An adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign is pushing back against recent polling data showing President Obama with as much as a 9-point lead nationally, reports Politico's Ginger Gibson:
“Guys, it’s the middle of summer, it’s the dolldrums, it's the middle of the Olympics,” the adviser who spoke on background said. “There has not been any national news, anything that would push these numbers from 3 to 9 points.”
The adviser pointed to no changes in Gallup or Rassmussen tracking numbers as evidence those polls were wrong.
“You've got to have something to precipitate that kind of sea change,” the adviser said. “The attitudes toward the economy, attitudes on right direction, wrong track haven't changed a bit. It hasn't changed, it is still the same as it was a month ago in terms of attitudes toward the economy.”
Thursday marked a rough polling day for Romney after a Fox News poll found the Republican trailing by 9 points. Both a Reuters/Ipsos and a CNN poll previously showed Romney down by 7 points nationally.