DEAD HEAT

Poll: Obama, Romney Tied on Economy

President Obama and Mitt Romney are in a statistical dead heat over the economy, the issue that Americans said they care about most ahead of the November elections, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll found on Tuesday. According to the poll, 49 percent would lean toward Obama and 46 percent for Romney if the election were held tomorrow—but the two candidates were tied when it came to the economy. More than eight in 10 Americans still rate the economy negatively, but 54 percent of Americans say they are more hopeful than anxious about the situation over the next few years. But there is still trouble for Obama on the economy: 30 percent of Americans say they are worse off financially than in January 2009, when he took office, and only 16 percent say they are better off.