The Pew Research Center for People and the Press has released results of a survey showing that President Obama has an 8-point lead over Gov. Mitt Romney, 51-33. At this point in the last few re-election races, George W. Bush had a mere 1-point lead over John Kerry, and Clinton had a 12-point lead over Bob Dole.
What's really interesting, though, is the lead Obama has in traits (seen as able to get things done to connecting with Americans) and issues (deficit to foreign policy). On those 17 markers, Romney was ahead on only one: Reducing the federal budget deficit, by 3 points. But neither candidates is particularly inspiring voters regarding the economy.
As for the voters, it's young people under 30 who are the least engaged in this election. "Just 48% of voters younger than 30 have given a lot of thought to the 2012 election, down from 65% at this point four years ago. The share of young people who say they are closely following election news is down by about half (from 35% to 18%)."