President Obama leads presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney by 9 points due largely to his likeability and support from women, the latest CNN/ORC International poll finds.
According to the poll, Obama enjoys a 16-point gender gap, down just 2 points from the 18-point advantage Obama had among women last month. The poll was conducted after Democratic strategists Hilary Rosen’s comment that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life,” which sparked a Romney campaign offensive that it dubbed the “war on moms.” CNN polling director Keating Holland says the comment may have “little long-term effect” and that “By a 2-to-1 margin, the women surveyed saw President Obama as more in touch with the problems facing American women today.”
Obama also has an advantage when it comes to likeability. While the candidates are virtually tied on who can jumpstart the economy, Obama has double-digit leads over Romney on likeability as well as other personal traits such as honesty, confidence, values and leadership.
Another poll released Monday, Gallup’s first daily tracking poll, showed Romney with a 2-point lead.