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Obama opens big lead over Romney in Bloomberg poll

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President Obama holds a big lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the presidential race, a new poll shows.

Results of a Bloomberg National Poll released Wednesday showed Mr. Obama leading Romney 53 percent to 40 percent among likely voters, despite six in 10 respondents saying the nation is headed down the wrong track. The 13-point lead for the president was far bigger than in most other recent national polls, which show a much tighter race.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said Mr. Romney is more out of touch with average Americans, compared with 36 percent who said the president is more out of touch. The survey also showed 39 percent of voters hold a favorable opinion of Mr. Romney, while 48 percent view him unfavorably.

Of voters who said they enthusiastically support a candidate, 49 percent back Mr. Romney compared with 48 percent for Obama.

Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed in the Bloomberg survey say they consider themselves Democrats or independents who lean that way, while 33 percent consider themselves Republicans or independents who lean Republican — a five-point Democratic advantage.

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