THIS report from Gallup strikes me as counterintuitive (especially in light of other recent polls), but here it is:
Fifty percent of Americans say they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in President Obama to do or to recommend the right thing for the economy, more than say the same about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (42%)…
These findings are from Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance survey, conducted April 9-12.
Not surprisingly, 86% of Democrats express confidence in Obama on the economy, while 17% of Republicans agree. Independents are split, with 47% expressing a great deal or fair amount of confidence and 52% saying they have only a little or almost no confidence in the president’s economic leadership. There is a seven-percentage-point gender gap, with 53% of women and 46% of men saying they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in Obama.
Americans’ confidence in Romney on the economy also varies widely by party. Sixty-nine percent of Republicans express confidence, while 25% of Democrats and 35% of independents do so. Men (43%) and women (40%) are about equally confident in Romney’s economic leadership.