Ten takeaways from the new Post/ABC poll

September 11, 2012

1) President Obama appears to have received a large post-convention bounce. In the last Post/ABC poll, published Aug. 27, Mitt Romney was leading Obama among registered voters 47 percent to 46 percent. In the newest poll, Obama leads 50 percent to Romney's 44 percent, a seven point swing.

Among "likely voters," however, Obama is only up 49 percent to 48 percent. That suggests that race is still very close. (The poll in late August didn't measure likely voters, so it's difficult to see how this has shifted.)

2) The vast majority of voters are unlikely to change their mind at this point.

3) Very few voters say they're better off than they were four years ago. Nearly half say they're doing about the same.

4) And voters are divided on how much to blame Obama.

5) Even with the convention bounce, Obama's ratings on the economy are quite dismal among registered voters.

6) But Obama's numbers on the economy are now slightly higher than Romney's.

7) The Obama campaign appears to be winning the Medicare wars.

8) But the Romney campaign is winning the broader philosophical debate over whether government is helpful or burdensome.

9) Voters think Romney has been way too vague about his policy proposals—although they'd still like to hear more from Obama too.

10) Obama wins in the final lightning round of ridiculous questions. Obama and Romney, to our knowledge, both lack extensive seafaring experience, so "neither" is the most prudent answer to this first query:

The complete poll results are here.

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