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President Obama has sustained his lead over opponent Mitt Romney in the battlegrounds states, according to a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and the New York Times. The data, which was  released Wednesday (Aug. 1), shows that  the POTUS only has a 6 percent lead over the former governor, grabbing 53 percent of voters in Pennsylvania, 50 percent in Ohio, and 51 percent in Florida.

Obama’s approval rating has fallen under 50 percent, yet he tied with Romney when voters were asked which candidate could do a better job at fixing the economy. On the issue of health care, likability, and national security, the president clocked more victories over the 65-year-old.

Romney’s credibility continues to take hits, and a  few public blunders during his trip overseas hasn’t helped his situation. During the tour, he was called “racist” by Palestinian leaders, was verbally retaliated against by London’s mayor for distasteful comments about the city, then his press aide made headlines for yelling at reporters.

The debate over his unwillingness to release all of his tax returns, may also contribute to a negative public perception. Worth more than $100 million, Romney has been labeled as “unrelatable” to average voters, a reputation which was clear when those polled noted that he was “too focused on making profits,” to help with job creation.

Now that he’s back stateside, Romney is ready to announce his VP choice, which will be revealed via a new app for iPhone and Android devices.


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