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Romney Has Slight Lead Over Obama on ‘Character Issues’

The Hill reports:

Mitt Romney holds thin advantages over President Obama on leadership, personal values and honesty, according to a new poll for The Hill.

The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, suggests voters see little difference between the candidates on character issues that Democrats have cited as key to Obama’s appeal. 

It found 48 percent of voters consider Romney the stronger leader, compared to 44 percent who favored Obama.

Similarly, 47 percent of likely voters also said Romney most shares their values while 44 percent picked Obama.

When asked which candidate voters considered more honest and trustworthy, 46 percent said Romney and 44 percent said Obama — a result within the poll’s 3 percentage point margin of error.

As the story goes on to note, Romney has significantly trailed Obama in likeability. It doesn’t appear that this poll tested likeability — I’ve been curious to see if that has changed, in light of Obama’s ads attacking Romney — but it shows that regardless of what voters think of Romney’s personality versus Obama’s, they seem to see the two men as close to equivalent in values.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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