Romney tied with the president despite vicious, sustained attacks

The latest snapshot poll from the New York Times/CBS News shows Mitt Romney in a statistical tie with the president, leading 45-43%. This despite weeks of unending attacks on Romney on his tax returns, Bain Capital, and his personal wealth. Obama is not gaining much traction with these attacks because the voters believe the economy is sinking. Despite months of negative advertising from Mr. Obama and his Democratic allies seeking to further define Mr. Romney as out of touch with the middle class and representative of wealthy interests, the poll shows little evidence of any substantial nationwide shift in attitudes about Mr. Romney. But with job growth tailing off since spring and the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, wondering aloud whether the labor market is "stuck in the mud," the poll showed a significant shift in opinion about Mr. Obama's handling of the economy, with 39 percent now saying they approved and 55 percent saying they disapproved. In the Times/CBS...(Read Full Post)