US: Obama way, way ‘more likable’ than Romney

The USA Today/Gallup poll finds that Barack Obama maintains 23-percentage point advantage over Mitt Romney in the likeability quotient.

Updated: Aug 25, 2012, 15:35 PM IST

Washington: A majority of Americans believe President Barack Obama is more ‘likable’ than his Republican opponent Mitt Romney, a new poll has revealed.

According to USA Today/Gallup poll, Obama maintains 23-percentage point advantage over Romney in the likeability quotient as 54 percent find him more likable compared to 31 percent for Romney.

However, overall Obama’s likability advantage has decreased, as in May, when the President held a 35-point advantage, Romney’s likability numbers have ticked up three percentage points while the president’s numbers have dropped nine percent, Politico reports.

The poll results also showed that over 52 percent of respondents said that Romney was better able to handle the economy, compared with 43 percent for the President, which indicated a nine percentage-point gap.

“President Obama’s greatest vulnerability appears to be the economy. … At the same time, Obama has great strengths in Americans’ positive views of his personal image and characteristics, and of his position on several noneconomic issues,” the poll noted.

The poll was conducted August 20-22, with a sample of 1,033 adults and a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points, the report said.