Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rasmussen Poll Shows Big Lead For Romney Over Obama In Indiana

What a difference four years make. The latest Rasmussen poll of likely Indiana voters shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead over Barack Obama. The poll of 600 likely voters has Romney leading Obama by 13 percentage points, 54-41%. The Rasmussen poll mirrors a Howey-Depauw poll taken three weeks ago that similarly showed Romney with a commanding double-digit lead, 52-40%. In 2008, Obama edged his Republican opponent, John McCain, by a little more than 25,000 votes, a difference of just one percentage point, 50-49%.

Indiana seems to stand alone among the battleground states that Obama carried in his historic 2008 victory that is firmly back in the Republican column this year. In neighoring Ohio, Obama defeated McCain by just four percentage points and many polls have consistently showed Obama with a narrow but similar lead over Romney in the Buckeye state this year. In Missouri, polls have shown Romney leading Obama, but not by the double-digit margins we've seen here in Indiana. McCain won Missouri by the slimmest of margins in 2008. The two candidates have traded leads in Florida where Obama won by a little more than two percentage points in 2008. Romney has held very slim leads in North Carolina, which Obama won by less than one-half of a percentage point in 2008.

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