Obama still Mr Popular, Romney catching up

US President Barack Obama remains more popular than his challenger Mitt Romney, even as the popularity of the Republican presidential candidate is on the rise, a poll report said on Monday.

Romney's favorable rating among Americans has jumped from 34 per cent in February to 48 per cent now, according to a CNN/ORC International survey released on Monday. Now 42 per cent say they see the Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor in a negative light.

The last couple of national polls have showed a tight race between Obama and Romney as the campaign gains momentum in the run up to the November presidential elections.

While rising 14 points since February, Romney still trails Obama, who currently has a 56 per cent favorable rating, with 42 per cent. The president's favorable and unfavorable ratings are unchanged from CNN polls in March and April, it said.

'The biggest gap between Obama and Romney's favorable ratings is among younger Americans. More than two-thirds of those under 30 have a favorable view of Obama, compared to only four-in-ten about Romney. Romney is much stronger among senior citizens, but the gap is not nearly as big,' said CNN Polling director Keating Holland.

Meanwhile, the Obama Campaign alleged that Romney, as governor, vetoed legislation that would prohibit Massachusetts from sending state jobs overseas and his administration outsourced call centre jobs to India.

'In a surprise move, Romney also vetoed a provision barring overseas outsourcing by vendors doing business with the state, even though in March he proposed a USD 29 million package of incentives designed to discourage Massachusetts companies from moving jobs out of state,' the Boston Globe then wrote, the ad said.
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