As Mitt Romney pointed out this morning, “this week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another.”
But despite all of that, the silver lining for President Barack Obama on economic matters comes from a new CNN/ORC poll released late Friday afternoon:
That’s an astounding disparity in the percentage of people who think he understands their problems.
Obama leads Romney 49 per cent to 46 per cent in the CNN poll, which is down from March but pretty much in line with February. In January, Romney actually led what was then a hypothetical matchup with Obama, 48 per cent to 47 per cent.
America is split on Mitt Romney’s business record. 50 per cent think he has the right kind of business experience to be President, while 45 per cent don’t agree. They’re also split on who “better understands how the economy works” — that’s split between Obama and Romney at 45 per cent each.
What they’re not split on is who “gets them” more.
There’s the challenge for both Obama and Romney over the next five months. For Obama, it’s a challenge of keeping up that perception and telling everyone that things will get better … despite a flurry of bad economic news right now.
For Romney, it’s a challenge of countering that perception. It’s a challenge of getting through to voters that the problems are real, and they’ll remain that if Obama is re-elected.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.