Obama’s lead on health care widens

Seems like the Democratic National Convention helped President Obama on one main election issue.

Obama’s lead on the issue of health care is widening, according to new post-convention poll by CNN/ORC International. Obama now leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney 54 percent to 45 percent when voters were asked which candidate would better handle health care.

Overall, he leads Romney by six points nationally among likely voters.

Just last month, prior to the convention, the same poll indicated neither Obama nor Romney had much of an advantage on Medicare and health care. Obama lead on health care by just one point.

Though Obama didn’t talk too much about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during his address at the Democratic National Convention, he did mention some of the law’s popular provisions. The Democrats also attacked Romney’s Medicare proposal.

Romney said earlier this week he would keep some popular parts of the PPACA, including coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Overall, various polls show Obama has more of a lead on Romney than prior to the conventions. The latest Gallup poll conducted Sept. 2-8 found 49 percent of voters said they supported Obama compared with 44 percent for Romney. Still, the two have remained close, and pollsters argue polls don't mean everything.

"While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar-high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly. The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama Presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race," Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney’s pollster and senior strategist Newhouse, wrote in a memo released by the campaign.

For the CNN poll, ORC International interviewed 1,022 adult Americans by telephone from September 7-9.


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