The poll numbers are not entirely the result of Obama's gay marriage flip flop. That figures into only 2 days of the three day rolling average.
Obama has had a very bad couple of weeks and the cumulative effect has his campaign scrambling.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney earning 50% of the vote and President Obama attracting 43% support. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecided.
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This is the first time Romney has reached the 50% level of support and is his largest lead ever over the president. It comes a week after a disappointing jobs report that raised new questions about the state of the economy. See tracking history.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) give the president good or excellent marks for his handling of the economy. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he's doing a poor job. Consumer confidence has slipped four points since last week's government report on job creation and unemployment. The number who believe their personal finances are getting better slipped from 30% a week ago to 28% today. The number who fear their finances are getting worse increased from 43% before the jobs report to 47% today.
Not to get too excited about this - we'll have to wait for Gallup's tracking poll to gauge how real this movement is - but there is a possible sea change in the attitude of voters at work here. Have the voters lost faith in Obama's ability to bring the economy back? Those numbers tell a tale of falling confidence and fears regarding their personal financial situation.
Nobody really cares what Romney did as a kid in high school - not when voters are faced with economic uncertainty and the belief that no one in Washington knows what they're doing. Obama's gay marriage distraction will work for a while, but in the end, people always come back to their pocketbook - and if the election is about that, Obama loses.