Likely Voters: Romney More Trustworthy on Budget

Romney: 'I know what it takes to balance budgets. I've done it my entire life.'

October 22, 2012

Voters may want to grab a meal with President Obama—but they wouldn’t trust him to plan their family's finances, according to a new poll.

Romney edged out Obama 49-45 among extremely likely voters when people were asked which presidential candidate they’d trust to manage their family budget, according to a poll released by Public Notice, an organization that monitors economic policy. That lead is within the margin of error, but the GOP nominee won large majorities among several key demographics.

Romney won double digit victories over Obama among middle class families (54-39) married women (52-42), seniors (56-35) and independents (46-36), groups that will play a decisive role in the Nov. 6 election.

While Romney has trailed the president in polls throughout the race, he has held a consistent advantage over Obama on economic issues. He has surged in polls across the board since his strong performance in the first debate.

Public Notice interviewed 1,000 "likely" voters by phone between Oct.15 and 18, capturing some reaction to the second presidential debate on domestic and foreign policy issues.

Romney pressed Obama on the growing national debt during Wednesday’s townhall debate.

"We've gone from $10 trillion of national debt, to $16 trillion of national debt. If the president were reelected, we'd go to almost $20 trillion of national debt. This puts us on a road to Greece," he said. "I know what it takes to balance budgets. I've done it my entire life."

The president failed to mention the word debt over the 90-minute debate.

Romney and Obama will square off with for the third and final debate tonight in Boca Raton, Fla.