Romney leads…but the really interesting thing is in the sidebar of the article:
The fact that 67% of the people polled think that the economy is “very bad” or “fairly bad”. Notice how they group the information so that it does not look so bad – they use the descriptors “very” and “fairly” instead of “good” and “bad” so that the categories of “bad” don’t end up beside each other and they use a monochromatic graphic to deemphasize division – this is an old PowerPoint trick that people use when they really don’t want the audience to notice the differences in the groups. If you regroup it to go from bad to good and add colors, it looks like the new chart that I made in Excel…
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a slight edge over President Obama in the race for the White House in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.
According to the survey, conducted May 11-13, 46 percent of registered voters say they would vote for Romney, while 43 percent say they would opt for Mr. Obama. Romney’s slight advantage remains within the poll’s margin of error, which is plus or minus four percentage points.
Last month, a CBS News/New York Times poll showed Mr. Obama and Romney locked in a dead heat, with both earning 46 percent support among registered voters. Polls conducted in February and March showed Mr. Obama with an advantage over Romney, while a January poll showed Romney edging out Mr. Obama 47 percent to 45 percent. Another January poll showed the two tied.
Neither candidate, however, has had more than a six-point lead over the other since CBS News/New York Times began conducting head-to-head in polls this January.
Despite recent controversies surrounding issues like same-sex marriage, which Mr. Obama came out in support of last week, the poll indicates that the economy remains the most important issue to voters in the presidential election.