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Poll Shows Obama Leading Romney, Split On Economic Issues

4/10/2012 11:27 AM ET

While the results of a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll show that President Barack Obama has jumped into the lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a potential general election matchup, the results showed that voters are more divided over the key issue of the economy.

The poll showed that Obama has a 51 percent to 44 percent lead over Romney among registered voters, benefiting from strong support among women.

The latest results compare to a poll conducted in March that showed Romney with a 49 percent to 47 percent lead over Obama.

As mentioned above, however, the results of the latest poll found that voters are split regarding which candidate would do a better job handling the economy.

Forty-seven percent said they trust Romney to do a better job headline the economy, while 43 percent said Obama would do a better job. Regarding who would do a better job creating jobs, 46 percent named Obama and 43 percent named Romney.

Both Romney's 4-point lead on handling the economy and Obama's 3-point lead on creating jobs are within the poll's margin of error.

However, in a potentially troubling sign for Obama, the poll showed that 62 percent disapprove of the president's handling of gas prices, while just 28 percent approve.

The results suggest that a continued increase in gas prices could have a negative impact on Obama's re-election prospects.

The survey of 1,003 adults was conducted April 5th through 8th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.

by RTT Staff Writer

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