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President Barack Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney by a much smaller margin — just 2points — in a new Washington Post/ABC poll released Monday, a smaller margin than other surveys released over the past week.It’s better news than what the past week threw at Romney, but a dive into the poll reveals some reasons why the race has swung 4 points in the Post/ABC poll over the past month — and where Romney has failed to take advantage throughout the campaign.
Like other polls, Romney’s major advantage — trust on handling the economy — has become a tie. This is due, in part, to Romney’s failure to persuade voters that are “somewhat,” rather than “very,” worried about the economy.
As can be expected, Romney leads among voters who are very concerned about the direction of the country and its economy. He leads by about 50 points among voters who say the country is on the “wrong track.” And he lead by nearly 60 points among voters who are “very” concerned about the economy’s direction.
But among voters who are only “somewhat” concerned about the economy’s direction, Obama actually has a commanding 60-36 lead.
The reason for that? Perhaps a recent poll question from Fox News can provide some clues. It asked: “Do you think Mitt Romney has a clear plan for improving the economy, or not?”
Just 42 per cent said yes. And 49 per cent said no.
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