A new poll shows President Obama edges out Mitt Romney’s lead as the candidate voters believe is most likely to revive the economy and create jobs, according to a New York Times and CBS News poll. The poll found a small increase among Americans that White House policies are working.
While President Obama’s standing among voters marginally improved since summer, and Romney failed to definitively sway voters in his favor, the poll reveals that the presidential race remains narrowly divided. The outcome still hinges on unexpected events and the three upcoming presidential debates next month.
Still, with general election campaigns in full swing, the Democratic Party is viewed more favorably than the Republican Party. According to the New York Times, the poll also found voters prefer Obama on issues of foreign policy, Medicare and challenges facing the middle class. However, Romney held an advantage on the major issue of handling the federal budget deficit.
Potential voters were polled during a difficult week in the campaign for President Obama, with a new slew of television ads from Romney, a weak jobs report, and the deadly protests in Egypt and Libya on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th.
But among voters, President Obama remains the likely pick–49 percent to Mitt Romney’s 46 percent.