Saturday saw the release of new polling numbers that give a slight advantage to Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the race for the presidency. The numbers are far from indicating an overwhelming lead, but Romney has a small lead in two polls, while Obama's job approval ratings are leaning toward disapproval.
46: Percent favor Romney while 45 percent support Obama, Gallup polling shows.
47: Percent support Romney while 45 percent are for Obama, according to polling numbers from Rasmussen Reports.
51: Percent disapprove of Obama's job, while 48 percent approve, according to Rasmussen Reports.
42: Percent strong disapprove of Obama's job, while 26 percent strongly approve.
49: Percent disapprove of Obama's job while 45 percent approve, according to Gallup's three-day rolling average. That's down from his average term to date at 49 percent and the current quarter average to date of 47 percent.
47: Percent approve of Obama's job, according to Gallup from June 3-10. From June 21-23, 2004, George W. Bush had an approval of 48 percent while Bill Clinton on June 18-19, 1996, had an approval of 58 percent.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal and lives near Washington in Gaithersburg, Md.