As the former Massachusetts governor surges in GOP primary surveys, he eclipses the president on the top issue in his campaign
A growing plurality of voters think Mitt Romney would do a better job on the economy than President Obama, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early Thursday, as the nation's sagging economy continues to weigh down Obama and bolster the GOP's effort to defeat him next November.
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Romney leads on the economy, 49 percent to 39 percent. His lead on the question is 13 points among independents, and he has a 16-point edge among white voters. In late August, voters preferred Romney by a narrower, 46-42 percent margin; the new poll represents significant movement and shows that the former Massachusetts governor's efforts to burnish his standing on economic issues are paying off. The poll underscores why the White House is trying to brand Romney as a Wall Street villain, particularly as protests in lower Manhattan receive increased media attention.
Even the beleaguered Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads Obama when it comes to who would do a better job on the economy, 45 percent to 42 percent. In late August, Obama held a two-point advantage over Perry on that question.
Overall, just 32 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing handling the economy, equal to his record-low standing in late August. A record-high 64 percent of voters disapprove.