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NBC/WSJ poll: Optimism in Obama presidency increases

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(NBC) -- The percentage of voters believing that the country is better off since Barack Obama became president jumped seven points after the two political conventions, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Thirty-eight percent of registered voters now say the nation is better off, which is up from 31 percent in the August NBC/WSJ conducted before the conventions.

Still, a plurality of voters -- 41 percent -- believe the country is worse off, while 21 percent think it's in the same place.

"Are you better off than you were four years ago?" has been a question that Republicans raised right before the Democratic convention began earlier this month. And top officials and surrogates from the Obama campaign had a difficult time, initially, answering the question.

But in his convention address the day before Obama's acceptance speech, former President Bill Clinton answered the question affirmatively. "No president -- not me or any of my predecessors -- could have repaired all the damage in just four years. But conditions are improving, and if you'll renew the president's contract you will feel it."

And the Obama campaign followed up with a new TV ad -- on the fourth anniversary of Lehman Brothers' collapse -- also making the case that the country is better off.

The new NBC/WSJ poll asks a separate question: Which candidate -- Obama or Mitt Romney -- is better prepared to lead the country four years from now? On this question, 47 percent of voters pick the president, while 36 percent choose Romney.

The full NBC/WSJ poll -- which was taken of 900 registered voters (270 by cell phone) from Sept. 12-16 and which has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points -- will be released at 6:30 pm ET.

Q11 - And, compared to when Barack Obama became President—do you think that the country is better off, worse off or in about the same place?
  9/12+ 8/12+ 8/10  
Better off 38 31 31  
Worse off 41 42 40  
Same place 21 27 28  
Not sure -- -- 1  
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters

 

 

 

 

 


      
                 

 

 Q12     Now, who do you think is better prepared to lead the country for the NEXT four years - Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? If you think both are equally prepared or neither is prepared to lead the country for the NEXT four years, please just say so.
Mitt Romney 36



Barack Obama 47



Both 5



Neither 11


Not sure 1



+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

                           
  

 

 

 

 


                
              
                 

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