President Obama and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney rate almost evenly amongst likely voters on the question of who is better to handle Medicare, according to a new national poll commissioned by CNN. Forty-nine percent say Obama would be best and 48 percent say Romney. Among those 50 and older, Romney is favored by a 50 percent to 45 percent margin, and below 50 Obama has the advantage 54 percent to 45 percent.
Medicare as an issue became front and center after Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, who as House Budget Committee Chairman has proposed major changes to the popular program, introducing a plan that would eventually change Medicare from a guaranteed system of insurance to one based on vouchers.
On the who’s best to handle the economy, Romney is ahead 50 percent to Obama’s 46 percent among likely voters in the CNN poll. The PollTracker Average also shows romney leading on that question, by a 3.8 percent margin at the moment.