New Post-ABC poll shows Romney’s vulnerability on mainstream economic issues

by Ryan Streeter on April 10, 2012. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

Digging into the new Washington Post-ABC poll, here’s the chart that Romney and his team should dissect and discuss:

More on this in a second, but first, a couple points from the poll:

Elsewhere in the results, it’s clear (and no surprise) that the economy still weighs heavily on voters’ minds. It’s also clear that the right track/wrong track numbers in the poll should be worrying the Obama campaign (they’ll point out they’ve improved, but 2/3 of Americans still say we’re on the wrong track, which is a problem).

It’s also evident elsewhere in the poll that Obama’s handling of the economy is a problem for him – 46% say his handling of the economy is a major reason to oppose him, with only 32% saying it’s a reason to support him. At the same time, 71% say Romney’s wealth is not a factor. In other words, the media’s overhyped hand-wringing about Romney’s money isn’t as big a deal for him (by a long shot) as the economy is for Obama.

So the punchline here is that exploiting the heck out of the economy should be a goal the Romney camp pursues relentlessly.

Which brings us back to the table above. Romney scores better on handling economic issues generally, but paradoxically when it comes to creating jobs, supporting small businesses, and handling taxes, Obama has the upper hand (though within the margin of error).

These are issues on which Romney should have long ago connected with voters and persuaded them he’s the guy – the guy on new enterprises, the guy on taxes, the guy on job creation. The guy. But he’s not the guy. He’s hardly even just a guy. People aren’t connecting with him, as is evidenced by other aspects of the poll (see for yourself).

The guy who understands Main Street – or better yet Cottonwood Court or Pebble Brook Lane or pick your standard suburban subdivision street name – economics is going to do well in November. And right now, it’s not clear who that guy is.