Voters are unimpressed by the economic plans laid out by both President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.
Fifty-one percent of registered voters and 54 percent of independents view Obama’s plan for the economy unfavorably, according to the survey published Wednesday. Romney’s plan is viewed with less skepticism -- 46 percent and 47 percent unfavorable ratings among registered voters and independents, respectively -- but with more uncertainty. Fourteen percent of registered voters and 18 percent of independents have not formed opinions of the former Massachusetts governor’s plan.
Romney’s website says that “his plan seeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs. It seeks to increase trade, energy production, human capital, and labor flexibility. It relinquishes power to the states instead of claiming to have the solution to every problem.”
Obama’s site tells voters that “the president is taking aggressive steps to put Americans back to work and create an economy where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded.” It touts the rebounding US auto industry, 27 consecutive months of job growth and a total of 4.3 million new jobs since Obama took office.
The president is scheduled to deliver what is billed as a major policy speech about the economy on Thursday in Cleveland.
Obama enjoys stronger support within the Democratic Party than Romney does in the GOP. Seventy-six percent of Democrats view Obama’s economic plan favorably, compared to 65 percent of Republicans who see Romney’s plan favorably.