Americans See Different Strengths in Obama and Romney

When asked to identify the greatest strength of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in an open-ended fashion, U.S. registered voters tend to name various personality and character traits for Obama, led by excellent speaking and communication skills (11%) and for “helping the less fortunate” or being “for the people.”

Romney’s perceived strengths tend more toward his economic experience, including being a “good businessman” (16%) and being “good at handling finances/budgets” (4%). Relatedly, 11% cite his economic policies. [cont.]

Lydia Saad, Gallup