May 22, 2013
Obama's lead over Romney grows despite voters' pessimism
Three months before the November 6 presidential election, nearly two-thirds of US citizens think the country is moving in the wrong direction. Only 31 percent say it is moving in the right direction - the lowest number since December 2011.
But Obama's lead over Romney among registered voters was 49 percent to 42 percent, up slightly from the 6-point advantage the president held a month earlier over the former Massachusetts governor.
The results of the monthly poll suggest that the Obama campaign's efforts to paint Romney as being out of touch with the concerns of middle-class people could be preventing the Republican from gaining momentum in the race.
"The overall 'right track, wrong track' is worse than last month - the news hasn't been great lately," said Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson. "But Obama seems to be, to some extent, inoculated against some of the worst of that."