Polls show that in a general election match-up President Obama has a lead over Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll was no exception finding that 51 percent of voters said they would vote for Obama in a general election, while 44 percent said they would vote for Romney.
However the same poll found that Romney and Obama are nearly even with voters polled on the issues of the economy and job creation, in what is overall an economy-focused race. Romney gets a four-point lead over the president on the jobs issue as well as a lead in the poll on energy policy and the budget deficit.
Still, Obama’s job approval rating is climbing, Gallup says, noting three-day rolling averages for April spiked about 50 percent approval for the first time in a year. Should positive economic news continue, it could buoy Obama’s numbers, as Gallup has also noted that presidential approval ratings are tied to economic confidence statistics.
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum challenged Obama on Israel policy in a New York Daily News op-ed. The Obama administration is at odds with Israel on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, Santorum wrote, and if elected, he “support recognizing a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and [would] move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.”
The U.S. News and World Report looks at three reasons why President Obama isn’t going to Jerusalem, citing strategy, politics, and precedent.
President Obama met with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was in Washington Monday, discuss greater access for U.S. companies in Brazil’s growing consumer market of about 190 million people, which could help drive job growth in the United States (Reuters).
“Our trade and investment is reaching record levels, which creates jobs and business opportunities in both countries,” Obama said.
But Rousseff said she would like to see even more U.S. involvement (Bloomberg) in Brazil and that she is concerned about “expansionist” monetary policies that “lead to a depreciation in the value of the currencies of developed countries, thus impairing growth” in faster-growing emerging markets.
— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor