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   Romney Is Seen Doing Better Job Handling U.S. Economy Than Obama in Poll

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9/1/2011 3:00 am

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Entered 9/1/2011, Updated 9/1/2011

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U.S. voters say Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the economy than President Barack Obama, according to a poll that finds Obama’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high. The Quinnipiac University survey found that 46 percent of voters favor Romney’s skills in recharging the economy, while 42 percent opt for Obama. At the same time, 52 percent disapprove of Obama’s job performance, compared with 42 percent who approve. In July, 46 percent in the poll disapproved of Obama’s job performance and 47 percent approved. Obama plans to give a speech next week detailing plans to spur job growth. Improvement in the economy is the key to turning around views of his presidency, said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut. “The best news for the president is that voters still blame former President George W. Bush rather than Obama for the economy,” Brown said in a statement released by the university. “One can only imagine what Obama’s approval rating might look like if that ever changes.”


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