At first glance, this seems to be a bit contradictory, but it does sort of make sense:
President Obama holds a thin 46 percent to 42 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday, even as voters give the Republican a major edge on such key issues as the economy, jobs and gas prices.
The president has a ten-point edge with women voters, 49 percent to 39 percent. But Mr. Romney is viewed as better on a number of pocketbook issues that both sides agree could be critical come November. On the economy, according to the survey, voters rate Mr. Romney as the better candidate by 56 percent to 38 percent.
Since we don’t have any demographics, especially the D/R/I split, I’d be inclined to take this with a large grain of salt.
However, I think the seemingly contradictory results can be explained thus: independent voters are still waiting to see if Obama can turn the economy around with his policies, since there have been some slightly positive signs recently. If Obamanomics doesn’t work, and we’re still looking at 8% or more unemployment and skyrocketing gas prices come October, the voters are likely to turn to Romney, who they trust on economics more.
Given that Obama’s economic policies are what got us into this mess, I’d say the economy is still going to be in the doldrums when voters go to the polls, and that’s really bad news for Obama.