What one word best describes Barack Obama? How about Mitt Romney?
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post, the most frequently cited for Obama are "good," ''trying," ''president," and "failure," while Romney's list includes "honest," ''businessman," ''rich," and "good."
On balance, more Americans cite positive words about the president than about his challenger. Some 43 percent cite a positive word about the president while 28 percent do so when asked about Romney, though the share of negative words are about the same for both — 43 percent use a negative term for the president, 42 percent for Romney.
There is some overlap between the two, however, with the top 10 lists for both candidates including "honest," ''good," ''president," and "liar."
The poll was conducted before either candidate's convention began.
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