Here’s an idea, in one chart, of just how much President Barack Obama will have to overcome to win re-election over Mitt Romney. In a new ABC/Washington Post poll conducted by Langer Research, Obama earns highly negative marks in three crucial areas — the economy, health care and immigration.
Take a look:
He’s down double-digits in all three of these issues — three of the top six, according to the poll. That’s despite his recent shift in the administration’s immigration policy and despite the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional.
The president has seen an uptick from recent events in his favor. The immigration shift is a big hit with swing states. And in this ABC/WaPo poll, support for Obamacare has jumped to a 47-47 split. In just April, voters opposed it by 14 points.
Still, voters trust him to handle these issues just about evenly with Romney, if not better than the presumptive Republican nominee. What’s also helping Obama are his personal attributes. Voters think he is a stronger leader (by 5 points), better understands the economic problems they’re having (by 10 points) and is more likable (by an astounding 36 points).