President Obama has a modest lead over Mitt Romney in two new national polls. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found Obama with a six point lead, while the Quinnipiac poll found Obama with a small three point lead. From Reuters:
Four months before the November 6 election, Obama leads Romney among registered voters 49 percent to 43 percent. In June, Obama held a slim 1-point lead over the former Massachusetts governor.
Obama’s improved standing was fueled in part by a slight rise in optimism about the future, with the number of Americans who think the country is on the wrong track dropping 5 percentage points to 58 percent.
The Quinnipiac poll found 46 percent support for Obama and 43 percent support for Romney. Even though Obama gets horrible marks on his handling of the economy, most are not convinced Romney would do any better. From Qunnipiac:
American voters disapprove 55 – 40 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy, but split 45 – 46 percent on whether Obama or Romney would do a better job on the economy. Romney would be better for their own economic future, 47 percent say, while 44 percent pick Obama. By a 50 – 44 percent margin, voters have an unfavorable opinion of Obama’s plans for the economy, compared to 46 – 40 percent unfavorable for Romney.
Voters say 56 – 41 percent Obama cares about their needs, compared to the 50 – 42 percent who say Romney does not care. By 79 – 16 percent registered voters say Obama is likeable compared to the 65 – 27 percent who say that about Romney.
These two polls both slightly contradict the Washington Post poll two days ago which found the race completely tied at 47 percent each. Overall, though, the average of all the national polls has remained remarkably consistent: Obama continues to lead, but only by a very small margin.