I get it. With the election about 1 week away, we’ve all been deluged by polls and predictions from myriad pundits and media outlets and we’re thoroughly sick of hearing about them. So one more can’t hurt, right? Via Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard:
The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent. The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.
While Obama can close the gap with a strong voter turnout effort, “reports from the field would indicate that not to be the case, and Mitt Romney may well be heading to a decisive victory,” says pollster Ed Goeas.
Should Romney win by 5 percentage points, it would increase Republican chances of gaining control of the Senate. His coattails would help elect GOP Senate candidates in Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. “Republicans are now certain to hold the House,” Goeas said, “regardless of how the presidential race turns out.”
The poll’s election model takes into account variables including voter intensity, age, and education, and voters who are certain in their vote. The race “remains very close in the surface,” Goeas said, “but the political environment and the composition of the likely electorate favor Governor Romney.”
Goeas makes a salient point about Romney’s coattails. Even if you believe Mitt will make an effort to repeal Obamacare, he won’t succeed unless the GOP wins the Senate and takes Dingy Harry’s gavel away. Something else to mull: The latest Rasmussen poll from the critical state of Ohio has Romney inching ahead of Obama, 50-48.