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Obama's negative attacks on Romney have had little effect

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by Napp Nazworth  July 24, 2012                   


Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.  A strong majority of Americans say that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's business record, including as head of Bain Capital, would help him make good decisions on economic issues if he were president, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll. The poll results come after President Barack Obama's campaign has, for months, spent much of its time and money attacking Romney's business record.

"Would Mitt Romney's business background, including as head of Bain Capital, cause him to make good or bad decisions as president in dealing with economic problems?" USA Today/Gallup asked 1,030 adults Thursday through Sunday.

Sixty-three percent answered "good decisions" while only 29 percent answered "bad decisions." The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

The Obama campaign has claimed, through ads, interviews and speeches, that Romney's record as head of Bain Capital suggests he would make a poor president. Romney was an "outsourcing pioneer," the campaign claimed, which helped companies employ foreign workers instead of American workers, and Romney made himself rich while stripping workers of jobs and benefits.

"You've got to give the voters crediteconomic reality trumps campaign rhetoric," Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse told USA Today. "It's pretty clear that the negative weight of the economy is having more impact on voters than President Obama's campaign ads distorting Gov. Romney's record."

Ben LaBolt, spokesperson for the Obama campaign, told USA Today that other polls suggest that attacks on Romney's Bain record are working and the arguments will damage Romney more in the long run.

Additionally, a record number of Americans seem to favor Romney's philosophy of a smaller, less intrusive, government over Obama's philosophy that government should be playing a larger role in helping Americans. Sixty-one percent say that government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals, the highest that number has been since 1992 when Gallup began asking the question.

There is some good news, though, for the Obama campaign in the poll. By two to one, Obama is rated as more likeable than Romney and he holds a double-digit lead when asked which candidate better understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives.              Add Comments>>                               





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