Bob Beauprez
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In times like this, a good day for Barack Obama is anytime the dominant topic of discussion is anything but the economy.   But, make no mistake about it; November's election is still going to be a referendum on the President's failed economic policies.

With the economy overwhelmingly the dominant issue in the election, there is growing bad news for the President.  By more than 2:1, 63% to 29%, voters now believe Mitt Romney would be better at managing the economy than President Obama, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup poll.   

For the first time Mitt Romney has topped Barack Obama in the New York Times/CBS poll (47-46).  Rasmussen has Romney up by 3 points (46:43).  After a month of carpet bombing Romney with negative ads, the President has actually lost ground.  According to the Real Clear Politics average of all polls between July 5 and July 22, Obama's 3.7 point advantage on June 27 has shriveled to just 1.1.  Importantly, the trend is solidly in Romney's favor even as Obama is outspending him 2:1. 

The NYT/CBS poll uncovered more problems for the President.  By a margin of 55:39 voters disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy; a significant difference from the 44:48 results in April. 

Further, the once-believed impervious favorability ratings of the President have started to erode.   Barely a third of voters, just 36%, now have a favorable opinion of Obama, down from 42% in April.

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Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/
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