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Poll: Americans More Optimistic

Numbers are good news for Obama, pollsters say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2012 7:04 AM CDT
Updated Sep 13, 2012 8:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – In news that may give Mitt Romney the blues, Americans are starting to cheer up a little, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. Some 55% still believe America is heading in the wrong direction, while 39% think it is going in the right direction, the poll found. But it's the highest score for "right direction" since April 2010 and a big change from a month ago, when 64% thought we were on the wrong track and only 31% were optimistic.

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"It's good news for Obama, frankly, because the more people who think things are going in the right direction now, the easier it will be for him to get re-elected," an Ipsos pollster says. "As that number begins to creep up, it's all good news for the party in power." The buzz from the political conventions and perceptions of a gradually improving economy probably helped, the pollster says. The poll found that 48% said they would vote for Obama and 45% would choose Romney. Those surveyed were evenly split on which candidate was stronger on jobs and the economy. (Read more Election 2012 stories.)

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