President Barack Obama is seen as more friendly and likeable than Mitt Romney, but he’s still struggling to shake concerns about the economy and jobs, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Nearly half of those surveyed in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll say that Obama’s handling of the economy is a major reason to oppose his reelection and is also a leading reason to support a Romney administration.
While 64 percent found Obama to be more friendly and likeable than Romney, only 46 percent – a six-point margin – believed the president to be a stronger leader than his expected rival.
A majority of those surveyed, 54 percent, continue to disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy and his response to high gasoline prices – but Obama leads in other key areas, such as handling international affairs, protecting the middle class, and addressing women’s issues. Still, two-thirds of those surveyed believe that the country is on the wrong track, the poll found.