Poll: Most Americans see Obama as 'loyal friend'

Poll: Most Americans see Obama as 'loyal friend'

Washington : DC : USA | Sep 11, 2012 at 6:02 AM PDT
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According to a new poll by ABC News, a majority of Americans see President Obama as a "loyal friend" who would stick with them through trying times. 50% respondents chose Obama, while 36% named Romney.

When asked who they thought would help them out at the time of illness, 49% of the registered voters chose Obama, whereas 36% said Mitt Romney was their man.

Among a large section of the registered respondents, the president grasps an obvious advantage with 50 percent respondents preferring him and 44 percent favoring Romney. Besides, Obama takes an edge on key matters when evaluated against Romney.

"Clearly, heading into the final 60 days of the campaign the president has opened up an edge, and that includes in the swing states, too," pollster Peter Brown of Quinnipiac University said, according to Reuters. "But Romney just needs to move the needle a few points and the race would be right back to even," he added.

As for the dinnertime, there is further not-so-encouraging figure for the Republican candidate. Fifty-two percent of the respondents said they would rather have the Democrat visit their homes for dinner compared to thirty-three percent, who said they would prefer the Republican at their dining table.

According to the poll, the previous week’s Democratic National Convention assisted Obama perk up his rank against Romney; however, it failed to cut voter apprehensions on his management of the economy.

The poll underscores why Obama keeps on trying to structure the vote as a pick between himself and Mitt Romney, while the Republican prefers it to be a referendum on the Obama’s job performance.

“Obama’s advantages, in turn, include a persistent lead over Romney in empathy; registered voters by 50-40 percent think Obama better understands the economic problems people are having, and continue to rate him as more personally likeable, by a broad and steady 61-27 percent,” ABC News poll chief Gary Langer reports, according to ABC News. “When the two views are tested against each other, empathy independently predicts vote preferences to a far greater degree than does likability.”

Some political pundits believe that although Obama leads in polls and has a painless path to the White House, the Republican is within a close chase with eight weeks still remaining in the presidential election.

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Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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