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Romney leads Obama on economy, deficit and energy

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

"Obama holds key leads on Romney, as economy malaise looms over reelection bid," blares a Washington Post headline this morning. But the ABC/Washington Post poll cited in the story shows Mitt Romney holding the lead on handling the economy compared to President Obama.

See the data below:

                                                         Obama    Romney
Handling the economy                        43            47          

Handling the federal budget deficit     38            51             

Handling energy policy                        42            47    

As Conn noted earlier, the poll gives an 11 point advantage for the Democrats, but still favors Romney on key election year issues.

The story notes that Obama has a 2-to-1 advantage, "as the more friendly and likable of the two," and is considered better on women's issues, international affairs, and healthcare.
 

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