Another in a flurry of national surveys to mark the unofficial start of the fall campaign. This one gives the president the edge, 49 percent to 43 percent. NYT-CBS has the race tied at 46 percent. The Real Clear Politics average has Obama up by 2.7 percent. Take your pick - it's early. From the Journal:
Mr. Obama edges Mr. Romney on several fronts likely to help shape the election in the months ahead, the poll found. On questions about the candidates' personal qualities, such as "caring about average people" and "looking out for the middle class," Mr. Obama outpaced Mr. Romney by wide gaps. More than half of Americans, for instance, said Mr. Obama was better at "being easygoing and likeable," compared to just 18% for Mr. Romney. But Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, also showed strengths in areas that are central to his campaign. Since all but clinching the GOP nomination last week, he has repeatedly blasted Mr. Obama's handling of the economy, while billing himself as the one who can restore the country's overall vigor.