Obama Lead Widens Despite Jobs Report
A new poll by the news agency Reuters says that President Barack Obama gained support following his party’s national convention last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. He widened his lead over Mitt Romney the Republican presidential challenger.
The poll was released on Saturday. The daily tracking poll indicated that Obama held a lead over Romney by 4%. Over 1,450 registered voters were polled and 47% said if the election were held now, they would vote for Obama. Romney received 43% in the poll.
The spike in popularity for Obama often happens following the convention of candidates. Obama’s increase in the poll leapfrogged him over Romney on Friday in the tracking poll 46% to 44%, before the Saturday poll showed even more of a difference.
The new lead by the president comes even though there were mixed reactions to the convention speech he gave Thursday and the poor jobs report that was released on Friday that showed growth had sharply declined in August.
Obama was able to increase his lead in certain characteristics that are favorable. Voters were asked who was the more eloquent and 50% said Obama, while 35% said Romney. Asked which candidate was smart enough to be president and 46% said Obama was, compared to 37% that said Romney was.
In the latest poll, the Democratic National Convention was given a muted response. Of the registered voters who had read, heard or seen something about the convention, 41% said it was just average and only 29% rated it good.