More on Yesterday’s Numbers from Zogby
The Boston Herald has more on the poll showing Romney within two points of the President in a hypothetical matching for 2012, and the numbers are good for Mitt. Against the President, Romney holds a strong lead among independents, and consolidates more Republican voters than fellow potential 2012 contenders Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin. See below:
The poll also found Romney leading the president among independents 47 to 36, which Zogby called “very significant.”
Romney was also stronger among GOP voters than Palin or Huckabee. Republicans favored Romney over Obama 81 percent to 6 percent while 73 percent favored Palin or Huckabee over the president.
“At least as of now, Romney does a better job bringing Republicans in and a significantly better job among independents,” Zogby said.
An eleven point lead among independents is indeed a strong showing for Governor Romney, and means trouble for the President. This also shows room to grow for all three potential Republican candidates as more Republicans will unify around the eventual nominee. Certainly these numbers will fluctuate over the next couple of years, so it is necessary not to get too excited. For right now though, the takeaway is that Romney runs the best of the Republican candidates, and has the potential to be competitive with Obama in 2012.
As for the Romney team, they have heard the news and have the right approach toward it. That is, they are continuing to focus on 2010 – that’s where the battle is for now.