When it comes to handling social issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage, Americans overwhelmingly trust President Obama to do a better job than Mitt Romney. According to a new AP-GfK poll, 52 percent of American adults trust Obama to do a better job handling social issues, while just 36 percent trust Romney to do a better job.
It is interesting that Obama does so well on social issues in general because the country is not nearly as supportive of his recent move to endorse marriage equality. Just 47 percent approve of Obama’s handling of same-sex marriage ,while 48 percent disapprove. Even though the poll finds that a majority of people don’t agree with Obama on marriage equality, they trust him more on social issues.
This poll further highlights the big dynamic of the race. On a host of issues, traits and personal characteristics Obama gets much higher marks than Romney. People simply like him better, have more positive opinions about him, and trust him more than Romney on most issues.
The one thing keeping this race close is that the poor state of the economy during Obama’s entire first term has left the American people with little confidence in his ability to handle the economic situation. On basically just this one issue people think Romney would be better than Obama, but given it is by far the most important issue to voters, that alone could be enough for Romney.