WASHINGTON -- A pair of fresh polls is showing familiar results: The presidential race is essentially a dead heat.
A New York Times/CBS poll released Thursday shows Mitt Romney’s support at 47% of registered voters, with President Obama at 46%. A Fox News poll
Obama at 45% and Romney at 41%. Both results are within the polls’
margins of error and show very little movement from surveys taken
earlier in the summer.
As noted before on this blog,
one of the most consistent thing about the presidential showdown is its
consistency. There hasn’t been a wide swing in favor of either
candidate in spite of some pretty dramatic twists and turns in the news,
including the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling, a string of bad jobs
reports and, most recently, loaded charges coming from both campaigns.
Still, the polls are picking up on plenty of anxiety about the
economy and evidence that the president is likely to be bear the blame.
both surveys, more people disapprove of Obama’s job performance than
approve, but by a slim margin. When asked specifically on Obama handling
of the most voters’ top issue – the economy – the president fared
worse. The New York Times/CBS poll, conducted July 11-16, puts his
approval on the economy at 39%, down from 44% in April, although the
poll shows that number bouncing back and force quite a bit.
Obama also appears to have taken a hit on foreign policy. Voters in the
New York Times/CBS poll were evenly split on Obama’s approval on foreign
affairs, showing a drop in approval in an area where the president has
enjoyed pretty strong support. The poll found voters essentially split
on the question of who would better handle national security and