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June 20, 2012

New poll has mixed news for Obama

A new Bloomberg National Poll offers a mixed message for President Barack Obama.

Overall, he is viewed favorably by 55 percent of those surveyed, while presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is seen that way by 39 percent. And Obama leads Romney 53 to 40 percent among likely voters.

But Obama is vulnerable on the economy. By a 53-43 percent margin, people disapprove of his handling of the day's biggest issue. And by a 60-32 percent margin, they disapprove of his handling of the budget deficit. Disapproval on job creation runs 48 percent; approval is 46 percent.

By a 2 to 1 margin, people thought the nation was on the wrong track. And unemployment and jobs was by far the biggest issue--45 percent cited it as the top issue. The federal deficit, at 18 percent, was a distant second.

The poll surveyed 1,002 people, including 734 likely voters. Margin of error for likely voters is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. Margin of error for the full sample is 3.1 percentage points. The survey was conducted by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines June 15-18.

To read more: http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/rQyA68BW5P20


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