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article imageNew poll says Obama still leading GOP rivals

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 8, 2011 in Politics
Washington - A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll says President Obama, in a "hypothetical general election match up" of the candidates, has increased his lead over Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, leading Romney by six percentage points compared to two points in October.
Wall Street Journal reports the polls were taken before Sharon Bialek, on Monday, accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment.
According to the poll, Mitt Romney, who now leads the GOP top contenders list with 28 percent among primary voters, ahead of Herman Cain, 27 percent, is still gaining support among Republicans who do not identify with the Tea Party movement.
Reuters reports Obama leads former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney 49 percent to 43 percent, and Herman Cain 53 percent to 35 percent. 52 percent give thumbs up to Obama's handling of foreign policy and 71 percent support his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in December.
It is not all good news for President Obama, however, because the poll says close to three-quarters of voters agree that Obama has failed in his promise to improve upon government supervision of the banking system and Wall Street. Wall Street Journal says about the same proportion of those polled (three-quarters) are disappointed at Obama's handling of the economy.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll also says three-quarters of Americans think the nation's economy favors the rich minority over the majority and that there is need to cut down power and influence of major banks and corporations and end tax breaks for the affluent. 60 percent of Americans strongly express anti-corporation views, indicating there is strong grass-roots support in the country for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Wall Street Journal reports 42 percent of those polled said they would "probably" vote for an unnamed Republican candidate.
Obama's job-approval rating remains at 44 percent while 51 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of his job as president.
The poll says 54 percent of Americans think the present economic problems signal the beginning of a long term decline in national fortunes the country may not recover from.
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