On a number of specific characteristics such as honesty and decisiveness, Obama leads Romney, the poll also found. For example, 48 percent said the description "honest and trustworthy" applies more to Obama than Romney. Thirty-six percent said that characteristic applied more to Romney.
Obama has in general polled well on personal likability throughout his time in office, even as other approval numbers — especially on the economy — have wavered.
The poll was conducted Aug. 20-22 among a random sample of 1,033 adults. It had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.