Mitt Romney has a solid lead on economic issues after millions of Democratic dollars and thousands of Democratic ads, according to the Gallup-USA Today poll conducted July 19-22. The survey asked which candidate is better:
- On federal budget deficits: Romney 55% - Obama 36%;
- On the economy: Romney 51% - Obama 41%;
- On creating jobs: Romney 49% - Obama 45%;
- Obama led Romney on foreign affairs 52% to 40%, and likability 60% to 30%.
Romney is ahead on the economic issues most pundits claim are central in the election. Romney probably will have to make significant mistakes to lose, or voters will have to decide Romney is a Trojan horse for the Tea Party and decide that is step too far. Voter suppression laws and Secret Money might create a backlash stimulating Democratic turnout. But so far, according to the Gallup Poll, Republicans are more enthusiastic than before about voting, while "Democrats are significantly less likely now (39%) than they were in the summers of 2004 and 2008 to say they are 'more enthusiastic about voting than usual'."