Poll: Obama with big leads over Romney on likability

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A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama has double-digit leads over Mitt Romney on who would do a better job of protecting the middle class, handling international affairs and dealing with health care. On personal traits, the president’s edge is even bigger: He has a better than 2-to-1 advantage as the more friendly and likable of the two, and nearly that margin as “more inspiring.”

However, on the economy and jobs “the contest is considerably more competitive, with about as many trusting Romney on the issues as Obama.”

Overall, among registered voters, Obama leads Romney 51% to 44%.

Key finding: “Romney faces a huge deficit among female voters, one that more than negates his advantage among men and represents one of the biggest challenges he and his advisers face as they turn toward the November election. Obama’s edge among women gives him a clear lead among all registered voters in a matchup with Romney.”

Via The Political Wire.

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