(Community Matters) Excerpts from Pew survey analysis: Obama’s overall advantage – he leads 51% to 42% among registered voters – does not narrow significantly when looking only at those most likely to vote. Among 2,192 likely voters, Obama leads Romney, 51% to 43%.
Roughly half of Romney’s supporters say they are voting against Obama rather than for the Republican nominee. . . (50%) continue to view Romney unfavorably. . . No previous presidential candidate has been viewed more unfavorably than favorably at this point in a presidential campaign.
With the exception of jobs and the deficit, on which voter opinion is about evenly divided, Obama leads Romney on most key issues, notably healthcare, Medicare, and abortion. . . . Obama has a wide edge when it comes to foreign affairs and national security. Far more voters see Obama as a strong leader and as the candidate voters believe would use good judgment in a crisis.
currently, 53% of voters view the Democratic Party favorably while 46% have a favorable opinion of the GOP. Democratic voters also are as committed to voting, and as certain of their vote, as are their GOP counterparts.
But the focus on economic issues may benefit Romney among swing voters. Roughly one-in-five voters (22%) are not fully committed to a candidate at this point in the race, and Romney leads Obama by significant margins among these voters as better able to improve the job situation and balance the budget deficit.