Voters were evenly divided between Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and US President Barack Obama, a Democrat on handling the economy, the top concern of voters, according to a new poll published Tuesday.
A survey conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News Thursday through Sunday showed that the Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger were tied at 47% on the US economy.
Overall, 49% of the voters saying they would vote for Obama if the general election were held now, while 46% backed Romney.
A majority of respondents rated economy as the most important issue in their choice for President.
And 46% cared more about unemployment and the job market than other economic issues including deficit and taxes.
The survey found that 80% of Americans still hold a negative view of the economy, but 54% of Americans were more hopeful than anxious about the economy over the next few years, and 58% were optimistic about their financial prospects.
US voters were split on the issue of job creation, with Obama at 46% to 45% for Romney. He was also ahead of Romney on the question of who better understands Americans' economic problems.
Governor Romney's business background as founder of Bain Capital, a private equity firm, is a target Obama's campaign.
In his remarks Monday at a news conference of NATO Summit, he argued that the private equity enterprises are set up to maximize profits. And that is not always going to be good for communities or businesses or workers.
It is fundamentally wrong to criticize American businesses that make money IMO, unless you are a Socialistic Communist.
According to the poll, Mr. Romney's record at Bain is neither a positive nor a negative, with as many respondents saying it was a major reason to vote for him as against him. More than 50% said it was not a major factor.
Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr.
Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr. writes and publishes The Red Roadmaster's Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a weekly, highly-regarded financial market letter, read by opinion makers, business leaders and organizations around the world.
Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr has studied the global financial and stock markets since 1984, following a successful business career that included investment banking, and market and business analysis. He is a specialist in equities/commodities, and an accomplished chart reader who advises technicians with regard to Major Indices Resistance/Support Levels.