If Team Obama Isn’t Scared Yet, It Should Be

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 23, 2012

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Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney’s background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation’s economic problems over the next four years.

The findings raise questions about Obama’s strategy of targeting Bain’s record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.

To be sure, Obama retains significant advantages of his own. By 2-1, he’s rated as more likable than Romney. By double digits, those surveyed say the president better understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives. He has an 8-point advantage on being seen as honest and trustworthy.

However, Romney has the edge when it comes to being able to “get things done,” and the broad landscape seems tilted in his favor . . .

I am sure that there will be more negative attacks directed Romney’s way. But thus far, the ones that have been issued don’t seem to have worked. People seem to be more interested in what Barack Obama is doing with their money, than in what Mitt Romney has done with his, which is most inconvenient for the Obama campaign.

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