President Obama and Mitt Romney are fighting to claim the title of Economic Savior. Today on ABC’s “The View,” the President said that while issues like marriage equality are important, “what’s going to determine the election is the economy.” A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds voters believe that things are improving: 71% say the economy is “poor” right now, but 58% percent believe it will be “good” next year. That seems to bode well for the President, who has tried to convince voters the country is on a road to recovery and it would be dangerous to change course now.
But the poll also showed voters have more confidence in Romney’s ability to fix the economy. 55% believe Mitt Romney would improve the economy over the next four years if he is elected, while only 46% say the same about the President.
Monday’s release of a two-minute ad attacking Romney’s record at Bain Capital marked a turning for point for the Obama campaign. Democrats will try to tear down what Romney has made the centerpiece of his campaign – his experience in the private sector. If the President can disqualify that experience before Romney has solidified his message, it could leave a big hole in the former governor’s platform come August. But the poll numbers above show Americans may already be buying what Romney is selling.
Check out the video below for more on how the candidates are racing to define each other’s campaigns before the conventions: