A new McClatchy-Marist poll gave voters a suite of options for reducing the deficit. Democrats are supportive of new taxes but opposed to spending cuts. As for Republicans? Well, Republicans are opposed to everything.
I'd bet that a careful study of media mentions of a candidate's "momentum" would find that they tend to presage that candidate losing altitude in the polls. That's because while "momentum" may not be real, reversion to the mean is.
It's time to just say this clearly: A straightforward read of the polls suggests we're likely to see Mitt Romney win the popular vote and Barack Obama win the electoral college -- and, thus, the presidency. But most pollsters don't think that will happen.
On Wednesday, Gallup's poll of "likely voters" showed a 7-point lead for Mitt Romney. But Gallup's editor in chief, Frank Newport was cautious. "I think we're still seeing leftover positive support for Romney and I don't think we're seeing impact yet from the second debate," he says.