WASHINGTON – During an NBC network interview, US President Barack Obama said Monday that he deserved a second term in the White House. Polls by ABC News and the Washington Post suggested that Obama has a good chance of winning.
The survey also revealed that for the first time since al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death Obama's approval ratings topped 50%. He is now leading with 52% over Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney who currently holds 43% of the votes. Conservative sources criticized the survey for favoring the Democratic president.
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"I deserve a second term, but I am not done... One of the things about being president is you get better as time goes on", Obama said.
Rising approval ratings (Photo: AFP)
The improved employment figures along with Republican Party presidential primaries are the main reasons for Obama's improved approval ratings. Despite his winning record in primary season, Romney's mutual slander campaign with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, has affected his polling results.
The survey showed that if elections were held today, Romney would lose to Obama. Some 52% of those polled said they like Romney less the more they learn about the GOP's front runner.
When asked whether or not Obama should have a second term in office, without being asked to pick between him and an alternative candidate, the survey showed that Obama has remained a controversial figure in the public's eye. The respondents were split 49%-49% despite his recent rise in approval ratings.
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