“Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds,” USA Today’s Page writes. “By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney's background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation's economic problems over the next four years.”
But USA Today writes in a separate piece: “Mitt Romney faces challenges in convincing Americans he is the best candidate to handle foreign affairs, as a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows President Obama with an advantage over his GOP rival. More than half of Americans, or 52%, say Obama can better handle foreign policy concerns compared with 40% who choose the presumptive Republican nominee. The numbers are closer among registered voters, who give Obama a 4-point advantage.”
“For the better part of three days, President Obama and Mitt Romney took a step back from politics out of respect for the victims of Friday's movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., USA Today writes. “By Monday, the campaigns were back in full swing with speeches, fundraisers and sharp attacks by campaign surrogates.”
“A new Marist poll finds 78% of Americans say they are ‘frustrated’ by the tone of political campaigns and 74% believe that the tone of political campaigns has ‘gotten more negative’ than in past election years,” Political Wire writes.