Another day, another poll - and this one spells bad news for both candidates.
This morning, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that only 38% of independents - the key voting bloc expected to put the winning candidate over the edge in November - have a favorable view of the President's economic policies. Fifty-four percent have a negative view.
For Mitt Romney, it's even worse. Despite touting his business credentials, the former Massachusetts governor only gets a 35% favorability rating on the economy (47% of independents view his policies as unfavorable).
If the economy is issue number 1, and independents are the key to winning 2012, then these perceptions are the ones that could very well determine the election, in spite of everything else this campaign cycle.
Ari Melber, The Nation/msnbc Contributor (@arimelber)
Heather McGhee, Demos (@hmcghee)
S.E. Cupp, NY Daily News Columnist (@secupp)
Josh Tyrangiel, Bloomberg Businessweek (@tyrangiel)
Jeffrey Roth, HBO’s “41”
Suroosh Alvi, VICE