Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


October 10, 2012

Independent survey shows presidential race in Iowa a toss-up as candidates are two points apart

CENTERVILLE — Rasmussen Reports, in an independent public opinion survey of 500 likely voters in Iowa, found President Obama earns 49 percent support to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s 47 percent, while 1 percent likes some other candidate and 2 percent are undecided.

The race in Iowa remains a toss-up.

Three weeks ago, Romney held a three-point lead in Iowa, 47 percent to 44 percent.

Romney’s support in the state has fallen in the narrow range of 46 percent to 47 percent in every survey to date, while Obama’s support has ranged from 44 percent to 49 percent.

Just 82 percent of all likely voters in the state are certain of whom they will vote for, while 18 percent say they still could change their minds.

The president leads 52 percent to 48 percent among voters who’ve made up their minds already.

Romney’s ahead 42 percent to 38 percent among those who might yet change their minds.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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