Obama Leads Romney in One Poll, Virtually Tied in Another

Obama holds 9-point lead in CNN/ORC poll, but tied with Romney in Gallup survey.


President Barack Obama holds a 9-point lead over presumptive GOP challenger Mitt Romney in a new poll, although another new survey puts the two candidates in a virtual tie.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 52 percent of registered voters said they would choose Obama if the election were held today, while 43 percent said they would cast a ballot for Romney. The poll also revealed a large gender gap benefitting Obama. Women voters backed Obama over Romney by 16 points.

However a new Gallup poll puts Obama in a virtual tie with Romney. In that survey, Romney leads Obama 47 percent to 45 percent among registered voters. Romney also held a 6-point edge among independent voters.

Both polls were taken days after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen sparked controversy by saying that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life."