Republican nominee Mitt Romney still has a couple of clear advantages over President Barack Obama on handling economic issues as the two candidates prepare for their first debate tonight in Denver, Colo. A new Gallup poll released this morning shows that voters prefer Romney by 4 points on handling the economy, as he holds a 49-45 edge on Obama. That’s much slimmer than a 10-point advantage in July. But in the candidates’ first head-to-head matchup in front of a national audience, Romney goes in with an edge.
Here’s a look from Gallup:
In another measure, Gallup found that more voters believe the economy will get better under a potential Romney administration. Fifteen per cent more of those surveyed said that the economy would get better rather than worse under Romney, compared with just 8 per cent that said the same about a second Obama term.
The economy still presents Romney with his best chance to turn around a race that Obama leads by 6 points in Gallup’s daily tracking survey. It remains voters’ No. 1 concern this election season, and it’s one of only two issues — along with the federal budget deficit — where Romney earns more trust than Obama.
“With the first debate focused on domestic issues, and the economy certain to be the dominant issue, Romney has a unique opportunity to bolster his economic credentials and gain momentum in the presidential campaign,” Gallup managing editor Jeffrey M. Jones writes.
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