President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied in a new CBS/New York Times poll but the president has lost ground on the economy. Romney’s one-point lead in a nationwide survey taken July 11-16 is within the three point margin of error, but he ‘s judged better for the economy (49 percent to 41) and since April there has been a five point fall in approval of Obama on this issue judged “extremely important.” In April, 44 percent approved, 48 disapproved, but in July only 39 percent approved and 55 percent were critical. Consolation for the president is that his supporters more “strongly” back him than Romney their candidate—52 percent to 29 percent of Romney supporters strongly backing him. It doesn’t look like much of a popularity contest though: both candidates had a net unfavorable rating.
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