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Polling roundup: A general election snapshot


A couple of national polls released Monday provided a snapshot of the general election between President Obama and Mitt Romney at its infancy.

One poll by CNN/ORC showed a healthy advantage nationally for the incumbent Democratic president over the former Massachusetts governor.

NBC's Domenico Montanaro joins the Daily Rundown to discuss the latest polls, which clarifies the matchup between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney heading into the general election.

In that poll, 52 percent of registered voters said they would choose Obama if the election were held today, versus 43 percent who would vote for Romney.

Two other polls -- one by Reuters/Ipsos, the other the new Gallup daily tracking poll -- suggested a much closer race.

Obama leads, 47 to 43 percent, among registered voters in the Reuters/Ipsos poll. The Gallup number, which uses a slightly different methodology that relies on a continuous daily sample of voters in the past five days, found Romney leading among registered voters, 47 to 45 percent.

At the same time, a different poll released Monday by the Washington Post and ABC suggested Romney has a disadvantage versus Obama in terms of how voters view the two men.

Just 35 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of Romney in that poll, versus 47 percent who expressed an unfavorable opinion of the presumptive GOP nominee. By contrast, Obama is in positive territory in the poll, with a 56-40 favorable/unfavorable rating.

The CNN/ORC poll was conducted April 13-15 and has a 3.5 percent margin of error. The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted April 12-15 and has a 3.3 percent margin of error. The Gallup sample represents the pollster's sample from April 11-15 and has a maximum margin of error of 3 percent. And the Washington Post/ABC poll was conducted April 11-15, and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.