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Posted on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 12:35 p.m.

Poll: Romney, Obama tied in Michigan, other key swing states

By Cindy Heflin

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are tied in a poll of likely voters in key battleground states, including Michigan, USA Today reports.


Mitt Romney, left, and Barack Obama are tied in key swing states, a new poll finds.

In a hypothetical Romney-Obama matchup, Romney leads Obama by a statistically insignificant percentage point, 48 percent to 47 percent, the USA Today/Gallup poll found.

Against Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, Obama leads by 14 percentage points, the poll found.

States included in the poll were Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.



Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 10:44 p.m.

Which one of Dick Cheney's co-workers at Halliburton will be on the ticket with Romney.


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 7:08 p.m.

Interesting. But one big difference between the candidates is that you won't find Romney's wife doing what Michelle Obama just did. Many are not aware that Michelle Obama just went on a $50,000 shopping spree at a lingerie shop recently. In one shopping trip! With people struggling around the country to make ends meet, I hardly think this is appropriate and it needs to be called out!


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 1:10 p.m.

Neither guy should win. They are all a bunch of liars & probably friends behind the scenes. We need someone who will say what they are going to do for the good of the people & country. NOT tear each other apart.


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 10:21 a.m.

That's great news for Mitt given the fact that he hasn't even started running against Barack Hussein Obozo yet. Obama is the worst president in US history, bar none. The guy has run our economic into the ditch with his $6T of unfunded new debt, crushing new entitlements, and a focus on short-term gain at the expense of extreme longer term pain. That's what you get when you elect an unqualified, inexperienced, and inept poseur who never ran anything except his mouth. Mitt is so more qualified than Obama it's amazing that anyone even still believes in the fraud-in-chief. I guess it's that racism thing again. People just can't get past the fact that Oblahblah is half black and feel compelled to support him because of his race in spite of his sordid record of miserable failure!

Clay Moore

Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 12:36 a.m.

If Romney wins, it will be a Republican Party where the Tea Party won't be welcome. Mitt Romney made his fortune as a vulture capitalist who preyed on the misfortunes of others, swooped in, picked their bones clean and flew away with all of their money. He left them without jobs, bankrupted companies and penniless stockholders. He's got $270 million in cash stashed in offshore tax havens in the Cayman's and in Secret Swiss bank accounts. His wealth is more than double the amount than the last eight presidents combined since Nixon. Why would he spend mega-millions to get a job with an annual salary of only $400 thousand? He made $21 million from investments in 2010. What is he after? Power? Fame? More Money? "Why would an intelligent Floridian vote for a guy whose religion believes in magic underwear, the retroactive baptism of the dead, getting to be a god on your own planet after you die, the inspirational prophet Joseph Smith reading secret magical golden plates through a magic hat, and the Garden of Eden being in Missouri."


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

AND YOU know nothing about the Mormon religion!!!


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 10:24 a.m.

Vulture capitalist? Give me a break, Clay. Without Romney's capital, those screwed up companies would have died a natural death. He SAVED companies. He REHABILITATED screwed up enterprises. Why do you hate progress, wealth creation, and economic freedom? Keep supporting the democrats and keep being a tool of their oppressive government if you want to be a slave. I don't. Neither do most Americans. Send Obozo back where he came from; some socialist state of confusion.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 10:25 p.m.

My problem with Mitt is that he is telling whoever he speaks to, what they want to hear. Its hard to really get a sense of what he believes. I have been paying attention to the attack ads from both Newt and Romney and neither are fit to be our President.

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

The fact of the matter is..............neither one of them deserves our vote...........our representatives do not care about us, it is all about getting elected to office for them.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

Vote for Obama if you like multi-year declines in living standards. That's right!! Payroll employment is down from 3 years ago; real GDP per capita is down from 3 years ago; real income per capita is down from 3 years ago and even one year ago; the discomfort index has surged. A vote for Obama is a reward for atrocious performance. C1

Ed Kimball

Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

Good example of how to mislead with statistics. How about looking at Feb. 2009, a few weeks after Obama was inaugurated and before any of his policies had time to take effect. Total nonfarm employees then were 132.8. In other words more 1.5 million Americans lost their jobs in January and February 2009. Hard to blame that on Obama.


