[POLL] Who Will Win 2012 Presidential Election, Obama or Romney?

Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?

It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election.

Let the real race begin.

A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign.

The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy.

Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various factors: incumbent advantage, fundraising clout, even religion.

Patch wants to know: Regardless of who you support for President, who do you think will actually claim victory in November?

Vote in our poll below, and let us know your reasoning in the comments.

Conservative NYer September 21, 2012 at 06:40 PM
That's your opinion Mr. BR Cannon towards Mr. Grover. But I do not think I was asking for a critique of Mr. Grover. Everyone’s personal view is always subjective which sometimes is forgotten. I was actually asking if ANYONE on this current thread is a CPA who can confirm these points. So if you are a CPA what is your professional assessment on these new taxes that will be implemented starting 2013? Can you confirm these news taxes will be applied? As for paying taxes of course it's essential. You would have to be silly to think otherwise. But when one pays taxes that totals up to about 50% of a person's salary by the time you pay for town, county, state and federal, etc. what do you have left to live on? My husband left Belgium for a reason. That reason was 60% of your salary is taken over there. How far until we reach that point? What is appropriate 60%, 75% of your salary? When will it ever be enough? Never from what I see.
Local Resident September 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Thank God for change of voter registration forms - I don't want to be in the party of willful ignorance anymore.
Local Resident September 21, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Romney is up in ONE poll. He's down in dozens of other - both in swing states and nationally. He's toast.
Local Resident September 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The private sector's screwups can't always be bailed out by the gov't (unless you work for Goldman Sachs or Bain). What do you want Obama to do, tell BofA not to fire people just because they want higher profit margins? B of A has been run terribly ever since the Nationsbank merger - they have shown time and again that their executives now have virtually no interest in their regular customers (unless they're institutional investors or major corporations) or homeowners holding mortgages through the bank. They only care about the money it looks like they have on paper - and that doesn't lead to strong business - historically, it lead to Enron and Lehman, and the collapse of the financial sector.
Local Resident September 21, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Glad you're taking such pleasure in someone's death, just so you can advance a political message. Sick. Do you at least note that Libyans died alongside our citizens trying to defend the place? Or are you going to go full racist and say all of Libya or even all Muslims are responsible?
Walt September 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
LR if you want to believe that obama is not responsible for any of our current troubles then I would call you the ignorant one. If your expectations are not very high for obama, then just say so. Earlier in this thread you threw out to everyone that dozens of Americans were killed in embassy attacks when GW Bush was President in an attempt to somehow legitimize obama's failure to protect our people in Libya and when I asked when and where you never responded. When and where were dozens of American killed in embassy attacks when Bush was President?
GC September 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Funny you should mention Enron. It was the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, passed after the Enron failure, which was the fuel that added to the fire that brought down Bear and Lehman. Now it’s the Dodd-Frank Act that is strangling what’s left of the capital markets. Why is regulation the only thing that when it doesn’t work; the answer is: more of it?! What we need is to reform the regulatory structure, not kill the financial sector (and all the jobs along with it). Do you realize the 5 biggest US banks employ over 1 million people?? Most of them right here in the US.
Miriam Edelstein September 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
"sicere care and concern of Obama"--spoken like a typical Ph.D. Take your head out of where ever it is and face reality! The economy is in a shambles, out foreign policy couldn't be worse [we're the laughing stock of the world], just for starters. Whatever his motives, the results are disastrous. Anyone will be an improvement!
Walt September 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM
That's great Walden, tell that to the families of the 4 Americans slaughtered in Libya last week.
Walden Macnair September 21, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Walt, Yes it was an al qaeda operation and ultimately they will die for it.
Walt September 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Another lie by Local Resident. Your statement that Libyans died alongside our citizens is false. The WH nor the Sec of State have confirmed it but since the 2 of them apparently don't know what is going on either and have not provided any clarity to what happened, I can see why you would make a mistake when your source is the huff post. Some news reports say 6 Libyans were wounded, (and their efforts are appreciated if indeed they were) but none were killed. Others report that none were killed or injured because they headed to the hills as soon as the crowd got violent. The original report that 10 were killed is a lie. Oh yeah, when and where were Americans killed in embassy attacks when Bush was president? When and where?
Walt September 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Unless it's with a random drone attack and we have to take the WH word that justice has been done, I doubt it. I haven't heard to much about those in custody, have you? Shouldn't that be in the news? The WH is in full cover up mode regarding Libya. I bet the blind sheik from the 1993 WTC bombing is freed by obama before anyone is brought to justice for the Libyan consulate massacre.
CK September 22, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Hi Walt! Hope they're paying you! Lots! Some say there were 12 embassy attacks during the Bush regime. I'll be CONSERVATIVE (ha ha, get it?) and only list 5. You can find more. It's called Google. U.S. Embassies And Consulates Attacked Under George W. Bush (The Short List) 1) 2002: U.S. Consulate In Karachi, Pakistan, Attacked; 10 Killed, 51 Injured. From a June 15, 2002, Chicago Tribune article: No Americans were among the dead, and only six of the injured were inside the consulate compound at the time of the blast Friday morning. [Chicago Tribune, 6/15/02, via Nexis] 2) 2004: U.S. Embassy Bombed In Uzbekistan. From a July 31, 2004, Los Angeles Times article: Suicide bombers on Friday struck the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan, killing two local guards and injuring at least nine others [Los Angeles Times, 7/31/04, via Nexis] 3) 2004: Gunmen Stormed U.S. Consulate In Saudi Arabia. From a December 6, 2004, New York Times article: A group of attackers stormed the American Consulate in the Saudi Arabian city of Jidda today, using explosives at the gates to breach the outer wall. 4) 2006: Armed Men Attacked U.S. Embassy In Syria. Four armed men attacked the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday [The Washington Post, 9/13/06] 5) 2007: Grenade Launched Into U.S. Embassy In Athens [The New York Times, 1/12/07]
