There was some preliminary and tentative evidence a few weeks ago to suggest the Obama campaign’s emphasis on unflattering aspects of Mitt Romney’s private equity past was paying political dividends.
Now comes the reality check: a new USA Today/Gallup poll that finds that voters by an overwhelming margin – 63 to 29 percent – believe Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital equips him to make good decision as president. As Greg Sargent notes, the Obama team’s goal in playing up Bain is to break the reflexive association voters tend to make between private sector success and economic policy competence. For all the money and effort that’s gone in to the Bain attacks so far, this link is apparently alive and well with most voters.
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