A conservative university professor and political scientist says
American voters appear more interested in President Barack Obama's
likeability than his negative performances, and that is helping him
in the polls.
Coming out the Democratic National Convention, the president
received quite a boost in approval, and a recent RealClearPolitics
compilation of polls shows him with a two-point lead over
challenger Mitt Romney. And in the electoral map, Obama leads
221-191, with 126 votes considered up for grabs.
But Dr. Charles W. Dunn, distinguished professor of government
University's School of Government, says that Obama has one
thing going against him.
"History says that no president has won re-election
with an unemployment rate above 7.2 percent at this stage," he
tells OneNewsNow. "So from that standpoint it is good for Romney
But Dunn says voters appear inclined to vote for Obama because
they like him.
"In so far as his performance, people don't tend to rate him so
highly," he notes. "But they tend to like him. So as long as people
tend to like him, they tend to be more forgiving with regard to his
negative performance in some key areas."
Dunn says the Romney camp has failed to convince voters that
they have to seriously look at the president's performance, so he
is being given the benefit of the doubt in many cases.