From Huffington Press and Bloomberg News as related by Obama Campaign...
A just-released Bloomberg National Poll, taken entirely after President Obama's immigration announcement (June 15-18), puts President Barack Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by an amazing 13 points. The poll portrays Romney as “out of touch” and shows Obama leading at 53% with Romney trailing at a mere 40%.
In addition, a majority of Americans now say they are better off than they were when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, providing another lift to Obama’s re- election campaign. Forty-five percent of those surveyed say they are better off than at the beginning of 2009 compared with 36 percent who say they are not.
Another bad sign for Romney is the poll was conducted during the same time period as his bus trip which many assumed would give him a "bump" in ratings!
The survey shows Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has yet to repair the damage done to his image during the Republican primary. 39% of Americans view him favorably, about the same as when he announced his presidential candidacy last June, while 48% see him unfavorably -- a 17-percentage point jump during a nomination fight dominated by attacks ads. A majority of likely voters, 55%, view Romney as more out of touch with average Americans compared to 36% for the President.
Beyond Romney’s low favorability ratings, the poll reflects perceived weaknesses for the Republican challenger both in style and substance. The former Massachusetts governor fared poorly on questions of likeability and relatability. Only 31 percent of likely voters said they’d want to sit next to Romney on a long airplane flight, compared with 57 percent who prefer Obama as a seat mate and most rating the President as better at understanding their problems.
The poll also undercuts Romney’s central argument for his candidacy, suggesting that his background as a private-equity executive isn’t seen by voters as his strength. 49% of those surveyed said his experience as a private-equity executive didn’t make him any better prepared to create jobs as president, compared with 45% who viewed it favorably.
And finally, another huge plus for President Obama, 49% said that he has laid out a better vision for a successful economic future, with only 33% preferring Mr. Romney’s plan.