Poll: Romney Loses Advantage on Economy

Obama now viewed as better candidate to turn it around

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2012 8:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama's convention plea for patience with his economic plans might have resonated: Mitt Romney is no longer viewed as the better candidate to fix the economy and create jobs in a new poll by CBS and the New York Times. Obama's advantage couldn't be slimmer—47-46—but the shift on what should be one of Romney's strong points is another dose of bad polling news for him heading into debate season.

Romney still holds a big advantage on which candidate would get the deficit under control, but Obama trumps him soundly as the candidate who better understands the everyday struggles of voters. Also of note: The percentage of those who view the president favorably jumped to 51%, the first time it cracked the midpoint since the Osama bin Laden raid. As for the big picture, Obama leads 49-46 among likely voters, but that's within the margin of error.

Mitt Romney campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Friday.
Mitt Romney campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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