President Obama would win re-election today, new poll finds



Posted on February 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Obama would be headed to a second term if the election was held today, according to results from a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

The poll shows President Obama ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney 51 to 45 percent. But there's still a long fight to get the Republican nomination.

Experts predict Republicans will try to spin the poll. It's margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points. But it's hard to argue with one figure -- 50 percent of voters in the poll said they approve of the President's job performance.

Republican Presidential front-runner Mitt Romney knows where his focus now needs to be. Fresh from a Nevada caucus win, his chances for getting the nomination may be high, but it will be a long road to the White House, which means his subject of attacks have changed.

"This president began his presidency by apologizing for America. He should now be apologizing to America," said Romney at a recent campaign event.

The other candidates are focusing their attacks on Romney.

"The difference between me and my opponents is the amount of change," former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said.

"Governor Romney is simply dead wrong on the most important issue of the day and should not be the nominee of our party," said GOP nominee hopeful Rick Santorum.

"I agree with Gingrich about saying that Romney doesn't satisfy a lot of people. Let me tell you, there's a lot of people not satisfied with any of the candidates out there and that's why in many ways we're seeing lower turnout right now," said Rep. Ron Paul (R, Texas).

Things still could change. Romney has a total of 97 delegates, but it will takes 1,144 delegates to win the nomination.

President Obama spoke Monday saying a presidential candidate can't just go negative.  They also have to have a vision for the country.

Caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado are scheduled for Tuesday.