Romney, Perry Outscore Obama on Economy, Quinnipiac Poll Finds

Thursday, 06 Oct 2011 12:21 PM

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Americans’ discontent with President Barack Obama continues to fester, especially on economic issues. A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that voters rank both of the top Republican presidential candidates — Mitt Romney and Rick Perry — higher on handling the economy than Obama.

The survey indicates that 49 percent of voters believe former Massachusetts Gov. Romney would do better directing the economy than Obama, while only 39 percent think the president would do a better job. When the comparison is against Texas Gov. Perry, 45 percent say he would handle the economy better, and 42 percent chose Obama. The poll has a two percentage-point margin of error.

Only 32 percent of voters approve of the way Obama is running the economy, dwarfed by 64 percent who disapprove. Republicans in Congress score better than the president on the economy, with 43 percent of voters saying they trust congressional Republicans more to fix the economy than Obama, while 41 percent chose the president.

And people certainly see plenty of fixing to do. An overwhelming majority of 77 percent see the economy in recession, while only 20 percent disagree. And 44 percent of voters think the economy is continuing to worsen, while only 11 percent think it’s on the rebound.

Meanwhile, the president’s approval rating has dropped to a new low for his tenure in office, with 55 percent of voters disapproving of his job performance, compared to 41 percent who approve.


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