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Voters split on Romney's business record

July 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. voters are evenly divided on whether Mitt Romney's business experience would be a help or hindrance as president, Rasmussen Reports said Monday.

Forty-one percent of likely U.S. voters said they think the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's business record was a primary reason to vote for him, while just as many said they thought it was a reason to vote for someone else, results of the poll released Monday indicated.

Eighteen percent said they were not sure.

Romney's business dealings -- specifically his tenure with private equity firm Bain Capital, which he founded and made the majority of his personal fortune, have come under fire recently. A Boston Globe report last week cited U.S. Security and Exchange Commission documents showing Romney remained Bain's chief executive officer, president and sole owner through 2002, not 1999 as he has said. When he left is crucial because Democrats and the Obama campaign say Bain Capital outsourced U.S. jobs and shuttered businesses on Romney's watch.

Results are based on a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters Friday and Saturday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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