Poll: Romney Catching Obama
Reuters finds two in statistical dead heat
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2012 2:00 AM CDT
Mitt Romney arrives to speak at a Tax Day Tea Summit in Philadelphia yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Rick Santorum's exit from the GOP race has given Mitt Romney a boost in his face-off against President Obama, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. The poll found that Obama's lead against Romney has shrunk from 11 points a month ago to just four points now. Some 43% of those polled back Romney, while 47% support Obama—a statistical dead heat. It's as close as they've been since early last November when Romney had a single-point lead over Obama, his only lead since Reuters started head-to-head polling last May.

In a troubling sign for the Obama campaign, some 53% said jobs and the economy were the most important issue, and slightly more of them thought Romney could handle the economy better than Obama has done. In 2008, Obama had a double-digit lead over John McCain on jobs and the economy. "Obama has had to preside over a really tough economy," notes an Ipsos research director. "People are sort of dinging him for it, and that's really what's going to make this a competitive race." Analysts predict that the race will hinge on four or five swing states.

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Apr 18, 2012 1:35 PM CDT
BULL...Obama 2012 !!!
Apr 18, 2012 1:29 PM CDT
The polls aside (I don't believe this post), What just whatg has Romeny and the GOP said they would do to create jobs and fix the economy? Be specific! Oh, cut taxers for the wealthy. That will do it. the way it worked under Bush and his big cuts.
Apr 17, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
I'm no fan of Obama (who is considerably to the right of Nixon) but MILF Romney's more apt to catch a dose of the clap than he is to catch Obama.