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No front-runner in U.S. presidential poll 100 days to election day

(Xinhua)

13:35, July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Xinhua) -- With the U.S. presidential election just over 100 days away, there is no clear front-runner as President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney continue to retain strong leads in their respective fields of strong public support.

However, if public opinion is any indication, team Obama may be in deeper trouble unless the economy improves.

The sign of trouble for Obama is nowhere more pronounced than in the economy. As employment figures remains poor, public opinion is clearly tilting toward Romney.

According to new poll results released on Tuesday, by more than 2-1, 63 percent to 29 percent, those surveyed by a USA Today/Gallup national poll said Romney's background in business would help him make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with economic problems over the next four years.

However, the same poll indicated Obama still retained his significant advantage in the likability category, leading with 2-1 advantage, meaning voters are yet to warm up to Romney personally, and they feel more connected with Obama.

The Obama campaign has sought to capitalize on this fact, and undermine Romney's credibility in economic matters with a barrage of negative ads focusing on his tenure in the private equity firm Bain Capital.

During campaign stops since Romney became the presumed Republican nominee for president late April, Obama has hammered away at Romney for the investment he made while at Bain Capital. The president accused the former Massachusetts governor of outsourcing U.S. jobs and raiding American businesses, while touting his own record of saving the automobile industry and bringing relief to middle class families.

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