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Wash Post: Obama, Romney Tied On Economy

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It’s nearly June and unless the economy starts picking up significantly, Romney is likely to pull ahead in more polls like these…

The parity on economic issues foreshadows what probably will continue to be a tough and negative campaign. Overall, voters would be split 49 percent for Obama and 46 percent for Romney if the November election were held now. On handling the economy, they are tied at 47 percent.

Still, it appears as if confidence is picking up…

More than eight in 10 Americans still rate the national economy negatively, but there are strains of optimism as it continues to recover from the collapse of 2008. A majority of Americans — 54 percent — say they are more hopeful than anxious about the situation over the next few years, while 58 percent are bullish about their financial prospects.

More data points, this time from Gallup…and ranked in order of importance…

Do note that the federal budget deficit and debt ranks very high. Romney dominates that issue and will definitely be using it to bludgeon Obama’s economic message. If Barack doesn’t have an answer for that, it could become more important as a campaign issue.

More as it develops…