Candidates' Economic Plans Get Negative Marks

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) – Neither Mitt Romney nor President Barack Obama has an economic plan that's popular with independent voters, according to a national poll released Wednesday.

The Washington Post/ABC News survey indicated 54% of independents have an unfavorable view of Obama's plan for the economy, with 47% saying they view Romney's economic plan unfavorably. Thirty-eight percent viewed Obama's plan favorably, compared to 35% who felt the same about Romney's plan.

The economy consistently ranks as voters' top issue heading into November's general election, beating out national security and social issues as the problem at the forefront of Americans' minds. A disappointing jobs report from May and Europe's debt crisis have both contributed to financial unease heading into five months of heavy campaigning from Obama and Romney.

The survey showing negative marks for each candidate's economic plan reflected strong racial divides among Americans – White voters were split on Romney's plan, with 42% viewing it favorably and 42% viewing it unfavorably. Minority voters were far less positive. Sixty-eight percent of black voters, and 48% of Latino voters, viewed the Republican candidate's plan unfavorably.

Both groups gave much higher marks to Obama – 81% of black voters, and 59% of Latino voters, view the plan proposed by the Democrat incumbent favorably.

Romney, however, has greater room for improvement than Obama – 16% of all adults said they were undecided on his economic plan, while only 7% were undecided on Obama's.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted by telephone from 1,007 adults between June 6-10. The sampling error was 3.5 percent.

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