Americans are feeling a little more optimistic and that has translated into better poll numbers for President Obama, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. Obama is leading Mitt Romney 49% to 43%, up 5 points from a month ago, according to the poll, which found that the percentage of people who believe the country is on the wrong track has dropped 5 points, but still stands at 58%. Only 35% called Obama's performance on jobs and the economy satisfactory, his lowest score since December, but his ratings were up on almost every other issue, including health care, energy, education, and foreign policy.
Pollsters say Obama had a pretty bad June but his numbers are now back to where they were in May. "It's not like consumer confidence has turned a big corner, but people feel a little better about where they are and where they are going," one pollster says. "Nothing bad has happened recently, and when nothing really bad happens people start feeling more optimistic." The Reuters poll is Obama's best showing in a national poll so far this month. A Washington Post poll released yesterday showed him and Romney tied at 47%.