Voters torn about who can pick up economy

Nov. 8, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Most Americans say they think the country's economic structure favors the wealthy but are torn about who can help end the economic malaise, a new poll said.

Results of the Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll released Tuesday offered good news for both President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor reclaimed the lead for the GOP nomination with 28 percent support among likely primary voters, just ahead of former restaurant executive Herman Cain's 27 percent, results showed.

For Obama, results indicated he widened his lead over Romney and Cain. Obama tops Romney by 6 percentage points, 49 percent to 43 percent. Against Cain, Obama holds a 53 percent-to-38 percent edge.

More than three-quarters of Americans said the country's economic structure is out of whack and favors a very small proportion of the rich. Another 60 percent said America must reduce the power of major banks and corporations, as well as end tax breaks for the affluent and corporations, results indicated.

Yet 53 percent said they think the national debt and the size of government must be reduced significantly, that regulations on business should be trimmed and no one's taxes should be raised.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,000 adults conducted Wednesday through Saturday. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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