The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows 49 percent of voters supporting Barack Obama and 43 percent Mitt Romney. Among those polled, 44 percent were Democrats or leaned toward being Democrats, while 35 percent were or leaned Republican. In voters hailing from the twelve battleground states, Obama had an 8-point lead, 49 percent to 41 percent.
Neither candidate is having a field day in likeability, reports NBC:
But what did change was an increase in negative views about both Obama and Romney. The president’s favorable/unfavorable score in the poll is 49 percent to 43 percent, a slight change from June when it was 47 percent to 38 percent.
Moreover, 33 percent view Obama very positively, while 32 percent view him very negatively – which is his highest “very negative” number in poll.
By comparison, Romney’s overall favorable/unfavorable score is 35 percent to 40 percent, with 24 percent viewing him “very” negatively – also his highest mark here.
In fact, Romney would be the first GOP presumptive presidential nominee since 1996 to head into his nominating convention with a net-negative favorable/unfavorable score.