Poll: 38 Percent Say They Are Less Likely To Support Romney Due To Time At Bain

As Republicans assail President Barack Obama for supposedly exacerbating an already-weak economy and Mitt Romney claims that his business experience makes him well-suited to lead a recovery, a new poll released Tuesday shows that neither contention is really resonating with voters.

The poll, conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Daily Kos and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), shows  that 38 percent of voters say Romney’s experience at Bain Capital make them less likely to support the Republican nominee, compared with just 21 percent who say that his career at the private equity firm make them more likely to support him.  Thirty-nine percent say it makes no difference.

The poll also shows that 51 percent of likely voters nationwide believe the economy would not be in better shape under Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), while 38 percent believe it would be in better shape.  




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