Poll-itics: President keeps lead on Republicans


This poll was taken after reports about the economy recovering much more slowly than Team Obama, and the entire country, wants it to.

Polls are mere snapshots, but at least this is positive news... well, except for that whole "which direction the country is going" thing:

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama retains a big lead over possible Republican rivals in the presidential election despite anxiety about the economy and the country's future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday.

Obama's approval rating inched up 1 percentage point from May to 50 percent but the number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track also rose as pricier gasoline, persistently high unemployment and a weak housing market chipped away at public confidence.

Obama leads all potential Republican challengers by double-digit margins. He is ahead of his closest Republican rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by 13 percentage points -- 51 percent to 38 percent.

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