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Poll dancing -- 09.24.12

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Mitt Romney's lead among senior voters shrivels [Reuters/Ipsos, 9/24]: "[D]uring the past two weeks - since just after the Democratic National Convention - support for Romney among Americans age 60 and older has crumbled, from a 20-point lead over Democratic President Barack Obama to less than 4 points."

...But his support is solid with middle-class [Politico/GWU, 9/24]: Among voters who identify themselves as "middle class," support for President Obama trails Romney's, 41 to 55 percent.

Following Univision forum, Obama's lead with Latinos grows [Latino Decisions, 9/24]: Obama leads Romney among Latino voters 69 to 24 percent. That's a four-point growth in support from the group for Obama over the course of five weeks.

Half of those in poverty have no party affiliation [Gallup, 9/21]: Fifteen percent of those in poverty identify themselves as Republicans. For Democrats, affiliation is higher at 32 percent. But a whole 50 percent call themselves Independents, "leaners" or say they don't know.

Likely voters torn between Paul Ryan's, Joe Biden's readiness [Rasmussen, 9/24]: "Forty-four percent (44%) of Likely U.S. Voters say Vice President Joe Biden is more qualified to serve as the nation's chief executive if need be. ... But just as many (44%) say Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, is more qualified to serve. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided."

Four years later, economy is still top issue [Pew, 9/24]: "Fully 87% of registered voters say that the economy will be very important to their vote, while 83% say jobs will be very important to their vote. Four years ago, the economy also was the top priority for voters."

The horse race [RCP average, 9/24]: An average of national polls shows Obama leading Romney 48.6 to 44.9 percent.

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