Obama gets high marks on personal attributes: Reuters/Ipsos poll

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina Tue Sep 4, 2012 2:34pm EDT

REFILE CORRECTING MONTH U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Norfolk, Virginia for a campaign event, September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

REFILE CORRECTING MONTH U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Norfolk, Virginia for a campaign event, September 4, 2012.

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - President Barack Obama goes into his Democratic National Convention getting high marks from voters on personal attributes but facing doubts about his handling of the U.S. economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday.

Overall, Romney led Obama 46 percent to 45 percent among likely voters on who they said they supported at this stage of the campaign, with nine weeks to go until the November 6 election.

The online poll showed that voters found Obama more likable than Republican presidential opponent Mitt Romney by 50 percent to 30 percent. Forty-one percent said they believed Obama "understands people like me," while 28 percent said that about Romney.

But on the overriding issue of the campaign, the strength of the U.S. economy, Obama has left Romney an opening, with 75 percent believing the economy is on the wrong track compared to 17 percent who think it is going in the right direction.

The overall poll result is little changed from Sunday's poll when the two candidates were tied at 45 percent. Romney got only a short-lived, small bounce in the polls from the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week, and Obama now has the chance to gain a bounce of his own.

He is to address his party's convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday night.

"With the launch of the Democratic convention today, I think we will see the numbers begin to shift in Obama's direction soon," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.

At this point there were indications that Republicans were more enthusiastic about voting for Romney than Democrats for Obama.

The poll found Romney got the support of 86 percent of Republicans, compared to 79 percent support for Obama from Democrats. Independent voters were basically tied, 36 percent for Romney to 35 percent for Obama.

Vice President Joe Biden, who speaks before Obama on Thursday, was viewed unfavorably by 51 percent compared to 49 percent who supported him.

The rolling poll measures sentiment during the two-week convention season by polling over the previous four days. Monday's findings are from an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters from August 31-Sept 4.

For the survey, 1,447 American registered voters were interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for all respondents.

(Editing By Alistair Bell and Alden Bentley)

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Comments (7)
todnwth wrote:
If anyone thinks that Romney will help the middle class they have some serious problems knowing anything about history..

When has any republican president helped the middle class?? They give the middle class a token tax cut while giving the richest hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax cuts.
Go all the way back to HOOVER and see forself do not take my word for it. HOOVER would not do one thing to help those in bread lines or riding the rails and working for meal or even sandwich.
If you think taxes can be cut for the richest more than they are now and anyone can balance the budget, then get ready for major cuts or increase in taxes at the state, county, and city and even the small towns.

Sep 04, 2012 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
toby3061 wrote:
I give him an A+ for probably showering everyday. But running our country requires a little more than that and it is obvious Obama doesn’t qualify…

Sep 04, 2012 4:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeyLikesIt wrote:
Quite possibly the most useless poll in the history of polling.

And todnwth,

If anyone can look at Obama’s track record so far and STILL think that he cares about the middle class then they are out of touch with reality. And once again, Bush’s tax cuts helped the poor and middle class more in terms of percentage than it did those evil rich people.

Your class envy doesn’t work anymore.

Sep 04, 2012 5:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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