By Joe Picard - 07/31/12 01:23 AM EDT
President Obama told supporters at a campaign event in New York City Monday night that, if the election were held today, he would win.
"So the upshot is if the election were held today, I think it would be close, but I think we'd win," Obama said.
Obama made the remarks at a fundraising event at the NoMad Hotel in New York City.
He reminded the audience that the nation is recovering from "the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression."
"We have made progress -- 4.5 million new jobs, half a million in manufacturing, the strongest since 1990," Obama said, adding that the housing market "is just now starting to tick back up again."
Obama admitted that there is "much more work to do."
"Obviously there are millions of people who are still out of work -- in particular, in states like California or Arizona or Florida," Obama said. "There are hundreds of thousands of people whose homes are still underwater. And so everything that we continue to do as an administration, everything that I intend to do as President in the second term, is geared towards how do we rebuild this economy so that it is strong, lasting and, most importantly, provides broadening opportunity for Americans who are willing to work hard to get in the middle class."
The president also emphasized his continued commitment to education, science and research, energy and the environment, and immigration reform, as well as the administration's efforts to help stabilize Europe.
Most experts agree that the race for the presidency is close between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and most also agree that it is too soon to make predictions based on polling, since those numbers could change. Nonetheless, as reported by The Hill, and according to polling averages taken by the New York Times, the president is ahead in 10 of the 12 so-called battleground states. If those polls were borne out on Election Day, Obama would win.