New poll: Obama clings to narrow lead
By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON President Obama clings to a narrow lead despite poor economic news and surging GOP optimism about Mitt Romney’s prospects, a new WSJ/NBC News poll finds.
Obama leadsMitt Romney 47% to 44%, within the survey’s margin of error. Obama’s lead is wider in swing states.
Obama’s standing with white, working class voters continues to erode. Interest in the campaign isn’t as intense among young people and Latinos as it was in 2008.
More people viewed Romney unfavorably than favorably by a 6 point margin, with nearly one quarter viewing him “very negatively” – twice the level in December. Romney’s business background is a draw for many, but is viewed negatively by even more people.
The survey presents the race as both tight and stable.
Obama’s advantage is more pronounced among poll respondents in 12 battleground states, which, taken as a group, favor him 50% to 42%. Romney’s business resume is a mixed blessing – 23% viewed him more positively, 28% more negatively. In battleground states, 18% viewed his business background more positively and 33% more negatively.
Obama’s approval rating has dipped to its lowest level of the year – 47%. Nearly two thirds said the country was on the wrong track. Sixty percent said Obama inherited the economic problems the country faces.
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