Published On: Wed, Jun 27th, 2012

New Poll Shows Obama Doing Better Than Romney in Swing States

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that President Barack Obama has managed to retain a narrow lead in his race for re-election, despite recent signs of a sluggish economy and a rise in GOP optimism about Mitt Romney’s prospects.

President Obama leads in the poll; 47% to 44%, a lead within the survey’s margin of error and similar to the advantage he enjoyed a month ago.

Obama’s lead is wider in swing states, where the campaigns have battled most intensely, reported the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

The poll finds that interest in the campaign is not as intense as it was during the 2008 election among younger voters who were important to Obama’s victory.

Meanwhile, more people viewed Romney unfavorably than favorably by a six-point margin, with nearly a quarter of those polled viewing him negatively. Romney’s business background is a draw for many, the poll found. However, it is viewed negatively by even more people.

Overall, the survey presents the race for the White House as both tight and stable.

“It looks like a dead heat on a merry-go-round,” said Peter Hart, the Democratic pollster who conducts the Journal survey with Republican Bill McInturff.

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