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Poll: With court’s health care decision, Obama's lead over Romney slips

A new Monitor/TIPP poll has President Obama's lead over Mitt Romney slipping to a single percentage point. The Supreme Court's health care ruling is one of the reasons as Americans become more polarized.

President Barack Obama speaks at Dobbins Elementary School in Poland, Ohio, Friday, July 6. Obama was on a two-day bus trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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The US Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the Affordable Care Act was seen as a big win for President Obama. But it also appears to have cut his already-slim lead over Mitt Romney.

According to a new Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP Poll of 825 registered voters taken just after the court’s ruling, Obama’s lead over Romney has slipped from four percentage points to just one point (43-42).

“Clearly Romney is benefiting from the Court's decision,” says Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence in Ramsey, NJ, which conducted the poll. “It is energizing the opponents of the [health care] reform, and more folks are likely to align themselves with Romney than Obama on this account.” 

Romney leads among men, whites, voters older than 45, and those earning more than $50,000 a year. Obama is ahead among women, black/Hispanic voters, those younger than 45, and those earning less than $30,000 a year.

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The state of the economy – particularly in light of Friday’s modest jobs report – appears to be a factor as well.

TIPP reports that 28 percent of US households – the highest figure detected so far – have at least one member looking for employment. As it has since the beginning of the year, the “financial related stress index” hovers at around 58 percent.

While a plurality (48-44 percent) approve of Obama’s overall job performance, only about one-third of those polled think he’s doing a good job on the economy; 42 percent say he’s doing a “poor” or “unacceptable” job in this category.


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