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WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama Leads by Six and Romney Remains Unlikeable

The most recent poll from Wall Street Journal/NBC News confirms that the race remains remarkably stable despite recent events and a wave of attack ads. In their new poll of registered voters they found President Obama leading with 49 percent compared to Mitt Romney’s 43 percent. This is a modest improvement for Obama since last month when the same poll had him leading by just three points.

One of the big problems for Romney is that people just don’t like him. While negative ads have hurt both candidates, Romney is in a much deeper hole. From MSNBC:

But what did change was an increase in negative views about both Obama and Romney. The president’s favorable/unfavorable score in the poll is 49 percent to 43 percent, a slight change from June when it was 47 percent to 38 percent.

Moreover, 33 percent view Obama very positively, while 32 percent view him very negatively – which is his highest “very negative” number in poll.

By comparison, Romney’s overall favorable/unfavorable score is 35 percent to 40 percent, with 24 percent viewing him “very” negatively – also his highest mark here.

In fact, Romney would be the first GOP presumptive presidential nominee since 1996 to head into his nominating convention with a net-negative favorable/unfavorable score.

Romney could probably overcome not being liked if he were seen as significantly more competent, but that is not the case in this poll.

Romney does have one big edge when it comes to handling the economy. Only 37 percent think Obama would be better at dealing with the economy compared to 43 percent who think Romney would do a better job with it. The problem for Romney, though, is even leading on the top issue among voters is not enough to make up for his big deficits on most other issues. Obama is tied with Romney or has a significant advantage on all other issues, including dealing with foreign policy, Medicare, health care and looking out for the middle class.

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WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama Leads by Six and Romney Remains Unlikeable

Unemployed: The down economy is driving the polls (photo: FEMA Photo Library)

The most recent poll from Wall Street Journal/NBC News confirms that the race remains remarkably stable despite recent events and a wave of attack ads. In their new poll of registered voters they found President Obama leading with 49 percent compared to Mitt Romney’s 43 percent. This is a modest improvement for Obama since last month when the same poll had him leading by just three points.

One of the big problems for Romney is that people just don’t like him. While negative ads have hurt both candidates, Romney is in a much deeper hole. From MSNBC:

But what did change was an increase in negative views about both Obama and Romney. The president’s favorable/unfavorable score in the poll is 49 percent to 43 percent, a slight change from June when it was 47 percent to 38 percent.

Moreover, 33 percent view Obama very positively, while 32 percent view him very negatively – which is his highest “very negative” number in poll.

By comparison, Romney’s overall favorable/unfavorable score is 35 percent to 40 percent, with 24 percent viewing him “very” negatively – also his highest mark here.

In fact, Romney would be the first GOP presumptive presidential nominee since 1996 to head into his nominating convention with a net-negative favorable/unfavorable score.

Romney could probably overcome not being liked if he were seen as significantly more competent, but that is not the case in this poll.

Romney does have one big edge when it comes to handling the economy. Only 37 percent think Obama would be better at dealing with the economy compared to 43 percent who think Romney would do a better job with it. The problem for Romney, though, is even leading on the top issue among voters is not enough to make up for his big deficits on most other issues. Obama is tied with Romney or has a significant advantage on all other issues, including dealing with foreign policy, Medicare, health care and looking out for the middle class.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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