Even before Republican Mitt Romney’s sweep of Tuesday’s five presidential primaries, including New York’s, he was the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. And if the November election were held today, a majority of RBJ Daily Report readers would vote for him over President Barack Obama.
Fifty-five percent of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll favor Romney, who got more than 60 percent of the vote in the New York primary. He now has nearly 825 delegates, 72 percent of the 1,144 needed to secure the Republican nomination.
With chief rival Rick Santorum’s suspension of his campaign several weeks ago, attention has turned to the general election this fall. In most recent national polls, Obama has held a narrow lead over Romney.
In the 2008 presidential election, Obama received 52.9 percent of the vote versus 45.7 percent for Republican John McCain. An RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll conducted shortly before that election was evenly split between the two candidates.
Nearly 1,225 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted April 23 and 24.
If the 2012 presidential election were held today and the candidates were Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, would you vote for Obama or Romney?
Mitt Romney: 55%
Barack Obama: 45%
What is your political affiliation?
This president has proven by his own track record, lies, policies and lack of business sense he is not a president. He needs to go away. —D. Topian, Westminster Real Estate Advisors LLC
Good grief—is the American electorate that far gone that we would want four more years of this? Vote to remove the shackles of socialism placed on the American worker and business.—Steve Wichtowski
President Obama inherited serious problems from the previous administration (the economic recession, the war in Iraq), and his initiatives have been hampered by hyper-partisanship from the other side. I think he has done a fine job with the hand he was dealt and deserves a chance to continue. He’s not nearly the monstrous liberal that the pundits make him out to be.—John Messenger, attorney at law
Personally, I think the Republicans are running a very weak candidate. However, nobody in their right mind should vote for a phony, lying, bought individual who really does not believe in this country!—J.A. DePaolis, Penfield
While Obama energized many young people and got them involved in the political process, he made promises he could not keep. He was elected without ever having been a leader, and that lack of skills has resulted in very little being accomplished. He seems to be more of a divider than a uniter as the country breaks into more and more factions that are concerned only about themselves and not about the nation as a whole.—Tom Walpole, Thomas P. Walpole CPA
Obama has had his chance and blew it badly. Hopefully he will leave and be given a chance to reflect on how he has made the national debt essentially unsolvable (and the country insolvent).—Bob Worden, Penn Yan
While there is much that I wish the Obama administration had done differently, we still have made progress on all fronts, albeit grudgingly. But that’s to be expected with problems as big and as widespread on many fronts as he inherited. Gov. Romney’s party would be a disaster with the draconian stands they take on many social issues. And of course we have no idea where Gov. Romney stands on anything with his incredible flip-flopping and “Etch-a-Sketching.”—Alan Ziegler, Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation
Lack of leadership in Obama. It may not be his doing, but the attitude by the Secret Service and the General Services Administration prove a lack of respect and leadership at the top. His disregard for the separation of powers is appalling.—D. Pullano
Obama was going to be the first Democrat I voted for president in my life. His ridiculous and premature comments regarding the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case have changed that. He joined in with the media’s recklessness and made the case about race—when it’s not at all about race.—Eric Bourgeois
Let’s be honest: The middle class (whatever percentage you use) is getting squashed. Romney would make it worse. Again, let’s be honest. He hasn’t worked a day in 10 years. He has been running for president that long. Is Obama a solution? Not really. Is Romney the answer—absolutely not, no matter which different opinion he tries to sell to yet a different crowd on any given day. The evil of two lessers. Throw caution to the wind: Arnold for President.—R. Bick
Romney is the ultimate flip-flopper. However, most Republicans suffer from severe cognitive dissonance, faced with all the evidence to contrary they will vote for anyone who wears the Republican/conservative label. —Pete Bonenfant
None of the above. Neither is my choice. I personally think Congress has also lost the authority to govern at 10 percent approval rating. Incumbents and career politicians need to go. —Mike Knox
I think the current president is more in touch with the American people and world politics than Romney or any of the Republicans in Congress. I believe he was handed a mess when he took office, made hard/correct choices, and is moving the economy forward. I also believe he is trying to make things more fair and equal for all Americans. I don’t see a significant bias with him for the rich, big business, greed and unfair positions as I see with Romney and the Republican Party. I trust him more than the Republicans who got us into this mess through two wars, tax breaks and giveaways for big businesses, no immigration philosophy, no methods to increase employment, and no fair ideas to solve the health care, Social Security or Medicare problems. In short, I trust him more. —Bob Stein
We face continued economic, social and international policy challenges. In meeting these challenges, we must have continuity of policy. It’s not just about us anymore. No matter how exceptional we believe we are, everything we do has global consequences. One-line sound bites can’t articulate our vision. I don’t have any confidence in Gov. Romney. I don’t know what he stands for, or his ability to conduct foreign policy. I don’t think most Republicans like him, and I know most Conservatives don’t like him, so I can’t see how his legislative agenda—whatever it is—will garner much support. With President Obama, at least we know what we are getting. Hopefully, when President Obama gets re-elected, he will gain sufficient seats in the House and Senate to move the country forward. For, you know, the 99 percent. —Frank Orienter, Rochester