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 12:24 a.m.

leaguebus: Before you suggest my figures are wrong, you need to take a class in macroeconomics at the local community college and learn the difference between nominal and real GDP. The figures you posted appear to nominal GDP per capita, rather than the more appropriate concept of real GDP per capita which reflects an inflation adjustment. If you do inflation adjustment, then real GDP per capita is down from the 2008 level. Here's the math: real GDP fell 3.5% in 2009, rose 3% in 2010 and rose 1.7% last year.Assuming population growth of 1% per year, then real GDP per capita is clearly lower after 3 years since real GDP is only up just over 1% since 2008 and population rose by 3%. I will accept an apology and/or a large 6-figure bet on the veracity of my figures. C1


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 12:16 a.m.

Shut: You asked about sources. They are BLS for payroll employment, BEA and Census Bureau for real GDP per capita, BEA for real income per capita and BLS for the discomfort index. US Payroll Employment (Dec data, millions) Dec 2008 134.4 Dec 2011 131.9 US Real Income Per Capita 2008:3Q 32,944 2010:3Q 32,581 2011:3Q 32,350 Discomfort Index 2008 9.6 2011 12.1 C1


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 10:19 p.m.

If anyone could get us out of the worst economy since the depression in three years, he should be made King. It took WWII to get us out of the first depression. Sorry, don't know where you got your figures, but the per capita GDP in 2011 is higher than every year before it, it only declined in 2010. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 9:41 p.m. you rely solely on a dem rag?


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 9:15 p.m.

Did you get all this &quot;credible information&quot; from USA Today? I am curious of your sources. Please expound.

Jon Saalberg

Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

Yeahhh. USA Today - nothing...conservative about that paper. Right? Sort of like a FOX poll. Or a Wall Street Journal poll. How about a poll from a slightly more objective source.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 7:47 p.m.

You've GOT to be kidding right? How about we take some statistics from real Michiganders? Why would be spewing poll results from USA out of town, out of touch, Repubican rag? are better than this...please show it. Do your own poll.

Roger Roth

Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 7:46 p.m.

I'm all for Romney capitalism! It's what has made America great. The real problem here is that there are far too many people who haven't gone into Romney-style Bain adventure capitalism. Had enough of us done that, say 40 or 50 million of us, there'd be tons more people working at on-shore jobs we all created (if they hadn't gone into adventure capitalism first,) government could be a lot smaller because it wouldn't have to be handing out welfare and making a lot of business-killing regulations and the Euro would be propped up by 50 million more huge Swiss bank accounts, thus solving the Greek and world financial crisis. Furthermore, we'd all get speaking fees, perhaps 10 times that of working people's annual salaries, because everyone would want to hear what we have to say. What's not to like about that?? Romney's an outside-the-box thinker. We're not. Neither is Obama. We're trapped in the Box of Doom, created for us by proponents of conventional wisdom--be a good boy or girl, get a good education so you can get a good job--those who were our teachers and preachers in our childhood. What my teachers should have done is handed me an iPhone pre-programmed with #'s of top-notch tax accountants and attorneys. Had I been one of those, then I could have easily come up with $10 million, or so, for a friend of mine running for POTUS. Having been in public service all my life, it would take me a while to come up with it. Romney doesn't even need those kinds of friends. Imagine that, though, you have a friend you're willing to give $10 million bucks to in his failing efforts--and you know it--to become POTUS!! $10 Million Bucks!! My GAWD!! $10 Million bucks to a loser. Have you any idea what any MI city or town could do with a one-time infusion of $10 Million bucks into its public schools? I'm am entertained with my thoughts of how Newt might quid pro quo the Addlesons (sp?) for their love if he wins. I think we're all a little messed up.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

Looks like Obama will need to come back and &quot;outline steps to college afforability&quot; or some other such nonsense....or maybe he could just be honest and call it a campaign stop.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 7:33 p.m.

I think we aught to abolish term limits, and forbid anyone from running against an incumbent president. Dissension merely breeds chaos -


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

Well I don't like Mit, and don't like what he stands for, nor stood for for that matter. He attacks and looks out for himself. He ducks and hides from the reality of our situation. It is real hard to believe his agenda will be for any other then himself and continues the corporate controlled gov. and more of the same. Obama has his quirks too but I see him really trying sometimes. So the best of two evils here would be to go Obama. Sorry Mit, maybe go back to what your good at.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 9:17 p.m.

Mitt's daddy didn't have near the money Mitt has amassed and continues to amass. But, as so many on here say, it would be ENVY to comment on that.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 7:05 p.m.

&quot;Sorry Mit, maybe go back to what your good at.&quot; would that be buying up companies with daddy's money and then breaking them apart, costing thousands of jobs, to make a quick buck for yourself?