WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to six percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed yesterday.
Four months before the November 6 election, Obama leads Romney among registered voters 49 per cent to 43 per cent. In June, Obama held a slim one-point lead over the former Massachusetts governor.
Obama’s improved standing was fuelled 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 five percentage points to 58 per cent.
Obama’s approval ratings ticked up one point to 48 per cent and the number of Americans who disapprove of his job performance dropped three percentage points to 47 per cent.
The shift follows a low point for Obama in June as economic worries deepened and Romney consolidated Republican support after clinching the party’s nomination to challenge him in November. Obama had led Romney by seven points in May’s poll.
“Last month was a particularly bad time for Obama but now the race seems to have returned to its normal position, which has Obama up a few points,” pollster Chris Jackson said. (Reuters)