Well, Ron Paul is unlikely to get the nod at this point, so let’s just go with the lesser of two evils. And that would be the one who is LEAST likely to actually having our country on fire and the entire world engulfed in a depression that would make the Great Depression look like child’s play. So, Romney is my lesser of two evils. Hurray. —Devon Michaels, Chili
Anybody BUT Obama—unless you want this country to become the Socialist States of America! —George Thomas, Ogden
Anybody but Obama. —Jim Duke Victor
Not sure where Romney stands on most issues. He tends to say whatever gets him more votes. At least with President Obama, we know what we are getting. Obama seems more genuine and connects with people. Romney, not so much. —Costas Solomou
Your poll is flawed. There are several third-party candidates, which is who I will be voting for. To narrow it down to these two is perpetuating the myth and major problem with American politics today. —Scott Ireland
Smaller government with less intrusion into free markets. This is the greatest economic system in the world—let it operate that way! Romney/Rubio ’12.—Joe Dattilo
A radical change in leadership is needed. Barack Obama has increased the size and scope of the federal government that is unsustainable. Four more years of Obama will collapse the free-market system that has made this country great. —Bruce Anderson
Let’s get real (and honest) about the economy: 1. Who screwed it up? Bush and the Republicans enabled the banks and Wall Street (where Romney was working) to do as they pleased and by the end of W.’s terms, we were in a meltdown. 2. Is the economy better now than it was when Obama took office? Yes, by a large margin. Though it’s still not fully recovered or evenly spread, this is not an arguable proposition, folks. 3. What have the Republicans done to help make things better? Nothing. Quite the opposite, they’ve opposed every initiative in their obstructionist efforts to prevent Obama from getting credit for anything. Having moved from Rochester to Colorado two years ago, I’ve also experienced first-hand the unfairness of the Byzantine private health care system. Having been covered since birth, simply by moving to a new state, all our health issues magically became “pre-existing.” And the insurance industry got to decide it now gets a free pass and no longer has to cover most of what we’ve paid premiums for decades to take care of. We need to protect “Obamacare” and stay the course on the economy (plus, throw out enough Republicans so that Congress can actually do something). —Tom Collins, Colorado
Under President Obama’s administration our national debt has increased by almost $6 trillion; yet the unemployment rate is still over 8 percent. He continues to blame George Bush for the problems. However, President Obama was part of the problem as a U.S. senator serving in the majority. When the Democrats took over both Houses of Congress in January 2007, our economy was in decent shape even though the Republicans could have done better. However, after almost two years of Democratic control of Congress including then Senator Obama, the economy went down hill fast. Under President Obama’s watch we have $6 trillion of new national debt with still an 8 percent unemployment rate. President Obama’s policies are a disaster. Please elect Mitt Romney before it’s too late!—John Rynne, president, Rynne, Murphy & Associates Inc.
If the good work Obama has done so far isn’t enough reason to vote for him, then surely the likes of his opponents are reason enough!—Joe Nardone, Kodak
President Barack Obama has shown steadfastness and intelligence over the past years to bring the economy, wars and international relations back from the Republican/Bush disasters. He has also shown caring for the people of the country, rather than the other party, which has been the puppy and financial supporter of the wealthy using the Treasury and budget. In contrast, Romney has not shown any personal care for the country, but has catered to a Republican, mostly religious, minority and has flip-flopped on about every issue. Is he running to be their pope, or the president of all? Is he trustworthy to fulfill any promises that he has made or will be making during the presidential campaign, except giveaways to those who can care for themselves? Isn’t he committed to again pour out the finances of the government to the rich in the form of tax relief? Isn’t he also eager to empty the Social Security and Medicare savings to give them away as presents to some “trickle-down” fairy-tale? The myth of these funds running out of money soon is a lie, since the past contributions were never meant to be lost tax payments, never to be repaid. Payback of the Treasury bonds is apparently not under discussion. Would they dare do this with the Treasury bonds owned by foreigners, like China, Japan, the Gulf States, etc.? Is defaulting on your own people now not stealing, but a virtue?—Ingo H. Leubner, Crystallization Consulting
I am not interested in a president that will bring us back into the dark ages.—Greg Reynolds
I would vote for neither. I plan to vote for Jill Stein M.D., the Green Party candidate.—Ann Law, Law Editing
We must remove Obama from office. His big government, overregulation, left wing income redistribution philosophy is contrary to our founding ideals. You can’t tax the person who would hire the unemployed at such a rate that he can’t hire the unemployed. It is a lose-lose proposition. —Mike Kaiser, Penfield
The photo you chose of President Obama is much less flattering than the photo of Mitt Romney. Coincidence? —Eve Elzenga, Eve Elzenga Design
This is a crucial election, much like 1980. Unfortunately, there is no Reagan in the race. For me, this is an ABO (Anybody But Obama) vote. His path toward greater governmental involvement and control must end and reverse! —Peter Short, J.J. Short Associates Inc.