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Patch's Poll: Who is More Likable, Obama or Romney?

Nationally, voters choose Obama by a wide margin.


President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are in a dead heat in the latest ABC/Washington post poll.

According to the poll, with just four months until the election, 47 percent said they prefer Obama and 47 percent said they prefer Romney.

Meanwhile, Ronney is actually faring better in certain areas compared to Obama. The poll notes that registered voters trust Romney over Obama in handling the economy, 44-49 percent. Meanwhile, 47 percent approve of the job Obama is doing now versus 49 percent who disapprove.

But, as ABC asks, why is the race still tied if Romney is pulling ahead in these economy polls?

When voters were polled “which candidate is more friendly and likeable,” 63 percent said Obama and 27 percent said Romney.

“It seems many voters just don’t like Mitt Romney,” the network said.

In the likability category, do you prefer Obama or Romney? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Dina July 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
JimK: wonderful. Usually the 'mean teacher' or old Ms. Kravits was the best teacher. Wonderful point. Personally I choose the president by the prettiest first lady, lol.
KMO July 13, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Whoa, Don, the question was just about likability, not competence! I just said Romney is oily and insincere. Nevertheless, I'm sure he'd make a wonderful president!! (-:
Drew Morten July 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Hi JimK: My initial reaction to your comment was that you're right on target....likeability should be irrelevant. But it may not exactly be the case. Any person in a leadership role, whether it be a captain of industry or a politician, tends to generate better morale, helps the constituency have a better outlook and tends to be more successful in accomplishing his or her duties if he or she is likeable. So for the general health of the country it does make a difference which presidential candidate is more likeable. Obviously there are other critical qualities like competence, clarity of expression and vision that a good president must have but likeability can't be tossed out out of hand.
MKR July 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thing is, I don't think likeability is all that important in a President. I used to work at a car dealer and a lot of our salespeople were very likeable. The ones who were the most charming and smooth were usually the ones who were the most shady in their dealings with customers. I'd rather have smart, honest, hard-working and dedicating to do what is best for the people than likeable.
Yooper July 13, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The question "Would you buy a used car from this guy?" occurred to me, too, but he doesn't really come off as slick. He may start out with something that sounds good, but he seems to get flustered when asked to back up his statements. It's like he really hasn't thought out the topic. "This car was owned by a sweet old lady." "Oh, it must have been her grandson who put the Harley decal in the rear window."


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