Romney now leads Obama among registered voters; 60% of Americans flunk the Democrat on the economy
It's one of those polls that says on-the-one-hand there's good news while on the other hand there's more good news.
A new Gallup Poll out this morning finds that President Obama's poll bump from courageously having the Navy SEALs whack Osama bin Laden has evaporated, and Republican former Gov. Mitt Romney is indeed the GOP front-runner heading into tonight's New Hampshire debate.
The new ABC/Washington Post survey finds that among all Americans Romney and Obama are tied at 47% each. However, ominously for the incumbent, among registered voters, the millionaire businessman leads the ex-state senator who often voted Present, 49%-47%.
By a two-to-one margin Americans told pollsters the country is seriously on the wrong track under the current Democratic admninistration and nearly six-in-ten say that regardless of government stats, the economy is not recovering. Time for another big speech on the huge hole he inherited from you-know-who.
This the day after Obama's top economic advisor Austan Goolsbee announced his resignation because, he says, a Chicago classroom beckons.
With barely 518 days before the election, fully nine-in-ten Americans rate the economy poorly, according to the poll.
Thank goodness for Obama's spate of factory visits and putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the stimulus package; imagine the hole they'd be in without that.
About 60% give the Democrat a bad grade on his economy job performance, while even more political independents -- nearly two-thirds -- give him failing marks, including for the first time a slight majority who do so strongly, another ominous sign for incumbents.
About 45% now trust congressional Republicans more than the president on the economy, if you can believe such a thing. That's a whopping 11 point gain for the GOP delegation just since March.
Although it's months before any Republican primary/caucus voting, Romney appears best positioned as the challenger at the moment on a broad range of issues in Americans' minds.
However, in a no doubt encouraging sign for another former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, who may perhaps possibly be considering a presidential run, there's still about one-in-three Americans who have yet to definitely rule out voting for her ever no matter what.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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Photo: Associated Press; Joe Burbank, file.