President Obama says he thinks he would win the election if voters went to the polls today.
Speaking at a fundraiser in New York City Monday, Obama acknowledged the contest would be close, and he urged supporters to help him stay ahead.
So upshot is if the election were held today, I think it would be close but I think we’d win. And we now have 99 days left. If I can say that every single day for the next 99 days, then we will be able to embark on the next phase of this journey. And I’m so glad that you guys are all with me because I couldn’t do it without you.
But pollsters are not so sure Obama is right.
The most recent national polls – the Gallup and Rasmussen daily tracking polls – respectively show the race a tie and a three point lead for Romney.
What’s more, other polling routinely suggests that Republicans have the passion on their side, with GOP voters determined to end a presidency many of them abhor. Democrats lack the enthusiasm they had in 2008 after a presidency that has failed to live up to the image presented of Obama as a new kind of politician offering “hope and change.”
With Obama’s campaign falling short of its funding targets and drawing criticism for overspending, Obama offered a vote of confidence to his operation. But he said contributors must step up to the plate.
I’m confident that we are running a good campaign and will continue to run a good campaign. But we are being outspent substantially by the other side, and the super PACs are engaging in an experience we have not seen in America democracy for quite some time.
They are spending like nobody’s business, mostly on negative ads. And we’re going to have to continue to compete. We don’t anticipate that we’re going to match them dollar for dollar — we don’t need to. But we are going to have to make sure that we can get our message out effectively.
Obama noted that the dismal economy over which he presides will “incur some continued headwinds over the next months,” particularly from Europe, which he urged to “take some decisive action” as soon as possible.