(Newsroom America) -- Though President Obama has been focusing his reelection message primarily on the Middle Class, it's Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney who is winning the key electorate, according to a just-released survey which focused specifically on that demographic.
The Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll, the results of which were published Monday on Politico.com, found Romney ahead of Obama by 55-41 percent, though the survey had Obama up overall by a slim 50-47 percent margin.
"Middle-class families are more inclined to believe the country is on the wrong track (34 percent right direction, 62 percent wrong track), are more likely to hold an unfavorable view of Obama (48 percent favorable, 51 percent unfavorable), and hold a more favorable view of Romney (51 percent favorable, 44 percent unfavorable) and Paul Ryan (46 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable) than the overall electorate," the website reported.
"These middle-class families also hold a majority disapproval rating on the job Obama is doing as president (45 percent approve, 54 percent disapprove), and turn even more negative toward Obama on specific areas; the economy 56 percent disapprove; spending 61 percent disapprove; taxes, 53 percent disapprove; Medicare 48 percent disapprove; and even foreign policy 50 percent disapprove," Politico said.
The results indicate that it is Romney, not the president, who holds stronger sway with middle class voters on a range of issues beyond just the ballot, the survey's results indicate.
Asked about who would better handle a variety of issues, Romney led on all but one including the economy, foreign policy, taxes and Medicare.
"Ironically, the one measurement Obama led Romney on was “standing up for the middle class” (+8 Obama), reinforcing that often the Democrats win the message war with the middle class, but not their hearts and souls," said Politico.
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