The American people will have their say in the presidential election in about 13 months, but as of now the financial world's movers and shakers -- financial professionals -- say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will do a better job handling the economy, according to a new Bloomberg Global Poll.
Regarding who would be better for the economy, Romney received the backing of 37 percent of Bloomberg subscribers, while President Barack Obama garnered 34 percent. All other candidates polled in the single digits.
The quarterly Bloomberg Professional Poll surveyed 1,031 investors, traders, and analysts on September 26 who are Bloomberg subscribers, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Perry Scores Low on Economy Issue
In the same question, Texas Gov. Rick Perry does not fare as well. Poll respondents chose Obama over Perry, 42 percent to 28 percent.
On a like/dislike question, Romney also has the edge. In the poll, 34 percent had an unfavorable impression of Romney, whereas 51 percent had an unfavorable view of Perry.
Political/Public Policy Analysis: Notch another victory for Romney in his quest to demonstrated that he's the most qualified executive and public policy professional for the 2012 Republican nomination for president of the United States.
The poll perhaps also reflects some unease about Perry given his poor performances in the Republican debates, and his unfortunate statements on U.S. monetary policy. Three days in to his campaign, he made reprehensible and totally unacceptable comments about the U.S. Federal Reserve -- and Perry's campaign has been trying to recover ever since.
The Bloomberg Poll is significant because it includes a disproportionate percentage of accredited investors and institutional investors -- the financial world's big guns -- who historically have contributed enormous amounts of money to presidential campaigns.