Obama Slam Dunk Over Romney, Except...

...when it comes to the federal budget and economy
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2012 3:36 AM CDT
Poll: Obama Slam Dunk Over Romney, Except in Budget, Economy
Barack Obama gets ready to shoot a basket during one of the activities during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House yesterday.   (Getty Images)

President Obama holds significant leads over GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in all categories—except for the federal budget, and his handling of the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. According to the poll, 51% of registered voters would pick Obama over 44% for Romney. The president also has double-digit leads over Romney concerning which candidate voters think would do a better job in such areas as health care, international affairs, protecting the middle class, and women's issues—as well as a whopping 38-point lead in likability and a 26-point margin as "more inspiring."

But with 46% of respondents opposed to Obama's handling of the economy and 39% unhappy with his view on the size of government, the poll points to a major weakness in the president's quest for re-election. A hefty percentage of voters believe that Romney would better deal with the federal budget. A narrow margin of those surveyed are convinced Romney would handle the economy better than the president. A massive 76% of respondents believe that the American economy is still in recession. (More President Obama stories.)

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