Poll: Voters like Obama better than Romney, but split on handling of economy
April 10th, 2012
08:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Voters like Obama better than Romney, but split on handling of economy

(CNN) – The latest poll pitting President Barack Obama against his likely GOP opponent Mitt Romney shows the president topping his rival in a head-to-head matchup, though voters remain split on which presidential contender is best equipped to handle the economy.

The survey, from Washington Post/ABC News, showed Americans divided on which candidate would best handle economic issues – 47% said Romney would do a better job handling the economy generally, compared to 43% who named Obama. But when asked which man would be better at creating jobs, 46% named Obama and 43% said Romney. Both margins were within the poll's 3.5% sampling error.

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Voters were less divided on other key issues – 53% said Obama was best poised to handle international affairs, compared to 36% who said Romney. Conversely, when asked which man would do a better job of reducing the federal deficit, 51% said Romney and 38% said Obama.

In terms of likeability, Obama held a clear advantage. Sixty four percent of Americans polled said the president was a more friendly and likeable person, a nearly 2-to-1 advantage over Romney, who was at 26%.

Obama's overall approval rating stood at 50%, but dipped when respondents were polled about specific issues. Forty four percent said they approved of the way the president was handling the economy, and only 28% approved of how Obama was handling high gas prices. His rating on handling of international affairs was higher, at 47%.

When asked which candidate they would choose if the election were held today, 51% of Americans said they would pick Obama and 44% went with Romney.

The serious gender gap between the two candidates – also seen in recent Gallup and CNN/ORC polls – continues to persist. Obama had the support of 57% of women, compared to 38% who said they backed Romney. The former Massachusetts governor had the backing from 52% of men, compared to 44% who back Obama.

Among another important voting block, independents, the poll shows a much tighter race. Forty eight percent of independents backed Romney, compared to 46% who said they supported Obama. That was within the survey's sampling error.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted by phone April 5-8, and surveyed 1,103 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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  1. Anon 2012

    A poll is released showing the president well ahead of Romney and of course CNN generates a headline that makes it seem as if they are tied. They may be close on the question of handling the economy but it is essentially lying to shape your headline so that it appears they are tied in national polling.

    April 11, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. uknow

    We all have something to say about Obama but little say about bush. Why is this? is it because he is white? or is he just another Republican in a suit that people think he did better when he was in office? bottom line Republicans you cry when things don't work your way. You don't like change and never will. You rather see the poor struggle and the middle class stay in the middle. Bush sunk us so deep no one bat a eye at his whack decisions he made. The only ones who was making a voice to be heard was the Dems, So since we have nothing nice to say and point the finger at one man I don't see anyone saying squat about bush. Would you rather have mittens run this country for you or the ones pulling his strings? think about I got time to sit her while you come up with a good answer. You have a man who caught and killed a, killer who killed thousands of people in 9/11and what did bush say quote he is not worried about someone that killed thousands of people he is no longer a concern. Please you had man that void if he made it to the white house he would kill the same man that murdered our people and stop corp greed. Now did any Republican do that hell no. So if any wanna be Republicans on here talk trash about Obama maybe it's because you agree with being broke and having your Republican fatten the rich pockets and you stay poor..(oh) my bad you don't see them getting rich. hmm then maybe you should ask why they fighting Obama on taxing the big oil companies. (a duh)

    April 11, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. citizens magazine

    Romney will vin NJ , PA and could vin CA and MA :-))) and will be one of the best USA president !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. American

    Every real American knows that Ron Paul is the only choice and that both of these losers can't stand up to him. Diebold voting machine manufacturer (crooked & fraudulent) is controlled by the same interests who pull the strings on these two, and have our country sending $8 million a day to Isreal, while our soldiers are wasted guarding opium fields and Chinese pipelines. Iran hasn't been in a war in 300 yrs and is surrounded by 47 US military bases. Quadaffi was murdered because he was swirching to a gold payment for his nationalized oil. Main stream media won't tell you about HAARP weather manipulation or our daily toxic dose of radiation from Fukushima... but don't take MY word for it; reasearch yourself!!!

    April 11, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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