Among all Americans, Obama leads Romney 52 to 43 percent, whereas among registered voters, the president has a narrower edge over Romney, 51 to 45 percent. This is the first time that Obama has more than 50 percent of the votes in a match-up against Romney among all Americans since July, when the president led the GOP candidate, 51 to 44 percent.
As far as job creation and deficit reduction is concerned, Romney fares better:
But the president has progress to make in instilling economic confidence in Americans – asked which candidate can be trusted to do a better job in handling the economy, 48 percent of the general population picked Romney over 45 percent that picked Obama. The Republican frontrunner also fared better job creation, narrowly beating Obama 47 to 45 percent, as well as the handling of the federal budget and deficit, 51 to 41 percent.
Let's take a look at private-sector job growth:
Seeing how the US was hemorrhaging about 850,000 jobs a month when Obama was inaugurated, twenty-two months of job growth ain't too shabby. While those surveyed view Romney as a better job creator, they believe that President Obama has their back: 55 to 37 percent feel that Obama "will be a better champion on the middle class" than Romney. The poll also shows that Obama possesses a better understanding of the economic problems people are experiencing (53 to 37 percent).
Interestingly and going against the Republican argument that Democratic presidents can't deal with foreign affairs beyond going on the occasional apology tour:
...56 percent of the general population said they trust that the president would do a better job handling international affairs compared to just 37 percent that picked Romney. Similarly, the majority said the president’s handling of terrorism will be better than Romney’s, 56 to 36 percent.And then there's this:
Overall, 55 percent of those who are closely following the campaign say they disapprove of what the GOP candidates have been saying. By better than 2 to 1, Americans say the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him. Even among Republicans, as many offer negative as positive assessments of him on this question. Judgments about former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who denounced Romney on Saturday night in Nevada, are about 3 to 1 negative.