Obama is seen as more likable than Romney in another poll. USA Today/Gallup finds 54% say Obama’s likeable, while just 31% say so of Romney. But Romney wins on who’s better to handle the economy by a 52-43% margin.
A FOX likely voter poll has Romney in the lead, 45-44%.
James Fallows on the importance of the debates: "This year's exchanges have the potential to be different, and more dramatic. Romney is very strong as a debater but has also shown two repeated weaknesses: a thin command of policy details, and an awkwardness when taken by surprise." (h/t: Political Wire.)