Even though President Obama has a slight edge over Mitt Romney, he's merely tied with his Republican opponent on the most important issue, the economy. On an issue less likely to play a central role in the election -- gay marriage -- there's some reason to think Obama got a boost by supporting it. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Findings: Obama and Romney are tied for who voters think would handle the economy better. Both have 47 percent on that issue, even though the poll shows Obama with a slight lead over Romney, with 49 percent to 46 percent.
Pollster: Washington Post/ ABC News
Methodology: Telephone survey of 1,004 adults, 874 of them registered voters, from May 17 to May 20. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
Why it matters: The economy is widely seen as the deciding factor for whether a president is reelected. So on that score, there's some bad news for Obama in the poll: it finds that 30 percent think they're worse off financially than when Obama was sworn in, while 16 percent say they're better off. On the other hand, a majority, 58 percent, think they'll be doing better financially in the next few years. "There is not a widespread sense that things would be better had Romney been president for the past three-plus years," the Post's Jon Cohen and Dan Balz write. Also Tuesday, a Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Daily Kos/SEIU finds that 57 percent of voters think Romney cared more about making money than making jobs when he worked at Bain.