Several polls showing President Obama leading nationally and gaining in key battleground states emerged this week. One of the most surprising cross tabbed married vs single voters:
HuffPo — Obama’s edge comes largely among unmarried voters, the poll found. He leads Romney 54 percent to 34 percent among the single voters polled, while Romney has a 51 to 38 advantage among married voters.
That’s a hell of a difference. It’s probably partly due to the age gap, younger voters are less likely to be married, and partly due to the gender gap, the GOP’s jihad against birth control and equal pay. But it’s still hard to believe Obama leads among singles over Romney by quite that much. Maybe we’ll get more polls along the same lines to settle it.
In other polling news, hitting Romney over his Bain reign and stonewalling over his offshore holdings seems to be paying off in key states:
CNN— Three quarters of those battleground state voters who say a political ad has shifted their opinion in the presidential race say they now support Obama and 16% say they are leaning towards Romney, according to the USA Today/Gallup Poll released Monday.
Priorities has committed at least $10 million on ads airing in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Those ads include one which charges Romney profited heavily when companies owned by his financial firm went bankrupt.
The Romney camp will strike back sooner or later. They really have to, or they run the risk of being defined by their opponents and that’s always a bad idea. What that response will consist of and how effective it might be remains to be seen.
They need to release detailed info about Romney’s offshore bidness. That window is wide open, for now, but it will start to close late next month if they don’t start delivering. Really, now is the time to open up about any activity, absent full-blown scandal, no matter how big of a deal it is. There’s plenty of time for it to blow over and become old news before non political junkies start paying closer attention. The longer they delay the more it looks like they’re hiding something dark and juicy.