President Barack Obama has opened a significant lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to the latest Bloomberg National Poll.
Barack Obama received the support of 53 percent of likely voters, while Romney received support from just 40 percent.
The poll showed significant weakness for Romney. Only 39 percent of voters viewed Romney favorably, while 48 percent viewed him unfavorably. Additionally, 55 percent of those polled viewed Romney as more “out of touch” with Americans than Obama.
A majority of voters(53 percent) approve of the job Obama is doing, while 44 percent disapproved. His performance on the economy was more of a mixed bag; 46 percent of voters approved of the job Obama is doing creating jobs, while 48 percent disapproved.
43 percent of voters surveyed approved of Obama’s job performance on the economy, while 53 percent disapproved.
But Romney didn’t receive good marks on his central campaign argument. 45 percent of voters said that Romney’s experience in business would help him manage the economy, but 49 percent said it would not.
The poll is the best for Obama in some time. Most national polls have shown a close race, with tracking polls showing the race tied, and non-tracking polls showing Obama with a small lead. The RealClearPolitics average of polls gives Obama a 2.3 percent lead.
The Bloomberg poll did show a close vote among the most enthusiastic voters. 49 percent of the most enthusiastic voters would back Romney, while 48 percent would back Obama.
The poll also gauged voter support for the parties in Congress. 48 percent of likely voters said they would vote for a Democrat for Congress, while 41 percent said they would vote Republican. Democrats were viewed favorably by 50 percent of Americans, compared to the Republicans’ 41 percent favorable rating.
As for the two most recent former presidents, Bill Clinton received glowing reviews, with 69 percent of voters viewing him favorably and only 25 percent viewing him unfavorably. George W. Bush, on the other hand, was viewed favorably by 44 percent of voters, with 51 percent viewing him unfavorably.
The poll was conducted June 15-18 by Selzer & Co. for Bloomberg News. 1,002 voters were interviewed, of which 734 were considered likely voters. The poll’s margin of error is ±3.6 percent.
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