Obama Slam Dunk Over Romney, Except... ...when it comes to the federal budget and economy By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Apr 10, 2012 3:36 AM CDT 32 comments Comments Barack Obama gets ready to shoot a basket during one of the activities during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House yesterday. (Getty Images) (Newser) – President Obama holds significant leads over GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in all categories—except for the federal budget, and his handling of the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. According to the poll, 51% of registered voters would pick Obama over 44% for Romney. The president also has double-digit leads over Romney concerning which candidate voters think would do a better job in such areas as health care, international affairs, protecting the middle class, and women's issues—as well as a whopping 38-point lead in likability and a 26-point margin as "more inspiring." But with 46% of respondents opposed to Obama's handling of the economy and 39% unhappy with his view on the size of government, the poll points to a major weakness in the president's quest for re-election. A hefty percentage of voters believe that Romney would better deal with the federal budget. A narrow margin of those surveyed are convinced Romney would handle the economy better than the president. A massive 76% of respondents believe that the American economy is still in recession.