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Obama and Romney neck and neck


A new Washington Post – ABC news poll has been published in the Washington Post. It puts President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney neck and neck in the race for the White House this November.

The poll puts both Obama and Romney on 47% amongst registered voters. Obama’s supporters appear to be more determined, with 80% saying that they would definitely vote for him whereas only 73% of Romney’s supporters said the same.

Handling of the economy was seen by 43% of those interviewed to be a reason to oppose President Obama. Meanwhile 48% of those interviewed felt that the federal government should be spending money to encourage job creation whilst 45% said that the federal government should hold down the federal budget deficit.

When Obama voters were asked if their vote was more for Obama or more against Romney, 74% said for Obama and only 24% said against Romney. But when Romney voters were asked a similar question 59% said that they were voting for Romney because they were against Obama and only 35% for Romney.

President Obama doesn’t do especially well in any of the approval ratings. Of those interviewed, 49% disapprove of the way he is handling his job as president, 54% disapprove of his handling of the economy, 52% disapprove of his handling of healthcare, 52% disapprove of his handling of immigration and 63% said that generally speaking things in the country were on the wrong track.

On the issues considered most important in the election, the economy and the federal budget, Romney was ahead of Obama. Of those interviewed 49% said that Romney would do a better job handling the economy compared with 44% for Obama. When asked who they trusted to handle the federal budget deficit, 52% said Romney and 42% said Obama.

The sample consisted of 33% Democrats, 24% Republicans and 36% Independents.

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