Voters in each state see President Obama as better than Gov. Romney to handle the economy, health care, Medicare, national security, an international crisis and immigration. Romney ties or inches ahead of the president on handling the budget deficit.
Matching Obama against Romney in each of these key states – no one has won the White House since 1960 without taking at least two of them – shows:
- Florida: Obama leads Romney 53 – 44 percent, compared to 49 – 46 percent August 23;
- Ohio: Obama over Romney 53 – 43 percent, compared to 50 – 44 percent August 23;
- Pennsylvania: Obama tops Romney 54 – 42 percent, unchanged from 53 – 42 percent August 1.
Likely voters say Obama can better handle the economy, the top issue listed by voters, 51 – 46 percent in Florida, 51 – 45 percent in Ohio and 51 – 45 percent in Pennsylvania.
This is basically as bad as it could possibly be for the Romney campaign. Not only is Romney trailing significantly in the horse race polling in two must-win swing states, but he is also losing on almost every question. Romney’s favorablity rating is sharply negative in all three states while Obama’s is positive in all three. On nearly every issue from the economy to immigration, voters think Obama would do a better job than Romney. The only issue Romney has a small advantage on is the budget deficit. Romney is now losing even on the economy, which was supposed to be the whole focus of his campaign.
Voters don’t like Romney and they don’t think he could do a better job than Obama. A candidate can’t win if that is how the electorate views them.