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Romney tied with Obama in poll, as voters express frustration over US' economic crisis


June 8, 2011 - Washington

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney appears to be giving tough competition to President Barack Obama, with a latest poll showing both leaders tying with 47 percent of favourable rating votes, as the citizens expressed their concern over the country's 'failed' economy and jobs.

The results have marred speculations that Osama bin Laden's death has come as a boost to Obama's ambitions to get re-elected for a second term.

Obama's approval rating surged to 56 percent following bin Laden's killing, but now only 47 percent believe that he is doing a good job, the Daily Mail reports.

Fifty-nine percent of voters have reportedly given negative marks to Obama for his handling of the economy, up from 55 per cent a month earlier. Besides, his approval rating on the deficit issue has also hit a new low of 33 percent, a drop of 6 percent since April.

Twice as many Americans are of the opinion that the country is seriously on the wrong track in its economic recovery plans, and nine out of 10 rate the economy in negative terms.

Meanwhile, 45 percent voters expressed trust in the Republican Party over Obama, saying that the GOP could bring the country out of this crisis.

The poll also revealed that former Massachusetts Governor Romney has the public backing that could lead the Republican Party to push him forward to fight Obama in the 2012 polls.

ANI

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