'Struggling' Middle Class Voters Could Be Key For Romney

From The Washington Post's Scott Clement:

More than four in 10 Americans see themselves as belonging to the middle class, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that if the 2012 election were held today, they would split 50 percent for President Obama vs. 46 percent for Mitt Romney.

Obama leads Romney by 20 percentage points among voters who are “comfortable” in the middle class and those who are “moving up” beyond it. But Romney counters with a 23-point edge among those who say they are “struggling” to hang on. Both are more lopsided than voters at the highest and lowest end of the economic spectrum.

Struggling middle-class dwellers are deeply negative on Obama’s economic record. More than three-quarters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, and 53 percent say it’s a major reason to oppose him this fall. By contrast, four in 10 of those who are comfortable in the middle class disapprove of Obama on the economy.


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published this page in In The News 2012-04-10 13:43:00 -0400
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