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Fox Poll: Race Tied, Obama Has Advantage on Handling Libya

Mitt Romney and President Obama are tied at 46 percent in a Fox News poll of likely voters. What stands out is how much credibility Romney has on the fiscal issues: 52 percent of likely voters think he’d be better on “improving the economy and creating jobs,” while only 43 percent think that of Obama. Romney has a 3-point lead over Obama on who would help small businesses more, and a 5-point lead on who would reduce the deficit.

But while Romney has managed to solidify his standing on those issues, he hasn’t made the foreign policy case — which is surprising, considering all the opportunities in this Benghazi consulate attack story. When it comes to handling Libya, Obama has a 4-point lead over Romney among likely voters. Obama also has a 6-point lead on protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks.

The likely voter sample was 42 percent Democrat, 37 percent Republican, and 18 percent independent/other.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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