BR Cannon September 22, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Walt = Fox website newsfeed
Walt September 22, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Thanks CK, I never denied there were attacks, my point was "dozens" of Americans were never killed. The fact is obama supporters will just blatantly lie to further there agenda. Local Resident has lied repeatedly. Oh, since you are counting the number of American embassies attacked under Bush, please note that obama has already beat that record in only 1 weeks time. Record number of Embassies attacked, record number of people on food stamps, record number of consecutive month of 8% unemployment, record gas prices, record debt. I could go on, but what's the point.
George Datino September 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I have probably read 95% or more of the comments in this thread. Since my email was consistently getting blasted by all the notifications. As time went on, I came to a few realizations that I would like to share. First, this thread is like a microcosm of our political scene. Two sides whose points of views border on the extreme, shouting at each other, only really wanting to win the debate with no interest in coming to any common ground to solve the issues. Though in reality, I shouldn’t expect to find that here. No one here is charged with solving the problems but I guess it helped bring it out more clearly. That led me to my second realization or conclusion on my part. At what point has the role of the President changed? Back when I was in elementary school, I was taught that our three branch government was built with checks and balances with each branch having a distinct role in running the country. Congress will pass laws, the President will execute those laws, and the Supreme Court will judge the constitutionality of those laws. Yet, we seem to be looking at the President to do more than this basic definition. (Continued in next comment)
George Datino September 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Which started me thinking of two of the better Presidents I have seen, one a Republican and the other a Democrat. Both had their own political viewpoint but both seemed to understand that their role was to lead the country and not simply get the other side to capitulate to his point of view. Using a sports metaphor, the President is like the quarterback of a football team. Simply can’t use just one side of the offense. You have to spread the ball around and get everyone involved working together to reach the end zone. I think we have all seen what happens when teams don’t. Maybe at the beginning, you get a few quick hits but sooner or later it stops working. My third realization through all of this and maybe the root of the problem is that no one really wants to solve the problems facing our nation. Both political sides want us to think that their side has the answers and that they hold the key for change but in fact, both sides only want to address the symptoms of the problems and not the problems themselves. Both sides are perfectly content in the status quo. Simply put, the status quo is making a lot of money for some very rich and powerful people from both sides of the isle and as long we continue to chase our tails, they are laughing all the way to the bank.
Local Resident September 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
You win this thread - you're exactly right.
George Datino September 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Thanks but all that means is we all loose!
JohnJ22 September 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM
WHAT accomplishments of note???????????????
Earl John Powell September 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
eschew obsfucation: Refrain from smoke & mirrors. Who here is part of the 1%? This president inherited a deficit on the brink of depression. You can't turn a ship around on a dime. Everyone must row together, respecting the captain, as the captain respect's his crew- When the president was called "a liar' while addressing The Joint House of Congress or had to backdown from supporting his friend and esteemed Professor, Dr Henry Louis Gates, when he got arrested in his own home, this is racism- point blank! That sets the tone for disrespecting him and it's been uphill eversince. If this can happen to him, it can easily happen to me. After Prez Ronald Reagan gave the Air Traffic Controller striker an ultimatum, no trouble after that. I'm just saying!
thomas vislocky October 06, 2012 at 03:22 AM
i think the presadent needs more time he got the job when the country was not that great
AKD October 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Only God knows who will win the 2012 Presidential Election, because He alone is running this show! God has a message to send to the world, so He alone will make this decision. People, we are in the LAST DAYS, just read the Bible and you may get a hint on who might win! Heaven
Jim October 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM
We are definitely not better off, we are worse off. Also, Obama is weakening our country, by cutting back our military and by his lack of leadership in the Middle East.
John Anderson October 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Neither the President or Romney can fix what has happened and what is happening in this country, it is worldwide issue, we are becoming equal. The .com industry pulled us out of a recession from 1997 peaking in 2000, this made Clinton look like God, lucky it was on his watch. Unless we come up with some other incredible concept which can generate some cash, we are in trouble.
Conrad Heyer October 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM
John, The problem was that the .com was also a bubble that burst. We can't sustain an economy on one bubble after another, there is always too much economic damage when the bubble busts. AKD, Why do you care, if what you say is true? Did you get the "message"? If you have please share.
Mark carlson October 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
If God is running the show, we should fire him.
Blow me October 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Lets nuke russia
olivia brooke chiporo November 06, 2012 at 11:16 PM
go Oboma:D You are stupid mit Romny:I
Aidan November 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
"go Oboma:D You are stupid mit Romny:I" Liberal education, no doubt.


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