A new Zogby Poll of 860 likely voters nationwide, conducted online September 21 and 22, shows President Barack Obama opening up an 8 point lead over GOP challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Among likely voters, Obama now leads 49 percent to 41 percent; when leaners are factored in and minor party candidates are included, Obama's lead widens to 9 points, 49 percent-40 percent, with 2 percent each voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein, and 1 percent for Constitution Party Virgil Goode.
The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/-3.4 percentage points.
Obama has a 14-point lead among independents (46 percent to 32 percent), 33 points among moderates (60 percent to 27 percent), 36 points among 18-29 year olds (65 percent-29 percent), 11 points among 30-49 year olds (48 percent to 37 percent), and is down among 50-64 year olds by only 2 points (45 percent-47 percent) and 3 points among voters over 65 (44 percent-47 percent). The president maintains his huge leads among Hispanics (68 percent to 26 percent) and African-American voters (93 percent-0 percent).
Romney's lead is only 50 percent to 39 percent among white voters and 48 percent to 40 percent among evangelicals. Obama continues his lead among NASCAR fans (49 percent Obama to 42 percent Romney).
Pollster John Zogby: "I won't say that things are spinning out of control for Romney, but I can say that things are not spinning in control. He is off message, losing ground, not connecting with his own base, being severely chastised (and even dismissed) by GOP pundits who should be his friends.
"There are ups and downs in presidential campaigns. For Romney, this is a real down."
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