Huffpost Politics

Romney Loses Voter Confidence On Economy, Poll Shows

Posted: Updated:

Voter confidence in Mitt Romney's ability to fix the economy has slipped over the last month, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Thursday, erasing his edge over President Barack Obama.

Forty-eight percent of voters said Obama would do a better job improving economic conditions, compared to 42 percent for Romney. That's a reversal from last month, when polling showed Romney leading Obama 49 percent to 41 percent.

But the difference remains far less stark than in the 2008 race, when Obama regularly held about a 20-point edge against Republican rival John McCain on his ability to improve economic conditions.

Romney -- who criticized the president over last week's disappointing jobs report -- has a slim four-point lead on improving the jobs situation. He also holds a 14-point edge over Obama on reducing the budget deficit. Obama was favored on most of the other issues polled, including health care, foreign policy and anti-terrorism.

As other polls have shown, both the jobs report and the Supreme Court health care ruling have done little to change the shape of the race, or even to sway individual blocs of voters. Obama has a 50 percent to 43 percent margin over Romney nationwide in the poll, compared to 50 percent to 46 percent last month. Among independent voters, and in key battleground states, voter preference remained similarly stable.

Romney continues to hold an edge in voter engagement, with 70 percent of his supporters saying they've given the election a lot of thought, compared to 62 percent of Obama's supporters.

The Pew poll used live telephone interviews to survey 2,373 registered voters nationwide from June 28 to July 29 and had a 2.3 percent margin of error. Pew tends to show Obama slightly outperforming the overall trendline as measured by HuffPost pollster.

Below, a slideshow of Romney's 2012 campaign ads:

Romney Campaign Ads
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Around the Web

Sorry, Voters: Neither Obama nor Romney Will Deliver Jobs Quickly

Economy stumbles toward November

Obama ad has Romney's record in Mass. wrong

ABCPost poll: Obama-Romney tied, deadlocked on the economy

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results
Register To Vote