It’s been reported that Mitt Romney has a 7 point lead against Barack Obama in a new poll that was taken the day after Obama announced his support of gay marriage. This is Romney’s largest lead over Obama. Click below to read more.
Mitt Romney has opened up his largest lead yet over President Obama, a poll released Friday found.
Romney is now up 50% – 43% on Obama in a survey of likely voters conducted by Rasmussen Reports.
The result was the first time Romney hit 50% in the daily tracking poll, which randomly surveys 500 voters each night.
The bad showing for Obama comes amid a week of disappointing economic indicators, including a poor jobs report.
Only 37% of those surveyed believed Obama was doing a good job handling the economy while 48% said he was doing poorly.
It was not immediately clear if Obamaâ€™s historic endorsement of same-sex marriage impacted the result.
Although the survey was cheered by Republicans, the race appears volatile – and other polls conducted this week have the President ahead.
Polls by the Associated Press and Reuters have Obama up 8% and 7% respectively, while a Gallup Tracking poll has Romney up 3%.
Obama – who spent Thursday at a trio of fundraisers, including a $15 million bash at George Clooneyâ€™s Los Angeles home – will be delivering a speech on jobs in Nevada Friday.
Romney will also spend the day in a swing state, greeting voters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
That city has been in the political spotlight this week: Charlotte is set to be the host city for this summerâ€™s Democratic National Convention, but cries are growing for the Obamaâ€™s party to change sites after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.