Washington: US President Barack Obama remains more popular than his challenger Mitt Romney, even as the popularity of the Republican presidential candidate is on the rise, a poll report said on Monday.

Romney's favorable rating among Americans has jumped from 34 percent in February to 48 per cent now, according to a CNN/ORC International survey released on Monday.

Now 42 percent say they see the Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor in a negative light.

The last couple of national polls have showed a tight race between Obama and Romney as the campaign gains momentum in the run up to the November presidential elections.

While rising 14 points since February, Romney still trails Obama, who currently has a 56 percent favorable rating, with 42 percent saying they hold an unfavorable opinion him.

The president's favorable and unfavorable ratings are unchanged from CNN polls in March and April, it said.

"The biggest gap between Obama and Romney's favorable ratings is among younger Americans. More than two-thirds of those under 30 have a favorable view of Obama, compared to only four-in-ten who feel that way about Romney. Romney is much stronger among senior citizens, but the gap is not nearly as big," said CNN Polling director Keating Holland.

"Romney may have a small advantage among independent voters, but that is offset by his lower favorable rating among Republicans than Obama has among Democrats," Holland said.

According to the survey, six-in-ten Americans say that Obama has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.

According to RealClearPolitics.Com – which keeps a track of all the major national presidential polls -- Obama has a narrow lead of 1.8 percent over Romney.


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