While President Barack Obama claims the upper hand on character and likability, a majority of Americans prefer Mitt Romney to serve as steward of the national economy, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 51 percent prefer the presumptive Republican nominee on issues related to the economy, while 41 percent prefer Obama. Americans also give the nod to Romney over Obama when it comes to creating jobs, 50-44 percent. Moreover, 55 percent say Romney is the best candidate to balance the federal budget deficit, compared with 36 percent who give Obama the edge on that front.
The president's chief advantage comes on matters related to personality and character, with 60 percent saying Obama is more likable than Romney. Only 30 percent say the former Massachusetts governor is more likable than Obama. When it comes to understanding the problems Americans face in their daily lives, 50 percent say Obama is the best candidate while 39 percent say Romney is better-suited.
The PollTracker Average currently shows Romney with a solid advantage over Obama on the economy.