A slew of new polls released Thursday from Fox News and other outlets appear to indicate that President Barack Obama has pulled ahead of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney with a clear lead. Those results came on the heels of a report by the Washington Post/ABC News on Wednesday that indicated that this presidential race is becoming more politically polarizing than those in years past.
Here are some of the numbers to come out of the latest political polling this week.
49: The percentage of the vote that the Fox News poll found Obama would draw if a head-to-head matchup were to be held between him and Romney this week. Romney would get approximately 40 percent of the vote.
2: The number of times this year that Obama has held a lead over Romney that was greater than the poll's margin of error, according to Fox News.
11: The percentage gap that Obama now leads Romney with in polling among independent voters, according to Fox News.
30: The percentage of independent voters that still remain undecided, according to the Fox News poll.
52: The percentage of the vote that a CNN/ORC poll released on Thursday found that Obama would get in a head-to-head matchup this week. The gap between Obama and Romney was slightly smaller in this poll, at 7 percentage points versus the 9 percent indicated in the Fox News poll.
53: The percentage of independent voters who currently favor the president over Romney, according to the CNN poll. The gap between the two men among independent voters stood at 9 percent in this poll, versus the slightly larger 11 percent gap in the Fox News poll.
80: The percentage of Democratic voters who have an unfavorable view of Romney, according to the Washington Post on Wednesday. Obama fairs equally poorly among Republican voters, with 84 percent of GOP respondents indicating that they have a negative view of the president.
31: The percentage of voters in an Ipsos/Reuters poll released on Wednesday that think the country is moving in the right direction. Nearly two-thirds of the remaining respondents indicated that they think the country is moving in the wrong direction.
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