The latest Washington Post/ABC News Presidential poll released Tuesday morning shows President Obama holding a slight lead--49 to 46 percent--over presumptive GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
Listen to Romney surrogates and Congressional Republicans, however, and you get the idea that the incumbent President must surely be trailing badly in the court of public opinion. These partisan politicos tell us that the American people disapprove of just about everything that Barack Obama does or proposes.
But, as the saying goes, numbers don't lie, and the figures in this latest poll tell a different story--that President Obama's chances of winning a second term are looking good. The survey shows him beating Romney on almost every question, and there are several areas that really stand out as indicators that voters will give the President four more years.
Voters told the pollsters in this survey that the economy--no surprise--is their top concern. The President's approval rating on his handling of the economy has gone up-- albeit slightly--in recent months, and the voters still blame our current economic woes more on George Bush than Barack Obama by the wide margin of 49 to 34 percent.
As for understanding the economic problems Americans are having, the President wins here by 48 to 40 percent. And as for character issues, voters say--by 52 to 38 percent--that Barack Obama has "the better moral character to serve as president".
Also especially interesting is the survey's finding that there is a very real enthusiasm gap favoring the Democrats. According to this latest poll, 48 percent of Democratic voters are very enthusiastic about their candidate; while only 23 percent of Republican voters are very enthusiastic about the GOP candidate.