(CHICAGO) — The Obama campaign Monday blasted the latest battleground state polling that finds Mitt Romney with a five-point lead among likely voters, saying the Gallup/USA Today poll has “deep flaws.”
“Gallup’s data is once again far out of line with other public pollsters,” Obama’s pollster Joel Benenson wrote in a memo.
The survey of 12 key swing states finds Romney pulling ahead thanks to increased enthusiasm from women voters, a demographic that both campaigns have targeted aggressively. President Obama and the GOP nominee are tied 48 percent to 48 percent among women who are likely voters, the poll found.
“We believe the problem with Gallup’s outlying data is rooted in their 7 question likely voter screen, which distorts the composition of likely voters, leading to erratic and inaccurate results,” Benenson wrote.
“In the past, Gallup’s justification for such outlying numbers is that they are providing a snapshot of voter attitudes during a particular time period, not predicting the outcome of the election. But this implausible result among women appears to not even provide an accurate reflection on the electorate today, making its value questionable,” he said.
In response, the Republican National Committee said that “after spending the past two weeks talking about Big Bird, now the best President Obama’s campaign can do is litigate polling,” referring to Obama’s attacks against Mitt Romney for saying in the first debate that he would cut federal funding for public broadcasting to reduce the deficit.
“The truth is Team Obama can’t defend his record or explain what his plan is for the next four years,” an RNC spokeswoman said.
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