Eager to rebut any sign of slowing momentum in the closing weeks of the race, Obama campaign officials are pushing back forcefully against a new Associated Press-GfK poll that indicates Mitt Romney has erased President Obama’s double-digit advantage with women voters.
"If you look at the aggregate of all the polls, what you see is that the president has a very strong advantage among women," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told reporters during a flight from Tampa, Fla., to Richmond, Va. "In all battleground states, (Mr. Obama) continues to have an advantage everywhere and his support among women is a key part of that."
The new AP/Gfk poll has Mr. Obama and Romney tied among women at 47 percent each. In a previous AP/GfK poll, Mr. Obama had a 16-point edge among women.
Overall, the poll found Romney with a small nationwide lead over Mr. Obama among likely voters, 47 percent to 45 percent.
Pfeiffer argued that polls from all media outlets are becoming less reliable as battleground state voters grow weary of calls from pollsters, noting that the same AP/GfK poll indicates Obama has cut into Romney’s lead among men, and now trails among male voters nationally by just 5 points. "It’s traditional that more men have been Republican," noted Pfeiffer. "When you see polls that completely run counter to that historical fact, they’re probably worth putting in the waste bin."
But not every Obama campaign official has gotten the polls-are-bad memo. Just yesterday, senior adviser David Plouffe highlighted a CBS News poll that showed the president with a five-point lead in Ohio.
"That’s not a small number," Plouffe said. "That’s what we won in ’08 during a landslide in the state of Ohio."