Despite lagging in polls on fixing the economy, a favorability rating even with Mitt Romney, and his health care reform law in the hands of the Supreme Court, 56% believe President Obama will win re-election, according to a USA Today gallop poll. “It’s been long established that voters want a president they’re comfortable with,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor with the Cook Political Report. “What’s his favorite pastime? Playing basketball. He likes hanging out with his kids. It’s clear he’s a parent like most parents. He talks about his wife.” However, plenty of well-liked presidents ended up as one-termers, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “Presidential decisions are a product of economic conditions and job approval. It’s wonderful to be liked, but it doesn’t affect the vote that much.”

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