As Republicans enter their convention this week, their presidential nominee is asserting a decided edge over President Barack Obama on the all-important issue of the economy, a new poll released Monday shows.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Mitt Romney barely leading Obama among registered voters nationwide, 47 percent to 46 percent. But while the horse race is a dead heat, Romney claims a clear advantage on the economy. Fifty-percent of voters trust Romney to handle the nation's economy, compared with 43 percent who prefer Obama. Voters are divided when it comes to confidence in Romney's ability to improve the nation's stagnant economy: 46 percent are confident that the economy would get back on track in a Romney presidency, compared with 52 percent who are not confident.
That may amount to a resounding vote of confidence, but it's far better than Obama's showing on the same question. Fifty-eight percent are not confident that a second Obama term would get the economy back on track, while 42 percent are confident in the president's ability to turn it around if re-elected. Moreover, only 43 percent approve of Obama's job handling the economy, compared with 56 percent who disapprove.
The PollTracker Average currently shows Romney clinging to a narrow lead overall, 47 percent to 46.4 percent, while boasting a slightly larger advantage over Obama on the economy.