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Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney heads into the GOP nominating convention this week with daunting challenges, including a strong public perception that he favors the rich and doesn’t care for those less fortunate and weak popularity ratings against a charismatic incumbent.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows an overwhelming number of registered voters fear Romney would favor the wealth over the middle class if elected President and an even wider margin finds President Barack Obama “more friendly and likable.”
Reports The Associated Press:
Registered voters by a substantial 58-32 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll think Romney would do more to favor the wealthy than the middle class – the opposite of views on Obama’s priority. Obama has a slight 7-point edge in better understanding the public’s economic straits, and another wide lead, 61-27 percent, as seeming more friendly and likeable.
As he seeks to address those weaknesses, Romney grasps his party’s presidential nomination with pushback on at least two fronts: Better alignment with public preferences for more limited government, and steady dissatisfaction with Obama’s economic performance. Fifty-six percent of registered voters disapprove of Obama’s work on the economy; largely as a result, fewer than half, 47 percent, approve of his job performance overall.
Yet even with these perceptions, Romney holds a one-point edge — 47-46 percent — in the poll.