Well, of all the polls in all the world, it would seem that President Obama is leading Mitt Romney in the most recent Fox News poll as the presidential race gains steam. This most recent poll was conducted between May 13-15, 2012. The poll was based on 913 likely registered voters via live phone interview. “Landline and cell phone telephone numbers were randomly selected for inclusion in the survey using a probability proportionate to size method, which means that phone numbers for each state are proportional to the number of voters in each state,” as stated by the poll data.
According to the poll it would seem that President Obama has a 46% to 39% advantage over Mitt Romney, and the number one reason people would choose President Obama over Romney was because they think he is doing a good job as president. What also seems as not that great of news for Mitt Romney is that the number one reason people would vote for him would be because he is not President Obama, not because of any particular issue.
This poll comes in contrast to separate poll numbers that came out as recently as Monday showing Mitt Romney ahead of President Obama. However the recent CBS poll that displayed those results focused on the presidential election, same-sex marriage, and the economy, with much of the data focusing on same-sex marriage. Interestingly enough, the results still had President Obama at a 50% approval rating overall.
What these polls show us is that it is really dependent on what is being asked which will determine the results. It also depends on who is being asked. The fact that the Fox News Poll which asked a broader range of questions had President Obama coming out ahead is actually quite telling. Not only because it shows what people may truly feel about the broad spectrum of issues overall, but also that the poll data came from one of the most conservative news sources that ever existed in journalism.