Mitt Romney and Barack Obama battle for voter intensity edge

Mitt Romney’s positive intensity in the Gallup tracking survey jumped among Republicans in the past month, even as it fell among Democrats, new polls show. The score subtracts those who strongly disfavor a candidate from those who strongly support him. Both positive and negative intensity are seen as a key indicator of voter turnout.

President Obama’s intensity remained static during that same period, but he remains more polarizing than Romney. While Romney stands at +21 among Republicans and GOP-friendly independents, and at -30 among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, Obama rates -47 and +36.

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