doing better,” said Dan Schnur Republican, who participated in the internal campaign of John McCain in 2000. “The overall framework rubbed off on the general impression that the Republicans return.”